Artisan crafts, music, food, a 5K race, the parade, the Ohio County Country Fair, fireworks, inflatable rides, more music, gourmet market, antique cars, folk dancing … the list of Oglebayfest activities is endless! The Phil Maxwell Artists’ & Gourmet Market starts things off at noon, Friday, Oct. 5, and the fun just keeps on going! Oglebayfest began as a thank-you celebration in 1978 and has grown into a major event that hundreds of visitors look forward to year after year. For a complete schedule, visit oglebay.com/events/oglebayfest.
While you’re visiting Oglebayfest, don’t miss Oglebay Institute’s Ecofest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Displays, hands-on activities, hikes, bees and butterflies are just some of the fun things going on at the Schrader Environmental Education Center at Oglebay. www.oionline.com
‘THE POE SHOW’
Wheeling Heritage is gearing up for Halloween with a new art exhibit, “The Poe Show,” featuring works inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. A free opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, on the third floor of the Artisan Center, 1400 Main St. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 31, will feature work from more than 30 artists in a variety of mediums, including graphite on paper, quilts, clay and found objects. “The imaginative pieces that these artists created are incredible,” said Chris Villamagna, program manager at Wheeling Heritage. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DUNGEONS OF HORRORS
More than 100,000 are scared out of their wits every year at one of the scariest places behind bars. Get lost in a maze and experience the terror of an eerie walk through the Dungeon of Horrors at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. Dungeons of Horrors, North Walk and Kids’ Night. 304-845-6200; wvpentours.com/events/halloween-specials/dungeon-of-horrors.
GOYA ON SCREEN
Experience the dramatic life and extraordinary artistry of Francisco Goya on the big screen in the feature-length documentary, “Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood,” to be shown Oct. 5-7 at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. Based on the National Gallery’s exhibition “Goya: The Portraits,” the film provides access to the landmark exhibition, builds a compelling portrait of the artist himself through insights from international experts and visits the locations in which Spain’s most celebrated artist lived and worked. For ticket information and showtimes, visit www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7700.
PLEIN AIR WORK ON DISPLAY
Paint Historic Wheeling 2018 is history. For four days in September, artists put up their easels around the Centre Market area, at the waterfront and at Oglebay Park. Images of historic bridges, buildings. gardens and lakes now hang in the Studio Gallery at Artworks Around Town. The public is invited to a free reception, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, as the paintings and drawings of more than 20 artists are unveiled. Best of Show was won by Pat Jacobson, Merit awards were presented to Janet Sheehan, Eric Dye and Amanda Carney. Honorable mentions were awarded to Greg Siegwart and Jes Reger. In a separate category of workshop participants, Janet Wang and Donna Hirauk received ribbons. Works from the Marian House will be featured in the North Gallery for the month of October.
Kicking off the fourth season of The Wheeling Poetry Series will be one of America’s most distinguished poets, Ed Ochester, along with the award-winning and prolific poet, Judith Vollmer, at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Ohio County Public Library. Ochester, longtime editor of the Pitt Poetry Series, is the founding editor of the journal 5AM. His own collections of poetry include We Like It Here (1967) and Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New (2007). Ochester’s work has garnered awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Vollmer is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including most recently, The Apollonia Poems, awarded the Four Lakes Poetry Prize of the University of Wisconsin Press. Vollmer’s poems, essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Women’s Review of Books, The Georgia Review, Poetry International, The Fourth River, The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire and elsewhere. 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
BACK TO THE ’50s
Take a musical trip back to the 1950s at the Victoria Jamboree, 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6. Ray Zeakes is master of ceremonies with guest stars One a Chord, Diane Parsons, Bill Sinclair, Jennifer Galownia, Earl Brown and the Friendly City Band. 1228 Market St., Wheeling; 304-233-7464 or 304-242-1313
FIRST FRIDAY FIRST CLASS FLIGHT
Try a taste of Wheeling’s finest at the First Friday First Class Flight wine tasting, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Good Mansion Wines. The reservation-based sit-down tasting offers a flight of five fine wines, starting with a Champagne. Each wine is served with an hors d’oeuvre or small plates from the kitchen and ends with a dessert from our patissier. Reservations required. (This event has sold out.) www.goodmansionwines.com
The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band will perform at the Pennyroyal Opera House, Friday, Oct. 5. The opening act is Brother Randall & Friends. Kitchen opens at 5 p.m.; the show starts at 7 p.m. The venue is located in Fairview, Ohio, exit 198, off I-70.
Don’t miss one of the valley’s favorite fundraisers, the Crittenton Services annual Soup & Salad Luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the McLure Hotel. www.crittentonwv.org