LOWELL -- Play that fiddle, because it was musical chairs at this year's St. Patrick's Day Dinner.
Eileen Donoghue once again hosted the annual roast, this time as city manager instead of state senator, alongside her successor former Mayor Ed Kennedy.
To be clear, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian already made that musical chair analogy, but as Donoghue said: Lowell doesn't have the Green New Deal, it has the Green Old Deal.
"We have here what we call the Green Old Deal," she said. "We recycle jokes, we give you good food and, please, just laugh at our bad jokes, that's the deal."
The event Thursday evening was full of jokes, jokes about jokes and occasional heartfelt sentiments.
It was attended by roughly 350 people and was expected to raise about $10,000 for Lowell Community Health Center Teen BLOCK, though the final amount was not yet calculated as of Thursday night.
Teen BLOCK was founded in 1988 with the mission of empowering youth people to become leaders in reducing teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse and violence.
The jokes covered the nitty gritty of local politics, but also found fodder in the larger political scene, sometimes at the expense of Gov. Charlie Baker, who attended the event.
Donoghue said critics of the Sun will alternatively accuse the paper of being too liberal or a "neocon."
"Oh wait a minute, these are my notes for Gov. Baker," she said.
Kennedy walked up to the microphone with a zinger.
"I've been forced to limit my trips to the Statehouse, because I can't afford my commuter rail pass," said Kennedy, referencing the MBTA fare hike approved earlier this week.
Mayor William Samaras ushered Baker and state Rep. David Nangle over to the podium with promises of a gift. He pulled out two red ball caps with white writing.
Baker read it out loud.
"There's a lot to like about Lowell," he said.
Samaras looked at the crowd.
"I think I scared them," he said.
Baker made a couple jokes about Lowell area going-ons -- U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan was absent because she left early, does that make her the new Marty Meehan?
Then he rolled out a few drinking jokes.
"A young man walks into a bar -- do they all start like that?" Baker said.
Nangle referenced the recent admission scandals at elite colleges and suggested someone to sit on a blue ribbon committee to get at the truth of "rigging the system."
"Our very own U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren," he said.
The crowd laughed a little.
"So I didn't think that would go too well," he said. The crowd laughed more before he continued. "But I'll tell you this ... I am one-sixty-fourth percent certain that she will find no wrongdoing."
Headliner Joe Yannetty came on afterward. Originally from East Boston, Yannetty has performed comedy on cruise ships and comedy club circuits in New York and West Coast.
Yannetty's jokes ranged from shots at President Donald Trump to the size of the Manchester, N.H., airport.
The opening of Lowell's first recreational pot shop this weekend, Patriot Care, and legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, worked its way into the act.
Speaking about Massachusetts drivers and speeding, Yannetty turned to Baker with a suggestion.
"And the thing you're afraid of is driver's smoking pot," Yannetty said. "Are you kidding? ... It should be mandatory to drive high in Massachusetts."
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