Historic Downtown Lewisburg celebrates First Fridays after Five and the Kick-Off of The Lewisburg Literary Festival on Friday, August 7th! Join the summer fun in downtown Lewisburg with live music, literary events and tasty treats …. all free to the public. Everyone is welcome!
Begin the evening with a visit to the Literary Town Square at the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center, featuring a meet and greet with West Virginia authors & regional publishers.
To fine tune your memoir writing skills, join in on a Writing Workshop by author Cat Pleska at the Visitors Center from 4pm to 5pm. At 5:30pm Horror Author Brian Keene will be giving a reading followed by a a period at the Lewis Theater. At the same time, Children’s Author S.D. Smith will give a program aimed at young readers at the Greenbrier County Public Library. For fans of The Help by Kathryn Stockett, enjoy a free showing of The Help at 7pm at the Lewis Theater.
Throughout the evening, stop by the Greenspace for a cool interactive art piece. “If I kept 1 book, which would it be?” Pick up a piece of chalk and write it on a giant chalkboard. Jim Snyder and Marcel Lazare are also performing here with their creative guitar and percussion arrangements of music from a variety of genres – singer songwriter, folk rock and tropical rock.
The North House Museum hosts “Writing Dime Novels”. Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller, who lived at The Cedars in Alderson, will speak about how she became a famous author of Dime Novels. This presentation begins at 4pm. Also, stop by to see the exhibit of vintage typewriters.
Wolf Creek Gallery is offering free face-painted moustaches. Choose a moustache in literature, such as Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman or other famous authors and make it yours.
Harmony Ridge Gallery highlights book cover art. They will be showing reproductions of the works of Peter Mendelsund, who is a much-sought-after book cover designer and art director. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, collections of Joyce, Kafka, Dostoevsky, Tom McCarthy and many more books are adorned with his jacket designs. Drop by to see the visual side of great literary works.
The Visitors Center presents “Poetry Inspired Art”, featuring a collection of poems and paintings by The Greenbrier Artists.
Bella will showcase the last of the summer white wines by sampling staff favorites and a few new gourmet goodies, too. Stop by for a taste or two!
Plants Etc. will host Robert Wilson on clarinet with blues, folk, and modern music.
The Front Porch is hosting a show for Paul Robinson Fine Art. Come join in the festivities, and have a glass of champagne and some refreshments. They again are donating 10% of Friday evening’s proceeds to Lewisburg Family Refuge Center.
Patina hosts a trunk show for Premier Designs Jewelry by Melanie Austin along with complimentary refreshments.
At the Visitors Center, music for the evening will be provided by local musicians Robin and Doug, a cello and guitar duo. Enjoy their eclectic mix of country, blues, folk, bluegrass, Americana, and originals. Also, be sure to view the exhibit of Homer Laughlin dinnerware and Fiesta on loan to the Visitors Center by the WV Division of Culture and History.
Other events downtown include Story-Time at Love Child and samples of the wildly fun game Spot It! At 6pm Love Child will announce the winner of the Lewisburg Food Locker Raffle Basket, worth over $750 and 100% of the proceeds go the Lewisburg food locker! Stop by for a ticket to win!
Stop by The Pepper Shed and tickle your palette with meatballs in a savory Dark Hollow BBQ Sauce. In addition, you will not want to miss one of their specialty dips served with pretzels. For every $50 sold, a free hot sauce is yours to take home!
General Lewis Inn will have mini mint julep samples and mint chocolate chip cookies, come and enjoy!
At the Irish Pub visiting Celtic musician Justin Murphy will play, followed by Rivertown Gypsies, who will entertain with a mixture of classic covers and original songs. Stop in for a pint and a listen.
A dramatic horror reading at the Old Stone Cemetery takes place at 9:15pm. Local actors Eric Fritzius and Devin Preston will perform a play adaptation of “…to a Flame” a short horror/humor story involving West Virginia’s legendary Mothman.
Starting around 9pm, the Sweet Shoppe will host the Old School Abbey Reunion. (pictured above) Genre: rock/acoustic/americana. “The way rock should be… unpolished and bustling with energy!”
At 10pm, The Asylum hosts the Hunter S. Thompson look-a-like contest. Registration is at 9:30pm and the contest takes place at 10. While there, enjoy the Flying Dog Tap Take-over!
– First Friday Press Release.
HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.