Channel Your Inner Leprechaun
Channeling your inner leprechaun can help others. And that's exactly what a few area professionals hope you'll do St. Patrick's Day weekend.
FARM (Feed All Regardless of Means) Café is hosting a fundraiser Saturday with music, a silent auction and food, all for a cause, a nonprofit community kitchen.
"It's something that's really starting to catch on in other cities," member Linda Coutant said.
"It" is a community restaurant where people pay what they can afford. Restaurants are popping up nationwide in places like Denver and Durham. Coutant and her cohorts, like area chefs, believe Boone is ready. "Now all we need is a location," she said.
And that takes money.
The March 19 fundraiser happens from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Harvest House on Boone Heights Drive and features live music with the Mountain Laurels, Fiddler's Grove, Melissa Reaves and other local musicians. Expect national organizer and the founder of One World Everyone Eats Café in Salt Lake City, Utah, Denise Cerreta, to speak.
And it's not the only way your inner leprechaun can help your community. How about wearing your Irish pride for the world to see?
For the third year in a row, Boone's Speakeasy Tattoo (728 W. King St.) is giving away shamrock tattoos for donations. "It's all about giving back to the community that's been so good to us," Speakeasy's Greg Kinnamon said.
The event netted $3,000 last year for art supplies at Hardin Park Elementary School. "And we're going to do better this year," he said.
Kinnamon suggests a $5 donation for the outline of a three or four leaf shamrock or $10 to shade in the shamrock. He's hoping to do more than 200 free tattoos Thursday.
You must be 18-years-old or older with a valid ID to participate. Tattoos are given on a first come, first serve basis, and Kinnamon is expecting a line. The event is from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Across the street at RPM Records, the crew is hosting a show from 8 to 10 p.m., featuring Ripley's Believe It or Not circus performer Captain Stab-Tuggo. The after-party continues at Black Cat Burrito (127 S. Depot St.) with doors opening at 10:30 for a 21+ party with music and circus acts. Proceeds from the party and from a raffle will also benefit area schools.
Going on a Green Beer Hunt
St. Patrick's Day isn't just about the corned beef and cabbage. It's also about friends, fellowship and, of course, green beer. We've got the skinny on how you can enjoy the luck of the Irish Thursday. Always have your ID ready and, if you're 21+ and drinking, always drink responsibly.
Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.)
Boone favorite Bafoodus rocks in the Irish pride at the Saloon. Expect a $5 cover charge. For a preview, check out http://www.myspace.com/bafoodus.
Macado's Restaurant and Bar (539 W. King St.)
Expect a DJ after 10 p.m. with contests and prizes. This 21+ event costs $5 at the door. Expect green beer. We're told it gets crowded, as people start arriving early to enjoy the Irish food.
Murphy's (747 W. King St.)
King Street's only official Irish bar offers beer specials and free music from Wisebird from 6 to 9 p.m.
Black Cat (127 S. Depot St.) is hosting the after party for Speakeasy's tattoo fundraiser. Speakeasy teams up with 641 RPM to bring circus performer Captain Stab-Tuggo and punk rockers ANTiSEEN to Black Cat. The show starts at 10 p.m. Bring cash, because it's a fundraiser for area schools.
Cafe Portofino (970 Rivers St.)
Portofino or, as its faithful call it, "The Port," hosts beer specials and DJ Jamie Overcash after 10 p.m. Expect some food specials during the day.
Galileo's Bar and Cafe (1087 W. King St.)
Galileo's hosts the Mountain Laurels again with their all-women Celtic sound. Expect green beer and homemade Guinness beef stew.
Makoto Seafood and Steakhouse of Japan (2124 Blowing Rock Road) has a special featured drink called "the Shamrock," available throughout March.
Applebees Neighborhood Grill (2036 Blowing Rock Road) is hosting a half-off appetizer special. Expect drink specials, contests and prizes, all in the name of Ireland.
Canyons of the Blue Ridge (8960 U.S. 321) is serving up corned beef, cabbage, shepherds pie and other folksy favorites.
Six Pence Pub (1121 Main St.) is hosting a car bomb party. A car bomb order comes with a balloon you can pop to find an additional prize. Expect corned beef and cabbage on the menu 'til midnight and several drink specials.
Sledgehammer Charlie's (8146 Valley Blvd.) hosts Irish drink specials.
Foggy Rock Eatery and Pub (8180 Valley Blvd.) hosts Irish drink specials.