Spreading the Love on St. Pat’s Day

img_23443After 14 years living in the same house in Holyoke, my gal and I recently sold the place and moved to a nearby town. But Holyoke will keep me coming back for many reasons–especially for the LVISS!


This past weekend I did come back to Holyoke. The weekend after St. Pat’s Day is a Big Deal in the ‘Yoke every year, as it is the weekend of the annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race, a 10k running race that attracts runners of, ehem, all sorts. (I’m hoping to have some pictures of some of the more colorful characters to put up soon. You might find THIS of interest for now.) The following day is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade–a pretty sizeable affair, and well-known  to almost anyone in the Irish-American community. Anyway, Deb, one of our most loyal members, lives near the race route, and has a friend who lives directly on it. She had the brilliant idea to sit and play music for the runners, and that’s exactly what we did! We were a bit chilly, but the runners loved it, and we got a lot of curious questions. A few runners even stopped running to take our picture! Silly runners. We basically just treated it like another session–we played some of the sets we’ve arranged, and whatever other tunes from our list that came to mind. The whole thing lasted only a couple hours, and some of Deb’s friends made us some nice food to keep us going. It was a fun time, and I’m sure we’ll do it all over again next year…if it’s warm enough!

I hope you all had a fun and safe St. Pat’s Day, as well, and many more to come!



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