Holiday weekend at the rendezvous | Culture & Leisure
IIt’s unofficial, and you won’t find it on your calendars, but I’m calling this Labor Day weekend “craft beer season” here in our reading area. If you missed the Craft Beer Festival last week in Daniel Vineyardsdon’t worry because you still have a few opportunities to celebrate this popular and ever-growing industry.
Let’s start with The Lost Paddle at ACE Adventures in Oak Hill. On Saturday September 3, they host the WV Craft Brewery Showcase. You are invited to enjoy a drink and take a tasting tour of some of West Virginia’s best breweries.
Tickets are $40 at the door or $30 in advance and include a commemorative glass, five tastings, and great live music on deck all day. Whiskey & Wine starts the music at 2 p.m., followed by Long Point String Band, Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns and The Company Stores.
If you end up having a few more “tastes” than originally planned, ACE has plenty of cabins and campsites available for the night.
While you’re there, you can also enjoy the water park, zip lines and, of course, the delicious food. The Lost Paddle is located at 1 Concha Road, and the festivities start at 1 p.m.
Sunday September 4 gives you another chance to try some great local craft beer. The Great Beckley Beer Festival 3 takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Beckley Intermodal Footbridge. It’s a chic urban talk for the parking lot.
They will have over 60 different beers from around the world, and many from here in the Mountain State. There will also be vendors of all kinds to visit, including artists, artisans, food, and all things local. This is a family event, so there will also be activities for children.
You can’t have a festival without live music, and it will happen all day with Boxer Alabaster Casino Pinkand Shelem. The $40 ticket for this event will give you more beer options than you probably need, and they even have a $10 designated driver option for those who just want to visit the vendors and see the live music. direct. This event is brought to you by VM Collective and their partners, who have been instrumental in bringing performing arts and live entertainment to our reading space, so please come out and show your support. Don’t forget to ask for VIP access to meet radio celebrities Lola and the Snowman.
Now let’s talk about some of the dinner and live music options on friday september 2and some of the places where you can start your vacation weekend.
From Beckley, The Southern Three play at mad hatter club. They will be there on stage playing classic country music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Also on Friday, Rendezvous River Lodge in Lansing kicks off Labor Day weekend with The nice thieveson stage from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. This is a free show, and in keeping with our theme this week, you can also find several local craft beers on tap here.
Verdant play in Fayetteville to Southside Junction faucets at 7:30 p.m. The group describes itself as a folk-rock group with solo piano music, filled with thoughtful lyrics.
The menu here is amazing, and they have many unique craft beer options as well.
Back to Beckley, Calacino’s will step up their Friday night with The best of times live on stage. From classic rock to country and blues, TBOT covers classic tunes we all love, plus some of today’s hits. Calacino’s has added a new smokehouse to its kitchen, and it’s pork shoulder with a choice of several sides on the menu for this event.
Now for dinner and music choices for Saturday September 3.
Appointment is back with Friendly fire live from 8pm to 11pm Friendly Fire is a melodic pop-rock band from Huntington, and they invite you to spend part of your long weekend with them.
Calacino to Beckley never let you down on a Saturday, and this week the Makenzie Phipps Group is featured.
Pub Maloney in Summersville will have Ryan Smith on stage Saturday. Smith is a bluegrass singer from Fayetteville, and you can catch him from 7-9 p.m. If you go there, take a look at their Colosseum Sandwich. It’s hand-sliced rib eye, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and melted provolone cheese, on a grilled hoagie.
I know you think the Colosseum is just a Philly cheesesteak in disguise, but believe me, this one stands out in a crowd.
by Maloney is located at 603 Church Street and plans to be open seven days a week starting this weekend.
From Friday September 2 to Monday September 5the city of Pineville holds its famous Labor Day. This tradition has been going on for over 60 years and it all starts on Friday evening. JB Inflatables will have water slides, bouncy houses and more for the kids from 4-9 p.m. They will also remain open until Monday for you to enjoy throughout the celebration.
There will be food and craft vendors of all kinds set up Saturday through Monday, as well as cornhole tournaments, live music and even movies in the evenings. Some of the food vendors set up will be Tropical Sno, Harvest Moon Kettle Works, Uncle Brother’s BBQ, Francie’s Sweets, and others. We encourage you to bring your own chair so you can stay and enjoy all of this and more.
The musical lineup for this event is quite impressive. Saturday, the blue ray band plays from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays, you can attend the Oceana Church of God Worship Team from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and Great Planet from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Shawn Benfield takes the stage from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by Lilly Comer from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Pineville Fire Department invites you to stay after Monday night music to see the fireworks display they have planned to cap off this weekend.
On Monday, September 5, the Gaines estate in Fayetteville will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday market. Come visit some of the area’s best food trucks, plus produce vendors, artisans, and even live music. The Gaines Estate is located at 225 W. Maple Ave. just behind Pies and pints. For more details, or if you would like to be a supplier, you can email them to [email protected]
At Jimmie’s in Beckley wants to do its part to keep comedy alive in our region. On Thursday, September 1, they invite you to come and try your equipment on stage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stage fright? That’s OK, invite your friends over and see what kind of talent comes up.
Enjoy your long weekend, and if you’re visiting any of the unofficial “craft beer season” events mentioned here, let me remind you to drink responsibly.
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