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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with whisky tasting at Riordan Mansion, sponsored by the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society.

Experience the flavor of rare whiskies in the dining room of Tim Riordan’s 1904 craftsman home. At Tim’s table, you will learn about and taste top shelf whiskies from Scotland.

The evening will begin with an Irish toast and dram of Irish Whiskey. Guests will then enter through Tim's front door to be seated at Tim's table. The session will be led by Richard and Jude McKenzie, Scotch experts.

Richard and Jude will discuss tasting techniques, the difference between whisky and Scotch and the meaning behind "single" malt. Guests will be served four whiskies (1/2 ounce each) along with a variety of hors d'oeuvres selected to pair nicely with each of the whiskies.

Sessions will be held on Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th. Each night will have two, two-hour sessions beginning promptly at 5:30 and 7:30 with mingling before and after. Ticket prices are $100 and support preservation and education at Riordan Mansion. Guest will also receive a ticket to tour Riordan Mansion on a date of their choice.

If you've ever been on a tour, you know this is special because staff and volunteers take great care to protect the home and its artifacts. The home was built in 1904 by brothers Michael and Tim Riordan and contains the families’ original furnishings.

Save your seat now – or reserve a session for you and your friends. Only 10 seats available per session. Call 928-779-4395 today.

Lowell42: Deep Time - The Solid Earth meets the Night Sky

On Saturday, March 16 speaker Dr. G. Kent Colbath will give a presentation at Lowell Observatory. The lecture, titled “Deep Time: The Solid Earth meets the Night Sky,” will start at 7 p.m.

“The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time.” – John Playfair, 1805.

The notion of “deep time,” that the earth is impossibly (but not infinitely) old, is the single greatest idea the study geology has contributed to human knowledge. Attendees will explore the connection between geological and astronomical calculations of deep time, and the critical role played by Lowell Observatory in determining the age of the universe.

After a varied career in geology (including two years at the Smithsonian, and two in Australia), Kent retired from his last full-time gig as Chair of Earth Science at Cerritos Community College in Southern California in 2005, and moved to Flagstaff. He currently works as one of the educators for the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Ventures program, and is an avid supporter of Lowell Observatory.

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No reservation required. Unless noted otherwise, regular admission fees apply for special event.

'Birding in Arizona' Book Signing

Charles Babbitt is a third generation Arizonan who grew up in Flagstaff.  He proudly announces his first book, Birding Arizona – What to Know, Where to Go, out in bookstores now.

This book is more than a guide to finding these bird species, it is a narrative of Charles’s travels, showcasing some of the best birding locations in the State of Arizona, revealing new areas to be discovered, many in Northern Arizona.

Did you know Arizona is one of America’s top birding destinations and has a species list of around 550 is the highest of any state without an ocean coastline?

Charles will be giving a talk and book signing on Friday, March 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bright Side Bookstore, 18 N San Francisco St. 

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Whisky Tasting and Irish toast at Riordan

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