WHEELING - City Manager Robert Herron and Marketing Director Joelle Ennis announced there will rarely be a dull summer moment in the Friendly City.
The two city officials on Thursday announced the 2011 summer event schedule, including festivals, Waterfront Wednesdays, Toe Tappin' Tuesdays, Toe Tappin' Tuesday Toos, movie nights and concerts at Oglebay Park.
Ennis said the city is anticipating more than 100,000 total visitors to Wheeling over the course of all weekday and weekend events and added the number of events has grown since 2010. She noted the event schedule extends into October, unlike previous years.
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Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron talks about the summer event schedule on WesBanco Arena’s northeast patio Thursday.
"More and more events have grown in the city of Wheeling in the summer months," Herron said. "It's going to be a record year."
He said he is confident the events will crowd the waterfront and thus spur economic development for the area.
The festival dates are set as follows, and all take place at Wheeling Heritage Port:
At the encouragement of a new sponsor, Chesapeake Energy, Ennis said "Party on the Patio" will be resurrected on three occasions on the northeast patio of WesBanco Arena. The dates will be from 4:30-10:30 p.m. June 3 featuring "Stack of Monkeys" and "Mark Gorby Trio," at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 with "Brown Chicken Brown Cow" and at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 with "Vern's Pot O' Chili."
Every Wednesday from June 1 to Aug. 31 will be Waterfront Wednesday at Heritage Port. The concerts, ranging from country to steel drums, are free to the public.
Toe Tappin' Tuesday will take place at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday from June 14 to Aug. 24 at Garden Park. Toe Tappin' Tuesday Too will be at 7 p.m. every first and third Tuesday from June 7 to Aug. 16 at Wheeling Park's Amphitheater. All concerts are free to the public.
The Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay Park will feature free music concerts all from 7-9 p.m. Sundays from May 29 to Sept. 4 - excluding July 3 - and will range from classic rock to big band to classical.
Also, every Friday from June 10 to July 15 are movie nights at Heritage Port. The free shows will feature family-friendly movies such as "Despicable Me," "October Sky" and "How To Train Your Dragon." The Vineyard Church will provide free popcorn. All movies will start once the sun goes down.
JPMorgan Chase will be the main corporate sponsor again for the fourth year and is lined up to sponsor 2012 events as well, according to Wheeling-Steubenville area President Brad Blair.
"This gives the community the opportunity to experience something for free," Blair said. "We've received many 'thank yous' from people outside the city for these events."