Getting a jump on St. Patrick’s Day are the folks over on Fox Island, where the community center renovation is being helped along this weekend by a fundraising concert by Magical Strings.
Begun in 1978 by Olalla’s Philip and Pam Boulding, Magical Strings has grown to include many of the Boulding family playing Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, concertina, accordion and whistles, many instruments made by Boulding himself. They’ve played on “A Prairie Home Companion” and recorded 18 albums on four labels. Appearing with them this time will be dancers from the Tara Academy of Irish Dance.
The Bouldings will also share new compositions and stories inspired by journeys to Ireland and beyond, including works by 17th century Irish harpe Turlough O’Carolan.
Forty per cent of the proceeds will go to help renovate the Fox Island Community Center.
3 p.m. March 10. $15 adults/free for 12 and under. Fox Island Nichols Community Center, 690 9th Ave., Fox Island. www.ficra.org