Next at the Butte Elks Lodge? St. Patrick's Day Fun
The Butte Elks Lodge. Known in the community as the fraternal order of generosity! No matter the cause, the Butte Elks Lodge 240 continues to help those in need through pancake and bingo fundraisers, charitable LIVE music events, and much more. This St. Patrick's Day is no different, as the Butte Elks Lodge wants to help everyone and anyone to focus on a bit of fun! It's not a traditional fundraiser, per se, but a way of assisting the community in unwinding and distressing in a safe and welcoming environment during one of the area's most popular gatherings! On tap at the Butte Elks Lodge this Friday for St. Patrick's Day are LIVE bands and plenty of food. Right after the parade in uptown Butte, you'll'll have the chance to enjoy music at the Elks by local favorite Andy Larson. Then at 2:30 pm, get "Irish jiggy with it" as the Great Scots Bagpipers perform for the masses. Some of your favorite food, par for the course, will be available, including corned beef with cabbage, carrots, red potatoes, and a roll for only $15. You can also choose a Reuben sandwich with chips for $11.
Where to Watch IRISH DANCERS Locally on St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day wouldn't be the same without the many festivities and traditions planned around it. From the Ceilidh to the Shelieigh Shindig and everything in between, events in honor of St. Patrick's Day have been going strong in the surrounding area for decades! Performers like The Pipes and Drums Band of the Edmonton Police Service, the Anaconda Pipes & Drum Corps, the Tiernan Irish Dancers of Butte and Helena, Anaconda's Irish Dancers and many more have wowed us for years with their incredible talent.
Butte Winter Farmers' Market; And Then There Were Three...Left
After engaging in St. Patrick's Day fun, regroup and head to the next Butte Winter Farmers' Market set for this Saturday, March 18th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This lively event in the Butte Plaza Mall offers a gorgeous array of arts, crafts, produce, other delicious foods and so much more...
Child Safety Seat Clinic is on the Right Path this Wednesday
Things that seem to be a matter of good common sense sometimes require a refresher course and a mandatory checklist. Child passenger seat safety, for instance, is of great importance and nothing that should ever be taken for granted. The Butte-Silver Bow County Fire Department knows this all too well, and that's why they continually host child/passenger safety seat clinics like the upcoming one scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station No—#1 in Butte (120 South Idaho Street). The clinic will focus on the correct way to use a child safety seat and provide valid information and guidance on ensuring your youngster utilizes the right one for their weight and height.
Family, Friends, Music & Dance; The AOH Ceilidh in Pictures
Events to honor Irish heritage in the area just keep coming, and we haven't even made it to St. Patrick's Day yet! So far, loyal enthusiasts have enjoyed the Shillelagh Shindig at the Carpenter's Union Hall that took place last Friday in Butte, the AOH St. Patrick's Day Race in Anaconda this past Saturday, and yesterday's Ceilidh (celebration of Irish music and friendly gatherings) at the AOH Hall in Anaconda. The latter event was one my family and I had the honor of enjoying! The consensus following our time at Anaconda's AOH Ceilidh yesterday was a a predictable thumbs up! We were in great company with members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians who welcomed us from the get go. At Ceilidh, many in attendance engaged in conversation with family and friends, while enjoying beverages and delicious homemade corned beef with all the trimmings at the "Hall" (Dan Tocher & crew did an immense job! Yum!). Some even had to elbow a few people to get their share of Tipperary squares (white frosted mini cakes rolled in chopped nuts), but other than that it was a friendly outing. Lol! (Continued...)
From U2 to the Dubliners; Irish Rock & Folk Music that Inspires
With all this talk about St. Patrick's Day celebrations and events happening throughout the next several days, let's talk about the rhythmic part of the deal with Irish songs and musicians that have influenced us over the years. Here are some tunes of the Irish persuasion to download on any device and add to your playlist. In fact, you may even have the vinyl or cd version of some of the ones listed below. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
As Events Wrap Up to Honor Irish Heritage, More are Underway
Another event to check out if you're feeling mighty green is the Ceilidh in Anaconda this Sunday (March 12th) at the Anaconda AOH Hall (321-323 E Commercial) beginning at 3 pm. Ceilidh is Gaelic for the "celebration of Irish music and friendly gatherings". This event is sponsored by the AOH and the Ladies' Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Pintler's Portal Hostel; Innovatively Trending in Anaconda
Earlier last month, I had the pleasure of visiting Pintler's Portal Hostel, a niche, hidden gem in Anaconda that is captivating travelers worldwide and making its mark in the community. From the moment I arrived at the hostel, the owners, Steve and Marsha Hill, and their granddaughter, Blakely, welcomed me with good vibes and open arms. Not long after, I also met their oldest granddaughter, Desi, an encounter that sealed the deal on just how family-oriented the Hills were. From there, the plan behind my visit involved learning more about this intriguing place that opened its doors to the public in August of 2021. From my encounter with the Hills, it was apparent how much pride they took in their facility. Located in the heart of Anaconda, at 218 West Park Avenue, the beautifully remodeled structure was once home to the Freemasons' Masonic Lodge.
Butte Parade & Grand Marshall Entry Deadline Ends Soon
To get involved in Butte's St. Patrick's Day Parade, visit the Butte America Foundation's website right here -> BUTTE ST. PAT'S PARADE, then follow the guidelines listed on the entry form for online submission. To nominate a Grand Marshall, visit this link -> GRAND MARSHALL. The 2023 Butte St. Patrick's Day Parade's entry categories include commercial floats or cars, sports teams, horses, musical bands or drill teams, non-commercial floats, union, political, marching units, and a specialty option. To learn more about entry categories, contact Parade Director Pat Ryan at (406) 498-2588. You can also email him at email@example.com.
Anaconda AOH Pipes & Drum Corps' Schedule Now thru St. Pat's Day
Hats off to the tireless organizations that work hard to create the many events planned for St. Patrick's Day throughout Butte and Anaconda! From the parade in historic uptown Butte and downtown Anaconda to the many festivities outlined at bars, breweries, and other facilities throughout the area, planning for the big day is well thought out by the fantastic crews behind the scenes. The same applies to Anaconda's Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipes and Drum Corp! These men and women of the corps spend a great deal of time practicing for scheduled performances that occur not only on St. Patrick's Day but throughout the week leading up to the big day!