Culture

Paw Paw

Paw Paw Season in West Virginia

“Now when you pick a paw paw or a prickly pear and you pick a raw paw, next time beware.” - The Jungle Book, 1967. As a late-70’s baby and child of the 80’s, I had only ever heard of a paw paw in the animate...
Nelson Jordan Center

Nelson Jordan Center a Place of Refuge

Weelunk is committed to telling Wheeling’s story. Our goal is to encourage conversation and engage everyone in what’s happening here. As city officials are determining what the future holds for the Nelson Jorda...
Drive In

Bygone Comebacks: Drive-In Movies

Editor’s note: Have you noticed lately that bits of the past are creeping into the present? We’re gardening more, going to drive-in movies, spending time with nature, putting jigsaw puzzles together. We are fin...
Drag

Drag Culture Is About Family

“You’re born naked and the rest is drag.” — Ru Paul Definition: A drag queen or king is a person, who uses drag clothing and makeup to imitate and often exaggerate female or male gender signifiers and gender...
Gardening

Come Along on a Virtual Garden Tour

Gardening -- whether for aesthetics, for vegetables or for medicinals -- goes back thousands of years. This year, in the time of the coronavirus, gardening has seen a resurgence, offering a healthy dose of beau...
Quarantine Comics Series: Original Cartoons About COVID Pandemic

Quarantine Comics and Cartoons

At Weelunk, we’re all about keeping you connected to your community. Since that looks a little different right now, we’re bringing you ways to engage while staying safe and healthy. We hope Weelunk ca...
wheeling restaurants

Local Restaurants Get Creative With Takeout

When restaurant dining rooms were shuttered this past spring to slow the spread of COVID-19, area businesses had to think outside of the box to keep producing and selling food. With stay-at-home orders in place...
Neely's Grocery

City of Wheeling CARES About Small Businesses

Does a hairstylist working on her own qualify for a new round of federal assistance to small businesses? Can a corner store get reimbursed for more than $3,000 spent on plexiglass shields, disposable gloves and...
Creek

BYGONE COMEBACKS: The Magic of a Creek

Editor’s note: Have you noticed lately that bits of the past are creeping into the present? We’re gardening more, going to drive-in movies, spending time with nature, putting jigsaw puzzles together. We are fin...
Reuben Rouse

Reuben Rouse: ‘Raised on Love’

Editor’s note: Weelunk is committed to sharing the city’s diverse stories, including those that combat systemic racism. Today’s post features Reuben Rouse, a Wheeling man whose dedication to full-on fatherhood ...
Sultana

April 1865: A Burst of Historic Events

April 1865, was a month long remembered in history. Richmond, Virginia, fell; April 9, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. U.S. Grant; April 15, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated; April 26, John Wil...
wheeling postcard

Time Travel From Home With Historic Postcards

Summer usually means beach vacations and traveling to exciting new destinations. This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, travel has been drastically affected. While it may not be advisable to fly off to far-away...
vagabond matt welsch cocktail

The Refreshing French 75: Best of Both Worlds

Summertime is finally here, and with it brings lemonade on the back porch or maybe a nice gin and tonic. But what if you could have the best of both worlds? Well, my friends, you can. And it’s called the French...
Masks

Pandemic Mask Battle Is Nothing New

West Virginians slipping out of COVID-19 exile are ripping a page out of history concerning face coverings. During the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, people resisted wearing masks in public, which prompted many ...