2013-03-06 / Front Page

Here come Blarney Days

Bath preps for annual celebration
By LARRY GRARD, Times Record Staff

The city’s annual celebration all things Irish runs the gamut from great beverages and entertainment at Byrnes’ Irish Pub, to film, to a road race and a full evening of Irish culture.

Although Bath Blarney Days doesn’t officially begin until next Monday, the wheels for this fun cultural event already are set in motion.

On Tuesday, more than 30 Bath businesses began the warm-up with their “Pot O’ Gold Passport Challenge.” Those who want to play can pick up a passport at a participating downtown business or at the Main Street Bath office. Visit all of the businesses listed to have your passport stamped, then drop it off in the collection box in the lobby of Bath City Hall, or on weekends in the outside drop box by the side entrance. All completed passports will be entered in a drawing to win the entire “Pot O’ Gold,” Passports must be completed and dropped off by March 17; the drawing will be held on March 19.

On Monday and Tuesday, Byrnes’’ Irish Pub at 38 Centre St. is the place to get in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on Sunday, March 17. The “Irish Seisun” at 7 p.m.

Monday features musicians jamming with traditional tunes, and there’s an Irish Trivia Night at 7 Tuesday.

At 8 p.m. Saturday at Byrnes’, they’ll raise a glass to the official beginning of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

River Bottom Video of 221 Water St. will provide for the Irish Film at the Winter Street Center on 880 Washington St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Friday will be extra-special. “It’ll be a full-blown Irish evening,” said Jen Geiger, director of  Maine Street Bath. which has organized most of Blarney Days.

Irish-American poets Helene McLaughlin, Marita O’Neill and Duff Plunkett and flutist Sharon Pine will join for the “More Than Blarney” Irish Cultural Evening. City Hall is the place, from 5 to 6:30. Slides of Irish landscapes, Irish tea and scones are on the menu.

Then, across Front Street at Bath Dance Works and at Mae’s Cafe on 160 Centre St., two events will keep the party going. There will be Irish jigs and reels on flute and fiddle for the Family Dance at Bath Dance Works.

To benefit Fields for Our Future, which has neared its fundraising goal to install field turf at McMann Field, there will be drinks and hors d'oeuvres at Mae’s, and an Ugly Green Contest, starting at 7 Friday. Wear your ugliest green ensemble

On Saturday morning, the Shamrock Sprint  5K run begins at 9. Registration is at 8:30, outside Admiral’s Steakhouse. The race begins on the corner of Washington and Centre streets. For registration forms, email shamrocksprint@gmail.com, budlace@yahoo.com or call 522-7211.

At 1 p.m., a Tug-O-War, sponsored by Universe Gym, will take place outside City Hall.
Bath Blarney Days doesn’t end until St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish Soda Bread Baking Contest at Now You’re Cooking on 49 Front St. begins at 1:30 Sunday.

“It’s super fun,” Geiger said. “And you get to taste them.”

Entries must be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

There will be live music at Byrnes’ and celebrations at downtown pubs and restaurants all day. 

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