Welcome to the Month of March! Spring is approaching and there is a sense of excitement in the air. We have on big holiday to look forward to celebrating with friends and family. St. Patrick’s day affords us opportunities that many other holidays do not. Sunday, March seventeenth beckons us to explore history and learn about other cultures. And contrary to widely-held belief, St. Patrick’s Day is not just for drinking green beer and wearing green clothing, it can be a rich and memorable learning experience!
Northeast Ohio is often compared to the United Kingdom. Our massive cloud cover and ever-present Winter chill can bring to mind the hills of England and the green misty fields of Ireland. So around this time of year we look to learn new things about the countries our humble state resembles in climate and attitude. Akron, Ohio is a small city not far from Cleveland that offers The Akron Irish Cultural Festival around this time of year. Admission and parking are free for both days of the event. The Festival is held at Downtown Akron’s Lock 3 Park. You can come and join the community for Irish food, music, and dancing that will bring you closer to the heart and spirit of St. Patrick’s day–a celebration of life and all that is good in our enjoyment of it. The festival can be a family affair as well as a good date for new couples. A good way to enjoy your holiday and get to know a culture.
And what would St. Patrick’s day be without a parade? You can line up along Main Street in the afternoon of March 10th to see many colorful floats, see Irish dancers and get into the pride of local school spirit with music from Archbishop Hoban High School’s Marching Band. This is also a great opportunity to talk with friends and meet up with people you haven’t seen in a while all while enjoying something bright, happy and fun that only takes place once a year. Let the excitement capture you and take you away for a while!
Tonight there is also Art and Ale at the wonderful Akron Art Museum! Tickets are fifty dollars at the door to sample a large selection of the finest beers from national brands to tasty local microbrews. Come out and support local business and the arts! Explore the museums many floors and rooms full of provocative and beautiful artwork from nationally known and locally respected artists. Browse the museum gift shop for the perfect memento or a most unique gift! Spend St. Patrick’s Day doing something unique and memorable!
Local musician Brian Lisik will no doubt be out and about playing acoustic rock-tinged folk for the enjoyment of the masses and college students will be drinking and singing off key to their hearts content. You don’t have to go out and drink this year but if you do make the rounds be sure not to pass by The Barley House, where the beer is fine and the lights are bright! Happy St. Patrick’s Day Akron! Be safe and happy. Life is to be relished!