Cyndi Palmer: Kiss me, Im Irish
Some say if youre enough lucky to be Irish, youre lucky enough and on St. Paddys Day everyone is lucky enough to have an All Access pass to celebrate the Irish holiday.Whether youre of Irish heritage or take on the persona just for the day, March 17 is a widely-celebrated holiday that fills our heads with thoughts of leprechauns, pots of gold, four-leaf clovers, claddagh rings and the snake annihilation of St. Patrick those many years ago in Ireland. It also fills our bellies with corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, soda bread, Guinness and green beer, whiskey and Baileys (dont forget the two new flavors: mint and caramel).We Irish have taken quite a liking to alcohol and are known far and wide to poke fun at our own drinking habits (and quick temper). As a matter of fact, a great deal of St. Patricks Day humor is found in toasts raised by the Irish, like this one, Heres to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer and another one.Although Dr. Sigmund Freud had lost hope, saying the Irish were one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever, others take great joy in the shenanigans of the Irish. Author J.P. Dunleavy once said when he dies he wants to decompose in a barrel of porter and be served in all the pubs in Ireland. If luck is on your side, you may win a chance to earn some serious green with a trip to Vegas during the Grand County Blues Societys Blues in the School raffle and St. Patricks Day Blowout event March 17 at Wildcreek Brewing Company at the Untamed Southwest Grill in Winter Park. Buy three raffle tickets for $10 for your chance to visit Sin City (and support the GCBS and its Blues in the School program) at Radioshack, Rudis Deli, Wildcreek Brewing Company at Untamed, or at Jason Riccis concert at the Winter Park Pub March 16.The event starts at 6 p.m. and includes the new Blues in the School band The Runaways to perform a small cameo of live music for the benefit. Local bluegrass sensation Hunker Down and rock variety band One Time are also set to play that night (there is a $5 cover). The drawing to see who wins is on that following Monday and ticket holders need not be present to win.I must admit that I and several others in the Granby area are seeing green jealous that the Pearl Dragon Chinese restaurant temporarily closed its Granby location to help open the doors of Pearl Dragon II in Fraser. But I had a chance to stop by the new Fraser restaurant and it turned out really nice (looks like it seats double the occupancy of the Granby location). Employees are witnessing the final details of the new venture, including new staff training, and promise the Granby location will be back open by the end of this week.As for the aspiring chefs in Middle Park High Schools Pro Start culinary class, the students placed 12th out of 24 schools who attended the recent competition at Johnson & Wales in Denver, hitting a perfect score on sanitation. The lads made an appetizer platter with beef skewers, spring rolls and edamam (the vegetable part of soy beans); a seafood dish with homemade wasabi pasta as the main entre, and for dessert they created a peanut butter banana creme sushi roll with chocolate ganache and ginger-macerated strawberry.Other entertainment news to note: Musician Todd Anders Johnson and band Salem are excited to be headed to Sun Valley and Jackson County for some big ski events this spring. Salem is also playing at the Breckenridge Spring Massive Festival April 5 and an evening show at the end-of-the-year closing party at the Winter Park Pub. They head to Alaska for a two-week tour and then to Seattle in May.Irish blessing: May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent. (Unknown)
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