Head to McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar 4-10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, for a combination "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" and "Celtic Classic Kick-off" celebration.
The Rogue Diplomats will perform high-energy Irish and traditional folk music, and a Guinness toast and whiskey tastings are among the festivities. Special menu additions will include corned beef and cabbage, and boxty — a sort of Irish potato crepe with assorted fillings.
Representatives from Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival, which takes place Sept. 26-28 in Bethlehem, will be offering information and signing up volunteers. Also being promoted will be a series of "Whiskey Conversations" with renowned single malt scotch expert Elizabeth Bell, which kicks off at the pub Oct. 11.
The Red Stag Pub, the latest iteration of what originally was Granny McCarthy's Tea Room, takes its name from the animal that appears on the McCarthy coat of arms. Traditional foods from Ireland and Scotland are showcased — salmon cakes, bangers and chips with an array of tasty toppings, to name a few — though the menu is expanding into more dishes with general appeal.
The pub serves dinners Thursday to Saturday evenings, and is open for breakfast and lunch throughout the week, including a Traditional Irish Music Brunch on Sunday. Live music also is frequently featured on weekend nights.
The medieval-style great room on the second floor is being transformed into a new bar and dining area with a nostalgic club-like atmosphere, plus big screens for watching soccer matches and other sporting events.
McCarthy's Red Stag Pub is at 534 Main St., Bethlehem. Info: 610-861-7631; http://www.redstagpub.com
SHOWS AT WEAVERSVILLE INN
The always-eventful Weaversville Inn has great entertainment coming up. A "Male Beauty Contest" murder mystery dinner, presented by Act1 Productions, runs 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 19; doors open at 6 p.m.
There's a Tex-Mex theme to the show and on the menu, starting with corn bread and tortillas with honey butter and a salad with roasted tomato vinaigrette. The entree is a combination of tortilla-crusted free-range chicken breast with chili con queso and haddock fillet with tomato salsa and Mexican rice; tres leche cake for dessert. The price is $49.95, plus tax, gratuity and alcohol; reservations are required.
A "Half Way to St. Paddy's Day" celebration will be 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 20, featuring Irish singer and storyteller Ed Saultz. Menu specials include corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and shepherd's pie. Guinness will be on tap and plenty of Irish whiskey ready to pour.
On Oct. 16, the Lights Out Paranormal Team and psychic medium Lauri Moore return to the haunted inn for a ghostly dinner 6:30-9 p.m. The meal and presentation, including a Q&A session, is $45.95 per person. Reserve early — paranormal events sell out quickly.
Weaversville Inn is at 6915 Weaversville Road, Northampton. Info: 610-502-9881; http://www.weaversvilleinn.com.
Lenora Dannelke is a freelance writer.
Jodi Duckett, editor