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.
Ghost Bustin’ at Heritage Station
The 1980s train of summer movie awesomeness is pulling into Heritage Station as Cinema Under the Stars lets loose the 1984 comedy classic, “Ghostbusters,” at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the gazebo in downtown Huntington.
Cost is $1, getting to see Bill Murray blast the Stay-Puft marshmallow man — priceless.
The movies begin at dusk, usually about 8:30 p.m. Guests may bring their own blankets or chairs. Popcorn and concessions will be sold.
For those who don’t remember parachute pants and Rubik’s Cubes, “Ghostbusters,” was ranked by the American Film Institute as the 28th best comedy of all times. The film follows three out of work eccentric parapsychologists (Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis ) who start a ghost-catching business and end up battling a crazy array of ghosts and even the Stay Puft Marshmallow man.
Sponsors include Sip Wine Bar, Bottle & Wedge, River & Rail Bakery, Common Grounds, Brand Yourself, The Red Caboose, the Heritage Station Shopkeepers Association, Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Marshall University Campus Activities Board. A grant from CREATE Huntington helped fund the events as well.
For more information, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/cinemaunderthestarswv about the series which runs through September.
Free Fun At Beech Fork
It’s National Marina Day and The Great Outdoors Marine, which operates the Beech Fork Marina, is inviting everyone out for a day of fun at the lake.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, enjoy free pontoon rides and tours of Beech Fork, a boat show, a cookout and as free fishing for the kids as well.
That free fishing is part of West Virginia’s free fishing weekend), a cookout, a small boat show with 2013 models and info from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which runs the dam side of Beech Fork (including Stowers Branch Swimming Area).
For more information visit www.nationalmarinaday.org.
The 75th Anniversary of Jim’s:
Jim's Steak and Spaghetti House, located at 920 Fifth Ave., Huntington, is celebrating its 75th anniversary on Saturday, June 8. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. come out and hear the Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers playing under a tent in front of Jim’s which was started in 1938 by current owner Jimmie Carder’s father, the late, great Jim Tweel.
Jim's has served everyone from Muhammed Ali, Evel Knievel and Dustin Hoffman to a slew of Presidents from George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to JFK who ate at Jim's during his successful 1960s Presidential campaign.
Oh Play Me Some WV Music
Head downtown Thursday and get a doubleshot of a couple cool WV bands filled with that festival spirit. Joe Prichard and his veteran WV jam band The Recipe rolls in from Morgantown with fiery fiddle-fueled tunes from their latest CD, “Stir the Pot.”
The Recipe will be playing at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6 as part of 93.7 the Dawg’s Pullman Square Summer Concert Series. That free concert series is presented by Heiner’s Bakery and the Dutch Miller Auto Group.
Make a night of it, and head to Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., where veteran jug band Big Rock and the Candy Mountain Boys play their funky horn-basted old-time tunes as part of String Thing Thursdays at Black Sheep. That show too is free. Go online at www.blacksheepwv.com for more info.
Pedaling For Avery Patterson
HUNTINGTON — Smash that piggy bank kids, you can take some coin and your bike and help out a fellow kid who’s been stricken with a tough disease.
On Saturday, June 8 there will be two events for Avery Patterson to help the Patterson family defray medical costs associated with the treatment Avery received for his second bout of Guillain–Barré syndrome at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio with doctors who have expertise in treating this rare and vexing affliction.
A pancake breakfast will run 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at Our Lady Of Fatima at 545 Norway Ave.,Huntington. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in advance or they can be purchased onsite on the day event.
At 12:30 p.m., cyclists will meet up at the Ritter Park fountain for a one-hour ride that will begin behind the Ritter Park fountain. Riders are asked to bring the forms and any collected donations to Ritter Park on the day of the ride.
Breakfast tickets, sponsor sheets and raffle tickets (for a new Canondale 21-speed bike donated by Huntington Cycle and Sport), and sponsor sheets are available in advance at:
Julian’s Market, 1049 12th St., Huntington, Marshall University, Smith Hall 160, Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, Special Projects Coordinator, 304-696-3296 and at the Cabell Huntington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, 210 11th St., Huntington.
Read about more cool things to do with kids this weekend in Thursday’s Weekend section inside The Herald-Dispatch.
First Friday Art Walk/Story Talk
The First Friday Art Walk in Ashland is always a fun call for the fam. It starts at 5 p.m. Friday, June 7 and will feature live music and a car show as well out on Winchester Avenue.
For folks with kids at the event, stop by and see The Story Lady @ First Friday at 6 p.m. at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave. Admission to the first floor of the museum will be free that evening, so families can stay and visit the displays and exhibits.
Another Boyd County Public Library family event that evening is their monthly Pictures in the Park program on June 7, at dark just outside the Main Branch on Central Avenue.
At dark, around 9:30 p.m., "The Smurfs" will be shown on a large outdoor screen in the grassy area just outside the Main Branch. The movie is free, and snacks are provided.
For more information on library programs and services, visit www.thebookplace.org
A High Stakes Night of Murder and Racing
Downtown H-town’s always a great place to hit on a Saturday night. Add the unique spice of an interactive murder mystery and the excitement of horse racing to the night as Murder and Merriment Theatre Troupe is putting on “Post Time for Murder” at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Pullman Plaza Hotel.
Come dressed for the races (prizes for best hat) as this horse racing themed murder mystery is based on the fictional story of Big Black, a Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner who is trying to win the triple crown at Belmont Park for the Belmont Stakes. Win prizes for being able to pick the murderer.
Before the murder mystery, attendees will watch the actual Belmont Stakes at 6:30 p.m. live on TV at the hotel.
Tickets are $40 a person and overnight hotel packages are also available. Call 304-691-5414.
Redling Reads and Sign at the Museum
Sheila Redling, who anchored the morning show for WKEE for 15 years, has been rocking the literary world since last year when she dropped an action-packed thriller, “Flowertown,” onto the scene that sold more than 50,000 copies in its first six weeks.
Redling will sign copies and have a brief reading from her new book, “Damocles,” at the Huntington Museum of Art’s Museum Shop at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9.
“Damocles” follows a group of humans as they travel through space and make contact with an extraterrestrial planet, which has a different language and look, but strikingly similar society to Earth’s. Refreshments will be served. Redling’s third book, “The Widow File,” is set for a November release, and she is currently working on its sequel.
For more information about events at HMA, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701.
My road-trip pick this weekend is to Portsmouth, Ohio, where the Salvation Army is hosting a 5K Donut Run. The fast and flat course runs by the famous Portsmouth Floodwall Murals, which is the world’s longest piece of art work by a single artist.
The race starts at 9 a.m. and celebrates the 76th annual National Donut Day. The course is starting on Front Street near the Grant Bridge.
National Donut Day was established in 1938 by The Salvation Army and pays tribute to The Salvation Army women volunteers, called "Lassies," who prepared donuts for thousands of homesick soldiers during World War I.
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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.
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Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more information.
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