Editor’s note: At Weelunk, we’re all about keeping you connected to your community. Because that looks a little different right now, we’re bringing you ways to engage while staying safe and healthy. We hope Weelunk can continue to connect you to Wheeling — no matter where you are.

EASTER TROUBADOUR

Join the area’s favorite troubadour, R.J. Gaudio, at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12, for a Facebook Live concert to support the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling. Gaudio invites listeners to “stop by for a spell to listen, sing along, dance, tap your feet or use the music as background for your Easter/Passover evening meal.” A donate button will be available.

R.J. Gaudio

VIRTUAL LUNCH

Do you miss Lunch With Books? It’s back — virtually, that is. Join Travis Henline live from the safety of your own home computer or phone for a timely and fascinating Facebook livestream presentation of “Life Among the Indians: Captivity and Adoption on the Frontier.” Henline received a master’s degree in history from West Virginia University and has spent a career in public history working for the National Park Service, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

LIVE READINGS

• Join the Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia for live readings at 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays to hear the best writers northern Appalachia has to offer. Bonnie Proudfoot will read at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9. She received a Fellowship for the Arts from the West Virginia Department of Culture and History, and has published poetry and fiction in many journals, including the Gettysburg Review, Kestrel, Quarter After Eight, the Lyric and Sheila-Na-Gig. Her first novel, “Goshen Road,” was published by Swallow Press in January of 2020.

• The West Virginia Humanities Council has lots of interesting stories on its Facebook page, including a link to Marshall County native Jacob Strautmann reading his poem “Mother’s Day” as part of the council’s new online and social media series, “Poetry During a Time of Crisis: West Virginia Poets on Community, Resilience, and the Power of the Arts.”

• The Pittsburgh Public Theater invites the public to PlayTime, an online reading series, hosted live by Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, that will bring great classic plays and the work of extraordinary Pittsburgh writers right to your living room, computer or device. This Thursday, April 9, (part 1) and Friday, April 10, (part 2), tune in for “The Wake” by Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan. This exciting play will make you laugh and make you think. With lines, “I’m feeling very claustrophobic” and “When is this hell going to be over,” it’s especially timely right now. Tune in here to join in at 7 p.m. This series is free of charge, but donations will be accepted to support the guest artists and costs of the program.

CRAFTY ARTISTS

Artworks Around Town artists aren’t letting the coronavirus pandemic stop them from creating! Check out Artwork’s Facebook page and see what they’ve been up to.

APPALACHIAN ART

The Women of Appalachia Project exhibit at WVU’s Wise Library is available to view online, and includes works by Wheeling artist Cheryl Harshman along with Barbara Fisher, Emalea Rupe, Corie Neumayer, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Kathy Guest, Lacy Davis, Robin McClintock, Teresa Sager, Wendy Minor, Sally Brown Deskins and Whitney Folson.

Old Orchard Farm Painting

OI GETS SOCIAL

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 cpompeo@oionline.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.

TASTINGS TO GO!

Have you tried Good Mansion Wines’ Friday tastings to go? You can pick up a tasting kit from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 10, and enjoy wines for Easter lamb and ham. For lamb, GMW will offer red wines from the Rhone Valley, a Roman Cesanese and an Australian Shiraz. For the ham, the selections include German Riesling, French Pinot Gris and California Chardonnay. The kit will include cheeses, lamb samplers and cooked ham, along with baguettes. Call ahead to order or walk in to pick up while kits last from 5-7 p.m. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. 304-233-2632

JUST AN INTERMISSION

While many spring productions were canceled, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America is looking to the future. The 2020-21 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season features for the first time in the series’ history, two Tony Award-winning Best Musicals, Hadestown and Hamilton, as well as the 2019 winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival, Oklahoma! The eight-show season also features Tony-nominated musicals Ain’t Too Proud, My Fair Lady and The Cher Show, along with Audience Choice winner Pretty Woman: The Musical and Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher. Season specials include return engagements of fan favorites in Pittsburgh, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and Blue Man Group. For more information, visit TrustArts.org or call 412-456-4800.

  • Bring the World Back Into Tune

HAM IT UP

If you can’t wait until next season to get your “Hamilton” fix, Zoom in at 8 p.m. to join Hamilton cast members for a #HamAtHome sing-along of the entire Original Broadway Cast Album. Downbeat is at 8 p.m. sharp! And if you want just a tiny preview, watch the original cast make a disappointed little girl’s dream come true here. But, get your tissues out first!

‘CORONAGRAPHS’

What better time than right now to take photographs? Document what your world looks like with the assistance of Nikon School’s free online course. Learn fundamentals, how to take environmental portraits, how to photograph children and pets, and much more.

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