Beckley’s Coffee & Tea Celebration, planned for Saturday, April 23, will offer a blend of coffee, tea, music, and activities from 11 am to 2:00 pm in downtown Beckley. In addition to coffee and tea tastings, the event will feature musicians – Jim Snyder, Verdeant, Kate Lett, JC Square and Beckley Art Center students. Emily Pritchard will be crowned Miss Rhododendron Festival during the event. Attendees can also enjoy activities such as Refit dancing, chalk art, face painting, cornhole, and a history walk.
The event is hosted by Beckley Events and local coffee and tea vendors. Coffee and tea participants who have confirmed participating so far include Beckley Blend, Chocolate Moose, Coal Bucket Coffee, Coffee on Main, Hebrews, Hilltop Coffee, Historic Black Knight, McDonald’s with Beckley PD (Coffee with a Cop), Moon Struck Maple, Raleigh County Community Action, and Tea Time. Some other booths may include AAA Travel (gift basket), Girl Scouts (Girl Scout cookie inspired cupcakes & lemonade), Holy O’s, Wills Beekeeping & Brewing, The Lunch Wagon, Missy’s Bumbler Bee (desserts), Beckley Woman’s Club (face painting), Beckley Art Center, PCWA (Earth Day clean-up supply return), and Raleigh County Prevention Coalition (Word Park). The event booths will be set up on the block of Neville Street from Woodlawn Avenue to Heber Street, as well as, along Heber, and the courthouse block of Main Street, along with inside of Coffee on Main.
A limited supply of advance tickets for the tastings will be sold at the Youth Museum and United Bank (Main Street) during the week of the event. Tickets ($5 for 5 sample tickets) will also be sold during the event at a ticket booth. For more information, visit the Beckley Events page on the City’s website, or Beckley Events’ Facebook event page, or call 304-256-1776.
Schedule of Activities (see * at end = entertainers’ bios):
Deck by Cardinal Sculpture: 11:00 – 12:00 – Music by Jim Snyder
12:00 – Crowning of Miss Rhododendron Festival Queen Emily Pritchard
12:30 – 1:30 – Music by Verdeant – Chloe Florence & Bryce Painter
Neville Street – near Woodlawn: 12:05 – 1:00 – Beckley Art Center students – Max Phillips, Morgan Blake & John Moore
1:30 – History Walk with Scott Worley (begins in front of The Raleigh Theatre)
Main Street (near courthouse): 11:00-11:30 – Music by Kate Lett
12:30 -1:30 – Music by JC Square
Heber Street – Federal Plaza – 12:15-12:30 – Refit dance demonstration – public invited to join
Other activities: Cornhole, Face-painting, Chalk Art, Coloring, PCWA booth for returning the Earth Day clean-up supplies; Raleigh County Prevention Coalition at Word Park
*Entertainment info/bios – performers at Beckley’s Coffee and Tea Celebration on April 23:
Jim Snyder is an indie music pro, a teacher and director of the WV Winter Music Festival. He performs classic singer songwriter favorites and soon to be favorites drawing from folk and classic rock, with a splash of rhythm and blues.
Verdeant Band – Chloe Florence Painter has been performing from a young age for audiences in and around the area that include, to name a few, the WV State Fair, Tamarack, Beckley’s Chili Night, and Charleston’s FestivALL. She has collaborated with many talented musicians including her older brother, singer and percussionist, Bryce Painter. The duo blends their voices with an energetic combo of keyboard and drums.
Kate Lett is a 21-year-old who enjoys performing Indie-style music. She is a Manager in Training at Journeys in the Crossroads Mall.
JC Square consists of John Covey Cole and Jason Brown. The duo performs many different music styles, including but not limited to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Coolio, Metallica, CCR and Meghan Trainer. You never know what they might play next.
Beckley Art Center musical collaboration students – Max Phillips, Morgan Blake, & John Moore
Refit will demonstrate and encourage the crowd to join them in their dance exercise routine at 12:15 pm – a great way to burn off the caffeine energy from drinking coffee and tea.
Please plan to join us on Saturday, April 23 from 11 am to 2 pm!