Busy days ahead in Parkersburg

From staff reports

A number of activities will be taking place this weekend in downtown Parkersburg.

Market Street Merchants and Artists Walk

Artsbridge will present the first of a pair of Market Street Merchants and Artists Walks from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday along Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. The second one will be in September.

All businesses on Market Street are invited to participate. The event goes from the corner of 13th and Market streets to the Wood County Courthouse. The Point Park Market Place is also participating and Downtown PKB will kick off its Point Park Concert Series on Friday, while the Dils Center will also be hosting businesses and artists.

Blennerhassett Wine Dinner

The Blennerhassett Hotel will be hosting the Friday Night Wine Dinner on Friday evening as a lead-in to the Taste of Parkersburg on Saturday. Initially organized as part of the Taste, the hotel has taken over presenting the wine dinner in recent years. The dinner will begin at 6:30. The menu is available at theblennerhassett.com and reservations can be made by calling 304-22-3131.

Point Park Concert Series

The Point Park Concert Series will kick off at 8 p.m. Friday. The monthly concert series is held at the Point Park Amphitheatre and will be held on the first Friday evening of the month from June through September. Admission is free for each concert.

The first concert of the series will be Sounds of Summer: Beach Boy Tribute at 8 p.m. Friday. Other concerts in the series will be July 6 (Vegas McGraw – Tim McGraw Tribute); Aug. 3 (Absolute Queen – Queen Tribute Experience); and Sept. 7 (Wanted – The Bon Jovi Tribute).

In conjunction with the concert series, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will offer a special dinner cruise on Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 304-420-4800 and tickets are $27 for adults and $21 for children ages 3-12.

Taste of Parkersburg

The 13th annual Taste of Parkersburg will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bicentennial Park at Third and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg, bringing top quality food and wines to downtown Parkersburg.

Admission includes a complimentary Taste logo wine or beer glass for sampling. Once admitted to the event, visitors will purchase $1 tickets that can be used with food or wine vendors at the Taste for specific foods and beverages, ranging from $1 to $5 in value.

A number of participating restaurants and wine and beer vendors, both local and from throughout the region, make annual visits to the Taste.

The food vendors will include: Belair’s Bistro & Catering, Chams Lebanese Restaurant; TCB; Phillipines Best; Tampico; El Mariachi; Bohio Mexican Grill; The Changed Plate; Holl’s Chocolates; Spats at the Blennerhassett; Shortys Pizzeria; Maka Mia Pizza; Hot Dog Willy’s; Camden Clark Medical Center’s Cafe; The Par on Emerson; and da Vinci’s.

There will also be a variety of wine and beer vendors participating in the Taste.

Julia-Ann Jazz

The first Julia-Ann Jazz program will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 112 13th St. in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District.

The jazz event is being held in lieu of the district’s annual garden tour and proceeds will benefit the district.

The cost for the entire evening is $40. Space is limited but a few tickets are still available, however sales will close on Friday morning since food must be ordered. Tickets may be purchased online at jazzinthesquare.live.

The featured groups will be Stolen Moments, a quartet from Charleston, a local quartet called At Play and the Smoot House Band. As a warm up group, the Parkersburg South High School Jazz Ensemble will kick off the festivities at 5:45 p.m. At Play will begin at 6:15 p.m. followed by Stolen Moments at 7 p.m. and the Smoot House Band at 8 p.m.

Featured food for the event will come from The Buckley House, Emmanuels, C.J.s, Chams and Mary B’s. Alcohol will not be sold, but attendees may bring their own favorite wine. Parking will be street parking in the district or the parking lot at First Presbyterian Church.