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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.

 The Blues Blowing Into Downtown

 The fifth annual Diamond Teeth Mary Blues and Arts Festival is blowing in to downtown Friday and Saturday.

The fest kicks off Friday night at 7 with a blues-themed Party on the Patio at Heritage Station then rolls for a full day on the Ohio River at Harris Riverfront Park that includes two dozen vendors, ton of cool kids activities and nine hours of non-stop blues music.

Both shows are free.


 Here’s some more info on the Diamond Teeth Mary Fest:

FRIDAY NIGHT KICKOFF: The DTM Fest kicks off with a blues-themed Party on the Patio from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at Heritage Station with the award-winning blues act Chris Sutton and C&S Railroad. Admission is free. There will be full concessions including food vending by Chickpeas Middle Eastern Grill.

SATURDAY FEST: Gates open at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 23. Live music starts at 2 p.m. and rolls until 11 p.m. In between all of the blues band sets, the duo Inbred Cornbread will be playing acoustic at: HarrisRiverfrontPark in downtown Huntington

FOR THE FAM: Free kids and family activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Euro Jump., Strike Zone’s outdoor bowling (six lanes), Backyard Habitat, kick ball, volley ball, corn hole, Ski-Ball, hula hoops, jump ropes, water ball and others.THE SCHEDULE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. —  kids/ family fun

2 to 4 p.m.—  WV Blues Harmonica Jam (Open to harp players of all levels. Hosted by the Harmonica Club of Huntington.

4 to 4:45 p.m. — (One-Man band) Gary Applegate

4:45 to 5:30 p.m. — Mojo Bones featuring harmonica player Allen Hatten

6 to 6:45 p.m. — Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues (Florida, the duo who backed Diamond Teeth Mary for years)

7:15 to 8 p.m. — The Diablo Blues Band (big blues R&B act out of Charleston)

8:30 to 9:15 p.m. — Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers (Internationally-traveling blues out of Ohio)

10:15 to 11 p.m. — Tee Dee Young (Lexington, Ky., winner of the 2014 Ohio River Blues Competition)


Step Back in Time for Some Unique Antiques

The Big Sandy Superstore Arena gets turned into the Tri-State’s biggest antique store as the 62nd Annual Pilot Club Antiques Show & Sale rolls Friday through Sunday with more than 30 dealers from 10 states showcasing unique antiques, collectibles, and vintage finds.

The Pilot Club of Huntington show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 and goes through Sunday, Aug. 24. Show hours are: 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, or attendees can call 304-522-2043 for advance tickets at a cost of $5. A coupon for $1 off admission at the door is available at the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau located at the VisitorsCenter at Heritage Station.

This is the only fund-raising event for this Huntington service club and the proceeds are used to help a variety of charities such as the Cabell County Special Olympics, Team for WV Children, the Cabell-Wayne Association for the Blind, Faith in Action, Girls Place, Huntington Museum of Art, Cabell County Public Library, and The Healing Place.


Heatin’ Up The Hills

The tiny town of Hamlin, West Virginia is the place to be Saturday as they’re hosting the Heat’n The Hills Chilifest that starts at 4 Saturday with a full plate of entertainment including local acts The Band Wagon, The L.C. Band, and then the Georgia Satellites at 8 p.m. and fireworks following the concert at 9:30.


Chilifest will also include kids' and family games, a classic car show, a variety of displays from multiple crafters and vendors, and plenty of delicious southern West Virginia country cooking.

The Chilifest competition will consist of four different categories: Hot and spicy; sweet and mild; a corporate competition; and People's Choice. Guests of the Chilifest can purchase tickets to sample the different kinds of chili and vote to have their favorite chili receive the People's Choice award. Judges will conduct the rest of the competition, and the grand prize winner will receive a one-of-a-kind Blenko hand blown glass award, along with this year's bragging rights.

In addition to the Chilifest, Lincoln Primary Care Center will be underwriting a free community health fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friday, Aug. 22. The Health Fair will offer multiple types of health screenings, testing, blood pressure checks, mammograms, and much more.

Advance appointments are required to receive health fair services, and those appointments may be made by calling 304-824-5806, ext. 1212.

The Chilifest proceeds benefit LincolnPrimaryCareCenter's Senior Lunch Program, where each week day the program feeds over 120 seniors.

Directions and complete Heat’n the Hills Chilifest and Health Fair information is available at www.heatnthehills.com.


Huntington’s Downtown Alive From Ants to Art

Downtown Huntington is popping off Thursday night as the Huntington Art Walk takes place starting at 5 p.m. at various locations throughout the city.

At 7 p.m. Thursday,  Pullman Square, the WV’s top shelf chicken-fried soul gospel rockers The Carpenter Ants make a star-studded return to the Heiner’s Bakery Dutch Miller Pullman Square Summer Concert Series bringing along WV native John Ellison (who wrote the smash hit “Some Kind of Wonderful”) as well as killer instrumentalist Randy Gilkey (of The Boatmen).

Over at Buddy’s All-American BBQ, 1537 Third Ave., Huntington, Bike Night, rumbles in with some old-time horn-blown country, old-time and blues  from BRATCAMB. Free and open to the public, Bike Nights kick off at 5 p.m. each Thursday and bands play from 6:45 to 10 p.m.


The Italian Stallions Step up the Plate

Huntington’s Kitchen, located on Third Avenue., hosts Italian Fest a benefit for the Facing Hunger Foodbank. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, learn to make pasta with famous regional chef Rocco Muriale. Tickets are $35 each for the event that includes an Italian Aperitif from the folks at Prime.

On Sunday, enjoy a wine tasting and Taste of Southern Italy from La Familigia. VIP cocktail hour at 5:30 with special MU sports guests, and dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $150 each.

Call 304-523-6029. All proceeds got to the Food Bank.


Take the Tuesday Tour

One of the coolest monthly events in Huntington, the Fourth Tuesday Tour at the Huntington Museum of Art, takes an inward turn at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, with a theme of “Who Are the Daytons?” an insider’s guide to the  exhibit titled "HIMG Presents: The Daywood Collection." Admission to this Macy’s Free Tuesday event is free. A reception follows.

While at the Museum check out the latest exhibits. Here’s’ a look at the exhibits now up: Huntington Calligraphers’ Guild: Celebrating 30 Years through Oct. 12, and Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Albert Pfarr through Oct. 19.

If you get there before Sunday, Aug. 24, check out “Excavations from the Vault: Herman Dean and the Hudson Bay.”

For more information on events at HMA, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.


Head Into the Electronica Underground

Hump day is more like bump day as the dance floor gets bumping as Underground Industries & e2ntertainment will bring the electricity of EDM music to the heart of Huntington with a new night and new music format, kicking off at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Huntington Ale House, 1318 Fourth Ave., Huntington.

Come out and get your groove on with such DJs as Charlie Brown Superstar, Veil, Whiskahz and DJ P. Spliff keeping the turntables popping with everything from trance and acid house to Moombahton.

  Front room is free, and dance area is $5 cover.  Order tickets via Eventbrite: http://edw.eventbrite.com/?aff=efbevent 




My roadtrip pick this weekend is to Bartow in the West Virginia mountains for the eighth annual Camp Barefoot Music & Arts takes place Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 21-23 in Bartow, W.Va.


The multi-day camping festival, which is located near Durbin, W.Va., features performances from Beats Antique, two sets each from Papadosio, Lettuce and Kyle Hollingsworth Band with The Motet Horns performing a tribute to Motown,The Hackensaw Boys, The London Souls, Kung Fu, The Motet, Zach Deputy, Brothers Past and many more.

Nestled within a meadow off the grid, CampBarefoot’s setting is a short drive from WashingtonD.C., Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Asheville, North Carolina. From the two main stages with no overlapping sets, to a more intimate stage within the woods, to the stage greeting campers as they arrive, there is plenty for fans to enjoy. 

Aside from great music, CampBarefoot attendees can choose from an eclectic variety of food, art, craft vendors and more. Special activities are featured in the KidZone, where parents and children can enjoy the main-stage music while playing games or creating their own art projects as festival souvenirs. CampBarefoot also considers the environment, featuring recycling games and taking measures to reduce waste and environmental impact.

Fans can visit the web page (www.campbarefoot.org) for more information or to sign up for the monthly newsletter. Tickets are available now on the website at http://www.campbarefoot.org/CB8/tickets/.



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.