SMYRNA — The Smyrna Social Club has been hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration for the past 112 years.
This year, it will be a little late.
Since 1905, the social club has worked to put together a St. Patrick’s Day event, not only to act as a fundraiser for the club but also to bring the community together.
This year, the event was delayed due to a power outage that darkened a large portion of the community of Smyrna leading up to the original date for the celebration. A new date is set for April 8 and will feature a roast beef dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a euchre tournament at 1 p.m. and a cash bar set to open at the same time.
“A good part of our fundraising comes from our raffle and silent auction items,” said club member Laura Staats. “To name a few, this year we have a 32-inch TV, an Adirondack chair, a leaf blower plus other items.”
Roast beef sandwiches, baked beans and coleslaw will be served in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the evening portion of the event which typically follows will not take place this year due to scheduling conflicts from the band that was originally booked to perform.
The event takes place in Maccabee Hall, a structure established in 1902 by a portion of the Smyrna Maccabees group, according to the history of the organization. The people who paid for the bulk of the building’s construction split off and became the Smyrna Social Club.
Smyrna Social Club President Susan Geiger said the hall is still standing because of fundraising efforts throughout the year, and especially the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The hall can be rented out for wedding receptions, family reunions and other events.
Geiger said there is some concern about attendance for the event, since it was postponed and it’s now taking place the second weekend in April which could conflict with spring break.
“We’re just kind of cutting it short this year, because of what happened,” she said. “You got to make sure there’s nothing going on that night.”
Geiger said the hall remains an important part of Smyrna to offer people the choice to have events there at a reasonable price in their own community.
“People have worked so many hours to keep (the hall). I would hate to see it closed down and made a parking lot or whatever,” she said.