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Behind the design- Q & A with Sarah Vernon

29 Jul pocket

Sarah Vernon is a student at Virginia Tech in the Visual Communication Design program and comes from Marion Virginia. We asked Sarah to tell us a little bit about herself and how she came up with the design for the 2012 Steppin’ Out  t-shirt.

Q: How did you hear about the competition?

A: One of my professors, Meaghan Dee, used the t-shirt design competition as an extra credit assignment.

Q: What inspired your design?

A: I was sitting in front of Henderson and started to sketch and I think that the Lyric is a well-known part of downtown Blacksburg so I used that street in my sketches of possible t-shirt design and ended up using that in my final drawing. The green frog I used in my design was inspired by my mom because her favorite color is green and frogs are one of her favorite animals.

Q: Have you ever attended Steppin’ Out before? Will you be attending this year?

A: I have attended Steppin’ Out for the past three years but unfortunately will not be able to attend this year.

Q: When do you graduate?

A: I will graduate in Spring 2013.

Q: Anything else you would like us to know?

A: I have been drawing and creating things for as long as I can remember. My whole family is artistic. When we were little my mom let us watch Pappy Land which is a children’s show about drawing and creating art. Art is my passion. I love animals I have a cat named Kitty and a dog named Lola.

Steppin’ Out t-shirts are a fundraiser for Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and the proceeds go directly into helping to pay for the festival entertainment each year. The Steppin’ Out t-shirt has become a collectors item and each year the t-shirt is ordered from  several countries worldwide in addition to being sold in downtown Blacksburg before, during and after the festival.

2012 sees the 32nd annual Steppin’ Out and will include 230 arts and crafts vendors, over 40 downtown stores and restaurants on the the streets and three stages of live entertainment. For the first time ever there will be extended stage time on Friday August 3rd featuring a late night Zydeco Party with Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience until 11pm.

 For more details about Steppin’ Out 2012 please visit our website: http://blacksburgsteppinout.com/index.shtml

Interested in submitting a design for the 2013 Steppin’ Out t-shirt?A $500 prize will be awarded to the winning designer. Details of the contest will be announced by September 1 on  www.downtownblacksburg.com.

 

Girls Can Do ANYTHING!

25 Apr

On Saturday April 28 at 12:30pm The Lyric Theatre will be the place to be- the place to release your inner princess! The event will take place to mark the end of the first annual National Princess Week celebration which was recently announced by Julie Andrews. National Princess Week serves to highlight Julie Andrews longtime dedication to nurturing every child’s unique spirit, as demonstrated throughout her career on stage, screen and through her children’s book endeavors.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and The Lyric Theatre present their own, slightly modified,version of a National Princess Week activity with their “Girls Can Do Anything” event. The focus for this event is that of “Girl Power”, celebrating the princess like qualities in all girls- strength, ability, loyalty, service and creativity.  The website “30 Ways to Celebrate National Princess Week” includes fun, light hearted activities including practicing a royal wave or perfecting your curtsey. The Girls Can Do Anything event places emphasis on the activities relating to the more admirable qualities of modern day, real life princesses. The site recommends learning about our modern-day princesses and what causes they support and being charitable; suggesting that you pick a charity or cause you are passionate about, and make a donation or offer to volunteer.

The charity chosen to benefit from this special event was The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley- a non-profit, human service agency with the purpose of providing programs and services to adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The event will begin with an opportunity for participants to meet and talk with “Girls”  from many career paths- from Town Council member to Police Officer; from Paramedic  to Baker; from Engineer to Veterinarian. A real chance to find out first hand about the many and varied educational and career opportunities which are available to all girls. The event will conclude with a showing of the movie “The Princess Diaries”. With plenty of fun including a “Princess Power Walk” around the stage open to all who wish to participate, and an overriding message to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF,  the Girls Can Do Anything event is not to be missed. See you there!

Schedule

12:30pm Doors Open

12:30- 1:15pm Crafts, cupcakes&  activities in the lobby&  the theatre, chat with “Career Girls” from all types of jobs and backgrounds

1:05pm Science Spectacular Show- by Alma Robinson, VT Physics teacher

1:15pm Princess Power Walk on the Lyric Stage- all are welcome to join the parade! Trumpet Fanfare provided by Mr. Jim Flowers.

1:30pm Welcome- by Pat Brown from the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley,  Raffle drawing followed by the Movie- “The Princess Diaries”

Career Girls

Susan Anderson           Blacksburg Town Council & Senior Math Instructor

Ania Bozek                VT Student&  Womanspace Leader

Pat Brown                   Womens Resource Center

Meghan Byrnes                Veterinarian

Aivey Charoensombut-amorn           Baker & Restaurant Owner

Pie Charoensombut-amorn             Chef & Restaurant Owner

Catie Davis                         Physical Therapist, Amedysis Home Health

Ashleigh Dunn                       Doctor/Professor

Sydney Gay                         Physicians Assistant, Lewis Gale Montgomery

Monica Goyanko                      Registered Nurse

Leslie Hager- Smith                 Vice Mayor, Blacksburg Town Council

Michele Johnson                     Target Employee

Jessica Jones                       Founder: Burnt Creative Market

Anne McClung                        Planning and Building Director, Town of Blacksburg

Kumbie Madondo                      CDC program evaluator consultant

Rachael Morris                      School Based Clinician at NRV Community Services

Cecile Newcomb                      Blacksburg Town Council

Erin Purdy                          Blacksburg Police Department

Alma Robinson                       Physics Teacher

Stacey Schellhammer        Flight Nurse for Life-Guard, Air medical Helicopter

Alyssa Seidorf                      VT Student&  Womanspace Leader

Ashley Smith                        Civil Engineer

Ellen Stewart                       Farmer

Sarah Walker                        Paramedic Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad

Tickets are $5 and are available in The Lyric Theatre box office and in Next Door Bake Shop. Proceeds to the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Next Door Bake Shop, Target, Ameriprise Financial- Smith & Associates, Blacksburg Junior Women’s Club, NRV Macaroni Kid, WDBJ7, Nest Realty, Susan Anderson

Believe in yourself! Only then can you truly let your sparkle out for all the world to see!

For more details visit our website or our Facebook page

Prince William and Kate Middleton are married‎!

4 May



Royal Wedding Viewing Party
April 29, 2011
Presented by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and The Lyric Theater

Schedule of Events
5:00 a.m.—Guests arrive in the lobby as the Patent Pending Clarinet Quartet play Gigue from Sonata Op. 5 by Corelli, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel and a Minuet by Brahms. The Quartet features Kelsey Lund, Lee Seidner, Rebecca Johnson, and Kayla Dottery.

5:20 a.m.—Musical entertainment continues with Molly Overson on Bassoon and with Luke Gusukuma on Flute playing “Six Minuets” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Guests enter the lobby and treat themselves to typical English refreshments and a wedding cupcake created by Next Door Bake Shop. Morning tea and coffee are available at the front of the stage. The champagne and Bucks Fizz bar provide guests with a glass of bubbly for the celebration toast. Upon grabbing refreshments, guests take a pictures with the Roanoke Times Paparazzi and the Royal Couple. Several guests choose to try on the royal engagement ring from Kent Jewelers.

5:45 a.m.—Town of Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam and Christian Trejbal of The Roanoke Times judge contestants of the Funky Formal Wear and Silly Millinery Contests!

6:00 a.m.—Wedding ceremony begins at Westminster Abbey!

7:15 a.m.—Prince William and the new Princess Catherine depart Westminster Abbey, by carriage, and proceed to Buckingham Palace.

7:30 a.m.—The Bride and Groom arrive at the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace.

8:25 a.m.—The married couple reappear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and their families. William and Kate kiss, not once but twice to the delight of the audience!

You are cordially invited……

13 Apr prince william and kate middleton

Referred to by Christian Trejbal of The Roanoke Times as “Blacksburg’s traitorous celebration”, Downtown Blacksburg Inc. and The Lyric Theatre have taken on the role of “wedding planner” for this very special event!

The Royal Wedding Party will take place on Friday, April 29th,  in the Lyric Theatre.

The wedding cake is ordered and amidst much excitement the talented chefs of Next Door Bake Shop are keeping the design plans under wraps. The secret is  as closely guarded as that of the blushing bride’s dress. What we do know is that it will feature a unique wedding cupcake design and that it will be delicious.

There will be flowers and bunting, traditional decorations for British Street Parties which accompany any Royal Celebration. During the recent First Friday Wedding Fever event, participants enjoyed making some of the decorations.

Trejbal went on to state: “the royals couldn’t even pay America the courtesy of scheduling the festivities for a decent hour.”  Obviously due to the time difference the party in the Lyric will start before the birds are up, although for the Royal Couple it will be a mid-morning event across the pond.  As guests arrive at the Lyric at the uncivilized hour of 5am, they will be serenaded by ‘Patent Pending Clarinet Quartet’ and a Bassoon and Flute duet comprising of  Virginia Tech Music Majors. Not a bad way to start the day, really.   How many other early morning activities soothe you with such classical tunes as Beethoven’s “Six Minuets” or Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”?

On March 22nd Mayor Ron Rordam signed a proclamation on behalf of Blacksburg Town Council, declaring April 29 a “Day of Public Celebration” to mark the nuptials of “the commoner Catherine Elizabeth Middleton and His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis of Wales of the Kingdom of Great Britain”. And in a heartfelt response to Trejbal’s editorial Mayor Rordam pleads “guilty to being a Royalist….if only for a day” and  admits to “getting choked up a little when they play God save the Queen.”

In keeping with British tradition wedding guests will be able to participate in a TOMBOLA. In this variation of a raffle, people purchase numbered tickets, each ticket having the chance of winning a prize. The winning tickets end in a “0” or  a “5” .  The drawn tickets are checked against a collection of prizes with numbers attached to them, and the holder of the ticket wins the prize. Guests will be drawing to win a plethora of imported British delights including delicious Cadbury’s chocolates, sparkling Vimto, Tetley teas, the infamous “Spotted Dick”, and so much more!

There will be tea and coffee, served in real teacups and saucers, of course; homemade scones, cucumber sandwiches and other nibbles all included in the price of the ticket. Care to indulge in a Buck’s Fizz? Step up to the cash bar to enjoy the champagne treat known in the Americas as a Mimosa!

Come in your favorite funky formal wear or your silliest millinery and you could win a smashing prize! The Roanoke Times Paparazzi will be  on the scene offering guests the photo opportunity of a lifetime–there will be two very special guests on that red carpet with you.

The event will be full of fun and surprises in addition to being able to watch the wedding of the century on the big screen in your favorite theatre. Tickets are a mere $5 a piece but be warned…they are moving fast! Tickets are available in the Lyric lobby, or call 540-951-4771.

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors: the Lyric Theatre, and Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., and for the support of WDBJ7, New River Stage Town Criers, The Roanoke Times, Next Door Bake Shop, Gourmet Pantry, Kent Jewelers and Bollo’s Cafe, Mayor Rordam, the Blacksburg Town Council, and the Town of Blacksburg.

And to our dear friend, Christian Trejbal- thanks for the fun, we hope you will be our guest and join this “traitorous celebration”!

Art Crawl with Poker Run

25 Feb 7water

The Downtown Blacksburg Art Crawl will be a regular feature of our returning monthly celebration of First Fridays starting March 4th. In addition to a plethora of family friendly activities, you can discover the hidden artistic treasures in a variety of galleries located in the downtown area. Some of the gallery locations are obvious, others may surprise you, but all point to the fact that Downtown Blacksburg truly boasts a flourishing arts district.

So why an “ART CRAWL”?
Well if you like the idea of winning great prizes that may be enough incentive; in March the proud winner will take home two primo tickets to the Iris Dement concert to take place at The Lyric on March 25th.

Yet there is so much more than winning a prize to be gained from participating in our Art Crawl, so read on to discover where you can find delightful works of art. We are sure there will be something to appeal to everyone.

“Speaking while listening” -The work of Chris Wubbena
Armory Art Gallery

Custom designed works of wearable art
Capone’s Fine Jewelry

The work of Cedric Rudisill and Christy Mackie
Clay Corner Inn

The art of Jesi Pace- Berkeley
Community Arts Information Office

“Speaking while listening” -The work of Chris Wubbena
Experiential Gallery for Creative Technologies

“Woodblock prints” by Whitney Waller
Gillie’s Gallery

Work by Larry Bechtel, Jenny Pollard & Trev Smith
Main-Lee Gallery

The work of Elizabeth Foster & the photography of David Hilgendorff
Main Street Inn Gallery

Reception with local artists in residence
Matrix Gallery

“Flowers” an exhibition of paintings by Gemma Clasing
Next Door Bake Shop

Employee Show with reception
The Gallery at Mish Mish

Many of the galleries will host receptions with refreshments during the Art Crawl.

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Art Crawl with Poker Run- here’s how it works:

The Art Crawl and Poker Run will begin at 4pm- you choose which gallery is your starting place! Maps to the galleries and instructions for the Poker Run will be available from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at ALL participating galleries.

1. Visit as many galleries as you can and get a playing card at each.

2. Take only one card per venue!

3. Use as many cards as you are able to collect and make the BEST FIVE CARD STUD POKER HAND YOU CAN! (NO WILD CARDS IN PLAY). A list of possible poker hands and their value will be available in the Community Arts Information Office (CAIO).

4. Return to Community Arts Information Office (CAIO), 149 College Ave., with your best poker hand by 7:30 pm at which time the winning hand will be announced and prizes awarded.

5. In the event that no standard poker hand is created, the five-card hand with the most points will be declared the winner. Numbered cards each score points equal to the number on the card face and the following cards will be scored as: Jack (11), Queen (12), King (13) and Ace (14).

6. All cards in the winning hand must be from different galleries!!! In the event of a tie, the winner will be the first recorded hand.

7. You do not need to be present to win but all poker hands must be recorded and player identified by 7:30 pm on the evening of the Gallery Crawl and Poker Run.

Art Crawl will return during First Friday celebrations on April 1st, May 6th, June 3rd, and July 1st.

The Gift of Art

21 Dec jewels

“Our aims are to make quality art events affordable, attractive and accessible to our members and to the public; and to encourage and support one another while fostering creativity and joyfully exploring the arts.”

Promoting the arts in the New River Valley since 1950, the Blacksburg Regional Arts Association is a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Partner, a member of the Blue Ridge Arts Council, and a non-profit volunteer organization. Showing now in the Community Arts Information Office (149 College Ave), is a holiday display of art and craft by members of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association.

The Gift of Art
The work of the following artists is featured in this special exhibit- Dale Norton, Toni Bowman, Marie Collier, Paula Golden, Susan Hensley, Nancy Norton, David Pearce, Mary Ratliff, Cecilia Riegert, Robi Sallee, Lois Stephens, Donald Sunshine, Joanne Sunshine, and Gerri Young.
Items available include art in a variety of media- from carved wooden bowls, sparkling beaded jewelry, and woven rugs to photography, stained glass, and watercolors; guaranteeing that there really is something for everyone. And that includes something for everyone’s budget. You can buy your friend a beautiful handcrafted stained glass Christmas tree for as little as $12. Original holiday cards, customized jewels, and recycled glass pendants add to the mix. Give the gift of art, created by local artists; the gift that keeps on giving all year long.

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The exhibit runs from December 1-30, 2010 and all items on display are available for purchase so drop in and find a gift for someone special!

Community Arts Information Office, 149 College Ave, Blacksburg
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Mon. – Fri
10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sat. *
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Sun. *
* As Staff is Available

For the first time in sixty years of service, the BRAA has a public presence! “It’s a place to gather, welcome visitors, show our art, store our stuff, and toot our horn. Our office is located at: 149 College Avenue, Blacksburg, VA 24060, in the Central Arts Information Office (CAIO,) near the Lyric Theatre and across the street from Theatre 101, and Henderson Lawn. It’s the heart of the developing Downtown Blacksburg Arts District.” says President and local artist, Nancy Norton.

Want to know more about how you can support the BRAA? Check out the website: BRAA or call: 540-552-0552.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be local!

7 Dec boots

Get into the holiday spirit while supporting your local merchants- join  us for our special holiday shopping nights in downtown Blacksburg. For unique and unusual gifts, eclectic dining choices and a variety of special activities there is no better place to go. The activities on Ladies’ and Gents’ Nights are not restricted to the venues listed- featured below are details available at time of writing.

Downtown Blacksburg: buy local. eat local. be local.

Ladies’ Night- late night shopping/dining- Thurs 9th Dec, 4-8pm
Ladies come on downtown for Ladies’ Night- enjoy special treats and attentions. Let your local merchants assist you in creating your Wish List so that special someone in your life knows exactly what you want this holiday season! Shop for your significant other, family and friends.

Great shopping- including free gift wrap, personal shopping assistance, special discounts, wish lists, refreshments and more at participating locations:
Fringe Benefit
Matrix Gallery
Gourmet Pantry- great gifts, excellent service and a fun night out!
Main Lee Art- make a holiday ornament while enjoying a hot beverage.
310 Rosemont
Kent Jewelers- Holiday gift for everyone! Free jewelry inspection and cleaning while enjoying Hors d’œuvres
Mad Dog- wine & cheese
Community Arts Information Office- Blacksburg Regional Art Association offering “Gifts of Art”

Great Food- specials
Poor Billy’s
Ben & Jerry’s
Rita’s- buy a gift card of $10 or more and get one free treat
Next Door Bake Shop- 10% off
Café de Bangkok- 10% off meal purchase
India Garden – 10% off meal purchase
Bollo’s & Gillie’s

Great Entertainment and a place to stay!
Main Street Inn- Make a night of it. 10% off room rate
Gillie’s -acoustic favorites with Bobby Parker 7-9:30pm
Awful Arthur’s- Metal bands from Fredericksburg, Richmond, Roanoke and Blacksburg will perform at 8 p.m.
622 North- 10 Dollar Sins, classic blues, rock, R&B at 9pm
The Lyric Theatre- showing “Hereafter” at 7 & 9:30pm

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Gents’ Night- late night shopping/dining- Thurs 16th Dec, 4-8pm

Gents come on downtown for Gents’ Night- enjoy special treats and attentions. Find out what your significant other has on their personal Wish List held in each participating store. This year that special someone in your life will get exactly what they want this holiday season! Shop for your significant other, family and friends.

Great shopping- including free gift wrap, personal shopping assistance, special discounts, refreshments and more at participating locations:
Fringe Benefit
Matrix Gallery
Gourmet Pantry- champagne, tasty treats and a store full of great gifts.
Main Lee Art- make a holiday ornament while enjoying a hot beverage.
310 Rosemont
Kent Jewelers’- Hang out with the guys and play blackjack for discounts on jewelry. Enjoy chili, wings, and beverages on us while you get your Christmas shopping done early.
Mad Dog

Great Food- specials
Poor Billy’s
Ben & Jerry’s
Rita’s- buy a gift card of $10 or more and get one free treat
Next Door Bake Shop- 10% off
Café de Bangkok- 10% off meal purchase
India Garden – 10% off meal purchase
Bollo’s & Gillie’s

Great Entertainment and a place to stay!
Main Street Inn- Make a night of it. 10% off room rate
The Lyric Theatre- showing “Inside Job” at 7 & 9:15pm
Gillie’s – bluegrass with The Java Brothers 7-9:30pm

Trick or Treat, Happy Halloween!

26 Oct

Join us on Saturday 30th October for some Halloween fun!

9:00am-2:00pm Halloween Open House at New Tech Fitness
FREE classes & childcare.
5:00pm Musical Entertainment by “The Scary Strings” in The Lyric
5:30pm Costume Contest ages 0-12yrs in The Lyric

..and of course there is trick or treating!
Participating businesses include:

• 310 Rosemont • Awful Arthur’s • Ben & Jerry’s • Big Al’s • Bollo’s • Cabo Fish Taco • Capone’s • Champs • Fringe Benefit • Gillie’s • Gourmet Pantry • High Peak Sportswear • Homebody • John’s Camera Corner • Lia’s • Main Street Inn • Matrix Gallery • Mish Mish • NBB • New Tech Fitness • Papa John’s • Pita Vera • PK’s • Poor Billy’s • Souvlaki • Subway • Taco Bell • Tech Bookstore • The Lyric • Top of the Stairs

Upcoming Events: Fall 2010

28 Sep

2nd Annual 30 Days of Blacksburg

Friday, October 1st- Saturday, October 30th

Sponsored by Virginia Tech SGA and Downtown Blacksburg, Inc, the 30 Days of Blacksburg is designed to increase student awareness and knowledge of all that is offered by the merchants and restaurants of Downtown Blacksburg. From Friday, October 1st- Saturday, October 30th, each calendar day will feature a different merchant or restaurant.

10% discount to students who present their Hokie Passport Student ID at the assigned business on the assigned day.

Café de Bangkok Fire Wings Challenge

Monday, October 4th 6:00pm

15 Thai Fire Hot wings in 7 minutes for an amazing prize

Call for info or to register: 540-951-8424

Go Green this Halloween at Main Lee Art

Saturdays: October 2, 9, 16 10:30-11:30am
Mondays: Oct 11, 18, 25 4:00-5:00p

Ages 13-17 can create their own Picasso-inspired mask and complete their costume by shopping at your local thrift store.

To register: Call (540) 961-0754
More information: http://mainleeart.com/

Cello and Piano Recital

Sunday, October 10, 3:00 p.m.
Squires Recital Salon, Virginia Tech

Lisa and Miriam Liske-Doorandish, cello with Erica Sipes, piano

This concert is free and open to the public.

Pretty in Pink for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Wednesday October 13th 10:00 – 7:00pm

Participating Downtown Merchants will be donating a percentage of sales for the Cure Look for the Pink Ribbon! Wine Tasting, Pink desserts, pink margarita’s, free gym classes and more.

Raffle Prizes Include: Two tickets to the sold out Indigo Girls Concert donated by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

Downtown Tailgate

Friday, October 15th 5-9pm
Market Square Park, Draper Rd. Blacksburg

Sponsored by Play Fair Tech, this event is much more than your typical pep rally, but a way to welcome Wake Forest fans to the community while showing Hokie spirit and support. With a beer/wine garden, entertainment, children’s activities, and more this family-friendly event is sure to be a continued hit.

Performers include: The High Techs, The Virginia Tech Cheerleaders, Rockers All Stars Cheerleaders, The Iron Techtron and the Hokie Bird!

Additional support from the Town of Blacksburg, Mix 100.7, and The Bear.

Let us know you are coming!

Live at The Lyric

Kronos Quartet Wednesday, October 6 2010, 8pm
The Cashore Marionettes Friday, October 29 2010, 7pm
Indigo Girls Saturday, November 6, 2010, 8pm (SOLD OUT)
Dan Tyminski & Ronnie Bowman Friday, November 12, 2010

New River Stage

Murder with the View

Sunday, October 3rd at Zeppoli’s
Friday, November 5th at Preston’s Restaurant (Inn at VA Tech)
Friday, November 12th at The Blacksburg Country Club

“Blazing Sabers”
Tuesday, October 12th at 6pm at Ceritano’s Ristorante,428 N.Main St.
Sunday, October 17th at 5pm at Maison Beliveau,5415 Gallion Ridge Road

For ticket information visit: http://www.newriverstage.com/

Karaoke at Champs

Wednesdays 9:30pm til close
$3 cover charge

Awful Arthur’s Comedy Night

Starts Wednesday, October 27 at 9:30pm
Doors open upstairs 7:00
Same time, same laughs, more crabs!
Featured act Andy Beningo, Headliner Kelly Terranova
$7 cover

Live Music at Gillie’s

every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
View the full schedule.

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