St. Patrick’s Day celebration turns 35 |

St. Patrick’s Day celebration turns 35

Friday is St. Patrick’s Day, a celebration of the patron saint of Ireland and Irish culture.

One of the area’s larger celebrations will be held at the Old Post Office on S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley, where local attorney Ray Shine is hosting his 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day party Friday at 5 p.m.

An Irish flag has already been hoisted and tents will be raised if the weather permits.

Otherwise, the party, which Shine said usually draws approximately 250 people, will be held inside the building. All of the old post office’s tenants must agree in the lease to hosting the event.

At the party people can enjoy a few drinks and eat a corned beef sandwich, said Shine, who no longer even bothers sending out invitations.

“Twenty-five years ago we forgot to send out invitations and 100 people came anyways,” Shine said.

Shine threw his first St. Patrick’s Day party as a law student at Boalt Hall in Berkeley, but he said those celebrations pale in comparison to recent ones in Grass Valley.

“This is a bigger location,” Shine said regarding the old post office’s ability to hold a larger amount of people. “The more people the more fun it is.”

At St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley, celebrations, which include Irish music and dancing and eating the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, will be postponed until Saturday because of Friday’s Lent activities.

Local history is rich with Irish heritage, said Father Tim Nondorf of St. Patrick’s Church, as many of the mine-workers in the motherlode region were of Irish descent.

Nondorf said St. Patrick’s Day “celebrates culturally as well as religiously being Irish,” in addition to honoring the man who centuries ago converted many Irish people to Christianity.

To reach staff writer Josh Singer, e-mail or call 4777-4234.

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Bistro – takes place at the Gold Country Community Center. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Tickets $12-member, $15-general. 273-4961.

Party at the Halla NA Cloch Pub – takes place from 6-10 p.m. at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. Tickets $15-general, $8-children 12 and under. 272-4695.

Zuma- performs at Diego’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, 6-9 p.m. No cover. 217 Colfax Highway. 477-1460.

The Spankers and Heather – perform at The Beat in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. $2-cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

Organic Flood – performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 9 p.m. $5-cover. 273-1353.

Chris Hescock, Alli Green and friends – perform at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7- 11 p.m. No cover.

Teresita and Rosemary – perform at Amigos & Company in Grass Valley, 6 p.m. No cover. 108 E. Main St.

The Grateful Living – performs at the Gold Rush Gaming Parlor & Saloon in Grass Valley, 8:30 p.m. No cover. 106 E. Main St. 477-6537.

George Souza – performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover.

Clod Headgate – performs at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 265-4551.

Shakedown – performs at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.

The Nevada County Regulators – perform at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050.

Brett & Choppers – perform at Peterson’s Corner in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 26130 Highway 49. 292-3311.

Morningwood Blues – performs at York’s Driftwood Inn, 8:30 p.m. No cover. 10091 Mooney Flat Road. 432-6430.

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