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Photo courtesy of the Marietta Brewing Company.
Keg tree
The Marietta Brewing Company’s Christmas tree this year is made out of kegs and lights.

‘O Tannenbaum’

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. And some are even celebrating with a bit of creativity when it comes to trees. With 32 layers of books, some spines facing outwards and others facing in, copies of encyclopedia Britannica editions, the Ohio Revised Code, ...

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‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

The best is seldom ordinary, and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” takes that principle to stage in a play about a nativity pageant. The junior players and youth theatre production by the Mid-Ohio Valley Players is being staged for three performances this weekend. The cast of more than ...

50th annual Holly Trail Tour of Homes

From staff reports The GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club will hold its 50th annual Holly Trail Tour of Homes on Saturday and Sunday with several homes in Parkersburg and one in Vienna. In celebration of the “golden tour,” this year’s program features the addition of evening tour from 5 ...

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Holiday decor & Lowell style

Each of the five homes on the Weihnachten Tour of Homes in Lowell has at least 100 years of history. And for the holiday-themed tour, they will have decorations that include seven to eight Christmas trees in some of the homes, old-fashioned German decorations, Santa’s workshop and ...

Winterfest activities add to Saturday parades

From staff reports The annual Christmas parades in Vienna and Parkersburg will be Saturday, with Vienna’s beginning at 11 a.m. on Grand Central Avenue and Parkersburg’s beginning at 2 p.m. on Market Street. Downtown Parkersburg will also be full of activities from 4 to 7 p.m. for the ...

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Bellamy Brothers benefit

By Janelle Patterson The Marietta Times jpatterson@mariettatimes.com For the second year tickets are going fast for a benefit concert to provide foster children in Washington County with important pieces of a childhood. “We see that these kids have been really dealt a rough hand and ...

Holiday in the Park lighting ceremony Sat.

From staff reports The annual Holiday In the Park lights display at City Park in Parkersburg will kick off with a lighting ceremony Saturday and will remain open through Dec. 31. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the City Park horseshoe pits where Santa Claus will be handing ...

MICHAEL KELLY   The Marietta Times
Images on Jenny Bruce’s Timesaver Memories include a disused shed, photographed as she traveled the back roads of Washington County. The building can be seen on Michaelis Road off Ohio 550.

Exploring roads less traveled in Washington County

Jenny Bruce’s Facebook page - Title: Timesaver Memories - Project: Capture and share images of the back roads of Washington County - Status: About 50 percent complete - Where to find it: https://www.facebook.com/Timesaver-Memories-117290688775132/ Three decades in Columbus gave ...

Page turners’ delights

By Kate York The Marietta Times kyork@mariettatimes.com For any book lover, Marietta is the place to be this weekend. Both the Ely Chapman Education Foundation fall book giveaway and the Marietta Friends of the Library used book sale will take place, with plenty of page-turners for ...

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Halloween fun in Marietta

This weekend might be little bit gloomy with a forecast calling for rain and cool temperatures, but it will likely just add to the atmosphere for all the Halloween-related events happening around town. Organizer Donna Fairchild, with the Marietta Noon Lions, said predicted rain will force ...

Halloween-related events this weekend

From staff reports Several Halloween-related activities are planned this weekend. In downtown Parkersburg, the annual Monster Mash on Market Street will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Market Street, with activities between Fourth and Fifth streets, as well as the ...

Heidi Lannigan tries on a dress for an ’80s prom-themed costume. Lannigan works at First Settlement Physical Therapy and was at Goodwill looking for something to wear to work on Halloween.

Boo!-tiful

With more than 179 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million last year, spending is slated to reach a record high, according to the National Retail Federation. This year, consumers are expected to spend $9.1 billion, up from $8.4 billion in 2016. ...

Oak Grove VFD craft and vendor show

It might be just October but the holiday shopping season — and Christmas spirit — is well underway. Soon, craft shows and bake sales will be popping up all over. This Saturday, the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its inaugural Fall in “the Grove” Craft and ...

Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off features a few twists

From staff reports After nearly four decades, the annual Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off is moving from Howes Grove Park to Civitan Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Belpre Lions Club will hold its 39th annual Apple Butter Stir Off from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. ...

Little Muskingum Watershed Association fall foliage tour

From staff reports The 28th annual Fall Foliage Tour and Antique Engine/Equipment Show will celebrate the fall change of colors Saturday and Sunday at several locations along Ohio 26 north of Marietta. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and is ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Pumpkins for pies are already available at the Witten’s stand on Pike Street in Marietta for the season.

A plethora of pumpkin

The herald of fall, the pumpkin, has in recent years inspired more than just pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, carved jack-o-lanterns at Halloween and baked seeds at ball games. Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin chips, pumpkin waffle candles, pumpkin flavored dog food and even a pumpkin scented pen ...

Heritage Day in Belpre includes tours, demonstrations

From staff reports The Belpre Historical Society will host its annual Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Farmers Castle Museum Education Center on Ridge Street in Belpre. Admission is free. A flag ceremony will begin the day at 11 a.m. with a welcome from Belpre Mayor Mike ...

St. Mary Fall Festival features dinner, fun

With three days worth of events, the St. Mary Catholic School Fall Festival offers a little something for everyone—and every age group. The event, one of the largest annual fundraisers for the school, kicks off Friday with a catered dinner and wine pairings from the House of Wines along ...

Pop Con celebrates all sorts of pop culture

From staff reports The second annual Parkersburg Pop Con will be Saturday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg for pop culture enthusiasts of all kinds. WVU-P is teaming up with local businesses for the convention which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the College Activities ...

Williamstown Band to benefit from show at Smoot

By Evan Bevins Special to the Times In organizing his first concert — a fundraiser to purchase new drums for the Williamstown High School music program — Perry Knopp found some willing partners. Charleston indie band Qiet and blues journeyman Greg O’Brien and the Spoodoo Cadillacs ...