Lights, camera, action in downtown Huntington
Looking for something cool to do this weekend? Just come on downtown and find some great things happening all weekend long. Here's a look at just a few of the highlights:
Friday Night Country Lights: West Virginia's professional theater group, the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, brings in a one-night-only performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, of the musical, "Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story" at the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium. The show stars Hannah McGinley, a Nashville native who portrays one of country music's greatest singers. Tickets are $26 for general admission, $23 for seniors (60+) and $20 for children and students and will be sold at the door. For more information, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.
Saturday Night with the Symphony: The 51-member strong Huntington Symphony Orchestra closes out its Picnic with the Pops concert on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Harris Riverfront Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the fun-filled concert titled, "Nickelodeon," featuring pop songs from TV and video games featuring special guests professional singer Beth McVey and professional ragtime piano player, Ethan Uslan. Ticket-holders may bring in picnics as well as any legal beverages. There are also concessions. The HSO is running a deal for the last Pops concert. When you pay cash for general admission tickets ($20) you can get the second half off so two tickets for $30. Group rates are also available at the HSO office, at 763 3rd Ave., Mug and Pia, Simply Whisk, and Aladdin's in Ashland. Anyone showing proof that they attended the Rails & Ales Festival can buy one general admission and get the second free.
Some Bikes and Brews: Although tickets for Rails and Ales are sold out, you can check out some Huntington Craft Beer Week events including a Gears for Beers Pub Crawl with Huntington cycle enthusiasts, Critical Mass, hosting following their regular bike ride. The regular (family friendly ride starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Ritter Park fountain. After that one-hour casual ride through Huntington. Folks will meet back at the Ritter Park fountain for a casual bike ride tasting of the region's craft beers. For details visit the organization's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gearsforbeers.
Downtown Sounds: Head out Thursday in downtown for a double-shot of live, local music. Young pop rocker Emily Kinner and The Fringe plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pullman Square while Buddy's BBQ on 3rd Avenue hosts bike night with the rockers Madhouse. Bike Nights kick off at 5 p.m. each Thursday and bands play from 6:45 to 10 p.m. Aug. 14, Madhouse; Aug. 21, Big Rock and The Candy Mountain Boys or BRATCAMB, and Aug. 28, Rivertown. Go online at www.wvbbq.com for more info.
A Booty Shaking Saturday Night: Voted Milkwaukee's best R&B act, Charles Walker Band, bring the funk and the noise to the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington, with special guests Groove Heavy and Mojomatic. Cover is $7 for those 18 and up. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/walkerband.
Friday, Aug. 15
Shakespeare Vegas style
Skip on over to the Southside where ARTS has been putting some great contemporary twists on Shakespeare classics with such as "Macbeth" and "Julius Caesar." Starting Friday, Michael Murdock and the ARTS team work up "Much Ado About Nothing" with a cool 1960s Las Vegas lounge vibe.
"Much Ado About Nothing," which tells the story of an upcoming wedding and a hilarious plan to make two wisecracking rivals fall in love, takes place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, Aug. 22-23 and Aug. 29-30, as well as 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17 at the ARTS Renaissance Theatre, 900 8th St., Huntington. Tickets are $15 show only and $30 for dinner and a show. Call 304-733-2787 or go online at artstristate.org.
Saturday, Aug. 16
A Beary Good Time At Beech Fork
Beech Forks State Park hosts two wildlife events on Saturday. From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, check out the program , "Black Bear Relocation -- How It's Done" as wildlife managers from West Virginia Division of Natural Resources demonstrate the use of bear traps used for relocation of nuisance animals. Managers and biologists will be on hand to talk with park visitors about black bear hunting and opportunities for hunting at West Virginia's wildlife management areas and state forests, regulations and license requirements.
Also from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, there will be a "Wall of Shame" White-tailed Deer Exhibit in the activity building. The Wall of Shame features white-tailed deer that were illegally taken by poachers or other means.
Campers and attendees at Beech Fork State Park "Wall Of Shame" and "Black Bear" programs can register and receive a certificate for one free night camping for use after Oct. 12. Beech Fork State Park encourages fall camping. Call 304-528-5794 or visit www.beechforksp.com.
Sun. Aug. 17
This Weekend is Booked at the Museum
Macy's Presents Hilltop: Books Only takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at HMA. Macy's Presents Hilltop: Books Only is a major fundraiser for the Huntington Museum of Art. Admission is $5 on Saturday and free on Sunday courtesy of Macy's.
Volunteers and HMA staff members sort and arrange the used books by categories for two weeks prior to Macy's Presents Hilltop: Books Only. You'll find children's books, mysteries, romances, and more. This year the event will feature books priced at $1, $2 or $3. Arrive on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. and receive a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $20 or more. From 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday you can fill a bag with books for $5 or fill a box with books for $10.
HMA will accept used books right up until the day before the sale. Books can be dropped off at HMA's Loading Dock. If you have a large number of books, you can arrange for someone to come to collect them by calling 304-529-2701.
Mon. Aug. 18
Head to the Beach Here
While weekends can be crowded at any area swimming pool or lake, you can cool off and usually have the place mostly to yourself by packing up the friends and fam and heading to an area lake with a swimming beach.
Big Bend Swimming Beach, located at the upper end of Lake Vesuvius, is a nice sandy beach that is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. There's a $3 fee charged for the beach which is open through to Labor Day in September.
Located 6.5 miles north of Ironton, Ohio, just off State Route 93. Turn on County Road 29 and follow the signs to the Recreation Area (1 mile). Turn at the entrance to the recreation area to the left and go past the lake and the boat dock. The beach is at the end of this road approximately 1.5 mile.
Other cool beaches include Cave Run Lake near Morehead, Kentucky, and Beech Fork Lake's Stowers Branch.
Tues. Aug. 19
Some Tuesday Tunes Around the Tri-State
Head out for some cool Tuesday tunes at Jazz in the Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, featuring the Jeff Carter Quartet at the main Boyd County Public Library, 1740 Central Ave., Ashland. Jazz at the Library takes place at 6:30 every third Tuesday through October.
Also, over in downtown Ironton at the Second Street Farmer's Market, check out the weekly concert series at 6 p.m. Playing on Aug. 19 is The Original Fugitives. The concert, located near the splash park, is free and open to the public.
Wed. Aug. 20
Unleash The Krack-en at Willie's
Get out your dancing shoes as one of the world's best old-time music bands fires up the fiddle and banjos come Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Willie's Lounge in Barboursville.
Playing the Bike Night Block Party, which runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 is The Bing Brothers Band featuring Jake Krack at Willie's Lounge.
Free and open to the public this is an outdoor event with food and drinks from Willie's. Music at "Bing Speed" provided by: Mike Bing, Tim Bing, Jake Krack, Tim Corbett, Bob Lieving and Danny Arthur.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bing-Brothers-Band-featuring-Jake-Krack/185045588236390 to listen to the band.
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