Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend April 13-16

Go ahead and cue up the Jack Rollins' hit, "Here Comes Peter Cottontail," because your favorite egg-laying bunny rabbit is laying his prize-laden, Peeps-dropping magic at a shaggy lawn near you.

Here's a few hunts you do not want to miss.

Trucks and Eggs

Ritter Park hosts the fastest egg hunt east of the Mississippi with more than 25,000 eggs to be found at high noon Saturday. There is also a First Responder Touch-A-Truck, outdoor lawn bowling, and several pet rescue groups with adoptable pets.

The Easter Bunny will also be on hand to help with the countdown and take pictures with kids.

For more info go online at www.ghprd.org, and follow the Park District on Twitter and Facebook.

History And Eggs

Roll out Saturday, April 15 to the historic Madie Carroll House, 234 Guyan St., Huntington, where Cabell County's oldest home will be celebrating Easter.

At noon, there will be tours of the historic home (which survived the Civil War) and then at 1 p.m. there will be an Easter Egg Hunt in the lawn of the historic home, which is on the Civil War Heritage Trail.

For more information, please call Karen Nance, 304-736-1655.

Dragons And Eggs

The music festival site, Green Dragon Farms, 5876 County Road 19 in Kitts Hill, Ohio, is hosting a family-friendly Easter weekend and Spring Fest that will feature live music, story time, field games such as a potato sack race, an Easter egg toss, an egg/spoon race, a no-hands egg, pass-off, bouncy castle, face painting, BYOBE (Build Your Own Bunny Ears), Flower Pot Decorating, tie-dying (bring your own white shirt) and much more.Gates open at noon Saturday, April 15, and close at 6 p.m. Camping is available. Cost is $10 at the gate with children under 12 getting in free.

Bring one nonperishable food item, to receive one Raffle Ticket- Limit One Per Person) Winner of the raffle, gets a free ticket to the Blacklight Forest Event on April 20.

There will also be food vendors and a steady flow of music from Brandon Whitt and Perry's Story Time. Food vendors include: Copley's Confections and Underdawgs. Go online at www.facebook.com/GreenDragonFarms and http://greendragonfarms.org for more info on this and other upcoming fests including the summer - ValStock. Call 740-643-1412 for more info.

Discs and Eggs

The City of Dunbar, along with the Dunbar Woman's Club, is presenting its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at Wine Cellar Park, located on Dutch Hollow Road. Newborn through the eighth grade will be able to hunt eggs throughout the park.

While waiting for the hunt to begin, or afterwards, participants can practice playing disc golf at the park, which has an 18-hole disc golf course.

Also be sure to check out the historic Dutch Hollow Wine Cellars consists of three stone and masonry vaults with curved roofs. and were built circa 1860. The cellars were established by vintner Tom Friend but operated only three years before the Civil War stopped the business.

You check out Wine Cellar Park Disc Golf Facebook page for additional information at https://www.facebook.com/Wine-Cellar-Park-Disc-Golf-444602112311340/

My concert picks this weekend ... 

On Saturday, it's a four-band blast of regional rock bands at The V Club with the instrumental all-star rock unit, Signals, on the bill with No Pretty Pictures, Trielement and Scroungehound. Cover is $7 for those 18 and up.

For a kinder, gentler evening ... from the autoharp to mandolins, guitars and blues harps, the The 1937 Flood rocks in the old time jug band way. Comeout at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, as Route 60 Music Company, 60 Peyton St., Barboursville, hosts a CD release party for the band's sixth album since 2001. Admission is a $5 (or more) donation to the Facing Hunger Food Bank or three cans or boxes of nonperishable food. 

Go online at http://www.route60music.com/ for more info about Route 60 and other events there..

Shoot Up The Capitol Marbles Style.

Have a kid game party like its 1959 as The West Virginia Division of Culture and History hosts the ninth annual A. James Manchin Marble Tournament Saturday, April 15, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The free tournament is open to children from 7 to 14 years of age and all skill levels.

Interested participants may register at the Culture Center from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. that morning. A practice session and chance to learn tips about playing marbles will begin at 12:30 p.m. and lasts until the tournament commences at 1:30 p.m. Tournament marbles will be provided and are available for purchase.The tournament’s marble game, Ringer, is played by placing 13 marbles in the form of an “X” in a 10-foot circle with players alternating shots. 

National contest rules will apply in the competition and can be found by visiting the website, www.nationalmarblestournament.org.

Park It At Chief Logan For Regional Passion Play

Normally, Chief Logan State Park's theater season isn't until summer when The Aracoma Story takes the stage, but this year The Aracoma Story Inc. is performing the outdoor drama "Bow The Knee," directed by Curtis Crum and featuring more than 65 people in the biblical story of Jesus.

Remaining show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, April 13-16 at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre in Chief Logan State Park. The dramatic musical passion play depicts the miracles of Jesus through the eyes of a Roman centurion.

Go online at http://www.chiefloganstatepark.com/ to find out more about the outdoor drama and more about Chief Logan which has lots of hiking, trails, a museum in the park, a wildlife exhibit and the nearby Chief Logan Lodge which has an indoor pool with water slide.

My Roadtrip Pick: Head west to Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Ky., where they are hosting a full weekend of Easter and outdoors fun, Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16. There will be family-oriented recreation programs throughout the weekend that kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14 with a flashlight tour of Cascade Cave, one of the largest of the 200 known caves in Carter County.

On Saturday, there will be egg coloring, scavenger hunting, tomahawk throwing, nature hiking and cave tours all weekend long.

On Easter Day, they will be serving their Easter Buffet at the lodge and at 2 p.m. will have their annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Carter Caves Homemakers with more than 1,000 eggs for children 12 and under. The egg hunt will start promptly at 2 p.m. at the Welcome Center.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/CarterCavesStateResortPark/ for more info.

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.

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