FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Everyone's a wee bit Irish come St. Patrick's Day, with bars and restaurants going corned beef and cabbage-wild with specials, live music and pints full of Guinness.
Live here long enough and you surely know about Tigin Irish Pub in Stamford (where St. Patrick's Day events go from March 14 to 17) or O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant in Norwalk, where, starting March 15, you'll find live Irish music, along with a special breakfast buffet, a pipes and drum performance and some two-stepping from the Lenihan School of Irish Dance.
But what about the off-the-radar Celtic celebrations? We've rounded up a few, though please add more of your own in our Comments area below.
March 14, Irish Step Dancing, Pequot Library , Southport: Get jiggy with it when beginning at 10:45 a.m. when the Lenihan School of Irish Dance puts on a costumed and spirited performance -- and invites you to join along. This event is free and open to the public and no registration is required. Go Green: 720 Pequot Ave, 203-259-0346 Ext. 18, www.pequotlibrary.org .
March 14, The Blarney Season, Bijou Theatre , Bridgeport: Traditional and modern Irish music is on tap at the Bijou, where The Blarney Session, with special performances by the Irish Step Dance Team from Connecticut Dance, will perform at 7 p.m. Nine different instruments are played during every performance, including banjo, mandolin, tin whistle and bodhran. Tickets are $10 a person or $30 per family. Go Green: 275 Fairfield Ave., 203-332-3228, www.thebijoutheatre.com .
March 15, Parish Hall at Wilton Episcopal and Presbyterian Church Complex , Wilton: The Festival Chorus and Jubilate Ringers will perform "Give Us a Dance Then," a suite of Irish dances arranged for handbells starting at 3 p.m. You'll also hear traditional Irish songs such as "Carrickfergus," and "Tis the Last Rose of Summer." Tickets are $20 in advance through the website; $25 at the door; children/students, free. Go Green : 48 New Canaan Road, www.musiconthehillCT.org.
March 20, Ireland Tour Benefit Concert, First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield , Fairfield: Cheer on 10 local high school students before they head to Ireland to perform at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and is $10 for adults, free for children under 12. Go Green: 2475 Easton Turnpike, 203-336-4875, www.jim-royle-ireland-tour.whindo.com .
Where will you be celebrating? Let us know any events we've missed.
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