On Saturday, March 17, 2018, the Blessed Sacrament Church (Elk Altar Society) will be celebrating its 125th annual Saint Patrick’s Party. This party is dedicated to the memory of our beloved Gloria Ross who oversaw our Saint Patrick’s events for decades. We miss you, Gloria.
Our long-running Saint Patrick’s Celebration demonstrates the close connection between Blessed Sacrament and the Elk community. The Love Choir fills the church with song. This year we remeber Gloria, our long-time head chef. Mr. Music has provided dance music for the past 25 years.This party is for everyone and is a family gathering.
Saint Patrick’s parties were first documented by the Mendocino Beacon in 1893 and we have been hosting them every year since then. Even though we did not hold the traditional dinner and dance in 2017, we celebrated the day with a very well attended and successful “pot luck.” But this year we are back and looking forward to one of the best parties ever.
Saint Patrick’s Dinner and Dance is our only church fundraiser with the majority of the proceeds directed toward maintenance and repair our historic Blessed Sacrament Mission Church in addition to some local charitable outreach. This year’s celebration is quite a milestone for our small congregation, as well as our village of Elk. We would like very much to make this 125th anniversary an extra special occasion.
Many of you have historic roots in the town of Elk, and undoubtedly countless fond memories of this annual gathering which has been such a significant event for decades. It has been a time when friends and family come from far and wide to gather, catch up on news, socialize and just have a grand time. It is our expectation that this 125th anniversary of the Saint Patrick’s Dinner and Dance will encourage you to return to Elk to join us in making this special occasion a reality.
The Party begins with a member of our community singing Irish ballads at the Blessed Sacrament Church at 12:30pm. Father Lou Nichols will celebrate Mass at 1:00pm. The Love Choir (a group of gospel singers from Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Petaluma) is returning by popular demand this year and will perform a concert of outstanding and lively gospel music following Mass. The festivities then move to the Greenwood Community Center for a dinner of corned beef and cabbage from 3pm to 7:30pm, prizes, singing, socializing and dancing later in the evening from 9pm to 11:30pm.
Following the meal, tables and chairs will be put away to prepare the floor for dancing which commences at 9pm. Dance to the tunes of the WILD ELKS, featuring Matthew Tyson, Denny Lundford, Francisco Alanis and Peter White.
The price for dinner plus dance is $18 for adults and $6.00 for children 12 to 5. Children 4 and under are free. The fee for the dance only is $6.00.
We wish to extend our most sincere appreciation to all of you who have been so generous in supporting us in the past. Your continued and generous support enable us to afford the ongoing maintenance and repair of te lovely historic Blessed Sacrament Church.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 17th for this 125th Saint Patrick’s Party. While in town take the time to visit the local museum and art gallery. Both are well worth the time.
Throughout the evening folks may bid on numerous splendid silent auction items donated by generous locals. The silent auction will close at 7:00pm.
Don’t forget the Grand Raffle. The traditional First Prize is a completely filled hope chest; there will also be an array of numerous other prizes. Tickets will be on sale until the drawing occurs at 10pm.
Come join us in Elk and be part of the Saint Patrick’s tradition.
Proceeds from the event go toward the maintenance and restoration of the historic Blessed Sacrament Church and rectory as well as outreach to the community.
For a brief history of St Patrick’s Party, click here.