12 ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day the Steamboat way | SteamboatToday.com

12 ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day the Steamboat way

Aye, the shamrock clover; it’s almost a shame ye have to drink it.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — By birth or by blarney, on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone’s Irish.

Whether planning to shake your shillelagh, douse yourself in green beer or start your day with a costumed run, we’ve compiled a list of things to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities 

Luck of the Irish 7K

9 a.m. | Steamboat Springs Middle School, 39610 Amethyst Drive

The Steamboat Running Series will host a run/walk race for those who think the luck of the Irish is on their side. Run with a view of Buffalo Pass and Strawberry Park while the route takes racers through downtown Steamboat. There will also be a half-mile kids race for children younger than 10, race fee will be based on age for the kids.  The race is stroller and dog friendly. Afterwards, participants are invited to O’Neils Tavern and Grill for authentic Irish food and beer from Yampa Valley Brewing Company. Awards will be held at 10 a.m. All proceeds for this race will benefit the Steamboat Springs Middle School track and field program. Racers can register at Twisted Trails between 3 and 6 p.m. today and 8 to 8:45 a.m. on Saturday.

St. Paddy’s Day

4 p.m. to 2 a.m. | O’Neil’s Tavern and Grill, 737 Lincoln Ave.

O’Neil’s is a local Irish pub where revelers can indulge in traditional Irish food, paired with Irish flag shots and Irish car bombs.

8 a.m. | McKnight’s Irish Pub, 685 Marketplace Plaza

For a full day of shenanigans, head to the pub.

  • 8 a.m. Doors open, Irish breakfast served, and Six Nations Rugby will be on the big screen.
  • Noon – Block Party BBQ
  • 1 p.m. Irish road bowling competition and live music by Banjo Andy

Larry Harding, who is organizing the competition, said Irish road bowling is a tradition that has been played since the late-1600s with a heavy ball the size of a baseball with a two- to four-person team rolling the ball for the longest distance.

  • 3 p.m. – Costume and jig contest
  • 4 p.m. – Irish fiddle with Steamboat musician Jessie McCarthy
  • 7 p.m. – Live music by local musician Eric Delaney
  • 9 p.m. – DJ Leprechaun 

St. Paddy’s Day Celebration

Noon to 10 p.m. | Butcherknife Brewing Company, 2875 Elk River Road

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Butcherknife with their limited release Zombie Stout, Black and Tans and corned beef and cabbage.

St. Patrick’s Date Night

4 to 9 p.m. | Steamboat Kids Play Garden, 345 Anglers Drive

Steamboat Play Garden will host a child-friendly St. Patrick’s Day party featuring games, arts and crafts and more.

Celtic Creatures: Storytelling for St. Patrick’s Day

4 p.m. | Steamboat Coffee House, 635 Lincoln Ave.

Join local storyteller Marianne Capra for well-researched stories featuring creatures from the United Kingdom, namely fairies, leprechauns and merfolk. The two main stories originate in Ireland and Scotland with snippet-stories spotlighting other “creepy and cute” creatures in that region. Capra said, “Beware, Celtic Creatures despise glitter and green beer; they lurk in lonesome forests, crashing waves and howling winds.” Free event.

61st annual Knights of Columbus St. Paddy’s Day dinner

5 p.m. | Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.

The Knights of Columbus invite the community to the 58th annual St. Paddy’s Day dinner. Try old world recipes of traditional corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, garnish, homestyle horseradish, rolls and a table of desserts. Serving 250 to 300 people, the event is a local favorite benefiting the Knights of Columbus Council 4462.

Buffalo Commons live

7 p.m. | The BARley Colorado Craft and Draft, 635 Lincoln Ave.

The pub will host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with live entertainment by local favorites Buffalo Commons.

St. Paddy’s Day with the Brian Smith Band

7 p.m. | The Press, 1009 Lincoln Ave.

One of Steamboat’s local bands will bring their unique blend of blues and rock.

St. Patrick’s Day Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

8 p.m. | Base of Steamboat Ski Area, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Don’t miss the trail of torches lighting up the mountain as members of the Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School parade down Mount Werner in celebration of St. Paddy’s Day. 

Steady Flow

10 p.m. | Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Steady Flow brings that St. Patty’s Day funk to Steamboat for two nights at Old Town Pub.

St. Patrick’s Day with The Lil Smokies

10 p.m. | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.

With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass and unique musicianship, The Lil Smokies will bring their music to Steamboat this weekend.

Give this a try…

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

McKilligan Family recipe

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or plan yogurt
  • 3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch cake pan or a regular cookie sheet. Stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Cut the butter gently into the flour mixture until well combined and stir in the raisins.

In another bowl, whisk the yogurt (or buttermilk) and eggs together; lightly beat the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Place the dough into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven until the bread has risen, and the top is golden brown, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

A knife inserted into the center of the bread should come out clean. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing.

Serve warm.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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