Downtown Lewisburg celebrates First Fridays after Five on Friday, May 4! Join the fun, live music, art events and tasty treats, all free to the public. Everyone is welcome!
Enjoy an art exhibition and an art performance at Carnegie Hall! First, at 5 p.m, enjoy a reception for “Arts from the Ashes: The History of Carnegie Hall” on the second floor of the hall. Then stroll over to the Hamilton Auditorium for “The Craft of the Song” Showcase – Songwriters in the Round” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is a performance featuring local and regional songwriters (John Wyatt, Jeannie Hoffman, Bob DuCharme, Jim Wright, Theresa Winstead, Nancy Miller, Ali Johnston). Each participant will perform a song that they have written and tell a little back story about the writing process. 611 Church Street, 645-7917.
Stop by West Virginia Fine Artisans to see Jeanne Brenneman, a Lewisburg based artist, who will be demonstrating the use of watercolors and Donna Tolbert, also a Lewisburg based artist, who will be demonstrating her techniques using acrylics. Enjoy a glass of wine and watch two expert artists in action! 1042 Washington Street East, 667-0320.
The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center invites you to enjoy an evening of music and art! Kids of HeartStrings Academy will provide a delightful performance at 5:15 p.m, followed by outdoor “busking” in downtown Lewisburg, starting in the Green Space and then throughout downtown. Join us by celebrating these talented community kids! The Visitors Center May “Art in the Valley” shows will feature two local artists. Tenley Shewmake will exhibit a collection of fiber arts and kimono inspired clothing. Tenley, inspired by Japanese Boro, uses gifted, remnant and recycled fabric along with new to create garments that tell a story. Featured in the Art Alcove will be photographer, Carolyn Lehrke with her show titled “Life on Muddy Creek”. Carolyn’s show will include her photos of wildlife, flora, and scenery native to nearby Muddy Creek Mountain. Representatives from Communities in Schools, Relay for Life and the Ronceverte River Festival will also be in the center to talk about their organizations and upcoming events. Something for everyone awaits on this First Friday in May! 905 Washington Street West, 645-1000.
Edith’s Store will sample out local Jumpin’ Johnny’s delicious popcorn made with dairy free butter flavored organic coconut oil. It offers all the health benefits of coconut oil with the rich taste of butter. 1035 Washington Street East, 645-7998.
Bella celebrates moms everywhere, and mom will love this! Bella will be sampling AMBLE + CHASE Rose, a premium can wine sourced from sustainable growers in Provence, France – high quality and ready to go – the newest item from The Winebow Group’s portfolio of wines. Also, Bella will be pairing Stonewall Kitchen jams & jellies with cheeses… oh, it’ll be so good! And don’t forget to pick up some great recipes for the perfect Mother’s Day Brunch! 1017 Washington Street East, 520-4921.
Stop by Lee Street Studios for a gallery opening exhibiting the whimsical side of Jorn Lynae Mork and enjoy complimentary wine and live music by Don Steck. 232 Lee Street North, 681-318-3551.
At the Irish Pub, Lewisburg’s very own Celtic musician, Patrick O’Flaherty, will play Irish tunes from 4 to 8:30 p.m., and then local husband-wife musical duo, Rivertown Gypsies, will play some bluesy rock-a mix of original and cover songs–starting at 9 p.m. No cover charge. 1030 Washington Street East, 645-7386.
The Elk River Ramblers perform at The Asylum from 9 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy the May cocktail list. 399 Randolph Street East, 681-318-3515.
First Fridays after 5 takes place all year long, except January, in downtown Lewisburg with shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Lewisburg open until 8 p.m. serving complimentary refreshments and entertainment, sponsored by City National Bank. Downtown Lewisburg, America’s Coolest Small Town, is just 1 mile south of I-64 via exit 169. The town center is located at Washington Street (Rt. 60) and Jefferson Street (Rt. 219). For more information go to www.downtownlewisburg.com or become a fan on FaceBook.