With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, there is a full weekend of activities planned for those who want to celebrate Irish traditions and culture. Those events include stops by Celtic Woman in Wallingford on Saturday, March 17, and Uncasville on Sunday, March 18; the two-man show, “An Irish Tale,” in Bridgeport on Friday, March 16; and the Saw Doctors in Ridgefield on Sunday, March 18. (Above, the band performs the single “Indian Summer,” which was released last year.)
Beyond St. Patrick’s Day, there is a full complement of musical performances, theatrical productions, stand-up comedy and movie events to keep all ages entertained. For instance, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band comes to Ridgefield on Friday, March 16; violinist Judith Ingolfsson joins the Greenwich Symphony on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18; the Roches: Suzzy & Maggie are in Mamaroneck, N.Y., on Friday, March 16; and Brian Stokes Mitchell will perform in Westport on Saturday, March 17.
There also will be an organ concert at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford on Sunday, March 18, and a performance by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Fairfield on Saturday, March 17. Or, you can check out some of Norwalk’s Crystal Theatre alums, who will return on Friday to help out at a benefit performance.
There are several programs and events planned for children and families, too, from performances of “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise and the Hare,” at the Westport Country Playhouse on Sunday, March 18, to Tomas Kubinek’s one-man show at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College on Sunday, March 18. The Newtown Historical Society will be hosting an open house on Sunday, March 18. And, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a “Green Animal” scavenger hunt and a chance to save some of the green. Children who don the color green will be admitted free with a paying adult. Over at Audubon Greenwich there will be a woodcock walk.
Those looking for some live theater can make the trek to New Haven where Yale Rep will put on “The Winter’s Tale” and the Long Wharf Theatre is staging “Bell, Book and Candle.” “Jimmy Dean” gets a run in Darien. The “Irish Curse” continues at TheatreWorks New Milford. “Death of a Salesman” also continues at Stamford’s Curtain Call.
Meanwhile, cinema buffs can travel to Hartford for the Jewish Film festival. Or, check out comic Richard Lewis at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, March 17. He also returns at month’s end for a benefit performance for the Boys & Girls Village.
Sports fans also will likely be making a stop to the state when the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport hosts the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship on Saturday, March 17, and Monday, March 19. Next weekend, it will be the site of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey tournament.
So get on out there, I hear it’s supposed to be a rather nice weekend of weather.
Until next time …