That’s great news for some local folks who are fixing to paint the town green, even if it’s a couple of nights earlier.
Volunteers at the Grand Haven Eagles club have been roasting 300 pounds of corned beef this week in preparation for tonight’s corned beef-and-cabbage dinner (5-8 p.m.). An Irish band fires up at 7 p.m.
Over at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, they’re doing it up big from 6 to midnight tonight for their parish’s namesake. Bagpipers will lead a procession into the decorated Family Center for corned beef-and-cabbage and chicken dinners.
“It feels like the kickoff to spring, and we need that this year,” St. Pat’s office manager Katie Krizan said. “He’s our patron saint here, so we just love this time of year. People love to come dance and have a fun night out with friends.”
Chris Weavers, owner of JW’s Food and Spirits in Grand Haven’s Centertown, said she and her staff are “purists” — they’re waiting until Monday for a St. Pat’s party. It will include 200 pounds of corned beef, Irish soda bread, Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake, Irish whiskeys and green beer.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the three busiest nights of the year at the restaurant, Weavers said, right up there with New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day.
“It’s just a fun little holiday,” she said. “You don’t have to buy presents for anybody. You just go out and have a good time. And spring is right around the corner, so I think that lights a fire under people, too.”