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The WVU Parkersburg Chronicle Presents...

The Best of MOV

Fall 2017 Edition

Rebecca Rhodes

News Editor

Kyle Kessell

News Editor & Contributor

Chelsea Ayers

Disgner & Contributor

Jessica Madison


Ashley Lewis


Brooke Buchanan


Savannah Wade


Table of Contents

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Movie Night by Ashley Lewis Food is Passion at CJ’s Italian Kitchen by SavannahWade Music in the MOV by Kyle Kessell Marietta Brewing Company by Jessica Madison Marietta Mainstreet byChelsea Ayers Playing a Part in Parkersburg History by Brooke Buchanan AWeekend of Fall in the MOV byChelsea Ayers The Beauty and History of Parkersburg in One Place bySavannahWade Parkersburg Native is Making HisWay to Fame by Brooke Buchannon Marietta Castle by Ashley Lewis

Movie Night by Ashley Lewis

Friday the 13th is believed to be the unluckiest day of the year. Some believe there are superstitions or myths surrounding the day. To me, it is the perfect time to curl up and watch horror movies. Horror movies have been something I have always been fond of since I was a child. Watching scary movies with my father was my favorite fall activity and eventually became our family tradition. While putting my top ten favorite horror movies into a list, I decided to use “classics” from the 70s, 80s and 90s that I grew up watching with my father. Here are my top 10 best horror movies:

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) This movie begins telling the story of a man that was accused of kidnapping the children of a small town. He returns to seek revenge on the citizens of Elm Street, and kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won’t lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. This is one of the first horror films I was introduced to as a child, which eventually started my fascination with horror movies. I believe this movie had excellent special effects for an 80s film. The makeup artist did an amazing job in this movie.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Two siblings visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. I believe that this movie interested me most due to it being based on a true story, which I believe helps make a horror movie creepier. The director did an amazing job at sticking to the true events behind the film.

Scream (1996)

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. This movie also played a big part in my love for horror movies, however I don’t really consider this one to be a “horror” film. I believe this one would be better categorized as a thriller. There's more suspense than there is horror.

Candyman (1992)

The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidently summoned to reality by a skeptic graduate student researching the monster’s myth. This film is one that scared me pretty bad as a child, which eventually gave me an irrational fear of mirrors. However, this movie will always be one of my top favorites. For this being more of an urban legend type film, I still found it to be pretty frightening.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Hellraiser (1987)

The Conjuring (2013)

Child’s Play (1988)

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assaulter while trying to reopen a summer camp. Which, years before, was the site of a child’s drowning. I believe you can’t spend Friday the 13th watching horror films without adding this one in. In my opinion, this was the start of a great franchise of movies. This movie was the beginning of the Jason character taking revenge on the camp counselors for his drowning and the murder of his mother.

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Again, this film is one of my personal favorites due to the true story behind it. I believe this movie was put together nicely and had some excellent special effects. I also believe that the casting of the characters was well chosen. This film had some decent jump-scares added in. I found myself jumping out of my seat quite often, and I had to re-watch the movie several times to watch it all.

The Forest (2016)

A woman goes into Japan’s Suicide Forest to find her twin sister and confronts supernatural terror. I don’t usually care for newer horror films, but this one made an exception. The storyline on this one was put together quite well and had some amazing special effects. I also admire that this film is based on the real life Suicide Forest.

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their cruel underworld which is lead by a demon named Pinhead, who has great knowledge of extreme pain and torture, which he inflicts to those who open his box. I find this film to be pretty intense and gory. However, I believe that this movie will leave you on the edge of your seat. This film had also become a pretty popular franchise, however, I believe that after the first two or three films, the storyline becomes rather boring. A single mother gives her son a popular doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer. This movie had to have started a fear of dolls for most people. I believe that this film was also a start of a great franchise. To this day, this film still remains one of my favorites and still causes me some great fear of dolls.

Leprechaun (1993)

An evil leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold. This film was one that my father and I watched together the most. I believe this movie creeped me out the most. The makeup was very well done in this film and looked realistically terrifying. I believe this film was also a start of an amazing franchise. If you’re looking for something to do during Friday the 13th or on a cold night in October, I recommend watching these films. These movies are the perfect way to start the fall season.

Food is Passion at CJ’s Italian Kitchen by Savannah Wade Where I spend most of my time is where most people spend most of their time; our place of employment. I work at CJ’s Italian Kitchen in Vienna. I’ve been here for a year now, and we are not your typical restaurant you go to around here. Our menu is unlike any other in the MidOhio Valley, and it is delicious and unique. It is family owned with excellent food, service and atmosphere. At CJ’s Italian Kitchen, we make it very clear that food is passion! I’m going to give you just some insight on this restaurant, just so you understand us a little more. We are family owned with an open kitchen, outdoor setting and a magnificent chef. Our head chef, James Auvil, is the brains behind the incredible amount of talent and expertise our staff offers. He studied at the Baltimore International College Culinary School and worked with chefs in the Baltimore area for five years. He also spent time in Ireland, working under Certified Master Chef, Peter Trimmins. In 1995, James

returned to Parkersburg and has been making delicious food for area residents ever since.

Not only is our chef a superstar, the entire restaurant is as well. With all of our food made with homemade ingredients and cooked on our wood-fire oven, CJ’s was rated the number one restaurant in Vienna on Trip Advisor. The food rating is

five stars, the service rating is four and a half stars, the value rating is at four stars, and the atmosphere rating is at four and a half stars. We offer take-out, an outside patio to dine and a bar with the local beers on tap. The main priority for us is focusing on our customers and what is best for them, health and safety wise. We have absolutely no cross contamination and the staff is responsible for the duties required to make sure of that. For the people with peanut allergies, the only nuts we use are walnuts and we use canola and olive oil. Not to mention, 40 percent of the menu is gluten free. We focus excessively on something that no other restaurant around here does, and that is gluten. Most people tolerate gluten just fine. However, it can cause problems for people with certain health conditions that include: celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy and some other diseases. Typically, more than 30 percent actively try to avoid eating gluten. I did not truly understand

what gluten was until I became employed here. Gluten is a protein present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. Acting as a glue that holds food together, it helps foods maintain their shape. Wheat is by far the most commonly consumed and is also added to all sorts of processed foods. Gluten gives bread the ability to rise when baked and provides a chewy, satisfying texture. Other foods high in gluten are spelt, rye, barley, pasta, cereal, beer, cakes, cookies and pastries.

tasted in every single bite. We serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. Dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. And, we are closed on Sundays and Mondays. For any questions, just call the restaurant at 304-916-1852 or email us at cjsitaliankitchen@

Gluten is created when the two molecules, glutenin and gliadin, come into contact and form a bond. It also traps carbon dioxide that adds volume to the loaf as it ferments. Celiac disease is the most severe form of gluten intolerance. It can trigger an immune reaction powerful enough to severely damage the surfaces of the small intestine. Being an Italian restaurant, our main dishes are pizza, pasta, soups, sandwiches and desserts. Every single one of those items is considered high in gluten, which is why it is such a focus to us. For the people who avoid gluten, but also love Italian food, we have overcome the challenge! We have a full separate menu that is absolutely gluten free. Whether your gluten free or not, our staff would love for everyone to give our menu a try! The sensational and robust flavors that only our team can create, will be

Music in the MOV The Mid-Ohio Valley is known by visitors for our helpful attitudes (just ask Miley Cyrus or Will Ferrell), the unique landmarks, such as the Blennerhassett or Civil War sites, but not as an oasis of music. For those who do pay attention, we have had our fair share of famous artists visit the area. They play in venues like the Adelphia in Marietta or places that have been shut down like the Fishbone Gill and Grill. B.o.B. is one of these artist that have performed in the area before he got famous, as well as, Black Stone Cherry, Fuel, WWE Superstar Chris Jericho’s band Fozzy and many others. The MOV can pull in several musical acts to the area, but it does so when an artist is past their time or before they get big, otherwise

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they can’t afford them. This is understandable, West Virginia isn’t known for its abundance of funds. The unfortunate side to all of this is that most musicians don’t make it big out of this area. We have a few who try, but talent executives do not flock here looking for new and exciting talent. The moral of this story can be summed up as, if you want to play music, you are welcomed to play, but do not expect to have your music take you far away from the MOV. Then there’s Brooks Martin, a local musician who has been playing in bands since back in

junior high school.

Currently, Brooks is hard at work in three different bands. Sealed For Phresness is his most tenured project that and one he self produces. SFP has been around since 2012 with Brooks at the helm since the very beginning. Brooks plays guitar and does back up vocals. SFP was ready to release their first album when the worst of the worst happened. Brooks had all the band’s work saved on his laptop when it got stolen. He is still kicking himself over that as when he was explaining the situation, he mentioned that he never thought to back it up. The second band Brooks is a part of is Ohio on Hi. OOH has been together since 2010 with Brooks joining the band in January of 2017 to play guitar. As this band

was already established by the time Brooks joined, music was already recorded and produced, but some songs are being sent to be professionally mastered. When asked about the music OOH has, Brooks said, “An EP is done, but we’re still sorting out some of its details.” For Brooks’ third and final project, here is another band he self produces, Forts Win Wars. Brooks plays bass and sings for this project. Started up in 2016, FWW is still in a development stage with an EP still in the works and about halfway done. New songs from this band were released on YouTube in September. “OOH has hit a bit of a snag, so they won’t be booking for a while, so, I’ve seized the opportunity to put more work towards Forts,” Brooks said. When asked how Brooks finds the time to manage, produce and perform in three bands, he replied with, “Well I should probably start by saying I don’t manage time well. It’s still something I’m sort of figuring out as I go.” Brooks went on to talk about how SFP only practices if a show is coming up. Whereas, the other two bands practice weekly with a consistent

practice time, making it easy to schedule a non-music related life around it. After talking about the bands he was in, I had to know what kind of places or venues music has taken Brooks. “The coolest place I’ve ever performed at is a tough question honestly. House shows are always my favorite because they’re usually cramped, but the crowds can get rowdy, so those are always fun. I once got to play a pavilion with huge racks of speakers on either side of the stage but the show turnout wasn’t superb.” Brooks continues, “But I’d say the overall coolest place I’ve ever gotten to play was last week with Ohio On Hi, where we literally played in the middle of the street in front of Shawnee State University. They had closed off the road just for show, so we set up all our equipment in the middle of a four way

intersection. It wasn’t the craziest show I’ve ever played, but the location was pretty awesome,” No immediate shows are planned for any of the bands, but music is available for any eager ears to listen to. You can find them on iTunes, Spotify, or you can purchase a physical copy from the band. You should also follow them on social media, as every band has a FaceBook account with updates on shows and music to be released. If given the opportunity, support our local musicians. Give your time to someone who gives their time to create, produce and preform in an area where local gigs are harder to come by than in bigger citites. Music isn’t what the Mid-Ohio Valley is known for, but Brooks is making the MOV know of his music.

The Marietta The Marietta Brewing Company is a restaurant and brewery located in downtown Marietta,Ohio. The Marietta Brewing Company was established in 1997 and is a warm and inviting local hotspot. When you walk up to its exterior, the very hip facade makes you want to check it out. Also, the big front window shows off the brew room, which is where they make some fantastic in-

house craft beers. Once you are inside, you are welcomed by one of the hostess. You can see a better view of the two-story brew room and the two large copper plated brew kettles. You can take a seat at the bar or let the hostess seat you at one of their cozy tables. The exposed brick walls have different murals painted on them. Being a brewery, they have a good selection of beers on tap that they brew in house. Cooper’s Copper Ale which is a medium bodied amber ale, Estella’s Raspberry Wheat which is a wheat ale with lots of raspberry flavors and are offered on tap all year round. For the IPA lover they rotate between Hop’s Smash IPA and Happy Trail IPA. Along with those, they often have

seasonal flavors and guest beers on tap. If beer is not your cup of tea, they even make a homemade root beer made with 100 percent pure cane sugar. The Marietta Brewing Company is not all about beer, they have some exceptional food too.

A great thing to start with is the front street platter which is seasoned waffle fries loaded with bacon, cheese, tomatoes and scallions. You can even start

Brewing Company by Jessica Madison

with some wings which they offer in three ways: grilled, deep fried or grilled and fried. I recommend the grilled and fried wings because, it offers a nice smokiness, yet still has the crispness of a fried food. The menu is pretty extensive with anything from chicken wings and nachos, stone oven pizzas and burgers, salads and sandwiches and even seared tuna. There is definitely something on the menu for everyone, they even have a great kids menu. When you are trying to decide where to head for dinner, I suggest heading over to the Marietta Brewing Company.

The kitchen hours are as follows: Mon. - Thu. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun. 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. The bar hours are: Mon. - Thu. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Sun. 12 p.m. - 8 p.m..

Marietta Main Street : Chelsea Ayers

For most people that live in the Mid-Ohio Valley, it’s possible to go years saying, “There’s never anything to do.”

Teri Ann’s. A few dining options include Jeremiah’s Coffee House, Marietta Brewing Company, The Levee House, Putnam’s Chocolates, Nacho Average Taco, What we commonly don’t realize Over the Moon Pub & Pizza and is what hidden gems are right here The Original Pizza Place. in our area. Downtown Marietta is a town everyone should take Marietta Main Street, and their advantage of. Marietta was the first sponsors, have planned multiple permanent organized settlement events to promote the downtown in the Northwest Territory, and area in the past years. Such events Washington county was the first include First Fridays, Cash Mob county created on July 26, 1788. Monday and the Farmers Market It is a town rich in history, and that takes place during the summer its community is growing and months. These events give people supporting the town more and the opportunity to explore the area more each year. while also bringing more business to the small shops in the area, Ohio Magazine noted Marietta as which helps grow Marietta year the “Best Hometown in Ohio” for after year. 2017, and in 2014, Smithsonian Magazine noted it as “One of the First Friday is a monthly event top 20 small towns to visit.” that provides fragments of the best the community has to offer. With the constant growing of During this day, downtown shops downtown businesses, there are are open late, restaurants have many places to shop, dine and diverse menus, local musicians explore in the downtown Marietta and artists are highlighted and they area. Some of the businesses are have monthly themes to offer a the Riverside Artists Gallery, unique fun experience. For those Wit & Whimzy, Dad’s Primitive who have never really explored Wo r k b e n c h , Tw i s t e d S i s t e r s the downtown area, this gives Boutique, Two Peas in a Pod, them the opportunity to explore Sincerely Yours Gift Shop and during one of the most fun nights

of the month. First Friday happens January through December from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The themes for the remainder of the year are the Marie Antoinette Festival in November and Hometown Holidays for December. Cash Mob Monday is an event where a group of shoppers go to a store and vow to spend a certain amount of money there. During this event, at least one business is chosen as a destination, where once inside participants must commit to spending at least $10 at that shop. All participants will meet as a group at Gateway Park by the Plumbers & Pipefitters building on the corner of Butler and Front Street in Downtown Marietta. From there, they will walk to the chosen location for the cash mob. At the end of the shopping trip, participants will have the option to meet up for an after mob at a local restaurant that will offer special offers for Cash Mobbers and vote for what store

they want to mob the following month.

Another thing that has been made to promote the downtown area is the MyMarietta Pass. For just $25 you can purchase this pass and gain access to multiple discounts at multiple locations in Marietta. The businesses that are participating are listed below. Some of the discounts you can expect to see are 15% off daily lunch special or salad combo at Jeremiah’s Coffee House, $5 off and bike or kayak rental at Marietta Adventure Company and one free order of cheesy bread with an order of a large pizza at Over the Moon Pizza and Pub. A Unique Flower & Gift Shop All Pro Nutrition American Flags & Poles Baker & Baker Jewelers Dad’s Primitive Workbench Green Acres of Marietta Hidden Marietta Jeremiah’s Coffee House Just A Jar Design Press Marietta Adventure Company Marietta Brewing Company Marietta Office Supply Marietta Wine Cellars Merle Norman Nacho Average Taco Over the Moon Pub & Pizza Peoples Bank Theatre Putnam Chocolate Riverside Artists Gallery Rossi Pasta Second to None Graphics Slice of Life Tampico Mexican Restaurant The Adelphia Music Hall The Cook’s Shop The Galley The Original Pizza Place The Workingman’s Store Top Drawer Furniture & Design Studio Town House Twisted Sisters Boutique Two Peas in a Pod Wit & Whimzy

Another great opportunity that Marietta has to offer is for local artists. This allows them to decorate the city and show what talent we have in our area. The Public Art Committee of Marietta Main Street is working to enhance downtown Marietta through visual arts. People can submit their artwork to the committee for a chance to have their art showcased. The guidelines for submitting are the artwork should honor the place and/or history of Marietta. Any photographic work must be interpretive and include apparent individual expression, and the artist must live within 90 miles of Marietta, Ohio.

“Playing” a Part in Parkersburg History by Brooke Buchanan

Actors, actresses, scripts, props: all a major part of what puts a theatre into operation. The Actors Guild of Parkersburg and The Peoples Bank Theatre are two places where locals can enjoy plays, musicals, concerts, shows, etc. The Actors Guild of Parkersburg has been around since 1956. “The industry boom along the Ohio River after World War II brought an influx of people of people from outside the community theater,” Guild Board Member David Rexroad said. “They got together with local theatre enthusiasts and decided to start a community theater.”

Although The Actors Guild has been at its current location since 1975, it did not begin on 8th and Market Street. “For the first few years, they performed in school auditoriums, until they found their first home on St. Mary’s Avenue in 1961. It was on the second floor of what was once a laundry,” Rexroad said.

During their season, The Actors Guild does seven shows, including the Guild Builders production, which is performd by children. “This year we opened with the scary classic ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,’” Rexroad said. “That is followed by the hit musical ‘Sister Act,’ which runs November 10 through 25.”

Prior to the Actor’s Guild taking over their current building, it was once the home of the Lincoln Theatre in the 1920s and J.C. Penneys for many years after that. “The Guild has been in continuous operation for more than 60 years,” Rexroad said.

Following these, the Actors Guild will put on “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which will run from January 12 through 21. “This adventure tells the story of how a lost boy became Peter Pan,” Rexroad said. “Fiddler on the Roof,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.” will be performed at the Actor’s Guild as well during their season. There is nothing like seeing a show live on stage. “The interaction between the audience and the performers changes from performance to performance and makes each show a unique and exciting experience. It rewards the senses and the imagination,”

Rexroad said. “Participating both onstage and backstage on a show prepares a person to work as a team and be able to handle other challenges in life.”

Street in Marietta, recently opened in 2016, it has a long line of history attached to it. “On May 9, 1919, our theatre opened as the new Hippodrome Theatre with a premiere showing of ‘Daddy The Actors Guild is always Long Legs,’ starring Mary looking for new volunteers. Pickford,” Marketing Director “We would love to have you Drew Tanner said. “The audition for a show, work new Hippodrome boasted backstage, sew a costume, help one of the Midwest’s largest build a set, usher or any of the ‘legitimate theatre’ stages other many jobs connected that could accommodate the with putting on a production biggest Broadway plays of the and running our theatre,” time. The new Hippodrome Rexroad said. “Audition Theatre offered vaudeville dates and times are listed on acts, Broadway plays, music our website at actors-guild. concerts, magical acts and com. You can always post a silent films accompanied by question on our Facebook, the Hippodrome’s own fiveand someone will get back to piece orchestra.” you.” During its 30 years in In addition to the Actors operation, the Hippodrome Guild, the Peoples Bank Theatre reigned as “Marietta’s Theatre provides locals with ‘Foremost Amusement quality entertainment. House.’” However, in 1949, Shea Theatres of New York, Although the Peoples Bank the Hippodrome Theatre’s new Theatre, located on Putnam owners remodeled the theatre

and renamed it The Colony. “On February 12, 1957, the Colony added to its history of firsts and milestones by hosting the Universal Pictures world premiere of Battle Hymn, in which Rock Hudson portrayed Marietta native Colonel Dean Hess,” Tanner said. “More than 25,000 screaming fans took to the streets, mobbing visiting Hollywood stars including Rock Hudson himself. The Colony hosted a week’s worth of packed-house events that are unmatched to this day in local theatrical history.” During the late 1960s, the theatre underwent construction again, this time transforming into a modern-day cinema. “From 1975 to 1989, the Colony changed hands several times, passing from Shea Theatres to Cinemette of Pittsburgh. Shortly thereafter, ownership passed to Ohio Movies,” Tanner explained.

who hoped that someday this treasured local landmark In March of 1980, a failed might be preserved and boiler threatened to close the restored. “Dan had fond Colony, Tanner said. “Marjorie childhood memories of seeing Bee, who had worked at the movies and live shows at the theatre since 1968, made an theatre. Dan helped start offer and bought the Colony the nonprofit Hippodrome/ on February 15, 1981, making Colony Historical Theatre her the theatre’s first local Association in 1999, and owner. Forming M.B.M. Hunt Brawley was soon Corporation of Marietta, hired as the organization’s Mrs. Bee and her sons ran the executive director. Both Dan theatre until low attendance and Hunt worked tirelessly and high heating bills—up over the next 15 years with to $1,300 per month in 1983 the HCHTA board and the and 1984—forced the closure community to raise the of the Colony in December the $7.5 million needed to 1985.” rehabilitate the theatre and bring live entertainment, film Despite closing down, the and community events back to theatre was purchased in its stage.” 1989 by Dan Stephan Sr.,

During opening year in 2016, the theatre saw more than 40,000 people come through the doors for over 100 events, including more than 20 major concerts and shows, community events, recitals, fundraisers, a wedding and Governor John Kasich’s State of the State Address before the Ohio Legislature. “The theatre was recognized as Heritage Ohio’s Historic Theatre of the Year, Marietta Main Street’s Outstanding Community Collaboration of the Year, and received a Dominion Ohio Community Impact Award,” Tanner said. A full list of events, details, and ticket information can be found at http:// events/. Whether seeing a show at the Actor’s Guild or at the People’s Bank Theatre, it is important to support the arts. “The arts promote true prosperity, spark creativity and innovation, improve educational outcomes and strengthen the economy. Moreover, the arts are about creative expression, which is fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us— fostering creativity, goodness and beauty,” Tanner said. “The arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion or age. When times are tough, art is salve for the ache.”

A Weekend of Fall in the MOV by Chelsea Ayers

With fall approaching, there are many different things for people to do to enjoy the season right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. We take for granted what we have so close by, so as a refresher here are different activities throughout two different areas in our vicinity: Vincent, OH, Weston, WV and also activities you can do at home.

Farm House, which is a four bedroom and two bath home that sleeps nine people. You can start your day with a cup of coffee and breakfast at their Cowpuccino Cafe, and from there, you can take part in some different activities including: a corn maze, hay ride or picking your own berries. You can grab lunch at the cafe which serves burgers, hot dogs and pumpkin pie. During the weekends of October, you can also take part in their spooky hayrides for $5, the flashlight maze for $4 and their costume parade which is free.

Day 2: Weston, West Virginia

For a spooky weekend with family, visiting the Weston Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is a must do. The Asylum first opened in 1881 You can also pick pumpkins to to house 250 people. When use for decorations, cooking it became overcrowded in or a family fun activity like 1994 with nearly 2,400 people carving. Whatever you want admitted, they were forced to do with your pumpkin they to close. Since its closure, the are sure to have one to fit your Asylum now opens its doors Day 1: Vincent, Ohio needs. to the public for paranormal tours, haunted houses, heriJust 15 miles above Marietta is The farm is also open to tage tours, zombie paintball Sweetapple Farm. Sweetapple groups or schools visiting for and a Halloween ball. This will Farm is owned and operated a tour where you can see the be the 10 year anniversary for by the Barrett Family, who chickens, make a scarecrow their haunted house which have been growing pumpkins to take home, milk the cows, will be open Sept. 29 through since 1940. Sweetapple is a explore the corn maze, grab a Nov. 4. This years theme for great place to take your famsnack in the market and take the haunted house is Deviant, ily for some fall fun. You can photos in the nursery rhyme “The Doctor Will See you even stay at their Sweetapple garden. Now.�

During October, the Asylum holds the Fall Festival. This is an all day event that starts at 10 a.m. and lasts all night where you can take part in all of their tours along with karaoke, a costume contest and listen to music. This is a great night to visit the Asylum to see what all they offer, and take a step into the spooky history of events that took place here. Below is a time frame of all events during the day. Another popular event is the Asylum Ball which took place on October 21 this year. This is their annual costume ball for people 18 years of age and up. If you bring alcohol, you must be 21 or older to drink. The event will kicked-off with live music starting at 6 p.m. with the Dooges, and ending the night was Knuckleduster at 12. If you dress up, you can take part in the costume contest with the categories of sexiest, scariest, best couple/group, superhero/villain and funniest. The winners will received two tickets each for the Halloween Ghost Hunt. During the ball, you can also go through the Haunted House.

Day 3: Fall fun at home For a lot of people, making a trip to go see something can be difficult, especially for families. Luckily, there are plenty of fall activities you can do in the comfort of your own home. From carving pumpkins, making leaf art or baking your favorite fall flavored foods, the possibilities are endless to having some fun this fall. Carving pumpkins is a classic activity for fall, but with Pinterest taking over the web, you can find many different ideas for what to do with your pumpkins. Pumpkins are perfect for children, teenagers and adults; you can carve, paint, melt crayons over them or use them in science

experiments. Leaf art is the perfect activity to bring out your creative side. This is a great activity to also get out and take a walk through the woods to find the perfect leaves for your project. You can use some glycerin or wax paper to preserve your leaves to hang them on a wreath or string them into a banner.

Another activity is baking your favorite fall flavored food. From pumpkin spice cake, caramel apple slices to apple pie cinnamon rolls you can bond with your family over some tasty food. To make apple pie cinnamon rolls all you need is one can of Pillsbury flaky cinnamon rolls with icing and 1 â…“

cups of fruit apple pie filling. Heat the oven to 375°F. Spray 8 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. Separate dough into 8 rolls. Press into and up sides of muffin cups. Fill the cups with 2 tablespoons of pie filling into each one. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes. Microwave icing for 10 seconds so it is thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle icing over rolls and serve warm. Whether you decide to visit Sweetapple, The Asylum or stay home and create your own fun, this Autumn should be a time to celebrate the

season and have some fun with your friends and family. With these options, you are sure to make memories that will last for years to come.

The Beauty and History Parkersburg’s favorite attraction is the famous Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. Everyone that visits the Parkersburg area should witness the fascinating glimpse of early American history. Even if you just want a day to enjoy the wilderness and the beauty in your home state West Virginia, this island is the perfect place. The importance of the famous island lies in the history. Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett settled on the island in 1789. The wealthy Irish aristocrats owned the mansion that was considered the West’s most beautiful home. It was former

Vice President Aaron Burr’s appearance at their home that changed the settlers’ lives, and history, forever. In 1805, Aaron Burr convinced Harmon to assist in his ambitious plot to establish an independent, southwest empire. President Thomas Jefferson found out the plan and sent a dispatch of Virginia soldiers to seize the island. Harman was forced to leave his island and give up ownership of his home. In 1811, the mansion was burnt to the ground, but its foundations that were discovered decades before, made it possible to reconstruct and make a re-created version of the mansion. It even contains some furniture that actually belonged to the Blennerhassetts. Although the so-called Burr conspiracy collapsed, the history remained. The Blennerhassett Island Historical Park is located on a small island in the Ohio River. The park is accessed by a sternwheeler riverboat from Point Park in Parkersburg, which brings even more enjoyment to the 40,000 visitors each year. You can even rent a paddle wheel boat ride to and from the island. But either way, traveling on a boat to get anywhere sounds like a good time to me. Before you even take off to the island, make sure you take the tour of the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Downtown Parkersburg. It has exhibits showing the area’s general history, from prehistoric weapons to jewelry. There is also a devotion to the Blennerhassett family and its baffled story. Once the arrival on the island takes place, there are several activities offered. Visitors enjoy the guided tours of the grounds and the mansion. Walking tours and horse-drawn carriage rides are offered. Hiking trails and

of Parkersburg in One Place by Savannah Wade

picnic facilities are meant to be explored. Gift shops are available to take a little piece of the island with you when you go. Nearby campgrounds are offered for large groups with advanced reservations. If you enjoy biking, you can rent one on the island or you can bring your own. Fishing is allowed from your campground and with a state fishing license. Tours are offered only when the park is open, from May through the last weekend of October. Always allow at least three hours to complete the tour, including the sternwheeler ride to and from the island. For $25, the total tour package is offered which includes: the museum tour, boat ride to and from the island, wagon ride and a tour of mansion. Events are happening here as well, such as dinners, nature walks, candle lights and a managed and controlled deer hunt. So, whether you want to take a miniature vacation for yourself but can’t travel too far, or you just want to inhale the fresh air in the “wild and wonderful” West Virginia, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is a day trip for you. Learning the history of the place that you call home gives you even more pride in your hometown. To book a campsite or for any more information, call 304- 420-4800 or visit the website

Parkersburg Native is Making His Way to Fame by Brooke Buchanan

“Silvershot,” written by Parkersburg native Jeff Simmons, is a fictional book based in Parkersburg, and is told through the perspective of main character Duard Atkins. “Duard Atkins, a dirt-poor kid from McDowell County who recently graduated with a journalism degree from Marshall University,” Simmons said. “Scores a job with the Parkersburg Chronicle, a terrific job for someone right out of school. His job—to cover police and fire news.” “Shortly after his arrival, a man is mysteriously shot in front of Parkersburg High School. Police have no suspect,” Simmons said. “Then there’s a second, a third… seemingly random. Until Duard Atkins starts putting the puzzle together with the help of his partner, and finds that these might be more than just random killings.” “He [Duard Atkins] finds himself entrapped in something he believed ‘only happened in big cities,’ and although he is a cub reporter, his stories hit the top of the front page daily,” Simmons said. “Everyone wants the mystery of the sniper solved...and soon.” Based in 1984, “Silvershot” references many Parkersburg

places relevant to the time period, such as The Wheel Club, which used to be located on Julianna Street. Simmons said, “The Wheel Club was once known for the best live music in Parkersburg.” The Wheel Club used to be attached to where My Way Lounge currently stands on Julianna Street. In addition to this now closed place, some places that are still open in Parkersburg make an appearance in the book. Mohwish’s Pool Hall, which is located on Old Camden Avenue, makes an appearance in the book. In addition to that, The Grand Central Mall, Parkersburg and Parkersburg South High Schools, as well as, The Smoot Theatre are mentioned in the book. Local cities surrounding Parkersburg, such as Marietta and Belpre, are mentioned as well.

“Wood Whispers is a Wood County Schools publication that highlights writing and artwork of public school students in grades 6-12,” Parkersburg South High School Art Teacher Abbie Burge said. “Categories include short essay, poetry, cover design, drawing, and photography. Around last Spring when Simmons began the first draft of “Silvershot,” he noticed he had some sort of coordination problems.

Simmons’ was first published when he was 15 years old in Wood Whispers while he was a student at Parkersburg South High School. His English teacher “My typing speed went from required everyone to write an about 75 words per minute to entry for the contest. about 30 words per minute. I ended up typing most of the “I didn’t feel like I should be book with one finger,” Simmons forced to write a story, but I said. “I was plagued with wrote a silly story and it got memory loss, blackouts and published,” Simmons said. difficulty with organization.

All of those things had a tremendous impact on my effort to finish this book.” In an effort to decide what was causing these problems, Simmons visited a neurologist. The medications he had been taking didn’t seem to solve any problems, and in August, Simmons was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

“I enjoyed writing ‘Starkweather,’ so I decided to try a crime fiction piece, which is what I am completing now,” Simmons said. All of these books are available for purchase on

Parkersburg roots, “Silvershot” is going to be dedicated to brothers Gerald and John Beckett.

“For decades they have dressed identically- shirt, jacket, pants, ties, all identical. One would After living in Parkersburg for 22 walk about ten feet in front of years, when drafting “Silvershot,” the other, and they would roam Simmons knew Parkersburg the Parkersburg area,” Simmons would be the perfect area for his said. “The slang name ‘Pete and book to be set. RePete’ was coined for these two living landmarks. I think they “The diagnosis was recent, “I know it [Parkersburg] more deserve some recognition.” but my symptoms had been a than anywhere else,” Simmons problem for a couple of years,” said. “The type of people and On September 2, Gerald Beckett Simmons said. “But the bottom the size of the town just clicked passed away. Simmons was line is that it won’t stop me from perfect for the setting of a novel.” disheartened to hear about this doing what I love the most.” passing. Simmons lived in Parkersburg Simmons hopes sales pick up from 1967 to 1990, when he “I’m sorry I didn’t get the book in order to pay bills; however, completed his Journalism done soon enough for both this isn’t the main reason for his degree. While in Parkersburg, brothers to see their names on writing. Simmons did an internship for the dedication,” Simmons said. the Marietta Times, back when it “The objective is to write was a Gannett paper. In addition Simmons would like to thank the book for people to read,” to a journalism degree, Simmons Jay Dawkins, a 1984 Parkersburg Simmons said. “If your book isn’t had an education degree as South High School Graduate, read, it’s lost all purpose.” well. He taught a semester of as well as Doug Halbert, a history and political science 1985 Parkersburg South High In addition to “Silvershot,” at Parkersburg High School in School Graduate, for assistance Simmons has three other 1989. with firearm research and books published. “Wipers: A information. Soldier’s Tale From the Great Approximately two weeks before War” a historical fiction about graduating, Simmons was World War I. “The Bonus” was offered a job at the Sandusky Simmon’s second book, which Register located in Sandusky, tells the story about Veterans in Ohio, which is when he left the Great Depression; just like the area permanently. At the “Wipers: A Soldier’s Tale From Sandusky Register, Simmons the Great War,” “The Bonus” is covered education; covering also historical fiction. “Chasing this was perfect, due to having Starkweather: Massacre on The a teaching degree in addition to Great Plains” is a historical crime his journalism degree. about an actual killing spree in Nebraska and Wyoming in 1958. Tying his book back to his

Marietta Castle by Ashley Lewis

If you are looking for a family friendly event in the Mid Ohio Valley, The Castle of Marietta Castle is a great option. The Castle of Marietta is a family oriented museum that offers a large variety of events for all age groups. Located at 418 Fourth Street, the Gothic Revival House was built in 1855 and was opened in 1994 for tours as a historical museum. This house was home to some of Marietta’s most influential citizens. It is furnished with antiques from the original owners as well as donations from other Marietta families. The museum provides educational and cultural opportunities including school and scout programs, history and archaeology summer camps, cemetery and historically themed programs and cultural bus trips amongst many other events. “The Castle offers tours of our 1855 historic house from April through December every year,” Kyle Yoho, Education Director at Castle of Marietta said.

The group tours offer an educational background of the castle. Group tours also cover local Marietta and Washington county; Ohio and American history; Nineteenth Century architecture, furniture and design; Civil War and the lifestyles, roles and culture

of nineteenth century men, women, and children. This tour lasts 45 minutes to one hour with admission fees being $6 for adults and $4 for children. The Castle also offers a “Tea & Tour” program. This is a catered Victorian style tea and finger food event. Victorian etiquette and manners are taught during this program. The tour lasts two hours with admission fees

being $15 for adults and $11 for children. “Additionally, we offer a large variety of programs and events geared toward both adults and kids,” Yoho said. The cemetery tours are an exciting way to explore interesting topics at cemeteries in, and around, Marietta. These tours are offered June through August. Group tours are also available for Mound Cemetery by appointment. Every October, the Castle offers ghost tours. This event offers to take a guided lantern tour of the castle. During this tour, you may hear and possibly experience the ghostly apparitions, sounds and strange occurrences that are said to have impacted the staff, volunteers and guests of the castle in the past. Tours begin every 15 minutes and last approximately 45 minutes. There is a limit of 10 participants per group and it is recommended for ages eight and older. The first Saturday in November gives visitors of the Castle the rare opportunity to meet

individuals from Washington County’s past. This takes place after the museum closes. The Castle also offers a “Day at the Castle tour”. During this event, participants tour the museum, cook like a pioneer, create an old time craft and learn the pastimes of long ago. This is a hands on event that teaches how food was obtained, prepared, preserved and cooked in the nineteenth century. Participants help fix a rustic stew, cornbread and applesauce cake. Groups have a chance to choose from craft activities of leatherwork, fans, handkerchief dolls and yarn dolls. This event also includes indoor and outdoor games from the Victorian era. This tour lasts four hours and is available September through April beginning at 10 a.m. There is a minimum of 16 members per group and a maximum of 50. Admission fees are $6 for both adults and children. The Castle also provides a variety of events for Christmas. These events include a gingerbread house workshop, Christmas tea and tour and a Solstice watch. The gingerbread house workshop takes place in November. Adults and kids, ages eight and up, will be aided in making a gingerbread house of their own. Materials and instructions are

provided. On the first Saturday of December, the Castle offers a Christmas Tea & Tour program. Friends and family can enjoy Victorian Christmas sweets. This event also offers a tour of the Castle decked out in a variety of Christmas decorations. The Castle provides a free Solstice watch that usually takes place Dec 24 at 4 p.m. This event is a great way to watch the solstice sunset. This takes place at Sacra Via Park, located between 3rd and 2nd Street. There will be maps available and a brief commentary provided by Castle archaeologist, Wes Clarke. If you are looking for a family friendly event in the Mid Ohio Valley, The Castle of Marietta is a great option.

The Castle is open Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (60+), $4 for students ages five to 17, and under 5 is free. Group rates for 10 or more visitors is $6 per person. For more information on the Castle of Marietta or to book a tour, visit or call 740-373-4180.

The Best of the MOV  

The WVU Parkersburg Chronicle's Fall 2017 theme issue. Explore all of the wonderful places and activities the Mid-Ohio Valley has to offer.

The Best of the MOV  

The WVU Parkersburg Chronicle's Fall 2017 theme issue. Explore all of the wonderful places and activities the Mid-Ohio Valley has to offer.