Relay entertainment setPublished 10:32pm Wednesday, May 14, 2014
This year’s Suffolk Relay For Life has plenty of entertainment lined up, and some of the best stuff is saved for people who stay into the wee hours of the morning.
Charlie King, a musician who has played in a number of bands over the years, takes charge of entertainment for the Relay. He became involved because a number of his family members have fought cancer.
This will be the sixth or seventh year participating for King, whose day job is as a real estate agent with Prudential Towne Realty.
He’s apparently doing as good a job lining up entertainment as he does selling real estate. There’s something going on every moment at Relay, and most of it is engineered to keep people engaged throughout the nightlong event, which will be held at Bennett’s Creek Park beginning at 6 p.m. this Friday and ending at 6 a.m. Saturday.
“During the wee hours, we just have activities — anything we can do to keep people going and up,” King said.
After the opening ceremony, the Survivors’ Lap and Caregivers’ Lap will be the focal points. At 6:30 p.m., the first entertainment — Soul Steppers — takes the stage.
At 7 p.m., Avery Pino will give a Zumba demonstration, with a karate demonstration taking place from 7:30 to 8.
The Western Branch 2, two students from Western Branch High School who play guitar, will take the stage from 8 to 9.
At 9, the luminaria ceremony — the emotional time of remembrance of those who have lost their battle to cancer and honor of those who have fought cancer — will take place.
The entertainment begins again at 9:30, when men dressed as women will hit the track for the Miss Relay Pageant. From 10 to 11, Relay’s Got Talent — a talent show featuring local musicians and vocalists — will keep folks entertained.
Disc jockey Jeremy Branch will cue the music at 11 p.m. and play until 1 a.m. From 10 to midnight, themed laps will include crazy hats, backwards laps, costume laps and pajama laps.
Folks can participate in a cornhole tournament from 1 to 2 a.m. From 2 to 3, games such as charades, Simon Says and a lip-sync contest will be held.
From 3 to 4, a scavenger hunt will take place. The final lap for participants is at 5:45 a.m., with closing ceremonies at 6.
For more information on Relay, visit www.relayforlife.org/suffolkva.