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A wild and wonderful weekend

May 23, 2019

We’ve tripped the sunlight fantastic and summer is on the way. It’s the three-day Memorial Day weekend and we’ve got enough time this weekend for everything.

Start the list now and check it off later. From cookouts and music, to brews, homecomings, festivals, road trips, yard sales, outdoors fun and, of course, a pause to remember those good people who are no longer with us at the Ironton Memorial Day parade or a ceremony near you.

Here’s a look at just a few of the wild and wonderful things to dig into this Me morial Day Weekend.

BrewGrass at Heritage Station

Taps at Heritage Station presents the second annual BrewGrass festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at Heritage Station, 210 11th St. in Huntington, featuring a zesty blend of brews and good music.

There’ll be more than 70 beers from a host of breweries from around West Virginia and beyond as well as a steady stream of tunes from Moonshine Crossing, Sour Mash String Band and Matt Petty and the Whiskey Chasers. VIP session music will be by Jon Bassin.

There will also be local merch and food trucks/vendors, including Abby Shae Bakes, Southside Sliders and more. Taps will also be hosting an after-party with live music from Barry and Noah Frazee starting at 8 p.m. on their deck.

Tickets are $40. The event is rain or shine and has a covered tent.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/TapsatHeritage/ for more info about BrewGrass.

Here come the Hooligans

The fourth annual Hooligans Homecoming, Huntington’s throwback rock reunion, is back for its fourth year from noon to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, at the V Club, 741 6th Ave.

The all-day benefit concert event will feature reunited ’80s hair bands including Tyrant and Oney, classic Tri-State guitar heroes, Ritter Rock reunions, all star jams and more. The show will be co-hosted by ’80s-era WKEE Huntington radio DJ Burke Allen.

Admission is cans of non-perishable food items for the Facing Hunger Food Bank, or a cash donation for Little Victories Animal Shelter.

Doors open at noon and music starts at 1 p.m. with more than seven hours of music and dozens of musicians from all across the U.S. coming home for what is being billed as Huntington’s official Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion.

Park it at Camden for Woody Pines and more

The family-run Camden Park kicks its season into full gear this Memorial Day weekend.

Located just 5 miles west of Huntington at the sign of the happy clown, Camden Park will be open 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, May 26-27.

Some of the Memorial Day special attractions include live music at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, by Nashville roots music rambler, Woody Pines, who has toured the globe playing original tunes and boiling up infectious roots blends of country, oldtime, ragtime and blues.

Opening this weekend is one of the Park’s new permanent attractions, Aunt Dovie’s Petting Farm with more than 25 farm animals for petting, riding and photo opps. Season passes are also on sale until May 31 at Camden Park which has more than 30 rides and attractions including the Big and Lil’ Dippers, the log flume, the Kite Flier, the kids rides, the Midway, the Arcade and local food including its famed Pronto Pup.

Visit camdenpark.com for directions or to purchase discount tickets online.

43rd annual Vandalia Gathering

Head over to the Capitol Complex in Charleston Friday through Sunday for the 43rd annual Vandalia Gathering, a celebration of all things Appalachian from arts, crafts and quilts, to food, fiddles and even a tall tale or two.

Enjoy an indoors-and-out cultural buffet of music, dance, stories, craft and old time activities and games for young’uns at this free festival hosted by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Vandalia kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday in the State Theater with an awards ceremony for quilt and wall-hanging winners and the presentation of the 2019 Vandalia Award, the state’s highest folklife honor to Dwight Diller — a world-renowned clawhammer banjo player, fiddle player and teacher. During the evening performances, three other members of the Vandalia family will be honored posthumously: George “The Earl of Elkview” Daugherty, Marvine Loving and Judson Wallace. The concert will include a musical tribute to Daugherty, featuring Roger Bryant, Buddy Griffn and tributes to Loving featuring Bobby Taylor, to Wallace featuring Bare Bones and others.

A Saturday evening concert starts at 7 p.m. in the State Theater and will feature performances by Bil Lepp, the Modock Rounders, Appalachian Country Cloggers, Gerry Milnes, Bobby Taylor and Kanawha Tradition, Bryant Underwood, Buddy Griffn, Terry Vaughan, Robert Shafer and Johnny Staats.

The free outdoors fest runs 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday out on the State Capitol Grounds with more than 30 arts and crafters as well as regional food vendors. Go online at http://www.wvculture.org/vandalia/ for more info.

Recovery Fest

The Boyd County Addiction Resources is hosting its 7th annual Recovery Fest at Ashland’s Central Park from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Free and open to all, the event features music by Raven, Sean Whiting, Creek Don’t Rise, Bright Nights, Larry Whitt, Jesse Spears, Brock Thompson, Rick Potter, Chad Stanley, From the Hill, Cross Fade, Aaron Miller and Greg Brown, Bad Karma, Chase Jobe and many many more. The event also features free food, a candlelight vigil on Saturday night and a host of speakers including: Adam Kennard, Michelle Slone, Patrick Kelley, Michael Blair, Kenny Fisher, John Epperson and Robb Oldham. Donations to the event will help the Boyd County Addiction Resource Center. Call 606-928-0609 or email Robb Oldham at croldham@yahoo.com.

Central Park salute to vets

The City of Ashland and the Recreation Department are sponsoring a Memorial Day Program at Kentucky’s Central Park within the Bandstand from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 27. The patriotic program will feature a salute to all veterans — fallen and living. The musical entertainment will feature The Singing Kernels, Emma Stephens, Chain Reaction, and The Midnight Ride; and Mike Wurts of AMVETS — Post 95 will lead the pledge to the flag. Peanuts the Clown will be there, and there will be a free ice cream social; corn hole games; cotton candy; door prizes; and more. Bring your lawn chairs; stay all afternoon; and make family memories. Call 606-327-2046 or 606-329-1007.

Keep me out at the ballgame

The West Virginia Power practically sets up camp this week welcoming in the Greensboro Grasshoppers and Lexington Legends to town for their longest homestand of the 2019 season from May 21-28. The Power’s upcoming home stretch is loaded with all of your favorite weekly promotions, a special Memorial Day matinee game and an exclusive Austin Meadows camo jersey bobblehead giveaway on Redneck Night, Saturday, May 25.

On Saturday, enjoy country music going all night long, several in-game rednecked out promos, a redneck-themed food and beverage stand for the night and so much more. Send in pictures of your trucks before the game and we will hold an in-game vote for the best truck,

Luke Sadecky will perform pregame and Autumn G postgame on the GetGoWV stage. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., while first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.

Find out more about the promotions from Friday Night Fireworks and Kidz Sunday Funday and Monday’s Family Buck Night by going online at https://www.milb.com/west-virginia-power/.

Road trip to Quilt National ’19

Come get your mind-blown and your soul inspired by the incredible artistry on display as The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, presents Quilt National ’19 and A Summer of 40th Anniversary Events.

The new Quilt National exhibit, which features the best in contemporary art quilts from 84 artists representing 28 states and 7 foreign countries goes on display Saturday, May 25, and runs through Sept. 2. This year celebrates 40 years of Quilt National since opening in 1979 as the first exhibition for The Dairy Barn Arts Center. The opening for artists and members will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 24.

Quilt National ’19 will officially open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25. General admission is $10, with the seniors and student rate at $8 and is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday. A 184-page full color Quilt National catalog is available for sale at www.dairybarn.org/shop.

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