Art & Culture

EVENTS: Oglebayfest, Ecofest, Poe & Poetry

OGLEBAYFEST Artisan crafts, music, food, a 5K race, the parade, the Ohio County Country Fair, fireworks, inflatable rides, more music, gourmet market, antique cars, folk dancing … the list of Oglebayfest act...

The Arts at Work in Wheeling’s Centre Market

The sound of engraving tools mingled in the air with pencil scratching and acoustic guitar music on a recent Friday afternoon as Wheeling’s Artworks Around Town Inc. celebrated its 13th annual Paint Historic Wh...

Art and Technology Converge at Stifel

A crumpled water heater. Footage of a train that looks like it’s been put through a shredder and reassembled. Halting images being projected onto a disc of celluloid film. Metal formed into an image of the fact...

EVENTS: Wine, Music & Theater

 JAZZ IT UP Roger Humphries, one of Pittsburgh’s most celebrated jazz legends, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center as part of the popular Jazz at the Sti...

EVENTS: Here’s to History!

FORT HENRY DAYS History comes to life this weekend as Fort Henry Days brings the Revolutionary War to Oglebay Park, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2. Dramatic battle re-enactment...

Long-Time Members Come Out for Board Benefit

More than 400 members and friends of Oglebay Institute attended Friday's annual Board Benefit on the lawn of the Mansion Museum at Oglebay. Perfect weather, delicious food and drinks, snazzy outfits and cama...

Mystery Theatre Offers Free Show

Mystery Theatre Unlimited will present a hilarious musical-comedy, murder-mystery to Wheeling Park’s Amphitheatre starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. As a part of the City of Wheeling’s “Two Tappin’ Tuesdays, ...

Artworks 20 Years Strong

It was 20 years ago this June that Bethany resident Susan Johnston brought together a group of artists to form the co-op, Artworks Around Town, the oldest surviving one of its kind in West Virginia. Under he...

It’s About the Grooves at Nail City

C’mon! This 26-year-old is just a kid, right? What could he possibly know about vinyl records or the history of music? When he was born, country music had overtaken the forefront from rock n’ roll, and rap m...

Why Wharton Came Home to Wheeling

He grew up here. Most of his family has always lived here. And, now, after three decades, he lives here again. Thomas Wharton, brother of long-time Ohio County Commissioner Randy Wharton, returned to Wheelin...

Symphony Set to “Rach” the Capitol Theatre

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra performs with returning guest artist Christopher O’Riley on Friday, March 10th in the Capitol Theatre, 1015 Main Street, Wheeling at 7:30 p.m. in a concert “Inspired by Dance.” M...

Stages Owners Ready for Retirement

It’s been a costumed life in downtown Wheeling for Gael and Dan Fincham ever since the couple purchased the inventory once available at Wickham’s on National Road in the Woodsdale neighborhood. That was 1990...

Local Theatre Company’s Success No Mystery

The butler has never done it although there have been more than 60 plays composed by a couple of Wheeling men who have anchored a theatre company in the city of Wheeling for the past 20 years. Butch Maxwell ...

just another Warwood brat

just another Warwood brat, son of Clyde and Vera, running the streets with Moe, Rudy, Mario, Bill, and Ray near North 20th pacing the courts at the YMCA under his dad’s skeptical eye lettering in three...

You Once Saw a Bird

you once saw a bird flying overhead you remarked on her beauty but she flew away instead you once heard a bird singing her sweet song you didn't know the words but you sang right along you once felt...

Betty’s Garden Diary

Author's Note: This is the first installment in a planned series of informational articles for Ohio Valley gardeners. We will publish one installment this month and one in January. Then the installments will be...

Harshman Brings Santa To Mountain State

His ideas arrive at moments sometimes unexpected, and on occasion the plot lines are delivered by a friend or a colleague. Such was the case with Marc Harshman’s latest children’s book, “Mountain Christmas.”...

‘Bobo’ Shines Pink for Good Reasons

Feature Photo by Jeff Forster It’s not an illusion produced by drug use. There really is a pink elephant in downtown Wheeling. And for good reason. “Bobo” the elephant rests in the Heritage Port Park o...

The Wheeling Feeling – A Poem

The Wheeling Feeling.. ------ “The Friendly city” so it’s called, Along the Ohio River it lays sprawled. Nestled in the hills where so few know, If you blink you’ll miss it, though. ------ It’s a city ...

Market Area the Center Of Attention

Wheeling’s Centre Market has nearly two centuries worth of history behind it, but that is not what most people talk about these days. Instead, when Centre Market is mentioned in conversation, it most often i...

“The Stag,” the Myth, the Legend

Every time I visit “The Stag” at Oglebay Park, I wonder how many Ohio Valley children have perched themselves on his smooth, verdigris surface. How many families have spread a picnic blanket in his shadow on a ...

Yesterday: A Haibun Poem

Yesterday   memories gather in the rear view mirror framing a rich past   Wheeling, late 50's: A living breathing organism; the population on the verge of decline. The business di...

Only in Wheeling: “Take My Truck”

By Steve Criniti  Weelunk Contributor (Note: This is the first installment of an occasional column titled “Only in Wheeling.” The backstory is this: When my family first moved here from Pittsburgh in 1990...

Storytelling: Court Day in West Liberty

by Earl Nicodemus To the reader: I must preface this document by informing the reader that I am a storyteller rather than a historian. Until radio took over the storytelling role about 100 years ago, Americans...

River City Offering Live & Local Music

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It’s about the talent, and it’s about the atmosphere it creates. Those are two primary reasons why Jason Miller and Becky Schmidt often offer live and local music at the Rive...

A Christmas Story for the Little Hogans

By Bill Hogan From 1972 Weelunk Contributor THE GOSPEL OF ST. LUKE - AS AMENDED   One day God picked up the world, held it in His palm, and studied the big mess people had made by being mean to...

I Ate, I Ate, From A Locally Important Plate

One of the great things about living in Wheeling is that there are so many friends and family members nearby for entertaining with parties. Everyone loves a party, but my wife, "Wallis," takes it to another lev...

The “Real” Santas of Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Tinsel was everywhere. It was wound around the downtown’s utility poles, and it outlined most storefront window displays. Tinsel smothered the Christmas trees on display a...

A Vast Cast Faces Its Last Act

By Robert Gaudio Weelunk Contributor When I auditioned for a role in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” back in September, I was not prepared for the roller-coaster ride that would ensue. Believing t...

That Fabulous Tree Is Talking Again!

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Her eyes didn’t move from side to side, so you really didn’t know when IT would come. Sometimes you strolled in front of her with your folks, and other times you jumped su...

New Resident Invites Wheeling To Concert

By Scott Glysson Weelunk Contributor Scott is a professor at WLU and assumed the position of Director of Choral Activities in August When my wife and I moved to Wheeling in June of this year, we really didn'...

Christmas Parade Perspective

By LeeRoy Minnette  Weelunk Contributor West Liberty University Adjunct Professor Rebecca Kiger's photography students were given the task of taking Christmas parade pictures.  Roy and Emily's images belo...
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