OGLEBAY INSTITUTE OFFERS UNIQUE WAYS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY
Whether you are looking for a romantic evening in an elegant setting or searching for a “hot” date, Oglebay Institute offers unique ways to spend Valentine’s Day, says director of marketing Misty Klug. Programs include glassmaking workshops, a jazz concert, a dinner and wine tasting in Edemar Mansion and a private tour of the historic Mansion Museum, complete with champagne, chocolates and a rose.
“Programs are taking place at three Oglebay Institute venues- the Stifel Fine Arts Center, the Mansion Museum and the Glass Museum– during Valentine’s Day weekend. Each program gives couples and friends opportunities to celebrate in creative ways,” she said.
A Valentine’s Champagne Tour of the Mansion Museum takes place from 6-7:30 p.m.Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13. Romance of Glass workshops take place Feb. 13 and 14 at the Glass Museum Studio.
During the champagne tour, guests will learn about the lives and loves of three generations of the Oglebay Family– secret engagements, tragedy, young love, second chances and more. Presented by Holly McCluskey, the program includes the rare opportunity to go inside the Mansion’s period rooms. Couples will receive champagne, chocolates, a single rose, and a glass “kiss” made in the Glass Museum studio.
“This program appeals to local history buffs as well as those who are intrigued by stories of love and romance,” Klug said. “We offered this program last year and had people on the waiting list. Due to its popularity, we added a second session this year.”
The cost is $75 per couple. Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount.
For those interested in a “hot” date, Romance of Glass workshops allow couples to work side-by-side with skilled glass artisans to create beautiful pieces of art glass at the Glass Museum Studio, located in the Carriage House Glass Center in Oglebay Resort.
Couples will create at least two pieces of one-of-a-kind art glass. Participants can choose from hearts, candy kiss charms for a necklace, paperweights, and more.
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“Simply observing the process of glassmaking is quite magical, as a shapeless glob is transformed into a work of art and vibrant colors and designs emerge from the molten glass. But trying it yourself, making glass with your own hands and taking home your very own creation, well, that is priceless and a wonderful experience to share with a loved one.” Klug said.
Romance of Glass Workshops are available from 10:30 a.m -4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. Cost is $140 per couple. Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount.
The Stifel Fine Arts Center will also host two special programs. The Art of Wine Valentine’s Dinner takes place at 6:30 p.m.Friday, Feb. 12, and Jazz at the Stifel is at 8 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 13.
Klug said guests at The Art of Wine will taste five wines while enjoying a five-course dinner and live music in the elegant Edemar Mansion that was once home to Wheeling’s Stifel Family. Cost is $55 per person. Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount.
Jazz at the Stifel features the Roger Hoard Jazz Quartet. Wine and desserts will be available for purchase. All tickets are $20.
“There is something very special about dining and seeing concerts in the unique atmosphere of one of Wheeling’s most historic homes,” she said. “Guests can also browse the art gallery, admire the stunning architecture and enjoy the intimate and elegant setting. “
Oglebay Institute’s curator Holly McCluskey will take visitors on guided champagne tour of the Mansion Museum Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13. During the tour, guests will learn about the lives and loves of three generations of the Oglebay Family and have a rare opportunity to go inside the Mansion’s period rooms. McCluskey is pictured here under a portrait of Sarita Howell Oglebay and with items from the wedding of Sarita and Courtney Burton in 1912. Sarita was the only child of Earl and Sallie Paull Oglebay.
The Roger Hoard Jazz Quartet will perform Saturday, February 13 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.
Romance of Glass Workshops take place Feb. 13-14 at OI’s glass studio. Couples will work side-by-side with skilled glass artisans to create beautiful pieces of art glass to take home. Pictured is Nathan Blake, left, with OI glass artisan Bob Allen.