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Reno VFD holds annual social

It’s a summer classic, supporting your local volunteer firefighters through ice cream, country stores and bingo. “It’s a fundraiser to keep things running,” said Seth Deem, 29, of Reno, who’s a volunteer firefighter for Reno’s department. “All the funding volunteer ...

My marietta: Fascinating food trucks: Catching the crowd

Food trucks: they are the reverse of a drive-thru but similar aims of convenience. Marietta has played host to several portable restaurants serving everything from lunchtime delights to sweet treats, and residents from all over get a chance to enjoy the food at different locations ...

My Marietta: Ecology of Ohio River a lesson in history

“Ol’ Man River” is a song that is probably familiar to most of those who have grown up at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. But it is much more than a nod to popular culture. Our rivers are full of biodiversity, stemming from millions of years of evolution. “The age ...

Sweet Corn Festival weekend

Corn on the cob, sweet corn ice cream and corn hole are just a few of the corn-related food and fun activities at this year’s Marietta Sweet Corn Festival. On Friday and Saturday, fans of the staple crop will gather in Muskingum Park to listen to music, enjoy a magic show, play games and ...

Live music mixes with craft beer at Pomeroy’s bash

From staff reports Two nights of live music and a local craft beer festival will highlight the 17th annual Big Bend Blues & Brews Bash, which takes place July 28-29 at the Pomeroy Riverside Amphitheater in historic downtown Pomeroy. Affectionately called “The Bash” by blues ...

Shakespeare by the river

Those walking through Muskingum Park in the coming days may happen upon a comedic tale of love, money, prejudice and social injustice. The fourth annual Shakespeare by the River production will feature “The Merchant of Venice,” beginning tonight and continuing through July 9. “Some of ...

List of Fourth of July events in the area

From staff reports A number of activities are planned in the Mid-Ohio Valley through the weekend and beyond to the Fourth of July holiday. WASHINGTON COUNTY ≤ The Washington County Fairgrounds in Marietta will host a day of activities on the Fourth of July weekend. On Saturday, there ...

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 ...