Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance will hold an open house for new and returning students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the dance studios, 1330 National Road, Wheeling. Attendees are invited to meet dance instructors, tour the studios, talk with current students and learn about the school’s offerings in ballet, fitness, hip hop, jazz, lyrical dance, pointe, folk dance, tap, tumbling and more. The event is free. For more information on classes and to register online, visit the website.

• Join the Dancing Wheels Company of Cleveland, Ohio, from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance for a special workshop that uses movement and performance in a unique approach to education and therapy. Individuals who previously found limited access to the arts due to physical, sensory, or developmental disabilities will enjoy inclusive dance and participatory learning with their disabled and non-disabled peers. The result is a freeing, educational and joyous art experience. The cost for the workshop is $50 per student and is open to area dance students of all ages, with or without physical disabilities, and adaptive dance students with therapists. Register online or call 304-242-7700.


The Brooke Hills Playhouse will present “The Red Velvet Cake War,” a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, Aug. 21-23 and 28-30, at the Playhouse, located in Brooke Hills Park. Curtain is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays. “The Red Velvet Cake War” centers around the wild preparations for the Verdeen family reunion in the wake of a recent family scandal, a parade of eccentric Verdeen kinfolk, a looming tornado and a competition to make the best version of the title cake. Jones, Hope and Wooten’s comedies have graced the Playhouse stage for many years, most recently with “Farce of Habit” in 2018. The cast includes many veterans of the Playhouse and other area community theaters. Call or text the Playhouse at 304-737-3344 for reservations. Seating will be limited.


Connie Wendel, left, Sheila Cavalette, center, and ReGina Pino rehearse for the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of “The Red Velvet Cake War,” a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.


Wheeling Brewing in cooperation with the Blended Homestead are offering a pop-up Farm to Table Dinner on Sunday, Aug. 23. Meals, prepared by Chef Ryan, can be purchased with all three courses for $50 or by individual course. Dinner comes with one glass of wine or Wheeling Brewing beer that is paired with the meal. All ingredients for the dinner were sourced from Ohio Valley farmers. The menu includes: starter — jerk chicken meatballs over confetti rice with sweet melon; entrée — beef kabobs with local vegetables over smashed potatoes; dessert — sweet biscuit strawberry shortcake with fresh basil. Reservations/pre-orders are required. Pickup and dine-in available.


The next People’s University LIVESTREAM The Struggle for Women’s Rights, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. The People’s University is a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts, featuring courses taught by experts in each subject that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning. People’s University classes are held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays on YouTube Live and Facebook Live.

• Class 1, is titled The Ratification of the 19th Amendment — 100 Years. The first wave of American feminism before the Civil War culminated in the July 1920 convention at Seneca Falls, New York, where 68 women (including Lucretia Mott) and 32 men (including abolitionist Frederick Douglass) signed the “Declaration of Sentiments” drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, which said, “All men And Women are created equal.” At the convention, suffragists and abolitionists spoke out for human rights and equality. In the years that followed, suffragists like Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Lucy Stone and Ida B. Wells carried on the long struggle until the 19th Amendment, which finally recognized the right of women to vote, was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920. Class instructor will be Anne Marie Lofaso, who is the Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law.

• Class 2, Warrior Poets — Powerful Women in History, is set for 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. There have always been women in the ancient past who transcended gender expectations and rose to dominate the headlines of history. How did they do it? Some were born to power and exerted it brilliantly like Empress Wu of China or Sorkhaktani, Queen of the Mongols. Others were angry and fought back, sometimes on the battlefield, like Boudicca of Britain and sometimes politically like Empress Pulcheria of Byzantium. Some women found authority in religion from monastic founders like Radegund of France to religious warriors like Joan of Arc. Finally, some women are remembered for their intellectual achievements like Hypatia of Alexandria or Lady Murasake of Japan. There are many paths to fame, and ancient women proudly walked them. Instructor Joyce E. Salisbury will introduce participants to some of these powerful women and hear their stories. Salisbury is professor emerita of history from the University of Wisconsin — Green Bay. She is author of many books and most recently has written and recorded courses for Great Courses and Audible, including “Warriors, Queens and Intellectuals: 36 Great Women before 1400” and “Ten Women Who Ruled the Renaissance.”


Lunch With Books Livestream: Faire May — The Music of Colonial America is set for noon Tuesday, Aug. 25. Faire May is a Wheeling-based folk music duo founded by friends Jariel Henthorn and Zac Gordon. They use a variety of well-known acoustic instruments to keep the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, and the Americas alive and growing. On Aug. 25, Faire May will take you back to Colonial America by performing music from the period. The ballads and dances of Ireland, the somber and playful melodies of Scotland, the country and court dances of England, the spirituals of the Africans, the French minuet and many other colorful traditions come together to form the music played so often in the 13 colonies. Faire May will use authentic instruments and garb to paint a picture through music of the heritage and life these early Americans held dear.



On Monday, April 28, 1924, an explosion at Wheeling Steel’s Benwood coalmine took the lives of 119 men and boys, most of whom were recent immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. It remains the third most lethal coalmine disaster in West Virginia’s history. At noon, Thursday, Aug. 27, Seán Duffy will present 119 Souls: The Benwood Mine Disaster of 1924, and discuss how and why this tragedy happened. The talk will include a closer look at some of those killed and the loved ones they left behind. Duffy is adult programming director and local history specialist at the Ohio County Public Library and the executive director of the Wheeling Academy of Law and Science (WALS) Foundation. He has a law degree from the American University and has written or edited four books and numerous articles about Wheeling’s history, particularly focusing on immigration. He is a member of the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission, vice president of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation Board and editor of the Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review. The virtual event is part of the Cockayne Farmstead’s Hungry for History Summer Speaker Series.


Time is almost up to see Oglebay Institute’s art exhibition, Crosscurrents, open at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center through Saturday, Aug 22. 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. 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.


Get ready for some island atmosphere! Every Thursday night through Sept. 3, enjoy Caribbean Nights at Schenk Lake, from 7-9 p.m., at Oglebay Park. Hear the Caribbean sounds of Josh Garrett on the steel drums. Enjoy pedal boats, fishing, walking trails or grab some ice cream at The Boathouse as you kick back to the tropical sounds of the islands. And while you’re there, enjoy extended mini golf hours for Mini Golf Under the Lights from 8-10 p.m. every Thursday, with discounted admission. Check out this link for more Oglebay events.

Schenk Lake


Artworks Around Town is hosting two major shows this month. The Studio Gallery at the north end will feature the works of artists from The Associated Artists of Hancock and Brooke Counties (AAHB) also known as “The Rogues.” Organized in early 2019, the AAHB is composed of a group of artists and photographers from New Cumberland, Weirton, Follansbee and Wellsburg. In the Student Gallery, photographs of the late Robert Schramm of West Liberty, donated by his family, will be on display. Schramm’s works are for sale with proceeds benefiting the ongoing programs of the gallery. Included in the exhibit are two framed Daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, uranotypes and many matted prints. Schramm graduated with a degree in nuclear physics from West Virginia University in 1959 and joined the faculty of West Liberty State College that same year. Schramm was a historian and archivist at heart, creating the WLSC Archives and Museum and later co-founding The Linsly School Archives and Museum. He designed and constructed a women’s history museum that later was permanently installed in the National Women’s History Museum in Alexandria, Virginia. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


• 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.

Mansion Lawn Gentle Yoga is set for 10 a.m. Sundays in August at the Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum and hosted by the West Spa at Oglebay. Join wellness instructor Zach for this fun and inviting vinyasa sequence designed to cultivate focus, stamina, strength and flexibility. This class is especially great for beginners or those searching for the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Session is free of charge. Guests are asked to bring their own mat, towel and water.


The latest exhibit at the Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum 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 Mansions 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.

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