Between a bustling music scene, robust options for food or drink, and an ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics: Lubbock is anything but boring. Join me here every Friday in our new series, The Lubbock Weekender, for a quick look at what’s going on around the Hub City.
A little bit of sport: Texas Tech Classic
This weekend Texas Tech will be hosting its third and fourth meets this season. Starting today at 10am will be the Texas Tech Classic and “Multis” (which just means a lot of stuff is going on all at the same time). Starting around 4pm the Red & Black Open will take over and finish out Friday’s track events. Sequentially on Saturday starting at 9am, the Texas Tech Classic will resume and proceed until all events are finished. The men’s team has compiled fourteen top-25 nationally ranked marks in their first two meets this season including Trey Culver’s first place high jump at 2.33m. Also leading with a first-place mark is Charles Brown in the men’s long jump with a distance of 8.03m. Divine Oduduru is the last top-three mark, ranking second in the nation (AND THE WORLD) with his 200-meter dash time of 20.49 seconds. You can purchase tickets to Friday and Saturday’s meets both online and at the Sports Performance Center ticket window located on the north side of the complex on meet day. Tickets will be $5 for children and $8 for adults.
A little bit of art: Fifth Annual Robert Burns Supper
You know who Robert Burns is right? Well either way you should join the celebration highlighting Scottish heritage and the legacy of Scotland’s legendary poet Robert Burns. If there’s a few things that Scotland is good at it’s whisky, mossy peat (see whisky), face painting and KILTS. Glorious kilts! The event is open to the public and per their website “Scottish attire is encouraged.” You know what that means. Come to the event in your tartan gear and live life as free as both a poet and a Scott. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with - and I can’t make this up - “Piping in the Haggis” and ”The Selkirk Grace”. Don’t worry though, you won’t be forced to eat haggis. The event will be including a prime rib dinner, samples of Scotch whisky, reading from poems, story telling and traditional performances by Ed Miller and Piper Jones Band. More info here.
TO THE HAGGIS!
A little bit of food: Llano Cubano food truck.
Food trucks, what is this, Los Angeles? Imagine you’re driving home dreading that two day-old rotisserie chicken meat you got from Costco and all of the sudden you drive past a food truck that is surrounded by people. You have to do a double take, but yes - you saw correctly - it is a food truck. Now, not only does common knowledge tell you food trucks are one of life’s greatest treasures, but to see one in Lubbock? It’s a down right four-leaf clover. Or in this case, trébol de cuatro hojas. This particular food truck specializes in the style of the pressed sandwich made famous by early Cuban immigrants in Florida who desired a cultural spin on the American ham and cheese. I was able to sample their signature Cubano sandwich that has ham, roasted pork, pickles, cheese and a secret mustard blend that gets pressed together into one big mess of amazing. Their on-board cooks were lively, bright and happy to serve you a sandwich that would change the course of your day for the better; much like an afternoon with your Abuelita. It’s not easiest to pin these guys down, but they do keep their Facebook page updated so that you can get an idea of where they’re going to be that afternoon. If you do decide to stop by, let me know because I am definitely going to spend a lot of money stuffing my face full of Cubano.
If you go to any of the events listed in the Weekender, let us know by commenting below! We’d love to hear what your experience was like!