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Jonesborough: St. Paddy’s Celebration
Jonesborough’s St. Paddy’s Celebration
A celebration of Celtic culture is coming to Tennessee’s Oldest Town for the 4th annual St. Paddy’s Celebration on Saturday, March 14. Discover everything from Highland Games to live Irish music, green beer and even a fun run.
Get into the St. Paddy’s spirit with the premier Irish traditional band of East Tennessee, Sigean, as they take the stage during Shamrockin’ on the Plaza in front of the Storytelling Center from 5-7 p.m. The group’s seven members create a foot-stomping blend of traditional dance tunes and moving ballads through acoustic instruments. Sigean has performed at the Knoxville Irish Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival, Big Stone Celtic Festival, and many others. Along with their musical performance, enjoy Irish step dancing from Abi Bell.
During Shamrockin’ on the Plaza, enjoy a beer garden brought by Main Street Cafe and Catering with beer from Depot Street Brewing. Main Street Café and Catering will also provide a special menu of Irish foods consisting of bangers and mash with onion gravy and beef stew. Enjoy drinks from Tennessee Hills Distillery as they offer their spirits crafted using age-old recipes. Tennessee Hills Distillery proceeds will go to the Appalachian Highlands Humane Society. Food and drink will begin being served at 4 p.m.
Join the Appalachian Highlands Celts in Storytelling Park from 12 to 5 p.m. as they bring Highland Games to Jonesborough. Enjoy demonstrations from members of the group and even try your hand to see if you have what it takes to be a Highland games athlete. The Appalachian Highlands Celts will guide you through the safety of performing in the games and show you step-by-step techniques. Visitors can try their hand at the stone throw, weight over bar, archery and spear throwing. Throw on your best kilt and get ready to show your strength.
Take part in Paddy’s Dash: Brew Fun Run at 3 p.m. The run will begin at the Storytelling Center and take you down to Depot Street Brewing for a free small pour of beer or root beer, then head back to the Storytelling Center for food, libations, and live Irish music! The Fun Run is for all ages and there is no fee to enter. Participants are welcome to walk/jog/run the route. After the run, stick around for Shamrockin’ on the Plaza.
Embark on a Jonesborough rock hunt throughout downtown from 12 to 5 p.m. Each rock will have a downtown shop name written on the back, take the rock to that shop and receive anything from a free drink, a tasty treat, $5 off, or a St. Paddy’s surprise. Rocks will be hidden from the Chuckey Depot Museum all the way to the Jonesborough Visitors Center and everywhere in between. Bring your walking shoes and get ready to search high and low! A couple of clues may be given out on Main Street Jonesborough Facebook and Instagram on the 14th, make sure to follow us to stay in the loop!
From 12 to 5 p.m. you’ll find family friendly activities throughout town. Meet and greet with sheep from Iron Station Farm in Storytelling Park and hear stories from Judy Butterfly at the Chester Inn Museum. Head over to the Christopher Taylor House to get your face painted, create a craft with the McKinney Center and make your own Victorian St. Patrick’s Day card. Step back in time with the Heritage Alliance by taking a Town Tour at 1 p.m. Tour tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Chester Inn Museum located on Main Street.
Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in kilts, leprechaun outfits or simply all decked out in green. Shamrockin’ on the Plaza is sponsored by Main Street Café and Catering and JAMSA, Jonesborough Area Merchants Association. For more information about Jonesborough’s St. Paddy’s Celebration, please visit Jonesborough.com/St.Paddy or call 423.753.1010.