Lads and lassies won't have to travel far to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year.
We have a local celebration that has been around so long it's practically an institution with families in the Riviera Beach area: St. Jane Frances' 44th annual St. Patrick's Bazaar.
Tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., St. Jane Parish Hall on St. Jane Drive will be transformed into the Emerald Isle for a magical day of family fun. Admission is free.
Faithful bazaar attendees will notice a few changes, but the color of the day is still green, whether it's your clothing or your cash.
Daytime bazaar hours are geared to the wee folk, with balloons, bTC face painting, a duck pond, grab bags filled with goodies, games of skill and chance, and loads of handcrafted novelty items in the Kiddie Kraft area.
After 5 p.m., the bazaar takes on a more mature flavor, with rooms filled with games for youngsters and teens. Irish tunes spun by a disc jockey and the lilting voicesof the St. Jane Frances School chorus will add to the evening's festive atmosphere.
Back by poplar demand this year is Sister Mary's County Cupboard. It's a shopping delight, stocked with handmade crafts, wreaths, gifts, home decorating items, baked goods and other foods, all sold at reasonable prices.
Raffles, including the "Winning o' the Green" raffle with a grand prize of $500 cash, will tempt those feeling lucky tomorrow.
The trombola table will feature new and exciting prizes this year, ranging from intimate dinners for two to tanning sessions, flowers, manicures and savings bonds, all donated by local merchants.
Hungry yet? Shrimp salad, shrimp soup, pizza, hot dogs and sodas will be on sale throughout the day. Irish coffee and beer will be available in the evening.
The efforts of many parish members, parents and students have combined to make this annual event the biggest fund-raiser of the year. It takes a brave soul to supervise this huge task. This year, Lisa Pervola and Teresa Sparklin shared the job.
Need a good excuse to get out of the kitchen this weekend? If you're like me, any excuse is acceptable. But if you need one, just check out the list of local events featuring food in the area:
* Faith United Methodist Church, 905 Duvall Highway, is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.
The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Carry-out dinners will be available.
* Jenkins Memorial Church, 133 Riviera Drive, will have an all-you-can-eat roast beef and ham dinner from noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow.
The menu will include roast beef and gravy, smoked ham, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, green beans, applesauce, rolls, beverage and dessert.
The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children age 6 and older. Youngsters age 5 and under can eat for free. Carry-outs will be available.
* Stoney Creek Democratic Club, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road, will have its second Sunday party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The club will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a menu featuring a corned beef and cabbage platter, chips, pretzels, beer and sodas. Music will be provided by Al Baitch.
Admission is $7 per person.
Information: 437-9388 or 255-4611.
Milli Vanilli would fit right in at the Lip Synch Show, sponsored by the Chesapeake High School Chorus at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the school auditorium.
Admission is $3 and proceeds will benefit the CHS choral programs.
The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Orchard Beach fire hall on Solley Road.
Ken Penrod, Potomac River fishing guide and author, will discuss fishing with sonar.
After the talk, anglers will have the opportunity to try different sonar units, said group spokesman George Bentz.
The group will also be accepting entries for its yellow perch and pike contest on March 19 in Seaford, Del.
The entry fee is $5. No license or ramp fees will be required.
Food and refreshments, to benefit the Orchard Beach Volunteers, will be on sale all evening.