Super Saturday with spring on the run
Spring has sprung and you can feel the energy that is on the run from the Kentucky Derby to Cinco de Mayo and outdoor parties all around.
Here's a look at just a few cool things happening this super Saturday.
Comic Book Day: On the heels of "Iron Man 3," hitting the big screen on Friday, it's Saturday's Free Comic Book Day celebrated locally at Huntington's two comic book shops, Comic World, 1204 4th Ave., and Purple Earth Comics, 1115 4th Ave., Huntington. Both shops will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4. There will be free comics at both shops. Call Comic World at 304-522-3923 and Purple Earth at 304-697-6120.
Derby Day Fun: Saturday is the Kentucky Derby, the Run for the Roses over at Churchill Downs in Louisville, and a bit of that Kentucky-fried fun crosses the border. The 26th Street Drinkery, 40 26th St., will be hosting its first Kentucky Derby/Funny Hat Party at 12:05 p.m. Saturday with made-from-scratch mint juleps. On the Marshall University campus, the Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. is sponsoring its Derby Hat Luncheon that will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the John Marshall Room in the Memorial Student Center. All women in attendance are encouraged to wear a hat. The best hat wins a prize. There will be door prizes and a "derby race" in addition to lunch and a guest speaker. For more information, please call Women's Health Coordinator, Rebecca Glass at 304-529-0753 ext. 117.
Dance the Night Away: At 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4, former New York City DJ Jesse Clark continues Grown (expletive) Folks, his grown-up dance party fueled by his fresh mixes and mash-ups of disco, house, funk and R&B. Doors at the V Club , 741 6th Ave., won't open until 10 p.m. because of a private party. Check out www.grownassfolks.com and listen to the soundcloud player for chunks from previous nights, promo mixes and original remixes done just for this night.
National Lemonade Day: It's National Lemonade Day and they'll be handing out some free lemonade down at the Wild Ramp at Heritage Station. Over in Guyandotte in the field across from the VFW, they'll be celebrating with a mini fest that will run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4. C-n-C Entertainment will be providing small games and electronic bull riding and inflatable games. There will also be yard sale spots, a free wrestling show, music and more.
A Whale of A Music Night: Three area bands take to the stage at The Thirsty Whale, 1318 4th Ave., Huntington, on Saturday, May 4. Bands include the amazing improv and funked up jazz duo Gillumesh (Andrew and brother Nathan Gillum). Also on the bill are rockers, Tweed Jacket and Shoestring Budget. Cover is $3.
Friday, May 3
Come on down to 'The Price is Right'
The Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in downtown Huntington will turn into the set for one of America's iconic game shows, "The Price is Right," as this interactive stage show of the popular TV show, comes to the Keith at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3.
Playing to near sold out audiences for nearly nine years, "The Price Is Right Live!" has given away more than 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets.
Come out and be in the audience with a chance to "come on down" to play for appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show.
From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the Showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show.
Tickets are $45 and are available at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena box office, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000.
Saturday, May 4
Movies on a mission
Located at the old Cinema Theater building, the Redemption Church, 1021 4th Ave., will be bringing free movies back to the community. They'll be showing, "Wreck it Ralph" in the kids theater and "The Avengers" in the main theater on Saturday in a special event called Movies on a Mission. They'll be accepting donations for an upcoming Haiti mission trip.
Doors open at 6:15 and movies will start around 7 p.m. Seating is limited. Concessions will be sold.
Go online at http://www.redemptionchurch.me/ for more info about the event and the non-denominational church.
Sunday, May 5
Just another Cinco de Mayo Sunday
Cinco de Mayo lands on a Sunday this year and bars and clubs around the region will have the margaritas and the music flowing.
Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant, 508 3rd Ave., South Charleston, is hosting the two-day Dos Equis Cinco De Mayo Festival outside. They've got VooDoo Katz at 4 p.m. and then Comparsa at 7 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, Tom Holcomb starts at 1 p.m. and then 600 Lbs of Sin pours out two live sets starting at 4 p.m.
This is a free, family-friendly event. Lawn chairs are allowed.
Call 304-720-1567 or go online at www.losagaveswv.com.
Monday, May 6
A Monday night full of laughs
Usually, the only thing funny about Monday is, well, nothing really.
But over in Lawrence County, The Whiskey River Saloon, 154 County Road 450 South Point, has been making Mondays so much more enjoyable as the club has been hosting a twice-monthly comedy series.
At 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, The Studs of Comedy Presents: The Whiskey River Comedy Showcase. That's a free show that highlights local and regionally touring comedians. The May 6 show includes headliner Cincinnati area comedian Rob Wilfong, and features Chris Siemer and Mike Etienne.
Tuesday, May 7
It's tourism week -- take a local tour
To celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau invites tourism related employees to participate in a hospitality tour of some of our top local attractions. The three hour tours start at 9 a.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday and will go to attractions around Cabell County including Heritage Farm & Museum, Blenko Glass, Huntington Museum of Art, and others. Participants will take part in brief tours and have an opportunity to ask questions.
CVB personnel will also talk about other local attractions such as Camden Park, New River Train, and other places. Huntington Mall, the downtown area and Central City will be highlighted along with other shopping, restaurants and lodging.
Management, service desk staff, hostesses and front line staff, are encouraged to attend. Reservations should be made by Friday, May 3. Call Cara Hedrick to sign up at 304-525-7333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for CVB members. Non-members can join at an annual cost of $20 per business.
Wednesday, May 8
Get blown away by Underwood
Country powerhouse vocalist Carrie Underwood brings "The Blown Away" Tour to the Charleston Civic Center for a little mid-week magic at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.
A six-time Grammy winner Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums and placed 17 No. 1 singles on the charts. Her recent album, "Blown Away," made history by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart, making her only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut at No. 1.
If you're going to get tickets, you might want to go ahead as all tour dates have sold out. A donation of $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of the "Blown Away Tour" continues in 2013 to support Red Cross disaster relief.