Make time for dinner at the Cortez Cultural Center this evening. Corned beef, cabbage, live music and a great time will be the agenda for tonight. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for Cultural Center members and $20 for nonmembers. This is a fundraiser for the Hawkins Preserve, so come on over, enjoy the food and music, and help raise funds for the preserve! Dont forget to wear your Green!
Saint Patricks Day is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on March 17. It is named after Saint Patrick, one the most commonly recognized 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. In 1903, Saint Patricks Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. In 432, Saint Patrick was called back to Ireland as a bishop. Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. The wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a feature of the day. Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the color green and its association with Saint Patricks Day grew. The green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patricks Day as early as the 17th century.
Patricia Lacey will be speaking about recent archaeology research on Pueblo II connections at the Cultural Center on March 24 at 7 p.m. Reserved seating is available by calling the Cultural Center at 565-1151. The charge is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers.
Are you a member of the Cultural Center? When you become a member, you get not only a monthly newsletter but also discounts at programs and in our gift shop. Call the Cultural Center at 565-1151 to start your membership today.
Brenda Hindmarsh is executive director of the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market. She can be reached at (970) 565-1151, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.cortezculturalcenter.org.