This weekend, Harborites of Irish ancestry (whether real or wishful) will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Here’s a quick guide to local festivities:
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Shoppes at Riverside
This family-friendly block party at the mall in South Aberdeen will feature Irish dancing, music and food.
The Bold Doherty will perform from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and an Irish jig dance-off will be held. Miss Grays Harbor contestant Kylie Shepard will be on hand to teach folks a few steps beforehand.
Children’s games will be offered, and a bounce house will be on-site for kids 10 and younger. The Hunt for the Leprechaun’s Gold, for those ages 3 to 10, will begin at 1 p.m.
Sgt. Brand’s BBQ will offer a special menu including corned beef, mini shepherd’s pies and soda bread.
St. Paddy’s Weekend
Friday through Sunday
8th Street Ale House and Hoquiam Brewing Co.
The two pubs along Eighth Street are teaming up to provide music and refreshments for the occasion.
Live Irish music will be playing at both venues on Saturday night and then on Sunday starting at 2 p.m.
On Sunday at 3:17 p.m., a dual parade will begin as participants leave each establishment to walk, run or crawl approximately 3.17 blocks to the other. A lemonade stand is planned in front of Durney Insurance office for those needing refreshment halfway through.
St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebration
Friday through Sunday
Galway Bay Irish Restaurant
Live music will begin Friday at 7 p.m., with acts including Hank Cramer, Heavy Hammer, Curlew’s Call, Rick Dougherty, Harmony Ridge and more performing at various times throughout the weekend. For a complete music schedule, visit the pub’s website: www.galwaybayirishpub.com.
The popular annual parade along Pt. Brown Avenue will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meriweather and Market streets
A parade will launch the festivities at 10 a.m., starting on Front Street at Cottage Rentals and ending at the Red Velvet Bakery. The public is invited to join in — and their dogs, too.
Weather permitting, potato bowling and chalk drawing will be offered for the kids, and a hunt for a “pot of gold” will take place along Gnome Trail.
Paul Bouma’s Band is among the musical acts scheduled to perform during the event.
Mill 109 will host a beer garden and will offer corned beef sandwiches, Irish stew, soda bread and other cultural delicacies.
On Sunday, two historic lodges are offering special menus:
Co-owner and chef Heather Earnhardt will be whipping up some corned beef brisket, sauteed cabbage, soda bread, colcannon and more. Visitors also will be able to order a flight of Irish whiskey. For details and pricing, visit www.tokelandhotel.com.
Lake Quinault Lodge
The lodge will serve up its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. The menu will include potato leek soup, bangers and mash, Scottish salmon, corned beef and cabbage, and more. Reservations are recommended. For details and pricing, visit bit.ly/2Hd7JYN.