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      Molly's Irish Shindig to feature music and food

      St. Patrick's Day is roughly 10 days away. Meanwhile folks in Hannibal are already gearing up for a traditional Irish get-together.

      St. Patrick's Day is roughly 10 days away. Meanwhile folks in Hannibal are already gearing up for a traditional Irish get-together.

      The Hannibal History Museum is holding its semi-annual Molly's Irish Shindig coming up on March 21. Click here to learn more about the shindig from the Hannibal History Museum.

      The event features Irish food and beer, as well as traditional music. Click here to learn more about traditional Irish food like shepherd's pie. Click here for a good cottage pie recipe.

      "People get up and dance, tell jokes and tell stories," Lisa Marks, Shindig organizer and co-founder of the Hannibal History Museum said. "It's just a real fun party. This year with St. Patrick's Day in the middle of the week, we decided to extend the party."

      Members of the Irish Rag Tag Band perform every year. The group began many years ago as a sort of jam session. Now they're in high demand during this time of year. Some even have to use vacation days from work to make it to all the events. Click here to hear from them on KHQA This Morning.

      "When you're in an irish band, St. Patrick's Day is like Christmas, New Year's and the fourth of July all at once," Paul Miller, Rag Tag Band Member said.

      The Rag Tag Band performs all year round at O'Griff's Irish Pub in Quincy on Wednesday nights. They normally perform "jam style" from 6-8 p.m.

      Molly's Irish Shindig is coming up on Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. inside the Hannibal History Museum.

      Click here to learn more about the history of St. Patrick's Day from Lisa Marks.

      Leprechauns were an important part of Irish stories and lore. Click here to learn more about them from the Hannibal History Museum.