St. Patrick’s Day in the Smokies
Feb 10, 2015
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Smokies
March is upon us, and with it comes lots of four-leaf clovers, green and festive celebrations.
Titanic in Pigeon Forge Tennessee
The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge has declared March “Irish Month,” offering guests Gaelic folklore, live music, dancing and even comedy from March 1-31, 2015.
The attraction’s Web site states that “hardworking, skilled Irish laborers” built the Titanic in Belfast, Northern Island, and that the Irish outnumbered all other nationalities on board the ship (there were 187 Irish passengers and crew members).
The museum’s guests can even explore their own Irish roots with genealogy experts – was one of your relatives aboard the ill-fated ship?
While visiting the Titanic, you will receive a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member. Observe ship artifacts worth over $4.5 million throughout the museum; walk the $1 million exact replica of the Titanic’s grand staircase; touch an iceberg and feel 28-degree water; shovel “coal” in the Titanic’s boiler room; learn how to send an SOS distress signal; experience the sloping decks of the ship’s stern as it descended; and sit in an actual size lifeboat and hear true passenger stories.
There’s even a “Tot-Titanic” interactive area, where guests ages 8 and under can explore.
And finally, you can discover your passenger’s fate in the Titanic Memorial Room.
Ticket information for the museum is available at 1-800-381-7670. For more information, visit its Web site at www.titanicpigeonforge.com.
Shamrock Cruisin For Food
On Saturday, March 14, 2015 the Diner Rats Car Club will host the 5th Annual Shamrock Saturday Cruisin’ for Food. Cars will cruise from Smokies Stadium beginning at noon to help stock the pantries of Sevier County Food Ministries and Wears Valley Ranch Children’s Home.
The Diner, located at 550 Winfield Dunn Parkway in Sevierville, will serve traditional Irish fare, a complete meal from fresh foods prepared from scratch: Corned beef and cabbage with carrots, new red potatoes, onions, a choice of side and Irish soda bread.
Saint Partrick's Day Facts
Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century, according to Wikipedia.com. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church. Along with the celebration of Irish heritage and culture in general, it also celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. St. Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.
Looking for a place to celebrate? Gatlinburg has the Shamrock Lounge Pub and Eatery, and the Smoky Mountain Brewery (located in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg), has been known to serve green beer on the holiday.
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By Doug Shanks a Google Local Guide Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.