Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Tom Sawyer Gets Steam Punk Make Over
Director Zach Davis and the kids of First Stage Theatre Company are putting a steampunk twist on the Mark Twin classic adventure, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Catch the play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15 and at 2;30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at Huntington Middle School. Tickets are $10 and $8 for children.
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is the first show in the 27th season for Huntington’s long-running children’s theatre. Shows coming up include "School of Rock the Musical: Youth Production" on Nov. 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2016, and "Honk!" and "Showcase 2017" in Spring 2017.
For more information, call 304-416-KIDS (304-416-5437) or go to www.FirstStageTheatre.org.

It's A Spooktacular Weekend for some early haunts.
My weekend picks to get your early Halloween haunt on....

In West Virginia ...
The historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, 925 Fourth Ave., is the site for the Howl-A-Ween Costume Ball set for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $100 per couple & benefit Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter. The evening will include haunted basement and boiler room tours, refreshments and appetizers, a costume contest with prizes, vampire cocktails and more. Call 304-634-3313 or email heather@littlevictories.org.

In Ohio ... The historic (and creepy) Ro-Na Theater, 312 S. 3rd St in Ironton, will be hosting its haunted house, Dr. DeKay's House of Screams from 7 p.m. to midnight every Friday and Saturday night with ghosts, devils and “doctors” taking over the theater. Tickets are $10 and there are refreshments are available while you wait your turn to be terrified or after you’ve screamed until your voice is gone and need to relax. Proceeds will be used to help with the ongoing renovation and expenses of the Ro-Na Theater.

And in Kentucky ..
. make it a two for one night in Carter County, by hitting the Haunted Jail in Grayson (8-10 every Friday and Saturday) and then the Carter Caves Haunted Trail which runs 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Grayson's Haunted Jail: Located at the former Carter County Jail House, the Haunted Jail runs from 8 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in October. Admission is $5 with proceeds to benefit the GGAC and area non-profits.

Carter Caves Haunted Trail: Located at Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill, Ky. The Carter Caves Haunted Trail runs 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14-15, 21-22. Carter Caves State Resort Park will host the annual Haunted Trail. Guests will be able to take a walk through the 1/4 mile trail and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear. Trail survivors consider Carter Caves Haunted Trail one of the best haunted attractions in the region. Admission is $10. Concessions will be available at the beginning of the trail. The trail is not recommended for young children. Transportation to and from the trailhead will be provided. Ticket sales are each event night from 7:30-10 p.m. at Carter Caves Public Pool. For more information, call 800-325-0059.

Extra, Extra Art All About It!
There's not one but two cool art events Thursday night. At 7 p.m., New York City-based designer,
illustrator, and animator, Mirko Ilić will present, "Fist to Face." The presentation will take place in the
VAC Carroll Gallery (927 Third Avenue) and is preceded by a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for his solo exhibition. Ilić is a 2016 Edwards Distinguished Professor in the Arts. In addition to his exhibition and talk, he will lead a workshop with a group of Marshall students the next day. The event is free and open to the public.
Also at 7 p.m., Huntington Museum of Art will welcome L.A.-based artist Patrick Lee as a Walter Gropius Master Artist in October when the internationally shown and known artist speaks about his work during a free public presentation.
His mind-blowing exhibition, "Deadly Friends," is on view through Dec. 30. Lee will present a three-day workshop at HMA titled "Drawing Realism" 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16. Visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701 for workshop fee information or to register.

American Idol Finalist at the PAC
American Idol Finalist Tristan McIntosh will be performing live at the historic Paramount Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.
Admission is $20 to see McIntosh, who is known for such songs as "You Can’t Take That Away From Me," which signifies that no matter who you are, being yourself is the most important thing in life.
Bandmate, Ashland's own Bronson Bush, who now lives in Nashville, will be performing a 30-40 minute opening acoustic set.
Call 606-324-0007 for more info or go online at www.paramountartscenter.com to learn about other upcoming shows including Jamey Johnson and Chris Hennessee which is set for Wednesday, Oct. 19 and the Oct. 20, Jazz Alley featuring Josh Paxton and Debbie Davis.

My Fall Foliage pick for the weekend ..
.. Enjoy autumn at Blennerhassett Island State Park’s Mansion by Candlelight event Oct. 14 and 15, 2016. For two nights, electricity is banished and guests are transported back to 1805 to see the Blennerhassett Mansion and grounds lit by hundreds of flickering candles.
Guests are invited to board the Island Belle sternwheeler at Civitan Park in Belpre, Ohio, ride to the island, then meet historic figures dressed in 18th century costumes and enjoy a traditional harvest dinner. It’s all in the style of the grand parties that were thrown by Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett, wealthy Irish aristocrats who settled on the wilderness island in 1798 and completed construction of their magnificent mansion in 1800.
Reservations are required by Oct. 1 and may be purchased by calling the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park at 304-420-4800. Ticket prices are $35 and $25 for children ages 3-12. The ticket covers the round-trip sternwheeler ride, mansion visit, horse-drawn wagon ride, activities and the servants’ party. A list of the many activities and attractions is available at www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com.

MY DAVE TRIPPIN: PICK: My road-trip pick is to Fayetteville, West Virginia where they are hosting Bridge Day. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, you (and about 80,000 of your closest friends) can roll south to the cool small city of Fayetteville, W.Va., to hang out on the 876-foot-tall New River Gorge Bridge where hundreds of BASE jumpers will hurl themselves off of America's second highest bridge on the only day of the year that traffic is shut down.
Walk across the world’s second longest single arch bridge to enjoy browsing through hundreds of vendor’s booths and if you're feeling frisky, sign up for a whitewater rafting trip on the New River Saturday that takes you under the bridge, or on Sunday hit the last day of the world famous Gauley River season.
Go online at http://www.thebridgejam.com/ to find the complete lineup for the Bridge Jam music festival that runs Friday and Saturday with Friday headliner The Grascals and Saturday's headliner The Kentucky Headhunters and both nights Step Into the Blue.
The whitewater resorts also have lots of music and fun this weekend as well including Taste of Bridge Day at Smokey's on the Gorge on Friday and a two-day music fest at Cantrell's Rafting too.


Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and his new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin" now for sale on Amazon.com and through CreateSpace. Check out the new book at the Red Caboose, Empire Books and News, and now at Camden Park. Lavender covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.