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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Your Guide to the Weekend

Roll Out the Barrels
The Ro-Na Theatre in Ironton, Ohio rolls out the barrels for the first Great River Craft Beer Festival that runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25.
Great River features more than a dozen of the Buckeye State's microbreweries as well as a full slate of live music and food vendors as well.
Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door if it is not sold out.
Great River features more than a dozen solid Buckeye breweries, such as The Portsmouth Brewing Company and the Athens, Ohio-based Jackie O's, Strongsville, Ohio The Brew Kettle, Great Lakes and Buckeye Brewery from Cleveland and Hinterland Brewery from Green Bay, Wisconsin along other breweries from surrounding states.
Tickets are on sale now at Ironton's Pack Horse Shop, BW3's in Ironton and Portsmouth, Leo's Carry Out in South Point, the Bottle and Wedge in Huntington, the Party Connection in Portsmouth and Ashland Beverage Center and Tri-State Industrial Supply in Ashland.
Great news for Huntingtonians, as they are going to be running a courtesy van shuttle to Ironton and back so no worries about a designated driver. The courtesy van will depart Pullman Square starting at 11:30 a.m. and then every hour on the half hour until 5. The return from Ironton will start at noon and run every hour.
Go online at www.facebook.com/GreatRiverBeerFest for more info.

Fest Forward At Ritter Park
Marshall Student Activities lets their hair down with Fest, an all-day outdoor music festival that opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ritter Park and rolls music until after midnight with such acts as The Ying Yang Twins and American Idol's Blake Lewis, Thick as Thieves and many more.
There will be food, beverage, and alcohol vendors at the festival. A shuttle bus to transport students and community members safely between the Ritter Park Amphitheater, Pullman
Square, and the Joan C. Edwards Stadium parking lot. Tickets at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse Box Office or through www.ticketmaster.com. VIP Admission tickets are $35, and General Admission tickets are $20 for students, faculty, and staff with a valid Marshall ID. Go online at http://www.marshall.edu/fest/ for more info.

Arts and Crafts In Bloom
Gone for a year, the 43rd annual Dogwood Arts and Crafts Festival is back in bloom at The Big Sandy Superstore Arena Friday and Saturday, April 24-25 with about 90 booths of artisans and crafters selling their wares, and showcasing their making game.
The Dogwood runs noon to 9 p.m. Friday, April 24, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 25 with hourly demonstrations from the Heritage Farm artisans guild and live hourly music from such acts as Sasha Colette, Tim Lancaster, Hye Water, $5 Red, and The Sugar Beats.
As if that ain't enough work for the Arena, they are also hosting two great American songwriters, John Prine and Leo Kottke at 7:30 p.m. Saturday over at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
Tickets for Dogwood are at the door $7 and $5 for seniors and kids while the Prine and Kottke tickets are $59.50/$49.50 (plus applicable fees) at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
For more information, visit www.leokottke.com or www.johnprine.net.

Two Nights of Great Grass
On Friday, April 24, the Appalachian Front Porch
Concert Series host Rhonda Vincent and The Rage to the Boyd County Community Center. Ned Crisp and Bottomline open the show. Tickets are $25 and $20. Buy tickets online at www.itickets.com or at Manning
Furniture, the Ashland CVB and other outlets.
On Saturday night, the legendary husband and wife team of Eddie and Martha Adcock bring their love of contemporary and traditional bluegrass to the stage of the Mountaineer Opry House at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Admission is$15, $12 for seniors and $5 for kids 12 and under.

Back From Chicago and In Action
The red-hot area indie rock unit, Ona, was out playing a wide circle from Chicago and back last weekend as part of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, at 10 p.m. Friday, April 24, they are back in action locally at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., with Nashville indie rockers Coyotes in Boxes (formerly of Huntington) and fellow Huntington-based regional rockers, Sly Roosevelt. Cover is $7 at the door for those 18 and up. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/thebandona for more info.
Speaking of the V Club, they've got some serious dance music "in the house," as DJ J.R. Clark gets the vinyl spinning party started with his monthly dance party, GAF at 10p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington with video projections and visual trickery by Clark Littlepage. Admission is $3 before 10 p.m., and $5 after.
Go online at www.grownassfolks.com to hear some of Clark's Soundcloud mixes.

Look What's Cooking At Empire Books
On Friday evening, Montserrat Miller, a professor of history at Marshall University, where she specializes in food markets, gender studies, and modern Spain, will be having a signing event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 24 at Empire Books and News at Pullman Square.
They will be serving Spanish wines along with tapas prepared by Chef Izzy Cross at the signing for Montserrat Miller’s "Feeding Barcelona, 1714–1975" which examines the causes behind the extraordinary
vibrancy and tenacity of the Barcelonan market system considered the best in the world.

Hot Tickets for Next Week
Speaking of cooking grab tickets this weekend for the Taste of Home for a 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 event as Big Sandy Superstores will present iHeart Radio's The Taste of Home Cooking School featuring chef Dana Elliott sharing her home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes.
The show begins at 7 p.m., but doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for the Vendor Expo featuring dozens of vendors including Foodfair, Heiner’s Bakery, Peace Frog T’s, LeSage Water, Serenity Day Spa Milton, Sweet Confections, The Red Caboose Huntington’s Kitchen, Texas Roadhouse and many more.
The first 850 attendees will receive a gift bag and thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away, along with a variety of food samples and more. The appliances used during the event will be given away at the end of the cooking presentation, compliments of Big Sandy Superstores. Tickets are $12.50 and are available now at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena or ticketmaster.com.

Dave Trippin: My road-trip pick this weekend is to Kentucky State Parks where it's Camper Appreciation Weekend. Buy a Friday night of camping and get Saturday free at area state parks like Greenbo, Carter Caves and Grayson Lake where campgrounds and parks will be packed with cool activities for the whole fam.

Over on the West Virginia side, Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park will host the annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hike at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 25. Free and open to the public, enjoy a walk with WVDNR personnel along along with knowledgeable wildflower enthusiasts as they guide groups of registered hikers along a few of the park’s 14 trails to see and photograph native flora and fauna.
Hikers will meet at the Museum in the Park at 8 a.m. for registration and a complimentary continental breakfast. Guided hikes will begin between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Afterward, participants will be served lunch at the Museum in the Park with a Wildlife Exhibit tour immediately to follow. Registration is required for those who wish to eat.
For more information about the wildflower hike or to register, contact Jill Stone at (304) 792-7125, by email jill.d.stone@wv.gov or call Museum in the Park at (304) 792-7229.

Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and is nearly completed with a new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin." He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.