When thinking of a March day used by local pubs to host special events in the name of a person prefixed by a title of beatification, it’s safe to say St. Patrick’s Day would first come to mind for most – and while that’s not wrong, there’s another such occasion – marked in a very different fashion, for a very serious cause.
Back in 1999, three Irish-American New Yorkers decided to turn their St. Patrick’s party into a charitable event, having their heads shaved publicly to help raise funds toward the medical fight against childhood cancer. The head-shaving was also done as a way to show support for those who had lost their hair to the disease – and as the event took place on March 17, it was dubbed St. Baldrick’s Day. Since that first benefit, it has become a charitable undertaking held in dozens of communities across the nation.
Several Long Island businesses, groups and residents also take part in such events, which are now spread out across the calendar month. Certified through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, those looking to participate or donate can do so through the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization’s website (stbaldricks.org), which can also provide further information and guide you to who and which businesses are getting involved.
Among the LI bars holding St. Baldrick’s Day functions are:
Nutty Irishman of Bay Shore: 60 E. Main St., 631-969-9700
When Sunday, March 2; starts at noon. (All will be asked to make a $5 donation at the door. The event will also include live music, a DJ, an auction and a number of activities for children.)
Napper Tandy’s of Northport: 229 Laurel Ave., 631-757-4141
When Saturday, March 8; starts at noon.
Lily Flanagan's of Islip: 528 Main St., 631-581-1550
When Sunday, March 9; starts at 12:30 p.m.
Changing Times Ale House: 526B Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-368-3255
When Sunday, March 9; starts at noon. (There will be raffles, giveaways and activities for children.)
Napper Tandy’s of Smithtown: 15 E. Main St., 631-360-0606
When Saturday, March 15; starts at 1 p.m.
Flanagan's Pub of Lake Ronkonkoma: 451 Hawkins Ave., 631-588-9843
When Saturday, March 22; starts at 1 p.m.
Lily Flanagan's Pub of Babylon: 345 Deer Park Ave., 631-539-0816
When Sunday, March 23; starts at 1 p.m.