Rollin’… rollin’ … rollin’ on the river … The Sternwheel Festival kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. Along with the boats docked at Wheeling Heritage Port, food vendors and crafters, entertainment will take place throughout the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with The Original Fantasy’s, Buffington Brothers, U.S. Kids and Honkytonk Sweethearts, just to name a few. There are Frankie Valley and Earth, Wind and Fire tribute bands, and a car show. Fireworks wrap things up at 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. As an added attraction, the Gateway Clipper will take guests on river cruises on Friday, Sept. 13, at 3, 4 and 5 p.m., with a river dinner cruise complete with fireworks at 7 p.m. Tickets available here. See the entire entertainment lineup here.
Help the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley kick off its annual campaign at the September to Remember Reverse Raffle, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Enjoy dinner and drinks while checking out the silent auction and listening to music by The Muddle, all leading up to the reverse raffle with a grand prize of $5,000. For tickets, call 304-232-4625
NEW BOO FOR YOU!!!!!
What better night than Friday the 13th to open a brand new haunted attraction! Infernum in Terra Hell on Earth, located at 4302 Jacob St., Wheeling, opens Sept. 13, and will scare hoards of guests every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. The attraction is open from 7-11 p.m. Recommended for age 13 and older. $20.
THE ART OF WINE
• Enjoy an outdoor wine tasting with food pairings and live music at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at The Art of Wine, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling. $35 ($30 for members) Register online or call 304-242-7700.
• Rhone Valley Reds take center stage at the Good Mansion Wines wine tasting, at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Guests will taste these widely versatile wines — everything from Cotes du Rhone to Vacqueras to Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape — with French cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.com
LIVE MUSIC ON TRACK
• The Trainjumpers with an opening performance by Adrian Niles is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Towngate Theatre, Wheeling. The Trainjumpers plays funky music with fat backbeats and soul music that sounds like it was made in a different age. $12.50. Purchase tickets online or call 304-242-7700.
• Oglebay Institute’s Jazz at the Stifel series opens with the Roger Hoard Quartet, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. $22.50. Purchase online or call 304-242-7700.
The Festival of Colors is set for noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold in Moundsville. Complete with music, dance and throwing of organic colored powders, the festival — along with others like it held around the world — promotes love and friendship.
The City of Moundsville is blocking off its historic Jefferson Street for its first Jefferson Fridays, set for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. There will be live music from Hit Play, food trucks and beer.
Three local chefs will face off in the Steel Valley Chef Competition, a farmers market version of the popular television show The Iron Chef, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Ohio Valley Farmers’ Market in Bellaire. Using the ingredients found at the market, along with basic pantry items, self-taught chef Mike Travis, food truck chef Dean Barath and generational chef Ryan Butler face off to see who can woo the local celebrity panel of judges with their cuisine. And as if that were not enough, the chefs will be challenged by a secret ingredient that must be the focus of their dishes and won’t be revealed until the competition starts.
A unique blend of classic rock, folk and country, along with some original music, will be featured Saturday, Sept. 14 as Undo’s Elm Grove presents an evening with Vic Trip. The music starts at 9 p.m. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
A BLOCKBUSTER SHOW
An exhibit titled VCR pays homage to childhood memories of video rentals at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Clientele Art Studio in Wheeling. VHS tapes are the canvas for the artists, and the overall theme is Blockbuster, Stone Church Video or whatever rental place you remember.
The 2019 Golden Retriever Gathering starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Levenson Shelter at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. Leash up your golden, bring some picnic food and come hang out with others who love our favorite breed.
LUNCH WITH ‘OLD BROWN’
As we near the 160th anniversary of John Brown’s ill-fated October 1859 raid, author Craig Paulenich will read from his collection, “Old Brown,” at Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Ohio County Library. The book uses quotations, correspondence and historical documents to weave a tapestry of imagination and history, creating poems that range from catalogs of the dead to lyric meditations. 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
It’s Super Hero Day 2: The Sequel at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Warwood Farmers Market in Wheeling. Come for games and activities for the whole superfamily with special guest appearances from Spiderman, Iron Man, Thor and more.
The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble takes place at noon, Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Wheeling Country Club. Lunch will be served at noon, with the shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. This event is open to the public, but limited to the first 40 registered teams. $75 per player includes golf fees, prizes, food and drink. Following the scramble, Business After Hours will be held onsite.
UP THE ROAD …
• The Charlie Barath Blues Band with Jimmy Adler will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Black Sheep Vineyard in Adena, Ohio.
• Experience the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King through Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Benedum. Thrill to the rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle Of Life.” Tickets available here. Sensory-friendly signed performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Call 412-456-2670 for information.
“You can’t handle the truth!” is the most famous line from “A Few Good Men,” a riveting story about military lawyers defending two U.S. Marines accused of killing a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. This play by Aaron Sorkin opens the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s season, Thursday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets here.
DOWN THE ROAD …
• The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s 90th season kicks off Friday, Sept. 20, with a tribute to the Queen of Soul. “Aretha: A Tribute” features vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Ryan Shaw. Hear such favorites as “Respect, “A Natural Woman, “Chain of Fools” and “Amazing Grace.” An opening night party precedes the concert, with tickets at $50 person. (Concert and party package, $65.) 304-232-6191. More information at the symphony’s website.
• Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre opens its 51st season of community theater with Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.” A story of perseverance and hope, it has been hailed as one of the most significant and affecting contemporary American plays. It will be staged for two weekends — Sept. 20-22 and 27-28. “Gamma Rays” tells the story of Beatrice, a bitter and domineering mother, and her two teenage daughters, the studious Tillie and the emotional Ruth. For tickets, call 304-242-7700 or visit www.oionline.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, if available.