It's the season of green, as spring starts pushing in and, believe it or not, St. Patrick's Day is queuing up.
From slush runs to Irish dance, tavern tunes and festive food, here's how you can kick up your heels, raise a Guinness, nod to the Emerald Isle and celebrate. Sláinte mhaith!
• Year-round Irish taverns Matt Reilly's Pub in Lanesborough, Paddy's Bistro in Dalton, O'Laughlin's Pub and Patrick's Pub in Pittsfield, will be celebrating through this weekend and into next week with specials, a festive atmosphere, and perhaps a leprechaun or two.
• Mayor Linda Tyer will welcome at 11 a.m. Monday, a delegation from Pittsfield's Sister City, Ballina of County Mayo, Ireland, with a free, public reception and ceremony at City Hall, in the City Council Chambers.
You can also join them at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Irish American Club's annual St. Patrick's Day dinner/dance at the Elks Club in Pittsfield. There will be a corned beef dinner, entertainment by The Dossers and The Moffat School of Irish Dancing. Janie McCormick will be honored as the Irish American Club's Person of the Year. Tickets are $25. Reservations are a must, and can be made by calling Kevin Cahill at 413-770-7512.
• Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield will host its 19th annual St. Patrick's Day celebration, with festivities throughout the day, including a slush run, family activities, a Torch Light parade at dusk, live music starting at 8 p.m. in the Tamarack Lounge, where corned beef and cabbage and green beer will also be served. Info: bousquets.com or 413-442-8316.
• The First Baptist Church in North Adams will host a St. Patrick's Day Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for kids, and includes corned beef or ham, cabbage, potatoes, corn bread and more.
• 2 Flights Up, located at 399 Main St. in Dalton, will host at 7:30 p.m. a St. Patrick's Family Dance Night, at $6 per person. The event will include lessons throughout the night, including the Irish jig, ballroom, line dance and more.
• The St. Agnes Church Fundraising Committee will hold their corned beef and cabbage dinner 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 30 Carson Ave., Dalton. Menu includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread and ice cream parfait desert. Tickets are $12 per person.
Ventfort Hall in Lenox will host at 3:30 p.m., its annual Shamrock Tea & Concert to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Original/folk duo Rocks and Water, made up of Tom Doyle (fiddle/vocals) and Alexis Haluska (guitar/vocals) will perform. Tickets are $25 for advance reservations and $30 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 413-637-3206.
Thursday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day
• The Becket Federated Church will hold its fifth annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. The meal will include corned beef and cabbage, carrots, onions and rutabaga, with Irish soda bread, beverages and homemade desserts. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Sean and Debbie Connors and their crew will provide entertainment. The celebration will be held in the Church's Parish House, 3391 Main Street (Route 8) in the north Becket village.
• The acoustic duo of Cameron Collins and Melissa Brinton have prepared a special St. Patrick's Day setlist of Irish tavern tunes, which they'll play from 5 p.m. on at the Old Heritage Tavern in Lenox.
• The Brick House Pub will host a St. Patrick's Day bash with Homebase, featuring Jackson Whalan, Ross Jenssen, and Jade Cicada, launching a string of monthly parties with local and traveling artists throwing down in Housatonic. The party starts at 9 p.m., with free admission before 10, a $5 cover after.
• Rebel Alliance will play a St. Patrick's Day party at The Red Herring in Williamstown.
• Want to play your own Irish tunes? Join in on the fun at The Guthrie Center's Thursday night Hootenanny in Great Barrington. Doors open and sign-ups start at 7. Show starts at 8. The cost is $5 general admission, $3 for center members, free for those performing.
• If you missed buying your tickets to the Misty Blues Band's sold-out Shamrock Shakedown, you can catch them tonight around 8 p.m. at The Dream Away Lodge in Becket. The lodge kitchen will also be cooking your Irish favorites. Call 413-623-8725 for reservations.
Friday, March 18
• The JP Murphy Band will keep the holiday spirit going from 8 to 11 p.m. at The Purple Pub in Williamstown.
• Hillcrest Educational Centers Inc. will present its 15th annual Robert "Bees" Prendergast St. Patrick's Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Country Club of Pittsfield. The $50 admission includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, buffet, auction and live Irish music at this business/festive attire affair. State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, president of the Massachusetts Senate, will be made honorary Irish person of the year, while UNICO of Pittsfield will be honored with the Judge John A. Barry Community Service Award. Tickets may be purchased online at 15thannualstpats.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 413-499-7924.
• Casey's in Pittsfield is bringing back the mechanical bull for St. Patrick's Day weekend. Rides start at 9 p.m. There's a $5 cover, which includes unlimited pool.
• Rakish Paddy will play from 8 to 11 p.m. at J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille in Pittsfield.
Saturday, March 19
• Berkshire Ballroom Chapter 3045 of USA Dance Inc. will host its St. Patrick's Day theme ballroom social dance from 7 to 10:30 p.m., at the Masonic Hall, 116 South St., in Pittsfield. A waltz dance lesson will be offered at 7 by Ron Tritto, followed by open dancing starting at 8, to the music of Ron Tritto. Admission is $10 for USA Dance members, $15 for guests and $5 for school-age or college students. Info: www.berkshireballroom.org.
• The JP Murphy Band will play from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Freight Yard Pub in North Adams.
• Bandit will host a country-rock themed St. Patrick's Day party starting at 9 p.m. at The Tavern at The A in Pittsfield.
• Bounti-Fare Restaurant in Adams will host a St. Patrick's Day celebration. Tickets are $25 per person, and include appetizers at 6:30 p.m., a dinner buffet starting at 7:30, and live music and dancing with Madison Avenue starting at 9.
The Berkshire Benevolent Association for the Blind will host its annual "Dining in the Dark" experience to raise funds for the association and simulate what it's like having dinner while being visually impaired. Doors at the ITAM Lodge No. 564, located at 22 Waubeek Road in Pittsfield, open at 4:30 p.m. The spaghetti and meatballs dinner starts at 6, complete with salad, rolls, dessert and a cash bar. Before the lights go out, patrons will be able to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day theme decorations. There will also be raffles and games. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, or reserved by calling 413-770-6408.
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