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Good food and live music will be the big attractions at the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival next week.

DORA invites local residents to bring family and friends to the event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 16, on Memorial Plaza in downtown Orangeburg.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Tea Thyme, Thelma’s and CoCo’s Mini Donuts.

“We’re doing the same menu we had last year because it was so successful,” Tea Thyme owner Theresa Bagasra said.

“We’re doing a traditional Irish lamb stew (and) Irish soda bread that will be offered in small loaves,” she said.

The lamb stew sold out in an hour and 15 minutes last year so she’s making twice as much this year, Bagasra said.

“So hopefully we won’t run out as quick this year,” she said.

Also on the menu are boxes of “potato” candy, an unusual treat that’s popular in the northeastern U.S. this time of year, she said.

“It’s a coconut cream candy that’s rolled to look like potatoes. You roll it in cinnamon,” the Tea Thyme owner said. “And we have green lemonade for the kids. They love it."

This is the first year that Thelma’s has participated in the festival, owner Dawn Armstrong said.

“We’re going to be doing the hamburger sliders, with sweet tea and green lemonade,” Armstrong said.

“I’m excited. I hope (people) do respond well to it. We do all ours fresh,” she said.

Beer and wine will be also be available for attendees 21 and older with proper identification.

In addition, the celebration will feature music and dancing on the main stage with the 2017 DORA Battle of the Bands gold winner, Fame Band & Show Featuring STORM.

“We’re a variety band. We do country, beach, Top 40, crossover R&B, a little bit of jazz,” said Douglas Jennings, the band’s manager. “We do a little bit of everything.”

Jennings said the band members are excited about the event, and he hopes the audience will be excited, too.

“We’re looking for a good turnout. We’re telling everybody that we’re going to be playing out there, and so a lot of folks are looking forward to it,” he said.

“And hopefully the weather will be good,” Jennings added.

Lawn chairs are welcome, and children age 12 and under dressed in green will get a special gift from the Downtown Leprechaun.

The event is supported by the City of Orangeburg, Downtown Orangeburg businesses, the DORA Board of Directors and DORA volunteers.

For more information, visit DORA on Facebook at or call 531-6186.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5543.


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