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Halfway Drunk

What is it with holidays in America? Retail stores begin pimping for Christmas in August, Fourth of July fireworks go on sale in April, and some parents have taken to hiding Easter eggs in February (yuck). Yes, the slow, persistent holiday creep is so all-encompassing that even bars have gotten in on the deal -- their most cherished national holiday, St. Patrick's Day, is now celebrated twice per year instead of just in March, as God (and a certain Saint Patrick) so obviously intended.

So spoketh our true lord (that would be the almighty dollar): "We now have occasion to drink green beer and vomit on close friends and colleagues in September!" And it was good. "Halfway to St. Paddy's Day" takes place Saturday at various locales across South Florida, including Tim Finnegan's Irish Pub (1725 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach). The auld sod of a bar will begin rocking at noon, with $4 Irish Car Bombs, $4 Irish kiss martinis, and $10 plates of corned beef and cabbage or fish and chips. If that doesn't get your liver pumping, perhaps the Aranmore Academy of Irish Dancers or musical act Echoes of Erin will (performing at 6 and 7 p.m., respectively).
Sat., Sept. 17, noon, 2011

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John Linn

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