Pittsburgh Dad Will Entertain

Attendees at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, set for Oct. 4, are in for a rollicking good time.

The guest speaker for this year’s event is Pittsburgh Dad, the alter ego of actor Curt Wootton, who creates hilarious videos and offers wry commentary on a variety of situations that a typical Steel City dad might encounter on a daily basis.

Wootton’s work can be seen in YouTube videos and posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He has a huge following throughout the region.

His website describes “Pittsburgh Dad” as “an online sitcom that captures the humor and nostalgia of growing up with a blue collar ‘everyman’ father. For everyone who knew it was time to get home when the street lights came on.”

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Eighteen spots in the Northern Panhandle are included on the West Virginia Tourism Office’s list of “the top 155 ways to see, explore and experience summer in West Virginia.”

The specific number –155 — was chosen for the compilation of “summertime musts” in celebration of the state’s 155th birthday.

Tourism leaders offered these suggestions:

— Visit Coleman’s Fish Market in Wheeling. Gourmet Magazine called Coleman’s “the country’s best fish sandwich.”

“Channel your inner child” with a trip to Marble King in Paden City, the leading marble manufacturer in the world.

— Bet on horse races at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in Newell.

“Sleep in a penitentiary,” namely the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

— Tour the colorful Fiestaware factory at Homer Laughlin China Co. in Newell.

— Drink West Virginia-brewed beer at Wheeling Brewing Co., a microbrewery in the Centre Market area that prides itself on “keeping it local.”

“Spend the night in a yurt” at Tomlinson Run State Park in New Manchester. “Their yurts are equipped with a cooler, propane stove, lantern, cookware, picnic table and fire ring,” tourism officials said.

“Visit America’s Taj Mahal” at New Vrindaban in Marshall County. CNN called Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold “one of the eight religious wonders to see in the USA.”

— Book tee time at Oglebay, where courses were designed by golf greats Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones Sr.

“Unwind with a great cup of coffee” at the quaint Baristas Cafe and Pub in New Martinsville.

— Spend time at the state’s birthplace, our own West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling.

— Dance to some bluegrass at Wetzel County’s Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival, which was held earlier this summer.

“Satisfy your appetite with a gourmet cheeseburger — Wheeling’s neighborhood eatery, Avenue Eats offers award-winning burgers.”

“Marvel at the world’s largest teapot,” a 14-foot teapot that has been a must-see in Chester since 1938.

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