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-enactments, period demonstrations, puppetry, music and dance are all part of the activities at Site 1 at Oglebay. Don’t miss the acclaimed battle re-enactment of the siege of Fort Henry with young Betty Zane’s heroic run for gunpowder at 3 p.m. both days. forthenrydays.org
ALSO AT OGLEBAY …
- Get ready for “A Night at Woodstock,” presented by the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and Jeans ‘n Classics at the annual Music Under the Stars concert, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. The concert, at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheatre, will feature the music of The Who, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Jefferson Airplane and more. Free. 304-232-6191; www.wheelingsymphony.com
- At the conclusion of the Wheeling Symphony concert, don’t miss the Labor Day Fireworks Extravaganza, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.
- Talented woodcarvers will come together to showcase their talents at the Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Pine Room. Free. 724-255-3514.
- Face painting, balloon art, inflatable rides, a rock climbing wall and more throughout the park Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3. Full schedule at oglebay.com/labor-day-celebration
- Drool at the Pool is a special treat for dogs and their owners to paddle around in the Crispin Center Pool, Monday, Sept. 3, 3-5 p.m.
VINTAGE ON THE WATER
See the beautiful wood hydroplanes and race boats this weekend at the Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta at Wheeling’s waterfront. Watch them run on the Ohio River at speeds between 60 and 140 mph, and learn how these boats were built in their glory days from the 1920s to the mid-1980s. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31; Saturday, Sept. 1, 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 2, 9:34 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 304-233-4738; wheelingvintageregatta.com
- At 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the First State Capitol, Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriters Tom Breiding, Jason Kendall and Mike Stout will present “Songs of Protest and the Working Class.” Attendees will enjoy an evening of original compositions, working-class ballads and familiar protest songs. Breiding, a Wheeling native, is musician-in-residence for the United Mine Workers of America. Kendall’s introspective and melodic songs are influenced by artists such as Chet Baker, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. Stout is a songwriter of stories about working-class heroes. $10. Email email@example.com to reserve a ticket.
- As part of the Wheeling Labor Heritage Week, the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation and the WALS Foundation will host the first Francis Pier-Pint Historic Brew-Off, 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31, at the First State Capitol. The $30 admission ticket gets you a commemorative Francis Pier-Pint pint glass and free beer samples from the Wheeling Alers. Travis Henline, Hal Gorby and Ryan Stanton will share little-known fun facts about Wheeling’s history and beer history. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-905-1690.
- The Reuther-Pollock Labor History Symposium II is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the First State Capitol Building. Speakers, discussion, a birthday celebration and walking tour. $20 registration includes lunch. Send an email to email@example.com or call 304-905-1690.
LET US ENTERTAIN YOU
“Let Us Entertain You!” is the title of the Towngate Preview Party, set for 6:30-10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31, offering guests a sneak preview of Towngate’s 50th season, dedicated to Hal O’Leary. “Let Us Entertain You!” features snippets from each of the season’s four plays: The Diary of Anne Frank, Miracle on 34th Street, The Shaughraun and Our Town. Enjoy music from Roger Hoard, hors d’oeuvres from Ye Old Alpha along with wine, beer and other refreshments, desserts and a champagne toast. $30. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
LUNCH WITH BOOKS
On Sept. 8, 1803, explorer Meriwether Lewis wrote to President Thomas Jefferson of a small settlement on the banks of the Ohio River, “a pretty considerable Village of fifty houses,” of Wheeling, Va. “River Stories: True Historical Accounts of Our Waterways,” at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 4, will recapture some memorable events and remarkable characters associated with the rivers of this region, performed with storyteller Alan Irvine’s trademark drama and wit. From Meriwether Lewis to keel boat-era Mike Fink and runaway canal boats, you are invited to sit on the banks of history as these riveting River Stories flow. Irvine is an award-winning storyteller who entertains audiences throughout the country but in particular at venues in the southwestern Pennsylvania area. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
A TOAST TO SUMMER
Good Mansion Wines bids farewell to summer at the Friday, Aug. 31, wine tasting. Toast the season with rose, Champagne, mimosa, red zinfandel, Ribera del Duero, Vinho Verde, New Zealand sauvignon blanc and more. Served with cheeses and baguettes. $15. 95 14th St., Wheeling; 304-233-2632; www.goodmansionwines.com