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June 14, 2012
The Herald-Star

Atlatl contest at

Meadowcroft Rockshelter

AVELLA - Visitors of all ages and skill levels are invited to try their hand at using the atlatl, a spear-thrower used by prehistoric hunters, at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village's annual Atlatl Competition Saturday and Sunday.

Prehistoric hunters, like the ones that camped at Meadowcroft Rockshelter 16,000 years ago, used the atlatl to launch a spear with tremendous force, enabling them to hunt prey from relatively safe distances. Past atlatl competitions at Meadowcroft have attracted participants from across the country, including a number of World Champions.

Meadowcroft's Atlatl Competition has even been featured in Sports Illustrated. The competition is open to the public, and novices are encouraged to participate.

Meadowcroft is a National Historic Landmark, located in Avella in Washington County that features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by the region's earliest inhabitants for shelter. In addition to ancient history at the rockshelter, visitors can also step back in time at Meadowcroft's Historic Village, which carefully recreates all of the charming qualities of a village from the mid-19th century.

A recently completed 16th century Indian Village allows visitors to travel 400 years into the past. Competition hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is at 401 Meadowcroft Road, Avella.

'The Dixie Swim Club' at Brooke Hills Playhouse

WELLSBURG - Director Rob DeSantis of Follansbee has announced the cast for the Brooke Hills Playhouse's second main stage production of the season, "The Dixie Swim Club," a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

The show will be presented at 8 p.m. June 22-23, 29 and 30; and 2 p.m. June 24 and July 1. It will follow the playhouse's first Spotlight production, Roger Bean's musical revue, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," a showcase for 36 songs of the 1950s and '60s, which runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

"The Dixie Swim Club" follows five strong Southern women whose friendship began on their college swim team, as they set aside a long weekend every August to renew their relationships. The play focuses on four of those weekends over a 33-year period.

Denise D. Boyce of Wellsburg is cast as Sheree Hollinger, the perennial team captain, eternal tomboy, health enthusiast and all-American mom.

Nancy Longo of Toronto will play Dinah Grayson, a wise-cracking, cynical and successful attorney who has achieved everything in life except finding true love.

Kim Winters of Follansbee will portray Lexie Richards, an old-fashioned Southern belle who works as an event planner and, despite multiple failed marriages, remains an incurable romantic.

Kelly Camarote of Crabtree, Pa., has the role of Jeri Neal McFeeley, a former nun and the group's eternal optimist.

Ellen Nicholas of Weirton will play Vernadette Simms, a public school teacher with troubled children and strained finances.

DeSantis said the show was a difficult one to cast.

"Every actress who came to auditions was very good, and I wish I had parts for all of them," he said. "In the end, these five had the right chemistry and the right feel for their parts." he added.

"The Dixie Swim Club" will be followed by "Zombie Prom," with music by Dana Rowe and book and lyrics by John Dempsey, at 8 p.m. July 13-14 and 20-21 and 2 p.m. July 15 and 22.

The rest of the main stage season includes Agatha Christie's classic mystery, "The Mousetrap," scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 10-11; and 2 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12; and Ken Ludwig's comic farce, "Leading Ladies," which takes to the playhouse stage at 8 p.m. Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31 through Sept. 1; and 2 p.m. Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.

Another Spotlight production, a readers' theater presentation of James Montgomery's comedy, "Nothing but the Truth," adapted by Charles Calabrese, will be seen at 8 p.m. Aug. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Other Spotlight productions, scheduled in the weeks between main stage shows, will be announced as the playhouse's 41st summer season continues.

Tickets for Brooke Hills Playhouse non-musical plays are $10 for adults, $8 for students, senior citizens and groups and $6 for children younger than 12.

Musicals are $12 for adults, $10 for students, senior citizens and groups and $8 for children younger than 12. For reservations information, call (304) 737-3344.

Car show at

Brooke Hills Park

WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park will host a car show beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday. Concessions will be available. A mini-golf tournament is $2 for a two-person team.

The best team score wins a season mini-golf pass.

Those interested can register and play from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. The pool will be open from noon to 7 p.m., and paddle boats will be available from noon to 7 p.m.

There will be free green fees on the 3-par executive golf course. For information, call (304) 737-1236.

'The Dark Knight' coming to Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center has announced "The Dark Knight Rises," the final installment of filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, will be showing at the Rangos Omnimax Theater beginning July 20.

Pittsburghers have been awaiting the release of the Warner Bros. movie since portions of it were filmed here last summer.

The Dark Knight Rises, playing July 20 through Aug. 19 at the Science Center, is rated PG-13 and has a running time of two hours and 45 minutes. The cost for members of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is $11 per ticket for all ages and $12 per ticket for nonmembers.

Reservations for all showtimes are available by calling (412) 237-3400 and pressing 7. In addition, online reservations will be available for the July 20 premiere screening by visiting and clicking on the Dark Knight box.

Ted Nugent coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature the legendary Ted Nugent Aug. 10 in the Harv.

Nugent's intensity has carved him a permanent place among the legends of rock. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, ear shattering volume and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Nugent the moniker of "Motor City Madman," along with international acclaim.

Nugent's no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits, from the ground-breaking Amboy Dukes' "Journey to the Center of the Mind," to classics like "Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever," Damn Yankees chartbusters like "High Enough," and cult classic "Fred Bear."

Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $20.

Tickets can be purchased at,, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Weirton Community Players Drama Direct Studio recital upcoming

WEIRTON - The Weirton Community Players Drama Direct Studios will host its recital at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Weir High school in the Milton J. Weinberg Theater.

Included in the event will be students performing dance, piano, voice, guitar, violin, drums and baton.

Drama Direct Studios is hosting a week of free lessons from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday with Kristel Bowan teaching ballet, lyrical and modern dance. On Tuesday the studio hosts a free day of guitar and drums from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and at 5 p.m. Wednesday Diane Mathias will teach tap and jazz dancing; Leslie Terak teaching piano and voice; and Rachael Vilano teaching adult ballet and adult jazz, hip hop and modern dance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Thursday Jenn Bertha will teach baton and color guard from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Karen McKinney will teach little ballet, little tap and jazz/hip hop along, with Laura Mason teaching piano, voice and Glee.

This summer the studio offers camps, including princess camp, MTV jazz workshop, an intense ballet workshop, a musical theater workshop and a modeling workshop with Kristel Bowman. For information, call (304) 723-2222.

Toy exhibit at Oglebay Institute

WHEELING - Oglebay Institute's Mansion Museum is debuting a new exhibit June 23 that celebrates the spirit of childhood by exploring the history and fun of old-fashioned toys.

Toys From Wheeling Childhood is a family-friendly exhibit that examines the playthings that have entertained generations past through an interesting display of toys from the Victorian time period, 1870s to the Baby Boomer time period of the 1950s and '60s.

The exhibit is guest curated by an expert collector, appraiser and auctioneer Tim Luke, who hand picked each item for the exhibit from the Mansion Museum's collection of classic toys.

Opening festivities include a day of special programs June 23 at the Mansion Museums. Join guest curator Tim Luke for a special exhibit talk and tour at 11 a.m.

Those attending can bring stories, questions and favorite vintage toys for an adult and child show-and-tell at 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes both programs and general admission to the museum.

An optional boxed lunch is available at 12:30 p.m. for $10. OI members are invited to an exclusive opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 22. For information, go to

Stifel Fine Art Center has

new exhibit

WHEELING - The Stifel Fine Arts Center welcomes the work of historical artist and West Virginia native Glen Barnes beginning June 21.

Barnes has been capturing early eastern frontier life in dramatic and detailed paintings for more than 25 years. An extensive collection of artifacts, and personal knowledge of 18th century confrontations between American colonists and American Indians in the region, has given him a rich source of subject matter for his artwork as well as insight into everyday life during the time period.

This exhibit features more than 20 original works as well as lithography reproductions for sale.

The public is invited to a free opening reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 21 at the Stifel Center. For information, go to

Summer of

Wonder at Schrader Center

WHEELING - Experience a Summer of Wonder at the Schrader Center with a variety of family-oriented and interactive nature programs designed to promote outdoor discovery.

Summer of Wonder nature programs are offered through Aug. 17 and include guided nature walks with an experienced naturalists, fossil hunts and family nature exploration for younger children, evening campfires with storytelling and marshmallow roasting, astronomy at the Speidel Observatory and Snake Tales. Programs are only $3 or free for OI members or those with wristbands.

Other activities available daily include painting pottery, nature exploration backpacks and geocahing GPS rentals.

For information, go to or call (304) 242-6855.

Free concert set

WEIRTON - Free concerts will be held in Weirton Friday.

Jill West and the Blues Attack and Ditch will perform Saturday at the new Weirton Event Center, an amphitheater at the site of the former Cove School overlooking the Weirton Municipal Plaza. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with the show to start at 6 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawnchairs or blankets.

Upcoming events at Raccoon Creek State Park

HOOKSTOWN -Upcoming events at Raccoon Creek State Park include:

Saturday - Flags of the United States of America. Meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center on state Route 30. Those attending can join staff on the Saturday for a free program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate and learn about the many flags of America.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hiking Club of Raccoon Creek. Those attending can meet at the park office along state Route 18 and join Raccoon Creek's Hiking Club as they discover the great outdoors along the park's trails. The event is open to anyone interested in exploring the natural wonders and historical places within Raccoon Creek State Park. Hikes range from 4 to 6 miles and can be physically challenging on hilly terrain. Those attending should dress appropriately and bring water, snacks, bug spray, a packed lunch and rain gear if needed.

June 24, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Art Club of Raccoon Creek at Doak Field; call (724) 899-3611. The Art Club of Raccoon Creek invites anyone from beginner to skilled artist to practice their artistic talents while enjoying the outdoors at Raccoon Creek State Park. Any medium is welcome. Starting in January, the group meets the last Sunday of each month through October from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals and families are welcome, and small groups should call ahead. For information on the free program, call (724) 899-3611.

June 30, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Frankfort Mineral Springs Tour. Those attending should meet at the Mineral Springs parking lot on state Route 18. The historic Frankfort Mineral Springs complex was constructed in the early 1800s and thrived for nearly 100 years as a popular resort, best known for its mineral water, once believed to have healing qualities. The guided tour will look back at the people and events that shaped the history of this once famous area. Those attending should be prepared for rough, uneven and wet terrain. For information, call (724) 899-3611.

Upcoming food expo at Heinz

History Museum

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center and GoodTaste! Pittsburgh have partnered to present Hometown-Homegrown, a fun and flavorful food expo at the History Center that celebrates the region's passion for food from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23.

Visitors to HometownHomegrown can sample a delicious assortment of foods from nearly 50 local vendors representing the best of the Burgh's neighborhoods, including several Strip District eateries, and swap recipes with the region's culinary experts.

Featured vendors include Pittsburgh staples like Schneider's Dairy, a family-owned business that has served the region since 1935, and the Original Oyster House, the 142-year-old Market Square seafood bar.

Chris Fennimore, host of "WQED Cooks," and other local chefs will reveal their culinary secrets with visitors as part of special cooking demonstrations throughout the day in the center's new Weisbrod Kitchen Classroom. HometownHomegrown will feature activities throughout five floors at the History Center, including scavenger hunts, fun historical facts about Pittsburgh food, fitness activities in the SmartSteps exhibition and more.

For information, go to


give-a-ways at Fort Steuben Mall

STEUBENVILLE - This summer the Fort Steuben Mall is giving away fun to 13 lucky shoppers.

Mall-goers can stop by customer service through Aug. 31 to enter to win one of 13 prizes, with drawings to be held at noon each Friday. Prizes include Kennywood, Idlewild, Sandcastle and Pittsburgh Pirates tickets, as well as Carmike Cinemas movie passes and Fort Steuben Mall gift cards.

Customer service is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Contest rules are at the customer service center. For information, call Stephanie McVicker, mall marketing director, at (740) 264-7781.

Upcoming exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Art

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Museum of Art, in a co-production with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, presents "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939" on display Oct. 13 through Feb. 24 at the Carnegie.

From their inception in 1851, the fairs showcased the cutting edge of industry, production, new materials and methods for creating everything from tools to jewelry, furniture to textiles.

In doing so, artists and manufacturers used breakthrough scientific innovations to create art objects that embodied the latest aesthetics and techniques.

Inventing the Modern World assembles more than 200 art objects from the world's fairs and showcases objects assembled from European and American collections.

The decorative arts made for the world's fairs often display the use of traditional styles while employing previously unknown materials and methods. Because early world's fairs were a gathering of nations in a less globalized time, works typically exhibited a nationalistic pride while showcasing the most cutting-edge craftsmanship of a given country.

For information, go to or call (412) 622-3131.

Park to hold

mud bogs

WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park will hold a mud bog the second Sunday of each month.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m., with the event to start at 1 p.m. Admission is $5, with pit passes enabling attendees a closer look at the festivities available for an additional $5.

Participants in the mud bogs will compete for cash and points. For information, call the park at (304) 737-1236.

New tours at Seven Springs Resort

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania's outdoor adventure headquarters, has unveiled its new attraction, the Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Tours.

Constructed to fit into the natural landscape in perfect harmony with Mother Nature, Seven Springs' new canopy tour will provide riders with a heart-racing, pulse-pounding adventure and an educational experience as they soar up to 150-feet in the air at maximum speeds of 50 miles per hour. The tour consists of two air stairs, treetops of varying height from 50 to 80 feet, 10 ziplines ranging in length from 145 feet to the grand finale of the Timberline Terror, 1,500 feet of zip 150 feet in the air.

Tours are limited to groups of eight participants escorted by two professionally trained guides.

All guides must pass a rigorous 70-plus hours of training and a written exam prior to taking any groups on a tour. Ongoing training hours are also required. Safety is the top priority.

Each tour begins with a training session that includes the fundamental tasks of a canopy tour including proper equipment handling, speed control, braking and entrance and exit procedures.

Tours are available on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

Tours are approximately four hours in length, depending on the number of participants in the group, and are $95 per person. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted based on availability.

For reservations and information, call (800) 452-2223, extension 7905.


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CHESTER Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature Grammy award-winner Rick Springfield July 7 at the Harv.

Springfield had solidified his place as the preeminent power-pop artist of the decade and today remains the genre's greatest pioneer.

To date, Rick Springfield has sold more than 19 million records and earned seven Top 40 hits, including "Jessie's Girl," "I've Done Everything For You," "Don't Talk To Strangers," "Human Touch," "Affair of the Heart" and "Love Somebody." He is also well-known for his role as Dr. Noah Drake on the popular daytime drama "General Hospital."

Tickets are general admission and $20. Tickets can be purchased at,, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling 800-80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Comedian Billy Gardell

coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will present Billy Gardell, star of the hit CBS series "Mike and Molly," on July 21 at The Harv.

Gardell was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Orlando, Fla., before moving to Los Angeles to hit it big.

Billy Gardell's television credits include a co-starring role in "Lucky," as well as appearances in "Yes, Dear," "Judging Amy," "My Name is Earl," "The Practice," "Monk" and "Gary the Rat." He can also be seen in the films "Bad Santa," "Avenging Angelo" and "You, Me and Dupree." Gardell has opened for such well-known comedians as George Carlin and Dennis Miller.

Gardell's stand-up show is a powerhouse. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman.

Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $20. Tickets are currently on sale and and can be purchased at;; and at Mountaineer's players club or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Carmike Cinemas to

feature Summer Kids' Series

STEUBENVILLE - The Carmike Cinemas in the Fort Steuben Mall will be presenting 2012 Summer Kids Series every Thursday beginning June 21.

The screenings will begin at 10 a.m. and feature a family-friendly film on the big screen. Admission is $2 per person and includes a beverage and popcorn.

The schedule includes "Puss in Boots," June 21; "Chicken Run", June 28; "Over the Hedge," July 5; "Kung Fu Panda," July 12; "Shark Tale," July 19; "How To Train Your Dragon," July 26; "Madagascar 2," Aug. 2; "Bee Movie," Aug. 9; "Monsters vs. Aliens," Aug. 16; and "Megamind," Aug. 23.

For information, call (740) 264-1680 after noon daily or go to

Rib cook-off in Wheeling upcoming

WHEELING - Featuring live entertainment and savory barbecue dishes, the Bikes, Brews and Barbecue Rib Cook-Off is slated June 22-24 at Wheeling Heritage Port.

The third-annual event includes a variety of barbecued ribs, chicken and more to eat, free and live musical entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and the cook-off competition. There also will be an area designated for the parking of motorcycles.

The event, which kicks off at noon June 22, is a collaboration of Valley Harley-Davidson, Carenbauer Distributing and the committee of the Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival, which will be held June 24 at the port.

Cook-off competitors have a chance to win a $500 cash award from Valley Harley-Davidson and the first-place Carenbauer trophy. The second-place finisher will receive a $150 cash award and a second-place trophy from WesBanco. There is also a third-place trophy from WesBanco and a people's choice award. Winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m. June 22.

Entertainment begins at 3 p.m. June 22. Scheduled acts include the New Silver Eagle Band, Mark Gorby Trio, Country Variety Band, Loretta & Elli, the Joseph Sisters, White Collar Criminals, N-Soul Deep, Hot Pursuit Band and the Rock featuring Jenny Radigan.

Upcoming football exhibit at the

Senator John Heinz History Center

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are collaborating on a major exhibition focusing on the history of pro football, from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to its rise as one of the world's most beloved sports.

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will make its national premiere at the History Center from Oct. 6 through Jan. 6 before embarking on a nationwide traveling tour. When it debuts this fall, Gridiron Glory will be the most comprehensive traveling exhibit ever created on America's most popular sport.

Included in the exhibit are more than 200 football artifacts, rare photos and one-of-a-kind documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collections, many of which have never been seen outside of the Hall of Fame.

Highlights include:

The 1892 Allegheny Athletic Association accounting ledger featuring Pudge Heffelfinger, known as "Pro Football's Birth Certificate"; artifacts from pro football's pioneers, such as Jim Thorpe's Canton Bulldogs sideline blanket, Knute Rockne's 1919 helmet, Red Grange items from the historic 1925 Chicago Bears barnstorming tour, Johnny "Blood" McNally's canvas football pants, Sammy Baugh's helmet and Bobby Layne's jersey; items from the golden era of pro football, including Jim Brown's jersey, Vince Lombardi's coaching diagrams, Dick Butkus' helmet, Johnny Unitas' jersey, Tom Dempsey's kicking shoe and Tom Landry's iconic coaching hat; highlights from the NFL's greatest running backs, such as footballs from O.J. Simpson and Eric Dickerson, and jerseys from Tony Dorsett, Walter Payton, Bo Jackson and Barry Sanders; artifacts from record-breaking quarterbacks, including John Elway's jersey from the 1986 championship season, Joe Montana's Super Bowl XXIII MVP football, and Dan Marino's footballs for career yardage and pass completions records; and items from historic receivers, such as Jerry Rice's helmet and career touchdown reception football and New England Patriots -and Woodland Hills High School graduate - Rob Gronkowski's jersey from his record-setting 2011 season.

The history center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection.

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a museum within a museum, comprehensively presenting the region's remarkable sports story through hundreds of artifacts and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages.

The History Center and Sports Museum are at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District and are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The History Center's museum system includes the Sports Museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park; and Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella. For information, go to

Famous painting at Carnegie

Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Henri Matisse's "The Thousand and One Nights," is a large, multi-panel, painted paper cutout, but because of its fragile nature, it is only on view for a limited period of time - through July 15 at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

"One Thousand and One Nights" was created in 1950, when the artist was 81 and confined to his bed.

Unable to sleep and kept alive by his drive to create, Matisse had much in common with Scheherazade, the legendary narrator of the Arabian Nights.

Scheherazade saves her own life from a vengeful king by enthralling him with a story that she always interrupts at a moment of suspense just after dawn, ensuring her survival through 1,001 nights.

Like her tales, "The Thousand and One Nights" is a work rich in fantastical imagery and symbolism created during many sleepless, difficult hours.

The composition - with its fanciful magic lamps, dancing plant forms, hearts and cut-out text - evokes the supernatural quality of the heroine's storytelling and also the passage of time through the night.

The complex shapes are interwoven to create a spontaneous, musical rhythm that captures the fascinating rapture of the story that inspired it. The museum is at 4400 Forbes Ave.

For information, go to or call (412) 622-3131.

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