Book it to the Ohio County Public Library for the library’s grand reopening and help celebrate its 45th birthday, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The Ohio County Public Library officially opened the doors at the 16th Street location 45 years ago — Saturday, May 19, 1973. Celebrate the completion of the recent renovations. Ceremonies from the 1973 formal grand opening will be recreated. Activities for the afternoon start at 2 p.m. at the 16th Street entrance with a flag-raising, singing of the National Anthem and a ribbon-cutting, followed by a reception in the auditorium. Marc Harshman, W.Va. poet laureate, will share poems and memories. Dr. Charles Julian, associate university librarian at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, will deliver a brief history of the library — now celebrating its 135th year — and “Library Legend” awards will be presented. Cake and light refreshments will be served. The grand reopening will mark the beginning of the library’s annual OCPL week, a week in which the library aims to increase public awareness of all the great resources available at the Ohio County Public Library. During OCPL Week, which runs May 19- 26, the library will offer “fine free week” in which overdue items may be returned free of charge. In addition to special displays, daily prizes and giveaways will be awarded throughout the week, and a Family Story Time will be offered Monday, May 2
Lunch With Books, noon, Tuesday, May 22, at the Ohio County Public Library, will feature Bekah Karelis, who will explore why Wheeling’s old places matter to the community. In honor of preservation month, she will discuss Wheeling’s past and historic built environment, and why they are important to the city’s present-day and future inhabitants. Karelis will review the 14 reasons why old places matter through the lens of Wheeling’s history and the grassroots historic preservation movement that grew because of it. In recognition of the library’s annual OCPL week, Karelis will talk about the adaptive reuse of the old Wheeling Public Library building on Market Street, now Bennett Square. As a historian for Wheeling Heritage, Karelis co-founded the Wheeling Young Preservationist’s organization, is the editor of the Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review, and serves on the West Virginia Humanities Council Program Committee and the West Virginia Association of Museums Board of Directors. 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
The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will feature a Civil War lecture presented by Roger Micker at 6 p.m. Monday, May 21. The topic will be “The Irish Brigade in the Civil War.” This program is aimed at adults and older students and is free and open to the public. Thousands of Irish men served in the infantry during the Civil War and the fascinating story of their role in the war between the North and the South will be explored in Micker’s presentation. This event is free and open to the public, and is provided courtesy of the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable.Light refreshments will be available.The Moundsville Library is located at Fifth and Tomlinson in Moundsville. 304-845-6911.
Artworks Around Town and the Bridge and Tunnel Collective present Michael Iafrate and The Priesthood along with Elk Hound on Third Friday, May 18. Michael Iafrate & The Priesthood returns to the 3rd Friday at Artworks stage Friday, May 18, at Artworks Around Town at Centre Market. Iafrate is joined by Elk Hound, who is fronted by Michael’s brother, Andrew Iafrate. For over two decades, Michael Iafrate has honed his craft. His contemplative song-explorations are enriched by his training as a theologian — asking more questions than providing answers, co-mingling the worlds of flesh and spirit, and holding received images and traditions up to the light in respect, playfulness and negation. Elk Hound is based in Louisville, Ky. Their brand of indie rock and folk often draws comparisons to Jason Molina and Neil Young. The Iafrate brothers have performed together over the years and will join together for part of Friday’s show, demonstrating the strengths of their “blood harmony.” Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge, but donations for performers are accepted. On display this month in the Studio Gallery at Artworks are works by Betsy Cox and Susan Dorsch. The North Gallery has artwork by students at Union Local High School. Artworks is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that operates a gallery and art center for the benefit of the artists and general public of the region. Snacks are available as well. 3rd Friday at Artworks is hosted by Artworks Around Town and curated by the Bridge + Tunnel Collective, a group of local musicians, bands and artists working together to build the infrastructure for a thriving music scene.
Lionel Cartwright brings his “I Watched It On The Radio” show to town at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at The Capitol Theatre. An intimate evening with Nashville singer-songwriter-producer as well as Ohio Valley native, Lionel Cartwright. Join Lionel on stage of the historic Capitol Theatre in an intimate setting for only 200 people! Upon entering through the backdoor of the theater, you will be directed to the legendary stage itself and enjoy his performance from the stage on the stage!
Don’t miss Andre Raphel’s last appearance with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, as he conducts Respighi’s Pines of Rome, and more, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. The performance also will feature soprano Deborah Selig, who will join the WSO by performing Five Songs with Orchestra by R. Strauss. Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show, prix fixe dinner in the Capitol Theatre Ballroom starting at 5:30 p.m. Patrons can also attend the free Concert Talk at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the performance, concert-goers are encouraged to attend a farewell celebration honoring Raphel in the ballroom.Tickets start at $18.50 and can be purchased online, by phone at 304-232-6191, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at the box office, located at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling.
The BluegrassMusic Endeavor Foundation presents award-winning, singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse, Saturday, May 19, at the Strand Theatre, Moundsville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or buy them online.
Park yourself at the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview, Ohio, for a bluegrass show to benefit a new parking area. Almost Famous and Short Line Junction are performing Friday, May 18. Doors open at 5 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets prices are $15; half price for children 12 and under. 740-827-0957; on Facebook, Pennyroyal Opera House.
Pat’s Down on Main Street is continuing its Sundae series with ezra & the reletivs along with special guests Poetic Peth and Geen Wildstyle, 6-9 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Geen Wildstyle (also known as Gene Stovall and DJ STOV) is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, musician, producer and actor. ezra & the reletivs is a four -piece melodic urban alternative group. Wheeling local phenom Josh “Poetic Peth” Pethtel has been involved in the Ohio Valley hip-hop scene for years. Pat’s Down on Main Street is located at 422 Main Street in Wheeling. No admission will be charged for this event.
Visit the Stifel Fine Arts Center for the Art of Wine, 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. Weather permitting, the event will take place on the front porch of Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center. Wine Selections for the evening include: cocobon dark red blend; Hob Knob pinot noir; Bread & Butter chardonnay; Barone Fini pinot grigio; Banfi rosa regale; and Banfi centine rose. Wines will be paired with food from Ye Olde Alpha. Musician and composer Joshua Garrett will perform steel drum music during the event. Wines will be available to purchase and guests are invited to tour the Tin is the New Black art exhibit currently on display in the Hart Galleries. Cost is $35 ($30 OI members). 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
At 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Good Mansion Wines, check out the southwest of France … or at least some great, young, approachable and easy-to-drink wines from the French southwest. Perfect for spring and summer, try the fruity red Minervois, a dark and brooding malbec cahors, a crisp and zesty Gascogne blanc … and more. Prevented by the staff at Good Mansion Wines and served with southwest French cheeses and baguettes. $15 at the door.
Wheeling Park will be hosting Summer Drive-In Movies … just like the good ol’ days! The drive-in movies begin at 9 p.m. Friday, May 18. Check out the Facebook page for updates.
Wheeling Park pool opens Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Models will take to the catwalk in country-western themed attire for the Rock the Runway event, set for 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Ohio Valley caterer Bob Baily from As You Like It will host his 11th charity runway show. This year’s show benefits the YWCA Wheeling’s Teen Dating Violence Programs. Entertainment during the evening will be provided by Turn It Out dancers and Ezra Hamilton of Hit Play. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online or by calling 304-232-0511.