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Riverfront Roar ready to make waves in July

MARIETTA — Planners for the Marietta Riverfront Roar hope this year is just as fun and exciting as in the past. This is the 19th year for the event, which brings live entertainment, fireworks and tunnel boat races to the Ohio River the weekend of July 12-14. “It’s my favorite ...

Mountain State Art and Craft Fair runs July 4-6

RIPLEY — The 2019 Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will open on the Fourth of July and run through July 6 at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley. The fair will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 4-5 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military ...

Pioneer Summer Theatre slates productions

MARIETTA — The theme for Pioneer Summer Theatre this year is one that will resonate with any audience: children versus their families and cultures. The two productions, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Bye Bye Birdie,” open this week, and to cement the theme and heighten the contrast, they ...

Mound Cemetery Patriot Tour of veteran graves set for Saturday

MARIETTA — A densely concentrated point where Marietta’s pioneer past intersects with the present is Mound Cemetery. Many of the Revolutionary War veterans who ventured west after independence found their final resting place in the leafy shade surrounding the Adena earthworks after which ...

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Concert BARLOW — The Friends of the Barlow Library is sponsoring a concert by Britain at 7 p.m. today at the library on Ohio 339. The concert is free and open to the public. *** Ballroom Dance MARIETTA —A ballroom dance will be 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at the O’Neill Center, 333 Fourth St. ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival starts Friday

PARKERSBURG — The 2019 Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will feature three days of food, entertainment, vendors and other attractions Friday through Sunday at City Park in Parkersburg. Admission is free all weekend with hours from 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players opening ‘The Crucible’ on Friday

MARIETTA — Affairs, teenage accusations of witchcraft and the deep-seated religious beliefs of a Puritan community will come to life this Friday on the stage of community theater. The Mid-Ohio Valley Players, with a cast of 23, has stepped back in time to follow Arthur Miller’s classic ...

Annual Shakespeare Conference returning to Marietta

MARIETTA — At the end of June, the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference will return to Marietta College for the first time since 2012. This is the 43rd annual meeting of the OVSC, a regional academic organization. The weekend will include expert speakers, workshops run by American Shakespeare ...

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Dinner PARKERSBURG — A rib dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at The Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Call in orders for takeout at 304-428-0331. *** Quarter Auction MINERAL WELLS — A quarter auction will be Saturday at the West Virginia Interstate ...

Shakespeare, ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ to hit Marietta stages

MARIETTA — The Pioneer Summer Theatre at Marietta College will present “Romeo and Juliet” and “Bye Bye Birdie” in June and July. Nine shows will be presented of the two productions – five of “Romeo and Juliet” and four of “Bye Bye Birdie” – starting with “Romeo and ...

Free Movies in the Park series starts tonight

PARKERSBURG — A free showing of “The Lego Movie 2” will be offered this evening at Quincy Park as part of the third annual Movies in the Park summer series organized by the Wood County Family Resource Network and Friends of Parkersburg’s Parks. Three movies will be shown at no charge ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to stage ‘On Golden Pond’

PARKERSBURG — The classic “On Golden Pond” will be presented by the Actors Guild of Parkersburg for three weekends in June. The show will be presented at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth and Market streets at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, June 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 2:30 p.m. June 23. Tickets ...

Fine Arts Day Camp set for June, July

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet and Academy of Fine Arts will sponsor its annual Fine Arts Day Camp for two weeks in June and July. The camp will be noon-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 24-27 and July 8-11. Pre-registration is required to attend. Family rates are ...

Fishing Derby set for Buckeye Park

MARIETTA — Children interested in fishing will get their chance Saturday morning during the 14th annual Peoples Bank Kids Fishing Derby at Buckeye Park in Marietta. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m., with the derby to follow from 9 to 11 a.m. All local kids up to 16 years of age are ...

Hit Parade to perform in Belpre

BELPRE — Local band Hit Parade will present a free concert from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Civitan Park in celebration of Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce’s 90th anniversary. The public is invited and encouraged to bring lawn chairs for yard seating. Three mobile food vendors will be on ...

Society of Arts and Letters continues

MARIETTA — Although it’s been around for more than 60 years and has conferred numerous awards to young people who are aspiring artists, the Ohio River Valley chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters has kept a low profile. And despite its esoteric name, there’s nothing snooty ...

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Garden Party MARIETTA — The Castle, a historic house and museum on Fourth Street in Marietta, will be hosting its annual Garden Party from 7-9 p.m. today in the Castle courtyard. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door or online at mariettacasle.org/events. The Garden Party ...

Rachael Puls to present senior violin recital

PARKERSBURG — Rachael Puls of Parkersburg will be presenting her senior violin recital with pianist Jimmy Sundquist at 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church at 1001 Juliana St. in Parkersburg. Rachael began her studies on the violin at the age of 2 and will be attending Ohio ...

West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival set for weekend

ST. MARYS — The 2019 West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the St. Marys Marina. Back by popular demand this year’s headliner will be country singer and former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington, who has appeared numerous times on stages ...

Blennerhassett Island plans events

PARKERSBURG — A pair of events are scheduled this weekend involving Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park at Parkersburg. On Friday, the first Point Park Music Series Dinner Cruise of the summer will be 6-7:30 p.m. on the Island Belle Sternwheeler. Tickets are $27 for adults and $21 ...