Planes, bikes and automobiles featured

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l With all of the car shows in the Mahoning Valley, there are a lot of places to see wheels.

Wings? Not so much.

SLOAS Airfield in Howland will feature both on Sunday for its fifth Wings-n-Wheels event.

“It keeps getting bigger and bigger,” said Bill Griffin, founder of the event and the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum. “Last year we had 750 classic hot rod cars, and we’re hoping to do more than that this year.”

Motorcycles also are featured, and more than 150 aircraft were on site over the course of the day last year, he said. This year’s event is emphasizing biplanes, and several World War II aircrafts will be displayed.

Plane owners will be coming in from several states for the show, Griffin said, and the presence of the planes also is a lure for the car owners.

“The car guys think airplanes are cool and the airplane guys think cars are cool,” he said.

The festivities will include the induction ceremony for the latest members of the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum Hall of Fame.

“We try to think of people who, for their entire life, aviation has been a part of their life,” Griffin said. “It’s not for the guy who flew in the military and then never flew again.”

For one of this year’s honorees, her aviation life was cut short last month. Maplewood High School graduate Bethany Root, 34, was a passenger in a World War II-era P-51 Mustang that crashed after it had performed at the airport she managed in Kansas.

She will be honored with a missing man formation flyover around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The other inductees are Claude Mook, George Antonell and Charles “Bud” Griffin.

Mook (and his late wife) took flying lessons from Ernie Hall, the namesake of the museum, and Mook donated the plane that once belonged to Hall the museum currently is restoring, Griffin said. Antonell is a mechanic who has worked on the planes of many local pilots and has been flying his entire career.

Bud Griffin, who is Bill’s uncle, is another inductee for whom flying was a lifelong passion, and he has owned and built several planes.

“Like my dad, airplanes have been in his blood his entire life,” Griffin said.

Wings-n-Wheels runs 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Proceeds will benefit the museum, the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County and Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.

l 24-Hour Theatre has a new home.

The event, which had been staged for more than a decade at Trumbull New Theatre in Niles, moves to Top Hat Productions’ home at the Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Youngstown.

Auditions start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and those who want to be cast should come with a one-minute prepared monologue. After the auditions, the writing-directing teams will draft their cast, and the writers will stay up all night creating a 10- to 15-minute play for the performers. The directors and actors will arrive Saturday morning and begin the process of learning lines, blocking, gathering props and costumes and getting their shows ready to perform for an audience at 8 p.m. Saturday.

There is a $5 fee to participate, and admission is $5 for those who want to watch the finished plays.

For more information, contact Ben Gavitt at 234-254-1135 or

l Polka fans who watch “Mollie B’s Polka Party” on RFD-TV can catch its host in person when Mollie B and SqueezeBox perform Saturday at the Avon Oaks Ballroom in Girard.

In addition to hosting the show that runs twice weekly on the cable network, Mollie Busta has appeared on 35 albums, is a regular in Branson and has won awards from the International Polka Association, the United States Polka Association and the Polka America Corporation.

Alternating sets with SqueezeBox between 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday will be Youngstown’s Grammy nominated polka king Del Sinchak.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at