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If you are into fun, have a great sense of humor and bit of a penchant for adventure to match, you will want to take a trip to Denton, Texas. There, you will find Jim Patrick and his wife, Rita, the self titled “masochists crazy enough” to get into the business of running the Old Irish Inn Bed and Breakfast. A unique lodging, located on a 5.5 acre alpaca ranch, adult guests will find a wonderful place for fun, relaxation and romance. Though there are the standard amenities, Old Irish Inn is not your typical bed and breakfast. Just scroll down below the slider photos on the home page of their website and you will immediately know that the Patricks’ goal is for this place to be anything but your average bed and breakfast. Note that the tagline under the logo reads “The Happiest and ‘Funnest’ Bed & Breakfast in the World.” The secret success formula, according to owner Jim Patrick, with an extensive background in travel and hospitality as well as entertainment (speaking, radio, literature, etc.) – is FUN. As the homepage intro states, a stay there is “more like being in an Irish Pub on St. Paddy’s day with a group of fun people.” Military and medical professionals – who make up over 50% of the guest population, will find that the Patricks are hands-on B&B owners. Interacting regularly with guests, Jim, the self-titled “chief leprechaun,” generously shares his quirky sense of humor and dry wit, adding to a lively and festive atmosphere –often at the “Irish pub” on the premises. “We have fun with our guests. We entertain them and laugh with them.” By the same token though, they do understand that guests often come for a getaway and to that end, they hold privacy in the highest regard. Diversity is cited as the main factor in achieving over 500 5-star reviews. Seriously, a bed and breakfast located on an active alpaca and llama farm is at the very least, unique! Guests can enjoy the Alpaca Experience, where they will “learn more than you ever wanted to know about these fun guys.” Nature lovers will…er…love…the treed and canopied property – a rare find in Texas. Listen to the music of some 40 species of birds while staying here. You will also find domestic fowl on the property, providing organic eggs for breakfast. Want to go fishing? There are three ponds to choose from, with a variety of fish. Jim and Rita proudly boast a silver level eco-friendly rating on TripAdvisor™. In addition to the cottages, each with its own porch (and two with their own private hot tubs), guests can now enjoy RV and tent camping at Irish Acres, also located on the property. Extended stays are an additional option at Old Irish Inn. Attention seniors: explore Shamrock Shores when considering retirement living – a small gated community – now offering tiny homes! Continuing with the fun and celebratory atmosphere, weddings and meetings are a significant part of the offerings at Old Irish Inn. From proposals, to weddings to multiple year anniversaries, Jim and Rita have seen it all, and they aim to provide the “funnest” atmosphere for your celebration. There’s something for everyone at Old Irish Inn…most of all, fun!
The ALL HANDS ON DECK! Show was born out of gratitude and patriotism. Jody Madaras has been described as a home town Ohio farm boy who went to New York and ‘made good’. In a family of great Americans lives patriotism, reverence, gratitude, honor, and integrity. In 2007, Madaras decided to feature these values by writing a show that would not only say “Thank You” to the greatest generation; the men and women who served our country during WWII and the Korean Conflict; but also, would remind Americans of a time when our country was truly united. Madaras has masterfully crafted together those values into a production that takes us all on a sentimental, and truly inspirational, journey—The ALL HANDS ON DECK! Show. In a recent interview, Madaras explained, “Our 1942 Roadshow & Radio Broadcast is very special to me; I spent nearly four years writing it. Saying something important with these songs was my intention. We are reminded every day that our country has challenges. Our songs and deportment all focus on patriotic unity, our “Can Do!” spirit, and what’s right about our country. For younger generations, this show offers a glimpse of what was and what can be. For the senior generations, it offers a trip down memory lane to the ‘best of times’. Ultimately, I simply want everyone to leave the theatre feeling a little bit better and happier about our country.” Madaras’ strong patriotism is credited in large part to his family. His grandmother June was extremely active in the American Legion Auxiliary. “Growing up with Grandma, we always listened to these songs.She was very proud of the United States and believed we are at our best when we are united. Her handwriting is in this show.” His grandfather, Adolph “Duff” immigrated through Ellis Island from Hungary in 1911, and proudly served as an officer in the US Navy in WWII. Madaras continued, “I chose the Hollywood Victory Caravan, a group of famous Hollywood film stars who toured America by train in early 1942 selling war bonds, as the setting for the show. My research uncovered that no one had ever written a show based on the Caravan. Their road shows raised millions of dollars for the war effort, and no one had ever fully honored them. 1942 was one of the most pivotal years in world history; paving the way for much of the prosperity we enjoy in our great country today. That’s our theme: feeling united, then and now.” The ALL HANDS ON DECK! Show tours the U.S.A. annually, and is also featured in Branson, Missouri in the fall. For schedule and information, please visit: AllHandsOnDeckShow.com