It turned out to be a beautiful day for Westhampton Beach’s 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday afternoon. Crowds of people lined the streets to watch the procession of marchers and floats as they celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a week early. The 2012 Grand Marshal, W. Michael Pitcher, looked dapper in his tuxedo and had quite the “Irish Spring” to his step as he led the parade. You can check out the gallery of photos on www.27east.com.
I remember when St. Patrick’s Day would fall on a weekday as a kid growing up in Manhattan. My mother would be so worried about me getting home from school safe. We lived on the Upper East Side, near the end of the parade route, and there were many bars and pubs that I had to pass between my bus stop and our apartment building.
Most of the bars were overflowing and had scores of revelers blocking the sidewalks in front. There were even some kegs outside for easier access to libations. Needless to say, I never had any problems getting home on St. Patrick’s Day ... until I was in high school and it would take me several hours to finish my “Bus Stop To Front Doorstep St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl.” (Just kidding mom!)
I hope all of you have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Congratulations go out this week to more than 60 Westhampton Beach Middle School students who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. I wish I had room in my column to name each of you, but that’s the great thing about photos. Way to go, folks!
Good luck to Westhampton Beach High School 2011 graduate TJ Boyle who has enlisted in the U.S. Navy Elite Special Operations. TJ, who lives in Speonk, has been training with Navy SEAL mentors for the past six months to prepare physically and mentally for the next few years of vigorous training.
Good luck, TJ! Your family and friends are very proud and know you will serve our country well. And remember: “The only easy day was yesterday.”
The Masonic Temple, located at 114 Montauk Highway in Westhampton, will host a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 17, from 7 until 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person (18 and over only) and must be purchased in advance. For tickets or more information, call Bill Arnold at 631-786-2313.
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will host a benefit concert featuring Colin Raye on Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to the New Beginnings Community Center, a facility that provides treatment and care for those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Tickets start at $75; VIP tickets are available for $200. For tickets or more information, visit www.whbpac.org or call 631-617-5151.
On The Calendar
Saturday, March 24, 6 to 10 p.m.: The Westhampton Beach Dugout Club is holding a fundraiser at Casey’s on Montauk Highway in Westhampton Beach. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door, and can be purchased ahead of time at Lynne’s Cards and Gifts on Main Street or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The group raises money for the Hurricanes’ baseball teams.
Friday, March 30, 7 to 11 p.m.: The WHB LAX CLUB, which supports the school district’s lacrosse teams, is holding its annual fundraiser at Martini Grill on Montauk Highway in Speonk. Tickets cost $20 each and will be sold at the door.
Saturday, March 31, noon: The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce will host its 16th annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach. There will be more than 5,000 eggs to find and there will be separate areas for all ages of children. There will also be a scavenger hunt for the older kids following the egg hunt.