Shamrocks and shillelaghs: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

From left: Isaac Trance, Clara Rabini, Mabel DeRoche, and Georgia DeRoche paint small pots at a craft table in the Kelley House at last years St. Patrick's Day celebration.

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, and Islanders, Irish and otherwise, will celebrate with a parade, dancing, eating of corned beef, and general imbibing, with a hefty dose of blarney thrown in.

The Kelley House offers two days of fun. On Friday there’s a musical lineup that includes Pick Pocket Bluegrass Band at 1 pm, Mike Benjamin at 6 pm, and Dock Dance Band at 9 pm, hosted by the Newes from America. All weekend long they’ll be serving traditional corned beef and cabbage, running a limerick contest, and guessing how many wooden nickels were given out since March 1.

File photo of the Edgartown St. Patricks Day Parade. — Susan Safford
File photo of the Edgartown St. Patricks Day Parade. — Susan Safford

The sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is Saturday, March 18, and begins at the bottom of Dock Street in Edgartown at 11:30 am, proceeding down its leprechaun-size route to the end of Kelley Street.

Offshore Ale in Oak Bluffs is offering “pints, pints, pints” on St. Patrick’s Day, according to its Facebook page, and live Irish music all day long to go with them. For something tasty to start the day, they’re featuring a traditional Irish breakfast with soda bread, pancakes, blood sausage, and oatmeal. Lunch and dinner offerings include the usual corned beef and cabbage, but also lamb shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash.

The P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs is hosting St. Patrick’s Day karaoke with Molly Magee and Friends, beginning at 9 pm on Friday.

The Ocean View will celebrate all day with corned beef and cabbage on the menu, along with Guinness, green beer, Irish coffees, and whiskeys.

Linda Jean’s in Oak Bluffs is reopening for the occasion, and will offer a traditional Irish dinner.

The Wharf Pub in Edgartown reopened this week as well, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

And don’t forget that the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group will sell bunches of daffodils on March 17. They’ll be available for $10 a bunch at Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven, Stop and Shop in Edgartown, Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs starting at 9 am, and at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital starting at 11 am.