Thursday, March 13, 2008

Used Pontoon Boats - St. Patrick's Day Ozarks Style

Hi gang, Rick here from Used Pontoon Boats with a different twist to St. Patrick's Day festivities.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS ' Get ready to wear green to avoid being pinched- it's almost time for St. Patrick's Day festivities. The lake area is filled with St. Patty Day events.

St. Patrick is believed to have driven snakes from Ireland. Once a pagan himself, St. Patrick is one of Christianity's most widely known figures.

Today the modern secular holiday honors the patron saint by folks wearing green, eating Irish food, and attending parades.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Lake Ozark, sponsored by Bagnell Dam Board of Realtors, begins at 1 p.m. Saturday March 15. The parade will start in front of Elam Real Estate. Bagnell Dam Boulevard will be closed to traffic for the parade by Lake Ozark police at about 12:45 and will reopen at about 2:30 p.m., parade coordinator Cindy Vaught said.

This is the 24th year of the parade. The Bagnell Dam Board of Realtors has organized the event for the past dozen years, Vaught said.

Last year, there were more than a 100 participants in the parade. Only 60 participants have signed up this year but Vaught anticipates about 50 more will register in the next week.

Plaques will be awarded for first, second and third places for both business and civic categories. A trophy also will be awarded to the best from both categories, Vaught said.

Parade participants throw beads and candy to the crowd lining the street.

'Some of the participants have some real unique ideas on what to hand out,' Vaught said.

Vaught recommends getting to the Bagnell Strip early because the street fills up quickly.

'This is an event the whole family can enjoy,' Vaught said.

It costs $20 to enter the parade and all proceeds will be donated to the Dogwood Animal Shelter. For more information or to register, call 348-4288.

Shrine of St. Patrick in Laurie plans to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 17 with a parade. Participants will meet at Shrine of St. Patrick's parking lot at noon where balloons will be provided to help decorate the vehicles. The parade stops at the Laurie Care Center, Shrine of St. Patrick secretary Renee Magelky said.

'Everyone really enjoys it and the people at the nursing home always look forward to it,' she said.

Celebrate St. Patty's Day Lake of the Ozarks style by getting out on the water during the St. Patrick's Parade on the Water sponsored by the Lake West Chamber Saturday, March 15.

'It's referred to as the unofficial start of the season. It's a good, fun day out on the Lake of the Ozarks,' Lake West Chamber of Commerce executive director Mike Kenagy said.

The event starts at Ozark Bar-B-Que located at TT-75 by land or 10.5 mile marker by water. An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served beginning at 9 a.m. Captains will meet for instructions at 11 a.m. and the parade will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Those without a boat can jump onboard the Tropic Island Cruise Boat. Tickets are $20 per person. Last year, 139 people took advantage of the cruise, Kenagy said.

The decorated boats will travel up the Gravois Arm of the lake. Stops will be made at Jolly Rogers, Three Pigs on the Water and Richard Knoggin's Pub and Grill.

Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories, including best-land-lubber costume, pontoon boats, boats more than 24 feet, boats less than 24 feet, personal watercraft and run-abouts of all lengths.

There is not an entry fee, but interested participants are asked to contact Kenagy to confirm their entry. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat breakfast are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To purchase breakfast tickets, make cruise reservations or to buy souvenir hoodies and long sleeve T-shirts call the chamber at 374-5500.

On the west side of the lake, four water-side pubs are participating in the 4th Annual St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl. Last year, more than 50 boats joined in the fun, event coordinator Jessica Howell said.

Hooligan Bay will kick off the festivities with breakfast at 10 a.m. For the remainder of the day, corned beef and cabbage will be available. Live music will be performed through out the day by Big John and the 39th Street Blues band and Johnny I and The Receivers. The Pub Crawl schedule is from 10 a.m. to noon.

The next stop is the Red Fox, where the corned beef and cabbage are free. DJ Jammin' Jerry will be spinning tunes and will provide karaoke. Around 1 p.m., the pub does a mini parade around the parking lot. The pub crawl scheduled stop is 1-3 p.m.

Big Dicks is the third stop. It will have food and drink specials all day. The pub crawl scheduled stop is 3:30-5 p.m.

Captain Ron's is the last stop on the pub crawl. The restaurant has recently undergone renovations, so green construction hats will be given away. The Fbombs will perform all day starting at 2 p.m. The pub crawl scheduled stop is 6-8 p.m.

Raffles will be held and a prize will be awarded to the best dressed person at all four St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl scheduled stops, Howell said.

Swing into St. Patty's Day at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek on Saturday, March 15. The Lake of the Ozarks Swing Dance Club is conducting its monthly dance with a twist. Everyone is encouraged to wear green, board member Jeanne Laminger said.

A beginner and intermediate swing lesson will be taught at 7 p.m. with the dance following from 8-11 p.m. The lesson cost $3 for members and $5 for non-members. The dance cost $5 per person for members and $8 for non-members.

The club consists of about 60 members, all from a broad age group.

'Come ready to have a good time. It's real casual and real fun. Everyone is willing to help or teach,' Laminger said. 'It's a real popular style of dance and you can dance to just about any music.'

A DJ will be spinning tunes at the dance. Laminger plans to play some traditional Irish music to prove you can swing to anything.

Club members also will be swinging down the Strip during the Lake Ozark Parade.

For more information, contact Laminger at 365 6155.

Hit the links to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Osage National Golf Resort on Sunday, March 16. A brunch will be served at 9:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., a shotgun start launches the three-person scramble. It cost $210 per three-person team. This will include 18 holes, a tee gift and brunch, assistant golf pro Bobby Belton said.

For more information, call Osage National Golf Resort at 365-1950.

Many of the bars and restaurants in the lake area will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 15 and Monday, March 17 with corned beef and cabbage, green beer and/or drink specials.

Maloney's Tavern in Camdenton located on Route 5 plans to celebrate in traditional St. Patrick's fashion with corned beef and cabbage on Saturday, March 15 and again on Monday, March 17. Green beer and bucket specials will be available, Maloney's owner Tom Walston said.

If weather permits, an outdoor beer garden will be open for patrons to enjoy, Walston said.

The band Complimentary Nuts is scheduled to perform from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Roland Allen Band will play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Last year, Maloney's served more than 500 people.

'Everyone had a great time. Kids, moms, dads, old people and young people,' Walston said.

For more than a decade, Rock Island Line on the Bagnell Dam Strip has been serving corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. That tradition continues Saturday, March 15.

The festive bar begins to fill about an hour before the Lake Ozark Parade, Rock Island Line owner Dean Nelson said.

Nelson has been participating in the Lake Ozark Parade for the past decade. Each year a customized vehicle is entered. This year Nelson hopes to enter a customized Jeep.

Beads and candy will be tossed to the crowd during the parade, Nelson said.

Dempsey's Restaurant and Irish Pub in Linn Creek on Route Y will serve traditional corned beef and cabbage.

Woody's in Osage Beach on Highway 54 is serving corned beef and cabbage and will have green beer to wash it down with on March 15 and 17. Happy hour prices will be available throughout both days, Woody's owner Mark Kelly said.

Kelly plans to participate in the Lake Ozark Parade again this year. Last year his establishment won first place in the parade.

Pickled Pete's in Osage Beach on Highway 54 will be serving free corned beef and cabbage while supplies last on Saturday, March 15 and Monday, March 17. Food and drink specials will be offered on both days including green beer, Irish coffee and green Jello shots, Pickled Pete's owner Jeff Carroll said.

Karaoke is scheduled for Saturday night from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

'It's just fantastic. After the parade, the party lasts all night,' Carroll said.
Thanks to Brian Fleagle/Lake Sun for this.

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