GET CRANKING TO GIVE BACK
Get together with friends and family and give back during the Thanksgiving season! Hosted by Bike Wheeling and Brew Keepers, Cranksgiving 2019 is part bike ride, part food drive and part scavenger hunt. Here’s how it works: meet on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the north end of Centre Market for registration and to pick up maps, food lists and information. At 11 a.m., the scavenger hunt begins. Participants will ride through the streets in and around Wheeling and then navigate the aisles of grocery stores searching for specific canned goods. Collect the items and return to the finish line. Meet back at Brew Keepers at 2 p.m. for scoring, snacks, giveaways, prizes and more. On the day of the event, participants will need $15-20 to purchase food. All food donations will support The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling Inc. This is a family-friendly event. Cranksgiving is a national event that occurs in nearly 100 locations across the country. Register at Eventbrite.
JAZZ AMONG THE TREES
The Jenny Wilson Trio, a jazz ensemble focusing on original music as well as classic and contemporary standards, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Wilson is a composer, pianist, flutist and vocalist. Originally from Queens, New York, she is a graduate of West Virginia University’s master of music jazz pedagogy program and has toured in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. She is also a juried Tamarack visual artist and has been selected as one of West Virginia’s best-emerging painters. Wilson’s husband, bassist Nathan Wilson, also performs with Squonk Opera from Pittsburgh. Saxophonist Curtis E. Johnson is a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and is an instructor at West Virginia Wesleyan and Carnegie Mellon University. He has backed such performers as Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Little Anthony, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry, Isaac Hayes, Lou Rawls, The Spinners, Dionne Warwick, Martha Reeves and is currently touring with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and remain open until 11 p.m. $22.50. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Festival of Trees is open to the public through Nov. 22 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, Wheeling. The trees, wreaths and garlands can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Special events during the Festival of Trees include: Nov. 16, Children’s Breakfast Among the Trees; Nov. 16, Jazz Among the Trees; Nov. 19, Stifel Holiday Tea (free and open to the public); Nov. 20, Dine & Shop Business & Civic Club Luncheon; Nov. 22, Festival of Trees Wine Tasting. Most events require reservations. Call 304-242-7700 or visit here to use the links in the event details to reserve online.
HOLIDAYS AT THE MANSION
Holidays at the Mansion, featuring 13 period rooms decorated in holiday finery at Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Jan. 5. It is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. $10; free for ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult; 304-242-7272; www.OIonline.com
OGLEBAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Oglebay’s landscape is alive with twinkling light displays through Jan. 5. The Winter Festival of Lights features more than one million lights in 90 displays and covers more than 300 acres over a 6-mile drive through Oglebay Park. New to the show in 2019, guests can experience a variety of enchanting activities at the new Frosted Hilltop attraction located near Oglebay’s iconic Mansion Museum at The Hilltop. This magical wonderland is home to the Snowflake Express Train Ride, designed for children, located inside Oglebay’s greenhouse, while guests of all ages can embark on a 20-minute guided adventure through the twinkling hillsides while aboard the new Frosty Wagon Ride. While at the Frosted Hilltop, guests can experience the Garden Bistro’s new Ice Lounge featuring firepits, s’mores kits and seasonal refreshments, including holiday beverages for guests 21 and older, while enjoying panoramic views of the breathtaking hillside. Visitors can warm up at the Ice Lounge 5-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. With the return of 3D Sleigh Bans, the 2019 Winter Festival of Lights promises to be even more stunning. This year, guests will enjoy new holographic filters including gingerbread men, candy canes, snowmen and snowflakes. For information about the Winter Festival of Lights, visit www.oglebay.com/lights.
HOLIDAY ART SHOW & SALE
Buy local by visiting Oglebay Institute’s Holiday Art Show & Sale, open Nov. 14 through Dec. 23, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center and the Schrader Environmental Education Center. This annual shopping experience showcases the talent of dozens of regional artisans and crafters offering one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Shop hundreds of unique items, including pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, textiles, home décor and gourmet goodies. Sale hours at the Stifel are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is also open during scheduled classes and events. Sale hours at Schrader are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 304-242-7700; www.OIOnline.com
STIFEL HOLIDAY TEA
Welcome the holiday season with a nice cup of tea from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Oglebay Institute’s annual Stifel Holiday Tea. Socialize with friends in the elegantly decorated landmark Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling. Enjoy tea sandwiches, hot tea and cookies. Guests of all ages are welcome. Free and open to the public. Call 304-242-7700 for more information.
WINTER ON THE PLAZA
Join friends for Winter on the Plaza, a brand-new event at the Plaza on Market in downtown Wheeling, from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. There will be a tree-lighting ceremony, Santa Claus, music, vendors, activities and more! The Mountain State Photo Camper, complete with props and decorated for the holiday season, will be onsite for those attending to commemorate the occasion with photos free of charge. Triadelphia Middle School Strings will perform at 5:30 p.m. At 5:55, the City of Wheeling will offer a welcome, and Santa’s arrival and the tree lighting are scheduled at 6 p.m. The St. Michael’s Bell Choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa will take place from 6:30-7 p.m.
THANKFUL FOR WINE & CHEESE
Good Mansion Wines will pair Thanksgiving wines and cheeses at the wine tasting set for 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Sparkling and triple creme, Riesling and blue cheese, Pinot Noir and Burgundy triple cremes, Port and white stilton. Guests will taste it all in this one-on-one pairing of wine and cheeses that are musts for your Thanksgiving Day table. Presented by the staff of Good Mansion Wines. $15 at the door, no reservations needed.
A COLORFUL MUSICAL
The Monarch Company of John Marshall High School will present “The Rainbow Fish Musical,” written by Austin Zumbro and directed by Tracey Filben. Performances are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, in the John Marshall High School Center for Performing Arts. Meet a charming school of fish and sea-creature characters who admire the famous Rainbow Fish, the most beautiful fish in all the ocean. When Rainbow Fish refuses to share her vibrant, shimmering scales, the whole ocean seems to turn against the vain creature. Very unhappy about this, the Rainbow Fish seeks out the wise Octopus who helps the young fish learn that it’s far better to be admired for being kind than for being beautiful. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
BACK TO THE EIGHTIES
New wave music rocks River City at 14th and Main streets in Wheeling starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in a special pre-holiday season performance by the M-80s. This theatrical power pop rock band specializes in new wave music from the 1980s. Evocative of the era, the M-80s band plays music of the Cars, Cyndi Lauper, the B-52s, Blondie, Devo, the Pretenders, Talking Heads and more.
The unique music of rock music veteran Mike Styer will be featured at Undo’s Elm Grove Saturday, Nov. 16. Styer is a guitarist and vocalist who specializes in a mixture of familiar classic rock and pop music. The music starts at 9 p.m. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
AARDVARK, ABA, ABACK, ABACUS, ABAFT, ABALONE …
One of the Ohio County Public Library’s patrons once was overheard saying, “Dr. Javersak is so interesting, I could listen to him read the dictionary!” And, that’s just what he will do at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library. Dr. David Javersak will read the dictionary with the following enhancements: an exploration of the various types of dictionaries; a brief history of dictionaries; an examination of the Oxford English Dictionary’s development and its American influences; Noah Webster; Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary; Samuel Johnson; and how and why dictionaries have to be updated. 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
The Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books in partnership with the People’s University will feature Wheeling-born playwright Sean O’Leary at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. O’Leary’s play, “Pound,” was recently produced in New York with Christopher Lloyd in the lead role. After recently being drawn into a debate about J. D. Vance’s book and soon-to-be movie, “Hillbilly Elegy,” O’Leary will explore questions of where we are as a state and where we’re going, as well as the joy, suffering, pride and shame that goes with being a West Virginian from Wheeling. For more information about the Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books, People’s University — Wheeling 250: Wheeling in Literature, email the library at email@example.com, call 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s reference desk.
HOMETOWN’S FINEST AT WSO
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra applauds two of its own with Hometown’s Finest: Mezare & Driscoll, featuring WSO principal musicians, Roi Mezare, clarinet, and Robert Driscoll, oboe, conducted by Music Director John Devlin. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at The Capitol Theatre. Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show, prix fixe dinner, catered by Chef Rocco Basil in the Capitol Theatre Ballroom starting at 5:30 p.m. A free Concert Talk at 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom offers a look at the story behind the music. The WSO continues its Pay-What-You-Will program for this concert, honoring Ohio Valley’s first responders, active military personnel and military veterans. Individuals can show up at the box office the night of the performance and receive up to two tickets per person with proper identification. Tickets at wheelingsymphony.com, 304-232-6191, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling. For reservations to the pre-concert dinner ($30), call 304-232-6191 or email email@example.com.
UP THE ROAD …
• Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Anana Kaye on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. The Nashville-based duo of Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel deliver a unique and distinctly European sound with such influences as Kate Bush, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. 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.
• Join Lee Terbosic, widely considered one of the foremost magical experts on Houdini, as he explores the mysteries surrounding the magician’s astonishing life and death in “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini” now through Nov. 17 at Liberty Magic in Pittsburgh. Houdini died on Halloween night in 1926. It seems quite appropriate that the world’s most famous magician should pass away on the year’s most “magical” day. Even more intriguing, Houdini was 52 years old when he died, the exact number of playing cards in a deck. Further, he was born 26 years before the start of the new century and died 26 years into the next one — as if his “life’s deck” had been deftly cut in half by Fate, the ultimate magician. For a full 10 years after Houdini’s death, his wife Bess conducted a séance on Halloween. These séances were always attended by the top names in magic, as well as personal friends of the great magician. Houdini had told Bess that if it were possible, he would send a message to her “from beyond” in secret code. Tickets are available for “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini” online.
• Also, 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 to “In Plain Sleight,” click here.
• Quantum Theatre will present “Shakespeare’s Will,” through Dec. 1 at the West Homestead United Methodist Church. William Shakespeare remained married until his death to Anne Hathaway, about whom the world knows little and wonders much. This contemporary play portrays a full-throated Anne in every emotional color imaginable, at the center of her own story instead of relegated to a footnote in Will’s; a robust exploration of feminist themes resonant even in the #MeToo present.