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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend 

Hi Dave Lavender here from The Herald-Dispatch, here’s my Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend picks for this weekend.

A River of Books Runs Through It

This weekend is booked in Huntington literally, The Ohio River Festival of Books started Monday and builds toward the weekend when it moves to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Come out at 6:30 Friday to hear children’s author and illustrator Marc Brown, who created Arthur. There’s a free reception and music that night by the 1937 Flood.

On Saturday, the festival runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a dozen national authors doing cool programs, there’s also 20 signing authors, and the library’s used book sale at the Arena.


Here’s a closer look at the main events for ORFOB:

Friday — The Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center will host guest speaker Marc Brown doing a program called "Turning One Bedtime Story into 70 Million Books.” At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, come out and hear how the author and illustrator created Arthur,  and how it grew from one book into 70 million and a  nationally viewed television show on PBS. Reception and book signing to follow author presentation. Enjoy a reception, that includes music by the 1937 Flood. Also, at 7:30 p.m., check out the Friends of the Library Book Sale that will include children’s books, cookbooks, best sellers, etc.

Saturday  — From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., come to the Conference Center where there will be 20 signing authors including James E. Casto, Shutta Crum, Kellie Hayden, Kathy Roberts, Elizabeth Seckman, Tara Tyler, and many more.

There will also be book publishing vendors as well as the Friends of the Library Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At 10 a.m., enjoy these authors programs: Lynn Austin "My Roller Coaster Ride into Writing;” Marc Harshman  "The Story Table;” Jonathan Joy “Page to Stage;” Carter T. Seaton “Traditional vs. Self Publishing” and Bob Barnett “Voices from West Virginia’s Sports History

At 11:30 a.m. — John Billheimer “The Mystery of Writing Mysteries;” Mary Ellis “Get Inspired;” Anna Egan Smucker  Turning a bite of WV History into a Picture Book;” Shutta Crum, “4-H for Writers: Heart, Hurt, Hope, and Humor;”

At 1 p.m. —  John Patrick Grace “Demonstration of a Life Writing Class;” Marc Harshman “Poetry Reading” by the poet laureate of West Virginia; Glenn Taylor “The Big Boom;” Bethany Griffin "Inspired by the Classics"

At 2:30 p.m. —  Dara Naraghi "A Beginner's Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels;” S.G. Redling  “Element of Surprise;” Jacinda Townsend “Conflict through Character: The Bottom-Up Approach;”

At 7 p.m. — Christel Schmidt "Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies" at the HuntingtonMuseum of Art. Dubbed "America’s Sweetheart," Mary Pickford charmed moviegoers during the first three decades of the 20th century with magnetic talent, as she rose to become cinema’s first great star. "Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies," by Christel Schmidt, sheds new light on this icon’s life and legacy. Schmidt’s presentation will be followed by a performance by internationally-known ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan on the piano accompanying Mary Pickford’s silent film “Sparrows.”

Go online at www.ohioriverbooks.org for more info and a full schedule.


Mothman Festival Two Days of Freaky, Ghostly Fun

What’s got red eyes and randomly scares people? It’s not just your uncle Bob at family gatherings, it’s the Mothman — and for the 13th year the city of Point Pleasant celebrates the wild legend with the Mothman Festival.

Come out for tours of the TNT area, nightly hayrides, guided bus tours, live music, a 5k and bicycle ride, and experts on ghosts, UFOs, the paranormal, Bigfoot and other mysteries.

My pick day is Saturday when they will have speakers will be at the StateMuseum, where the “White Zombie” film will be shown.

Also, for folks on the move so to speak, the Mothman 5K (at 8 a.m. Saturday) has a cool path by the river and the amazing floodwall murals, and there’s also a new six-mile family friendly bicycle ride at 11 a.m. as well. Saturday. Come out about 11 a.m. to the north end of Main Street where the local bicycle group, "The Knight Bikers," are registering folks for the first Mothman Bicycle Numbers Run to raise funds for the Point Pleasant Bike Trail project.

You can find out more online at http://mothmanfestival.com/ for more info about all the events.

The Poages Have Landed

Ashland fires up three big days of fun with the 19th annual Poage Landing Days festival in downtown.

Hear countrystar Rodney Atkins on Saturday night, the Southern Fried Cone Fest skateboarding race on Saturday and Sunday, and don’t miss the fiery fiddle contest Saturday afternoon.

There’s also tons of arts and crafts, live music, vendors and more at this free fall fest.

Go online at www.poagelandingdays.com for more info.


PoppyMountainTexas Swinging High on a Mountaintop

One of the country’s largest traditional bluegrass fests, the super-sized 22nd annual Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival started Tuesday and runs through Saturday, Sept. 20 at Poppy Mountain, just east of Morehead, Kentucky high on a hilltop overlooking U.S. 60.

My pick night is Saturday when PoppyMountain hosts the Grammy Award-winning Texas swing band, The Time Jumpers, an all-star band fronted by Vince Gill, and featuring among others Kenny and Dawn Sears and Ranger Doug Green. Also on the bill Saturday is John Anderson, The Grascals, The Rambling Rooks, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, The Roys and Hillbilly Gypsies.  Daily tickets are $20 Tuesday and Wednesday, $30 Thursday, $40 Friday and then $50 Saturday.

Call 1-606-784-2277, email poppymtn@yahoo.com and go online at http://poppymountainbluegrass.com for more info.


The Best Little Parade in Barboursville

Barboursville’s 33rd annual Fall Fest is in full swing with the carnival that kicked off Wednesday. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, it’s time for the always super-sized parade, whose theme this year is “Under the Sea”

On Friday and Saturday, there’s a full plate of fun including a car show, arts and crafts booths, and country music. Friday evening, Julie Reeves will take the stage at 8 p.m., followed by Nashville based cover band 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience at 9:30 p.m..

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Lonestar will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. following country newcomer Logan Brill. All the shows are free to the public.

To learn more visit www.barboursville.org , or call us at 304-733-1500.


We Art Marshall

Head into the heart of downtown as Marshall kicks open the doors of its new VisualArtsCenter (across from Pullman Square).

The community open house runs 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and provides the only chance for the public to tour floors two through six, which normally are reserved for students, faculty and staff.

At 4 p.m., there’s a reception for the VisualArtsCenter's grand opening exhibition, "We ART Marshall” in the first-floor gallery. It will feature works by artists who have made a significant contribution to the School of Art and Design over the years. Additionally, works will be exhibited throughout floors two through six.

There will also be demonstrations on the third floor by printmaking professor Peter Massing and photography associate professor Daniel Kaufmann, a hands-on workshop and live jazz from the MU jazz combo at 5 and 6 p.m. at Pullman Square.

At 5:40 p.m., there will be an unveiling of the art Bison made by School of Art and Design sophomore Brianna Jarvis. The life-size fiberglass bison that will make its home at Pullman Square.


Get Your Tickets for Huntington Music and Arts Fest

The Huntington Music and Arts Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Ritter Park Amphitheater and HMAF’s fifth edition is shaping up rather nicely.

In addition to the double-shot of nationally-touring headliners Red Wanting Blue (based out of Columbus) and Akron native, David Mayfield Parade, now based out of Nashville, there’s about 20 indie bands and 25 visual artists who’ll be at the fest.

Featured acts include two popular bands from the Eastern Panhandle, Prison Book Club, and Rozwell Kids, Tyler Childers, The Greens, Downtown King, Sly Roosevelt, William Matheny, Ona, Goodwolf, The Allure, The Modock Rounders, Patrick Stanley, Andrew Hankins, Richie Tipton, Senora May Lainhart, April Biser, Sean Richardson, and Abbey Kimball.

Tickets are $17 advance, and $20 day of show for the HAMF which lets kids under 12 in free.

Go online at www.hmafestival.com to get tickets or stop by Black Sheep Burrito and Brews and the V Club.


My road-trip pick this weekend is to
Julian, West Virginia for the Rivers and Ridges Adventure Weekend with ATV riding, canoeing, target and trap shooting, rock climbing and camping at the Waterways water park.

Go online at www.riversandridges.org for more info on the first that runs Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21. Call Robin Gabbert at 304-369-4585 for more info.



That’s just a few of the things happening this weekend, check us out online at www.herald-dispatch.com and in the box. 

Dave Lavender is the author of “Dave Trippin: A Daytripper’s Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.” Follow the H-D reporter on Facebook or Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.

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Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more information.