Go green downtown

Published 8:29 pm Monday, March 12, 2012

Historic downtown Suffolk is going green on Saturday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Eighteen downtown businesses and arts venues are hosting special events including live entertainment, refreshments, discounts, Irish food and beverages, open houses and more as part of the “Shamrock Stroll.”

Visitors can take in the sights of downtown, including historic museums and art galleries, or snap a few photos for the Suffolk Art Gallery’s photo walk.

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Suffolk Restaurant Week also kicks off March 17.

All the participants are open for different hours, but no matter what time you come downtown, there will be something for you. Breakfast begins at some eateries at 7 a.m., and the fun continues until early Sunday.

Shamrock Stroll participants include Amici’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza Café, The Baron’s Pub, Cordially Invited, Embroidery Etc., Hilton Garden Inn Riverfront and Suffolk Conference Center, Jester’s Gallery Shop, Mosaic by Holland’s, Plaid Turnip, Richardson and Nash Clothiers, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, Rosa’s Coffee Cantina, Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, Shooting Star Gallery, Suffolk Art Gallery, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk Visitor Center & Gift Shop, Sushi Aka and UniquelyLeo’s Ltd.

Most of the restaurants will be offering Restaurant Week deals, and many of the retail stores will have special discounts.

The Hilton Garden Inn will have an event coordinator open house from noon to 5 p.m.

Visitors can take this opportunity to tour Riddick’s Folly House Museum, the 1837 Greek Revival mansion on North Main Street. While there, they can stop in next door to the Suffolk Visitor Center, which will offer light refreshments, discounts on gift shop purchases and a drawing to win a Suffolk ghost walk for yourself and some friends.

Stop by the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum for “Tastings, Teas and Trains,” an experience for the entire family with entertainment, book signings and train fun from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Shooting Star Gallery will have refreshments, music and discounts for anyone wearing green from noon to 7 p.m.

The Suffolk Art Gallery will hold a walking photo shoot beginning at Rosa’s Coffee Cantina at 2 p.m.

The variety of activities at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts will include a green fountain, a Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads performance, the “Land of Our Fathers” exhibit and the Masters of Motown show.

The event is sponsored by the Downtown Suffolk Hospitality Association.