365 Things To Do In Wheeling

#9. Zoo Brew. 

A little early on this one, but it sells out quickly and you don't want to miss it.  Trust me.

So, this super cool group called OV Connect hosts an annual event called Zoo Brew.  Why is it called Zoo Brew?

Because it's at a zoo. And there's beer.

OVC says: Our most popular event combining furry animals and delicious beer is returning once again to the Good Zoo at Oglebay!  This limited-space event always sells out, and always delivers the fun thanks to many amazing libations to sample from national and local/home brewers.  As Homer Simpson once said, “Mmmm, beer networking.”

A few options for tickets including a discount for a DD, member discounts, and VIP tickets for early entry (Which I highly recommend) - buy them: http://ovconnect.org/goodzoobrew/register/

I already bought my VIP ticket. My posse did, too...so what are you waiting for?

Not an OV Connect member? We'll discuss that in tomorrow's post.  You have enough to do today.

The picture here is from Zoo Brew 2012. That's me in the fedora.  Hopefully that answers your question, "What does one wear to drink beer at a zoo?" Fedora optional.


365 Things To Do In Wheeling

#8. Team Trivia. 

Every Tuesday night, all year.  Free.  Generations Restaurant & Pub. 338 National Road.  (304) 232-7917.

Team Trivia is one of those "IF ONLY" things.

"If only Wheeling had cool little shops like Arlington.";
"If only Wheeling had an area like the South Side";
"If only Wheeling had TEAM TRIVIA like they do in Morgantown."

We do have it.  So here you go -

Here's what you need to know if you've never been.

It's fun. Really.

Get a team together (4, 5, 6 people - however many you want. If you don't have any friends, I'm sure an existing team will let you play with them, unless you're an idiot or you're mean.) Go to Generations on Tuesdays. No need to sign up ahead of time, although you may want to arrive early as it is a popular event and tables fill quickly.

EVERYONE is welcome, but you should know some of the regulars have "their table", so be courteous to those who have been playing forever.  

Once you find a table, pick a team name (most are 'dirty play on words' such as "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket", which really is a Blink 182 album, but you get the point and don't use this name because it's actually my team's name); walk up to the emcee to get your team signed up. The emcee will then give you all the instructions you need prior to the game starting.

It's a general knowledge game.  Super fun. Prizes include a free pitcher of beer and bragging rights.  If you use your smartphone to Google answers, they may beat you with a crowbar.  Be real. Or build a team of really smart people (or one who knows a lot about sports, one who knows about politics, etc.)

Helpful tip: Go to the web site for the weekly "Free Answer" http://www.teamtriviawv.com/free-answer/
This is one gimme answer, so you know you'll at least get one question right.

This is the same exact company/group that produces team trivia in Charleston and Morgantown and Huntington and everywhere. So stop saying, "If Only" and start saying, "Tuesday is trivia night."

Good luck.  And don't hurt yourself trying to decide on a team name.


365 Things To Do in Wheeling

#7.  Hope For Hines.

Hines David Rotriga, age 2, was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma on December 26, 2013.

Read that again. 

The day after Christmas. AGE TWO.

There is no way anyone can fully understand what the Rotriga family is going through. Least of all two-year-old Hines himself.  But he is tough and he is fighting. Hard.

And he needs our help.

Treatment is very, very expensive. Traveling to Morgantown and Pittsburgh, time off of work, etc. takes a toll on a family's resources, energy, and lifestyle....but not their spirit!  Their optimism and humor is inspiring.  They are handling this with grace and class.

It truly does take a village.  We all can help.

Hine's family member owns and operates Miklas Meat Market in Woodsdale.  So while you're out grocery shopping, stop by.  It's the Hope For Hines headquarters.

There are many events planned throughout the valley to support Hines and his fight.  There was an amazing outpouring of people and support at Quaker Steak & Lube yesterday.  And there are many other events coming soon. 

Please find one to attend by clicking here. 

You'll be glad you did.  


365 Things To Do In Wheeling

365 Things To Do in Wheeling.

#6. Easter Seals Telethon.

This annual event is the true spirit of community. You can get involved by simply calling in during the 12-hour long event.  Any amount you can give makes a huge impact! From The Miracle Field to the services they provide daily, we are lucky to have Easter Seals hq right here in Wheeling.


365 Things To Do In Wheeling


Paint & Sip.  They bring the paint. You bring the wine. Check out their calendar, Grab some friends and head to the Island. They have classes for children, private parties, and more.

The next time you hear someone say,  "If only Wheeling had cool stuff. Like, this one time I was in Baltimore and they had this thing where you go paint. It was so fun", stick a paint brush in their hand and tell them "yeah, we have that here."


365 Things to do in Wheeling

365 Things To Do in Wheeling. 

#4. Need to get over the mid-week-over-the-hump-slump? 

The Sports Bar at Undo's has FREE live music almost every Wednesday. Mid-week dinner out or just take some co-workers to happy hour. 

There's always something to do in Wheeling.


365 Things To Do In Wheeling


Wheeling Nailers Hockey. Kelly Cup Playoffs. 

The Nailers have been in town for over 20 years. This is our team. Our playoffs. See a game tonight or Friday.#WheelingLive #DowntownWheeling


365 Things To Do in Wheeling


You don't even have to leave your house to enjoy Wheeling-made Figaretti's sauce. 

You can get it at your favorite grocer; or grab a friend & head to the restaurant. 

Either way, 'Figs' is a great way to see #WheelingLive. 

There's something to do in Wheeling. Every day. 


365 Things To Do In Wheeling

Easter is a time of renewal and rebirth. 

It's not lost on me that my birthday falls the day after; and tomorrow is Earth Day. 

I am so moved this year to begin anew, to make a difference, and to live out loud. 

So, starting today, I will be doing a different activity daily in and around Wheeling. Today's location wasn't picked at random. There's Always Something to do in Wheeling! If you're interested in joining me, use the #WheelingLive.

Madonna of the Trail. 1801 National Road. With an infant, a toddler, and a gun, you better be ready to live like you mean it. She is part of a series of 12 monuments dedicated to the spirit of pioneer women in the United States. She inspires me everyday to change the world and to do so with gusto and without complaint. Stop by and see her. #WheelingLive