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OWelcome to another eventful column, and believe me, I think I found a bit of everything this week.

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Saturday May 14 marks the second edition Bill Withers Memorial Festival at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway at 501 Neville Street. The fun begins at noon when the How Great You Art Theater Group takes the stage.

Here is the full schedule of musical numbers: The carpenter ants show at 1 p.m., followed by Lords of Lester at 2 o’clock in the afternoon Drew Laurent plays at 2:30 p.m., then Matt Mullins and chess start jamming at 3 p.m.

You’d think it would be a full day, but you’d be wrong, as the rest of the evening will feature Scott T. Smith at 4:30 p.m., the Parachute Brigade at 5:30 p.m., 3cold at 6:30 p.m., and Aristotle Jones at 7:30 p.m.

You won’t go hungry this year with El Mariachi, Tea time and Treat events all serving food and other refreshments throughout the day. Festival t-shirts will also be available and other vendors will be set up.

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Always on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it’s the long-awaited 83rd Ramson Ramp Festival Party at the very recently renovated Richwood Community Center. This $20 dinner will include ramps, potatoes, brown beans, cornbread, ham, bacon, desserts, Sassafras de Gub tea (also available for purchase) and cold drinks.

If ramps aren’t your thing, there will be plenty of other amazing food choices, and this year will also feature a take-out option as well as indoor seating.

This event is so much more than just ramps and has something for just about everyone. Enjoy the talented local Appalachian music as you watch the unique arts and crafts show, where many local artisans will showcase their work. There will also be many vendors and shops along Main Street. For more information on dining and lodging in the area, or retail space, visit richwoodchamberofcommerce.org.

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Yes blue field is more your favorite ground this weekend, the Madness in the Mountain Car Show amounts to Bowen Field Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded around 3 p.m., and there will be more than two dozen categories this year. From low riders to lift kits, and everything in between, you’re sure to see it all here. This show attracts some of the finest rides on the east coast.

Spectators get in for free and it’s $20 to register your ride. There will be multiple food vendors, car vendors, clothing vendors, a bouncy house, and even face paint for the kids.

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the Children’s Home Society of WV in Daniels to his Founders Open Day Friday, May 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be games, food, drinks, and you can even peek into their emergency shelter. This is a community event that gives you the opportunity to see what these people are really up to and get a glimpse of their future. The emergency shelter for exceptional young people provides respite care for young people with disabilities and their families. West Virginia residents ages 7-18 with an IQ below 70 are eligible for placement, and this open house is a great way for you to become more aware and involved in your community.

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On Wednesday, May 18, two great local venues combine for a unique opportunity to dine and drink. The Weathered Earth Brewery will do a Tap Takeover at Georges’ Taps & Italian Grill to Beaver. Alex Georgesthe owner, tells me they will be celebrating their usual Wednesday night while the WGB takes over the beer taps from 6-8 p.m. Sam Fonda, owner of the WGB, said several beers will be on tap for this event, along with giveaways like koozies, stickers and even a gift basket. Besides delicious smoked wings, the full menu will be available at Georges for this event.

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Now let’s talk about the local music scene. There’s a lot to choose from this week, and the only hard part will be deciding where to go. I will start with At Jimmie’s at 727 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley. They have one old school reunion Saturday afternoon event, featuring Brett McDaniel on vocals/guitar and David Wadell on the keyboard. Mac and Dave hit the stage at 1 p.m., so you can get your music fix earlier with this one.

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Calacino’s is still a weekend destination for live music, as they have a reserved number every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. This Friday, May 13 brings Makenzie Phipps on stage, and on Saturday May 14, it’s The gang of 2 Broke.

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Randy Gilkey will play The Mad Hatter’s Club Thursday, May 12, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Most of you have probably seen Randy play over the years, but if you haven’t, get out there and do it. I can’t stress enough how talented he is and how absolutely fun his show is to watch. I’m not sure there’s a song Randy doesn’t know, so have him do one of your favorites for you while you’re at it.

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In Fayetteville, Jeremy Hatfield will play their first concert at South Junction Tap House Thursday, May 12. He specializes in folk rock with a post rock edge, and he takes the stage there at 7:30 p.m.

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Still in Fayetteville, Colby Elswick will play Wing Night at Chetty’s Pub Monday, May 16. Colby is the founding member of Nice thieves who have been performing in venues large and small for nine years.

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