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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Est. 1966

Harp Strings

The Official Newsletter of the Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas Volume 44

March 2010

Special Edition

March 13, 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Exciting changes for this years St. Patrick’s Day Events. You are invited to join us for a full day of Irish celebrations beginning with the 42nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Mark your calendar for March 13, 2010 and come and walk with the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas in the 42nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Those members who come out to march with us are invited to join us at a reception immediately following the parade at La Villita AssemMembers lead the 2009 parade in grand style. If you look close you can see this bly Hall Plaza. year’s Irishman of the Year Richard Donovan and Grand Marshal Patricia Peak. The Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas and the Paseo del Rio Association have partnered to produce an all day St. Patrick’s Day event. Including a festival at La Villita. There will once again be Irish performers and Dancers on the Arneson River Theatre stage. The St. Patrick’s Day River parade starts at 3 p.m. and will wind its way along the river to the Rivercenter Mall and end at the Arneson River Theatre, where the entertainment starts at 1p.m. For much more information see inside and on our website.

Schedule of Events on page 2.

Grand Marshal Patricia Peak

St. Patrick’s Golf Scramble

Do you feel the luck of the Irish? CHANCE TO WIN $500 cash! March 5

Buy a $20 golf ball for the 2nd annual Golf Ball drop. Golf balls will be dropped from a manlift at Ft. Sam Houston Golf Course prior to the 12:30 p.m. start of the golf scramble. The ball that lands closest to the Shamrock (of course) will win $500 (winners need not be present). You’ll also have a chance to win a Toyota truck! If you get a hole-in-one! Proceeds go to help defray the increasing expenses of our parades. For information: Wayne C. Faught @ 210-835-6766 or Kevin Patrick Dowd @ 210-845-4424

Schedule of Events

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March 13 St. Patrick’s Day Parade



3:00p.m. St. Patrick’s Day RiverParade Arneson River Theatre Performance Schedule 1:00 – 2:00 CAMPBELL AND WILSON 2:00-2:30 SAN ANTONIO IRISH DANCERS 2:30-3:30 BORU 3:30- 4:30 BLUEBONNET SCOTTISH DANCERS 4:30-5:00 INISHFREE SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCERS 5:00-5:45 THE KELLY SINGERS (Trust me you don’t want to miss this!)

Inishfree School of Irish Dancers @ Luminaria on Stage 1. We are proud to announce that the Inishfree School of Irish Dancers will be perfoming at this years Luminaria. They will perform on stage 1, which is located on Alamo St. across from the Hilton hotel at 6:50 PM. The dancers are participating at the award winning Luminaria that celebrates San Antonio’s world class performers, arts and culture. The event is free. It takes place along Alamo St. between Durango and Market. Come out to support our own Inishfree Dancers as they wow and astound all of San Antonio.


St. Patrick’s Day Parades Fun Raising!!! (not a typo)

Of course none of our St. Patrick’s day events would be possible with out the money raised by our major annual fund raising events, The Golf Scramble and the Shamrock Shuffle Funrun and Fitness Walk. With the emphasis on FUN!

March 20 Shamrock Shuffle

Our president Joan Moody rides in high style at last year’s parade.

The Dublin Bus drivers added an authentic Irish feel to last years celebration. Dublin Bus is the main public transport provider for the Greater Dublin Area.

The Fun Run is on March 20 at Brackenridge Park. Last year nearly 500 runners (and walkers) from all over San Antonio came out for the event. Breakfast is included in the fee. It’s a great way to spend a beautiful spring morning. Race starts at 8:30. More information at:

The Home School Highlanders entertained the crowds in front of the Alamo last year.

Thank you to the following groups who have generously made contributions to help support the St. Patrick’s day parade. Miss Bexar County Organization Ballet Folklorico Festival The Lion And Rose BB Troop Holy Name School Military Order of the World Wars, San Antonio Chapter Solar San Antonio


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March 2010 Events 5 Friday



Thanks To Our Sponsors

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Fort Sam Houston, 11:30p.m. 13 Saturday

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Arneson River Theatre 1p.m. 17 Wednesday

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The Alamo Wreath Ceremony, Noon 20 Saturday

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Fun-run and Fitness Walk Brackenridge Park 8:30a.m.

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