Well y’all, Jimmy is on Spring Break. Right about now I’m sure that he is lounging on a beach somewhere doing Jäger Bombs with college co-eds. I’m kidding! Baseball people, baseball!
I always get a little twitchy when people start trying to tell me that there is nothing to do around here. For a small town we have a ton of stuff to do on a regular basis, and a lot of it is free or reasonably priced. So for your entertainment I present:
Things to Do in March in the Williamsport Area!
First and foremost, the St. Paddy’s Day parade and Pub Tour is this Saturday. Lou has all the details for you on page 12.
Also going on this weekend is the area’s first ever Tattoo and Art Fest. It’s happening at the Genetti, Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Artists will be advertising and doing tattoos. There will be tattoo contests, door prizes, vendors, apparel, and food and drinks. Apparently there will also be an attempt to break a World Tattoo Guinness Record!
Want to get the kids some culture? The West Branch School is performing Macbeth. Performances are Friday, March 10th at 10:30 a.m. for $2; Saturday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 12th at 2 p.m. Tickets for the weekend shows are $7 (children under 5 are free!).
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t talk about food at least a little. The Old Lycoming Township Fire Hall will be having a Lenten Fish Fry every Friday in March and April from 4-7 p.m. Adults are $9.50, kids are $6.50.
The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating Broadway on March 18th at 7:30 p.m. They will be playing pieces from West Side Story, Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat and other musicals.
Also on the 18th is North Central Sight Service’s annual fundraiser, Dining in the Dark. All guests are guided to their seats and served dinner completely blindfolded. This allows participants to understand in a very small way, and for a short period of time, what daily life can be like for someone who is blind or visually impaired.
On the 25th the Junior League of Williamsport will be helping girls get their pretty on for prom. The event is at the YWCA and high school ladies will be able to shop with a ‘Fairy Godmother’ and choose amongst hundreds of new or gently used prom dresses.
The event is on a first-come, first serve basis. Students with any middle or high school ID (or proof of enrollment) will be able to shop for a $10 prom dress. Limited accessories will also be available, and credit cards are not accepted.
March 25th also brings us back to the Genetti for the Billtown Blues Association’s audition concert. The Billtown Blues Audition concert will feature a blues music ‘challenge’ in two categories. The solo/duo category will showcase, The Twin Sinners, and J-Bone and Miz Ida. The Band showcase will feature The Dirty Mojo Blues Band, Jeff Fetterman and Mums The Word. Guest acts include a solo performance by Gage Avery and a band performance by Miz Ida and the All Nightas. Judging is undertaken by the Billtown Blues membership, and the winners in each category is guaranteed a performance in the 28th Annual Billtown Blues Festival, June 10th, and earn eligibility to represent Williamsport and the BBA in Memphis, TN at the 2018 International Blues Challenge.
This is really just a small piece of everything that is happening in our area this month. Check out our Community Calendar on page 23 for even more events. Be sure to keep an eye on the pages of Webb Weekly in the coming weeks as we’ll have more in depth details on a few of these events.
In case you haven’t heard, today is ‘Raise the Region’. On Wednesday, March 8th at 6:00 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 9th the public is encouraged to visit www.raisetheregion.org and select the participating nonprofit(s) of your choice to support and your gift will be stretched by a generous contribution from Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships. Your donation(s) can also help raise additional support for the nonprofits selected by qualifying them for monetary prizes. All gifts are tax deductible and will help make your favorite nonprofit’s mission possible.
There are over 300 nonprofits participating this year, so please head to the website and make a donation to the charity(ies) of your choice.