Despite the Weather – February can be Fun!

As we move into February, weary of winter and with thoughts of Spring still being a distance away, there are numerous events going on in the area to get us through.

February 3rd at the Fort Steuben Mall, the Boy Scouts of America is having their Pinewood Derby, from 8:00am to 6:00pm.  Also on February 3rd is the 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff  for Chili lovers.  It takes place at Neidengard’s Harley-Davidson, 254 Canton Rd, Wintersville, from 10:30am to 2:15pm.

The 3rd Annual Hank Kuzma Community Day also takes place on February 3rd from 1:30-6:00pm at Finnegan Fieldhouse, Franciscan University of Steubenville.

On February 8th Trinity Health System is sponsoring their annual Heartland, with lab testing and various organizations distributing information and doing testing as well, including blood pressure, diabetes and more.  Heartland will run from 6am until Noon and is held at the Fort Steuben Mall.

February 11th you can find all your Valentine’s Day needs at the St. Vincent Valentine Crafts Extravaganza taking place at Blessed Sacrament Church 852 Main Street Wintersville, from Noon to 3:00pm.    Missa Cantata Quinquagesima Sunday hosted by Extraordinary Form Servers of Franciscan University of Steubenville also takes place February 11th, from 7:00 – 8:15pm at Christ the King Chapel, Franciscan University.

On February 12th from 7:30-9:00pm, Franciscan University of Steubenville is hosting ‘The Persecution of the Church in Iraq: Archbishop Bashar Warda’.  The talk will take place in the Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center at the University.

At the Schiappa Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County on February 19th at 6:00pm Performer Carol Starre-Kmiecik will take you back in time as she portrays Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Hear the story of one of the most famous women in the world. As the wife of President John F. Kennedy, she brought glamour and style to the White House, but was forever changed by tragedy and death.  As Mrs. Onassis, she was one of the wealthiest women in the world, but was happiest being a mother and writer, and being left alone.

Parents get some time for yourselves on February 24th by signing your kids up for “Kids Night Out” hosted by ONE Allstars for a fun night of food, games, crafts, and movies.  Takes place from 5:30-9:30pm at Crossroads Christian Church, 110 Springdale Ave., Wintersville.

The weather may be dark and dreary in February, but there is no excuse for you to be!   Get out of the house and beat ‘Cabin Fever’….. there’s  lots of things to do!

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Sights & Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic 2017 Parade Trophies Awarded

Trophies were presented today at the Steubenville Visitor Center to the winners from the Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic 2017 Parade.

There were three categories this year: Floats, Non-Floats and Grand Prize for the best overall Nutcracker Theme.   The winners were:  1st Prize Float – Boy Scouts of America- Ohio River Council; 2nd Place Float – Franciscan University; a tie for 3rd Place Float – Grand Theater and Legal Hair & Day Spa;  1st Prize Non-Float – M & M True Value Hardware; 2nd Place Non Float – Nick’s Auto Sales and Towing; and 3rd Place Non Float – Vapor Jet.  The Grand Prize award, which is a free sponsorship of a Nutcracker at the 2018 Nutcracker Village went to Historic Fort Steuben, for the entry depicting both Fort life and Nutcrackers.

Judges this year were retired judge John Mascio, Sr., retired Jefferson County commissioner, Richard Delatore and Judge Joe Corabi.

Also, the winner of the “Name the Singing Nutcracker” contest was announced.  Among the many entries that were received was  a slip of paper with a photo of a cute young boy named Sebastian, explaining that he was autistic and , like the Nutcracker, he was different but no less loveable.  All those charged with selecting a name from the many entries were moved by this and agreed it was the perfect message in keeping with the Christmas spirit.     So the “Singing Nutcracker” now has the name of ‘Sebastian, the Singing Autistic Nutcracker’.      A 2017 souvenir collectible Nutcracker was awarded to Sebastian at the Visitor Center today.  Sebastian is the son of David and Michelle Ross of Steubenville.

Thanks to all those who participated in this year’s parade.  Your efforts and enthusiasm make it not only a big success but a lot of fun!     The parade has been growing and getting better each year.  The 2017 parade was great and everyone is already looking forward to the 2018 parade.  The date for the 2018 parade will be Saturday, December 8th.    Start planning now!


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Spring is on the way – it’s time to make some plans!

It may feel like we don’t want to leave the house right now in all this frigid cold weather, but it won’t be long before the temperatures are rising,  the birds are singing,  and everyone will be anxious to get out and about.

While waiting for better weather, it is a great time to do some planning.

Whether you are planning a group tour, a family reunion or a private ‘get-away’ the Steubenville Visitor Center can help you with your plans.

A tour of Steubenville’s ‘City of Murals’ with its 22 larger than life paintings depicting the area’s history on buildings throughout the city is a great place to start.   It is often combined with a tour of Historic Fort Steuben, the reconstructed fort originally built in 1786-1787 by the 1st American Regiment to protect government surveyors from hostile Indians as they laid out the first seven ranges of the Northwest Territory.  The fort offers the opportunity to experience frontier life first hand with knowledgeable and entertaining guides to take you through the exhibit filled buildings plus a visit to the adjacent First Federal Land Office west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Just South of Steubenville is the Village of Mt. Pleasant a picturesque Quaker village on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark District of the Underground Railroad.  It was a center for antislavery activities with five Underground Railroad Stations that still stand in the village.   The Historical Society of Mount Pleasant owns five and operates six museums in the Village, which is the home of the Quaker Meeting House. It is located in southern Jefferson County and has an annual Historic Home Tour the 1st weekend of August. 

Historic Union Cemetery is noted as one of the most beautiful in the country and is the final resting place of the grandparents of Woodrow Wilson and the family of Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of War.  Unique attractions at Union Cemetery include the Old Stone Chapel built in 1892, the Old Stone Bridge built about 1880 (which still carries traffic from the main road) and the Dog Marker, which marks the grave of John Boillin.  Boillin, a molder was blinded by an accident and a stray dog adopted him and became his seeing-eye dog.  After Boillin’s death the dog would neither eat nor drink and soon grieved itself to death.  Boilin’s fellow molders cast the metal dog at the Foundry where he worked to be placed on Mr. Boillin’s grave.

Another potential destination is The Jefferson County Historical Museum which is housed in an elegant 19th Century Steubenville mansion consisting of 19 rooms which exhibit period furniture and artifacts, including a Dean Martin Room and Vivian Snyder Genealogical Library with one of Eastern Ohio’s finest collections for family history research.  For your consideration also is Franciscan University of Steubenville boasting a beautiful campus including its Portiuncula Chapel, a reproduction of the site in Assisi, Italy and Black Sheep Vineyard, a quaint and curious family owned vineyard on a former sheep farm.

Shopping for diverse antique and unique items and gifts at local owned and operated shops is another option, including Nelson’s of Steubenville, a very large Steubenville family business manufacturing and offering a wide variety of items sold not only locally but around the world; Antique Warehouse, housing over 77 different vendors with a broad spectrum of items;  Adam’s Antiques of Steubenville offering unique and one of a kind items from the past including Dean Martin merchandise;  Historic Fort Steuben Museum Shop selling a wide variety of items from hard to find historic books to wooden old time toys, as well as Steubenville and Fort Steuben memorabilia;   Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe offering not only a selection of Nutcrackers from around the world, but a variety of other gift items as well;  and Bookmarx Bookstore, a charming little bookstore that either has that hard to find book you are looking for or most likely can get it, serving coffee and a place to sit and read as well!

So, while you are staying warm with your hot cup of cocoa or tea why not plan a visit (or two) to the Steubenville area this spring or summer.   And if you are looking ahead to next fall, you definitely want to plan a trip to visit Steubenville’s Nutcracker Village and Advent Market, along with Christmas Wonderland and Gift Shop!

For more information call the Visitor Center at 740.283.4935.

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