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Boxing Day, a British post-Christmas tradition, comes to El Dorado Hills

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Now that a hectic Christmas day has passed and the dinner dishes are put away, it’s time to relax and enjoy Boxing Day at 36 Handles in El Dorado Hills.

The pub-style eatery will host a day of fun, food and entertainment Dec. 26 from noon to 8 p.m.

Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors or employers, known as a “Christmas box,” of Christmas presents.

Throughout the day, there will be a buffet and live music.

Lynn Repstad, director of marketing for the Montano de El Dorado Center, in which 36 Handles is located, said there will be two performances by the Midway Marvels and One Eyed Reilly will play between sets.

“The buffet will include cottage pie, fish and chips – both traditional and Panko-style, salad and two desserts – bread pudding and cheesecake,” she said.

Restaurateur Richard Righton, who owns 36 Handles as well as Relish burger bar in El Dorado Hills and the Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom, hails from London. He and his wife Maureen celebrate Boxing Day and are now sharing their tradition with the masses.

“He is so excited to share this with El Dorado Hills,” Repstad said. “This is such a family oriented event and perfect for the day after Christmas.”

The Midway Marvels trio will entertain the crowd with live Irish music during two performances. The first show begins at 1 p.m. and the second at 5 p.m.

“The Midway Marvels are an interactive band and like to get the audience involved,” Repstad said.

Bob Waller, lead guitarist and singer for the band said his band, comprising himself, his wife Linda Easton on percussion and vocals and on mandolin James Wilson, like to share their traditions with others.

“We mostly play Americana music, which is Folk and Blue Grass and top it with a bit of a country flavor,” Waller said. “Our roots are in Irish music.”

Be prepared to become a part of the show and sing your Irish heart out during the performances. Don’t know the words? No problem. Waller said he projects the words onto a screen for all to sing along.

“We do a lot of drinking songs as those are an Irish tradition and a big hit,” he said. “We are big into audience participation.”