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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 12: A fan of Ireland, wearing a Four Leaf Clover hat and Shamrock-shaped sunglasses, enjoys the pre-match atmosphere prior to the Six Nations Rugby match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on March 12, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Well, it’s finally here! Top O’ The Mornin’ to ya, Saint Patrick’s Week has arrived! That means tons of Irish fun for all ages around Ocean County!

With St Patrick’s Day and the wearin’ of the green coming up on Friday, many events have been planned for not just the day, but this whole week. Of course, many people recognize St Patrick’s Day as a time to go out to an Irish pub, where suddenly everyone is from the Emerald Isle.

148th Open Championship - Day Three

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND – JULY 20: Fans show their support with novelty shamrock glasses during the third round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 20, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

However, St Patrick’s fun can be had not only with beer and revelry but with some other fun and creative activities.

Luckily, here in Ocean County, we have some very creative folks and organizations who really want everyone to be involved in this prelude to springtime. From Irish painting classes in Tuckerton to an authentic Irish tea in Toms River. Traditional Irish music at the Ocean County Library, to St. Patty’s cake decorating in Waretown. If you look hard enough, you can without a doubt find just the perfect way for you to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Oh, and celebrate you should!

Philadelphia Bar Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With Green Beer

PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 17: Spray painted leprechauns, shamrocks, and beer pints are seen outside of McGillin’s Olde Ale House on March 17, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The oldest continuously operating tavern in the city keeps it’s holiday tradition of dyeing beer green during the celebration, as restrictions start to ease during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Some history!

St Patrick's Day Festival In London

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 13: A statue of St Patrick is carried during the St Patrick’s Day parade through central London on March 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

According to Wikipedia, St Patrick’s Day is held on March 17th, as that is the date of the death of St. Patrick. the foremost patron saint of Ireland. The day commemorates him, and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. It also celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish people in general. So, where does beer drinking come from? Well, historically, the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day. Thus, propagating the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption. Well then! The more you know.

In closing, regardless of whether you imbibe or not on St. Patrick’s Day, be safe, have fun, and be sure to cast your smilin’ Irish eyes on this list of fun stuff to do this week in Ocean County, as we all become Irish, if not for the week, then just on Friday. Slante’!

Thanks to our good friends at Ocean County Tourism for their help with this great list. Find out more events at their website:  https://oceancountytourism.com/events/

  • Beginning in Acrylic: Luck of the Irish. March 14, 10am-1pm Pine Shores Art Association 140 East Main Street Tuckerton

    Exploring the color green is one of the most difficult colors to mix. Using different hues of yellow (cad yellow, yellow ochre, lemon

    yellow) and different blues (colbalt blue, ultramarine blue) can give so many different variations of green that can be used to differentiate different grasses and highlights. Landscape photo or Irish theme.

    See website for materials list.

    Tuition $65.00

    Pine Shores Art Association | Manahawkin, NJ 08050

    here for a quick link to our PSAA Facebook page

  • Irish Creme Tea. March 15, 11am at Mathis House 600 Main Street Toms River

    tea and shamrock

    Enjoy a Irish Creme Tea with a flight of three gourmet teas and two warm scones.

    Scone flavors: Lemon poppy, apricot walnut, Irish soda, pistachio, blueberry or cranberry white chocolate with lemon curd, preserves and clotted cream.

    Cost is $20 per person plus tax and gratuity.

    Call 732-818-7580.

  • St. Patrick's Day Concert with Gary Nokes. March 15th 6:30pm at OC Library 101 Washington Street Toms River

    concert

  • Saint Patrick's Day Paint Party. March 16th 4:30pm-6pm at Garden State Arts Studio 2055 Route 88 Brick

  • Cake Decorating Class for St Pats! March 16th 6pm-7:30pm at A Sweet Memory Cake Shop and Tea Room 521 Rt 9 Waretown

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    CAKE DECORATING CLASS FOR ST. PAT’S DAY!!

    MARCH 16TH  6PM TO 7:30PM
    JOIN US FOR A FUN EVENING FILLED WITH FRIENDSHIP AND CREATIVITY!
    WHETHER YOU WANT TO MAKE A CAKE FOR YOUR SWEETIE,
     GET THE TEENS OFF THE PHONE AND TALKING TO YOU,
    GETTING THE LITTLE ONES ENERGY OUT OR
    JUST A FUN NIGHT WITH YOUR GAL PALS
    CAKE DECORATING IS
    A FUN AND CREATIVE WAY TO EXPRESS YOURSELF!!
    Light refreshment served!
    BYOB is always welcomed!
    ALL THE SUPPLIES AND INSTUCTIONS TO COMPLETE OUR ST. PAT’S CAKE IS INCLUDED!! JUST BRING YOUR INNER DECORATOR!!!
    RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY CALLING US 609-242-0153
    OR EMAIL US [email protected]
    $35.00 PER CAKE
  • Saint Paddy Madness Basketball Watch Party March 17th 10am til 1pm at Pine Tar Bar & Grill 121 S Main St Forked River

  • Team Berkeley First Annual Police Unity Tour Fundraiser March 17, 6-10pm B2 Bistro 125 Bayview Ave Bayville

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