Live music, festivals and historic talk highlight St. Patricks Day events

by: TIMES FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Pipes and Drums Band, including Tim Birr and Brad Smith, will perform at several St. Patricks Day celebrations this weekend.  Looking to part with the Irish this St. Patrick's day? Check out these local events!

Winter Market Goes Irish — The city of Beaverton is helping the Beaverton Farmers Winter Market celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend with musical and dance performances on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Beaverton City Park. Performances begin at 10:15 a.m. with the Sir James McDonald Pipe Band followed at 10:30 a.m. by the An Daire Academy of Irish Dance. Sam Keator hosts an Irish dance demonstration with audience participations at 11 a.m. and accordion player Mikey Beglan will lead an Irish jam session at 11:20. Keator hosts a second demonstration at 11:30, and Tim Birr lead bagpiper for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Pipe and Drums Band will perform at noon. Irish dancers from Forest Grove Dance Arts will round out the performances at 12:30 p.m. The Winter Market is open the first and third Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. During Saturday's festivities, the Winter Market is hosting a craft booth for kids to make their own Mr. Potatohead using real potatoes, fruits and other vegetables from the market. For more information about the event, call the community events line at 503-526-2599.

St. Patrick's Day Festival — The All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon presents its 72nd annual St. Patrick's Day celebration on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. at the Ambridge Event Center, 376 N.E. Clackamas St. Admission to the family event is $10, $5 for students ages 12 to 20 and free to children ages 11 and younger with a paying adult. Participants will be treated to continuous entertainment by local Irish dance schools, céilí dancers, bagpipe music and traditional music by Portland's Premier Irish Céilí Band and Peter Yeates. Performers also include Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Pipe and Drums Band. The event also offers face painting, clowns, a raffle and a hot corned beef and cabbage dinner served from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks will also be sold throughout the day. For more information, visit or call 503-286-4812.

Thirsty Lion's St. Patrick's Weekend Festival — Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill will open its doors for its St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Friday and keep festivities going through Sunday. With locations both in downtown Portland, as well as the new location at Washington Square in Tigard, everyone can be a part of the festival. Both locations will feature live music starting Friday night and running through midnight on St. Patrick’s Day. Bagpipers and Irish Dancer performances will take place throughout the day as the Thirsty Lion comes alive with friends enjoying great beer, food and fun. Thirsty Lion’s special St. Patrick’s menu features an array of fresh, local ingredients, with dishes such as oven roasted lamb shank, bacon cheddar potato cakes, Irish lamb burger, potato crusted Northwest salmon, beer braised corned beef brisket and Jameson bing cherry bread pudding. The Thirsty Lion also offers a premier craft and international beer lineup; Washington Square features 52. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at both Thirsty Lion locations on Saturday starting at noon. Guests will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money for life-saving children’s cancer research. The Washington Square location is at 10205 S.W. Washington Square Road. The Tigard Thirsty Lion features performances by Beth Willis at 10 p.m. on Friday and Sawtell at 10 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday performers include Kory Quinn at 11 a.m., Will Bradley Band at 3 p.m., Merrill Lite at 6 p.m. and Dirty Blonde at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Free Irish Concert — At the Cedar Mill Community Library on Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, Brenda Scearcy and Jim Loewenherz will perform heartfelt Irish folk instrumentals and songs drawn from the rich storehouse of airs, songs, jigs and reels in traditional Irish music. Multi-instrumentalists, the duo perform on whistle, guitar, Irish drum, concertina, button accordion and mandolin. The library is located at 12505 N.W. Cornell Road.

• Scotch Irish Migration to America Talk — The Genealogical Society of Washington County's regular meeting is today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the Washington County Public Services Building, 155 N. First Ave., in room 140. Carol Surrency will speak on "Scotch Irish Migration to America." Who were these people, what is their story and what were their reasons to move from Scotland to Ireland and later to America? Surrency is a member of the Genealogical Society of Washington County and the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. The meeting is open to the public as well as members. The Genealogical Society of Washington County promotes the study of genealogy in any part of the world. Info: 503-640-4431.

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