Party on the Patio event celebrates St. Patrick’s Day
HUNTINGTON -- Heritage Station is kicking off its Party on the Patio series with a St. Patrick's Day party from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 16, with some music from The 1937 Flood.
The free concert will also features Bradford Hooper on the bagpipes.
The event takes place on the gazebo at the historic Heritage Station, whose patio has gotten a fresh makeover. Over late fall and winter, the Park District transformed the gravel lot in the back of the depot building, pouring a rectangular concrete slab now packed with tables and chairs for patrons of the shops as well as the monthly Party on the Patio music series that will run from 5 to 10 p.m. one Friday a month from March through the fall.
Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District director Kevin Brady said the improvements open the station area up for not only more capacity at Party on the Patio and such annual events as the Diamond Teeth Mary Blues and Art Festival and the Tour de Path ride in July, but also for rentals as well since folks can rent the gazebo and patio area for only $100.
"This has doubled our capacity for people," Brady said of the new improvements. "I can take rows of chairs and line the back walls and get a lot more people in here and it is handicap accessible and we do have a lot of visitors who come from the retirement center over here on their scooters and they like to have a good seat to watch the music and this will be a good place for that."
Friday's St. Patrick's Day concert features the river-soaked Scotch-Irish music ramblings of West Virginia's most eclectic string band, The 1937 Flood, which just released its first CD in eight years, "Wade in the Water."
Although originally formed as a small group in the 1970s when newspapermen Dave Peyton (autoharp) and Charlie Bowen (guitar and vocals) hooked up with master fiddler Joe Dobbs, The 1937 Flood has been taking in an eclectic mix of musicians. Not to mention welcoming in dozens of guests such as Rob McNurlin, Randy Brown, Jim Rumbaugh and the many others who stop by their weekly Wednesday night Southside jam session at the home of Charlie and Pam Bowen. Those sessions are recorded and tossed onto the Flood's website in the form of a weekly Thursday podcast.
For about the past dozen years, the band's jug-band tunes have come packed with flavor from multi-instrumentalist Doug Chaffin, harmonica player, Sam St. Clair, female songbird, Michelle Walker, Dave "Bub" Ball rhythm guitar and more recently, its youngest member lead guitarist Jacob Scarr, who began playing with the band when he was only 14.
The Flood will be playing songs from the new 15-song CD that was cut at Bud Carroll's Trackside Studios. You can hear some of the band's tunes at www.1937flood.com and www.youtube.com/liveattrackside.
The Party on the Patio will feature full concessions including cold beer and wine, soft drinks and snacks.
The Party On The Patio is sponsored by The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District, Cabell Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Heritage Station Shopkeepers Association, and 92.7-FM, The Planet.
Go online at www.ghprd.org to find out more about this and other Park District events.
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