County ready to get its Irish up

By Keith Strange

March 9, 2014

Plans are under way for a spring tradition that is sure to bring out the Irish in county residents.

This year’s Mount Airy Museum of Regional History’s St. Patrick’s Day bash is set for Saturday, March 15, at Old North State Winery. The event is scheduled from 8 - 11 p.m.

According to Museum Director Matt Edwards, this year’s event is being held a couple of days before the March 17 holiday.

“We opted not to go on St Patrick’s Day itself because it’s a Monday and we’re hoping that holding it on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day may lead to better attendance,” he said.

If tradition holds, attendance should be nothing to worry about.

“This is the fourth time we’ve held this event, and it’s always a really fun one to attend,” Edwards said.

The annual celebration of all things Irish will feature “all the requisite activities,” according to Edwards.

“We’re going to have green beer and wine, party favors and music by the Mediocre Bad Guys,” he said. “They’re always great and the have a lot of support, so we’re thinking they’ll draw a big crowd.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, but Edwards said people would do well to purchase tickets in advance.

“One change people will see this year around the community as they purchase tickets for events is they are now taxable thanks to an entertainment sales tax structure passed by the legislature last year,” he said. “Purchasing tickets in advance will help both us and them because making change at the door for the taxes will be something of a pain.

“But we certainly want people to come out and support this event, because it’s one of our last fund-raisers until the fall,” he said. “Besides, it’s just going to be a good time.”

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.