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This ‘Second Saturday’ is jam-packed

Families, neighbors and everyone else in Suffolk on July 14 will be able to enjoy a variety of activities throughout the day at seven different downtown destinations for Second Saturdays in downtown Suffolk.

OnePast7 and Plaid Turnip owner Ed Beardsley is spearheading the event and is optimistic about the turnout. It began as a monthly effort to promote the artists at the OnePast7 studio and has grown from there, he said.

“We’ve been hoping that it spreads out in the city, and it looks like we’re going to be getting some great participation,” he said.

Suffolk Farmer’s Market will have local produce and meats along with baked goods, artisan gifts and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center, 524 Main St. Children will leap in bounce houses to a DJ’s kid-friendly tunes just down the street from noon to 3 p.m. at the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, 326 N. Main St.

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts will have steel drummer Ju Ju performing by the fountain from 1 to 3 p.m. at 110 W. Finney Ave., plus chalk and lawn games for the kids. Members of the Suffolk Art League will hold a public exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 118 Bosley Ave. The evening will be electric with live music, craft beer and the Get Stuffed Food Truck’s gourmet tacos, burritos and wraps from 6 to 10 p.m. at Brick and Mortar Brewing Company, 212 E. Washington St.

But the afternoon will still have more to offer. Morgan Memorial Library at 443 W. Washington St. will hold the “Pedal to the Metal” vehicle show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be more than a dozen cars, trucks, motorcycles and other cool rides on display, plus plenty of kids’ games, raffle prizes and vendors, according to Suffolk Public Library employee LaSandra Adams.

“It’s to bring to the community together on a hot Saturday,” Adams said.

Then there’s an open house at the One Past Seven art studio, 100 N. Main St. with live music and art demonstrations from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be a “Suffolk Rocks” painting workshop and food specials across the street at the Plaid Turnip.

Check out visitsuffolkva.com for more information.