Thinking of something different to do for St. Patrick's Day? There are many celebrations going on in and around North Georgia. You can take a hike, dance a jig, sip some wine or celebrate with people from all across America.
Some activities require registration, so be sure to put your name on the list, if interested.
- Pot of Gold Hike: On March 16, at Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, register in advance for a two-mile hike for a 'Pot of Gold.' visit gastateparks.org or call (706) 422-1932.
- Shamrock City: On March 16-17 and 23-24 at Rock City, Lookout Mountain, there will be a festival featuring live Irish music, jig lessons, a green waterfall and other things to see and do. Visit seerockcity.com or call (706) 820-2531.
- The Enchanted Isle: Celebrating Ireland: March 17, at Canton First United Methodist Church in Canton, the Cherokee Chorale St. Patrick's Day performers will entertain along with guest instrumental musicians and dancers. Visit cherokeechorale.org or call (678) 439-8625.
- Bear Creek Guided Hike: Make reservations for this hike on March 20, at Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn. Go to georgiagirlguides.com or call (706) 913-7170.
- St. Patrick's Day Celebration: At Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland on March 16, there will be prize drawings, gold chocolate coins and costume characters. Check it out at cabbagepatchkids.com or call (706) 865-2171.
- St. Paddy's Day Wine Celebration: On March 16-17 at the Three Sisters Vineyard in Dahlonega, there will be Irish music to go with the cheese and wine tastings. Find them at ThreeSistersVineyards.com or call (706) 865-9463.
No matter how you celebrate, getting out and doing something together or as a family is definitely good for overall health. Bonding has its own reward, but it also raises 'feel good endorphins.' Building strong relationships as couples and as families helps people remain committed. This is naturally healthy for a variety of reasons.
Sip a little red wine for good health, take a hike for fitness, then sit back and chill while someone else entertains you. Now, that's a good St. Patrick's Day.