St. Patrick’s Day Happenings
Whether you’re Irish or not, everybody can celebrate blarney and the Emerald Isle this weekend, with parties, traditional meals and Guinness pouring from Aspen on down the valley.
The time-honored St. Patrick’s Day Fundraising Dinner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (now in its 127th year!) is a can’t miss event. The dinner runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 and the menu has gone largely untouched since 1887, with roast beef and pork roast, homemade mashed potatoes, fresh cole slaw, green beans and desserts — many items prepared by local restaurants and parishoners. This year’s dinner will feature live Irish music from The Crowlin’ Ferlies, with beer, wine and soft drinks available in the church’s heated tent, along with a silent auction.
This year the parish’s goal is to raise $50,000 for the St. Mary Charity Assistance Fund. The funds raised are distributed to those in need throughout the Roaring Fork Valley regardless of faith. Donate what you can and enjoy the meal.
Justice Snow’s is also going green on Sunday, serving Irish food with drink specials all day: Guinness, lamb stew, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips. Jackson Emmer and his band plays at 9 p.m.
Downvalley, Crown Mountain Park is hosting a Shamrock Hunt for kids. Find one of the hidden shamrocks on the property and you win a prize. It runs from noon to 2 p.m. More information at 970-963-6030 or www.crownmtn.org 
In Basalt, Riverside Grill hosts its “Shamrockin’ Party” with 3 Dollar Dewey taking the stage at 7 p.m. and over in Snowmass Village, the Mountain Dragon has live music from around 3 p.m. ‘til the wee hours of the morning.
Erin go bragh!
40 Years of America at Belly Up
The classic rock legends from the band America, the men behind songs like “A Horse With No Name” and “Sister Golden Hair,” have been celebrating their 40th anniversary for three years now. The celebratory tour makes its way to Belly Up Aspen on Friday, March 15.
Since they formed in 1970, America has had a way of crafting timeless folk-rock tunes that have instantly become staples of popular music. With songs like “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” and “Lonely People” the London-born musicians became icons of the 1970s. These days they’re proving they still have it on stages worldwide. The current tour features founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell.
They’ve made six gold or platinum albums, won a Grammy, and continued to evolve over the decades — on the anniversary tour they’re celebrating their hits while also digging into new material and songs that inspired them when they were first getting started.
Tickets are $80 on Friday; $180 for reserved seats. Doors are at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. South of France opens. More information at www.bellyupaspen.com  or 970-544-9800