Oh, it is on. We are midway through May, and with the sun doing its thing, we are moving the parties into the great outdoors.
Although Memorial Day may be the unofficial start to summer, we’re going to go ahead and let the good times start rolling now. Here’s a look at just a few of the cool things happening outdoors this weekend.
All aboard for the YogaMotive
What’s better than some core-building, soul strengthening yoga? How about some yoga with a few hundred community-minded friends at the historic Heritage Station Patio.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, Brown Dog Yoga hosts its sixth annual “Yoga Motive,” event on the patio at Heritage Station. Enjoy a session with Brown Dog Yoga instructors, then hang out and enjoy some food and drinks by South Side Sliders, Taps at Heritage, and Sip Wine & Whiskey Bar. The cost is $30 the day of the event. All proceeds will benefit local charities promoting health and wellness in our community.
Participants do not need any prior yoga experience to participate. Children are welcome, and those 18 years of age an under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian Register by visiting www.browndogyoga.com/huntington-schedule, and choose the May 16 class, All Aboard the Yoga Motive.
Party on the Patio
Come and kick it on the bricks again as The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District launches its monthly Party on the Patio Free Summer Concert Series from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 17, featuring season opener Larry Whitt & Blue Eyed Soul.
Whitt and his veteran band bring their Southern-rocked blue collar blues back to the Heritage Station gazebo stage by poplar demand.
Party on the Patio will also feature local food vendors, beer and soft drinks at the outside bar.
Produced by GHPRD, Party and the Patio is free and open to the public.
For more information about Party on the Patio, visit www.ghprd.org or call the Park District at 304-696-5954.
Rolling Through Huntington
It’s a cyclists kind of weekend. The free, monthly bicycle ride ’round Huntington, Critical Mass meets up at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Ritter Park fountain for a six-mile, family-friendly bicycle ride to the west end, through downtown and back. The free bicycle ride has been happening monthly since July 2009.
On Saturday, People Powered Huntington and Critical Mass host the free, annual Tour de PATH that leaves at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, from in front of the gazebo on 14th Street West as part of the Sustainability Fair. Rain or shine, come join the free Tour de PATH 2019. This is a free, guided family friendly, ride for all ages. This guided tour lets you check out a 4 mile, 12 mile, or 26 mile tour along the Paul Ambrose Trail to Health including both dedicated PATH, bike lanes and bicycle-friendly streets through Huntington.
It’s spring and everything is greening up in Huntington. Come and find out dozens of ways you can go green too, as part of the fifth annual Huntington Sustainability Fair that runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at The Wild Ramp, 555 14th St. W., Huntington.
There will be speakers, workshops, demonstrations, crafts and artisan booths, live music and performances, and more.
To register for booth space, you can contact Gina Browning via email email@example.com or call Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, Inc at 304-525-7034.
Kids To Park Day at St. Cloud
More than 100 million folks from all over the country will be headed to thousands of national, state, and local parks, and public lands across the country taking part in the 8th Annual National Park Trust Kids to Parks Day (KTP Day).
The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District will partner with New Huntington Church to host a Kids to Parks Day event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at St. Cloud Commons Park, which is located at 1701 Jackson Ave. The free event will feature inflatables, yard games, inclusive sensory activities, hot dogs, and a dunking booth, but the real star of the show is the Park’s brand new All-Inclusive Playground.
KTP Day is a nationally coordinated day designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks.
For more information, contact GHPRD Development & Recreation Manager Lauren Carte at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-696-5954.
Wanderlust Muzik Fest 2019
Friday through Sunday, May 17-19, head over to Berry’s Campground & Tiger’s, 1183 New River Road, Hinton, where Whyte NoiSe Co., is hosting the camp-out Wanderlust Muzik Fest 2019 featuring a two full days of live music and two dozen bands on the banks of the New River.
Bands include Black Garlic, We The People, Voodoo Circuit, Electric Riverside Band, Open Wheel, Holding Cell, Trebuchet, Groundhog Gravy, East of Memphis, Whyte Noise Co., DJ Sketti, J-Czar, an open mic and many more.
Cost is $35 (includes camping), $25 for those five to 18 years old and free for kids five and under. No pets allowed.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/WhyteNoiseCo for more information.
Dinner and a show at the lake
Head over to Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup, Kentucky, for a fun and close getaway.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Murder and Merriment is presenting the dinner theater “Murder at the Opry,” an interactive who-done-it, based off of the Grand Ole Opry. Enjoy a buffet dinner and the show for $40 per person or couples overnight packages are $140.
While there, be sure to check out the lake, as well as the park’s many hiking and mountain biking trails, tennis and other amenities.
To purchase tickets, call 606 473-7324. Visit parks.ky.gov and click onto Greenbo for more info about the park, located about 40 minutes northwest of Huntington.
Outdoor movie season begins
Barboursville Parks and Recreation is going to the dogs as they host the family-friendly dog film, “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Barboursville Park Amphitheater.
This is their first Outdoor Movie Night of the season. Admission is free. There will be concessions on site or you can pack a cooler of snacks to enjoy. The movie will begin at dusk (around 8:30).
“Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” is the true story of a stray dog who joins his new master on the battlefields of the First World War. For his valorous actions, Sgt. Stubby is still recognized as the most decorated dog in American history.
A smoking good time in Charleston
BBQ lovers will want to converge on Charleston’s Haddad Riverfront Park at 2 p.m. Saturday, for the fourth annual Charley West BBQ Fest benefiting the Bob Burdette Center afterschool program.
The public is able to purchase meals from commercial BBQ vendors and tasting tickets to sample BBQ from backyard BBQ and competition BBQ cooks.
Ten dollars will purchase 10 tasting tickets and the chance to vote for one’s favorite commercial BBQ and favorite competition BBQ. Winners will be named “People’s Choice-Best BBQ.” In addition, a panel of judges will do blind taste testing in the commercial, competition, and backyard divisions.
There will also be live music from The Mark Miller Band, Emmalea Deal, Matt Mullins and the Bringdowns, and Peddlers Glory.
Yoga and beer session at Bahnhof
Just named the Best Craft Beer Bar in West Virginia, Bahnhof WVrsthaus and Biergarten, 745 7th Ave., Huntington, takes a moment to help get folks into the flow before the weekend as Studio 8 presents an after-work evening of Yoga and Beer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 on the upper deck overlooking the Biergarten.
Admission is $15 and includes the yoga class and one beer (or a non-alcoholic drink).
Leave the party light on for The Lantern
The local watering hole, The Lantern, 817 4th Ave., Huntington, celebrates its fifth anniversary at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19 with its annual free cookout. Head down to celebrate with owner Dirk Harrison and his crew at the historic brick building bar, and its cozy and private back patio that’s tucked away into the heart of the downtown.
TOSRV party in the park
Portsmouth is the halfway point for the annual 105-mile Tour of the Scioto River Valley bicycle ride this weekend.
Come out at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and party with some of hundreds of cyclists at Tracy Park where the Marshall graduate, and rising country singer/songwriter Josh Stewart is playing with his band.
Tracy Park is located at the corner of Gay and 9th streets in downtown Portsmouth. While there stroll the many cool shops along the Boneyfiddle area including Haskins House Records, Patties and Pints, Portsmouth Brewing Co., Mr. Boneyfiddle Escape Room and many more.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/joshstewartband/ to keep up with the Josh Stewart Band.
Spring Fair at the McConnell House
The historic McConnell House, located just off of U.S. 23 in Greenup County, is hosting a Spring Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
Organized by Helping Hands of Greenup County, the Spring Fair includes 30 vendors including everything from books, baked goods and goat’s milk soap to Thirty-One, Scentsy, homemade baby items, tie-dye clothing, quilts and much more.
Enjoy food from the chef Carlos Holbrook, a visit Greenup County Public Library Bookmobile and musical entertainment by Gene Brown at 11:15 a.m., Sasha Colette at 12:15 p.m., Wiley Dew at 1:15 p.m., and Steve Free at 2:15 p.m. Vendor spaces are $20. Call Debbie at 606-473-6916 to sign up.
Gallipolis city wide yard sale
Head up river to the history-rich city of Gallipolis, where they are hosting a Citywide Yard Sale from 8 a.m. until dusk on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.
Residents may display goods for sale outside their residence or place of business as long as it does not impede traffic or sidewalk pedestrians. There are no permit fees and one need not register for the event. For more information call Brett Bostic 740-441-6022 or Susan Phillips 740-446-1789 ext. 626.