Every year on March 17th, people aim to celebrate their Irish-ness (whether real, or imagined). Cheap green beer, T-shirts with funny puns relating to drinking and general, Guinness-drenched revelry ensue.
Also each year, on the Saturday before the greenest of all holidays, Greenville Avenue in Dallas is transformed into a jubilant parade of drink, whoops, hollers and a complete lack of concern for the following morning’s dehydration-induced headache. But, before all the craziness, something perhaps even crazier occurs down Greeville Avenue - a 5k Run!
The annual St. Patty’s Dash Down Greenville Avenue at 8:30 am, you can register from the parking lot of Central Market at Lovers Ln and Greenville. This is one run where typical active attire doesn’t cut it, by the way. Not only should you rock as much green as you can, but one is in danger of feeling left out if one opts to run without a green afro-wig, massive leprechaun hat, or some other season-appropriate good-time accessory.
Of course, for all the hard work that a 5k really is, there is a reward. Tons of live music, drinks and fun await the runners at the end of the line. Later in the day, even, The Dallas Observer is hosting an insane concert featuring not only recent Squawker subjects True Widow and Here Holy Spain, but non other than Texas-rock heroes The Toadies.
The Dart rail makes it easy to get to that special strip of upper Greenville Ave, so there is really little room for excuses to those who are looking for reasons to not make it out this year.
For more information on the St. Patty’s Day Dash Down Greenville Ave 5k, go to www.dashdowngreenville.com. For information on the St. Patrick’s Day concert, starring The Toadies, go to the show’s offical site.
Mark your calendars Dallas, year-old Greenville Avenue Restaurant Association will kick off its Taste of Greenville Avenue on Saturday. As for the taste part, contrary to some beliefs, Greenville Avenue does not taste like flop sweat, stale beer, drunk frat boys, and Taco Cabana. In fact, this weekend, Greenville Avenue will taste like some of the yummiest things to be found in the corridor of Greenville Avenue between Richmond and Prospect Avenues.
Sponsored by Bud Light, Taste of Greenville Avenue 2010 will showcase over 30 popular Greenville Avenue eateries that’ll be cooking up and offering their best small plate menu items which will range in cost of $2, $4, and $6. Restaurants participating include a few of Best of Texas’ personal favorites: The Grape, The Libertine Bar, Nandina Restaurant and Quesa-D-Ya’s.
For a full list of confirmed restaurants, click here.
And while you’re taste buds will rejoice, TOGA and GARA have also ensured your ears will be satisfied, too. Live music will be featured on the VUE Apartments stage throughout the afternoon, emceed by KRLD’s Mike Rogers. Local favorites include Paul Slavens’ Chameleon Chamber Group, Scat Lounge owner Ricki Derek & The Vegas Six, Cliff Blues Band, King Bucks, featuring the formidable Joe Butcher and Danny Balis, and THe BAcksliders. And the stage manager in charge of it all? None other than Best of Texas favorite, Good Records!
Visually speaking and sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors of North America, ArtLoveMagic, a local organization devoted to celebrating local musicians, artists, illustrators, poets and more, will entertain children and adults alike.
While you’ll need to pony up the scrilla for eating and imbibing, the event itself is free. A portion of the proceeds from food and beverage sales will go to benefit Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson Elementary Schools PTA programs, and the Woodrow Wilson High School Marching Band.
Taste of Greenville Avenue 2010
October 23, 2010
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