C RY D E R P O I N T 14 MARCH OOuutt & A Abboouutt By Jill Davis Don’t forget: we spring forward to Daylight Saving Time on March 12, which is when we’ll really begin to feel the days getting longer (hooray!). Spring officially arrives on March 20, right after St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th. In anticipation of the wearin’ of the green, here are some fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day to impress your Irish and non-Irish friends alike. Sit down for this one: according to USA Today, St. Patrick wasn’t Irish! Rather, the newspaper reports, he was a nobleman born in about 400 A.D. in Britain and kid-napped by Irish pirates at the age of 16. After 17 years as a slave, St. Patrick escaped Ireland and found his way home, but returned to Ireland as a missionary (he probably missed the soda bread). I knew that New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been around for a long time, but I didn’t know that it dates back to 1762! This one won’t surprise you: on a typical day, Americans drink about 600,000 pints of Guinness. But Guinness reports that on St. Patrick’s Day, about 3 million pints of the Irish stout are downed (as are copious amounts of aspirin the next morning, I’m sure). Erin Go Bragh! Irish Dance Classes Mondays, March 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 5:30-6:00pm The Fitzpatrick Academy of Irish Dance 14-15 Clintonville St, Whitestone 516-404-6946 email@example.com This is one serious dance acade-my that’s produced Irish dancers who compete at the national and international level. But if you just want to dip your toe into this rigorous dance form, check out the Academy’s special deal in honor of St. Patrick’s Day: the Acade-my is offering a 4-class session for $25, instead of the usual $40. And if that gets you hooked, the Academy will be starting its spring session on April 10, which is a 10-class session for $75. My feet hurt just thinking about it. St. Patrick’s Day - Dining Out St. Patty’s Day falls on a Friday this year. If you’ve never been over to Bell Blvd. when it falls on a day when there’s no work the next morning, you’re in for an experience. Between Donovan’s, Monahan & Fitzgerald, Bourbon Street, Maggie Mays, Brian Dempsey’s, CJ Sullivan’s…well, you get the idea. There will be no shortage of corned beef and cabbage (or beer), but there will be a shortage of parking, so get to the area early and plan to walk a couple of blocks. Some-where along the way you’re liable to hear a few bagpipers, so don’t be startled--that noise you hear is not your car alarm going off. Wine, Women & Song Saturday, March 18 and 25, 8:30pm; Sunday, March 19 and 26, 3pm Theatre by the Bay Bay Terrace Jewish Center 14 CRYDER POINT COURIER | MARCH 2017 | WWW.QUEENSCOURIER.COM 13-00 209 Street, Bayside 718-428-6363 bayterrace.org/theatre-by-the-bay The website doesn’t provide a lot of info about this live show, but it does say that it’s an original revue that will feature songs from the Great American Songbook, so how bad could it be? Tickets are $22 (wine and women not included). Jay Leno Saturday, March 18, 8pm The Theater at Westbury 516-247-5200 thetheateratwestbury.com Jay’s kept busy since leaving The Tonight Show and still does about 200 stand-up shows a year in addition to his new TV show, which has some-thing to do with his hobby of collecting cars. His 5th grade teacher was pre-scient; she wrote on his report card, “If Jay spent as much time studying as he does trying to be a comedian, he’d be a big star.” Tickets are $55 and up. Children’s Carnival Saturday, April 1 and 8; Sunday, April 2 and 9, 11am–6pm Queens Farm Museum 718-347-3276 queensfarm.org Spring has arrived, and here’s something for the kids to have some fun outside. The Farm promis-es assorted carnival rides, children’s entertainment, games, hayrides, pony rides and a petting zoo. Food vendors will be at the farm all day. Admission is $15 for all ages, which includes the carnival rides; hayrides cost an extra $3, and the petting zoo and pony rides will run you an extra $4. On-site parking is available to everyone for free. Note: Height rules apply at all rides. The Spinners and Little Anthony & The Imperials Saturday, April 8, 8pm Colden Auditorium 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing 718-793-8080 kupferbergcenter.org Could it be I’m falling in love? Or am I just going out of my head? Either way, this is a pretty cool line-up for anyone who waxes nostalgic for some good old R&B from the 60s and 70s. These Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legends will be at Colden for one night only, so don’t miss it, or you might wake up with tears on your pillow. Tickets range from $35 to $69.
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