FEEL THE LOVE
The B.E. Taylor tradition returns to The Capitol Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, with “Feel the Love — Celebrating a B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert!” B.C. Taylor, the band’s drummer, vocalist and tour leader is building a new tradition that carries on the legacy his father left. “We’ll have some wrinkles and surprises that we think fans will like, but most of all we will have the full cast of musicians and vocalists that performed with Dad,” B.C. says. “I believe many fans remember Jeff Jimerson, Rick Witkowski, Hermie Granati, and they will all be there. However, we will be bringing back some band members that performed with us through the years. These guys were all my dad’s best friends, and now they are mine, too, and we embrace that. I can tell you that I, along with the entire band and crew, can’t wait to return to The Capitol Theatre.”
THIRD FRIDAY HOLIDAY MUSIC
Artworks Around Town will present an evening of holiday music at this month’s Third Friday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, featuring two local schools’ musically gifted youngsters. The Central Catholic High School choir will perform from 7:30-8 p.m. under the direction of J. Matthew White. At 8 p.m., members of the Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass band will perform. “What an amazing opportunity to bring both these schools and the greater Wheeling community together in the spirit of the holiday,” said Third Friday coordinator Sean Decker. Open mic will take place from 9-10 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the evening’s donations will go to the two schools’ music programs. Surrounding the musicians and guests in the Studio Gallery is the artwork of artists who have joined Artworks during the past year. In the North Gallery, the artwork of students from Martins Ferry Middle and High schools is featured for the entire month of December. Artworks is located at 2200 Market St. in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market.
HOLIDAYS AT THE STRAND
- A Christmas Cabaret, hosted by the Strand Theatre at 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, features some of its favorite past performers who will take the stage for an evening of Christmas music and theatrical entertainment. As part of the regular Cabaret series, this show will have a distinct holiday flair. Sing along, grab a glass of wine, and unwind! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10. For tickets, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a voicemail at 304-845-3009 or visit brownpapertickets.com.
- A Christmas Movie Marathon will be hosted by the Strand Theatre from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Watch your favorites all day long or just pop in for one or two: 11 a.m. “Polar Express”; 1 p.m. “Elf”; 2:50 p.m., “A Charlie Brown Christmas”; 3:30 p.m. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”; 4:10 p.m., “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”; 5:10 p.m., “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Free, but donations accepted. The Strand is located at 811 Fifth St., Moundsville. www.facebook.com/StrandTheatreWV
Friday’s Wine Tasting at Good Mansion Wines will feature a special lineup of Christmas sparklings, whites and reds, served with a bounty of foods from the charcuterie and bakery. This open house tasting serves as a Christmas toast to begin your holiday weekend. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.com
TAKE A ‘SLAY RIDE’
It’s beginning to look a lot like murder as Mystery Theatre Unlimited presents its Christmas show, “Slay Ride 3: The Case of the Femme Fatale (or the Santa Sham Scam),” featuring its unique blend of comedy and musical parody. Performance is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at River City Restaurant, Wheeling. Santa Claus is under extraordinary stress — the elves are sick, and he has had to hire replacements, including a strange vixen from the South Pole. With lots of holiday music, mistaken identities and outrageous comedy, the plot leads to murder in the North Pole on Christmas Eve. For reservations, which include dinner and the show, call River City at 304-233-4555. www.MysteryTheatreUnlimited.com
WRAP UP YOUR SHOPPING
• Swing by the Wheeling Artisan Center Shop from 4- 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, to shop handmade local gifts. While you’re grabbing those last-minute gifts, enjoy complimentary holiday sangria and snack on popcorn from Mmm … Popcorn. To top it off, all purchases come with complimentary gift wrapping. How’s that for holiday cheer? 1400 Main St., Wheeling.
• Get your last-minute shopping in without the hustle and bustle of big-box stores. Shop small at Centre Market as the stores stay open until 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, (and hopefully every Thursday thereafter).
JOIN THE ‘RELETIVS’
It’s the ezra & the reletivs holiday special with Poetic Peth & Clara Kent at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at River City Restaurant. Don’t miss this holiday and original musical experience! 1400 Main St., Wheeling.
BUILDING BLOCKS FOR FUN
Looking for somewhere the whole family can have fun? Have a Lego enthusiast in your home? RNR Discovery and Learning Center will celebrate the holidays with its first Christmas Party, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Featuring Santa and two elves from Capes and Tiaras Fantasy Parties, guests can make and take block ornaments. There will be open play, special holiday builds, games and other holiday activities. $10. 436 National Road Wheeling; 304-905-9427; www.RNRDLC.com
MORE HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES CONTINUE
- “The Nutcracker,” featuring a cast of beautifully costumed dancers performing on a lavish set and reveling in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score will be performed by Oglebay Institute’s Youth Ballet Company at Towngate Theatre (3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, with a Sugar Plum Social at 1 p.m.). 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
- Visit the Stifel Center and the Schrader Center at Oglebay Park to search for gifts at the Holiday Art Show and Sale, now through Dec. 29. The holiday shopping event features hundreds of handcrafted items from dozens of artisans. 304-242-4200; www.oionline.com
- Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum in Oglebay Park is decorated for the holidays and open to the public for tours through Dec. 31. Professional decorators and talented amateurs have spruced up 13 period rooms, hallways and staircases in this year’s theme, “Holiday Magic.” 304-242-7272; www.oionline.com
- The Oglebay hills are alive with more than a million twinkling lights at the Winter Festival of Lights, now through Jan. 1. New this year are the 3D “Sleigh Bans” eyewear with holographic lenses, which transform every point of light into a magical display. www.oglebay.com/events/festival-of-lights
- Visiting Santa can be a sensory overload for children with autism. This holiday season, Wheeling Park and the Augusta Levy Learning Center have joined forces to provide children with autism the opportunity to visit Santa in a calm environment. The Silent Santa event will enable children and their families to snap a picture with Santa in a stress-free environment, while enjoying holiday treats in Wheeling Park’s Fireplace Room from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. In lieu of admission, guests are encouraged to contribute a donation of $10 to the Augusta Levy Learning Center. To register, call 304-243-4186. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
Join the folks at Nail City Record for Premiere Night, 8-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Hear Chris Kuskey’s new album, “Dandelion,” live for the first time, and see three new local films including: Pat King’s “Dadumentary”: Scott Gregory’s Las Vegas World Comedy Film Festival semi-finalist film, “Gas Money,” (rated R); and Corey Knollinger’s “Play Shoes.” Nail City Record is located at 40 12th St. Wheeling, McLain Building, Suite 300. nailcityrecord.com