Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means the season of giving is just around the corner.
Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, continues again this year in Bob’s honor as he touched so many in Ellicottville with his spirit and generosity.
Hosted by Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC), the event is set for Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m Although it can never be the same with his passing, Bob’s dedication to this event inspires the organizers 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 13 years, the Irish Christmas fundraiser has become an event to remember and one that locals and weekenders alike won’t want to miss.
McCarthy’s wagon will be parked outside EBC around 7 a.m. There 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 more special for less fortunate families in the community.
Again this year, many restaurants will serve special Irish dishes at a reasonable price, or order from the EBC menu. Organizers say there will be a “secret weapon” from the brewery this year to look forward to.
The highlight, of course, is the pie auction, and the intention is to continue the way McCarthy wanted it. Ed Frederickson has again volunteered to create pie boxes and special furniture like McCarthy did and got a number of his creations donated to be auctioned off as well.
Organizers said they have overwhelmed with donations for the auction this year, so there are surprises in store for all tastes. To donate to the auction with a special dessert, contact Katy Arena at 801-2740, or drop it off at Katy’s by 2 p.m. Nov. 30. Please provide your name and the dessert name so you can be acknowledged at the event.
For more information, contact Greg at 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, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at Ellicottville Brewing Company to share the spirit with friends to help give back to families in the community.