My maternal grandmother was Irish, which makes me one-quarter Irish and something I like to make known every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

According to, “St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century.

The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.”

Back in my younger days, St. Patrick’s Day was an excuse to consume green beer at any watering hole with a shamrock in its logo. Nowadays, I prefer joining my kids and dogs in searching for the leprechaun who never fails to leave his hat full of gold- foiled candies in our backyard. Every year, around this time, my Mom also cooks up a corned beef and cabbage dinner, complete with green milk for the kids.

Whether you prefer to celebrate authentic Irish traditions or just want a reason to go out and drink your annual green beer, come have fun in Ellicottville and enjoy the Friday timing of this year’s holiday. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone who is Irish all the time or just Irish today!

Alicia Dziak, Editor, Ellicottville Times