BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Public Library will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in grand style today, March 11 with Irish step dancers, a bagpipe performance, a look at New Jersey’s Irish history and an Irish soda bread contest.

The free event will be held at 5 p.m. at Taylor Pavilion, 500 Ocean Avenue, opening with bagpiper Bob Phelan of Belmar getting everyone in the spirit with melodies of the Emerald Island. Following a presentation by Tom Fox, author of “The Hidden History of the Irish of New Jersey,” there will be an Irish step dancing performance by students from the D’Arcy School of Irish Dance in Wall.

The event will culminate with the announcement of the winners of the Irish soda bread contest, as well as a sampling of the breads. Entries will be judged in real time on taste, presentation and other criteria by Kate Heath, owner of Sweet Tease Tearoom and Café, and Joe Rizzuto, owner of Main Street Donuts. 

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The first-place winner will receive a $50 gift card and a trophy, with trophies awarded to the second- and third-place finishers and honorable mention recipient.

READ MORE: Belmar Public Library Seeks Contestants for Battle of the Irish Soda Breads

For more information about this program, call the Belmar Public Library at 732-681-0775 or visit to send a message.

For updates on the library’s various programs and services, visit its website or Facebook page.

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