• Celebrating its 86th year, the Wheeling Jamboree will feature Lorri Morgan and Mayf Nutter, in concert, at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at The Capitol Theatre. Morgan, the first woman in her genre to begin her career with three consecutive Platinum albums, will illuminate the Jamboree stage. Joining her will be Mayf Nutter, the youngest honoree in the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame, Walkway of Stars. Nutter has performed at Jamboree In The Hills nine times, beginning with the first one in 1977. Inspired by that first event and encouraged by a fan to write a song about that first weekend, Mayf wrote the song that has been used as the theme song for this event since 1980. Buy tickets here.
• The Blame My Roots Country Music Festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, to fill the void left by Jamboree In The Hills’ 2019 haitus. The music continues Friday and Saturday at Valleyview Campgrounds in Belmont, Ohio. The Stickers, Joe Diffie, Trace Adkins and Tyler Farr are just some of the acts to keep the country music vibe going. Tickets and more information at BlameMyRootsFestival.com
AROUND THE WORLD
Say adios to your Friday night dinner plans and bonjour to an evening of themed food and entertainment as the YWCA Wheeling presents a brand-new event, the Around the World Dinner, at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink. Spend the evening sampling foods provided by some of the best restaurants and bakeries in the Ohio Valley. Smash Multimedia will be offering an evening of global music and themed entertainment. The event will feature silent and chance raffles you don’t want to miss — including a chance to win dinner anywhere in the world! The prize includes roundtrip airfare, overnight accommodations and your dinner. For more information, silent auction registration, raffle entry or to buy tickets, visit www.AroundtheWorldDinner.com.
IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME
Save the date for this year’s Grecian Fest, set for Wednesday, July 24, through Saturday, July 27, at the St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, 22215 Chapline St., Wheeling. Guests can enjoy Greek food, indoors and out, live Greek music and dance. Maria Kayafas and Patty Papadimitriou Dunlevy are presenting a cooking show at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at the church.
OVER THE MOON
• Centre Market is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with the Over the Moon Sidewalk Sale, Saturday, July 20, beginning at 10 a.m. Participating businesses will be offering out-of-this-world specials and discounts!
• Also on Saturday, July 20, see First Man, at 1 p.m. at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre & Cinema. The movie is a biopic on the life of the legendary American Astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969, on his journey to becoming the first human to walk on the moon. It explores the sacrifices and costs on the nation and Armstrong himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel. This free screening is being presented at the Towngate Theatre by SMART Center Market.
• Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Grave Creek Mound Archaelogical Complex, with Apollo and Skylab mission films from the personal collection of Rudolf Keller. Keller was employed in the space industry in California when Neil Armstrong made his famous “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Music from Gershwin to Green Day and from Beatles to Winehouse will be featured from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 20, from 9 p.m. to midnight as Undo’s Elm Grove presents the eclectic sounds of the Deep State band, a group that specializes in familiar yet not-often-performed popular songs with unusual instrumentation.
If you’re looking for some awesome artwork that’s a little strange, come to the second Vintage Resurrection, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Clientele Art Studio. All artwork will be for sale.
The Centre Market Outdoor Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. on July 19, featuring Zane Run, live at Centre Market. Free admission. Please bring your own chairs as seating is limited.
15 MINUTES OF FILM
Planet 23 Studios presents the 2019 Fifteen Minute Film Festival at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre & Cinema. Their mission is to celebrate the art of the short film in all genres. All winning submissions will be shown on a screen in a real theater filled with short film enthusiasts, fans, friends and other filmmakers. Tickets at 304-242-7700 or at the door (if available). $10
MORE ON THE BIG SCREEN
The Wheeling Film Festival will feature short movies about Wheeling, including: Wheels of Progress by Ellis Dungan, La Belle Cut Nail Plant by Wheeling Heritage, The National Road in West Virginia by Wheeling Heritage and Roundabout Films, and For Liberty and Union by Ellis Dungan. The event, hosted by Wheeling 250, is set for 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Wheeling Park Amphitheater.
BLUESDAYS AT RIVER CITY
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “If Tina Turner and Little Richard had a daughter and raised her with the help of uncles James Brown and Chuck Berry, she’d be like Nikki Hill.” Don’t miss Nikki’s rocking, soulful blues at BluesDays at River City, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. The next BluesDays at River City will be Sue Foley, 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. $20. www.heritagemusicfest.com
COME TO THE CABARET!
Come meet the cast of the upcoming production of Mamma Mia! at The Strand Theatre’s annual Summer Cabaret, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Cast members will perform selections from several musicals at this one-night-only event. Listen to numbers from well-known classics, like Kiss Me, Kate, South Pacific, Sweeney Todd and Wicked. Guests will also get a a sneak peek at some of the ensemble numbers from Mamma Mia! $10.
Taste wines of the “Cheese Triangle,” at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19 at Good Mansion Wines. The epicenter of the world’s most beloved cheeses stretches from France’s south and mid-east quadrant to western Switzerland to northwest Italy. In this special tasting, enjoy six wines with specific cheese pairings, served with French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.com
LUNCH WITH BOOKS
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, will be presented at Lunch with Books at noon Tuesday, July 23, at the Ohio County Public Library. Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns and questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’ personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations. King is the CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation. After a career in journalism, including eight years as editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, King served as president of the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments for nearly a decade. 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
ALL SUMMER LONG …
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
• Markus & James, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, July 20, Smokin Saturday Nights, Route 88 BBQ & Brew at Oglebay
• Tongue ‘N Cheek, 7 p.m., Sunday, July 21, Oglebay Sundaes Under the Stars, Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater
• The M-80s, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, Warwood Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays, Warwood Garden Park
• The Dough Edgell Trio, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, Central Park Complex
• The McCartney Project, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays, Heritage Port
Oglebay announces the return of scenic Segway tours! Tours take riders on an adventure through the park’s hard-surface trail system to enjoy breathtaking scenery while aboard the ultimate high-tech ride. Segway tours depart from Oglebay’s Schenk Lake boathouse daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, and tours are approximately 90 minutes. All Segway riders must be at least 16 years of age and wear a helmet and closed-toe shoes. 304-243-4026; www.oglebay.com/segways
DIVE INTO DISCOUNTS
Beat the heat and take advantage of special rates all summer long with Wheeling Park’s Fun After Five discount program. Through Aug. 9, park visitors will receive discounted pool admission of $3 for adults and $1 for children, plus free waterslide admission from 5-7 p.m. Guests can also enjoy half-priced activity wristbands daily after 5 p.m. Activity wristbands provide access to mini-golf, swimming, water slide, tennis and pedal boats. 304-243-4085
Back by popular demand, Wheeling Park presents free summer drive-in movies. Grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace at dusk for an old-fashioned drive-in experience. Drive-In movies take place from 9-11 p.m. on July 26; Aug. 16, 30. Guests who prefer to float with a flick can dive into the Wheeling Park pool to enjoy the summer dive-in movie series from 9-11 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 10. Admission for kids ages 4-12 is $6.25, and admission for guests ages 13 and older is $7.25. The movie screening is included with the cost of pool admission. Dive-in movies can also be enjoyed free of charge from the upper level of Wheeling Park’s Stone Building. Drive-in and dive-in movie titles will not be published due to movie licensing constraints. However, guests are encouraged to visit the Wheeling Park Facebook page to participate in weekly movie guessing games, where they’ll be challenged to guess the movie titles for themselves. 304-243-4085; www.oglebay.com/wheeling-park
DOWN THE ROAD …
• The Eckhart House will host a tea luncheon at noon Saturday, July 27, in celebration of National Blueberry Month. The menu includes freshly prepared tea sandwiches, scones with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit and assorted confections. The public is invited and reservations are required. The Eckhart House is located at 810 Main St. in North Wheeling’s Historic District. 304-232-5439; www.EckhartHouse.com
UP THE ROAD …
• Don’t miss what the New York Times calls “convulsively funny” parody, as Pittsburgh’s CLO presents “Spamilton,” at Pittsburgh’s CLO’s Green Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. The show runs Wednesdays-Sundays through Aug. 25. Tickets 412-456-666 or online.