In Washington County, there's plenty to do this St. Patrick's Day
Forest Grove and Hillsboro are about to make other towns green with envy as St. Patrick's Day approaches. Here are some opportunities to celebrate the day:
McMenamins Grand Lodge and Cornelius Pass Roadhouse are gearing up for St. Patrick's Day with their annual musical festivities with Irish fare.
• While all McMenamins locations will be serving food and drink specials including Irish Stout, Irish coffee, Irish Reuben and corned beef and cabbage, the Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., in Forest Grove, is hosting a "St. Paddy's Jam" beginning Friday, March 15, live music at its Garage Door.
Musical group Coyote Willow will perform from 5:30 to 7 p.m., March 15. Americana group McDougall takes the stage at 8 p.m. Both groups will return at the same time Sunday, March 17. Admission is free.
On Saturday, March 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.March 16 at the Garage Door, Celtic group Blarney Thursday kicks things off, followed by jazz-influenced folk band Sky in the Road to follow at 5:30 p.m. Self-described "Irish rebel" band Biddy on the Bench will close out the night from 8 to 10 p.m.
At Pat's Corner at the Grand Lodge, multi-instrumentalists (including the Irish harp) Bob Soper and Elizabeth Nicholson will play from 2 to 5 p.m. and Irish Americana group The Brothers Dunne will end the night from 6 to 9 p.m.
• Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, 4045 N.E. Cornelius Pass Road, in Hillsboro, will be hosting live music in its Barn on Sunday, March 17 with Soper and Nicholson from 1 to 3 p.m., kicking off the evening. Musical group Spud & The Snake Skinners will follow at 4 p.m. and indie folk group The Old Yellers will close the evening with their set at 7 p.m.
Dinner and desserts
• Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hillsboro are hosting a St. Patrick's Day bake sale at Hare Field, 1151 N.E. Grant St., in Hillsboro, beginning at 9 a.m. before the Murphy's Furniture St. Patrick Day Parade, which kicks off at 11 a.m. starting from Hare Field and stretching east to Cornell Road, south to Main Street, west to Second Ave, north to Grant Street and east, back to Hare Field.