LUNCH WITH MEMORIES
Lunch With Books at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Ohio County Public Library, will recall memories of Wheeling’s historic “City Hospital,” long known as the Ohio Valley General Hospital (OVGH) and finally the Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC). To help preserve the institution’s legacy, former staff helped secure the OVMC Auxiliary’s scrapbooks, photographs, annual reports and minute books for donation to the Archives at the Ohio County Public Library. The collection documents the auxiliary’s mission to educate the community and support the efforts of the hospital it served for over 100 years. The hospital’s board of trustees records (1914-2018) were also donated, as were yearbooks, photographs and museum artifacts from the hospital’s School of Nursing. At Tuesday’s program, former hospital staff, nursing school alumni, auxiliary members and patients are invited to share their memories of the historic hospital and all of its subsidiary organizations. The program will include displays from the archival collections. 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
PASSION FOR BEAUTY
World traveler Janet Wang is the featured artist for January in the Studio Gallery at Artworks Around Town. A free public reception from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, will open the show. Wang will present pieces in all three of her favorite mediums — oil, pastel and watercolor. She has always had a passion for the beauty of her surroundings, which has led her to take photographs and make pencil sketches to use as reference material for her landscape paintings. Since 2016, she has taken part in the Journeys de Peinture Internationales, an international group of plein air painters that meets every year in a different host country. She has painted in England, Switzerland, Germany, France and Wheeling. Also during January, the student side of the north end of the gallery will feature small works of art. Member artists and guests will be displaying works in various mediums no larger than 9 inches by 12 inches. artworksaroundtown.com
The Cancer Research Classic — one of the top national high school basketball showcases in the country — is set for Friday, Jan. 3, and Saturday, Jan. 4, at WesBanco Arena. The 12th annual event includes defending national champion Montverde, DeMatha, Findlay Prep, La Lumiere and six other nationally ranked top 20 teams. All games will be televised on ESPN. www.CancerResearchClassic.org.
Holidays at the Mansion, featuring 13 period rooms decorated in holiday finery at Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Jan. 5. $10; free for ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult; 304-242-7272; www.OIonline.com
OGLEBAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
There’s still time to see Oglebay’s twinkling lights through Jan. 5. The Winter Festival of Lights features more than one million lights in 90 displays and covers more than 300 acres over a 6-mile drive through Oglebay Park. New to the show in 2019, guests can experience a variety of enchanting activities at the new Frosted Hilltop attraction located near Oglebay’s iconic Mansion Museum at The Hilltop. This magical wonderland is home to the Snowflake Express Train Ride, designed for children, located inside Oglebay’s greenhouse, while guests of all ages can embark on a 20-minute guided adventure through the twinkling hillsides while aboard the new Frosty Wagon Ride. While at the Frosted Hilltop, guests can experience the Garden Bistro’s new Ice Lounge featuring firepits, s’mores kits and seasonal refreshments, including holiday beverages for guests 21 and older, while enjoying panoramic views of the breathtaking hillside. Visitors can warm up at the Ice Lounge from 5-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. With the return of 3D Sleigh Bans, the 2019 Winter Festival of Lights promises to be even more stunning. This year, guests will enjoy new holographic filters, including gingerbread men, candy canes, snowmen and snowflakes. For information about the Winter Festival of Lights, visit www.oglebay.com/lights.
UP THE ROAD …
• Experience the Magic of Christmas Tours by appointment through Jan. 6, at the Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum in Barnesville, Ohio. Enjoy this elegant, 26-room mansion spectacularly decorated for the holidays and experience the magic of Christmas. Call 740-425-1457, 425-2228 or 695-0766 for more details and to schedule an appointment.