Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

In honour of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd share some of the snaps I took as I was hob-nobbing around town, taking in some of the legendary St. Pat's celebrations that are hosted in my little town this past weekend!

We'll start with the Irish Tea that the young women at our church (including me) hosted on Saturday:

This is the "basket full o' Irish fun" that we put together and sold tickets on.  This basket was AMAZING - chock full of so much fun Irish and green stuff!  Everything from wine and Bailey's, green tea and candy, toys, scarves, dish soap, candles, dish clothes, scone kit, green macaroons, a shamrock plant, a notebook, and SO much more!  I was secretly hoping I'd draw my own name - LOL - but the lucky winner was Judy Stephens from Bristol.
I took this photo of Mrs. Elaine Bronson (front right), with her daughter Shirley-Mae, great-niece Lindsay, and niece-in-law Susan (going clockwise).  Elaine was like a celebrity on Saturday - she sat at her table and people came to visit and greet her the whole duration of the Tea.  She will be 99 this June! :)
A photo of my mom visiting with the Graham sisters - Vera, Glenna, and Bev
Our minister Rev. Nancy with her grandson Quentin and hubby Reg
Cheryl is well-known in our community as "the" photographer - she is at almost ever social event in town with her camera and takes some amazing photos.  I jumped at the opportunity to snap a pic of her for a change! :)
 Miss Maddy, decked out in her best green!!

Later that day, the Quyon Legion hosted a big St. Patrick's Day Kitchen Party... one of these years, I'm going to that party, as I always hear it's a blast!  But I missed it again this year, as I had another paint day booked at my neighbour Shannon's!

Sunday was the day for the infamous St. Pat's Party at Gavan's Hotel - what they call "the grand-daddy of them all"!!  I actually wasn't sure I was going to be at Gav's, but my friend Brenda twisted my arm and talked me into it.  I have to say, I was very glad I went!  We had a great time chatting with folks and listening to some awesome Irish tunes... and I got some great pics, too!!

 Love it when Grand Champion Fiddler Louis Schryer gets stepdancer Chris Last up on the tables... always a highlight of the day for me!
 Fiddling on the tables

 With Leslie & Brenda
 Green as far as the eye can see!
 Cindy, Jill, Les & Brenda
 Two of my fave Quyon gals... Mae & Gail :)
 The hostess with the mostess, Gail Gavan, leading an Irish sing-along
 With my cousin Kayla & her friend 

 Brenda with her Aunties, Sally & Betty 
 Mitchel, Chelsea, and Brenda sayin' CHEESE!
I don't know how Brenda and Chelsea did it, but they got Gav's owner Nick to stand still long enough for a pic.  This man goes like a house on fire on St. Paddy's Day, he literally never stops moving... I'm glad they got him to pause for a second!

So for me, it kind of feels like St. Paddy's Day is pretty much over before it has even really begun!  I'm trying to cook up something fun to have for a St. Pat's supper tonight, though, to celebrate in some small way.  Wishing you all the luck o' the Irish today!  Happy St. Paddy's Day!!


Lindsay said...

Aw! This post made my day! I love our little town and it's traditions!

Nancy said...

Great post, Jillian!