CHEERS TO W.VA. WINES!
The Wheeling Wine Festival is set for Saturday, June 15, at Wheeling Heritage Port. Gates open at 5 p.m. for general admission. Buy a VIP pass and get in one hour early and enjoy the complimentary VIP tent with food and more wine. Both general admission and VIP passes include a wine glass for sampling and unlimited tastings. Entertainment starts at 7 p.m. with music by the band, Jukebox. $35 general admission; $75, VIP. 304-559-7052 or send email us at Haas873@gmail.com
AND CHEERS TO W.VA. BEERS!
From Saturday, June 15, through Saturday, June 22, West Virginia’s 28 breweries will be celebrating W.Va. Craft Beer Week. In celebration of the week, Wheeling Brewing Company will be releasing a new beer, Mountani Cervesia (Mountaineer Beer), on West Virginia Day, Thursday, June 20. The lite, crisp ale, will be the perfect addition to all those tailgate parties, mountain hikes, Appalachian swims or just some back yard sittin’. Also on June 20, Wheeling Brewing will release its summer menu. Wheeling Brewing will be running a photo contest on its Facebook and Instagram pages during the week, asking customers to post pictures of their beers or of themselves enjoying the brewery with #wheelingbrewcophotocontest. The winner will be announced the following Monday and will receive a free growler and fill.
HAND MADE IN THE FRIENDLY CITY
The Friendly City Handmade Summer Art Show is set for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Market Plaza in downtown Wheeling. There will be artisan and craft vendors, along with live music from Aaron Carey & Matt Hill, 2 p.m.; Mr. Fancy Pants, 4 p.m.; Ezra Hamilton, 6 p.m.; and Ananga Martin Band, 7:30 p.m. The event was created to fill a void because the Wheeling Arts & Culture Fest was placed on hiatus, said Beth Bedway of East Wheeling Clayworks. Bedway, along with several other area artists who didn’t want to lose the opportunity for summer sales, pulled the event together, she explained. “We aren’t here to replace ArtsFest, and we hope to see it return someday, but we feel like Friendly City Handmade can continue beyond this event to provide more opportunities for artists in the Ohio Valley,” Bedway said. Along with East Wheeling Clayworks, other artists include: Lone Star Designs, PinkPig Studios, Ediebelle Creative, Elements of Emily, Scott Hanson Art, The Boord Potter, Wheeling Threads, and many more.
CLASSIC HITS ARE KING
Don’t miss Eli and the Mojo Kings live at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Strand Theatre. The crowd favorite entertains with a variety of classic hits from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Steely Dan. $10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
MEET DOLCETTO & BARBERA
Taste these two beloved red wines that hail from Piedmont, Italy, at 6 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Good Mansion Wines. Dolcetto is silky with a tart fruit, and smoky and spicy rusticity, with a firm tannin. Barbera is plush and fruit forward, with Cabernet-like bright fruit and a perky acidic finish. Discover two of your new favorite wines! Served with Piedmont cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door. www.goodmansionwines.com
Hot Rod Tattooing’s CATCH 22 Art Show and Book Release is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Clientele Art Studio. The book, in the works for a couple of years, features the work of Sweet Chuck, Corey Cuc, Matt Emel, Maelin Biondillo, Randy Oiler and Creighton Hill. All of the originals for the book, as well as original paintings from all of the Hot Rod artisans will be on display. Original paintings, art and prints will be for sale at the reception.
Mini-Kiss pays tribute to KISS at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the Wheeling Island Showroom. Tickets start at $15 and are available through the Wheeling Island Gift Shop or Ticketmaster. Watch the Mini-Kiss debut in the Dr.Pepper Super Bowl Commercial here.
“Mine 9,” a film written and directed by New Martinsville native Eddie Mensore will be shown at Towngate Theatre & Cinema, 2118 Market St., Wheeling, this weekend. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, June 14; 4 and 7 p.m., Saturday, June 15; and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 15. $7. 304-242-7700. Check out the Weelunk story here.
WHEELING ON THE BIG SCREEN
Presented by Wheeling 250, the Wheeling Film Festival, set for 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Wheeling Heritage Port, will feature short movies about Wheeling, including, “Wheels of Progress” by Ellis Dungan; “La Belle Cut Nail Plant” by Wheeling Heritage; “The National Road in West Virginia,” by Wheeling Heritage and Roundabout Films; and “For Liberty and Union,” by Ellis Dungan.
BBQ & BREW
Celebrate the 30th year of the BBQ & Brew Birthday Bash at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Bethlehem Community Park, while supporting the park’s mission. Barbecue will be provided by Country Roads BBQ, Beer samples by Wheeling Alers and music provided by Nail City Record. $35. For tickets, call 304-233-0887 or send an email to email@example.com.
COUNTRY AND COMEDY
Popular local singer/guitarist/songwriter Shannon Canterbury will perform an evening of audience favorites at Undo’s Elm Grove from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 15. Canterbury plays every genre of music with over 300 songs in his catalog, plus originals. Undo’s is located at 1253 National Road, Wheeling.
The Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex will host a lecture titled “Growing Corn During West Virginia’s Late Prehistory,” at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 15, presented by David Fuerst, president of the West Virginia Archeological Society. Visitors will have an opportunity to try their hand at corn grinding after the presentation.
LUNCH WITH LUCY
In celebration of Juneteenth, learn the true story of Lucy Bagby, at the noon, June 18, Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library. A Wheeling slave who ran away to Cleveland, Bagby was later captured amid protests of abolitionists and returned to her master, William Goshorn. She was the last fugitive to be surrendered by the North under the Fugitive Slave Law before the Civil War. Sing along with “Wade in the Water,” “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and other period songs. Cleveland-based “Kulture Kids” founding artistic director and lead playwright/performer, Robin Pease, portrays Lucy. This program will be interactive, and six members of the community will also perform by reading provided scripts and wearing provided costumes, including: Travis Henline as William Goshorn; Robert Gaudio as Underground Railroad conductor; Judge Harry White as Judge Daniel R. Tilden; and Jeanne Finstein, Walt Warren and John J. Coffield as Abolitionist 1, 2 and 3, respectively. 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
Join the community Juneteenth Celebration of Emancipation, 6-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, at Market Plaza. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. The event will be held at the north end of Market Plaza at 10th Street — the location of the slave auction block — for Wheeling’s first observance of Juneteenth. A ceremony will be conducted at 6 p.m., to be followed by food and music at the south end of the Market Plaza near 11th Street.
TEA WITH DAD
The Eckhart House is celebrating Father’s Day with a tea luncheon on Saturday, June 15. The menu includes freshly prepared tea sandwiches, scones served with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, assorted confections and gourmet tea. A Summer Tea is set for Saturday, June 29. Reservations are required. Teas can be arranged by appointment for groups of six to 26 persons. 304-232-5439; www.EckhartHouse.com
Travelin’ Appalachians Revue will celebrate five years of showcasing emerging and established Appalachian tunes, tales, artwork and more, 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, at Clientele Art Studio. Music by Steven Moore, Gabby Marshall, William Matheny, and more. Stories/poems by Alec Berry, Sarah Clark, Kevin Chesser, Ezra Mars. Artwork by Logan Schmitt, Natalie Kovacks and Luke Novel.
ALL SUMMER LONG …
• Ron Retzer Trio, 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, Marshall County Summer Concert Series, Moundsville Riverfront Park
• Davisson Brothers, 7 p.m., Sunday, June 16, Oglebay Sundaes Under the Stars, Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater
• Steel Cassa, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, Wheeling Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays, Too, Wheeling Park Amphitheater
• Aftermath, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, Central Park Complex
• Hit Play, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays, Heritage Port
Oglebay announces the return of scenic Segway tours! Tours take riders on an adventure through the park’s hard-surface trail system to enjoy breathtaking 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
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 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 through 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
DOWN THE ROAD …
• Ice Cream Social to benefit Youth Services System is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Stone Presbyterian Church, 25 East Cove Ave., Wheeling. 304-242-4620.
• A weekend of events will kick off at noon on Thursday, June 20, with a West Virginia Day Celebration, followed up by the 160th anniversary of the U.S. Custom House (West Virginia Independence Hall) at 5 p.m. Friday, June 21. On Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, the Ohio Valley Chicken and Rib Cook-Off, will be held at Heritage Port. On Saturday, Wheeling Heritage Port is the site for the 170th anniversary of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. To celebrate the Suspension Bridge from the river, excursions aboard Pittsburgh’s Gateway Clipper Queen will be available from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 22. A Fireworks Dinner Cruise is set for 6:30 p.m. with live music, food and drinks. For tickets for the day cruise, visit this link. For details about the dinner cruise and to purchase tickets, visit this link. At 8 a.m. Sunday, June 23, a Historic Wheeling Bicycle Tour offers cyclists an itinerary stopping at 14 historic locations, beginning at the north end of Centre Market at 22nd Street. (Look for a complete story on weekend events on Monday on Weelunk.)
UP THE ROAD …
• Brooke Hills Playhouse will open its 48th season with a production of “Ghost of a Chance,” with 8 p.m. shows Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, June 16. The show will continue for a second weekend with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, with a final performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23. 304-737-3344
• The 60th anniversary year of the Three Rivers Arts Festival kicked off last week and continues through Sunday, June 16, with music, art, outdoor performances, artisans’ goods, food trucks and more. Visit the website for a full schedule, map, history and more.
• 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 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