It’s beginning to look a lot like summer! Outdoor activities abound in the Ohio Valley with pools open, Wheeling Park’s Dive-In Movie on the big screen, road races and Memorial Day events, including a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Veterans Amphitheater of Wheeling’s Heritage Port.
RUN, RUN, RUN
The Ogden Half Marathon Classic, 5K Run, 5K Walk, Kids Fun Run and Tiny Tot Trot are all on tap for Saturday morning. Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, and beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Race Day. http://www.ogdenhalfmarathonclassic.com
And after you recover from the Ogden races, lace up your shoes again on Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk at Oglebay. The race will begin and end in the upper parking lot of the Good Zoo, and the course will consist of the Susan Wheeler and Arboretum Trails that weave throughout the park. The hard-surface course is stroller friendly and leashed dogs are encouraged to participate. Race day registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Good Zoo main entrance. The first 30 registered participants will receive a T-shirt. Register online here.
The 12th annual Wheeling Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday May 27, beginning at Wheeling Heritage Port. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Every participant is required to wear a helmet. Entrants under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult. 740-635-3700; register online here.
AT THE PARKS
Oglebay has a full roster of Memorial Day weekend activities planned from homemade ice cream at Schenk Lake to folklore to inflatable rides to the fabulous Memorial Day Fireworks Extravaganza, which is set for 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26. There’s also a fishing tournament, pedal boat races, face painting and balloon art, and much more. Visit www.oglebay.com for a full listing.
At Wheeling Park, the pool and slide are open for summer fun, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, live music will be presented by Miller, Smith & Mazure at the outdoor amphitheater. Saturday’s Dive-In Movie at Wheeling Park Pool is “Goonies.” Showing begins at dusk. Kids (4-12) $6.25, adults $7.25. (Movie is free with pool admission or from upper level of Stone building.) At 2 p.m. Monday, May 28, gather around the Wheeling Park flagpole as the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution (SAR & DAR) lead a wreath laying ceremony in honor of all fallen heroes.
‘WE CAN DO IT!’
The Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh’s “We Can Do It! WWII” Traveling Exhibit will arrive at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Ohio County Public Library. The day’s festivities will start in the library auditorium at 1 p.m. where President and Chief Executive Officer of the Senator John Heinz History Center Dr. Andy Masich will speak about the display, “Rosie the Riveter” will sing patriotic tunes and an interfaith prayer of remembrance will be offered. The Ohio County Public Library was one of 15 affiliate organizations selected by the Heinz History Center to host the exhibit over a three-year period, and the only site in West Virginia to receive the traveling display. The exhibit, which includes artifacts, previously unseen photographs, lifelike museum figures and large museum panels highlighting Western Pennsylvania’s contributions to WWII, also will highlight local Wheeling-area artifacts on loan from community members and organizations. Tours of the exhibit, which will be at the OCPL from May 26 through July 24, will be given following the program that Saturday.
OUTDOOR CONCERT SEASON
Outdoor concert season starts up slowly at assorted venues around the valley, but really ramps up at the beginning of next month. The Oglebay Summer Concert Series kicks off at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 27, with Herb & Hanson. On May 30, the Wheeling Park High School Jazz Band and Steel Drum Band will perform at Waterfront Wednesday, from 7-9 p.m. at Wheeling Heritage Port.
The popular band, Bridges, makes its annual Towngate appearance at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24. The acoustic/soft rock band features the three-part harmony of Kim Butler, Doug Pettit and Dave Pettit. Together since 2005, the band always draws a crowd and will provide an evening of memories with classic rock sounds from artists such as the Eagles, the Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Van Morrison, the Zac Brown Band and more. Tickets are $10. ($8.50 for OI members.) www.oionline.com
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s String Quintet will perform a WSO on the Go free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the historic Bradford House Museum in Washington, Pa. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. The string quintet will play in the garden behind house and will feature musicians Anne Moskal (violin), Juan Jaramillo (violin), Jennifer Gerhard (viola), Elisa Kohanski (cello) and Jeffrey T. Mangone (contrabass). Guests can tour the museum prior to the music. Local whiskey distillery, Liberty Pole Spirits, will offer samples as well as cocktails for purchase. wheelingsymphony.com
Christian band Petra’s lead singer John Schlitt and Gospel Music Hall of Fame’s David Meece will join the Chrisagis Brothers for an evening of music and testimony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Strand Theater in Moundsville. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 740-859-2344 or 304-650-0425
Skyflight Productions will present an evening with Harpeth Rising, Tuesday, May 29, at The Grange Hall in Barnesville. The group is comprised of three classical musicians: Maria Di Meglio on cello, Michelle Younger on banjo and Jordana Greenberg, violin. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical into something organically unique. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. 423-276-2653; Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
Enjoy a captivating performance by the Pittsburgh-based Texture Ballet Company, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Towngate Theatre. The ballet company presents authentic and dynamic movement based in classical ballet, but at the same time these passionate dancers break through preconceived notions. As you watch the performance, the music and the stories come to life onstage right before your eyes. $15. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
ANOTHER OPENING NIGHT
The Brooke Hills Playhouse will open its 47th summer season at 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, with Roger Bean’s jukebox musical comedy, “The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On,” a sequel to the Playhouse’s popular 2012 production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Like the previous production, “Dream On” celebrates girl groups whose songs made their mark on American popular music. Curtain is at 8 p.m. May 25-26 and June 1-2, and 2 p.m. May 27 and June 3. The show features popular songs from the 1960s and ’70s, including “I Know a Place/Downtown,” “L-O-V-E” and “When Will I Be Loved.” In this installment of the Wonderettes saga, the girls return to Springfield High for the retirement of a beloved teacher in Act One, and celebrate their 20th class reunion in the second act. 304-737-3344.
RED, WHITE & ROSE
Bod reds, crisp whites and roses from Provence, France, will be featured at Good Mansion’s Wine Tasting at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25. Provence is known first and foremost for its rose wines, flawless, light and crisp, for all occasions and foods all summer long. But Provence also boasts the big and tannic Bandol red wine, as well as a variety of lively whites. Discover some of the Meditteranean’s must-haves just in time for summer. Served with an assortment of French cheeses and baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 50. www.goodmansionwines.com
The Eckhart House will host a Tea Luncheon in celebration of Memorial Day at noon Saturday, May 26. The menu will include assorted tea sandwiches, scones served with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, confections and gourmet tea selections. The luncheon is open to the public. 304-232-5439; www.EckhartHouse.com
Journalist and accidental Arnold Palmer insider Chris Rodell will talk about his book, “Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories of The King,” at Lunch With Books, noon Tuesday, May 29, at the Ohio County Public Library. Located about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh is the small town of Latrobe, Pa., the place Palmer called home. In “Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories of the King,” Latrobe resident Rodell draws upon more than 100 interviews with the golf great conducted over 20 years, providing an intimate, charming and, at times, irreverent glimpse at the icon outside the spotlight. 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