FALL INTO THE FEST
It’s time for everybody’s favorite fall festival, Oglebayfest, set for Friday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 6, at Oglebay Park. Just some of the Oglebayfest festivities include shopping at the Phil Maxwell Artists and Gourmet Market, a parade, German-inspired food and beer, kids activities, musical entertainment throughout the park, wine tastings, fireworks, the Ohio County Country Fair and so much more! Find the complete schedule here.
While you’re visiting Oglebay this weekend for Oglebayfest, stop by the Schrader Environmental Education Center for EcoFest. The family festival celebrates the earth with vendors, hands-on exhibits, live animal presentations, face painting, tie-dye (bring your own shirt or purchase one there), a scavenger hunt, bird watching, nature crafts, a 50-50 raffle and more. Participating community groups include the Pittsburgh Museum of National History, Grow Ohio Valley, Wheeling Children’s Museum, Primitive Notions, the Brooks Bird Club and others. Hotdogs, cider, popcorn and other treats will be for sale.
WALK/RUN FOR FUN
The Oglebayfest 5k Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 6, takes participants on a scenic trip through Oglebay’s paved Susan Wheeler Walking Trails and Arboretum Trails. The course begins and finishes at the upper parking lot of the Oglebay Good Zoo. This is a hard-surface course and is stroller friendly. Pets are welcome and must remain on a leash. Race day registration (cash or check only) opens at 8 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be available for all participants. The event takes place rain or shine. $25. Register online until 11:55 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.
As part of the Wheeling 250th celebration, Celebrate Wheeling Art Exhibition, opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the 3rd Floor Loft Gallery at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St., Wheeling. The work will be on display through the end of the month. See Wheeling through the eyes of artists Adam and Beth Bedway, Betsy Cox, Brian Fencl, Daniel Finsley, Al Fitzpatrick, Cheryl Ryan Harshman, Katie Holt, Natalie Kovacs, Eric Price, Jes Reger, Cecy Rose, Greg Siegwart, Georgia Tambasis, Lambros Tsuhlares, Robert Villamagna, April Waltz, Herb Weaver, Katie Welch and Alex Wright.
THE WAY OF LOVE
Don’t miss The Way of Love with Presiding Bishop Curry at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Capitol Theatre. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are being sold through the WesBanco Arena box office and online.
LITTLE KIDS, BIG SALES
Children ages 5-17 will be selling their wares from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Corpus Christi Elementary School at the Little Entrepreneurs Craft Fair. Hair accessories, paintings, Play-Doh, jewelry, drawings, beauty products, used toys and books, and more will be for sale.
A MAGICAL EVENING
Enjoy Hocus Pocus — Dinner & A Movie, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre & Cinema. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase. Movie-only tickets are $7 and no reservations needed for the film. (The dinner is sold out.)
HORROR + COMEDY
Do you like horror movies? Do you like comedy? Don’t miss the Nail City Comedy Picture Show, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Nail City Record, on the third floor of the McClain Building, 12 Street, Wheeling. The comedians are Johnny Smith and Andreas O’Rourke. The movie? It’s a 1980s horror classic just in time for Halloween. $5.
Undo’s Elm Grove presents a unique blend of light and alternative rock from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 5, when singer-songwriter Jon Clark takes the stage. A member of the group the Revivers, Clark performs music from the 1960s through the early 2000s, along with a few select original songs. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
OPEN HOUSE, OPEN BOTTLES
An open house wine tasting format with a variety of wines and foods from the deli as well as live music from The Inklings are on tap at Good Mansion Wines, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40.
Dig in to the 27th annual Archaeology Day, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, 801 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville. The free event will feature films, exhibits, pottery making, archaeology displays and demonstrations. There will a museum search with prizes, and visitors can learn to throw a spear using an atlatl. Author Darla Spencer will be on hand to sign copies of “Woodland Mounds in West Virginia.” 304-843-4128
ONE FINE DAY
It’s curtains up on the Broadway at The Capitol series, with the Tony and Grammy Award-winning show, “Beautiful — the Carole King Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. The musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and more, the show will have you singing along. Tickets available online.
SOUP & SALAD
Prepare your palate for some of the area’s tastiest soups and salads at the Crittenton Services’ annual Soup & Salad Luncheon, at noon Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the McLure Hotel & Conference Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch begins at noon. The all-you-care-to-eat buffet features dozens of gourmet soups, salads and desserts prepared by Ohio Valley chefs and restaurants. The luncheon will be highlighted by a Soup Cook-Off Competition with guests choosing the winner. Proceeds benefit the Crittenton Cares Volunteer Program, providing items and activities for the young ladies in the residential treatment program. Door prizes and themed basket raffles also will be offered. Seating is limited. Large parties are encouraged to make reservations in advance. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, and carryout orders are welcome. For more information or to make a reservation, call 304-242-7060 ext. 134, or email Jenna Richardson at email@example.com.
LUNCH AND A MEMOIR
“Appalachia North: A Memoir” by Matthew Ferrence is the topic of Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Ohio County Public Library. “Appalachia North” is the first book-length treatment of the cultural position of northern Appalachia — roughly the portion of the official Appalachian Regional Commission zone that lies above the Mason-Dixon line. For Ferrence, this region fits into a tight space of not-quite: not quite “regular” America and yet not quite Appalachia. Ferrence teaches creative writing at Allegheny College, where he lives and writes at the confluence of the Rust Belt and Appalachia. 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
IT’S A MYSTERY
Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s all-new musical comedy, dinner-theater production, “Popguy the Sailor Man,” will be presented at the Vue Bar and Grill in Grand Vue Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. The family-friendly comedy features musical parodies and interactive opportunities for audience members, along with a mystery to solve, all in the context of a full meal. “Popguy the Sailor Man” will also be performed on Oct. 17 and Nov. 14 at River City, and Nov. 7 at the Vue. For reservations at the Vue, call 304-810-2778 or 304-845-9810; River City, 304-233-4555.
DOWN THE ROAD …
• “Let’s Dance,” featuring Ohio Valley native and classical guitarist John Marcel Williams, is up next for the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s 90th season. Conducted by Music Director John Devlin, the concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at The Capitol Theatre. Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show dinner at 5:30 p.m. in The Capitol Theatre Ballroom. At the free Concert Talk at 6:30 p.m., Maestro Devlin will offer an informative look at the story behind the music. Tickets are available online, by phone at 304-232-6191, via email or in person at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling. For dinner reservations ($30), call 304-232-6191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UP THE ROAD …
• The Pittsburgh Public Theater presents “A Few Good Men,” through Oct. 13, at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh. For tickets, call 412-316-1600 or visit ppt.org. The cast of 19 includes professional actors as well as veteran members of the military. Former Pittsburgh Steeler and Vietnam vet Rocky Bleier and KDKA’s Larry Richert, will each appear as Judge Randolph at select performances.
• Singing! Dancing! Paper! It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don’t miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody of the hit TV show, “The Office,” featuring songs such as “Welcome to Scranton (The Electric City),” “That’s What She Said,” “The Dundies,” “Marry Me Beesly” and more. “The Office! A Musical Parody” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at the Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh. For tickets, click here.
• Back by popular demand, Lee Terbosic’s hit show, “In Plain Sleight,” returns to Liberty Magic for an encore performance, now through Nov. 24. The interactive performance of incredible magic, comedy, illusion, sleight of hand, mindreading and storytelling is all rolled up into a 75-minute show that will leave you wanting more. The audience becomes part of the show with several opportunities to participate in the deception. Terbosic’s mastery of decades-old magic traditions brings a new dimension to the world of parlor magic. An internationally touring magician, comedian, actor, daredevil and entertainer from Pittsburgh, he proves that anything is possible. For tickets, click here. Also opening later this month is Terbosic’s show, “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini.”