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Local Adventures- Public Day at Southern Tier Brewery. May 20, 2015

One of my very favorite things to do in the summer months is spend the afternoon at Southern Tier Brewery. It is less than 10 minutes from my house and full of my favorite things- good food, friends and beer. Going to the brewery to hang out is fun anytime but in the nicer months they have several events at the brewery. I didn’t get any really great pictures because I only had my Iphone but I will do better next time.

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This past weekend, the brewery hosted their annual Public Day. We lucked out with the weather because it was supposed to rain all afternoon. Despite a few light showers in the first half hr we were there, it cleared up and we stayed dry. Public Day is a little different than their other events in that they offer a much larger selection of brews on tap. You buy tickets ($1 each) and they give you a small glass (4-5 oz) with their logo on it. Each taste (glass full) cost 1 ticket. I believe there were 7 different areas each with a unique selection of locally brewed beer.  Over 20 different beers were offered! This is a great opportunity to try new varieties you have been curious about. I stuck with some old favorites and tried a few new ones. My favorite new ones were the Tangier and the Dephunk. The Tangier is an IPA brewed with tangerines. I love IPA and the tangerines made it so refreshing. Perfect for summer. I have seen the 12packs available at local stores and was glad to test it out before committing. The DePhunk was a Belgian style sour ale brewed with cherries and absolutely delicious. I don’t think they sell this regularly but it was a nice treat.

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While their regular kitchen/menu is not available during special events, they always have good food.  It was hot dogs with a variety of fancy topping combinations on Public Day.  As picky as I am about the meat we eat, I truly love hot dogs on the grill. Add out of the ordinary toppings to the mix and I am 100% sold. I got the “cheese dog”, which seems boring, but was not your average cheese dog. The fresh off the grill hot dog was topped with homemade pimento cheese and lots of crumbled bacon. They served the hot dogs on oversized buns so there was plenty of room for holding the toppings in and not making a huge mess. The hot dog was so good- I am still thinking about it! I did try the blue cheese potato salad, which I was really excited about, but it was rather disappointing and I threw most of it away.

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There is always live music on their outdoor stage at brewery events and this one was no exception.  It was just one band this time but there is often a variety. Nice music in a beautiful outdoor venue always just feels like summer to me. (This picture was taken at the very beginning of the event, this space quickly filled in)

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Despite not having children of my own yet, one of my favorite things about the brewery is that it is family friendly. There is room for children to play and the people are generally pretty great. There are always lots of dogs at the brewery too, which I personally find much more exciting than babies.

The next event at the brewery is The Great American Picnic on May 31st starting at noon. This is always one of my favorite events because they feature many popular local bands playing throughout the day. Cookout food, beer, wine and STBC merchandise are available for sale. You are also always welcome to pack your own picnic and enjoy it there if you don’t want to buy food. The brewery really is a local gem and you should certainly check it out if you have never been. Even if you are not a drinker, the atmosphere is just so nice and relaxing.

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Local Adventures- Reservoir Dogs At Studio Metro. May 8, 2015

If you are a local and have not checked out what is going on at The Spire Theateryou are missing out! The Spire has several different options for performances and events and it is all housed in a beautiful old church. I have seen several plays and musicals there over the last couple of years. Most recently, Tiffany and I went to see Reservoir Dogs in the Studio Metro part of the building. We had seen Twelve Angry Men previously at Studio Metro and we could not wait to see this one. It is one of Tiffany’s favorite movies! Studio Metro’s stage is centered on the floor in the middle of a large room with a variety of seating surrounding 3 sides of it. The stage is at the same level as the chairs and I love being so close to the action.

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IMG_0493The play was very well done. The adaptation was written by one of the actors (who I think is only 16!). The casting was perfect and everyone did a great job. It was as well acted as any play I have seen in larger (more expensive) venues! The only remotely negative thing I have to say about the experience is, know what you are getting into! There was an older couple there and the looks on their faces made me think that they had not seen the movie before. There is a lot of offensive language and a bit of gore. Exactly what you would expect if you had seen the movie already!

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One of the best things about The Spire Theater is that it makes going to see a play or a musical affordable for everyone. Tickets for this show were only $8 for the early bird special but even regular price, tickets were only $12. I don’t think I have every paid more than $15 for a performance here. These are much more reasonable prices than larger venues, not much more than going to see a movie!

There are snacks too! You can get a real glass of local beer for $3, glasses of wine, real bowls of popcorn, cookies, water etc. (This picture also shows how close we were to the “stage”)

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I am just going to leave you with some scenes from the play. If you are bummed you missed it, don’t be! You can still catch it tonight or tomorrow (Friday or Saturday). Seriously, go check it out!!!!

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Movies at the Reg. April 22, 2015

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Posting more about local events & businesses is a big part of my vision for this blog. I try to participate whenever I am able, I am still just working on being comfortable taking random pictures at events. I plan to start a small business series next month.

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite ongoing “events” in Jamestown- Movies at the Reg. If you live in the area and you have never been to the Reg Lenna, this is a great opportunity to check it out without spending much money. For those of you not familiar, the Reg Lenna is a gorgeous historic theater we are blessed to have right downtown. More info here.

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The Reg shows a variety of movies for the whole family. Many of the movies they show were recently new in theaters but they also show some classics. My sister and I took her children to see Paddington on a Sunday afternoon last month. This past Saturday, my sister and I went to see Wild. I had read the book when it first came out and my book club later selected the book for one of our monthly choices. I loved the book and I thought the movie was a great adaptation. The movie is playing again tonight if you want to see it! I am hoping to see The Breakfast Club next month.

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The best part of seeing movies at the Reg? It only cost $5! You can’t do much with $5 these days so this always feels like such a bargain to me. You can also get snacks to enjoy with your movie. The snack bar offers a variety of candy, popcorn, seltzer water, bottled water and coffee. I believe snacks are $2 each or 5 for $5- another great deal! I was able to treat my sister and I to the movie and snacks for only $15 without sacrificing any of movie going experience. I have never been to one of the weeknight movies but for at the Saturday night movie, you can even purchase wine or beer. We do not have other movie theaters that you can drink alcohol at in the area, so this is a definite selling point for some!

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Upcoming Movies~

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Other upcoming events~

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