May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Traditional Irish blessing
PETOSKEY -- There is a strong Irish influence in the northwest corner of Lower Michigan's tip of the mitt. For example, Irish immigrants settled on Beaver Island, the entire Boyne region is named for the River Boyne in Ireland and there are plenty of Gaelic surnames in the phone book.
That strong Irish heritage is reflected in the region's activities calendar for this St. Patrick's Day weekend.
So grab your green clothes and bring on the Guinness. After all, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, right?
Erin go Bragh!
Friday, March 16
Carnival Weekend -- Carnival Weekend is Friday through Sunday, March 16-18, at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls. Friday events include skiing and snowboarding 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and a cookout 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For a complete schedule, visit www.boyne.com or call (800) 462-6963.
Hoolie -- The Robert Emmet Society's annual Hoolie scholarship fundraiser is 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the H.O. Rose Room of Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey. Entertainment will be provided by the Hooligans and Chicago Reel. Cost is $10 per person, or $5 for North Central Michigan College students, Robert Emmet Society members and citizens of the Irish Republic. Proceeds benefit a scholarship that sends a North Central Michigan College student to Ireland for one semester of study. Visit www.emmetsociety.org.
Saturday, March 17
Irish lunch at Teddy Griffin's Roadhouse -- Teddy Griffin's Roadhouse, 50 Highland Pike, in Harbor Springs, will be serving traditional corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and reuben's beginning at noon. There will also be games, prizes and giveaways — must be present to win. Call (231) 526-7805 for more information.
Krazy Daze -- Krazy Daze is Saturday, March 17, at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs. Events include a twin zip contest 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; dual GS ski race 11 a.m.; jump competition 11 a.m.; NASTAR race 12:15 p.m.; Krazy Cup 12:45 p.m.; silly slalom 1:45 p.m.; Ski over the Pond 3 p.m. Registration is 8:30-10:30 a.m. For a complete schedule, visit www.boyne.com or call (800) 462-6963.
Carnival Weekend -- Carnival Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls. Saturday events include skiing and snowboarding 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; on-hill party 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; cookout 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; adult costume contest 2:30 p.m.; and the Great Carnival Bash 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m. For a complete schedule, visit www.boyne.com or call (800) 462-6963.
Irish Heritage Festival -- Boyne City's Irish Heritage Festival is Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18. Saturday events include a children's movie 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Boyne District Library; genealogy workshop 1-3 p.m. at Boyne District Library; and an Irish heritage dinner 5-8 p.m. at the Eagles hall. Tickets for the dinner are $15 for adults and $8 for children 6-12; they are available at the Boyne chamber, Eagles hall, Local Flavor and Country Now & Then/Up the Lazy River. Call (231) 582-6222 or (231) 582-9009, or www.boyneirishfestival.com.
St. Patrick's Day -- St. Patrick's Day outdoor games begin 1:30 p.m. in front of the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant, Beaver Island. Visit www.beaverisland.org.
Dinner -- Zion United Church of Christ in Brutus will serve a St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the church on the corner of U.S. 31 and Maple River Road, north of Brutus. Cost is $7 adults, $4 children. Take-out available.
Sunday, March 18
Carnival Weekend -- Carnival Weekend continues Sunday, March 18, at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls. Sunday events include skiing and snowboarding 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; cookout 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; and the Slush Cup at noon. For a complete schedule, visit www.boyne.com or call (800) 462-6963.
St. Patrick's Day dinner -- The annual St. Patrick's Day dinner is noon-3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Parish, Charlevoix. Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children or $30 for a family. (231) 547-6652.
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St. Patrick's Day this weekend offers pot-full of activities
St. Patrick's Day