One of America’s largest holiday light shows, the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay in Wheeling, West Virginia, will begin November 8, 2013 and continue through January 5, 2014. This holiday tradition began in 1985 with just five light displays and landscape lighting covering about 125 acres over a three-mile drive throughout the resort. Since then, the show has grown into one of the nation’s largest light shows, covering more than three hundred acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort. Eighty larger-than-life light displays are now part of this glowing show including the new Christmas Tree Farm display.
Five years ago, the Winter Festival of Lights entered a new “green” era with the commitment to use energy-efficient LED lights in all new displays and to begin converting all existing displays to LED.
LED lights use 85% less energy than traditional bulbs and last five times longer. “We want to ensure that the Winter Festival of Lights will be glowing for many more years!” said Caren Knoyer, marketing director. “For example, the animated Rocking Horse Display was first added to the Festival of Lights in 1992, using 85 amps of electricity with traditional light bulbs. Now that the display has been updated with vibrant LED lights and it uses just 12 amps of electricity.”
Every year new displays are added and the placement of the existing displays change to keep the show fresh. Christmas Tree Farm, one of this year’s new displays, was the winner of last year’s Festival of Lights New Idea Contest. “The winning entry was from 7th grader Madison Zoladz,” added Knoyer. “Madison said she was inspired by the number of cars she saw during the holiday season carrying Christmas trees.” This year’s other new displays are Woodpeckers and Leaping Frog, and the Oglebay Village has been expanded.
The popular Light and Music Extravaganza returns to the Good Zoo again this year. The Light and Music Extravaganza takes place nightly on the zoo patio with more than 35,500 LED lights choreographed to exciting holiday music. The zoo at Oglebay will also have their annual holiday model train display at the state’s largest O-Gauge Model Train Exhibit and holiday laser shows at the zoo’s Benedum Theater. Admission to the zoo is $9.00 for adults and $5.75 for children ages 3-12, and this admission includes the Light and Music Extravaganza on the zoo’s patio.
The Gardens of Light is located in the Oglebay hilltop and gardens area, and features 150 hanging baskets of light plus thousands of lighted flowers, trees and shrubs, combined with distinctive holiday music. Knoyer said that the best way to enjoy the Gardens of Light is to take a stroll along the brick path that leads from Carriage House Glass to the Mansion Museum.
Carriage House Glass, the first stop on the Gardens of Light tour, features a large selection of decorative glass and other collectibles. Carriage House Glass is also home to the sparkling Oglebay Institute Glass Museum featuring an extensive collection of West Virginia glass and glassblowing demonstrations. The Gardens of Light continues next door to the Visitors’ Center and the Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe. “This shop features a very large selection of chocolates, plus other candy and regionally produced food products,” said Knoyer. “Custom gift baskets are also available at Farmhouse Sweets and Treats.” Just outside the Visitors’ Center lies the magical Christmas Tree Garden. Introduced in 2003, the Christmas Tree Garden consists of 30 live trees decorated with various colored lights. Situated in the center of the Christmas Tree Garden is the Nativity Display. The life-size Nativity was designed and created by a local artist, and has been a much-loved display at the Winter Festival of Lights since 1985.
The red brick walking path leads from the Christmas Tree Garden to the Greenhouse, Palm Room and Garden Center Gift Shop, where visitors can find live holiday flowers, garden gifts and silk floral arrangements. The final stop on the Gardens of Light tour is the Mansion Museum. The Mansion is the former summer home of the Oglebay family and is elegantly decorated for the holidays.
The 271-room Wilson Lodge at Oglebay offers special overnight packages during the Winter Festival of Lights. Many changes have taken place at the lodge over the years but it is still the centerpiece of Oglebay. It is festively decorated, inside and out, and bustles with activity including children’s events, delicious holiday dining, cordial gatherings and live musical entertainment.
There is plenty to do and see at Oglebay while waiting for the lights to come on. The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge offers a popular holiday buffet nightly and the family-friendly Glass Works Grill at the lodge is open daily for lunch and dinner. The Winter Festival of Lights is also a special time at all of the Oglebay specialty shops. In addition to the Carriage House Glass, Farmhouse Sweets & Treats, Palm Room and Garden Center shops in the Gardens of Light area, the Resort Shop and West Spa Boutique at Wilson Lodge, Nature Express at the Good Zoo, and the Christmas Shop at the Speidel Golf Club are all fully stocked for the holiday season. The Christmas Shop is open only during the Festival of Lights and offers a large selection of one-of-a-kind decorations, ornaments and holiday collectibles. Gift cards are available at all shops, at the Visitors Center and online at Oglebay’s website.
The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable Sunday through Thursday until 10:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11:00 p.m. There is no admission to the Festival but a per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season. Visitors making a $25.00 donation will receive a DVD of the Festival of Lights and Oglebay story.
Knoyer said that visitors who prefer a guided, narrated tour through the light show, will enjoy one of the trolley tours that are offered several times each night beginning at Wilson Lodge. “We also have a new mobile app for iPhones this year,” added Knoyer. “This free app, available in the Apple App Store, has detailed information about each display and also includes photos, maps, and audio and video about the Festival of Lights.”
The Winter Festival of Lights was listed as one of the 10 Best Christmas Light Displays in the US according to AOL Travel and has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Most Extreme Christmas Celebrations.” The show is also listed on the American Bus Association’s Top International Events, was named as a top 100 event by Eventcrazy.com and was recently listed as one of the top 200 events in the country by Discover America.
Oglebay, and the Winter Festival of Lights, is located 4 miles from I-70 at Exit 2A in Wheeling, West Virginia. The resort is 60 miles from Pittsburgh via I-79 south and I-70 west; 120 miles from Columbus via I-70 east; and 150 miles from Cleveland via I-77 south and I-70 east. For more information about Oglebay and the Winter Festival of Lights, call 800-624-6988 or 304-243-4000 or visit www.oglebay-resort.com
Good Zoo staff today announced significant births, including twin golden lion tamarin monkeys, a first at the Good Zoo. “The twins were born on September 4, and both the mother and father demonstrated excellent parenting skills, carrying the babies on their backs,” said Manager of Animal Husbandry Mindi White. “These are first time parents, but mom ‘Carmen’ had participated in rearing babies in a tamarin group at another zoo, and they learn maternal skills through that observation,” she added. Golden lion tamarins are endangered primates from South America. The Good Zoo tamarins are part of a cooperative global breeding program among zoos across the U.S. “The wild population in Brazil has been severely impacted by deforestation with less than 5% of suitable habitat remaining. Golden lion tamarins are classified as extremely endangered; scientists estimate a wild population of only 1,500 tamarins left in the wild,” said Penny Miller, zoo director. Tamarins born in U.S. zoos have successfully been released in the wild for restocking efforts.
On September 29, zoo staff discovered a newborn Grevy’s zebra. The foal was up following the mother Samburu, and appears to be doing well. “Samburu had a foal here last year, too, and she is a great mom,” White said. Grevy’s zebra populations have plummeted in Kenya and Somalia; less than 2,000 individuals remain. Zebra populations are threatened by habitat lost, drought and climate change, and diseases and parasites transmitted by domestic livestock.
A baby 3-banded armadillo was born on September 16, and is currently not on display. This is the mother’s second offspring. Her baby from last year is a popular ambassador in the zoo’s education department. Three-banded armadillo is found in Brazil. It was recently chosen as the 2014 World Cup mascot, as the Brazilian government seeks to educate youth that this poorly known species is threatened with extinction. It was even believed to be extinct in the wild until it was rediscovered in 1988 in a handful of locations.
“The zoo staff has worked hard with zoo colleagues around the country to develop the optimum conditions to breed these three rare species at the Good Zoo,” said Miller. “September was a banner month for us, and we hope the public will take advantage of the nice fall weather to come see the twin tamarin monkeys and the baby zebra,” she added.
The Good Zoo opens daily at 11:00 a.m. and admission is $9.00 for adults, $5.75 for ages 3-12, and free to members and ages 2 and under. Boo at the Zoo is October 11 through 13, October 18 through 20 and October 25 through 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. with early opening on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. Boo at the Zoo admission is $7.25 for non members, $5.25 for members. Boo admission is reduced by $1.00 when purchased in advance in the zoo office 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, seven days a week. For more information or to purchase Boo at the Zoo tickets in advance call the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4100.
Oglebay’s fall tradition, Oglebayfest, will begin on Friday, October 4 and continue through Sunday, October 6, 2013. “Oglebayfest began in 1978 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oglebay and provides an annual ‘thank-you’ to all who visit us year-round,” said John Hargleroad, Director of Operations for Oglebay. Most of Oglebayfest’s activities are offered free of charge or at a reduced admission.
The Phil Maxwell Artists’ and Gourmet Markets will be located in the Mansion Woods next to the Mansion Museum. The Markets offers a view of the tri-state’s best artisans at work plus an extensive selection of local and regional foods. Both markets will be open Friday 12:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Ohio County Country Fair at Site One features Baked Goods Auctions, Square Dance, Hog Calling Contest, Fiddle Contest, Pedal Power Contest, Hitch Class Show, Rock Throwing Contest, Baby Crawling Contest, and the State Championship Pony Pull. The Country Fair will also features demonstrations on Rug Braiding, Old Fashioned Butter Making, Corn Grinding, Blacksmithing, and Quilting. Antique Farm Equipment will also be on display both days and Quilts & Needlework can be found at Camp Russel. Sheep, horses, pigs, cows, goats and other animals will be on display in the Country Fair Livestock Tent.
Two crowd-pleasing favorites, the Oglebayfest parade and the fireworks, will take place on Saturday. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Good Zoo with Roland Hobbs serving as the parade Grand Marshall. Hobbs recently retired from the Wheeling Park Commission where he has served as a member of the commission since 1973. “We are proud to honor Mr. Hobbs as this year’s Oglebayfest Parade Grand Marshall for his many years of distinguished service and significant contributions to the Wheeling Park Commission,” said Hargleroad. The fireworks display will light up the sky over Schenk Lake at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.
Oglebayfest is also famous for its foods and non-stop entertainment. The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge has several special menus and buffets including the Seafood Gala on Friday and the Smokehouse Buffet on Saturday. Both buffets are available from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.. Brunch is offered in the dining room on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reservations for the dining room can be made by calling 304-243-4080. Entertainment at Wilson Lodge includes Dustin McCray in Hickman Lounge from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Markus & James in Hickman on Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Mansfield 5 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in Glessner Auditorium.
The Rathskeller, located at Hess Shelter, is one of Oglebayfest’s most popular destinations. The menu has German favorites including grilled bratwurst, knackwurst and sauerkraut. The Harvest Carnival at the Wagon Shed returns with fun foods including chocolate dipped frozen bananas, deep fried oreos, funnel cakes and corn dogs. Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe, Oglebay’s newest shop, will have fresh-made fudge, roasted nuts and gourmet chocolates at the Wagon Shed. Food will be served at the Rathskeller and Harvest Carnival on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Entertainment at the Rathskeller includes Alpen Glow German Band, International Fold Dancers and Steve Grkman with his Button Box Accordion.
The Country Kitchen and the Ohio County Country Fair will start serving food at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Levenson Shelter and Site One. Hot soup, sandwiches and pie will be available at the Garden Center. Snacks and sandwiches will be available at the Good Zoo, Schenk Lake and the Artists’ Market Woods, and fudge, candy and beverages will be available at Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe.
Oglebayfest is also famous for its non-stop entertainment. There will be a free square dance with Cabin Fever String Band on Friday at the Country Fair from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Haller Shelter will host Miller, Smith & Mazure Band on Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Sarah Mahan-Hays on Saturday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., and Smoke Daddy and the Crawfish on Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. There is no admission to the Haller Shelter events but must be 21 years old to attend.
The Good Zoo is offering free admission on Saturday and Sunday where visitors can enjoy the Dinosaur Exhibit. “Several life-sized, moving, roaring dinosaurs will be on display through Boo at the Zoo,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo. The zoo will also feature Fire Safety on Saturday in cooperation with the Wheeling Fire Department. “Come meet local firefighters and practice getting out of a smoke-filled house,” added Miller.
All the shops of Oglebay will be open during Oglebayfest including Carriage House Glass, the Nature Express Shop at the Good Zoo, the Palm Room by the greenhouse, Wheeling Civic Center Garden Center, Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe, and the Speidel Pro Shop at the Hamm Clubhouse. Carriage House Glass is featuring West Virginia Artisan Glass.
There will be glassblowing demonstrations on the Mansion Museum lawn all three days and an Antique Car Display will be on the lawn on Sunday.
Another popular Oglebayfest attraction, the Belgian horse display, will be at Site One on both Saturday and Sunday. Pony rides and inflatable rides will be offered at Schenk Lake on Saturday and Sunday.
The Schrader Environmental Center will present Mike Kandis and Friends featuring Bearded Dragons, Ball Pythons and other reptiles. Admission is $2.00 per person.
Oglebayfest offers free parking and the shuttle buses provide easy access to all of the festival’s activities. Special overnight packages are available at Wilson Lodge for Oglebayfest and reservations can be made by calling 800-624-6988 or book online at www.oglebay-resort.com.
For more information about Oglebayfest, call 304-243-4010 or visit www.oglebay-resort.com/fest.htm for a complete Oglebayfest schedule.
Oglebay invites area schools, colleges, civic and cultural organizations, scouts and other service entities as well as church groups to participate in this year’s Oglebayfest parade on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The Oglebayfest parade is an opportunity to feature civic and cultural groups, magnificent horses, old time buggies, farm equipment, area bands and even reigning queens.
The parade lineup is in the Good Zoo parking lot with participants expected to arrive at least one hour before the 9:30 a.m. start of the parade. Marshals will direct entries to their unit.
Interested parties should contact Janet Wodesky, parade coordinator, at 304-243-4122 by September 26. There is no entry fee and parade participant forms and regulations are available online at http://www.oglebay-resort.com/Oglebayfest_parade.pdf.
Labor Day Weekend Activities at Oglebay include Symphony Performance with Fireworks and Drool in the Pool Dog Swim Returns
An exciting Labor Day Weekend Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2. “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 the amphitheater on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Wheeling Symphony’s performance at 7:30 p.m. A brilliant fireworks display will take place at the amphitheater at the conclusion of the symphony.
A Labor Day weekend favorite, “Fort Henry Days”, returns to Site One at Oglebay on Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days. A battle reenactment will be held at Camp Russel at 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Oglebay Woodcarver’s Show, another long-time favorite Labor Day event, will be held at the Pine Room on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The show features sales, demonstrations and exhibits.
Hargleroad noted that there is no admission to the Wheeling Symphony performance, Fort Henry Days and the Woodcarver’s Show, although donations are appreciated at the Woodcarver’s Show.
Inflatable rides and a rock-climbing wall will be at the Schenk Lake area on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day. The inflatable rides start at $1.00 per ride and the rock wall is $5.00 for each climb.
Daily Activity Wristbands will be available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center all three days. The wristbands provide all day use at the Par III Golf, Good Zoo and Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum, Trolley, and the Mansion Museum. The wristbands are $16.00 each plus applicable fees and taxes. One free ride on the inflatable rides is included with the purchase of a wristband.
“The Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the Good Zoo and see the Dinosaur Exhibit before it goes extinct!” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo. This special exhibit includes five life-sized dinosaurs, one off-spring, and a nest of newly-hatched baby dinos. “The dinosaurs are fitted with an electric brain so they move and roar,” added Miller.
The zoo will present “Dino Talk” with the baby T-Rex on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
The zoo opens daily at 10:00 a.m. and admission to the zoo is $9.00 for non-member adults and $5.75 for ages 3-12. Zoo members and ages 2 and under are free.
Because it was so popular last year “Drool in the Pool” at the Oglebay Outdoor pool will return this year on Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. “Dogs, like humans, can enjoy the refreshing water and exercise a public pool provides and many areas across the country allow dogs to swim in a public pool after the pool season is over,” said Hargleroad. “We are excited to offer this special dog swim when the outdoor pool closes for the season on Monday at 4:00 p.m.” There is no admission to “Drool in the Pool” and all dogs participating in the swim must have proof of a current rabies vaccination, and one human, aged 16 and above, is permitted in the pool with one dog.
Click here for the Drool in the Pool release form. Rules:
- All owners must have proof of their dog’s current Rabies vaccination.
- All dogs must be current on all other vaccinations: Parvovirus (CPV), Canine distemper virus (CDV), Canine adenovirus (CAV).
- One human is permitted in the pool with one dog.
- No human swimming – wading only.
- No one under 16 may wade in the pool.
- Participants who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems may not enter the pool.
- No dogs or humans with open wounds may enter the pool.
- Activity is confined to the shallow end of the pool.
- Owners are responsible for any and all accidents and injury to their own dog.
- Vicious or aggressive dogs may be required to leave.
- Retractable leashes are not permitted.
- Dogs must be clean and brushed before entering the pool.
- Owners must pick up their dog’s waste.
- Participants must bath after the event.
Oglebay is pleased to announce two programs taught by Dr. Richard Bradley, the author of the new book Common Spiders of North America. The first class will be held at the Good Zoo at Oglebay on Saturday, August 3 from 1 pm- 3pm. The Common Spiders class is open to all current Master Naturalist students, people interested in joining the Master Naturalist program, and to anyone who wants to learn about spiders. Anyone 16 years of age and older can attend at a cost of $24.00 and the class counts as 3 elective hours in the Master Naturalist program.
“Spiders are a very diverse group of invertebrates, yet poorly studied and very misunderstood,” said Penny Miller, zoo director. “Part of our Master Naturalist program is teaching people about all components of a healthy ecosystem, not just the popular ones like birds and butterflies,” she added. Dr. Bradley will discuss how to identify key spider groups by web design and other identification tips. Spider biology, anatomy and behavior will also be addressed, and students will go out on zoo grounds to find and identify spiders. “We have over 100 species in our area, but North America has over 4,700 species” said Miller. Students will also get to meet the zoo’s resident tarantulas. For more information call Penny Miller at 304-243-4027. The schedule for all upcoming Master Naturalist classes can be found at www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo
The second program is offered for families with young children 10 years of age and up. Families can meet Dr Bradley and go on a spider hunt at the Schrader Environmental Education Center at Oglebay for an evening program “Spectacular Spiders” from 7 pm- 9pm August 3rd. “Feeling brave?? Join Dr Bradley as he leads us for a look into the scary world of spiders. Discover some facts and fiction about spiders, then embark on a journey into their world outside,” added Schrader Center director Alice Eastman. The evening program cost is $6.00 per person, $5 each for Oglebay Institute members. For information call the Schrader Center at 304-243-4214.
The Master Naturalist Program is open to all area nature lovers, 16 years of age and older. The program was developed by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the Good Zoo at Oglebay is a training site. Classes are held at the zoo on Saturdays and Sundays and often involve walks in the woods and occasional field trips to a farm pasture, wetlands or streams.
”Anyone who enjoys the outdoors will love these classes,” added Miller. “We have husbands and wives signing up together, some teens with their parents, and lots of individuals.”
The schedule for all upcoming Master Naturalist classes can be found at www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo or call Miller at 304-243-4027.
On Thursday, July 11, and for the remaining Thursdays in July, wristbands at Wheeling Park are available for just $8.00 each. Wristbands at Wheeling Park provide all day use of miniature golf, swimming pool, water slide and pedal boating. There is an additional cost for any rental equipment. The regular price of a wristband is $11.00.
Wheeling Park is located at 1801 National Road in Wheeling, West Virginia. For more information, please call 304-243-4085 or visit www.wheeling-park.com
An exciting Independence Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4. “The most-popular event, the fireworks display, will take place on Wednesday, July 3, at Schenk Lake,” said John Hargleroad, Operations Director for the Wheeling Park Commission. The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. with special patriotic music presented in conjunction with the fireworks. “The event is an annual tribute to Albert Schenk, and features inspiring patriotic music and fireworks,” said Hargleroad. Wednesday’s festivities at the lake also include picnic-style food service from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and the Subway Show Band performing at the lake from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
New activities on Wednesday, July 3, include Fort Henry Re-enactors at the Wagon Shed Shelter across from Schenk Lake from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. and an Ice Carving demonstration by Chris Kefauver from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wagon Shed.
On Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the Oglebay Stables will be offering free tours plus half off on pony rides from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. “No reservations are required for the pony rides but call 304-243-4042 to schedule a trail ride,” added Hargleroad. The pony ride special will also be offered on Thursday, July 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Inflatable rides and a rock wall will be at the Schenk Lake area from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday. The inflatable rides start at $1.00 per ride and the rock wall is $5.00.
Activity wristbands are available every day during the summer at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center and provide all day admission to: Par III Golf, Good Zoo & Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum & Craftsman Center, Trolley and Mansion Museum. Rental equipment is not included. Wristbands are $16.00 each and one free ride on the inflatable rides is included with the purchase of a wristband.
The Independence Celebration is also a great time to catch up with old friends at the Good Zoo and check out what’s new including the life-size, moving and roaring dinosaurs. The zoo will present “Dino Talk” with the baby T-Rex on Wednesday, July 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The animal care staff will be doing animal enrichment activities from 1:00. to 4:00 p.m. both days including special red, white and blue treats and special activities to give the animals something fun to explore. “Come watch the animals play!” added Miller.
The zoo opens daily at 10:00 a.m. during the summer. Admission to the zoo is $9.00 for non-member adults and $5.75 for ages 3-12. Zoo members and ages 2 and under are free.
Aqua Cycles, pedal boats, fishing and miniature golf are available all summer at Schenk Lake. “The aqua cycles are great fun and great exercise,” said Hargleroad.
“And our Segway Tours are back so visitors can join our friendly guides for an exciting tour on a high tech personal transporter,” added Hargleroad. Segway Tours are offered at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., beginning at Schenk Lake. Advance reservations can be made for the Segways by calling 304-243-4090.
The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge has great new events this summer including Linguini’s Trattoria on Wednesday and Platters Family Style on Thursday. Brian Burkley, Director of Oglebay Food and Beverage described Linguini’s as “an interactive Italian experience for the entire family.”
“Families will love both events,” added Burkley. “Wednesday’s Linguini’s menu features pasta, pizza, soup, salads and desserts, and the Thursday night Platters menu features comfort food served family style.”
The dining room also has the Seafood Gala on Friday evenings and the Smokehouse on Saturday evenings this summer. All events are from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling 304-243-4080.
“For those who want to celebrate the holiday with an all-American picnic, many beautiful picnic sites are available at Oglebay and can be reserved by calling 304-243-4010,” added Hargleroad.
For more information on the 4th of July celebration, call the Oglebay Visitors Center at 304-243-4010.
Found a baby deer all by itself? “Please leave it alone.” That’s the advice of Good Zoo staff, who receive multiple phone calls every day about “abandoned” fawns that aren’t abandoned at all. Worse yet, some well-meaning folks are actually driving up to the zoo’s doors with fawns. “People get really upset that we won’t take it, but there is absolutely no reason for us to, plus it is illegal,” said Penny Miller, zoo director. Newborn fawns cannot follow their moms around until they are about two weeks old, unlike other hoof-stock like zebras. So the doe parks her fawn in tall grass or shrubs, and returns only to feed it, so as not to attract predators to the baby. “White-tailed deer are not out there in droves abandoning their babies,” Miller added.
“Like kids, the babies don’t always stay put, and may follow a person. Just shoo it away back into cover,” Miller advised. Misplaced fawns bleet out to their moms, and the doe will call back and find them. Fawns are born in late May and into June, so the phone calls are piling in now at the zoo.
The same advice goes for baby birds, which leave the nest feathered, but lack tail feathers, and are unable to fly for a few days until they build up flight muscles. Pick up the fledgling bird and put it 4-6 feet off the ground and keep kids, cats and dogs away. The mother bird will feed it. “Touching a baby bird or fawn does not make the mother reject it, said Mindi White, manager of Animal Husbandry. “That’s an old wive’s tale that we just cannot seem to correct. We also handle all our mammal and avian zoo babies for physical exams and weighing; mom takes them right back.” Birds have no sense of smell, and all mother animals have strong maternal bonds to their babies.
“We have lots of great stories of babies being taken back out where they were found, and the mother comes back and claims them,” Miller said. The zoo receives dozens of calls per day about baby birds and fawns.
“We don’t have the staff time or cage space to take these animals, either. Our keepers are busy caring for our collection animals and monitoring our own new zoo babies,” said Miller. “Go on the Internet and do some research before you intervene. When baby animals are truly orphaned due to mom being hit by a car, rehabilitation is a costly, time consuming task done only by licensed wildlife rehabilitators common in Ohio and Pennsylvania but rare in West Virginia. “You can search for licensed wildlife rehabilitators on the internet if you are certain the mother animal has been killed,” White added.
The annual bulb sale at the Oglebay Palm Room is coming to a close. “While supplies last you can now buy one bag for $10 and get the second bag free,” said Marilyn Jenkinson, Manager of the Greenhouse and Gardens at Oglebay. “The money raised during the annual bulb sale helps us purchase new bulbs from The Netherlands that will be planted this fall.”
Last fall hundreds of spring flowering bulbs including tulips and daffodils were planted in the formal gardens at Oglebay Park and now that the bulbs have finished blooming they have been removed from the ground to make way for summer annuals.
The Palm Room is currently open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 304-243-4098 for more information.