2014-02-21 / Front Page

Green Eggs and Ham is a Grand Slam

By Jack Kelly

Dancing to traditional Irish music marks the official opening of Newport's Irish Heritage Month. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Dancing to traditional Irish music marks the official opening of Newport's Irish Heritage Month. (Photo by Jack Kelly) “Do you like green eggs and ham? I do not like them, Sam I Am. I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere. I do not like them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse.” Dr. Seuss

With apologies to Dr. Seuss, Sam I Am might like them when the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee hosts its annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, March 2, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall located at 2 Wellington Ave. in Newport.

For over a decade, the celebration has drawn hundreds of hungry diners to Hibernian Hall. According to an event coordinator,

“This is a positive, wholesome and fun family event that brings our community closer together over breakfast and allows everyone involved to have a good time. There is plenty of good food, including scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, ham, bacon, sausage, fresh fruits, and pastries. This is a great opportunity for everyone to relax and enjoy the morning.”

The feast raises funds for the March 15 parade and other familyoriented activities that the committee organizes. As Parade Committee Chairman Dennis Sullivan declared last year, “This is one of my favorite things that we do during the entire month. Everyone enjoys this time, and it’s a good way to raise money and enjoy ourselves. When it started, we blended in Dr. Seuss’s book because it was close to his birthday. Since then, the first Sunday in March has been our event date. As it always falls near his birthday, we have been able to continue that custom.”

While the buffet-style brunch does not include green eggs, special orders of eggs tinted with green food dye are available.

Involving young people is a growing part of the tradition. Children from 5 to 15 years old, along with adult supervisors, volunteer to serve breakfast, bus tables, and help with general clean-up after the event. The children’s volunteer work helps to promote community values.

This year marks the 110th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born in Springfield, Mass. on March 2, 1904. His birthday is celebrated as the national Read Across America Day, honoring his Dr. Seuss books and his other works that have improved the reading skills of innumerable youngsters. “Green Eggs and Ham” was published in 1960 and is still among his top f.ive best-selling books today. The family breakfast not only celebrates the rich Irish heritage of Newport, but also the contributions that Dr. Seuss continues to make to children’s literacy efforts around the world.

Tickets for the event are $10, with special family prices. Live Irish music will be performed in the hall after 1 p.m. For more information, visit newportirish.com/events. html.

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