How to Enjoy St. Patrick's Day in Hendricks County
Sunday, March 9, 2014 11:15 PM by Aimee MacArthur
St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is right around the corner, and with that being a large part of my family’s heritage, I’ve always been a fan of all things Irish. For me, St. Patrick's Day is about spending time with my family -- kids and adults together listening to Irish music, telling stories and enjoying a few St. Patrick’s Day meals. My family has already planned a few family-friendly outings, so I thought I would share some ideas on what do to in Hendricks County on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. GPS Scavenger Hunt Gather your friends and family to find where the famous Hendricks County leprechaun, Ellis O’Leary, hid his pot of gold. The first clue will be posted at 10 a.m., March 15 on Danville Park's website. The clue will direct you to your next location, where you will find your next clue (and so on). The first person to find Ellis O’Leary’s treasure wins! The GPS Scavenger Hunt is a fun opportunity to check out different locations in Downtown Danville and Ellis Park and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Don’t forget to take a camera with you so you can photograph the different locations you visit as you look for clues. This is a free event and open to all ages. A GPS device is not necessary but may help those who are sometimes “directionally challenged” like me! Read about Eric Ivie's experience at last year's Scavenger Hunt. After you’re finished with the Scavenger Hunt, I’m betting you and your friends and family worked up quite an appetite. Let’s talk about three of my favorite restaurants in Hendricks County where you can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day foods. Claddagh Irish Pub I’ve spent a few St. Patrick’s Days at this popular Irish pub with a handful of locations in the Indianapolis area. I’m a fan of the warm and inviting, family-friendly atmosphere. My favorites are their Fish & Chips and Corned Beef & Cabbage dinners. There will be St. Patrick’s Day events all weekend long, including “Irish Sunday Family Fun Day” on March 16, where kids eat free and there will be a Bagpiper performing. Kids can also participate in face painting and other activities. Insider Tip: Adults will enjoy their selection of beers, and this is one of the best places to enjoy live St. Patrick’s Day music. Claddagh Irish Pub, 2539 Futura Park Way, Suite 150, Plainfield Check their website for a menu and more information. Dawson's Too Sticks & Stones This independently owned and operated Brownsburg restaurant is one of my go-to restaurants in Hendricks County. Their Fish & Chips dinner is one of the best around. Pair that with their friendly service, and you've got an A+ destination. I spoke with their manager, Vince, about their St. Patrick’s Day menu, and he advised there will be a special menu (like in previous years) that will include: Reuben Rolls with homemade sauce, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew and their popular Guinness Brownie. The St. Patrick’s Day special items will be available March 15-17. Insider Tip: Adults might enjoy sitting in the bar area with several TVs, while families will find plenty of atmosphere in their main dining room. Dawson’s Too Sticks & Stones, 773 E. Main St., Brownsburg (317) 858-8400 Check their website for updates and more information. Savor Thyme Cafe This Brownsburg restaurant has a loyal and devoted following, and for good reason as you can count me as one of their fans. I adore the atmosphere, which makes me feel like I’m in a New England inn, and you can’t beat their gourmet food. Savor Thyme’s owners, Glenn and Sheron Bowman, are proud of their Irish heritage. As a result, here’s what you can expect on their menu for St. Patrick's Day weekend (available March 15-16, they are closed on Monday): Corned Beef with cabbage and herb buttered potatoes, Guinness and onion soup, Chocolate Stout and Irish cream cupcakes and Bailey’s cheesecake. Insider Tip: You can’t beat celebrating St. Patrick’s Day weekend with owners who embrace their Irish heritage. Foodies will love their gourmet menu. Don’t forget stopping in for lunch or brunch, where I plan to enjoy one of their famous Reuben sandwiches and a glass of Guinness (available in bottles). Savor Thyme Cafe, 224 N. Green Street, Brownsburg, (317) 858-7862. Check their website for updates and more information. Note: Savor Thyme is closed on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. These are just a handful of many wonderful Hendricks County dining options. For more options, check the Visit Hendricks County dining section. How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Hendricks County? Leave us a comment in our comments section.