Italian or Greek? Your choice this weekend as both festivals fill the streets with entertainment and your belly with ethnic delicacies!
OPA! GREECE COMES TO YOU!
The 18th annual Grecian Festival kicked off Wednesday, July 25, and continues through Saturday, July 28, at the St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, 2215 Chapline St., Wheeling. Indoors at the festival, there are more than 15 items on the menu as well as a selection of pastries. Outside, you can order gyros, tavern fries, calamari and other favorites. There will be live Greek music and dancing, sanctuary tours, a youth choir showcase, cooking classes, shopping and more! 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. 304-232-GYRO; visit www.GrecianFest.com
Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival starts up at noon on Friday, July 27, with opening ceremonies. Entertainment continues throughout the weekend with such acts as R.J. Gaudio the Troubador, Pocket Change, the OVAC All-Star Marching Band, Spinning Jenny, Fulvio & Sal, The Faiellas and Hit Play. For a complete schedule, visit www.italyfest.com/heritage-port-stage.
Good Mansion Wines wine tasting at 6 p.m. Friday, July 27, celebrates the world’s often largest producer and exporter of wines with Barolo, Brunello, Amarone and Aglianico on the red side to Lugana, Soave, Vermentino and Pecorino on the white side. Served with Italian cheeses, salumi and baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. 95 14th St., Wheeling. www.goodmansionwines.com
HAPPY 90th OGLEBAY
Help Oglebay Park celebrate its 90th birthday this weekend with festivities throughout the park all weekend long. There will be cake and Birthday Cake Batter ice cream, a Birthday 5K Run/Walk, music, a fishing tournament, a historical property tour, music, pony rides, fireworks, discounts and so much more! For a complete schedule of events, visit www.oglebay.com/90th-birthday-schedule-of-events
In conjunction with the celebration, Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum will unveil its latest exhibit, “A Farm Becomes a Park: In Celebration of Oglebay Park’s 90th Anniversary” on Saturday, July 28. The exhibit, on display through Nov. 9, displays photos and postcards that follow the park’s transformation from a private farm to a public park. From 1901, when the Oglebay family bought Waddington Farm, until the construction of Wilson Lodge in 1957, see how Oglebay Park developed into a popular destination for residents and visitors alike.10 a.m.—5 p.m. daily. $7. 304-242-7272; oionline.com
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
- De Ja Vue (popular rock and roll favorites), Marshall County Summer Concert Series, July 27, Moundsville Riverfront Park, 7 p.m.
- The Joseph Sisters (country rock), St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, Central Park Complex, St. Clairsville. 740-695-2037.
- Hit Play (Top 40, pop and rock favorites), Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, Heritage Port, Wheeling. As an added attraction, Wheeling Firefighters Local 12 is joining forces with Wheeling’s Waterfront Wednesday free concert event to raise funds for Augusta Levy Learning Center following the devastating fire that tore through the facility earlier this month. The community event kicks off at 5 p.m. at Wheeling’s Heritage Port with a dunk tank featuring local celebrities, who have volunteered to make a splash in support of August Levy. Firefighters will also hold a “fill the boot” drive throughout the evening to collect donations for Augusta Levy.
ON THE BIG SCREENS
- Free Summer Drive-In Movies continue Friday, July 27, with “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” 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 28, “The Original Star Wars.” Admission for kids (ages 4-12), $6.25; and for adults, $7.25, however, the 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.
LUNCH WITH BOOKS
Travis D. Stimeling, author of Songwriting in Contemporary West Virginia: Profiles and Reflections, the first book dedicated to telling the stories of West Virginia’s extensive community of songwriters, will be at Lunch With Books, noon, Tuesday, July 31, at the Ohio County Public Library. Based on oral histories conducted by Stimeling, WVU associate professor of music history, and told largely in the songwriters’ own words, these profiles offer a lively overview of the personalities, venues, and networks that nurture and sustain popular music in West Virginia. 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
A Blueberry Tea Luncheon is set at the Eckhart House, 810 Main St., Wheeling, at noon Saturday, July 28. Traditionally served full luncheon tea fare is offered, including assorted tea sandwiches/savories, scones with sweet cream and jam, fresh fruit, sweets and gourmet tea. $20; 304-232-5439
The third installment of Battle of the DJs Teen Dance is set for 8-11 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink. DJ Daner is up this time to showcase his talents and battle it out to see who reigns supreme. The Monster Jam DJ Battle wraps things up on Thursday, Aug. 9. $6. 304-243-4085
QUEEN of QUEENS
See who reigns supreme this year at the 75th OVAC Queen of Queens competition, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at The Capitol Theatre. Twenty-two young women from area high schools will compete for the title, and the winner will be crowned at the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Game on Saturday, July 28, at the Wheeling Island Stadium. www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com/event/ovac-queen-of-queens