Holiday Events Heating Up
This Independence Day weekend is turning into a winner weather-wise as Saturday afternoon’s showers have been light and for the most part north of I-64.
One thing that has increased noticeably is the humidity as an influx of tropical air has sent the dial on the sticky meter dial into the sweaty range. I found that out first hand at high noon when I did my normal 3 mile jog.
Since the air will remain muggy thru the rest of the long weekend, a shower or thunderstorm can certainly appear suddenly through the thick haze. Best risk to come Sunday afternoon-evening.
Daytime highs may feel 90, but should come up short of that hot mark due to the enhanced cloud and haze level of afternoon.
Here are some of the weekend events that will make your holiday complete.
I.) In Gallipolis, the River Recreation Festival is attracting big crowds to historic City Park. Saturday evening’s parade will be followed by a concert at the park. Marianne Campbell (former Hometown Hero) and her partners in promotion have done it again! This time they have brought in renowned harpist Deborah Henson-Conant for Monday’s grand finale. Here is the press release regarding Ms. Henson’s appearance.
'Hip harpist' adds to symphony's July 4 fireworks
For the third straight year, the Ohio Valley Symphony will help celebrate the Fourth of July with a free concert in Gallipolis City Park.
Joining the OVS and music director Ray Fowler at 8 p.m. will be Deborah Henson-Conant, dubbed the "hip-harp" for her evocative singing voice and the 36-string, custom-built electric harp she plays. The concert caps the weekend-long River Recreation Festival.
Henson-Conant is a Grammy-nominated composer, performer, singer, songwriter, author, cartoonist, entertainer, comedian and electric harpist -- all rolled into one. She has built a renegade image with programs that fuse theater, stories and virtuosic playing skill, and she is equally at home in styles as varied as ballads, jazz and flamenco. She's put on a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, opened for Ray Charles, toured with the Boston Pops and released a dozen albums from Latin jazz to Celtic to blues. More information is available on her website at hipharp.com
Lora Lynn Snow, Executive Director
Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre
Ohio Valley Symphony
Celebrating 21 Years of Musical Excellence
II.) Carter County Thunder 2011
This Country and Classic Rock music festival starts at 6 pm Saturday at the fairgrounds between Grayson and Olive Hill. Headliners include the Thrillbillys and Hung Jury. Concert starts at 6 with Fireworks at 10. Admission is free, so the price is right!
III.) Coal Grove Family Fun Days
Paul Porter Park is the place to be for this annual holiday event. The highlight this year comes on Sunday when Ickey Woods and Pete Johnson will be on hand to sign autographs. These Bengal stars of yester-year will team up from 2 until 9 to shake hands, sign photos and who knows, maybe do the Ickey Shuffle!
IV.) Charleston Concert and Fireworks
The Charleston levee will be packed on Sunday evening as The West Virginia Symphony is in concert on the Schoenbaum Stage at 8 pm. Special guest Jazz Drummer Butch Miles will join the Symphony. The concert will be followed by a dazzling rockets red glare, bombs bursting fireworks display from across the river at UC.
V.) Summer Motion
Summer Motion is back for its 23rd year with Ashland ready to celebrate our nation’s birth with an Achey Breaky blast. Native son Billy Ray Cyrus comes home for a July 4th concert and fireworks night that will be a show stopper. Here’s a link to all activities going on at Summer Motion.
VI.) Ripley Independence Day
For pure fun and entertainment, it is hard to beat Ripley WV for big time-small town fun on July 4th.
I will be there for the noon parade which starts at Memorial Stadium and winds its way across the Mill Creek and through downtown Ripley.
But the fun is just starting then with all day entertainment highlighted by Adam Tucker in concert at 8 PM.
Here’s your link to the fun and fireworks at ‘America’s biggest small town Independence day celebration”.