Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Saint Patrick's Day - Photo Essay

Happy St. Patrick's Day, friends!

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This guy in the camouflage kilt showed me some funny poses for a couple of random photos.

Our family celebrated St. Paddy's Day a week early at the Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival at the L.A. County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California. It was a blast, so I'm sharing some photos with you.

A family affair at the Irish Festival with my husband, three of our four kids, their spouses, and our two grandchildren

My grand-leprechauns loved the Irish Festival, too.

For your listening pleasure, here's a YouTube video of Comedian 
Johnny Bagpipes Johnston. Amazing!
He plays the Star Wars Theme by John Williams
 I Was Made For Loving You by Kiss
Do You Think I'm Sexy by Rod Stewart
 Thunderstruck by ACDC
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens

Entertainers and visitors alike wore kilts. 

Color this day green! 
In the fountains, in the beer, 
on shirts, baby strollers, and people's hair!

This was our first Irish festival and it had everything we hoped for (lively music, dancers, good food) and then some: Carnival rides, ponies, elephants, a petting zoo, and sheep herding demonstrations.

The Irish tunes worked their magic on some of us, so we danced a jig or two!
I added to my bucket list: Learn how to Riverdance.

Do you know the history of Saint Patrick? If not, watch this cute video.

I was going to save this fun video for next year, 
but for those of you who enjoy Irish dancing as much as I do, 
I hope this will lift ye spirits and bestow the luck'o'the Irish upon ye, too!
You're not buying that accent, are you? 
I didn't think so, but, hey, I tried. 
Saint Patrick's Day 2011 - Riverdance Flashmob
(Central Station, Sydney, Australia)

Closing time drew near, and my husband mentioned there was a little Irish village we should check out before we left. 

I love miniatures, so I definitely wanted to see it. He pointed the way so I headed for it with my daughter 'Lily' while the others straggled along here and there. I spotted vendors selling beautiful period clothing, jewelry, hair accessories, pirate booty, medallions, home decor, and other merchandise. So many things caught my eye, but I didn't want to miss out on the little Irish village. 

I told my daughter, "Dad said the little Irish village was somewhere over here, but I don't see it. Where do you think it is?" 

She gestured to the vendor booths with their elaborate fabric walls and the merchants wearing historical costumes. "This is it, Mom."

"Oh." Duh!

I was disappointed for a second, then busted up. Merchants in a nearby booth overheard us and had a good laugh, too. 

So, we left without a pot of gold or a peek at a miniature village. I'll get over it. Memories of our first Irish Fair make me smile each time it comes to mind. We're looking forward to going again next year. We'll have two more grand-leprechauns in tow for the 2014 festival. As the old saying goes, the more, the merrier!

I bid you farewell with this Irish blessing: 
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
May your heart be as light as a song.
May each day bring you bright, happy hours
That stay with you all the year long.

Do you have any special plans for Saint Patrick's Day?    

Have you ever been to Ireland, or would you like to go there? 

Would you kiss the Blarney stone?
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Bish Denham said...

Oh, that photo of you with grand-leprechaun marching/dancing, precious!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynn! Good to hear from you. Are you no longer using this blog?
Looks like you guys had a fun time.
And that musician played quite the variety, didn't he?

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Glad to see you back! And moving to Wordpress - yay! Looks like a fun time - as for me I think I'll just stay home and avoid the drunks. :)

Old Kitty said...

Riverdance flashmob! Now I've seen it all! LOL! I do remember the original Riverdance watching the Eurovision song contest waaaaaaaaaay back in 1994 when they came on to fill the interval! Amazing! Happy St Patricks week to you all! Take care

LynNerdKelley said...

Thanks, Bish. Dancing with the grand kids are the best of times!

Alex - I'll be switching to WP as my main blog but will still keep this one open. Yes, Johnny Bagpipes is quite talented!

Jeannette- thanks! You're so funny, "stay at home and avoid the drunks!" Haha!

OC - how awesome that you saw the original Riverdance back in '94! Wow! Hope you enjoy St. Paddy's Day!

DMS said...

Love the pictures! It looks like you guys had so much fun celebrating. You helped get me into the spirit! I don't have any specific plans- but plan to have some green beer and listen to some Irish music. :) Oh- and I will try to talk with an accent.

Munir said...

I am very happy for you guys. Happy St.Patrick's Day! Like the pictures !

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Awesome photos, Lyn. A week early, that's kewl. Looks like you all had a blast. Love the green mustache! LOL

Munir said...

Thank you for stopping by. I am not very confident with American Foods. My husband is not allowed to eat too much of fast food. I am trying to come up with healthier versions of some of his favorites. I want to make home cooking familiar all over again.