Summer Weekend Disappoints

The string of nice spring-summer weekends is coming to a soggy end. Tony blogs of sopping scenes and damper dreams.


Weekend Rains to Mar Many Outdoor Events
It happens once a summer. A moist pipeline of humid tropical air flows north into our region only to find resistance from a departing cool air mass.
In this case the departing "summer polar vortex" has only a small inertia to recede so the result will be an unusually damp pattern that features several hours of rain and lots of gloomy skies Saturday into Sunday.
So after a marvelous run this spring and early summer when 14 of 17 weekends have been fine for outdoor plans, our luck has run out.
That stated, no question Saturday will be the wetter of the two days this weekend. A steady soaking Friday night-Saturday morning rain will dampen events like the Bark for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society at the Proctorville Fairgrounds.
Meanwhile, Bluegrass lovers are congregating on Olive Hill this weekend for the Shriners’ Bluegrass Fest. The morning rain will turn more showery by afternoon, though there is a nice tent under which you can stay dry and enjoy the music.
The Festival is at the Shriners’ Show Grounds behind the Olive Hill Elementary and concludes on Saturday night.
Remember proceeds help support the kids at the Shriners’ Hospital in Lexington.
One outdoor casualty to the rain is the second Picnic with the Pops in Huntington. Pops CEO Hogan Haas told me why the decision to bring the Pops indoors to the Big Sandy was made on Friday. “It takes 24 hours to set up for the show and the forecast of 70% chance of rain is too strong to ignore”, Hogan told me.
So the Beatles tribute is at the Big Sandy on Saturday night as Maestro Kimo Furumoto directs the Huntington Symphony in the climate controlled Civic Center.
Meanwhile there are other events that will wait the rain out longer. The Big Brothers-Big Sisters Summer Soiree (formerly Myrtle Beach Dinner/Dance) is Saturday night at Little Creek Park. Hostess Amanda Barren tells me it is rain or star shine and there are plenty of tents just in case the showers don’t move  away as predicted.
Down at Jenny Wiley Park, there is a gala 50th anniversary party for the Jenny Wiley Theatre. South Pacific has been on stage for a month with 2 more weeks to run. Showtime, weather permitting is 8:15. I saw the musical 2 weeks and it is worth the drive down the Country Music Highway to Prestonsburg.
At Ritter Park it is the middle weekend of Willy Wonka with Ryan and Clint and other local favorites. Showtime is 8:30pm through Sunday with kids pre-show at 7pm.
County fairs that are winding down include the Carter Fair (near Grayson), Putnam Fair (Eleanor) and Jackson Ohio Fair (Wellston). Given the Saturday daylight rains predicted, chances are the ground will still be wet even as the rains let up during the afternoon-evening.
Sunday’s weather will trend hazier and muggier so while there will be many dry hours, a shower or thunderstorm can invade any place, any time. Such is the nature of “true” summer weather.
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