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Tracy Endicott, second from left, Parker Adkins, Nisa Adkins and Camden Adkins watch as Bill Meadows forms pottery during Heritage Farm's Holiday Market Way Back Weekend in 2015. Heritage Farm has expanded their schedule and hours for 2019.

While it’s anyone’s guess what will happen to who on the hard news side of the H-D, here in Entertainmentville, our Magic 8-Ball says signs point to yes that 2019 is going to be a great year in the arts.

Here’s a look at just a few of the things already on the books for 2019.

HMA renovating Museum Gift Shop and reception area

The Huntington Museum of Art has announced plans for a major renovation of its Museum Gift Shop and front desk reception area. Work on the renovation project will begin on Jan. 2, and should conclude by late spring.

“We believe the public will be very pleased with the improvements we plan to make to the Museum Gift Shop and reception area through this renovation project,” said HMA Executive Director Geoffrey K. Fleming.

While construction is taking place, the Museum Gift Shop will be closed except for a pop-up shop within the Huntington Museum of Art. The pop-up shop will offer items such as scarves, apparel, jewelry, books and toys, in addition to a selection of handmade items such as Cameo Glass by Kelsey Murphy, Hinkle Glass, Blenko Glass, and pottery works, according to Ashley Saunders, Museum Gift Shop manager.

The gift shop at HMA will also offer selected merchandise at the Inner Geek, formerly Empire Books, at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. During the renovation, the Museum Gift Shop will be able to fulfill any orders placed on its online store at http://www.hmoa.org/shop/ while supplies last.

Huntington Museum of Art celebrates women artists with two exhibits

The Huntington Museum of Art is planning two female art exhibits during March which is Women’s History Month, “Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in The Johnson Collection Presented in Memory of Women’s Art Historian Chris Petteys,” will be up March 2 through June 30 in the Daywood Gallery.

Martha R. Severens, the author of several books, including “The Charleston Renaissance” and “Andrew Wyeth: America’s Painter,” will speak at the museum on March 3.

As a companion to “Central to Their Lives,” the museum will feature a show titled “Women Artists of the Mountain State,” drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. That exhibit will be up March 2 through June 30 in the Bridge Gallery. The opening reception takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. March 3. Admission is free.

That exhibit will feature such artists as Blanche Lazzell, Edith Lake Wilkinson June Kilgore at Marshall University, Grace Martin Frame Taylor at Morris Harvey College/University of Charleston and Paula Clendenin at West Virginia State University.

This exhibit is presented by Leslie Petteys and Skip Campbell.

Other early 2019, museum events include the 2019 Museum Ball. Presented by Cabell Huntington Hospital takes place Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Huntington Museum of Art with the “Under the Big Top” theme. The Museum Ball is a major fundraiser for the Huntington Museum of Art.

There will also be two Gropius Artist visits in the first quarter of the year — Jason Yarmoksy and Jeff Shapiro who both will be doing March workshops.

A number of the exhibits now up at the Galleries will be gone by mid winter. The black and white documentary photograph exhibit, “Builder Levy: Appalachia USA,” which explores life and labor in coal mining communities in Kentucky and West Virginia during the span of 40 years, is gone after Jan. 6.

Also, only up through Jan. 6 is Camden Park Presents Art on a Limb in the Virginia Van Zandt Great Hall.

Going down after Feb. 3, is The Daywood Collection featuring such renowned artists as Childe Hassam, Gari Melchers, Frank W. Benson, Robert Henri and Howard Somerville, whose painting Joyce is one of the most beloved by Museum Members in HMA’s permanent collection of more than 15,000 objects.

Two exhibits of contemporary West Virginian artists works are also coming down Feb. 3, Brian Michael Reed: In the Crosscurrent, which juxtaposes vibrant sculpture by Reed with Vodou-based works selected from the Museum’s Collection of Haitian Art.

And Jamie Sloane: The Visiteur Series Presented by Jack and Angie Bourdelais. That exhibit features large, detailed portraits by Point Pleasant, West Virginia, artist Jamie Sloane.

“Picturing the Grand Tour: Watercolor Sketches by an Anonymous Painter-Traveler” is up through Feb. 24.

Marshall Theatre packed with three shows spring semester

Marshall University Theatre rolls big into the spring semester with two theatrical performances as well as a dance concert.

They kick off the semester with a presentation of Lisa Kron’s “In the Wake,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-23 in the Francis Booth Experimental Theater. That contemporary play is about the 2000 Presidential Election.

At 7:30 p.m. April 18-21, they present Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” with translation by Richard Wilbur. First performed in 1664, it is the most famous tragic comedies from French playwright, Moliere.

At 7:30 p.m. March 16, Marshall University Theatre and the Auditoria present, “Innovate, Collaborate and Celebrate,” a spring dance concert.

Call 304-696-2787 for tickets and go online at https://www.marshall.edu/theatre for more info.

HART in the Park diving into Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’

HART (Huntington Area Regional Theatre) in the Park will be keeping it cool this summer at Ritter Park Amphitheater as they will be presenting the fun, modern musical, “Mamma Mia,” (featuring the music of ABBA) in June 2019 and then “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” in July.

There will also be a HART Jr. pre-show as well. It’s not too late to audition for those. Auditions are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6, at St. Clouds Commons (the stone lodge building).

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/HARTIn-ThePark/ for more info about HART in the Park.

Marshall Artists Series

The fall semester of the Marshall Artists Series may be in the books, but some of the best of the 2018-19 season awaits us in the new year.

Here’s a closer look at each 2019 spring semester show in order of their appearance at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical “Evita” Tickets are $98, $81, $71, $64.

Feb. 7-10, the Spring International Film Festival will take place over four days. Featured films include “The China Hustle” (United States), “The Guilty” (Denmark), “Daughter of Mine” (Italy), “The Desert Bride” (Argentina), “I Am Not A Witch” (UK, France, and Germany), and “The Nile Hilton Incident” (Egypt). Tickets $10 at the door.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, relive the magic of the classic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in concert with a full orchestra providing the score. Tickets are $87, $76 and $60.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, Broadway’s “Cinderella” with an incredible orchestra playing some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs. Tickets are $98, $81, $71 and $64.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, presented by the Campus Activities Board at Marshall University and Brickstreet Insurance, SNL alums Steve Martin and Martin Short reunite for “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.” Tickets are $197, $120 and $97.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, presented by the Campus Activities Board at Marshall University, the Banff Mountain Film Festival returns for its third year featuring the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental films. Tickets are $10.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, the Broadway hit “Rock of Ages.” Tickets are $98, $81, $71, and $64.

The Marshall Artists Series accepts all major credit cards. Tickets may be ordered via telephone by calling the box office at 304-696-6656. Tickets can also be ordered using Ticketmaster.com. For information call 304-696-3326.

‘The Hatfields and McCoys’ coming to Chief Logan

This summer, The Aracoma Story Inc. will present a newly written historical drama.

The TAS Board of Directors is teaming up with the Hatfield McCoys Convention Visitors Bureau in bringing

“Deadly Divide-The Hatfield and McCoy Story” to Chief Logan State Park. The CVB contracted former TAS alum, Geoff Allen to pen the script. Allen was responsible for co-writing an updated version of The Aracoma Story-Spirits and Legends” for the organization over a decade ago. “Deadly Divide-The Hatfield and McCoy Story” will be presented this summer at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater in beautiful Chief Logan State Park. Auditions will be held at a later date. Information will be released on Facebook.

Heritage Farm expands programming

The Smithsonian-affiliated Heritage Farm Museum & Village is expanding its Way Back Weekends, continuing their summer Kids’ Days and introducing brand new Family Fun Nights as part of their 2019 programming.

New this year, Family Fun Nights will be evenings where the farm will be open from 5 to 9 p.m.

“These evening hours are a fun way for us to accommodate more families and their varying schedules,” said Audy Perry, executive director of Heritage Farm Museum & Village. “Because we want as many people as possible to experience the farm with their loved ones.”

The three Monday evenings will have similar programming to the farm’s Kids’ Days but during times that are more convenient for those who work during the day. Kids’ Days, a staple of summers at the farm, will continue on Wednesdays and will keep the reduced admission price of $5 for all ages. During these days, all the Farm’s activities for children will be open, including the Petting Zoo, MakerSpace, Children’s Activity Center, Discovery Zone Playground, as well as special thematic programming.

The farm plans to continue its well-received “Wild! Heritage” series, with activities promoting wildlife conservation and education, such as birding and nature walks. The first one is Jan. 17.

Another feature of note is the expansion of Way Back Weekends, the farm’s special thematic Saturdays where the village is open festival-style. They will now begin weekly in April, as well as one Saturday a month during the winter months of January, February and March. The schedule keeps their standard festivals, including the Spring Festival on May 4, the Summer Festival with a Homemade Ice Cream Social on July 6, and the Fall Festival with Mountain Games and Cast Iron Cook-off.

Annual passes can be purchased for the calendar year 2019 and will include the remaining days of 2018 (as well as the Christmas Village). Prices are $150 for a Family (2 adults and any children under 18) or $75 for an Individual.

The calendar for 2019 can be viewed on the Heritage Farm’s Facebook page as well as its web site at www.heritagefarmmuseum.com/visit.


Huntington and Charleston already have a bunch of cool cons from Tri-Con and Tsubasacon to ShockaCon.

Now Marshall is getting in on the action with HerdCon, Marshall’s inaugural pop culture event that is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Memorial Student Center. Enjoy cosplay, games, music, panels, artists, vendors and more.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/herdcon/ for more info.

Dancing with Our Stars

Voting is now available online for the next installment of the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center’s major fundraiser, Dancing with Our Stars, set for Feb. 2.

Dancing with Our Stars includes a cocktail hour with a gourmet dinner followed by the competition and dancing to music by DJ Ross Turner.

People can go online and start voting for their favorite couple. Voting is available online via PayPal at www.highlandsmuseum.com/dwos or at the museum with credit/debit card, check (made payable to the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center) or cash. Sponsored tables and individual reservations for Dancing with Our Stars are now on sale at the museum. Money spent on tables and individual seats count as votes, so let the museum know which couple you support. For more information, sponsorship opportunities, and to purchase individual seats please call 606-329-8888 or email Amber Reeves at marketing. director@highlandsmuseum.com.

The fundraiser will help with the plans for a new Discovery Center for children on the second floor as well as other programming and renovations. The museum has been in renovation mode for six years by purchasing the original C.H. Parson’s Department store. They have been busy restoring and remodeling the front doors, staircases, elevators, bathrooms, etc. The museum has produced the largest conference center in Ashland on the fourth floor, also known as the Highlands Center that can house 650 people.

A Paramount season beginning in Ashland

Although the Paramount is quiet from Dec. 23 to Jan. 14, they make up for it with a flurry of shows from mid January through February.

Early shows are: Jan. 15, “Honk Jr.” by the Paramount Kids; Jan. 17, Heather Land; Jan. 25, Murder and Merriment; Jan. 30, Harriet Tubman and North by Night Heroes of the Underground Railroad; Feb. 3, film, “Groundhog’s Day”; Feb. 8, magician Bill Blagg; Feb. 15, The Midtown Men; Feb. 16, The Southern Momma Tour with the Cledus T. Judd Experience; Feb. 18, The Sound of Music; and Feb. 21, Brothers Osborne.

Go online at http://paramountartscenter.com/201415-upcoming-events/ for more info on upcoming Paramount events.

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