TRIVIA, BANDS AND GRUB | Culture & Leisure

Welcome to another Thursday column filled with big events. As usual, I found something for just about everyone this week. I’m going to make it easy for you this week, so buckle up.

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Thursday, May 26 – This Thursday and every Thursday, it’s Beer, Burger, Bourbon & Blues Night at Southside Junction in Fayetteville. Just $20 buys you one of their famous Thic N Juicy burgers, a Freefolk beer, and a pour of Smooth Ambler Bourbon. Blues music in the air complements a great atmosphere, and some weeks even feature live bands, so check their Facebook for a schedule.

Foster’s Main Street Tavern also planned an interesting evening. If you’re a fan of the TV series Friends, you can come and show off everything you really know about it at Friends Trivia Night. The game is free and there will be many prizes to be won. Yours truly will be playing music all evening, there will be drink specials and teams of five are welcome to come and participate. Doors and kitchen open at 5 p.m. and quizzes start at 7 p.m. Reserve a table early, dress up as your favorite character if you wish, and register your team before there’s no more room.

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Friday, May 27 – Need a break from the stress of everyday life? If so, New River Yoga in Fayetteville has exactly what you need. They invite you to attend the Sound Bath Experience with special out-of-town guest, Greg Burns of Metta Vibrations. It can be a deeply meditative and relaxing experience, as well as very transformational. This session will begin at 7 p.m. and will incorporate the soothing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, symphonic gong, chimes and more.

New River Yoga is located at 128 Court Street and tickets are $25 to attend this 1.5 hour class. No prior experience is required and you can register at mettvibrations.com. Feel free to bring a chair, blanket, or anything of that nature to help you feel comfortable. Before concluding the session, you will have time to ground yourself, reflect and ask questions about the experience.

Meet at Adventures On The Gorge also planned an interesting evening. They organize a Blacklight Art Show and a Dance Party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with DJ Quortz. Charleston artists from the Hole in the Wall Studio will be painting live during the party, so it will be a real treat. AOTG is located just across the bridge in Lansing at 219 Co Rte 60/5.

If you are in Fayetteville, Friday would be a good night to check out the Southside Junction Taphouse. Doors open at 4 p.m. and Archibald Johnson takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Beckley is never without live music on a Friday, because Calacino always has a show booked. This week it’s the Untrained Professionals, and you may have heard of them here. Book a table early and find out for yourself why these guys are packing their shows.

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Saturday May 28 – Does summer make you crave some of our beautiful outdoor scenery? Saturday should be the perfect day to get your fix, with the Wonderland Mountain Challenge taking place at the ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill. Choose from a half marathon, 10k run, eight kilometer walk, or just come and watch. These distinctive routes will take runners through the New River Gorge, past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mine entrances. Personalized race medals will be awarded, along with cash prizes to the top finishers.

The five-acre water park will be open, complete with inflatables, and there will be camping if you want to make a weekend of it. ACE offers white water rafting, zip lines, a burrito bar, water slides and so much more for me to list. Registration for the race begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. Registration fees range from $35 to $45 and you can contact ACE to register.

If running and hiking aren’t your thing, Burning Rock in Sophia has an entirely different outdoor experience planned for Saturday. They will organize their Moonlight Night Ride for off-road fans. The entry fee is only $10 and they require your ride to be lined up at the general store by 7 p.m. The plan is to get attendees to a beautiful vantage point for the sunset and return around 9:30 p.m. for full details at 304-683-9242.

Lansing Gorge Adventures is back on Saturday as well. The Boatmen will take the stage at Rendezvous from 8-11 p.m., and these guys put on a fantastic show.

Calacino’s will still be in the Saturday mix, and this week it will be with the Cheat River Band from 8-10 p.m. I always feel like I’m out of town when these guys play, but I’ve seen videos and heard only good things. Go see them and send me an e-mail to tell me what you think.

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Sunday May 29 – The Weathered Ground Brewery has a rare show scheduled from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Cool Ridge. Archie and Drew of the Kind Thieves will take the stage, and there’s no way these two can disappoint. The WGB is always a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon, and this show is sure to be no exception.

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Monday, May 30 – Every Monday is wing night at Chetty’s Pub in Lansing, and this Memorial Day Monday will be no exception. If you’re looking for something to unwind your busy vacation, the food is great, the views are breathtaking, and Shawn Benfield takes the stage at 7 p.m. Shawn hails from the hills of WV, drawing influence from all eras of music. He told me he blends his own pop sensibilities with classic country to create a unique sound that you might find distinct yet familiar. Shawn has released two EPs since 2020 and has big shows coming up at venues like the Huntington Music & Arts Festival, Ohio River Revival and Festival of the Mews. But Chetty’s gives us the chance to see it here close to home.

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So there you have it, as advertised, something for everyone. From black lights to black beans to burrito bars, you should have no trouble keeping yourself entertained. To invite me to try something special on your menu or to let me know about an event, email me at [email protected]

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Friday May 20

The Greenbrier Valley Theater will open its 2022 Mainstage season with “Silent Sky.” Written in 2015 by Lauren Gunderson, it tells the story of real-life astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and the work she and a group of female colleagues did mapping the night sky while working at Harvard Observatory. The show blends humor, wit and human emotion as it explores the struggles of women who entered the world of science in the early 1900s. For more ticket information, visit www.gvtheatre.org or call the box office at 304-645-3838.

Monday May 23

The New River Youth Symphony & Chorus Spring Concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Temple in Beckley with music from the New River Emerging Strings, Youth Chorus and Youth Symphony. The concert will be broadcast live. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Wednesday, June 1

The Oceana Public Library hosts a story hour each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon for preschoolers ages three to five; two-year-olds are welcome to sit and listen. The free program includes books to read aloud, silly songs, games, crafts, parties, among other activities. For more information or to register a child, visit the library or call 304-682-6784.

Saturday June 4

The 11th annual White Oak Rail Trail Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the White Oak Rail Trail in Oak Hill (101 Virginia Street, Oak Hill). For more information, visit the exhibition events page on Facebook.

The Metropolitan Opera series will return for another season at the Greenbrier Valley Theater in 2022. This riveting contemporary masterpiece of Hamlet appears live in cinemas, with Neil Armfield, who helmed the work’s premiere, bringing his acclaimed direction at the Met. Presentation at 12:55 p.m.

Saturday June 11

The Lewisburg Home and Garden Tour will include 12 stops through Lewisburg and White Sulfur Springs. Tickets are $25 and will be available in advance from the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau, North House Museum, General Lewis Inn, White Sulfur Springs City Hall, and club members. of gardening. The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets will be available the same day at each of the houses featured. After the tour, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., complimentary tea and cookies will be available at the General Lewis Inn in Lewisburg. All proceeds from the tour will benefit civic projects at the Bluebell Garden Club, Greenbrier Gardeners, Lewisburg House & Garden Club, Old White Garden Club and Savannah Garden Club.