Wheeling Jesuit University's spring musical, "Oliver!" is a community effort that features a cast of nearly 50 area schoolchildren.
Cast members include students from Our Lady of Peace, Sts. James and John, St. Michael Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Wheeling Country Day, Woodsdale Elementary, Steenrod Elementary, Linsly, Triadelphia Elementary, Triadelphia Middle and Wheeling Park High schools, plus home-schooled children, along with children of WJU faculty and administrators. The musical also features the talents of 30 or more WJU students from all majors.
Performances of "Oliver!" will be presented in Troy Theater of Swint Hall on the Jesuit campus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22.
The performances will be free and open to the public. Seating will begin 30 minutes prior to curtain time; reservations won't be taken.
Unfortunately, Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest finalist Dawn Onuffer of Crestview, Fla., formerly of Brilliant, didn't win the big cooking competition Tuesday, March 27.
However, an entry in Onuffer's recipe category - Sweet Treats - did capture top honors. Christina Verrelli of Devon, Pa., won the $1 million grand prize with her recipe called Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream. In this dessert, seamless crescent roll dough, instead of pasta, serves as the "ravioli" dough.
Appraiser Bobbie Michael of Princeton, N.J., formerly of Fox Chapel, Pa., returns to Wheeling and to Oglebay Institute's Mansion Museum for an appraisal day on Thursday, April 12.
Public appraisals will take place in the mansion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. Michael will provide verbal or written appraisals for a specified fee. No reservations are necessary.
Her appraisal day is held in connection with the annual antiques show at Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Park. The event begins with a dessert preview from 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 13, and continues through Sunday, April 15. Regular show and shopping hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Tickets for the dessert party and regular show are available at the door.
Another fun and informative preview event that Michael presents is a guided tour of all of the antique dealer booths at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, before general shoppers arrive. Reservations are necessary for the morning tour and can be made by calling the mansion at 304-242-7272.
My good friend and colleague, Gladys Van Horne, and I had the privilege of presenting a Lunch With Books program on "Women in the News" at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling Tuesday, March 27. It was great fun for us, and the audience seemed to enjoy hearing our "tales" of news reporting.
We extend a big "thank you" to our friends, acquaintances and Lunch With Books regulars who attended our presentation. The library is one of our favorite places, of course, and both of us are big fans of Lunch With Books and the weekly series' coordinator, Sean Duffy. It was interesting to be on the other side of the podium for one afternoon.
Speaking of the library, Duffy announced that the opening session of the People's University course on government has been delayed for a week.
The first class in the free program will be conducted in the library's auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.
Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net