– By GABE GRIFFITH, firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of locals will likely be found out celebrating this weekend in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the March 17 holiday which marks the anniversary of Saint Patrick, a man who helped bring Christianity to Ireland.
Despite its original religious connotation, much of society regards the holiday as a means of enjoying green-colored ale and a variety of other indulgences. In Newnan, Abide Brewing Company will offer an event benefiting the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society.
On March 18, a unique event organized by a Newnan-Coweta Humane Society volunteer Pennie Fuqua will include both local guests and their pets. St. PAWtricks Day is a celebration of “Tails & Ales” from 1-6 p.m. to which both children and well-behaved dogs are welcomed at 130 Werz Industrial Blvd. in Newnan.
“Abide Brewery has allowed us to take over their brewery for a day to benefit the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society,” Fuqua explained. “We are raising money for boarding and medical treatments and all of the costs associated with rescuing animals in the county.”
The event will include live music, food by Brickhouse Grille and Tavern, and plenty of fun and games – all in addition to a brewery tour, beer tasting and an Abide Brewery souvenir cup. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the time of the event.
Fuqua added that a silent auction of gift certificates and other items will be available for guests to bid on.
“This event is just one of many ways for the community to support the humane society even if you can’t adopt an animal,” Fuqua said.
Bedding for shelter animals and donations of pet food are always welcome. For more information on this event, contact Fuqua at 678-859-2233 or Abide Brewing Company at www.abidebrewing.com.
The Brickhouse Grille & Tavern, located at 80 Newnan Station Drive, will offer locals another opportunity to celebrate with discounted beer and food, in addition to live music and special Irish-themed fare like corned beef, cabbage, and traditional Irish soda bread.
Downtown service station-turned-bar, RPM Full Service Patio Pub & Grill, located at 15 Jackson St., will ring in the holiday with an evening of karaoke. The restaurant, known for its outdoor dining area and fun atmosphere, will serve glow sticks to guests, along with green beer and Irish specials for a Black Light Party tonight beginning at 7 p.m.