When I was a kid, there were two parades in my town. In October, there would be a purple line painted down Main Street, just to the left of the double yellow. This was for the Columbus Day Parade marchers to follow and for the Italian-American community to leave it's mark on the town.
Just before St. Patrick's Day in March, a green line would appear to the right of the existing three lines. This line served the same dual purposes for the Irish-American community that the purple one did for our Italian-American brothers and sisters.
We were too proud and there was too much rivalry that either camp could have conceived of following the other's line down the road. Neither could we have left the other party's marking of territory unanswered. Any visiting foreign drivers must have been quite befuddled as to what traffic rule was indicated by a quadruple line of yellow, green and a purple.
Three March Events
While we won't be painting a green line down Livingston Avenue, we do have some Irish themed events for you to enjoy in the month of St. Patrick. I will be leading a Whiskey Tasting on Friday, March 3. I'll take you through 8 whiskeys, mostly Irish and a touch of Bourbon (whose roots lie with the Scots-Irish). The craic will be mighty (that means it will be a lot of fun), and you might even learn a thing or two.
We're also hosting another Live Performance of A Radio Show by Raconteur Radio: The Quiet Man, based on the 1952 film starring John Wayne as a retired American boxer who returns to the Irish village where he was born. It will be performed dinner-theater style on March 19.
The Italian influence (the purple line) will be a dinner featuring wines from one of the greatest regions of Italy: Piedmont. We're bringing in a real live Italian for this one. Giorgio Conterno will be here with wines from his family's 19th Century estate. The Conterno Barolo Wine Dinner will take place on March 6.