Life's too short not to be Irish!

My memories of this holiday as a child are fond ones for sure.  My  father was 100% Irish and my mother was half Irish and this was a big holiday in our house.  My dad always brought the ladies - mom, my sister & me,  green carnations and I loved them!  As far back as I can remember to celebrate the day  I used to dye my blonde hair green with food coloring!  Amazingly it did wash out.  I guess I was a technically a punker and I didn't even know it.  

When we moved here to the south I was totally shocked to find out that Savannah has such a large Irish population and hosts the second largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the United States.  Quite honestly, I think it is probably the largest since it goes on for at least a week.  They even have a countdown clock that runs all year long ticking off the hours, minutes & seconds until the big day!

A trip to Savannah is a must for Joe and I during this wonderful holiday.  We love to see the city decked out in green for the celebration.  This year rather than drive over we took the water taxi which is lots of fun and more convenient since you don't have to worry about parking.  Since I am a former girl scout I love to ride on the Juliet Gordon Low boat.  It amazes me that this service is free.

Of Course there is always lunch involved on our sojourns to Savannah.  On this beautiful spring day we walked from River Street to one of our favorite restaurants   "SoHO".   It was packed but was well worth the wait.

After lunch it was on to our primary destination"Forsyth Park" which is a city park that encompasses 30 acres in the historic district of downtown Savannah. The focal point is a beautiful fountain that was added to the park in 1862.  Every St. Patrick's Day they turn the fountain green to honor the Irish residents of Savannah. The fountain itself is a sight to behold but the shimmering Kelly Green water glistening in the sunlight is just amazing. 

The magnificent sculptures that encircle the fountain have mists of sparkling green water surrounding them and the look is magical.  If you visit Savannah you must see this beautiful site and if you are lucky enough to live here make sure that you gather some Irish Luck at the fountain in Forsyth Park! 

 Walls for the wind, 
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire --
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire! 

Irish Quotes

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!