Up & Coming Weekly

March 15, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MARCH 16 - 22, 2022 UCW 19 EVENT Spring has arrived. It is time to bid a fond farewell to the gray days of winter and welcome the tease of sum- mer, which is just around the corner. e longer days and warmer weather invite a sense of fun, and Bright Light Brewing Company has plans to help Fayetteville kickoff springtime in the "Can-Do City." BLBC, a fixture on the downtown scene over the past five years, is host- ing its annual St. Paddy's Day at Bright Light on March 19 from 4 to 11 p.m. Considered a "nano-brewery," BLBC is veteran-owned and opened its taproom doors on Russell St. in 2017. e company has now expanded to include a brewhouse located at 304 Williams St., a mere two blocks away. St. Paddy's Day at Bright Light boasts no shortage of games, good food and fun. Rainbows, shamrocks and likely more than a few shenanigans as any non-believers in attendance try not to get pinched. ere will be a little something for everyone. "It's going to be so much fun," Oliva Caughey, event manager at BLBC, said, struggling to explain a game omi- nously called the "Shamrock Shuffle" without laughing. BLBC's St. Paddy's event will have a curated list of activities tailored to its patrons and community, from the whimsical to the more daring. Feel like channeling your St. Paddy's Day free spirit with a bit of body art? BLBC has got you covered. Free face painting will be available on-site from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. After that time, pa- trons are welcome to have their faces painted, but at their own cost. Attendees can also try their hand at some ax-throwing hosted by Axes and X's, another local company. From 4 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy the savory comfort of the Rollin' Rust Belt Food Truck. eir Great Lakes- inspired menu "will definitely fill you up, and it goes really well with a pint or two," according to their website. A "pint or two" won't be an issue at BLBC. With an impressive rotation of in-house beer and at least fifteen on tap, festivalgoers can look forward to a St. Patrick's Day celebration staple- green beer, at $4 a pint. Fayetteville musician Crow Kozak, popular at the taproom, will entertain the merry crowd from 7 to 10 p.m. "We try to do as many local musicians in rotation as possible," Caughey said, ex- pressing the company's dedication to supporting local talent and businesses. And ultimately, Caughey explains, that's what this event is all about. It's about appreciation and the col- lective uplifting of an industry hard-hit by events of the last two years. "We want to bring the community together and support small busi- nesses," Caughey continued. "Espe- cially during the pandemic, it's more important than ever." St. Paddy's at Bright Light will be held at the BLBC taproom at 444 W. Russell St. For more information, visit brigh- lightbrew.com/events. Bright Light Brewing Company to host annual St. Paddy's Day shindig by ASHLEY SHIRLEY ASHLEY SHIRLEY, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com 910-484-6200. 4104 Raeford Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28304 910.483.1234 www.bryanhonda.com Proudly Serving Our Community For 75 Years. Home of the Bryan Honda $3,010 Advantage!

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