Good Luck and Green Abounds in Murphys California

by Barbara Steinberg

Bursting with jubilance and proud of its fine Irish roots, the tiny village of Murphys personifies all that is green, especially in spring. The traditional Murphys Irish Day celebration, March 19, 2011, is all about the green. Each year, as if by magic, a huge green shamrock appears at the town's only 4-way intersection. Tiny Main Street – all .8 miles of it – is brimming with merrymakers clad in their finest and funniest Irish greenery. Irish music, storytellers, food, and an authentic hometown parade make this a memorable event. To alleviate the traffic congestion, free parking and a shuttle are available at Ironstone Vineyards.

While honing your green spirit, nearby Irish Vineyards is a must. Their award-winning green wine, Slaite – Gaelic for welcome – is available for tasting during this fête. But only as long as supplies last and supplies are very (very) limited! On Murphys Irish Day, the Irish family (yes, that's their name) offers all things green including hot pepper-jelly cheesecake, cupcakes and shamrock cookies, and Celtic music…and it's all free, so forget about the green!

When not openly celebrating their Irish heritage, Murphys is still a celebration of green. There are many dining choices for such a Leprechaun-sized locale… Read more...>

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