5 ways to celebrate being Irish this week

March 17, 2010|By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com | Baltimore Sun reporter

Green will be everywhere today - on shirts, on faces, and yes, in beer.

Though the parade might be over, there are still plenty of St. Patrick's Day events happening today and this weekend. Here are five Irish-themed options, including a "green" wine tasting and a Celtic concert starring our very own governor. Slainte!

Pub crawling for charity
Four South Baltimore bars - Don't Know Tavern, The Rowan Tree, Taps and No Idea Tavern - team up to raise money for a neighborhood elementary school. Today, pub crawlers can pay a $5 fee, all of which will benefit Thomas Johnson Elementary School, to receive discounted drinks at all four bars. Some of the specials include one-cent Guinness drafts and a free cereal bar. Crawlers can register at any of the four bars. No Idea, at 1649 S. Hanover St., opens at 6 a.m. Go to noideatavern.com.

"Green" wine tasting
Tonight, the Wine Market, 921 E. Fort Ave., holds a wine tasting featuring Vinho Verde, a Portuguese wine whose name translates to "green wine." The wine isn't green in color - the name is a reference to the grape's age and crispness - but lately, it's been garnering a reputation as more than just a table wine. Food samples and a flight of six wines cost $29, which also gets you a $10 gift certificate to the restaurant's in-house wine store. The tasting is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 410-244-6166 or go to the-wine-market.com.

The Whiskey Brawl
Bring together the Charm City Roller Girls, green drinks and live music, and debauchery is sure to ensue. That's the plan for the Whiskey Brawl tonight at The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. The Stalking Horses, Charm City Saints and Folk will perform. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 410-662-0069 or go to theottobar.com.

"Portraits of Ireland"
For the past few years, the Teelin Irish Dance Company has staged "Portraits of Ireland," one of the area's more notable Irish shows. The 90-minute performance features jigs and percussive dance numbers, set to a backdrop of Irish scenery. Led by director Maureen Gately, the production comes to the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 to $30. The venue is at 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Call 410-280-5640 or go to marylandhall.org.

O'Malley's March
When it comes to Irish pride, this show has it all: traditional Celtic jams, Guinness, the governor and the governor's bulging biceps. Fronted by (and named after) Martin O'Malley, this seven-piece group has been performing in and around the Baltimore region for decades. It's high-energy Irish party music. Saturday, O'Malley's March performs at 8 p.m. at the Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, Towson. Tickets are $20. Call 410-337-7178 or go to rechertheatre.com.

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