DINNER FOR MOM

Is Mom tired of cooking every day during these long weeks of shelter-at-home time? Get her take-out (or delivery) this weekend in celebration of Mother’s Day at one of many area restaurants: Hangover BBQ, Avenue Eats (open Sunday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.), Good Mansion Wines (for wines, special pastry treats and more!), Tacoholix, Later Alligator, West Sports Bar (with a special order-in-advance Mother’s Day menu), Market Vines (with a brand-new to-go menu), Generations Restaurant & Pub (now offering outdoor seating) and of course there’s always pizza, DiCarlo’s, Patsy’s Pizza and DeFelice Brothers Pizza, to name a few local favorites.

AND FLOWERS, TOO

Pick up a beautiful basket of spring flowers at the Wheeling Park High School greenhouse. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

TROUBADOUR SINGS AGAIN

R.J. Gaudio, the Wheeling area’s Troubadour, will present his Sunday Night Concert Series from 7-8:30 p.m. May 10, on Facebook Live to benefit the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless. Founded in 1986 to serve clients throughout the Northern Panhandle, the coalition provides temporary shelter and a comprehensive level of services to the homeless population to aid in developing a long-term solution to their problems. Donations welcome at Gaudio’s PayPal account. Gaudio invites you to stop by on Sunday to sing along, dance, tap your feet or use the music for background noise!

VIRTUAL TOUR

“Presence: An Exploration of Aging Through Art” examines the universal, yet intensely personal, experience of growing old. Through painting, photography, sculpture, written word and mixed media, artists from throughout the United States explore a broad range of perspectives — from thriving lifestyles to the harsher realities of aging. “Presence” provides insight into the physical and mental aging process, challenges us to rethink how we perceive age, highlights the therapeutic benefits of the creative process and examines the role of elders in our society. Take the virtual tour here.

OI GETS SOCIAL

Oglebay Institute is helping to engage the community by using social media to provide online classes and activities that are free to the public. Activities listed below are accessible through OI’s Facebook page.

• Nature Time with the Schrader Center
Every day at 3 p.m. you can enjoy a short video on plant, animal or tree identification, feeding demonstrations and other cool nature-themed topics.

• Listening Through the Lens: The Musical Portraits of George J. Kossuth
The Museums of Oglebay Institute will digitally share George J. Kossuth’s photographic portraits that immortalized internationally renowned musicians, singers, composers and conductors who visited Wheeling in the early to mid-1900s. A different portrait and bio will be shared every day at 10 a.m.

• Storytime with Miss Cheryl
OI Director of Dance Cheryl Pompeo will read some of her favorite dance-inspired children’s books on Facebook every evening at 7 p.m.

• Online Dance Classes
OI’s School of Dance is offering free online classes through a private Facebook group. Classes include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, dance sampler and more. Contact Cheryl Pompeo through the Oglebay Institute Facebook page or at cpompeo@oionline.com if you are interested in joining the group.

• Online Art Instruction
Stifel Center Director Rick Morgan will provide online pottery instruction. Learn how to center the wheel, watch demos on making a mug, a bowl and much more. Director of Art Education Brad Johnson will share hands-on art projects that kids can do at home. Look for their lessons every Wednesday at noon.

• Towngate Memories
At 1 p.m. each day, Towngate Theatre will share photos, videos and newspaper clippings from past productions. Also, some of their fabulous volunteer actors will talk about some of their favorite roles and share monologues and songs.

A SCAVENGER CHALLENGE

Are you up for a scavenger challenge? Check out Earl Nicodemus’ Weelunk story and search for Wheeling landmarks via Google Earth.

READ A LITTLE HISTORY

The Ohio County Public Library has published its first issue of the Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review. Founded by the Wheeling Area Historical Society in 1968, the UOVHR is dedicated to local history topics. Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation (Wheeling Heritage) continued the tradition, editing and publishing the publication from 2010-18. Ownership of the publication was transferred to the Ohio County Public Library in late 2018. The recently published spring 2020 issue is the first edition completely designed and coordinated by the Ohio County Public Library. The latest issue explores the scourge of infectious diseases throughout Wheeling’s history, including the Civil War era, tuberculosis sanitariums, cholera outbreaks related to unsanitary conditions during the region’s period of rapid industrial and population growth, and the devastating Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. The special pandemic issue of the Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review, Vol. 41, No. 2, is available for free online in PDF format. Commemorative paper copies are being printed and can be ordered through the library. Individual copies are $6, including shipping. To order, visit the UOVHR sign-up page or send an email to UOVHR@ohiocountylibrary.org.

Historical Review

POETRY & MYSTERY

Just days after many states initiated public lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19 in March, the West Virginia Humanities Council launched “Poetry During a Time of Crisis: WV Poets on Community, Resilience, and the Power of the Arts,” featuring self-recorded videos of select published poets from around the Mountain State, reading their own work in their own homes. New poets are posted every Tuesday and Friday through the end of May. The videos are available on the council’s Facebook page. So too are “Mysterious Mondays,” a series of 20-30 minute audiobooks read by Eric Waggoner, council executive director, and Kyle Warmack, council program officer. Each week’s episode is a standalone story drawn from Melville Davisson Post’s 1918 compilation, Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries, republished as a collaboration between West Virginia University Press and the Humanities Council in 2015. Post, a native of Harrison County who graduated from WVU and briefly practiced law in Wheeling in the 1890s, soon gave up lawyering to become a hugely successful mystery fiction writer in the early 1900s. Both “Poetry During a Time of Crisis” and “Uncle Abner” are available on the Council’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, which can also be accessed through wvhumanities.org/programs/in-a-time-of-crisis. For more information, email warmack@wvhumanities.org, or call 304-346-8500 and leave a voicemail.

MAGIC@HOME

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present Liberty Magic@Home, a series of free live-streamed shows available every Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust YouTube Channel and Facebook page. These sessions, hosted by Zoe Ruth, venue manager of Liberty Magic, will invite world-renowned magicians to the digital theater for conversation and magic tricks. This week, watch live magic performances from Liberty Magic favorites Eric Jones and Anna DeGuzman. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to share up-close, personal experiences with some of the legends of magic. Visit Trustarts.Org/Magic to learn more.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

PLAYTIME AT THE PUBLIC

The Pittsburgh Public Theater invites the public to PlayTime, an online reading series, hosted live by Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, that will bring great classic plays and the work of extraordinary Pittsburgh writers right to your living room, computer or device. This Thursday, May 7, (part 1) and Friday, May 8, (part 2), tune in for “Tartuffe” by Moliere. Click here to join in at 7 p.m. This series is free of charge, but donations will be accepted to support the guest artists and costs of the program.

A LITTLE SPLURGE

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at this one-time-only live-streamed broadcast musical event to benefit Pittsburgh Public Theater. Treat the mom or caregiver in your life to something truly extraordinary this Mother’s Day. Experience some of America’s greatest songs in the context in which they were written —from “God Bless America” to “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “White Christmas,” “Always” and so many more — in a musical event that has been performed in theaters throughout the nation and abroad. Tickets are $50 per household, and are available exclusively through the PayPal link. You will receive an email on the day prior to the event with a viewing link and instructions on how to access via Vimeo. The stream will be available for an additional 72 hours following the live performance. Ticket sales close at midnight, Thursday, May 7.

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