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May 20, 2013
Times Leader
The Upper Ohio Valley is a wealth of opportunity when it comes to forms of entertainment. There are numerous venues, both great and small, for catching quality musical acts on both sides of the river. From country to bluegrass; rock to oldies, great music from all genres can be found. The?Ohio Valley also hosts a bevy of gaming opportunities for those wishing to test their luck and strike it rich.

•Belmont County Buckeye Dobkin Dart Association: Bellaire: Since 1992, the Dobkin Brothers Dart League in Wheeling and Buckeye Valley Dart League in Bellaire have provided competitive leagues for local dart enthusiasts. League games are played in area bars and taverns. Games are Mondays in Ohio and Wednesdays in West Virginia. Phone: (740) 310-7112. Email: Carmike Cinemas: Ohio Valley Mall, St. Clairsville: Revamped movie theater featuring first-run showings of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. New ‘Big D’ theater features state-of-the-art digital audio and video production quality. (740) 695-3918. Website: Jamboree in the Hills: 43510 National Rd., Belmont, Ohio: The Super Bowl of Country Music, Jamboree in the Hills has been entertaining country music fans for more than 35 years. Spread out over four days during the third weekend in July, more than 100,000 fans show up to party, live it up and enjoy the great artists taking the Jamboree stage. Phone: Website www. Tilt: Ohio Valley Mall, St. Clairsville: Tilt, like its predecessor Aladdin’s Castle, kept young kids and teens alike entertained while at the mall, serving as the facility’s arcade. Phone: (740) 526-0274.

• Guernsey County Pennyroyal Opera House: Exit 198, Fairview. The place where live bluegrass happens. The Pennyroyal Opera House has live musical performances by talented artists multiple times per month. Large assortment of food available in the basement. Phone: (740) 695-6291. Website:

• Jefferson County Wells Township Haunted House: 101 Market St., Brilliant: The Wells Township Haunted House is annually one of the most looked forward to events of the Halloween season. Paranormal tours are offered throughout the year. Phone: (740) 598 - 9602. Website:

• Guersney County The Wilds: 14000 International Rd., Cumberland. A private, non-profit safari park and conservation center, The Wilds combines educational programs with hands-on experience and one-of-a-kind adventures like zip lining, horseback riding, fishing and more to provide its visitors an unforgettable experience. More than 30 rare and endangered species make their home at The Wilds. Phone: (740) 638-5030. Website:

• Hancock County Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort: Mountaineer Circle, Chester, W.Va.: Another local entertainment complex, casino and race track, Mountaineer is situated near the top of West Virginia near Chester. For racing fans, Mountaineer offers horse racing and is annually the host of the West Virginia Derby. The casino floor features tables games, a poker room and video slots. Mountaineer also brings in numerous entertainment and musical acts, like Joan Jett, Jamey Johnson, Keith Sweat and many others. These events are held at The Harv, a large indoor venue adjacent to the main Mountaineer building. The Harv has also hosted sporting events like boxing. Mountaineer features multiple dining options, a spacious hotel and also a golf course for guests to play on. Phone: (800) 804-0468. Website:

• Harrison County Bluegrass in the Hills: Mickey’s Mountain, Hopedale, Ohio: Three-day bluegrass music festivals hosted in June, July in August, Bluegrass in the Hills is a fun, family-type atmosphere that features the best of bluegrass music and the outdoors. Phone: (740) 946-5631 Website: Boss Bison Ranch: 45701 Unionvale Rd., Cadiz. While the Bison herded on the Boss Bison Ranch are for sale for culinary purposes, stop by to check out a working Bison ranch, a unique site in the area. Phone: (740) 942-8726. Website:

• Marshall County Former West Virginia Penitentiary: 818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, W.Va. The site of the former W.Va. state pen is home to paranormal tours, ghost hunts, walking tours and a haunted house during the Halloween season. Phone (304) 845-6200. Website:

• Ohio County Capitol Theatre: Main St., Wheeling, W.Va. Phone: (800) 828-3097. The former location of Jamboree USA, the Capitol Theatre has been remodeled and revamped and now plays host to a number of musical acts across multiple genres, as well as comedy acts and live broadway-style musicals. Website: Victoria Theater: 1228 Market St., Wheeling, W.Va. Featuring the Victoria Jamboree, a monthly performance on one first Friday every month. Phone: (304) 233-7464. Website: Marquee Cinemas: 150 Sims Circle, Triadelphia, W.Va.: The Marquee Cinemas at The Highlands features 14 large movie theaters, complete with state of the art digital and audio production and stadium seating. Phone: (304) 547-0290 Website: Wheeling Island-Hostel-Casino-Racetrack: Wheeling Island, Wheeling, W.Va. Racing track features live greyhound racing. Casino houses both video slot machines along with table games. Grounds feature numerous eateries, from a buffet to upscale dining. Live musical and sporting events are featured monthly. Current home of the Wheeling Jamboree. Phone: (877) WIN-HERE. Website:

• Washington County, Pa. First Niagara Pavilion: Burgettstown, Pa.. Formerly known as both the Coca-Cola Starlake Amphitheater and the Post-Gazette Pavilion, First Niagara is an outdoor concert venue that holds roughly 23,000 spectators, including 7,100 in reserved seating and the remainder in general admission lawn seating. First Niagara hosts numerous concerts throughout its open season along with traveling, multi-day festival shows. Website: Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse: Intersection of U.S. 22 and Pa. 18, Burgettstown, Pa. The Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse is an indoor convert venue with an intimate atmosphere and limited seating to preserve that up-close feel. Concert-goers also are served an extensive meal prior to the show. Website: The Meadows Racetrack Casino: Western Pa.’s first foray into table games is still going strong as The Meadows offers video slots, table games and a poker room along with live harness racing. Features two music venues, one for larger acts and another, a more intimate, Vegas-style lounge. The Meadows also features a bowling alley, Meadows Lanes. 210 Racetrack Rd., Washington, Pa. Phone: 724-503-1200. Website:

• Pittsburgh Benedum Center for Performing Arts: 237 Seventh St., Pittsburgh, Pa. The Benedum Center is the focal point for Pittsburgh's cultural district. It's home to the Pittsburgh CLO, Ballet Theatre and Opera, as well as a host venue for a number of performing acts, ranging from live musical numbers such as Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance to comedy performances from greats like Lewis Black. The Benedum has also hosted Broadway musicals like 42nd Street and The Lion King. Phone: (412) 471-6070. Kennywood Amusement Park: 4800 West Mifflin Blvd., West Mifflin, Pa. Kennywood Park has been a summertime staple for Ohio Valley residents willing to make the trek to Pittsburgh seeking thrills. The park boats six roller coasters, including the Phantom's Revenge and classic coasters like the Thunderbolt, the Racer and the Jack Rabbit. There are plenty of classic rides, along with kiddy rides, ample dining opportunities and the usual assortment of carnival games. Phone: (412) 461-0500. Website: Sandcastle Water Park: 1000 Sandcastle Dr., Pittsburgh, Pa. Sandcastle is an outdoor water park located just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. It features 15 major waterslides, a wave pool, a lazy river for lounging and two children's attractions. It's all situated along an old-fashioned Boardwalk overlooking the Monongahela River. There are kiddie slides so the little ones don't feel left out on all the fun and enough food vendors to satisfy every entrant. Phone (412) 462-666. Website: Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: The largest zoo within 1-1.5 hours driving distance, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is home to thousands of amazing animals, including 22 threatened or endangered species. A favorite stop on the tour of the zoo is the polar bear experience outside the aquarium. The underwater viewing tunnels provide a unique perspective at the animals in this area of the zoo. The Kids Kingdom section of the zoo features a petting zoo, a small water ride and multiple opportunities for young ones to learn more in-depth knowledge about the animals they are visiting at the facility. One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, Pa. Phone: (412) 665-3640. Website:



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