Independence Celebration Activities Planned at Oglebay

Kayaks at Schenk Lake at Oglebay

Schenk Lake will be the hub of activities for the Independence Celebration at Oglebay on July 3 and July 4. New this year at Schenk Lake are single and double kayaks, plus aqua cycles, pedal boats, fishing and miniature golf. Inflatable rides will also be at the lake area both days and fireworks will be on Friday, July 3 at Schenk Lake.

An exciting Independence Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. “The most-popular event, the fireworks display, will take place on 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.

“New this year is the Rainbow Tunnel with a red, white and blue patriotic display from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. on July 3,” said Hargleroad.

Light Tunnel at Oglebay

The 100-foot light tunnel that was introduced to the Winter Festival of Lights in November 2014 will be programmed with a red, white and blue patriotic display from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. on July 3. This tunnel has 30 arches that span the road leading from Levenson Shelter to Schenk Lake and features programmable RGB technology.

Hargleroad said the Rainbow Tunnel is a 100-foot light tunnel that was introduced to the Winter Festival of Lights in November 2014.  This tunnel has 30 arches that span the road leading from Levenson Shelter to the lake and features programmable RGB technology.

Also planned for July 3 is an Ice Carving demonstration by Chris Kefauver from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wagon Shed, adjacent to Schenk Lake.  Picnic-style food service will be available at Schenk Lake from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and the Ron Retzer Trio will be performing at the lake from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Inflatable rides will be at the Schenk Lake area from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. One free ride is included with the purchase of a wristband. Activity wristbands are available every day during the summer at the Good Zoo and the Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe 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 $16.95 each.

Entertainment on The Hilltop at Oglebay

The Hilltop at Oglebay will have entertainment on Friday, July 3 featuring the musical duo Marcus and James from 5:00 t0 7:00 p.m. and a magician will be entertaining from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Shops on The Hilltop including Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe, Carriage House Glass and The Palm Room will be open nightly until 10:00 p.m.

The Hilltop at Oglebay will also have entertainment on Friday, July 3 featuring the musical duo Marcus and James from 5:00 t0 7:00 p.m. and a magician will be entertaining from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The Shops on The Hilltop including Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe, Carriage House Glass and The Palm Room will be open nightly until 10:00 p.m.

The Oglebay Stables will be offering free tours on Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and pony rides will be ½ price on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for those making advance reservations. Pony ride and trail ride reservations can be made by calling 304-243-4042.

The Good Zoo at Oglebay

Oglebay’s Independence Celebration is a great time to catch up with old friends at the Good Zoo and see what’s new. The animal care staff will be doing animal enrichment activities from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.

The Independence Celebration is also a great time to catch up with old friends at the Good Zoo and check out what’s new.  The zoo will offer July 4th themed animal enrichment activities on Saturday, July 4, from 10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.

The zoo opens daily at 10:00 a.m. during the summer. Admission to the zoo is $8.95 for non-member adults and $5.75 for ages 3-12.  Zoo members and ages 2 and under are free.

New this year at Schenk Lake are kayaks.  “Single and double kayaks are now available,” said Hargleroad.  “The kayaks are a good addition to the pedal boats and aqua cycles that are currently available at Schenk Lake.  Great fun and great exercise!”

“Also new at Schenk Lake is an ADA fishing platform large enough to accommodate two people fishing and the bathrooms at the Lake were totally renovated to be compliant with ADA standards,” added Hargleroad. Funding for the ADA project at the lake was provided by the Schenk Charitable Trust.

The Good Zoo at Oglebay

The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge has several dining events including the Seafood Extravaganza on Friday.

The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge has new events this summer including the Seafood Extravaganza on Friday and the new Brazilian Grill on Saturday.  The dining room is also offering The Louisiana Feast on Tuesday, Linguini’s Italian Trattoria on Wednesday and Ole! Ole It’s Mexican on Thursday this summer.  All events are from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling 304-243-4080.

Something New is Blooming on The Hilltop at Oglebay this Summer

Something New is Blooming on The Hilltop at Oglebay this SummerOglebay is offering free family-friendly entertainment every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday night this summer at The Hilltop area beginning June 12 and continuing through September 20, 2015.

The Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater, located on The Hilltop at Oglebay, is hosting free entertainment on Sunday evenings this summer. Free entertainment is scheduled for every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday on Oglebay’s Hilltop through September 20, 2015.

The Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater, located on The Hilltop at Oglebay, is hosting free entertainment on Sunday evenings this summer. Free entertainment is scheduled for every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday on Oglebay’s Hilltop through September 20, 2015.

“We have been offering the Summer Sunday Entertainment Series at our Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater located on the Oglebay Hilltop for several years and we have expanded our entertainment to Monday, Thursday and Friday night.” said Caren Knoyer, Marketing Director.

The Sunday concerts will continue at the amphitheater from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  This season’s lineup is: June 14: Hit Play; June 21: De Ja Vue;  June 28: Joseph Sisters; July 5: U.S. Kids; July 12: Miller Smith and Mazure; July 19: Grkmania; July 26: Cabin Fever;  August 2: Mahajibee Blues; August 9: East Street; August 16: Hoard and Jones; August 23: Sarah Hays Band; August 30: Bridges and Friends; September 6: Wheeling Symphony; September 13: 40 +; and, September  20: Wally Gingers Orchestra.

Monday night’s entertainment will be offered from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and includes stilt walkers from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  “There will be a different personality each week greeting visitors on stilts,” said Knoyer.

From 8:00 to 10:00 pm on Monday, Hula Dancers and Samoan fire dancing will be featured.

Every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. another free concert will be offered. Jeff Jimerson & Airborne will perform on June 18, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27, September 3, September 10 and September 17.

Jeff Jimerson and Airborne will be performing on The Hilltop at Oglebay this summer. Free entertainment is scheduled for every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday on Oglebay’s Hilltop through September 20, 2015.

Jeff Jimerson and Airborne will be performing on The Hilltop at Oglebay this summer. Free entertainment is scheduled for every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday on Oglebay’s Hilltop through September 20, 2015.

“We were thrilled to get Jeff Jimerson for so many performances,” said Knoyer. “Anyone that has attended the B.E. Taylor Christmas Show will recognize Jeff. He is also the primary National Anthem singer for the Pittsburgh Penguins and has performed for the Steelers and Pirates.” Jimerson will be performing with his four piece variety band Airborne.

Another popular group, Hit Play, will perform on June 25 and July 2.

More great music is on tap for Friday’s entertainment.  Marcus & James or Ron Retzer will perform from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

“And, from 7:00 to 9pm on Friday, magician Steve Haberman will be amazing young and old!” added Knoyer.  Haberman, a unique combination of comedian, illusionist and mentalist, will present two to three mini shows per hour

Brian Burkley, Director of Food and Beverage said that during the entertainment fun sidewalk food fare will be available on The Hilltop including walking tacos, cheese steaks, hot dogs & more!

In addition to the entertainment, lights have also been added to the gardens.  “Every night at dusk a new, innovative display of lights will showcase the natural beauty of the gardens,” said Knoyer.

Farmhouse Sweets & Treat Shoppe located on The Hilltop at Oglebay offers the area’s largest selection of gourmet chocolates and candy. This shop, plus Carriage House Glass and the Palm Room, will have extended hours this summer to accommodate visitors enjoying the free entertainment on The Hilltop.

Farmhouse Sweets & Treat Shoppe located on The Hilltop at Oglebay offers the area’s largest selection of gourmet chocolates and candy. This shop, plus Carriage House Glass and the Palm Room, will have extended hours this summer to accommodate visitors enjoying the free entertainment on The Hilltop.

Other activities in The Hilltop area are shops, the Mansion Museum and the Glass Museum.  The shops on the Hilltop will have extended hours during the summer.  Jill Neumann, Manager of Retail, said that Farmhouse Sweets & Treat Shoppe, Carriage House Glass and the Palm Room will be open later to accommodate the visitors that come to enjoy the entertainment.

“There is so much more than flowers and gardens on The Hilltop at Oglebay this summer,” said Knoyer.  “Bring the entire family to enjoy fresh-picked fun, entertainment and food.”

For the complete entertainment schedule please visit www.oglebay-resort.com/summer