Making a toast, South Pasadena City Council member Robert Joe asked guests in attendance at the Senior Center’s St. Patrick’s Day luncheon to raise their glasses.
Wearing plenty of green for the occasion, Joe borrowed words from the late Oscar Wilde, the famous Irish poet and playwright, who once said in part:
“May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.
If one could only teach the English how to talk and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.”
Following Joe’s words, which also included a a warm welcome, the large gathering enjoyed steamed cabbage, boiled carrots, potatoes, rye bread and cake.
During the luncheon, guests enjoyed a variety of tunes performed by Louie Nicolaides on the piano.
A cultural and religious celebration, St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is held on March 17, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.