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Blennerhassett Island hosts events

By Wayne Towner Special to the Times PARKERSBURG — A number of special activities are planned on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park through the end of June and the month of July. Information about all of the events is available by calling 304-420-4800. Boat tickets are sold at ...

2 summer stock productions at Marietta theater

Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta will be offering summer stock productions of “Cabaret” and “The Merchant of Venice.” The musical “Cabaret,” directed by Geoff Coward, will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with additional performances on June 30 and July ...

Leith Run fishing derby Sat.

In support of National Get Outdoors Day, the Wayne National Forest Athens Ranger District-Marietta Unit is inviting the public to attend a day of outdoor fun on the banks of the Ohio River. In collaboration with the Grandview Volunteer Fire Department, the Wayne is hosting the Leith Run ...

22nd Multi-Cultural Festival this weekend

From staff reports The 22nd annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will feature three days of food, fun, entertainment and activities at City Park in Parkersburg. This year’s festival runs Friday through Sunday, with free admission all weekend. The hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, ...

One of several flags flies along Putnam Street.

Old Glory

The American flag is everywhere. The flag can be found in numerous places. It's perched atop buildings, painted on walls, hanging from the sterns of boats, from the railings of porches and proudly waves over the graves of veterans. Today marks Flag Day, a day commemorating the adoption of ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Bethany Colvin, a fifth-grade teacher at Washington Elementary, finalizes grades for her students while sitting on a stability ball Monday.

These are not your average work stations

From $20 to a couple thousand the cost of staying active while chained to a desk is as varied as the alternative solutions. “There is more and more research that sitting all day is as bad for you as other habits like a bad diet and not getting exercise,” said Washington County Health ...

Sarah, Plain and Tall

If you go ∫ What: Sarah, Plain and Tall ∫ When: June 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and June 18 at 3 p.m. ∫ Tickets: MOVP.org, Marty’s Print Shop, the Marietta-Washington County CVB and the box office. ∫ Sponsored by WesBanco. ∫ Directed by Kay Doak ∫ Presented ...

Jazzin’ Up the Museums fundraiser takes off Friday

It’s not too late to get on the boat for a good cause and enjoy some good music and food at the same time. The Jazzin’ Up the Museums fundraiser onboard the Valley Gem Sternwheeler will begin boarding at 6 p.m. on Friday and reservations are still being accepted, according to Christina ...

Upcoming events at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Upcoming events at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center: Friday, June 9: "Insect Safari." Join a Refuge Ranger on a quest to capture bugs! Nets and jars will be provided to catch and view insects up close. Learn how to identify different species of bugs and ...

Soul Asylum at Peoples Bank Theatre July 14

Minneapolis rockers Soul Asylum announces new U.S. tour dates with Cracker kicking off on July 14 in Marietta at Peoples Bank Theatre. Tickets will be on sale Friday, June 9 and can be purchased at: www.soulasylum.com The band spent most of 2016 crisscrossing the country in support of ...

Downtown swings for First Friday

By Erin E. O’Neill The Marietta Times eoneill@mariettatimes.com The theme of June’s First Fridays event is Downtown Mini Golf and organizers hope the weather will cooperate enough for patrons to get in a couple of swings. “Marietta Adventure Company will have our hole set up, rain ...

Taste of Parkersburg paired with music, wine-tasting event

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — The 12th annual Taste of Parkersburg will be Saturday, bringing top quality food and wines to downtown Parkersburg. Organized by Downtown PKB, the Taste will be joined by two related events on the night before, the kickoff of this summer’s Point Park ...

MUSHROOMS

Mushrooms-grilled, in soup, omelets, casserole, salad or on pizza-there are myriad uses for the fungi, and many of the most tasty can be found through foraging. "I put the mushrooms I find in soups," said Rhea Bockhorst, of Marietta. "Many people like to dry theirs because they re-hydrate ...

Memorial Day holiday

From staff reports Several communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be celebrating Memorial Day with parades and ceremonies during the holiday weekend. MARIETTA In Marietta, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will be sponsoring parades on Monday to honor the military ...

Area attractions open for the holiday

From staff reports While many businesses will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, a number of area attractions are open through this weekend and will be open to visitors Monday on the first official weekend of the summer tourism season. ¯ While usually closed on Mondays, Blennerhassett ...

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Quiet Oasis

Veto Lake, Washington County’s only public lake, offers people a spot to view wildlife, picnic or even fish for a variety of species. The 160-acre lake, located just east of Ohio 339 on Veto Road in Dunham Township, has six miles of shoreline and was designed in 1954 by the Ohio Department ...

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Kids fishing derby

WHIPPLE—It’s that time of year again for competitors of all ages to see who can catch the biggest fish during the annual Washington County Fish and Game Club Fishing Derby. Located at 2100 Duck Creek Road in Whipple, fishers of all ages have a chance to compete among each other for the ...

3 events in May, June at Henderson Hall

From staff reports Three events are slated for May and June at the historic Henderson Hall on River Road off West Virginia 14. The Pioneer Antique Auto Club will hold its annual Henderson Hall Antique Car Show starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Roy Meredith, organizer, said ...

River Cities Symphony at Peoples Bank Theatre

From staff reports The Mid-Ohio Valley’s hometown River Cities Symphony Orchestra continues its 2016-2017 season with a fun Broadway-themed Summer Pops concert. The Pops Go Broadway Concert will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta. Tickets are $15, ...

ERIN O’NEILL   The Marietta Times
Mariah Carper holds her daughter Alice at their new Waterford home.

A year of firsts

As if being a first-time parent weren’t stressful enough, Mariah Carper, 27, and her husband, Ryan, 34, also work full-time and just moved into a new home in Waterford. It’s just one aspect of how becoming a parent can change a mom — for the better. The couple met when Mariah worked at a ...