Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

The Cast Iron Cookoff

Ladies and gentlemen start your campfires, it's time for the sixth annual Cast Iron Cook off that is part of the Way Back Weekend that runs 10 to 3 Saturday out at Heritage Farm Museum and Village.

Come out to the Farm to taste some old-school and some new zesty twists on Appalachian campfire cooking, and roam the Farm's seven award-winning museums, it's petting zoo, trails, blacksmith shop and arts and crafts filled Artisan Center.

Representatives from the community will serve as judges for the event and decide the winners for first, second, and third place. Way Back Weekend visitors will also have a chance to participate as they decide the winner of the people’s choice award.

To attend the sixth annual Cast Iron Cook-Off tickets are $15 and $10 child (2 and under, free) or purchase an Annual Saturday pass, which will give entry into every Saturday, including Way Back Weekends, valid for one year after purchase date. Individual passes are $30 each, and family passes, which cover two adults and any child under 18 in the home, are $75.

To purchase tickets or find out more information on the rules for the cook-off visit heritagefarmmuseum.com/events, follow #HeritageFarmWV #WayBackWeekend or call 304-522-1244. This year’s Cast Iron Cook-off Way Back Weekend is presented by Chase Bank.


Let The River of Book Love Flow

Book lovers let your love flow as the Ohio River Festival of Books, which started Monday, runs through Saturday with a bunch of daily events.

ORFOB will close out Friday and Saturday with two big days at the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday the Festival showcases best-selling author Curtis Sittenfeld, and then from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, is a full day with a writers panel, workshops, a book sale, and such featured authors as Cat Winters, Ashley Wolff, Carine McCandless, and TV and film writer, Mickey Fisher. 

For more information, go online at www.ohioriverbooks.org.


Funkta Fest

The last Ritter Live concert of the season is getting a whole lot funky with it. 

From 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, come up to the Ritter Park Amphitheater for Funktafest, which is featuring some funky rock and soul from such regional acts as The M.F. B. (which will be dropping its debut album), The Settlement, and Dub V Funk from Huntington and from Charleston, Beggars Clan and GrooveHeavy. 

In between sets, enjoy some WV hip hop from the Dinosaur Burps, as well as ergionally traveling local DJs, Charlie Brown Superstar and DJ Feminasty. In addition to the music festivities, there will be a craft beer tent featuring unique and favorite selections from Big Timber Brewing and other craft breweries in the region available for purchase by all legal-age patrons. Funktafest is facilitated in part by the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District and is sponsored by Triple Crown Beverage Group, Bonded by Bottles, Big Timber Brewing, Route 60 Music Co., Brand Yourself, Create Huntington, Huntington Music & Arts Festival, and The Cabell-Huntington CVB .


Honky Tonk Heroes Unite

The Huntington-based real country band of brothers, the Honky Tonk Heroes present a night of real country music with Nashville outlaw Josh Morningstar. A recovering heroin addict, Morningstar notched up more than 230 gigs in 2014 and these past couple years has toured heavily with Shooter Jennings and Waymore's Outlaws, as well as touring solo. He'll be riding along at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., along with Jeremy Daniel Roberts and Luna and The Mountain Jets. Cover is $7 for those 18 and up.


Funky Folk Fest

Green Dragon Farms, out at 5876 Co Rd 19, Kitts Hill, OH 45645, hosted a big eclectic music fest back in June called Val Stock. J.D. Thomas and friends have been hosting bands nearly every weekend since. This weekend, Sept. 30-Oct.1, they supersize that order with the Funky Folk Fall Fest that runs Friday and Saturday with a pre-party barn jam at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30., and then a full day of eight bands/music acts on Saturday with headliners The Recipe, as well as a best of local units including Tim Lancaster, Moonshine Crossing, String Therapy, Of The Dell. The Karpet Dabs, Poaceous and Warm Daze of Winter. Tickets are $20 for the show and add $5 to camp at the Farm, which includes creek-side spots.

Call 740) 643-1412 or go online at http://www.greendragonfarms.org/ for more info.

Saturday Night at the Opry: Duck into the great indoors to the Mountaineer Opry House, just off the I-64 exit in Milton, where they are hosting one of the WV's fine traveling bluegrass acts, Southridge at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and $5 for those 12 and under. Get out to Milton early and hit the flea market or the Cooper Family Farm's Corn Maze which is now open on weekends and by appointment.

Final Fridays: It's the Final Fridays and that means there's live art and music in downtown Huntington and Portsmouth. In Huntington, the Final Fridays Art Crawl runs 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown and features live music on several corners including in front of Bodega and MU Hall of Fame Cafe. In Portsmouth's Boneyfiddle area, that Final Fridays concert will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. with Of The Dell, The Dividends, Rich Moon, Aaron Collier, and Jeanie Creamer on the Second Street stage in Boneyfiddle. Bring a lawn chair for this last Final Friday of the season.


Comedy, Art and Music in Downtown

It's all downtown and live Friday night. Head to the heart of downtown as the last Final Fridays Art Crawl takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. with street musicians out on the corners, and a Nomad Gallery at 335 Ninth St. Second Floor (above The Bodega).

After seeing some art, hearing some music and hitting some downtown eats, head over to Jean C. Stephenson Auditorium at Huntington City Hall where the internationally-loved comedy podcast "My Brother, My Brother and Me," will be taking a live show of the McElroy brothers' annual holiday show, "Candlenights" featuring other McElroy family podcasts, including "Shmanners," "Still Buffering," and "Sawbones." My Brother My Brother and Me has partnered with Plus One so that $1 from every ticket goes to the Branches Domestic Violence Shelter in Huntington (branchesdvs.org). Portions of this show will be filmed for the McElroy's program on Seeso.

Tickets are on sale for that 8 p.m. live taping at http://candlenights2016.bpt.me/

Go online at www.mcelroyshows.com to read more about the McElroy Brothers shows.


Get Your Sci-Fi, and Game On At the Arena

Tsubasacon the state's first Anime and Gaming convention takes over the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Conference Center from 1 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

Last year, more than 2,200 people came from 25 states to enjoy the buffet of costumed cosplay, anime, a masquerade ball, gaming, including Japanese arcade games from Tokyo Attack, speakers, vendors, and musical guests including Night Sabers, a geek pop duo and costumed DJ, Shadow Clone.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the convention moving to Huntington. To mark the occasion this year's convention will be going retro with screenings of classic series from the 80s & 90s as well as retro game tournaments including Halo 2 and Mario Kart Double Dash. New gaming additions this year include a space for DS users and a variety of board games. There will also be a formal Masquerade Cosplay Ball on Friday evening and a rave on Saturday night.

Admission is $45 for the weekend, and less daily. Go online at http://www.tsubasacon.com/ to see the full schedule including the number of voice actors who will be making appearances.


Museum Carving Up Glass History

The world-renowned glass designing team led by artists Kelsey Murphy and Bob Bomkamp carved on more layers of cameo glass than anyone in the history of that business.

Murphy's amazing, history-making creations are highlighted in the new Huntington Museum of Art exhibit, "A Fragile Peace: The Magic of American Cameo Glass from The Touma Collection" that will be up from Saturday, Oct. 1 through Jan. 8, 2017.

A free opening reception and catalog debut for this exhibit will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Copies of the catalog will be available for purchase from The Museum Shop.

All the cameo glass pieces in the exhibit are by Murphy, originally a graphic designer and sign painter who began etching glass and teamed up with her partner, Robert Bomkamp (a former machinist in the aerospace industry), to develop ability to do highly detailed relief carvings in glass.

For more information on events and programs at the Huntington Museum of Art, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.


MY DAVE TRIPPIN PICK: My road trip pick is Sutton, West Virginia, for the 17th annual West Virginia Filmmakers Fest that runs Friday through Sunday at the Elk Theater and at the Landmark Studio for the Arts.

Come over to the heart of West Virginia to see everything from music videos and short film to feature length indie films made by Mountain State Filmmakers.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/WVfilmfest/ to see the full schedule of events 

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.