Events, exhibits, galas and more…
BY: Kai Whipple
ST. PATRICK’S DAY BASH
Fadó Irish Pub
273 Buckhead Avenue
Get ready to toast the luck of the Irish! Fadó Irish Pub shows us all how to get into the spirit and paint the town green by offering a full lineup of festivities for five days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. All the fun takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17, when guests will enjoy live music by Justin and the country group Josh Brannon Band. A parade and performance by the Drake School of Irish Dancers will also keep those Irish eyes smiling. A limited menu and beer selection will be available. Tickets for this 21-and-over event are $15.
MAGIC MONDAY: EGG HUNT ON THE FARM
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W.
A sure sign that spring is in full swing at Atlanta History Center is the arrival of Atlanta Easter Bunny. For this annual event, he’ll be at the center’s Smith Family Farm, where costumed guides bring history to life. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids will have a ball as they win prizes, participate in games and crafts and visit the Easter Bunny. The egg hunt is a part of the Magic Monday monthly program series hosted by the center for children 18 months to 5 years. Admission is free for members, $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children.
27TH ANNUAL WINGS OF MERCY BALL
St. Regis Atlanta
88 West Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Mercy Care Atlanta, a member of Saint Joseph’s Health System and Trinity Health, is a health center with 14 clinic locations throughout the metro area. For 27 years, the community has demonstrated its support for Mercy Care Atlanta through the Annual Wings of Mercy Ball, one of its signature fundraising events. On Saturday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m., the black-tie affair at The St. Regis Atlanta will feature an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s theme and include cocktails, a seated dinner, silent auction and a live band for everyone to enjoy. Proceeds from the ball will go toward promoting the cornerstone services of Mercy Care, such as assisting the homeless and uninsured populations of Atlanta. Tickets are $500 per person and $1,500 for a party of two. Various levels of sponsorship are also available.
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ATLANTA’S 19TH ANNUAL TOUR OF KITCHENS
What’s your favorite kitchen style? On Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Junior League of Atlanta inspires your kitchen design dreams with the 19th Annual Tour of Kitchens. The event encompasses 14 homes throughout Buckhead, Brookhaven, Decatur, Ansley Park and Dunwoody. Guests will see sensational examples of fashionable and functional kitchen designs and enjoy food stations and tasty cocktails. There will be cooking demonstrations from some of Atlanta’s most innovative professional chefs, such as Joey Ward of Gunshow, Cameron Thompson of Farm Burger and Stephanie Alderete of Nikolai’s Roof. The Tour of Kitchens has raised more than $1.8 million to promote the Junior League of Atlanta’s mission of volunteerism and community improvement. Tickets are $40 (valid for both days), and children 5 years old and younger are free.
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
Through March 20
Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff
1280 Peachtree Street N.E.
See author C.S. Lewis’s words come to life on stage through the magical production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Through March 20, audiences journey into the fantastic and mysterious world of four siblings as they discover a land beyond the wardrobe with talking beasts, lions, dwarfs, fauns and an evil queen. This imaginative tale teaches us all about the gift of love, renewal, hope and faith. The audience will also enjoy an “AfterWords” portion of the evening, when they have the chance to interact with the cast through a moderated questionand- answer session after the play. Ticket pricing for adults is $35 and $20 for kids.
EDIN 6TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY DANCE CHALLENGE
3110 Roswell Road
What do renowned athlete Evander Holyfield, CamiCake entrepreneur Audra Hall and CNN’s Christi Paul all have in common? They’ll be dancing the night away at Eating Disorders Information Network’s (EDIN) Annual Celebrity Dance Challenge, which will be emceed by Mara Davis of Atlanta Eats Radio and Bert Weiss of Q100. The aim of the nonprofit is to bring awareness to positive self-esteem and its impact on fighting various eating disorders. Inspired by popular shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” local celebrities partner with professional dancers and compete for fan votes. The event commences at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception, and the dance challenge begins at 8 p.m. Priority seating is $75, and lower-level seating is $25.
ANNUAL SPRING BENEFIT EMERALD GALA – A CELEBRATION OF IRELAND
Atlanta International School
2890 North Fulton Drive
On April 16, the Atlanta International School hosts more than 500 members and friends at its annual spring benefit. This year, the elegant black-tie affair on the school’s main campus features a seated dinner showcasing the culinary delights of Ireland and the U.K., as well as dancing, live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds from the gala go toward financialaid scholarships and the preservation of historical buildings on campus. Tickets are $200 per person. Members of the 1984 Club, a leadership giving society, may receive complimentary tickets to the event.