Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
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Your Guide to the Weekend
Freezin’ For a Reason
Winter is back and you can do some freezing for a reason, as Winterplace Ski Resort hosts the Polar Plunge on Saturday that benefits the Special Olympics of West Virginia.
If you’re not brave enough for some early March Speedos action, make a donation anyway and hit the slopes as Winterplace has all 27 trails open with a rocking six-foot-snow base.
Go online at www.winterplaceresort.com for more info.
Spring Forward With Seed Savers
Spring is right around the corner and you can dig into some great gardening info at the second annual Appalachian Folk and Heritage Conference that has presentations on Seed Saving, gardening, fruit tree production, as well as local history, films, art, Appalachian music and more.
Free and open to the public, the gathering runs 9 to 4 Saturday at Raceland-Worthington High School in Kentucky.
Running 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, the free conference takes place at the John P. Stephens Cultural Arts Center at Raceland-Worthington High School, 500 Ram Blvd. Raceland, Ky. Enjoy craft, gardening and art booths, live music, local food and a Ralph Stanley documentary at noon.
Go online at http://appalachianconference.weebly.com/ for the complete schedule
Snap It and Scrap It At Carter Caves
You can snap it and scrap it at Carter Caves State Park this weekend as they host a scrapbooking retreat Thursday through Sunday.
Learn how to make small books, cards, jewelry and other items at the park, which also has great cave tours, hiking trails and an excellent restaurant at the lodge.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 and will continue until 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2. The cost is $75. For more information, contact The Scrapbook General Store, 1803 Argillite Road, Flatwoods, Ky., by phone at 606-836-7033 or email email@example.com. For room and cabin reservations at Carter Caves, call 606-286-2411 or 800-325-0059.
Whole Lotta Late Winter Shaking Going On
There’s a whole lotta music going on this weekend and it’s got one thing in common — It’ll make you shake your groove thing. Here’s a look at some ways to get your groove on this weekend.
The Zilla Bash: Called the Zilla bash as it celebrates the birthday of Moonshine Crossing’s Bob Zilla and his lady Cheri, the Zilla Bash is a musical buffet of awesome bands at 9 p.m. Friday at the Huntington Ale House, 1318 4th Ave., Huntington. Warm up with music by Nicholas Blain and Steve Marcus, then two new local bands burn up the stage, Moonshine Crossing and Downtown King, and hit the wayback button with the jam band favorite, Genuine Junk Band. The cover is $5.
Fletcher’s Grove: At 10 p.m. Saturday, March 1, one of the WV’s hardest-working jam bands, Fletcher’s Grove rolls all the way home from their now Morgantown base to their original home turf in the Tri-State. The Grove brings their jazz-and-funk-laced jam to the V Club along with fellow fest fav, Glostik Willy, who’s chalked up more than 500 shows in 10 states. Cover is $8. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Soul Shine: The Charleston-based neo-soul unit, Hybrid Soul trucks in the hot pop, rock ‘n’ and old and new school funk and soul, at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington, at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $6. Hear the band at http://www.hybridsoulproject.com/
And All That Big Band Jazz: Legendary regional musician and composer Jay Flippin is battling cancer and he’s not doing it alone. His long and top shelf list of musical compadres are gathering at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Smith Recital Hall at Marshall for “Jamming With Jay,” a event to celebrate the keyboardist who scored six Witek and Novak films, and who has averaged more than 150 performances a year playing through the years with everyone from Ray Charles to LeeAnn Rimes.
An In-Senn Sound Sculpture
The Birke Fine Arts Festival has taken a musical turn with this week’s New Music Fest. Don’t miss the internationally known sound sculpturist Dan Senn whose work "Not Random, Just Complex" is up at Gallery 842 through Saturday, March 1.
Senn, who has degrees in both musical composition and ceramics, has since the 1970s been marrying the two fields in interactive and wild sound sculptures. The ones on display at Gallery 842, 842 4th Ave., features an installation of sculptural musical instruments entitled "Cycling China" and a multi-media exhibit, "A Chattering Field."
In addition to the Gallery 842 exhibit, the Marshall University Chamber Choir will present selections from His "Mass for Heavy Rail" during the Soundwalk event at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center Atrium and Jomie Jazz Center Forum.
Admission is free. Gallery hours at 842 are Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Kick off the Week with Team Trivia
Making West Virginia smarter one trivia question at a time, Team Trivia West Virginia is now on tap so to speak at 41 different pubs and restaurants around the WV from Motown to the ski slopes of Winterplace.
Locally, pop into the cozy Hank’s, 1019 4th Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Monday, for Team Trivia. Other local hotspots for the trivia include Tascali’s in Barboursville (at 7 p.m. Tuesdays), and Gino’s Pub and Hooters in Bville both at 7 p.m. Thursdays.
Check out more info about Team Trivia and full locations list at http://www.teamtriviawv.com.
My Road-trip pick this weekend is Gallia County, Ohio, where Rio Grande University has a Southeast Ohio Tourism Expo Saturday, and then at night Gallipolis goes to the Mardi Gras with a French Art Colony fundraiser at 7 at the Gallipolis Elks Lodge.
If you’re looking for some great day trips Buckeye style roll up the river to Gallia County from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday when the University of Rio Grande’s Lyne Center is hosting the 6th Annual Southeast Ohio Tourism Expo.
Put on by the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau come up and load up on brochures about fun things to do in 15 counties in Ohio and West Virginia.
Just a few of the exhibitors include: Gallia, Cambridge/Guernsey, Jackson, Marietta/Washington, Meigs, Pike, Morgan, Athens, Ross/Chillicothe, Tuscarawas and Mason County West Virginia.For additional information, contact the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 740-446-6882 or firstname.lastname@example.org
And speaking of Spring being on the way, you might want to stick around Gallia County as the Mardi Gras is coming to Gallipolis, in the form of the French Art Colony's annual gala event, at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Gallipolis Elks Lodge.
Come out and see Barboursville’s own Paul Callicoat, as well as some cool themed food, and an auction of numerous items donated by individuals and businesses supporting the event and the efforts of the French Art Colony's multi-arts programming.
While masks and/or costumes are not required, they are welcomed. For more information, call the French Art Colony, at 740-446-3834, or visit www.frenchartcolony.org.
That’s just a few of the things happening this weekend, check us out online at www.herald-dispatch.com and in the box.
Dave Lavender is the author of “Dave Trippin: A Daytripper’s Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.” Follow the H-D reporter on Facebook or Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.
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Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more information.