EVENTS: Music, Art, and Warm Weather Phyllis Sigal May 28, 2020 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will end its season virtually with A Night With the WSO – a 90th Anniversary Virtual Concert and Fundraiser, featuring Music Director John Devlin, musicians of the WSO and pianist Maxim Lando. The free concert will take place on the WSO’s Facebook and YouTube pages at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28. Musicians will present works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and more. Rising star Maxim Lando, 17, will present solo piano pieces by Tchaikovsky. Lando was awarded the prestigious 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and was also recently named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month. He is the 2019 Artemisia Laureate and winner of the Gold Medal at the 2017 Berlin International Music Competition. People will have the opportunity to donate to the WSO during the concert through online donations and by calling the WSO’s offices at 304-232-6191. DIVE IN The water’s fine! Oglebay Park’s Crispin pool will open on Saturday, May 30! Swimming hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For admission information, visit Oglebay’s website. PLAY BALL! The City of Wheeling’s ball fields are open for recreational use only. No league play is permitted at this time. The reopening excludes the J.B. Chambers Complex in East Wheeling and the I-470 ball fields, which will remain closed. Signage with new rules will be posted at each ball field. The rules are as follows: • A maximum of 25 people are permitted on the ball field at one time. • Please be courteous to others and limit your time on the ball field when others are waiting. • The ball field is NOT being sanitized on a regular basis. Please bring your own hand sanitizer with you and use it frequently. • Avoid touching your face. • Follow social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart. The playground rules were developed in conjunction with the City of Wheeling and the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. CHECK IT OUT! • Join local writers, Christina Fisanick and Laura Jackson Roberts, for a bit of light-hearted literary levity at Lunch with Books Livestream at noon, Tuesday, June 2, at the Ohio County Public Library. Christina and Laura will share original works, none of which will address pandemics, politics or polemics. (They promise!) Instead, consider the white-tailed deer as she munches through your garden or the June bat that dive bombs your head. Consider the Roomba as the answer to all of your marital woes. Ponder the process of wheeling a stainless steel gas grill down Edgington Lane and hefting it onto a back deck with your cantankerous spouse. They can’t make quarantine go any faster, but they might make it a bit funnier. Laura is an environmental writer who grew up in Wheeling. She’s been published in a variety of literary and humor journals and often writes for Weelunk. She serves as a VP for West Virginia Writers and lives with her family in Dimmeydale with host of rescued critters. Fisanick is an associate professor of English at California University of Pennsylvania. She has lived in Wheeling for over 10 years with her son and two cats. She is the author of more than 30 books and dozens of articles, some of which have appeared in InWheeling, The Intelligencer and on Weelunk. • Starting Monday, June 1, the Ohio County Public Library will begin accepting returns of library materials through the library’s book drop. Because of the need to quarantine returned items, library materials will not be checked in for several days after being returned. Though patrons may continue to receive overdue notices, fines will not be charged for any returned items. Materials may be deposited into the book drop any time starting Monday, June 1. Beginning Monday, June 8, the library will resume circulation and reference desk services via phone, and begin curbside services. Curbside services will include the pickup of reserved library materials, requested tax forms, and requested research and reference printouts. Notary and photocopy services will also be provided curbside. In addition to these library services, OCPL’s outreach service to homebound patrons will resume deliveries beginning June 8. Patrons can call the library at 304-232-0244 to schedule an appointment to pick up reserved books, DVDs, magazines and other materials. Items can be placed on reserve in advance either by phone or through the online catalog. Curbside service will be delivered in the library’s main parking lot. The 16th Street entrance will remain closed. Once the staff has completed a reserve order, a staff member will call the patron to schedule an appointment for pickup. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. FARMERS MARKET IS BACK! The Warwood Farmers Market opens Tuesday, June 2, and will be offering produce and more from 4-7 p.m. Subscribe to Weelunk GUESS WHAT’S PLAYING? Wheeling Park has another mystery free drive-in movie on Friday, May 29. Visitors are invited to grab a parking spot in front of Wheeling Park’s White Palace to enjoy a free, family-friendly film from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. Because of social distancing, the number of vehicles permitted to attend drive-in movies will be limited. Upon arrival, Wheeling Park associates will direct guests to their designated parking spot. Moviegoers must remain in their vehicles 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; a Wheeling Park associate will deliver the items to their vehicle. Drive-in movie titles will not be published due to movie licensing constraints. However, guests are encouraged to visit the Wheeling Park Facebook page to participate in a movie guessing game, where they’ll be challenged to guess the movie titles. For more information, call the Wheeling Park main office at 304-243-4085. SWINGING AND SLIDING The City of Wheeling’s parks and playgrounds are open to the public. Signage with new playground rules will be posted at each location. The rules are as follows: • A maximum of 25 people are permitted on the playground at one time. • Please be courteous to others and limit your time on the playground when others are waiting. • The playground is NOT being sanitized on a regular basis. Please bring your own hand sanitizer with you while on the playground. Utilize the hand sanitizer before and after using each piece of equipment. • Avoid touching your face. • Follow social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart. FIDO’S READY FOR PLAYTIME The Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park is open! However, visitors to the park should take appropriate precautions in light of the coronavirus. The high-touch areas at the facility will not be regularly sanitized nor will there be hand sanitizer on site, so visitors might want to wear gloves or bring their own hand sanitizer. Dog park users should continue to follow the guidelines set down by the CDC, the Governor’s office and the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and should practice strict social distancing while there. The dog park is located at the Tunnel Green Recreation Complex adjacent to and visible from W.Va. 2 and Interstate 70 and is a part of the City of Wheeling’s park system. The site has vehicular access from 18th Street and pedestrian access from Heritage Trail. The dog park is divided into two sections — large breed and small breed, each with its own water and waste stations, walking trail and benches. IN A PICKLE? The City of Wheeling’s pickleball and tennis courts are open to the public. Those playing tennis should note that matches will be limited to singles only. Those utilizing the courts should take appropriate precautions in light of the coronavirus, and be aware that the high-touch areas at the facilities, such as the gates to enter the courts, will not be regularly sanitized nor will there be hand sanitizer on site, so visitors might want to bring their own hand sanitizer. Visitors should continue to follow the guidelines set down by the CDC, the governor’s office and the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. OI ONLINE 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 email@example.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. EXPLORE AGING THROUGH ART “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. 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