The Oglebay hills will be alive with a bustling Labor Day Celebration from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7. There will be live entertainment, inflatables, a woodcarver’s show, skydiving performance, and an unforgettable firework display, and more! View the Labor Day event schedule on the Oglebay website. Here are some of the highlights:

• Witness the work of talented woodcarvers from across the country, as they come together to showcase their artistic creations at the annual woodcarving show. Most carvings offered for sale. The show and sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Oglebay’s Pine Room.

Music Under the Stars will feature soprano, Bridgette Gan, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Devlin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheatre at Oglebay. Watch the concert safely from home on My OV or on or enjoy the music from your favorite social distanced location throughout Oglebay Park. In addition to the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s performance, musicians from the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform during the intermission.

Wheeling Symphony


Celebrate the life of Tom Stobart with family, friends, colleagues and fellow playwrights and actors at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Towngate Theatre. The afternoon will include readings from Tom’s plays, speeches and singing by friends and a video by Jeff Madzia. Masks will be required, and social distancing will be observed. Seating is limited to 50 in the theater and 15 in the gallery/lobby. Pre-register online or call 304-242-7700.  


In partnership with the WALS Foundation, the Ohio County Public Library presents the Reuther-Pollack Labor History Symposium IV, “Solidarity Against Hate,” on Saturday, Sept. 5. Speakers will present talks beginning at 11 a.m. See the full schedule and then tune in to YouTube.


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.


The current People’s University LIVESTREAM is titled The Struggle for Women’s Rights. 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 3, Founding Mothers, is set for 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3.

From Abigail Adams, who famously instructed her husband to “remember the ladies,” to Phillis Wheatley, an ex-slave who became the first African American and second woman (after Anne Bradstreet) to publish a book of poems; Deborah Sampson; Mercy Otis Warren; Esther Reed, and others, the class will explore the lives and actions of the women leaders of the founding period of the United States of America. Instructor Jerra Jenrette is professor of history at the Department of History, Politics, Languages and Cultures at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. A veteran People’s University instructor, Jenrette previously led People’s University: World War II — Class 5: “On the Home Front and Abroad: Women in WWII” in 2018.

Peoples University

Class 4, Wheeling’s Suffragists, is set for 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. On Nov.14, 1896, the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Wheeling was for the first time formally organized in the home of Dr. Harriet B. Jones as the Political Equality League. Dr. Jones was elected president, Miss Jennie B. Wilson, corresponding secretary, and Mrs. George K. Wheat treasurer. Among the charter members were Mrs. Ada Barr, Mrs. W. T. Burt, Mrs. Elliott, Mrs. Henry Ott, Miss Sue Rice and Miss Lizzie Swift. According to a 1916 article, “Among the prominent suffragists who ‘manned’ the automobiles were: Mesdames George A. Laughlin, Robert Hazlett, Gibson Caldwell, W. D. McCoy and E. S. Romine, and Misses Elizabeth Cummins, Mary Clifford, Ruth Mason, Gladys Dexter, Anne Cummins and Florence Hoge.” Instructors Judi Hendrickson and Jeanne Finstein are local history researchers who enjoy discovering and sharing interesting pieces of the past, particularly Wheeling history. They are the authors of a book on local history, Walking Pleasant Valley, and are long-time, active members of the historic preservation organization, Friends of Wheeling.

Peoples University


• Join Generation Wheeling, in partnership with Wheeling Parks & Recreation, for a free outdoor yoga class at Market Plaza at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through the end of October. 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.

Mansion Lawn Gentle Yoga is set for 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 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.


The annual Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia (WCoNA) will pivot to a virtual format for 2020 to protect the health and safety of attendees and presenters while maintaining the momentum from the previous year’s successful conference. The 2020 WCoNA conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, conducted online via ZOOM and Facebook Live and For a full list of sessions and events, and to register for free, visit



Lunch With Books Livestream: The Battles of Lexington and Concord is set for noon, Tuesday, Sept. 8. On April 19, 1775, the famous “shot heard ’round the world” was fired in the Massachusetts town of Concord. With that musket discharge, the next eight years would engulf the 13 North American colonies in a war of independence against Great Britain. What truly inspired that day, the facts that accepted myths have built upon from, show how remarkable the road to revolution that ended at the North Bridge in Concord was. Join historian Phillip S. Greenwalt as he discusses his book, co-authored with Rob Orrison, “A Single Blow, The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution.” Greenwalt is the co-founder of Emerging Revolutionary War and a historian with Emerging Civil War. He is also the author or co-author of five books, three on the American Civil War and two on the American Revolution. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2004 and has a graduate degree in American History from George Mason University.


The Contemporary Folk Art Exhibition opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, on Oglebay Institute’s Facebook page with a virtual opening opening event. Guest artists and crafters will discuss their work. The exhibit showcases the work of self-taught artists who transform diverse materials into objects of expressive power. Whether in painting, sculpting, sewing or weaving, each folk artist offers visual narratives that display ingenuity, wit and insight into the world around them. Featured artists include: Brent Brown, Susan DeMailo, Lucas Desmura, Danny Doughty, National Trail Stitchers, Cher Shaffer, Sybil Roe Thompson and Birdie Zoltan. Contemporary Folk Art is on display through Oct. 31 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.


WCONA LIVE! Virtual Reading Series hosts writers from northern Appalachia every Thursday evening at 8 p.m. Designed as a way to serve writers and readers during the pandemic, WCONA LIVE! continues its mission to bring the best voices of the region into homes around the world. On Thursday, Sept. 10, Laura Jackson Roberts will engage the WCONA LIVE! audience with her most recent work. She is an environmental writer and humorist from northern West Virginia. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Hippocampus,, Brevity, Defenestration, Brain-Child, Bayou Magazine, The Museum of Americana, Animal, and the Erma Bombeck humor site. She’s served as an editor for Literary Mama Magazine and is a vice president of West Virginia Writers, the state’s largest writing and literary organization. Access WCONA LIVE! on the Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia’s Facebook page or on its YouTube page.

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