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So Much to Do ...

March 5, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
I really do just enjoy staying home some weekends — especially during the cold, winter months.

I do have my routine that gets me moving early ... exercise, grocery shop, visit mom ... then BE home. I enjoy being home.

But there are weekends when there is so much to do, that I'd be really missing out if I just hibernated and read and watched movies and cleaned and did laundry.

This is one of those weekends. And, of course, it's warming up, so it will be great to be out and about as the temperatures rise into the upper 50s!

So here's what's going on. Maybe I'll see you .... out there!

Friday is the Wheeling Symphony's Masterworks Concert at John Marshall Performing Arts Center. (If you go, please bring a canned food item to share for the Orchestras Feeding America food drive.)

Also tonight is the annual Linsly Extravaganza.

Tonight is the second "First Fridays" event. A free trolley will shuttle people from 14th and Main to 22nd and Market every 45 minutes. The activities that can keep you hopping all evening between Center Wheeling and downtown Wheeling, with music, theater, art and more, include:

• Opening at Towngate Theater tonight is "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," a hilarious comedy. Shows continue through Sunday and again next Thursday-Saturday.

• "Friday Night Footlights," the Indepedent Theatre Collective's new play reader's series at the Historic Second Presbyterian, is at 7 p.m. Friday.

• Artworks Around Town's Gallery Hop is Friday with the annual Student Art Show of Excellence the featured exhibit.

• Restaurants and other businesses throughout the downtown and Centre Wheeling area are offering specials. Good Mansion Wines is offering their Happy Hour Wine Tasting at 5:30 p.m. Tiki Bar & Grill, Metropolitan Grille and Later Alligator are just some of the places with drink and/or food specials. Check out the Upper Market and Lower Market for more goodies.

• The Office Lounge has live music at 9 p.m. Friday.

• The Wheeling Nailers play the Johnstown Chiefs at 7:35 p.m. Friday.

• River City is offering happy hour music, then Celtic music at 8 p.m.

• Gallow Glass is playing at West Virginia Independence Hall from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Then, if you can wake yourself up Saturday morning, the Celtic Festival gets going at the Artisan Center around 11 a.m. and continues throughout the day and evening with music, food, exhibits and vendors.

Mollie O'Brien is in town for the "Building Futures: A Benefit Performance for Girl Scouts" at Oglebay's Pine Room. That gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

"Mr. Las Vegas" Wayne Newton is at the Wheeling Island Showroom to kick off the spring concert series.

If bluegrass is more your style, check out Zeke Hutchison and Tom Hampton at Oglebay's Stifel Fine Arts Center on Saturday.

And at the Wheeling Jamboree, now at the Victoria Theater, on Saturday is Lonesome Heart.

There's even more going on at lots of clubs and bars in the area. And the much anticipated move "Watchmen" opens.

I think laundry, cleaning and being lazy is just going to have to wait.


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