1. Discover the history of the Irish in Boston
Presented by the Scituate Historical Society, historian Christopher Daley will discuss the history of Irish in Boston during a 90-minute slideshow/lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the GAR Hall, 353 Country Way. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Cudworth Ave., or at the door. Daley will address the early experiences of the Irish in Boston including anti Irish/Catholic sentiment in the city beginning with the notorious Pope’s Day celebrations, the burning of the Ursuline Convent in 1834, and the Broad Street Riot of 1837.
2. Take the St. Pat’s Plunge
Do you have what it takes to brave the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean? Do you want to support the Scituate St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Then head over to Humarock Beach for the St. Pat’s Plunge taking place at Noon on Saturday, March 7. Meet up at The Voyage Irish Pub & Restaurant, 15 Marshfield Ave. in Humarock. Get a St. Pat’s Plunge beach towel for every $100 in pledges you raise. Go to weloveaparade.com for a pledge form, and/or to make a donation towards the parade.
3. Attend an iExcel fundraiser
Friends of iExcel at Scituate High School are holding a “Friendsgiving” Fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the American Legion Hall, 98 Summer Street (near Atlantica) in Cohasset. Enjoy a fun nigh of live music with the Red Beerd Band, dancing, desserts, and a cash bar all for a good cause – Scituate students. Take a chance on a raffle, too. RSVP to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Stair only access to event. Tickets are $20 per person.
4. See the legendary Doc Ellis Band
Scituate’s Doc Ellis Band will be playing at the Tinker’s Son, 707 Main St. in Norwell, from 9 to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Get there early and grab a bite to eat and a brew, and enjoy the pub-like atmosphere. Bring your friends.
5. Reserve your seat for an Irish film
As part of the Sister City Project winter film series, “Dancing at Lugnasa” will be screened at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the St. Mary’s Parish Center, Two Edward Foster Road at the Harbor. The 1998 film, based on the award-winning play by Brian Friel, tells the story of the five Mundy sisters who live in a cottage in rural Ireland in the 1930s. One has an out-of-wedlock son, Michael. As the film opens, they receive a visitor: their older brother, Father Jack, who has returned in retirement after years in Africa. He is not quite all there; his eyes wander and he loses the drift. Tickets are $8 for SSCP members/$10 for non-members. Students are free. Contact Patricia Jacquart at email@example.com to reserve a spot.
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