Music! Vendors! Beer! Wine! Artisans! Don’t miss Saturday’s Oktoberfest at Centre Market, hosted by the City of Wheeling and the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. The event is set for noon to 11 p.m. Live music will fill Centre Market all day: The Cherry Trio at noon, Jack Tady and the Tady Bears at 1:30 p.m., MSM at 3:30 p.m., Eli Lambie & the Mojo Kings at 5:30 p.m., the Tim Ullom Band at 7:30 p.m., and Hit Play closing out the day at 9:30 p.m. Food vendors include: Baby Boys BBQ; Cheese Melt; Ideal Provisions; Wheeling Brewing Co.; Mmm … Popcorn; Ruttenbucks; Wheeling Island Casino; Valley Cheese; Osaka; and Market Vines. Oktoberfest at Centre Market is sponsored by the City of Wheeling, the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, Bordas & Bordas, Main Street Bank, and Ohio Valley Medical Center. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.
Sample four to six craft beers at the Stifel Fine Arts Center’s outdoor beer tasting on Friday, Sept. 28. Guests also will enjoy a food truck on-site and can browse the Convergence: Art in the Digital Age exhibition. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. $30 ($26 for Oglebay Institute members); 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com.
The Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra Bluegrass BBQ will be held from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Hess Shelter, Oglebay Park. Local bands Marsh Wheeling String Band, Out of the Blue and Cabin Fever String Band will entertain, while food will be provided by Charlie Slegel from Ye Ole Alpha. The barbecue raises money for the WSYO, an opportunity for young musicians from the tri-state area to train and perform together under the direction of Benjamin Podolski, Rayce Leib and Kevin Lilly. The event is sponsored by Wheeling Hospital, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and Main Street Bank. 304-232-6191.
FREE CONCERT AT GRAND VUE
Four area bands will perform at a free outdoor concert Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Vue Grill at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville. The entertainment lineup features a wide variety of music, including the public premiere performance of a unique group of locally notable performers. The music starts at noon on the venue’s outdoor second stage with acoustic oldies by Markus and James, followed by the ’80s and ’90s classic rock of the White Collar Criminals at 2 p.m. The bluesy styles of Adrian Niles continue the afternoon entertainment at 4 p.m. At 7 p.m., the main stage at the Vue Grill’s amphitheater will feature the public debut of the Deep State. The headlining band’s eclectic music selection ranges from George Gershwin to Amy Winehouse, and from Alabama Shakes to Bill Withers, with other songs ranging from deep-cut Beatles music to almost-forgotten songs of Blind Faith, Spirit and others too secret to divulge. Comprised of five veterans of musical performances, the Deep State brings together Steubenville-area vocalists/guitarists Ray Morgan (also a member of the band Quaseye) and Rick Call (formerly of the Last Call band) with Wheeling-area vocalist/bassist Butch Maxwell (also a member of the M-80s and co-founder of Teaser) and drummer Barry Roth (formerly of Small Talk). Added to them is vocalist Vera Barton-Maxwell, who has performed extensively in musical theater and cabaret settings.
“THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK”
“The Diary of Anne Frank” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. The play brings to life the memoirs of a young Jewish girl who was forced to hide in an attic for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution. As relevant today as when it was first written, Anne Frank’s diary is an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods in human history. www.oionline.com
FRESHMEN PLAYS AT PARK
“Alice’s Adventures With Poorly Cooked Cafeteria Seafood” and “In Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit” will be presented by Wheeling Park High School’s intro to speech and theater classes at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the Phyllis A. Beneke Theater at the high school. The one-act plays are a Park tradition, allowing freshmen thespians the opportunity to develop their acting skills. $5 at the door.
ON THE ROAD
Travis Henline will present “Tales From the Road,” at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Lunch With Books, the Ohio County Public Library’s first program in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the completion of the National Road to Wheeling. Henline’s presentation will focus on interesting, unusual and somewhat seedy anecdotes from the Old Pike’s long and storied history. Henline received a master’s degree in history from WVU. He has spent a career in public history working for the National Park Service, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the W.Va. Division of Culture and History. 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
WINES OF VENETO
The wine tasting at Good Mansion Wines, 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29, will explore sparkling, white and red wines from Italy’s northeastern region of the Veneto. Discover Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Soave, Bardolino, Ripasso, Amarone and even a Piccolit dessert wine. Served with cheeses from the Veneto and baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.comHOT TIME
HOT TIME IN McMECHEN
Gather around a bonfire for some tales for harvest season as Rich Knoblich spins some yarns at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at McMechen’s Riverview Park. Knoblich will tell the tale of “A Pirate in W.Va.,” a story of a burning coffin sailing down the river. The event is presented by the McMechen Recreation Committee and the Benwood-McMechen Public Library. 304-232-9720 or 304-845-6911.
CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY
Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Zephaniah OHora on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. “The Highway,” the debut album from the New York City song slinger has been dubbed a “modern classic country masterpiece,” earning OHora widespread critical acclaim and appearances at major U.S. and European festivals in 2018. After listening to “This Highway,” one might wonder how could such an album come out of New York? To find the answer, take a trip to Brooklyn and visit honky tonk bar, Skinny Dennis, named after Guy Clark’s bass player Skinny Dennis Sanchez. OHora has been the director of music programming and resident artist since the doors opened in 2013, so it’s no surprise then that he has spent years honing his craft, performing classic country with some of NYC’s best musicians. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with the show set to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
DINE & DANCE
The Family Service Autumn Dinner-Dance is set for Thursday, Oct. 4. Dinner at 6 p.m.; dancing to the music of Shades of Time at 7. $25. Buy tickets by Sept. 29 at 2200 Main St., Wheeling, or call 304-233-2350 ext. 104.