If a holiday falls on the calendar, and no one observes it, does it really happen?

That theory might be tested in St. James today, where only a paucity of area restaurants will do anything special for St. Patrick’s Day.

For example, it will be business as usual at The Hickory Inn.

“We’ve been here five years, and I’ve yet to see anybody do anything (for the holiday),” said Co-Owner Nancy Miller. “(St. Patrick’s Day) is just not big around here.”

Neither V.F.W. Post 1914, nor Eagles, will make any changes, either. The Stray Cat’s Kari Wensauer said she’s never done anything unique at the coffee shop for the holiday, and this year would be no different. Likewise, St. James High School will do nothing unusual, not even with their lunch menu--they’re serving chicken tenders.

At the elementary level, all will be quiet, as well, said Northside’s Jodi Hurley. “They have gotten away from doing seasonal parties like that.”

And, while the Good Samaritan Society some years offers a special St. Patrick’s Day-themed menu, that would not be happening this year, said Activities Director Marlys Boeve.

However, those in desperate need of a St. Patrick’s Day fix will be able to find an oasis.

Encore Coffee Cafe’s Heather Wentzel said she’ll be offering Reuben soup today. Though it’s the first time she’s offering the soup on St. Patrick’s Day--for that matter, it’s the first time Encore is offering anything out of the ordinary on the holiday--she’s made it on a few other occasions throughout the winter, and, “I’ve never had any leftover.”

“It’s really good; a lot of people like it,” she said of the cream-based soup, which contains sauerkraut, corned beef, and cheddar--among other ingredients. “It has a good following here.”

In addition, the Home Town Cafe will again be offering a corned beef and cabbage meal this year. On Monday, from roughly 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the meal will cost $7.25.

For the complete story, see the March 13 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.