Along with events around town, those who want to celebrate the Wearing 'o the Green may want to head to this Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade in Morristown, one of the biggest in the state. And, hey, it's closer than New York.
For continuing previews and coverage of the Morristown parade, check the Morristown Patch.
Meanwhile, there will be a Purim celebration on Thursday night right here at the Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge. And a wine tasting Friday night at Dolce Basking Ridge, to benefit the local Bernards Township PBA.
For a good time without calories, Friday and Saturday's "Retail Therapy" at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church, a woman's clothing tag sale to benefit girls' education, is undoubtedly cheaper than medical therapy — and you'll look great afterwards, too (as well as passing on those positive feelings by empowering girls through education.)
Another worthwhile and fun charity event will be a collection of gently used shoes to benefit Souls4Souls at Mastro Shoes, 20 Mine Brook Road in Bernardsville. The collection will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, and radio statio WDHA is scheduled to be there raffling off concert tickets. The Souls4Souls website says that a collection is underway now for those in 11 states whose lives and belongings were impacted by last week's tornados. (Update note: the store had collected about 1,100 pairs of shoes by about 7 p.m. Thursday, but will continue to accept donations. A previous event in December netted 1,200 pairs donated.)
And don't miss a chance to hear a hot, award winning Spanish and Latin American guitar duo this Sunday afternoon at the township's own Farmstead Arts center, right in our own backyard at 650 King George Road in Basking Ridge.
Wine Tasting at Dolce Basking Ridge
When/Where: Friday, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Dolce Basking Ridge, 300 N. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because it's a fundraiser for civic activities for the Bernards Township PBA, and also a chance to enjoy wine from The Wine Rack, an appetizer buffet and hors d'oeuvres, and more
Cost: $60 per person, call 908-719-WINE for tickets or email email@example.com.
Saturday Stories Drop-In at the Bernards Township Library
When/Where: Saturday, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Bernards Township Library, 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because you can just drop in on Saturday morning to enjoy stories for all ages at the library. Just meet at the story steps in the childrens' library. More programs are listed on the library website.
Spanish and Latin American Guitar Duo
When/Where: Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Farmstead Arts center, 650 King George Road, Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Here's a rare opportunity to spend a Sunday afternoon hearing the award-winning Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo perform Spanish and Latin American music by Piazzolla, Rodriguez, Lennon/McCartney, Machado, and more in an intimate setting, without a long trip.
Cost: Tickets are $20 or $10 for seniors and students, and can be purchased online, or at the Farmstead during gallery hours.
Purim Celebration at Chabad of Basking Ridge
When/Where: Thursday starting at 5 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center of Basking Ridge, at 3048 Valley Road in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Have fun, feast and see a featured ventriloquist while celebrating a "joyous" Jewish holiday.
Cost: $10 per person, $40 family and $100 family sponsorship. Please R.S.V.P. at www.chabadcentral.org/RSVP, or 908-604-8844.
Wine and Cheese for Autism, ADHD, Allergies and Asthma
When/Where: Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Bock Centers, 25 Mountain Blvd., second floor, at the Marketplace in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Learn about the connections between these conditions, enjoy wine & cheese, shop and tour facilities.
Cost: Free. Call Lisa Kirkwood, 908-337-9577
Souls4Souls at Mastro Shoes
When/Where: Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mastro Shoes, 20 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville
Why Go: Because you can get a jumpstart on spring cleaning your closets of gently used shoes to give to an organization that's now conducting a special collection for victims of last week's tornados. Also, radio station WDHA is expected to be on hand with its van giving out free concert tickets by raffle. And Mastro's promises a gift certificate for each pair of donated shoes.
Cost: Free, you donate.
Morris County St. Patrick's Day Parade
When/Where: Saturday, noon, in Morristown.
Why Go: Because it's one of the biggest St. Paddy's Day parades in the state, that's why!
When/Where: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 a.m. at Lifestyle Mechanics Studio on Washington Valley Road in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To get lots of exercise, and burn lots of calories, at an hour-long spin class.
Big Apple Circus
When/Where: Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., Saturday at 11 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark.
Why Go: To see the circus's "Dream Big" show, complete with acrobats, trapeze flyers, a juggler and much more.
Listening to the past at the Van Horne House
When/Where: Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Van Horne House on East Main Street.
Why Go: To join with the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey to play colonial games, listen to stories of the Van Horne House and get a cultural history. Girl Scouts in grades two and three are invited to join in on the fun.
When/Where: Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Bradley Gardens Fire Department.
Why Go: To support the fire company with an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner. Dinner will include pastas, sauces, meatballs, sausage, a salad bar, beverages and dessert.
Cost: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 5.
'The Machine' Pink Floyd Tribute
When/Where: Friday, 8 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.
Why Go: Because you want to hear the sounds of Pink Floyd without all that Pink Floyd.
Cost: $37 to $57
Classical Guitar Concert
When/Where: Saturday, 3 p.m. at the Morris County Library, Morris Township.
Why Go: Because you enjoy beautiful guitar over books.
Harmonium and Neighborhood House Chorus Concert
When/Where: Sunday, 3 p.m. at the Morristown United Methodist Church.
Why Go: Because you want to hear beautiful music and support the kids.
The Grapes of Wrath
When/Where: 23 N Passaic Ave, Chatham,, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Why Go: See the Chatham Community Players present this classic American story, based on John Steinbeck's novel.