To the editor:
If you missed the Wheeling Symphony Concert at the Weirton Event Center on July 3, you missed a wonderful experience of creativity and culture. The weather was perfect, and the sound emanating from the speakers was truly a pleasure.
Perhaps not advertised or emphasized enough ahead of time was the addition of West Virginia's Johnny Staats with his bluegrass band. The quality of this creative combination of the mandolin, banjo, guitar and fiddle, with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra playing background, could not be matched at more elaborate facilities or bigger cities.
Having the traditional symphony with conductor Andre Raphel with the bluegrass masterfully mixed in was a treat that the 800 or so attending should not forget. My hat is off to Dan Wilson and all the others who had the foresight and the offered support to bring this concert downtown.
The following evening, on the Fourth of July, the event center provided a magnificent view of the colorful fireworks display, which was part of Weirton's Renaissance Summerfest.
The event center is proving to be a most worthy addition to downtown. Dan Greathouse, the Top of West Virginia CVB and the City of Weirton are putting a tremendous effort into making this place, which sits on the knoll above Holliday's Cove and which was once occupied by Cove School, a perfect place for weekly summer evening events in downtown Weirton.
For the future, in my opinion it would be appropriate to have a small, permanent memorial to Holliday's Cove School somewhere within this site, which was used for educational purposes from the early 1800s through 1991. We should not forget the original use and historical significance of this property.