If you haven’t noticed the large green shamrocks painted on Pine Street where the same road – also known as historic Route 66, was painted green early this morning by enthusiastic Missouri S&T students, you don’t want to miss the 105th Annual St. Pat’s Parade that begins at 11 a.m. today.
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you put on your ‘green,’ get out your noise makers, grab your camera, and plan to attend one of the most celebrated St. Pat’s Parades in the state of Missouri.
St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers, marked his first Rolla celebration in 1908 on what was then the Missouri School of Mines campus. Engineers rallied around St. Pat and began what is now one of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the nation. A large bronze statue of St. Patrick located near the entrance of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, can be seen in the commons area of the Missouri S&T campus about a block from Pine Street.
For those who are interested in celebrating after the parade, a series of free concerts will begin at 1 p.m. at the city’s Downtown Bandshell located at the corner of 9th and Oak Streets. The headliner Red Jumpsuit Apparatus takes the stage at 3:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information regarding the St. Pat’s Parade and related events and festivities, please visit the St. Pat’s Board homepage online at http://stpats.mst.edu/events.
If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend the traditional St. Pat’s Knighting Ceremony that was held last night at Leach Theatre in the Castleman Hall Performing Arts Center, I would like to congratulate our very own Steve Hargis, the city’s long-time director of public works, who was one of the individuals who was knighted before an enthusiastic crowd.
A 37-year employee with the City of Rolla, Steve is known throughout the city, Missouri S&T campus, Rolla Downtown Business Association and greater Rolla community for his altruistic nature, eagerness to partner, and willingness to provide professional and personal assistance with countless community events, festivals and projects year after year. He even goes so far as to pop and serve hundreds of boxes of free pop corn at popular Rolla events such as Route 66 Summerfest, Music Under the Stars, and the Public Works Day celebration which will be held on Saturday, May 18, this year in downtown Rolla.
And if there is something that needs to be done above and beyond, Steve is usually one of the first employees to step forward and offer his assistance or lend a helping hand. We couldn’t agree more with the St. Pat’s Board’s selection of Steve as an Honorary Knight of St. Patrick. Congratulations Steve! We are very proud and appreciative of everything you do for our city and community.
Page 2 of 2 - While you are attending the St. Pat’s festivities and spending time in the Rolla and Meramec Valley Region over the weekend, I encourage you also to visit the wide array of dining and retail establishments that are conveniently located in the downtown area and throughout the Rolla area. A Slice of Pie, Alex’s Pizza, and Made Rite are all considered iconic Rolla establishments that many visitor’s and Rolla natives alike frequent during the St. Pat’s weekend.
But don’t overlook some of the newer establishments that deserve your consideration as well. The weather forecast is excellent, so plan on staying the weekend, take a stroll in our historic downtown, a walk in one of our beautiful parks, a round of golf or visit to one of the award-winning wineries in St. James. You will soon discover why this area is one of the most desirable places to live, learn, work and play in the entire Midwest.
Looking toward the end of this month, spring break for Rolla Public Schools students is just around the corner and kids ages 6-13 can attend The Centre’s Spring Breakout Camp! The hours of the camp (March 25-29) are Monday thru Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The fee for the entire week is only $100 for Centre members or $125 for non-members! Grab some friends and sign up today! The registration deadline is March 20!
Please also mark your calendars for the Citywide Clean-Up on Saturday, April 6. We ask that you please place all items near the curb by 6 a.m. We ask that you do not place your roll-out container to the curb, because during this special clean-up it will not be emptied. If you have any questions, please call the Environmental Services Department at 364-6693.
Enjoy the festivities this weekend and for any first time visitors, welcome to Rolla!