Green shirts and hats were the fashion of the day for dozens of people who made their way to Dublin Down Irish Pub and Eatery on Saturday afternoon to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day ... a day early.
Many area establishments and social organizations will continue the revelry today on the actual St. Patrick’s Day.
“We had a bagpiper and an Irish Jam last night (Friday),” said Dublin Down Irish Pub and Eatery owner Dave Clint. He said Mother Nature made things a bit difficult as high winds damaged a tent designed to make an outside patio warm for music and talking.
People were ready to go early Saturday morning in an attempt to get the St. Patrick’s Day fun rolling. “At 8:30 a.m. there a line of people waiting for breakfast,” Clint said.
The revelers came from near and far to experience the Irish mystique. “We had a group in that was from Pittsburgh,” he said.
Clint said the couples do a trip every year and decided to come to Ashtabula County for the weekend.
Jim Ales and John Hoyle provided Irish entertainment during afternoon and evening sessions. “This is my second year playing here,” Ales said while setting up his equipment.
Ales said he mixes Irish classics and even takes pop songs and gives them an Irish bent.
Paul Vukmir, who lives in a Pittsburgh suburb, said he decided to come north to visit friends on St. Patrick’s Day weekend instead of staying in the city. “It is always rainy and cold for the St. Patrick’s Day parade,” he said.
Lisa Stutz, of Massillon, said her family has a summer home in the area and decided to come and spend time “with my friends.”
Dublin Down waitress Lindsay Misch said it is always a fun day. “It’s the Super Bowl of Irish pubs,” she said.
Other area establishments will be open for business today to celebrate the Irish experience. “We will be having our corned beef sandwiches and dinners,” said Pam Fluhr, a co-owner of Brennan’s Pub in Ashtabula Harbor.
She said there will also be St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts, hats and beads to intensify the experience. She said there will be Irish music throughout the day and a live band at 7 p.m.
In Rome Township Mike Bogdan, owner of McGinty’s, said he will be celebrating his fourth St. Patrick’s Day since opening the establishment along Route 45 near the Route 6 intersection.
He said corned beef specialities will be served and live music will be featured from 3 to 7 p.m. Bogdan said the celebration has grown each year.
“It’s our biggest day of the year,” he said.