Editor’s note: At Weelunk, we’re all about keeping you connected to your community. Since 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.
TASTINGS TO GO!
Instead of Good Mansion Wines’ traditional happy hour tastings, the innovative shop will offer tastings to go! You can pick up a tasting kit from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 27, and enjoy wines from Rioja, Spain, in the privacy of your home. The kit comes with 35-milliliter samples of each wine, a fact sheet with details about the wines, an assortment of breads, cheeses and salumi! This week’s six Riojas will be accompanied by Spanish cheeses, chorizo and baguettes. Call ahead to order or walk in. $15 per person. 304-233-2632
LOCAL RESTAURANTS NEED YOU!
Many restaurants, while closed to dining in, are offering pick-up and delivery options. Check out your favorite places online or on their Facebook pages for up-to-date information. We’ve shared some information below:
• “Seriously, this place feels weird without you,” says the head gator. Later Alligator is offering carryout, curbside carryout and delivery.
• Doordash.com will bring you (via no-contact delivery) food from 20 local restaurants including Wendy’s, Bob Evans, Bridgelin Chinese Restaurant, Figaretti’s and more.
• Valley Cheese & Co., Rachel’s on 16th, Neely’s, Tito’s Sloppy Doggs, Perkin’s, Undo’s, The West Bar, River City, 19th Hole, the Soup Shack and others are available through delivery.com.
• The West Virginia Tourism website offers an interactive dining guide. We suggest Ohio Valley restaurants check it out and add your information!
WORK IT OUT!
Exercise with “Corona Camp Live,” provided by trainer Allison Lynn Hickey’s on Facebook … pick up that laundry detergent bottle or a broomstick … She modifies for needs and age, and has been described by at least one participant as “awesome!”
We could all use a little calm in our lives right now. While Happy Goat Yoga is closed, owner Lindsey Schooler is offering online sessions. Visit HGY’s Facebook page/videos. Or, look for your favorite yoga instructor. Several are offering online classes for a fee.
TAKE A HIKE
It’s springtime — a great time to be outside! Wheeling Heritage Trails are open, as are the trails at Oglebay Park.
SCULPT N’ GULP
East Wheeling Clayworks is offering make-at-home Sculpt N’ Gulp kits for the community to use during these next few weeks of limited public interaction. They’re starting with Garden Gnomes, Animal Planters and Monsters! Each kit will contain everything you need to do one of the projects, as well as a step-by-step video on their website of how to complete the project. Adam and Beth Bedway will ship the kit straight to your door or deliver it locally to your doorstep to keep everyone safe. “Once this coronavirus craziness dies down you can bring your piece to the studio to get glazed and fired! We thought this would be great for parents staying home with kids, or as a group activity with roommates,” they said. Kits will be available through their website.
And don’t forget books. It’s a great time to dive into that pile of books on the nightstand or catch up on your magazines. Or, if you need online books, videos, music, etc., and you don’t have a library card for the Ohio County Public Library, you can easily sign up for a temporary card here.
ARTS & CULTURE
It’s easy to feel disconnected at the moment, and Oglebay Institute is doing what it can to engage the community. OI is 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.
If you haven’t already, fill out your U.S. Census 2020 form! Deadline is April 1. You can do it online.
READ SOMETHING UPLIFTING
Do you know why Fiestaware was created? Read this!
PLAYTIME at the PUBLIC
The Pittsburgh Public Theater invites the public to PlayTime, a new 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, March 26, and Friday, March 27, tune in for Marya and special guests reading Oscar Wilde’s smart and quick-witted classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.” Click here to join in at 7 p.m. This series is free of charge, but donations will be gladly accepted to support the guest artists and costs of the program.