New Age Adenas WVNCC Square Stage 10:00am The New Age Adenas feature some of Wheeling’s own musical talents and inspirations. Guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Wellman is a native of Moundsville, WV, where the inspiration for New Age Adenas was instilled; a reflection of the influence, interest, and respect for the Adena Indian culture. Eric was also instrumental More »
Mahajibee Blues Saturday, June 22 3:00 PM “Mahajibee is a nonsense word. It’s a word you use when the word you want to use just isn’t coming to mind. It’s also the name of a no-nonsense blues band out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They have been bringing their brand of hard working More »
Wheeling Playwright Presents ”Political Little One”. WVNCC Auditorium Saturday, June 22 – 2:00PM The Wheeling Arts Commission will offer a staged reading at the Wheeling Arts Fest of Wheeling playwright Jeremy Richter’s full-length play “Political Little One” at 2:00pm in WVNCC Auditorium. The play is based on the case of Lucy Bagby, a young More »
Music & Movement for Kids Presenting Music, Movement and Literature using the Orff approach for children will be instructor Stacey Soos, an Ohio Valley native, 2000 Graduate of West Liberty University and current Elementary Music Specialist for Buckeye West Elementary School in Adena, Ohio. Orff Schulwerk is a way to teach and learn More »
ARTS Letter Artist
Betsy is one of our ARTS Letters artists. She has created the letter “R” for our installation this year. The ARTS letters are becoming a tradition for the Wheeling Arts Fest and are displayed around Wheeling after the festival. We would show you a photo but the grand revealing happens this Saturday!
Betsy Cox is a native of Glen Dale, WV where she operates and maintains her studio, Echo Valley Pottery.
Her works are primarily pit-fired, Raku, Horse hair, saggar fired, Wood-fired pottery and traditional glazed pottery. Betsy is a Member of Artworks, the WV Craftsman’s Guild, Charter member of the American Potter’s Council, NCECA Member, and member of the American Ceramics Society.
Her work is featured at Tamarack, MountainMade and numerous galleries and shops in the Pittsburgh area. Betsy’s work has been featured in Sterling Publishings Books, 500 Tiles, 500 Raku and various magazines and calendars.
New Age Adenas
WVNCC Square Stage
The New Age Adenas feature some of Wheeling’s own musical talents and inspirations. Guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Wellman is a native of Moundsville, WV, where the inspiration for New Age Adenas was instilled; a reflection of the influence, interest, and respect for the Adena Indian culture. Eric was also instrumental in the development of his former band, the Rust Belt Orphans. The second tribe member , Mary Blake, is a singer/songwriter, rhythm guitarist, and hand-percussionist. Mary adds a delightful, strong voice to the mix. Mary is also a member of the band, The Fossils. Most recently, Greg Pawlack, who is often featured with Uncle Eddie & Robin, has joined New Age Adenas. Greg adds his flavor of mandolin and vocals nicely into our style and vision.
Our music is fun and moving. It is an eclectic mix of folk, contemporary, covers, classic rock, Motown, oldies, and originals. The acoustic mood created by the New Age Adenas will move you to tap your foot or join in harmony. Our shows vary in mood and song selection depending on our audience, however the good energy and positive vibes flow from simple messages and great lyrics that will leave you uplifted and enlightened.
Saturday, June 22
“Mahajibee is a nonsense word. It’s a word you use when the word you want to use just isn’t coming to mind. It’s also the name of a no-nonsense blues band out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They have been bringing their brand of hard working blues since 2000.”
~Dan Aykroyd, aka Ellwood Blues
Members: Tim Ambrass - bass, Brent McConnell – drums, Pat Tevis – keys/harp/vocals, Tim Vitullo - guitar-vocals, Earl Schwalm – guitar-vocals
Mahajibee opens for diverse touring acts including:
BB King Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Robert Belfour Lindsey Alexander
Kim Wilson’s Blues Review Bernard Allison Jr
Anthony Gomes Kenny Wayne Shepard
Barbara Blue Billy Price
Biscuit Miller & the Mix The Mike Wheeler Band
Pat Travers Deep Purple
Robert Bradley’s Black Water Surprise
Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
Mahajibee has graced the stage at The Benedum Center, Moondog’s, The Hard Rock Café, Club Café, The Altar Bar, to the outdoor festival stages at the Trib Total Media Amphitheatre at Station Square Pittsburgh, PA, Heritage Port Amphitheatre in Wheeling, West Virginia, The Berkman Amphitheatre in Steubenville, Ohio.
Wheeling Playwright Presents ”Political Little One”.
Saturday, June 22 – 2:00PM
The Wheeling Arts Commission will offer a staged reading at the Wheeling Arts Fest of Wheeling playwright Jeremy Richter’s full-length play “Political Little One” at 2:00pm in WVNCC Auditorium. The play is based on the case of Lucy Bagby, a young Wheeling woman who was believed to be the last slave returned under the Fugitive Slave Act before the Civil War.
On January 25, 1861, the Wheeling Intelligencer reported that “near the town of Lima, Ohio a negro man and a white man, both of whom were armed, were arrested . . . under suspicion that they mediated a rescue” of Lucy Bagby, a fugitive slave girl belonging to Mr. Wm. Goshorn of Wheeling, VA. Richter’s “Political Little One” centers itself on the days prior to the men being disarmed and captured. Three men and one boy that stand accused of assisting in Ms. Lucy’s escape have been interviewed by U.S. officials and soon spin a plot that might secure an opportunity for an emancipated life.
The start of the piece (Act I, sc. 1) was commissioned by the Wheeling Arts Commission as part of the city’s inaugural Arts Fest and premiered in 2011 at Independence Hall. The play was recently named Honorable Mention in the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwriting Competition of the Morgan Opera House in Aurora, NY. Richter will direct the reading and has surrounded himself with an excellent cast that will include John E. Reilly, Vince Marshall, Ron Scott, Jr., Tyzaya Manns and Pete Fernbaugh.
Richter’s other plays have had productions in Washington, DC, Boston, Pittsburgh and, most recently, Off-Off Broadway in New York City. After the Arts Fest event, the play will receive another reading at the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences in Charleston, WV as part of FestivALL, a comprehensive arts and entertainment festival in the state’s capital.
Admission to the reading of “Political Little One”, and all Arts Fest events, are FREE.
West Virginia celebrates 150 years of statehood
June is chock-full of celebrations and re-enactments
West Virginia, the only state created during the Civil War, was born 150 years ago, on June 20, 1863, when the state of Virginia was split in two to add a Union state. These days, West Virginia is known for its resorts and outdoor recreation. With historic downtowns that still boast plenty of architecture from pre-statehood days, the past seems close in West Virginia. This year, but particularly in June, the state is marking its big birthday with music, parades, reenactments, and other special events.
With its cool forests and rivers, West Virginia beckons as summer heats up. If you’ve been wanting a weekend getaway in West Virginia, why not combine it with a dose of history? We’ve picked a few events that look especially fun, with some information about visiting those towns.
The state’s capital will host a state birthday celebration June 20-23. It will begin with a ceremony at the Gilbert Cass-designed Capitol at precisely 1:50 on June 20, which will include the ringing of bells throughout the entire state. The West Virginia Symphony and Appalachian Children’s Chorus will perform at 7:30 that night on the steps of the Capitol building, and there will be fireworks at 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The heart of the celebration will be June 22, with events all day that include history lectures, re-enactments, live music and a chili cook-off. The Charleston Light Opera Guild will perform “Civil War,” a musical, afternoons and evenings at the Culture Center Theater. The show is free on June 20, and $20 the other times. charlestonlightoperaguild.org
Charleston is about a 61/2-hour drive from Baltimore, so you’ll want to spend a couple of days or more. There are plenty of hotels, restaurants, museums and other attractions. After strolling through the eclectic downtown, enjoying a meal or two and visiting the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, you might try your luck with the slot machines at the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort.
The state’s founding fathers met to hash out the details of statehood in Wheeling’s West Virginia Independence Hall, where celebrations will take place. Events will start June 20, with ceremonies and re-enactments, including a speech by an actor portraying Francis Harrison Pierpont, Virginia governor from 1865 to 1868 and an architect of West Virginia statehood. wheelingcvb.com/150th-celebration.php
The day will also include concerts, fireworks and tours of the state’s first Capitol. The Blue & Grey Choir will perform at 7 p.m. June 21 at Independence Hall, and the Wheeling Arts Fest will take place Saturday, with a Civil War Ball scheduled for the McLure Hotel at 6 p.m.
Leading up to the big day, Wheeling is putting the birth of West Virginia in historic context, with a talk this Thursday by historian and scholar Forest “Jack” Bowman called “The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln: Emancipation and West Virginia Statehood.”
Wheeling, located in the state’s northern panhandle, is about a five-hour drive from Baltimore and is known for its historic architecture and scenic riverfront along the Ohio River. Visitors can walk across the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, built in 1849 and considered a gateway to the American West, see glass-blowing demonstrations at the Carriage House Museum, and visit the Historic Centre Market, the oldest continually operating market in the state, for collectibles and food, including famous fish sandwiches from Coleman’s Fish. http://www.wheelingcvb.com
Lewisburg is celebrating the state’s birthday on the lawn of Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St., with a birthday cake and music starting at noon June 20. Carnegie Hall, a nonprofit performing arts center built in 1902 and one of just four Carnegie Halls in the world, will also host a traditional square dance starting at 7 p.m. Lewisburg’s downtown is crowded with sidewalk cafes, art galleries and locally owned clothing stores. About a five-hour drive from Baltimore, it’s in the heart of the Greenbrier Valley and less than 20 minutes from the luxurious Greenbrier Hotel in nearby White Sulphur Springs. If you’re in White Sulphur Springs on June 20, consider checking out Third Thursday, a downtown celebration with arts and music.
This small town (population 702) is home to the Rich Mountain Battlefield, site of a decisive 1861 Civil War battle that gave Union troops access to an important mountain pass known as the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. The Beverly Heritage Center, an interpretive museum and visitor center, is the starting place for learning about the history of the region. Constructed between 2004 and 2012, the center combines four historic buildings in the heart of Beverly, including the 1808 courthouse and the 1856 Bushrod Crawford building, where Gen. George McClellan made his headquarters during the Rich Mountain campaign.
On June 15, the Beverly Heritage Center (4 Court St.) will host a birthday celebration, with period music and re-enactments, including talks from actors portraying Governor Pierpont and John S. Carlisle, a Virginia senator from 1847 to 1851 who opposed the formation of West Virginia.
Driving to Beverly from Baltimore takes about 41/2 hours. Beverly is known for its rural charms and access to hiking, biking and horse-riding trails. Most of the downtown buildings were constructed in the 19th and early 20th century. Lodging and restaurants can be found in the nearby towns of Davis and Elkins.