The West Virginia Roughriders are headed to the 2019 AAL Championship on Saturday, June 29, and are calling on all fans and supporters to attend the Roughriders Championship Pep Rally at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at River City Restaurant and Banquet Hall. The Roughriders will be playing Carolina Energy at 7 p.m. Saturday, at WesBanco Arena. Game tickets available at www.WesBancoArena.com.
RED, WHITE & BREW
Kick off your Independence Day Celebration early with Red, White & Brew Saturday, June 29, at Centre Market, featuring music, food, drinks, vendors, prizes and more. Music lineup includes: Jim Berze, 11:30 a.m.; New Age Adenas, 1:30 p.m.; Ezra & the Reletivs, 3:30 p.m.; Brett Cain Band, 5:30 p.m.; Taylor Jo & the Copper Creek Band, 7:30 p.m.; and Tongue ’n Cheek, 9:30 p.m. Free admission, but wristbands to purchase alcoholic beverages are available for $3; $12 includes wristband, mug and first drink.
PLEIN AIR PAINTING
Artists from several countries in Europe and from the U.S. will gather at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Artworks Around Town in Centre Market for a reception signaling the beginning of a week-long plein air painting event. The free party offers the public an opportunity to meet many fine artists who are participating in the “Journees Internationals de Peinture.” Setting up their portable easels, artists will paint the scenes in front of them at such locations as: Wheeling and Oglebay parks; Raven Rocks in Bethesda, Ohio; New Vrindaban near Moundsville; and various Wheeling locations, including the Heritage Port and other Ohio River views. The painting schedule is as follows: Monday, July 1, New Vrindaban; Tuesday, July 2, Wheeling Suspension Bridge, Heritage Port, Wheeling Island, etc.; Wednesday, July 3, Ravens Rock, Beallsville; Thursday, July 4, Martins Ferry School campus (for good views of the river); Friday, July 5, Oglebay. The reception, as well as all painting opportunities, are open to the public.
BACK TO THE ’60s
Take a step back in time at the 1960s Decades Party from 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 28, in the Showroom at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Enjoy a groovy night dancing the night away to your favorite tunes from the 1960s to live entertainment provided by the band Back in the Day Oldies. $15. Tickets available on Ticketmaster.
BBQ & RJ
R.J. Gaudio — Troubadour kicks off a series of live-music shows from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Route 88 BBQ & Brew. Located at the driving range/ski slope area in Oglebay Resort, Route 88 BBQ & Brew is a new restaurant that smokes and prepares scrumptious barbecue daily and serves it up with a great selection of adult beverages in a pastoral setting.
LUNCH WITH WHEELING’S IMMIGRANTS
In celebration of Wheeling 250, West Virginia University history professor Hal Gorby and Sean Duffy of the Ohio County Public Library will discuss the struggles and achievements of Wheeling’s great variety of immigrant groups, including German, Welsh, Irish, Polish, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Greek and Lebanese, among others, whose hard work helped build the city. This multi-media presentation will tell the story of immigration through music, prose, poetry, art, photos and video, at noon Tuesday, July 2, 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
BEERS AND THE BARD
Break out your Collected Works of Shakespeare and polish those King Lear soliloquies. It’s show time! It’s just like normal karaoke, except instead of singing you choose and deliver your favorite work of Will’s. Beers and the Bard: Shakespearaoke In the Courtyard! is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at Later Alligator, 2145 Market St., Wheeling. 304-233-1606
BLUESDAYS at RIVER CITY
Harmonica player Brandon Santini, whose most recent release, “The Longshot,” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard blues chart, will perform at BluesDays at River City, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2. Other upcoming BluesDays at River City events include: Lindsay Beaver, Tuesday, July 9; Nick Schneibelen, Wednesday, July 17; Nikki Hill, Wednesday, July 24; and Sue Foley, Friday, Aug. 2. $20 (or buy five shows for the price of four). www.heritagemusicfest.com
A unique blend of classic rock, folk and country, along with some original music, will be featured at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29, as Undo’s Elm Grove presents an evening with Vic Trip. The singer/songwriter has been entertaining people from the Gulf of Mexico to Michigan for decades, and while he will play primarily familiar music, he will also feature some songs from his latest album, Reverse Osmosis. Undo’s is located at 1253 National Road, Wheeling.
Before the barbecue, before the fireworks, enjoy the Fourth of July Fun Run/Walk on the Susan Wheeler Walking Trails and the Arboretum Trails at Oglebay on Thursday, July 4. The hard-surface course is stroller friendly and pets on a leash are welcome. The race begins and ends at the Good Zoo parking lot. Prizes will be awarded. Light refreshments will be available for all participants. The event will take place rain or shine! Pre-register online or in person at 8 a.m. on race day. The race starts at 9 a.m. $20.
WSO ON TOUR
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s annual Celebrate America tour, conducted by Maurice Staton, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. The tour will also make stops at the Weirton Event Center (8 p.m., July 5), Clarksburg Amphitheatre (7:30 p.m. July 6) and Canaan Valley State Park (3 p.m., July 7). Guest artist Gary Mauer joins the WSO after most recently starring in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, playing the Phantom. Staton will lead the orchestra in a number of fan favorites, including God Bless the USA, Country Roads, and Stars and Stripes Forever. The Wheeling Symphony is celebrating its 90th anniversary starting with the Fourth of July concerts. The concerts are free and open to the public. 304-232-6191; wheelingsymphony.com
The Eckhart House will present the following special teas: Summer Tea Luncheon with assorted tea sandwiches, scones with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, confections and gourmet tea selections, 2 p.m., June 29 ($20); Chocolate Tea, in celebration of World Chocolate Day, with scones with sweet cream and jam, assorted confections and gourmet tea selections, at noon, Saturday, July 6 ($12). Reservations 304-232-5439; www.EckhartHouse.com
ALL SUMMER LONG …
• Marcus & James, Friday, June 28, Marshall County Summer Series, Moundsville Riverfront Park
• Community Day, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29, St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, Central Park Complex
• Hoard & Jones, 7 p.m., Sunday, June 30, Oglebay Sundaes Under the Stars, Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater
• Artists On Call, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, Wheeling Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays, Wheeling Park Amphitheater
• Easy Street Band, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, Central Park Complex
• Stampede, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 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 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
UP THE ROAD …
• Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Wildmans on Friday, June 28, at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park. The up-and-coming neo-traditional stringband features the award-winning talents of siblings Eli and Aila Wildman on mandolin, fiddle and vocals, joined by banjoist Victor Furtado, and multi-instrumentalist Sean Newman (of the Dharma Bombs) on upright bass and vocals. With a base firmly in old-time roots music, The Wildmans push the genre boundaries with acoustic electric instruments and effects to create a bigger sound, with original jam vibes; Tedeschi Trucks, Bob Dylan and Prince covers; alongside old-time and original fiddle tunes. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $12. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook.