Spring Break in Lexington doesn’t have to be a bore

By Kelly Wiley

Spring Break is officially only a day away. Even if you’re not boarding a plane or taking a road trip, there are a variety of local events to keep your week from being a spring bummer.

3K Shamrock Shuffle

No matter what your physical fitness level, this aerobic “shuffle” will bring out your inner leprechaun.

The 3K Shamrock Shuffle will start downtown at Victorian Square on March 15 at 10 a.m. There is a $20 entry fee.

All proceeds from the race will go to the Pat Smith Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund. Jennifer Combs, director of the race, started the fund in honor of her father, Pat Smith, who was killed in the Comair Flight 5191 crash. Smith worked with Habitat for Humanity and participated in disaster relief efforts overseas, Combs said.

There will be awards offered at the race for anyone who shows off St. Patrick’s Day spirit, including one for the best dressed, Combs said.

“It’s just a great way to get out and spend some time with your friends,” Combs said. “It’s doing something healthy for yourself as well as knowing that you are making a difference in someone else’s life.”

You can register on site the morning of the race or online

beforehand (www.shamrockshuffle3k.com).

Traditions of the Emerald Isle: An Evening of Celtic Music and Dance

St. Patrick’s Day means more than just flashing a little green to keep others from pinching you. The Singletary Center for the Arts will be offering a program that features Celtic music, fiddlers, Irish flutes, tin whistles and — of course — pipes.

The Kentucky McTeggart Irish Dancers will be performing, as well as multi-instrumentalists Daniel and Amy Carwile and pipe-player John Skelton, at 7:30 p.m. on March 15 in the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $15.

“If you’re interested in Irish culture, you would love it,” said performance coordinator Lynne Costello.

“You can’t see a great performance like this anymore for 15 bucks,” she said. “I know college students are on a budget, and if you are wanting to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, then this is it.”

Lincoln: The Man, the Music and the Legacy

The Lexington Philharmonic will offer students the chance to take a few steps back in time to remember one of the greatest U.S. presidents.

“Lincoln: The Man, the Music and the Legacy” will be at the Singletary Center for the Arts on Tuesday. Tickets are $5 for the 10 a.m. performance and $4 for the 11:30 performance.

The concert will feature “typical old-school classical music,” said Joe Tackett, director of education for the Philharmonic. Some music is from Lincoln’s time and hasn’t been played in over 200 years, he said.

Tackett said the event offers students the chance to be educated outside the classroom. He said a lot of college students usually attend the event, especially education majors.

“The discovery concerts are specifically catered to young students,” Tackett said.

Lexington RV Super Show

If you enjoy camping or taking your RV out on the road for an adventure, this will be the show for you.

Vendors will pile into the Lexington Convention Center to showcase RVs, campers, trailers, pop-ups, van conversions, fifth-wheels, slide-in campers, motor homes and even some camping equipment. The show will be on March 14 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and March 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will also feature a trout-fishing pond.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 14 and under.