Friday, March 14, 2008

Saint Patrick's Day - Celebrating Jersey Style

Saint Patrick's Day clover
MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY - Paint yourself green, kiss the Blarney Stone, find a shamrock and chase the leprechaun to his pot of gold. No matter how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick's day, there are plenty of places to go to dance the Irish Jig, march in a parade, or share a pint of Guinness with friends.

Morris County's Top Ten (10) St. Patrick's Day festivities

  • Morristown St. Patrick's day Parade
    Saturday, March 15th, 2008 at Noon
    Morristown Green :: Morristown, New Jersey

  • International Trade Center's
    Leprechaun Leap 5K Race in Mount Olive

    Sunday, March 16th, 2008 at 1:00pm
    International Trade Center :: Mount Olive, New Jersey

  • Join WDHA's Curtis Kay at The Exchange in Rockaway
    Monday, March 17th, 2008 between 2-7pm
    The Exchange :: Main Street Rockaway, New Jersey

  • The Wolf Tones Concert at Morristown Community Theatre
    Friday, March 14th, 2008 at 8:00pm
    Mayo Center for the Performing Arts :: Morristown, New Jersey

  • Live Irish Music at 'Grasshopper off the Green'
    Monday, March 17th, 2008 ALL DAY
    Morris Street :: Morristown, New Jersey

  • American Legion Post 249's St. Patrick's dinner/dance
    Saturday, March 15th, 2008 at 7:00pm
    Beverwyck Road :: Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey

  • Morristown's Dublin Pub
    Come enjoy an overstuffed corned beef sandwich, Shepherd's pie, Irish meat loaf, and of course, a pint of Guinness. All Weekend.
    Pine Street :: Morristown, New Jersey

  • Join Frank & Grace at Kennedy's Pub in Budd Lake
    St. Patrick's Celebration. Come enjoy live Irish music, step dancers, our famous fish & chips, Irish whiskey steak, or Sheppard's Pie. All Weekend
    Route 46 :: Budd Lake, New Jersey

  • Murphy's Hideaway Irish Pub in Rockaway
    Come enjoy Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread and a pint of good stout. All Weekend.
    Maple Avenue :: Rockaway, New Jersey

  • Wish a very Happy Anniversary to Dan & Noelle Kehrley of Flanders NJ News. They were married on Saint Patrick's Day in 2005.

A bit'o legend 'bout ole Saint Pat
As the story is told, St. Patrick is believed to have banished snakes from the Isle of Ireland. However, there is no scientific evidence that post-glacial wildlife on Ireland ever actually including snakes.

One suggestion on the myth explains that Druids had become popularly known as The Serpents of Wisdom, using a symbol of a serpent or 'snake' like figure.

During Saint Patrick's years as a missionary, he was extremely influential among the Celtic people. It is believed he personally baptized as many as 120,000 Irishmen.

As the story was passed down from generation to generation the tale may have arisen as a metaphor of his single-handed effort in converting the Celtic people to Christianity.

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