10 ways to Celebrate St. Patricks Day in Oregon City
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Wondering how to celebrate St. Patricks Day in Oregon City? You’ve come to the right place!
When St. Patrick was alive, he brought hope to the country by establishing churches across Ireland. The day of his death, March 17, 461 CE, has since been a day for the Irish to celebrate St. Patrick. Over the centuries the celebration has spread to become a worldwide event. This brings me to our #1 (and easiest) way to celebrate: WEAR GREEN! No matter your income level or schedule, anyone can pull this one off! St. Patrick’s followers thought wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns who would pinch anyone they could see not wearing green. People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.
#2 - Visit Feckin Brewery’s Irish Festival
415 S. McLoughlin Blvd., Oregon City, OR 97045
The St. Patricks Day festival kicks off with Irish Dancers and Bagpipers. The Special Irish Menu will be prepared by Irish Chef Dave Maher and will include Irish Lamb Stew, traditional soda bread, beer battered Haddock fish and chips + Daves Award winning Shepards Pie.
Friday March 16th — 6pm Kick off — Irish Dancers, Bagpipers, The Sofa Kings
Saturday March 17th—12 noon-9pm Live Bands, Irish Dancing, Bagpipes, Axe Throwing. The Clackamas Firefighters Pipes and Drums band will be making an appearance from 7:30-8:30pm.
Sunday March 18th —Family Day— Irish Wolf Hounds, Face Painting, Irish Dancing demonstration with free lessons, Live Bands, Award ceremony for Peoples Choice Beer Award.
High five them for: brewing traditional Irish beers with Northwest influences + being KID FRIENDLY! They’ve got a playhouse for kids as well as books, toys, and puzzles!
#3 - Visit Highland Stillhouse for a Celtic whiskey tasting
201 S 2nd St, Oregon City OR 97045
Friday March 16th 2pm — Celtic Fest whiskey tasting. Several whiskeys paired with appetizers. Call (503) 723-6789 in advance to reserve a spot. $20 reservations (no refunds) and $25 at the door ($45 total). Ardbeg sub-committee members only pay $15 at the door ($35 total)!
Saturday March 17th—Live Music. The Clackamas Firefighters Pipes and Drums band will be making an appearance from 9pm-10pm.
Sunday March 18th —Live Music
High five them for: having the largest selection of whiskey around.
#4 - Visit McMenamins for a St. Patrick's party
102 9th St, Oregon City, OR 97045
Saturday March 17th—
Join them anytime for bagpipers and specials below. Bring your McMenamins Passport to get the green just-for-fun stamp for stopping by! For the first time, they’ll have cans of their Foggy Dew Irish Lager to go. St. Patrick’s Day Food Specials:
High five them for: hosting an all ages event. Kids welcome.
#5 - Visit Saint Paul's Episcopal Church St. Patrick’s Day Feast
822 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045
Saturday March 17th—
6pm – 7:30pm— Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the annual corned beef and cabbage dinner at St. Paul’s in the Parish Hall for a fun musical party. Tickets available starting Sunday, March 4. Adults $10, Children 14 and under for $5. Beverages extra. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-656-9842
High five them for: their open minds. If you have never attended, St. Paul’s is an accepting and loving community. “Wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome here.”
#6 - Pop in for Beer Specials
The Hive Taphouse & Oregon City Brewing
The Hive Taphouse 13851 Beavercreek Rd. C104 Oregon City OR 97045 — $3 green beer pints
Oregon City Brewing 1401 Washington St, Oregon City, OR 97045 — 4 pack of crowlers for the price of 3. (What is a Crowler? Essentially, a Crowler is a giant, 32 oz. can. These oversized containers can be filled on any ordinary tap line, but the catch is that you have to have a Crowler sealing machine to cap it.)
#7 - Read & Listen
Oregon City Library 606 John Adams St, Oregon City, OR 97045
Head down to the Oregon City Library and READ! Irish authors are too numerous to list, however, I’ll highlight a few here – –
1. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels
2. Oscar Wilde, a beautifully witty playwright and author of The Picture of Dorian Gray
3. If you enjoy a scare, pick up a classic by Bram Stoker, author of Dracula
4. If you enjoy fantasy try C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia.
HOURS: Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
LISTEN! If you are a Pandora listener, Dial to the “Irish Traditional” or “The Irish Experience” — if instrumental is more your thing, try the “Instrumental Irish & Celtic” channel.
#8 - Shake your Tail Feathers!
The Wild Hare Saloon & Ice House
The Wild Hare Saloon 1656 Beavercreek Rd. Oregon City OR 97045 —Live Music performed by The Nu Wavers playing your favorite songs, college radio classics and alternative gems! If you want something OTHER than bagpipes, this may be for you! For more information, visit their website.
The Ice House Sportsbar 1200 Main St., Oregon City, OR 97045 — DJ spinning your favorite music in honor of this Irish holiday. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
#9 - Taste your way around Ireland
Buy some Irish Beer to share with your favorite people.
The Verdict Bar & Grill has Guinness Nitro on tap for a limited time through St. Patrick’s Day! 110 8th St., Oregon City OR 97045
OR here is a list of other Irish beers you can hunt down:
Murphy’s Irish Stout – Lighter and sweet in flavor compared to other stouts.
O’Hara’s Irish Wheat – Using fruits such as bananas, peaches and plums, this golden wheat ale is smooth and thirst-quenching – clearly not the common Irish stout. A good option for those who prefer a lighter beer.
Smithwick’s Irish Ale – You’ll find sweet aromatic fruits and deep malt, coffee and roasted barley notes in this beauty.
Porterhouse Brewing Co. Oyster Stout – This is a Dublin favorite – dark and aromatic beer with interesting blends of flavorful grains, hops and yes, fresh oysters.
O’Hara’s Celtic Stout – Full-bodied, smooth and dry with hints of smooth coffee and tasty notes of licorice.
Beamish Irish Stout – This is a traditional stout from Ireland.
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale – Enjoying the distinct smooth and creamy finish gives it its own unique and delicious experience.
Harp Lager – Light and refreshing, this highly-favored European-style lager is unlike the rest boasting a smooth and sharp finish.
Murphy’s Irish Red – With flavorful notes of fruit and caramel, this red beer dates back to 1856. It is crisp and dry.
Guinness Draught, Extra Stout, and Foreign Extra Stout – Did you know there are THREE VARIETIES? This beer needs no introduction.
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#10 - Channel your inner Irish God or Goddess
Cook an Irish inspired meal to share with your favorite people.
If you would rather stay home and cook because it’s what you love to do most, consider something off this list for your menu – links to the actual recipes are fully functional!
Irish Spiced Beef – start this A WEEK ahead since you have to do a spice rub that far in advance.
Colcannon Potatoes – Every Irish family has its own calcannon recipe, since it’s a classic dish.
Shop at our local Spicer Brothers for your produce. Got no time? Look up the recipe, jump online and place your order at Fred Meyer Click Lis, pick it up without a hassle and enjoy St. Patricks Day in Oregon City.
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