St. Patrick's Day events coming to Murphy, Andrews

   Prepare to watch downtown Murphy transform into an ocean of green as people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday.
   Whether of leprechaun blood or not, local folks and visitors will indulge in live music, dancing and Irish-inspired food.
   The Parson’s Pub is no stranger to the Irish holiday, each year welcoming crowds of green-adorned people to the business. The pub will celebrate its four-year anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day.
   Co-owner Colby Beck said Parson’s Pub will have live music by Stewart Fenson, who is known for performing traditional Irish music. starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. Just in case someone doubts the pub’s festive nature, random drive-by bagpipers will pop in to liven the atmosphere starting at 11 a.m. until closing.
   As a toast to the holiday, representatives from Old Hickory Brewery in Hickory brewed a special beer for The Parson’s Pub. Beck said it is a cask-styled beer, so he will serve it from a cask without additional carbon dioxide pressure.
   The Daily Grind & Wine plans to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with Irish music performances from 5-6 p.m. today and Friday.
   Celtic Keg Stand, a pub-crawl genre group hailing from Murphy, will don their kilts and other green attire today. Gabe Myers, a folk singer from Morganton, Ga., will perform Friday.
   “Celebrating at The Daily Grind is like being at home, only with a live band,” manager Karen Hawkins said. “You’re among family and friends. It’s such a laid-back, fun atmosphere. People can just let their hair down and enjoy themselves.”
   Bistro 29 will present dinner specials on the holiday, while Valley River Brewery & Eatery will serve up reuben pizza, corned-beef and cabbage.
   For those wanting more out of their St. Patrick’s Day, drive on over to Andrews.
   Hoppy Trout Brewing Co. downtown will give a free appetizer to anyone dressed in full-leprechaun attire. Co-owner Tommy Rodeck said merely a hat and shamrock sticker won’t work. For those wanting a free appetizer, he expects them to look as if they stepped out of an Irish folktale.
   Head over to Andrews Brewing Co. on Aquone Road for local beer, wine and live music. Twelfth Fret, an acoustic duo, will perform vintage rock, retro, classic rock and pop music.