HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS!
There is a myriad of holiday events coming down the block … and at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, get ready for the Main Street Bank Fantasy in Lights Parade, literally coming down the block in downtown Wheeling. See bands, dancers, lighted floats and, of course, Santa Claus!
TWO OF THEIR OWN
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra puts two of its own principals into the spotlight at Hometown’s Finest: Mezare & Driscoll, featuring Roi Mezare, clarinet, and Robert Driscoll, oboe, conducted by Music Director John Devlin. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at The Capitol Theatre. A free Concert Talk at 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom offers a look at the story behind the music. Tickets at wheelingsymphony.com, 304-232-6191, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling. Read more about the two musicians here.
WINE AMONG THE TREES
Enjoy one of Oglebay Institute’s most popular wine events, the Festival of Trees Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. The event features a scrumptious assortment of wine and food pairings in the elegant, yet intimate, splendor of one of Wheeling’s grand properties. The 100-year-old mansion has been transformed into a holiday wonderland with trees, wreaths, centerpieces and swags decorated by area designers. $35 ($30 OI members); www.oioline.com; 304-242-7700
Tap your toes to some bluegrass music at the historic Stifel Fine Arts Center, as Mountain Moon Coffeehouse presents the Bill Gorby & the Musical Mercenaries on Saturday, Nov. 23. With roots in folk, bluegrass and old-time country, band members perform a diverse mix of traditional, classic and modern music. The band boasts a strong focus on three-part harmonies while featuring the instrumental talents of Bill Gorby, Buck Allemond and Jim Simpson. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. $15 ($12.50 OI members) and includes coffee, tea and light snacks. Beer, wine, soft drinks and merchandise available for purchase; www.oioline.com; 304-242-7700
GO LEFT OF CENTRE
Join the Left of Centre Improv Players for a night of improvisational comedy at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. Under the direction of Towngate Theatre director Tim Thompson, the troupe comprises veteran performers and talented newcomers. The show includes plenty of audience participation as these actors, armed only with adrenaline and their imaginations, invent characters and lines on the spot and turn audience suggestions into narrative stories that entertain and amuse. This show is intended for mature audiences; strong language is possible. Refreshments, including beer and wine, are available for purchase at the show. Tickets $5; 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com or at the door if available.
VOICES OF LIGHT
Enjoy a festive celebration of choral music as the West Liberty University Choirs present their annual holiday concert at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at Christ United Methodist Church, 1232 National Road, Wheeling. Under the direction of Ryan Keeling, director of choral activities, the concert will feature the WLU Singers and Choral Scholars presenting a concert of seasonal and holiday music with piano, strings and flutes. The concert is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. 304-336-8006; www.westliberty.edu/music
A REAL JULE
Singer-songwriter Jule Carenbauer will perform a variety of familiar adult contemporary music along with some original music from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Undo’s Elm Grove. Carenbauer has been a solo acoustic player for years and has recorded two CDs will a full band. Undo’s is located at 1253 National Road, Wheeling.
LUNCH WITH THAT GUY
William Sanderson has enjoyed a prosperous career in Hollywood as a highly successful character actor who everyone seems to recognize — but they aren’t always certain from what. Spanning a variety of genres over nearly a half-century performing in TV, film and stage, Sanderson has inhabited such high-profile roles as E.B. Farnum in the HBO western “Deadwood,” Sheriff Bud Dearborne in the HBO vampire series “True Blood,” Larry in the classic CBS sitcom “Newhart” and J.F. Sebastian in the sci-fi film masterwork “Blade Runner.” You can see Sanderson in person at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library. His memoir, “Yes, I’m That Guy” takes readers behind the scenes of these productions and many more, showcasing Sanderson’s knack for making a memorable mark in each of his projects. But as you will learn in his memoir, Sanderson is far more than merely the sum of his characters. His tumultuous rags-to-riches story is instructive in demonstrating the power of perseverance and fortitude in overcoming one’s struggles with self-doubt and self-sabotage and — thanks to the love of a good woman — ultimately carving out a positive, contented life. 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
The Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books in partnership with the People’s University will feature Wheeling-born poet, writer, editor, scholar and visual artist, George Fetherling, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Ohio County Public Library. Fetherling will discuss lesser-known Wheeling authors such as William Hamburger and Edith Iglauer, as well as visitors such as Mark Twain and Carl Sandburg. The author of “The Big Greek: The Rise and Fall of Bill Lias,” Fetherling will also talk about growing up during the reign of Lias in Wheeling. For more information about the Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books, People’s University — Wheeling 250: Wheeling in Literature, email the library at email@example.com, call 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s reference desk.
HARVEST TIME WINES
Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Ports, Madeira, Champagne — these all come to mind when thinking about the bounty of harvest foods and baking spices on the Thanksgiving Day table. Let these wines enlighten your palate for the holiday at Good Mansion Wines’ wine tasting at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Wines will be served with Thanksgiving cheeses, cranberry and walnut bread, and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.com
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Festival of Trees is open to the public through Nov. 22 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, Wheeling. The trees, wreaths and garlands can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; donations are accepted. 304-242-7700; www.OIonline.com
HOLIDAYS AT THE MANSION
Holidays at the Mansion, featuring 13 period rooms decorated in holiday finery at Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Jan. 5. It is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. $10; free for ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult; 304-242-7272; www.OIonline.com
HOLIDAY ART SHOW & SALE
Buy local by visiting Oglebay Institute’s Holiday Art Show & Sale, open through Dec. 23, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center and the Schrader Environmental Education Center. This annual shopping experience showcases the talent of dozens of regional artisans and crafters offering one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Shop hundreds of unique items, including pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, textiles, home décor and gourmet goodies. Sale hours at the Stifel are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is also open during scheduled classes and events. Sale hours at Schrader are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 304-242-7700; www.OIonline.com
OGLEBAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Oglebay’s landscape is alive with twinkling light displays through Jan. 5. The Winter Festival of Lights features more than one million lights in 90 displays and covers more than 300 acres over a 6-mile drive through Oglebay Park. New to the show in 2019, guests can experience a variety of enchanting activities at the new Frosted Hilltop attraction located near Oglebay’s iconic Mansion Museum at The Hilltop. This magical wonderland is home to the Snowflake Express Train Ride, designed for children, located inside Oglebay’s greenhouse, while guests of all ages can embark on a 20-minute guided adventure through the twinkling hillsides while aboard the new Frosty Wagon Ride. While at the Frosted Hilltop, guests can experience the Garden Bistro’s new Ice Lounge featuring firepits, s’mores kits and seasonal refreshments, including holiday beverages for guests 21 and older, while enjoying panoramic views of the breathtaking hillside. Visitors can warm up at the Ice Lounge 5-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. With the return of 3D Sleigh Bans, the 2019 Winter Festival of Lights promises to be even more stunning. This year, guests will enjoy new holographic filters including gingerbread men, candy canes, snowmen and snowflakes. For information about the Winter Festival of Lights, visit www.oglebay.com/lights.
DOWN THE ROAD …
• Thirty-seven years ago, a little lost alien, three million lightyears from home, wandered into the life of a lonely young boy and into the hearts of moviegoers around the world. “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” finds his way to the Towngate Theatre big screen for one night only on Friday, Nov. 29. The film screening is part of Towngate’s popular Dinner and A Movie film series. “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Cost of the film only is $7 and no reservations are required. But if you’d like dinner in The Gallery at Towngate prior to the movie, cost is $20 and includes a movie ticket, all food, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water and a box of popcorn to enjoy during the film. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Dinner guests can also reserve their seat for the film prior to the screening. Ye Olde Alpha provides the food for the Nov. 29 dinner and a movie. Reservations for the dinner must be made by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at www.OIonline.com or 304-242-7700.
• A stunning Christmas tree will be the subject at Artworks Around Town’s first Paint & Sip at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Paint, canvas and brushes will be provided. (Bring your own beverage, apron or wear old clothes.) Artworks members Lynne and Jeff Mamone will lead the event. Reservations are required and can be made by calling or texting 304-280-9921 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The $35 fee is due upon registration, and enrollment is limited to 25 people. Make checks payable to Artworks Around Town. Light refreshments will be provided. Artworks is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market district at 2200 Market St.
UP THE ROAD …
• Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Arcadian Wild on Monday, Nov. 25 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. The Arcadian Wild began in the fall of 2013 when a few choir students from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, met up after class to jam for the afternoon. Six years later, the band now consists of guitarist Isaac Horn, mandolinist Lincoln Mick and fiddler Paige Park. Currently, the folk group is touring off its sophomore record, “Finch in the Pantry,” which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard bluegrass charts. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $12. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
• Quantum Theatre will present “Shakespeare’s Will,” through Dec. 1 at the West Homestead United Methodist Church. William Shakespeare remained married until his death to Anne Hathaway, about whom the world knows little and wonders much. This contemporary play portrays a full-throated Anne in every emotional color imaginable, at the center of her own story instead of relegated to a footnote in Will’s; a robust exploration of feminist themes resonant even in the #MeToo present.