First Fridays after Five set for July 1

Historic downtown will Lewisburg celebrate First Fridays after Five on Friday, July 1st. Join the fun with live music, art events and more, all free to the public.
Spend some time relaxing at the City Greenspace for some live music by one of the area’s favorites, Jeanne Hoffman, also known as “Lewisburg’s Songbird.” Hoffman will be joined by veteran acoustic guitar player and vocalist, Jim Snyder, for an eclectic mix of traditional country, including songs by Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, to Folk/Country songs by the Carter Family and John Prine.
The General Lewis Inn will be serving free tastes of their original cocktail “WV Hurricane” in remembrance of the Derecho. (301 East Washington Street, 645-2600)
It’s an Italian Summertime Celebration Feast at Bella! Yes, the return of Cibo Divino’s Stefano will be here to share delicious new summer tastings.Bella will also be featuring Italian wines, too! Stop by for a sample and meet Stefano in case you missed him the first time! (1017 East Washington Street, 520-4921)
The Stardust Cafe invites you to a wine tasting with dinner. Reservations are recommended. (102 East Washington Street, 647-3663)
Plants Etc. hosts the stand-up comic, Jeff Russell, with stories, satires and music. Also possibly appearing will be Jeffrey Russell, Nashville recording artist, songwriter and musician. (102 South Jefferson Street, 645-6910)
“Turnings, New Works by Michael Cope” … An artist reception at Harmony Ridge Gallery for Local Wood Turner, Michael Cope, who presents his new collection of well over 50 wood turned bowls, vases and hollow forms. Stop by for the kick off celebration or see this amazing show at the gallery throughout the weekend. (209 West Washington Street, 645-4333)
Come up the hill on East Washington Street, while you visit The Front Porch. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne, while you peruse for ideas for July 4th! We will show you how to bring your picnic up a notch with our Hester & Cook Kitchen papers. A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit Lewisburg HospiceCare. (1146 East Washington Street, 645-4454)
Edith’s Store will be featuring “Pierre’s Pear Pairing.” For 30 years Pierre has been growing over 120 varieties of pears without chemicals on his orchard in Union, West Virginia and is the proprietor of West Virginia’s oldest hard cidery – “Outcider.” He will be offering three different styles of pear butter paired with assorted items from Edith’s specialty store. (114 East Washington Street, 645-7998)
Stop by the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center to celebrate the arrival of July with art, music and fun! Our July “Art in the Valley” display will feature the exquisite oil paintings of local artist Romney Collins. Come in to meet her and enjoy her show entitled “West Virginia Landscapes – A Journey in Oils.” Her works are in private and public collections and are displayed in galleries throughout the east coast. Strum Sum Band will provide toe-tapping musical entertainment for the evening. Representatives from Alderson’s 4th of July Celebration will also be on hand selling Rubber Ducky tickets. (200 W. Washington Street, 645-1000)
At The Irish Pub Celtic musician Patrick O’Flaherty will play traditional Irish music from 4-8:30 p.m., and then at 9 p.m. local duo Rivertown Gypsies will take the stage with their soulful mix of original songs and old favorites. (109 East Washington Street, 645-7386)
To round off the evening, The Asylum introduces their July cocktails and features the live music of Adam Taylor from 9 p.m. to midnight. (114 East Randolph Street, 681-318-3515)
First Fridays after Five takes place all year long in downtown Lewisburg with shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Lewisburg open until 9 p.m. serving complimentary refreshments and entertainment, sponsored by City National Bank.

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