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Hit the links, Play a round The Maumee Bay area’s many golf courses offer a wide range of skill levels and price ranges to appeal to any hacker. Bayview Retiree’s Golf Association, 3900 N. Summit St., Toledo. 419-726-8081. Twelve holes. Par 34. Snack bar available. Chippewa Golf Club & Pro Shop, 23550 W. SR 579, Curtice. 419-836-8111, or www.chippewagolfonline.com. Eighteen holes. Par 71. Pro shop, club k rental and snack bar/restaurant available.
or 1-800-282-7275. Eighteen holes. Par 72. Pro shop, club rental, driving range, restaurant/snack bar available. Oak Harbor Golf Club, 10433 CR 17, Oak Harbor. 419898-1493 or www.oakharborgolfclub.com. Eighteen holes. Par 72. Club rental, driving range, restaurant, snack bar available. Ottawa Park Golf Course, 2315 Walden Pond Dr. (off Bancroft), Toledo. 419-472-2059 or www.ottawaparkgc. com. Eighteen holes. Par 71. Pro shop shop, club rental and resta a restaurant/snack bar a available. C Crosswinds Golf C Club, 8205 Fremont Pi i (US 20), three Pike m miles east of I-75 in Pe e Perrysburg Township. 41 1 419-872-4653. Eighteen holes. Pa a 70. Pro shop, drivPar ing g range, restaurant/ sn n snack bar available.
Collins Park Golf Course, 624 Reineck Dr., Toledo, 419-693-1991. Nine holes. Par 36. Pro shop, club rental and restaurant/snack bar available. Detwiler Golf Course, 4001 N. Summit St., Toledo. 419726-9353 or www.detwilerparkgc.com. Eighteen r shop, ro holes. Par 71. Pro ing range and restaurant/snack bar club rental, driving available.
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Eagle’s Landing, 5530 Bay Shore Rd., Oregon. 419-6974653 or www.eagleslandinggolfclub.net. Eighteen holes. Par 72. Pro shop, club rental, driving range and restaurant/snack bar available. Hidden Hills Golf Club, 4900 CR 16, Woodville. 419849-3693 or www.hiddenhillsgolf.net. Eighteen holes. Par 71. Pro shop, club rental, restaurant/snack bar available.
Su u Sugar Creek Golf Co o Course & Driving Ra a Range, 950 Elmore Eas s Rd., Elmore. 419East 862 2 862-2551 or www. sug g sugarcreekelmore.com. Eighteen holes. Par 70. Driving range, sna a bar available. snack Syc c Sycamore Hills Golf Cou u Course, 3728 W. Hayes Ave. . Fremont. 800-336Ave., 5716 6 or www.sycamore-
hillsgolf com hillsgolf.com. Twenty-seven holes. Par 70. Pro shop, club rental, driving range, snack bar available.
TangleWood Golf Course, 9802 Dowling Rd., Perrysburg. 419-833-1725 or www.tanglewoodgolfclub. net. Eighteen holes. Par 27. Pro shop, club rental, restaurant/snack bar.
Maumee Bay State Park Golf Course, 1750 State Park Rd. #2, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon. 419-836-9009 Explore Fall 2017
Fall is perfect time for scenic drives and colorful trails By Art Weber Press Contributing Writer If it hasn’t already happened, there’s a day coming very soon that will scream of fall. It’ll be a day when the sky is a rich clean blue – a northern sky, a gift from a land of mountain lakes and boreal forest. The smell of the first leaves falling is a hint in the air while the sound of the first smattering of crackle-dry leaves – probably cottonwood – is underfoot. That’s the first real day of fall. It triggers a primeval urgency to fill the pantry, split and stack the firewood and make ready for the winter that will surely follow. It also inspires an urgency to travel – to fill as much of the fall as you can, savoring the colors, the scenery, those very special days – the very best days of the year. The Maumee Bay Region is one of the best places to taste a variety of Great egrets gather in numbers in fall before fleeing winter weather, as many species do in our fall experiences. Lakeshores, river- region in fall. Touring for fall colors also provides wildlife viewing opportun ities, as well as banks, hardwood forests, meadows, prairies, marshes, islands, farm fields, experiencing small town businesses and restaurants. This scene is Weirs Rapids Access along the corn mazes, pumpkin patches, pro- Maumee River off SR 65 near Grand Rapids. (Photo by Art Weber) duce stands, hayrides, festivals, and miles and miles and miles of trails for branches. color presence, especially along woodeveryone. Smart scientists have figured out land edges where they can festoon the Pick a place, set a course and enjoy trunks of tall trees. the ride as much as the destination. The the science of fall color, but there are so Those that can be counted on to joy will not only be in the scenery out- many variables that are yet to be undershow off yellows include beech, birch, side your window and along the trails, stood. That makes predicting fall color hickory, black locust, tulip poplar, black but in combining your outing with fun an educated guessing game, much like S o , walnut, cottonwood, sycamore, and stops, along with food and dining – long-range weather forecasting. basswood. Ash, where it hasn’t been stops at roadside stands, area orchards, the symphony of color starts at different eliminated by the emerald ash borer, is pumpkin patches, and, of course, cafés times in different habitats and climates. also a yellow tree in fall. and restaurants are part of the joy. Don’t The change might go at a different pace, and each location shows off different It’s not just about color, it’s about miss the donuts, either. timing. If it’s great color you seek, look for colors depending on timing and the speFloodplain trees like buckeye, cotmore than just leaves on trees. This is cies of trees. Those that turn red include red oak, tonwoods, and sycamore tend to change the time of meadow and prairie flowers early, usually by the end of September that are showing off purples, yellows, white oak, pin oak, shingle oak, black or earlier. Also early are edge species reds, and whites. In the marshes, cattails cherry, dogwood and sumac. According to Ohio’s Division of forlike sassafras, along with poison ivy and and grasses are turning golden, too. Fall estry, some trees reflect more than one Virginia creeper. is everywhere you look. Maples come next, usually by Remember, fall isn’t just a day or a color. Those that could be included in mid-October. Last but not least, our oak week, or even a month – it’s a sympho- a group of mixed colors – red, yellow, forests look great in late October. And ny that starts with dashes of color and maybe varying shades of orange, purple wherever they’re found, our beech trees grows incrementally before exploding and dark russets – are buckeye, red maare always among the last to turn and in a glorious climax before the glow ple, sweetgum, sassafras, and sugar mathe younger trees, especially, hold on to fades, and, finally, is extinguished. But ple. You can also throw Virginia creeptheir leaves and often still look colorful even then, there are hangers on, places er and poison ivy into this group. Even that are more than dead grasses and bare though they are vines, they are a real fall Continued on page 5
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For a driving tour keep heading east to SR 53 and take the loop around Catawba Island. For a wonderful extension on the way off Catawba, head east on SR 163 toward Marblehead, with a stop at the town’s art galleries and on to the famed Marblehead Lighthouse framed in fall color. The Sandusky River is just one of many scenic wate Keep going rways that around the horn, cut across northwest Ohio on the way to Lake Erie , shown as locals call it, here near Frem ont pass ing a Bla ck Swamp Conservancyon Bay Shore protected parcel. (Photo by Art Weber) Road past Bay Pointe and a stop at Black Swamp Conservancy’s Meadowbrook Marsh and enjoy sights along SR 2, cutting off at SR 6 for a stop its huge stand of American lotus. Remember, at Marblehead it’s an at Blue Heron Reserve, a facility of the easy hop by car ferry to Kelleys Sandusky County Park District. Stop Island – make sure you know and enjoy any one or all three nature the ferry schedule, which is re- trails that total three miles. When you’re done, consider headduced from the summer peak. ing down SR 105 along the Portage River Take your car or go without and all the way to Bowling Green. It’s a great rent a golf cart for a tour. After you stop to look around fall road that takes you past Schedel the small village, make sure Arboretum and Gardens in Elmore and you head to the north shore and other wonderful small towns You really can’t go wrong heading check the features there, rangout on rural roads, stopping at small ing from the state park and its embedded nature preserves at towns for eclectic dining and shopping. For more ideas, check online for the the alvar and North Pond, to the Glacial Grooves, and over to the Lake Erie Circle Route and the Lake Erie scenic Long Point, which is pri- Birding Trail. So much to see and enjoy, and Many of our waterways are lined with floodplain forest, vate but you can enjoy wonderthis best season of the year goes so fall. in yellows by dominated and beautiful ful shore views along the way as are which fast. Grand between far as Camp Patmos. River Maumee the in Rapids Wolf is Shown Cross Sandusky Bay and Rapids and Providence Metropark. (Photo by Art Weber)
through November. All this means that lakeshore and river shorelines are the place to start, along with meadows and prairies for their wildflowers. Woodland edges are often colorful at the same time. A trip along any of our rivers is always pleasant, stopping at parks and Metroparks to enjoy the view. The Maumee River, starting on the north shore along SR 65, pausing in Grand Rapids to perhaps enjoy a meal on the deck at LaRoe’s, and on to the SR 108 bridge. Cross and follow SR 424 through Napoleon to Defiance, being sure to stop at Independence Dam State Park. One of the most underrated stops is at Weirs Rapids Access off SR 65 midway between Perrysburg and Grand Rapids. It’s worth it. Marshes are wonderful stops both for more color and for abundant wildlife, especially with fall migration underway. Maumee Bay State Park, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and neighboring Magee Marsh are must-stops.
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ODNR offers wealth of info for anglers, hunters class. Older fish from years prior to 2012 will provide the potential for trophy yellow perch. Black Bass The best fishing for smallmouth bass will continue to be in areas with good bottom structure, which is the available habitat across much of the entire Ohio nearshore and islands. Continuing the trend from previous years, largemouth bass fishing should be excellent in 2017. This fishery continues to produce exceptional catch rates and some large fish in nearshore areas and harbors across Ohio’s Lake Erie. The daily bag limit for bass is five, with a 14-inch minimum length limit.
Ohio’s archery season runs through February 4th Great walleye hatches from 2014 and 2015 are contributing to exceptional fishing opportunities in Lake Erie. Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota system that involves Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Each jurisdiction regulates its catches to comply with quotas and minimize the risk of over-fishing these species. Quotas for the upcoming fishing season are determined through consensus agreement by these jurisdictions through the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. As a result of the 2017 quota allocation, the daily bag limit is six walleye through Feb. 28, 2018. From March 1, 2018, through April 30, 2018, the daily walleye bag limit will be four. A 15-inch minimum size limit is in effect during the entire season for walleye. The yellow perch daily bag limit is 30 through April 30, 2018, with no minimum size limit. Lake Erie anglers can find walleye and yellow perch bag limit information at ODNR offices, in special publications at bait and tackle shops and at wildohio.gov. Walleye Ohio walleye anglers are catching fish mostly from the 2015, 2014 and 2013 hatches, with some fish from Page 6
the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 year classes. Additional fish from 2007 and 2003 will also be harvested by anglers. Walleye from the 2014 hatch will range from 16-19 inches, while walleye from the 2013 hatch will be between 17-22 inches. Fish from the 2003 and 2007 hatches are likely to carry most of the Central Basin fisheries, and a good number of these walleye will be over the 26-inch range. Large walleye from strong hatch in 2003 will continue to provide “Fish Ohio” opportunities (greater than 28 inches), with this year class nearing the size that may give Ohio a new state record walleye. Additionally, in 2017, anglers should see a number of smaller (less than 15 inches) fish from the excellent 2015 hatch. Anglers are reminded of the 15-inch minimum size limit and encouraged to release these fish with as little handling as possible so they can contribute to the fisheries in future years. Yellow Perch Perch anglers in the west will primarily catch perch from 2013, 2014 and 2015, providing a good range of sizes. The largest perch in the Western Basin will come from 2012 and older-year classes. Central Basin anglers should expect to find average numbers of yellow perch, with most fish coming from the 2012-year class and to a lesser extent, the 2014-year
Steelhead Most Lake Erie anglers troll for steelhead in deep waters using spoons with divers or downriggers until fish move close to shore in the fall. The daily bag limit is two fish per angler between Sept. 1 and May 15, 2018. A 12-inch minimum size limit is in effect throughout the year. White Bass White bass continue to provide excellent seasonal fishing opportunities in the Maumee and Sandusky rivers and in the open lake. The 2017 continues to be dominated by fish from the 2012 and 2010 year classes. Fish from older-year classes could be as large as 16 inches. There is no white bass daily bag limit or size limit. Other Species Bays, harbors and main lake shorelines offer excellent fishing for panfish, as well as occasional northern pike and muskellunge in vegetated areas. Stay updated Anglers are reminded that fishing conditions on Lake Erie can change hourly, and adjustments are often necessary to improve success. Anglers should take into account factors such as water temperature, cloud cover, water clarity, boat traffic, wave action, structure, currents and the amount of baitfish in the area. Anglers are also reminded to carefully monitor Lake Erie weather and to seek safe harbor before storms approach. Continued on page 7
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Updated Lake Erie fishing reports are available at wildohio.gov or by calling 888-HOOKFISH (888466-5347). Information is available from ODNR Division of Wildlife staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Fairport Harbor station (440-3524199) for the Central Basin and at Sandusky Station (419-625-8062) for the Western Basin. Info on the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie research and management programs, fisheries resources, fishing reports, and maps and links to other Lake Erie web resources are available at wildohio.gov. For additional information on lodging, charter boat services and local launch ramps, contact one of the following lakeshore visitors’ bureaus: • Sandusky County Visitors Bureau - 800-255-8070 www.sanduskycounty.org • Ottawa County Visitors Bureau - 800-441-1271, www.shoresandislands.com • Greater Toledo Convention and Visitors Bureau - 800-243-4667,
dotoledo.org • Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism - 800-BUCKEYE, discoverohio.com. Information on the Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie research and management programs, fisheries resources, open lake and steelhead fishing reports, as well as maps and links to other Lake Erie web resources are available at wildohio.com. Choose the “Fishing” icon from the Division’s home page, and then select “Lake Erie Fishing” from the list at the bottom of the page. Fall hunting season Ohio hunters are invited to enjoy early waterfowl seasons for Canada goose and teal that began Sept. 2, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters should check regulations for changes to rules, season dates and bag limits as the 2017 fall seasons begin. A summary of Ohio’s hunting and trapping regulations is available where licenses are sold, at ODNR Division of Wildlife offices and at wil-
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dohio.gov. This year, squirrel, dove, rail, snipe and gallinule seasons opened the 2017 fall hunting season. Doves may be hunted sunrise to sunset, except for areas posted otherwise, from Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 5. The daily bag limit is 15 doves, with a possession limit of 45 after the second day. Ohio’s popular archery season for deer begins Sept. 30, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The statewide bag limit is six deer, and only one deer may be antlered regardless of location or method of take. Deer bag limits are determined by county, and hunters cannot exceed a county bag limit. Additional details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2017-2018 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet. The ODNR Division of Wildlife is responsible for protecting and managing Ohio’s fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of all Ohioans. Learn more at ohiodnr.gov
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Toledo Zoo to present “Luminous Nights” Toledo Zoo is doing its part to bring light to the world with part with the debut of a new autumn event, Luminous Nights. The fall festival of lights, featuring illuminated hand-crafted Chinese lanterns in the shapes of animals and botanicals, runs from Sept. 29-Oct. 29 on both sides of the number-one zoo in the nation. Each lantern is hand-crafted by Chinese artisans and is made of a welded metal frame, artistically and painstakingly covered with pieces of
silky cloth and illuminated with LED lights to reveal intricate flowers, birds, butterflies and more. Individual lanterns can be upwards of 19 feet tall and approximately 50 feet long. In the Chinese culture, lanterns are symbolic of illuminating the future and the reunion of family. Lantern vignettes sponsored by Taylor Automotive Family & Ohio Council of Community Schools. In addition to the lanterns, the Zoo will also have several on-grounds events including an outdoor movie night, community scarecrow building
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showcase, pie-eating contests, family pumpkin carving nights, woodcarving demonstrations, games, crafts and much more. All events are included with Luminous Nights’ admission and more information can be found at toledozoo.org/luminousnights. The Zoo has also moved its annual beer tasting, Zoo Brew, to be a part of Luminous Nights on Friday, Oct. 6. Guests must be 21 or over with valid ID to enter. Separate fee applies. More information is available at toledozoo.org/zoo-brew. To keep the wild spirit aglow, Expedition Africa Aerial Adventure Course presented by Mercy Health will have extended hours on weekends throughout Luminous Nights. The Sky Bridge and Zipline will be open Friday-Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Visit toleodzoo.org/aac for registration, pricing, restrictions and more. The cost for Toledo Zoo members is $14 for adults and $11 for seniors and children. The cost for non-members is $17 for adults and $14 for seniors and children. Admission gate hours are 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The park will stay open for one hour after admission gates close to allow guests to complete their visit. Holiday happenings
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Tony Packos Café On Oct. 19 and 20, the Zoo will present “Little Boo at the Zoo” – Halloween fun for preschool pirates and princesses without the fright. Toddlers and pre-school aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to trick or treat throughout the Zoo (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and enjoy crafts and games sized just for them. On Oct. 21 and 22, the Zoo’s Pumpkin Path offers costumed trickor-treating for all ages, games, artistic pumpkin-carving demonstrations, bounce houses and magic shows sure to please all ghosts and goblins. The Zoo’s annual Lights Before Christmas holiday display will run Nov. 17 through Dec. 31 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve night and Christmas). Lights Before Christmas – a holiday tradition for many area families – features over one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images. Visitors will also enjoy ice carvings, caroling and much more. The Zoo, located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo, is open daily at 10 a.m. For more info, visit toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge on non-holiday Mondays from 10 a.m. - noon. Valid ID showing proof of residency is required.
Toledo Museum of Art
Visitors to the Toledo Museum of Art will find one of the finest and most diverse collections of artwork in the country. Discover treasures ranging from ancient Egyptian pieces to contemporary art, including glass, sculpture, European and American paintExplore Fall 2017
ing, African and Asian art, graphic arts and decorative arts. Other highlights include the Sculpture Garden outside and the a r - chitecturally renowned Glass Pavilion, located across Monroe Street. Current and upcoming Museum exhibitions include: “Kara Walker, Harper’s Pictoral History of the Civil War” (Annotated), through Oct. 22; “The Berliner Painter and His World” through Oct. 1; “Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists,” through March 18, 2018 and “Drawn from Classicism: Modern Artists’ Books, through Dec. 10. Visit the website for descriptions and more info. 2445 Monroe St., Toledo 419-255-8000 or 800-6446862, toledomuseum.org
Imagination Station – Toledo’s hands-on science museum – promises to immerse visitors of every age in a multi-sensory experience that’s as fun as it is educational. Defy gravity riding the High Wire Cycle 20 feet above the atrium; or visit the Learning Worlds designed to focus on a specific science genre – Energy Factory, Mind Zone, Water Works, Little Kidspace, and more. A number of special exhibits and events are planned throughout the year. On May 27, Imagination Station opened its newest temporary exhibition, “Dinosaurs Around the World. produced by Imagine Exhibitions. Visitors of all ages are invited to become globe-trotting explorers and discover the amazing diversity of prehistoric monsters during the Age of the Dinosaurs. One Discovery Way, Toledo 419-244-2674, imaginationstationtoledo.org
Garden of Wonders: Stone Sculptures of Zimbabwe,” Sept. 1-Oct. 29 and Heralding the Holidays (Dec. 1-2), a seasonal celebration showcasing the numerous resident artistic guilds. 5403 Elmer Dr. Toledo 419-536-5566, toledogarden.org
Tony Packo’s Café
Tony Packo’s is world-famous not only for its Hungarian-style hot dogs, but also for the hot dog buns, which have been signed by movie stars, other celebrities and U.S. Presidents. Packo’s was also frequently mentioned by Toledo’s Jamie Farr on the TV series M*A*S*H*. In addition to the flagship eatery, Packo’s has a location across from Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens. 1902 Front St., Toledo 800-366-4218, tonypackos.com
The Toledo Walleye, an ECHL hockey league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, play from October until early April at the 8,000-seat Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. Special promotions for the upcoming season include Marvel Superhero Night on Nov. 4; Star Wars Night on Dec. 9; Winterfest Dec. 27-Jan. 20; Harry Potter Night on Jan. 6; Hockey Heritage Weekend Feb. 23-24 and Zombie Night March 10. The Walleye have been among the top finishers in the ECHL the past several seasons and playoff contenders. Many of their competitors have learned to “Fear the Fish” – especially when they are playing on home ice. A team jersey, hat and merchandise shop is located inside Huntington Center, which is also home to a number of concerts, shows and special events throughout the year. For a complete schedule, tickets Continued on page 10
Toledo Botanical Garden
Toledo Botanical Garden – which once consisted of 20 acres donated by George P. Crosby to the City of Toledo – now encompasses more than 60 acres of tranquility which serve as a living museum for plants. The Garden is currently a public/private partnership between Metroparks and the non-profit Toledo Botanical Garden Board, Inc. in collaboration with the City of Toledo. Notable gardens include shade, perennial, English border, aquatic, herb, rose, dahlia and grass, among others. Special events include “A
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Experience and discover what life was like along the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876. Visitors can experience what canal life was like aboard The Volunteer, a reproduction of a mule-drawn canal boat. Other highlights include a visit to Isaac Ludwig Mill, Scenic Providence Dam and Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th-century limestone locks. For fall boat and mill hours, visit metroparkstoledo.com/ features-and-rentals/canal-experience/. Providence Metropark, Old US 24 at SR 578, Grand Rapids 419-407-9741, MetroparksToledo.com
Corn Maze at the Butterfly House or more info about the Walleye, call 419-725-WALL or visit toledowalleye. com or huntingtoncentertoledo.com.
ARCA/ Toledo Speedway
ARCA/Toledo Speedway features ARCA-sanctioned, late-model stock car and Sportsman, factory stocks and various other racing into the early fall at 5639 Benore Rd. off the I-75/ Alexis Road exit in Toledo. The speedway features a halfmile, semi-banked oval and quarter-mile figure eight in the middle. Events include the sportsman, figure-8, street stocks, winged sprint cars and 4-cylinder racing, special Kids Nights, smashing school bus figure-8 races and more. For more info about speedway events and tickets, call 419-727-1100, or visit toledospeedway.com.
Butterfly House/Corn Maze
See more than 1,000 butterflies from North & South American and Asia in a beautiful indoor garden setting. Open May-Oct. 29. The Corn Maze at The Butterfly House opens for the 2017 season on Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 29 (Friday, Saturday & Sundays only). Guests of all ages will enjoy navigating through a galaxy of fun. There are four different mazes all suitable to different levels of skill. Go through one maze or all four, which can take up to two hours. For those that enjoy a challenge, there are 24 hidden checkpoints in the maze. Group visits welcome. 11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse 419-877-2733, butterfly-house.com
Drift back in time at the Canal
Sundance Kid Drive-In
The drive-in, located across from Pearson Park in Oregon, features two first-run films on two screens spring through fall. The 50’s-style drive-in offers all the nostalgia with the best in state-of-the-art Digital Camera projection and FM stereo sound. 4500 Navarre, Oregon 419-691-9668, greateasterntheatres.com
Fort Meigs State Park
Fort Meigs, a War of 1812 battlefield in Perrysburg, features a reconstructed fort and museum. Under the command of future President William Henry Harrison, Fort Meigs helped defend the Northwest Territory against attacks by the British and the Native Americans during the War of 1812. A replica of America’s largest walled fort, Fort Meigs offers several re-enactments featuring soldiers in period costumes throughout the year, such as Garrison Ghost Walks (Oct. 20-21 & 27-28); World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day (Nov. 4); and Holiday Open House (Dec. 10). The fort is open April through October. Museum is open yearround. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg 800-283-8916, fortmeigs.org
Neptune – Toledo’s first fire pumper. Lovingly restored by Toledo firefighters, the hand-pulled, hand-operated Neptune required a 20-man crew and could deliver about 300 gallons of water per minute. In addition, visitors will see fire gongs, antique fire toys, vintage uniforms and more. 918 Sylvania Ave., Toledo 419-478-3473 (FIRE)
Hollywood Casino Toledo
Penn National Gaming extends the red carpet to Hollywood Casino Toledo, located just off I-75 on the banks of the Maumee River. The casino offers 2,000 slot machine and table game positions, a sports bar, restaurants and an entertainment lounge. 777 Hollywood Blvd., Toledo hollywoodcasinotoledo.com
Built in 1882, the historic Brandville School has been restored and is now part of the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society complex. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Brandville School houses artifacts from Native Americans who lived in the Great Black Swamp area of Northwest Ohio. There is also a military room with artifacts from all the major conflicts in which the United States has been involved, dating from 1812 to the present. A Civil War musket, Col. Samuel Sturgis’ officer braid, WWI trench art, War of 1812 scout Peter Navarre’s handgun and a WWII gun sight are among the nearly 500 articles on display. A reproduction carriage house contains a replica of a late 1800s local general store as well as vignettes of a barber shop, doctor’s office, and a Victorian parlor and bedroom. There is also a restored one-room portable school, completely furnished with items used in a late 1800’s
Toledo Firefighters Museum
The Toledo Firefighters Museum brings to life over 150 years of firefighting history and tells the tale of the heroes of the Toledo Fire Division. Located in the “Old Number 18 Fire House,” the display includes many large pieces of vintage fire837 fighting equipment, including an 1837
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Harbor View Historical Society school room. An extensive library and family genealogy records are also available in the complex. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays (excluding holidays) March–December. Call to arrange tours for groups of four or more. No charge; donations accepted. 1133 Grasser St., Oregon 419-693-7052, ojhs.org
Harbor View Historical Society & Museum
Located in the historical neighborhood of Harbor View in Oregon, the Harbor View Historical Society & Museum continues to attract visitors from across the country. The Historical Complex, in the former Harbor View Missionary Baptist Church, offers a glimpse of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. Due to popular interest, the cannons from the 2003 movie, “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World” starring Russell Crowe, have been continued for another season. The British Long Gun and the American Carronade on display are from the movie and allow visitors to get a close-up view of the weapons used at the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. Open Tuesdays 5-8 p.m. throughout the year. April 1-Oct. 1, the museum is open Saturdays 1-5 p.m. Open Halloween night. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Harbor View Historical Society, Inc. 2083 Autokee St, Oregon 419-691-1517, HVHS.email@example.com
The Town Hall looms over the village of Genoa, the bell tower visible for blocks. Originally built as the Genoa Opera Hall, it was constructed in 1883 and housed its first performance Page 12
in 1886. The building immediately became the hub of activity in the village and council meetings are still held there. Built in the Gothic revival style, the structure features eight ornamental chimneys, and a hand-carved sandstone mask of Dionysius, the Greek God of theater, which rests over the main entrance. The Town Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, houses the mayor’s office and the village council chambers on the first floor. The second floor is used by Genoa’s Civic Theater. Genoa Privy, built to serve as Genoa’s first school, is believed to be the only brick outhouse on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Genoa genoaohio.org
The Elmore Historical Society purchased 1860s Elmore Depot in 1981, along with 2.5 acres of land. The society undertook an extensive renovation, and the building now houses memorabilia from Elmore’s past. In 1983, society members dismantled, relocated and rebuilt the 1940s Heckman log house, adding an elaborate flagstone fireplace and porch, and furnishing it with artifacts from its era. Depot Park, Elmore 419-260-1282, elmorehistoricalsociety.com
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens
The Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore, Ohio is a haven for experiencing peace and tranquility in a beautiful garden estate setting. Features of the gardens include some 15,000 annual flowering plants, themed gardens including roses, perennials, tropicals irises and peonies. Other features are a Japanese garden complete with waterfall, pools, lanterns, bridges and pagodas. There is also a world class bonsai exhibit containing more than 100 specimens. The McAlear Gallery, located in the Brown Welcome Center, is home to annual exhibits of the works of various artists from the region and around the globe. Many special events and educational programs are offered throughout the year; info is available on the website. In addition, there is a gift shop housed in the 1880’s manor house on the grounds. Group tours of the grounds and mansion are available by appointment. Regular hours through October, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday- Sunday 12-4 p.m. Closed Mondays.
19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore 419-862-3182, schedel-gardens.org
Woodville Historical Museum, operated by the Woodville Historical Society, features materials and artifacts documenting the rich history of the small village located on the banks of the Portage River about 20 miles east of Toledo on U.S. 20. Museum visitors can learn about the 1900s oil boom, Native Americans in the Woodville area, lime plants, early schools, the Lake Shore Electric rail system that once traveled between Toledo and Cleveland and more. Open March through mid-December, Wednesdays and Fridays 2 -4 p.m.; June through August, Wednesdays 6 – 8 p.m. and by appointment. 107 E. Main St., Woodville 419-849-2349
Pemberville’s historic Pember-Furry House and One-Room School takes visitors back in time to the 19th century. Believed to be the community’s oldest existing building, the Furry House was built by village founder James Pember, and eventually was home to long-time residents Jacob H. Furry and his daughter, Minnie. Featuring unique architectural details and authentic period furnishings, the house sits adjacent to the One Room School, where Pemberville’s youth learned “readin’ and writin’” at the turn of the century. Admission is free; open by appointment from spring through fall. 324 E. Front St., Pemberville 419-287-3274 While in town, check out the restored railroad depot (circa 1881) at 215 Hickory St., with railroad and Pemberville memorabilia on display. Open May through October by appointment (419-287-4114) and during community events.
Wood Co. Historical Center & Museum
Step back into time at The Wood County Historical Center and Museum. More than 30 rooms cover historical elements from the native people of Northwest Ohio, the Black Swamp, Oil and Gas Boom, various clothing and decorating styles, and trends in medicine, politics and government. See the new exhibit, “Over There! Send the Word, the Wood County Boys are Comin’,” which illustrates WWI’s global significance, giving special attention to its impact on Wood County. Continued on page 13 Explore Fall 2017
Family Fun Continued from page 12 Other exhibits include “Social Welfare in Wood County,” “A Clean Bill of Health: Societal Response to Communicable Disease” inside the Pestilence House, “Chasing the White Rabbit: An Historical Look at American Mental Illness” inside the Lunatic Asylum, and “The Ice House.” The center also offers a variety of special programs and events throughout the year, including a series of Victorian teas, Halloween Folklore & Funfest (Oct. 14) and Old Home Holiday Tours (Dec. 2-16). Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 1-4 p.m. (except holidays). 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green 419-352-0967, woodcountyhistory.org
North Coast Vets Museum
The North Coast Veterans Museum opened in 2004 as a tribute to those who have served in the uniformed service of the United States, especially those who have lost their lives in combat or training. Dramatic and colorful military dis-
plays include weapons, uniforms, pictures, memorabilia, military accessories, tents and first aid from the Civil War to present. The park also includes a Veterans’ Memorial and a Public Safety Services Memorial dedicated Sept. 11, 2016. The memorial features a 36-foot, 7,000-pound antenna that sat atop the North Tower of the World Trade Center; black granite meditation seats and a One World Trade Center Sculpture. The pentagonal design is in honor of the U.S. Pentagon, and the design on the floor represent the Pennsylvania countryside and Flight 93. (Learn more at gibsonburgohio.org) Williams Park, 411 North Main St., Gibsonburg 419-332-5912
Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Original White House gates lead the way to the nation’s first presidential center and museum, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. The facility, built on 25 acres of President Hayes’ beloved “Spiegel Grove” estate, celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016. It houses the presidential library, the president’s home, museum and burial site. The exhibit galleries house nearly
2,051 artifacts on permanent display, including exhibits devoted to President Hayes’s military service, his political roles and details of his personal life. Through Oct. 8, 2017, the center will feature “Presidential Pop Culture: The Art of Influencing Perception,” which gives insight into how popular culture shaped and influenced the public perception of presidential hopefuls – winners and losers. This light-hearted exhibit includes cartoons, toys, memorabilia and clips from movies, music and TV. Birds flourishing next to oil rigs, the moon and earthquakes are among the inspiration for art quilts featured in a special exhibit, “Quilt National” open through Oct. 15. It features 20 contemporary art quilts that were entered in the 2015 Quilt National competition, a biennial juried competition of the contemporary art quilt, which takes place at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. Other Hayes highlights include Second Saturdays R4Kids educational series, the Hayes Train Special model train display (Nov. 24-Jan. 7, 2018), Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove during the holidays and more. Corner of Hayes and Buckland Avenues, Fremont Continued on page 14
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Since 1951, Fremont Speedway has been the center of dirt racing in Ohio. The 2017 season will continue to provide the entertainment that has lead Fremont Speedway to be known around the world as “The Track That Action Built.” The Speedway hosts exciting open-wheel racing through Oct. 7, including weekly classes that feature 410 and 305 sprint cars as well as dirt trucks and the body-banging action of the 602 late models. For more info and a complete schedule, 419-307-4241 (office), 419-3330478 (track), or visit fremontspeedway.com.
Ottawa County Museum
Housing historical displays about Ottawa County, museum exhibits include Native American, early life and industries, Matthews Boat Company, Ford Tri-Motor, military history, Camp Perry and the “convict ship” Success and more. ADA accessible. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day Tuesday-Thurs-
Connect with the past at Ohio’s largest living-history village located at 22611 SR 2 in Archbold. Enjoy guided tours, period craftsmen, hands-on activities like arts and crafts and several annual events including Apple Week (Sept. 19-23), Fall on the Farm & Scout Day (Oct. 14), Annual Woodcarvers’ Show & Sale (Oct. 29-30) and Holiday Lantern Tours ber. late November into early December. Other amenities include a restaurant, inn, campground, bakery and on-site shopping. 800-590-9755, saudervillage.org
Metroparks of the Toledo Area Metroparks of the Toledo Area preserves many of Lucas County’s most unique natural areas, from the Oak Openings to the Lake Erie coastal zone. • Pearson Metropark, located at 761 Lallendorf Rd., Oregon, is one of the last remaining stands of the Great Black Swamp, a notorious forest that once blanketed much of Northwest
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Sauder Village Ohio. The thick woods and location close to Lake Erie make Pearson a favorite stopover for a wide variety of migrating birds. Open 7 a.m. until dark every day; extended hours for winter recreation. Located in Pearson North, the Johlin Cabin offers a glimpse into homesteading in the 1860s in the Great Black Swamp. Metroparks of the Toledo Area 419-407-9700, metroparkstoledo.com • Maumee Bay State Park at Cedar Point and North Curtice roads along the Oregon-Jerusalem Township border offers 1,336 acres of not only
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Family Fun Continued from page 14 the finest of recreational facilities in the Midwest, but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie. The park features a two-mile elevated boardwalk plus an observation tower amidst swamplands, marsh, scenic meadows and woods that are teeming with wildlife and birds. Visitors will also enjoy lakeshore and inland beaches, a marina and an Arthur Hills-designed golf course and more. The Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center offers lodge room and cottage accommodations designed with comfort and convenience in mind. 419-836-1466, maumeebaystateparklodge.org. • The Wood County Park District oversees several park facilities in the county, including Cedar Creeks Preserve, a 42-acre tract located east of Walbridge where Woodville Road (SR 51) crosses Walbridge Road. The park is an excellent example of the former Black Swamp that once covered a large portion of Northwest Ohio and includes hiking trails, a footbridge, picnic tables, restrooms and an information kiosk. 419-353-1897, woodcountyparkdistrict.org • The Sandusky County Park District operates 10 facilities, including the 93-acre Wolf Creek Park, 160-acre Blue Huron Reserve, the Mull Covered Bridge, the 310-acre Creek Bend Farm and others. White Star Park, located south of Gibsonburg on SR 300, has a quarry up to 40 feet deep that is used by scuba divers throughout the region as well as for non-power boating and fishing; a beach and a campground located across from the park’s main entrance. 419-334-4495, 1-888-200-5577, lovemyparks.com • East Harbor State Park, 1169 N. Buck Rd off SR 269 in Marblehead, on the shores of Lake Erie. The park has unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, including boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the abundance of waterfowl, shorebirds and other species of wildlife found in the park’s scenic wetlands. 419-734-4424, 1-866-664-6727, eastharborstatepark.org • Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, 110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead. one of Lake Erie’s best known and most-photographed landmarks, the lighthouse is one of Ohio’s newest state parks. The grounds surrounding the lighthouse offer excellent views of Lake Explore Fall 2017
Erie, Sandusky Bay, Kelleys Island and South Bass Island. The park is open year-round. 419-734-4424 ext. 2, parks.ohiodnr.gov/marbleheadlighthouse
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Genoa, features a grotto constructed of “tufa,” fossilized vegetation found in the “blue hole” at Castilia, Ohio, and a ground-level statue of a praying Saint Bernadette Souberious looking admiringly at Our Lady. The grounds also include a small altar, an adjoining bell tower of tufa, arches and outdoor Stations of the Cross in hand-carved Italian bronze. 204 S. Main St., Genoa, 419-855-8501 Our Lady of Toledo Shrine Our Lady of Toledo Shrine is a place of prayer, quiet reflection and healing. All faiths are welcome. The garden and well are open during daylight hours. 655 S. Coy Rd., Oregon 419-697-7742, ourladyoftoledoshrine.com Holy Rosary Cathedral Holy Rosary Cathedral, the primary church of Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo, is Spanish Plateresque in design – the only one of its kind in North America. Thousands have been inspired by the graceful beauty of its piers and arches, by the richly decorated nave ceiling with scenes from the Old Testament, the half-domed apse embellished by frescoes in the Keim process, and by one of its most striking gems, the Rose Window, which sparkles and radiates in the changing light of the eastern sun. 2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo 419-244-9575, rosarycathedral.org Sorrowful Mother Shrine The Sorrowful Mother Shrine features 120 acres of wooded splendor, plus grottos, the Sorrowful Mother Chapel, Pieta Outdoor Chapel, plus the Stations of the Cross. Founded in 1850, the original shrine is the oldest place of pilgrimage dedicated to the Blessed Mother in the Midwest and east of the Mississippi River in the United States. Cafeteria and gift shop available. 4106 SR 269, Bellevue 419-483-3435, sorrowfulmothershrine.org
rides, entertaining and educational animal shows, pig races and more. A gift shop, picnic facilities, a snack bar and café and grill are also available. Visitors can see some of the park’s newborns and their mothers including bison, fallow deer and elk. Among others. Open through Dec. 3 (subject to change). Open daily rain or shine. 267 S. Lightner Rd., Port Clinton 800-521-2660, africansafariwildlifepark.com
Located in the former U.S. Post Office, the Merry-Go-Round Museum celebrates the history of carousels, the carvers who made the intricate horses and other animals, and enthusiasts who enjoy them. The stone structure, which has a half-rotunda at the front and is listed with the National Register of Historic Places, features a restored 1939 Allen Herschell carousel that offers rides to visitors. A new exhibition, “Carousels: A True American Art Form” opened in March. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, hours are Monday- Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Off-season hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. 301 Jackson St., Sandusky 419-626-6111, merrygoroundmuseum.org
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Lauded as “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” Cedar Point features 17 coasters including its newest, Valravn – the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster. Cedar Point offers fun and excitement for all with more than 150 rides and attractions. Families with young
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Family Fun Continued from page 15 children will delight in the three kids’ areas, including Planet Snoopy. Guests will also enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and musical shows, such as the nighttime spectacular, Luminosity. Convenient accommodations are available just steps away from the park, including the iconic Hotel Breakers and the newly renovated Cedar Point’s Express Hotel. Other options include waterfront cottages, an all-suites hotel and an indoor waterpark. Open daily through Labor Day and weekends for HalloWeekends Sept. 15 through Oct. 29. HalloWeekends combine coaster thrills with spooky chills and monstrous fun for little ones. It’s a family-friendly daytime event, but beware of ghouls and terror emerging when darkness falls. 1 Cedar Pont Dr. (off US 6), Sandusky 41-627-2350, cedarpoint.com
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
A multi-attraction, family entertainment center, featured on The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been,” and Forbes’ “Top 10 Haunted Attractions” lists, Ghostly Manor features a scary haunted house; Ohio’s fastest virtual motion theater; a one-of-a-kind interactive 3D black light miniature golf journey; a skating rink; black light miniature golf; a skating rink and, for those 12 and younger, bounce houses and an indoor play area. Open yearround. Call for hours. 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky 419-626-4467, ghostlymanor.com
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Kalahari Resort offers yearround fun in its indoor waterpark, which features a 12,000 square-foot wave pool, the Swahili Swirl bowl raft ride, zip coaster uphill water rollercoaster waterslide, and Lazy River and more. Kalahari’s outdoor waterpark (open Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting), features activity pools, hot tubs, sand volleyball courts and more. The Safari Outdoor Adventure Park, also open Memorial Day through Labor Day, boasts a thrilling zip line tour, ropes course, climbing walls and more. 7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky 877-KALAHARI(525.2427), KalahariResorts.com/oh
Visitors to Seneca Caverns – “The Caviest Cave” – can walk natural stone steps and pathways through “The Earth Crack” and view the Ole Mist’ry River. Shop Hollowrock Gifts for crystals, nature books and other gifts. Call for hours. 15248 E. TR 178, Bellevue 419-483-6711, senecacavernsohio.com
Keeper’s House The oldest surviving home in Ottawa County offers visitors the chance to experience the history of lighthouse keepers. The 1822 home was the residence of the first three keepers of the oldest continually operated lighthouse on the Great Lakes. 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead 419-798-9339, thekeepershouse.org
An all-suites, full-service, indoor waterpark resort with family-friendly amenities that include rides and slides for kids of all ages, a spacious outdoor pool, arcade MagiQuest Live-action adventure, a performing Great Clock Tower, Scooops Kid Spa and more. 4600 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky 800-641-WOLF (9653), greatwolf.com/ sandusky
Johnson’s Island Confederate Officers Prison Cemetery The historic cemetery is the final resting place of more than 200 of the 9,000 Confederate soldiers once imprisoned here. Open year-round, daily dawn-dusk. Gaydos Road, Marblehead johnsonsisland.org
Sawmill Creek Resort
Visitors have been flocking to the village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island for nearly 150 years. Hundreds of thousands travel here annually to enjoy family-friendly activities, outdoor recreation and a large variety of special events. Many start their visit with a narrated tram tour. Others choose to explore on their own, renting a golf cart, scooter or bike. Families will find plenty to keep the
Located minutes from Cedar Point and Lake Erie Islands, Sawmill Creek features 235 lakeside acres, Tom Fazio championship golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, hot air ballooning, ziplining, four restaurants and bars, nature preserve trails and more. 400 Sawmill Creek Dr., Huron/Sandusky 419-433-3800, sawmillcreek.com Page 16
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Seneca Caverns kids entertained including a butterfly butterfly house, miniature golf, gem mining, cave tours, arcades, a carousel and go-kart racing. 419-285-2832, visitputinbay.com Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial The memorial was established to honor those who fought in the battle of Lake Erie in during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Britain, Canada and the United States. The park is open while the memorial undergoes maintenance. The observation deck is not available for tours in 2017. 419-285-2184, nps.gov/pevi Heineman’s Winery The oldest family-owned and operated winery in Ohio, Heineman’s was founded in 1888 by Gustav Heineman, an immigrant from Baden-Baden, Germany. Visit the tasting room and wine garden, sample award-winning wines and tour Crystal Cave, the world’s largest Celestine geode. Hours vary. 978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay 419-285-2811, heinemanswinery.com
Ohio’s largest island, Kelleys Island is an outdoor enthusiast’s delight. Known for its amazing views, hiking trails, coastline and quarries. Getting around is easy with a variety of golf cart and bicycle rental companies. Marinas welcome visiting boaters, and ferries offer both passenger and vehicle transportation from the mainland. Abundant waterfowl can be seen, making this a popular spot for birding enthusiasts, and each year in September, thousands of monarch butterflies. The downtown district offers shopping and entertainment. Visit the island winery to sample wines or enjoy a meal or an ice cream cone or admire the architecture of the homes, which Continued on page 17 Explore Fall 2017
Family Fun Continued from page 15 have landed the entire island on the National Register of Historic Places. 419-746-2360, kelleysislandchamber.com Glacial Grooves State Memorial The world’s largest accessible glacial grooves, embedded with fossils that are 350-400 million years old, are located on the north side of Kelleys Island, and can be viewed from a walkway and stairs. Open year-round during daylight hours. 739 Division Street, Kelleys Island ohiohistory.org
High-speed passenger ferries from downtown Kelleys Island and Put-inBay from Port Clinton and Sandusky. Ferry service between Cedar Point, Putin-Bay and Kelleys Island also available. Boats offer comfortable, stylish passenger cabins and open-air sundecks.
Late-night service, group discounts and family-friendly children’s rates available. Service available through October, weather permitting. 3 N. Monroe St., Port Clinton,101 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky 800-245-1538, jet-express.com
Ferries offer passenger and vehicle transportation to Put-in-Bay or Midn dle Bass Island from Port Clinton (Catawba). Ferries operate year-d round, weather permitting. Limited free parking available. ADA accessi-ble. 5174 E. Water St. (SR 53 North), Port Clinton 800-500-2421, millerferry.com
Postmark Collectors Museum and Research Center. Several special events are held throughout the year including Storybook Halloween (Oct. 7), Candlelight Tours (Dec. 9 & 16) and more. Tours offered June-August, Tuesday–Sunday and Sundays in September. 5001 SR 4, Bellevue 419-483-4949, lymevillage.org
Historic Lyme Village
The past comes alive in the 16 buildings in this 19th-century village. Tours include an 1880s Victorian mansion, an 1836 farm home, log homes, a general store, a oneroom school and more. The village is also home to the Schug Hardware Museum and the National
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From the popular Luckey Fall Festival in September, to the 39th Oak Harbor Apple Festival and the 13th annual Tombstone Derby in Elmore in October, to the kick off of the annual Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo in November, there are plenty of “autumn adventures” to explore in the Maumee Bay Region. Halloween Happenings • Through Oct. 31: Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, 7133 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Hayrides, corn mazes, giant pumpkins, craft barn, Snack Shack and more. 419-836-7613, fleitzpumpkinfarm.com. • HalloWeekends, Cedar Point, One Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky. Weekends Sept. 15-17 through Oct. 27-29. Coaster thrills combine with spooky chills and monstrous fun for the little ones. It’s a family-friendly daytime event, but beware of ghouls and terror emerging at night. (Please note: Cedar Point is closed Mon-Thurs.) 419-6260830, www.cedarpoint.com. • Corn Maze at the Butterfly House, 11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse, Sept. 16-Oct. 29 (Fri.-Sun). 419-877-2733, www.wheelerfarms.com/corn-maze. • Sept. 20-Nov. 3: Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Corn Maze & Panic in the Pines, Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa. 419-4611298, www.countrylanetreefarm.com. • Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park, 1333 Tiffin St., Fremont, 419332-7380, Visit www.thehauntedhydro.com for schedule and info. • Lake Eerie Fearfest, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3310 Milan Rd., Sandusky (weekends Sept. 29-Oct. 29 and Halloween). 419-626-4467, www. lakeeeriefearfest.com. • Fall Color Cruises, Sandpiper Boat, Jefferson Avenue Dock, Toledo, weekends in October, and Halloween Boo Cruises (check dates). 419-537-1212, www.sandpiperboat.com. • Revelations Haunted Attraction, Lucas County Rec Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee. An indoor complex that will have visitors sweating bullets. Visit rrevelationsha.com for schedule. • Oct. 19-20: Little Boo at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of other Halloween fun that’s just for them. 419-385Page 18
Fleitz Pumpkin Farm 4040, toledozoo.org. • Oct. 20-21, 27-28: Garrison Ghostwalks, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg, 7-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a “spirited” stroll at the fort with an 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place. fortmeigs.org. • Oct. 21-22: Pumpkin Path, Toledo Zoo Toledo. Kids of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of Halloween fun. 419-3854040 or toledozoo.org. Ongoing events Weekends in Sept.: Tour Ottawa Wildlife Drive, Ottawa Ntl. Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, sunrise-sunset. Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of your car on a seven-mile, one-way gravel route that begins from the overflow parking area.419-898-0014. Weekdays in Sept. & Oct.: Senior Discovery Days presented by Welltower, Inc., Toledo Zoo. Every Tuesday, seniors are treated to free admission, perks and fun activities during the Zoo’s Senior Discovery Days. There are discounts during the rest of the week. toledozoo.org/seniors. Through Oct. 1: “The Berlin Painter and His World,” Toledo Museum of Art Canaday Gallery. This touring exhibition of ancient Athenian vase-painting, organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, focuses on the art and career of the anonymous artist known as the Berlin Painter. toledomuseum.org.
Through Oct. 8: Special exhibit – “Presidential Pop Culture, The Art of Influencing Perception,” Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont. A lighthearted exhibit showcasing the evolution of the American Presidency in pop culture through movies, music, TV, cartoons, toys and memorabilia. rbhayes. org. Through Oct. 15: “Quilt National” on exhibit, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont. Featuring an array of art quilts made for Quilt National, a biennial juried competition dedicated to the promotion of the contemporary art quilt. rbhayes.org. Through Oct. 22: “Kara Walker, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated),” Gallery 18, Toledo Museum of Art. By uniting her contemporary re-imagining of events from an African-American perspective with the historical record, Walker creates a powerful visual statement that challenges the conventional one-sided textbook account of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. toledomuseum.org. Through Oct. 31: 18th Annual Photo Contest Display, Ottawa Ntl. Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor. 419-8980014, fws.gov/refuge/Ottawa. Through March 18, 2018: “Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists,” Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. More than 50 objects showContinued on page 19 Explore Fall 2017
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Sept. 19-23: Apple Week, Sauder Village, Archbold. Celebrate fall with apple cider pressing and other apple-themed activities.. saudervillage. org. Sept. 23: Roche de Boeuf Festival, downtown Waterville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A fun family festival with crafts, food, business and non-profit vendors, carnival rides, a car show, live entertainment and more. watervillechamber. com. Sept. 22-24: Luckey Fall Festival, Basic Park, Luckey, between Krotzer Ave. (SR 582) and Gilbert Road on Adams Street. An old-time fall festival weekend with entertainment, craft and flea markets, antique tractor pulls and displays, apple-butter festival and more. luckeyfallfestival.com. Sept. 24: Spiegel Grove Squires Vintage Baseball Game, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont. 2 p.m. rbhayers.org.
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rby Count Krumnow’s Tombstone De Oct. 7: Gibsonburg Octoberfest, E E. Stone St., Gibsonburg, noon-4 p.m. gibsonburgohio.org. Oct. 14: Northwood Community Cares Fall Festival, Oct. 14, Central Park, Wales & Oram roads. Parade on Woodville Road at 11 a.m. Food trucks, car show, vendors, entertainment, scarecrow contest and more. Oct. 14: Fall on the Farm & Scout Day, Sauder Village, Archbold. Take a step back in time and help prepare the farm for the winter ahead. 800-5909755, saudervillage.org. Oct. 14: Storybook Adventure, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. Visit storybook characters in each building with many activities for children. Children are invited to come in their favorite costume. 419-483-4949, lymevillage.com. Oct. 14-15: 39th Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor. A family-oriented family festival that celebrates apples in all their glorious forms with a Grand Parade, crowning of Apple Royalty, kiddie-tractor pull, talent show, classic car show, 5K Apple run, food, entertainment and more. oakharborohio.net. Oct. 14-15: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. sanduskycountyfair.com. Oct. 15: Music in the Parlor, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 4-5 p.m. rbhayes.org. Oct. 21-22: Fremont Gun Show, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. 419-332-8189. Oct. 28: Count Krumnow’s Tombstone Derby, Depot Park, Elmore, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ghoulishly good food, parade, vendors, contests and motorized casket races. elmoreExplore Fall 2017
N Nov. 4: The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day, Fort Meigs W M Memorial, Perrysburg, Miniature war ga gaming experts help visitors play m more than 16 different war games a and learn about this family friendly h hobby. fortmeigs.org. No Nov. 4-5: Homespun Holiday A t & Craft Show, Great Hall Art at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. toledocraftsmansguild.org. Nov. 11-12: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. sanduskycountyfair.com. Nov. 17-Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. The Toledo Zoo’s holiday tradition is a treat for people of all ages, with millions of lights, animation displays, model trains, and Santa, too. 419-385-4040 or toledozoo.org, Nov 25-26: Christmas in the Village/Festival of Trees, downtown Pemberville. beekersgeneralstore.com. Nov. 24-Jan. 7, 2018: Hayes Train Special, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. Get in the holiday spirit with model trains that run through intricate Victorian Holiday scenes. 800-998-PRES, rbhayes.org.
Dec. 1-2: Heralding the Holidays, Toledo Botanical Garden, Toledo. A unique selection of arts and crafts (pottery, glass, fine art, photography, jewelry and more), all hand-made by local artists. Entertainment, food, children’s activities and more. Free horsedrawn wagon rides Friday night only. toledo-garden.org. Dec. 2: Olde Fashioned Christmas, downtown Oak Harbor. Santa arrives at Adolphus Kraemer Park to light the Village Christmas Tree and kick off the holiday season. Visit him at Portage Fire Station and enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate at the Portage Fire District Fire Station. Shop in Santa’s Secret Shop. oakharborohio.net.
Dec. 2-3: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. sanduskycountyfair.com. Dec. 8, 9, 15 & 16: Walk Thru Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Display, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. Cost: one perishable food item or $1. sanduskycountyfair.com. Dec. 10: Holiday Open House, Fort Meigs Memorial, Perrysburg, 1-4 p.m. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about the war and camp life. Holiday music, hot cider and cookies, and hands-on activities. fortmeigs.org. Dec. 16: Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run & Walk, American Legion, 300 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, 9 a.m. Entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item. 419-6372634, gibonburgohio.org. Dec. 26-31: Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums, Fremont, 1-4 p.m. rbhayes.org. Dec. 27: Taste of Christmas, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. lymevillage. org. Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve, Toledo Zoo. Ring in the new year at the stroke of…noon! Kids and families can start their New Year’s a little early by building party hats and noise makers, choosing a reZOOlution, and gathering for the big countdown at noon. toledozoo.org. Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Walleye Drop, Downtown Port Clinton, 3 p.m.-midnight. Free. Fun and excitement for the whole family. walleyedrop.com. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Six, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. lymevillage.org. For more events, be sure to visit presspublications.com, do-toledo.org, shoresandislands.com or sanduskycounty.org. Submit event information to twalro@ presspublications.com.
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Wine Flight taking off in downtown Elmore By Yaneek Smith Press Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Craft beer, good food and more than 200 wine labels – an establishment offering all this and more is taking flight in downtown Elmore, thanks to Rebekah and Tony Zimmerman, Wine Flight is an ideal fit that adds to the town’s eclectic blend of businesses. The Zimmermans have put a great deal of time and effort into this endeavor, and thus far, business is soaring. Both graduates of The Ohio State University, the couple gained an appreciation for the wine industry while living in Columbus. That, and an entrepreneurial spirit that arose from growing up in families who owned businesses, has helped the Zimmermans get to this point. “We did market research to see what could be (possible). We looked for a building and we researched places from Sylvania to Sandusky and down to Clyde and the small towns in between,” said Tony, a Fremont native. “Elmore was the last place we looked. There was an available liquor permit, a building for sale and no direct competitors. When we moved to Elmore, we had to drive 30-40 minutes for a place like this.” Drop by Wine Flight, located at 332 Rice St., to purchase a bottle of wine or stay awhile and enjoy a drink while admiring the winery’s colorful interior and its patio. The store is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. In addition to the winery’s charming interior and relaxed setting, patrons can take advantage of Rebekah’s extensive knowledge of wine. In fact, she recently obtained her sommelier license – a certification for trained and knowledgeable wine professionals. “I’ve homed in on the (wine) regions, soil types and grapes. The new vintages, the new regions – it makes for a fun experience. I want to make sure I find wines for great prices,” said
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Rebekah, who grew up in Dundee, Michigan. “That comes with research and studying. Going to the grocery store can be very intimidating for people not fluent in wine language. We try to be approachable and relatable.” The Wine Flight staff, which numbers five in addition to the Zimmermans, is also knowledgeable and can answer a variety of questions. Patrons will find Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling from France, Italy and Spain, as well as some varieties that are lesserknown, but worth a try. Wine Flight offers an “experimental aircraft wine flight” or “beer flight”
Brew Brew, Pisanello’s Pizza Pizza, Village Inn Grill Grill, and the Portage Inn. “We have something for everybody,” Tony said. That includes the 35-40 labels of beer the store has, all of which are craft beers. The thinking behind that is the Zimmermans want to support businesses that are similar in scope and size to Wine Flight. There are memberships available, too. The Adventure Seeker Wine Club is $30 per month (plus tax) for two bottles; the Sweet Pilot Wine Club (sweet and dessert wines) for $30 per month (plus tax) for two bottles; and the Mile High Wine Club for $60 per month (plus tax) for two bottles of top-notch wine from premier regions. For more info about Wine Flight, visit www.wineflight.net, call 419-8629086, email email@example.com or check them out on Facebook at www.facebook. com/wineflightohio and Instagram at www.instagram.com/wineflightohio/.
which allows patrons to choose four sample glasses from the bar. And, it’s always enjoyable to have wine with food, whether its hummus ($7), Pilot’s Salsa ($5), The Board (meats, cheese, crackers; $12) or S’mores ($7). Wine Flight also welcomes food from local establishments like Red, White and
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Pearson Metropark Walking, running and biking paths, paddle boats, fishing, children's playgrounds, tennis courts, picnic areas, “Window on Wildlife” Exhibit, and Historic Johlin Cabin. Maumee Bay State Park Beaches, Boardwalk, picnic areas, bike paths, view of Lake Erie and Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, indoor/outdoor pools and play areas, lodge, cabins and restaurant. Home of Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Waterfront Festival every July. Maumee Bay Amphitheatre Performances held on select Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m., June-August. Call 419-836-1466 for the schedule. Maumee Bay Nature Center Open Wednesday- Saturday 10a.m.-5p.m. at Maumee Bay State Park. South Shore Park/Haley Boardwalk Boardwalk on Maumee Bay, fitness trail, picnic area, children's playground along Bayshore Road. Oregon Boat Ramp Launch for small craft and wave runners. Coontz Recreation Complex Baseball, softball, soccer, skate park, children's play area. Host of Ohio Softball Special Olympics September 16, 2017. Brandville School Historical school house open every Thursday from 10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. or call for scheduled tours at 419-693-7052. Oak Shade Grove Host of Oregon “Boom Fest” featuring food, live music and fireworks at dusk. Watch for 2018 dates. Home of the annual German American Festival. 2018 Save the Dates: August 24-26.
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June 28: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Featuring Fostoria Community Band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. rbhayes.org. June 29-July 1: Woodville’s 4th of July Celebration, Trailmarker Park, Woodville. Parade, 5K race, car show, amusements, and fireworks. http:// homes.amplex.net/fourth/index.htm.
July 1: Boom Fest, Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. featuring food, live music and fireworks at dusk. oregonohio.org. July 3: Independence Day Celebration, downtown Oak Harbor. Small-town Independence Day fun beginning at 5 p.m. Food, entertainment, giant inflatables, duck race, kids’ games, a beer garden and fireworks. oakharborohio.net. July 4: Independence Day Concert, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2-3:30 p.m., Free. Featuring music by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band. rbhayes.org.
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Ju d July 1-4: Old-Fashioned 4th of July Weekend,, Sa Sauder Village, Archbold. Sp m Special activities from ha hand-cranked ice cream an old-fashioned games, and pa patriotic songs and more. sa saudervillage.org. Ju July 8-9: 14th Toledo H Harbor Lighthouse W Waterfront Festival, M Maumee Bay State Park, O Oregon. Island music, fo food, boat rides around th lighthouse, nautical the c arts and crafts, children’s activd more. toledoharborlight-ities, and house.org. July 8-9: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. sanduskycountyfair.com. July 9: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo, 7:30 p.m. A Toledo summer tradition. toledozoo.org. July 9: Spiegel Grove Squires Vintage Base Ball Game, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2 p.m. rbhayes.org. July 14-16: Island Fest, Memorial Park, Kelleys Island. Family entertainment, parade, fireworks, crafts and more. kelleysislandchamber.com. July 15: Fiddle Contest & Summer on the Farm, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience life on a farm more than 100 year ago with ice cream-, butter- and rope-making demonstrations and more. 800-590-9755, saudervillage. org. July 10-16: Lucas Co. Fair, Lucas Co. Fairgrounds, 2901 Key St., Maumee. lucascountyfair.com. July 12: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Featuring CB Singers. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. rbhayes.org. July 15: Community Garage Sales, village of Pemberville, pemberville. org. July 16: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo, 7:30 p.m. A Toledo summer tradition. toledozoo.org. July 17-23: Ottawa Co. Fair, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. King and Queen crowning, livestock exhibits, entertainment, demolition derby, tractor pulls, rides, games, food, and more.
Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Festiv al 419-898-1971. ottawacountyfair.org. July 22: Vintage Base Ball Tournament, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cheers from the stands will ring out as the Great Black Swamp Frogs, Spiegel Grove Squires, Sauder Village Windmills and Elkhart County Railroaders compete in a tourney. saudervillage.org. July 21-22: Pizza Palooza, Centennial Terrace, Sylvania. Vote for your favorite pizza restaurant in this annual contest. dotoledo.org. July 22: Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival, sponsored by Partners in Education, International Park (east bank of the Maumee River), Toledo. Benefits toledodragonboat. org. July 23: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo, 7:30 p.m. A Toledo summer tradition. toledozoo.org. July 24: ADA Day, Toledo Zoo, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Ability Center of Greater Toledo will be on hand with information about services available for people with disabilities. 419-8855733, toledozoo.org. July 30: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo, 7:30 p.m. A Toledo summer tradition. toledozoo.org. July 30: Art on the Mall, University of Toledo Centennial Mall, 2801 W. Bancroft, Toledo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual event draws art lovers, families, music fans and summertime browsers. toledoalumni.org. July 26: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Featuring the Rev. Robert Jones and Matt Watroba. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. rbhayes.org. July 31-Aug. 7: Wood Co. Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Continued on page 27 Explore Summer 2017
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Aug. 5-6: Wild About Art, Toledo Zoo, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A unique art show featuring hundreds of pieces in various mediums. toledozoo.org. Aug. 5-6: 34th Annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Antique dolls, original dolls, teddy bears and modern collectibles and accessories, workshops and other activities. saudervillage.org. Aug. 6: Siegel Grove Squires Vintage Base Ball Game, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. 2 p.m. rbhayes.org. Aug. 9: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Music by the Terra Brass Choir. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. rbhayes.org. Aug. 11-12: Maumee Summer Fair, Uptown Maumee, Conant Street. Parade, arts & crafts, entertainment, kids’ area, and more. maumeesummerfair.com. Aug. 14-19: Rug Hooking Week, Sauder Village, Archbold. Rughooking demonstrations, workshops and vendor booths. saudervillage.org. Aug. 16-19: Pemberville Free Fair, downtown Pemberville. Entertainment, contests, arts & crafts, parade, exhibitions and more. pembervillefair.org. Aug. 19-20: Annual Levis Commons Fine Art Fair, the Town Center at
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Levis Commons, Perrysburg. A n juried fair featuring more than 130 artists and artisans offer-ing jewelry, ceramics, paint-ing, glass, photography, fiberr d and more. Free admission and parking. theguild.org. Aug. 17-20: Northwest Ohio Rib-Off, Lucas Co. Fairgrounds, Maumee. Four days of the best national and local BBQ ribbers, national entertainment acts, amusement rides, vendors and more. nworiboff.com. Aug. 17-19: 51st National Tractor-Pulling Championships, Wood Co. n. Fairgrounds, Bowling Green. pulltown.com. hi Aug. 19-20: Revolution on the Ohio Frontier, Fort Meigs, Perrysburg. Revolutionary War soldiers recreate life in early America with battles, weapon demonstrations, and more. fortmeigs.org. Aug. 19-20: 43rd Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival, Consaul Street between Front and Milford in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood. Take a trip to the Old Country and enjoy food, entertainment, crafts and more. birminghamethnicfestival.org. Aug. 22-27: Sandusky Co. Fair. Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. sanduskycountyfair.com. Aug. 23: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Music by the North Coast Big Band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. rbhayes.org. Aug. 26: Barbershop Concert, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; concert at 1 p.m. Featuring the Men of Independence. saudervillage. org. g 25-27: 52nd GermanAug. Ame American Festival, Oak Shade Gro Grove, Oregon. Northwestt Ohi Ohio’s oldest ethnic festivall feat featuring food, music & en-tert d tertainment, contests and mo more. germanamericanfestiva tival.net. Au 26: BUGFest, Toledo Aug. Zoo A day of fun dedicatZoo. ed to the creatures that cre and crawl and float creep an and flutter. 419-38540 4040, toledozoo.org. Au 27: Spiegel Grove Aug. Sq Squires Vintage Base B Ball Game, 2 p.m. H Hayes Presidential L Library & Museums at S Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2 p.m rbhayes.org. p.m.
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Sept. 2-4: 59th Milan Melon Festival, Village Square, Milan, O. milanmelonfestival.org. Sept. 1-4: Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power, Inc. (S.C.R.A.P.) Antique Tractor & Engine Show, White Star Park, SR 300, a mile south of Gibsonburg. Displays of antique tractors, engines, cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm equipment, demonstrations, live entertainment, food, a large flea market and more. s-c-r-a-p-inc.org. Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Senior Discovery Days, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Seniors are treated to free admission, great perks and activities every Tuesday during Senior Discovery Days and exclusive discounts during the rest of the week. 419-385-4040, toledozoo.org. Sept. 8-10: 47th Greek-American Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 N. Superior St., Toledo. A celebration of the Orthodox faith, Greek culture, entertainment, food, pastry and hospitality. toledogreekfest.com. Sept. 8-10: Black Swamp Arts Festival, downtown Bowling Green. More than 100 juried art displays
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Oak Harbor Apple Fest from artists from around the country country, plus food, music, kids’ activities and more. blackswamparts.org. Sept. 9: 21st Annual Grub N` Suds Motorcycle Festival, Depot Park, Elmore. Sponsored by the Elmore Historical Society and A.B.A.T.E of Ohio Region 7, the festival will feature motorcycles, a poker run, live bands, bike games and contests with lots of food and beer. Visit Grub ‘n Suds Motorcycle Rally Elmore, Ohio on Facebook. Sept. 9: Butterfly Festival, Kelleys Island Historical Museum. 11 a.m. kelleysislandchamber.com. Sept. 9-10: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. sanduskycountyfair.com. Sept. 9-10: Pioneer Days, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. Travel back in time as history comes alive. Experience various aspects of life in the 1700s and 1800s. lymevillage.org. Sept. 10: Grandparents Day/Day of Honor, Toledo Zoo. Grandparents are admitted free when they bring their grandchildren to the zoo. The Zoo also offers its annual salute to members of
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our military and first respond-er organizations. toledozoo.. org. c Sept. 11: Gibsonburg Public Safety Service Memoriall Ser Service, Williams Park,, Gib Gibsonburg, Gibsonburg rem remembers 9/11 at the Pu Public Safety Service Me Memorial that was con constructed with the an antenna of the North Wo World Trade Center. Gi Gibsonburgohio.org. Se Sept. 12: Senior Sa Safari, Toledo Zoo. Jo Join the Toledo Zoo an the Area Office on and A Aging of Northwestern O Ohio for a fun day foc ozoo.org. cused on seniors. toledozoo.org. S t Our O Sept. 12-17: Celebrate A Artisans, Sauder Village, Archbol Archbold. Special demonstrations, daily d drawings and more. saudervillage.org. Sept. 16: Harrison Rally Day, downtown Perrysburg. Parade (10 a.m.), merchant and service organization booths, fine arts, food, children’s games and activities, live entertainment and more. visitperrysburg.com. Sept. 16: Fremont Pigeon Show & Shop, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, 8 a.m. Free. 419-483-3484. Sept. 23: Peter Navarre Day, Toledo Botanical Garden, Toledo, 10-4 p.m. Visit the Pioneer Garden to celebrate the life of Peter Navarre, a skilled and courageous Indian Scout during the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. toledogarden.org. Sept. 19-23: Apple Week, Sauder Village, Archbold. Celebrate fall with apple cider pressing and other apple-themed activities. saudervillage. org. Sept. 23: Roche de Boeuf Festival, downtown Waterville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A fun family festival with crafts, food, business and non-profit vendors, carnival rides, a car show, live entertainment and more. watervillechamber. com. Sep 22-24: Luckey Fall Festival, Sept. Ba Basic Park, Luckey, between Kro Krotzer Ave. (SR 582) and Gilbert Ro Road on Adams Street. An old-time fal festival weekend with enterfall tai tainment, craft and flea markets, an antique tractor pulls and displays, ap apple-butter festival and more. lu luckeyfallfestival.com. Se Sept. 24: Spiegel Grove Squires Vi Vintage Baseball Game, Hayes Pr Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont. 2 p.m. rb rbhayers.org.
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Grub ‘n Suds Discovery Days, Toledo Zoo. Seniors are treated to free admission, perks and activities every Tuesday during Senior Discovery Days and special discounts during the rest of the week. 419-385-4040 or toledozoo.org. Oct. 7: Gibsonburg Octoberfest, E. Stone St., Gibsonburg, noon-4 p.m. gibsonburgohio.org. Oct. 14: Northwood Community Cares Fall Festival, Oct. 14, Central Park, Wales & Oram roads. Oct. 14: Fall on the Farm & Scout Day, Sauder Village, Archbold. Take a step back in time and help prepare the farm for the winter ahead. 800590-9755, saudervillage.org. Oct. 14: Storybook Adventure, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. Visit storybook characters in each building with many activities for children. Children are invited to come in their favorite costume. 419-483-4949, lymevillage.com. Oct. 14-15: 39th Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor. A family-oriented family festival that celebrates apples in all their glorious forms with a Grand Parade, crowning of Apple Royalty, kiddie-tractor pull, talent show, classic car show, 5K Apple run, food, entertainment and more. oakharborohio.net. Oct. 14-15: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. sanduskycountyfair.com. Oct. 15: Music in the Parlor, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 4-5 p.m. rbhayes.org. Oct. 19-20: Little Boo at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of other Halloween fun that’s just for them. 419-385-4040, toledozoo.org. Oct. 20-21, 27-28: Garrison Ghostwalks, Fort Meigs State Continued on page 29 Explore Summer 2017
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Memorial, Perrysburg, 7-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a “spirited” stroll at the fort with an 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place. fortmeigs.org. Oct. 21-22: Pumpkin Path, Toledo Zoo Toledo. Kids of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of Halloween fun. 419-3854040 or toledozoo.org. Oct. 21-22: Fremont Gun Show, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. 419-332-8189. Oct. 28: Count Krumnow’s Tombstone Derby, Depot Park, Elmore, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ghoulishly good food, parade, vendors, contests and motorized casket races. elmorehistoricalsociety.com. Oct. 28: Pemberville’s Harvest Gathering & Craft Show, downtown Pemberville 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Three venues – fire hall, opera house and Bethlehem fellowship hall – showcasing crafters, vintage finds, good food and more. pemberville.org. Oct. 28: Jumping Pumpkins, Toledo Zoo, Toledo. Visitors are invited to watch as zoo animals enjoy pumpkins as treats. toledozoo.org. Oct. 28: Explore the Crafts, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. From pottery and spinning to weaving and tinsmithing, explore crafts and make memories. saudervillage.org. Oct. 29: Racers Swap, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. sanduskycountyfair.com. Oct. 28-29: 31st Woodcarver’s Show & Sale & Butchering Day, Sauder Village, Archbold. A special weekend filled with unique artistry and family fun. saudervillage.org.
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Nov. 4: The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day, Fort Meigs Memorial, Perrysburg, Miniature war gaming experts help visitors play more than 16 different war games and learn about this family friendly hobby. fortmeigs.org. Nov. 4-5: Homespun Holiday Art & Craft Show, Great Hall at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., org Toledo. toledocraftsmansguild.org. Nov. 11: 2017 Blade Downtown Holiday Parade, downtown Toledo. Giant helium balloons, marching bands, floats, equestrian units, mascots and of course Santa Claus. dotoledo.org. Nov. 11-12: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. sanduskycountyfair.com. Nov. 17-Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. The Toledo Zoo’s holiday tradition is a treat for people of all ages, with millions of lights, animation displays, model trains, and Santa, too. 419-385-4040 or toledozoo.org, Nov 25-26: Christmas in the Village/Festival of Trees, downtown Pemberville. beekersgeneralstore. com. Nov. 24-Jan. 7, 2018: Hayes Train Special, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. Get in the holiday spirit with model trains that run through intricate Victorian Holiday scenes. 800-998-PRES, rbhayes.org.
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Dec. 1-2: Heralding the Holidays, Toledo Botanical Garden, Toledo. A unique selection of arts and cra crafts (pottery, glass, fine art, ph photography, jewelry and more), all hand-made by local artists. En Entertainment, food, children’s activ tivities. Free horse-drawn wagon rid Friday night only. toledo-garrides de den.org. De Dec. 2: Olde Fashioned Ch Christmas, downtown Oak H Harbor. Santa arrives at Adolphus Kr Kraemer Park to light the Village C Christmas Tree and kick off the ho holiday season. Visit him at P Portage Fire Station and enjoy a co cookie and hot chocolate at the P Portage Fire District Fire Station. S Shop in Santa’s Secret Shop. oakh oakharborohio.net.
Dec 2 Dec. 2-3: 3: Fremont Flea Market Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. sanduskycountyfair.com. Dec. 8, 9, 15 & 16: Walk Thru Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Display, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. Cost: one perishable food item or $1. sanduskycountyfair.com. Dec. 10: Holiday Open House, Fort Meigs Memorial, Perrysburg, 1-4 p.m. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about the war and camp life. Holiday music, hot cider and cookies, and hands-on activities. fortmeigs.org. Dec. 16: Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run & Walk, American Legion, 300 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, 9 a.m. Entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item. 419-6372634, gibonburgohio.org. Dec. 26-31: Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums, Fremont, 1-4 p.m. rbhayes.org. Dec. 27: Taste of Christmas, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. lymevillage. org. Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve, Toledo Zoo. Ring in the new year at the stroke of…noon! Kids and families can start their New Year’s a little early by building party hats and noise makers, choosing a reZOOlution, and gathering for the big countdown at noon. toledozoo.org. Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Walleye Drop, Downtown Port Clinton, 3 p.m.-midnight. Free. Fun and excitement for the whole family. walleyedrop.com. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Six, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. lymevillage.org. For more events, be sure to visit presspublications.com, do-toledo.org, shoresandislands.com or sanduskycounty. Page 29
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Welcome to Oregon
Oregon on the Bay offers visitors access to the shoreline of Lake Erie, Maumee Bay State Park, Pearson Metropark, shopping, dining and lodging. Oregon is conveniently located as a gateway to and from Lake Erie, the Lake Erie Islands, Cedar Point and all of the attractions along the way.
The City of Oregon is a great place to visit, but an even better place to live! Sincerely, Mayor Michael Seferian
Pearson Metropark Walking, running and biking paths, paddle boats, fishing, children's playgrounds, tennis courts, picnic areas, “Window on Wildlife” Exhibit, and Historic Johlin Cabin. Maumee Bay State Park Beaches, Boardwalk, picnic areas, bike paths, view of Lake Erie and Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, indoor/outdoor pools and play areas, lodge, cabins and restaurant. Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Waterfront Festival July 8-9, 2017. Maumee Bay Amphitheatre Performances held on select Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m., June-August. Call 419-836-1466 for the schedule. Maumee Bay Nature Center Open Wednesday- Saturday 10a.m.-5p.m. at Maumee Bay State Park. South Shore Park/Haley Boardwalk Boardwalk on Maumee Bay, fitness trail, picnic area, children's playground along Bayshore Road. Oregon Boat Ramp Launch for small craft and wave runners. Coontz Recreation Complex Baseball, softball, soccer, skate park, children's play area. Host of Ohio Softball Special Olympics September 16, 2017. Brandville School Historical school house open every Thursday from 10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. or call for scheduled tours at 419-693-7052. Oak Shade Grove Host of Oregon “Boom Fest” featuring food, live music and fireworks at dusk Saturday, July 1, 2017. Home of this year’s 51st annual German American Festival held August 25-27, 2017.
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