HERE COMES A PARADE!
Celebrate Wheeling’s milestone with the Wheeling 250 Parade, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The parade begins at 20th and Market streets, then travels up Market to 10th Street, turning onto Main Street and proceeding back to 20th Street. Major participants include the American Legion Post #1 Color Guard; the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, which is the official ceremonial unit and escort to the President of the U.S.; the 249th U.S. Army Band; the Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums, and local favorites — Wheeling Park High School and St. Clairsville High School marching bands, West Liberty University’s Marching Hilltoppers and the West Virginia University Marching Band.
Also on the Wheeling 250 agenda this weekend is a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony honoring Wheeling’s founder Ebenezer Zane and his sister Elizabeth Zane McGlaughlin Clark, heroine of Fort Henry. The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at their final resting place, Walnut Grove Cemetery, Fourth Street in Martins Ferry. The event is hosted by the Wheeling Chapter, DAR, and the Fort Henry Chapter, SAR. At 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, the Wheeling 250 Interfaith Worship Service will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary. The service is co-hosted by Temple Shalom, which is 170 years old this year.
ILLUSTRATORS ON DISPLAY
Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center opens is 2019-20 season of changing art exhibits with “The Collective Works” of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, which features more than 50 framed pieces from the PSI, including personal art as well as examples of illustrations applied to products present in our everyday lives. A free opening reception takes place from 6:30-8:30 Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 26 and can be viewed free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 304-242-7700; OIonline.com
Join your friends at Lunchtime Live! at Market Plaza, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, with entertainment by Thom Furbee. Grab lunch at a local restaurant and head to the plaza for free entertainment.
It’s a doubleheader at Artworks Around Town this month, with two exhibits. “For Being” includes painting, printmaking and photography, presented by four students pursuing art, art education and elementary education. And the works of the Ohio Valley Photography Club also will be on display. The exhibits open with a free public reception at the Gallery Hop from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market, 2200 Market St. Regular Artworks hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays. artworksaroundtown.com
ON EASY STREET
The final Centre Market Outdoor Concert of the season is set for 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. Entertainment will be provided by Easy Street. Free admission. Seating is limited; bring your own chairs.
MORE FIRST FRIDAY
Add Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre to your list of Sept. 6 First Friday stops in Wheeling. View the latest exhibit, “Once Upon an Enchanted Rainbow Forest,” on display in The Gallery at Towngate. Enjoy short films on the Towngate big screen. Then, at 8 p.m., local spoken word artists “The Prosers” take the stage. Doors open at 6 p.m. Your first drink is complimentary. Wine and craft beer will be available. Enjoy light foods, mingle with staff and explore the theater. www.oionline.com
FIRST FRIDAY WINES
Good Mansion Wines offers an open-house wine tasting format on First Fridays. A variety of wines and foods from the deli is a great way to kick off the evening. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. www.goodmansionwines.com
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT …
Country music star Neal McCoy will perform at The Capitol Theatre, Saturday, Sept. 7, with special guest the Joe Zelek Band. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets available here.
HANDMADE FOR FALL
Start your holiday shopping now with the work of local artists and crafters at the Friendly City Handmade: Fall Show, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, on Market Plaza. Musical guests for the day include Aaron Carey & Matt Hill and Mr. Fancy Pants. Rain or shine event.
Are you interested in learning more about Grow Ohio Valley’s urban farm sites and looking for an opportunity to get your hands dirty while helping out? Enjoy the Farm Tour & Work Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at Farm 18. Farm activities will include weeding, planting fall and winter crops, and other light-to-moderate work. Tours will depart from Farm 18 on the hour and cover Farm 18, the 14th Street greenhouses and the Lincoln Meadow.
Get Thunderstruck — America’s AC/DC Tribute at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Tickets ($15) can be purchased through the Wheeling Island Gift Shop or through Ticketmaster.
The Ohio Valley Jaycees’ Canine Carnival 2019, a mini pet expo and just-for-fun dog show, will be held from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Tunnel Green Complex in Wheeling. Judges will award trophies for best costume, best trick, most playful puppy (2 and under), valiant veteran (7 and over), waggiest tail, fluffiest fur and heartiest howl. Suggested donation is $5 per dog and $2 per additional category (one category included with registration). Registration from 2-4:45 p.m. with the judging beginning at 5 p.m. There will be vendors of pet-related products and services, and a basket raffle. All proceeds from the event will go to the Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park and the Ohio County Animal Shelter. Attendees need to bring proof of vaccinations. Rain date is Sept. 21.
Veteran musician Shannon Canterbury has teamed up with Marian Carlson to create Crossroads, a powerful new duo with amazing harmonies. The pair will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Undo’s Elm Grove. Crossroads plays a variety of familiar music from every genre. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
A GRAND TEA
The Eckhart House is hosting a Grandparents Tea at noon Saturday, Sept. 7. The tea luncheon fare includes assorted tea sandwiches/savories, scones with sweet cream and jam, fresh fruit, sweets and gourmet tea. $20. The Eckhart House is located at 810 Main St., Wheeling. 304-232-5439
CHICKEN OR SPAGHETTI?
Youth Services System’s Lazarus and Mary & Martha Houses invite the public to enjoy good food and fellowship from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling during its Chicken or Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for the sober living homes. The Soup Kitchen is located at 1610 Eoff St. The meal is $8 for adults and $4 for kids and includes either chicken, green beans and parsley potatoes or spaghetti, meatballs, coleslaw and breadsticks. Drinks (iced tea, juice, coffee, water) and desserts also are included. Take-outs are available by calling 304-670-1871. For more information about the sober living homes, visit the Lazarus and Mary & Martha House web page at www.youthservicessystem.org.
• The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley’s Sandy O’Haver Day of Caring kicks off at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. This is the 28th annual Day of Caring, the largest volunteer day in the Ohio Valley. Teams of volunteers will be assigned to a specific nonprofit agency whose staff will give direction and supervision on tasks needed. Last year, over 400 volunteers from local companies and organizations participated.
• The September to Remember — Reverse Raffle, to benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Help the United Way kick off its annual campaign with dinner, drinks, a silent auction and entertainment — all leading up to the reverse raffle with a grand prize of $5,000.Tickets available from UW board members or by calling the UW office at 304-232-4625
LUNCH WITH ‘FIVE FOR FREEDOM’
The Tuesday, Sept. 10, Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, will feature author Eugene Meyer, who will discuss his book, “Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown’s Army.” On Oct.16, 1859, John Brown and his band of raiders descended on Harpers Ferry, in an ill-fated attempt to incite a slave insurrection. The raiders were routed, and several were captured. Soon after, they were tried, convicted and hanged. Among Brown’s fighters were five African American men — John Copeland, Shields Green, Dangerfield Newby (from Bridgeport, Ohio), Lewis Leary and Osborne Perry Anderson — whose lives and deaths have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader. “Five for Freedom” is the story of these five brave men. The program begins at noon. 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
Marni Reven, registered nurse, teacher, certified and registered aromatherapist and board member of West Virginia Wellness Inc., along with the staff of West Virginia Wellness, will present “Aromatherapy: Its Benefits and Applications,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Ohio County Public Library.
UP THE ROAD …
• Hightower Brewing Company will hold its first-ever “Pints for a Purpose” charity event to benefit the Augusta Levy Learning Center, on Saturday, Sept. 7. Hightower will be releasing their very first double-blueberry sour called “Fits Just Right” in honor of autism awareness and the children who attend Augusta Levy. The event will begin at noon and end at 10 p.m. at Hightower Brewing Company located at 3445 County Road 16 in Rayland, Ohio. Music will be provided by AllEndsWell, Luke Burkhardt and Tim Ullom who have all volunteered their time for the event. The Wood Fired Pizza Company will be serving pizza. There will be raffles, giveaways, 50/50, face painting and caricature pictures, and a corn toss tournament, with all the proceeds going to the center.
• Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Rachel Baiman on Friday, Sept. 6, at Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. “Thanksgiving,” her self-produced four-song EP, is a collection of music to inspire an introspective holiday spirit. The songs center around themes of indigenous rights, home and homelessness, and love in hard times. “Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays,” said Baiman. “But two years ago in November, the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline was in full swing, and it just got me thinking about how the relationship between indigenous and white people in this country has hardly changed at all over the years. The irony of Thanksgiving being celebrated right as people were being arrested and sprayed with water guns for protecting their right to clean water really hit me.” 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.