YA GOTTA REGATTA!
Don’t miss the 14th annual Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta, Friday, Aug 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1, at Wheeling Heritage Port. See the beautiful wooden hydroplanes and race boats and watch them run on the Ohio River at speeds between 60 and 140 mph. Learn about how these boats were built in their glory days from the 1920s to the mid-’80s. Learn who the famous boat builders were, and about the aerodynamics, engineering and physics of boat racing. Transport yourself back to the 1960s and 1970s, when one of the most famous sites in powerboat racing, New Martinsville, was in its heyday. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. wheelingvintageregatta.com
LABOR DAY WEEKEND AT OGLEBAY
A weekend full of events, the Labor Day Celebration at Oglebay, kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the park. Celebrate with live entertainment, face painting, balloon art, inflatable rides, homemade ice cream, Revolutionary War re-enactments, woodcarvers, an unforgettable fireworks display and more. The annual Woodcarver’s Show brings woodcarvers from across the country to showcase their creations. Explore an 18th-century living-history encampment showcasing colonial and Native-American cultures located at Site 1 and Levenson Shelter at the 22nd annual Fort Henry Days. Don’t miss the new West Virginia Conservation Center at Good Zoo. A complete schedule of events can be found here.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Labor Day program, Music Under the Stars, featuring guest artists, Hit Play and Nathan Strasser, conducted by the orchestra’s new music director, John Devlin, on Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay Park. The program will feature music through the decades in celebration of the WSO’s 90th anniversary. Music Under the Stars has been a Labor Day tradition for thousands of area residents. This year’s events begin at 5 p.m. with the Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary hosting the annual veranda reception on the Burton Porch at Oglebay Park. Enjoy beer, wine, soda and hors d’oeuvres at the original location of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s first concert. Attendees can also enjoy additional dinner concessions, food trucks, a $5 ice cream sundae bar, free BudgetSaver Twin Pops, sponsored by the Ziegenfelder Co. and kids activities in the Formal Gardens starting at 6 p.m. Wheeling Country Day School’s choir will perform at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, check Wheeling Symphony’s website and Facebook pages for more information. The concert is free. Tickets to the veranda reception are $50. For reservations, call the office at 304-232-6191.
DROOL AT THE POOL!
Grab your four-legged friends for the seventh annual Drool at the Pool, 5-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at the Crispin Center Pool. This event provides local canines and their owners the chance to swim in the outdoor pool during the final hours of summertime operation. A donation of $5 per dog is requested, and all donations benefit the care and conservation or Oglebay Good Zoo animals. All participating dog owners must sign an Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Agreement, available at www.oglebay.com/drool. Proof of current Rabies vaccination is required.
BUCKETS & BREWS
Start your Labor Day Weekend early at OVConnect Presents: Buckets & Brews, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Oglebay Driving Range. Enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, crisp beer, great BBQ (10 percent off at Route 88 BBQ & Brew) and whack some golf balls as hard as you can. Another sweet discount is a large bucket of balls for the price of a small.
A DAY OF HISTORY
The WALS Foundation will present the Reuther-Pollack Labor History Symposium III from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the First State Capitol, 1413 Eoff St., Wheeling. This year, the theme is “Women in Labor History.” Pittsburgh artist Jennifer Rempel will be showing her painting of labor activist Fannie Sellins. Speakers include: Joseph Tropea, “The Widows of the 1907 Monongah Mining Disaster”; Dr. Anne Marie Lofaso, “The Once and Future Female Worker: Legal Rights Then and Now”; Mary Cronk Farrell, “Where Does Courage Come From? Exploring One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights”; Dr. Jessica Wilkerson, “Nothing Worse than Being Poor and a Woman: Feminism and Caring Labor in the Mountain South.” Also planned for the day are a birthday party for Walter Reuther and a walking tour of the Reuther and Pollack Monuments with Dr. David Javersak. A free pre-symposium event is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30: An Evening with activist songwriter and musician Elaine Purkey. Saturday tickets ($30) includes lunch. For reservations, email email@example.com.
See what Towngate’s 51st season of community theater has planned during a special sneak preview on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Towngate Theatre Season Preview Party. Titled “Let Us Entertain You,” the party begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer in The Gallery at Towngate. Then, guests head upstairs for captivating readings from each of the main stage plays featured in this year’s lineup: “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” “The Littlest Angel,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “The Book of Will.” Guests also will enjoy musical entertainment. After the show, guests return to The Gallery and enjoy a selection of desserts. The evening concludes with a champagne toast to kick off another season of performing arts. $30. Purchase tickets from members of the Friends of Towngate, online at www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7700.
BROWN BAG IT
Good Mansion Wines presents its popular Brown Bag Tasting at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. The staff will bag up an assortment of red and white wines, from $10 to $100, and guests can guess what is what, and at what price point. They will uncover the bags at the end for an evening full of surprises, gotchas and new favorites. Wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. www.goodmansionwines.com
A HIDDEN WORLD
The City of Moundsville Arts & Culture Committee has announced a free, “drive-in” movie event at Moundsville’s Riverfront Park Friday, Aug. 30. The popular film, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” will be shown on a large screen. Children of any age can participate in a “car contest” by decorating cardboard boxes. Drinks and popcorn will be provided free of charge. The event, also free, is open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LUNCH WITH ERIN
A dual city council. A whipping post, a pillory and a ducking chair. An ordinance to “Prevent Certain Improper Practices Therein Specified,” such as kite-flying and hoop-rolling. From the early leaders of Wheeling following Ebenezer Zane’s 1769 tomahawk rights laying claim to the area, to the 1806 founding of the Town of Wheeling, to the 1836 transition to the City of Wheeling, Erin Rothenbuehler will discuss changes in and forgotten facts about governing bodies and politics of Wheeling at Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Ohio County Public Library. 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
ILLUSTRATORS ON EXHIBIT
Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center opens is 2019-20 season of changing art exhibits with “The Collective Works” of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, which features more than 50 framed pieces from the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. A free opening reception takes place from 6:30-8:30 Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Guests can tour the exhibit, enjoy refreshments and talk with some of the artists in attendance. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 26 and can be viewed free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Evening hours are dependent on classes and special events. 304-242-7700; OIonline.com
SUMMER’S LAST HURRAH!
• Jeff Suddoth, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at Smokin’ Saturday Nights, Route 88 BBQ & Brew at Oglebay
• Grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace at dusk for an old-fashioned drive-in movie experience. The last drive-in movie of the summer will take place from 9-11 p.m. on Aug. 30. 304-243-4085; www.oglebay.com/wheeling-park
DOWN THE ROAD … WHEELING 250
• On Saturday, Sept. 7, a memorial service and wreath laying ceremony honoring Wheeling’s founder Ebenezer Zane and his sister Elizabeth Zane McGlaughlin Clark, heroine of Fort Henry, will be held at 10 a.m. at their final resting place, Walnut Grove Cemetery, Fourth Street in Martins Ferry. The event is hosted by the Wheeling Chapter, DAR, and the Fort Henry Chapter, SAR.
• At 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, is the Wheeling 250 Parade, commencing at 20th and Market streets and following the route used by the Fantasy in Lights Parade (up Market to 10th Street, turning onto Main Street and proceeding back to 20th Street.) Major participants include the American Legion Post #1 Color Guard; the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, which is the official ceremonial unit and escort to the President of the United States; the 249th U.S. Army Band; the Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums, and local favorites Wheeling Park High School and St. Clairsville High School Marching bands, West Liberty University’s Marching Hilltoppers and the West Virginia University Marching Band. The WVU Band’s appearance is made possible by the generosity of Joan and Fred Stamp and Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration. Parade marshals include U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito; Congressman David B. McKinley; WVU President Gordon Gee and his wife Laurie Erickson; and West Virginia’s Principal of the Year, John Jorden, principal of Ritchie Elementary School.
• The Wheeling 250 Interfaith Worship Service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary. The service is co-hosted by Temple Shalom, which is 170 years old this year.