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Calendars with Tri-State flavor keep 2014 local

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

HUNTINGTON — If you stroll into the V Club any time soon and aren’t clear on the day and the date, just check out the new calendar behind the bar.

That’s not your eyes playing tricks on you either. That is Miss January, Melanie Dawn Walker, in person serving drinks behind the bar.

Walker, a bartender at the V Club for about a year, is one of the women featured in Hank Williams III’s 2014 calendar highlighting some of the singer’s biggest female fans.

Walker, 25, said it really was quite a team effort to get into the international calendar.

One of the club’s managers, Don Duncan, saw the contest and alerted Walker, a big Hank III fan. They gave a call to local art photographer Mike Adkins, who has been shooting sessions with the tattooed Walker since she was 19.

Since the contest had to feature Hank III, Walker knew they were holding aces at the V Club, where standout local artist Jimbo Valentine has painted murals of many artists, including Hank III.

And to beat all, everyone knew Hank III has a huge heart for the V.

“Hank the Third is a big fan of here, so I am sure he was appreciative of the fact that a place that he really enjoys to play is also involved with him publicity wise in the calendar,” Walker said. “Hopefully this is one of those things where Mike’s art gets appreciated, and Jimbo’s art gets appreciated too.”

You can get a copy of the calendar by going online at www.hank3.com. The cost is $20, and if you ask nicely Walker will autograph them at the V.

If rock-and-rebel-crusted country isn’t your kind of calendar, here’s a look at some other cool, locally flavored calendars for 2014.

Glen Brogan’s video game crush

Huntington-based, internationally known graphic artist Glen Brogan had a big 2013 as he was part of art shows on both coasts including two at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles and “Get A Room,” at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn.

The unique brush of Brogan mashes up two cool retro items — pin-up illustrations and classic video games — in his new 12-month wall calendar “Video Game Console Girls,” featuring pin-up illustrations inspired by classic video game console design, all drawn by Brogan.

The pin-ups are inspired by ColecoVision, Commodore 64, NES, SNES, Virtual Boy, Famicom, Game Boy, Magnavox Odyssey, Game & Watch, Vectrex, Sega Master System, Game Genie and Atari 2600

The custom-designed calendar grids note important dates and facts in the history of video games.

Cost is $20 plus shipping.

Go online at http://albinoraven.com/calendar.html to order.

The best little calendar in Barboursville

The Best Little Village in West Virginia — Barboursville — got lots of love in 2013 when historian and author Jeanette Rowsey unleashed the comprehensive history-filled book “The Lost Village of Barboursville.”

The love continues in the New Year as Rowsey celebrates the little city in “A Stroll Through the Past,” a 2014 calendar filled with historic photos from Barboursville’s past.

Go online at http://www.lostvillageofbarboursville.com to order one of the $10 calendars as well as the book.

State loving on some parks and recreation

“Parks and Recreation” isn’t just a cool TV show, it is also the subject of a retro calendar put out by West Virginia.

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has published “Historic Recreation,” a 13-month calendar highlighting the Mountain State’s sports and recreation opportunities, including historic football fields and basketball courts, hunting and fishing lodges, swimming pools, golf courses and much more. The public is invited to request a copy of the free calendar while supplies last.

Each month, the calendar focuses upon a different historic building, camp, state park, trail or structure in West Virginia, including the Weiss Knob Ski Area in Tucker County, the first commercial ski area south of the Mason-Dixon Line; the Williamson Field House in Mingo County where Jerry West, “Hot Rod” Hundley, Hal Greer and Earl Lloyd, the first black player drafted for the National Basketball Association, played; Berkeley Springs State Park in Morgan County where George Washington visited to “take the waters”; and the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County, among others.

To request a free copy of the calendar, write to West Virginia Division of Culture and History, 2014 Calendar, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard., E., Charleston, W.Va. 25305 or call Conni McMorris at 304-558-0240 or e-mail her at conni.l.mcmorris@wv.gov.

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