Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
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From Camden Park and outdoor movies to awesome adventures at area state parks, everyone’s rolling outside for fun.
Here’s a look at just a few ways people are taking the party outside this weekend.
Summer Start Your Engines
It’s Memorial Day weekend, school is out and the summer starts now.
Ona Speedway Revs Up Action
Ona Speedway revs up the action on Saturday for its first race of its 50th anniversary season.
Come out and check out six classes of racing action at the asphalt oval.
Gates open at 5 and racing begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, $7 for children (11-17) and free for kids 10 and under.
AJ’s Pig Pickin’ will be doing concessions at the family-friendly track. The first race is the Vernon Craddock Memorial Night. There will be racing every other Saturday through the fall. Go online at www.hughest-motorsports.com for more info.
Get Your Yard Sale On
Looking for a good deal, head over to the Country Music Highway as U.S. 23, hosts an epic sale, the annual U.S. 23 Yard Sale that runs from Greenup County to Letcher County 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25.
Power Calling All ‘Duck Dynasty’ Fans
It’s duck calls gone wild on Saturday night as the West Virginia Power host Redneck Night featuring a guest appearance by Mountain Man from the hit A&E show, “Duck Dynasty,” as well as a duck call giveaway, a redneck wedding and a replica of The General Lee car. For more info, go online at www.wvpower.com or call (304) 344-BATS. Gates open one hour prior to the start of the game.
Cruzin On the Plaza
Downtown Huntington gets cranked up with the annual Cruzin’ On the Plaza a car show that’ll take place in downtown and sponsored by the Pullman Plaza Hotel, 1001 3rd Ave., Huntington.
The main part of the show runs 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday on
Park it At
Celebrating its 110th season, the family-run
ARTS Heats Up the Stage With Business-Themed Comedy
The acting company at Arts Resources for the Tri-State will present the opening weekend of the comedy musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” that will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 24-25 as well as 21 p.m. Sunday, May 26.
The musical won 7 Tony’s after it first opened on Broadway in 1961, and has since been revived a couple times with such famed actors as Matthew Broderick working the show in the 1990s and Harry Pottter star Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette starring in a 50th anniversary Broadway revival in 2011.
The show will also be performed May 31 through June 2 as well at the Renaissance Theatre,
Tickets are $15 or $30 for dinner and a show. Call 304-733-ARTS (2787).
For Those About to Rock
The V Club,
On Saturday night, the local
On Friday night, the V gets heavy on it bringing in Georgia sludge metal band, Black Tusk with a host of top notch locals including Dana White’s new band, Nation, and Sangoma and two-man metal warriors, Warzawa. Cover is $10 for the 18 and up show.
Go online at www.vclublive.com for more info.
Ironton Alive with the Sounds of Music
Head over to Itown on Sunday as there’s concerts a plenty this Memorial Day weekend. The Greater Huntington Symphonic Band will perform a patriotic music concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26 at Ohio University Southern in the Riffe Center Mains Rotunda. Admission is free and open to the public
At 7 p.m. Sunday, the historic Ro-Na Theater,
Performers include Knockin’ Spirits, the Lawrence County Bluegrass Coalition and others. The show starts at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar, and a $10 donation at the door.
Splash Down At Area Pools
Area pools are opening for the season and the
Beat the crowds and the heat by rolling out on a Monday when the pool is open until 7:45 p.m. Special passes are on sale through May 31. The cost for a family pool pass is $250 (babysitter add-on is $70) or $175 for a single pool pass (ages 12 and older).
The pool has been completely renovated. There’s two pool slides, a large and low diving board, a baby pool, changing and shower areas, gazebos surrounding the pool and deck and reclining chairs.
The pool is open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 7:45 p.m. Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. Call 304-525-8127 and www.huntingtonymca.org
Take a new look at
The Huntington Museum of Art will feature 80 photographs by tone in a new exhibit titled, “The Herald-Dispatch Presents: Looking Back:
This exhibit goes on view May 25 and continues through Aug. 18, at HMA.
Emmy Award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker John Witek will lead a Gallery Walk through the exhibit as part of the Fourth Tuesday Tour at 7:15 p.m. June 25. Admission is free.
Witek purchased more than 1,000 negatives by Stone at a local flea market stumbling upon an undiscovered cache of unique images taken by a self-taught photographer with great vision.
For more information on events at HMA, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.
My road trip pick this weekend is
The nation’s longest continuously running Memorial Day parade — The 145th Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade — is held on Monday, May 27 in Ironton. Start time is 10 a.m. for the parade which has a theme for 2013 of "Respect - Honor - Never Forgotten" (but you’ll want to get there early by 9 or 9:15 since about 50,000 of your closest friends will also be checking out the parade).
Also check out the Ironton St. Joe High School charity fair and many other cool things in downtown Ironton that weekend and tons of live music at local clubs.
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That’s just a few of the things happening this weekend, check us out online at www.herald-dispatch.com and in the box.
Also, be sure to go online at www.davetrippin.com for more of our family-fueled day-trips and local travel adventures.
Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more information.