Date Night: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Michiana with food and live music

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By: Michelle Sokol
msokol@flavor574.com

It appears we might just be out of the woods after this long, cold winter (knock on wood), so grab a date and celebrate spring and St. Patrick’s Day 2015 this weekend.

Enjoy a late lunch at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk and dine with a view of the temporarily green Elkhart River.

Listen to the bagpipers perform and sip on green beer during the restaurant’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Highs are predicted in the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service, so with the right jacket you might even be able to grab a seat on the patio.

The Irish restaurant will feature a special menu including traditional fare like Scotch eggs, corned beef and cabbage, shepherds pie and “The Big Irish” — a burger topped with bleu cheese cream, fries, eggs, coleslaw, avocado and bacon and served on a pretzel bun.

Stick around for live music beginning in the evening from Drop the Dawg — a trio of musicians who mix acoustic newgrass, pop, jazz and gospel — or make the 30-minute drive to South Bend for St. Patrick’s Day at The Brick.

There’s a $10 cover, but the money will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County. Local band Andrew and the Family Ferlic will take the floor at 7 p.m. to play an acoustic mix of familiar pop and folk songs new and old.

If you attend, there’s a pretty big chance you’ll get to hear their rendition of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston — an appropriate tune for a perfect date night.

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