Strand Theatre Reopening Slated

I received an invitation recently to the Grand Reopening Reception of the Strand Theatre on May 21, the event to include the showing of “Fool’s Parade.”

The general public is invited to attend “Fool’s Parade” at 7:30 p.m. May 22-25.

I have in my possession letters from then-Gov. Arch A. Moore, Jr., dated May 28, 1971 inviting me to the world premiere of the movie, and another dated June 10, 1971, with a ticket to the event. I still have that ticket along with a booklet with the seal of the state, and signed by the governor, which was distributed to those in attendance at the June 17 showing.

Of course, I have fond memories of the filming of “Fool’s Parade,” some of which was done within a stone’s throw of the office. I was also an “extra” like several other Moundsville residents on several occasions. Not only were we in the movie, but had the opportunity to eat with cast members on either the courthouse lawn or the old Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall, the latter location used during inclement weather days.

Although the movie centered around three paroled prison inmates, the only scenes filmed at the prison were when Jimmy Stewart, Strother Martin and Kurt Russell, along with Guard Capt. George Kennedy, came through turnaround, and made their way to the front porch, and where I had been assigned to walk back-and-forth.

Getting back to the upcoming “Fool’s Parade” events:

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on May 21, with the showing of the movie and reception.

From May 22-25 there will be showings at 7 p.m., to which the public is invited. There will be a $5 admission charge. Also, at 1 p.m. on May 26, there will be showing. Also, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. there will be free tours of the home of Davis Grubb on western Seventh Street. Grubb authored the book from which the movie was filmed. Grubb lived in New York City at the time of the filming, and had a New York City taxi bring him to Moundsville.

The Greg Yoho Memorial Car Show, sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, will be an event of June 1. The event will be held from 5-9 p.m., on Jefferson Avenue from Second to Fifth streets.

There will be prizes awarded in different categories.

In addition to having the opportunity to view oldtime cars, there will be oldies music.

Since this is the 25th year of the car show, PPG Industries-Natrium and the Moundsville Economic Development Council will sponsor a $1,000 giveaway to one entrant. The winner must be present when his/or/her name is drawn.

The car show, the second largest in the Northern Panhandle, is expected to attract 250 vehicles.

The Marshall County Fine Arts Guild, in conjunction with Grand Vue Park, will sponsor Plein Air Painting from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday at GVP.

Artists from the Tri-State area are invited to pick a spot to paint for the day.

Registration will be at 10 a.m. at the Bluebird Cabin on Cabin Road and there is no charge to participate. Also, there will be demonstrations and exhibits at the Cardinal, Hummingbird and Robin cabins by the National Trail Stitchers Embroidery group, the Moundsville Basketweavers CEO’s, potter Betsy Cox, spinner and weaver Sarah Hupps and members of the Fine Arts Guild.

Next Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the park’s Banquet Hall there will be a reception, sale and demonstrations by the above groups who will be joined by other craftsman and vendors.

For further information call either 304-845-0974 or 304-845-2081 or by email to

You have nearly a week to get your tires and electronics ready for recycling.

The recycling of these items, along with tire rims, will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.

This event is being sponsored by the Marshall County Commission, the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the state Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP).

Also, on Friday and Saturday, Dumpsters will be available at the city garages in Benwood and McMechen as part of Operation Pride.

The monthly West Liberty University-Marshall County Breakfast Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville.

Dr. Lance Tarr, Exercise Physiology Program Director at WLU, will be the speaker.

Breakfast will be a Dutch Treat.

Those planning to attend can let Jeff Knierim, vice president for community engagement, know if they will be attending via email to or by phoning 304-336-8301. Walk-ins are also welcome.

All alumni of friends of WLU are invited.

The city of McMechen is making plans for a community picnic on May 28 following the Memorial Day observance in the city.

The city’s parks and recreation board is in charge of planning the event to which those participating in the Memorial Day program, and members of the community are invited to attend the event which will take place at Riverfront Park.

Mayor Mike Gracik said, “We want to have more community involvement.”