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People’s Bank Theatre screens silent film for packed house

MARIETTA — Buster Keaton, with the aid of a world class theater organist, packed them in Friday night at Peoples Bank Theatre, starring in a silent film made almost a century ago. A botany student is awarded an electrical engineering degree by mistake. He attempts to rewire a ...

The Burn to play free concert in Vienna

VIENNA — The Burn will hold a free concert for youth and young adults at 6 p.m. Saturday at Spencer Park in Vienna. The Burn consists of youth from churches that have a desire to grow in their ministry and unite youth groups in the area, sponsors said. It encourages others to worship with ...

Band organ music to fill Peoples Bank Theatre

MARIETTA — Horns, whistles, cymbals and strings will ring through Peoples Bank Theatre Friday, all from one machine. “It has all kinds of tricks,” said Jim Caporale as his theater organ was wheeled into place in the pit below the stage Wednesday. “Bells, gongs and sirens, it’s ...

Patsy Cline tribute set for City Park

PARKERSBURG — The Artsbridge Summer Music in the Park concert series continues with Sherry Wilson Braid performing as Patsy Cline 7 p.m. today at Parkersburg City Park in the bandshell. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the horseshoe pit shelter. A registered nurse for Wood ...

Camp Vaudeville kicks off

PARKERSBURG — About 40 local children are working through the week to learn about theatrical history and the days of Vaudeville at the historic Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The annual Camp Vaudeville program at the Smoot kicked off Monday and continues through this week and ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition to begin July 17

MINERAL WELLS — The 2018 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition kicks off Tuesday and runs through July 21 at the fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair will feature live music, carnival rides, crafts, vendors, 4-H activities and track events for ATVs, trucks ...

Broughton wildlife area to host festival

MARIETTA — Final preparations are under way for a new festival to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area off Ohio 821 in Marietta. Some of the events are a 5K race, disc golf tournament, music concert featuring local bands Natural Flavor and ...

Athens offers historical tours

ATHENS, Ohio — A pair of historical tours will be featured in Athens over the weekend. The Brew Week Athens Asylum Tours with George Eberts will be presented July 15 and 19. The tour will featured the historic Athens Asylum, which was the largest building in Ohio when it was constructed. ...

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History program MARIETTA — The Castle and Marietta College History and Education Departments will host a presentation titled “Interpreting the African American Experience” by Cheyney McKnight at 6 p.m. Saturday in Room 124 of Thomas Hall at Marietta College. The event is free and open ...

Peoples Bank Theatre to kick off season

MARIETTA — The Peoples Bank Theatre will kick off its 2018 Summer-Fall Spotlight Series this month. The season’s headliners include Wynonna & The Big Noise, Lorrie Morgan, Mountain Stage, Paula Poundstone, Randy Bachman, Peter Yarrow, Kathy Mattea, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Hot ...

Broughton’s Ice Cream Social to resume in August

MARIETTA — After a one-year recess, the Broughton’s Ice Cream Social is back on. This will be the 34th event which used to be held annually in the third weekend in July. But this year the event will be held on Aug.12. “That’s to give us enough time to pull together the volunteers ...

Mid-Ohio Valley plans Fourth of July celebrations

PARKERSBURG — Activities are planned in the Mid-Ohio Valley around the Fourth of July holiday. * In Marietta, the Washington County Fairgrounds will be celebrating Independence Day a little early, with activities on Saturday instead of July 4. On Saturday, gates and concessions will open ...

Ripley plans Fourth of July, Mountain State Art and Craft Fair events

RIPLEY — With the approaching Fourth of July holiday, the Ripley area will be hosting two big events. The Ripley Fourth of July Celebration will be the culmination of several days of activities which began Wednesday and continue today through Independence Day in Ripley. The Mountain State ...

Harpist to give concert at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — A young Colombian traditional harpist, Sergio-Nicolas Aguirre, will present a concert at 7 p.m. July 10 at the Parkersburg Art Center. Donations will be taken at the door and divided between the Harmony Foundation and the art center. The suggested donations are $5 per person ...

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Car Cruise-in PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg will have a car cruise-in on Saturday with registration at 9 a.m. and the show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The entry fee is $10. There will be food, drinks, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing at the YMCA, 1800 30th St. (Broad ...

Shakespeare play hitting stage in Marietta park

MARIETTA — With stage lights spiked into the soft soil of East Muskingum Park, and boulders, logs and other maritime props laid up against the steps of the gazebo, some actors milled around the set and mugged for one anther while some stood still as their costumes received last minute ...

Marietta Summer Theatre Festival opens

MARIETTA — The Marietta Summer Theatre Festival opens today featuring a dozen summer stock actors from Wisconsin to New York leading productions of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.” The theatre festival opens with “Twelfth Night” ...

Pride Family Picnic to be held at Parkersburg’s City Park

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Pride will be hosting a Pride Family Picnic from noon-5 p.m. June 23 at City Park in Parkersburg. In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride month, the group is hosting a family-friendly day of activities that are free and open to the general public. “Parkersburg Pride ...

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park plans weekend events

PARKERSBURG — A couple of special events will be featured on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park this weekend. For the second time this summer, the Rendezvous on the River will be held Saturday through Monday. Pioneer re-enactors will set up camp on the island and show how early ...

Belpre Homecoming Festival looking for participants

BELPRE — The Belpre Homecoming Committee has announced registration details for participation in events associated with this year’s Belpre Homecoming Festival to be held at Belpre’s Civitan Park from Aug. 2-4. Registration forms for the annual parade, the pageants and as ...