Lake George St. Patrick’s Day block party features live music and a beer garden

The annual Sham “Rock” the Block party in Lake George Village kicks off Saturday, March 14 at noon with non-stop live music, a beer garden, children’s activities and Celtic games for adults. Most activities for the weekend-long Irish celebration take place under a giant tent erected alongside Lower Amherst Street in Lake George and in the adjacent Shepard Park. The tent houses a stage and beer wagon. Admission is free. There is a $5 cover charge for the Sunday performance by Hair of the Dog.

Festivities begin Saturday at noon with the all-female traditional Celtic band Triskele taking the stage. Triskele is followed at 2 p.m. by Liam O’Tainer. Celtic rock band McGroovin’ picks up the tempo with a 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. performance. The live music concludes with The Dudes Abide, a Top 40 Rock band playing hits from the 70s on. The Dudes Abide is on stage 8 p.m. to midnight.

In addition to 12 hours of live music, Saturday’s party includes a keg tossing contest and pub crawl, both at 2 p.m. The pub crawl begins at Duffy’s Tavern on Lower Amherst Street. The village trolley will carry crawlers to the East Cove Restaurant, the American Legion Post, Adirondack Brewery and Pub, Backstreet BBQ and Pablo’s before returning to Duffy’s. Cost to join the pub crawl is $10 and includes a t-shirt and raffle tickets for auction items at each stop.

Sham “Rock” the Block continues Sunday, March 15, with the St. Patrick's Day Parade stepping off at noon from Westbrook Road at the South end of the Village with Village Mayor Robert Blais serving as Grand Marshall. Expect pipe bands and Irish step dancers to be in the procession with floats and vehicles decorated for the holiday. Live music resumes at 1 p.m. with John “Johny O’Eisenhart” Eisenhart performing until 3 p.m. Celtic rock band Hair of the Dog is on stage 3 - 6 p.m.

Sham “Rock” the Block is a family friendly event. For the children, there is face painting, pony rides and bounce houses. Many Village shops are offering discounts on their merchandise throughout the weekend. The Adirondack Winery is celebrating the holiday by offering free samples of their own Shamrock Sangria at the Canada Street tasting room. Parking is free in public parking lots and on the streets. Visitors to Lake George can ignore the parking meters; Lake George meter enforcement does not go into effect until mid-May.