Welcome, March! Certainly winter is far from over, but the presence of daffodils and apple blossoms can't come fast enough for this winter-weary soul!

Welcome, March! Certainly winter is far from over, but the presence of daffodils and apple blossoms can't come fast enough for this winter-weary soul!

There's lots going on, especially in the Irish community. With St. Patrick's Day coming up, there's plenty to enjoy, and you don't have to be Irish to participate.

The Walden Rotary's seventh annual "Echoes of Ireland," a variety show that includes Andy Cooney, a Long Island native whom The New York Times identified as "Irish America's Favorite Son," will be at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 and available through the box office at 346-4195 or toll-free at 888-437-4133. Sean and Lisa Mulcahy are the 2011 Celts of the Year for the Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society. They will be honored at the annual St. Patrick's dinner-dance and raffle from 7:30-11:30 p.m. March 12 at the American Legion Post 1443 in Greenwood Lake. Sean is the youngest child of Denis and Miriam Mulcahy, long active in Project Children, as is Sean. Sean is a detective with the NYPD whose good looks and acting abilities have made him a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He also helps his father manage the family's bed-and-breakfast, Waterstone Inn, in Greenwood Lake.

Tickets for the event are $35 and available by calling Lexi O'Rourke at 595-1145.

Corned beef and cabbage dinners are America's offering to St. Patrick, and they occur all month. A corned beef brisket dinner will be served from 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Napanoch. Tickets are $12 for those 12 and older, and $5 for others. Takeout is available. For information, call 647-5343.

A corned beef dinner will be served from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 151 on Wawayanda Avenue in Middletown. It will be served by the Ladies Auxiliary. Tickets in advance are $8 by calling 343-0217 or 800-1501. At the door, tickets are $9. Proceeds are used for our veterans.

West Point Band trombonist Staff Sgt. Dan Pierce will offer a free recital titled "Arrows of Time" at the Jewish Chapel at 3 p.m. Sunday at West Point. The program's title work, composed by Richard Peaslee, incorporates both jazz and classical music, according to Staff Sgt. Mark Tonelli, a fellow bandsman. Accompanying Pierce will be pianist Staff Sgt. Yalin Chi. For information, call the 24-hour hotline at 938-2617. The Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mulberry House Senior Center, 62-70 W. Main St. in Middletown. Shabbat Across America, a national Jewish outreach program, is being conducted throughout synagogues during worship services Friday. Call the synagogue near you for times. Temple Sinai is Middletown will have a dinner and service at 6 p.m., and the Monroe Temple Beth-El will have a dinner and service at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested.


Barbara Bedell's column appears daily. Call her at 346-3125 or send e-mails to bbedell@th-record.com.