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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Your Guide to the Weekend

Let the Egg Scrambling and Scrum Begin!
It may be Huntington Restaurant Week but nobody's serving up eggs over easy.
With Easter incoming, the hard kid scramble and scrum for eggs is on in every shaggy green field in the Tri-State and beyond.
Here's a look at some good egg hunts and Easter time fun served fresh this weekend around the region.

The Easter Bunny in Huntington has been BUSY. Over in Ritter Park, the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District will host its Annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza that features 25,000 eggs. The hunt begins at high noon Saturday, April 4.

Get an egg hunt with a serious side order of history over at Cabell County's oldest structure, the 1810-built Madie Carroll House in Guyandotte at 1 p.m. Saturday. Lunch follows next door at the VFW and then there's tours of the historic Madie Carroll House that survived the Civil War.
The hunt, tours and lunch are free and open to the public.

In Kentucky, my egg hunt picks are Central Park in Ashland at 11 a.m. Saturday, and at noon Saturday at Grayson Lake 

Stick a Fork in it - Huntington Restaurant Week
It's Huntington Restaurant Week daily through Friday, April 3, stop into such lunch stops as Jim's Steak and Spaghetti, Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe, River and Rail Bakery and UNO Chicago Grill, where they are all hosting a three-course lunch for $10.
For dinner, you can grab a three-course dinner at 21 at the Frederick, Black Sheep Burrito and Brews (dinner for two), Le Bistro, Prime on 4th and Savannah's and UNO's.
The costs of the meals do not include drinks and tip. The Restaurant Week is sponsoed by the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Live committee.
Follow the Chamber on Twitter @ChamberAlerts and Tweet about Huntington Restaurant Week #HtgnRestaurantWeek #‎HtgnChamber

Lights, Camera, Art Walk Action

The art of photography is in the spotlight during the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Ashland as The Upstairs Gallery, presents a photography exhibit opening in the Thoroughbred Insurance Agency at 1430 Winchester Ave., Ashland at 6 p.m. 
More than 40 photographs from a Huntington Museum of Art photography class will be on display.
Don't miss other hot art spots such as the Pendleton Art Center and the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center as well.
This is the third year The Upstairs Gallery has sponsored the exhibit. Several students will be on hand Friday evening to talk about photography, the photos and the museum class. Pictures will be on display though April and all photos are for sale. Exhibiting photographers are: Bob Cicenas, LeighAnn Elliott, Nathan Kerr, Hope Nelson, Sandra Newman Peck, Lynn Rist, Jessica Taylor, Barry Tourigny and Larry Rees, class instructor.

Some of that String Music

There's plenty of string music on the courts as the Final Four is this weekend, off the courts and in the clubs, the old-time string bands and bluegrass also are firing up the strings. The Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., hosts the monthly show by BRATCAMB and their funky, horn-blown slide banjo blues at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 2. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, roll out to the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton where they are hosting Parkersburg band Buck and Company Bluegrass Band. Admission is $15,and $5 for kids 12 and under. And over in Kentucky, the bluegrass act Poaceous is at the Greenup VFW at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

Go Give Mother Nature a Hand

With temps soaring, it's primetime to get out for a hike and to explore local lakes.
You can do both down - and volunteer as well - at Beech Fork State Park as they are hosting their 7th annual Spring Cleanup at Beech Fork State Park from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4.
Volunteers are asked to register in advance to participate. Lunch will be provided. Volunteers will be assigned to work the various areas that have been designated for cleanup.
“The workday also includes a camping option,” Price said. “Registered Saturday volunteers may camp for free overnight Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, as a thank-you for their work. Volunteers who can’t take advantage of the camping option those nights will have an opportunity to camp for free at a later date.”
This event is one of many Make It Shine programs sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection and West Virginia Division of Highways. A registration form can be printed from the Beech Fork State Park’s event Web page at www.beechforksp.com. Call 304-528-5794 or email beechforksp@wv.gov for more details.

My road-trip pick this weekend is to Newport, Kentucky where you can enjoy Easter the way Mark Twain intended it on a sternwheeler. Head down river to 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., where BB Riverboats is hosting a brunch and dinner cruise on the beautiful Belle of Cincinnati.

On Sunday, April 5, enjoy a brunch cruise from 1 to 3 p.m., and then from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday enjoy a dinner cruise with abuffet meal, relaxing atmosphere and outstanding views. You can enjoy a hearty brunch or a traditional Easter dinner featuring ham and chicken. Even the Easter Bunny will attend.
Since this books up call and reserve ahead of time at 859-261-8500 or go online at www.BBRiverboats.com

Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and is nearly completed with a new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin." He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.