Wheeling’s turning green this weekend and beyond with a slew of St. Patrick’s Day happenings all over town! Here are a few places to get your Irish on:
• Sing along and listen to old and new Irish folk songs at the Victoria Jamboree St. Patrick’s Show at the Victoria Theater. The show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16. $15. 1228 Market St., Wheeling; 304-233-7464.
• Run for your beer! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the OVConnect way with the OVConnect Pub Run, starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 15, at River City. Event check-in begins at 5 p.m. on the third floor of River City. The run begins at 5:30 pm. For $30, you’ll receive a drink at each stop on your route, as well as a celebratory drink and appetizers at the after party at River City. Non-runners and walkers also can attend the after party at River City.
• Celebrate like the Irish at Oglebay Institute’s St. Patrick’s Day Craft Beer Event, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15. The historic Stifel Fine Arts Center will be transformed into an Irish pub for an entertaining night of Irish-inspired fun, Irish ales, IPAs and stouts, Irish-inspired food and music by Gallowglass. $35 ($30 for OI members); 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
• Learn about a mischievous leprechaun and build your own leprechaun trap, rainbow, pot of gold or four leaf clover from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the RNR Discovery and Learning Center. Also featured will be the story, “How to Catch a Leprechaun” by Adam Wallace. On Sunday morning, they will stream the results of the leprechaun traps and what their own mischievous leprechaun did. 436 National Road, Wheeling; rnrdiscoveryandlearningcenter.com
• Nail City Record will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live Irish folk music and specials! (If you’re wearing green, you’ll get 20 percent off your in-store order!) Live music by Matt Smith.
• The Eckhart House will host a Shamrock Tea Luncheon at noon Saturday, March 16. The menu will include assorted tea sandwiches/savories, scones served with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, confections and gourmet tea selections. The event is open to the public, and reservations are required. 304-232-5439
• Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre continues its main stage season with a production of Dion Boucicault’s Irish comedy/melodrama “The Shaughraun,” to be staged March 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23. The story revolves around a wrongly accused convict, Robert Ffolliott, who has escaped from Australia and sneaked back into Ireland. He must escape various melodramatic cliffhangers from those trying to arrest him. He gets some help and comic relief from his faithful friend Conn — The Shaughraun, a fiddling, poaching vagabond who likes his whiskey and tall tales. Curtain is at 8 p.m. March 15, 16, 22 and 23. A 3 p.m. matinee takes place Sunday, March 17. $12.50/$11 OI members; 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
• Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional Irish dinner catered by Ye Olde Alpha, a selection of Irish beer and live music, at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Towngate Theatre. Ticket price includes dinner, wine, beer and soft drinks. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Towngate, which supports the creative work of the theater, as well as projects to preserve the historic building. The menu includes corned beef, grilled salmon with fresh dill, roasted carrots, grilled cabbage, leek risotto, colcannon potatoes, bread and honey butter. $30. www.oionline.com
• The Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books at noon, Tuesday, March 19, will feature Gerard O’Neil, Duquesne University’s assistant archivist and author of “Pittsburgh Irish: Erin on the Three Rivers,” who will share how rogues, rebels and the respectable all lived, worked and fought in Western Pennsylvania. Tales of the region’s Irish heritage will be accompanied by a selection of songs performed by Gerard Rohlf. Irish heritage in the Ohio Valley stretches back to colonial times when Presbyterians from the Irish province of Ulster pushed the frontier west and settled western Pennsylvania. 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
CULTURES OF ALL KINDS
Wheeling Jesuit University will celebrate its annual Culture Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Benedum Room, located in Swint Hall. Celebrate international heritage with entertainment, native dishes and cultural presentations from more than 15 countries. This event allows students and employees to display their heritage and to share their culture with fellow students, peers, colleagues, professors and members of the community. In addition to performances and presentations, Wheeling Jesuit students and employees will cook and serve ethnic dishes. Entertainment will include a combination of dance, music, poetry readings and short presentations. Wheeling Jesuit students will also perform during the event. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 304-243-2257.
WSO: A NIGHT OF STORYTELLING IN MUSIC
Bass vocalist Soloman Howard will be the featured guest artist with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at The Capitol Theatre, under the baton of music director finalist John Devlin. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by Peter Tchaikovsky, Brahms Fourth Symphony along with arias, songs and spirituals will be on the program. Prior to the concert at 5:30 p.m., patrons can purchase a pre-show, prix fixe dinner, catered by Rocco Basil in The Capitol Theatre Ballroom (reservations required). Also in the ballroom, guests can attend a free concert talk at 6:30 p.m. when Devlin will offer an informative and intriguing look at the story behind the music. Immediately following the performance, the board of directors invites attendees to stay for a free post-show reception with Devlin and other members of the symphony orchestra. Tickets at: 304-232-6191; via email at email@example.com; in person at the box office, 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling; or online wheelingsymphony.com.
THIRD FRIDAY MUSIC
Local musical legend, Roger Hoard, will bring his guitar skills to Third Friday on Friday, March 15, at Artworks Around Town. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the free event held in the Studio Gallery at Artworks located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. Hoard has had a long and respected history with music in the Ohio Valley and beyond. He was a member of Jamboree USA from 1971-2007 and is the former musical director for Jamboree USA and Jamboree In The Hills. Hoard has performed with such musical legends as Chet Atkins, Jim Stafford, Steve Wariner, Lenny Breau, Brad Paisley, Robben Ford and B.E. Taylor. He has performed as part of the 11/70 Band, The Other Brothers and The Famous Bender Boys. Currently, he plays as part of the duo, Hoard and Jones, the Roger Hoard Jazz Quartet and as a solo artist. Appearing with Hoard will Sean Decker, a member of The Bridge and Tunnel Collective. Decker is often seen with such acts as Mr. Fancy Pants, The M-80s and Mean Mr. Mustard, but for this performance, he will be playing a collection of his original tunes with the help of his trusty acoustic guitar and dynamic singing voice. The performers and guests will be surrounded by the work of visiting artist April Waltz. In the North Gallery, works of clients of the Sexual Assault Help Center are on display.
Oglebay Institute’s Maple Sugaring Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the woods behind Camp Russel in Oglebay. Guests will watch maple syrup being made, learn about the tapping process, the history of maple syrup production and how to identify maple trees. They will taste fresh maple syrup during a hot pancake breakfast at Camp Russel. Crafts, storytelling and live bluegrass music are also part of the fun. Trail guides depart from the Camp Russel parking lot every half hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last group leaves at 12:30 p.m. The tour concludes with a delicious breakfast that includes pancakes, sausage, juice or coffee. Reservations are encouraged. $12 (members of OI receive a discount); 304-242-6855;
WHEELING’S COOKING UP SOMETHING SPECIAL
Hungry? Next week is the week for an appetite for Wheeling eateries as the city’s inaugural Restaurant Week kicks off on Monday, March 18, and continues through March 23. Over 20 locally owned restaurants will feature price specials, free offerings with purchase or signature dishes. Read Weelunk’s story here, or visit the Facebook page or Facebook event for more information.
“SOMETHING ROTTEN!” — IT’S NOT ROTTEN!
The hilarious, Tony-nominated “Something Rotten!” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at The Capitol Theatre. Set in the ’90s — the 1590s — this musical tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! New York Magazine says: With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, “Something Rotten!” is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” Tickets available here.
The Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour, featuring some of the best athletes of the sport going head to head with the fiercest bulls in the country, stampedes into WesBanco Arena this weekend. Shows are set for 8 p.m. on Friday, March 15, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. The PBR Velocity Tour will bring all the high-energy sound, lighting, special effects and edge-of-your-seat action that fans have come to expect from the World leader in the sport of bull riding. 304-233-4470
MALBEC AT THE MANSION
The story of Malbec will be told at 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Good Mansion Wines. From its hometown of Cahors, France, to modern-day Argentina, Malbec has a noble history of being both a leading star and supporting actor for many red wines throughout history. Guests will taste its many manifestations in this wine tour around the world. Wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15. www.goodmansionwines.com
SPRING HAS SPRUNG
Celebrate spring at the Spring Fling at Centre Market, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. The event will feature delicious food, activities, discounts and prizes!
Mystery Theatre Unlimited will present “Rock ’em Dead” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, at River City Restaurant. When a rock band from the 1980s is forced to reunite to be inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame, it leads to a very funny murder. The show features completely original music performed live by actor/musicians. Dinner included. 304-233-4555 for reservations.
A REAL MURDER
On the night of April 26, 1934, Gladys Lias, wife of Wheeling’s infamous “Big Bill” Lias, was shot and killed in the Centre Wheeling apartment of Elsie Russell, wife of Mike Russell — a cousin and on-again/off-again business partner of Lias. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, Jean Finstein and Judi Hendrickson, will tell the tale of “The Trial of Elsie Russell” at the Bellaire Public Library. The lecture is presented by the Great Stone Viaduct Society and the Bellaire Public Library as part of the Winter Lecture Series. Elsie was charged with the death. This re-enactment of her trial will involve audience members who will take on the role of witnesses in the trial (with scripts provided) or will serve as the jury to decide her fate. Finstein and Hendrickson are active members of Friends of Wheeling. Over the years, they have researched and presented numerous talks about people and events in Wheeling’s history. They are co-authors of the book, “Walking Pleasant Valley” and are known for their first-person presentations for Greenwood and Mt. Wood cemetery tours.
DOWN THE ROAD …
- In celebration of Women’s History Month, West Virginia Northern Community College will host a Women in Leadership Lunch and Learn panel discussion at noon on March 25, on the college’s Weirton Campus, March 26 on the Wheeling Campus and March 28 on the New Martinsville Campus. Each event, which is open to the public, is free and includes lunch. Anyone interested in attending must register in advance by March 20. The events will feature prominent women from each community. These women will share their journeys, keys to success and challenges as leaders. They will also take questions from the audience. The event will be moderated by Sara Wood, WVNCC student activities director. RSVP by calling 304-214-8917 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by March 20.
UP THE ROAD …
- Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Ryanhood on Friday, March 15, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. Named Best Group/Duo in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood got its first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine named them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” They’ve since gone on to perform more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train and many more. Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.” Led by their signature two-part vocal harmonies and decorated with flares of guitar, ukulele and mandolin, the bands latest album, “Yearbook,” centers on songs about being young, growing old and making peace with the passing of time. They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, Arizona, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $10. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
- Pittsburgh Public Theater welcomes back Ted Pappas to direct Lucas Hnath’s Broadway hit, A Doll’s House, Part, 2, now through April 7, at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. In this play, the playwright imagined a sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. At the end of that groundbreaking play from 1879, the main character walks out on her overbearing husband and children. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, it’s 15 years later and Nora (Lisa Velten Smith) returns to demand that her husband, Torvald (Daniel Krell), officially divorce her. She also has showdowns with her now-grown daughter Emmy (Marielle Young), and the nanny Anne Marie (Helena Ruoti). 412-3161600; ppt.org