The Central Valley Corvette Club was
chartered in 1991 for the owners of the only
real AMERICAN sports car, the awesome
CORVETTE. It's a social organization with
activities that provide enjoyment for the true
MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE HELD
AT 6.30 P.M. ON THE 3 RD TUESDAY
OF EVERY MONTH AT YOSEMITE
FALLS CAFE, 4278 W. ASHLAN AVE,
FRESNO CALIFORNIA. INTERESTED
CORVETTE ENTHUSIAST ARE
MORE THAN WELCOME TO
ATTEND THE MEETINGS AND MEET
Club activities include monthly meetings,
car shows, weekend Club activities,
overnighters, picnics, road rallies, summer
cruises, holiday get-to-gathers and more!
Eligibility for membership in CVC is
defined in Article III, section 1 of the
bylaws in part as follows: "Membership in
Central Valley Corvettes shall be open to all
Corvette owners who are sponsored by a
member in good standing. Additionally, a
prospective member must, within a three
month period , attend two consecutive
meetings, participate in two club sanctioned
social activities, pay current membership
dues and initiation fees, and be approved by
two-thirds vote of membership present at a
general membership meeting by secret
Sponsors shall be responsible for advising
prospective member of results. All members
must submit proof of personal insurance in
accordance with California State Law upon
application for membership, and all
members must be a member of the
association providing club liability insurance
for CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES.
A prospective member who does not have a
sponsor will be provided one by the
membership committee. Non-members may
not participate in more than three meetings
or two sanctioned activities as per CVC
CVC membership dues are $67.00 plus an
initiation fee of $35.00. Membership entitles
two members at the same address voting
privileges at meetings (provided they are in
good standing) and membership rights.
Please feel free to contact the membership
chairperson, Charlotte Renna (559) 323-
0153 or any officer on the following page.
VP-PUBLIC RELATIONS/ MEMBERSHIP
Mission Statement / Officers..... 2-3
A Word from our President.......... 4
Secretary’s Minutes..................... 5
Birthdays & Anniversaries............ 6
Sunshine & Clouds………………….7-9
Chevy Billboard Signs…..........10-13
CVC Event Flyers...................15-24
Sanger Sweethearts Run………25-31
Meaning of St. Patrick’s Day……. 32
From our Sponsor, Ed Dena....... 33
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS - NEWS
Hi Fellow Corvetter’s,
Wow it is March already I cannot
believe it. Are membership is growing
which is great more new people with
new ideas. I love this club, we go places
we would normally not go that is so fun!
I think we had a great meeting last
month. Lots of fun good food and a fun
raffle Mike and Lynne do such a great
Thanks for all the great gifts you
bring. It really helps support our club.
Looking forward to more fun runs
laughing and playing with good friends.
It just doesn't get better than that!!
Your president, Andy
Central Valley Corvettes
General Meeting Minutes
February 21, 2017
The General Meeting was called to order by
President Andy Anderson at 6:35pm. Minutes
from the January meeting were read by
Secretary, Terry Johnson. There was one
correction. The cost for the dinner at DiCicco’s
in Merced was $30 per person not per couple
for the dinner. Tom Jarvis made a motion to
accept the minuets with the correction.
Seconded by Mike Henenfent. Dick Johnson
gave the Treasurer’s report. Tonight’s raffle
brought in $225. We received the $1200
sponsor check from Ed Dena. VP of Activities,
Dick Danielsen reminded everyone to call his
home phone not his cell phone. He checks his
cell phone about once a week. 38 people
attended the Super Bowl party at the
Anderson’s. The run to Merced for dinner at
DiCicco’s had 32 people in attendance. Future
runs are the drag races in Bakersfield on March
4 th . March 15 – Movie night. April 20-22 –
Laughlin, April 29 – Clovis Rodeo Parade, May 7
– Kroekerville Picnic, May 13 – Duke’s Potluck,
May 17-20 - Lake Tahoe, June 4 th – Ficklin
Winery & Lunch. Don’t forget to sign-up for the
above Runs at the meetings. More information
is on the sign-up sheets as to the cost and
meeting times or check out the activity page in
our newsletter. Dick also mentioned the Lake
Tulloch Lion’s Club 17 th Annual Hot Copper Car
Show at Copperopolis
Town Square on May 6 th . It is the largest Hot Rod
and Custom Car show in the Mother Lode. For
more information go
to www.laketullochlions.org . Craig Hanson
informed us that most of the contracts are in
place for the Colorado Run in 2018. VP of Public
Relation, Charlotte Renna welcomed our newest
members, Lee & Holly Baumgarten, sponsored by
Chuck Hall. We had 4 guest tonight – Jeff &
Stephanie Engleman and Juan & Lilia Gonzales. It
was also good to see members, Emilio & Lori
Garcia with us tonight. Sgt at Arms, Chuck
Laningham collected $3.00 in badge fines.
Debbie Garrison gave a very lengthy Sunshine
and Clouds report.
Old Business: None
David Dukes announced, he and Lori have
purchased a 2017 Corvette, therefore their 2009
Blue Corvette is for sale. If interested you can see it
at Sequoia Chevrolet. Lynn Henenfent announced a
non sanctioned club event cruising the Hawaiian
Islands in January 2018 that some members are
taking. A reminder that members do need to wear
their badges to meetings even if they are wearing
shirts with their names on it. A motion was made,
discussion ensued and then the motion was
withdrawn later by Emilio Garcia to consider moving
the meetings to 7pm in the summertime. Bylaws
were reviewed and found that the Board decides
where the meetings will be and what time. The next
General Meeting will be March 21, The next Board
Meeting will be Tuesday, February 28 th at Andy
Anderson’s. A motion to adjourn the meeting was
made by Joyce Kroeker and seconded by Chuck
Laningham. Meeting adjourned at 7:40pm.
Respectfully submitted by
Terry Johnson, Secretary
Raffle: Thank you to the following members
for donating raffle prizes: A&C Anderson,
Danielsen, Derringer, Dukes, S&L Garcia, S
Garcia, Garrahan, Garrison, Hall, Henderson,
Henenfent, Jarvis, Johnson, Kroeker,
Laningham, Lebda, Null, Parkin, Pflepsen,
Renna, Severance, Walker.
y Charlotte Renna
Fred Parks, 3/03 – Lee Baumgarten, 3/03 – Patricia Garrahan, 3/04 – Bob Marine, 3/08
Debbie Anderson, 3/08 – Mike Henenfent, 3/11 – Andy Anderson, 3/14 – Vickie Garrison,
3/20 – Del Walker, 3/26 – Darlene Derringer, 3/27 – Joe Garcia, 3/27 – Jill Rosen, 3/29 and
Ed Kroeker, 3/31.
Steve & Jill Rosen, 3/19/00 – 17 Years
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR NAME BADGES TO:
ALL MEETINGS, CLUB EVENTS AND RUNS (NOW a 50₵ FINE ea. without it)
SUPPORT YOUR CLUB RAFFLE AND BRING A RAFFLE PRIZE!
AND BE SURE AND RECOMEND OUR WEB SITE REGULARLY
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS
Feb. 21, 2017
Big Month for Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren!
We start off with our President Andy and First Lady Connie, they found out they are going be
Great-Grand Parents again this summer and it’s going to another boy!
Mike and Diane Hayes became Great-Grand Parents again this month to a beautiful baby girl.
She was born to their oldest grandson and his wife and joins a big brother born just a little over
a year ago.
Glenn and Lorraine Henderson found out they are going to be Grand Parents again and the baby
will be a little girl. She is due to be born at the end of June or beginning of July and will the
second little girl for their son and his wife.
Fred and Sue Rose sent us news that they welcomed their 5 th grandchild. Her name is Adeline
and she weighed in at 6 lbs 12 ozs. Her sister is adjusting well to being a big sister.
Tom and Marcie Jarvis welcomed a Great-Grandson. His name is Thomas Wayne; he weighed in
at 8 lbs 5 ozs. 21 inches long and is named after in his Grandpa and Great-Grandpa.
Julie and David Sons became Grand Parents to a baby boy born in January, his name is Andrew
Benjamin Sons and he weighed 7 lbs 5 ozs. He is the first child for their son David and his wife.
Our Dear Charlotte became a Great-Grandma for the 3 rd time when her granddaughter Katie
delivered a little boy. His name is Tucker James and he weighed 7 lbs 13 ozs.
Steve and Lydia are new parents – to Bindi a 10-week old Jack Russel Terrier. Lydia drove a 12-
hour round trip to pick her up. They are very happy to have a new addition to the family.
Congratulations to all our Parents, Grand Parents and Great Grand Parents!
Some happy news from Jan about granddaughter Meghan. Meghan you remembered was
diagnosed with Leukemia/lymphoma last month. After 5 weeks of intense chemotherapy, bone
marrow biopsies and spinal tap-She is now in remission. Prayers answered.
Leigh Ann sent Skip to the meeting while she spent the evening in Bakersfield watching their
grandson’s team from Clovis North win against Bakersfield at the Soccer Quarter Finals.
Mike and Diane Hayes missed the meeting due to sickness said they were staying home so they
didn’t spread the joy. Let’s wish them a quick recovery
Dick and Terry spent 5 wonderful days in Pensacola, Florida with her brother Steve and his wife
Lynn. He no longer looked like a retired Marine with his shoulder length hair. They had no
problems flying in or out of Florida. Their hotel was on the beach facing Gulf of Mexico; they
walked the white sands every day and brought home a few shells. They toured Fort Pickens, the
last remaining fort of three from the 1800’s that protected Pensacola Bay. Terry’s brother took
them to the Naval Air Museum where Dick posed as Trump on Nixon’s Marine One helicopter.
They were under a tornado warning on Saturday where several tornados did touch down
Saturday night 40 miles north of them. Terry said they had lots of seafood and of course, ice
cream! Had a funny incident happened while in the elevator at the hotel, a guy asked Dick if he
actually owned a Corvette or just like wearing Corvette clothes? Other than the tornado warning
and showers off and on, the weather was a balmy 75, a nice break from the 45 degrees in
Art and Nancy have been RV’ing in Lake Havasu, AZ since early January. Said they had
unseasonably cold and wet weather but did get in 4 days of sunny days with their Razor UTV on
a 450 mile desert trip from Salomen to Yuma to Quartzite to Parker with 5 other couples. They
headed to Pismo for an RV trip. Said they will see you all in April.
Charlotte and Good Neighbor Bob went to Pismo on Thursday before the meeting and spent the
weekend and the President’s Holiday. They would have stayed longer if not for the meeting, the
weather started out bad with wind and rain but improved as the weekend passed, they saw lots
of downed trees. I saw that they visited with our good friends the Goodall’s while they were
Kim and Charlie sent us Aloha Wishes from Kauai, Hawaii. They were going to have a cocktail for
all of us but soon realized it would be too many. See you all soon.
Keith and I spent the weekend before the meeting in Santa Clara with Skip and Vickie, their sons
Mathew and Josh and their cousin Will from San Rafael having a mini family reunion and
planning for the real one later this year. Weather was wet and wild with many flooded streets.
But we had a great time.
Quite a story from Roy and Mary Ann Whitson vacationing in Maui, Hawaii. They had a good
time and a bad time-weather was good, windy almost every day and for one day it rained.
Sideways!! Went whale watching and saw lots of whales and not just their tails. Roy went
snorkeling and drank too much of the Pacific Ocean and ended up the next day in ER suffering
from asthma and a very bad cold. Doctor wanted to keep him overnight but they were taking
the red eye home that night. They eventually let him leave the hospital but when they got to
airport, they were the last to confirm their flight home. The flight was overbooked and they got
bumped. Eventually a seat opened up in First Class and Mary Ann made Roy take it and Mary
Ann took one in coach next to a woman with a baby. Good news is Roy saw his doctor when he
got home and is on antibiotics and is feeling better and on the road to recovery.
Glenn and Lorraine have more news-he has sold his 2002 Z06 and has ordered a new 2017
Grand Sport. They should have it in 6-8 weeks. They ordered it from Ed Dena and said he was
really great to work with and other members looking for a new car should really go out and see
Speaking of new cars Dave and Lori Dukes have ordered a new 2017 Corvette. They are selling
the beautiful 2009 so if anyone is interested give them a call.
You probably heard that Connie Olson fell and broke her leg early this month. She had surgery
where they put in a pin, screws, and the works! She will be rehab for 2 weeks and then 2 more
weeks at Horizon Rehab. Don believes that Connie’s recovery will take a while. Send her a card
or give a call to let her know you are thinking about her.
Joyce sent us an update on our Miracle Man, Ed Kroeker. Ed has had to spend some time at the
Willow Creek Care and Rehab facility since his last relapse. Joyce said he’s been spending time
getting waited on and watching TV, too bad it’s been between Clovis Hospital and Willow Creek
and not a resort. Ed’s very weak and was supposed to be discharged from the rehab to return to
the hospital for a few days and then back to the Rehab. But Ed developed pneumonia and ended
up staying at the Rehab.
Not to let Ed get all the attention, Joyce had bladder surgery the day after our meeting and went
to Dominoes the after that! She is an amazing woman. Please keep Ed and Joyce in your
thoughts and prayers.
And finally our Ruthie Danielsen went to the hospital the Friday before our meeting with a
severe colon infection, Diverticulitis. Dick reports that she is improving and most of the tests are
good but she is weak and she is somewhat confused. She was having trouble putting thoughts to
words but this will improve as she gets better. She will probably have to spend some time in
Rehab. Give them a call or send her a card to remind her how much we care.
Some joyous news this month with the birth of new babies to our family but also some of our
members are facing illness and facing recovery. Please keep them all in your thoughts and
hearts. Your Sunshine Girl, Debbie G.
Nostalgic Chevrolet Billboards
Get the Picture?
WE NEED TO GET
SOME MORE RUNS BOOKED FOR 2017. PLEASE CONSIDER PUTTING ON A RUN
AND, AS I HAVE PREVIOUSLY STATED, IF YOU NEED HELP, JUST ASK!
REMEMBER, THE MORE RUNS WE DO, THE MORE FUN WE WILL HAVE!
Mar 4 Bakersfield Drag Races Severance
March 15 CVC Movie Nite – The Last Word Fosnaugh
Apr 20-22 Laughlin w/COB Garrison’s
Apr 29 Clovis Rodeo Parade & Lunch Fosnaugh’s
May 7 CVC Spring Picnic CVC Board
May 13 Potluck Duke’s
May 17-20 Lake Tahoe / Virginia City Lebda’s,
Henenfent’s & Danielsen’s
June 4 Ficklin Vineyards Danielsen’s
June 10 Madera Speedway Baumgarten
July 2018 Colorado Rocky Mountain High Hansen’s
GENERAL MEETING ALWAYS 3 RD TUESDAY 6:30 PM
BOARD MEETING IS THE TUESDAY FOLLOWING THE
GENERAL MEETING AT 7:00PM
Dominos 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month
Saturday, March 4
8:15 AM..... Group 2 Round 1 Eliminations
......................... Run Order: Hot Rod, D/Gas, C/Gas, Nost. Elim 3, Nost. Elim 2, B/Gas, Nost. Elim 1, A/Gas
12:30 PM... Funny Car & Top Fuel Qualifying Session 3
2:15 PM..... Group 1 Round 1 Eliminations
......................... Run Order: 7.0 Pro, Junior Fuel, A/Fuel
3:15 PM..... Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
4:00 PM..... Fuel Altered Qualifying Session 2
Rear Motor Top Fuel Session 2
......................... Followed by Nost. Elim 1 Round 2 and 7.0 Pro Round 2
5:00 PM..... Secure
Sign up at the Jan meeting. Probably leave Fresno Sat the 4 th about 6:30am, first
race is 8:15. Also car show, swap meet, vendors, etc. Always a fun time. Questions
call Skip or Andy. Bring sun screen and a hat.
Dinner & Movie Nite…
You are invited to join us in watching:
On Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The festivities will be held the Maya Cinema
3090 E. Campus Pointe Dr. Fresno, Ca 93710
(Dinner and Movie times to be determined)
Sign up at the next CVC Club Meeting!
Who’s ready to go again?
Corvettes of Bakersfield's
20th Gambler's Classic
April 20-22, 2017
at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort in Laughlin, Nevada
Driver's Name: _____________________________________________________________________
City:____________________________________________ State:_________ Zip:________________
Home Phone: ( )___________________________Cell:_________________________________
Corvette Year: _________ Color: ______________________ License Plate: ___________________
Club Affiliation: ____________________________________________________________________
The 20th Gambler's Classic will be limited to the first 250 Corvettes. Any registrations received after
250 will be contacted to see if they want to be placed on a waiting list or have their registration returned.
Entry Fee for Full Event Includes: Free meet & greet Thurs. nite, Couple Single
Dinner Show (1 single, 2 couple), Car Show & Poker Run,
plus 1 t-shirt, 1 poker hand, goody bag and dash plaque. $180.00 $130.00
T-shirt size (circle 1): S M L XL XXL XXXL
Extra T-Shirt @ $15.00: S M L XL XXL XXXL $_______ $_______
Additional Poker Hand(s): _______ @ $5.00 each $_______ $_______
Late Registration Fee: If postmarked after March 20th 2017: $20.00 $_______ $_______
(T-shirt order guaranteed if registration postmarked by March 15th)
TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED: $_________ $_________
Make checks payable to: " Corvettes of Bakersfield" Mail to: Corvettes of Bakersfield
P.O. Box 22065
Bakersfield, CA 93390-2065
For more information, please call Bob Vella at (661) 809-7387, firstname.lastname@example.org
LIABILITY: In consideration of the acceptance of the right to participate. Entrants, participants and spectators release and discharge Corvettes of Bakersfield,
Inc. (COB) from any known or unknown causes whatsoever that may be suffered by any entrant or participant to his or her person or property. Event management
reserves the right to restrict entrants or their guests to behavior deemed acceptable during any and all activities of this event, including the right of eviction from
the premises if necessary. Participants wishing to leave their properties on the premises understand that they do so at their own risk. No exhibition of speed will
be allowed. The undersigned entrant acknowledges, by his or her signature as having read and understood the above liability statement and waives all claims
as car owners, guests, children and general public agree to permit COB to use magazines, newspaper, radio and television, before during and after the event and
hereby relinquish any rights to the materials whatsoever. All advertising and publicity rights are reserved by the COB. Liability to include passengers.
Signature of Driver: ________________________________________ Date: _______________
Signature of Passenger: _____________________________________________ (required)
Contact the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino at (800) 227-3849 and reference "C/COBGC" to get special hotel room rate.
Check this box if if you plan to to attend the Thursday Night Meet & Greet…………
I WANT YOUR CORVETTE
In the Clovis Rodeo’s
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Judy’s Donuts in The Trading Post Center on the SE corner of Herndon & Clovis Ave.
Time: Donuts & Coffee from 7:45 to 8:00 am - No later than 8:00 am, Saturday, April 27, 2017
We leave at 8:00 am to the parade staging area (Jefferson, just west of Sunnyside).
We MUST be in place on Jefferson before 8:25 am as they close all of the streets
in that area at that time.
We will wait on Jefferson approximately ½ to 1 hour until we are called on to line up.
Wear/Bring: Your Patriotic Cap & CVC Shirt / American Flags & Decor, Water, Chair, Umbrella, etc.
ABSOLUTELY NO BURN-OUT OF TIRES. If one car spins its tires, we will all be escorted off
the parade route and never be invited back again. No throwing of candy or trinkets.
(Only walkers may hand out goodies). Yes, you MAY honk, wave, smile and sing!
We will meet up after the Parade at Red Robin, SE corner Shaw/Clovis for lunch / Ice Cream
Contact: Charlie Fosnaugh at email@example.com or 281-2876
Or Co-Chair : Mike Lebda at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-9971
Sign up by the April 18 th Meeting!
SAVE THE DATE
THE SPRING CVC PICNIC WILL BE HELD AT
KROEKERVILLE ON MAY 7 TH STARTING AT
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
TIME TO PARTY!
WHERE: THE DUKES HOUSE, 492 W. ATHENS, CLOVIS
WHEN: SATURDAY MAY 13 AT 5:30PM
LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC WILL BE PERFORMED BY JOHN PEMBERTOM
FROM 6:00PM TO 10:00PM
THERE WILL BE A $10.00/PERSON CHARGE TO HELP COVER THE
COST OF ENTERTAINMENT
DRINKS/ALCOHOL AND PAPER GOODS WILL BE PROVIDED.
THE SIGN-UP SHEET HAS A “DISH” COLUMN FOR YOU TO INDICATE
WHAT YOU ARE BRINGING. PLEASE ENTER EITHER A MAIN DISH,
SIDE DISH, SALAD, OR DESSERT
LAKE TAHOE AND VIRGINIA CITY!
Visit Lake Tahoe and Virginia City
When: May 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2017
Where: Montbleu Resort Casino - Lake Tahoe
Run start time and meeting location yet to be determined
For room reservations: Call the Montbleu Hotel at 800-367-4554. Reservations may also be made on line.
If making reservations on line refer to code STCVC17. By phone, use the same code or Central Valley
Reservations can be made anytime beginning in January.
The rate is $59.00 plus taxes on Wednesday and Thursday nights, $89.00 plus taxes on Friday night, and, if you
wish to stay over on Saturday night, the rate is $129.00 plus taxes.
A trip fee of $300.00 is due by the March meeting.
On Wednesday, May 17, we will drive to Lake Tahoe via scenic Hwy. 88 and enjoy a group dinner that night at
the Montbleu Hotel.
On Thursday, May 18, we will take a leisurely drive to Virginia City and have lunch at the Bucket of Blood
Saloon. There will be plenty of time to shop and look around. Dinner will be on your own.
On Friday, May 19, we will cruise Lake Tahoe and visit a boat museum. Lunch and Dinner will be on your own.
On Saturday, May 20, either drive home or stay and play another night!
REMEMBER YOUR CB RADIO!
MIKE/MARY LOU LEBDA: 298-7993 MIKE/LYNNE HENENFENT: 897-9417
DICK/RUTHIE DANIELSEN: 298-5229
SPEND AN AFTERNOON ENJOYING A GREAT
LUNCH AND SAMPLING SOME OF THE BEST
PORT IN THE U.S.!
WHEN: SUNDAY, JUNE 4 TH
WHERE: FICKLIN VINEYARDS, AVENUE 7 ½, MADERA
TIME: 11:00AM, JUNE 4 th , HERNDON & HWY. 99
(TACO BELL PARKING LOT)
PRICE IS $ * PER PERSON WHICH INCLUDES LUNCH,
A WINERY TOUR, AND PORT SAMPLING (REMEMBER WE
ARE DRIVING CORVETTES—THE DESIGNATED DRIVER
SHOULD BE SOMEWHAT JUDICIOUS WHEN SAMPLING!)
*PRICE PER PERSON HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED YET
CUT OFF DATE IS MAY 16 (MAY CVC MEETING DATE). PAYMENT IS ALSO DUE BY THAT DATE.
CONTACT DICK OR RUTHIE DANIELSEN
Remember your CB radio!
LUCAS OIL MODIFIEDS AT THE MADERA SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017
RUN LEADER: LEE BAUMGARTEN
SAVE THE DATE!
SIGN-UP SHEET AND DETAILS AVAILABLE AT THE
The Origins of St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day celebrates the Roman Catholic feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick died on March 17,
461. But did you know that he wasn't even Irish? Here are some facts about St. Patrick.
History: Patrick's birth name was Maewyn. Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in
Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick
himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His
father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of
sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there
working as a shepherd and that during this time he "found God". The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to
the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a
priest. According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says
that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted "thousands". Patrick's efforts against
the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove "snakes" out of Ireland (Ireland never had any
snakes). Tradition holds that he died on March 17, 461 AD and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries,
many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint.
Ireland: Saint Patrick's feast day, as a kind of national day, was already being celebrated by the Irish in Europe in the
ninth and tenth centuries. In later times, he became more and more widely seen as the patron of Ireland. Saint Patrick's
feast day was finally placed on the universal liturgical calendar in the Catholic Church due to the influence of Waterfordborn
Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding in the early 1600s. Saint Patrick's Day thus became a holy day of obligation
for Roman Catholics in Ireland. It is also a feast day in the Church of Ireland, which is part of the worldwide Anglican
Communion. The church calendar avoids the observance of saints' feasts during certain solemnities, moving the saint's
day to a time outside those periods. St Patrick's Day is occasionally affected by this requirement, when 17 March falls
during Holy Week. This happened in 1940, when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on 3 April to avoid it coinciding with
Palm Sunday, and again in 2008, where it was officially observed on 14 March. St Patrick's Day will not fall within Holy
Week again until 2160. In 1903, St Patrick's Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. This was thanks to the Bank
Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903, an act of the United Kingdom Parliament introduced by Irish Member of Parliament James
O'Mara. O'Mara later introduced the law which required that public houses be shut on 17 March after drinking got out
of hand, a provision that was repealed in the 1970s.
The shamrock: According to legend St. Patrick used the three leaf clover (or shamrock) to explain the Trinity. St Patrick's
Day, while not a legal holiday in the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and observed throughout the
country as a celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green,
religious observances, numerous parades, and copious consumption of alcohol. The holiday has been celebrated in
North America since the late 18th century.
Dyeing the river green: The practice of dyeing the river green started in Chicago in 1962, when city officials decided to
dye a portion of the Chicago River green.
Corn beef and cabbage: This is an Irish American dish. Irish Americans were so poor they could not afford certain meals.
On St. Patrick's Day, the best meal they could afford was beef and cabbage. It became a staple for the holiday.
In recent decades, St Patrick's Day celebrations have been criticized, particularly for their association with public
drunkenness and disorder. Some argue that the festivities have become too commercialized and tacky, and have strayed
from their original purpose of honoring St Patrick and Irish heritage.
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