FESTIVAL OF INDIA
Transport yourself to India to experience India’s vast cultural and spiritual history at Heritage Port in downtown Wheeling from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, July 14, with live music, dance performances, along with traditional eats, games and activities for the entire family. Get a henna tattoo on your hand, try on a sari and turban, enjoy yoga and meditation, and learn about Ayurvedic health. There will be a farmers’ market, crafts for kids and the chariot parade at 5 p.m. Called the Festival of Chariots or Ratha Yatra, this event has its roots in ancient India and the bhakti tradition and is celebrated in major cities all across the world, from Paris to London to Durban to New York. This is the third year that the festival will be presented by New Vrindaban.
Don’t miss the St. Michael Parish Community Festival, July 12-14! Games, raffles, lots of food, an outdoor cafe and entertainment. Miller, Smith & Mazure, Thursday; Bill Gorby & the Musical Mercenaries AND Hit Play, Friday; and Brother Randall & Friends AND Adrian Niles & Robby Parsons on Saturday!
The annual Crosscurrents at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center is open at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, Wheeling. The juried multi-media exhibition features top regional artists who reside within an 80-mile radius of Wheeling. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.
- Crazy Horse (country rock), Marshall County Summer Concert Series, July 13, Grand Vue Park, 7 p.m.
- Mystery Theatre Unlimited presents “My Big Fat Reality Wedding” (theater/improv), Toe Tappin’ Tuesday, Too, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, Wheeling Park Amphitheater, Wheeling. 304-234-3838
- Hit Play (Top 40, pop and rock favorites), St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, Central Park Complex, St. Clairsville. 740-695-2037.
- Matt Van Fossen (country), Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, Heritage Port, Wheeling.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TO SHARE STORIES, SONG
“One Voice, Two Lives,” is the remarkable true story of Cantor David Wisnia, who, at 91 years old, will recount his ordeal through word and songs as he shares his memories and life lessons, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Ohio County Public Library. His is an incredible story of survival that he readily attributes to his glorious singing voice, the kindness of a few courageous Polish people and fate. He was 16 when imprisoned for two and a half years at the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp. His life was spared by singing to entertain the Nazi SS guards, becoming a so-called “privileged prisoner.” In January 1945 he endured a Death March, suffered the horrors of Dachau and then, narrowly escaped to freedom. Luckily, he found and joined the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, H Company, the “Screaming Eagles.” Wisnia actively engaged in combat and as a translator during the closing months of the war in Germany, becoming both a survivor and a liberator. From 8-9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13, Cantor Wisnia will sing in the Sabbath service and share his story at Temple Shalom, 23 Bethany Pike. Both programs are free and open to all. Cantor Wisnia will be accompanied on his visit to Wheeling by accomplished pianist and friend, Laurent Levy, who grew up in Morgantown. Wisnia’s extraordinary memoir was published in 2015. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at both the Ohio County Public Library and Temple Shalom events for $20.
LUNCH WITH POETRY
The Ohio County Public Library will hold the ninth poetry reading in its landmark Wheeling Poetry Series, presenting award-winning poet, Ron Houchin. He will read at noon, Tuesday, July 17, in conjunction with the ongoing Lunch with Books program at the Ohio County Public Library. A retired public school teacher whose life has been devoted to steady and disciplined writing, Houchin’s poetry is well known from its publication in dozens of journals worldwide. Houchin’s seventh full-length collection of poems, “The Man Who Saws Us in Half,” was published in 2013 as part of one of the most distinguished poetry series in America, LSU Press’ Southern Messenger Series, and was awarded the Weatherford Prize in poetry. He has had poetry readings in the Irish Writers’ Centre, the Galway Arts Centre, The Hemingway Days Festival in Key West, Fla., as well as the James Wright Poetry Festival in Martins Ferry. His work has appeared in over 200 journals, and his awards include the Vesle Fenstermaker Poetry Prize from Indiana University, Appalachian Writers Association’s Poetry Book of the Year Award, an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, and nominations for Paterson and Pushcart Prizes. Houchin lives on the banks of the Ohio River across from his hometown Huntington, W.Va. Launched in September 2015, the Wheeling Poetry Series, hosted by West Virginia poet laureate Marc Harshman, features readings by some of the finest poets from our Appalachian region and beyond. 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
Skyflight Productions present two shows in the next few days. The Way Down Wanderers, a five-piece modern-folk Americana act, perform Thursday, July 12, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park. On Monday, July 16, Andrea von Kampen will perform at the same location. Doors open for both shows at 7:30 p.m., with the music set to begin at 8 p.m. 423-276-2653 or find Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
BLUEGRASS AT THE STRAND
A Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Stand Theatre, 811 Fifth St., Moundsville, 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, featuring Road Hogs, Crandall Creek and Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers. Proceeds from tickets and silent auction will benefit the Cancer Research Center at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, WVU Medicine. Tickets at the door. 304-281-5776.
ON THE BIG SCREENS
- Riverfront Movie Night features “The Greatest Showman,” (PG-13), 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Wheeling Heritage Port.
- Free Summer Drive-In Movies continue Friday, July 13, with “Forrest Gump.” Grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace at dusk for an old-fashioned drive-in experience. 304-243-4085.
- Float with a flick at the Wheeling Park pool for the Summer Dive-In Movie Saturday, July 14, “Christmas in July.” Admission for kids (ages 4-12), $6.25; and for adults, $7.25, however, movie is free with cost of pool admission. The movie also can be enjoyed free of charge from the upper level of the Stone building. 304-243-4085.
CHEERS TO ZINFANDELIA
Mid- summer is the perfect time to focus in on red zinfandel — that rambly, juicy and plush red wine with a fruit forward and easy taste that’s perfect for grilled meats. At 6 p.m. Friday, July 13, Good Mansion Wines will celebrate California wine culture at its finest in this summer love fest with zinfandel, from Lodi to Napa and in between. Serve with Gouda and cheddar cheeses and baguettes. Presented by the staff of Good Mansion Wines. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.com
INDIAN CAPTIVE BROUGHT TO LIFE
A performance by Patty Cooper will bring Indian Captive Mary Jemison to life at 6 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. This free program is aimed at school-age children and adults. During America’s Seven Years’ War in the mid-1700s, Jemison was captured by the Shawnee and later adopted by the Seneca tribe. The dramatic story of how the young frontierswoman survived this tumultuous time will be related by Patty Cooper in a first-person narrative in period costuming. She is a History Alive! performer for the West Virginia Humanities Council, currently as Eleanor Roosevelt. The Moundsville Library is located at 700 Fifth St., Moundsville. 304-845-6911