Gearing up for the green: St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Summit County |

Gearing up for the green: St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Summit County

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news

Summit County is about to look a little greener, as St. Patty Day festivities rev up. And, the action isn’t just limited to drinking green beer and listening to music – those with poetic yearnings or athletic leanings will find enough to do.To begin with, if you’re looking to for a little cardio action before the big day, check out the Breckenridge Recreation Center’s St. Patty’s Day Dodgeball Tournament, from 7-9 p.m. today. Just round up a minimum of six players with at least two females per team. Call (970) 453-1734 for more information.Leprechauns have been popping up at the Breck rec center since Friday, handing out coupons for free skate rentals and $2 off admission to the rec center. The Leprechauns will be around until this Friday. For a free climb on the rec center’s wall Wednesday, wear green, and you’re good to go. And, for a tint of green, check out the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. As of press time, Kevin Zygulski, ice arena manager, couldn’t guarantee the ice will be green, but his crew had been working on it all day Monday. Zygulski got the idea when he was 10 years old- he went to a game in Kalamazoo, Mich., where the ice had been turned green for St. Patrick’s Day. Now that he’s in a position to make his own ice green, he’s on the job; it’s just a matter of finding the right combination of food coloring and water, which is actually more difficult than it sounds. The first try, Monday morning, came out a little streaky, but by afternoon, Zygulski was pretty sure he could pull it off. If he does, the ice will remain tinted green throughout the weekend.Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge hosts its Third Annual Poetry Slam, which is open to anyone – though it does require an original poem, no longer than 3 minutes. The poetry slam is all about fun; it’s an all-ages, supportive environment for self-expression. For more information, call (970) 453-6757.

With two Irish pubs – Napper Tandy’s and Burke and Riley’s – Breckenridge just may be the place to be. The pubs offer festivities all day, from traditional Irish breakfasts, Irish music and dancers and green beer to bar specials and revelry.Burke & Riley’s features bagpipers, drummers, a live Irish Band from Denver named Canned Haggis, Irish step dancers, a DJ for late night, Irish breakfast, Irish lunch with corned beef and cabbage and all kinds of giveaways. Napper Tandy’s “Corned Beef & Chaos” Bar opens at 11 a.m. The Bill Byrd Band plays from 1-4 p.m., Irish dancers take the stage at 5 p.m., and DJ Stavros takes over at night.Salt Creek will have a corned beef and cabbage lunch buffet, a shepherd’s pie special, and a traditional Irish breakfast. MotherLoaded Tavern will also have corned beef and cabbage, as well as corned beef reuben, Irish car bomb shots and live music. At The Whale’s Tail, it’s $10 for a corned beef dinner, and the Tail has shot and beer specials. Bubba Gumps will offer green Jell-O shots, a beer pong tourney, shot luge, a shrimp-eating context, a Rock Band challenge, a beer-mug challenge and a late-night happy hour from 9-11 p.m. The Park Avenue Pub will have drink specials (and green beer) all night long, plus live music from 4-6 p.m.At three20south, the B Side Players take the stage at 10 p.m., with their global funk.But Breckenridge isn’t the only place to party. The Cala Inn, in Summit Cove, serves a traditional Irish breakfast at 8 a.m. and has specials all day on all things Irish. Plus, it’s the only bar in Summit (and one of the only one in the nation) to offer Kilkenny Irish Beer.In Frisco, Upstairs at Johnny G’s celebrates the ladies, with free wells and PBRs from 9 p.m. to midnight. DJ Crisp will play all your favorite hip-hop and more, and there’s no cover.In Keystone, the Goat Soup & Whiskey continues its St. Patty’s Day four-day Bash, which started with Seneca, with American Beauty at 10 p.m. Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra and former members of Shakedown Street play Grateful Dead all night. Also, the Out of Bounds Saloon hosts a country dance night from 6-10 p.m.In Silverthorne, Murphy’s Irish Pub opens at 11 a.m. with Irish specials, including fish and chips, bangers and mash and its famous Guinness ribeye steak. Carey Robinson plays live music at 4 p.m., followed by Scott Staten at 8:30 p.m. It hosts a Budweiser Girls promo at 3:30 and 9:30 p.m., a ski giveaway at 10 p.m. and a Guinness Girls promo at 5 and 6 p.m., plus giveaways all night.At Copper, Lefty Lucy plays at Jack’s Bar and later in the night, live music and giveaways prevail.

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