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Fridays in the Park – The 29th Annual Friday in the Park concert series continues during the month of June at Word Park on Neville Street from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, weather-permitting. The June 7th Friday concert will feature music by Driftwood, a duo consisting of Darrell (Double D) Ramsey and David Hicks, performing a blend of folk, country, oldies and originals.  On June 14, Billy Payne will offer country music.  Karen’s Academy of Dance students will dance at the park on June 21, and youth performers Max Phillips, Rebecca New and Mia Grace Bailey will perform on June 28.  The Fridays in the Park series will continue thru August 30.

First Fridays at Five – In addition to the Fridays in the Park lunchtime series, Beckley Events Committee is planning an evening First Fridays at Five on June 7 from 5-7 pm at Word Park.  The June First Fridays will feature music by the Untrained Professionals (Chris Huddle and Clinton Scott) who perform a variety of popular music.  Food, other vendors and pop-up shops are invited to participate, call 304-256-1776 to request a spot.  First Fridays will also happen on July 5 with music by Randy Gilkey and on August 2 with Chloe Florence and Bryce Painter. “We have had requests to offer Fridays in the Park during the evening, so we are going to give it a try and encourage residents to stop by after work to enjoy free concerts,” says Jill Moorefield of Beckley Events.

The June Full Moon Group Walk / Bicycle Ride on McManus Trail is scheduled for Monday, June 17 – If interested in joining Active SWV on the walk/ride, meet at the 3rd Ave parking lot at 8:30 pm.  Also, a Walk with the Mayor and Ward 1 City Council member Tom Sopher is scheduled for Friday, June 14 at 5:30 pm beginning at Crescent Elementary School.

Youth Museum and Exhibition Mine – A new exhibit, Storyland: A Trip through Childhood will open at the Youth Museum the middle of June.  The museum will offer Art Camp on June 17-21 with painting, pottery, music, mosaics and more ($110 members, $120 non-members, pre-registration and payment required).  The Exhibition Mine complex will celebrate West Virginia Day with special activities on June 20.

BEX Arts Week –  This new festival is being organized through the collaboration of many local arts and entertainment groups.  Nearly 40 different events spanning over nine days are being planned by various businesses and organizations such as The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre, Theatre WV, the Youth Museum, Academy of Creative Arts, Raleigh County Library, Beckley Underground, Convention Center and others. Some of the new activities include an art scavenger hunt, art exhibitions, a film festival, concerts and jam sessions, theatre camp, bead-making, art projected on buildings, architecture tour and camera obscura rooms, an oddities and curiosities fair, and a walking tour of local monuments, murals and public art.  Add in several already-scheduled events such as Theatre WV’s Annie, Raleigh County Convention Center’s WV Food and Craft Beverage event, Fridays in the Park, Academy of Creative Arts theatre camp and recital, Beckley’s Motorcycle and Car Show, History Alive at Wildwood, and the Rubber Soul Beatles Tribute Show Theatre WV fundraiser, to complete a full week of exciting activities. A committee led by Shane Pierce (The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre), Christine Kinder (Community Development), Jared Kaplan (Raveka) and Saja Montague (Beckley Camera Club) have coordinated the scheduling of the week’s events.  Follow BEX 2019 on Facebook for more event details.

Beckley’s Annual June Motorcycle and Car Show – will be held on Saturday, June 29, from 5-8 pm along Main and Heber Streets in downtown Beckley.  Attendees can enjoy a free concert by Matt Jones and the Road along with family activities. Vehicle registration for the show will be from 5-6 pm – the $10 vehicle registration fee enables owners to be eligible for awards and prizes. The show is being held in conjunction with the new BEX Arts Week, which will offer art maker vendor spaces along Neville Street and in the Underground.  Other activities include a mass Bob Ross painting event at Shoemaker Square from 3-5 pm, and the Youth Museum’s pottery wheel at the square from 5-8 pm. Plus, an up-and-coming musician showcase is being planned at Word Park from 5:30 – 7:00 pm for youth artists.

Wildwood House – The Raleigh County Historical Society and West Virginia Humanities present History Alive with a portrayal of Mark Twain, American Humorist/Author, on June 30 at 2 pm.

For more information about city events and activities, visit the City’s webpage www.beckley.org or Facebook page.

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