Oh boy, Danny - it's the celebratin' of the green

Parades, concerts, dances and dinners - to honor St. Pat

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March 13, 2003|By Joanne E. Morvay | Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Gosh and begorra, it's hard to believe it, but St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner.

We here at LIVE! know you have your own St. Patrick's Day routine - put on that green sweater you always wear to mark the day and make a visit to the restaurant or watering hole where you like to celebrate the occasion. And that's fine with us.

But maybe you'd like to shake things up a bit this year. You don't want to get in a rut, after all.

Certainly we're not suggesting you skip your annual visit to one of the area's fine Irish (or "Irish for the day") restaurants or pubs. Why, the folks there would miss you, to be sure! But you might want to add a few other St. Patrick's Day events to your schedule. There are concerts to go to, parades to watch, a foot race to run and Irish teas to share. You can even take the wee ones to their own St. Patrick's Day story time.

Below is a list of holiday events we've compiled. If you have any questions, be sure to call ahead. Even on St. Patrick's Day, you don't want to depend on luck alone.

Today

Concert. "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," featuring Scottish pipers Robert & Roderick Alexander and an Irish singalong with soprano Katie Goetzinger. Event is part of the University of Maryland School of Law's "Lunch Under the Pipes" Lunchtime Recital Series. Be sure to bring your lunch. Noon. Westminster Hall, Fayette and Greene streets. Free. Call 410-706-2072.

Friday

Soccer tournament. 14th annual St. Patrick's Day Indoor Soccer Tournament. Amateur soccer played by members of 42 girls and boys teams from Maryland and Delaware. 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Also 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Northside Recreation Complex, 200 125th St., Ocean City. Free. Call 410-250-0125.

Concert. Featuring Irish Fire - "The Music and Dance of Ireland." We're told this trio acquired its name when a club manager got tired of plastering all three of their given names up on the marquee. It's said the "fire" in their group moniker refers to the group's fast footwork, fancy fiddle-playing, soulful singing and witty banter with audiences. Doors open 7 p.m., concert begins 8 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Route 2, Solomons. $15. Call 410-326-2042, Ext. 16 or 18.

Dance. The Jacques Johnson Band plays at the 12th annual St. Patrick's Day Dance of the Friday Night Swing Dance Club. 8 p.m. workshop; 9 p.m. dance. No partner necessary. Scottish Rite Temple, 3800 N. Charles St. $12. Call 410-583-7337.

Saturday

Museum tour. Visit the Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Memorial. Go back in time to 1848 and learn how the Irish helped build the B&O Railroad around Baltimore and across the state. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 920 Lemmon St. Free. Call 410-669-8154.

Brunch. St. Patrick's Day brunch featuring corned beef and cabbage and Irish stew, as well as other fare, all accompanied by Irish tea and coffee. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thir-Tea-First Street Cafe and Tea Room, 414 E. 31st St. $14.95. Call 410-889-7112 after 4 p.m.

Cooking demonstration. Take a culinary tour of Ireland right here in Baltimore. Food historian Sue Latini will cook traditional Irish foods over a hearth. Recipes will be provided so that you can replicate the meal on your stove at home. Noon-4 p.m. Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St. $3-$5. Call 410-837-1793.

Book signing. Author Carmel McCaffrey will discuss and sign the book she co-wrote, In Search of Ancient Ireland: From Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English. The book, which is the companion volume to the well-received public-television series of the same name, has been lauded for its lyrical writing as well as for the way it links Ireland's past with its present. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Borders Books and Music, 1115 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis. Free. Call 410-571-0923.

Parade. 23rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival. Includes food, games and Irish entertainment. Begins at 11 a.m. and continues through the day. Parade starts at noon. Along Coastal Highway from 60th Street south to 44th Street, Ocean City. Free. Call 410-289-0791.

Festival. Mid-Atlantic Shamrock Fest. Festival area spans five blocks and includes three outdoor entertainment stages, a carnival midway, kids' activities, seven restaurants and other food vendors. Entertainment ranges from rock, blues and pop to traditional Irish music, an Irish singalong and a juggler. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wilson Boulevard and Randolph Street, around the Ballston Common Mall, Arlington, Va. $15, free for kids 12 and under. Call 703-560-4446.

Tea. "St. Patty's Day" tea. Irish stew, soda bread and other traditional Irish fare. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Gypsy's Tea Room, 111 Stoner Ave., Westminster. $22.50. For reservations, call 410-857-0058.

Performance. Entertainment by the Homespun Ceilidh Band and Irish step dancers from the Culkin School of Irish Dance. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Top of the World Observation Level, Baltimore World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. $5-$7. Call 410-837-8439.

Sunday

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