“Bob McCarthy’s” Irish Christmas, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, continues this year  at Ellicottville Brewing Company.  The Irish Christmas tradition continues in Bob’s honor as he touched so many in Ellicottville with his spirit and generosity.   Although it can never be the same with his passing, Bob’s dedication to this event inspires us to continue with his magic.  It was McCarthy who said, “I love doing Irish Christmas which is a night of Irish magic.  I don’t know how the magic gets there, but it just does.  That’s the beauty of it.”

For 12 years, the Irish Christmas fundraiser has become an event to remember, and one that locals and weekenders alike don’t miss.  McCarthy’s wagon will be parked outside of EBC starting around 7 a.m., where new toys and unwrapped gifts are collected for Santa’s Workshop and the Sheriffs Santa Program, which provides gifts to make Christmas a little special for less fortunate families

Again this year, a number of restaurants will serve a special Irish dish at a reasonable price or you can order from the great EBC  menu.

The highlight, of course, is the Pie Auction and the intention is to continue the way Bob wanted it.  We have some great woodworkers who have volunteered to create pie boxes and special furniture McCarthy-like and, believe it or not, a number of Bob’s creations will be auctioned off as well.

The spirit of the season is unmatched in Ellicottville, and Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas is a perfect opportunity to share it with friends. Remember to mark your calendar for Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at EBC  to share the spirit with friends to help give back to families in the community.