Well, my Portage friends, March is definitely coming in like a lion. Hopefully that means it will go out like a lamb! While we’re waiting in this weary winter land, I hope that many of the events starting tomorrow will have you feeling warm and seeing green instead of white.
Starting off with the South Haven Lion’s Club all-you-can-eat chili dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the South Haven American Legion Post 502, 429 W. County Road 750 North. Cost is $7 per adult, $17 for a family of 4 or $3 for ages 9 and under. All the proceeds for the annual dinner are split between Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter and Portage Rebuilding Together. For more information, call (219) 763-2034.
If chili’s not your thing you can always stop by the Portage Township Education Foundation Brewfest held at Oakwood Hall, Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, from 5:30 to 8:30pm.
Distributors that will be featured at tomorrow’s event are Figure 8, 3 Floyds, Cavalier, Calumet Brewery, Butler Winery, Republic National, Southern Wine and Spirits, Indiana Beverage, 18th Street Brewery and a special presentation by Veteran’s Beer in Chicago.
Yes, this year there is a special twist on the usual wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres event that helps provides grants to the educators within the Portage Township Schools. The emphasis is on the beers that are frequently tipped this time of year for St. Paddy’s Day. There will still be wine, tasty treats, a silent auction with everything from sports memorabilia to gift baskets but the main star will be the brews that tempt your taste buds. Tickets are available at the door for $35 and you must be 21 to attend this popular event.
Next up is Hannah’s Hope Shamrock Shoot Out, a 9-pin no tap charity bowling tournament this Sunday at Camelot Bowling Center, 5201 U.S. 6. A portion of these proceeds will go towards the future Hannah’s Hope all inclusive playground for any child regardless of their physical abilities.
Check-in begins at noon and the tournament starts at 1 p.m.; the cost is $30 a bowler. Non-tournament family bowling is also available for $10 a person which includes 3 games and shoes. There will be side pots, a strike shot, auction items, brackets, doubles and Hannah’s Hope T-shirts will be available for purchase. Minimum payout is $1000 based on 100 tournament bowlers. Come out and bowl for a great cause.
Now for the main happenings for all St. Patrick’s Day diehards. I can’t think of any place I’d be in Portage on the weekend of or St. Patrick’s Day other than Clancy’s Public House, 2542 Portage Mall. If you’re wanting a true corned beef cabbage dinner with all the trimmings, come on out to Clancy’s and get your fill for $9.99 a dinner. Culver’s Pipe and Drum Corp will be out to entertain at approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday and Monday nights while Randy the Roving piper will be entertaining on and off all day on Monday with the lyrical sounds of the Irish we’ve all come to know.
To top that all off you can come out and hear the country sounds of the Allen Wronko Band at 8:30 p.m. on Monday. So come on out and get your Irish on all weekend for some of the greatest groups in Portage Township.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.