Special Days in March!

March had at least two special days, Rebecca’s birthday and St. Patrick’s Day.

We want to wish Rebecca a very Happy Birthday!! 

Carolyn wrote: I remember my father had a St. Patrick’s Day tie that he wore every March 17.  One of my brothers had one also. They were funny to look at.  I like the song group called Irish Rovers. I bought a necklace of shamrocks to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Wearing something green for St. Patrick is a tradition for a long time. 

I have a good friend who is of Irish heritage.  His ancestors emigrated to Canada from Ireland in the 1840s and settled as subsistence farmers along the Ottawa River north of Renfrew. So, St. Patrick’s Day was very special for his family when he was growing up. It is also his sister’s birthday.  On the day, it was a combined celebration with Irish Stew and a birthday cake with green icing. His dad used to like to play fiddle music records and Irish Rovers that day, which his family felt was right because his dad’s birthday was March 19. My friend’s name is Patrick (I should ask if he is named after the day!), and his tradition is to keep thirteen different types of Irish whiskey and he always makes it a point to sample some “nectar of the gods” on St. Patrick’s Day.

Samantha wrote: My dad is 29 on the 17th of March and has been for the last 30 years. So, St. Patrick’s Day is always fun at our house. He is Scottish, so he likes scotch whisky to Irish whiskey. This is Jayme and I getting into the spirit!

By Samantha Millar and Carolyn Henry 

with assistance from Julie Millar and Glynis Henry

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