At­tend beer fes­ti­val and help ren­o­vate town’s old­est park

The State - - Local - BY IS­ABELLA CUETO icueto@thes­tate.com Cueto can be reached at 803-771- 8621, @is­abel­lacueto

If you like brews, mu­sic and pre­serv­ing green spa­ces, you just found your Fri­day night plans. The town of Lex­ing­ton is set to host Hops and Har­vest, a beer and mu­sic fes­ti­val to ben­e­fit the ren­o­va­tion of Vir­ginia Hyl­ton Park, the old­est park in the town.

From 6 to 10 p.m at the Ice­house Am­phithe­ater, you can crack open cold ones from lo­cal brew­eries and lis­ten to live mu­sic from lo­cal artist Trent Jef­f­coat. Beers from more than 20 lo­cal spots will be avail­able with the cost of en­try:

● Ap­palachian Moun­tain

● Bird­song

● Bold Rock

● Brew­ery 85

● Catawba

● Columbia Craft

● Con­quest

● Cooper River

● Cot­tonTown Brew Lab

● Hi Wire

● Holy City

● Is­land Coastal

● NoDa

● Pal­metto

● Pawleys Is­land

● Snafu

● South­ern Bar­rel

● Sugar Creek

● Swamp Cab­bage

● Wicked Weed

Fes­ti­val ben­e­fits will be used to give Vir­ginia Hyl­ton Park a face-lift.

The plan is to en­large the park from 6 to 9 acres, bring back a koi fish pond, in­stall art made by com­mu­nity mem­bers and add sev­eral “pocket parks,” sub­di­vi­sions to ap­peal to dif­fer­ent vis­i­tors — yo­gis, teenagers, pic­nick­ers.

Coun­cil is try­ing to avoid us­ing tax dol­lars on the park ren­o­va­tion, coun­cil mem­ber Hazel Liv­ingston said, in­stead re­ly­ing on do­na­tions and fundrais­ers.

Tick­ets for Hops and Har­vest are about $44 and in­clude sam­ples from the brew­eries. There will be lo­cal ven­dors sell­ing food at the am­phithe­ater and a wine sta­tion for those who are not beer drinkers. The event is rain or shine, so con­sider pack­ing a pon­cho (um­brel­las not al­lowed).

TRACY GLANTZ tglantz@thes­tate.com

Beers from more than 20 lo­cal spots will be avail­able at the fundraiser.

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