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Nearly a dozen awesome things to do with dad

June 14, 2018 GMT

Kids, step away from the goofy ties, black socks and the jorts — we are dads, and we’ve got that (and lots of really funny dad jokes) covered.

What you may want to go dial up is some fun for your hard-working pops.

Here’s a look at a few fun ways to go make some new memories with the old man.

Dive into the swamp of laughs with dad

Fall into the swamp of laughs with everyone’s favorite grumpy dad Shrek as Huntington Area Regional Theatre (HART in the Park) and the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District will present “Shrek the Musical” on June 15-17, 22-24, June 29-30 and July 1 and July 6-8, at the Ritter Park Amphitheater.

Based on the 2001 Dreamworks Animated film, “Shrek the Musical” tells the story of everyone’s favorite green ogre, the lovable and hilarious Donkey and their misfit band of fairytale creatures as they go on an adventure to rescue the mysterious Princess Fiona, singing new songs and creating laughs along the way.

HART in the Park also will present a children’s pre-show, “Disney’s The Lion King Kids.”

Gates will open at 7 p.m. The pre-show starts at 7:30 p.m., and “Shrek the Musical” starts at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15, $12 for children/seniors and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at the GHPRD Office in Heritage Station, online at https://ghprd.ticketspice.com/harts-shrek-the-musical or at the gate the night of the show.

Call 304-696-5954 or visit www.GHPRD.org. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/HARTInThePark/ to find out more about HART in the Park and “Shrek the Musical.”

Picnic with the Pops

If your dad loves symphonic music and Broadway tunes with a bit of a rock edge, have we got the concert for you.

Huntington native stage rocker Michael Cerveris, the two-time Tony Award winner, is rolling back home to kick off the 2018 Picnic season with maestro Kimo Furumoto and the 55-member-strong Huntington Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, June 16, at Harris Riverfront Park.

Gates open at 5 p.m., followed by pre-concert entertainment from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the orchestra performing at 8 p.m. starring Cerveris, who took home Tony Awards for his Broadway roles in “Assassins” and “Fun Home.”

Enjoy an evening of songs from some of the shows that Cerveris has starred in, such as “Evita,” “Sweeney Todd” and “The Who’s Tommy,” which will feature Of The Dell’s Cory Hatton and Cody Hatton. In addition to some patriotic tunes, Cerveris is also creating an Open to All choir of local folks that some may consider on the fringe of society.

“I am putting together a choir of people from all walks of life, especially from some of the more marginalized communities in Huntington,” Cerveris told The Herald-Dispatch last week. “It will be people who are not always thought of to be included in the greater community, whether it is veterans or LGBT kids or recovering drug addicts and people from the black, Latino and Muslim communities. I want to make a choir from those communities, and they don’t have to be professional singers or anything to sing ‘This Land Is Your Land.’ I think it will be a nice community gesture, and there are a lot of people in Huntington who are helping me to put it together.”

Tickets are $20 for general admission or $45 for reserved seating, with table reservation and season ticket packages available.

Big dippering with daddy

Is dippering a verb? It is in these parts, where the Big Dipper has been the bar of bravery for many a young kid hopping on the popping classic cars of the iconic Big Dipper wooden roller coaster that has been a family rite of passage since 1958 at Camden Park, West Virginia’s only amusement park.

Treat your day on Sunday, June 17, to a trip to Camden Park, as dads get in for only $1 when someone else pays full admission price to the park, which has more than 30 rides and attractions.

If you can’t wait until Sunday, pop over to Camden Park on Friday as they are celebrating their 115th birthday from noon to 5 p.m. with free birthday cake (while supplies last) as well as live music from The Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers.

Go online at www.camdenpark.com.

Tapping a firkin with father

Plans for an unforgettable Father’s Day weekend are brewing in downtown Ashland. Ashland in Motion’s fourth annual Firkin Fest is set to run 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in downtown Ashland. The craft beer festival features more than 100 craft beers, live music, local food, art and retailers.

Tickets may be purchased online at BeerFests.com or at local retailers including Ashland Beverage Centre, Carter Avenue Beverage, Good Spirits and Shamrock Liquors.

General admission presale tickets are $25; day of event tickets are $30. VIP admission presale tickets are $75; day of event VIP tickets are $80. VIP tickets may be purchased online only. A general admission ticket includes 10 craft beer tasting tickets and official Firkin Fest mini mug. The event features exclusive firkins brewed by Kentucky breweries Braxton Brewing, Country Boy Brewing and West Sixth Brewing, as well regional brewery The Portsmouth Brewing Company. The full beer lists features 128 craft beers and 17 exclusive VIP beers. For the full beer list, visit the Firkin Fest Facebook page.

Admission to Firkin Fest is free to designated drivers and guests who wish not to sample craft beer. Guests interested in craft beer tasting must be 21 or older and must purchase an event ticket.

Local food vendors featured at the festival are Matney’s Wood Fired Pizza, Smokin’ J’s Rib & Brewhouse, Southside Sliders and Suplex Tacos.

Live music will be performed by Mountain Oyster Cult, Holly & The Guy, The Dividends and Short & Company.

Go online at www.ashlandinmotion.org.

Paddle with pops

If your dad likes to kayak or canoe, it’s a great hot weekend to do so. If you want to do so with a festive crowd, there’s a really fun option this weekend.

The 14th annual Tour De Coal put on by the City of St. Albans expects to draw more than 1,000 kayakers to paddle the Coal River from Tornado to St. Albans, where there will be a street fest. All funds raised at the Tour De Coal go to the Coal River Groups river restoration programs.

After floating the river, there will be a new river event Yak Fest (Yakfestwv.com) in downtown St. Albans. Get ready for great food, music for two nights and more. Arti Gras on Friday will offer great art and vendors. Saturday exhibitors will be on Main Street representing major kayak brands, fishing tackle, river toys and fish aquarium displays. Register at www.coalrivergroup.com.

Hot peppers with pops

Does your dad like to take his taste buds for a ride on the wild side? Then stroll over to Charleston, where the 20th annual Smoke on The Water chili cook-off reels in some of the country’s top chili cooks to see who has the best red, green and homestyle chili and salsa at Haddad Riverfront Park from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

Enjoy a stream of live music from the Schoenbaum Stage with Brie Capone, The Settlement, Urban Tropic and Smith & Weeden as well as kids’ activities, frozen T-shirt and hot pepper eating contests, local food vendors, beer from Spriggs Distributing Co. and more. Samples begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. and last until they run out. Proceeds benefit HospiceCare.

Get more event info at http://festivallcharleston.com/events/smoke-water-chili-cookoff-1 and find out more about FestivALL Charleston, which runs June 15-24 in Charleston with more than 80 events at 35 different venues at http://www.festivallcharleston.com/.

Pedaling with pops

Looking for something fun and free to do with dad? Then grab the bicycles and pedal over to the Ritter Park fountain at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, for the free monthly bicycle ride Critical Mass Huntington. This flat six-mile ride has been once a month since July 2009.

After the ride, pedal over to somewhere cool downtown, like the new Market Place for an Austin’s Ice Cream or over to Bahnhof WVrst Haus and Biergarten for a pretzel and a liter of brew.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/peoplepoweredwv/ to learn more about more bicycle events and People Powered Huntington, the city’s Bike and Pedestrian Advocacy Coalition whose vision is for Huntington to be a city of health and prosperity that has safe and welcoming walking, running, cycling and exercise options for all ages and abilities.

A record party with pops

Do you and your dad have some favorite vinyl records? Well, grab an armload and head over to the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington, where they are hosting A Record Party with doors opening at 8 p.m.

Come out and celebrate your favorite vinyl records with your friends over the V Club’s super-charged PA. Cover is $5 for those 18 and over.

And if you want a shot of some dad-approved blues, head over to the V at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16, as they are hosting the Huntington Blues Society’s monthly jam with the band Hye Water, and then stick around to hear a double shot of bands, The Tangled Roots and The Technicolor Nightmare.

Go online at www.vclublive.com.

Help out an awesome dad

The 26th Street Drinkery, 40 26th St., Huntington, in the Highlawn neighborhood, hosts A Honky Tonk Heroes fundraiser, The Nuthuggers Ball, to help a well-known local musician who is undergoing chemo for testicular cancer. The fundraiser will help pay for daycare for his young son while he is at treatments.

Bands and artists on the bill include Jeremy Short, Tony Harrah, William Shatner Blues Explosion, Elizabeth Reed, Flat Tracker, Zach Sovine, Chad Stanley, Herb Dean and Darby Hollow.

Zipline, raft and rappel with dad

Adventures on the Gorge in Lansing, W.Va. (just north of the famous New River Gorge Bridge) is letting every dad who comes with a paying guest raft or zip line for free on Sunday. Space is limited, so book your dad an adventure worth 50,000 ties.

Go online at https://www.adventuresonthegorge.com.

Closer to home, Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Ky., is letting dads rappel for free at Carter Caves which is the only Kentucky State Park to have rock climbing and rappeling. You will not find a cheaper more exciting gift than that. Reservations are required They provide the gear. You just show up at your time. Call the park today at 606-286-4411 to make your reservation.

Go batty with daddy

Heritage Farm Museum and Village, 3300 Harvey Road, has a bat-themed Way Back Weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Check out West Virginia’s Batman with his Batmobile from 11 a.m. to noon. There will also be fun bat activities as part of their Wild! Heritage program, including the opportunity to create your own bat box. These cool enclosures help support our endangered bat population and would be a fun keepsake of your day with dad.

The cost is $20 for a bat box to cover cost of materials. Call 304-522-1244 to reserve your place, as spaces are limited.

Way Back Weekend will also feature open museums, artisans, blacksmith, wagon rides, petting zoo, kids’ activities, food, fun and more

You do not need to register in advance to attend. Normal admission price is $12, $10 seniors, $8 children 3-17. Parking is free and is located in the field inside the main gate.