Jolly O’celebrations in the valley

St Patricks Day shamrockLooking for the best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day besides wearing some green. The St. Croix Valley has plenty of options. Here are some of them.


Pub 112 events

Pub 112 has several options this weekend, depending on your taste and age.

Submit a photo on Facebook to enter the costume contest for a chance at winning a $100 Visa gift card. Or take a guess at the “Pot O Gold” for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on St. Patrick’s Day.

Pub 112 is at 112 Main St. N., Stillwater. Info: or 651-342-0836.


Friday, March 14:

Music by Divine Collection, 9:30 p.m.


Satuday, March 15:

Traditional bag pipes, 5-6 p.m.

Kurt Jorgensen, 9 p.m. to close.

• DJ Gonzo in Wiskey Lounge.


Sunday, March 16

Family dance party, 1-3 p.m. Activities includes face painting, cookie decorating and dancing.

Open mic, 9:30 p.m.


Monday, March

Traditional bag pipes, 4-5 p.m.

Music by Inside Straight, 5-7 p.m.

Music by American Idol contestant Chris Lawrence, 9 p.m. to close.

Contest winners announced.

• DJ Gonzo in Wiskey Lounge.


Water Street Inn events

The Water Street Inn and Charlie’s Irish Pub are hosting a variety of St. Patrick’s Day music. The pub is also featuring a special holiday menu all weekend, and the inn has specials on rooms.

Water Street Inn is at 101 Water St. S., Stillwater.

Info: or 651-439-6000.


Friday, March 14

Jennifer Licko, 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Charlie’s Pub: Recently awarded the 2014 Folk and Traditional Arts Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jennifer Licko is quickly making Minnesota home and sharing her music with new fans in the Midwest. Originally from North Carolina, Jennifer combines the bluegrass and country music from her American roots with traditional Celtic music of her ancestors.


Saturday, March 15

Jennifer Licko, 5-8p.m. at Charlie’s Pub.

Paul and Lorraine, 8 p.m. to midnight. Paul and Lorraine started with a rouge folk band (Folk Underground), then split off to form their own duo. They bring a wide variety of topics to the table, including lots of drinking, lots of losing your love, plenty of death, doom, and destruction, along with happy little nights in the pub. They take requests and will play almost anything (if they know about half of it!).

Jolly Groggers, 7-11 p.m. in the Ballroom. An Irish Folk Band from Northeast Minneapolis, the Jolly Groggers are a highly energetic group with sensational musical capabilities. They know how to keep the crowd jigging.


Sunday, March 16

Tom Dahill, 1-4 p.m. Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson have a fantastic repertoire of old Irish songs and dance tunes that you won’t hear from anyone else. They have command of many instruments between them; Irish button accordion, concertina, uilleann pipes, fiddle, whistle, bodhrán and guitar. They juggle these instruments between them to suit the sounds to fit the venue as they go along through their performances. This is the music that is part of the soul of Ireland.

Mischief, 5-8 p.m. in the Ballroom. Mischief is a Celtic folk group and self-described ballad band that prefers songs that tell a good story. Whether it’s a love story, a pub story or a story about the fairy folk, they’ll sing about it. Bane members are Jay Koelsch (Guitar/Vocals), John Gladman (Bass/Vocals), Christine Nordin (Bodhran/Vocals) and Jeff Nordin (Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, PennyWhistle/Vocals).

Irish Duo, 8-11 p.m. in the Ballroom. You’ll be reminded why you love a good Irish pub band when you come to see Chris and Charlotte play. Both are veterans of the Twin Cities Irish music scene. With Chris on guitar and Charlotte on fiddle, they command the stage with their song selection and vocals. Dancing and singing along are encouraged.


Monday March 17th

Tom Dahill, 3:30-6:30 p.m., in Charlie’s Pub

Paul and Lorraine, 7-11 p.m. in Charlie’s Pub

Sister Tree, 4-7 p.m. in the Ballroom. Sister Tree is a Celtic/Americana duo featuring expansive harmonies for fiddle, mandolin, guitar and voices of Dee Brust and Kerri Joy.

Mischief, 7-11 p.m. in the Ballroom.


Northern Gael in concert March 15

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a concert by Northern Gael at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson, Wis.

In concert, Northern Gael weaves together the vibrant traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Nova Scotia. From trio performances of beautiful ballads to vigorous sets of dance tunes and nimble steps, Northern Gael presents a lively, genuine, and well informed concert program.

Band members are Laura MacKenzie (wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various bagpipes and voice), Ross Sutter (voice, guitar, bodhrán and button accordion) and Danielle Enblom (fiddle and sean-nós dance).

All members of Northern Gael have learned the arts of Irish and Scottish music and dance from noted tradition-bearers on both sides of the Atlantic, and they continue to build their skills, repertoire and collaborations.

MacKenzie was awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship in traditional and ethnic performing arts and a McKnight Performing Arts Fellowship. Enjoying a varied career in traditional music, she has performed and recorded with diverse ensembles, worked with theatrical productions and for public radio, and has performed at festivals across the United States.

In 2012 the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts recognized Sutton with a Sally Award, which “honors individuals and institutions that strengthen and enrich our entire state with their commitment to the arts and arts education.”

Enblom was recently awarded a major post-graduate fellowship grant to research and teach traditional dance and dance history in County Cork, Ireland.

Tickets are $24 and $17 for students of all ages. Info and reservations: or 715-386-8409.


River Falls St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Downtown River Falls, Wis., will host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration 1-8 p.m. Monday, March 17.

The celebration kicks off with the Pot O’ Gold Medallion Hunt. The first clue will be posted at Veteran’s Park at 1 p.m.

From 1-5 p.m. is the potato soup cook-off. Sample soup from participating businesses, vote on your favorite and be entered to win prizes.

At 6 p.m., cheer for your favorite team in the River Falls Fourth Annual Bed Races. Teams race their handmade beds right down the middle of Main Street. Come to watch or enter your own bed.

Try your Irish luck from at the Patty O’ Poker Walk. Grab a card at any participating location beginning at 1 p.m. and end at Veteran’s Park by 5 p.m. Top poker hand wins prizes.

For more information go to or call the River Falls Chamber of Commerce at 715-425-2533.


Compiled by Jonathan Young – [email protected]