Tickets Available for Music Hall of Fame Induction

Tickets are now available for the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s third induction ceremony to be held at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.

This year’s inductees include country music legend Doc Williams of Wheeling and his wife, the late Chickie Williams, and the late Frank Devol, who was a Moundsville native.

The Williamses (whose grandson is Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie) were regulars on the WWVA Jamboree longer than any other act, according to Hall of Fame officials.

Devol’s name might not be familiar, but baby boomers and other fans of 1960s and 1970s television shows likely will recognize some of his tunes. Devol was a writer, arranger and actor. According to Hall of Fame officials, he wrote the theme songs for “My Three Sons,” “The Brady Bunch” and “The Love Boat.” As an actor, he was a regular on the 1970s sitcom, “Fernwood 2 Night.”

Area musician Roger Hoard, longtime guitarist with the WWVA Jamboree, will introduce Doc and Chickie Williams for induction in the hall. Hoard is scheduled to perform during the ceremony, along with Wheeling natives Tim O’Brien, Mollie O’Brien and the Williamses’ daughter, Katherine McKenzie.

Actor Fred Willard will present Devol’s posthumous award.

Country music star and West Virginia native Kathy Mattea will be a co-host for the ceremony which will be taped for later showing by West Virginia Public Television.

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Continuing on the topic of vintage TV shows, I had to laugh last week when I happened to catch an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” in which character Helen Crump’s niece was visiting from “Wheeling, W.Va.” and proceeded to out-do Opie Taylor in every athletic activity and even gave the lad a black eye. Fans of the old show know that Wheeling was mentioned frequently on the program that, for a time, starred Morgantown native Don Knotts in the role of the quirky deputy, Barney Fife.

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Robert Stillwagoner of Proctor has made history as he assumes the state leadership of the International Order of Odd Fellows.

Two members of the group’s sister organization, the Rebekah Lodge, Verna Tarr and Mildred Richter of Colliers, related that Stillwagoner was installed as West Virginia grand master on web cam. “This is the first time in history that an Odd Fellow has ever been installed like this. He had an accident and could not travel to Flatwoods for the installation,” Richter explained in a meeting announcement this past week.

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We’re told that only a few tickets remain for the first Catholic Charities West Virginia Celebrate the Gift of Caring benefit dinner to be held in Wheeling Saturday, Nov. 14. Don Nehlen, former West Virginia University football coach, will be the keynote speaker at the dinner.

The event will begin with Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph at 6 p.m. After the Mass, a reception and dinner catered by chef Rocco Basil will take place in the Great Hall at Wheeling Central Catholic High School.

To purchase tickets for the event, call the Catholic Charities West Virginia office at 304-232-0444, ext. 459.

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Former Triadelphia resident Karla Boos, founder and artistic director of Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh, is directing Quantum’s production of “Candide,” the delightful musical version of Voltaire’s classic satire with music by the legendary Leonard Bernstein.

In keeping with Quantum Theatre’s tradition of staging productions in unusual venues, “Candide” will be performed at the former Don Allen Auto City on Pittsburgh’s Baum Boulevard. The musical opens Thursday, Nov. 5, and performances continue through Sunday, Nov. 22.

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