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Belpre Homecoming carrying on without amusements

BELPRE — A last-minute scheduling error has caused the cancellation of the amusements at the Belpre Homecoming, which starts today, officials said on Wednesday. Due to last-minute booking concerns, the amusements, including rides and some midway games, will not be available, Lyndsay ...

Guild Builders to present ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’

PARKERSBURG — The Guild Builders youth theater program will present “The Little Mermaid Jr.” for two weekends in August at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Additional ...

Project Beauty part of Marietta exhibit

MARIETTA — The love-hate relationship between women and their cosmetics goes beyond the superficial. The expectation that women should put their best faces forward is often at odds with the way they perceive themselves, and one consequence is revenues of $62 billion for the cosmetics ...

Riverside Artists Gallery marks 20th year

MARIETTA — What started as a twinkle in the collective eyes of some area artists has become a staple of the downtown Marietta cultural scene. Now Riverside Artists Gallery is celebrating 20 years in the community and remembering some highs and lows over the last two decades. In 1997, the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Players prep ‘The Name of the Gnome Is…’

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Players 2018 will present “The Name of the Gnome Is…” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. at Players Theatre, 229 Putnam St. The Marietta production is a musical adaptation of the poor miller’s daughter who is forced to ...

Wirt County Fair continues

ELIZABETH — The 2018 Wirt County Fair continues today through Saturday at Camp Barbe on West Virginia 14 near Elizabeth, offering track events, entertainment, concessions, carnival rides and livestock programs. Daily admission is $7 ages 3 and up and free for 2 years and under. A season ...

Britain performing today in Parkersburg’s City Park

PARKERSBURG — The Artsbridge Summer Music in the Park concert series continues with Britain performing at 7 p.m. today at City Park in the band shell. In case of rain, the concert will move to the horseshoe pit shelter. Britain performs ‘60s and ‘70s classic rock music and its ...

Keb’ Mo’ to open Marietta College’s Esbenshade concert series

MARIETTA — The 38th season of the Marietta College Esbenshade Series opens Sept. 16 at Peoples Bank Theatre with a performance by Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’. The series features four diverse performers. “The 2018-19 Esbenshade Series has an outstanding slate of programs and ...

Wade Powers to present Senior Cello Recital Sunday

PARKERSBURG — Wade Powers, 18, of Wood County will present his Senior Cello Recital with pianist Jimmy Sundquist on Sunday at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 1001 Juliana St., Parkersburg. A reception will follow. Powers has studied the cello since the age of 4 with master ...

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Used book sale BARLOW — A used book sale will be today through Saturday at the Barlow Branch Library on Ohio 339 at Barlow, sponsored by the Friends of the Barlow Library. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, ...

Wirt County Fair slated for Aug. 1-4

ELIZABETH — The 2018 Wirt County Fair will be Aug.1-4 at Camp Barbe on West Virginia 14 near Elizabeth. The fair will feature four days of track events, entertainment, concessions, carnival rides and livestock programs. Daily admission is $7 ages 3 and up and free for 2 years and under. ...

‘Shaggin’ By the River’ set to cut a rug in Belpre

BELPRE — The Mid-Ohio Valley Shaggers Dance Club will hold its 15th annual “Shaggin’ By the River” dance from 3-11 p.m. Saturday at the Belpre Shrine Club at 1255 Blennerhassett Ave. The cost is $35 a person, which includes a dance workshop and dinner. Pre-registration is required for ...

Blues and Brews Bash ready to rock Pomeroy

POMEROY, Ohio — Two nights of live music and a local craft beer festival will highlight the 18th annual Big Bend Blues & Brews Bash, which takes place Friday and Saturday at the Pomeroy Riverside Amphitheater in historic downtown Pomeroy. Affectionately called “The Bash” by blues ...

Howlin’ in the Alley set for Saturday in Marietta

MARIETTA — Live music out in the open, hot food and cold beverages are all part of the five-year Howlin’ in the Alley tradition, returning Saturday in the laneway behind Over the Moon Pub & Pizza. “We’ll have seven bands, and it turns into sort of a dance party in the alley,” ...

Belpre Homecoming Festival to include Bikers for Christ show

BELPRE — A new event has been added to this year’s Belpre Homecoming Festival in early August. Belpre Homecoming coordinator Lyndsay Dennis said the new event will debut Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6-8 p.m. on the event grounds at Civitan Park. Bikers for Christ Bike Show, the first bike show ...

Sheppard Brothers to perform at Parkersburg City Park

PARKERSBURG — The Artsbridge Summer Music in the Park concert series will feature The Sheppard Brothers at 7 p.m. today at the bandshell in Parkersburg City Park. The Sheppard Brothers are a bluegrass band based in Parkersburg. Although the band has been together 36 years, it has undergone ...

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Dinner PARKERSBURG — The Knight of Columbus will hold a fish and shrimp dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at 1010 Market St. Cost is by menu pricing. Carryout orders by calling 304-428-0331. The event is open to the public. *** Bingo BARLOW — The Barlow Area Christmas in the Village will host a ...

Local acts get Parkersburg Homecoming spotlight

PARKERSBURG — Three bands and three solo acts will be featured at the 2018 Parkersburg Homecoming Music Showcase, the third year for the event highlighting local musicians. “The first time is a test; the second time is just to make sure; the third time you go for it,” said Joe Ellison, ...

Twila LaBar bringing movie to West Virginia University at Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg and alumna Twila LaBar will host the West Virginia premiere of the independent film “Blanche” at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 in the College Activities Center. The premiere will open with original songs from the movie, performed by LaBar, the ...

Sunny weather boosts West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition

MINERAL WELLS — If the next three days of the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition are like the first two, organizers say it will be a good year for the fair, in its 46th year. Russ Collins, vice president of the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition board, said the weather ...