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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Catholics celebrate Pope Francis I

Shamrocks from Hoophill Nurseries Banbridge, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, March 14, 2006.  The Shamrock  that is grows at the Nurseries is  then sold to many country's around the world to celebrate St Patrick's Day on March 17. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Shamrocks from Hoophill Nurseries Banbridge, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, March 14, 2006. The Shamrock that is grows at the Nurseries is then sold to many country's around the world to celebrate St Patrick's Day on March 17. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Well the sun and warm weather didn’t last long, did it?

Due to some travel (semi-related to today’s column), today’s edition of the roundup will conclude the week, which can only mean one thing. It’s all about St. Patrick’s Day!

As a redhead, there was a lot of name-calling growing up (especially with a dark-skinned, dark-haired twin brother). But there was alway one day every year to fall back on. A day where having freckles and red hair was the coolest – as long as you were wearing green. And as I got older, that day turned into a weekend. So I apologize for my excitement (not really), but that day is this weekend!

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Last year I decided I was going to go above and beyond my call of duty – as you can tell by the photo on the right. This year, the beard may be a bit tamer and my hair is back to its usual length, but there’s still plenty to get excited about:

∎ If you’re into the color aspect of the weekend, here’s some tips to incorporate green into your cooking.

∎ Do you prefere a traditional Irish feast? Then chances are you’ll be staying away from the corned beef and cabbage.

∎ Advance tickets are available for Saturday’s Make-A-Wish St. Patrick’s Day dinner/dance in Rochester.

∎ Manchester’s festivities won’t begin until next weekend.

∎ If you’re only into St. Paddy’s Day for the music scene, here’s a New England roundup of concerts.

∎ If you’re celebrating on the Seacoast, Kim Starling is an artist you might want to check out.

∎ And finally, if you’re planning on celebrating with a few friends over some Guinnesses at a local watering hole, here’s a few tips from one local bartender to keep in mind while you’re out:

St. Patrick’s Day is going to be mobbed at bars. Probably even all weekend long. Allow me to give some advice to anyone feeling the need to go out this weekend.

1. Bring cash. If you use your credit card it will bog up the computer systems at the bar, because 9 out of 10 people use a card. Hand me the cash and exact change for your drink and you can just walk away.

2. Know what you want. If I get to you, and you turn to ask your 10 friends what they want to drink, by the time you turn around I will be gone.

3. Drink responsibly. I’m not making you 12 Irish car bombs.

4. If you hate waiting five minutes in line for a drink, you will probably hate waiting another five for a martini. I suggest bottled beer if you’re in a rush.

5. Call a cab or a friend to bring you home. PLEASE don’t drink and drive.

6. Don’t fight. Bars are for fun, fight club is for fighting.

7. Buy rounds. If you’re out with five friends, order all five at once and offer to get the first round and suggest to your friends they get the next. Again, this is much quicker than ordering one at a time and having the bartender run back and forth to fix each drink.

8. Have fun. Remember we want to serve everyone efficiently and responsibly. We are in the hospitality industry. We want you to have a good time, and we appreciate your business, even if we look like we are swamped and ready to cry.

In other news:

∎ The Nashua Telegraph’s coverage of sunshine week continues with an investigation of city vehicles.

∎ New Hampshire Catholics celebrated Pope Francis I, who was elected yesterday.

∎ The warm weather has gone away, and strong winds are moving in.

∎ Here’s the State of New Hampshire Senate calendar.

 Sun ’N Snow Fest at Cranmore Mountain kicks off today.

∎ The Peterson Sugar House is looking forward to Maple Weekend.

 N.H. PetSave Week is underway.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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