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June is Jumping with Festivals!

As the month of June quickly approaches it is the perfect time to look at all the upcoming Festivals and activities and ‘save the dates’ so you don’t miss anything!

The month will start off with the annual Ohio Valley Frontier Days at Old Fort Steuben on June 1st and 2nd.  You have the opportunity to meet the soldiers, surveyors, settlers and Native Americans who were part of our 18th century heritage at this festival and enjoy food, music, crafts and fun for the whole family.  Hours are Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.  Admission is Adults $6, Youth 6-12 $3 and under 6 years free.

Also on June 1st is the Calvary Community MBC Bazaar at Calvary Community Missionary Baptist Church,  255 South 7th Street.  The hours for the Bazaar are 9am – 4pm.  Buy, sell and enjoy an atmosphere of inclusiveness and fun for everyone.  Table space is $25.  For more information contact Brother Willie Hilson @ 845.775.8001 or Sister DeSaree Marshall @ 740.274.9435.

The Fort Steuben Concert Series on June 6th features Pocket Change (Classic Soul & Pop) and The Stickers (Country Rock).   This free concert begins at 7pm at the Berkman Amphitheater, 120 South 3rd Street.

On June 7th is First Friday on Fourth with this month’s theme being Frontier Days.  Food, live entertainment, crafts and games will be taking place on Fourth Street from 6pm – 11pm.

The annual 2019 Grecian Food Festival runs from June 11th through June 14th at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 300 South Fourth Street with authentic Greek food, entertainment and crafts.  For more information call 740.283.9164.

The live June 13th Fort Steuben Concert at the Berkman Amphitheater, features Vince Villanova Big Band at 7pm and Bob Morelli Dean Martin Tribute at 8pm.   After the concert, stick around and check out Astronomy Outreach Night at Fort Steuben Park with Zach Coldebella.

From June 13th through the 15th, the annual Dean Martin Festival will be taking place at The Spot Bar, 217 South 4th Street, with live entertainment, food and drinks.  Thursday is the Dean Martin Karaoke Contest, Friday and Saturday Bob Morelli as Dean Martin, and Dave Salara as Frank Sinatra and Chris Denem as Neil Diamond.   Saturday afternoon is The Frank Gallo Band.  For information call:  740.283.9164.

On June 15th the annual Dean Martin Hometown Celebration takes place.  Starting off the day is the 5th Annual Dino Dash 5K Run and 1 Mile Martin Meander with Run starting at 9am, Walk at 9:15am and Kids 1K Run at 9:45am.   From 10am – 8pm at Fort Steuben Park and on South 3rd Street, enjoy a classic car cruise, trolley tours through historic downtown with a stop at the Jefferson County Historical Museum which has a Dean Martin Room, mini train rides for kids and adults, Nick’s Balloon Art, Kurt James Fun n Games, food and craft vendors and more.   Also enjoy 3 live concerts at the Berkman Amphitheater located in Fort Steuben Park featuring Flashback; Joe Scallisi, a Dean Martin Tribute Artist and Beatlemania Magic.  The day concludes with a dance on North Fourth Street.      For more information call 740.283.4935.

June 20th Fort Steuben Concert Series at the Berkman Amphitheater features Stevee Wallons (Rock & Soul) and Bill Toms & Hard Rain (Rhythm & Blues).  The concert begins at 7pm and admission is free.

The Juneteenth Festival celebrating African American Heritage takes place June 21st  at 3pm and June  22nd  at 12pm at the Second Baptist Church, 717 Adams Street.  Juneteenth is the oldest national celebrated commemoration of ending slavery in the United States.  For more information call 740.282.4949.

The Jefferson County Relay for Life which takes place at the Clark Hinkle Stadium, 720 North River Ave., Toronto begins at 6pm on June 21st and runs until 9am June 22nd.  For more information or how to join call Tracy @ 740.509.0196.

Yet another free live Concert at Fort Steuben Berkman Amphitheater takes place on June 27th featuring Magic Moments at 7pm and With Elvis! at 8pm.  Remember all concerts are subject to change due to weather.

Please follow the Events Calendar on this website for information on events as it become available.

 

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WINTER DRIVE-IN – ONE OF THE FEW LEFT

With the advent of in-home entertainment and internet programming, the opportunity of experiencing a drive-in movie has all but disappeared.

But not in Wintersville, Ohio where one of only 317 drive-in movie theaters in the country still offers this unique form of entertainment.

The Winter Drive-In at 400 Luray Drive (just off Rt. 43) opens on Friday, April 26 with “Avengers End Game” on its huge outdoor screen. From the comfort of their autos, viewers can watch top-rated movies at the cost of $8.50 for adults and $4.00 for children.

This year will the Winter Drive-In will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the weekend of August 10 and 11. On one of the screens they will feature the original opening day movies from 1969: “With Six You Get Egg Roll” starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson and “Charro” starring Elvis Presley – at the same opening date prices.

The Winter Drive-In prides itself in having high quality food and beverages in its concession stand. As with most theaters, the income from the food concessions is a major revenue source for the many costs associated with operating.

But movies are not the only entertainment to be enjoyed at Winter Drive-In. There will be various events throughout the season and special discounts such as free admission for moms on Mothers’ Day and dads on Fathers’ Day, a Classic Car Show and Halloween Trunk and Treat.

On May 11, the drive-in will feature a cult classic horror show and July 13 will have Christmas in July with “an ugly t-shirt contest.”

Season movie passes are available as well as party packages for both kids and adults.

More information can be found at the website: www.winterdrivein.com 

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2019 Annual Spring Quilt Show presented by Historic Fort Steuben

The 2019 Annual Spring Quilt Show presented by Historic Fort Steuben is now underway at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center.

This year the show has approximately 40 quilts on display.  There are large quilts and small quilts, old quilts and new quilts, hand stitched quilts and machine stitched quilts; and large variety of patterns, styles and colors.  Surely, something for everyone!

There is also an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a lovely ‘Quilter’s Basket’ filled with all sorts of items for quilters valued at over $100.  Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.00.

The show will run until April 13th and hours are 10am to 4pm daily.   So if you haven’t already, be sure to stop by this week so you don’t miss this spectacular display of quilts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution extending voting rights to American women.  To commemorate this achievement, the Women’s History Month exhibit at Historic Fort Steuben will feature information on the struggles and successes of those who worked for women’s suffrage.

Something we take for granted today was not a fact when our national government was first formed.  When the outspoken Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John at the Constitutional Convention to ‘remember the ladies’, he countered that the Declaration of Independence stated that ‘all men were created equal’.  Abigail was not the only one to receive such a response and the efforts to obtain equal voting rights continued for over 130 years!

Many of the suffragettes, as they were called, were also active in the movement to end slavery which was finally achieved with the 13th Amendment in 1865.  Many of the methods used to promote abolition were then applied to the equal voting rights efforts.

These women and their male supporters wrote letters, articles and pamphlets, published magazines, organized parades and protests, and traveled all over the country giving lectures and meeting with influential leaders.  Remember, this was in the days before automobiles, airplanes, telephones and computers.  Their dedication to the cause was remarkable.

Voting was only part of the issue.  Women could not own property in their own name if they were married.  They could not leave an abusive husband who had all the property in his name.  As a result, many of the suffragettes remained single so they could devote all their resources to the movement.

The Nineteenth Amendment was passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified in 1920.

The Women’s History Month Exhibit will also feature and recognize local and state women and will have a display of First Lady Dolls.

Visitors are invited to view the exhibit at Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 South 3rd Street, Steubenville. The exhibit runs from March 11th to the 22nd, Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm or by appointment.

For more information please call 740.283.1787.

 

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Time for another Walk around Historic Downtown

The Valentine’s Day Walk was so successful and everyone had so much fun, and now it is time to celebrate another fun day…. St Patrick’s Day.

The Steubenville Shamrock Walk will take place on Saturday, March 9th from Noon to 4:00pm.

Businesses participating in the Shamrock Walk are the Antique Warehouse, Ashley’s Home Décor, Grand Theater, Yorgo’s, Mike’s Sweeper Center, Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe, Steubenville Popcorn Co., Leonardo’s Coffeehouse, Bookmarx Bookstore, The Prodigal Daughter, and the Fort Steuben Visitor Center .

Along the walk each business will be handing out a green treat or gift and will stamp your ticket, which you will use to enter the drawing at the Visitor Center for a gift card to Bennigan’s!

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center. Hours at the Visitor Center are 10am to 4pm daily. You will be supplied a map of the participating businesses when you purchase your ticket(s).  Only 30 tickets will be sold so your odds of winning are very good!

A portion of the proceeds will go to support the educational programs at Historic Fort Steuben.

For more information please call: 740.283.1787.

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HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY TOUR 2019

The Labelle Neighbors Who Care (LNWC) will accompany high school students to Maryland on April 15th to tour nine Historical Black College and University (HBCU) campuses throughout the southern United State for five days.  The goal is to assist students with looking towards setting their sights on a college education.  All high school students are welcome.

During the tour, students will speak with faculty, financial advisers and college students.  They will experience some of the activities of campus life.

Students will be closely chaperoned by caring, loving, no-nonsense parents.

Main Event Youth Organization (MEYO) has reduced the cost of the trip for students from this area to $420.00 which includes transportation, hotel accommodations, two meals a day, admission to Carowinds Amusement Park and other amenities.

LNWC is providing transportation to and from Maryland where the bus trip originates.  They will also try to assist financially in order to make this trip more affordable. The goal is to encourage students and their parents to take advantage of this reasonably priced opportunity for high school students to see that a higher education may be a possibility. This trip has turned lives around, helping students who had not considered college and who have not decided what they want to do after graduation, by offering them a choice.

The LNWC are available to speak to groups, students and parents.  If you need more information or for ways you can support students to go, please contact Asantewa Anyabwile @ 740.346.9925.

 

 

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A First Time Event is coming to Steubenville this Month!

Historic Fort Steuben will be offering a new tasty event, the Sweetheart Chocolate Walk, on Saturday, February 16 from noon to 4pm in downtown Steubenville.

This is a popular activity in many communities that is both a fundraiser and a fun way to break up the winter doldrums.

Here’s how it works:  A person purchases a $20 ticket which will entitle the holder to a chocolate treat at each of the participating businesses. Their ticket will be stamped at each site, then participants will drop off their stamped tickets at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center to be eligible for a drawing for a $100 gift card for dinner at JC Wine Cellars in East Springfield.

Each business chooses the kind of chocolate treat it will offer so there should be a nice variety to take home. Although there is one treat per ticket offered at each site, a couple or family can participate by sharing the goodies.

The businesses that will be in the Walk located on or near 4th Street are:

BookMarx Bookstore, Leonardo’s Coffeehouse, Steubenville Popcorn Company, Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe, the Prodigal Daughter, Mike’s Sweeper Center, Yorgo’s, Malta’s Pizza, the Grand Theater, Ashley’s Home Décor & More, the Antique Warehouse and the Visitor Center.

Half the proceeds from the event will go towards the educational programs at Historic Fort Steuben.

Only 50 tickets will be sold and are available at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center or by calling 740-283-1787.

 

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A New Year Arrives!

With all the Christmas festivities ending, the Nutcrackers tucked away in their summer retreat, and facing the bleak weather outside it is easy to feel a sort of ‘let down’.  Instead, remember that a New Year has just begun with both long standing and new events and activities to entertain and uplift us.

As the year starts off, in the month of January we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a number of memorials and programs.

We have many popular yearly events like the Tri State Home and Garden Show, Toronto’s Annual Campbells-Dickinson St. Patrick Bike/Run/Walk & St. Baldwick’s Shave-Off, and Historic Fort Steuben’s “Women’s History Month” all taking place in March.

April brings the Annual Spring Quilt Show at Fort Steuben Visitor Center, The Steubenville Art Association’s Annual Spring Art Show, and Great Steubenville Eggsibition Art Display.  In addition, beginning in April, the once a month street fair ‘First Fridays on Fourth’ begins and runs through November.  

Historic Fort Steuben opens for tours in May, and also kicks-off of their Berkman Summer Concert Series.  A big event for golfers in May also takes place with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic.

June is an especially busy month  beginning with Ohio Valley Frontier Days, then followed in a couple weeks with the Greek Food Festival, the Dean Martin Hometown Celebration,  and Dean Martin Festival. The Downtown Steubenville Farmers’ Market and Gateway Farmers’ Market also open in June as well as golfers having another big event with the United Way’s yearly golf outing.

In July numerous local communities have their Fourth of July celebrations and the Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum teases us with Christmas in July and offers an Open House of their charming historical site.  

August brings back several very long standing events such as the ‘historical’ Mt. Pleasant Annual Home & Garden Tour and the Jefferson County Fair.

Each Labor Day weekend brings the Annual Toronto Festival of the Arts and dog lovers also ‘have their day(s)’ with the annual Friendship Cluster Dog Show.

In September we are invited to “Celebrate the Constitution” with an Exhibit at Historic Fort Steuben, and in October an Exhibit at the Fort expounds on “Riverboats on the Ohio”.     Also in October there are yearly fall festivals like the Apple Stirrin’ Festival and the Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum Annual Octoberfest.

And before you know it, that brings us to November and the return of the Magic with the Nutcrackers and Advent Market, Christmas Wonderland and Gift Shop, the Nutcracker Play and the ever-growing Steubenville Nutcracker Christmas Parade!  

In addition to all these fun things there are so many more coming up yet to be scheduled and announced. So no need to be blue…. in Steubenville & Jefferson County there are always plenty of fun things to do!

This website updates the Events Calendar regularly so keep checking it so you don’t miss anything.

Happy New Year everyone!

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The Nutcrackers have Returned!

The 2018 Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent Market is up and running!

“Steubenville Lights Up 2018” on Tuesday had thousands attending and enjoying the lighting of the trees, Nutcracker Display, Advent Market with great food and crafts vendors, and a spectacular fireworks display!

The Nutcrackers arrived at the Village and surrounding areas on Tuesday and will be settling in until January 5th, 2019.  The Village is open 24/7 and is free.

This weekend is the first of six weekends for the Advent Market.   The Market offers craft and gift vendors and lots of good food as well as so much more.

There will be live entertainment each weekend and on Saturdays and Sundays the Holly Trolley will be touring around the town from 1:00pm-4:00pm.    Hayrides will be offered on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

There are tours of the Jefferson County Historical Museum during the Trolley hours and also a large Model Train Village located at 248 N. 4th Street to visit on Saturdays from Noon to 6:00pm.

Inside Fort Steuben Visitor Center, the Christmas Wonderland and Gift Shop is open Monday – Thursday – 10:00am to 6:00pm, Friday & Saturday – 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday – Noon to 6:00pm.  The Christmas Wonderland has a Santa Display; Snowman Display; several large villages, one with a great train;  Coca Cola Display; Nativity; a large revolving Nutcracker Tree, and so much more.   There is also a Christmas Tree Silent Auction taking place at Christmas Wonderland from November 23rd to December 30th.

“Wooden Heart Follies Part 2: The Wooden Boy”, an original Nutcracker Village Musical by Prof. & Mrs. John and Von Holmes will be presented at 4:00pm on December 1st and 2nd and December 8th & 9th.     Tickets for adults- $10; students -$5; children under 6 are free.   Groups of 12 or more with reservations are $8 per person.  The performances will be at the Sycamore Youth Center, 301 N. 4th Street, Steubenville.

In addition, the Blessing of Advent Wreaths and Nativity will take place on December 2nd, there will be a children’s Lantern Parade on December 7th at 7:00pm and the Sights & Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic 2018 Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, December 8th, along Fourth Street at Noon.

Just one visit will not be enough to enjoy it all, so make your plans ‘to come and come again’!

For more information visit:    http://www.steubenvillenutcrackervillage.com/   or call 740.283.1787.

 

 

 

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