WHEELING - Oglebay Institute is inviting all guys (and girls, too) to the second annual Men at Play Expo from noon- 4 p.m. Sunday, August 24 outside the Mansion Museum in Oglebay.
This free event includes a variety of demos, workshops and opportunities to explore new hobbies and learn a few new tricks in areas such as archery, fly fishing, outdoor cooking, golf and beer brewing. Vintage race boats and military vehicles will also be on display, and a variety of door prizes and raffles will be offered.
Presented by the Committee of the Museums of Oglebay Institute, Men at Play is designed to be a source of discovery for guys.
Guests at Men at Play can learn about the exciting sport of powerboat racing and get a close-up look at several race boats, including the Jade Dragon (green) and the Roman Candle (red), pictured here at the Detroit Regatta earlier this summer. The two boats are easily capable of more than 100 mph. In this picture, they are driven by local residents Chris Cox (Jade Dragon) and Chris Gardill (Roman Candle).
Cabela’s outfitters will present several workshops and demos at Men at Play including archery, outdoor cooking, fly fishing and more. Pictured left to right are: Ben Pockl (Bow Tech), Sarita Kubancik (Camping Outfitter) and Bill Haberfield (Fly Fishing Outfitter)
"We have a great lineup of activities this year," said Christin Byrum, director of the Museums of Oglebay Institute. "It is a great opportunity to get insider information, tips and advice from experts and enthusiasts on a variety of outdoor activities and recreational pursuits."
Byrum said workshops and demonstrations will be set up in various learning stations surrounding the Mansion Museum, and guests can move from site to site at their own pace, getting an introduction to an array of topics and spending more time in the areas that are most interesting to them.
Although the event is titled Men at Play - and activities planned are often considered male-centric - organizers say the event is family friendly, and people of all ages and genders are encouraged to participate.
Activities, Demos & Workshops Include:
Outdoor Cooking: Learn how to be a better camp chef with expert Cabela's outfitters. Get instruction on using a smoker, Dutch oven cooking and other tips for cooking outdoors. Instructors will present their favorite gear and gadgets as well as a variety of spices marinades and rubs everything you need to be an outdoor gourmet!
Beer Brewing: Learn how to make great beer in your own home. Members of the Wheeling Area Craft Beer Club will discuss beer styles, home brewing basics, descriptions of equipment and ingredients, and even guide you step-by-step through a demonstration of the brewing process.
Fly Fishing: Presented by expert Cabela's outfitters, this hands-on clinic, designed for beginners, will cover all the basics of fly fishing casting, including overhead techniques and roll casting. All tools and materials will be provided. Clinics take place at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Archery Skills Clinic: From equipment to stance, grip and the shot, learn the basics of archery with expert Cabela's outfitters. This clinic is perfect for beginners. Equipment will be provided.
Golfing: Karen Waialae, Oglebay Resort's golf pro will provide tips on improving your game. Bring your club with you and get some pointers on putting, driving and chipping.
Vintage Race Boats: Learn about the popular sport of powerboat racing and check-out beautiful wooden hydroplanes owned by local boat racing enthusiasts. Four boats will be on display including the world record-setting Miss DeSoto, the world's fastest boat powered by an automobile engine. Talk to the owners and learn about the famous boat builders as well as the aerodynamics, engineering and physics of boat racing.
Military Vehicles: Explore the history of American machinery in combat and view an impressive lineup of restored military vehicles owned by local collectors, including vehicles from the Vietnam, Korean and World War II eras.
All activities will take place in the outdoor areas surrounding the Mansion Museum in Oglebay. Admission is free. An event check-in is located outside the Mansion Museum, and guests are encouraged to stop by to register for door prizes.
For more information call 304-242-7272 or at www.OIonline.com.