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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