MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION
Kick off summer at Oglebay this Memorial Day weekend with live entertainment, fireworks, face painting, inflatable rides and more! Festivities include a fireworks extravaganza at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 25, over Schenk Lake; inflatable rides, rock climbing wall, 3-8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2-7 p.m. Sunday, May 26, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 27, in the lower parking lot at Schenk Lake; Sundaes Under the Stars summer concert with Eli Lambie & the Mojo Kings, 7 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Oglebay’s Amphitheater; and the Memorial Day 5k, 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the main entrance to Good Zoo, with registration at 8 a.m., or register online. Check out all the activities here.
Join Friends of Wheeling and the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Greenwood Cemetery, 1526 National Road, for a Memorial Day grave marking event. Participants will mark with flowers the graves of the Civil War veterans who are interred there. There will be guides in Civil War-era costumes. Approximately 200 Civil War veterans have their final resting place in Greenwood Cemetery. Ranging from volunteers in the three-month service at the beginning of the conflict to those who served throughout the war, most of those buried in Greenwood survived their wartime experiences. The majority fought for the Union, but quite a few were Confederate soldiers. Some were wounded; some served time as prisoners of war; some were Wheeling natives; others settled here only after the war. Some lived out their lives in relative obscurity, while others became prominent citizens.
Wheeling YWCA’s Cultural Diversity and Community Outreach department will host a Mini-Con, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25. The comic book convention will highlight, showcase and celebrate the culture of comic books, graphic novels, action figures and animation. There also will be a costume contest complete with prizes for a variety of age groups. The Mini-Con will take place on the first and second floors of the Wheeling YWCA at 1100 Chapline St. This year’s celebrity guest will be Rob Garrison, an actor born in Wheeling who has appeared in many film and television roles such as The Karate Kid 1 and 2, Iron Eagle, Brubaker and McGuyver. He can be seen on the Web-based, YouTube series Cobra Kai. Others who will be at the event include Ohio Valley Batman, artist Scott Hanson, Wheeling Threads, Spider-man, W.A.R. (We Are Role players), Clutch Gaming, Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, SMART Centre Market, Showtime Championship Wrestling Alliance and others. More details here.
RUN, WALK, BIKE … BE TOUGH AS NAILS
• Tiny tots and kids are invited to the Ogden Newspapers Kids Fun Run and Tiny Tot Trot, Saturday, May 25. The Ogden Fun Run starts at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at 14th and Main streets, Wheeling. The Tiny Tot Trot begins at 10:30 a.m. on Water Street near Heritage Port.
• The Ogden Newspapers 5K Run/Walk for Health, begins at the start/finish line at 14th and Main streets. The run begins at 8:15 a.m.; the walk at 8:20 a.m.
• The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic begins at the start/finish line at 14th and Main streets. The walk begins at 7:30 a.m.; the run at 8 a.m.
• The Ogden Newspapers Tough as Nails Urban Challenge begins at noon Sunday, May 26, at the start/finish line at 14th and Main streets. The Tough as Nails Urban Challenge offers athletes a chance to explore the hidden parts of downtown Wheeling. This event will take place across more than six miles of body-breaking urban terrain: traverse abandoned cars, scale flood walls, climb your way over obstacles and claw your way up impossible inclines, all on the way to a triumphant finish. Stick around for the after-party that includes food, drinks and live music. Details for Wellness Weekend events here.
• The Ohio Valley Trail Partners present the 13th annual tour of the Wheeling Heritage Trail on Sunday, May 26, at Heritage Port in Wheeling, 1201 Water St., Wheeling. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. The tour will begin at 8 a.m. with the start of the 100km riders. The mass start will be at 8:45 a.m. for those riding 30 miles, with road guards posted at critical intersections. The 10-mile ride is an escorted ride at 9 a.m. and heads south on the trail. Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Heritage Port, with entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call Quick Service Bicycle Shop at 740-635-3700 or email email@example.com.
SPANNING THE YEARS
Acoustic and soft rock band, Bridges, and other special musical guests take the Towngate stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Together since 2005, Bridges, featuring vocalists Kim Butler, Doug Pettit and Dave Pettit, will provide an evening of memories with classic rock sounds from artists such as the Eagles; Little Big Town; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Chicago; the Zac Brown Band; and more. During the 1970s, Butler was half of the popular duo, Kim and Ed. Doug and Dave Pettit played for years locally with the band Sweet Harmony. They came together with Butler in 2005 to form Bridges. Special guest Kelly Bell, of Pittsburgh’s Doug Edgell Trio, will join the band on percussion. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
SOME HONKY TONK
Undo’s Elm Grove features the Honky Tonk Sweethearts from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 25. These women, veterans of the WWVA Jamboree, are dedicated to keeping classic country music alive through live performance. Undo’s is located at 1253 National Road, Wheeling.
WINES FOR BBQ
Start your Memorial Day weekend off with a wine tasting at Good Mansion Wines, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 24. For your weekend barbecue, Good Mansion offers up red Zinfandel, Cabernet and Rhone reds for the charred grilled meats, and Vinho Verde, Verdejo and Chardonnay to cool off. Wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. www.goodmansionwines.com
BUCKETS & BREWS
OVConnect’s Buckets & Brews Happy Hour Wednesday, May 29, at the Oglebay Park Driving Range is the perfect outing to meet up and make new friends. Enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, a crisp beer and great BBQ. Say you’re with OVConnect and receive 10 percent off of at the Route 88 Brew & BBQ. Also, discounts on a bucket of balls.
LUNCH & MYSTERY
Hear writer P.L. Gaus, author of books in the Amish-Country Mystery series, at noon, May 28, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library. Gaus lives in Wooster, Ohio, close to the world’s largest settlement of Amish and Mennonite people. Gaus lectures widely about the lifestyles, culture and religion of the Amish. 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 West Virginia Roughriders, Wheeling’s American Arena League football team, will play against the Capital City Reapers, 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 27, at WesBanco Arena, 14th St., Wheeling. 304-233-4470
Oglebay announces the return of scenic Segway tours! Tours take riders on an adventure through the park’s hard-surface trail system to enjoy breath-taking 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.
Join friends from 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Oglebay’s Crispin Pool for an all-American pool party, complete with patriotic bunting, sparklers, hot dogs, games, beach volleyball and more! Admission is $3 adults/$1 children. Concession food and beverages available for purchase.
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 May 31; June 14, 28; July 12, 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 from May 25-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.
A staple of Oglebay Institute’s art exhibition season, Crosscurrents 2019 is open at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center. In its 40th year, this annual multi-media exhibition attracts some of the finest artwork from the tri-state region and features more than 80 pieces from dozens of artists. Crosscurrents 2019 can be seen free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through June 28. Evening hours are dependent on classes and special events. 304-242-7700; www.OIonline.com
‘WEIRD WAYS TO DIE’
Rebekah Karelis will talk about “Weird Ways to Die in Wheeling at People’s University, 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, at the Ohio County Public Library. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
The Wheeling Park High School Specialty Bands will kick off Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays, 7 p.m. May 29, at Heritage Port, 12th and Water streets, Wheeling.
UP THE ROAD …
• A Minibike and Go-Kart Shindig along with a music fest, Music on the Breeze, is set for May 24-26 at Breezy Acres Farms in Cadiz. The event is hosted by Ideal Provisions. During the day, trails will be open for minibike, go-kart and small side-by-side riding; in the evening, the stage is set for diverse musical performers, including Adrian Niles; Bobby Thompson and the Groove; Corey Vance; Motorbilly; Shannon Canterbury; and the Sarah Hays Band. Tickets are being sold on ticketor.com/minibikegokartshindig.
• Billy Kidd has crossed the pond all the way from England to present her new, exclusive magic act, Bridging the Gap, now through June 23 at Liberty Magic, 811 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh. Kidd is the host of Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic, Syfy’s Wizard Wars, Penn & Teller’s Fool Us and a regular on CW’s Masters of Illusion. She is the founder of Krowd Keepers, Bath, England’s very own weekly magic theater rated the No. 1 entertainment venue for four years running. Kidd is regarded as one of the pre-eminent sleight of hand and close-up magicians. 412-456-6666; TrustArts.org
• Tickets for the return of Disney’s The Lion King are on sale now. The Lion King will leap onto the Benedum Center stage on Sept. 4 for a limited four-week engagement through Sept. 29. Tickets available at TrustArts.org, in-person at the Box Office at Theater Square and by phone at 412-456-6666. Tickets for a sensory-friendly performance, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, can be purchased at TrustArts.org/sensoryfriendly or 412-456-2670.
• Pittsburgh Public Theater ends its season with the Pittsburgh premiere of Marjorie Prime, the funny and emotional sci-fi hit written by Jordan Harrison (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”) and directed by Marya Sea Kaminski, who is completing her first year as The Public’s artistic director. Marjorie Prime runs Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, June 30, at the O’Reilly Theater. In Harrison’s play — a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize — the company Senior Serenity manufactures “primes,” a holographic “person” made as a companion for someone who has lost a family member. Their artificial intelligence is loaded with memories specific to the customer who buys it. The play stars Nathan Hinton, a Morgantown, W.Va., native, known for Angels in America, Two Trains Running, Blood Knot, Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, and others including television credits “Manifest,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife” and the new military legal series “The Code.” 412-316-1600, ppt.org