published Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Rock City celebrates Irish

Rock City
Rock City
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

What: Shamrock City

When: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March, 16-17, 23-24

Where: Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Admission: $21.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-12

Phone: 800-854-0675, 706-820-2531

Website: www.seerockcity.com

ENTERTAINMENT

The Pot of Gold Pavilion features recurring performers each day of the festival as well as four acts only on designated days.

Saturday, March 16

• 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Celtic Plain

Sunday, March 17

• 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Jennifer Daniels

Saturday, March 23

• 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Olta

Sunday, March 24

• 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. John Lathim and Michelle Young

All four days

• 11:30 a.m. Irish jig lessons with Jeff Sandy

• Noon. Chattanooga Pipe Band

• 1:30 p.m. Irish jig lesson with Jeff Sandy

• 2 p.m. Molly Maguires

• 3 p.m. Irish jig dance lesson with Jeff Sandy

• 3:30 p.m. Chattanooga Pipe Band

• 4 p.m. Molly Maguires

• 5 p.m. Pay the Reckoning

You don't have to be Irish to enjoy Shamrock City, Rock City's sixth annual Irish festival, scheduled the next two weekends, March 16-17 and 23-24.

The extended St. Patrick's Day celebration embraces everything Irish and offers authentic music, dance and food.

New this year is Rocky's House, the home of Rock City mascot Rocky the Elf. Youngsters can be photographed with Rocky each day of the festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to get a "lucky clover" makeover during the festival, pan for gold, try out the climbing wall and kiss Rock City's version of the Blarney Stone.

Numerous activities are geared toward youngsters, including photos with the Easter Bunny. (Additional charges apply for food, drinks and some activities).

Irish food served at the festival will include Mulligan stew, Reuben sandwiches and corned beef and cabbage. Adults can try out specialty beers brewed locally by Big River Grille and green Shamrock wine from the Georgia Winery.

Live Irish, Celtic and Highlands music will be played throughout the event.

Additionally, Rock City will be selling Shamrocks Against Dystrophy for $1 and $5 donations. The campaign benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which helps those suffering from muscle diseases.

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