Combermere’s family friendly St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

 Photos: Jenny Baklinski

The Combermere & Area Recreation Committee decked out the Community Centre on Farmer Road in the green for St. Patrick’s Day. Laynia Jones (shown above) took a turn in the Pot of Gold Draw which made her Irish eyes smile.


Brenda Strack and  Donna Recoskie (L-R above) sold tickets at the door, with children admitted for free.


Heading downstairs the Saint Paddy’s Day revellers were welcomed by Nancy and Sandra (L-R) in their stylish hats, who served up the traditional Irish stew with Bev’s famous tea biscuits. All of the food was prepared from scratch by the ladies of the Recreation Committee, with plenty of options for gluten-free, and tables full of Irish themed desserts.


The first order of local live entertainment was provided by Sherry Weichenthal-Aide (above R), whose sweet voice serenaded the guests sitting down for a pint o’ the good stuff. She was joined on stage by Ernie Peplinski and David Peplinski (L-R), both members of the band Lennon Clan. The event promised a full lineup through the whole afternoon, showcasing lots of local talent.


Evening festivities included a restricted dance starting at 9 pm where the pints were kept refreshed by servers Tina Thompson, Virginia Cole, and Melissa McCaig (above). Killaloe local DJ, Kitty Lonestar, provided the music, and while it was not specifically Irish music, you can guarantee that most revellers would wear green on the night when everyone’s a little bit Irish.


Guitar, vocals, and accordion by the Peplinskis of Lennon Clan serenaded the green clad guests who came to enjoy a pint before heading downstairs for Irish stew, biscuits and dessert.



One Comment

  1. Sherry Weichenthal-Aide

    It was truly a pleasure and an honor to be able to play some music with the talented likes of Ernie and Dave Peplinski!
    Music is a language all its own. I had never “jammed” with these gentlemen before. So far in my lifetime, I have not had a lot of opportunities to play music with others. When I started a song, and Ernie and Dave joined in and it sounded as if we had done this together several times before, it was magical for me! Thanks guys–and to all who shared music that day–for a memorable St. Patty’s Day!

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