Best Bets: St. Patrick's Day starts early at Bellingham's Uisce Pub


Bagpipers, Uisce Irish Pub, St. Patrick’s Day

Bagpipers march with Uisce Irish Pub during the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Bellingham.


For the first time, Bellingham's Uisce Irish Pub will host St. Patrick's Day festivities early, with events scheduled for the 21 and older crowd throughout the weekend.

Starting Friday, March 14, the pub will host an outdoors "Guinness Tasting Tent" in front of the building, located at 1319 Commercial St. The tent will feature Irish beers like Harp and Guinness in an enclosed seating area through Monday, March 17.

On Saturday, March 15, the pub will open early, at 11 a.m. A series of bands will provide lively music that day, including David Loudon on fiddle from 1 to 2 p.m., Peadar MacMahon from 2 to 4 p.m., Gadjo Gypsies from 5 to 8 p.m. and The Waterdogs from 9 p.m. to midnight. There will be a $2 cover.

Pipers will be in and out all day, playing in between sets after marching in the noontime St. Patrick's Day parade downtown.

Monday, the pub will again open early, at noon. Musicians that day will include David Loudon from 1 to 2 p.m., Peadar MacMahon from 3 to 5 p.m., Derek Duffy and The Devilly Brothers from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and Maggie's Fury from 9 p.m. to midnight. There will be a $5 cover.


The Bellingham Chamber Chorale presents "Shadow and Light," featuring the music of French masters in "Shadows and Light" at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 3 at St Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St.

Guest artists Amber Sudduth Bone (soprano), Wade Dingman (organ), and a chamber orchestra of local musicians join the Chorale and artistic director Ryan Smit in a concert featuring Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine," Durufle's "Requiem" and Poulenc's "Gloria."

Conductor Ryan Smit has been teaching music and directing the choir at Lynden Christian School since 2005, and is the director of the senior choir and hand-bell choir at Third Christian Reformed Church in Lynden. He performs as a tenor soloist with the Lynden Choral Society.

Tickets are $20 general, $15 students and seniors, $5 ages 18 and younger, and are available at the Community Food Co-op, Piper Music, Village Books, Timekeepers in Lynden, and


Thriller, Purple Rain, Beat It, Billie Jean, When Doves Cry, Let's Go Crazy, Kiss and too many other songs to name will be played live at the Michael Jackson v. Prince dance party at the Wild Buffalo. The dance party is happening in downtown Bellingham Friday, March, 14.

DJ Clint Westwood will be the dance party host. The top tunes and classics from Michael Jackson, Prince, and other hits from similar artists are almost guaranteed to keep people dancing all night. So, make sure to practice your moonwalking skills and bring your dancing shoes for a night of excellent moves and music at the Wild Buffalo.

The show is free and starts at 9:30 p.m.


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