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A substantial crowd gathered in 2012 to enjoy the activities at Lake George’s ‘Sham Rock the Block ‘event. This year’s edition of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, to be held Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17, features an expanded lineup of activities.
The two-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration that’s drawn crowds to Lake George in its initial years, is returning to the village on Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17.
Lake George’s “Sham-Rock the Block Party,” drew many hundreds of people last year to enjoy its extensive lineup of family-oriented activities. The event was considered a resounding success.
To be held at the north end of Shepard Park, this year’s Sham-Rock the Block will include Warren County’s only St. Patrick’s Day parade, as well as Gaelic music, Irish food, and a beer garden outside Duffy’s Tavern. Lower Amherst St. will be blocked off for the crowd to enjoy the music and festivities outdoors.
For 2013, there are new features, including a pub crawl on Saturday night.
For children, activities both days include bounce houses, pony and wagon rides, face painting, games, and a gold-coin scavenger hunt.
On Saturday, the festivities will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to at least 8 p.m., and on Sunday, the celebration kicks off with a St. Patrick’s Day parade, and continues until 6 or 7 p.m.
Musical entertainment in the beer garden is headlined by the band Celtic Cross, backed up by several other Irish groups. The rock band Spoiler will be performing Saturday night inside Duffy’s Tavern.
To feature several Irish bands, the parade, featuring 50 groups and at least three marching bands, will proceed from West Brook Road up Canada St. through the village. The Grand Marshal is Bob McKinney.
Irish food to be available includes Irish corned beef and cabbage dinners, Reuben sandwiches and Irish stew, as well as Irish sausage, burgers and hot dogs off the outside grill.
Adult games are to be featured, whether it’s the keg-tossing competition, or the traditional “swinging of the Haggis.”
Also, there will be an informal dog show at 2 p.m. Saturday, and dogs with their owners will be introduced onstage. In this friendly competition sponsored by the Dog Cabin, costumes and tricks are encouraged, event organizer Linda Duffy said.
Among the businesses offering discounts and special offerings during the weekend are: Molly Malone’s Irish Gifts, Bank Cafe, Lake George Baking Co., Judd’s Tavern, Bella’s Deli, J.C. Montana’s Family Restaurant, From Bagels to Burgers, Shaughnessy’s Olde Log Inn, Pablo’s Burrito Cantina, Fire & Ice, Super 8 Motel, Mario’s Restaurant, Duffy’s Tavern, Duffy’s Liquors, Quality Inn, Adirondack Pub & Brewery, and Super 8 Motel.
Duffy said she was thrilled that such a large crowd has turned out for the prior two Sham-Rock the Block parties — the first public Irish festivities on record to be held in Warren County.
“Its been awesome — and it’s getting bigger each year,” she said.