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Busy, Busy ...

June 3, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
It's going to be a busy weekend coming up in Ohio Valley ....

You can check out TGIF in the Friday's editions of The Intelligencer and News-Register for more details, but here's just a quick rundown:

• The Chili Cook-Off will take place Saturday at the Heritage Port. Rose Warmuth told me that 40 individual cooks will be whipping up batches of the tasty stuff. One contestant is driving up in an RV all the way from Texas, while another will be coming from upstate New York, just for the competition. Let's hope the chili is hotter than the outside temperatures for the event. The event also donates money to the Upper Ohio Valley United Way.

• I'm looking forward to seeing Hal O'Leary in "Trying," on stage at Towngate Theatre, Thursday through Sunday. Acting legend O'Leary is the founder of Towngate Theatre and served as artistic director from 1969-2008. O'Leary will be joined on stage by C.J. Farnsworth, who has been in a myriad of productions over the years (and, I may say is the best "Hermia" in any of the half-dozen productions — including Shakespeare in the Park in NYC — of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" I've seen!)

• It's First Fridays again already (boy, time flies!) in North Wheeling, downtown and Centre Market, with all kinds of things going on ..... Wine tasting at Good Mansion Wines, New American Groove is at the New Office Lounge, free hors d'oeuvres at River City for happy hour, the Trainjumpers at Party on the Patio at WesBanco Arena, art opening at Artworks Around Town and lots of specials at retailers throughout the area ... just to name some of the happenings. There is a free trolley shuttle from 14th and Main streetsto 22nd and Market streets every 45 minutes.

• One-A-Chord, the a cappella group, will entertain at the Victoria Vaudeville Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, along with Max Freetea, Roger Brosie and The Breakneckers, which is made up of students from Wheeling Park High School.

• "Beauty and the Beaux Arts" opens Friday on 12th Street at Studio 66 Gallery and at Duane McCauseland's sculpture Studio, at 66 and 68 12th Street, respectively. The exhibit features the portraits of Helen Oliver Adelson, a New York City artist, sculpture and theatrical designer who relocated to Wheeling a couple of years ago.

• There are just two more open auditions left for singers who wish to become the next Wheeling Island Idol! Auditions are set for 7 p.m. June 4 and 11 at the Wheeling Island showroom. Registration begins at 4 p.m. All contestants must be 21 or older. The finalists will move on to the semi-finals set for June 18. The finals are July 23. You can win more than $8,500 in cash and prizes. Log onto to for rules, regulations, etc.

Feel free to chime in and add some more things going on! And maybe I'll see you ... Out There.


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