- It’s Holiday Pop-Up Weekend at The Drawing Room, 1425 Chapline St., Unit 1, in Wheeling. The studio space is a work progress, but stop by to see and shop work by local artists and vendors. Happy Hour Shop and Sip starts at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; there’s a Pop-Up Shop, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8; and several workshops including Painting Winter Foliage, 10 a.m., Dec. 8, with Rosalie Haizlett, and Salt Dough Play Food with Rachel Goodman, from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9.
- Each December, Artworks Around Town presents works by artists who were juried into membership during the current year. Mike Swartzmiller, Diana Wagner and Laura Bitely will be honored during the Dec. 7 Gallery Hop in the Studio Gallery from 5:30-8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Wagner makes soaps and creams that come in a variety of scents and have multiple uses. Swartzmiller is a life-long resident of Hancock and a self-proclaimed “painterly impressionist.” Bitely is Artworks’s Youth Artist, and her fresh and colorful work tends toward “the surreal.” In the North Gallery, Martins Ferry Middle and High school students, under the guidance of Natalie Zambori, will exhibit work. The North Corner shop has works of art and jewelry for sale. Artworks Around Town is located in historic Center Wheeling Market, 2200 Market St.
- 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. Performances are set for Thursday, Dec. 6, and Thursday, Dec. 20, at River City Restaurant, Wheeling; and Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Vue Bar and Grill in Grandview Park, Moundsville. All performances are at 7 p.m. In the show, 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 or the Vue at 304-810-2778. www.MysteryTheatreUnlimited.com
- West Liberty University Hilltop Players will present “The Secret in the Wings,” at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6-8, and 3 p.m., Dec. 9. An imaginative contemporary play, “The Secret in the Wings,” by Mary Zimmerman, is about a child and the frightening babysitter with whom her parents leave her. As the babysitter (who just happens to be an ogre) reads from a book of fairy tales, the characters in each of the tales materialize, with each tale breaking off just at its bleakest moment before giving way to the next.
- If it’s not totally sold out by now, get your tickets to the final two performances of “Miracle on 34th Street,” 7 p.m., Dec. 7-8 at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. An ensemble of local actors tells the story of how Kris Kringle enchants children and adults, takes on cynics and unleashes waves of goodwill. In this beloved story, a white-bearded gentleman working as a Macy’s holiday Santa claims to be the real Santa Claus. He enchants children and shoppers so completely that he is deemed dangerous by fellow employees, who question his competency and plot to ruin him. A small girl’s belief in Santa and the magic of the holiday is at stake in a climactic courtroom decision. 2118 Market St. Wheeling; 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra string quartet will present two concerts on Saturday, Dec. 8, both free and open to the public. The Eighth Note Children and Family Concert, sponsored by the Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary and in partnership with the SMART Centre Market, will be held at Artworks Around Town in Centre Market in Wheeling. The event begins at noon with science demos by the SMART Centre Market and a holiday musical craft led by members from the auxiliary. The performance from the string quartet starts at 12:45 p.m. The music continues with a WSO on the GO performance at 3 p.m. in Hickman Lounge at Oglebay’s Wilson. Both performances will feature musicians: Juan Jaramillo (violin), Bohdan Subchak (violin), Louise Farbman (viola) and Elisa Kohanski (cello). wheelingsymphony.com
SOMEWHERE OVER THE MOONBEAU …
Skyflight Productions will present Moonbeau in concert Friday, Dec. 7, at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. Moonbeau delivers crooning melodies with dynamic distinction, and layered synths and rhythmic guitar textures are remnants of their love for new wave. Named the best electronic act in Cincinnati, Moonbeau is ready to take on the rest of the country. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $10. 423-276-2653 or find Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
WINE, WINE, WINE
- Join Casa di Vino — House of Wine on First Friday for its Walk About Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m. Stop in and try the six wines that are being featured that night. Cheese and meat trays will be provided. $10. 2261 Market St., Centre Market. 304-905-8537; casadivino1.com
- First Friday First Class Flight is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The sit-down tasting, with a presentation of a flight of five fine wines, starts with a Champagne. Each wine is served with hors d’oeuvres or small plates from the kitchen and ends with a dessert from the patissier. $25. Reservations required. (This event is sold out.) www.goodmansionwines.com
Experience the beauty and magic of a Victorian Christmas during the annual open house at Elmhurst, The House of Friendship, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Enjoy the beauty of the Bloch mansion in its holiday finery. 1228 National Road, Wheeling; 304-242-0240
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. Dec. 7, 14 and 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.
Two gymnasiums will be filled with the Christmas spirit as vendors — some favorites from the Warwood Farmers Market along with some special guests — display their wares at the Christmas Market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 8, at Warwood School.
LUNCHES WITH BOOKS
- A special evening Lunch With Books is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Ohio County Public Library. Jeanne Finstein and Judi Hendrickson will review the biography “The Big Greek, the Rise and Fall of Bill Lias,” authored by George Fetherling. The event will include a visit by Lias portrayer, Dave Clutter.
- At noon, Tuesday, Dec. 11, West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman returns to discuss his new prize-winning collection, “Woman in Red Anorak,” at the Ohio County Public Library. 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
When journalist John W. Miller discovered Moundsville, he knew there was a story to tell — and that the people of this community were the ones who should tell it. Miller teamed up with Pittsburgh filmmaker Dave Bernabo to make, “Moundsville,” a unique documentary that showcases some of the town’s biggest characters, most-knowledgeable residents and colorful history. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, The Strand Theatre. Q&A to follow. $5. Check out the Weelunk story on Miller and the documentary. More about the documentary here.
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES CONTINUE
- “The Nutcracker,” featuring a cast of beautifully costumed dancers performing on a lavish set and reveling in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this enchanting ballet will be performed by Oglebay Institute’s Youth Ballet Company at two Oglebay Institute venues — the Mansion Museum in Oglebay and Towngate Theatre. Call 304-242-7700 or visit www.oionline.com.
• 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays Dec. 9 and 16, at the Mansion Museum, Oglebay Park. Shows include a tea and an opportunity to get a photograph with the cast. Guests at all performances can tour the Holidays at the Mansion exhibit on display. $15.
• 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, at Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market St. in Wheeling. $12.50 for adults; $10 for kids ages 10 and under. Children can join the cast for a Sugar Plum Social prior to the matinee shows at Towngate. Enjoy refreshments and get pictures with Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy 1-2 p.m Dec. 22-23. $15 per child.
- 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 lavishly decorated for the holidays and open to the public for tours through Dec. 31. Professional decorators and talented amateurs have decorated 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