Although the Broad Street restaurant does a brisk business throughout the year, it is on St. Patrick’s Day when owner Neil Jenkins pulls out all the stops in the form of his annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
If the past two St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are any indication, there may be many more “welcomes” this year as the crowd is expected to exceed last year’s record of 3,500 for the four-day event.
Beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the Stringfield Band, the pub has assembled 11 different acts, with each performing at different times on separate days.
The schedule includes four bands, a Celtic rock duo, the Mulligan School of Irish Dance plus several other entertainers, including two professional bagpipers.
Jenkins, who is Welsh-Irish and traces his Celtic roots on his father’s side said St. Patrick’s Day has developed into a family tradition in the United States, whether or not one has Celtic blood in his background.
“Even if you are not Irish by bloodline, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a great way for us to recognize the origin of the United States and the great Celtic impact on the development of our great country,” Jenkins said.
In addition to its collection of Celtic and Irish entertainment, the pub has developed a special menu with all items, from corn and cabbage and fish and chips to reuben sandwiches, having a hint of green.
The same holds true for beverages, as many of the pub’s vendors have added a “wee bit of green” to their beers and other refreshments.
Jenkins said this year’s festivities have been in the planning stages for more than six months.
“You come to an Irish pub for one reason, to enjoy the Celtic flavor,” he said. “From the food and entertainment to everyone dressing in green, this is an event that would please even leprechauns.”
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