On St. Patrick’s Day
2017 I returned to the McMenamins Old Church and Pub,
located in the southern Portland metro area
city of Wilsonville,
to celebrate that Irish holiday with good food, good drink and good music.
A local bluegrass group called The Hillwilliams
was performing outside on the covered back patio of the main restaurant building. The quite cold and rainy March day was not very conducive to outdoor seating and performing, but we all made the best of what Mother Nature
dealt us that day. Even if there was only one wall instead of four, at least there was a roof over our heads!
By laying my photo backpack
down on the table and using it as a makeshift tripod, I was able to record shake-free videos of most of the pieces they performed — 20 videos in all! I have narrowed them down to the best seven, and made them available in a YouTube playlist
for your viewing pleasure.
To entertain my taste buds while enjoying the music, I had a pint of McMenamins Irish Stout
and a big bowl of hot Irish stew.
Near the end of their performance I indulged in a Hot Apple Pear cocktail and a Frank’s Apple-Rum Bundt Cake for dessert.
In between all that videoing I snapped a total of 32 picture. Only 10 made the grade, and are now viewable in this album. The Old Church and Pub is one of my favorite McMenamins, and the eighth closest, so I imagine that I will be adding more photos as the year progresses.
For a look at last year’s visits to this location, see the McMenamins Wilsonville 2016
album. To find out what I did last year on this day, see the article A Three-Sausage Portland St. Patrick’s Day.