Following a successful collaboration between the Ohio County Public Library's Lunch With Books program and Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre for a pub reading of the play, "The Quiet Man," this past week, representatives of Lunch With Books and Oglebay Institute are launching another collaborative venture this autumn.
Next up on the cultural calendar are the offerings of the newly-formed Wheeling Film Society. This series will feature the screening of classic films at Towngate Cinema, 2118 Market St., Wheeling, and discussion of those films in the library's auditorium, 52 16th St.,Wheeling. John Whitehead, who teaches film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, will lead the discussions. All of the events are free and open to the public.
The movies selected for the 2012-13 season are "Casablanca," "Play It Again Sam," "The Godfather" and "The Natural."
The initial season opens with an introduction to the Wheeling Film Society, led by Whitehead, at the library at noon Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The first film, "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will be shown at Towngate at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. The discussion of this classic will take place at the library at noon Tuesday, Oct. 30.
"Play It Again Sam," a classic comedy from actor-director Woody Allen, will be screened at Towngate at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. A discussion will take place at the library at noon Tuesday, Dec. 4.
In the new year, "The Godfather," with a stellar cast led by Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, will be shown at Towngate at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. A discussion will be conducted at the library at noon Tuesday, Jan. 39.
The final selection, "The Natural," starring Robert Redford, will be screened at Towngate at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19. A discussion of the baseball-related movie will be held at the library at noon Tuesday, April 23.
The Wheeling Symphony auxiliary's new fund-raising event, Farm to Fork, was a stellar success last weekend. Held on the grounds of the Lawrencefield Bed and Breakfast, along Table Rock Lane outside Wheeling, the event included a cocktail hour outside the old barn on the property and a five-course dinner served "farm style" on the spacious rear lawn of the historic property.
Organizers and guests partaking in the inaugural event were blessed with perfect weather for an evening spent outdoors. Judi Hendrickson and Vicky Musicaro, two of the organizing committee's four co-chairs, quipped that they had asked people of many religious persuasions to pray for good weather, and it worked!
A group of musicians, fronted by well-known Wheeling saxophonist Curtis Johnson, played cool jazz tunes during the cocktail hour. Innkeepers Millie and Terry North offered guests an opportunity to tour the first floor of the B&B, located in a historic McColloch mansion.
The dinner, prepared by chef Charlie Schegel, co-owner of Ye Olde Alpha, and his crew, featured locally-grown (or at least locally-purchased) ingredients. Each course was accompanied by an appropriate wine selection from WineTree Vineyards, a West Virginia farm winery. Before each course, Schegel and Craig Bandy, co-owner of the winery located in Vienna, W.Va., offered guests an explanation of what they were about to eat and drink.
Auxiliary officials were thrilled with the response to the Farm to Fork event. The fundraiser was sold out, with a waiting lists of potential guests who wanted to attend. Organizers also were encouraged by the fact that the guest list included many newcomers, as well as longtime supporters of the orchestra.
At the same time that Farm to Fork was occurring, other area folks spent a pleasant evening enjoying the Wheeling Wine and Jazz Festival at Heritage Port.
The festival, which also was deemed a success, had a slightly different format this year, and the new arrangement proved to be a hit with attendees.
Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net