St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Is Back

If you’ve ever wanted to get “shamrocked” in a historic building, your chance is coming up next month.

On Saturday, March 15, the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is returning to Jamestown, which will be held in the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, 211-217 W. Second St. The celebration will be taking place from 1-7 p.m. inside the renovated, historic Erie-Lackawana Train Station.

Food will be provided by Miley’s Old Inn, which is located at 845 E. Second St., Jamestown. There will be a corned beef and cabbage meal, with a Guinness Irish stew. In addition, Miley’s Old Inn will providing an array of beverages. Celtic entertainment will be provided by The Irish Dancers from Olean. The 96 Highlanders will be performing bagpipe music to set the stage for a true Irish celebration.

Stone Row, a high-energy Celtic Band from Buffalo, will performing, as well. The band is in pre-production of their new album that has 14 inspiring Irish songs. Stone Row band members have won Buffalo Music Awards, with Katie Panfil winning original female vocalist and Dave Schmeidler winning original guitarist.

Lee Harkness, Jamestown Gateway Train Station general manager, said there were a lot of people in the area disappointed last year when there was no St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Jamestown.

“We thought we would try to do it here in the train station so the weather, if it is bad, won’t matter because we will be undercover,” he said. “Somedays on St. Patty’s Day we would have worse weather than we would have for the holiday parade.”

For seven years, Jamestown had a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. However, last year the event was canceled while the Jamestown Renissance Corporation and Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation merged into one entity. The organization wanted more of a focus on events like Jamestown Hands On, the farmer’s market, Cruisin’, Thunder In The Streets and the holiday parade

“Well I think people really look forward to it as a family-oriented entertainment piece,” Harkness said about why the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration has returned to downtown Jamestown. “People really came out for it, and it got busier every year. Everyone, all ages, can have a good time.”

Tickets for the celebration will go on sale on Feb. 15, with presale tickets costing $30 and tickets the day of the event being $35. People can make reservations by emailing lharkness@discoverjamestown.com or faxing reservation information to 487-1729. Questions about the event can also be sent to these contact addresses.