Bath goes Irish with 'Blarney Days' celebration

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BATH — The city will be seeing green this month, but it won’t be out of envy.

Bath’s annual “Blarney Days” celebration, which began Thursday, concludes on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17.

Jubilee Riots, formerly known as Enter the Haggis, will perform at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13. Tickets are $26 in advance and $30 at the door for the Celtic roots rock band’s performance.

Meanwhile, Guinness glass etching will take place at Byrnes’ Irish Pub, 38 Centre St., from 6-8 p.m., with karaoke following through midnight.

Saturday, March 14, opens with a “Shamrock Sprint” 5K event at 9 a.m. Log onto visitbath.com to sign up, or email budlace@yahoo.com for more information.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade then takes over downtown, two days early, at 11 a.m., starting at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Middle Street, moving to Centre, Front and Linden streets, and concluding at the City Park gazebo by the Patten Free Library.

Cookie decorating for children will be offered at Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front St., following the parade. A juice and smoothie demonstration will be held there after lunch.

The Bath Farmers’ Market will be open at the Bath Freight Shed, Commercial Street, from 9 a.m. to noon that day, and a tug-of-war competition will be held at the City Hall parking lot at noon.

The “Blarney Pub Crawl” starts at 6 p.m., with prizes and live entertainment at the Kennebec Tavern, J.R. Maxwell, the Front Street Public House and Byrnes’ Irish Pub.

Stable on Front, 110 Front St., will hold an art opening from 4-7 p.m., featuring mixed media artists and offering refreshment.

Jud Caswell performs at Byrnes’ pub at 8 p.m. that day, and Bitter Brew will hold an Irish-American singalong there at 5 p.m. the next day. Traditional Irish music will be played there, along with a toast to St. Patrick’s Day, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16.

St. Patrick’s Day itself arrives Tuesday, March 17, starting with “kegs and eggs” from 6-11 a.m., and live music from 8 a.m. to closing, at Byrnes’ pub. The library bookstore, 194 Front St., will offer a 20 percent off sale, and downtown restaurants and pubs will celebrate all day.

Log onto visitbath.com for more information.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.