The Ohio River at Heritage Port will be on fire with Dragon Boat races beginning with an 8 a.m. opening ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 24. The first race begins at 8:30 a.m. with subsequent rounds throughout the day. The final round begins at 1 p.m. with the award ceremony at 2 p.m. According to legend, Dragon Boat racing originated in China more than 2,300 years ago, and the modern era of Dragon Boat racing began in 1976 during the first Hong Kong International. The sport debuted in the U.S. in the early 1980s. 304-233-1114
START YOUR ENGINES
The 27th annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show revs up at Oglebay on Saturday, Aug. 24, featuring classic vehicles from across the region from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Levenson Shelter near the Oglebay Good Zoo. Guests will witness some of the most beautiful, vintage vehicles while listening to the sounds of classic oldies. Hosted by the Ohio Valley Street Survivors in partnership with the Good Zoo, event proceeds benefit the care and conservation of Good Zoo animals. Guests are encouraged to stop by the Good Zoo to explore the zoo’s new habitats, including the bobcats in the new West Virginia Conservation Center, the Red Panda habitat, and the Spirit of the Mountain Snow Leopard habitat. Auto show admission is $6.25 for adults and $4 for children. Combo tickets, which include admission to the auto show and the Good Zoo, can be purchased for $12.50 for adults and $8.25 for children. www.oglebay.com
LAUGHS, LAUGHS and MORE LAUGHS!
Wheeling’s second annual Wheeling Comedy Bar Crawl is set for Saturday, Aug. 24, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. What’s better than one Comedy Bar Crawl? Two Comedy Bar Crawls running simultaneously! Check-in will start at 1 p.m. inside Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. The bus will depart at 2 p.m. The three bars that will be included are Pickles Eatery & Bar, Mac’s Club and Tacoholix. Each venue will have two comedians performing. The bus will return to Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack at 7 p.m. where guests can attend the 7:30 p.m. Charlie Wiener & Bill Benden comedy show. Crawl hosts are: Cody LaRue and Paige Creamer. Featured comedians Include Leslie Cavala, Trevor Austin, Gab Bonesso, Marcus Cox, Douglas Sluk and Harriet Riley.
‘A MUST-ATTEND’ SOCIAL EVENT
Oglebay Institute Board Benefit, Wheeling’s “must-attend” social event to support the arts, takes place 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Mansion Museum, Oglebay. OI’s Board of Trustees invites friends and supporters of Wheeling’s leading arts and cultural organization to gather for this lavish party. Attendees will enjoy gourmet food, beer garden and an open bar in the elegant Mansion Museum and its picturesque lawn. $70 per person, $80 at the door. Purchase tickets online, from any board member or call 304-242-4200.
PEACE ON THE RIVER …
WEJP 107.1 community radio will host the Peace on the River Music Festival, 1-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at River Park in McMechen. Performing will be R.J. Gaudio, Troubadour; Michael Iafrate; Mr. Fancy Pants; Gabrielle de la Torre and the Sunflower Brothers; All It Takes; Zoe Buccella; and Placebo Jones. 740-312-4410
… AND ON THE CREEKS and PONDS
Looking for something different to do this weekend? Southpaw Outfitters offers kayak rentals and shuttles to water drop-off points. Located at 2216 ½ National Road, Southpaw Outfitters will rent you a kayak and take it to any local water source suitable for kayak usage. Have a kayak? They’ll shuttle you to the water. 304-905-2628
CALLING ALL MUSICIANS
Join the West Liberty University Concert Band, which welcomes all WLU students, faculty and staff, as well as community and high school musicians. Grab your old instrument or drumsticks for rehearsals each Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 28, to be a part of a fun ensemble that plays great music. Rehearsals will be held in the Fine Arts Building (Room 326) on the West Liberty University Campus. Send questions to Gretchen Pohlman, WLU director of bands.
A TASTE OF WINES & FAMILY
Good Mansion Wines will bid farewell to a summer visit from family from Le Marche, Italy, with a tour of that region’s sleeper wine list. Start with a Passerina Spumante with fried stuffed olives. Then proceed with two white wines — Pecorino, derived from the original clones from our grandmother’s tiny mountain hamlet of Pescara del Tronto, and then Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. Then on to the reds, including Rosso Piceno, Lacrima di Morro and Rosso Conero. Served with central Italian cheese and French baguettes. Presented by the staff and Italian family of Good Mansion Wines. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. www.goodmansionwines.com
HAVE A NICE TRIP
A unique blend of classic rock, folk and country, along with some original music, will be featured Saturday, Aug. 24, as Undo’s Elm Grove presents an evening with Vic Trip. The singer/songwriter will concentrate on dance music to get the audience moving on the floor. He has been entertaining people from the Gulf of Mexico to Michigan for decades, and while he will play primarily familiar music, he will also feature some songs from his latest album, Reverse Osmosis. The music starts at 9 p.m. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
CHECK IT OUT
• In partnership with the WALS Foundation and Reuther-Pollack Labor Heritage Week, Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Ohio County Public Library, will celebrate the life and music of legendary West Virginia singer/songwriter, Hazel Dickens. Radford University history professor Richard Straw will discuss Dickens’ life, and singer Karen Collins will perform a few of Hazel’s classics, such as “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” and “West Virginia, My Home.” At age 16, Hazel left for Baltimore to work in the factories, but kept playing her music. In the 1960s, Hazel began writing and singing about labor issues with songs like “Black Lung” and “Mannington Mine.” Her powerful voice was featured in the films Harlan County U.S.A. and Matewan. She was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007. 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
• Perhaps no American family is more important to labor history than the Reuthers of Wheeling. From patriarch Valentine, a German immigrant and socialist firebrand, to his sons Roy, Victor and Walter — all instrumental in the growth of the United Auto Workers — the Reuthers were essential leaders in the development of labor unions locally, nationally and around the world. Learn about them from instructor Pat Cassidy at People’s University, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Ohio County Public Library.
ALL SUMMER LONG …
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
• Jeff Tappe, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, Smokin’ Saturday Nights, Route 88 BBQ & Brew at Oglebay
• Michael Cleveland & the Flame Keepers, 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, Oglebay Sundaes Under the Stars, Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater
• Easy Street, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, Wheeling Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays, Warwood Garden Park
• 11/70, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays, Heritage Port
Oglebay’s Segway tours take riders on an adventure through the park’s hard-surface trail system to enjoy breathtaking scenery while aboard the ultimate high-tech ride. Segway tours depart from Oglebay’s Schenk Lake boathouse daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, and tours are approximately 90 minutes. All Segway riders must be at least 16 years of age and wear a helmet and closed-toe shoes. 304-243-4026; www.oglebay.com/segways
Grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace at dusk for an old-fashioned drive-in movie experience. The last drive-in movie of the summer will take place from 9-11 p.m. on Aug. 30. 304-243-4085; www.oglebay.com/wheeling-park
DOWN THE ROAD
• Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 90th anniversary at the annual Labor Day program, Music Under the Stars, featuring guest artists, Hit Play and Nathan Strasser, conducted by the orchestra’s new music director, John Devlin, on Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay Park. 304-232-6191; www.wheelingsymphonyorchestra.com
UP THE ROAD
• What do Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey have in common? These comedy greats and countless others all got their start at the Second City! The Second City: Greatest Hits Vo. 59 offers three performances at the O’Reilly Theater in Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Witness the next crop of comedy superstars put their spin on the legendary company’s greatest hits, rebooted and re-imagined for today. 412-316-1600
• Quantum Theatre presents “Looking for Violeta,” now through Aug. 25 at the Frick Park Lawn Bowling Greens. Carolina Loyola-Garcia stars as Violeta Parra, the legendary Chilean folk musician and visual artist. Pablo Neruda introduced her authentic interpretation of Chilean folk music to the world. Joan Baez sang her songs and emulated her activism. The Louvre exhibited her embroideries. And yet she eludes easy understanding and left us too soon. Parra elevated all South American people, her music synonymous with protest movements that resisted dictatorships and improved the lives of thousands. Stage direction is by Quantum’s executive director, Wheeling native Karla Boos. Tickets and more information here.