This Saturday, March 7, in Bel Air presents residents and visitors with a unique opportunity to, in the words of Mayor Robert Reier, "eat a lot of candy in the afternoon and go hear Irish music in the evening."
The annual Chocolate and Candy Festival, organized by the Bel Air Downtown Alliance, will be held at the Bel Air Reckord Armory at 37 N. Main St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults and includes four tickets for free samples from the participating chocolatiers and candy makers.
Children under 6 years old are admitted free and will receive two free sample tickets. Additional sample tickets may be purchased, $3 for three tickets. All tickets are sold at the door on the day of the event.
Among the vendors this year are Sweet Eats Cakes, La Cakerie, A Dream of Chocolate, Wockenfuss Candies, Mary Sue Candies, Stephanie's Sweets, Rita's Italian Ice, Moore's Candies, Edible Arrangements, Paradise Donuts, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, The Treasured Cookie, Parfections and The Caramel Kettle.
Don't miss out on the Chocolate Creation Contest starting at noon. The winner will be announced at 1 p.m. and samples of the homemade classics will be available afterward. Guest judges are Jesse Bane, PJ Chambers and Amber Shrodes.
APGFCU is the title sponsor. Other sponsors are Circa Ltd. Real Estate Appraisers, Cat Sense Feline Hospital and Boarding Inc., Harford Artists Association and Bel Air Athletic Club (kids activities).
For more information, visit http://www.downtownbelair.com or call 443-823-1797.
The Irishman's Chorale will be held Saturday night at St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 1200 Churchville Road. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Reier said the Bel Air performance by Amhranai Na Gaeilge, the only all-male Irish chorale in the Mid-Atlantic region, has gained in popularity, as evidenced by the decision to switch to a larger venue this year.
The chorale is dedicated to the preservation of Irish culture and history through music. It performs traditional and contemporary music by Irish composers and lyricists, as well as a variety of patriotic, spiritual, ballad, sea chantey and other fun songs. For more information on Amhranai Na Gaeilge visit http://www.irishmans-chorale.org.
The event is sponsored by the Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission. For more information, call 410-879-2012.