Lit for the fourth | Culture & Leisure

Jhis column for the week includes our nation’s birthday, so there’s certainly no shortage of things to do in our reading area. I know a lot of people are going on vacation this week, but on the other hand, a lot of us also have company coming to visit. This article can serve as your “date” so you can show this company how we celebrate here in southern West Virginia.

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ACE Adventure Water Park will put more than fireworks in the air this Independence Day weekend. On Saturday July 2, you are all invited to their 11th Annual Big Air Blob Contest. From 4-7 p.m., teams of two will compete for the most outrageous blob of the day. If you are unaware of the blob, this is your chance to learn. I was asked to be one of the judges myself, grading the contestants on shape, size, or just plain crazy, so come show us what you’ve got. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners, and you can find out more at aceraft.com/blob.

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The New River Gorge Outpost will celebrate the holiday weekend in style on Sunday, July 3. Company of Three Blues starts the evening by going on stage at 4:30 p.m., followed by Thread from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. You won’t have to worry about going hungry anymore with food trucks like Thai country and Barbecue Sassy Pig on the site. You can also visit one of the many vendors there and then get a massage from Wandering Waters Healing Massage. The outpost is located at 843 Fayette Station Roaddoors open at 3:30 p.m. and promise an evening of fun, community and love.

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We can’t talk about Indiawaiting day without remembering the legendary bash Alderson tends to throw. Monday July 4 starts this year with an impressive parade at 10:30 a.m. The rest of the day is filled with things to see and do, including field events, races of all kinds and tug of war . There is even a auto showroom from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Former Greenbrier Baptist Church. VM Inflatables will have their bouncehouse set up until 9 p.m., and live music by The Hillbilly Road at 7:30 p.m. And of course, the spectacular fireworks display at 10 p.m. will end this beautiful day.

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Charlie’s Pub in Fayetteville redouble their efforts this weekend as Friday July 1 also marks their 34th birthday party. dinosaur burps will take the stage at 5 p.m., followed by duck town music. If the music isn’t enough for you, the food for this event will be prepared by the one and only susan jonesso put this one on your “to do” list.

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Since Fourth of July also falls on the first Monday of the month, The Gaines estate in Fayetteville will hold Monday market. From 4-8 p.m., they’ll feature some of the area’s best food trucks, fresh produce vendors, artisans, and more. The Monday market also features local musicians. If you are interested in details or are a vendor at this event, you can email mariahleeharrison@gmail.com for more details.

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Each week I try to include at least one truly unique event, and I think I found it in Charleston on Saturday July 2nd. The very first Regatta Rewind will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the new Slack Plaza in the city center. This is a free event where local musicians will perform all your favorite 90s tunes. From the Beastie Boys to the Boyz II Men, you’ll hear it all on this night. There will also be water pong and plenty of 90s games to play. Charleston invites you to put on your Jams shorts, grab a lawn chair and experience their version of the MTV Beach House for all your nostalgic 90s happiness.

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If you’re not into all the big Independence Day celebrations, there are still plenty of local venues doing their thing for you this week. On Friday July 1, you can enjoy an evening with Lily Comer to Weathered Earth Brewery in Cool Ridge from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Every Thursday all summer is Bike night at Calacino in Beckleybut this Thursday, June 30 will be even bigger than usual. Special Guests and Sponsors of Cole Harley-Davidson will be there to offer door prizes and free merchandise. There will be a cornhole tournament, a 50/50 raffle, and Clinton Scott on stage from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You don’t need a bike to have fun or win prizes, and it’s a free event.

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The Ax Hole at Beckley celebrates its first birthday this weekend with a DJ Dance Party. Friday, July 1, DJ iron ring the party starts at 8 p.m. with dance music and black light ax throwing. There will also be chances to throw axes at balloons for prizes. Twenty participants will win free concession items, five people will win a free ax throwing session, and one person will even win a free ax throwing for a year. It’s $50 to rent a lane, or just five dollars to come and enjoy the A dancing parties. You can make your reservation on axeholebeckley.com.

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I fell into the Sophisticated dog in Princeton this week for lunch. I’ve heard many good things about Philly Cheese Steak there, so I walked in intending to order one. That was until I saw the Donegal, and my dreams of Philadelphia faded away. The Donegal has chili cheese, spicy jalapeno jelly, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on toasted sourdough bread. I’m not kidding when I tell you this was one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a long time. It was certainly different from most other sandwiches with a wonderful texture, but hard to describe. They weren’t afraid to load it up and I loved how the jelly and chili held it all together. Look at the photo I took of it for you, but remember that I ordered mine without lettuce or tomato. Stop by the Sophisticated Hound at 833 Mercer Street, where the atmosphere and the beer are as good as the food.

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If you would like to see an upcoming event covered here, just email me at events@register-herald.com.

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