Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Clay Aiken Irish on St. Pat's Day

ALL THINGS GREEN -- Clay Aiken graphic by AmazingCA.

March Honors Irish Traditions

Everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day. This blog commemorates the week with "Spamalot" green, signature color of Sir Robin, Clay Aiken's recent role in the hit Broadway musical.

The most well-known March observance is St. Patrick's Day, honoring the patron saint of Ireland, the man who brought Christianity to the Irish in the 400's A.D. March 17 is truly a day for celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions, and customs.

Around the globe, St. Patrick's Day festivities are generally themed around all things green and Irish. The secular version of the holiday is marked by wearing green or orange, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink (usually Guinness), and attending parades.

Irish colonists brought St. Patrick's Day to North America. The event was first commemorated in the 13 colonies in Boston, MA, in 1737.

Everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

Clay co-hosting 2010 GFI in Palm Beach Gardens.
Double clickable photo by Alicia Donovan

Palm Beach Magazine Features GFI

Golfing for Inclusion is featured in the March 2010 issue of Palm Beach Gardens Lifestyle magazine. Written by Laura Delgado with photography by Alicia Donovan, scans of the article are available at Clay Aiken The Ideal Idol.
Clay Aiken sings, tours, performs on Broadway, raises funds and acts as a spokesperson for various causes. But can he play golf?

Aiken recently teamed up with PGA Professional Wayne Player to hose the 3rd Annual Golfing for Inclusion on February 1 at The Country Club at Mirasol, right here in Palm Beach Gardens.
The three-page spread incorporates the history and agenda of the National Inclusion Project, as well as the 2010 GFI event. Five photos accompany the story.
"I have never golfed, and I think -- in the best interest of others -- we should keep it that way," he said with a laugh.

To read the complete story, link to Clay Aiken The Ideal Idol.

INTERLUDE IN GREEN: Sir Robin's penchant for green lends itself to a clickable St. Patrick's Day interlude. Included are graphics by Amazing_CA with photos by Joan Marcus, 1, and Toni7babe, 3; Claystruck, photo by Disneydeb84, 2.

No One As Irish As Barack Obama

More than 34 million Americans are of Irish descent, nine times the population of Ireland. Among them is US President Barack Obama, whose maternal great-great-great grandfather Falmuth Kearney was born in Moneygall, a tiny village in central Ireland.

Between 1845 and 1851, more than a million people left Ireland on 'famine ships' to escape mass-starvation caused by potato blight; and, according to documents unearthed by an Irish vicar, passenger lists show Falmuth Kearney was among them, arriving in New York in 1850 before settling in Ohio.

Screen cap links to animated montage.

The song "There's No One as Irish as Barack O'Bama," which was written by Hardy Drew and recorded by the Corrigan Brothers, helps fill in the blanks about President Obama's 3% Irish heritage. The concert and animated versions can be viewed at YouTube.

Everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day!

Kai, our clan's pot o' gold, is 2 1/2 years old today!
Clickable 2009 St. Patrick's graphic by Ashes

Grandma's on Kai's Radar

Being a long-distance grandmother can be difficult at times; but there are some high moments, too. Kai, who celebrates 2.5 years today, and I are enjoying getting to know each other in telephone conversations. Ten-month-old Lia tries to copy everything he does, so our phone time is coming.

Kai has always loved telephone buttons and now delights in providing a running commentary of all that's happening ("The dogs are getting ready to go out ... Lia is taking a nap"), as well as walking around the room pointing out items ("This is our TV; here's Lia's high chair; and this is my dump truck full of Cheerios.")

"Grandmother" has become the voice on the phone so much so that last week while his mother was talking with a friend, Kai yelled from across the room, "Hello, Grandma!"

I look forward to the time when "across the room" is literally just that. Happy 2.5, Grandson!

Your Carolina blog visits -- and especially thos who stop and comment -- are always appreciated. According to the attached Feedjit Live Feed and ClustrMap applications, visitors from 144 countries have stopped by this year, the newest being Armenia. Greetings to all!

Accompanying the above Irish blessing (graphic by Sally) is a very special wish to all for a Happy St. Patrick's Day!



katy said...

Great blog for St Patrick's Day! The Clay Aiken picture is priceless.

lulu said...

A great day for the Irish and Irish wannabees!! Happy St Paddy's Day to you, Caro, and to Clay Aiken!

jbc4clay said...

Love the interlude! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

LovesClaysVoice said...

Great blog Caro! I love all the graphics! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

cathie - fb ClayNation group - a.k.a. scootieboots said...

great pictures, caro! thanx for sharing. will be posting them to our group! happy st. patty's day to you!

MissSally said...

"May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true; the kindness you spread keep returning to you."

Thanks for the countless, awesome blogs Caro!

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

What a awesome St Patrick's Day Blog!

I love the Interlude....No One As Irish As Barack Obama....and especially the Clickable 2009 St. Patrick's graphic by Ashes, oh how I miss our Joan.

Hope your having a good day.


Anonymous said...

Happyt St. Patty's Day to U and yours. What a fun time now on the time yah gonna move?
Cute!! Thanks for the nice green blog..Take care, Donna in WI.

ImGranny said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Great blog and great pics of Clay Aiken!!!!!!!!!

fgs said...

Enjoyed the St Patrick's Day blog. Your grandson is growing. I don't get to see mine often enough either. Happy St Paddy's Day to all!

SueReu said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

When I was in Raleigh on Saturday, the day AFTER that amazing Clay Aiken concert, they were having an absolutely wonderful celebration! It was great fun, gorgeous day, good friends - who could ask for anything more?? Especially since we were STILL on that Clay Aiken high :)

Great blog, great graphics, Kai is absolutely a doll!

Have a wonderful day!

claysweetea said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day All!!

Great blog and priceless picture!


Thanks Caro. Colombia does not celebrate "St. Patrick's Day. Thanks for the information on this holiday. The photo of Clay is simply beautiful!!!

T said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day Caro! Love all the green color graphics and it's so nice to look at them, Beautiful Kai graphic from Ashes -- I miss her!

Wow! Just saw that photo of Clay and looking good!

Thanks so much for the great blog. Cheers to you Caro.

For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way-
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.


musicfan said...

Caro.........loved all the St. Patrick's art. I am so glad Clay has so many talented fans!!

I love you blogs.....I am always smiling when I read here.

kallie said...

Great blog love St. Paddy's Day and the concert info for Clay Aiken!!