TREES, WREATHS & GARLANDS!
Stifel Fine Arts Center is decorated in red and green glory, filled with a variety of trees, wreaths and garlands for the Festival of Trees. Cast a bid for the fully decorated tree of your choice. Trees will also be available to purchase outright. Look for “Buy It Now” details at the venue to learn more. Festival of Trees is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Donations accepted. Proceeds benefit Oglebay Institute’s arts, nature and history programs throughout the Upper Ohio Valley. Special events include: Nov. 8, Opening Night Reception; Nov. 16, Children’s Breakfast Among the Trees; Nov. 16, Jazz Among the Trees; Nov. 19, Stifel Holiday Tea; Nov. 20, Dine & Shop Business and Civic Club Luncheon; Nov. 22, Festival of Trees Wine Tasting. 304-242-7700; www.OIOnline.com
SHOP, SHOP, SHOP!
Buy local by visiting Oglebay Institute’s Holiday Art Show & Sale, open Nov. 14 through Dec. 23, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center and the Schrader Environmental Education Center. This annual shopping experience showcases the talent of dozens of regional artisans and crafters offering one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Shop hundreds of unique items, including pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, textiles, home décor and gourmet goodies. Sale hours at the Stifel are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is also open during scheduled classes and events. Sale hours at Schrader are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 304-242-7700; www.OIOnline.com
ROOMS ARE DECKED
Volunteers have put the finishing holiday touches on 13 period rooms at Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum. Holidays at the Mansion opens to the public on Saturday, Nov. 9. Started in 1973, this holiday tradition continues today as dozens of talented volunteer decorators lavishly transform the museum for the holidays. Find inspiration to take back to your own home. Holidays at the Mansion is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9, through Jan. 5. It is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. $10; free for ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult; 304-242-7272; www.OIonline.com
VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS …
Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic when the Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker dances into The Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays a little bit early with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. Tickets available online.
FILL THE VESSEL
The clay works of Eric Pardue are now on display at West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery in an exhibition titled “Filling the Vessel.” A West Virginia native, Pardue earned a bachelor’s degree from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Pardue’s ceramics are cohesive with vintage colors and collaged images on top. Sepia images, such as kids on the playground and soldiers with airplanes, create stories for viewers. Pardue lives in Milton, West Virginia, where he owns his own studio and works as a full-time artist. “Filling the Vessel” will remain on display until Nov. 20. The Nutting Gallery is located in WLU’s Hall of Fine Arts and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays; with evening and weekend hours by arrangement. For information, email Jim Haizlett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheeling Heritage presents the Ohio Valley Photography Club’s recent works on display throughout the month of November at the 3rd Floor Loft Gallery at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St. An opening reception for the OV Photography Club Exhibit is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.
A RARE BOOK
View one of the rarest books in the area, Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis, or “Book of Hours,” from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the West Liberty University Downtown Center, located at 1310 Market St., Wheeling. A rare and valuable book dating to 1480 with 110 fine vellum leaves, the illuminated manuscript recently was restored and returned to Elbin Library, where it is normally housed in the library’s Rare Book Room. Former English professor and book collector Nelle Krise donated the book to the school. She died in 1981. Other treasures from her collection also will be on display during the event. RSVPs are requested by calling 304-336-5635. $25 donation requested per person.
OVERNIGHT — IF YOU DARE
A Ghost Adventure (Overnight Investigation) is set to begin at 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, through 4 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. Walk the halls of what was once the bloodiest institution in the nation. Participants will take a 90-minute guided tour of the facility, then set loose to investigate the facility on their own. $75. Tickets ($75) must be purchased in advance.
Just Another Dirty Dozen is back for its third year, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. This challenging bicycle ride travels up the 13 toughest hills in and around Wheeling. The 45-mile trek will leave the Wheelcraft Bicycles parking lot, 2187 National Road, Wheeling, at 9 a.m. Register in advance at BikeReg.
For people over age 35, live music that is familiar yet not often performed, will be featured from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Nov. 9, as Undo’s Elm Grove presents the eclectic sounds of the Deep State band. This ensemble features standard and unusual instrumentation, such as a clarinet and a human Theremin. The band plays music ranging from Leslie Gore to Green Day and from Sheryl Crow to Screaming Jay Hawkins. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
A SALUTE TO VETERANS
A Veterans Day Ceremony to pay tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces is set for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at WesBanco Arena, Wheeling.
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
Lunch With Books at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Ohio County Public Library will discuss Growing Up in the Real Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The story of America’s favorite neighbor is being told in a movie starring Tom Hanks who will play Fred Rogers. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is set for a Nov. 22 release. And now, the local author who wrote about his oddball friendship with neighbor Arnold Palmer is back with another endearing volume about life in the Real Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Chris Rodell and iUniverse have recently released, “Growing Up in the REAL Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Life Lessons from the Heart of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.” Part history, part biography, the book is a freewheeling conversation about what makes this one small town so special. One big reason is Mister Rogers. It tells the stories of couples he married, souls he saved and if calling him “Christ-like” is blasphemous or accurate. It has previously untold stories of Rogers being a life-saving superhero and of him being perfectly human. In a world that cries out for civility and healing, it’s the only book about Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood by an author who actually lives there. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
PEOPLE’S U AND POETRY
The second meeting of People’s University at the Ohio County Public Library will feature Marc Harshman, West Virginia’s poet laureate. Harshman will read his poem, Wheeling at 250, commissioned for Wheeling’s sesquicentennial celebrations, and then discuss the background behind his creation of this poem. He also plans to read selections from writers associated with the greater Wheeling area including James Wright and Rebecca Harding Davis, as well as a few other poems of his own rooted in Wheeling. To conclude, he will reflect upon the influence of Wheeling upon his life and work. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
Taste new wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy at the wine tasting Friday, Nov. 8, at Good Mansion Wines. Served with cheeses and French baguettes, the tasting is presented by the staff of Good Mansion Wines. $15 at the door, no reservations needed.
Enjoy a cozy afternoon at the Eckhart House’s Holiday Tea Luncheon at noon on Saturday, Nov. 9. The menu includes freshly prepared tea sandwiches, scones served with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, assorted confections and gourmet tea selections. The public is invited, and reservations are required. 304-232-5439; www.EckhartHouse.com
OVConnect, which has now partnered with Generation WV to form Generation Wheeling, will hold a Friendsgiving Kick-off Party from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.13, at River City, to introduce the new and exciting transformation. This partnership provides a wider network of support from across the state, which means more engaging and consistent opportunities for the community. Attendees area asked to bring canned goods or make a monetary donation that will benefit local families in need through The United Way. Guests can also enjoy live music by Logan Wojcik and a special fall-themed drink.
POP-UP IN SOUTH WHEELING
Wheeling Heritage is asking South Wheeling residents to share their stories as part of the organization’s Pop-Up Museum program. The event encourages residents to bring items they would like to share with the community, as well as learn about the pieces other residents bring. The event will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the South Wheeling Preservation Alliance headquarters, 3501 Jacob St. Participants bring items, write labels and put them out for display and discussion.
UP THE ROAD …
• Join Lee Terbosic, widely considered one of the foremost magical experts on Houdini, as he explores the mysteries surrounding the magician’s astonishing life and death in “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini” now through Nov. 17 at Liberty Magic in Pittsburgh. Houdini died on Halloween night in 1926. It seems quite appropriate that the world’s most famous magician should pass away on the year’s most “magical” day. Even more intriguing, Houdini was 52 years old when he died, the exact number of playing cards in a deck. Further, he was born 26 years before the start of the new century and died 26 years into the next one — as if his “life’s deck” had been deftly cut in half by Fate, the ultimate magician. For a full 10 years after Houdini’s death, his wife Bess conducted a séance on Oct. 31. These séances were always attended by the top names in magic, as well as personal friends of the great magician. Houdini had told Bess that if it were possible, he would send a message to her “from beyond” in secret code. Tickets are available for “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini” online.
• Also, back by popular demand, Lee Terbosic’s hit show, “In Plain Sleight,” returns to Liberty Magic for an encore performance, now through Nov. 24. The interactive performance of incredible magic, comedy, illusion, sleight of hand, mindreading and storytelling is all rolled up into a 75-minute show that will leave you wanting more. The audience becomes part of the show with several opportunities to participate in the deception. Terbosic’s mastery of decades-old magic traditions brings a new dimension to the world of parlor magic. An internationally touring magician, comedian, actor, daredevil and entertainer from Pittsburgh, he proves that anything is possible. For tickets to “In Plain Sleight,” click here.
• Quantum Theatre will present “Shakespeare’s Will,” Nov. 8 through Dec. 1 at the West Homestead United Methodist Church. William Shakespeare remained married until his death to Anne Hathaway, about whom the world knows little and wonders much. This contemporary play portrays a full-throated Anne in every emotional color imaginable, at the center of her own story instead of relegated to a footnote in Will’s; a robust exploration of feminist themes resonant even in the #MeToo present.