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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 LakeFull of Blues

Greenbo has got a bad bad case of the blues, as the state resort park fires up the annual Col. Bill Williams Heritage Festival Saturday at the Amphitheater with four bands including two Lexington, Kentucky headliners, Keith Hubbard and the Hubcats and guitar slinger Kelly Richey Band headlining.

The fest opens at 4:30 and music starts at 5 p.m. with the Chris Kitchen Combo, Jeremy Short,  Keith Hubbard & the Hubcats and the Kelly Richey Band


Murder Mystery Party Like It’s 1987

Get out the parachute pants and the hairspray as Tascali’s in Barboursville and Murder and Merriment team up for a 1980s-themed interactive murder mystery dinner theatre at 7 p.m. Friday.

Wear your 1980s attire, enjoy some 1980s jams, and great food and join detective Jennifer Fletcher and the Class of 1987 in trying to figure out who killed their class president.

Call 304-736-0504 to get reservations which are required.

Go online at http://www.murderandmerriment.com for more info about Murder and Merriment, the Tri-State-based professional murder mystery troupe.


Some Cutting-Edge Entertainment

There’s two cool Saturday events that are on the, shall we say, cutting edge.

Roll out to Dunbar Landing at 1 p.m. Saturday for the Dunbar Lawn Mower Olympics. Bring your riding lawn mower and race in slalom racing, a slow race, an obstacle race and a poker run. Win cash prizes in this fun contest sponsored by the DunbarRecreationCenter. Pre-register by Thursday by calling 304-766-0223 for additional information.

That night, head to Huntington’s Daniel's Den Professional Hair Design, 635 8th St. # 637, where the hair salon and barber shop is hosting a new solo exhibit by prolific downtown Huntington artist Chris Lusher. “Trippin On a Hole In A Paper Heart” runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.


A Paramount Weekend

It’s back to back shows for the Paramount this weekend as they host Christian rockers For King and Country on Friday and on Saturday, one of TV’s great comedians, Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show.

Tickets are on sale now by calling 606-324-0007 or going online at www.paramountartscenter.com

Some other cool upcoming Paramount shows include: Gaelic Storm Sept. 18, Jazz Alley with Bob Thompson Quartet Sept. 19 and Amos Lee on Sept. 30.


Throwing Down Roots on a Saturday Night

The Huntington Ale House, 1318 Fourth Ave., brings the A game to Saturday night with a double blast of Kentucky and WV-fried hip hop as Charleston’s Dinosaur Burps open up for the Kentucky native national act, Nappy Roots. Also on the bill is Da Council, Couch Life, J. Goddess and H-town veteran Duke Johnson. Tickets are $12 advance or $15 day of show. Advance tickets are at  http://nappywv.brownpapertickets.com. The show is for those 18 and up


Let The River of Books Begin

Running Monday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 20, the biennial Ohio River Festival of Books builds toward a main event on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, but authors will also appear in schools, branch libraries and WoodlandsRetirementCenter during the preceding week. A reception will be Friday evening, Sept. 19, following a program by notable children’s author Marc Brown, creator of “Arthur.”

Featured authors will include Craig Johnson, S.G. Redling, Marc Harshman, Anna Smucker, and others. Regional publishers and local signing authors will be on hand. The Cabell County Friends of the Library will have a book sale, and the program will conclude Saturday evening with author Christel Schmidt discussing Mary Pickford’s film contributions, followed by ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan accompanying the silent Pickford film, “Sparrows.”

Go online at http://www.ohioriverbooks.org for the full schedule.


PoppyMountain’s Party Begins

The super-sized 22nd annual Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival runs Sept. 16-Sept. 20 at PoppyMountain, just east of Morehead, Kentucky high on a hilltop overlooking U.S. 60.

A daily feast of the best of traditional bluegrassers and some country including: LRB, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, The SteelDrivers, The Time Jumpers featuring Dawn Sears, Vince Gill, Kenny Sears and Doug Green, John Anderson, Russell Moore and III Tyme Out, The Grascals, The Roys,  Marty Raybon, The Hillbilly Gypsies and Rambling Rooks.

Get there early at 5 p.m. Tuesday as Jack Lewis and Poaceous get the party started. On Wednesday, there’s four bands on the bill including Hammertowne. 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.



My road-trip pick this weekend is to Summersville, West Virginia, where the lake and riverside resort town has Gauley season in full swing, as well as the Potato Fest and a Civil War reenactment.


This weekend, Summersville turns the fun meter up to 11 as they’re having a “dam” good time over in metropolitan Gad.

Last Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned on the faucet so to speak, draining the SummersvilleLake sending world-class whitewater ripping through the incredible and remote GauleyRiver creating that not-to-miss fall Gauley season.

The remaining release dates are Friday through Monday, Sept. 12-15, as well as Sept. 19-22, 26-29 and Oct. 3-5, 11-12, and 18-19 (which is Bridge Day weekend).

The 45th annual Potato Festival has a full plate of fun including a mashed potato, tater tot and hot wing eating contests, a potato display, a sack race, a spud hunt, a pet pageant and much more.  The Potato Festival runs 5 to 10 Friday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.


While over Summersville way, head past the dam over to CarnifexFerryBattlefieldState Park, where they are hosting battle reenactments Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14 with living history demonstrations such as camp life, military drill, and a re-enactment of the Federal assault on the center of the confederate line.

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.