You don't have to be Irish to enjoy a little St. Paddy's Day fun this weekend in Hamilton. From dancing and singing to indulging in real Irish fare, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The weather is going to be cold with a weekend high of 0 Celsius, so be sure to bundle up before you head out to enjoy the festivities.
Weekend of fun at Rebel's Rock
Rebel's Rock Irish pub is celebrating its 11th anniversary and St. Patrick's Day this weekend so the festivities never stop. They're having a draw for a Guinness can dispenser cooler and a beer-lovers' gift basket, live entertainment including highland dancing and Steve Sinnicks performing, as well as special deals on Irish grub all weekend long. Check out their website for details: www.rebelsrock.com
Enjoy the rich, vibrant music of Ireland and enjoy the fun and energy of a traditional Irish céilidh (pronounced "kay-lee"). Traditional Irish band Basking Shark will be playing uilleann pipes, bodhrans, fiddles, mandolins, guitars and banjos from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Corktown Pub,175 Young Street. No cover.
St. Paddy's pancakes
The trees are tapped, the sap is dripping and the fires are crackling – it must be maple syrup time at Westfield Heritage Village! A picturesque walk into the sugar bush will lead you to the modern sugar shack, where you can taste some of Westfield’s very own maple syrup. The tours and demonstrations run from 10 am. to 4 pm. Families can enjoy a free old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast. For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 or visit www.westfieldheritage.ca. 1049 Regional Road 552 (Kirkwall Road), Rockton, ON. Admission is $11.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and $6.50 for children ages 6-12. Children and 5 and under are free.
Music and merriment
Take in some tunes Sunday night at What the Folk with a rousing evening of songs that may have something to do with St. Patrick’s Day. A multi-talented group of seven singers/instrumentalists playing a range of folk-based and classical music, ranging from instrumental Celtic pieces to acapella songs with full-blown multi-part harmonies. They play traditional tunes, songs of war, and covers of more recent artists like Stan Rogers and Great Big Sea. 7:30, $10, 166 Prospect Street South
A pint and a pie
There are lots of community groups hosting special Irish-theme dinners and dances for St. Patrick's Day, so there's sure to be one nearby.
- The Branch 622 Legion (12 King Street East, Stoney Creek) is having a dinner and dance on Sunday at 1 p.m.
- The Burlington Branch 60 Legion (828 Legion Road, Burlington) has home-cooked corned beer and cabbage for $30 Sunday at 4 p.m.
- Freelton United Church (155 Freelton Road, Freelton) is offering an Irish stew dinner Saturday at 5 p.m.
- New Westminster Presbyterian Church (1025 King St E, Hamilton) is having a Pies and Peas social Saturday at 5 p.m.
- The Legion Branch 163 Pipes and Drums (435 Limeridge Rd East) invite you to join them for dinner and dance at 5:30 p.m. Saturday
- Saturday at 6:30, stop by the Royal Canadian Naval Association (760 Brant, Burlington) for beef on a bun with baked potato
Enjoy the green outdoors
Join the Grand River Rafting Company Sunday for a tree and plant identification hike the whole family can enjoy. This is a 2.5-3 hour hike with a professional forester teaching edible & medicinal plants/trees used by the First Nations in the Grand River Valley.
Cost: $10 per person To Register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-442-2519. Time 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Location: 184 Pottruff Rd., Paris, N3L 3E3
Check out local Searchlight winners Poor Angus
Hamilton's regional winner for the CBC Searchlight competition, Poor Angus, has two shows this weekend: one at the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto on Saturday and at the Lake Affect in Port Credit on Sunday. If you're going to be in the Toronto area this weekend, it's a great way to enjoy a little piece of Hamilton's St. Patrick's Day spirit.