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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Your Guide to the Weekend

As Loverboy once said everybody is working for the Weekend.
And well, this is the weekend that is working for everybody.
It's Labor Day, and time to disassemble the assembly line, get off of the 'Net and get your face into the hot sun and a whole lotta summer fun going on.
Here's a look at a few great places to check out this weekend.

Park It At the Happy Clown

Before they turn their thoughts to haunts, Jack and Jane Boylin and the crew at the family-run Camden Park, pile on the for for three days.
The park, with more than 30 rides and attractions, will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday. They've reeled in the red-hot Michigan-based string-swing band, Appleseed Collective for Saturday at 7 p.m. and that will be followed by fireworks. On Sunday, enjoy the wild rumpus that is the Black Twig Pickers.
Go online at www.camdenpark.com or call 304-429-4321 for more information about the Labor Day Celebration. Remember, it's Starlight prices after 5 p.m. if you want to just go for the evening.

Living It Up in Lincoln County

The 30-acree Lincoln County Memorial Fairgrounds, just off WV 3 at Trace Creek in Hamlin, fires up four days of festival fun Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 3-6 with the West Virginia Hillbilly Days.
Gates open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4, for the fest whose highlight that night (at 7:30 p.m.) is the small car demolition derby on Thursday and at 7:30 p.m. Friday freestyle monster truck action. and the band Coal Fired.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, as the fest really gets cooking. At 11 a.m. Saturday, there's a full slate of field games including a frog jumping competition, a greased pig chase, sack races, a water ballon toss and more. A mud run is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, and the Dog Holler Band plays at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, enjoy gospel bluegrass from nationally-traveling, locally based act Jim and Valerie Gabeheart at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m. there's a horse show. Admission is $10 Thursday through Saturday and then only $3 on Sunday.
Other activities and attractions include concessions, vendors, arts and crafts, quilt show, baked goods contest, home-grown veggies contest (canned and fresh), inflatables, bungee jump, chain saw carving, petting zoo and more.
For more info, call 304-549-7301 or go online at www.lcfairsandfestivals.com; www.facebook.com/LCFairsAndFestivals

Parade, Pageant and A Stream of Music at Portsmouth River Days

For more than 50 years, Portsmouth River Days has been celebrating Labor Day in super-sized style.
Kicking off on Thursday, Sept. 3 and running through Monday, Sept. 7, the fest is held down on the river at Front St. & Court St. Court Street Landing with free nightly entertainment on the riverfront stage, arts and crafts, mid-way rides, lots of food and more.
Music starts at 6 p.m. Thursday with Steve Free, Josh Stewart (Marshall student) and Phil Dirt and the Dozers, on Friday enjoy headliner and Nashville songwriter, Keith Anderson, as well as Southern Edge.
Saturday's music includes headliner Sawyer Brown and opening Terry Hall and the Dave Morrison Band. There's fireworks on Sunday night at 10 p.m. Music includes three rock acts, Flint, Teazer and Doc Roc and the Remedies.
In addition to lots of music, there's also the grand parade (right there with Ironton's Memorial Day Parade as Ohio's largest daytime parade) at 11 a.m. Saturday and then at 6 p.m. Saturday, the always sold-out Queens Pageant at the Vern Riffe Center at Shawnee State University.
Go online at http://portsmouthriverdays.org/ for more info.

My Music Picks for the Weekend ....  Fresh off of rocking the Rally on the River, the recharged modern rock unit,Split Nixon with top shelf vocalist Jason Mays, hits the V Club, 751 6th Ave., with fellow veteran rockers Ten Carp Lie. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. Cover is $5 for those 18 and up. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Split-Nixon/337640219606667 and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ten-Carp-Lie/72830058051 to hear the bands.

Grown @$$ Folks: Roll out at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, when Pittsburgh-based DJ Jarrett Tebbets (Hot Mass/Cured/PA) is making his debut at Grown Ass Folks. There is a reason he is the resident DJ at one of the most respected east coast parties outside of NYC. It's also the birthday party for GAF founder J.R. Clark, who will also be celebrating by spinning some music with visuals by Clark Littlepage. Also, there may or may not be a boom box piñata involved with this night. Go online at www.vclublive.com for more info.

Free Music At Black Sheep: Head to the Sheep to get in on the cheap as Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., hosts three nights of free music this weekend. Music is always from 9 to 11 p.m., and no cover. Thursday, it's the horn-blown blues of BRATCAMB, on Saturday it is well-respected country songwriter Mark Cline Bates and on Sunday it's the Music & Mason Jars Open Mic Night. Get there at 8 p.m., if you want to sign up to play.

Mr. Bob Thompson @ Boykin Jazz Alley:
 Head over to the historic Paramount Arts Center in Ashland at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 as they are hosting an intimate cabaret-style performance by The Bob Thompson Unit. Come and sit on stage and enjoy an up-close performance by the multi-talented jazz man who is the pianist for the Mountain Stage band as well as a 2015 inductee of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. Tickets are $35 and $15 students. Go online at www.paramountartscenter.com

Walk This Way For Great Art and Fun

It's the first Friday of the month and that means it is time to fire up the First Friday Art Walk over in Ashland's Arts Corridor along Winchester Avenue.
If you are a photography fan, be sure to head over to the The Upstairs Gallery and Thoroughbred Agency, 1430 Winchester Ave., as they present "The Beauty of Sepia," that opens Friday and runs through Sept. 25.
There will also be plenty of new art up at the artists collective, the Pendleton Art Center, 1537 Winchester Ave., from 5 to 9 p.m. and don't miss some great activities including a performance by the Ashland Youth Ballet as well as a celebration for the Boy and Girl Scouts. The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave., will be open and with inflatables out front. From the Ashes, a Christian rock bank, is providing the musical entertainment and the monthly classic car cruise-in are also on tap for a great evening downtown.
Find out more info at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashland-in-Motion/144877938902309?fref=ts the FB page for Ashland in Motion.

Way Back Weekend: Country Roads Cook-Off

Set to run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, out at the national award-winning Heritage Farm Museum and Village, 3300 Harvey Road, the Country Roads Cook-Off will pay homage to the time-tested Appalachian method of cast-iron cooking in the annual culinary themed Way Back Weekend. The area's best chefs and campfire cooks will go skillet-to-skillet for cash prizes and bragging rights.
Way Back Weekend will feature food samples from various cooks, in addition to food by River and Rail Bakery.
Tickets are $15 and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Family ($75) and Individual passes ($30) are still available that can be used for the October, November and December WayBack Weekends as well.
In addition to all the great food, there will be entertainment at noon with Dancers Choice Square Dance Club of Huntington and at 1 p.m. with the Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club. Wagon rides, the petting zoo and museum tours also will be open, while lunch and desserts can be purchased from Village Vittles and the Artisan Café.
A family cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. will be hosted by Joshua Sowards of Try This West Virginia.
For more information, visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com and check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and call 304-522-1244.

My Dave Trippin' Pick: 
My road-trip pick this weekend is to Point Pleasant, West Virginia.C hannel your inner Mark Twain and enjoy some 'Life on the Ohio' upriver at Point Pleasant where the Point Pleasant River Museum and the city hosts its annual Tribute to the River, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5 at Riverfront Park.
Attractions and activities include a tow boat tour, line throw, cornhole contests with cash prizes, children’s games Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., inflatables, 50/50 drawing, concessions, entertainments and much more.
Friday night kicks off with music at 8 p.m. by Paul Doeffinger, the local singing mailman who folks in Huntington know as Paul James.
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days you can take tours of AEP's towboat, The Mountain State, as well as the P.A. Denny. At 1 p.m. Saturday, there's river presentation by Capt. Steve Pearson, and a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. for deceased river workers.This will be followed by the presentation of the River Museum Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoring a person who has made significant contributions to the river industry. There will be a presentation of the telegraph from the P. A. Denny to the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center.
The Band of Brothers (Band) will conclude the day’s activity when they take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday for a free show.
For more info call 304-674-0144 or 304-675-6788.

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.