Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
Hi I’m Dave Lavender from The Herald-Dispatch and here’s Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend in 60 seconds or less and starting now...
Trippin’ That Light Fantastic
The shopping is done and you’re just sitting around waiting on that “A Christmas Story” marathon ... but there’s plenty of time left to go and trip the Christmas light fantastic.
In West Virginia — do a double-shot of lights by hitting the Yuletide in the Park in Hurricane’s Valley Park, and then rolling up to the hilly St. Albans Park for the 25th annual Festival of Lights.
Here’s some more info on those displays:
The 800,000-light-strong Winter Wonderland of Lights will light up the 52-acre
This is also the last weekend for the Wonderland Express Train as well as the log cabin visits and photos with Santa. Those happen from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 20-22.Go online at www.winterwonderlandoflights.com for more info, and if you are in the neighborhood, head across the river to Coal Grove Ohio’s Paul Porter Park, which has a small but compact and awesome display up on the hill.
Get a great double shot of lights by driving over to Hurricane and
In the flatlands of Valley Park in Hurricane, check out "Yuletide in the Park:” The Putnam County Parks and Recreation's annual animated light display illuminates Valley Park through Jan. 1, beginning at dusk each day. On display will be a new Heralding Angel supplied by Putnam County Bank while some older light displays that had been stored away have been refurbished and set up outside.
Tucked up into the hills of
Go online at www.salights.com or call 304-722-2940 for more info. The Festival is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Admission is free but food and monetary donations are accepted.
And In Ohio: For the past few years, Terry and Linda Griffin, 3 Park Dr., Chesapeake, have been going a little Griswold with their Christmas lights. Up nightly from about dusk to 11 p.m. through Jan. 1, the
Tune into 88.7-FM by their home and watch the lights dancing to such songs as "Winter Wonderland," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and a techno version of "Amazing Grace."
To get to the display, which is free and open to the public, take a right off the
My concert picks this weekend?
Some other cool concerts this weekend:
A Chucktown Jam-Filled Reunion: The Charleston-based jam band, 600 Lbs of Sin gets back together for one show only at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 with ace lead vocalist Sierra Ferrell back on the mic at The Boulevard Tavern,
First Stage Homecoming: Some of the stars who grew up on stage in Huntington will return for a special concert in “Home for Christmas,” a benefit concert that will be presented by First Stage Theatre Company at Huntington’s City Hall auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for children 12 and under.
The Blistering Brothers Gillum: Your Christmas season need a funky, fresh pick me up? Get on up and out to Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., where the ridiculously talented and cool Gillum brothers, Andrew and Nathan, weave a Kentucky crunk tapestry of jazz, rock and funk. Free show starts at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.
Come Out and Roll With It Baby
What’s cooler than an appearance by Santa Claus? How about an appearance by Santa Claus and Spiderman. What’s cooler than that — free skating to boot as the Huntington’s rollerderby team, the Jewel City Rollergirls give back to the community with a night of free roller skating. The event called Give The Gift of Skate runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Skateland,
The JRG are hosting the event so that some kids who might not be able to afford to go out skating all the time can have some Christmas fun. There will be prizes, food, and special appearances by Santa Claus and Spiderman, too. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/JewelCityRollergirls for more info.
Have a Laugh-Filled Friday Night
The last thing you usually get this time of year and the first thing you need in that stress ball of shopping out there is a good laugh.
Head over to the Whiskey River Saloon,
Also on the bill is David Williams, with special guests Shannon Owens, Michael White, and Thomas Mac. Rounding out the show will be musical guest Nerf. Admission is $5.
Stretching Toward The Light
Right on the heels of the winter solstice, comes a special Sunday evening yoga class that will done by candlelight.
The class will be by candlelight, prefaced by the teacher Brittany Stowasser and then practiced in silence to honor our own inner voice and recognize those without an external one. Suggested donation of $12 all proceeds go to the non-profit organization Ashrams for Autism that brings yoga to the Autism and special needs community.
Renaissance Winding Down Christmas Tour
The 20-member chorus, Renaissance, has been winding its way through
They perform their 90-minute show, “Christmas Is” for a last time at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23. The performance is free and open to the public. A love offering is taken up at the churches to help offset Renaissance’s expenses.
Director Sherry White, who heads up the 20-member group, said it truly is a unique Christmas concert that takes a musical gander at Christmas from just about every angle from the sacred and the traditions of Christmas to funny looks at the frantic pace. There’s even a song about the notorious Christmas gift of fruitcake.
My Dave Trippin ’ pick this weekend is to
Serpent Mound’s Winter Solstice event runs Saturday with the 10th annual Lighting of the Serpent withj more than 1,000 luminary candles that makes the world’s longest effigy mound, the Great Serpent Mound, light up. There will be free hot drinks and seasonal goodies, maybe even a food vendor for those wanting more! For more information, please contact Delsey Wilson 1-937-205-0094 or Beverly McKenzie 1-937-587-3953. Go online at www.serpentmound.org for more info.
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,
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Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more information.