Summer concerts at both Grand Vue Park and Riverfront Park will begin this week.
GVP has, in addition to a concert series, summer movies which begin on June 14. The concert events and the movies are all free.
This week's concert series will be on Thursday (GVP) and on Friday (Riverfront Park). Both events start at 7 p.m. The Grand Vue event will be held at the amphitheater. The Grand Vue concert featuring the band "Easy Street," while at Riverfront the performance will be by the band "Steel Cassa.'' At both venues, attendees are advised to bring lawn chairs for seating.
Some other June activities at Grand Vue Park include:
This Friday the park will host an introduction to geocaching class from 6-8 p.m. in the Pool Clubroom. Geocaching is described as a family friendly, high-tech treasure hunt using a GPS device. The class will cover the basics and give participants a chance to try it out. The class is free, but pre-registration is required by calling 304-845-9810, extension 402 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
On June 23 the park will host its premier golf event of year. The Night Flight, a three-person scramble, will begin at 6 p.m. with the first nine holes, then a cookout, followed by the final nine holes. Pre-registration is required.
The park, in conjunction with the Rumblers Car Club of Moundsville, will host the Second Annual Rumblers Car Show from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 24. The event will include food, prizes and a disc jockey. For more information, contact Ed at 304-312-1727.
The 32nd annual Fostoria Glass Convention will get under way on Friday and continue through next Sunday. The theme of the convention will be, "Glass Made in Moundsville from 1891-1909." The event will be held at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.
Joining the show this year will be members of the Imperial Glass Club.
In addition to collectors of Fostoria and Imperial ware, there will be displays of Helsey, Cambridge, Morgantown and other glass.
Items will be on display from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. next Sunday. There will be a glass auction beginning at 5 p.m. (preview at 4 p.m.) on Saturday, and a glass flea market beginning at 8 a.m. next Sunday.
Complete information on the convention is available on the website www.fostoriaglass.org.
Proceeds from the different events will benefit the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville.
The first major league baseball trip of the season is in the books.
It included a flight to Chicago and two games there, and then a motor coach trip to Cleveland.
These were major league games 93, 94 and 95, in this, the 10th year of the Uniglobe Ohio Valley Baseball Travel Group.
This was the 35th trip, and it was the second highest number of total runs for three games (46), the highest being in July 2006 when 51 runs were scored, thanks in part to Tampa scoring 19 runs against the Yankees.
It was great to see some offense, as the White Sox defeated Cleveland 12-6, the Cubs won11-7 over San Diego, and Kansas City outscored Cleveland, 8-2.
There were eight home runs in the Cubs-San Diego game, four by each team. That was the most of any of the 95 games.
Actually, our group had the opportunity to see something besides baseballs flying at Wrigley Field. While touring the nearly century-old facility, we had the opportunity to watch "Challenger" practicing.
"Challenger" is a non-releasable bald eagle cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation. Since 1991, this majestic bird has been a free-flying educational ambassador for his recovering species in the wild.
"Challenger" was blown from his Louisiana nest in a storm at five weeks of age - then was rescued and hand-raised by well-meaning people. As a result, he has become human-imprinted for life.
Named in honor of the lost space shuttle crew, "Challenger" has performed free-flights during National Anthem at hundreds of events coast-to-coast - raising substantial public awareness for the bald eagle protection cause. He was the first bald eagle in American history to be trained to free-fly into stadiums and arenas.
We ended our tour on the field, and it just so happened that the Cubs were taking batting practice, and a couple of coaches/players threw (rolled) baseballs toward the group, one of which went to Brad George of St. Clairsville. Not only did he get a new baseball, but he would have it autographed by Cubs chairman of the board, Tom Ricketts. And he had his photograph taken with Ricketts.
By the way, the Cubs win snapped a 12-game losing string, much to the delight of a couple Cub fans - Tom Hauner and my wife, Linda - and although they might not have been flying as high as did the baseballs hit into the stands or the bald eagle, they were on Cloud 9 singing, "Go Cubs Go."
While on the subject of baseball, the fifth annual Moundsville Boys of Summer event will be taking place June 22-24.
This year's event is being held in conjunction with the 70th birthday of members of Moundsville High School Class of 1960.
The B.O.S activities will be a three-day event, a golf tournament of June 22 at the Moundsville Country Club; a hitting contest on June 23 at East End Playground; and a picnic on June 24 at Riverfront Park.