In celebration of Memorial Day, Oglebay is kicking off the summer season with a breathtaking fireworks display and a variety of activities for the whole family.

2020 Memorial Day activities include:

• 50 percent off Oglebay activity wristbands: Play all day with half-price activity wristbands on Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25. Activity wristbands include admission to the following park activities: mini golf, pedal boats, aqua cycles, kayaks, aerial course, bike rentals and outdoor tennis. Half-price wristbands can be purchased at the Schenk Lake Boathouse. Social distancing will be observed for all park activities, and group activities will be limited to 25 guests or less. Because of government guidelines, the following activities are currently unavailable: outdoor pool, Good Zoo, Mansion Museum and Glass Museum.

• NEW Crispin Café: Take a seat on the beautiful, recently renovated Crispin Center patio and experience Oglebay’s newest outdoor dining venue. Enjoy beautiful scenery as you dine on summer favorites from gourmet burgers to the park’s famous crab cakes. Open 4-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Check out the menu.

• Twilight golf specials at Speidel Golf Club: In celebration of Memorial Day, Valley Pass holders receive $10 off Speidel twilight rates Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24 after 3 p.m. To enroll in the free Valley Pass rewards program, visit the webpage. Tee times are based on availability. Speidel rates and tee times here.

• Annual fishing tournament: Stop by Schenk Lake for the annual fishing tournament from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, May 24. Prizes for catching the largest fish will be awarded in two categories: kids (ages 10 and under) and adults (ages 10 and up). Social distancing will be observed, and all group activities will be limited to 25 guests or less.

• Pony and trail rides at Oglebay Stables: Visit the Oglebay Stables for an exciting experience with these gentle animals. Pony rides and trail rides will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, through Sunday, May 24, by appointment only. Call 304-243-4042 for reservations.

• Fireworks display: Bring the family for an unforgettable fireworks display over Schenk Lake at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Guests can view the fireworks from the safety of their vehicle or from a preferred location within the park as long as social distancing is observed.

For more information on park activities and events, visit

Oglebay Fireworks

Oglebay’s Memorial Day fireworks display will be held at 9:15 p.m.


The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will end its season virtually with A Night With the WSO – a 90th Anniversary Virtual Concert and Fundraiser, featuring Music Director John Devlin, musicians of the WSO and pianist Maxim Lando. The free concert will take place on the WSO’s Facebook and YouTube pages at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28. Musicians will present works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and more. Rising star Maxim Lando will present solo piano pieces by Tchaikovsky. Seventeen-year-old Lando was awarded the prestigious 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and was also recently named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month. He is the 2019 Artemisia Laureate and winner of the Gold Medal at the 2017 Berlin International Music Competition. People will have the opportunity to donate to the WSO during the concert through online donations and by calling the WSO’s offices at 304-232-6191. Good Mansion Wines is offering “wine tastings to go” to enjoy during the virtual event. Quantities are limited; order at 304-233-2632. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the WSO.


Wheeling Park kicks off Memorial Day Weekend with a free drive-in movie on Friday, May 22. Visitors are invited to grab a parking spot in front of Wheeling Park’s White Palace to enjoy a free, family-friendly film from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. Because of social distancing, the number of vehicles permitted to attend drive-in movies will be limited. Upon arrival, Wheeling Park associates will direct guests to their designated parking spot. Moviegoers must remain in their vehicles 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; a Wheeling Park associate will deliver the items to their vehicle. Drive-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 a movie guessing game, where they’ll be challenged to guess the movie titles. For more information, call the Wheeling Park main office at 304-243-4085.

Wheeling Park Drive-In


The City of Wheeling’s parks and playgrounds will be reopening to the public at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 21. Signage with new playground rules will be posted at each location. The rules are as follows:

• A maximum of 25 people are permitted on the playground at one time.

• Please be courteous to others and limit your time on the playground when others are waiting.

• The playground is NOT being sanitized on a regular basis. Please bring your own hand sanitizer with you while on the playground. Utilize the hand sanitizer before and after using each piece of equipment.

• Avoid touching your face.

• Follow social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart.


The Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park is now open to the public. However, visitors to the park should take appropriate precautions in light of the coronavirus. The high-touch areas at the facility will not be regularly sanitized nor will there be hand sanitizer onsite, so visitors might want to wear gloves or bring their own hand sanitizer. Dog park users should continue to follow the guidelines set down by the CDC, the Governor’s office and the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and should practice strict social distancing while there. The dog park is located at the Tunnel Green Recreation Complex adjacent to and visible from W.Va. 2 and Interstate 70 and is a part of the City of Wheeling’s park system. The site has vehicular access from 18th Street and pedestrian access from Heritage Trail. The dog park is divided into two sections — large breed and small breed, each with its own water and waste stations, walking trail and benches.


The City of Wheeling’s pickleball and tennis courts are open to the public. Those playing tennis should note that matches will be limited to singles only. Those utilizing the courts should take appropriate precautions in light of the coronavirus, and be aware that the high-touch areas at the facilities, such as the gates to enter the courts, will not be regularly sanitized nor will there be hand sanitizer onsite, so visitors might want to bring their own hand sanitizer. Visitors should continue to follow the guidelines set down by the CDC, the Governor’s office and the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department.


Kristopher White will discuss “A Most Deadly Contest: The River Crossing and Street Fighting at Fredericksburg,” at noon on Tuesday, May 26, as part of the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books Livestream. White, senior education manager at the American Battlefield Trust, is a graduate of Norwich University with a master’s degree in military history, and a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in history. For nearly five years, he served as a staff military historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He has spoken to more than 60 roundtables and historical societies and is the author and co-author of numerous articles that have appeared in America’s Civil War, Blue & Gray Magazine, Hallowed Ground Magazine and Civil War Times.


The 12th volume of the “Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Crystal Wilkinson Volume” has been released, and includes work by Wheeling writers Marc Harshman, West Virginia poet laureate, and West Virginia Fiction Competition winner Seán Patrick Duffy of the Ohio County Public Library. The book is part of the series of anthologies that center around West Virginia Common Read Writers at the Center for the Book and the Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at the Shepherd University Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities. This year’s anthology celebrates the work of Affrilachian poet and Weatherford Award-winner Crystal Wilkinson. For more information, visit the anthology website.



Oglebay Institute is helping to engage the community by using social media to provide online classes and activities that are free to the public. Activities listed below are accessible through OI’s Facebook page.

• Nature Time with the Schrader Center
Every day at 3 p.m. you can enjoy a short video on plant, animal or tree identification, feeding demonstrations and other cool nature-themed topics.

• Listening Through the Lens: The Musical Portraits of George J. Kossuth
The Museums of Oglebay Institute will digitally share George J. Kossuth’s photographic portraits that immortalized internationally renowned musicians, singers, composers and conductors who visited Wheeling in the early to mid-1900s. A different portrait and bio will be shared every day at 10 a.m.

• Storytime with Miss Cheryl
OI Director of Dance Cheryl Pompeo will read some of her favorite dance-inspired children’s books on Facebook every evening at 7 p.m.

• Online Dance Classes
OI’s School of Dance is offering free online classes through a private Facebook group. Classes include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, dance sampler and more. Contact Cheryl Pompeo through the Oglebay Institute Facebook page or at if you are interested in joining the group.

• Online Art Instruction
Stifel Center Director Rick Morgan will provide online pottery instruction. Learn how to center the wheel, watch demos on making a mug, a bowl and much more. Director of Art Education Brad Johnson will share hands-on art projects that kids can do at home. Look for their lessons every Wednesday at noon.

• Towngate Memories
At 1 p.m. each day, Towngate Theatre will share photos, videos and newspaper clippings from past productions. Also, some of their fabulous volunteer actors will talk about some of their favorite roles and share monologues and songs.


“Presence: An Exploration of Aging Through Art” examines the universal, yet intensely personal, experience of growing old. Through painting, photography, sculpture, written word and mixed media, artists from throughout the United States explore a broad range of perspectives — from thriving lifestyles to the harsher realities of aging. “Presence” provides insight into the physical and mental aging process, challenges us to rethink how we perceive age, highlights the therapeutic benefits of the creative process and examines the role of elders in our society. Take the virtual tour here.

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