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St. Wenceslaus maps out St. Patty's Day feast

With a little luck o the Irish, church fundraiser will be back year after year


St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church isn’t going to be giving up St. Patrick’s Day for Lent this year. Instead, the church is holding its inaugural fundraiser dinner March 17 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Until now, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in South Columbia County have been fragmented and held under the banner of drink specials in bars, or coupled with the occasional dinner offer at a local restaurant. Now, for the first time, the holiday is ripe — despite its green appearance — to lay down community roots.

“The funny thing is, the Catholic church gives the Irish special dispensation to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during Lent,” said Marty Baldwin, committee member for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. “Besides, don’t you think you need a beer during Lent?”

St. Wenceslaus will be serving a traditional Irish dinner with corned beef, cabbage, O’Brien potatoes, and beer and wine. Tables will be decorated with Irish linen, and during the dinner, attendees will be able to bid on high-value items at the silent auction while listening to traditional Irish music.

The silent auction will include a gift basket of Irish collectables valued at $100 that was put together by the parishioners, a $600 gift certificate to Wesco Boots, a variety of jewelry and much more.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Baldwin. “I envision this event with a giant tent taking over the entire back lawn in the future.”

St. Wenceslaus hopes to continue hosting the event in future years in order to recoup expenses. The church runs a food pantry, organizes charitable outreach and provides services to people in need. As a result of providing these services, the cost of business has gone up, Baldwin said.

Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner, a souvenir mug and a chance to win a gift basket valued at $100.

For more information, contact Marty Baldwin at 503-543-3852.

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