During my working years, St. Patrick’s Day became a significant milestone in the New Year. By the time March 17th rolls around, most folks who live in Upstate New York are tired of winter and looking forward to warmer temperatures. And so the significance of St. Patrick’s Day was a time to celebrate having survived another winter and to hoist a toast with family and friends in anticipation of warmer weather.
Jeanette and I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day this year at the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles NY. The morning started out with rain and temperatures in the high thirties. By the time that we arrived in Skaneateles, the temperature had dropped to freezing and it even began to snow. We sat at our favorite table and gazed out at Skaneateles Lake which is still solidly frozen over. And as we neared the little village of Skaneateles, we noticed that the fields were still very much covered with snow and there were no visible “bald spots” which were free of snow. But we didn’t really care as St. Patrick’s Day is a time for us to celebrate the passage of another winter and to anticipate the warmer days of spring and summer.
The Sherwood Inn was not too busy on this particular St. Patrick’s Day but those who did come out in the cold enjoyed a nice glass of their favorite beverage and a dinner of corned beef and cabbage. We keep coming back to the Sherwood Inn, perhaps to remember all of the good times that we have shared with friends there or perhaps just to dream about the coming change in seasons.
As we drove back along routes 5&20, I couldn’t help but look at the fields. For now they are all covered with snow or frozen water. But soon, Mother Nature will work her magic and the sun will melt the snow, warm the earth, and once more green grass and new buds will appear. It’s sure something to think about after this long hard winter in the Finger Lakes.