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October 7, 2011

Lewisburg is all set for TOOT

With the air turning crisp and leaves following suit, thoughts in Greenbrier County begin to turn toward the annual street festival known as Taste of Our Towns.

A fundraiser for Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg’s regional arts center, TOOT attracts thousands of people from all around the region and beyond, all of whom are eager to sample the delectable delights offered at more than 70 booths lining the town center streets.

Saturday’s weather forecast thus far is favorable, but rain or shine, TOOT will go on, according to event coordinator Angie Blair. The food vendors will open for business at 11 a.m. and keep on selling right up to 3 p.m.

Among the treats to tempt festival-goers this year are Blackwell’s lobster pot pie, The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s shrimp and grits, the Bolling Alumni Association’s ever-popular hamburgers, the General Lewis Inn’s famous pecan pie and Diner on the Green’s baked ziti.

The beer garden area next to Food & Friends restaurant will have a new name this year and will offer a variety of commercial and craft beers to the over-21 crowd. The Greenbrier Celtic Society will once again challenge diners to step up and sample authentic haggis.

Patrons will pay for their treats with tokens that can be purchased at any of five ticket booths set up in various locations throughout the festival venue.

“There’s no limit to the number of tokens you can buy,” Blair notes, encouraging everyone to enjoy the day.

Parking is at a premium during TOOT, with several streets closed to traffic. To help ease the strain, New River Community and Technical College will open for public use both the large lot behind the school (access from West Washington Street) and the lot on Court Street. Handicap-accessible parking will be available in the City National Bank lot.


For those planning to hop over to Lewisburg for the entire TOOT weekend, there’s plenty to do in town this evening, as well, with First Fridays after Five in full swing from 5 to 9 p.m.

City National Bank is staging the second annual chili cookoff to benefit The United Way of Greenbrier Valley from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the bank parking lot. North House Museum invites visitors to a free candlelight ghost tour at 5 p.m. featuring four Greenbrier ghosts.

Music, art and refreshments will abound in many Lewisburg shops, including Tuckwiller Art Gallery, with an event dubbed “The Night Before TOOT Open House,” featuring door prizes and the chance to meet artist Robert Tuckwiller. The Carnegie Hall concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight showcases the Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel. For ticket availability, call 304-645-7917 or go to on the Web.

Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” has shows set for 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. To get seats for either performance, call the box office at 304-645-3838 or 866-888-1411 or order online at


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