From Atlantic City to Cape May and Wildwood, Irish-themed parades, block parties, concerts and even a celebration of Irish teas are taking place in honor of St. Patrick's Day this Sunday, March 17. Below is a roundup of events taking place in South Jersey.
Mick Moloney in Cape May
Award-winning musician and folklorist Mick Moloney will come to Cape May Convention Hall on St. Patrick's Day, Sunday, March 17, at 4 p.m. Maloney has recorded and produced more than 40 traditional music albums, including his 2006 release "McNally's Row of Flats."
Born in Ireland, Maloney came to America in 1973 and pursued a career that combines the roles of musician, folklorist, author, presenter, radio and television personality and educator. He has hosted three nationally syndicated series of folk music on American Public Television and was awarded the 1999 National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts - the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States.
Patrons are encouraged to get to Convention Hall early to kick off the Irish festivities with a pint of Guinness or Smithwicks.
Tickets are $26. Call the Cape May Convention Hall box office at 855-708-9699, 609-884-9563 or go to MickMoloney.com.
St. Patrick's Day parade in Sea Isle
Mayor Leonard Desiderio and his family will host Sea Isle City's 23rd annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Celebration 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. The parade will begin at 93rd Street and Landis Avenue and will continue north on Landis to 63rd Street, where it will culminate with the 2013 Irish Celebration at Kix McNutley's. As is the tradition each year, there will be a customary "green line" painted down the center of Landis Avenue to mark the parade route.
The public is invited to enjoy live music and dancing inside Kix McNutley's immediately following the parade. Representatives from the Sea Isle City Beach Tag Office will be selling special edition St. Patrick's Day beach tags at the preseason rate of $20 each inside. The commemorative beach tags, which are available in limited quantities, will serve as full-season beach passes during the 2013 summer season.
Sea Isle's 23rd annual Saint Patrick's Day will be dedicated to the memory of Catherine "Kitty" Kelly, a longtime local resident and active parade supporter.
For more information, call 609-263-4461, ext. 1230, or go to KixMcnutleys.com. To contact the Sea Isle City Beach Tag Office, call 609-263-1771.
St Patrick's Day Tea at Latz's
Ireland is the largest tea consumer per capita of any country in the world. Come and celebrate the spirit of the Irish with a "cupan tae" - Gaelic for a cup of tea - at Latz's By the Bay in Somers Point, where St. Patrick's Day themed teas are being served noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 14, through Saturday, March 16.
Patrons can choose from a selection of 32 teas, plus homemade scones with clotted cream and lemon curd, savory sandwiches and miniature desserts. All will be served with an Irish flair for the holiday.
Latz's By the Bay is located at 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Reservations are suggested. Call 609-788-8838 or Go to LatzsByTheBay.com.
Tartan Terrors at Levoy Theatre
The Tartan Terrors, North America's premiere Celtic Event, will come to the Levoy Theatre for one night only 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
The Tartan Terrors features the best in music, comedy and dance, including the piping of a two-time world champion bagpiper, drums from around the world and guitar - all combined with the Highland Dancers and comedic performers.
Tickets are $20 and $25. The Levoy Theatre is located at 126 N. High Street in Millville. Call 856-327-6400 or go to Levoy.net.
St. Patrick's Day Run in Margate
Come join what has become a yearly Margate St. Patrick's Day tradition and help raise money for two worthy causes. The annual St. Patrick's Day 10-mile and 5k run will take place Saturday, March 16, at the Bloom Pavilion, 101 S. Huntington Ave., Margate. The race begins at 10 a.m.
The Donny Fund, a division of the John and Nancy Sykes Foundation, was started in 1993 to honor the memory of Donald Sykes. Its mission is to aid area families affected by catastrophic illness. All proceeds are used to provide transportation, clothing, home care, medication, chemotherapy and special days out for those in need in our local community.
For more information, call 609-641-8666 or email DRJGfromAC@aol.com.
St. Patrick's Day in Wildwoods
The Wildwoods will be going green this weekend, with two days full of St. Patrick's Day events. The annual St. Patrick's Day parade and celebration in North Wildwood kicks off noon Saturday, March 16. The parade will proceed north on Atlantic Avenue to Olde New Jersey Avenue.
The St. Patrick's Day Block Party will take place Saturday and Sunday on Pacific Avenue, between Spencer and Lincoln avenues in Wildwood. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. Admission is $15 for a wristband good for both days, and includes an event T-shirt.
Vendors, games, a face painter, balloon artist, and live entertainment featuring The Soul Cruisers, Flip 'N Mickeys, Fuzzy Bone and Animal House will all be under a heated tent.
The Cattle Drive 5K Run will take place 10 a.m. Saturday in front of Cattle 'n Clover, 3817 Pacific Ave., Wildwood. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Entry fee is $25 and includes breakfast, T-shirt and a commemorative pint glass. For more information call 609-522-3800. For a detailed schedule of St. Patrick's Day events, go to WildwoodsStPatsDay.com.
St. 'Catrick's' Day Party to benefit LICK
LICK (Life Improvement for Cats & Kittens), a nonprofit, all-volunteer cat rescue and sanctuary, will hold its annual spring fundraiser 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Somers Point Fire Hall, 447 Bethel Road. The dinner and auction costs $22 plus a canned cat food donation, and includes Irish buffet, beer, wine, soda, a DJ and auction. Credit and debit cards will be accepted for auction tickets.
Attendees must be 21 or older. Dress is casual and advance reservations are strongly recommended. Checks payable to LICK can be mailed to P.O. Box 392, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. Call 609-926-4630.