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September 3, 2009
Weirton Daily Times

Hawk featured at the Vineyard Cafe

WHEELING - The Vineyard Cafe is hosting its first-ever ladies' night on Tuesday with three local female performers scheduled.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and there will be no open mic. The evening kicks off with Kathy Lesnock from West Finley, Pa., at 7 p.m. followed Karen Lancaster from Wheeling at 7:45 p.m.

The evening concludes with Cherylann Hawk from Pittsburgh during the Up Close In Concert beginning at 8:30 p.m. All of the ladies will be doing acoustic sets mostly of their own material.

Hawk was born in Wheeling and raised in the country with horses, dogs and music before graduating from John Marshall High School and West Liberty State College. Hawk has built a fan base through performances and commitment. Hawk sang and wrote country music throughout the 1980s. After a break from performing professionally, she began to find her own voice and style while living in Pittsburgh. Hawk also is one of the principle organizers behind, a grassroots musicians' collective.

The Vineyard Cafe is at the Wheeling Vineyard Church, 647 Warden Road, Wheeling. For information, go to

Playhouse show goes on the road

WHEELING - The Vineyard Cafe and Brooke Hills Playhouse will team to present the musical revue "Route 66" on Sept. 15.

Those who missed the show when it was presented at Brooke Hills Park will have another chance to enjoy a variety of car songs and comedy at 7:30 p.m. at the cafe, which is at Wheeling Vineyard Church on Warden Run Road.

The cafe provides beginning and experienced vocalists/musicians an opportunity to perform before a live audience with open mic nights that give performers an opportunity in the spotlight.

The cafe's Up Close in Concert series features some of the region's best artists for a full-hour concert.

For information, call (304) 224-1782 or visit

Hope Players to hold auditions for 'Cheaper by the Dozen'

HOPEDALE - The Hope Players will hold auditions for Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation of Frank Gilbreth Jr.-Ernestine Gilbreth Carey's memoir "Cheaper by the Dozen" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Harrison-Hopedale Elementary School.

The comedy-drama will be performed at the school at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-8 and 2 p.m. Nov. 9.

"Cheaper by the Dozen" tells the story of the large and gifted Gilbreth family, headed by efficiency expert Frank Sr., who tries to apply his industrial time-management theories to his children with mixed, and often funny, results.

"This warm, family comedy is just perfect for a family oriented group like the Hope Players," according to Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III, who will direct the show. "If we get enough people at auditions, I'll double cast the roles, to give more people a chance to show off their talents," he added.

Pelegreen noted the play has roles for nine male and seven female actors age 10 and older. No preparation is needed for auditions. Actors will be asked to read excerpts from the script.

For information, call Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629 or assistant director and Hope Players President Donna Runt at (740) 937-2208.

Pelegreen noted Hope Players also welcome anyone interested in working behind the scenes on set construction, lighting, sound costumes, makeup and other technical aspects of the production. For the Hope Players upcoming season, go to

Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival Sept. 17-19

WHEELING - The Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival will take place Sept. 17-19 at the city's waterfront area.

The event, sanctioned by the American Sternwheel Association, will include sternwheelers, live entertainment, children's games, food and more. The Wheeling event is patterned after other sternwheel festivals that take place each summer up and down the Ohio River.

It is estimated the 2002 festival attracted nearly 75,000 people to the Wheeling waterfront. The festival features attractions such as regional entertainment ranging from classic rock and roll to Dixieland jazz, children's activities and a fireworks display. Entertainment attractions this year will include Phil Dirt and the Dozers, Milton Bullock, the Golden Platter and the Marcels. For information, go to

Orchestra performing at Mellon Arena

PITTSBURGH - With the long awaited new album "Night Castle" on the verge of being released, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing two shows at Mellon Arena on Dec. 16. Last year, both of the Pittsburgh performances sold out. An Internet pre-sale begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 10. To order in advance, log on to or

Reserved tickets are $57.50, $47.50 and $37.50. There also is a matinee ticket price available for $26.25.

Labor Day activities planned at Oglebay

WHEELING - A Labor Day Weekend Celebration is planned at Oglebay Park.

"The most anticipated event, Wheeling Symphony's free performance, 'Music Under the Stars', will take place on Sunday," said John Hargleroad, director of operations for the Wheeling Park Commission.

The Suzuki Strings will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the amphitheater followed by the Wheeling Symphony's performance at 7:30 p.m. A fireworks display will take place at the amphitheater following the symphony.

Fort Henry Days returns to Site One at Oglebay on Saturday and Sunday. A battle re-enactment will be held at 3 p.m. both days at Camp Russel.

The Oglebay Woodcarvers' Show will be held in the Pine Room from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The show features sales, demonstrations and exhibits.

Hargleroad noted there is no admission to the Wheeling Symphony performance, Fort Henry Days and the Woodcarvers' Show, although donations are appreciated at the Woodcarvers' Show.

Inflatable rides and a rock-climbing wall will be at the Schenk Lake area from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The inflatable rides are $1 per ride, and the rock wall is $5 per climb.

The Cascading Waters Fountain Show at Schenk Lake will conclude for the season with shows presented at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

For information on the Labor Day weekend activities, call (304) 243-4010 or (800) 624-6988.

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