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Irish Week begins with concert

Look out for leprechauns and lean, green snakes.

Come Monday, the magical men in green hats could be seen around any bend and silly snakes under any log as Irish Week gets under way in Troy and at Troy State University.

Irish Week will officially begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Claudia Crosby Theater with the Irish Celebration Concert.

The concert will feature three different courses of the TSU School of Music - Chamber Winds, Chamber Choir and the 110-member strong Sound of the South Concert Band.

&uot;The Irish Celebration Concert will feature a variety of music and, of course, Irish heritage music such as 'Danny Boy' and 'The Irish Washwoman,'&uot; said Ray Smith, School of Music associate professor. &uot;The concert band will play a medley of Irish tunes and the Chamber Winds will play 'Molly on the Shore' which is an Irish jig.&uot;

The Irish tunes will be included the mix of music selected especially for the Irish Celebration Concert.

&uot;Much of the music will be familiar to the audience even if the names of the songs aren't,&uot; Smith said. &uot;The concert will include a musical variety that is sure to please any audience.&uot;

The concert will be only an hour in length but will be a solid hour of musical entertainment.

Smith said the Irish Celebration Concert kicks off Irish Week at Troy State and Alumni and Family and Friends Week.

&uot;It will be a week of fun and we invite everyone to be a part of all the activities and events,&uot; Smith said.

On Tuesday, the Brown Bag lunch at noon on the downtown square in Troy will feature entertainment and &uot;The Doors of Troy&uot; display and sale.

Wednesday's activities include the Irish Bazaar that begins at 9 a.m. at the Adams Center and the Irish Cooking Contest at 11 a.m. also at the Adams Center.

Contestants will vie for the titles of Miss Shamrock and Mr. Leprechaun at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Claudia Crosby Theater.

On Friday, the Taste of Ireland will bring Irish &uot;travelers&uot; together at 2 p.m. and TSU alumni and parents will begin to gather around 4 p.m. for Alumni Celebration Weekend.

A Troy State baseball game and the Student Government Association talent show to benefit the March of Dimes will be the featured events of the day.

Runners will be up early Saturday morning for the 5K and 10K Nick Costes Runs. The less energetic might not want to stir until 11 a.m. when the St. Paddy's Day Parade marches down University Avenue.

Tailgating and music by the Coconut Cowboys on the Shackelford Quad will follow the parade. The first ball of the T-Day baseball game will be tossed at 1 p.m. The Alumni Reunion Dinner is set for 6 p.m. and the Choral Concert at 8 p.m. will close out the weekend activities.