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11th Annual Irish Christmas Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

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A Night of Irish Magic

When you walk through the gates at Ellicottville Brewing Company, the first thing you will see is the table full of cakes and pies, baked by Bob’s friends who have taken their favorite recipe and created a mouthwatering unique masterpiece.  The pie or cake can be yours for a small donation.

When asked where did this all start, McCarthy would answer, “It started with a little magic.”  The reality is it came from the goodness of his heart.  You see, it was more than 10 years ago that the concept of Irish Christmas was born.  To be sure, it was born out of a need as a Christmas tradition was about to be no longer.

Yes, the closing of the Family Support Center and Santa’s Workshop, having run their course, needed a good Samaritan to step up.  Bob’s adopted charity, the Rotary Club of Ellicottville via the Foundation for Youth, established Family Support for Ellicottville as an affiliate to continue to fill the need in our community.  Discussing the concept of Santa’s workshop with a Rotary member, Bob fell in love with it and Eureka! Bob had a solution to support the program.

Renamed “Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas,” the Rotary Club of Ellicottville continues to sponsor this event at Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC)  on Friday, Dec. 2.  The Irish Christmas tradition continues in Bob’s honor, as he touched so many in Ellicottville with his spirit and generosity.   Although it can never be the same with his passing, Bob’s dedication to this event inspires us to continue with his magic.  It was McCarthy who said “I love doing Irish Christmas which is a night of Irish magic.  I don’t know how the magic gets there, but it just does.  That’s the beauty of it.”

For 11 years, the Irish Christmas fundraiser has become an event to remember, and one that locals and weekenders alike don’t miss.  McCarthy’s wagon will be parked outside of EBC starting around 7 a.m., where new toys and unwrapped gifts are collected for Santa’s Workshop and the Sheriffs Santa Program, which provides gifts to make Christmas a little special for less fortunate families

Again this year, a number of restaurants will serve a special Irish dish at a reasonable price or you can order from the great EBC menu.

The highlight, of course, is the Pie Auction and the intention is to continue the way Bob wanted it.  We have some great woodworkers who have volunteered to create pie boxes, bird houses and special furniture in the “McCarthy tradition” and, believe it or not, a number of Bob’s creations will be auctioned off as well.  Bob had started early and created some unique pieces that his family insisted be part of this great event.

The spirit of the season is unmatched in Ellicottville, and Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas is a perfect opportunity to share it with friends.  Irish music, food and fun and all for his favorite cause! Stop in on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at EBC to share the spirit with friends to help give back to families in our community.

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