Remembering The Past: Happy St. Patrick’s Day Around Woodbridge

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek HarrisonBy Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-On March 17, 1952, St. Cecelia’s in Iselin had a St. Patrick’s Day Dance with a “Wearin’ The Green” theme.

On March 16, 1953, St. Cecelia’s holy Name Society held “A Night in Ireland” in St. Cecelia’s Recreation Hall. An Irish Dance Contest was held with a grand prize of $25. Baron Bobock’s Orchestra performed at the dance.

On March 7, 1954, A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration was held by the St. Cecelia’s Holy Name Society in the school cafeteria. Donation was $1.

Bud’s Hut Bar & Grill on Route 1 in Avenel, held a St. Patrick’s Day Open House on March 18, 1967, complete with entertainment, dancing, hats and corned beef and cabbage. On March 16, 1968, they held a St. Patrick’s Day Eve Celebration.

On March 17, 1970, The Golden Age Club of Olsen Tower in Fords held a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

Please send your own holiday memories of the area!

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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