Saint Paddy and the Coronavirus

Weekends are weird, flock.

For example: this weekend, smack dab in the middle of Caronamania, I went to a St. Patrick’s Day party at the Brickyard in Lewiston.


Because of this goof:

Scotia "Sheepie" McAlester, cartoon sheep resident of Niagara Falls, NY, at the Brickyard Brewing Co in Lewiston with Ellis Rammell.

Well that explains nothing, so maybe some context.

The purple haired sheep getting all huggy with me in the pic is my, er, friend, Ellis (who lives in Lewiston, in case the Lew-Port Class of 2014 hoodie didn’t give it away).

I had promised Ellis that I’d go out on St. Patrick’s Day weekend with them forever ago. Then the Coronavirus hit the state…and Order 202 was put into effect halving the capacity of all restaurants.


Normally this is where I would duck out, but…I can’t really say no to that face. I had to be a sociable 20-something and go out on a Saturday night. So I packed up some hand sanitizer and went to the Brickyard.

It seems we weren’t the only ones ignoring the “stay home” tweets. The bar was packed (luckily there was enough whiskey flowing to kill anything contagious). Like any good Irish sheep, I had one pint of Labatt Blue Light that I nursed for three hours.

Also, there were wings. Brickyard really does have amazing dry-rub wings.

Now, it’s been a couple years since I’ve gone out on Saint Paddy’s Day, but is it always so…weird? There were people in Celtics Jerseys with Mardi Gras beads, people pounding Irish Car Bombs, at least one guy drinking a Corona ironically, and a guy in a kilt! I’m used to Niagara Falls weird, so Lewiston weird throws me off-guard.

Anyway, Ellis had a good time, and I actually forgot about the stress of this whole thing (when I wasn’t dousing myself in hand sanitizer). So, it was worth it. With Niagara County declaring a State of Emergency and shutting everything down Sunday, this will be my last public event for a while.

Now, tomorrow is actual St. Patrick’s Day, but more importantly it’s Niagara Falls’ birthday. Obviously there will be a post tomorrow, and you definitely will want to be on the lookout for it if you’re passionate about the future of the city like I am.

Did you do anything this weekend, flock? Did you party? Did you buy out all the toilet paper like a total jerk? Did you stay home like a sensible person? Let me know in the comments.

-Sheepie ❤

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