Ben, BBQ, and Bluegrass

By Candace Nelson - 9:04 AM

Ben, BBQ & Bluegrass
UntitledThe West Virginia Botanic Garden has been off my radar until recently. Maybe that's part of the draw to me now - that it's this serene, almost secret hideaway. Its 82 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, a pond and trails through meadows and woodlands. It's located on Tyrone Road, so it's been a little out of my way. But thanks to the Ben, BBQ and Bluegrass fundraiser, I had an excuse to make the trip.

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Here's the deal: $35 for dinner from Martin's Bar-B-Que, dessert from Tutto Gelato, bluegrass music and a first-hand look at the unveiling of Ben Gazsi's latest sculpture (plus drinks and raffles for an extra charge).

Gazsi is known for his sculptures at Coopers Rock - the Sleeping Giant, the bear and the tortoise. This was his first eco-sculpture for the garden: A red-tailed hawk.

The food was great! Martin's had some chicken fingers that had us all raving. Plus the potato salad and cole slaw were great, too. And Tutto Gelato had blueberry, chocolate chip and salted caramel flavors! The music was fun, and it was awesome to check out this place. And the company was great, too. Vicki even won her painting she wanted! Good times all around.

Ben, BBQ & Bluegrass

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Ben, BBQ & Bluegrass


Ben, BBQ & Bluegrass

Ben, BBQ & Bluegrass

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