St. Patrick's Day Weekend Brings Fun to Downtown

St. Patrick's Day weekend always brings plenty of entertainment options whether you are interested in celebrating Irish culture or just unwinding after a long winter. Let's take a look at what Jamestown has in store for us this week.

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Friday, March 14-Town Pants at the Jamestown Arena
The Town Pants have visited Chautauqua County on many occasions, including last St.Patrick's Day. As always, The Town Pants will be bringing high energy Celtic rock that is sure to entertain many. The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is partnering with Brazil, The Cherry Lounge, Mojos, The Q, Shawbucks, and The Wine Cellar, to give all concert goers half-off their first drink at each establishment after the show. Use the promo code "stpats" when purchasing tickets for the $7 pre-sale rate ($12 at the door). The doors open at 7 pm with drink and food specials at Sully's. Music starts at 8 pm.

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Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15-"Wait Until Dark" at JCC Scharmann Theatre
"Wait Until Dark" opened last week and will continue this weekend with two more showings each at 8 pm. The latest production from JCC's Uncommoners is an amazing thriller full of twists and turns. You can read more about the story, production and cast here. You can purchase tickets at the JCC Campus Bookstore or online.

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Saturday, March 15-Soup and a Song
Soup and a Song is a benefit for St. Susan Center and will take place this Saturday, March 15, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

This Soup and Song event features soups and specialties presented by Elegant Edibles, Christ First UMC and Trinity Guitars. Sue Waite and Red Letter Blues along with Matt Homan and the Bluegrass Disciples will provide the evening music.

The Red Letter Blues band, formerly Grampa Snazzy, has been performing since 2003. Their bluesy, gospel-inspired, re-worked hymns, original music and R&B flavor have an ageless appeal. Lead singer, Susan Waite is the original winner of the Chautauqua Lake Idol vocal competition. On her debut CD, "Goin' Through A Time", she is joined by the talents of fellow founding band members, Tom Swanson on guitar and Jim Foti on percussion and bass. The newest members of the Red Letter Blues are seasoned musicians, Karl Lydell on guitar and Julie Morgan on drums. Come prepared to be fed by the anointed words and music that touches the very depth of your soul.

Matt Homan is a songwriter who brings something new to the genre without losing sight of where this wonderful music called bluegrass began. Matt Gronquist plays both fiddle and mandolin, bringing some great lead playing into the mix. Local legend, Stanley Barton brings a refreshing blend of jazz and swing. Bill White sparkles on Banjo an vocals. Holding it all together on the big dog house bass, a man whose personality is as solid as his playing, Dylan Derby.

For a $10.00 admission, you will enjoy music and a meal consisting of a hearty soup, several varieties of breads, crackers, desserts, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

Jim Holler of Trinity Guitars provides logistical support for the evening and the Master of Ceremonies will be Jason Sample. 

Sunday, March 16-Kegs and Eggs at Jeremy's Belview
Jeremy's Belview on Foote Avenue will be serving up brunch and Irish inspired beverages in many shades of green to help you recover from a fun-filled Saturday evening and/or keep the fun going through the rest of the weekend. Brunch will be served from 11 am to 2 pm.

Monday, March 17
Brazil will open outside of their normal business hours with 4 Irish beers on draft and Irish inspired vegetarian food.  Check out their Facebook page for more information. 

The Look Ahead
One event that is great to look forward to each year is the Banff Film Festival, which is a fundraiser for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and takes place at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. The film festival highlights short documentaries related to mountain sports and culture. The films captivate the audience with incredible stories, amazing feats of athletic ability and beautiful cinematography. The addition of the large screen and incredible sound system of the Reg make this event extremely powerful and memorable. Enjoy the official trailer for the festival below and go to Facebook to get more information about the event. You can purchase tickets at the Reg's Web site.
 

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