Lake Roland Remembers the Snakes for St. Patrick’s Day

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saint-patrick-banishes-snakescatch of the day fish (2)In America, we pay attention to whatever percent of Irish we may happen to have in our blood, and get out the leprechauns and shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day. But we tend to forget a less inviting element associated with the true meaning of the holiday: snakes.

On the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, Lake Roland is seeking to put the slither back in the holiday with a pair of events on snakes.

According to legend, St. Patrick became the hero that he is to Ireland in part because he drove snakes out of the country. This was used as an explanation for the fact that Ireland has none of the reptiles. However, science notes by way of National Geographic that it was probably the ice age.

As a recent discovery on the Inner Harbor water wheel reminded us, we don’t have that luxury (or problem, depending on how you look at it) here in the U.S That’s where Lake Roland comes in. They’re offering a chance to get acquainted with some of the serpents during sessions on March 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. Craft-making is also involved, so aspiring St. Patricks can at least a chance to get started on a sweet snake-banishing staff.

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  1. I remember I and a black friend were at Lake Roland when we were young about “1980” we were in the back part. My friend had to relieve himself / pee. He went to put it away. I heard him say ” Your the same color and the same size but where you get those mofo’in eyes” A big black snake had crawled up his pants leg.

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