Thanksgiving is here, and that means the season of giving is just around the corner.

Again this year Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, continues in Bob’s honor as he touched so many in Ellicottville with his spirit and generosity. Ellicottville Brewing Company is hosting the event again this year on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.  

Although it can never be the same with his passing, Bob’s dedication to this event inspires all 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 14 years, the Irish Christmas fundraiser has become an event to remember, and one that locals and weekenders alike won’t miss.

McCarthy’s wagon will be parked outside of EBC starting around 8 a.m., where new toys and unwrapped gifts are collected for Santa’s Workshop and the Sheriff’s Santa Program, which provides gifts to make Christmas a little special for less fortunate families in our community.

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. Organizers understand that there will be a “Secret Weapon” from the Brewery this year and can’t wait.

The highlight, of course, is the Pie Auction and the intention is to continue the way Bob wanted it. Again, Ed Frederickson has volunteered to create pie boxes and special furniture like Bob did and, believe it or not, a number of Bob’s creations will be donated to be auctioned off as well.  

The organizers have been overwhelmed this year with donations for the auction so there are some great surprises in store for all tastes.

If you would like to donate to the auction with a special dessert, please contact Katy Arena at (716) 801-2740 and you can drop it off at Katy’s by 2 p.m. on Nov. 29. Please make sure you provide your name and the dessert name so you can be acknowledged at the event. If you have any other questions regarding this event, call Greg at (716) 474-7832.

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. 6 at 6 p.m. at EBC to share the spirit with friends to help give back to families in the community.