Monday February 29, 2016
Are you ready to go green? For St. Paddy’s Day, that is? The Richmond area is filled with all kinds of activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, from family-friendly festivals and fundraisers, to authentic Irish feasts that would please Saint Patrick himself and pubs with plenty of green drinks. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the area’s biggest and best things to do this month to explore the area, have fun and celebrate the luck of the Irish.
- Paddy’s Palooza: This exciting family-friendly festival brings together Richmond residents of all ages, with moon bounces, pony rides and a petting zoo, face painting, local craft vendors, live music, bagpipes and Irish dancers, all for a fantastic cause. St. Paddy’s Palooza benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancers. There will be tons of food choices, provided by Grapevine Restaurant, Gregory’s Grill, Sticks Kebob, Sweet Lew’s Kettle Corn and Gelati Celeste, and refreshing green beverages (adult and kid-friendly) will be available. Enjoy special performances by St. Andrew’s Legion Pipes & Drums, Crossroads Irish Dance, and Thistle and Shamrock Dance Academy. The event takes place Saturday, March 12th, 2016 at the Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. in Glen Allen. The St. Baldrick’s head shaving runs from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm; the festival is 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/richmond for details.
- Church Hill Irish Festival: The Church Hill Irish Festival is another family-friendly event (and is the following weekend, so you can do both!). This event, held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 19th and 20th, includes children’s games, face painting and Irish-themed crafts. The festival is held at 25th & E. Broad Street in Church Hill. Over thirty Irish vendors will be in attendance. Food and refreshments will be provided by the Ladies of St. Patrick’s, Rare Olde Times Irish Pub, Rosie Connolly’s and many more. Proceeds benefit a multitude of neighborhood nonprofit organizations, including the historic preservation of St. Patrick’s Church, a “little church with a big heart” built in the 1850’s by Irish Immigrants to Richmond. Admission is just a $5 donation. Visit churchhillirishfestival.comto learn more.
- Shamrock The Block: Shamrock The Block, now in its 13th year, will take place on the Boulevard off Broad Street on Saturday, March 12th, starting at 11 am. This event, which is free to attend, includes great food, live music all day and plenty o’ green beverages. Last year’s Shamrock The Block attracted more than 30,000 attendees. This year’s event will be event bigger, with children’s activities, more bands, and more to do and see. Go to shamrocktheblock.com for information.
- Siné Irish Pub: This authentic Irish Pub and Restaurant in Richmond’s historic Shockoe Slip is located in a former warehouse and modeled after authentic “city pubs” in Ireland. Pieces of Siné’s rustic interior were actually designed and built in Ireland and transported across the Atlantic. Siné means “This is it!” and it lives up to its name with main dishes like corned beef and cabbage, shepard’s pie, bangers and mash and fish and chips. Satisfy your craving for traditional Irish pub fare in a comfortable atmosphere reminiscent of the community gathering places that pubs in Ireland are known for. Restaurant hours are Sunday through Tuesday 11:30 a.m. until 12 midnight; Wednesday -Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Check out their full menu at www.sineirishpub.com.
All of these activities and venues are close to Boone Homes’ Richmond area new home communities, located in Glen Allen, Midlothian and Manakin-Sabot. Learn more about calling one of these communities home. You don’t need the luck of the Irish; Boone Homes has been building homes for close to 30 years and through that time, has earned a solid reputation of top quality craftsmanship. Visit www.boonehomes.net to learn more.