Not even a mid-March snowstorm could keep the Irish and wanna-be Irish from coming out to play Sunday. Moose Jaw pubs, bars and restaurants, seemed to be bringing in the crowds, in spite of the weather outside.
Kevin Haakenson, part owner of Bobby’s Place Olde World Tavern, said despite the weather, despite the fact that it was a Sunday and despite the fact that the day wasn’t going quite to plan, Moose Javians love their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and he wasn’t at all surprised to see a room full of green sitting before him.
“I don’t know what it is about St. Patrick’s Day that everybody loves, that’s a really good question. But I think everyone just wishes they were a little bit Irish. They are a fun and friendly group of people and it’s a fun day to celebrate with friends.”
Whether it is a Monday, Wednesday, or in this case, the first Sunday Haakenson has ever celebrated the event on, he said St. Patrick’s Day always seems to draws a good crowd and it’s always a crowd looking for a good time.
Having just visited Ireland this past summer, Willis Wingert and his wife Cheryl, said being at Bobby’s brought back some wonderful memories of their vacation.
“It is just a lot of fun down here and reminds us of the pubs we visited in Ireland. We have been coming for a number of years now with our friends and we just have so much fun,” said Cheryl.
She said the atmosphere, paired with the service and the friends, makes for a great way to spend the afternoon.
Although only one of the four people sitting at the Wingert’s table was actually Irish, Eileen McKee, married to the sole Irishman, said she is always up to support the cause.