The Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books Livestream will take a look at Kennywood, Isaly’s & More With Brian Butko at noon, Tuesday, May 19. “Kennywood: Behind the Screams” takes long-time fans and new visitors on a walking tour through Kennywood by exploring the history at each ride and attraction. Founded in 1898, the park has layers of history that tell of changing architecture, entertainment and regional history, all brought to life by more than 300 vintage photos. The Klondike bar is America’s favorite ice cream novelty. This book traces its history and the rise and fall of its creator company, Isaly’s Dairy, which evolved from one milk wagon to a dozen plants that supplied its 400 delis and dairies by the 1950s. The Lincoln Highway was the first continuous road to connect the coasts, allowing newly motorized Americans to cross the country by car. This book allows readers to travel across 100 years of the highway, from New York City to San Francisco, with stops at historic landmarks, bridges, taverns, movie palaces, diners, gas stations, ice cream stands, tourist cabins and roadside attractions. Brian Butko lives in Pittsburgh and is the nation’s leading authority on the Lincoln Highway. He is a founding director of the new Lincoln Highway Association. Brian creates books on unique slices of local history for his day job at the Heinz History Center, the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh.


Back by popular demand, Wheeling Park will present a free, drive-in movie on Friday, May 15. Visitors are invited to grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace to enjoy a free, family-friendly film from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle. Gates open at 7 p.m.; the movie will begin at dusk. The number of vehicles permitted to attend drive-in movies will be limited. All moviegoers must remain in their vehicles at all times, except when accessing restroom facilities at the White Palace or W.E. Stone Building. Visitors wishing to purchase refreshments can do so via phone at 304-243-4185, and a Wheeling Park associate will deliver the items to their vehicle. To find out the name of the movie, visit the Wheeling Park Facebook page to participate in a guessing game! For more information, call the Wheeling Park main office at 304-243-4085. To review Wheeling Park’s COVID-19 policies for drive-in movies, visit the park’s website.

Wheeling Park Drive-In


R.J. Gaudio, the Wheeling area’s Troubadour, will present his Sunday Night Concert Series from 7-8:30 p.m. May 17, on Facebook Live to benefit the House of Hagar Catholic Worker Community, which serves the poor and homeless in many ways. Gaudio invites you to stop by on Sunday for some “Troubadourian tuneage and a pitch or two to donate money and/or much-needed items to this worthy group of rock-solid people who are constantly finding ways to care for the less-fortunate among us.”


While the live event in Pittsburgh has been canceled, a digital version of the popular EQT Children’s Theater Festival is set for Thursday, May 14, through Sunday, May 17, available on the festival’s website.

Highlights of the Festival@Home include over 40 free activities designed for families to complete together, in addition to select live interactive shows and workshops that are also free but require registration. Throughout the four days, website visitors will enjoy videos and resource links for every age group from Pittsburgh artists and local arts organizations, such as virtual story times with Citiparks Alphabet Trail & Tales and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, virtual exhibit tours provided by Senator John Heinz History Center, sing-alongs with members of the Pittsburgh CLO Academy and much more.


In today’s world of social distancing, West Liberty University senior art students had to adapt quickly to create a virtual exhibition as they close out the year. While typically seniors show their work in the Nutting Gallery of Art and participate in a public reception, this year, an art portal page has gone live on which the public can view the work of 12 students. Visit the portal page on WLU’s Art and Communication webpage.

West Liberty Seniors

From left (front): Olivia Baumhoer, Dakota Knotts, Kellsi Anderson, Pat King; (middle) Hannah Eller, Erika Logston, Travis Smith, Taylor Warren; (back) Kelsey Hayden, Madyson Amitrone, Mikaela DeMotto and Morgan Wiedebusch.


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 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.


“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.


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


Now that the snow has stopped flying (finally) and the sun is shining, there are dozens of hikes you can take in our Ohio Valley. Read Weelunk’s story for some of writer Laura Jackson Roberts’ favorites.


Take one of Weelunk’s quirky quizzes. You can find them here.

Quizzes Videos Podcasts


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 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


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 For more information, email, or call 304-346-8500 and leave a voicemail.


Catch up on Weelunk’s original Wheeling-centric series, “Suspended Aggravation,” by Nora Edinger. Haven’t started it yet? Check out Chapter 1!

Suspended Aggravation


Enjoy CLOse Ups: Cocktails & Conversations with actor Charles Shaughnessy at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14. Shaughnessy has played Maxwell Sheffield in “The Nanny,” Captain Hook in “Peter Pan” and Shane Donovan in “Days of Our Lives.” Get your questions ready for the chat show hosted by Pittsburgh CLO Producing Director Mark Fleischer.


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.


What do you get when you cross madcap Moliere with “The Jeffersons” sitcom and Eddie Murphy’s “Coming to America”? You get to see an outrageously funny side of The Pittsburgh Public Theater’s new artistic associate, Justin Emeka, already well-known as the director of “Sweat” and “American Son.” In Emeka’s play, “The Boougie Gentleman,” a former garbage collector, George, is movin’ on up after winning a billion dollar jackpot. Although his family wants him to get an education, George’s street smarts end up serving him well in this sly and fly original comedy by one of the Public Theater’s favorites. Check out this week’s Pittsburgh Public Theater’s PlayTime on Thursday, May 14, (part 1) and Friday, May 15, (part 2). Tune in to PPT.ORG/PLAYTIME at 7 p.m. both days. This series is free of charge, but donations will be accepted to support the guest artists and costs of the program.

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