A day for drinkin' o' the green

March 18, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown revelers took to the streets early Saturday decked out in their best St. Patrick's Day attire.

That attire sometimes included green feather boas, green shot glasses attached to necklaces and green, felt top hats.

Two buses shuttled those who paid a $5 fee to participating bars from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

"It's great that they're doing it, it keeps people safe," said Michael Klinger, 21, of Hagerstown, as he rode the shuttle. Klinger thought the shuttle hours should be extended beyond 5 p.m.

"Most people are going to get their party started at five," he said.

This party started at 9 a.m. with a buffet breakfast at 43 South.

Amelia Ambrose, 33, of Waynesboro, Pa., heard about the Downtown Live! Pub Crawl on the radio, she said.

"It's nice to see a lot of the bars we haven't been to," Ambrose said as she rode the shuttle with her husband, James LaPlante, 36.


She was surprised that people couldn't smoke in some of the bars, Ambrose said.

"They're trying to be responsible," LaPlante said. "The people who planned it, they did well."

The bars served Irish trash cans, which are "strong, pretty drinks" that are a nice shade of green, Ambrose said.

The participating bars were 43 South, Flo, Duffy's on Potomac, The New Shortstop Tavern, The Broad Axe, The Corner Pub, Burhans Station, and Stadium Grill and Tavern.

Only one of the bars, The Broad Axe, offered green beer in honor of the Irish holiday, said Randy Jones, 40, of Hagerstown.

Jeff Fox, 38, his friend Michael Kann, 37, and Fox's family including his mother and aunt went on the pub crawl to celebrate Fox's birthday Saturday.

Fox's favorite bar was the Corner Pub and he drank the $1 Miller Lite draft beers offered during the pub crawl, he said.

Brendon Ricketts, 24, came to Hagerstown from Frederick for the pub crawl.

"I had a good time, but I feel as though it wasn't that organized. Like we were going to random places," he said. The Corner Pub was his favorite bar, Ricketts said.

"There are a lot of crazy people out here," said Christopher Boggs, 24, of Williamsport. Boggs was downtown after the pub crawl ended. He had joined in the crawl at noon and was heading back to his favorite bar, 43 South, Boggs said.

"It's a great idea," said Mayor Bob Bruchey after the pub crawl. "Everybody was having a great time."

"It was orchestrated correctly with the shuttle bus and plenty of security," he said.

Three intoxicated people were arrested Saturday, said Sgt. Kevin Simmers of the Hagerstown Police Department. One was arrested at about 3 p.m. and two others were arrested at about 6:30 p.m., he said.

"I wouldn't call them pub crawl arrests, I would call them St. Patty's Day arrests," Simmers said.

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