Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
Your Guide to the Weekend
Go Green And White And Red
Downtown Huntington is the Italian place to be come 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday as the Italiano! Italian Festival will roll out the meatballs, the pasta and family fun on Fourth Avenue between Eighth and 10th Streets with a dozen food vendors like Rocco's, Mancini's and La Famiglia, as well as some authentic Italian music by Ronnie Fiorentino, The Cavaliers Italian Band and the San Giovanni Dancers.
The Festival, which is sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital and that benefits the Facing Hunger Food Bank, will also feature stilt walkers, mimes, inflatables, a photo booth and more.
Call 304-523-6029 or visit facinghunger.org to learn more about Food Bank, which distributes food to more than 220 agencies in our 17-county service area.
Park It At Camden This Weekend
West Virginia's only amusement park, Camden Park, has it's last three-day weekend until Labor Day.
This weekend, they're open 5 to 10 p.m. Friday (with a carload special of $35 per car - no vans or buses), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
The park is then closed until Saturday, Sept. 5 when they host a big Labor Day weekend with Michigan-based, nationally-traveling Americana act the Appleseed Collective.
Go online at www.camdenpark.com or call 304-429-4321 for more info on the park, which features 30 rides and attractions from the Haunted House, Big Dipper and Swan Boats to the Kite Flier, The Rattler and the WV Adventure Minigolf.
Old and New Downtown - From Contemporary Art to Vintage Antiques
It's all downtown on Saturday. Head over to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena where you can check out some old-school cool jewelry, furniture and more at the 63rd annual Pilot Club Antiques Show and Sale that runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6
While you are downtown, and if you dig contemporary art, roll over to the old T.K. Dodrill Jewelers, 321 9th St, Huntington, where contemporary artist and photographer Chris Lusher has put together "Man Down," a contemporary art exhibit that kicks off with a 6 to 9 p.m. opening on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Paramount's Jazz Alley Ringing With Good Vibes
There will definitely be some good vibes so to speak on Saturday, as the Paramount Arts Center's intimate Jazz Alley series welcomes famed vibraphonist Dick Sisto to the stage. Show time is 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, and tickets are $35 and $15 for students for cabaret seating on stage with the musicians. There is also complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Buy tickets in advance or at the door. 606-324-0007 for the box office or online, www.paramountartscenter.com.
It's Goin' Down in the Da Clubs
The local music scene is popping and here's three eclectic nights of music to tap into ...
It's #TBT over at The V Club, 741 6th Ave., as DJ Charlie Brown Superstar and DJ Feminasty team up for some turntable and dance-floor destruction on Thursday, Aug. 20.
Joe Troubetaris' Porch Unplugged house show series, located at 1028 11th Ave., Huntington, continues at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 with a diverse slate of artists that includes Megan Joy, blues belter Kayla Massie (of Mojomatic), Tim Browning, and local jazz-juiced rockers, The Settlement.
Saturday night at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington, lay ears on three new and funky WV musical acts including Sign of the Fig (the band birthed by Mike Waldeck, Jr., following his long stint with Qiet), as well as Gabe Smith's new band, Scrounge Hound (complete with the accordion, cello, trombone and keys of Jared Layman), and the funky Beckley-based string band, Kind Thieves. Cover is $5 for ages 18 and up. Go online at www.vclublive.com to get links to this show and to other incoming concerts of all genres.
My DAVE TRIPPIN PICK: My road-trip pick this weekend is to Davis, West Virginia and Timberline Resort for the fourth annual Brew Skies Festival, which closes out West Virginia Craft Beer Week with 25 live music acts and a flow of great Mountain State made craft brew on Friday and Saturday.
The music-laden and family friendly fest is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21-22.
Like Huntington's own Rails and Ales Fest last weekend, Brew Skies will feature a slew of the WV's breweries (eight out of the 11 are coming), and Brew Skies super-sizes its music order with two big days of music featuring 25 musical acts that will keep the music flowing from 5 to midnight on Friday and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday.
In addition to two stages of music (a main stage and a beer garden) there will also be scenic chairlift rides to the top of Herz Mountain (over 4,200 feet in elevation) where you can explore the family-owned ski resort. And Timberline also boasts one of the only four zip, ziplines at a ski resort in the U.S.
There will also be a kids area and a food vendors area with such WV favorites as White Grass Cafe (the famed crosscountry ski cafe), El Gran Sabor (the authentic Venezuelan restaurant out of Elkins) and many others. Vendors include: Made in WV, Mountain Momma Organics, Touch of Heart Custom Jewelry, Kasia Jewels, The Art of Seth, Luke Fleishman Art, Spiral Light Productions, Wild Ginger and Spice, Healthberry Farms, Mountain Music Trail, and the Elkins-based Brew Shop & Hostel.
Music acts include Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett (guitarists from the legendary Little Feat), Larry Keel, If Birds Could Fly, and Woody Pines, as well as some many West Virginia favorites from around the state such as Qiet from Charleston, The Soul Miners from Morgantown, Davis' own LocalMotive, Tyler Childers (from Greenbrier County and Huntington), and Ona from Huntington.
For local music fans, Ona is playing at 5:40 p.m. Friday while Tyler Childers and The Food Stamps play at 2:40 p.m. Saturday.
You can get advance tickets now to Brew Skies at $55 for a weekend pass or $35 for a day pass, or $60 and $40 at the gate. A variety of lodging options are available through the Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.canaanvalley.org. For complete lineup and information, or to buy tickets online visit www.brewskiesfestival.com and go online http://wvcbw.com/ to find out more about West Virginia Craft Beer
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. He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.