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Cheers to beers, barbecue and birthdays this weekend

By Shelby Harrell | Mar 15, 2017
Photo by: Donated photo Shelby Harrell and her father, Cass Harrell, always celebrate their birthdays together, and it usually involves a Chinese buffet. Cass turns 53 on Saturday.

For me, St. Patrick’s Day has always kind of been a reminder to celebrate — but not because I’m Irish or because I’m all about the green beer — no, for me it’s a reminder that my father’s birthday is coming up. He was born on March 18, and so, for me, the date March 17 has consisted of me thinking up plans or gift ideas for my dad.

This year is no different, and it appears I will be spending my March 17 evening making cupcakes, making plans for a birthday lunch at my dad’s favorite Chinese restaurant, and making calls to friends and family to join us. And you know what? That’s OK with me. Celebrating my dad, making plans to celebrate my dad, who is still basically my best friend even though I’m almost 29, is a pretty awesome Friday, in my opinion.

But for those of you who are seeking some Irish fun and have a birthday-free weekend ahead, there’s a lot going on in the area that is sure to delight.

Of course, when one think’s of St. Patrick’s Day, they usually think of beer, am I right? Well, this weekend beer options abound, whether you stay in Waynesville or venture out to Asheville. I know Frog Level Brewing and Boojum Brewing are having some specials - such as giveaways and drink specials. And then there are places in Asheville like Wedge Brewing at the Foundation, which is celebrating its grand opening in the River Arts District this Friday. Read more about the flowing beer scene in Paul Viau’s column on Page 6.

If food is more your thing, then there’s a perfect excuse to get out and have some delicious barbecue this weekend. Folkmoot is hosting a Friendship Dinner this Saturday from 6-8 p.m. and this time, they’re celebrating the Appalachian heritage. The dinner features pulled pork and all the bluegrass music you could want to hear. Plus, Elevated Distillery will there to share info about Appalachian moonshine culture. This is the perfect event for Haywood County, so you won’t want to miss it. Read more about it on pg. 13.

If you’re like me and love to shop (I really love to shop!), then you will probably enjoy the East-West Pop-up shop that has returned for spring to showcase all things handmade and vintage. The shop in West Asheville transforms into a boutique featuring goods made by more than 80 vendors for a period of four days. There, you will find anything from housewares, furniture, jewelry, clothes and more. Read more on pg. 13.

So whether you are going to spend your St. Patrick’s Day weekend making cupcakes and singing Happy Birthday, saying cheers with green beers, enjoying barbecue and bluegrass or perusing the latest handmade goods, there is not a wrong way to celebrate. Just make sure you have fun and make the best of your weekend! Sláinte!