The Weekender: Keeping Busy on an Away Weekend

By: The Weekender
By: The Weekender

This weekend, the Aggies are away to face Ole Miss in Oxford. For most of us, that means one glorious thing: a great freshman-sophomore exodus from Aggieland. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not talking about mid-summer levels of emptiness, but it’s definitely a chance to reclaim Bryan-College Station, if only for a brief period of time.

It’s worth noting that we actually have a two-weekend stretch before things geaux south as the Tigers of LSU and their fans descend upon Aggieland. Next weekend, of course, you should be heading to Downtown Bryan for the Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival. We’ll talk more about that next Friday. This weekend, we’ll keep it low-key.

Friday night offers plenty of unique options.

Of course, it’s First Friday in Downtown Bryan. Martin Scorcese’s Hugo will screen at 7:30 in Sale Park. Grab a blanket and a hot date and settle in for a great movie for free. Even better? They don’t call it Movies with Madden’s for no reason... Both Madden’s and Chef Tai’s food trucks will be on-hand for great movie dining. If you want to stay downtown, but you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, check out the soulful sounds of David Ramirez at his CD release show at the Grand Stafford Theater. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are just $12.00 online from The Grand Stafford .

Friday also offers your first of two chances to catch the fifth-ranked Aggie soccer team in action this weekend. Currently on an 11-game unbeaten streak, the Aggies take on the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday at 7 p.m.

If you’ve never made the hour-ish drive to Burton, consider visiting the small town this morning. The first Saturday of every month marks the Burton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market in Downtown Burton. It’s a great chance to see something different from the everyday and pick up some excellent locally-grown produce.

If the produce sounds good, but you just can’t commit to the drive to Burton, it should be a great day to check out The Farm Patch, too. Their pumpkin patch is now up and running and it’s always impressive.

After you finish shopping, stop by and see CW8 at Blue Baker’s Cookies for Kids Day, benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network. We’ll be at the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. handing out great CW8 swag, previewing the CW’s upcoming fall shows and- of course- enjoying all the cookies! You can register now for the cookie-eating competition, or just watch as people from across Aggieland try to eat their way to winning a free cookie every day for a year. Our own Michael Oder and Shel Winkley will be on-hand and have promised a solid showing. We’re still unsure about hitching our horse to that wagon, however, after their showing this morning on BVTM.

CW8 will also be at CARPOOL’s DRIVEN Monster Mash Costume 5k Race and Fun Run. You can still register for the event on Saturday starting at 3:15. The race begins at 4 p.m. and offers a great chance for some early trick-or-treating, too! Get more information on the Fowl Digits. After catching the game last weekend on their 55 TVs, we may have found our football paradise. What’s more, if you’re in the mood for a margarita, you have to give theirs a shot. Yes, we know it’s not a traditional football drink- we wouldn’t have thought of it either- but they’re excellent, and a solid complement to Fingers & Wawfuls.

If you’ve made it to the day of rest, you’re probably owed just that, but we still have a few more suggestions for rounding out your weekend!

We told you earlier you’d get two chances to catch the unbeaten Aggie soccer team this weekend. Today offers chance number two. The Aggies take on the 18th-ranked Florida Gators at 12:30 p.m. You can find the game on ESPNU, but make plans to go out and support the Aggies in what should be a great matchup.

Today is also the first concert of the season for the Brazos Valley Symphony. Grab your significant other and settle in at Rudder Theater for European Romance. The concert kicks off at 5 p.m. and features selections from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Tickets start at just $12.00 and offer an experience unlike anything else in the Brazos Valley.

Finally, students have probably not yet made their way back to town, so seize the day and catch a movie. Taken 2 comes out this weekend, adding to an already-full slate of interesting options at the box office.

That’s all for this week’s Weekender. Don’t forget to set your DVRs as CW8’s premiere month continues! This week marks all-new 90210, the beginning of the end for Gossip Girl, a special presentation of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the first episodes of The CW’s new can’t-miss shows Arrow and Beauty and the Beast, a new season of The Vampire Diaries and all new episodes of Hart of Dixie, Supernatural and America’s Next Top Model: College Edition.

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