Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
Hi I’m Dave Lavender from The Herald-Dispatch and here’s Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend in 60 seconds or less and starting now...
Kidical Mass Holiday Ride
Want to go see some Christmas lights and get some exercise along the way?
Then decorate your bicycle and roll on out to Ritter Park at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 15, where bicyclists are meeting at the fountain for a family-friendly bicycle ride that will traverse Huntington’s Southside on the hunt for cool Christmas lights.
The ride is free and open to the public. After the ride, any interested people are welcome to come along with the group to the 10th Street Gino’s at their own expense.
You can find out more about Kidical Mass on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kidical-Mass-Huntington-WV/256104701178284
My other Christmas light picks for the weekend?
It’s not just the Mothman’s eyes that are glowing in Point Pleasant.
Get a double-shot of Christmas lights at the Christmas Fantasy Light Show at Krodel Park, that’s where they’ve got a glowing Mothman display, and then head up north of the Point, to the West Virginia State Farm Museum where their 3-million-light-strong light show opens on Friday and runs through Dec. 22..
Here’s a closer look at those light shows.
West Virginia State Farm Museum’s Christmas Light Show: Opens Friday, Dec. 13 through 22, Point Pleasant at the Farm Museum. More than three million lights will decorate every tree, shrub and building. Santa Claus will be visiting nightly. The Museum’s Country Store will be open. Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly. Visit http://www.wvfarmmuseum.org or call 304-675-5737.
Christmas Fantasy Light Show: Now until Dec. 31, Krodel Park, Point Pleasant. This is a drive-through light show around Krodel Park. Unique animated light displays include Santa Claus, Santa’s workshop, a 20-foot windmill, gingerbread men, angels, the Mothman, and many more.. Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Call 304-675-6788 or email email@example.com.
Hop On the Party Train for a Great Cause
Help some area children have a great Christmas, and have a great time doing it.
Charlie’s Harley-Davidson on Fourth Street in Huntington revs up a good time at 7 Saturday as they host the always epic holiday party, the 14th Annual Toy Train.
Admission is $30 at the door, or a $30 new, unwrapped toy, for the party that features free food, drinks and live music by the chillbilly soul unit, Mystic Mountain Blueberry
The party takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Charlie's Harley-Davidson, 408 4th St.
Admission is a new, unwrapped toy (or $30 at the door). The Toy Train is a local charity that benefits children in the Tri-State area. They attempt to aid as many children as possible to insure that they hav.
e an enjoyable Christmas. If your gift is not valued at a minimum of $30 then we may ask that you make a donation for this difference.
Check out more about Mystic Mountain Blueberry, the brand fronted by Joe Murphy and Chad Midkiff, on their Facebook page
Winter Wonderland of Lights and Fun
Winter Wonderland of Lights in Ashland hosts a fun event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Party with Santa and enjoy Trolley Rides around Central Park" with a karaoke and pizza party at the Transportation Center (99 15th Street), Ashland. This event is free for K through sixth grade children. The 800,000-light-strong Winter Wonderland of Lights will light up the 52-acre Central Park in Ashland daily through Jan. 5. The lights are up from dusk to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from dusk to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Go online at www.winterwonderlandoflights.com.
A Double-Shot of Old-Time and Country
If you like a new twist on old-time and country music, you’re in luck Thursday night. First off at 9 p.m., the top shelf young old-time band, Modock Rounders fire up the banjos and fiddles at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., for their free monthly show there.
Then, over at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., superfriends unite — it’s ace three-piece Americana, rock unit, Deadbeats and Barkers, backing tough young Kentucky songwriter Tyler Childers in a new collaboration called Tyler Childers and The Food Stamps as part of This Ain’t No Disco. Also on the bill that night is Living Saints, and of course, the night is closed out by the one and only Brett Fuller on the turntables. Cover that night is $5.
Go online at www.vclublive.com for more info on this and other shows.
Just Push Play at Marshall
Marshall University Theatre and the Lunar Stratagem, the international touring theater company based in Huntington, premieres its newest work , “Can You Forgive Her?” in performances Thursday, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 14. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.
Written by postman-turned-novelist Anthony Trollope (1815-82), “Can You Forgive Her?” is three interconnected stories of people seeking love. The production design, juxtaposing the trappings of pristine Victoriana with post-industrial America, is by William Bezek. Sound design is by Anthony Narciso.
“I was interested in this classic Victorian story as an example of how an individual sometimes gets lost trying to make everyone else happy,” says adaptor-director and Lunar Stratagem Artistic Director Matthew Earnest. “It takes courage to put on the brakes and do things in your own time, when everyone would rather you just do what you’re told.”
For tickets, call the Marshall Theatre box office at 304-696-ARTS.
A New Star Shining Inside The Planetarium
Shawnee State University’s Clark Planetarium is planning the annual Planetarium Christmas Show “The Star of Bethlehem” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, Wednesday, Dec. 18, Friday, Dec. 20, and Monday, Dec. 23.
The show explores the questions of where the Wise Men came from, the date of Jesus' birth, and what exactly was the Star of Bethlehem. This one-hour program (which includes other short shows as well) is oriented towards the whole family, from small children to adults.
All shows are free and open to the public. Watch a preview of the program online at the http://www.planetarium.shawnee.edu/shows.html.
Blow Away Those Christmas Blues
The hustle and bustle of the holidays got ya down? Well, move and shake away those blues with some great music as the Huntington Blues Society hosts its monthly meeting and jam at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., in Huntington.
Live music starts at 7 p.m. with a blues jam by members of the Huntington Harmonica Club, which meets weekly to jam and learn tunes.
The Blues Society meeting is free and open to the public. For the December Christmas Jam, folks are asked to bring canned food items that will be donated to the Huntington Area Food Bank.
For more info on the Huntington Blues Society, check out the new group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HuntingtonBluesSociety
My Dave Trippin’ pick this weekend is to Bramwell, West Virginia, for the almost famous Christmas tour of historic homes along Millionaire’s Row from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Step back in time to visit coal baron homes of the 1890s. Costumed interpreters share stories of a bygone era. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church. Admission is $15 per person. Tours are conducted rain or shine. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are not required for the Christmas Homes Tour and there will be no advance ticket sales. Call 304-248-8381 or visit http://www.bramwellwv.com/townevents.html for more information.
That’s just a few of the things happening this weekend, check us out online at www.herald-dispatch.com and in the box.
Dave Lavender is the author of “Dave Trippin: A Daytripper’s Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.” Follow the H-D reporter on Facebook or Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.
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Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more information.
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