March 7 and 8
Rock of Ages – at the State Theatre, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. The smash-hit rock jukebox musical goes from Broadway to New Brunswick, featuring classic rock hits from the ‘80s and the music of Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison, Europe, and more. Call (732) 246-SHOW or visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org.
St. Patrick’s Day in the 1830s – 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. at Historic Allaire Village, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale. Experience the life of an Irish immigrant in the early 19th century. Admission is free; appropriate for all ages. The Irish, one of our young nation’s largest immigrant groups, arrived at America’s shores by the tens of thousands to escape terrible conditions in Ireland. Life for the new arrivals, however, was not without its problems. As the number of Irish immigrants increased dramatically by the 1830s, so did resentment of “foreigners” by native-born Americans. With its large number of Irish employees, James P. Allaire’s Howell Iron Works Company was not immune to this tension. The recreated 1830s St. Patrick’s Day event begins in the Allaire Chapel, where the story of Saint Patrick is told in a brief commemorative service in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. After the service, follow the villagers into the heart of the Howell Works, where they will encounter disruptions from anti-Irish residents. The historic buildings are open for tours and other activities, including games, militia activities, hearth cooking, and stove top cooking demonstrations. Call (732) 919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.
Monmouth Civic Chorus in American Songbook – 4:00 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. America’s home-grown music from back porches to Broadway will be heard in American Songbook, with the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus under the baton of artistic director Dr. Ryan Brandau. Musical selections range from “Over the Rainbow” to “Shenandoah,” with favorite songs by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster, and more renowned American composers. Tickets are $30 for premium seating ($27 seniors, $25 groups, $10 students) and $25 for regular seating ($22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students). Call (732) 933-9333 or visit www.monmouthcivicchorus.org.
Irish Folk Music with “Three Pints Shy” – 7:30 p.m. at Historic Allaire Village, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale. Three Pints Shy makes its eighth appearance at the Historic Village at Allaire, with the performance held in the Allaire Chapel. Advance ticket purchase ($15 per person) is required, as seats are limited. With a collection of traditional and new Irish folk music, Three Pints Shy has gathered fans across the country. Founded in 2003, this raucous pub band updates and reinvigorates the Celtic music so beloved all around the world. Preferring the enjoyment of music and tavern songs, the group is influenced by all Irish pub songs and performs with a high-energy style, creating an appeal to a younger audience and a fanatical audience reaction that grows with every song. However, they are not beyond the touching ballads of the Emerald Isle, enamoring their fans with their gentle harmonies. Call (732) 919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.
Oratorio Choir Sings Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass – 7:00 p.m. at Tower Hill Church, 25 Harding Road, Red Bank. Joseph Haydn’s famous “Missa in Angustiis” (“Mass for Troubled Times”) will be presented by the Oratorio Choir, with singers from central New Jersey churches and community choruses. The performance will be conducted by Adam Peithmann, the church’s director of music ministries. The “Mass,” a fiery piece composed late in Haydn’s life, is one of several major works he wrote for the church. Many scholars believe it was given its nickname of “Lord Nelson” mass after Horatio Nelson’s victory over the French, and indeed it creates the sense of a great battle’s taking place. Trumpets, strings, choir, and soloists unite to form a masterful work filled with drama and conflict, and ultimately redemption and joy, a major theme in Haydn’s music. This concert is an event of the Tower Hill Concert Series and is presented free of charge. The voluntary offering for this event benefits the church’s local and international mission programs, including ongoing storm recovery assistance. The church is handicapped-accessible.
12th Annual Highlands St. Patrick’s Parade – 2:00 p.m. on Bay Avenue, Highlands. Nearly 100 marching units, including bagpipers, bands, Irish dancers, and beautifully decorated floats, will line up to march in the celebration. The parade will begin at Huddy Park, with hundreds scheduled to march along a one-mile stretch of Bay Avenue. The Highlands Business Partnership will host the annual “Competition of Floats.” All businesses and/or organizations in Highlands will be competing in three categories: Best of Show, Prettiest, and the Most Original. In addition, a trophy will be presented for the Best of Apparatus. All fire companies will honor a silent march in tribute to all of our fallen fire fighters. The parade will feature entertainers, along with many marchers representing the military. Political, civic, church, environmental, and community organizations represented will include Congressman Pallone, members of the Assembly, county freeholders, members of local American Legion and VFW posts, fire companies, and first aid rescue units. The local Boy and Girl Scout troops, both celebrating over 100 years of service, will also be participating. The Henry Hudson Regional Marching Band and Cheerleaders will be performing, with over 100 members of the band. Additional parade entertainment will include the Monmouth County Police & Fire Pipe & Drums, Ocean County Emerald Society Pipe & Drums, Staten Island Pipes & Drums, Middlesex County Police & Fire Pipes and Drums, Union County Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Pipes & Drums of Old Bridge, Essex County Emerald Society Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, and the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch. Don’t miss the lucky winner of the Highlands Business Partnership’s “Pot of Gold” 50/50 Raffle. The drawing will be held at 140 Bay Avenue on Sunday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. and the winner need not be present. Call (732) 291-4713.
2014 Red Bank Wedding Walk – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout Red Bank. Make Red Bank your ultimate destination for all things wedding! Find your photographer, choose your ring, smell your roses, get fitted for your dress, and enjoy a tasting at one of the award-winning venues. Escape to Red Bank and make your special day that much more memorable. The Red Bank Wedding Walk is a free, one-day event that introduces brides, grooms, partners, wedding attendants, and their families to Red Bank as the one-stop shopping destination for weddings. Several grand prize packages will be raffled at the conclusion of the Wedding Walk. Visit www.acoollittletown.com.