By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2011
The committee for Claremore’s 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes (L to R): Cindy Bissett, Debi Ward, Dave McFall, Cathy Grissett, Brenda Hall and Dale Peterson. (Not pictured: Jeri Koehler and Jerad Girten.)
St. Patrick’s Day will soon be upon us – time for “the wearin’ o’ the green” – and Claremore Main Street is celebrating the holiday by hosting its 3rd annual Bangers and Mash Lunch, Stroll and Pot of Gold Giveaway.
Bangers and mash is a traditional Irish meal consisting of “bangers,” Irish sausages similar to bratwurst but with different seasonings, and “mash,” mashed potatoes. Walke Brothers Meat Company researched the traditional Irish recipe for the bangers and makes them specially for this event.
“We started this event three years ago because there was no St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Claremore, and this is still the only one,” says Cindy Bissett, executive director of Claremore Main Street. “It is a fun, family-oriented event that also gives Claremore Main Street the opportunity to raise money for downtown improvements such as planters, flags, art murals, benches and more.”
The fun will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 at the parking lot west of the Claremore Daily Progress, where for $5 participants can purchase a meal consisting of bangers, mashed potatoes, a cupcake and a drink. If you’d like to enjoy bangers and mash but cannot attend the event, pre-orders will be taken. Pre-orders must be made by Wednesday, March 16, and the meals will be delivered on Thursday the 17th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cindy points out that this makes a lovely meal for office groups at lunch time. Call Claremore Main Street office at (918) 341-5881 to order.
The celebration will feature face painting for the children, and green bead necklaces will be given away. A local Irish band, The Timothy O’Brian Celtic Cheer Band, will provide the entertainment and lead the group on “The Stroll” through Claremore’s “Irish District.” The stroll begins at 12:30 p.m. The district starts on the east side of Bike-About Bicycles, where there is a ghost sign with a green shamrock on it, and ends at Blarney’s Store, owned by a local Irish couple. “We had about a hundred people last year,” Cindy recalls. “We hope to build the area’s biggest ‘non parade.’”
You won’t want to miss the event, but if you are unable to attend, you can still win the Pot of Gold Giveaway. Beginning March 1, you can start visiting participating downtown merchants to get your free entry for the giveway. The Pot of Gold will be worth at least $500 in cash and prizes. Downtown merchants will also sell pre-event lunch tickets. Door prizes will be given away the day of the event as well.
Claremore’s 3rd annual Bangers and Mash Lunch, Stroll and Pot of Gold Giveaway has the help of Walke Brothers Meat Company and the Claremore Daily Progress. Cindy invites everyone to come enjoy the festivities: “Wear green and have fun!”
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.