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‘The Little Mermaid’ performed by Marietta Choir Department this weekend

This weekend, the Marietta Choir Department will present the musical, "The Little Mermaid," in the Marietta High School auditorium. At 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, students from both the middle school and high school will put their spin on the Disney classic. Scott ...

‘Madeline’ comes to the Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre will be presenting “Madeline and the Bad Hat” on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The Smoot Theatre will present ArtsPower National Touring Theatre’s musical that captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans’ much loved Madeline series. This ...

MOVP presents: Same Time Next Year

During the next two weekends, the Mid-Ohio Valley Players will be acting in “Same Time, Next Year” by Bernard Slade. The romantic comedy will have six performances starting on Friday at 8 p.m. Leslie McGoron is the director and said she was glad MOVP agreed with her suggestion to do the ...

Sounds of Sinatra played by W.Va. Symphony

From staff reports The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will host crooner Tony DeSare this Sunday in Parkersburg. The concert will be at 3 p.m. at Blennerhassett School, 448 Jewell Road, Parkersburg. DeSare and his band will join Music Director Lawrence Loh and the symphony for a ...

Kiwanis Pancake Days is here

Every year, now for 65 years, a homecoming of sorts has occurred over pancakes. “When I was in high school I was president of the Key (Kiwanis Educate Youth) club back in 2004 and helped set up and was in the dining room,” said Will Johnson, of Marietta. But now Johnson is serving ...

First Fridays celebrates Valentine’s with ‘Share the Love’

From local reports Join Marietta Main Street downtown this weekend for First Fridays: Share the Love from 5 to 9 p.m. Residents and visitors that brave the chilly weather will be rewarded with late night shopping, special promotions and in-store specials, and opportunities to share their ...

Paranormal Expo in Marietta

Most people would react with fear if they encountered signs of paranormal activity in their everyday life. But for some, interacting with phenomenon from an unseen world is what they love to do. The inaugural Hidden Marietta Paranormal Expo on Saturday celebrates the passion that some people ...

Several events planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Several programs and services honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in connection with the holiday in his honor will be held in the coming week. ¯Marietta College will be closed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. While classes won’t be held, students and employees are ...

Rallying for a friend’s recovery

Friends of Tommy Longfellow will come together Saturday night to return some of the favors the long-time mechanic has done for them over the years. Longfellow, 49, sustained crippling injuries in a motorcycle crash six months ago and is still recovering. “In August I was riding my ...

Local musicians to perform folk music in the round

According to Michael "Moon" Mullen, owner of Over the Moon Pub and Pizza on Front Street and local musician, folk music uses lyrics to drive the song by telling a story. This Friday, at 8 p.m., three local musicians will tell their stories in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson at ...

First Fridays: Fire and Ice

When people think of ice in January, they are usually reminded of treacherous driving conditions or the early morning scraping of their windshields. But for this month’s First Fridays event, ice will be celebrated as a unique artistic medium. This Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., downtown merchants ...

Gingerbread creations on display

From staff reports The 2018 Gingerbread Festival at the Blennerhassett Hotel offers a variety of tasteful — and tasty — displays running through the day after Christmas. The exhibits are free to view, although there is a Peoples’ Choice award which will be determined by the amount of ...

Community holiday meals are planned for area

From staff reports Communal Christmas Day meals have been a tradition in the Mid-Ohio Valley for years and that practice continues this year. ¯ In Marietta, the fifth annual Christmas Day Feast will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Fourth and ...

Live Nativity at Tunnel UMC

Live nativities provide more context to the biblical story of Christmas. “I think you really feel it in your heart, you’re more a part of the story when you watch and interact with a live nativity rather than just reading it in scripture,” said Amy Peckens, 69, of Warren ...

Hometown Holiday celebration at Peoples Bank Theatre

From staff reports The Peoples Bank Theatre will present a pair of holiday-themed events through the second half of December. Peoples Bank Theatre will present its annual Hometown Holiday celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday at the theater on Putnam Street in downtown Marietta. Tickets are $12. ...

Holiday Loft Tour Saturday

As people stroll down Front Street, their eyes may be naturally drawn to the festive holiday decorations and potential Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones. It’s forgivable if they don’t look up to notice that many of the buildings and shops downtown have a second floor loft. But for ...

Parades scheduled throughout the Valley

Two holiday parades and a downtown celebration will be held Saturday in Vienna and Parkersburg. Santa Claus is expected to participate in both holiday parades, according to organizers. Downtown PKB is holding its annual Winterfest program on Saturday evening in downtown Parkersburg. The ...

Something for every taste to indulge in this holiday season

Several local businesses are offering some delicious distractions to the holiday rush of shopping, decorating and cooking. Jordan McCutcheon, manager of Tim Horton’s on Seventh Street, said both their iced and hot peppermint mocha is a big hit every year with Christmas shoppers. “It’s ...

Creepy, Kooky Halloween Decorations

The mixture of fright and fun represented by Halloween drives a select number of households in Marietta to extreme measures. Take, for example, Gary and Sandy Crislip. Their home at 409 E. Montgomery St. is an ordinary two-story frame house north of downtown on a quiet cross-street, but ...

How I spent my summer vacation . . .

Mid-August is typically the time of year to reflect on summer as school is set to resume. With classes already underway at Belpre City Schools and the rest of the county preparing to start next week, The Marietta Times contacted a random sample of Washington County residents with the ...