Make way for mama
It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and here in West Virginia (the birthplace of Mother’s Day), we know how to celebrate — whether your mama likes it mild or wild.
Here’s a look at a few fun ways to celebrate — whether you want to throw mama on a train or raft, rock out or just grab some brunch.
A ‘Halestorm’ of girl-powered rock
Have one of those metal-loving mommies? Well have we got the concert for you as Grammy Award-winning rockers Halestorm march back to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Monday, May 14, as part of a 14-date tour of girl-powered rock with fellow female singer-led bands In This Moment, New Years Day and Stitched Up Heart.
Doors open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 and $39.50 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena box office, Ticket-master.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
This is the fourth time Halestorm has played Huntington. They played the V Club and have played the arena twice before. They last played the arena in April 2016 and also played in 2012 on an opening slot of the Mass Chaos tour that featured Godsmack and Staind.
Vineyard in the Village
From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, the Nancy Cartmill Gardens, and Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Barboursville host the second annual wine fest Vineyard in the Village, presented by Galaxy Distributing.
The wine fest will feature samples of 100 wines as well as local food vendors, a craft beer and cigar bar, and local artisans that specialize in pottery, jewelry, portraits and other household decor. A Special VIP hour will be hosted by Main Street on Central
from 4 to 5 p.m. and will feature premium wine and food sampling. Buy tickets through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/vineyard-in-the-village-tickets-44765160801?aff=efbeventtix.
Mother’s Day mayhem — Roller derby double header
Does your mama like to rock and roll? Head over to Skateland in the Huntington neighborhood of Altizer as the Chemical Valley Rollergirls dial up a double header Saturday, May 12. At noon its the Chemical Valley Junior Derby vs. Huntington Junior Derby and then at 3 p.m., the main bout, the Chemical Valley Rollergirls vs. Greenbrier River Rollers. Tickets are $10; $5 ages 11 and under.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/chemicalvalleyrollergirls/ to find out more about this local roller derby team.
Have a Hall of Fame time with mom
Does your mom like her music a little country fried, dipped and slathered in some good gospel harmonies?
If so, head over to the Clay Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, as it welcomes in Country Music Hall of Famers The Oak Ridge Boys who bring their suitcase of hits — as well as tunes from their new album “17th Avenue Revival” — to the stage.
Tickets to an Evening With The Oak Ridge Boys are $52, $72 and $92 and on sale now at the Clay Center box office, at Ticketmaster.com, at tickets.theclaycenter.org/ and by calling 304-561-3570.
For that bluegrass gospel loving mom, the Grammy Award-winning family gospel band The Isaacs will be at the Milton Performing Art Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at West Virginia Pumpkin Park. Tickets are $20.
Fun with mom down on the farm
Bring mom and come celebrate her special day here at Heritage Farm Museum and Village, 3300 Harvey Road, on Saturday. They will have an interpreter as Anna Jarvis (the West Virginian founder of Mother’s Day) speaking in the Artisan Center at 11 and 1, and all moms are half-price admission ($6) for the day.
As one of their trademark Way Back Weekends, this event will also include their museums, artisans, blacksmith, wagon rides, petting zoo, kids activites, food, fun, and much more.
Admission is $12, $10 seniors, $8 children 3-17. Parking is free and is located in the field inside the main gate.
Go online at https://www.heritagefarmmuseum.com/ for more info.
Tea time with mom
Looking for something fun for that mom who loves a good book? Head over to the Boyd County Public Library, 1740 Central Ave., Ashland, for a Mother’s Day weekend tea from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
Treat your mother, sister, grandmothers, aunt or mother figure to tea, crumpets and other tidbits.
In Barboursville, Sweet and Sassy Bakery hosts its second annual Mother’s Day Tea Party on Saturday, with two seatings set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the bakery’s patio, 1112 Main St., Barboursville. Each daughter will have the opportunity to make a small flower bouquet for her mom and enjoy tea, cookies and sandwiches. A photographer will be on site. Tickets are $10 at the Barboursville Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, 701 Main St. Seating is limited to 40 tickets per tea party.
A glass garden party with mom
Treat your glass-loving mom to a special night at the world famous Blenko Glass, as it hosts a garden party from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the Blenko Glass Garden behind the welcome center.
Enjoy live music and finger foods while strolling the blooming spring garden at lakeside during this third annual garden party.
Each attendee will receive a free suncatcher with a floral design, “Blenko Garden Party,” and dated 2018.
There will be a contest for Best Garden Party Hat, with one winner for each of two categories — Most Elegant Hat and most Fun or whimsical Hat. A free piece of specially created Blenko will be the prize.
Tickets are now available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-party-tickets-43459918787.
A Mother’s Day Escape Pop-Up
At 5 p.m. Thursday, May 10, The Boutiques on the Avenues in downtown Huntington present a “Mother’s Day Escape Pop-Up,” an evening to spoil the mother in your life. Get your ladies together for some much deserved pampering.
Due to the nature of the event — and moms’ much deserved need for pampering — small children are not advised. All attendees despite age will be charged admission. Admission is $10 for those 12 and older.
Enjoy an evening with a glass of wine from The Bodega WV; sweet bites from Paula Vega Cakes; boutique shopping with exclusive savings from Bow Love Boutique, Kenzington Alley, Old Main Emporium, Runway Couture & VC Boutique; live music from local talent Kelsie May; blowouts from Element Salon and Blowout Bar; massages by Brittany Stowasser Yoga & Massage; facial waxing by Aesthetics By Danielle; makeovers by Merle Norman; and Botox for $10 a unit by Dr. Amy Vaughan Dermatology and specials on other services offered in her office.
Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite link on this page, at each “boutiques on the avenues” location or cash admission at the door.
Throw mama on the train
Give mom a fun nostalgia-filled day at West Virginia’s only amusement park — Camden Park — as moms get in for $1 Sunday, May 13, when another adult pays regular admission.
Buy that special mom a Pronto Pup and enjoy more than 30 rides and attractions from The Big Dipper to the Haunted House.
The historic family-run park will now be open weekends through Memorial Day when it is begins to expand its schedule. Park hours for the next few weeks are 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13.
Go online at www.camdenpark.com, follow on Twitter and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamdenPark-WV/) or call 304-429-4321 for more info.
Dinner and a show
For the theater-loving mom, catch the final weekend of Charleston Light Opera Guild’s production of “My Fair Lady” at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre.
The final shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 11–12.
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” “My Fair Lady” tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young flower seller with an unmistakable Cockney accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. When Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish. With a book by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, the musical features one of Broadway’s great scores including “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” and “On the Street Where You Live.”
Tickets are $25. Go online at https://www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org/home/show-history/my-fair-lady for more information.
Mamma mia! Some homemade meatballs
From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 10, Chateau D’Italia and the Karle family celebrate their Italian heritage celebrating all mothers with a traditional Italian dinner featuring homemade marinara and bread, Mediterranean salad, lasagna, meatballs and cookies and cream gelato. Entertainment provided by Barbara James.
All moms go home with a bag of Italian cookies as a little gift. The cost is $25 and $10 for kids under 10.
Reserve now at www.chateauditalia.com or call 304-208-4525.
Some Gorge getaways
We’ve got summer-like temps so you can let the summer fun begin down on the New River. Take mom along for a relaxing and inexpensive day at the beach as ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill, has just opened its five-acre lake Wonderland Waterpark from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Enjoy testing your climbing skills on the 25-foot inflatable climbing mountain, giant spinning Saturn balls, seesaws and obstacle course. You can also pick up a game of volleyball, tetherball or life-sized chess on the beach.
Go online at https://aceraft.com/ for more info.
At Adventures on the Gorge in Lansing, they are having a mom’s zipline or raft for free on Sunday. When your mom is done adventuring, bring her to Smokey’s for a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet that is $40, $20 for kids 6-10 and free for kids 5 and under.
Call 888-406-4679 to reserve your seat and go online at https://www.facebook.com/AdventuresOnTheGorge/ for more information.
Take mama to the buffet
You can give mom a great meal and a nice stroll in the outdoors as Kentucky State Park — such as Greenbo Lake State Resort Park and Carter Caves State Resort Park — offer a Mother’s Day buffet Sunday, May 13.
The menu includes salad bar, fruit, cheese, roast beef, roast pork with apple dressing, chicken and dumplings, fried catfish and hush puppies, vegetables and desserts.
The buffet will start at noon, and closing times will vary by park. The cost is 19.50 plus tax; $9.50 plus tax for children ages 6-12 (tax and beverage not included).
If you already have plans for Mother’s Day lunch, give mom a gift card for a memorable experience at a Kentucky State Park or purchase a Kentucky-crafted item for her at one of the many park gift shops.
For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov.