St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church welcomes guests to the GrecianFest at 2215 Chapline St., Thursday, July 25, through Saturday, July 27, to enjoy delicious Greek foods, live Greek music and dance, a free cooking demonstration (2:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday), tours of the church sanctuary, wine, pastries, a specialty store and more. Food available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; entertainment until 10 p.m.
VIENI AL FESTIVAL!
The Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival kicks off at noon Friday, July 26, with the opening ceremony, followed by entertainment all weekend long, featuring Elvis Aaron Presley Jr., Spinning Jenny, Bill Haley’s Comets, Ronnie Fiorentino, Rose Angelica, Ray Massa, Hit Play and the Jaggerz, just to name a few. There will be awards, scholarships, fireworks, and of course, all your favorite Italian foods throughout the event. For a complete entertainment schedule, visit the festival’s website.
Grow Warwood Pride will present WARWOODstock, a celebration of music and community from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Garden Park. Don’t miss the afternoon of family fun and acoustic talent!
YES, MY QUEEN
Twenty lovely ladies will compete in the OVAC Queen of Queens Pageant, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at The Capitol Theatre. Candidates from around the valley will vie for the crown, which will be awarded during the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game, Saturday, July 27, at Wheeling Island Stadium. For pageant tickets, click here; for game tickets, click here.
SHRIMP ON THE LAWN
Elmhurst, the House of Friendship’s annual Shrimp Boil 2019 on the Lawn is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27. The authentic Louisiana-style shrimp boil menu prepared by Chef Mike Travis will tantalize diners with its zesty, flavorful broth simmering with shrimp, potatoes, corn, sausage and crawfish. The music of Brother Randall and Friends bluegrass band will set the mood for a trip to the bayou. $65. Advance registration can be made by calling Elmhurst at 304-242-0240, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also will be available at the door.
Y-NOT STEAK FRY?
The YMCA will host a Steak Fry, at 5 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Bethlehem Community Park Shelter. Proceeds will benefit the Camp “Y” Adventures Summer Camp and Y-4-Life programs. This adults-only party starts at 5 p.m., and food catered by Texas Roadhouse will be served between 6-8 p.m. Bring your own plates, silverware and beverage of choice; soft drinks, water and draft beer will be provided. The menu includes a 10-ounce ribeye steak, baked potato, salad and rolls with cinnamon butter. There will be free childcare for children ages 2-11 at the YMCA for all Steak Fry attendees. Tickets are available at the YMCA. $25. For more information, call 304-242-8086.
Wheeling Country Day School alumni will produce and star in a production of the Disney classic musical, “Newsies,” with two shows, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Friday, July 26, at Ohio University Eastern. The show is directed by Julie Cartwright and Tim Thompson. Tickets are free, but WCDS requests an RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oglebay Institute’s Parcel Players will stage “The Tale of Captain Ficklebeard” by Zachary Michael at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 3, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. Captain Ficklebeard and his band of pirates go on a quest to find an ancient treasure known as the McGuffin. Along the way, they come across legendary creatures, old friends, old enemies and tons of hijinks. $8. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
HI HO, HI HO, OFF TO THE PLAYHOUSE WE GO …
The Brooke Hills Playhouse production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” opens at 8 p.m. Friday, July 26, with additional performances at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Aug. 2 and 3; and 2 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4. 304-737-3344
LUNCH WITH PEANUTS, POPCORN and CRACKERJACK
Join author Peter L. Belmonte for a discussion of the fascinating new book, Play Ball!: Doughboys and Baseball During the Great War, at Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, July 30, at the Ohio County Public Library. Baseball is the most American game, and the Doughboys of the Great War were its most loyal proponents. By 1918, there were over four million of them: two million in France fighting in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and another two million in stateside training camps awaiting their turn to cross the Atlantic to the Western Front. Playing wherever they could find enough room to throw a ball, they brought the game with them into the frontlines and then into the occupation of Germany. Sharing their military service, in combat and on the baseball diamond, were a number of famous professional ballplayers, managers, lawyers, politicians and even an umpire. 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
The Eckhart House will host a tea luncheon at noon Saturday, July 27, in celebration of National Blueberry Month. The menu includes freshly prepared tea sandwiches, scones with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit and assorted confections. The public is invited; reservations are required. The Eckhart House is located at 810 Main St. in North Wheeling’s Historic District. 304-232-5439; www.EckhartHouse.com
Youth Services System Inc. invites everyone to the Celebrate Youth Festival to enjoy a free day at Wheeling Park beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. Cool off in the pool, paddle around the pond and putt around the mini-golf course. Pick up free school supplies and helpful information on local resources at the ice rink, where inflatables, games, crafts, food, entertainment and more will take place all day. www.youthservicessystem.org/events
Taste the “best of Italy” at the Good Mansion Wines open house tasting at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26. Enjoy a sampling of Italian red and white wines with Italian cheeses and salumi, olives, vegetables in oil, tapenades and olive oil with French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. www.goodmansionwines.com
ALL SUMMER LONG …
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
• Brett Cain and Jonathan Banco, 7-9 p.m., Friday, July 26, Marshall County Summer Concert Series, Grand Vue Park
• New Age Adenas, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, July 27, Smokin’ Saturday Nights, Route 88 BBQ & Brew at Oglebay
• High Fidelity, 7 p.m., Sunday, July 28, Oglebay Sundaes Under the Stars, Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater
• Pocket Change, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, Central Park Complex
• Polka Night, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays, Heritage Port
Oglebay announces the return of scenic Segway tours! 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
DIVE INTO DISCOUNTS
Beat the heat and take advantage of special rates all summer long with Wheeling Park’s Fun After Five discount program. Through Aug. 9, park visitors will receive discounted pool admission of $3 for adults and $1 for children, plus free waterslide admission from 5-7 p.m. Guests can also enjoy half-priced activity wristbands daily after 5 p.m. Activity wristbands provide access to mini-golf, swimming, water slide, tennis and pedal boats. 304-243-4085
Back by popular demand, Wheeling Park presents free summer drive-in movies. Grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace at dusk for an old-fashioned drive-in experience. Drive-In movies take place from 9-11 p.m. on July 26; Aug. 16, 30. Guests who prefer to float with a flick can dive into the Wheeling Park pool to enjoy the summer dive-in movie series from 9-11 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 10. Admission for kids ages 4-12 is $6.25, and admission for guests ages 13 and older is $7.25. The movie screening is included with the cost of pool admission. Dive-in movies can also be enjoyed free of charge from the upper level of Wheeling Park’s Stone Building. Drive-in and dive-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 weekly movie guessing games, where they’ll be challenged to guess the movie titles for themselves. 304-243-4085; www.oglebay.com/wheeling-park
UP THE ROAD …
• Don’t miss what the New York Times calls “convulsively funny” parody, as Pittsburgh’s CLO presents “Spamilton,” at Pittsburgh’s CLO’s Green Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. The show runs Wednesdays-Sundays through Aug. 25. Tickets 412-456-666 or online.
• The original, authentic “Roots of Rock and Roll” returns to Heinz Hall for a special edition show at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with Little Anthony & the Imperials, Shirley Alston Reeves, the Jaggerz, Kid Kyle, Tony Passa and Pure Gold. 412-392-4900; www.heinzhall.org