Downtown PKB planning October events

PARKERSBURG – Downtown PKB is organizing two special events in October, the first – on Oct. 18 – highlighting three of downtown Parkersburg’s top arts organizations and the second – on Oct. 26 – celebrating the Halloween season.

The Oct. 18 event is titled “Celebrating the Arts” and celebrates the 50th snniversary of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its contributions to the arts in Parkersburg, said Carrie Nesselrode, executive director of Downtown PKB, which is helping organize the event.

The arts event will be a progressive tour of the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, the Parkersburg Art Center and the Smoot Theatre on Oct. 18. At each location, visitors will have the chance to learn about what each organization has to offer and how the PACF has helped in that respect, Nesselrode said. Food and drinks will be provided at each location, much of it provided by various downtown businesses, she said.

At the Guild, actors will be in costumes from each of this season’s productions. The art center will have its clay studio open and exhibits on display, while the Smoot will offer a backstage tour.

Tickets for the program are $25 per person. They are available online at or at the PACF office at 1620 Park Ave. and at the art center at 725 Market St.

In order to accommodate everyone comfortably, the tours will have a staggered start, with the first at 5:30 p.m., the second at 6:30 p.m. and the third at 7:30 p.m. All tours start at the Guild at 724 Market St.

Parking is encouraged at the municipal parking garage on Juliana Street and a trolley will be available to take ticketholders to the Guild and other locations, Nesselrode said. Some of the Market Street storefronts between the Guild and art center at Eighth and Market streets and the Smoot on Fifth Street will have displays by local artists, she added.

After the tours, there will be an “after party” at the Blennerhassett Hotel, which will include a display and program about the photography of Paul Borrelli, Nesselrode said.

“Paul is actually going to be at the event to talk about some of the photos and give the stories behind them,” she said.

The second event of October will be “Monster Mash on Market,” a family-oriented Halloween event from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 in downtown Parkersburg.

Nesselrode said organizers will close off Market Street between Seventh and Eighth streets for the event. There will be activities and fun for the whole family, including a pumpkin decorating contest, food vendors, fun activities and a costume parade. Area businesses have donated various types of prizes for the contests and activities, she said.

Nesselrode said the “Monster Mash” will culminate with the costume parade at 8 p.m. which will end at the Smoot Theatre at 213 Fifth St., which will be hosting a showing of the original “Frankenstein” movie.

Nesselrode said she hopes both events can become annual events to celebrate in downtown Parkersburg, growing and bringing more people to the downtown area each year.