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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Hi! Dave Lavender here, from The Herald-Dispatch, here’s my Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend picks for this weekend:

Have a Holly Jolly Motown/Vegas Christmas, WV Symphony Style

One of the coolest musical tours rolling coast to coast is America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., whose Motown-fueled Christmas tour rolls into the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 as a special guest of a special holiday-sized Huntington Symphony Orchestra.

The symphony’s numbers swell to 65, as they are joined by Murphy, his 11-piece big band, and his tourmates, Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, the former lead vocalists of the Temptations, the Platters, and the Drifters.


While at the Keith-Albee, be sure to look skyward and see the light show at the top of the West Virginia Building.


Tickets are $20 for balcony, $35 for orchestra level 2, $50 for loge and orchestra level one and $65 for VIP to see this one-of-a-kind holiday concert that will feature the symphony backing  the guys who’ll be burning up the stage with everything from “Get Ready,” and  “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” to  “O Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “My  Girl,” and the HSO traditional last song —  “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Tickets are available by calling 304-781-8343 or stopping by the symphony office at 763 3rd Ave., Huntington.


Ashland Dreaming Of A ‘White Christmas’

The historic Paramount Arts Center gets turned into a snowy Vermont lodge as the Paramount Players present the beloved musical, “White Christmas,” which features 17 Irving Berlin classics like “Blues Skies,” and of course,” White Christmas.”

The musical runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and there’s a 3 p.m. Saturday matinee as well.


While in Ashland, be sure to hit the Winter Wonderland of Lights at Central Park. This is the last weekend to see Santa in the log cabin and to catch a ride on the Wonderland Express — both Santa and the train run 6 to 9 Friday through Saturday nights.

If you go to the Ashland lights and want a double feature so to speak, cross the river and hit Coal Grove’s Paul Porter Park, the tiny hillside park that is packed with great holiday lights and an excellent, large manger scene.


Here’s more info on “White Christmas”

Tickets can be purchased in advance at $14 and $10 students. Day of show tickets are $16/$12. Call the box office at 606-324-0007 or go online www.paramountartscenter.com


My Brother, My Brother and Me Bring Comedy Show “Candlenights’ to Huntington

The popular comedy podcast, “My Brother, My Brother and Me,” will be amping up the Christmas spirit with their annual holiday and fam-friendly (PG-13) rated show “Candlenights,” which will be taped live in Huntington at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium at Huntington City Hall.

The Huntington natives Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy are the voices and minds behind four of the Top 40 Comedy Podcasts on iTunes, and have toured the country selling out shows from L.A. to New York.

Tickets are $15 and just a few tickets remain and are on sale at http://mbmbamcandlenights.brownpapertickets.com.

Opening the show will be Justin and Dr. Sydnee McElroy’s medical humor show "Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine," named by iTunes as one of 2013's best new podcasts.



Enjoy Some Art on A Limb at the HMA

The Huntington Museum of Art gets folks in the Christmas spirit offering a guided tour of the "Art on a Limb" exhibit, which is presented by Camden Park, during its December 4th Tuesday Tour at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23. Admission is free.

The 4th Tuesday Tour will include refreshments and Free Tuesdays at HMA in 2014 are generously sponsored by Macy’s.

"Art on a Limb" is an exhibit of holiday trees decorated with ornaments created by local artists at the museum, which is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. HMA is closed to the public on Mondays.

Holiday hours are that HMA will be closed Christmas Day; Dec. 26; New Year's Day; and Jan. 2, 2015. HMA and The Museum Shop will be open to the public  Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to noon..

For more information about events at HMA, visit www.hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.


Winter On the Wild Side

Looking for something cool to give that outdoors lover on your list? Sign them up for the sixth annual Winter Adventure Weekend  that runs Jan.. 23-25 at Carter Caves State Resort Park, where they can enjoy a true outdoor lovers buffet of adventure with 165 different trips for all levels and for folks ages 6 and up.

Outside there is winter horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, archeological field trips, rock climbing, a zip line and other adventures.

Indoors, there is  the infamous Squeezebox, a slackline (tightrope walk) and The Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave, the world's longest cardboard cave, live music, an auction and more.

The list of the trips, along with registration information and other details for the 2015 event are available at www.winteradventureweekend.com.


DAVE TRIPPIN: My road-trip pick this weekend is to Cincinnati, Ohio, where Mummies of the World exhibit has just opened at the Cincy Museum Center at Union Terminal.


I’ve always been a fan of going to things off-season really early, really late, on Tuesday, Friday morning or whatever and whenever it takes to beat pushy crowds.

So while everyone is decking the halls and wassailing away, my roadtrip pick this weekend is to head up to Cincinnati, Ohio, where here in the maw of the holidays, you should be able to slip into this amazing exhibit without it being elbow to elbow.

The Mummies of the World — the largest collection of mummy artifacts ever assembled shares science and stories of mummification — are now on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center, which is located at Union Terminal, a true American architectural treasure that was voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects.

The  Cincinnati Museum Center includes the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library.

For tickets and more information visit www.cincymuseum.org and www.mummiesoftheworld.com.

Tickets are $19.50, Child: $12.50, Senior: $17.50, Member Adult: $12.50 and Member Child: $8.50.

Also, if you are a member at the Clay Center or the Highlands Museum, you have reciprocal membership to such area sciences museums as COSI in Columbus and the Cincy Museum Center.




Dave Lavender is the author of “Dave Trippin: A Daytripper’s Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.” He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.