On Sunday, March 14, Dan Tarca will be holding the 24th annual Irish Eyes are Miling event.
However, it won’t be what he was hoping for.
Irish Eyes, a fundraiser dedicated to the Cheshire Food Pantry, traditionally takes place around the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and includes a road race where participants come dressed in green. Many choose to go beyond just a traditional color scheme, arriving in more creative St. Patrick’s Day-themed gear, all in the name of raising funds for the Pantry.
However, two years ago weather forced the cancellation of the road race, and last year the event was canceled, as was everything else, due to COVID-19. There had been some hope that the event could return to normal for 2021, but with the country still dealing with the pandemic, that wasn’t a possibility.
However, Tarca is determined to make sure Irish Eyes are “miling” in some capacity this year.
“… We knew we had to hold something this year, so we are going to have a small event out at the bridge (near his home) which I will have decorated for St. Patrick’s Day,” he explained.
Each year, Tarca decorates the small white wooden bridge in front of his property at 58 Surrey Drive with green leprechauns and shamrocks in order to ring in the holiday and help raise money for the Cheshire Food Pantry with local donations.
“This year, we need it … the Pantry needs it more than ever,” Tarca said. “A table will be set up where people can safely socially distance to drop off donations for the Pantry.”
The table will be outside by the decorated bridge between 9 a.m. and noon, and visitors are encouraged to wear green to celebrate the holiday.
It’s been a pretty rough year for all of us,” Tarca added. “If we can make some good happen on that day, that will be enough.”
For more information about the event, visit the Irish Eyes are Miling Facebook event page at www.facebook