WHEELING – Holidays are back at the Stifel Fine Arts Center and the Oglebay Institute.
Guests were greeted and decorated with trees, Christmas crafts – and some scaffolding outside – like the annual “Festival of trees” The celebration and fundraiser kicked off Thursday at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.
The public has the opportunity to purchase Christmas trees and items supplied and decorated by local artisans, and after purchase, these will be delivered to their homes by Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration.
The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, until November 19.
Coinciding with the Festival of Trees is the start of the “Holiday art exhibition and sale”, which takes place at both the mansion and the Schrader Center in Oglebay Park. The event has grown to over 60 vendors, requiring two locations, explained Misty Klug, director of marketing and communications for the Oglebay Institute.
Once the Festival of Trees is over, the art exhibition will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, until December 23.
“We have transformed our facilities into an art market for the holidays” she explained.
Items available include pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, textiles, home decor, and food. What is happening outside the Stifel Center marks the start of a $ 4.4 million capital improvement program established by the Oglebay Institute, OI President Danielle McCracken said.
The most immediate need within OI properties was a new roof for the Stifel Mansion, and that is the biggest expense, she said.
âThe past year has been very difficult and we have felt the effects of COVID on our special eventsâ, McCraken said. âFortunately, the community has remained very generous to the Oglebay Institute.
âPeople were generous in making sure the programs could continue. “
The fundraising campaign was launched in July with a goal of $ 4.4 million, according to McCracken. She said the first $ 2.2 million raised will go towards roof replacement, some Towngate Theater upgrades and others. “Immediate needs” on OI properties.
The remaining $ 2 million would be placed in an endowment fund to meet future repair needs. So far, $ 1.2 million has been raised, McCracken said.
Two vacation-themed events are taking place on November 13 at the Stifel Mansion.
âChildren’s breakfast among the treesâ events are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 9.45 a.m., 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. $ 15 per person. The event is free for children 3 and under, but there is a fee for older children.
For adults, the Jenny Wilson Trio will also perform at 8 p.m. on November 13 at the Mansion in a Jazz Among the Trees event.
To register or obtain tickets for either event, call the Oglebay Institute offices at 304-242-7700.