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Festive Crowd Turns Out For St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
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Escalon High School teacher and coach Michael Bower, left, was among the volunteers helping serve at the Escalon Lions Club corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 17. Also assisting was Nikolai Lorenzo, center and EHS alum Vincent Rocha, far right. At front, right, diner Eric Harris was the first in line for food. Marg Jackson/The Times

It was a sold out event and the diners gathering at the Escalon Community Center on Thursday were happy to be there. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, members of the Escalon Lions Club hosted the event and saw a huge crowd turn out for the festivities.

There was music provided by Golden Bough member Paul Espinoza of Modesto, going solo for the evening as opposed to performing with the group; there were plenty of raffle items to take chances on, and the smell of traditional Irish fare, corned beef and cabbage, greeted diners checking in.

Plates included the corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots and there was also a dessert course, along with a variety of beverages available.

A drive-thru dinner option was offered as well, and a line of cars was evident at the Community Center as residents stopped in for the to-go meals.

A team of Lions Club members kept the food coming, with several CSF, California Scholarship Federation, student members from Escalon High School also volunteering at the event.

Overall, said Lions Club officials, the meal ran smoothly, the crowd was lively, the music was good and everyone seemed to enjoy the opportunity to get out and socialize for the evening.

Displaying his colorful kilt, Ray Cellar of Farmington was among the many diners that turned out to enjoy the Escalon Lions Club St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 17. Marg Jackson/The Times
Providing some musical entertainment at the March 17 corned beef and cabbage dinner hosted by the Escalon Lions Club was Paul Espinoza of Modesto, a member of area musical group Golden Bough. Some of the raffle prizes are on display in front of him on the stage. Marg Jackson/The Times