ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENTS
Valley Forge & Montgomery County
It takes a fair amount of luck to find a four-leafed clover in a garden. Happily, it's a lot easier to find a St. Patrick's celebration in Montgomery County, Pa.
Our 2016 wrap-up of all-things Irish means that everyone - from old salts to wee Leprechauns - can find plenty of opportunities for "the wearin' of the green.'
GREAT NARBERTH LEPRECHAUN HUNT
St. Patrick's Day gets off to an early start on March 12, when the Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt kicks off from 1-4 p.m. Kids hunt for leprechauns throughout the downtown district, collecting treats along the way. When they find them all, they earn a St. Paddy's Day prize.
THE DRUIDS & GALWAY GUILD
Ardmore Music Hall
Ardmore Music Hall goes green on March 15 with an Irish double-bill. Two bands from the Emerald Isle - the Druids and Galway Guild - will perform, but these musicians aren't playing blarney. The Druids, from County Kildare, played over 500 shows in 2010-2011, on tour throughout Scotland, Ireland, Europe and the U.S. The Galway Guild is a Celtic rock band from Philadelphia that blends traditional music with modern-day energy.
ST PATRICK'S DAY PLEARACA
The Colebrookdale Railroad offers special St. Patrick's Day excursions on March 17. The 6 p.m. departure is a boisterous bash with Guinness, corned beef and cabbage and Irish coffee accompanying dessert.
CONSHOHOCKEN ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
Here's a local celebration of Irish heritage that turns our neighboring counties green with envy. The annual Conshohocken St. Patrick's Day cavalcade begins at 2 p.m. on March 12 at 11th Avenue and Fayette Street. Marchers will descend to Elm and end in front of the Washington Fire Company. During and after the parade, local restaurants offer drink and food specials and host rousing parties.
ST. PADDY'S DAY PUB CRAWL
The Ardmore Initiative throws a festive (and safe) St. Patrick's Day weekend by organizing a walkable pub tour, linking the district's best sites for food, beverage, music and wearin' of the green. Local Uber drivers have been designated for free transport home (first ride only; total value $15), using the code ARDMORE16.
10TH ANNUAL KEGS & EGGS
Wake up and begin your St. Patrick's Day celebration at the 10th Annual Kegs & Eggs Bash at Chap's Taproom. Enjoy a buffet breakfast, build your own Bloody Mary and mimosa bar, and live Irish and Rock music. Doors open at 9 a.m.
GRAND MARSHAL'S BALL
Elmwood Park Zoo
Conshohocken's mega-party for St. Patrick begins with this March 5 kickoff event at Elmwood Park Zoo. Entertainment includes the Irish Thunder Pipes & Drums Band and step dancers from The Coyle School of Irish Dance. Advance tickets can only be obtained by reserving them ahead of time (call 610.209.5964).
ST. PATRICK'S DAY 5K CLASSIC
The third annual Conshohocken St. Paddy's Day 5K Classic invites athletes to get a running start on the borough's day-long celebration. The March 12 race funds Conshohocken Fire Co. #2 and the Philadelphia Distance Run Scholarship Fund.
IRISH DANCE NIGHT
North Penn VFW Post
Glenside sets attendees' feet a'tapping with a March 4 party hosted by the Cummins School of Irish Dance. Live music is courtesy of the Shantys, and the night at the North Penn VFW Post (2519 Jenkintown Road) includes plenty of raffles, draft beer, wine, and food.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY
St. Mary's Parish Gym, Schwenksville
The Ancient Order of Hibernians Montgomery County Division 6 is throwing a bash on March 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish Gym in Schwenksville. The $30 admission buys all attending leprechauns access to live music, beer, full Irish buffet, bagpipers, Irish dancers, DJ and raffles.
THREE ROUNDS WITH THREE IRISH LASSIE WRITERS
Open Book Bookstore
Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park celebrates St. Patrick's day in literary style. From 7-9 p.m., three local writers, all of whom have a bit o' the Irish in them, sit around talking blarney about literature, their new books, and whatever else comes up. BYO favorite Irish beverage to share, and the store will provide a few as well, along with snacks. Anyone with a special talent for Irish soda bread is invited to bring a sample; the organizers will award a prize to the best one.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY HIKE AND TREASURE HUNT
Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park
Spring is a great time to re-launch your outdoor walking program. Get off on the right foot with a March 20 hike at Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park. Meet in the parking lot behind the Pickering Creek Inn at 1 p.m. for a walk across the bridge over the Schuylkill River and down the towpath to Lock 60. Upon reaching the picnic grove, gold coins will be scattered throughout the field for children to turn in for prizes.
DUFFY'S CUT MEMORIAL
West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd
A more somber memorialization of Irish heritage is being hosted in Malvern on March 6 (2:30-4:30 p.m.). A ceremony at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, remembers the 57 immigrant railroad workers who died at Duffy's Cut in 1832. Michael and John Boyce of the band "Blackthorn" will perform their song, Sacred Ground.
ONE GREAT THING
Pennbrook Middle School
One Great Thing whisks audiences to long-ago Ireland, where a young couple chooses between meeting their family's expectations and pursuing their dreams. An Irish spin on a timeless love story, written by a local teacher and proud grandson of immigrants, the play is a St. Patrick's Day treat for the whole family. The March 17 performances are at Pennbrook Middle School, 1201 North Wales Road, North Wales.
IRISH CIVIL WAR-PERIOD MUSIC
Sumney Tavern, Lansdale
The Sumney Tavern, known as "an American bistro with an Irish Accent" will resound with the music of The 69th Irish Volunteers, making its 17th consecutive appearance. The March 26 program includes the distinct sounds of a tin whistle, banjo, guitars, mandolin harmonica and fiddle. The Sumney is at 1610 West Point Pike Lansdale.
Montgomery County's deep Irish heritage means that a good Paddy's party is never far away. Try one of these local favorites for traditional food, drink and music surrounding March 17:
- Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, 826 W DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA
- McShea's Restaurant & Bar, 242 Haverford Avenue, Narberth, PA
- McCloskey's Tavern, 17 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore, PA
- Jack McShea's, 34 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA
- The Grog Grill, 863 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA
- Drake Tavern, 304 Old York Road, Jenkintown, PA
- Doc Watson's Irish Pub, 1080 E Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, PA
- Jack Cassidy's Irish Pub, 990 East High Street, Pottstown, PA
- Halligan's Pub, 1619 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA
- MaGerk's Pub & Grill, 582 South Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA; 307 Horsham Road