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Celebrate IPN reboot

By March 10, 2022No Comments
Lenny the Leprechaun, better known as Les Hanson, was dressed to impress last week while promoting Irish Pub Night. Videre Images by Jason Whiting

 

It’s been two years, but the luck of the Irish is being rebooted as a winner.

The Border City Rotary Club is pleased to present Irish Pub Night (IPN) reboot, this Saturday night at the Lloyd Ex.

Being the local service club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, president, Les Hanson, is already in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

“We’re really pumped for a couple of reasons,” he said. “As a club, we like to get together and do things, but more importantly, we thought it was a great opportunity to launch out of the pandemic with a bit more of a return to normal, whatever that is.

“As a service club for the community we’re trying to provide that return to normalcy, and for us, it’s all about making sure we have a great time and move forward, as opposed to just worrying about how much money we’re raising.”

With having fun being number one, Hanson explained the majority of the usually IPN games will be played throughout the night, and the Border Town Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.s) Chapter will be providing bartending services for all.

“It’ll be all-hands-on-deck, but we’re just trying to keep it simple and have a good time,” he said. 

When asked why the club decided to brand this year’s event as a reboot, Hanson was quick to reply by saying, “Well because it’s wet in Ireland, so you need your boots,” with a laugh. 

“In the same way, it’s a reboot and we’re just restarting it all. It’s been long enough so you could argue the event was dead, so we wanted to redo it and start it fresh.

“This includes some slightly different entertainment, but it’s a restart, just like when you reboot your computer.”

This year’s entertainment will be provided by Hanna, Alberta’s own Garrett Gregory, and according to Hanson, he’s someone not to be missed.

“I’ve heard nothing but tremendous things about him. He’s great with the crowd and gets everybody up and dancing, which is what always makes for a great party,” he said. “I know he’s been very well-received with the chuckwagon crowd when they’ve had him in. They told us it’s a night and day difference when he’s the entertainer with his stage presence and just how much he brings the whole party to life.”

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and supper is served at 6 p.m. Doors for the dance only open at 7:30 p.m. and Garrett Gregory takes the stage at 8 p.m. 

Supper will include roast beef, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, salad and dessert.

Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.ca