Real Patrick’s Day and more

By Ben Hopper

There is nothing fake about the real holiday on March 17 — just the history of a wild warm-up event a week earlier here.

But you won’t want to miss the actual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the 36th annual edition this year in Aggieville. 

The Manhattan Arts Center presents its annual Blarney Breakfast, with green eggs and ham, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Kite’s in Aggieville.

This year’s breakfast is sponsored by Gayle and Tom Bennett.

Advance tickets to this fundraiser (which benefits the Manhattan Arts Center) can be purchased online at, in person at the Arts Center or at Claflin Books & Copies.

Tickets also will be sold at the door. 

Don’t fill up too much on green eggs and ham, though, because the 2-mile and 10K races start at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

The annual parade is at 2 p.m. in Aggieville. This year’s theme is St. Patrick’s Day in the Land of Oz. 

Even the Aggieville businesses are getting in the spirit.

According to Aggie Central Station’s Facebook post, it’s going to be a day of “whiskey and love songs, Guinness and murder ballads” as the Hotel Gypsies and The Reiters perform at 4 p.m. — after the parade and race.

The Hotel Gypsies are local folk song spinners, and have been working on a bevy of Celtic tunes to bring some real lilt into our St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The Celtic set will also feature local heavenly music duo The Reiters.  

Join the family-friendly fun in Aggieville this Saturday to kick off spring break. There are also some other area events.




MPL Chess Club, 3:30-6 p.m. Students are invited to learn, watch and play chess.

Public Library.


Motivational and inspirational message by John Michael Talbot, 7 p.m. (and also Friday evening).

Talbot is a singer and songwriter and the founder of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity monastic community, but he speaks non-denominationally.

Free and open to the public, though a free-will offering will be available.

St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Wamego.


KSU Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m.

Union Station, K-State Student Union.



Reinvent Your White T-Shirt, 11 a.m.

Turn your plain old T-shirt into a work of art by using tape and spray paint. Some plain, white tees will be available. Bring your own to guarantee that you’ll have one.

Manhattan Public Library.


Minecraft & Wii Play Day, 2-3:30 p.m.

Kids are invited to play Wii games on our big screen or play Minecraft in our computer classroom. Sign up in the auditorium starting at 2 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.


FTW: The Best Game Show in the History of Ever, 7 p.m.

FTW is a monthly game show event at Aggie Central Station. FTW combines aspects classic game shows, physical challenges, and trivia into one epic night. Aggie Central Station.


K-State After Hours: Pancakes and Pi featuring “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” 8 p.m. Free.

Little Theatre.


Jessica Paige with Woody Pines, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





Manhattan Arts Center presents the Paul Mesner Puppets: The Comical Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard, 4 p.m.

This all-ages performance is sponsored by Little Apple Optimist Club, Margaret Walker and Joan Shull.

Tickets are available by calling 785-537-4420 or visiting 

After the show, kids can come to the Puppet-Making Open House and make their own paper bag puppets to take home.

Manhattan Arts Center.




Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.


Riley County Genealogical Society Educational Program: “Using Travel as a Tool for Genealogical Research” by Vickie Holverson, 2 p.m.

Holverson, a Kansas native and lifelong Kansas resident, became interested in genealogy about four years ago.

She has done research by traveling both in the United States and in Germany.

She will discuss the tools needed to plan your trip, maximize your time during travel and what to do with the information at the end of your travels. This will be a useful program to integrate travel and genealogy research.

Manhattan Public Library.


Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m.

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