The Elks Lodge, located at 1005 Washington Street, held a St. Patrick's Day and Awards celebration Sunday. The festive (and packed) lodge saw its fair share of green hats and happy faces. The Elks had a great number of things to be happy about; Irishman of the Year, Elk of the Year, Officer of the Year and several other recreational awards presentations.
With the cancellation of the Hoboken St. Patrick's Day parade for the third consecutive year; the Elks Lodge offers an alternative for those who miss the family bonding and civic-minded events of the holiday. After all, they stand for brotherly love...
A little background: The Benevolent and Protective order of the Elks was formally organized in February 1868 in New York City. Twenty-six years later, a space was secured for the Hoboken chapter at 1005 Washington Street (the building with the Elk outside).
The Hoboken Elks host a variety of fundraisers and civic events as well as provide for a variety of programs in town.
If you have never been in the building, it is truly a sight to see. The preserved memory lane inside their walls is simply breathtaking. The Elks are the only organization in New Jersey still in their original building, and for more than 100 years.
On Sunday, Elk Jason Maurer was awarded with Elk of the Year, a huge accomplishment considering they have somewhere around 600 members. Irishman of the year went to Joe Brennan. A big congrats to them both!
The event, held from 2-5, was a nice way to pay respect to the men and women of the Elks that work tirelessly, as well as toast to St. Patrick's Day.
And let's not forget the food - quite possibly one of the best parts of St. Patrick's Day (aside from the um, drinks). The Elks Lodge offered a lovely spread of Irish staples like corned beef, and steamed cabbage.
If you didn't make the event this year, check it out next year. It's only $10 at the door.