Welcome to the Belmont County Explore More GeoTour launching at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Embark on a journey that will take you across the beautiful and scenic landscapes of Belmont County, where a total of 25 unique treasures and historic landmarks await to be found. Find them all and earn an official Explore More GeoTour T-shirt. Download the guidebook and begin your adventure!


Hop in the car and get to Wheeling Park on Friday, Aug. 14, for a free Drive-In Movie. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk. Visitors are invited to grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace to enjoy a family-friendly film from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle. Because of social distancing, the number of vehicles permitted to attend will be limited. Upon arrival, Wheeling Park associates will direct guests to their designated parking spot. Moviegoers must remain in their vehicles at all times, except when accessing restroom facilities at the White Palace or W.E. Stone Building. Visitors wishing to purchase refreshments can do so via phone at 304-243-4185, and a Wheeling Park associate will deliver the items to the vehicle. For more information, call 304-243-4085.

Drive In


In August 1846, potato blight reappeared in Ireland — earlier and more deadly than in 1845. Regardless of the fact that the Irish poor were confronting a crisis far more immediate and serious than in the previous year, the British government introduced a series of relief measures that proved to be inappropriate and inadequate for a people on the verge of starvation. Join Lunch With Books Live: The Choctaw Gift to Ireland During the Great Hunger at noon Tuesday, Aug. 18, to hear more about it from Christine Kinealy. Her presentation will explore the gift made by the Choctaw Nation in 1847, and how it has been remembered in Ireland and by the Choctaw Nation.

Kinealy is author of Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland: The Kindness of Strangers. She is director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. She has spoken previously at Lunch With Books, about Frederick Douglass in Ireland in February 2019.


The next People’s University LIVESTREAM: The Struggle for Women’s Rights, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. The People’s University is a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts, featuring courses taught by experts in each subject that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning. People’s University classes are held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays on YouTube Live and Facebook Live. Class 1, is titled The Ratification of the 19th Amendment — 100 Years. The first wave of American feminism before the Civil War culminated in the July 1920 convention at Seneca Falls, New York, where 68 women (including Lucretia Mott) and 32 men (including abolitionist Frederick Douglass) signed the “Declaration of Sentiments” drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, which said, “All men And Women are created equal.” At the convention, suffragists and abolitionists spoke out for human rights and equality. In the years that followed, suffragists like Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Lucy Stone and Ida B. Wells carried on the long struggle until the 19th Amendment, which finally recognized the right of women to vote, was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920. Class instructor will be Anne Marie Lofaso, who is the Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law.

People University


Get ready for some island atmosphere! Every Thursday night through Sept. 3, enjoy Caribbean Nights at Schenk Lake, from 7-9 p.m., at Oglebay Park. Hear the Caribbean sounds of Josh Garrett on the steel drums. Enjoy pedal boats, fishing, walking trails or grab some ice cream at The Boathouse as you kick back to the tropical sounds of the islands. And while you’re there, enjoy extended mini golf hours for Mini Golf Under the Lights from 8-10 p.m. every Thursday, with discounted admission. Check out this link for more Oglebay events.


Artworks Around Town is hosting two major shows this month. The Studio Gallery at the north end will feature the works of artists from The Associated Artists of Hancock and Brooke Counties (AAHB) also known as “The Rogues.” Organized in early 2019, the AAHB is composed of a group of artists and photographers from New Cumberland, Weirton, Follansbee and Wellsburg. In the Student Gallery, photographs of the late Robert Schramm of West Liberty, donated by his family, will be on display. Schramm’s works are for sale with proceeds benefiting the ongoing programs of the gallery. Included in the exhibit are two framed Daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, uranotypes and many matted prints. Schramm graduated with a degree in nuclear physics from West Virginia University in 1959 and joined the faculty of West Liberty State College that same year. Schramm was a historian and archivist at heart, creating the WLSC Archives and Museum and later co-founding The Linsly School Archives and Museum. He designed and constructed a women’s history museum that later was permanently installed in the National Women’s History Museum in Alexandria, Virginia. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


Join Generation Wheeling, in partnership with Wheeling Parks & Recreation, for a free outdoor yoga series at Market Plaza at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 27. Generation Wheeling’s own Betsy Sweeny will lead an all-level, beginner-friendly, slow-flow class. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bring your own mat, blocks and any other materials for the practice. Safe social distancing guidelines will be followed throughout the series.



Mansion Lawn Gentle Yoga is set for 10 a.m. Sundays in August at the Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum and hosted by the West Spa at Oglebay. Join wellness instructor Zach for this fun and inviting vinyasa sequence designed to cultivate focus, stamina, strength and flexibility. This class is especially great for beginners or those searching for the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Session is free of charge. Guests are asked to bring their own mat, towel and water.


The latest exhibit at the Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum explores “Orchidelirium” the fanatical Victorian-era obsession with collecting, cultivating and discovering orchids, through the work of Adelaide Flaccus Stifel. Born in Wheeling in 1884, Stifel took up the hobby in the late 1930s as part of an American and European craze that would make orchids the nexus of science, status and beauty. This exhibit explores her individual passion for orchids through paintings, cultivation and her own meticulous scientific records. “Orchidelirium” is on display through October. The Mansions of Oglebay Institute are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Single museum admission is $10, dual admission (Mansion and Glass Museums) is $15. Ages 17 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult.


Just about 10 days remain to see the staple of Oglebay Institute’s art exhibition season, Crosscurrents, open at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center through Saturday, Aug 22. The multi-media exhibition features more than 90 pieces from dozens of artists and can be seen free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Patrons must practice social distancing, and wearing a mask is strongly encouraged when visiting the gallery. Call 304-242-7700 for more information. Many of the works on display can be purchased at the gallery online. Stifel Fine Arts Center is located at 1330 National Road in Wheeling.

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