Saturday, May 16: Share the Love Festival

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On Saturday, May 16th, 2015 bring the whole family to Lewisburg, WV for Share the Love Fest! From 10am-7pm, we will celebrate unchained and independent Lewisburg by shopping, eating, and enjoying all things local. Not only there will be lots of things to do throughout the day, but this is a great opportunity to find the perfect gift for graduation, Father’s Day, and summer! Whatever you decide to do this day, remember to take a pic of your eats, drinks, goods and/or the local street scene. In your photos, please hashtag #LoveLewisburg so we can reminisce and share this celebrated day. This festival will show that we support and appreciate all of those who keep the doors open.

“When we shop local, we help small businesses grow and pay their employees a living wage.”

Festivities will kick off at 8am w/ the Fruity 5k Run/Walk on Church Street in downtown Lewisburg. This is an annual fundraiser for Communities in Schools. The course includes a combination of inclines that challenge and declines that reward. Progress is celebrated with doses of COLOR throughout and a COLOR blast at the finish line! This vibrant event celebrates being healthy and an active lifestyle for kids and families! Click here for more information.

After the race, the Greenbrier Artists and other independents will showcase and sell their work at “Artisan’s Row” on Church Street. This area is anticipated to be full with photographers, illustrators, crafters, painters, sculptors, etc. Artists must supply their own signs, tables, chairs, and other display equipment. Also, set up is first come, first serve. Registration is free this year. Fill out the registration form at LoveLewisburg.org to sign up! Mail the form to LBSPY P.O. Box 744 Lewisburg, WV 24901 or email it to info@lbspy.com.

Located near the airport, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company invites you to “Love the Animals” from 2-4pm with Greenbrier Humane Society. The Brewing Co. is also hosting a Devil Anse IPA Release Party until 9pm. $1 of every pint will be donated to the Greenbrier Humane Society. There will be live music, food truck and goodies! On the other end of town at Fritz Pharmacy, enjoy FREE hot dogs by Stuart’s Smokehouse from 11-2pm during Fritz’ annual customer appreciation day.

On Washington Street in downtown, kids will enjoy Face Painting by High Rocks all day and adults will love the complimentary Mid-Day Mimosas and surprise discounts at Sunflower Soul from 12-2pm. From 12-4pm, you’ll hear the sounds of aspiring and professional local musicians at the Greenspace. The Greenbrier Valley Winter Music Festival “Spring Edition” is sponsoring these performances. Cari Cohen will offer Tarot Card readings on Washington Street. Check out Troy’s Lemon Art Stand at the Greenspace where you can get a cup of lemonade in exchange for art! Art supplies will be provided. There will also be a “sidewalk sale” for any downtown retailer that would like to sell items outside. Take advantage of $1 off Smooth Ambler Spirits and Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company at the Irish Pub and stay for evening entertainment, as Patrick O’Flaherty plays at the Irish Pub and Matt Evans performs a Share the Love concert at the Sweet Shoppe at 9pm!

Don’t miss Share the Love Fest! You will connect and engage with community members, as this event is all about bringing us together to share the love for our town and celebrate all things local to Lewisburg. Wear the love everyday with Share the Love Lewisburg T-shirts. They are available at Wolf Creek Gallery in downtown Lewisburg and sizes include men, women, and kids! This event was inspired by cities and towns across the United States who are taking it upon themselves to love local. Some cities worth mention are Asheville, NC., San Francisco, CA., and Bridgeport, CT. For more information, or to be a sponsor, message us via LoveLewisburg.org/Contact or email info@lbspy.com. Stay updated at facebook.com/ShareTheLoveFest. We appreciate your support!

– Share the Love Fest is an LBSPY.com Festival. Pictured above (left to right): Siobhan Winters w/ Love Child, Christina Entenmann w/ LBSPY, Deva Wagner w/ Wolf Creek Gallery, and Marley Patterson.

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