Memories of Christmas

at Lunch

With Books

Which business in Wheeling had the best Santa? Where in the Ohio Valley did you go to get your Christmas tree every year? Did you march in a holiday parade? Did the talking Christmas tree know you by name? The Neighborhood Nostalgia Series continues with “Memories of Christmas in Wheeling” at Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Ohio County Public Library.

Share your fondest memories of Christmas in Wheeling. David Javersak or “Dr. JaverSanta” will host.

Javersak taught history at West Liberty University for 39 years and served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1986 until his retirement in 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree from West Liberty State College, a masters’ degree from the University of Hawaii and a doctorate degree from West Virginia University. He has taught two People’s University series on Wheeling History at the Ohio County Public Library.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. Call 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.

 The Ohio County Public Library will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 25. There will be no Lunch With Books the Tuesday following Christmas Day. Normal library hours will resume Tuesday, Dec. 26.

The Ohio County Public Library also will be closed Sunday, Dec. 31, and Monday, Jan. 1. Though there will be no Lunch With Books the Tuesday following New Year’s Day, normal library hours will resume Tuesday, Jan, 2.

Film showing at Moundsville Library

The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will present a Think Outside the Book film at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18.

The feature will be “The Glass Castle,” a bio-drama based on Jeanette Wall’s bestselling memoir of growing up poor in West Virginia.

The film tells of a young girl coming of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

“The Glass Castle” is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. The 2017 release is rated PG-13 and runs 127 minutes. This film showing is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their own snacks and seat cushions.

The Moundsville Library is located at the corner of Tomlinson and Fifth street in Moundsville. Call 304-845-6911 for more information.

Wine tasting at Stifel

Unwind from the hustle and bustle of the hectic holiday season at Oglebay Institute’s wine tasting event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. 

Guests will sip award-winning vintages from California’s Imagery Estate Winery, dine on hors d’oeuvres from Ye Olde Alpha and socialize with friends in a relaxing atmosphere.

Wine expert Holly Yeager will discuss the vintages and lead the tasting. 

The Stifel Center is elegantly decorated for the holidays, and the Holiday Art Show and Sale remains on display for guests to browse and shop.

Imagery Estate Winery was founded in the mid-1980s by Joe Benziger, who saw an opportunity to showcase small lots of exceptional fruit that would have otherwise been lost in larger blends.

Imagery is dedicated to an unconventional approach to winemaking and blending, which inspires unique wines that broaden the palate. Imagery has received numerous awards praising the unique portfolio of wines, including 2017 Golden State Winery of the Year, Bay Area A-List City Voter “Best of Sonoma” Winery five out of the past six years, and platinum and gold awards at the 2017 San Diego International Wine & Spirits Competition and 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Guests at the tasting will enjoy several wines from Imagery’s portfolio including a sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.

A ruffino moscato will finish out the evening. 

Register online at www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7700.

Sons of Italy wine tasting tonight

A holiday wine tasting event is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Sons of Italy in Bellaire.

Vino di Piccin Winery will present nine wines along with fine food pairings.

Wines also will be available for sale at the lodge.