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Finding the 'Luck O' the Irish'

— The odds of finding a lucky four-leaf clover on the first try is 10,000 to 1.

Through parables and fairytales, it’s often been said that Ireland is home to more four-leaf clovers than any other place. Maybe that’s where the phrase “the luck of the Irish” originates.

In the Rocky Mountains, however, the air is thinner, and we still have snow — barely. As a result, finding those clovers may be seemingly impossible.

Irish Proverbs

Toast for the occasion by using one of these Irish sayings and proverbs on St. Paddy’s Day.

“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going and the insight to know when you have gone too far.”

"Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one."

"Here's to me, and here's to you. And here's to love and laughter. I'll be true as long as you. And not one moment after.”

But this St. Patrick’s Day, I give you a challenge: Find your own elusive four-leaf clover.

Whether you plan to partake in St. Paddy’s Day debauchery, doused in green beer and marred by whiskey face, or you prefer to feast on soda bread, corned beef and cabbage and Shamrock Shakes, find something out of the ordinary to do. Venture outside your comfort zone, and attend an event you’ve never considered, or maybe learn to dance an Irish jig.

By birth or by blarney, all are Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and following are a few ways you can find your own “luck of the Irish” right here in Steamboat.

Festivities and places to go

58th Annual Knights of Columbus St. Paddy’s Day dinner

Knight's of Columbus 4462 invites the community to the 58th annual St. Paddy's Day Corn Beef and Cabbage Tasting from old world recipes at Holy Name Catholic Church. Donations will be gratefully accepted. All are welcome.

Knights of Columbus St. Paddy’s Day dinner | 5 p.m. Friday, March 17 | Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.

McKnight’s Irish Pub

For a full day of shenanigans, head to McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft. Doors open at 8 a.m., as the aroma of traditional Irish breakfast travels through the pub. The first 20 guests will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. Throughout the day, there will be traditional food, such as fish n’ chips, corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie, along with specialty drinks from black and tans, Guinness, Irish car bombs and Jameson. Michael Abalos will be first in the line-up of festive tunes for the day. The Irish Bellows will perform from 6 to 9 p.m., and to end the day in festive-style, DJ Steezy Nick will take the show from 10 p.m. to close.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities | 8 a.m. Friday, March 17 | McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft, 685 Marketplace Plaza

O’Neil’s Tavern and Grill

This year, O’Neil’s will open early, at 11 a.m., for the festivities. Not only that, Vi Wickham, on the fiddle, will provide live entertainment, along with giveaways, and of course, Guinness.

Saint Paddy's Day dinner

Annual Lion's Club St. Paddy's Day Dinner.

Saint Paddy's Day Dinner | 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 17 | Hayden Valley Elementary School, 300 Breeze Basin Blvd.

St. Patrick's Torchlight Parade & Fireworks show

The Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School treats tourists and locals to a spectacular, on-snow parade down the mountain. lit only by torches for this St. Paddy's Day event. In conjunction with the torchlight parade, a fireworks show will illuminate the sky, providing a perfect ending to the evening. The show is free and great for all ages.

St. Patrick's Torchlight Parade & Fireworks show | 7 p.m. Friday, March 17 | Steamboat Ski Area, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

St. Patricks Day Party with the Yampa Valley Boys

Irish Cowboy's? We have them at the Chief. Join the Yampa Valley Boys and Friends for some St. Paddy's Day fun. Tickets are $15.

St. Patrick’s Day Party | 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 17 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Woody & Sunshine

Woody and Sunshine bring their acoustic banjo/guitar folk/rock to the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse for a Saint Patrick's day to remember.

Woody & Sunshine | 8 p.m. Friday, March 17 | Hahn's Peak Roadhouse, 60880 Routt County Road 129.

Dyrty Byrds

St. Paddy's Day is a solid excuse for these guys to share some whiskey. This Denver rock and roll quartet will blow the roof off OTP once again. Guinness will be on draft all day, along with Irish Car Bomb specials. Also for the festivities, corned beef and cabbage will be on the menu.

Dyrty Byrds | 10 p.m. Friday, March 17 | Old Town Pub & Restaurant, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Big Something

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Big Something, a six-piece powerhouse with a sound that is both unique and timeless. Bid Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk and improvisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles.

Big Something | 10 p.m. Friday, March 17 | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.

Out of the Ordinary

The clock is ticking … you need to work fast. Using your keen observation skills, what seems amiss? This is no ordinary form of interactive entertainment. At The Crooked Key, participants will be players in the interactive story to escape. Call or book online with the coupon code "Irish," and all kids receive a free lucky charm. Adults 21 and older who escape in one hour or less receive a free beer Friday through Sunday.

Challenge your culinary skills

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Family recipe

4 cups of all-purpose flour

3/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cup raisins

1 1/2 cups buttermilk or plan yogurt

3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch cake pan or you can use a regular cookie sheet. Stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Cut the butter gently into the flour mixture until well combined, and stir in the raisins. In another bowl, whisk the yogurt (or buttermilk) and eggs together; lightly beat the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Place the dough into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven until the bread has risen and the top is golden brown, 45 minutes to 1 hour. A knife inserted into the center of the bread should come out clean. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing. Serve warm.

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