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:
Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
Here’s a look at some cool things to get into over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Park It For Thanksgiving
What has 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes and 750 pounds of country ham? Don't forget the 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, the 1,300 pounds of roast beef and 12,000 rolls.
Answer: The Kentucky State Parks' Thanksgiving Day buffet at the park system's 17 resort parks across the state. The buffet will be served starting at noon on Thursday, Nov. 27. The closest buffets here in the Tri-State are Greenbo Lake and Carter Caves State Resort Parks.
The buffet will include soups, cheeses and salads for starters. Entrees include turkey and dressing, baked ham, carved roast beef and fried chicken. Vegetables include old-fashioned candied yams, country-style green beans and mashed potatoes with giblet gravy. Cost is $18.49 plus tax; $8.49 for children ages 6-12; and children 5 and under are free.
For more information on the Thanksgiving Day buffet and other state park events, visit www.parks.ky.gov
Sesame Street Live And Model Railroad Show at the Arena
The all-new Sesame Street Live "Make a New Friend" rolls into the Big Sandy Superstore Arena at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.
Tickets are $15 and $20. A limited number of $30 Gold Circle seats and $50 Sunny Seats* are also available. A facility fee of $2 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and special offers may apply. *The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet with two Sesame Street Live friends, including Elmo. Get tickets at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone 1-800-745-3000
Running Friday through Sunday Nov. 28-30, 57th annual Model Railroad Show takes place at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center with multiple model railroad layouts, memorabilia, books, and model trains for sale. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 and $1 for children under 12. For more info, call Ernie Clay at 304-429-1432 or Paul Fulks at 304-429-3885.
Paramount’s Festival of Trees and Trains chugs into final weekend
The Paramount Woman’s Association’s 30th annual Festival of Trees and Trains chugs into its final weekend with a fun theme of “Merry Memories Jubilee.”
Packed with more than 200 decorated trees of all sizes and themes, and, of course, the more than 3,000-square-foot Wonderland Railway (the four-scale model railroad whose 600 feet of track snakes its way through the historic theater’s balcony), the FOTT is ready to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Support the extensive Education Department of the Paramount Arts Center, which provides an enriching, creative and theatrical outlet for our community, the Festival runs through Sunday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
For more info go online at www.paramountartscenter.com.
Lightwire Up the Night at the Clay Center
Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias light up the stage in life-size costumes illuminated inside a dark performance hall as Lightwire Theater will perform "A Very Electric Christmas" at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 at the Clay Center.
The former "America's Got Talent" semifinalist brings a family adventure to the stage with its cutting-edge blend of glow-in-the-dark puppetry, music and dance. Follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter and somehow end up at the North Pole.
Tickets are $25 and $10 for kids ages 12 and under, and may be purchased online at www.theclaycenter.org, in person at the Clay Center box office or by phone at 304-561-3570.
A Baker’s Dozen of Authors at Empire
Looking for a great local book autographed for Christmas? Head to Pullman Square’s Empire Books and News on Saturday, Nov. 29 (Small Business Saturday) as baker's dozen of your favorite local authors will be on hand to read, sign and chat about great books. There will also be a full day of savings as well.
The schedule of authors includes: Carter Seaton 10-4, John Hash 10-4, Sydney Turnbull 12-4, Sheila Redling 10-2, Marie Manilla 2-4, Laura Treacy Bentley 12 - 3, Cat Pleska 11-4, Frank Larnerd 10-1, Bob Barnett 1-4, Robin Ramey 10-2, Fran Simone 1-3 and Don McGraw 12-2.
Empire will also have lots of refreshments and cool deals on other books throughout the day as well.
Go online at their website for more details and additional events and offers www.empirebooksandnews.com
Let There Be Lights in Kenova
Kenova gets in the Christmas spirit come Monday, Dec. 1, as the city of Kenova will hold its annual holiday memorial service and tree lighting. The memorial service will take place at the Kenova United Methodist Church and will feature the C-K Alumni Band and the names of those being remember or honored will be read aloud. Residents may have their loved ones names place in the program and read aloud during the memorial service by making a nominal donation to Kenova Beautification and completing a form prior to November 26th. Forms are available during normal business hours at Kenova City Hall.
The memorial service will be concluded with a procession to the corner of 14th & Chestnut Street where the City Christmas Tree will be officially lighted.
For further information contact Kenova City Hall at 304-453-1571.
DAVE TRIPPIN: My road-trip pick this weekend is to Hurricane, West Virginia where the Pipe Sounds concert series is hosting renowned musician and Huntington native, Rodney L. Barbour who is probably best known for being the official organist of the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium from 1987-1998.
Barbour, a Marshall grad who has also performed with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, will be performing on the Harrah Organ at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, located at 2848 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane, on at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, as part of the Pipe Sounds Concert Series.
On Nov. 30, Barbour will return for the sixth year t operform "A Grand Christmas Spectacular.” Although donations are welcomed, Rodney L. Barbour’s, A Christmas Spectacular, is held as way for Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church to show their appreciation to the patrons of the Pipe Sounds Concert Series and it is a free concert.
To learn more about the Pipe Sounds Concert series, visit www.pipesounds.org or call 304-562-5903.
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