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Wearing Of The Green, All Over Reston Town Center

It was a festive St. Patrick's Day all up and down Market Street.

Reston Town Center was feeling very Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

was hosting  its first Running of the Leprechauns, which brought about 50 fleetfooted participants out for a race that benefited Reston Interfaith.

Activities continued throughout the evening, including Irish Dancing, face painting, moon bounce, lots and lots of Irish food and beverages, music and much more.

Mary Ellen March 18, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Love the photos Carolyn!
John Farrell March 18, 2011 at 02:42 PM
As told in Longphort, keep of the Farrell clan, a 7 course Irish meal is a sixpack of Guiness and a potato. ;-) Naturally, followed by just a bit of Jameson (never Bushmills). As the Irish were mostly peasants during 400 years of English occupation and subsisted on the potato until the famine wiped out half the population in 1848, there wasn't much disposable income for fancy spices, herbs and sauces. So I'm truly curious, Carolyn: after soda bread (originally made with soda instead of yeast which was more expensive), corned beef (aka salted brisket, the cheapest, toughest cut of beef), cabagge (a bitter cold weather vegetable), some mutton and a bit of salmon, what exactly was presented as "Irish food?" The beverages I've already figure out.
Karen Goff March 18, 2011 at 03:12 PM
I think you just about summed up the menu. Minus the mutton.
Carolyn Lawson Low March 18, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Thanks for the question. I'm hopeful that the chefs of Ireland have had some time to revive Irish cuisine since 1848. Here's a link to yesterday's Clyde's menu: http://patch.com/buTcH Have you tried these places with "Irish Food": O'Sullivan's (http://herndon.patch.com/listings/osullivans-irish-pub-2), the newly opened Finnegans (http://www.finnegansirishbar.com/Herndon/ ) The Auld Shebeen (Fairfax) (http://www.theauldshebeenva.com/) and of course, The Old Brogue in Great Falls (http://www.oldbrogue.com/) English, not Irish - but certainly worth trying: Pure Pasty ( http://www.purepasty.com/) in Vienna. And this weekend one of their specials in Beef in Guiness. Carolyn (who's Grandmother was a Sullivan) Lawson Low
Carolyn Lawson Low March 18, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Thanks! It was a beautiful day, with plenty of people in a great mood!
John Farrell March 18, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Sadly, your fondest hope would be dash on the shoals disappointment. My father and namesake, God rest his soul, spent a lifetime in the restaurant business and taunted his mother with, ""Irish cuisine?" That's an oxymoron, like jumbo shrimp or military intelligence." I know O'Sullivans, Auld Shebeen and Old Brogue. Four Courts and The Four Provinces are even better. Will have to try Finnegan's. Isn't there a wake there? (James Joyce's last novel novel, after an Irish song from the 1850's)
John Farrell March 19, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Tried Finnegans tonight. No novels, wakes or Irish songs. Lots of TVs, even on table tops. Even more noise. Really, really, really loud. Waiters say Bears fans congregate on fall Sundays. Crab cakes good. fish & chips not so much. Irish chocolate mousse cake best thing there.

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