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St. Patrick’s Day parties abound

There are so many options for this St. Patrick's Day weekend some might even call it lucky.

From whiskey tasting to the ever-popular green beer, the theaters to the slopes, the fun happenings will be flowing like libations.

Here are just a handful of some hopping options for a great holiday weekend.

Whiskey in the air

Warren Station at Keystone has the goods this Saturday with its third installment of "Distilled — A Spirits and Speaker Series." Just right for St. Patrick's Day, the event has been labeled the "Luck of the Irish" and will feature Michael Eagan, a true expert in the field as the U.S. Irish Brand Ambassador for Kibeggan Distilling Company.

The event is billed as a night of spirited education and live music from Summit County's own High Country while Eagan discusses the unique traits of the Irish whiskeys he has handpicked specifically for this tasting. Tasting tickets include samples of five spirits and start at $20 in advance at WarrenStation.com. In addition to the tastings, there will be giveaways and a full cash bar.

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On tap for tasting are:

• 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey

• Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

• Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey

• Connemara Single Malt Irish Whiskey

• Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey

Of course, individuals must be at least 21 to participate. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Hot, toxic love story

This will likely be the last time you read about "Toxic Avenger-The Musical" put on by Breckenridge Backstage Theatre in this newspaper. That's because the play that began last month and has been getting great reviews closes out Saturday, but not before offering a blockbuster two-for-the-price-of-one ticket deal on Friday. The ticket deal is good for one day only, and anyone interested in taking advantage of it should call 970-485-2164. For more info, go to BackstageTheatre.org.

Live music anyone?

Anyone looking for a little live music, should not be disappointed. On Friday, the Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern will be hosting The Sweet Lillies with the Shaky Hand String Band on Friday for a $5 cover and Jubilingo on Saturday, also for a $5 cover.

Just down the road on U.S. 6 in Keystone, the Snake River Saloon, a local favorite, Meniskus is scheduled for two shows, one Friday and again on Saturday. The band promises a high-energy mix of classics and new songs with blended acoustic and electronic styles.

Additionally, there might not be a better place to tip a glass to the Irish than at Murphy's Irish Pub in Silverthorne, as they play host to their 19th annual St Patty's Day Blowout this Friday at 501 Blue River Parkway.

A St Patrick's Day tradition in Summit County, Murphy's opens at 11 a.m. for traditional Irish fare, including corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, shepherd's pie, Irish stew, bangers and mash, and, of course, the classic Reuben sandwich. Food will be served till 10 p.m. with live music starting at 4 p.m. featuring Keith Synnestvedt and Fauth and Curry.

If that's not enough, they'll also have drink specials on Guinness and 90 Shilling pints, Jameson, Tullamore Dew, car bombs, Fireball and Jim Beam.

Prizes and giveaways will go off throughout the day and night with the grand prize being a handmade Bud Light snowboard.

On the slopes

On Saturday, the first set of Apenglow Ascents Rando Races will come to Arapahoe Basin. It's an uphill-downhill race series, and the races start at 4:30 p.m. so there's no need to get up early. In this event, organizers will get creative with the courses, and racers can enjoy après at the resort's bar and grill after crossing the finish line.

Across the county in Breckenridge, Spring Fever is heating up as the mountain brings in contests and parties from parks to peaks during its Spring Fever event, running Saturday through April 23. For complete listings, go to BreckSpringFever.com. Additionally, Breckenridge is playing host to the spectator-friendly GoPro IFSA Big Mountain Challenge on Saturday and Sunday.

At Keystone, in addition to the whiskey tasting event at Warren Station, the resort will continue its family-centered Kidtopia programming with fireworks and a parade on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Copper Mountain is hosting Subaru WinterFest, an event for winter warriors with après, comradadry, s'mores and live music, on Saturday and Sunday. There also will be daily giveaways and gear demos. For more info, go to CopperColorado.com.

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