MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Although St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a day of parades and large social gatherings, don’t worry: here are some St. Patty’s themed activities for tomorrow so social distancing doesn't make the holiday feel so glum.

Since St. James's Gate Publick House on Maplewood Avenue is a SOMA St. Patrick’s Day tradition for many, the Mead family is doing their best to still provide traditional Irish food for the community. Here’s a message from Mr. John Mead Jr. himself: “Tomorrow St. James’s Gate will be offering take-out all day til our drawers drop, or til time runs out for the day! Going forward we finally will have a long-overdue delivery service, and in the works is curbside pick-up...based on the length of this needed social distancing, hopefully, a short period of time for us all. 

"On behalf of St. James’s Gate, everyone continue to wash your hands, stay true....and all be well.”

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Starting at 8 a.m., The Gate will have Irish Breakfast and Irish coffee, along with a variety of food and beverages  available throughout the day for take out.

In keeping with the Governor’s order, there will be no table service in the restaurant. All orders will be taken by phone for curbside pickup. During the day the featured meal will be the traditional corned beef and cabbage. All orders must be paid by credit card when placed, and will be ready for pickup. In addition, should you desire, bring your own jugs and they will be filled with the appropriate beverage for the holiday.

During the day, pipers will be performing in front of the store. Hopefully a good time will be had by all.

Once you’ve had enough corned beef and cabbage, you can start to make some St. Patty’s treats yourself. Any green baked good should suffice, but here is a good recipe for Irish Soda Bread.

Now that you’re all stuffed, it’s time to sit down and have a good Irish read. Reading the true history of St. Patrick can be fun for the entire family. If you’re looking for a more refined read, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by picking up a tome traditional Irish author, such as Oscar Wilde, Meave Binchy, Frank McCourt, and James Joyce. Maplewood Public Library has ebooks to borrow remotely.

Finally, as your day is coming to a close, it’s time to kick your feet up and put on some classic Irish movies. If you’re looking for sappy: P.S. I Love You and Leap Year are both set in the Emerald Isle. Let’s say that everyone wants a classic thriller: 1993’s Leprechaun will provide the fright. With the kids, it’s probably best to stick to Brigadoon or Finian's Rainbow, two musical classics.

Reminder: staying home doesn’t mean staying boring! Wear green! Be festive! Be safe, stay home, be healthy.