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Annual car show in Oak Grove

Fans of sunshine, food, play and classic cars will have a chance to experience all that Sunday morning at the Oak Grove Recreation Center. The volunteer group that looks after the community park is holding its ninth annual car show at the park Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and hoping for good ...

Young vaudevillians prep for show

PARKERSBURG — The annual Camp Vaudeville program is underway this week at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. About 38 local children began Monday and will work through the week to learn about theatrical history and the days of Vaudeville. The camp continues into next week before ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Freedom Ride coming up

Good weather for riding is forecast for the weekend, and the organizers of the second Mid-Ohio Valley Freedom Ride expect plenty of motorcyclists to show up Saturday for a fund-raising tour through scenic Washington County. Robert Fitzgerald, an Army veteran and executive director of the ...

Home Unique Home

Marietta is known for its diverse architecture and historic homes, but when you look around, you might find both in one building. Here’s a look at two of the city’s unique homes. French for “beautiful view,” Bellevue Street on Harmar Hill has a beautiful view in spades. Near the end ...

Stress less: The art of self-healing in a hectic world

There’s no denying we live in a fast-paced world, where we tend to rush from activity to activity, but dealing with long-term stress isn’t good for our minds or our bodies. Emily West, owner of Studio O-Y-O in Marietta, said there are several ways she teaches people to lower their stress ...

Mound Cemetery Patriot Tour

A densely concentrated point where Marietta’s pioneer past intersects with the present is Mound Cemetery. Many of the Revolutionary War veterans who ventured west after independence found their final resting place in the leafy shade surrounding the Adena earthworks after which the cemetery is ...

Mountain State Art and Craft Fair coming to Ripley

RIPLEY — The 2019 Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will open on the Fourth of July and run through July 6 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley. The fair will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4-5 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. July 6. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military personnel ...

Classic ‘The Crucible’ at MOVP

Affairs, teenage accusations of witchcraft and the deep-seated religious beliefs of a Puritan community will come to life this Friday on the stage of community theater. The Mid-Ohio Valley Players, with a cast of 23, has stepped back in time to follow Arthur Miller’s classic “The ...

Multi-Cultural Festival kicks off on Friday in Parkersburg

From staff reports The 2019 Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will feature three days of food, entertainment, vendors and other attractions Friday through Sunday at City Park in Parkersburg. Admission is free with hours from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon ...

Actors Guild presents ‘On Golden Pond’

From staff reports The classic “On Golden Pond” will be presented by the Actors Guild of Parkersburg for three weekends in June. The show will be presented at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth and Market streets at 8 p.m. June 21, 22, 28 and 29 and at 2:30 p.m. June 23. Tickets are $17 ...

Kids fishing derby at Buckeye Park

From staff reports Children interested in fishing will get their chance Saturday morning during the 14th annual Kids Fishing Derby at Buckeye Park in Marietta. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m., with the derby to follow from 9 to 11 a.m. Kids up to 16 years of age are encouraged to ...

Marietta’s own roller derby team making its mark in the sport

They come from all age groups and occupations. The only thing they all have in common? The love of roller derby. They are the Hell’s Orchard Roller Derby, a charter member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. They are also known locally as the Hades Ladies, whose home rink is the ...

W.Va. River & Rail Bass Fest

From staff reports The 2019 West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at the St. Marys Marina. Back by popular demand this year’s headliner will be country singer and former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington, who has appeared numerous times on ...

Parks will feature free concerts for the public

From staff reports A number of local concert series will be kick off in June at public parks throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley, including Marietta, Belpre, Williamstown and Parkersburg. In Marietta, Music in the Park is a free concert series sponsored by the Marietta Welfare League. The ...

Having fun for Hervida

This weekend, dozens of runners will be heading for Oak Grove to participate in the 5K Run/Walk for Hervida. Registration will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Saturday at the Oak Grove Christian School. The race begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per person. Organized by the Oak Grove Explorers ...

Belpre Cruise-In will fund a senior scholarship

From staff reports Belpre Cruise-In 2019 will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 1305 Washington Blvd. The car show will fund a scholarship for a Belpre High School senior in 2020. Dash plaques will be given to the first 60 entries. Belpre Cruise-In is open ...

Taste of Parkersburg this Saturday at Bicentennial Park

The 14th annual Taste of Parkersburg will be Saturday, bringing top quality food and wines to downtown Parkersburg. The event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. at Bicentennial Park at Third and Market streets, said Wendy Shriver, executive director of Downtown PKB which organizes the ...

Historic Marietta Home Tour

For the next two weekends, visitors will be able to step back in time during the second annual Historic Marietta Tour of Homes. As part of The Castle’s fundraiser, 10 local homes will open their doors as part of a self-guided tour around historic downtown. Five homes will be open on ...

Keep exploring…Some summer camp options to get kids moving and learning

Several organizations in the area will be offering summer camps for children that will not only help get rid of the summer doldrums, but continue their education during the seasonal break from school. Trish Stille, child care director at the Marietta Family YMCA, said her organizations Camp ...

Strawberry tradition continues

The eighth annual First Congregational United Church of Christ Strawberry Festival will take place this Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Fellowship Hall and will offer a slice of much of what makes Marietta great. Kay Maidens, a member of the church and organizer of the event, said ...