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Gainesville Business Coalition bringing green beer, music, activities with St. Patrick’s weekend
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Downtown Gainesville - photo by Scott Rogers

A wave of green will engulf downtown Gainesville Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 for St. Patty’s Weekend on the Square.

Hosted by the newly formed Gainesville Business Coalition, the event marks the organization’s first program of the year. Saturday’s festivities will take place from 4-9 p.m., and Sunday’s from 2-6 p.m.

“We’ve been freezing for so long and hope that everybody gets back out and enjoys the fresh air, and awesome people in our community,” said Aimee Hoecker, co-owner of Downtown Drafts.

Saturday will involve beer tents, local food vendors and live musical performances.

Hoecker said people can expect to find green beer at the event.

Redneck Blonde will take the spotlight as the evening’s headliner. The Atlanta-based group covers current music and hit songs from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

People will also get a taste of Let There Be Rock Schools, which recently opened on 840 Main St. SW in Gainesville.

One of the bands from the Frederick, Maryland-based Let There Be Rock will perform on Saturday, shining light on what people can expect from the Gainesville location.

“They’ll come down and play, so people can see it in person and see the kids in action,” Kyle Sanders, owner of Gainesville’s Let There be Rock said.

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Musician Kyle Sanders talks about renovation a building in Gainesville Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Sanders is starting the area's first rock music school. Let There Be Rock is located at 840 Main St. and will offer lessons to students and performances in midtown. The school plans a performance by one of the Maryland-based school's bands at the downtown St. Patrick's Day event. - photo by Scott Rogers

Sanders said in around a month his students will be prepared to take their music to the public, and play at the coalition’s upcoming events.

Sunday’s portion of the two-day event includes kid-friendly activities like building a leprechaun house, slime making and squishy toy decorating.

Lasha Ackerman, owner of Waldorf & Wonder Children’s Workshop, said she gained inspiration for the leprechaun houses from seeing the fairy homes people typically put in their gardens.

Ackerman will provide all of the wood, rocks and other materials needed to make the tiny homes. She said kids will have the option of making a single leprechaun house, or building a home with a garden attached.

Taking the lead on all of the coalition’s kid-centered plans, Ackerman said her goal is to promote the organization’s family-friendly mission.

“We’re going to try and have children’s activities at as many events as possible,” she said.

Endrick Ordonez, owner of Love Is All You Knead, said the coalition will stay true to its promise of benefitting a specific charity at each of its events.

The downtown business owners affiliated with the coalition intend to donate a portion of their funds from the two-day event toward the Children’s Hope & Healing Center in Gainesville.

“The whole point of this is not only for us and for the community, it’s to give back to the community as well,” Ordonez said. “Whether we’re giving back in entertainment, music, fun or outings, we also want to give back to our own to take care of Gainesville.”

For more information about St. Patty’s Weekend on the Square or the Gainesville Business Coalition email aimee@downtowndrafts.net.


St. Patty’s Weekend on the Square

  • What: St. Patrick’s Day festival
  • When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, March 16 and 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 17
  • Where: Downtown Gainesville square

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