“Bob McCarthy’s” Irish Christmas, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, happens at the Ellicottville Brewing Company on Friday, Dec. 1 starting at 6 p.m.  Continuing this tradition in Bob’s honor, as he touched so many in Ellicottville with his spirit and generosity, is an honor.   Although it will never be the same since 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 starting around 7 a.m., where new toys and gifts are collected for Santa’s Workshop and the Sheriffs Santa Program, which both provide gifts to make Christmas a little special for less fortunate families.

Last year’s event was the largest ever and changes are being made to accommodate more people at the event.  The auction has been improved with the highlight, of course, being the fabulous pie auction, which continues the way Bob wanted it.  Local craftsmen have volunteered to create very unique pie boxes and special furniture for the event.  Believe it or not, some of Bob’s creations will be auctioned off as well.  So don’t miss the fun and festivities.

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, Friday, Dec. 1st at 6 p.m. to share the spirit with friends to help give back to families in the community.

Look for more information weekly on the event in the Ellicottville Times.