ST PATRICK’S day is one of life’s great excuses to have a great time.
You don’t have to be Irish; you don’t have to be Catholic.
All you need is a fixation on fun – and funny green drinks and things exotic, such as Guinness.
And tomorrow night, while you still have some brain cells about you, there is the annual opportunity to do some good while having a good time.
The Caledonian Hotel in Hare St is staging its annual Caledonian Hotel with money raised being split between Echuca Regional Health and Echuca-Moama Cycling Club.
The hotel’s owner Dave Cunningham said everyone taking part in the bumper quiz night and/or just dropping in for a drop of Guinness – would be treated to an all-Irish theme from the menu to Irish dancers, an Irish band and Irish drinks.
“Everything will be green and I’m ordering in lots of kegs of Guinness,” Dave said.
“But anyone seeing a leprechaun will have reached their legal limit of Guinness and be politely asked to move on,” he said.
The Cal will also be running a raffle and auction. For the smart alecs amongst you the winning trivia table will collect a bottle of best Irish whiskey.
If you are not so smart, but a smart dresser, you could still be in the running for the prize of ‘best dressed table’ so get out your best green gear and give it a go.
The Cal has also joined forces with cyclist Ray Hamilton who is on a fundraising drive through the Murray to Moyne bike ride.
Ray got into cycling 30 years ago as a midlife crisis when he turned 40, and will be riding the Murray to Moyne with a group of mates from his bike club.
“The Cal is a great supporter of the cycling club and I encourage everybody to come along and support the cause; it should be a good, fun night,” Ray said.
The money going towards the club will help in its recovery from vandals, who burnt down its storage shed, and a lot of its track bikes, last year.
The big, green trivia night kicks off at 7.30pm with teams of up to eight. You must book to take part but don’t need to fill a table, the Cal will fit you in with others.
Dave said the Caledonian will kick off its St Patrick’s Day long, long weekend tomorrow night and it will run until Sunday.
“Or until the Guinness runs out.’’