For those of you who missed it the St. Patty’s trail was ….ah
well…interesting. Harrassed by BPD the whole night and then being caught on
camera by the local news….sheeewwww …can’t we just drink some beer and maybe
an Irish Car Bomb here or there?. Red Rocket has assumed the position of Pubic
Relations officer apparently…as he was quoted in the newspaper (sunday local)
as BH3 being a “drinking club with a running problem”.
It was good times.. Thanks to Asshopper for doing the trail. Does anybody
remember who (or if) volunteered for Hare duty next Monday?
We’re caught on video at Fish Lips ..click following
Irish eyes smiling on Bakersfield
Locals revel in Irish spirit at events, celebrations all around the city
Saturday, Mar 17 2007 10:05 PM|
Last Updated: Saturday, Mar 17 2007 10:09 PM
They say everyone has a little bit of Irish in them on St. Patrick’s Day. Saturday in Bakersfield, the Irish spirit was abundant.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Old Corral… At The Old Corral on Alfred Harrell Highway, Mike Wold serves a green St. Patrick’s Day cake. He was there with family and friends to watch his brother, David, sing during the afternoon and evening-long event which raised funds for Relay for Life,
St. Patrick’s Day at the Old Corral… Shirley Taylor, wearing the proper “ears” for the occasion, and Ray Herda dance during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities at Ethel’s Old Corral Saturday.
At Ethel’s Old Corral, Tony Knittel enjoyed the day Saturday. The St. Patrick’s Day event at the popular Alfred Harrell Highway restaurant and watering hole raised money for Relay for Life.
Seeing green at McMurphy’s
At McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar, the festivities were well under way by midafternoon, complete with the wearing of the green and drinking emerald-colored beer to match.
“We’re going to have some food, drink, see family and friends and dance a little,” said Marina Patlan, 24, of Bakersfield. She and her friend, 22-year-old Adrian Quiroz of Bakersfield, were decked out in green from head to toe. He was eager to get the party started.
“Green beer, Irish culture,” Quiroz said. “That’s why we’re here.”
Lift a glass, raise some money
Out at Ethel’s Old Corral on Alfred Harrell Highway, The Arvizu Brothers band entertained a big crowd of folks who took shelter from the unusually warm afternoon weather to down beer, dance and help raise funds for the annual cancer-research benefit Relay for Life, May 5 and 6 at Cal State Bakersfield.
Cathy Arvizu, whose husband, Scott, plays bass in the band, was busy buying about $100 in tickets for prizes including a patio gazebo, free carwashes, movie tickets and more.
“I always like to donate to this charity,” she said.
Green gifts for the homeless
On the east side of town, the Bakersfield Homeless Center prepared dinners for dozens of needy families. They filled their plates with chile verde, green rice, green salad, green apples and even green lemonade.
“We’re adding fun to the usual day-to-day meals we serve,” said Barbara Paulson, special needs supervisor.
Lucy Balderas, 33, and her two kids, 13-year-old Richard and 12-year-old Jacqueline, took their place at one of the long tables at the center’s hall.
“My children feel safe here,” Balderas said, adding that she’d “probably be living under a bridge” if not for the center’s generosity.
Tina Lewis, 20, and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Justin Blackburn, have been living at the shelter. Blackburn said he’s grateful for the help.
“To me, it’s important because I could be out on the street with nothing to eat,” he said.
The tradition at a museum
A small group gathered at the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History to enjoy barbecued food and friendship. Usually, Jean Nafus — a founding member of the museum — likes to prepare traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare at home such as corned beef and cabbage. But this year, she let someone else do the cooking, and the holiday has more meaning to her than shamrocks and pots of gold.
“It’s my granddaughter’s 21st birthday,” she said.
Back at McMurphy’s, Matt Gordon and Ashton Carbin, both 22, were having a last bit of fun before heading back to college in Dayton, Ohio. Gordon’s 25-year-old brother, Paul Gordon, was going to shuttle them to the airport before dark.
“We want to leave on a good note,” Matt Gordon said.
‘Running and drinking’
In the evening, Fishlips Bar & Grill downtown was rocking as several music groups and throngs of revelers packed the house. Among partygoers were local members of an international running club, the Hash House Harriers, whose purpose in life is twofold.
“We’ve been running and drinking,” said one member whose name tag said Red Rocket. “We’re a drinking club with a running problem.”