While Charles County is thousands of miles from the Emerald Isle, our festivity during the season of St. Patrick is Celtic in spirit. In the 1600s, Maryland became a safe haven for Irish families seeking freedom from persecution for their Catholic beliefs. In the centuries following, reverence for (and revelry in) all things Irish made St. Patrick’s Day an adopted American holiday, regardless of cultural backgrounds.
This St. Patrick’s Day, Charles County will contribute heartily to the feasting, friendship, shamrocks, and shenanigans. Events and eateries keeping our “green scene” strong include:
Raise Your Heart Rate
The 6th Annual Shamrock 5K Run/Walk/Lil’ Leprechaun, held on Sunday, March 10 in La Plata, is a community event welcoming runners, walkers, and wee ones alike. Funds raised will support the SaMercy Fund, which educates the public on ATV/UTV safety. The Lil’ Leprechaun event begins at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K portion begins at 8:30 a.m. The race weaves through the streets of downtown La Plata and ends with awards and eats at The Charles.
Raise Your Fork
Thoughtfully-crafted comfort fare takes center stage at Port Tobacco’s Blue Dog Saloon. While their corned beef Reuben is a mainstay, lamb stew, Irish mac and cheese, Reuben pizza, and spring rolls with corned beef and cabbage are the makings of a festive feast.
Grille No.13’s elevated pub grub is a guaranteed palate-pleaser. The Waldorf restaurant’s take on bangers and mash, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie will satisfy any stomach.
Raise Your Glass
Grille No.13’s Whiskey Challenge is worthy of an Irish (or iron) stomach. If you make your way through their list of 13 Irish and American-born whiskeys, you’ll score a tee shirt and stardom on their Whiskey Wall. But if sipping is your thing, their small-batch selections are sure to delight. St. Patrick’s Day (as well as the fourth Friday of every month) features Irish singers performing from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., CJ the Irish DJ at 8:00 p.m., and drink specials galore.
In La Plata, The Greene Turtle is planning a spirited salute to St. Patrick all weekend long. On Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, tie one on with green beer, frothy Guinness, and live music celebrating the luck of the Irish.
Embracing the spirit of “céad míle fáilte,” Charles County wishes you a hundred thousand welcomes as you enjoy, eat, and play the Irish way. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!