What to do for St. Patrick’s Day

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It’s time to break out the green and clover-themed outfits and begin preparing a nice dinner of corned beef and cabbage. St. Patty’s Day is Thursday, March 17 and Big Rapids is preparing itself for it.

Raven Brewery and BBQ
The Raven is hosting a St. Patty’s Day Extravaganza. The doors open at 9 a.m. and the Raven will be serving fresh corned beef and cabbage. Live music will begin at 4 p.m., starting with two local bands. The Pistil Whips will play at 6 p.m. and The Balsam Brothers will close out the show at 8 p.m. Check out the Facebook event page (search “Raven St. Patty’s Day Extravaganza”) for more information.

The Gate
The Gate’s bowling alley and bar will be open until 2 a.m. as usual, but will be serving fresh corned beef and cabbage.

Cranker’s Brewery will be hosting the second entry round of the Cranker’s Sing-Off. The first round of the sing off took place on March 3. The event starts at 7 p.m. Volunteers sign up through a first sign-serve system. Volunteers who perform will have the chance to win the grand prize of $500. The first round was reported to be a great success with 23 volunteers given a chance to impress the crowd.

Outside of hosted events at the town’s public bars, the atmosphere among Ferris students on St. Patty’s Day is always vibrant. Green shirts, hats and necklaces will be worn by almost everybody. It’s one of the very few days of the year where students seem to be excited to go to class. As the day progresses, students tend to congregate in the courtyard of the Oakwood Apartments according to one Ferris State junior who preferred to remain anonymous.