Spend two days (and nights!) exploring the West Virginia State Penitentiary!

The event, hosted by Odyssey Events, is set for 9 p.m. Friday, July 24, through 4 a.m. Sunday, July 26. Attendees can choose one or both nights to investigate this gigantic location. Only 12 tickets per night will be offered. The event will be overseen and guided by the Odyssey Paranormal Society team, and all of their equipment is available for use, and guests can bring their own. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.


Join the Public Ghost Hunt hosted by Archive of the Afterlife — the National Museum of the Paranormal beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday, July 25, and ending at 5 a.m. Sunday, July 26. Ticket-holders will tour the hallways of the haunted former Sanford School and one of the most haunted collections ever amassed. Investigation equipment not provided and not needed, but guests can bring what they want to use. $10 at the door. The museum and Sanford School are located at 1600 Third St., Moundsville.


Visit Bear Rock Lake for the River Splash: Damselfly/Dragonfly Hunt, hosted by the Ohio River Valley Council, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 25. Try your hand at catching a damselfly or dragonfly nymph underwater and on land. Find out how to tell the difference between the two and see what else is living on the bottom of the stream. Tools with which to explore will be provided, and a few experts will be on hand. Come anytime between 9 a.m. and noon. Plan on getting wet! Bring a pair of “creek shoes,” sunscreen, towel and hat.




Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Oglebay on a Guided Hiking Tour throughout the historic trails of Oglebay. Hike departs from Hess Shelter, located by Schenk Lake, at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 26. Participants are asked to wear appropriate shoes and to bring water.


Visit the Warwood Farmers Market at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, for Super Hero Day 3: The Return. There’s trouble in the market, and the market needs all the tiniest heroes to help out. There will be special guests, activities for the little masked heroes and fresh, locally sourced foods to transform every participating family into a super family!


7 South will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the St. Clairsville Central Park Amphitheater. Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. 740-695-2037


Log on to the Ohio County Public Library’s LWB Livestream: Fun in the Workshop at noon Tuesday, July 28, and join Sarel Venter and Bekah Karelis as they explore some of the tools and techniques used in their workshop. As owners of a restoration contracting company, Adventures in Elegance, they are completing a big project — the Fort Henry Club porch restoration. Join them as they talk about their work and demonstrate how they make rubber molds of architectural details, cast concrete replications, and cut and dress sandstone. Their workshop is a magical place, and you are invited to come join in the magic.

Lunch with Books


• Travel to Italy at the Thursday, July 23, People’s University Livestream: Around the World in Literature & Language, Italy. Instructor Lou Volpe, an English teacher at Wheeling Central for 40 years, will lead the tour of Italy using Alessandro Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed). It takes place in Milan during the 17th century during a plague. Most of the aristocrats left town, and Charles Borromeo, the bishop and a saintly man, stayed and organized relief services and walked among the poor. Log on at 6:30 p.m.

• Then next week, it’s off to South America at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, for People’s University Livestream: Around the World in Literature & Language, Colombia. Professor Kim Grewe will discuss the book, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Grewe is a lifelong educator whose love affair with books began at an early age and is still going strong. Her teaching has run the gamut — from middle school to college, in areas ranging from composition to creative writing, and science fiction to American literature.


• Join Generation Wheeling, in partnership with Wheeling Parks & Recreation, for a free outdoor yoga series at Market Plaza at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 27. Generation Wheeling’s own Betsy Sweeny will lead an all-level, beginner-friendly, slow-flow class. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bring your own mat, blocks and any other materials for the practice. Safe social distancing guidelines will be followed throughout the series.

• Wellness instructor Zach will lead Mansion Lawn Gentle Yoga at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 26, at Oglebay Park. The vinyasa sequence is designed to cultivate focus, stamina, strength and flexibility. This class is especially great for beginners or those searching for the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Guests are asked to bring their own mat, towel and water.


During 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. 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.



Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum’s latest exhibit explores “Orchidelirium,” the fanatical Victorian-era obsession with collecting, cultivating and discovering orchids, through the work of Adelaide Flaccus Stifel. Born in Wheeling in 1884, Stifel took up the hobby in the late 1930s as part of an American and European craze that would make orchids the nexus of science, status and beauty. This exhibit explores her individual passion for orchids through paintings, cultivation and her own meticulous scientific records. “Orchidelirium” is on display through October. The Museums of Oglebay Institute are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Single museum admission is $10, dual admission (Mansion and Glass Museums) is $15. Ages 17 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult.


A staple of Oglebay Institute art exhibition season, Crosscurrents is open at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling. The multi-media exhibition features more than 90 pieces from dozens of artists and 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.

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