Friday’s Top o The Towers Benefit Night is an annual benefit for St. Augustine’s Health Ministries, located on West 78th and Detroit. Home to many Irish with health issues and nursing home needs, the caring atmosphere there is amazing. For as long as I can remember, my dad goes there every Sunday to wheel auld folks to mass. I worked night shift security there in summers, saving money for college and losing sleep.
Walking the halls of sleeping people fueled and fleshed out many dreams and a few stories. This was pre Rheumatoid days, and the world was wide awake for me. They are good people there. New Barleycorn are playing too! (5:30 – 9, LaCentre in Westlake) Silent Auctions, raffles, sideboards and massive fun that pays it forward. The Ohio Irish American News is delighted to be a long time supporter of this event.
The Irish Pub movie presented by INCLE at The Cleveland Museum of Art is Friday as well. We tried to launch INCLE 2 years ago, but now, the Cleveland Irish Chamber of Commerce idea that is the driving force within Irish Network Cleveland has gotten our group off the ground. The first event is the presentation of The Irish Pub movie on Friday. All are welcome and the movie is grande.
There is not a more beautiful setting then the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Boulevard, 7pm), I can’t wait to see the movie again, see the museum and see my friends who are joining me to sink heart and soul into developing this amazing Irish resource for our community in and around Cleveland.
This weekend is also the All Irish Boutique, at Rocky River Memorial Hall on Hilliard. The annual event has a lot of unique, crafted and gorgeous Irish items amongst many vendors, music, food, tea and much more. I have a ton of Irish decorations and clothes; I’m going to load up on some more!
Saturday at noon is the Building Trades Mass at St. Paul Shrine (4120 Euclid Avenue). An annual prayers and thank you for the roads paved by the trades in Cleveland, we remember, we pray for angels to guide us forward.
Saturday night is the West Side Irish American Club adults Marching Units exhibition dance at the Club. Marys Lane highlights the music, but the precision and passion of the marchers makes the night so impressive. They have been practicing for months; perfecting for years. St. Patrick’s Day is so hectic, it is my best chance to see great friends stylin’!
Then it’s a two-fer: Marys Lane plays the Music Box Supper Club on Sunday – doors open at 5:30 – love the atmosphere there, the food and the values of Mike Miller and the gang at Supper Box. It’s the last view of frozen Lake Erie as spring will be here before St. Patrick’s Day (I Commandeth Thee!).
Flats Phase II is on full display, and another section of our city vibrates upward. Toby Keith’s new place is just across the water, surrounded by offices, restaurants and walkways. I worked at Fado’s during the Flats 90s heyday; this will make that look small in comparison.
Tonight I self-inflict my 2nd shot of Orencia. 6-12 months to go! I lose myself in the good stuff, and there is an insanely great amount of it coming this month, to forget about the needle pricks in life. They last seconds, the immersions in all that is good in our lives last forever. Today I do what I can, so tomorrow I can do what others cannot.
The massive Madness that is the March issue of the Ohio Irish American News hits the streets tomorrow. Pick up your copy at over 240 locations in Ohio and six surrounding states. Send or post a great pic of you and the issue, and the winning pic will be reprinted in the April issue, our 100th!
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