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:
This Ashland’s a Wonderland
OK, it’s snowing, it’s fffffreezing, and who cares if it’s not even Thanksgiving yet — let’s get this Christmas party started.
Oh, thanks Ashland you’re already on it.
Ashland’s Winter Wonderland of Lights started Monday at Central Park with more than 800,000 lights lit up nightly and inside the Paramount Arts Center, the 30th annual Festival of Trees and Trains starts Friday with a party from 6 to 9 p.m.
The 10-day fest runs daily through Nov. 30 with more than 200 decorated trees, the 600-foot-long Wonderland Railway, and of course, daily music, dance, and Christmas cheer.
Don’t forget that Family Night is Tuesday, Nov. 25 (the night of Ashland’s Christmas Parade) when families (limit six) can get in for $10 from 3 to 9 p.m.
Children's Train & Fun Time is set for noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, and special Thanksgiving Day hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27.
Dierks Bentley and Even More Country
Red-hot country act Dierks Bentley lands @ the Arena Thursday for a big concert. Here’s a look at my picks for other cool country concerts this weekend that might fly under the radar.
Legendary country music songwriter Dean Dillon plays at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at Route 60 Music. Tickets are $15. Get tickets now as there is only seats for 100 people. Call 304-736-7466 for more info. Although he’s had tons of cuts by other artists, Dillon has had more than 50 songs cut by George Strait alone, including such classics as “Nobody In his Right Mind, Would Have Left Her,” “Marina Del Rey,” “If I Know Me,” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” and tons more.
At Black Sheep Burritos and Brews, catch Patrick Stanley at 9 Thursday and Sasha Colette at 9 p.m. Saturday and over at Willie’s on Pea Ridge, check out Ashton and Kennedy on Friday at 9 p.m., as they head up from Boone, N.C.
Starship Landing in Charleston
Veterans Day may be over, but the celebration of veterans continues to rock the Tri-State.
The national non-profit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) will launch its official 2014-2015 Veterans Concert Series in Charleston, on Saturday evening, Nov. 22 with a free concert with headliners Jefferson Starship.
Gates open at the Salute to America—Charleston at 6 p.m. with a pre-concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.. The main event kicks-off at 8 p.m.; American rock band Jefferson Starship will headline. The multi-talented group celebrates its four-decade anniversary with the 40 Years In Space worldwide tour marking “light years” of stellar rock n’ roll!
Admission to Salute to America—Charleston is free; however, tickets are required.
Tickets are now available at the Clay Center box office and website (www.theclaycenter.org). Tickets are limited; due to the immense demand, ticket distribution is first-come, first-served.). For more information, visit:http://hhv.org/hhv-sponsorships/veterans-concert-series.
Let The Games Begin
One of the holiday season’s most anticipated films, “Mockingjay: Part 1,” opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, at area theaters including Marquee Cinemas’ Pullman Square 16.
Catch the latest film starring Jennifer Lawrence in the action-packed PG-13-rated film series based on the “Hunger Games” novels.
If you want to catch up on the series, head to Marquee at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 as they are rolling the first two epic installments of the global phenomenon with “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and be among the first to experience, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. “
Go online at http://marqueecinemas.com/ for more info.
Fourth Tuesday Tour at the Museum
Photography fans will not want to miss the Fourth Tuesday Tour (7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25) at the Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington.
The always fun and festive Fourth Tuesday Tour (an adult tour which features free refreshments) will feature docents taking guests on guided walks through two stunning photo exhibitions — "Wide Angle: American Photographs from the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky," as well as "Ansel Adams: Masterworks," a 47-work exhibit from the Collection of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California.
While at the Museum, be sure to pop into the Museum’s shop (packed for Christmas), and the tropical conservatory.
Go online at www.hmoa.org for more info.
DAVE TRIPPIN: My road-trip pick this weekend is to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where the 22-acre Krodel Park is opening its Christmas Fantasy Light Show, and world famous artist Robert Dafford has a book signing on Saturday at the Point Pleasant River Museum.
Dafford has for the past 30 years over saw mural works in such area cities as Portsmouth, Ohio; Paducah, Kentucky, and of course, Point Pleasant, in addition to murals in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Louisiana; New Orleans, and Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Both Robert Dafford and author and photographer Philip Gould will be at the museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 to sign copies of their new hard-cover book, “The Public Art of Robert Dafford (ISBN 9781935754527; Hardcover; $49.95).
Dafford has completed more than 350 large scale public works in the United States and overseas, and has been featured in Smithsonian, National Geographic, Southern Living, the New York Times, the Seattle Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Ottawa Sun, and many other publications.
In addition to meeting one of the world’s greatest muralists, you can also stop over at the 22-acre Krodel Park where the annual Christmas Fantasy Light Show gets lit on Friday (runs through Jan. 1) with animated light displays include Santa Claus, Santa's workshop, a 20-foot windmill, gingerbread men, angels, and, of course, the red-glowing eyes of the Mothman.
And don’t forget to stop into such cool downtown museums as the Mothman Museum and such cool shops as The Mason Jar Antique and Craft Mall.
Go online at http://www.masoncountytourism.org/ for more info on all things happening in the Point where history and rivers meet.
Dave Lavender is the author of “Dave Trippin: A Daytripper’s Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.” He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD