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Posted: Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2012

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Kelli Robinson

Kelli Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in Mooresville and has been contributing to Lake Norman Magazine since 2009. She juggles family and writing with humor and lots of chocolate, and enjoys experiencing all the Lake Norman area has to offer.

You have two excuses for celebrating this weekend: St. Patrick’s Day and opening weekend of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. Being Irish and loving college hoops aren’t requirements for enjoying festivities taking place throughout the area. You don’t even have to wear green or complete a March Madness bracket. But take it from me: Sporting a shamrock shirt and predicting the final four games makes the festivities more fun!

The place to be this weekend is the Galway Hooker Restaurant and Irish Pub in Cornelius. The proof’s in the numbers. It’s their 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Ten bands perform on two stages over the course of an 18-hour celebration complete with authentic Irish food, Irish dancers, bagpipers, drink specials and giveaways. And don’t forget the 40” big screen TVs televising hoops madness all day. The doors open at 8 am Saturday morning. Admission is free to this this St. Patty’s Day bash that rocks until closing time.

Looks like The Dirty Martini, just down the road on Catawba Avenue, is joining forces with the Galway Hooker. Doors open at 1 pm, when you can enjoy one of two bands performing that day. The second band plays for the late night crowd (again, the party doesn’t stop until 2 a.m.).

Play it safe and let Party Wheels party bus do the driving. The bus will be picking up and dropping off guests up and down the Catawba Avenue stretch. Call 704-533-3054 for more information.

Maybe you’d like to celebrate the luck of the Irish on the lake? For the second year, Yachta Yachta Yachta Charters in Cornelius presents its St. Patrick’s Day Cruise. Music and hors d’oeuvres and an open bar for $20 per person. Come aboard starting at 6 p.m., and cruise the lake from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. Call 704-892-0991 for reservations and more information.

If you’re looking for a true Irish history celebration without the green beer, visit Historic Latta Plantation this Saturday for Irish Heritage Day. The plantation’s namesake – James Latta – arrived in America from Ireland in 1785. Tour his plantation and learn about Irish and Scots-Irish history in Mecklenburg County, hear Irish stories, see Irish cooking over the open hearth and much more. The event is free with regular admission ($7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and seniors, ages 5 and under free).

I’m not Irish. But for one day I’m curious about Irish soda bread, a pint of Guinness sounds good and every meal begins with an Irish toast, quote or blessing.

"There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were."

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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