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Seeing green: Concerts, murder mystery, scavenger hunt among St. Patrick's Day events

March 13th, 2014 8:13 am by Entertainment Staff

Seeing green: Concerts, murder mystery, scavenger hunt among St. Patrick's Day events

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You might need a little luck of the Irish to spot a four-leaf clover, but you won't have to look hard to find any number of St. Patrick's Day-related events happening around the region.

Here are just a few ways to celebrate the Irish holiday:

* When the fairy folk of Ireland gather in the ancient meeting place to discuss the commercialization of their kind, things don't go according to plan in the murder mystery "Big Trouble in Little Ireland," playing at Blue Moon Dinner Theatre through March 21.

Tired of being used as mascots to sell cereal and promote tourism, the wee folk decide that it's time for things to get serious; but perhaps things get too serious in Clayton Van Huss' script, filled with murder, mayhem and good old-fashioned mischief.

Evening performances are scheduled for March 14, 15 and 21, with a Sunday afternoon matinee on March 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the evening performances, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m. For matinees, doors open at 1 p.m.; the meal is served at 1:30 p.m., and the show starts at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $39.99 plus tax. For reservations or more information, call (423) 232-1350 or visit

* Erin go Bark, y'all! Animal lovers are encouraged to bring their change jars to Tractor Supply Company in Elizabethton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 15 and help East Tennessee Spay-Neuter fill a Pot O' Gold for Pets.

Individuals and groups with the heaviest donation will win a prize basket. The event will also feature face painting, vendors and a chance to purchase ETSN T-shirts, Bojangles coupon books and Lucky Dog & Lucky Cat vouchers for spay-neuters. Microchipping will also be available for $25.

For more information, call Danika Nadzan at (423) 289-5548 or visit

* Mckinney's Restaurant and Tavern is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to throw a St. Patrick's Day Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m., March 15 at Hale Springs Inn in Rogersville.

The event will feature Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and Guinness cheese dip and chips as well as drink specials, an Irish costume contest and entertainment by the Ball Sisters, Retha Ferrell, Guerry McConnell and participants of the recent Young Bluegrass Musicians contest.

Cover charge is $5, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the work of Habitat for Humanity.

* The Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum will hold a St. Patrick's Day Bash from 6 to 8 p.m., March 15 in the Victorian Parlor of the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap, Va.

Ron Short and the Possum Playboys will provide entertainment to accompany a selection of Irish-themed dinner options and a sampling of wines from MountainRose Vineyard. 

Tickets are $20 per person and include dinner and the show; beverages provided by MountainRose Vineyard must be purchased separately. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

The event is limited to 44 participants.

Proceeds from the St. Patrick's Day Bash support the Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that acts as a Citizens Support Organization (CSO) in assisting to identify and promote activities to conserve, enhance and interpret the cultural and historic resources of the Southwest Virginia Museum.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at (276) 523-1322.

* Morning Pointe of Greeneville will hold a St. Patrick's Day scavenger hunt for residents of the assisted living facility along with their family and friends beginning at 2 p.m., March 17. Winners will be rewarded with special door prizes, donated by Durham Hensley, Home Instead Senior Care, Amedysis Home Health, Amedysis Hospice and Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice.

For more information, call (423) 787-1711.

* The traditional pan Celtic band Iona will perform a St. Patrick's Day concert at 7 p.m., March 17 at Lee Theatre in Pennington Gap, Va.

The program is presented by the Pro-Art Association, Powell Valley National Bank and the Town of Pennington Gap as part of the Lee County Cultural Arts Series.

Founded in 1986, the award-winning band represents the music of parent cultures (Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Cornish, Manx, Breton, Galician, Asturian) and their evolution in America. Its members weave Celtic knots with songs in their original languages, traditional instrumentation and percussion, including footwork and anecdotes.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

The program is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, visit the Pro-Art website at or call (276) 376-4520.

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