Two weekends of Irish fun in Jim Thorpe

Irish eyes keep smiling.

While the Carbon St. Patrick’s Parade won’t be making its way down Broadway next month, the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency (JTTA) invites locals and visitors alike to celebrate their Celtic roots with its Inaugural Irish Heritage Festival on March 9-10 and 16-17.

Goers donning their finest Irish accessories can kick up their heels and enjoy strolling musicians both weekends including the Faculty Brass and the Bethlehem-based Mackay Pipe Band’s drums and bagpipes will echo through town on Sunday, March 10.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, will present two evenings of Celtic performances including the Tartan Terrors on Saturday, March 9 and the Kilmaine Saints, who will kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend a little early on Friday, March 15.

The luck of the Irish will be with you when you purchase a Pot-of-Gold Passport, available in advance, online at jimthorpe.org/irish for $15. The passport will unlock special discounts including $5 off Mauch Chunk Opera House shows, March 8 through March 17, menu items at local restaurants and pubs, plus 17 percent off at all participating shops. The Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, 41 W. Broadway, will be open with a special discount for Passport holders.

The Stabin Museum and Café Arielle, 268 W. Broadway, will host a Youth Celtic Fiddle Showcase and Competition on Saturday March 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. More details to follow.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will hold an Irish-themed brunch on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. until noon.  Come back to Race Street wearing your tartans Saturday night at 8 p.m. for a Kilt Party and Best Legs Contest at Stone Row Pub and Eatery, 45-47 Race St.

On Sunday, March 17, Café Arielle will offer a Celtic Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring live music.

Be sure to check out facebook.com/jimthorpeirishfest/  page for new and updated events. Book your stay at the Times House and you’ll be within walking distance to all of the fun.

For more information on all things Jim Thorpe, visit www.jimthorpe.org

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