CAR SHOW AT THE PORT

The 17th annual Wheeling Heritage Port Car Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 5, at the city’s Heritage Port, 12th and Water streets. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 vehicles registered, and cash prizes will be awarded for the top 20 entries. Door prizes will also be given out. Judging will be done by City of Wheeling staff and officials. Food and drinks will be available, and entertainment will be provided by The Spike Man. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all attendees and participants will be encouraged to wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be available, but attendees will be encouraged to bring their own hygiene and cleaning supplies. For more information, call 304-234-3731.

BRASS POP-UPS

Wheeling Symphony Orchestra announces three pop-up concert performances by its WSO on the GO Brass Ensemble for the Fourth of July. Concerts will take place on Saturday, July 4,  11 a.m. at Garden Park in Warwood; 12:15 p.m. at Dimmeydale Park in Dimmeydale; and 1:30 p.m. at Bridge Park on Wheeling Island. Each performance will last 30 minutes and is free and open to the public. The WSO on the GO ensemble features musicians Jason Allison (horn), Matthew Deihl (trumpet), Chad Winkler (trumpet), Anthony Weikel (trombone) and Phil VanOuse (tuba). The performances will be structured to allow for appropriate social distancing and other safety measures. Attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings and to maintain social distancing.

INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND AT OGLEBAY

Celebrate Independence Day the Oglebay way with live entertainment, inflatable rides, an unforgettable fireworks display and much more, from Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5. There are special activities at Schenk Lake, Oglebay Good Zoo, Wilson Lodge, Par 3 Driving Range and more. Grab a spot near Schenk Lake as the night sky comes alive with an unforgettable fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Don’t miss the Sunday Funday Summer Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater, featuring Eli Lambie & the Mojo Kings. Find the complete weekend lineup of Independence Day Weekend events here.

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SECEDING FROM SECESSION

Join LWB Livestream: Seceding from Secession at noon on Tuesday, July 7.  Eric J. Wittenberg and Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. will discuss their book, Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics and the Creation of West Virginia. “West Virginia was the child of the storm,” concluded early Mountaineer historian and Civil War veteran, Maj. Theodore F. Lang. The northwestern third of the Commonwealth of Virginia finally broke away in 1863 to form the Union’s 35th state. In Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics, and the Creation of West Virginia, authors Eric J. Wittenberg, Edmund A. Sargus and Penny L. Barrick chronicle those events in an unprecedented study of the social, legal, military and political factors that converged to bring about the birth of  West Virginia. Wittenberg is a favored speaker at Civil War Roundtables, and conducts tours of various Civil War battlefields and related sites. He was instrumental in saving important battlefield land at Trevilian Station and Brandy Station, Virginia, and wrote the text for the historical waysides located at Trevilian Station. Sargus serves as a federal district judge in Columbus, Ohio, worked as the U.S. Attorney heading federal prosecutions in the district from 1993 through 1996, and since 2005 has been an adjunct professor at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, where he teaches trial advocacy and an evidence seminar.

FUN FESTIVAL FOOD FRIDAYS

Fun Festival Food Fridays kick off Friday, July 3, featuring the tasty treats of the ever-popular Salsa Café. Food will be served from 4-8 p.m. at the Angelus Center, St. Michael Parish. Subsequent Fun Festival Food Fridays are set through the end of July with a different food provider each week. 

CROSSCURRENTS 2020 on DISPLAY

A staple of Oglebay Institute’s art exhibition season, Crosscurrents is now open at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling. The multi-media exhibition features more than 90 pieces from dozens of artists. Winners for Crosscurrents 2020 are: Gerald Van Scyoc of Steubenville, first place, for his painting “The Threshold”; Aaron Apitzsch of St. Clairsville, second place, for his photograph “Pittsburgh Alley”; and Susan Phillips of Amity, Pennsylvania, third place, for her clay piece “Split Second.” Two artists received honorable mentions: Herb Weaver of Bethany for his ceramic work “The Lure of Fortune”; and Amanda Reckline of Wheeling for her collage paper painting “Blue Dream.” Crosscurrents 2020, which is sponsored by United Bank, can be seen free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 22. Patrons must practice social distancing and wearing a mask is strongly encouraged when visiting the gallery. Call 304-242-7700 for more information. Many of the works on display can be purchased at the gallery online. Stifel Fine Arts Center is located at 1330 National Road in Wheeling.

  • Crosscurrents Gerald Van Scyoc
    Pictured in the gallery, from left, are OI curator of exhibitions Michael McKowen, Crosscurrents first-place-winning artist Gerald Van Scyoc and Stifel Center director Rick Morgan.

TO SERBIA, THEN TO NIGERIA

From 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, the People’s University reading series will take online students to Serbia. Instructor Dr. John Cox, formerly a history professor at Wheeling Jesuit University, will discuss the novels of Biljana Jovanović.
Jovanović (1953–96) was a Serbian intellectual who published poetry, three novels, four plays and a number of nonfiction pieces, mostly connected to her time in the anti-Miloševic opposition of the 1990s. She was known for her feminist and anti-war work with human rights groups and a “flying” (underground) university. Cox is a professor of history and department head at North Dakota State University. His translations include five volumes of works by Danilo Kiš; short fiction by Ismail Kadare, Ivo Andric and Meša Selimovic; and nonfiction by Joseph Roth and Stefan Heym From 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 9, Father Alfred Obiudu will lead his People’s University class 3,000 miles southwest — and a century back in time — to the African nation of Nigeria through the works of Chinua Achebe, best known for the 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart. The chronicle of pre-colonial life in Nigeria through the arrival of Europeans during the late 19th century is perhaps the most celebrated novel of Africa. Hailing from Nigeria himself, and once assigned to St. Michael’s Parish here in Wheeling, Father Obiudu is now a priest at St. Leo’s Parish in Inwood, West Virginia. He will also help attendees to explore Nigerian language, Igbo.

  • Rev. Alfred U. Obiudu
    Formerly assigned to the St. Michael's Parish here in Wheeling, Father Alfred Obiudu, will now be leading his own People's University class.

READING TAKES KIDS PLACES

Check out the Ohio County Public Library’s website to see what they’ve got planned for kids this summer!

COVID CREATIONS

During the month of July, Artworks Around Town will showcase creations that members made during the recent coronavirus quarantine. Betsy Cox, curator of the Studio Gallery, will hang a variety of works, some inspired by the virus and its effects on the artist and some done just because the artist had extra time to paint. The exhibit will include a variety of subjects from a masked pug to colorful scenes inspired by visitors to a summer garden. The Student Exhibit will continue showing the works of Bobbi Priebe’s high school students from St. John Central Academy. Because of the state-mandated restrictions on crowd sizes and social distancing requirements, Artworks will not have an opening reception in July. Artworks is open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day except Sunday, and the public is welcome to browse both of these exhibits and see other new works throughout the gallery. Members have been knitting, painting, photographing, weaving, carving, and making pottery and jewelry for two months in preparation for return to the “open for business” status. Beginning in July, Sandy Hadsell’s Open Studio will resume on Fridays. Artists gather from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., bring their own materials, share the space to create and exchange ideas.  Participants are asked to make a donation of $5 that goes to the ongoing programs at Artworks. Call 302-233-7540 for information on this and other workshops. Artworks is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market.

CHILL OUT WITH YOGA

Need an infusion of chill in your life lately? Join Generation Wheeling, in partnership with Wheeling Parks and Recreation, for a free Outdoor Yoga Series at Market Plaza. Generation Wheeling member Betsy Sweeny will lead an all-level, beginner-friendly, slow flow classes at no cost to attendees. The first event of the series will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Wheeling’s Market Plaza. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please bring your own mat, blocks and any other materials you want to use during your practice. Safe social distancing guidelines will be practiced throughout series.

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