Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
It’s the long Memorial Day Weekend and there’s a ton of ways to just push play around the region, and we are taking that party outside starting now.
Here's a look at all that's cool and fun under the Tri-State sun this weekend.
Dreamland Pool Opens
If you're looking for 1.4 million gallons of fun, look no further than Kenova where Dreamland Pool kicks off its 90th season at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28. There will be kids games, and live music from the oldies act, YesterYear, as well as some classic rock with the band, Teacher's Pet.
The pool, which was saved last year, thanks to a huge community effort including about $125,000 in repairs by Marathon Petroleum employees, will now be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Special discount admission will be on $2 Tuesday and $3 Thursday, when all admission is $2 and $3 respectively all day long.
Admission other days for everyone days is $4, and free for age 3 and under.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/dreamland.pool/ for more info.
Final Fridays Art Crawl in downtown Huntington
Arts meets music and business and theater for some happy hour fun as part of the revamped Final Fridays Art Crawl from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, in downtown Huntington.
Come to downtown Huntington live music and performers on various street corners along 3rd and 4th Avenues, see some cool art at a Nomad Gallery at 901 Fourth Ave., a new pottery exhibit Appalachian Dirt at the Marshall University Visual Arts Center Gallery as well as the Art of Business demos at Village Collection, Trendz and Treats and at T.K. Dodrill Jewelers, 51 Pullman Square, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Trendz and Treats, 13 Pullman Square with a homemade cannoli demo by Toni Karle, and Village Collection, 900 4th Ave.,will be showcasing live models.
Performers from Huntington Area Regional Theatre will be previewing their upcoming performance of "Wizard of Oz" at the Pullman Square Pavilion, and there will be a Nomad Gallery at 901 4th Ave. from 5 to 7 p.m.
The other Art Crawl dates are: June 24, July 29, Aug. 26 and Sept. 30. For more information, call 304-525-5131 or email email@example.com.
Park it @ The Happy Clown
Head out to West Virginia's only amusement park, Camden Park, which just kicked off its 113th season last weekend. The family-owned park has more than 30 rides and attractions, kicks into high gear over Memorial Day Weekend.
Park-goers will get to check the park's new ride, Slingshot, a compact spinning coaster for 16 riders, that features a figure eight track with cars that spin freely throughout the ride, as well as old favorites such as The Big Dipper, the Haunted House, the Train and the newly re-built ride, The Whip.
There will also be live music on the park's Midway Stage on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, Columbus-based, nationally traveling indie country act, Carter Winter takes the stage with performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m. with fireworks to follow at 9:30 p.m.
Nashville country artist Morgan White, who originally hails from the southern coalfields of West Virginia, brings it all back home, on Sunday afternoon with shows at 1 and 3 p.m. The concerts are free with park admission.
Go online at www.camdenpark.com for more info and follow them on FB and Twitter to find out more about the park's extended hours, live music, fireworks, military discount, and the scheduled opening of their newest attraction.
It's All Going Down in I-Town
Over in Ironton, history comes alive with one of the best smalltown parades in the country - The Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade, stepping off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30 with 12 divisions and thousands of people enjoying the nation's oldest Memorial Day Parade, which dates back to 1868.
The parade, which will have about 1,000 participants, begins on Center Street and ends on 6th Street and Park Avenue. The grand marshal is Julia Jones with World War II Navy veteran, Paul Salyer as the honorary grand marshal.
While the parade is the main attraction, don't miss some great music and fun in Itown, including four-time world champion Elvis Presley tribute act Dwight Icenhower, at the Ro-Na Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, May 30, the Ro-Na, located at 310 S. Third St., will host Charleston-based R&B act, Hybrid Soul.
Go online at https://www.showclix.com/event/hybird-soul-project for tickets, or www.ro-na.net or call 740-533-9797.
There's also concerts all over the city from Frogtown to The Laidback as well as the annual St. Joseph Catholic Church charity Fair that runs Saturday through Monday with rides, food, games, inflatables, live music, a craft tent and the annual raffles.
Thanks for the Memories, Grayson
Just about 35 minutes from Huntington, the little Kentucky city of Grayson, knows how to get a hometown party started. Their annual Grayson Memory Days gets rocking in a big way at 6 p.m. Friday, May 27 as th Commercial Bank of Grayson, 208 E Main St, Grayson, celebrates its 125th anniversary with an epic block party featuring one of country music's hottest new band Old Dominion and openers Sasha Colette and Dustin Burchett . Enjoy the band, streetfood vendors, red carpet photo booths, giveaways, and more.
Also, the Grayson Gallery, will be presenting its annual Regional Favorites Art Show to celebrate it's fifth anniversary from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 27 for the Final Fridays Art Walk.
With 25 talented artists represented, over 75 artworks will be on display by those who have been arts advocates, show participants and supporters of the Grayson Gallery since its inception.
The Gallery will also be open 10 a.m. to p.m. Saturday.
There will also be live music all weekend long at Bayso's and Simply The Best, and on Saturday lots of fun from a car show to kids games including inflatables, a rock wall, velcro wall and hamster balls
So Many Yard Sales So Little Time
If you are following a car that has the bumper sticker "This Car Stops at All Yard Sales" follow them to The Country Music Highway this weekend for the ninth annual U.S. 23 Highway Yard Sale that will be set up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26, through Saturday, May 28.
The sale begins in Greenup County and ends at Letcher County — the beginning and the end of U.S. 23 in Kentucky.
Boyd County's organized site will again be at Sargent's Tires, at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Hoods Creek Pike as you go into Westwood. Vendors can pick their spots — first come, first served. Balloons and signs will mark the location. Garbage cans are available for trash, and visitor hospitality bags will be distributed to the vendors.
The Yard Sale was started by tourism offices along U.S. 23 with the intent to draw tourists to the Country Music Highway and to create an outlet for residents to purge unwanted items.
For more information, call the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 606-329-1007.
My Dave Trippin' Pick: My road-trip pick this weekend is to Legend Valley, just 30 minutes outside Columbus for the fifth annual Dark Star Jubile that kicks off the music festival and camping season Friday through Sunday with
over 30 hours of music from: Dark Star Orchestra (3 nights, 2 sets nightly), Yonder Mountain String Band, Hot Tuna Electric, Leftover Salmon, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many more.
Also, a wide variety of workshops, musical collaborations, roaming crowd performers, fire spinners, group activities and much more. Attendees can camp within the concert bowl, a few hundred feet from the stage, making the experience close and personal.
Gates open at noon Friday, May 27. For complete information on the Dark Star Jubilee including 2016 tickets, festival info, directions and photos from past events, please visit http://www.darkstarjubilee.com.
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. He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.