What: The Squid Jiggers annual St. Patrick’s Day show to benefit the Good Shepherd Food-Bank.
Where: DaVinci’s Restaurant, 150 Mill Street Lewiston, Maine 04240.
When: March 17, 2013; doors at 4:30 p.m.; music starts at 7 p.m.
How much: $15 per person; not including dinner; cabaret seating.
Two all American guys celebrating an Irish holiday at an Italian Restaurant in a town known for French Canadian culture, to benefit hungry people in Maine — what could be more natural? For the second straight year, The Squid Jiggers are turning their St. Patrick’s Day concert into a fundraiser and food drive, this time benefitting the Good Shepherd Food-Bank. The Squid Jiggers are Maine’s only cephalopod-inspired, celtic and maritime folk duo. They’ll be drawing on their deep resevoir of Irish-themed songs and stories while DaVinci’s Restaurant serves up delightful fare including a special corned beef an cabbage entrée, whipped up just for this event. Fine beer, wine and spirits may be had at the bar.
In an effort to raise money for the GSFB, which distributes food to over 600 pantries and non-profits in all of Maine’s 16 counties, The Squid Jiggers will be holding Danny Boy, The Unicorn and all Seven Old Ladies Stuck in the Lavatory, hostage at their St. Paddy’s Day show. They vow not to release (sing) them (or anything by Bing Crosby) until the donation jar is full. Last year, on St. Patrick’s Day, they were able to raise over $1,500 for the Lisbon Area Christian Outreach Clothing and Food Pantry. They vow to top that number this year.
“We did really well last year,” said Dave Rowe, Squiddy bass player and singer. “But we know we can do better. We have to. There’s more hungry folks in Maine than ever before.”
The USDA estimates that 14.7 percent of Maine households, or approximately 200,000 individuals, are food insecure. Maine is first in New England in terms of child food insecurity. The USDA has recorded a 25 percent increase in the number of Mainers facing hunger since 2005.
“St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland and we want to drive hunger out of Maine,” said Troy R. Bennett, guitarist and singer with the band. “It’s a tall order, we know, but it has to start somewhere.”
In addition to holding certain well-known songs hostage, concert attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to be entered in raffle contests for delightful prizes. There will be a 50/50 contest benefitting the GSFB, as well.
“Basically, we’ll do anything to beat the $1,500 goal,” said Rowe. “And it’ll be fun, too. This will be more like a party than a concert.”
If they fail in their mission, Bennett says they may have to resort to drastic measures.
“I don’t want this to sound like a threat,” said Bennett, “But if we don’t get the money, we’re going to have to feed The Unicorn and Danny Boy to the hungry. That’s right. We’ll eat a unicorn.”
Ticket’s for the March 17, 2013 show are $15, not including dinner. Purchase them at www.squidjiggers.com or call 1-866-655-7171. Seating is cabaret style. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the music will commence at 7 p.m. DaVinci’s Restaurant is loacted at 150 Mill St. Lewiston, Maine.