The Lasting Legacy of the Irish in St. Paul

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re going to explore a little of the significant impact the Irish have had on St. Paul’s, and indeed Minnesota’s, cultural, political, and religious life. A legacy you can experience during your visit to the B&B.

Edward Phelan, John Hays, and William Evans (all Irishmen) were among the early soldiers stationed at Fort Snelling. When they were discharged in 1938, they bought land in and around what would become downtown St. Paul (which was incorporated in 1849).

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View of St. Paul, 1851. Joel Emmons Whitney. Daguerreotype. Minnesota Historical Society

Later, Hays was the victim in the city’s first murder. One of his countrymen, Edward Phelan, was accused of the murder, but released for lack of evidence. Eventually, Phalen Creek and Lake Phalen were named after him.

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Archbishop John Ireland (1838-1918). 1908. Golling Studio. Minnesota Historical Society

Irish immigrant John Ireland, appointed Archbishop of St. Paul in 1888, was hugely influential in the city as well as the whole of Minnesota. He was responsible for the building of the Cathedral of St. Paul as well as the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.

Cathedral of St. PaulCathedral of St. Paul by Ryan Claussen is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
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Basilica of St. Mary by Bobak Ha’Eri is licensed under CC-By-SA-3.0.

He was also responsible for starting the University of St. Thomas, one of the finest universities in a state rich with them. These are all beautiful places, and well worth a visit.

Archbishop Ireland also headed an ambitious program of Irish Catholic colonies around Minnesota, with the goals of increasing the state’s Catholic population and offering a new life to his fellow countrymen suffering the ravages of famine and civil unrest in Ireland. This included setting up a community of farms, with houses, seed, equipment, and household goods available at good rates and on credit to give them a good start. Also provided was instruction on how to farm the prairie sod, which would have been very different from farming in Ireland, if the new colonists had been farmers at all.

For the most part, this was very successful, but there were occasional failures, as with the Connemara group of Graceville in 1880. They were fishermen back home who not only seemed to have no desire to be farmers, but also had to contend with the unbelievably harsh winter of 1880-1 (immortalized in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter). Most of them were eventually resettled in St. Paul in the Connemara Patch, cheek by jowl with the more notorious Swede Hollow in Dayton’s Bluff, where they stayed until the railroad came through and moved them out in 1908. Here’s a tour brochure of Dayton’s Bluff that includes the Connemara Patch, as well as other beautiful and historic landmarks.

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Swede Hollow looking north, c.1910. Minnesota Historical Society

James J. Hill, a man of Irish heritage, came to St. Paul in 1856 with nothing, and through hard work and business acumen attained vast wealth as a railroad baron. A great believer in philanthropy, on both the small and large scale, he worked with Ireland on a number of projects, helping fund what Ireland envisioned. Although not Catholic himself, his wife, Mary, was, and she gave a great deal of money to the building of St. Paul’s glorious new cathedral.

James J. Hill. 1902. Pach Brothers. Mary Mehegan Hill, c.1910. Minnesota Historical Society

He built a series of houses in the swankiest parts of town, ending with his magnificent mansion on Summit Avenue, complete with pipe organ, art gallery, and boiler from a train engine for heating and hot water. It’s well worth a tour, and it’s only a couple of blocks from the Cathedral, and within walking distance from the B&B.

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James J. Hill House, 2013
by McGhiever is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

When you visit us, take the opportunity to check out some of these landmarks which help document the importance of Irish people in the history of St. Paul.

 

Valentines Day – In the Mood for Romance?

Looking for fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones? Here are some ideas, ranging from the traditional – a lovely meal or dancing – to the unusual – snowshoeing or Victorian poetry, anyone?

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HDR – Sunken Garden Como Park Conservatory by Jucadima is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Enchanted Evening – A Valentine’s Dining Experience at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Though February 14th is sold out, they’ve added a seating on the 13th for this romantic candlelit dinner among the indoor gardens of St. Paul’s lush conservatory. String music, limited wine and beer, and animal ambassadors will enhance your experience, as will the opportunity to bask in the humidity and warmth in the midst of a dry St. Paul February.

February 13, 2017, 8:00 pm
$170 per couple, all-inclusive.
Register online.

If you want to make Valentine’s a full day experience, or enjoy the atmosphere of the conservatory and have dinner elsewhere, there are other events during the day, including the Winter Flower Show, and a chance to meet the conservatory’s gardeners at 1:00.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103
651-487-8201
Winter Hours:  10-4

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Sleigh Ride by Bill Burris is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Three Rivers Park District Valentine Programs

Looking for something a little unusual to do with your loved ones? Maybe something outdoors? The Three Rivers Park District offers events ranging from Candlelit Trails to a Victorian Valentine’s Dinner to a Valentine’s Snowshoe Hike to a Lovebirds’ Local Foods Dinner and Sleigh Rides. All their events but one (which is sold out) are happening the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so you could choose off Three River’s menu and do something on the day, if you want to make an extravaganza of the holiday this year.

Three River Parks District is in Hennepin County, so a little bit of a drive from the B&B, but well worth it. Check out the webpage for more information on individual events.

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Big Bay Ballroom – Salsa Spice
by Port of San Diego is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Valentine’s Day Dance

“Love is in the air, so join us for a special night of ballroom dancing with The Dancers Studio Family! Includes complimentary glass of champagne at the door, dessert and cash bar throughout the evening.

“FREE Beginning Salsa Class @ 7:00pm

“Both singles and couples welcome!”

$15 per person
Purchase tickets online.

Dancers Studio
415 Pascal St. North, St. Paul, MN 55104
651-641-0777
info@dancersstudio.com

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James J. Hill House, circa 1895, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

Victorian Poetry Slam

“Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th century poetry in the James J. Hill House drawing room. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning and more dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports and war—even poems about James J. Hill! Audience members are also invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud throughout the evening.”

Tue., Feb 14, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$12/$10 MNHS members

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(7 blocks from the B&B.)
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org

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Land of 10,000 Loves

“Historian Stewart Van Cleve blends oral history, archival narrative, newspaper accounts and fascinating illustrations to paint a remarkable picture of Minnesota’s queer history. Van Cleve will present from his book “Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota,” which explores the sacrifices, scandals and victories that have affected and continue to affect the lives of queer Minnesotans.

“Stewart Van Cleve is a former assistant curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota.”

Tue., Feb 14, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
$5/$3 MNHS members

Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(1.1 miles from the B&B, and easily busable.)
651-259-3015
boxoffice@mnhs.org

However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day, have fun, be safe, and celebrate all the love in your life.

Celebrate the Holidays with Bells On

If you’re visiting us during the Holidays, here are some fun events that might tickle your fancy.

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1. Ole and Lena’s Family Christmas

“Christmas and the holidays has always been Lena’s absolute favorite time of the year, even if, as Ole says “it makes her more than a little loopy.”

“As usual, Lena has invited her whole family, to include her snooty cousin Mildred who’s, in the past has been off on to many exotic vacations too to attend. Ole really wants nothing to do with the whole thing, especially the part when Lena dresses him dress up in the old ratty Santa suit to hand out presents. But, he may have hope if Sven can come up with a scheme to get him out of playing Santa? Will Lena be able to keep it all together while she prepares for the family Christmas? And will Sven come through with a plan? Find out in this hilarious holiday comedy about life, love, family and growing old together.”

Thu, Dec 15, 2016
2:00 PM

Burnsville Performing Arts Center
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN 55337

Prices: $20.00  Reserved Seating

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2. St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral Choir – Russian Christmas Nativity Concert

“St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir will present a concert of hymns from the Orthodox Church’s Vigil and Divine Liturgy for Christmas. Hymns will be sung in Church Slavonic, the liturgical language of the Russian Orthodox Church, and in English. The concert will end with traditional hymns and carols from Eastern Slavic countries and regions.”

Sun, Dec 18, 2016
5:30-6:30 PM

The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419

$15 – Members
$20 – General Admission

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3. Holiday Follies with Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque Show!

“LCR celebrates its 14th annual Holiday Follies variety show, and continues a long tradition of irreverent, sexy, top-rated musical performances! Known for their vaudevillian comedy, and song and dance since 2003, features their critically acclaimed live jazz band, and world-class, triple-threat singers, dancers, and performance artists!”

Sat, Dec 17, 2016
7:00 PM doors open
8:00 PM show starts

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 West 6th Street (6th & Wabasha)
Saint Paul, MN 55102

$20 General Admission Advance
$25 General Admission Door
$65 Table for 2
$125 Table for 4

21 and over

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4. Holiday at the Dunsmore Lodge with Connie Evingson

“Jazz vocalist Connie Evingson is known for taking divergent musical paths. Her recorded catalog of acclaimed CD’s ranging from jazz and Broadway standards to the music of Peggy Lee, the Beatles, Django Reinhardt, Dave Frishberg, Norman Gimbel and more reflects an adventurous spirit that knows no boundaries. She has been a guest artist at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein and Vince Giordano, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the Minnesota Orchestra and Toronto Symphony conducted by Doc Severinsen, the JazzMN Orchestra and Vocalessence, among others. Her ten CD’s on Minnehaha Music have all charted in the Top 50 in the U.S. and Canada and can be heard on radio stations around the world. All the Cats Join In, her third CD in the “jazz manouche” style popularized by Django Reinhardt, features John Jorgenson and his Quintet and was released in Oct., 2014.

“Whether singing bebop, bossa nova, big band swing or a ballad, Connie’s voice is readily identifiable – sure in pitch, a tad smoky in places, razor sharp in articulation and exhibiting an inherent sense of swing that’s dead-center in the pocket. Nominated as JazzWeek Vocalist of the Year in 2005 alongside Stacey Kent, Madeleine Peyroux, Tierney Sutton and Curtis Stigers, Connie has been featured on the Smithsonian’s Jazz Singers radio series, NPR’s Fresh Air and Weekend Edition, and is included on numerous compilations discs in the U.S., China and Japan. She is a two-time recipient of both the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist’s Initiative Grant.”

Dec 28th & 29th, 2016
7:00 PM

Crooners Lounge and Supper Club
161 Highway 65 Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55432
(763) 571-9020

Show:  $15.00 ($16.52 w/service fee)

Dinner & Show:  $40.00 ($42.39 w/service fee)

Choice of Side Salad & Entrée (Peppercorn Grilled Sirloin, Pan-Seared Chicken, Eggplant Parmesan) Upgrades: (Salmon or Pork Chop, $5; Walleye or NY Strip, $8; Crab Cakes, Ribeye or Tenderloin, $12.)

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5. Holiday’s Salsa Explosion “Extravaganza” 2016 (Twin Cities Salsa Asssocation)

“MUSIC Guest DJs
Sala~Bachata~Merengue~Cumbia~Timba~Cha Cha & More …

Best In the City … T…BALLROOM

* Nice Ballroom and Dance floor
* 6 hours of Dancing Music
* Dress to impress
* Free Parking”

Sat, Dec 17th, 2016
7 PM – 1 AM
Complimentary Dance Lesson 7:15 PM

DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place
1500 Park Place Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55416

$10.00 in Advance
$15.00 At the Door

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6. New Year’s Eve 2017 w/ the TIM Sigler Band

“The NYE tradition lives on!! Celebrate the arrival of 2017 w/ the Tim Sigler Band on Saturday, December 31st in downtown St. Paul @ the Eagle Street Grille (Right across the street from the Xcel Energy Center.)

“Shows at the Eagle Street Grille generally sell out fast, especially when the MN Wild are in town, so we highly encourage you to reserve your spot online ASAP.

“Admission to this year’s NYE event includes complimentary domestic tap & rail drinks from 8-9PM, plus there will also be a complimentary champagne toast at Midnight to ring in the new year. Live music with the Tim Sigler Band will start at 9:30PM and go until 1:30AM.

A limited number of hotel rooms are also available across the street at the Holiday Inn if needed @ http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/st-paul/mspal/hoteldetail

Sat, Dec 31, 2016
9:30 PM

Eagle Street Grille
174 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102

$17.50 – $25.00

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7. The Brave New Workshop’s 2016 Holiday Revue: What the Elf?!

“Our blockbuster holiday shows are well known at the Brave New Workshop, and this year we have more material than ever to draw upon.

““The 2016 Holiday Show” will feature BNW cast members Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Ryan Nelson, Taj Ruler and Tom Reed. The show will be directed by Caleb McEwen. Josie Just will be the music director, and Matthew Vichlach will provide technical direction.

“The Brave New Workshop has been crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy, improv and satire in Minneapolis since 1958 – longer than any other theatre in the U.S. Founded by the legendary Dudley Riggs, the Brave New Workshop is a truly unique place to laugh, learn, think, and play.”

Nov 11, 2016 – Jan 28, 2017

Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

$33 – $38 (with discounts for students, seniors, AAA members, and more)

Bringing a group? Planning a party? Family in Town? Awesome! Give the box office a call for a special offer just for you and your group: 612-332-6620

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8. New Year’s Eve 2016 at Psycho Suzi’s

“The best tropical vacation in Minneapolis that money can buy! Go island hopping at Psycho Suzi’s and say goodbye to 2016.

“This New Year’s Eve, purchase a Polynesian Passport, which is your ticket for tasty appetizers, four island cocktails of your choosing, music provided by DJ Shane Kramer of Transmission Music, unlimited photo booth usage and obligatory champagne toast while we ring in 2017.”

Sat, Dec 31 – Sun, Jan 1, 2017
8:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge
2519 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
612-788-9069

Advance tickets:  $56.00 ($58.95 w/service fee)

Beer, Wine, Spirits
Hip Hop & Rap, Pop & Top 40

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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9. LaDanza New Years Eve Ballroom Gala

“Break out your dancing shoes and party attire and join us for a special evening. Dinner, ballroom dancing to live music with the Rod Cerar Orchestra, casino games & prizes, fun DIY photo zone. Come join us!

“Dinner options include Braised Short Ribs, Chicken Inwood, Thai Ginger Glazed Salmon and vegetarian option Butternut Tortellacia. Dessert is optional for a small additional fee. A cash bar will be available all evening.

“We feature live ballroom music including the Waltz, Tango, ChaCha, Foxtrot, Rumba, East & West Coast Swing, Mambo, Samba and Nightclub 2-step.

“For more information and a flyer email: ladanzastillwater@hotmail.com or call Mary Pat Cumming 651-248-0752. LaDanza is a non-profit registered 501(c)(7) social club.”

Sat, Dec 31, 2016 – Sun, Jan 1, 2017
6:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Envision Event Center
484 Inwood Ave N.
Saint Paul, MN 55128

$95/per person 12/02/16 – 12/17/16

Enjoy, and have fun!

 

 

 

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Fit for Your New Easter Bonnet

If you’re visiting the B&B over Easter, you might want to go out for a lovely, leisurely brunch. Here are some excellent options.

The St. Paul Hotel has two restaurants, and thus two Easter brunch offerings, one a bit posher than the other, but both equally delicious and with top-flight service.

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St. Paul Grill

The first is the grande dame of Easter brunches upstairs in the St. Paul Grill, complete with live music and six lavish food stations – Salads, Seafood ice display for shrimp, Carvery, Entree and vegetable station, Breakfast station, and the Pastry chef’s grand dessert display.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
St. Paul Hotel, 350 Market St, St. Paul, MN 55102
$45.00 per person • $19.00 per child, age 4-10 • children under 3, free. (Brunch is Pre-Paid.) Price includes service charge and tax, and two free hours of parking at Lawson ramp (between St. Peter Street and Wabasha on 5th Street).
Reservations: Online or at 651-228-3860

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M ST. Cafe

Downstairs in the M ST. Cafe is an elegant buffet with hot and cold sideboards overflowing with sumptuous offerings.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
St. Paul Hotel, 350 Market St, St. Paul, MN 55102
$29.95 per person • $12.95 per child, age, 4-10 • children 3 and under, free. Includes up to two free hours of parking at Lawson Ramp (between St. Peter Street and Wabasha on 5th Street).
Make your reservation online or call 651-228-3855.

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Kincaids – St. Paul

Offering a special Easter brunch menu, Kincaids, located downtown, offers elegant dining and wonderful food.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
380 St. Peter Street #125, St. Paul, MN 55102
Price range – $30-$60 (according to Yelp.com), includes validated parking for 2 hours in the Lawson Commons Ramp
Reservations: Online or call 651-602-9000

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Fabulous Ferns

They offer an expansive array of breakfast and lunch items to please all pallets, including a variety of traditional brunch items, both hot and cold, as well as special Easter items.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
400 Selby Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Adults $17.95, Seniors $15.95, Children 12 and under $7.95
Reservations: 651.225.9414

Dyed Eggs

W. A. Frost

Featuring an extensive menu of eclectic, artisanal American cuisine served in a beautifully restored historic building, or on a beautiful patio (weather permitting).

10:30 am – 2:00 pm
374 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
Price range – $30-$60 (according to Yelp.com)
Reservations: Online or call 651-224-5715

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The Happy Gnome

The Happy Gnome’s upscale contemporary menu is made in-house daily to achieve the freshest quality possible, and is well-balanced to suit local Midwestern tastes and palates.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
498 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Price range – under $30 (according to Yelp.com)
Reservations: Online or call (651) 287-2018

Whichever amazing option you choose, or if you choose something else entirely, enjoy!

 

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Good Eats for the Irish in Us All

You’ll need food to support any St. Patrick’s Day celebrating you might do. Here are some ideas.

O’Gara’s Bar & Grill

Shamrock Glasses

O’Gara’s is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year with a St. Paddy’s tent party blowout. You can get corned beef and cabbage, a Shamrock burger, or other Irish goodies. Accompany it with some beer or a good whisky.

This week they’re serving music with their food. Check their website for additional events, but here’s their schedule for the day itself.

  • Noon – 4 pm: Hang out with Ben and Dana for the Go 96.3 Morning Show and test your luck on the Irish prize wheel for a chance to win some cool prizes.
  • O’Gara’s 25th Annual World’s Shortest Parade Led by the Brian Boru Pipe Band 3:30
  • Shamrock Room:  The Whiskies 4 – 8 pm & Two Hicks and a Chick 9 pm – 1 am
  • Tent:  The Todd Douglas Band 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

164 N Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

Great Waters Brewing Company

Green Beer

This downtown restaurant will be opening at 10:00 am on the 17th for the convenience of parade-goers, and offering a limited St. Patrick’s Day menu including corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwiches, salmon, and clam chowder.

426 Saint Peter St., Saint Paul, MN

Tavern on Grand

Green Hat

This iconic eatery goes just a bit Irish on the 17th with a traditional corned beef and cabbage, but your luck is also almost certain to be good with their scrumptious walleye dishes.

656 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN

St. Paul Grill

Green Hair

The St. Paul Grill (the restaurant at the St. Paul Hotel) will have a stand on 5th & Market for the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 10:30 am. They’ll be serving Reuben sliders with sweet potato chips, Guinness, Jameson Ginger, and Bailey’s & Coffee. They’ll be serving their regular menu inside.

Shamrock’s: The Irish Nook

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Shamrock’s has a full day of events planned for St. Patrick’s day, extending into the weekend, including a special menu, a tent party, movies, and “all things green.” You can find more information on their Facebook page.

995 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN
Free Busing

Metro Transit is offering free rides from 6 pm to 3 am, so be safe.

Have a delicious time!

 

 

 

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St. Paul Joyfully Invites You to its St. Paddy’s Day Celebrations

While you’re visiting the B&B this week, help St. Paul celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The city takes the wearin’ o’ the green seriously, and here are some ways you can wear your Irish proudly (even if you’re not Irish at all!).

The Parade

Parade

This year marks the 50th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown St. Paul. Held rain, snow, or shine on March 17th (unless it falls on a holy day or Sunday), it’s a wildly popular event, with lots of bands, dancers, community groups, and wearing of the green, but only a few vehicles for dignitaries. The parade culminates with the crowning of Ms. Shamrock, and is put on by the St. Patrick’s Association.

Thurs, March 17th at noon. (You’ll want to arrive early for good viewing.)
It runs down 5th Street, starting at Sibley Street and ending at Rice Park.

35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration & Day of Irish Dance

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Join the Irish Music & Dance association for a two-day celebration featuring regional and local Irish entertainment on multiple stages, Irish dance, Celtic vendors, Irish cuisine, pipe bands, and (Thursday only) children’s crafts and entertainment. Check the website for an entertainment schedule.

Thurs, March 17th, 10-5, and Sun, March 20th, 11-5
At the Landmark Center on Rice Park
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for kids 5-12, and can be purchased at the door either day

Kickin’ It Irish

A thrilling showcase of Irish music and dance.

March 10-17, check website for showtimes under ‘Get Tickets.’
At the SteppingStone Theatre, 55 N. Victoria St., St. Paul, MN
$16 for adults, $12 for students and seniors

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ceili Dance with music by Barra  

If you’re eager to dance instead of watch, this is the event for you. This is traditional Irish folk dance, with a caller, and it’s a great family event. Beginners are welcome. Beverages and desserts available.

Thurs, March 17, 2016. Dance instruction begins at 7, with dancing from 7:30-10 pm
Czech-Slovak Protective Society (CSPS) Hall, on West 7th and Michigan Ave.
Tickets available at the door: Adults, $10; kids aged 15 and under, $5

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ceili Dance with music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band

Another opportunity to dance traditional Irish folk dances, with lessons and calling. ‘Kid favorite’ dances played in the first hour.

Thurs, March 17, 7-10 pm
The Celtic Junction, 836 n. Prior Ave., St. Paul, MN
$10, $5 for ages 12 and under and 60 and up, free for kids ages 5 and under

And if none of that strikes your fancy, check out the calendar at the Irish Music and Dance Association for more great ideas for celebrating the Irish in St. Paul.

Free Busing

Also, Metro Transit is offering free rides from 6 pm to 3 am, so be safe.

Have a great celebration!

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Downtown Dining

So, you’re visiting beautiful St. Paul and you’re downtown, at the Winter Carnival, say. It’s about noon, and you want a nosh. Where should you go? Here are some ideas.

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Right on Rice Park is the St. Paul Hotel, which has a couple of fabulous restaurants. The St. Paul Grill is the fancier (and more expensive) option, with a full bar, while the M Street Cafe downstairs is also very tasty, with the choice to order the buffet or off the menu. We highly recommend the scrumptious fried egg sandwich.

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Anita’s Cafe, also on Rice Park in the Landmark Center, serves breakfast and lunch, and has a daily lunch special. Their food is fresh and delicious (they’re also a catering company), and served cafeteria style so it’s quick. They’re also very reasonably priced. Yelp labels them as a Mexican restaurant, and they do serve some Mexican dishes, but their menu has a much wider range.

Pazzaluna-Exterior

Pazzaluna is a bit off Rice Park to the east, and a little expensive, but serves really good Italian food. We recommend going for happy hour if you want to enjoy the bar and sample their food offerings for a little less money. They recommend reservations.

Sakura

Sakura is a Japanese restaurant that serves excellent sushi, as well as other Japanese favorites like bento boxes (a personal favorite). It has a full bar as well as the sushi bar, and is open for lunch and dinner.

Meritage

Meritage, a fine French and seasonal restaurant, is also really close to Rice Park in the historic Hamm Building, and recommends reservations. Their food is as beautiful as it is delicious, and worth every penny. They have an outdoor terrace and an oyster bar, in addition to their lovely dining room.

Mickey's Diner

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, Mickey’s Diner has been offering diner food in an art deco dining car since 1939. It’s a St. Paul institution. Stop in for a malt or a meal and soak up the ambiance.

This is, of course, a mere sampling of the great dining options in downtown St. Paul, so you should explore on your own, but it’s a place to start.

 

 

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