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First Dublin at the Diamond celebration in Hagerstown a family hit

March 16, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Dawn Allison, left, and Jill Colbert listen to musicians from Evolution Rock School at Dublin at the Diamond held at Municipal Stadium Saturday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Zach Changuris of Hagerstown is half Greek and half Irish, but growing up, St. Patrick’s Day stuck out to him as the only day when his family recognized Irish traditions.

He took his memories of the holiday to Municipal Stadium on Saturday, starting the first Dublin at the Diamond, a celebration of the holiday and Irish culture.

“I’ve always been a big fan of St. Patrick’s Day, but I grew up in a very Greek household,” he said. “Three-hundred sixty-four days a year, we were all Greek all the time, but my mom was Irish.”

Changuris and his wife, Jennifer, were in charge of Saturday’s event. He said he hopes the celebration will become a trademark Hagerstown event — “just like Augustoberfest, but Irish.”

“We’d like to have it as an annual event, whether it actually can be held here at (Municipal) Stadium or possibly even blocking off part of downtown and doing it at the exact end of the (Run for Your Luck) 5K right on Potomac Street,” he said.

The celebration began at 11 a.m. and was scheduled to last until 8 p.m., and featured entertainment for youths and adults. Tickets were $5 in advance and $7 at the gate, with children 12 and younger admitted free.

There also was a VIP section, called the Benny’s Pub Experience, which was a heated tent for people 21 and older and included a souvenir stadium cup and a free beer. It cost $40 at the gate.

The entertainment included Irish step dancers, a local DJ, a pipe and drum corps from Rockville (Md.) High School and musicians from Evolution Rock School, Jennifer Changuris said.

“It is a family-friendly event,” she said.

Jen Sincevich, 35, of Hagerstown, showed up with her husband, Alex, 29; her son, Xander, 2; and her daughter, Triana, 5 months.

“We were really excited to have a chance to come out and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a bunch of our friends,” she said. “It’s so nice to be able to bring the kids.”

Alex Sincevich added that he was celebrating the one-eighth of him that is Irish.

The event was not exclusive to Hagerstown residents, though.

Aymee Frost drove from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., for the event and brought people who were Irish.

“I came out here to have some fun,” she said. “The music is pretty good. Hopefully, from now on, it’s not so cold.”

Frost added that she thinks she has “a little bit of Irish” in her. 

“Everybody’s got a bit of Irish in them on St. Patrick’s Day,” said Mark Keener, 51, of Chambersburg, Pa.

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