Saint Patrick's Day 2011 At The Santa Ana Elks

An Irish Saying

There’s no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.

Saint Patrick's At The Elks Is A Time To Celebrate

Did You Know? - Saint  s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. It originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. It has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Irish culture.

It is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora, especially in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and Montserrat, among others.

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
A sea of green

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Marcia is having a good time

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Paul, Sue, Jan and Brian

Did You Know? - Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the colour green and its association with Saint Patrick's day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century. He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of the day.

In the 1798 rebellion, in hopes of making a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention. The phrase "the wearing of the green", meaning to wear a shamrock on one's clothing, derives from a song of the same name.

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Balloons everywhere

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
282 members and guests last night...

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
The band begins playing

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Herb gets a back rub

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Bob looks a little worried

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
"Don't putt the head off!!"

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
What is he doing??

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
According to legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved
plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people.

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
They are moving fast

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
The room was loaded early on

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
We had the best table there

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Hey hey Donna

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Paul, Herb, and Donna

Did You Know? - In Great Britain, the Queen Mother used to present bowls of shamrock flown over from Ireland to members of the Irish Guards, a regiment in the British Army consisting primarily of soldiers from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Irish Guards still wear shamrock on this day, flown in from Ireland.

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
We always close the place down

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
A new hair piece... Not practical

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
The Woolstons join the happy clan

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
1912 post card from the United States

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Marcia, Irene, and Herb

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Looking good!

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Love the glasses...

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011
Ed kept singing "Up Up and Away".... It didn't work

Santa Ana Elks for Saint Patrick's Day 2011