POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center will celebrate its ninth annual Tribute to the River Celebration at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4 and 5.
As the name implies, focus is on the river and the people who worked in the river industry.
The sternwheel boats will begin arriving early in the week. On Friday at 8 p.m., Paul Doeffinger performs at Riverfront Park.
Saturday’s events begin at 7 a.m. with a free breakfast provided by Christ Episcopal Church, 804 Main St., for the boat crews and the general public. During the day, there will be food, entertainment, inflatables, games, and corn hole and line throw contests for both children and adults.
Then on Saturday, the M/V Mountain State, AEP’s 6000 HP towboat will dock and be available for tours from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. that evening. This is an opportunity to see firsthand how the crews live and work on the vessels.
The river museum opens at 10 a.m. for visitors to experience a towboat ride in the pilothouse simulators and see the 2,400-gallon Ohio River fish aquarium. Children’s games begin at noon under the direction of Denise Bonecutter, who has many gifts and prizes to be distributed. Gallery at 409 will provide all the materials for a children’s art contest to be held at the park. Riverworks Discovery will be presenting its program on the rivers and the environment. At 1 p.m., Captain Steve Pearson will have his river presentation at the river museum.
Faye Leport will entertain park visitors at 4 p.m. singing some of her favorites and then inviting the public to join in with some karaoke, or, even turn the open mic over to an aspiring performer.
The memorial service for deceased rivermen/riverwomen will be held at 6:30 p.m. when their names are read aloud and a wreath is placed on the water. This will be followed by the presentation of the River Museum Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoring a person who has made significant contributions to the river industry. There will be a presentation of the telegraph from the P. A. Denny to the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center.
The Band of Brothers group will conclude the day’s activity when they take the stage at 8 p.m. for the audience’s listening and dancing pleasure.
More on the Tribute to the River and its complete listing of events in an upcoming edition prior to the festival.