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MOVP youth present comedy

A talented cast of teens, a story of love and revenge, and...squirrels? The Mid-Ohio Valley Youth Players will present the comedic story of “The Worst High School Play in the World” this weekend at the Players Theatre, 229 Putnam St., Marietta. The production will be held on Friday at 7 ...

Smoot youth choirs will perform on Saturday

The Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles will present a free Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Parkersburg. While the performance is free, donations will be accepted. Trinity Episcopal Church at 430 Juliana St., Parkersburg, is handicap accessible and ...

Holiday festivities kick off

Intent on expanding the holiday shopping season, the city’s tree lighting ceremony is a week early this year. “We want to welcome the holidays just a little sooner, so this weekend we’ll have the lighting and then the parade will land the following weekend on Nov. 30 and end instead at ...

Belpre Farmers Castle to hold Hineman book sale

From staff reports Books collected over the lifetime of the late Rod Hineman will be offered for sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas Annex of the Belpre Farmers Castle and Education Center. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the museum at 509 Ridge St. “Rod collected ...

MOV Thanksgiving dinners

From staff reports PARKERSBURG — Various organizations and churches will continue the annual Thanksgiving tradition of providing a free meal to residents. - The Parkersburg Salvation Army on Fifth Street will hold its free Thanksgiving Day Dinner beginning at 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. ...

‘Mary Poppins’ comes to Guild

From staff reports The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present the classic musical “Mary Poppins” in November at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Nov. 15-16, Nov. 22-23 and Nov. 29-30, with ...

Annual Trees of Our Heritage exhibit opening

From staff reports The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History will present its 18th annual Trees of Our Heritage Christmas Tree exhibit beginning Sunday. An open house will kick off the exhibit from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the museum at Second and Juliana streets in downtown ...

Seasonal soups are a staple of many kitchens in the fall

When the temperature cools off and the leaves start to drop, it’s time to break out the soup pot. There are dozens of soups of all varieties, from tomato to potato to tortilla to chicken noodle, and everyone has a favorite. Marietta resident Mary Skoglund, 83, said vegetable is her ...

Teens to perform ‘Sweeney Todd’

From staff reports A teen version of the popular musical “Sweeney Todd” will be brought to the stage by the Guild Builders Teen Program next week. “Sweeney Todd: School Edition” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Nov 3 ...

Halloween in the Park, parade planned for Saturday

From staff reports The Marietta Halloween Parade, which has been held for more than 90 years, is scheduled for noon Saturday. The parade route will start at the Physician Assistant building at Marietta College, proceed down Third Street to Putnam Street, before traveling down Front Street to ...

Frightfully fantastic costume ideas

One of the favorite holidays for children is right around the corner and parents and communities are busy making plans. Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on the Halloween holiday, making it the nation’s second largest commercial holiday, according to history.com. While some ...

Fall foliage tours and more

The West Virginia Tourism Office has partnered with the West Virginia Division of Forestry on the 2019 fall foliage season and preliminary reports forecast good fall color across the state. The agencies plan to continue their longstanding partnership and have started producing weekly fall ...

Overnight investigation planned at Blennerhassett Island

From staff reports Hidden Marietta will be leading an overnight investigation Oct. 19 on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The cost is $129 per person. Ticket information is available by calling 740-538-0520. Reported sightings include: the specter of a little girl playing in ...

River Cities Symphony show

It’s a program both in and tailored for Marietta. The River Cities Symphony Orchestra will present a pops concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Peoples Bank Theatre that will include selections from movie soundtracks related to Marietta and a concert suite from a Broadway production composed by ...

Pop Culture Convention at WVU-Parkersburg

From staff reports West Virginia University at Parkersburg will host the fourth annual Parkersburg Pop Con from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the College Activities Center. The event is a celebration of popular culture comics, costuming (cosplay), sci-fi, gaming and film, and will feature ...

Riverfest, Paddlefest, Throwdown planned

- Paddlefest The Parkersburg Paddlefest Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday in downtown Parkersburg and other locations. Paddlefest is a festival dedicated to people-powered watercraft and will be held at Point Park for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. It is organized by the Greater ...

Actors Guild thrills with Poe

PARKERSBURG - The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will open its 2019-2020 season with a production of "Murder by Poe." The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28 and at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets are half price for opening night Friday. Regular prices are $18 ...

Behind-the-scenes look at West Virginia’s only potato chip manufacturer

PARKERSBURG — Mister Bee potato chips have been made in Parkersburg for nearly 70 years, but today the process is more efficient than ever. West Virginia Potato Chip Co. majority owner Mary Anne Ketelsen invested more than $2 million in new equipment that more than tripled production ...

Parkersburg Homecoming Festival begins

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Parkersburg Homecoming Festival runs Friday through Sunday at Point Park and downtown Parkersburg. The schedule of activities includes: FRIDAY ∫ 5 p.m. to close: Bingo ∫ 5:30 p.m.: High School Bands/Color Guard entrance into Point Park ∫ 6-9 p.m.: Kids ...

Honey Festival will be held this weekend

From staff reports The 2019 West Virginia State Honey Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at City Park. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 7 to 13 years and free for ages 6 and under. Now in ...