SOLOMONS SAMPLER

Area restaurants offer samples during Taste of Solomons, sponsored by the Solomons Business Association. Stop for small tapas-style servings at Boomerang's Original Ribs, Bowen's Inn, the Captain's Table, Catamaran's Seafood & Steaks, CD Cafe, DiGiovanni's Dock of the Bay, Harbor Sounds, the Lighthouse Inn, Maryland Way Restaurant & Mallard's Cafe, the Naughty Gull Restaurant & Pub, Solomons Pier Restaurant, the Wharf and Woodburn's Market. The fare is mostly seafood -- exceptions can be found at Boomerang's (barbecue), Catamaran's (steak), CD Cafe (desserts) and Woodburn's Market (assorted treats). Tickets are available at participating restaurants. Complimentary shuttle service runs between restaurants and a designated free parking area in the open field across from the Calvert Marine Museum, Route 2/4, Solomons. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. $3 a person per restaurant. 410-394-6400.

SOUNDS OF IRELAND

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with an Irish show? Waterside 2003 features Irish Fire, the Irish music and dance combo of Dave Abe, Dominick Murray and Grace Griffith. The group has been performing in the mid-Atlantic region since 1997. 8 p.m. tomorrow. Calvert Marine Museum auditorium, Route 2/4, Solomons. $15; museum members, $13. 410-326-2042, Ext. 16 or 18.

THE LIFE OF BLY

Meg Kelly portrays America's first female investigative journalist in "Nellie Bly Takes On the World," with help from the audience, which will represent the many countries Nellie traveled. The popular reporter lived from 1864 to 1922 and interviewed the most sought-after heroes of her time when she wasn't revealing social injustices against women and children. Space is limited. 7 p.m. today. Prince Frederick Library, 30 Duke St. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Music and dance trio Irish Fire -- Dave Abe, left, Grace Griffith and Dominick Murray -- perform tomorrow at the Calvert Marine Museum.