Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
It's All Happening in Downtown Huntington!
The HSO Turns Up the R&B Heat With All4One
It's date night at 8 p.m. Saturday for the last Picnic With the Pops as the Symphony brings in All4One, who've sold moer than 22 million albums thanks to a string of timeless ballads like "I Swear and "I Can Love You Like That."
Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnics at Harris Riverfront Park, and then music starts at 8 p.m. with the group armed with the 55-member-strong HSO under the direction of Kimo Furumoto.
Go online at http://www.huntingtonsymphony.org/ or call 304-781-8343 or stop by the Huntington Symphony Orchestra office at 763 Third Avenue, Huntington to get general admission tickets or grab friends and get a table.
Downtown - The Italian Place to Be
Thinking of going somewhere else Saturday, well, fuhgeddaboudit. Downtown H-town is the only place and the Italian place to be.
The Facing Hunger Foodbank gives folks a super-sized taste of the old country during the second "Italiano: Italian Festival," which is set to run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 on Fourth Avenue between 10th and 8th Streets. There will be a who's who of Italian food booths, and a steady stream of Italian music including Ben DeFazio, The Cavaliers, and Dennis Tufano, of The Buckinghams.
The festival proceeds will benefit the Back Pack Program of Facing Hunger, which currently provides for 3,500 children weekly.
Some Old School Antiques Cool
This weekend The Big Sandy Superstore Arena becomes the antiques capital of West Virginia as the 64th annual Pilot Club runs Friday through Sunday.
Check out 25 vendors from as far away as Iowa, Florida and Illinois, bringing a wide variety of wares from rom jewelry, toys and books, to linens, vintage clothing, political merch, furniture and glass.
The Show runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Arena.
Admission is $6, and all proceeds go the Pilot Club's long list of community-based charities.
Get Moving Outside and In
There's several cool ways to get moving this weekend.
First off, gas up the Harley or Honda, the Indian, BMW or Spyder and rev up your motorcycle to the weekly Bike Night at Buddy's All-American BBQ.
The parking lot opens at 5 p.m., and live music begins at 7 p.m. with the horn-blown old-time, funky folk and blues of BRATCAMB.
Go online at http://www.wvbbq.com/ to find out more about Buddy's and Bike Night.
Although you can certainly ride a bicycle to bike night (just don't challenge anyone to a drag race) there is a bicycle event set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.
It is the monthly free bicycle parade around Huntington. Starting at the Ritter Park fountain, the Critical Mass Huntington ride (a 6-mile flat ride to the west end, downtown and back to the park) has been taking place every third Friday since bicyclist Jesse Clark started it back in July 2009.
Speaking of Jesse Clark, you can really get moving Saturday night, as the epic DJ, hosts his monthly GAF dance party at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington.
Clark and long-time friend, Jarrett Tebbetts (the famed 'Disco Don' of Pittsburgh's Hot Mass) who played Clark's birthday party last September is back at GAF and this gold-medal duo will be throwing down a butt-shaking mix of funk, disco and soul-influenced house music.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $5 and come dressed to sweat.
The Full Monty Of Theater
The men of ARTS theater (Simon Woods, Mike Murdock, Michael Naglee, James Holley, Rick Payne, and Andrew Surber) show the uh, full range of their work this weekend as ARTS tackles the British music comedy, "The Full Monty," that takes place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20 as well as 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 25-27.
Directed by Amy Carlson, with musical direction by Lara Donahoe, and choreography by Coni Anthony, "The Full Monty" tells the story of a group of out of work steel workers who all decide to perform for one night only as a member of a male strip revue - Hot Metal. This show contains adult language and themes.
Show only tickets are $15, or dinner and a show tickets are $30. Thursday, Aug. 25 is Ladies Night. Ladies bring a friend and buy tickets two for $20 at the door. Tickets will be sold at the door for each performance. In addition, tickets may also be purchased online at www.artstristate.org.
Call 304-733-2787 to make your dinner reservations. The dinner menu is: Green salad with raspberry vinagerette dressing, Polish sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, warm fruit, rolls, and strawberry shortcake.
A Friday Night Special @ The Paramount
The historic Paramount Arts Center will be rocking into the night on Friday, Aug. 19.
Veteran Southern rockers 38 Special, who've chalked up more than 20 million in album sales, and who put such songs as Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” and “Back Where You Belong,” will be live in concert.
Tickets are $47, $55, $60 and $80 VIP (for seating in the first five rows). The ticket price includes a $1 per ticket fee that goes to the Paramount’s Historic Theatre Restoration Fund.
Find out more by visiting www.38Special.com and go online at www.paramountartscenter.com to find out about more upcoming concerts including the just-announced concert with multi-platinum country outlaw Jamey Johnson. Tickets for that Oct. 19 concert are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Go Park it At Camden
Finally those 90-degree temps are gone, with that orange fireball in the sky finally mellowing out, it is prime time to load up the car and head over to Camden Park on the weekends.
This weekend the park is open 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 18-19 for a $40 carload special and then for a full day, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.
Other August dates that the park is open are Friday, Aug. 26 (also a carload special), Sunday, Aug. 28 and then Labor Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday, Sept. 3-5.
Go online at www.camdenpark.com to find out more the historic park's more than 30 rides and attractions including the upcoming Spooktacular that runs 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October.
This Weekend is Booked At the Museum
Empty the car and be ready for some great deals on books, vinyl and more as the Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, hosts its always stacked and packed, "Hilltop Book Festival" set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.
Admission is $5 on Saturday and free on Sunday courtesy of Macy’s. This year the event will feature books priced at $1, $2 or $3. From 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, you can fill a bag with books for $5 or fill a box with books for $10. HMA will provide the bags and boxes for this special deal.
Head to the Homecoming
It's the Parkerburg Homecoming Weekend and they've got a diverse lineup of entertainment. Glen Campbell's daughter, Ashley carries the country torch in on Friday. Opening that concert is the Country Showdown contest.
On Saturday, Parkersburg rocks out with Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute act followed by fireworks and then on Sunday, it's Orchestra, former members of ELO.
Get a good seat for the fireworks on Saturday, as the Island Belle Sternwheeler will depart from Civitan Park in Belpre, Ohio. Boarding begins at 8:15 p.m., and the sternwheeler will depart at 8:30 p.m. Passengers will cruise along the Ohio River, enjoy the sunset over Blennerhassett Island and finish the evening by watching a fireworks extravaganza! Light concessions will be available on the boat. Advanced ticket reservations are required for the Family Fireworks Cruise. The cost is $20 for adults; $18 for children ages 3-12.
Another option is to watch the fireworks show from a family-friendly environment – historic Blennerhassett Island. Visitors can enjoy the island at sunset and get a seat on the riverbank to watch the fireworks from the head of the island. Boarding is at 7:45 p.m. with departure at 8 p.m. The island snack stand, gift shop and restrooms will be open all evening. Bring a flashlight, lawn chair or blanket. The Island Belle Sternwheeler will take passengers back to Civitan Park following the fireworks around 11 p.m. Advanced ticket reservations are also required for the Family Fireworks Adventure. The cost is $12; $10 for children ages 3-12.
My Dave Trippin Pick: My road trip pick is to Davis, West Virginia where the folks at Mountain State Brewing Company host the 5th annual Brew Skies Festival at Timberline Four Seasons Resort set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20. There's two dozen national touring acts including blues rocker Patrick Sweany on Friday and alt-country legends, The Old 97s on Saturday.
Other notable acts include up-and-coming Nashville singer-songwriter Kelsey Waldon, high-energy Holy Ghost Tent Revival from Asheville, NC, throat singing, one-man-band The Suitcase Junket, Norfolk, VA based Major & The Monbacks and regional favorites Tyler Childers, Ona and DJ Charlie Brown Superstar.
Enjoy brews from most of 16 West Virginia based breweries as well as food, hand-crafted art vendors and the first Brew Skies Homebrew Competition.
There's lots of lodging options at Timberline, one of the country's last family-owned ski resorts. Check out everything from a slopeside hotel and condos to cabins and camping(Go online at Timberline Realty at http://www.t4sr.com/ and check out the resort's summer site at http://www.timberlineresort.com/summer16/).
Just down the road, go online at Tucker County Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.canaanvalley.org to check out more lodging options.
For complete information, schedule, attending breweries and tickets sales visit brewskiesfestival.com. Tickets are $60 for the weekend, $45 for Saturday and $30 for Friday. Passes include entertainment, sample mug and craft brew samples.
Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and his new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin" now for sale on Amazon.com and through CreateSpace. Check out the new book at the Red Caboose, Empire Books and News, and now at Camden Park. Lavender covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.