Lake George Irish block party deemed a success

LAKEGEORGE-The village's first-ever St. Patrick's Day celebration enjoyed such success last weekend that it's not only set to be repeated next year, but a second companion Irish-themed celebration is now being planned for mid-October of this year.

The "Sham-Rock the Block" party drew a substantial number of families on Saturday, March 19, organizer Linda Duffy said soon after the celebration.

"I'm very happy with the turnout," she said, estimating the crowd at several hundred. "The idea of a family-oriented celebration worked well."

The free event, held on Amherst St. - which was closed off for the day - included live music, vendors, children's games, bounce houses, pony rides and traditional Irish food specialties. A portion of the street was fenced off for a "beer garden," where beer and wine were served. Teenaged skateboarders, who are working to establish the Lake George Skateboard Park, showed off their boarding tricks while collecting a healthy sum in donations.

The day's activities were topped off by an appearance of the Searson band from Canada at Duffy's Tavern. The event was sponsored by Duffy's Tavern and Bella's Deli with the cooperation of Lake George Village.

Next year's second-annual St. Patrick's Day block party will likely be expanded to two days, and feature a parade and craft vendors, and extend into Shepard Park, Duffy said.

The additional companion event will likely be held on the weekend of Oct. 15, she said.

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