It’s Irish Party Time: Event to Kick off St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

By Brenda Erdahl

It’s time for the Irish Party, which means the St Patrick’s Day celebration is just around the corner. The Irish Party, put on by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, is the official kick-off to the City’s annual March festivities that includes the 41st annual parade on Saturday, March 17.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at the Maple Lake American Legion, with a social hour and silent auction, followed by dinner, entertainment by stand-up comedian Mary Rowles, and finally, an award ceremony.

The event not only serves as a prologue to the St. Patrick’s Day fun, it is the Chamber’s largest fundraiser with some of the proceeds going to the March 17 celebration. Other chamber sponsored events that take place throughout the year also benefit from money raised at this event.

In year’s past, up to 60 baskets have been donated for the night’s silent auction, and coordinators are hoping for just as many this year. So far, MP NexLevel has donated an iPad and M&M Express has donated a Stihl hand held blower for the raffle. Albion Ridges has donated four free passes for an 18-hole game of golf to be bid on in the silent auction.

HH Catering will serve a meal of roast beef and baked chicken starting at 6:30 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. Rowels will take the stage. Rowles has been called one of the most original comedians performing today. She plays to standing ovations from coast to coast and is known for her “on-spot characters, side splitting stand-up, and hilarious original songs.”

Finally, at 8:30 p.m. this year’s grand marshal John Northenscold and commodore Paula Schmidt will be recognized, and awards will be given out to the business and chamber member of the year. Tickets are available at Star Bank, Irish Blessings Coffeehouse, and Maple Lake Lumber.