Rumson StThe third annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade commences this Sunday afternoon, March 8, capping a season of celebrations that extend into the week to come.

Those minty Shamrock Shakes may come and go, but Celtic culture on the greater Red Bank Green is a year-round affair that traces a path through Irish Tenor concerts and Riverdances; Green Christmases and the appearance of Guinness Oysterfest in September.

That said, the recently minted flagship fleadh of the calendar year has got to be the Rumson St. Patricks Day Parade, the third annual edition of which commences this Sunday.

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nortontrivia2The Third Best Trivia Host in America — Little Silver’s own “Gentleman” Jim Norton — brings his bar-hopping brand of “brain-bending quizzes” to a Thursday Night Trivia stand at Molly Maguire’s. (Photo by Diana Moore)

It’s an interactive entertainment in which “questions range from high brow to high school, and fortune favors the squad with a well-rounded range of knowledge” — a “unique blend of brain-bending quizzes and lighthearted crowd work” that commandeers “the spot where generations of the area’s brightest and most attractive have put their wits on display.” Namely, Molly Maguire’s Gastropub.

Going up at the Rumson watering spot this Thursday night, January 8 and each Thor’s Day thereafter for the foreseeable future, Thursday Night Trivia (TNT) puts a locally sourced, personality-packed twist on a popular attraction for teams of up to eight players (with prizes awarded to First and Second Place groups). The contest is lorded over by “Master of Minutiae, Impresario of the Immaterial” and Little Silver resident Gentleman Jim Norton — recovering title insurance agent; veteran roadie/ tech guy/ sound pro for everyone from Frank Sinatra Jr. to Iggy Pop, and self-described “emcee, scorekeeper, off-the-cuff insult comic and Ombudsman” whose little sideline endeavor has grown to become a favorite weekly draw at taverns and nightspots throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.

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LarkinThe organizers of the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade have announced that this year’s third annual march will honor the memory of Michael Larkin, president of the parade’s Board of Trustees and an instrumental figure in the founding of the community event, scheduled to proceed on Sunday, March 8.

A resident of Sea Bright, and President of Michael J. Larkin Associates, a global fundraising and event consulting company, Larkin passed away in late December, while preparations were being made for the first in a round of fundraiser events keyed to this year’s parade — a schedule that kicks off on January 17 with a now-traditional party at Murphy’s Tavern in Rumson.

A co-founder of the the Sandy Hook Foundation and producer of the first three New Jersey Marathons, Larkin coordinated events for national non-profit organizations in the United States, the UK and Bermuda. In addition to the late parade president, the 2015 event will honor a pair of local charities — Jason’s Dreams for Kids, an organization that fulfills the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses through a variety of fundraising events, and Lincroft-based Special People United to Ride (SPUR), a program that brings both riding skills and life skills to young people through therapeutic equestrian sessions with PATH Certified instructors.

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CherrySuedeSocial media-savvy Canadian band Cherry Suede takes it to Molly Maguire’s in Rumson for their sole area appearance, this Saturday night.

The tour itinerary includes Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia and…Rumson?

Last we checked, the tony Two River borough hadn’t green-lit the construction of any big-city concert hall or Sunset Strip-style rock club. But to the Canadian band Cherry Suede, such details are immaterial in a world where the rules of the music biz are “so last century.” Co-fronted by Randy Young and Randy Scott, the Ottawa-based outfit boasts a foundation of classic-rock sounds — and a fanbase constructed the new-fashioned way; by using social media tools to zero in on the places where interest in the band’s music runs high.

Next step? Take the music directly to the people — and thus does Cherry Suede take the intimate stage of Molly Maguire’s Gastropub for an acoustic set on Saturday night, August 23.

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supPaddlers and kayakers of all ability levels are invited to join a Shore Paddle on the Navesink event this Sunday, sponsored by Clean Ocean Action and Surfers Environmental Alliance.

You can do it by stand-up paddling (or, SUP) — you can get down and paddle it “prone” — or you can paddle your way by kayak. Whichever way you choose (and no matter how expert you’ve become at it), you’re invited to spend time with friendly competitors atop the waters of the Navesink River this Sunday, July 13, as a pair of locally based nonprofits team up to present a Shore Paddle event that commences from Rumson’s Victory Park at Lafayette Street.

Hosted by Clean Ocean Action and Surfers’ Environmental Alliance, the event runs two concurrent happenings — an 8-mile race that starts at 9 am, and a 3-mile Fun Paddle shoving off at 9:30 — with prizes awarded to the race winners, plus free SUP and yoga demos, eco-friendly crafts, and other all-ages activities in the park. The event will conclude with a “Beach Sweep” where participants will learn the importance of clean coasts.

It’s all for the benefit of COA and SEA, and it’s kickstarted on Thursday evening with a pre-party at Molly Maguire’s Gastropub in Rumson; a 6 pm soiree (with 10 per cent of proceeds dedicated to the orgs’ efforts to create cleaner, safer beaches throughout the region) that features music, drink specials, raffles of a wake board, paddle gear and more.

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