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Going Green on March 17

By Frank Ruggiero & Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Mar. 12 | Modified: Mar. 18
Going Green on March 17

In a pinch for something to do next Monday?

Forget to wear green, and that could very well be the case.

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating and commemorating the patron saint of Ireland through a variety of festive ways and means.

Known for spreading Christianity through the pagan populace of fifth-century Ireland, St. Patrick, according to legend, used a shamrock to demonstrate the concept of the Holy Trinity — three leaves, but one whole.

The Feast of St. Patrick was purportedly first recognized in the ninth or 10th century, and the shamrock and its very particular color have only grown in recognition since. The holiday is now celebrated the world over — and beyond, as even astronauts aboard the International Space Station wear green on this special day.

Back on Earth, and Boone in particular, area bars and restaurants are celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick with food, drink, music and more. The Mountain Times has compiled a list of happenings for the occasion at hot spots throughout the High Country.


Appalachian Mountain Brewery (163 Boone Creek Drive) will celebrate St. Patrick's Day March 17, with $2 green beer pints and live music from Dr. Bacon. The party runs from 4 p.m. to midnight, and cover costs $5. For more information, call (828) 263-1111, or visit

From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., visit Char (179 Howard St.) to sample a special Irish menu. Drink specials include $1 green Jell-O shots, $2 draft green beer, $3.50 Guinness draughts and $4 Jameson shots.
The Irish food menu includes Guinness fried onion rings, Guinness wings, corned beef boxty, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage and espresso-dusted ribeye.

The cover charge for those 21 and older costs $1 for girls and $3 for guys. The cover charge for those younger than 21 is $3 for girls and $5 for guys. For more information, call (828) 266-2179.

St. Patrick’s Day will be just another day at the office for the folks at Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.), but patrons can expect plenty of Guinness and other favorites on tap. Doors close at 2 a.m.

Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub
(747 W. King St.) will celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick with corned beef and potato soup. Revelers can wash it down with live music from the Lost Ridge Band, which will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. They will be followed by Big Daddy Love, which will perform from 10 p.m. to close. There is a $5 cover for the 10 p.m. show.

Galileo’s (1087 W. King St.) celebrates St. Patty’s Day with the FireSide Collective and Josh Bertram & Friends. A post-trivia get down will follow. Call (828) 865-9591 for more information.

The Town Tavern of Boone (208 Faculty St.) will open at 4 p.m. for St. Patrick’s Day. Corndogs and French fries will be on special for $2.50 from noon to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., the tavern will serve 45-cent wings. For beer specials, check out the $2.50 Coors aluminum pints, $2 Killian draught pints and $4 Fireballs. For more information, call (828) 264-2226.

The Rock Sports Bar & Grill
(276 Watauga Village Drive) will host live music from 4 to 9 p.m. Come thirsty for an array of beer and shot specials. The grill will also serve traditional Irish food. For more information, call (828) 386-1723.

Café Portofino (970 Rivers St.) will open at 3 p.m. Monday. There will be $4.50 Jameson shots, $2.50 Guiness cans, $2.50 16-ounce Miller and Coors Light aluminum bottles and $4 shamrock shots. The bar menu will be available. The party is for those 21 and older only.

Blowing Rock

Come and enjoy Mountain Home Music’s St. Patrick’s Day Benefit Concert on Sunday, March 16, at 4 p.m., at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (159 Chestnut St.).

The lineup includes MHM favorites Strictly Clean and Decent, the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and members of the Forget-Me-Nots.

The concert is free to attend, although a $20 donation is requested to help offset the medical costs of MHM Joe Shannon, who retired from his position as director of the concert series in January, due to illness.

Come ready for one last blast of winter at Appalachian Ski Mountain (940 Ski Mountain Road). On Sunday, March 16, the Alpine Ski Shop will collaborate with the High Fives Foundation & Nightrain Clothing to bring snowsport enthusiasts a bigger St. Patrick’s Day Park Jam than ever, all while supporting a worthy cause.

Nightrain is assisting the High Fives Foundation in its mission to assist athletes who’ve endured life-altering injuries.

Registration runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with the jam starting at 12:30 p.m.

This will be the second season of the Park Jam, which was conceptualized by the ski resort’s Alpine Ski Shop.

Girls on the Run of the High Country will host its fourth annual Luck o’ the Lassie fundraising event March 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at The Best Cellar (203 Sunset Drive).

The event features wine tasting, an olive oil tasting by The Art of Oil, heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Best Cellar chefs and a live auction. Those attending are encouraged to wear green.

Luck o’ the Lassie tickets are limited to 100 guests and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices in advance are $50 for one ticket or $75 for two. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $60 for one ticket or $100 for two. All proceeds from the event will support the GOTR program.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling the Girls on the Run office at (828) 262-7557 or by sending an email to Mary Sheryl Horine at (
GOTR is a non-profit prevention program that encourages girls in grades 3 through 8 to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit

Valle Crucis

At the Mast Farm Inn (2543 Broadstone Road), enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with a menu based on gourmet interpretations of traditional Irish fare (or the regular a la carte menu), from March 13 to 15. A variety of dinner packages are available. For more information, call (828) 963-5857.

Additional Images

Astronaut Chris Hadfield shows his St. Patrick’s Day spirit aboard the International Space Station in 2013.
Photo courtesy of NASA

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