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August 4, 2011
The Herald-Star

Bluegrass in the Hills

at Mickey's Family

Campground, Hopedale

HOPEDALE -The grass will be blue during the Bluegrass in the Hills event today through Saturday at Mickey's Family Campground, 88101 Ford Road.

Camping is available at the event, which will include performances by bluegrass stalwarts the Putnam Family, Midnight Ryde, the Purk/Davis band, Meghan Murphy and Yankee Bluegrass, the James King Band, Heather Berry and Tony Mabe, Out of Mind, Brand New Strings, Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice and Ralph Stanley II.

Advance tickets are $42, while season tickets are $125. A three-day ticket is $50, while the working man's ticket is $15 for performances after 6 p.m. Daily gate tickets are $15 for today; $25 for Friday and Saturday. Children ages 14-18 are admitted half price, while children under age 13 are admitted free.

Today's show begins at 6 p.m., while Friday's and Saturday's shows begin at noon with open mic before and after the shows. Primitive camping is $6 per day, while electric is available for $12.50 per day. For ticket information, go to; call (740) 946-5631; or e-mail

Upcoming exhibits

at Oglebay Institute

WHEELING - Upcoming exhibits at Oglebay Institute include:

Aug. 11 - "Everyone's Exhibit," an Ohio Valley favorite, opens at the Stifel Fine Arts Center with a free and festive public reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. With nearly 80 artists and 125 works, this show highlights the diverse talents of many area artists with mediums ranging from traditional painting, to mixed media to 3D dioramas. This diverse show is a great opportunity for new artists to begin showing their work and for the public to enjoy viewing the talent and creativity in our local communities. "Everyone's Exhibit" will be on display for free through Sept. 17

Wednesday through Aug. 13 - Oglebay Institute's Parcel Players youth theater program will close its 2011 season with "The Diary of Anne Frank" at Towngate Theatre. Written by by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and directed by Dave Henderson, the play is adapted from the well-known book "The Diary of a Young Girl" illustrating the lives of a Jewish family hiding from the German occupying forces in war-torn Amsterdam. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door or by calling the Stifel Fine Arts Center at (304) 242-7700. Towngate is in the Centre Market district of Wheeling, 2118 Market St.

Aug. 21 - Oglebay Institute has teamed up with local farmers and chefs to present a Farm to Table Culinary Tasting Event for the public to enjoy fresh, locally grown food and learn about the advantages of buying food locally. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Guests will enjoy tent hopping, tasting sweet and savory dishes prepared by featured chefs Craig Aubrey, Stratford Springs; Gene Evans, WVNCC; Mark Glass, Bethesda Market; Sarah Lydick, Sandscrest; and Charlie Schlegel, Ye Olde Alpha.

Tickets are $15 ($10 for children age 10 under) and can be purchased at the Stifel Center, Ohio Valley Farmers' Market and Wheeling Farmers' Market.

Aug. 28 -A Touch of Thai will feature a buffet of authentic Thai dishes from noon to 4 p.m. at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Guests also will enjoy traditional dances, martial arts demonstrations and more, creating the atmosphere of this southeast Asian country. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Stifel Center or at Golden Chopsticks on Wheeling Island. For information, call (304) 242-7700.

Mahrajan Lebanese

Heritage Festival at Oglebay

WHEELING -The 78th-annual Mahrajan, a Lebanese Heritage Festival will be held at site one, Levenson Shelter in Oglebay Park on Aug. 14.

From noon to 7 p.m. or until supplies last an ala carte menu of homemade Lebanese dishes, such as lamb shish kabob, stuffed grape leaves, kibbee, tabouli, hummus, meat and spinach pies, shawarma (gyros), falafels, baklava and other Lebanese pastries, will be served.

A Maronite Catholic liturgy officiated by the Rev. Bakhos Chidiac, pastor of Our Lady of Lebanon, will be held on the festival grounds at 10:30 a.m. Live Middle-Eastern music by David Hakim of Cleveland and dance shows performed by Conchi and the Alhambra Dancers of Cincinnati begins at 1 p.m. and will continue throughout the day.

The mahrajan is open to the public, rain or shine. Admission is free of charge. Tickets for food and beverages can be purchased at the festival. Free non-reserved seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the general dining area.

Funds raised from the festival are used for the regular upkeep and special improvement projects of the historic Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church on Eoff Street in Wheeling.

For information, call (304) 233-1688 or visit

Celebrate Kids Day at Brooke Hills Park

WELLSBURG - National Kids Day is Sunday at Brooke Hills Park.

Visitors are welcome to celebrate children with Cabelas and cardboard boat races for the kids, duck pluck, drawings, prizes and more. Activities begin at 1 p.m. Duck tickets are $3 each or two for $5, and ducks available are limited. For information, call (304) 737-1236.

Zipline open at

Seven Springs resort

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. - Seven Springs Mountain Resort has created a new zipline adventure opening Friday.

The Screaming Hawk Zipline Course at Seven Springs is a thrilling, high-speed adventure. Riders experience the sensation of flying as they zip to six different towers, gliding down a total of nearly 2,000 feet of inclined stainless steel cables.

Climb the Spider Web cargo net to Copperhead Tower and zip 350 feet across the tubing park to Flying Squirrel Perch. Zip another 350 feet to Rattler's Roost followed by a 425-foot zip to Red Fox Landing. Cross the treacherous Black Bear Bridge to Venom Tower then plummet 777 feet to the final tower and fly off Jack Rabbit Jump.

Riders will be placed in small groups for the hour-and-a-half tour. Each trip will be accompanied by two guides. Photographs of each guest's ride will be available after the tour. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted based on availability. The tour price is $43 per person.

Participants must arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time to check in and prepare for the tour. All participants will go through a complete orientation and training session and be fitted with a harness, trolley system, two lanyards with safety clips and a helmet. Training includes a short, low zip to give participants an idea of what a zipline course is like before they go onto the actual course.

This is a high-activity sport. Riders must be in good physical health to participate. All participants must weigh between 70 and 250 pounds. Children under age 10 are not permitted to ride the zipline course, and children age 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

For information or to make reservations, call (800) 452-2223, extension 7625; or visit

Pittsburgh artist profiled in solo

art exhibit

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -Cheap rent. Budget glam. Demolition.

Artist Stephanie Armbruster embraces the challenges and opportunities as a rustbelt city native in her solo exhibit, "In Search of Something More" through Sept. 11 at the 709 Penn Gallery. Influenced by street art, design and documentary photography, Armbruster's new series of encaustic paintings is a self-described "reckless commentary inspired by the absurdities of urban life, random encounters and the tension of the city in a state of flux."

Recollections of urban living come together in a stream of consciousness rant of vibrant layers riddled with overbearing typography and architectural elements. That her art studio is located in gritty, survivalist Braddock provides an added layer of inspiration. Founded upon her various urban-centric experiences, the city depicted in Armbruster's work is informed as much by fiction as reality.

Celebrate the

Constitution at Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE - In September the Historic Fort Steuben will celebrate the Constitution with videos and an exhibit in conjunction with the Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Sept. 5-17.

On Sept. 11 the annual memorial concert will be held at 2 p.m. in the Berkman Amphitheater. Organized by the Council of Christian Churches of Steubenville and Vicinity and partnering with Jefferson County RSVP, the event will recognize those who died and those who served in the rescue and recovery efforts of that tragic day 10 years ago. Music will be performed by the Tri-State Community Band.

Jackie Evancho

to perform

PITTSBURGH - Eleven-year-old recording artist Jackie Evancho will perform with the Pittsburgh Opera at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Benedum Center.

This is Evancho's first live concert in the area, with orchestra, chorus and Pittsburgh Opera resident artists.

Evancho appeared on "America's Got Talent" in 2010 and has released the "Dream with Me" compact disc with Grammy-winning producer David Foster, featuring duets with Barbara Streisand and Susan Boyle.

The Pittsburgh concert will feature selections from "Dream with Me," including "O mio babbino caro," "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Angel," and opera tunes and choruses with the resident artists and the opera chorus.

Tickets are $40 and are available at Theater Square Box Office, 665 Penn Ave., by phone at (412) 456-6666 or online at

Lineup announced

for CLO?Cabaret

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has scheduled live music and entertainment as part of the Backstage Bar and Late Night Cabaret series at the CLO Cabaret on Theater Square.

Scheduled events for August include:

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today, Boilermaker Jazz Band.

10 p.m. Thursdays, Pittsburgh Improv Comedy Jam, $3.

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ortner Roberts Trio.

10 p.m. Fridays, Salsa Fridays, $5.

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Ron Wilson and Dwayne Dolphin.

10:30 p.m. Saturday, "CLO Cast Cabaret: 2011 Edition," $5.

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Jay Hitt.

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Resonance.

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Channing and Quinn.

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Shawnee Lake.

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Rick Gallagher.

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20, Jared Wilson.

10:30 p.m. Aug. 20, "Pittsburgh Improv All-Stars," $5.

Late Night Happy Hour is held from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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