Entertainment

Promoting outdoor fun

One only has to look at the popularity of films like "The Hunger Games," "Brave" and "The Avengers" to understand why archery as a sport is making a comeback.The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge and Crooked Creek Archery of Williamstown will hold a free event on Saturday in an effort ...

Labor Day weekend activities abound locally

A number of local activities will highlight the Labor Day weekend in the Mid-Ohio Valley.Activities include: At Mountwood Park, the Labor Day Weekend Horse Rides and Camp Out will be held Friday through Monday, with most of the activities occurring on Saturday.The event is sponsored by the ...

Local movie review: ‘Elysium’ a gritty, brutal tale with no middle ground

By Evan BevinsThe Marietta Timesebevins@mariettatimes.comDespite its gritty realism, brutal violence and real-world allegories, "Elysium" is a fairy tale, with a clearly delineated battle between good and evil.Writer-director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his terrific "District 9" stars Matt ...

‘Gospel on the GO Party’

As the dog days of summer are winding down and children are heading back to school, one last hurrah is planned for Sunday.The Celebration Center of Marietta is hosting a "Gospel on the GO Party" for children of all ages, beginning at 1 p.m. in East Muskingum Park near the gazebo. Church ...

Cruises offer unique view of fireworks

One of the most popular parts of this weekend's Parkersburg Homecoming Festival will be the fireworks show on Saturday evening.Visitors will fill the downtown area to view the fireworks at 10 p.m. as they are shot from Fort Boreman Hill.There are special programs available for those interested ...

Merchants and Artist Walk

The last Merchants and Artist Walk of the summer is coming up Friday and organizers and participants alike agree that it's been a good season."I had a good response," said first-time vendor Lori Friend-Hanson, of Marietta, of her experience in June. "I would consider doing it again because I ...

The Music Man Junior presented this weekend

"The Music Man" is a Broadway classic, revived many times since its debut in 1957.But when "The Music Man Junior" comes to the Mid-Ohio Valley Players stage this weekend, it will do so with a cast made primarily up of newcomers to the group's Junior Players."I'm kind of feeling in between, ...

Harmar Days

Some new festivities have been added to this year's Harmar Days Streets Festival taking place this weekend in Marietta's historic Harmar District."We're trying something brand new on Friday night with 'Harmar Sings,' a karaoke contest with cash prizes for the top three finishers," said festival ...

Coolville Founder’s Day program Saturday

The annual Coolville Founder's Day program will be Saturday in Coolville, with activities, vendors and entertainment throughout the day along Coolville's Main Street.Founder's Day will kick off at 11 a.m. with the annual parade, which will begin lining up an hour earlier at the old ...

Beverly-Waterford Homecoming

Sue Trotter remembers it as an opportunity to whirl around on the rides and take part in a cake walk.When he was a boy, American Legion Commander and business owner Steven Wainwright, said it was the first time he ever got to experience carnival rides. His mother would drop him off at Dodge ...

Rising country music stars at Interstate Fair

From staff reportsMINERAL WELLS, W.Va. - A number of rising country music stars will be featured during the 2013 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition, which opens Tuesday and runs through July 20 on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells.The fair will feature five days of entertainment, ...

Washington County Daylily Driving Tour Saturday

Washington County Daylily Driving Tour to be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There are two daylily farms in Washington County Roses Gardens (678-2704) on McGill Road in Vincent, and Garden in the Works (373-0579) on Stanleyville Narrows Road in ...

Red, white & blues Festival

Music lovers might have to dodge a few raindrops at the 19th annual Red, White and Blues Fest but - knock on wood - there won't be any severe weather to deal with this year.Last year's event came fresh on the heels of the June 29 derecho that swept through the area, leaving a path of ...

Youth theater to present ‘The Pirates Of Penzance’

From staff reportsTheatre de Jeunesse, a local youth theater arts program, will present the classical comedy musical "The Pirates Of Penzance" for two weekends in July.The musical will open at 8 p.m. July 12 at the Friederich Theater in the Hermann Fine Arts Center, 500 Butler St., ...

More boats, more races for Roar

A new entity will oversee the powerboat racing at the 13th annual Marietta Riverfront Roar, but many of the event's popular features will remain the same, organizers say.And admission will still be free.For the first time since the event's inception in 2001, Powerboat Superleague will not be ...

Newport Firemen’s Festival

The community of Newport plans to get a jump start on the Independence Day holiday when it holds the annual Fireman's Festival this Saturday."We have typically held this on the Fourth but we've found out that it costs a lot more to do it on the actual holiday," said Bill Cochran, assistant fire ...

Annual Multicultural Festival under way

PARKERSBURG - The 18th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival kicked off Friday with a Latin music night, leading into the weekend festival that celebrates the cultural diversity of the Mid-Ohio Valley.The groups Grupo Konde Norteno, which made its multi-cultural festival debut, and ...

Garden tour

A large but intimate-feeling landscaping masterpiece, a densely planted city oasis and a family's joint gardening venture will all be highlighted during this year's Marietta Garden Tour.The annual event, presented by the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Marietta, takes place Sunday and ...

Multi-Cultural Festival opens with Latin music

PARKERSBURG -The 18th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will feature three days of food, fun, entertainment and activities at City Park in Parkersburg.The festival kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. and runs through Sunday, with free admission all weekend.For the second year, the festival ...

A vacation story

"Leaving Iowa" has been described as "the most frighteningly realistic depiction of a family summer road trip," so it is only appropriate that Mid-Ohio Valley Players is putting on this play during peak vacation time.It is also a touching and funny play perfect for Father's Day and, with the ...