Attention all Irish culture enthusiasts! From the seasoned celebrator to the newbie, there is something for everyone to do this holiday weekend. Here’s what’s going on locally.
If you plan to overindulge on green beer, corned beef and cabbage, do yourself a favor and start off the day by participating in the Second Annual Fifth Third Leapin’ Leprechaun 5k race. The race starts on Saturday at 9 a.m. in Traverse City’s Warehouse district. Runners get a t-shirt and complimentary beverage. The race is organized by the National Cherry Festival, so go to cherryfestival.org to sign up and for more information.
Don’t have to work on Friday? Lucky you! You have the opportunity to participate in Traverse City’s annual pub crawl. As is tradition, the event starts at Minervas at noon. Crazy outfits and green beer consumption (responsibly, of course) are highly encouraged. If you’re working on Friday, don’t worry about missing out. The bars should be packed on Saturday, too!
Maybe you’re not 21 yet but you still like to party. If you’re at least 18, you’re in luck! Ground Zero at Streeters will have you! DJ Fade will provide jams for your listening pleasure. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. If you’re old enough to indulge, Jameson is $2.50 and Guiness is $4. Call 932-1300 for more information.
Maybe you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly? It’s Shanty Creek Resort’s Irish Celebration on Saturday. Events start at 9 a.m. and include Blarney Stone Rail Jam, Epic Air Competition, slush cup, frozen fish toss, pot o’ gold coin toss and saucer races. There will also be Short’s on tap all day at Ivan’s tavern. Check their website for more information: shantycreek.com.
There will also be a St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown on Saturday. Start gathering beforehand at North Peak around noon. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. Where should you go to watch the parade? Here’s the route: starts along Hall St., left onto Front, right on Pine, left on state, left on Park, left on State and back to Hall.
Perhaps you’re more into celebrating St. Patrick’s day by listening to some good Irish music. Then I suggest you tap your feet to Finnegan at Sleder’s Family Tavern (717 Randolph St.) from 5 – 9 p.m. on Saturday. The duo plays traditional Irish music on concertina, pennywhistle, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar and bodhran. Not only will they play for you, but they also entertain with Irish jigs and jokes. To really celebrate in true Irish fashion, order some corned beef and cabbage, which will be on Sleder’s menu all day. Oh, and don’t forget to kiss the moose! Call 947-9213 for more information.
We’ve almost covered everyone. But we can’t forget the history buffs and those of you who prefer to enjoy the more sober delights of the Irish culture. There’s a history class at The Northern Michigan Cultural Center. Get your smarts on from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday at 545 E Eighth St. There will also be crafts and traditional Irish food. The suggested donation is $5. Call 313-6910 for more information.
Now go out and participate! I hope that everyone has a fun, safe, and just plain wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!