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Online Tickets now Available for Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo at the Good Zoo at Oglebay

Ryan Auber (left) and Cody Auber are ready for Boo at the Zoo at the Oglebay Good Zoo on October 10-12, October 17-19 & October 24-26. Advance tickets will only be available online at www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo.

Boo at the Zoo, an annual fundraiser at the Oglebay Good Zoo, is three weekends: October 10 through 12, October 17 through 19 and October 24 through 26, and online tickets are now available for the popular event.

 

“Save time and money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of the event,” said Penny Miller, director of the Good Zoo.  “Online tickets will also be the fastest way to enter Boo at the Zoo.”

 

Miller added that no advance tickets will be sold at the Good Zoo.  “Advance tickets will only be available online at our website:  www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo.”

 

Miller also said that Sunday nights typically have the shortest wait time to get in the door and that visitors don’t need to bring treat bags or containers as the zoo staff will only put candy in the treat bags provided at the zoo.

 

Prices for Boo at the Zoo are $6.25 for advance online tickets.  Good Zoo members advance online tickets are $5.30.  Both advance ticket prices are plus tax and handling fees.  All tickets sold at the gate are $9.00 plus tax, and there is no member discount or any other discounts at the gate. The Spooky Special Halloween-themed train ride is $2.50 per ride. No advance sale tickets are available for the train ride.

 

Boo at the Zoo hours are 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday nights and 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights.

 

“Put on your costume and join us for our annual Boo at the Zoo celebration!” said Miller.  “The event is the zoo’s largest and most important fundraiser to support the day to day operations of the Good Zoo, and a great opportunity to dress up and visit the zoo after dark! And remember, the Dinosaurs will be here so this year’s Boo at the Zoo will be extra special!” added Miller.

Labor Day Weekend Activities at Oglebay include Symphony Performance with Fireworks and Drool in the Pool Dog Swim

Oglebay Drool in the Pool Labor Day Celebration

“Drool in the Pool” returns this year to close out the Labor Day weekend activities on Mon, Sept 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Other favorites returning for the Labor Day weekend are Wheeling Symphony’s “Music Under the Stars,” Fort Henry Days, the Woodcarver’s Show & inflatable rides. Fireworks will follow the symphony’s concert on Sun Aug 31.

An exciting Labor Day Weekend Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Saturday, August 30, Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1.  “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 Wheeling Symphony’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  and 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 Levenson Shelter/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 days.

 

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.

 

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 life-sized dinosaurs that move and roar.

 

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.

 

“Drool in the Pool” at the Oglebay Outdoor pool will return this year on Monday, September 1 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.  See below for additional rules for Drool in the Pool:

  1. All owners must have proof of their dog’s current Rabies vaccination.
  2. All dogs must be current on all other vaccinations: Parvovirus (CPV), Canine distemper virus (CDV), Canine adenovirus (CAV).
  3. One human is permitted in the pool with one dog.
  4. No human swimming – wading only.
  5. No one under 16 may wade in the pool.
  6. Participants who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems may not enter the pool.
  7. No dogs or humans with open wounds may enter the pool.
  8. Activity is confined to the shallow end of the pool.
  9. Owners are responsible for any and all accidents and injury to their own dog.
  10. Vicious or aggressive dogs may be required to leave.
  11. Retractable leashes are not permitted.
  12. Dogs must be clean and brushed before entering the pool.
  13. Owners must pick up their dog’s waste.
  14. Participants must bath after the event.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at Oglebay

The Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer activities at Oglebay and John Hargleroad, Director of Operations, says that all the Oglebay facilities will be open beginning Friday, May 23 with some special activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend.

 

Schenk Lake at Oglebay

Aqua Cycles and pedal boats will be one of the many activities available at Schenk Lake at Oglebay during the Memorial Day weekend. Inflatable rides and Doozy the Clown will also be at the lake Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26.

“The always-popular inflatable rides will be at the Schenk Lake area on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Doozy the Clown will also be at the lake area all three days from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.,” said Hargleroad.

 

Oglebay will begin offering daily activity wristbands on Friday, May 23.  The wristbands are available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center through Labor Day and 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 will also provide one admission to the inflatable rides this weekend,” reminded Hargleroad. The wristbands are $16.00 each plus applicable fees and taxes.

 

New this year is a United States Flag Retirement Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 26.  “The special ceremony will be conducted by American Legion Post #1 and the public is encouraged to bring US flags that are no longer serviceable to the ceremony,” said Hargleroad. The American Legion will ensure that the flags are properly disposed of with honor at a later date.

 

“It is interesting to note that American Legion Post #1 in Wheeling was the first American Legion Post established in the United States,” added Hargleroad.  The Post was established by an act of congress in 1919.

 

The Memorial Day Weekend is also a great time to catch up with old friends at the Good Zoo and check out what’s new including the Dinosaur exhibit with all-new dinosaurs. “These lifelike dinosaurs are fitted with electric brains so they move and roar,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo.   Miller said most of the dinosaurs can be discovered in the woods near the Australian Exhibit but a couple of the dinosaurs are located in other areas of the zoo.

 

Dinosaurs at the Good Zoo at Oglebay

An all-new display of lifelike dinosaurs has arrived at the Good Zoo and will greet zoo visitors throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

“The Edmontonia has claimed the top of the wetlands waterfall as his prehistoric perch for the summer and the Suchomimus is located in the Wetlands,” added Miller. For a close up view of the Edmontonia Miller suggested a train ride but the creature can be seen and heard from the Wetlands.

 

The zoo is also accepting entries for the third annual “Capture the Wild” photography contest.  “We have had a great response to our photography contests and are looking forward to this year’s entries,” said Miller.  “We’ll be awarding some great prizes!” Contest rules and entry forms are available on the zoo’s website.

 

Miller also added that the zoo’s Animal Encounters programs are getting more and more popular.  “This program allows guests to get into animal exhibits with the keepers to help feed and train some of the zoo’s animals including the lemurs, red pandas, river otters and kangaroos.” said Miller. The encounters must be scheduled in advance by calling 304-243-4030.

 

The Good Zoo is open daily at 10 am. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $5.75 for ages 3-12, and ages 2 & under and members are free.

 

The popular Segway Tours have also returned for another season.  “Join our friendly guides for an exciting tour on a high tech personal transporter,” said Hargleroad.  “It’s a great way to experience the picturesque natural beauty of Oglebay.” The tours begin at Schenk Lake at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Reservations for Segway Tours can be made by calling 304-243-4090.

 

Amphitheater at Oglebay

The Summer Sunday Entertainment Series at the Amphitheater begins Sunday, May 25 with the Hit Play Band. A different band will be featured every Sunday through Labor Day.

The Hit Play Band will present a free concert at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater on Sunday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  “This performance is the beginning of the Summer Sunday Entertainment Series featuring a different band every Sunday through Labor Day at the amphitheater,” added Hargleroad. The entire summer’s schedule is available on the Oglebay website.

 

“For those who want to celebrate the weekend with an all-American picnic, many beautiful picnic sites are available at Oglebay and can be reserved by calling 304-243-4010,” added Hargleroad.

 

The Seafood Gala is available at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge on Friday evening and the new Chop House featuring apple-smoked Prime Rib, is offered on Saturday evening.  For dining reservations call 304-243-4080.

 

For more information on all activities at Oglebay visit www.oglebay-resort.com.

Master Naturalist Classes at the Good Zoo

Releasing a tagged monarch butterfly

The beautiful Monarch butterfly is one of the species covered in the Master Naturalist program at the Good Zoo. The program is open to area residents interested in learning more about birds, trees, wildflower identification, and all manner of other nature topics.

Any area residents interested in learning more about birds, trees, wildflower identification, and all manner of other nature topics can sign up now for Master Naturalist classes beginning Saturday, February 22 at the Good Zoo and scheduled through mid May.  Local columnist Dr Scott Shalaway will teach WV Birds. The four hour class discusses bird biology, identification and back-yard feeding.  Popular returning instructor Dr Zac Loughman from West Liberty University will also teach that day, offering General Ecology, an introductory class to the Master Naturalist program. Names and Identification will be taught March 22 by zoo director Penny Miller, instructing students how to use field guides, internet resources, keys, and other resources to identify plants and animals seen in nature.   Other spring classes include Creating Backyard Habitats March 2nd by Dr Candy DeBerry, and three additional classes taught by Loughman: Terrestrial Habitats; Aquatic Habitats; and Wetlands Habitats. Local expert Bill Beatty will teach Wildflowers and Weeds, and Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines. The first elective class A Tiny Tick Made Me Sick is about avoiding everything from poison ivy rashes, to snake bite while in the woods, taught by Penny Miller.

 

Students can pick and choose classes at their own pace and may take up to three years to complete the program, but it is possible to finish in one year. Classes cost just $6 per hour of instruction. 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. The curriculum was developed by the West Virginia Division of Wildlife to develop citizen scientists and naturalists across the state.

 

There are 14 required classes such as Mammals; Trees; Wildflowers;  Backyard Habitat Improvement, Insects, and 10 others, and a variety of electives to choose from including Box turtles; CSI: Citizen Science Investigator; Monarch Butterflies; Nature Photography;  Invasive Species, and many more. Instructors include Good Zoo staff, West Virginia Division of Wildlife biologists and area college professors. Students are all nature lovers and represent a wide range of ages and backgrounds from college students, teachers, scout leaders, farmers, fisherman, to retired folks and nature photographers.

 

“Anyone of any age or background fits into the group, you just have to be a nature lover,” said Vickie Markey-Tekely, the zoo’s curator of education.

 

Student Daniel Caron said, “The program is a fun and interesting way to learn about nature.  I enjoy the program’s interactive, hands-on format.  The classes teach me to see something different every time I step outside.  This has helped me when working in my own backyard and everywhere I travel.”

 

“This is our 11th year, and many of our students participate in several backyard bird projects, put up bluebird boxes, survey and report frog calls, raise and tag monarch butterflies, and improve their garden and property  to attract wildlife,” said Penny Miller, zoo director. Others like to help out at state or zoo wildlife events, or pass on their knowledge to children. “I enjoy teaching my grandkids and neighbors about the monarch butterflies I rear and tag,” said certified Master Naturalist Carol Saseen.

 

For dates, times, and an application please visit the Master Naturalist section at  www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo or call Vickie Markey-Tekely at 304-243-4033 or Penny Miller at 304-243-4027.

Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Still Going Strong After 28 Years

Mobile app for the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay

A new mobile app for iPhones is available and includes photos and maps for Oglebay and the Festival of Lights plus audio and video for all the light displays. There are several mobile hot spots at the Festival of Lights including the Good Zoo, Wilson Lodge, Hamm Clubhouse at the Speidel Golf Club and the Visitors Center. The app is free at the Apple App Store.

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 Good Zoo at Oglebay Lights Up For You

The Light and Music Extravaganza takes place nightly on the zoo patio with more than 35,500 LED lights choreographed to exciting holiday music. 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.

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.

 

Specialty Shops at Oglebay during the Winter Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is a special time at the Oglebay specialty shops! Carriage House Glass, Farmhouse Sweets & Treats, Palm Room, Garden Center, 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.

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. 

 

Dinosaur Dell Display at the Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights

Every year new displays are added and some are retired, and some are moved to different locations to keep the show fresh. This year’s new displays include Christmas Tree Farm, Woodpeckers and Leaping Frog. The popular Dinosaur Dell Display has a new home this year.

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.

 

Mansion Museum at Oglebay

The Oglebay family's summer home is now the Mansion Museum. The Mansion is elegantly decorated, inside and out, for the Winter Festival of Lights.

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

Three Rare Species Born at the Good Zoo

Golden Tamarin Twins Born at Oglebay Good Zoo

Twin golden lion tamarin monkeys born at the Good Zoo at Oglebay in September hold on to their father’s back. Golden lion tamarins from South America are classified as extremely endangered since it is estimated that only 1,500 remain in the wild.

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.

 

Rare Grevy Zebra Born at Oglebay Good Zoo

A Grevy’s Zebra was born at the Good Zoo in late September. Grevy Zebra populations are threatened by habitat lost, drought and climate change, and diseases and parasites transmitted by domestic livestock.

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.

 

Three-banded Armadillo was born at the Oglebay Good Zoo

A 3-banded armadillo was born at the Good Zoo at Oglebay in September. This rare and endangered species, found in Brazil, was 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.

Oglebayfest, the Area’s Premier Fall Event, Returns for 36th Year

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.

 

Artists & Gourmet Markets at Oglebayfest

Nancy Tirone, right, shows Kirsten Ruben of Lawrence, PA, one of her works at last year’s Oglebayfest. Tirone and dozens of other artists and craftsmen will be showing and selling their wares at the Phil Maxwell Artists’ & Gourmet Markets at Oglebayfest October 4-6 at Oglebay.

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.

 

 

Artists & Gourmet Markets at Oglebayfest

Bryan George from Vu ja de Vineyards describes one of his wines to Jennifer Knoyer of Martins Ferry. Vu ja de and many other wine and food vendors will be offering tastings and samples at the Phil Maxwell Artists’ & Gourmet Markets at Oglebayfest.

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.

 

Oglebayfest

An Antique Car Display on the Mansion Museum lawn at Oglebay is scheduled for Sunday, October 6 from 12 to 4 pm. The display is one of the many events planned during Oglebayfest October 4-6. Other events include the Ohio County Country Fair, the Phil Maxwell Artists’ & Gourmet Markets, a parade, fireworks, entertainment and specialty foods.

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.

 

Good Zoo

The Good Zoo at Oglebay will offer free admission on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 as part of the Oglebayfest celebration. The zoo is offering a special Fire Safety presentation on Saturday in cooperation with the Wheeling Fire Department and the life-size, moving roaring dinosaur exhibit at the zoo continues through October 27.

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.

Labor Day Weekend Activities at Oglebay include Symphony Performance with Fireworks and Drool in the Pool Dog Swim Returns

Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay

The Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay will host Wheeling Symphony’s Music Under the Stars on Sunday, September 2. The free performance is part of Oglebay’s Labor Day Weekend celebration and fireworks will follow the symphony’s concert.

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.

 

Dinosaur Exhibit at the Good Zoo

The Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the Good Zoo at Oglebay to see the Dinosaur Exhibit before it goes extinct. The zoo will present “Dino Talk” on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 31-September 2, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

“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.

 

Drool in the Pool at Oglebay

Wheeling native Dick Farley helped his family's two-year-old golden retriever, Sophie, learn to swim at last year’s Drool in the Pool canine swim at the Oglebay pool. Drool in the Pool returns this year to close out the Labor Day weekend activities on Monday, September 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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:   

  1. All owners must have proof of their dog’s current Rabies vaccination.
  2. All dogs must be current on all other vaccinations: Parvovirus (CPV), Canine distemper virus (CDV), Canine adenovirus (CAV).
  3. One human is permitted in the pool with one dog.
  4. No human swimming – wading only.
  5. No one under 16 may wade in the pool.
  6. Participants who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems may not enter the pool.
  7. No dogs or humans with open wounds may enter the pool.
  8. Activity is confined to the shallow end of the pool.
  9. Owners are responsible for any and all accidents and injury to their own dog.
  10. Vicious or aggressive dogs may be required to leave.
  11. Retractable leashes are not permitted.
  12. Dogs must be clean and brushed before entering the pool.
  13. Owners must pick up their dog’s waste.
  14. Participants must bath after the event.

Independence Celebration Activities Planned at Oglebay on July 3rd & 4th

Fireworks at Oglebay on July 3

The fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm on July 3 at Schenk Lake with special patriotic music presented in conjunction with the fireworks. The Subway Show Band will perform at the lake from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

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.

 

Oglebay Stables

Free tours of the Oglebay Stables plus ½ off pony rides during the Independence Celebration. Trail rides are also available by reservation.

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.

 

Schenk Lake at Oglebay

Schenk Lake will be the hub of activities for the Independence Celebration at Oglebay on Wed, July 3 & Thurs, July 4. Inflatable rides and a rock wall will be at the lake area both days and Wednesday’s activities at the lake also include Fort Henry re-enactors, ice-carving demonstration and special picnic food service. The Independence Celebration is also a great time to try out the Aqua Cycles.

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.

 

Dinosaurs at the Oglebay Good Zoo

Oglebay’s Independence Celebration is a great time to see the life-size, moving and roaring dinosaurs that have invaded the Good Zoo for the summer. The animal care staff will be doing animal enrichment activities from 1:00. to 4:00 p.m. on both Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4.

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.”

 

Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Oglebay

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. Families will love both events!

“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.

Baby birds and fawns? Let them be.

Doe with her fawn

If you find a baby deer all by itself the Good Zoo staff says “Please leave it alone.” Newborn fawns cannot follow their moms around until they are about two weeks old 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.

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.

 

Bluebird eggs

Once baby birds hatch they leave the nest feathered but unable to fly for a few days until they build up flight muscles. If you find a fledgling bird pick it up and put it 4-6 feet off the ground and keep kids, cats and dogs away. The mother bird will feed it.

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.