St. Patrick’s Day

Let’s go green

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I’m a pincher.

When it comes to most holidays, I tend to be an eager observer rather than a full participator, but St. Patrick’s Day is different in that it brings out my inner pincher. So, if you happen to be going about your life, minding your own business on Sun., March 17 and you feel a sharp pain and hear a gleefully evil giggle, it’s likely just me, penalizing you for not displaying your Irish flair in the form of green-themed wardrobing.

However, St. Patrick’s Day is not for pinching alone. It is also for the eating of corned beef and cabbage (Boundary Bay, Chuckanut Brewery, and Copper Hog, I’m looking in your direction here) and the entertaining of oneself via Irish-themed music and dancing. Luckily, what with St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, opportunities abound all weekend long for making merry in the name of Erin go Bragh.

Probably the biggest deal around these parts is a concert courtesy of Dervish at 7pm Sun., March 17 at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre. Hailing from the west of Ireland, Dervish combines the beautifully haunting vocals of Cathy Jordan with nimble fiddling, accordion and flute work to create a sound that evokes Ireland’s rolling green hills with every note. Tickets for the show are still available, and can be had via the Lincoln Theatre’s website (http://www.lincolntheatre.org).

As for what to do with the rest of your weekend, well, my plan is simply to follow Bellingham’s Peadar Macmahon around for the duration, as it seems he’ll bring his vast repertoire of Celtic music to more music venues than you can shake a four-leaf clover at.

During the course of the weekend, you’ll find Macmahon at Boundary Bay Brewery, where he’ll appear Sun., March 17 with Giants Causeway, Lindsay Street, and more. Of course, if we’re talking Boundary and St. Patrick’s Day, it would also be prudent to mention Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown Bellingham spearheaded by Boundary Bay’s Janet Lightner (who, depending on when you’re reading this, is fervently willing it not to rain on her parade). The parade also gets its own after party at the popular brewpub featuring Maggie’s Fury, the Paddywhackers, the Devilly Brothers (who will also see their fair share of St. Pat’s action), and more.

Not to be outdone by their brewpub brethren, Chuckanut Brewery also plans to offer a weekend full of Irish action. Theirs will come in the form of Puirt Na Gael, who will be Saturday’s entertainment, and James X2 and Ask Sophie, who will show up to ply their musical wares on Sunday.

But those two aren’t the only breweries in town going green this weekend. Macmahon will show his face and his musical proclivities Saturday at Kulshan Brewery, and never far behind, the Devilly Brothers will perform at Kulshan both Saturday and Sunday.

But Macmahon’s not done yet. Indeed, he’s far from it. He’ll pop up again Saturday at Bellingham’s most proudly Irish bastion, Uisce Irish Pub, where he’ll be followed by the Whiskey Lickers and the Bellingham Pipers. Uisce keeps the party going on Sunday, and Macmahon will once again grace the pub with his musical presence, as will the Devilly Brothers and Maggie’s Fury.

From there, Macmahon will make one last stop, this time at the Shakedown, where, as St. Patrick’s Day also coincides with the bar’s anniversary, the party is sure to be a rollicking one. Seldom-seen but much-beloved band MacArra (who will play their third St. Pat’s show in a row at the Shakedown) will close out the night and the holiday, and if there aren’t green Jell-o shots to be had, the Shakedown isn’t the bar I thought it was.

As for me, I’ll be roaming the streets, seeking out easy and plentiful entertainment and pinching my way from one end of town to the other. Consider yourself warned. And wear green, because I’m coming for you.

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