Wheeling CVBlog: Cultural Wheeling
March Heritage Celebrations
By: Jennifer Materkoski, MA
March is full of culture in Wheeling. The month’s events kick off this weekend with the 21st Annual Wheeling Celtic Celebration. The one-day event takes place at Wheeling Artisan Center on Saturday, March 4, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The event is presented by Wheeling Heritage and co-sponsored by the Wheeling- Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Each of the Artisan Center’s three floors will be filled with food, fun and activities for the whole family. River City Ale Works will be open on the first floor, serving their regular menu. They will also be on the third floor offering ethnic food selections such as Scotch Eggs, Colcannon, and other Celtic delicacies as well as imported and domestic beers. Pittsburgh’s Fudgie Wudgie will be on site with a variety of fudge and chocolates for sale.
Those looking to take home Celtic wares will have plenty to choose from, as Celtic vendors will fill the marketplace on the second and third floors of the Artisan Center. Vendors will feature a selection of merchandise like clothing, stitchery kits, pub shirts, glasses and signs, jewelry, photography, honey mead wines and more.
There will also be opportunities for cultural education. The Wheeling Celtic Society will be on the third floor to provide educational information about Celtic culture, heritage, and their local organization. Members of Gallowglass will be set up on the second floor to provide educational information and cultural presentations on various Celtic instruments and practices. The Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley will have a kids’ activity area set up on the second floor from noon to 4 p.m.
There is a full schedule of entertainment for the day featuring returning favorites such as Pittsburgh’s The Macdonald Pipe Band, The Burke Conroy School of Irish Dance, Brigid’s Cross, Wheeling’s Gallowglass, Mike Gallagher and the Gypsy Cowboys. Also returning after last year’s first appearance are the Bastard Bearded Irishmen.
Admission for the festival is $7 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. For more information, please call the Wheeling Artisan Center at (304) 232-1810 or the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Center at 1-800-828-3097.
The month will close out with another great cultural event featuring a celebration of Polish heritage. The Wheeling Polka Festival will be held from Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26 at Olgebay’s Glessner Auditorium.
The event Kick Off Party begins Friday at 8:00 p.m. and features live music from Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push. Saturday continues with the Rise and Shine Party begins at 10:00 a.m. with D.J. Michael Biela. Live music resumes at 3:00 p.m. with Henny and the Versa J’s, The John Gora Band and The Boys. On Sunday, a Catholic Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. The rest of the day’s events begin at noon with Stephanie, “America’s Polka Sweetheart,” followed by Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push.
Food and beverage selections will be available for sale, and no outside food or beverage will be permitted. Admission for Friday is $12, while admission for Saturday and Sunday are $17 and $16 respectively. A full weekend admission pass can be purchased for $40. For more information or for room reservations, please call 304-243-4064.