U.S. National Whitewater Center Green River

The U.S. National Whitewater Center will again turn the rapids green during its St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 16.

CHARLOTTE – For the 10th year, the rapids at the U.S. National Whitewater Center will become a roiling river of green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

The Green River Revival returns Saturday, March 16, with music, a 5K trail run and, of course, a Kool-Aid-like transformation of the center’s signature whitewater course.

While not exactly Irish, New Orleans-based band Dumpstaphunk will bring its blend of funk, jazz and soul to the USNWC as the headline act for the St. Patrick’s Day eve festival.

The band includes Ivan Neville, son of New Orleans music legend Aaron Neville, and Ian Neville, Aaron’s nephew. Dumpstaphunk will take the stage at 3:15 p.m. For more on Dumpstaphunk, go to www.dumpstaphunk.com.

Charlotte funk band Akita will open the live music at 1:15 p.m., just after the center turns the water green. For more on the band, visit www.akitafunk.com.

There is no charge outside the standard parking fee. Vendors will be onsite selling food and beverages.

The Color Me Green 5K Trail Run

The run returns for a seventh year with a 10 a.m. start time. In the untimed event, runners will navigate clouds of green dye as they traverse the trail course.

Registration is $35 through March 13, and $42 on the day of the event. Runners who sign up by March 10 are guaranteed to receive a Recover Brands T-shirt.

For more information or to register, visit www.usnwc.org/play/whitewater-race-series.

The USNWC is at 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., just east of Interstate 485 Exit 12.

Latta goes Celtic

The seventh annual Historic Latta Plantation Celtic Festival is set for March 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The event traditionally attracts more than 3,000 visitors.

The living-history farm, within the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, will be transformed into an encampment where costumed Celtic warriors and reenactors, artisans, musicians and history buffs share their heritage and culture with visitors.

The music lineup includes the Reelin’ Rogues, Tom Eure, Contentment is Wealth and the Celtic Echoes.

Scottish and Irish dancers will perform, and demonstrations of crafts and skilled trades will provide a glimpse into historical Celtic daily life. .

This year’s entertainment extends into Saturday night with an Outlander After Party from 6-9 p.m. The event will include a Scottish feast from The Scottish Cottage, local ales, whiskey tastings, a Scottish country dance workshop, live music and a raffle. There will also be a costume contest with prizes for the best Claire, Jamie and other characters from the “Outlander” television series.

Tickets for the Outlander After Party are $30 and must be purchased in advance.

For more information, call 704-875-2312 or visit www.lattaplantation.org.

Historic Latta Plantation is the only surviving Catawba River plantation open to the public. Originally known as Latta Place, the 742-acre cotton plantation was home to the James Latta family until 1837 and was later owned by the Sample family until 1922.

Between 1800 and 1865, more than 50 slaves lived and worked at the plantation. Today, Latta “seeks to cultivate community experiences through education, preservation and celebration of the region's rich history and culture by offering dynamic programming, special events and guided tours that bring history to life.”

Latta is at 5225 Sample Road in Huntersville.

John Deem

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