Weekender Briefs: Discover Athens’ Black History, Take a Polar Dive

Friday February 25

Judge Russo, The Wastemen and Tasteful will perform at The Union, 18 W. Union St., this Friday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. This exciting triple performance will be organized by Blackout Booking. Don’t miss this colorful spectacle.

Admission: $8

the Tear down the stigma The benefit concert will take place at 10 p.m. at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St. The event will be hosted by Kylee Hendershott and the American Association of Music Therapy Students at Ohio University (AMTAS). The concert requires proof of vaccination to attend and will feature musicians Sneakthief and Caitlin Kraus.

Admission: $5 for those 21 and over, $7 for those under 21

The Winter Dance Concert Opening night will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, 33 University Terrace. Presented by the School of Dance, the event will feature talented dance students. Come support the Ohio University dancers, and if you can’t make it on Friday, a second show will be on Saturday at the same time and place.

Admission: Free for students OR with a valid student ID at the door, $12 for everyone else

Saturday February 26

A photographic walk will take place at 2 p.m., meet at a location to be announced shortly. Updates will be made on the Athens, Ohio Wanderlust Facebook page, who co-hosts the walk with Matthew Shaw. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and only bring one camera and lens so they don’t feel weighed down.

Admission fee

The Seventh Annual Polar Plunge will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the River Park Pool, 36 N. McKinley Ave. All are encouraged to brave the cold to help support the Southeastern Ohio/HapCap Food Bank. A donation of $5 will be made for each person who takes the plunge. The event will feature food trucks, music, games and drinks. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 150 participants and a $100 gift card will be given to the winner of the “Best Dressed” contest.

Admission fee

puppy time will take place from 1-5 p.m. at Bubbles Tea and Juice Company, 18 S. Court St. Bubbles is coordinating with Bobcats of the Shelter Dogs to bring this adorable puppy hour to life. $2 from each purchase will go to dogs in need, and several adoptable puppies from the shelter will join the patrons.

Admission: Cost of your order

“Black Wall Street Athens County” is set to air the first of three episodes of the docuseries at the Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court Street. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Co-produced by the Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society and Bent Street Films, there will be a post-screening reception across the street at the School of Film. Come uncover the hidden history of Athens County through these documentary films about two amazing black women from Southeast Ohio.

Admission: $6.50

Sunday February 27

Increasing diversity in small towns The walking tour of Athens city center will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The tour will begin in front of HangOverEasy, the site of the former Berry Hotel, 18 N. Court St. Brian Koscho de invisible floor podcast will lead the informative walk through the city and enlighten attendees with stories about black history, entrepreneurship, education and community building. A portion of ticket sales for this 1.5 mile walk will support the Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society.

Admission: $40

learn to crochet this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the Chosen Pathways Spiritual Emporium, 400 E. State St. Hosted by Nadine and Nancy’s knitting class, the event will teach the basics of crochet, starting with a washcloth. Come and learn a new skill; a crochet hook and a ball of yarn will be provided.

Admission: $25

Winter Wolf Painting Party will be held at 3 p.m. at Mama Renie’s Pizza, 23 Public Square in Nelsonville. The two-hour class, led by artist Sharon Dean and hosted by Gaia’s Realms, will have participants follow through to create a cold winter scene. All materials will be provided and attendees can enjoy food and drink while they paint.

Admission: $35


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