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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

To quote the 1980s hair metal band Europe, "It's the Final Countdown" and teachers, students and parents know exactly what I mean. While summer officially doesn't cash out until Sept. 23, sometime Chili Fest and Greek Fest, we know for whom the school bells toll.
So with Boyd County starting back next Wednesday and WV and Ohio schools right on their trail, those lazy summer days are slipping away.
Here's a look at just a few cool ways to spend your last days of freedom.

Last Call for Summer Theater

HART in the Park closed out its three-week run of the new history-fueled musical, "Collis P," last weekend but by special demand there will be an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July at Huntington City Hall. 
The show is pay-what-you-will at the door. All donations go to Huntington's efforts to win the America's Best Communities competition.
The musical will begin with a pre-show at 7:30 p.m. that will feature performances from the first two seasons of HART in the Park including "Willy Wonka," Nunsense," and the recent record-breaker "Mary Poppins." "Collis P," an original musical written by Clint McElroy with music by Danny Craig, will follow the pre-show. Donations will be taken at the door. All proceeds go to Huntington's efforts to win the America's Best Communities competition.
"Collis P." is the story of Collis P. Huntington, the colorful railroad tycoon who founded the city and changed America and the world by funding the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The show is 20 years in the making by well-known radio and stage personality Clint McElroy.
To make a contribution, visit the Foundation for the Tri-State Community website at www.tristatefoundation.org/give/giveonline or call 606-324-3888.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side of History

Take a walk on the wild side of history as Heritage Farm Museum and Village hosts a Hatfields and McCoys-themed Way Back Weekend that runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at the farm.
Enjoy visiting with cast and crew of the Hatfields and McCoys documentary, watch reenactments and jump in and participate in games including a Hatfields and McCoys tug of war and check out the new traveling exhibit, "The Hatfields and McCoys: American Blood Feud," that will be up at Heritage Farm through Aug. 19. 
The West Virginia Humanities Council traveling exhibit will then be on display at the Huntington Museum of Radio & Technology, located at 1640 Florence Avenue, from Aug. 26 through Sept. 6.
While at Heritage Farm browse its seven museums, gift shop, petting zoo, Artisan Center and enjoy food from River and Rail Bakery.
Also take a wagon ride around the Farm as well.
Go online at http://heritagefarmmuseum.com/ or call 304-522-1244 for more info.

Park It At Camden
Camden Park has only a couple more full weeks left before they start cranking back the schedule as August appears and school kids disappear. Don't miss one of the region's best young, rocking blues bands, Mojomatic featuring powerhouse vocalist Kayla Massie, as they close out the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series with shows at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, July 30-31 near the Midway.
Get there early to take a few spins on everything from the Big Dipper, the Swan Boat, The Rattler, the Kite Flier and others.
Call 304-429-4321 or go online at www.camdenpark.com to check on the full schedule which includes the Wayne County Fair, running Aug. 4-9 at the park.

Go Over to Barboursville Park and Go 'Up'

Head over to Barboursville Park Friday as they are hosting a free showing of the 2009 Disney/Pixar animated film, "Up."
The event starts at 8 and the movie rolls at dark at the amphitheater.
Showing will be the PG-rated, 2009 Disney/Pixar blockbuster animation hit, "Up."
The movie traces 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen as he travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.
CFS and the Barboursville Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a raffle at the event, pass out glow sticks for the kids and have 50 bags for the movie attendees highlighting Barboursville business’ and community programs.
If you need directions please call the Barboursville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-733-1500. In the event of inclement weather, check the Village of Barboursville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Facebook page for news and updates.

A SuperHero Saturday in Ashland

From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, SuperHero Creamery 2002 29th St, Ashland, will be blocking off all of 29th Street (from Moore Street to Holt Street) in Ashland, Kentucky, and throwing an outdoor BlockParty extravaganza featuring music, food vendors, street magic, and a video game tournament hosted by GameStop. Come see a movie-scale Batmobile, and meet and greet live SuperHero characters Batman, Spider-Man, Batgirl, Captain America, and Catwoman. Come hang out with Elsa and Anna, and sing along with Anna as she sings hit songs from the movie Frozen!
Appearing live will be "America's Got Talent" showcase participants "Torn In Two," a 5 piece Christian rock band from Huntington, and, of course SuperHero Creamery will be open where you can choose from many flavors of ice cream, toys and collectibles, comic books, or even have a custom T-Shirt ordered just for you at their custom print facilities, all in-house.

A Once In a Blue Moon Road Trip

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s summer Mountain Rail Adventures have featured a variety of exciting train trips. This weekend could be one of the coolest as they offer the The Blue Moon – Blue Steel package on Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2. Leaving at 7 p.m. Friday from historic Cass, W.Va., take a night-time train ride to Bald Knob overlook for a view of the July Blue Moon from the 4,843-foot summit. Nighttime train rides from Cass are rare, and the opportunity to see and photograph July’s second full moon of the month will enhance the rarity of this train ride. The trip includes an extended layover at the overlook, snacks and soda. The train will descend the mountain, returning to Cass shortly after midnight.
Learn more by visiting www.mountainrail.com Visit on social media at #mountainrail

Buy It, or Make it and Take It

The family-owned Blenko Glass Company in Milton kicks open the doors for the 8th Annual Festival of Glass that runs Friday and Saturday, July 31-Aug 1.
There will be a wide variety of classes during the festival as well as signings, guided tours, glass blowing demos, live radio remotes with B-97.1 and glass giveaways.
For more information on this event please call 304-743-9081 or go online at www.blenko.com

Let's Do the TimeWarp Again in Ironton

For years DownHome Decadence brought the wild and wonderful cult-film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" to the Cinema Theatre in downtown Huntington.
With that theater long since closed, DownHome Decadence has taken its shadow cast show on the road. At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, they are back in action as DHD presents the 9th anniversary screening of "Rocky Horror," at the Ro-Na Theater - 310 S 3rd Street, Ironton.
Tickets are $5 at the door and proceeds go to the Ro-Na Restoration Project.
FYI, "Rocky Horror" is rated R and DownHome Decadence warns that their presentation "deals with mature subject matters in a very immature way."
Follow DownHome Decadence online at downhomedecadence.net and on Twitter @dhdonstage

My DAVE TRIPPIN PICK: My roadtrip pick this weekend is to Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Fair, which runs July 29 through Aug. 9.
Held in Columbus since 1886, come up to the Ohio Expo Center for concerts, rides, fair exhibits, food and such fun traditions as the Butter sculpture, the All Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and Band and the ODNR Natural Resources lake where you can do everything from kayak to catch catfish.
Go online at www.ohiostatefair.com 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. He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.