Area residents who were intrigued when August R. Carlino, president and chief executive officer of Steel Industry Heritage Corp., spoke at the Friends of Wheeling annual dinner in May have an opportunity to visit a portion of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, where Carlino works, in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. is sponsoring a one-day, heritage-themed trip to Homestead, Pa., on Saturday, July 21. The deadline for reservations and payment is Friday, July 13. Checks, payable to WNHAC, should be sent to WNHAC, 1400 Main St., Wheeling, WV 26003.
On this excursion, participants will take the Carrie Furnace Hard Hat Tour. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006, the Carrie Furnaces were "the heart and soul" of U.S. Steel's old Homestead, Pa., works, officials said.
Organizers of the tour emphasized that the Carrie Furnaces "are part of an abandoned industrial site." Therefore, they cautioned, "Please dress accordingly; no heels or open-toed shoes. At this time, the furnaces are not wheelchair accessible."
After the tour of the former industrial site, the Wheeling area visitors will be treated to "a special Bulgarian lunch" at the nearby Bulgarian National Educational and Cultural Center. I daresay that not many Wheeling residents have ever had a Bulgarian lunch, so this occasion promises to be a culinary and cultural learning experience.
The cost of the trip includes transportation on a coach bus, admission to the Carrie Furnace Hard Hat Tour, lunch at the Bulgarian center, a presentation by the center's executive director and admission to the museum and gift shop.
Space is limited for the trip. To make reservations, call 304-232-3087 or send an email message to Chris Villamagna at cvillamagna@wheeling heritage.org.
Weekends are busy times in the Wheeling area, and this coming weekend is no exception. Wheeling will be jumpin' Saturday, July 14, with the 11th annual Faith in Action Caregivers triathlon and duathlon, starting at 7:30 a.m. on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University, and the second annual Wheeling Arts Fest on 16th Street from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission to the Wheeling Arts Fest is free. Volunteers from the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission have organized a variety of arts and cultural programs. Activities will include live music, visual arts, theater, dance, literature, culinary demonstrations and historical arts.
Major venues for the day-long festival are the Ohio County Public Library, West Virginia Northern Community College and West Virginia Independence Hall. Additional artisans and performers will appear within the two-block downtown area.
Janie Bull of Weirton has two quilts, dubbed Nosegay and Wheel of Fortune, selected for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2012.
The quilt show is now on display in the state Culture Center in Charleston. The exhibit continues through Labor Day, Sept. 3.
The juried exhibition features 55 quilts and wall hangings made by West Virginia quilters. The exhibition includes work by 44 quilters from 18 counties, state officials said.
Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net