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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 ...

Prepping for the Fair

Fair season is just around the corner for 4-H members who are busy getting their animals ready to be shown. Saturday was the skillathon at the Washington County Fairgrounds, where youth got to show off their knowledge of their projects. Elle Casto, 9, of Marietta, is showing her goat this ...

Pollinator & Moth Night

A popular program will return to Williamstown tonight as Katy Lustofin will bring her discussion of pollinators and moths to the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Every month, a different subject is covered at the Waverly Road refuge, said Michael Schramm, visitor services manager ...

Belpre Homecoming kicks off

BELPRE — The 87th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival runs today through Saturday at Civitan Park in Belpre. The homecoming features a variety of events, displays, food, amusements and entertainment. The weekend will be capped by a laser light display, “Light Up the Night” at 10 p.m. ...

Picking the produce: Shop local at farm markets

This is the perfect time of year for people who enjoy locally-grown fruits and vegetables, as there are farms who set up stands all over the Mid-Ohio Valley. At the produce stand near Tomlinson Park in Williamstown, Ken and Elaine Fullerton of Belpre are currently selling squash, zucchini, ...

Follow the Trail: Columbus, Dublin offer unique look at cities

As themed-trails become a more important part of a travel destination, from cocktails to donuts, many cities are using these to tout what their local businesses have to offer. The city of Columbus has not one, but three trails to showcase what makes them special. “This is a really great way ...

River City Comic Arts Festival

After taking a hiatus in 2018, the River City Comic Arts Festival is back this Sunday at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. Jordan Lowe, owner of Marietta’s Asylum Comics, started the convention in 2011 and is focusing the event in a new direction this year. “This year it’s all ...

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 ...