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Advertisers’ Index African Safari Wildlife Park…......…11 Amos Motor & R.V………...….......27 Archbold Chamber of Commerce..…9 Explore the mysteries of the deep at the Toledo Zoo’s newly renovated Aquarium. (Photo by Andi Norman/ Toledo Zoo)

Bench Farms/The Grainary…..…..…7 Blackberry Corner Tavern…......…..27 Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe….....9 DG’s Soft Serve & Fast Food…....….7 Dining Guide………………......…....2 Gladieux “Do It Best” Home Ctr.......25 Hayes Presidential Center…........…..5 Historic Lyme Village………......….31 Joe’s Pizza & Kitchen……….....….27 Lake Erie Shores & Islands….......….5 Maumee Bay General Store….........27 Maumee Bay Lodge & Conf. Ctr........5 Meinke Marina…………......……...25 Oregon, City of………......………..32 Our Lady of Toledo Shrine.…........…7 Sauder Village…………..........….…9­­ Seneca Caverns………......……….31 Thompson’s Nautical Gift Shoppe.....7 Toledo Lighthouse Festival..............25

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Family Fun Spots Things to do and see

Toledo Museum of Art

Visitors are invited to experience one of the finest and most diverse collections of artwork in the country at the Toledo Museum of Art. Discover treasures ranging from ancient Egyptian pieces to contemporary art, including glass, sculpture, European and American painting, African and Asian art, graphic arts and decorative arts. Other highlights include the Sculpture Garden outside and the architecturally renowned Glass Pavilion, located across Monroe Street. Exhibitions include “Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection” through July 5; “The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes” through July 5;; “Play Time” May 26-Sept. 6; “From the Collection: Three Hundred Years of French Landscape Painting” July 17Oct. 11 and “Degas and the Dance–A Focus Exhibition” Oct. 15-Jan. 10, 2016. Visit the website for descriptions and more info. 2445 Monroe St., Toledo 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, www.toledomuseum.org

Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo is recognized as one of the world’s most complete

zoos, and one of the region’s top family destinations. It boasts thousands of mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and invertebrates representing over 750 species, and innovative exhibits also get you up close to many of your favorites. Each year, nearly one million people visit the zoo to experience the wonders of the natural world, stroll the scenic grounds and explore the historic WPA-era buildings. Zoo highlights include the Arctic Encounter, the Africa! exhibit, Nature’s Neighborhood children’s area, the Tembo Trail and the newly renovated Aquarium, which offers a unique opportunity to explore the mysteries of the deep. In late March, the zoo opened the newly renovated Aquarium, which houses 3000+ aquatic animals in 178,000 gallons of water – nearly four times the volume as the previous Aquarium. Although the two and half year renovation preserved the exterior of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era structure, the new Aquarium experience, from sleek sharks to glittering tropical fish, is like nothing seen before in this region. Touch a stingray with your own Continued on page 4


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hands; stand beside a sea turtle as it glides by; interact with a diver inside 90,000-gallon “The Reef “exhibit. 2 Hippo Way, Toledo 419-385-4040, www.toledozoo.org

Imagination Station

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 as you ride 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 including “Guitar – The Instrument That Rocked The World,” an exhibit that explores the science and history behind the instrument that revolutionized music. May 2 through Aug. 9, explore how engineers think up new things, test them and rebuild them to bring us the products we use everyday at “Engineer it!” One Discovery Way, Toledo 419-244-2674, www.imaginationstationtoledo.org

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 the Spring Plant Sale (May 8-10), Crosby Festival of the Arts (June 26-28), sum-

Making a cloud at Imagination Station. (Courtesy of Imagination Station)

From Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, the Toledo Museum of Art will celebrate the art of diversion with “Play Time” which includes exhibits like “Harmonic Motion 3” set up across the museum campus and at selection locations throughout the city. (Photo by Roberto Boccaccino, courtesy Toledo Museum of Art)

Family Fun Spots Things to do and see

mertime jazz concerts, and Heralding the Holidays (Dec. 4-6), a seasonal celebration showcasing the numerous resident artistic guilds. 5403 Elmer Dr. Toledo 419-536-5566, www.toledogarden. org

National Museum of the Great Lakes

Located at the base of the Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge, the 18,500 square foot National Museum of the Great Lakes features artifacts, interactive exhibits and displays that highlight the cultural history and research of the Great Lakes. Experience “The Great Lakes: A Powerful Force” theatre experience and a simulated submersible dive of the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck; Locate the Queen of the Lakes in Lake Ontario; stoke a steam boiler and much more. Toledo’s own role in the history of the Great Lakes is highlighted throughout the museum via a “Toledo Trail” icon, which may be found on nearly 25 artifacts and stories The Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship serves as an extension of the museum experience May through October.

The museum hosts a number of special events and exhibits throughout the year including Kids Fest! July 4 and more. Visit the website for more details. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. 1701 Front St., Toledo www.inlandseas.org

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 firefighting equipment, including an 1837 Neptune – Toledo’s first fire

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pumper. Lovingly restored by Toledo firefighters, the hand-pulled, handoperated Neptune required a 20man 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), www.toledofiremuseum.com

Visitors to Providence Metropark can experience what canal life was like aboard The Volunteer.

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, which opened in May, offers 2,000 slot machine and table game positions, a sports bar, restaurants and an entertainment lounge. 777 Hollywood Blvd., Toledo www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com

Tony Packo’s Café

Tony Packo’s is world-famous not only for its Hungarian-style hot dogs, but also for the 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, www.tonypackos.com

The Butterfly House

See hundreds of live butterflies from North America, Central America and Asia in a beautiful indoor garden setting. Open May 1 through Sept. 30 and weekends in

Family Fun Spots Things to do and see

October. 11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse 419-877-2733, www.butterfly-house.com

Canal Experience

Drift back in time at the Canal 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 60-foot boat replica of the time period. A two-mule team pulls the boat, while the crew handles the ropes and opens and closes the massive gates of the restored lock. See characters in period attire throughout the park. Other highlights include a visit to Isaac Ludwig Mill, The General Store, Scenic Providence Dam and Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks. Shelter rental and boat charters are also available. Providence Metropark, Old US 24 at SR 578, Grand Rapids 419-407-9741, www.MetroparksToledo.com

Brandville School

Built in 1882, the Historic Brandville School has been refurbished and now houses the OregonJerusalem Historical Society. Local history memorabilia and military

artifacts from every major conflict in which the United States has been involved dating back to 1812 to the present are featured. In 1994, Brandville School was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also on the campus is a restored one-room portable school, also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, complete with desks, blackboard, pot-belly stove and other items used in the late 19th century. A carriage house contains a replica of a local general store; the second floor has vignettes of a doctor’s office, barber shop, ophthalmologist office and a living area with a bedroom and a parlor. 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, www.ojhs.org

Harbor View Museum

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with the conclusion of the War in 1815. The exhibit includes two cannons that are replicas of the firepower used at the Battle of Lake Erie and are from the 2003 Movie, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” starring Russell Crowe. Other displays under construction include the Old Naval Armory at Bay View, and the 1894 remnants from the Bayshore/Wynn one-room school house currently under restoration. The Museum is open at no cost to the public Wednesdays 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays 1-5 p.m. Donations appreciated. 2083 Autokee Street, Oregon 419-691-1517, HVHS.inc@gmail.com

Sundance Kid Drive-In

The drive-in, located across from Pearson Park in Oregon, features two first-run films on two screens April through October. 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. Enjoy popcorn, nachos, burgers and more from the concession stand. In addition, the Butch Cassidy Canteen, an outside concession wagon, serves up carnival favorites. 4500 Navarre, Oregon 419-691-9668, www.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

The Schedel Arboretum in Elmore.

Family Fun Spots Things to do and see

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 Drums at the Rapids: Miniature Gaming Conference (May 15-16); First Siege 1813 (May 2425); Memorial Day Commemoration (May 25); Muster on the Maumee (June 20-21); Independence Day 1813 (July 4-5); Life in Early Ohio (Aug. 22-23); Garrison Ghost Walks (Oct. 16-17, 23-24); World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day (Nov. 7); and Holiday Open House (Dec. 13). The fort is open April through October. Museum is open year-round. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg 800-283-8916, www.fortmeigs.org

Historic Genoa

Fort Meigs Memorial State Park

The Town Hall looms over the village of Genoa, its bell tower visible for blocks. Originally built as the Genoa Opera Hall, it was constructed in 1883 and housed its first performance 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 Genoa’s first school, is believed to be the only brick outhouse on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Genoa www.genoaohio.org

Elmore Depot

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. Continued on page 10


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Ory (Depot) Park, Elmore 419-260-1282, www.elmorehs.tripod.com

The Hayes Museum’s First Ladies’ & Red Dress Collection”

Schedel Arboretum

The Schedel Arboretum was home to Joseph and Marie Schedel for more than 50 years before opening to the public in 1991. The arboretum has more than 17 scenic acres that border along the Portage River the Ohio Turnpike, just outside of Elmore. Visitors can enjoy gardens featuring nearly 20,000 annuals, roses, perennials, irises and peonies, including a Japanese garden complete with Torii, waterfall, pools, lanterns, bridges and a pagoda. A number of special exhibits and events are planned throughout the year, including exhibits in the Trellis Gallery, which has become a showcase for local artists. Group tours of the grounds and mansion are available by appointment. A wide variety of special events and programs are offered throughout the year. Visit www.schedel-gardens. org/events/ for a complete listing. Regular hours May-October, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. Closed Mondays. 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore 419-862-3182, www.schedel-gardens.org

Woodville Historical

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. Museum visitors can learn about the 1900s oil boom, Indians 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 December, Wednesdays and Fridays 2 – 4 p.m. Additional hours: June through August, Wednesdays 6 – 8 p.m. and by

appointment. 107 E. Main St., Woodville 419-849-2349

Pemberville highlights

Pemberville’s historic PemberFurry 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; these highlights are 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 County Historical

Discover the story of Wood County’s rich history 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. The center also offers a variety of special programs and events

throughout the year, including a series of Victorian teas, Power of Yesteryear Tractor Show (June 6-7), Halloween Folklore & Funfest (Oct. 17) and Old Home Holiday Tours (Dec. 5-18). Exhibits include “1930s Arts & Crafts-era Decorating Styles,” “I Love the `80s – a Cultural Comparison of the 1880s and the 1980s,” “Wood County Infirmary History,” “Native Indians of Northwest Ohio” and more. Open Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. through Oct. 31. Closed Mondays and holidays, and in November and January. Special extended holiday hours are available Dec. 6-19. 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green 419-352-0967, www.woodcountyhistory.org

North Coast Vets Museum

The Northcoast 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. The dramatic and colorful military displays include weapons, uniforms, pictures, memorabilia, military accessories, tents and first aid from the Civil War to present. Williams Park, 411 North Main St., Gibsonburg 419-332-5912

Hayes Presidential Center

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Green spaces

The Marblehead Lighthouse

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tribute to 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. The facility is built on 25 acres of the President’s beloved “Spiegel Grove” estate and includes his 31room Victorian mansion, museum, library and burial site. The exhibit galleries house nearly 1,800 artifacts on permanent display, including exhibits devoted to President Hayes’s military service, his political roles and details of his personal life. Through Jan. 4, 2016, the center will feature “Dressed for Life: First Ladies’ & Red Dress Collection” featuring more than a half-dozen red dresses worn by First Ladies including Lucy Hayes, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter and Laura Bush, along with celebrity dresses from New York City’s annual “Red Dress Collection.” Other highlights include Second Saturdays R 4 Kids educational series, outdoor Verandah Concerts in the summer, a two-day Civil War Re-enactment (Oct. 3-4), the Hayes Train Special model train display (Nov. 27-Jan. 2, 2016), Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove (Dec. 26-27 and Dec. 29-31) and more. Corner of Hayes and Buckland Avenues, Fremont

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 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, www.metroparkstoledo.com • Maumee Bay State Park at Cedar Point and North Curtice roads along the Oregon-Jerusalem Township border offers a two-mile elevated boardwalk plus an observation tower amidst swamplands, marsh, scenic meadows and woods that are teeming with wildlife and birds. The park features lakeshore and inland beaches, a marina and an Arthur Hillsdesigned golf course and more. The Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center offer lodge room and cottage accommodations designed with comfort and convenience in mind. 419-836-1466, www.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 Ben 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, www.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, www.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 Erie, Sandusky Bay, Kelleys Island and South Bass Island. Tours are offered on summer weekdays after Memorial Day until the Friday before Labor Day and on the second Saturday of the month June through October. A museum, located in the Keeper’s House and operated by the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society, is open whenever the tower is open. 419-734-4424 ext. 2, dnr.state.oh.us/parks

Religious sites

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,

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an adjoining bell tower of tufa, arches and outdoor Stations of the Cross in hand-carved Italian bronze. 204 S. Main St., Genoa, 419-8558501 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 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 halfdomed 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 40 points of interest including grottos, 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 Mary in the Midwest. Cafeteria and gift shop available. 4106 SR 269, Bellevue 419-483-3435, www.sorrowfulmothershrine.org

Sauder Village

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 Spring on the Farm (May 9), Dairy Days (June 16-21), OldFashioned 4th of July celebration,

Take a trip back in time at Sauder Village. Fiddle Contest and Summer on the Farm (July 11), Annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale (Aug. 1-2), Annual Apple Butter Making Week (Sept. 23-26), Fall on the Farm & Scout Day (Oct. 10), Annual Woodcarvers’ Show & Sale (Oct. 24-25) and Holiday Lantern Tours late November into early December. Other amenities include a restaurant, inn, campground, bakery and on-site shopping. 800-590-9755, www.saudervillage.org

Historic Lyme Village

Explore the past as you tour the 16 buildings in this 19th-century village. Tours include an 1880s Victorian mansion, an 1836 farm home, log homes, barns, a one-room school, a general store and more. The village is also home to the Schug Hardware Museum and the National Postmark Collectors Museum and Research Center. A number of special events are held throughout the year including Pioneer Days (Sept. 12-13); Storybook Halloween (Oct. 10) and Christmas of Yesteryear (TBA). Guided tours are offered June through August, Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday 12–4 p.m. and Sundays in September from noon - 4 p.m. 5001 SR 4 (south of SR 113), Bellevue 419-483-4949, lymevillage.com

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. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, hours are Monday- Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon- 5 p.m. Off-season hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. 301 Jackson St., Sandusky 419-626-6111, www.merrygoroundmuseum.org

African Safari Park

Come for a day of fun, education and entertainment at African Safari, home of more than 400 of the world’s most beautiful and exotic animals. For one price, enjoy both drive-thru and walk-thru safaris, plus camel rides, entertaining and educational animal shows, pig races and more. A gift shop, picnic facilities, a snack

Merry-Go-Round Museum

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

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Castaway Bay

Guests at Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay will feel like they have just landed on an island paradise. The indoor waterpark resort features wet and wild fun for the whole family, including a wave pool, water coaster, slides, kiddie water play areas and children’s activities. The resort also offers a state-ofthe-art arcade, restaurants and retail shops. In-season, overnight guests enjoy early entry and ticket discounts for Cedar Point. 2001 Cleveland Rd. (US 6), Sandusky 419-627-2500, www.castawaybay.com

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bar and café and grill are also available. Open through Dec. 6 (subject to change). Open daily rain or shine. 267 S. Lightner Rd., Port Clinton 800-521-2660, www.africansafariwildlifepark.com

Cedar Point

Lauded as “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” Cedar Point boasts 17 coasters, including Millennium Force, voted the numberone steel coaster on the planet. New for 2015 is Rougarou, a floorlessdesign coaster promising to deliver new thrills as it takes riders on an epic journey at speeds reaching 60 mph, with their feet dangling just inches above the track and the murky waters below. All told, the park’s 150 rides and attractions, including three kids’ areas and lively entertainment and musical shows, make it a destination for thrill-seekers and families alike. Convenient accommodations are available just steps away from the park, including the newly-renovated Hotel Breakers. Other options include waterfront cottages, an allsuites hotel and an indoor waterpark. Open daily May 9 through Labor Day and enjoy spooky fun at HalloWeekends Sept. 13 through Nov. 1. 1 Cedar Point Dr. (off US 6), Sandusky 419-627-2350, www.cedarpoint.com

Located adjacent to Cedar Point, the 18-acre waterpark features a wave pool, raft rides, tube slides, inner tube rivers, and more. ChooChoo Lagoon and Tadpole Town offer big fun for little ones. For adults, there’s Bubbles Swim-Up Bar a special area with a hot tub. Soak City guests can also enjoy the sandy Cedar Point Beach on Lake Erie. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. 1 Cedar Point Dr., (off US 6) Sandusky 419-627-2350, www.cedarpoint.com.

Challenge Park

Challenge Park activity complex, located between Cedar Point and Soak City, offers the RipCord Skycoaster, two high-speed go-kart tracks, miniature golf and Skyscraper, a thrilling ride that spins riders in a circular motion 16 stories above the ground at speeds of 55 mph. Admission to Cedar Point or Soak City not required. Each attraction has a separate fee. Open daily May 9-Sept. 7 and weekends through Nov. 1. 1 Cedar Point Dr., (off US 6), Sandusky 419-627-2350, www.cedarpoint.com

land walk-thru. Open year-round. Call for hours. 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky 419-626-4467, ghostlymanor.com

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge is an all-suites, full-service, family destination indoor waterpark resort with familyfriendly 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, Scoops Kid Spa and more. 4600 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky 800-641-WOLF (9653), www.greatwolf.com/sandusky

Sawmill Creek Resort

Located minutes from Cedar Point and Lake Erie Islands, Sawmill Creek features 235 lakeside acres, Tom Fazio championship golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, four restaurants and bars, nature preserve trails and more. 400 Sawmill Creek Dr., Huron/Sandusky 419-433-3800, sawmillcreek.com

Kalahari Resort

Kalahari Resort offers year-round fun in its indoor waterpark, plus outdoor water and adventure parks. The indoor park 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 Continued on page 15

Ghostly Manor

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 Ohio’s fastest virtual roller coaster, interactive 3-D black light miniature golf, a skating rink and bounce houses and an indoor play area (for under age 12). In December, visit the Winter Wonder-

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(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), www. KalahariResorts.com/oh

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Monsoon Lagoon

Monsoon Lagoon waterpark and family entertainment complex features aquatic adventures including waterslides, a lazy river, and Adventure Island Tree House with 17 levels. Miniature golf, bumper boats, grand prix cars and a gaming arcade round out a day of family fun. Open May 23-Sept. 7. Routes 2 & 269 (1530 S. Danbury Rd), Port Clinton 419-732-6671, monsoonlagoonwaterpark.com

Seneca Caverns

Visitors to Seneca Caverns – “The Caviest Cave” – can walk natural stone steps and pathways through “the earth crack” and past the Ole Mist’ry River. Shop Hollowrock Gifts for minerals, nature books and other gifts. Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day; Saturdays and Sundays in May and September through midOctober or by appointment. 15248 E. Twp. Rd. 178 (off SR 269 S), Bellevue 419-483-6711, senecacavernsohio.com

Lakeside Chautauqua

For more than 140 years, Lake-

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side, the Chautauqua on Lake Erie, has welcomed families to the Lake Erie shore to participate in the summer Chautauqua experience dedicated to nurturing mind, body, and spirit. The historic Lakeside community offers spiritual, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities during the summer programming season. Quaint shopping and unique dining complete the experience. Lakeside is a year-round destination that provides rest and renewal experiences for groups of all ages and sizes. 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside 866-952-5374, www.lakesideohio.com

Marblehead

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, www.thekeepershouse.org Johnson’s Island 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 Drive, Marblehead www.johnsonsisland.org

Ferguson Gallery & Studio Visitors to the gallery of internationally recognized glass artist Cary Ferguson can enjoy glass-blowing and cutting demonstrations. Four showrooms are filled with jewelry, accessories, nautical decor, antiques and works of local artists. ADA accessible. Open Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. 5890 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Marblehead 419-734-0600, www.fergusongallery.com.

Put-in-Bay

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 kids entertained including a butterfly house, miniature golf, gem mining, cave tours, arcades, a carousel and go-kart racing. History enthusiasts won’t want to miss Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. 419-285-2832, visitputinbay.com Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial commemorates OliContinued on page 18


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ver Hazard Perry’s victory over the British during the War of 1812, and the lasting peace between the U.S., England and Canada since that time. The memorial, a Doric column, rises the 352 feet over Lake Erie. The visitor’s center features displays, a video theater, ranger talks and interpretive programs. Schedule varies, call or see website for details. 93 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay 419-285-2184, nps.gov/pevi Heineman’s Winery Founded in 1888 by Gustav Heineman, an immigrant from BadenBaden, Germany, Heineman’s Winery offers tours, a tasting room and wine garden with light snacks. Tours include a visit to Crystal Cave, the world’s largest recorded geode, located directly below the winery. Hours vary. 978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay 419-285-2811, www.heinemanswinery.com

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Lake Erie Islands Hist. Museum Displays include more than 65 ship models; the South Bass Island Lighthouse Fresnel lens; and artifacts from the Battle of Lake Erie, island life and the Ford Tri-Motor and great hotel eras. There is a theatre, research library and bookstore. Hours (subject to change) Mid-May, June and September daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July and August 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 25 Town Hall Place, Put-in-Bay 419-285-2804, leihs.org

Kelleys Island

The largest American freshwater island on Lake Erie, Kelleys Island is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Most commonly explored by foot, bike, golf cart and/or kayak, the island has 600 acres of Ohio State Park land, 17 miles of coastline, nature and hiking trails, a fossil-filled quarry, wetlands, and wildflowers. Located in the western basin of Lake Erie, the island’s scenery can be discovered by foot, bike, golf cart, or kayak. Abundant waterfowl can be seen, making this a popular spot for birding enthusiasts, and each year in September, thousands of monarch butterflies. 419-746-2360, www.kelleysislandchamber.com Glacial Grooves The world’s largest accessible gla-

The only daily passenger and automobile transportation to Kelleys Island from Marblehead. During peak season, the ferry departs every half hour and offer late-night service on weekends. A parking fee is collected at the Marblehead dock. Available year-round, weather permitting. 510 W. Main St. (SR 163), Marblehead 419-798-9763, www.kelleysislandferry.com

Jet Express

The Jet Express offers high-speed passenger ferries to downtown Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay from Port Clinton and Sandusky. Boats offer comfortable, stylish passenger cabins and open-air sundecks. Late-night service, group discounts and family-friendly children’s rates available. Service available May through October. 3 N. Monroe St., Port Clinton 800-245-1538, www.jet-express.com

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The monumental painting of the Battle of Cold Harbor, by Gilbert Gaul will be on display during the Toledo Museum of Art’s “The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes,” through July 5th.

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Fairs, festivals, family-events abound the whole year through Through May 31: “Gifts on Paper from the Apollo Society,” Toledo Museum of Art, Gallery 6. Since 1986, TMA’s art acquisition group has purchased dozens of works of art for the Museum’s collection. As The Apollo Society prepares to announce its latest offering, this installation celebrates all ten works on paper given throughout the group’s history. www.toledomuseum.org. Through July 5: “The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes,” Toledo Museum of Art, Galleries 28 & 29 – an exhibition depicting the major events of the American Civil War as seen through the eyes of the artist, including a monumental painting of the Battle of Cold Harbor, by Gilbert Gaul. www.toledomuseum.org. Through July 5: “Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection,” Toledo Museum of Art. The Mazza Museum in Findlay, holds the largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. About 50 works from that collection are on loan to the TMA in this exhibition presented by Marathon Petroleum. Free www.toledomuseum.org. May 22-Sept. 6: “Play Time,” Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo. The exhibit celebrates the art of diver-

sion and engages visitors in multisensory, interactive installations across the 36-acre museum campus and in select locations across the city. May 29-Sept. 6: “Earthly Beauty,” Toledo Museum of Art, Works on Paper Gallery. Featuring 180 works of art assembled from the TMA collection, including dreamy depictions of worldly beauty, both real and imagined, span from the West Indies to North Wales in this exhibition of watercolor paintings and drawings. www.toledomuseum.org. July 17-Oct. 11: “From the Collection: Three Hundred Years of French Landscape Painting,” Toledo Museum of Art, Gallery 18. Drawn entirely from the TMA holdings, the exhibit contains a single, stunning example selected from each of the many styles that define the French tradition of depicting scenes in nature. www.toledomuseum.org. Oct. 15-Jan. 10, 2017: “Degas and the Dance–A Focus Exhibition,” Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery. “Little Dancer of Fourteen Years,” on loan from the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Massachusetts, occupies center stage in this exhibition that revolves around Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (1834–1917), one of France’s leading Impressionists. www.to-

ledomuseum.org. National Center For Nature Photography – Long-term and frequently changing exhibits fill the recently renovated gallery of the National Center for Nature Photography in Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central Ave., Berkey, Ohio. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.Sun. Free. 419-407-9793. Through Dec. 31: “1st Ladies & Red Dress Collection” exhibit, Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes & Buckland, Fremont. Featuring more than a half-dozen red dresses worn by First Ladies, along with celebrity dresses from New York City’s annual Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, which raises awareness about women’s heart health. Includes dresses worn by First Ladies Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Laura Bush and Lucy Hayes, along with Robin Roberts, Heidi Klum and more. 419-3322081, www.rbhayes.org. Sculpture in the Park: Williams Park, SR 300, in the Village of Gibsonburg. Walk among sculptures nestled among the trees, flowers and lake. Admission is free, but the experience is priceless. Sculptures represent many of the most prominent sculptors from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Monday Night Cruise-ins, 6-8 p.m., Frisch’s Big Boy, 2669 Woodville Rd., Northwood. Through Oct. 12, weather permitting. Free registration. 20 percent discount to cruisers. Door prizes. Music with Cruisin’ Zeake. www.curisinzeake. com. Genoa Super Cruise-ins, June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25, Main St., downtown Genoa. Featuring music by Cruisin’ Zeake, food, 50/50 raffles to benefit local charities, and more. Pemberville Cruisin Nights, June 4, July 9 and Aug. 6, Sept. 3, downtown Pemberville.

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Hours are 5 p.m.-midnight Fri. and noon-midnight Sat. Carnival rides, games, food, live music, arts, crafts & hobby show and more.. Saturday has a parade in downtown Walbridge, followed by a car, truck and motorcycle show, antique tractor show, pie auction and more. www.walbridge-fest.com. May 23-24: First Siege 1813, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. U.S. and British soldiers as well as Woodland Indians recreate historic 1813 battles at Fort Meigs. www.fortmeigs. org. May 23-25: Flower Day Weekend, Toledo Farmer’s Market, 525 Market St. (adjacent to the Erie Street Market), Toledo, rain or shine. A Toledo Memorial Day Weekend tradition. Sat. (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) will be traditional market day with a spotlight on local produce, artisans, plants and flowers. 419255-6765 or www.toledofarmersmarket.com. May 25: Memorial Day Commemoration, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. Join the staff and volunteers of Fort Meigs in honoring our nation’s fallen heroes. www. fortmeigs.org. May 29-30: Genoa Homecoming, downtown Genoa. Residents, former residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a parade, carnival rides, musical entertainment, beer tent, 5K run/walk, fireworks and much more. www.genoaohio.org.

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June 7: 17th Annual British Return to Fort Meigs, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. View and vote on your favorite British vehicles, tour the fort, sample food and shop from various vendors. www.lebcc.org. June 5-6: Annual Village-Wide Garage Sale, downtown Oak Harbor, www.oakharborohio.net. June 6-7: Historic Old West End Festival & Home Tours, Toledo’s Historic Old West End, (Robinwood/ Bancroft/Collingwood/Monroe). Home tours, art show, antique car show, entertainment, kids’ activities, garage and antique sales, food court and more. www.toledooldwestend.com. June 10: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. The evening starts with an ice cream social

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The Genoa Homecoming, May 29-30, will include a classic car show. (Maumee Bay Press photo by Ken Grosjean) at 6:45 p.m., Followed by the concert featuring Bridge County Bluegrass Band at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. www.rbhayes.org. June 16-21: Dairy Days, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Guests can help make butter, ice cream, biscuits and watch cream-separating demonstrations. www.saudervillage.org. June 17-21: Holland Strawberry Festival, Community Homecoming Park, 7807 Angola Rd., Holland. Food, crafts, rides, games, parade, contests, entertainment, bingo and more. www.hollandstrawberryfestival.org. June 20: Lakeside Chautauqua Season Opening Day, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside. To open the 142nd Chautauqua summer season at Lakeside, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. will light up the Hoover Auditorium stage with their soulful music at 8:15 p.m. Lakesideohio. com. June 20-21: Plane Fun, Toledo Executive Airport, 28329 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Antique, classic and Warbird aircraft. Breakfast and lunch served. www.eaa582.org. June 20-21: Muster on the Maumee, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. See the evolution of the common soldier from the Roman Legionnaire through the 20th Century. Soldiers, artisans, and civilians give demon-

strations throughout the weekend. Period military camps are open for visiting. Weapon demonstrations take place each day. 800-283-8916 or www.fortmeigs.org. June 21: Father’s Day Celebration & BBQ, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Treat Dad to a fun day with the family. 419-385-4040 or www. toledozoo.org. June 24: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 7 p.m. Featuring the Fostoria Community Band. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. www.rbhayes. org. June 26-28: Marblehead Summerfest 2014, James Park, Main & Francis streets, Marblehead. Free. Carnival rides and games, vendors, bake sale, live entertainment and more. 419-7984177, June 27-28: Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo. Featuring artisans, live entertainment, a selection of edibles, children’s activities, beer and wine available for purchase and more. 419-536-5566 or www.toledogarden.org. June 28: 36th Annual Portage River Festival, downtown Elmore (all day). Entertainment, flea & craft market, contests, food, antique cars, trucks, tractors and Continued on page 21


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two-cycle engines on display and much more. www.elmorehs.tripod. com/419-862-3552.

July

July 2, 3 & 4: 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 3: Independence Day Celebration, downtown Oak Harbor. Small-town Independence Day fun. Gates open at 5 p.m. Food, entertainment, giant inflatables, a corn hole tournament, a duck race, kid’s games, 50/50 drawings, a beer garden and spectacular fireworks. Admission and parking are free. www.oakharborohio.net, 419898-0479. July 4: Red, White & Kaboom Fireworks, Promenade and Festival Parks, Toledo. www.dotoledo.org. July 4: Independence Day Concert, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 2-3:30 p.m., Free and open to the public. Featuring music by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band, along with costumed Civil War re-enactors www.rbhayes.org. July 4-5: Old Fashioned 4th of July, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A day filled with special activities from hand-cranked ice cream and old-

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fashioned games, patriotic songs and more. www.saudervillage.org. July 8: 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. Featuring music by BGSU Jazz Singers. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. www.rbhayes.org. July 10-12: Lagrange Street Polish Festival, Polish Village (Lagrange Street between Central and Mettler), Toledo. Featuring polka bands from across the Midwest, Polish food and delicacies, Polish (Pivo) and American beer, polka dance contest, a pierogi-eating contest, kids’ area, arts & craft vendors from across the region. 419-255-8406, ext. 304 or www.polishfestival.org. July 11: Fiddle Contest & Summer on the Farm, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Experience life on a farm more than 100 year ago with ice cream-, butterand rope-making demonstrations, a spelling bee and more. 800-5909755 or www.saudervillage.org. July 11-12: 12th Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Waterfront Festival, Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd. #2, Oregon. Island music, fireworks, sandcastle-making contest, food, boat rides around the lighthouse, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities, lighthouse photo contest and more. 419-691-3788 or www.toledoharborlighthouse.org. July 14-19: Lucas Co. Fair, Lucas Co. Fairgrounds, 2901 Key St., Maumee. www.lucascountyfair.com July 18: Explore the Crafts, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Try your hand at pottery, woodworking, blacksmithing, tinsmithing and more. www.saudervillage.org. July 20-26: Ottawa Co. Fair, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. King and Queen crowning, livestock exhibits, live entertainment, corn hole tournament, demolition derby, tractor pulls, rides, games, food, and more. www.ottawacountyfair.org/419898-1971. July 20: Dragon Boat Festival, International Park (east bank of the Maumee River), Toledo. Children’s activities, live entertainment, festival food and competitive Hong Kongstyle dragon boat races to benefit Partners in Education. www.partnerstoledo.org. July 18: Community Garage Sales, village of Pemberville. July 20: ADA Day, Toledo Zoo, 2

Hippo Trail, Toledo, 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. Info: 419-8855733. July 22: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Featuring music by The Voices of Harmony. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. www. rbhayes.org. July 25: GroveFest, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes & Buckland, Fremont, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Croquet play, entertainment, car show, fundraising auction and more. www.rbhayes.org. July 26: Art on the Mall, University of Toledo, Centennial Mall, 2801 W. Bancroft, Toledo. The annual event draws art lovers, families, music fans and summertime browsers. www.toledoalumni.org.

August

Aug. 1-2: 32nd 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. www.saudervillage.org. Aug. 3-10: Wood Co. Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Featuring agricultural displays, entertainment, food, demonstrations and more. www.woodcounty-fair.com. Aug. 5: 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 Matthew Ball – the Boogie Woogie Kid. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. www.rbhayes. org. Aug. 7: Rock `N Roar, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. The summer’s hottest dance party for the 21-and-over crowd, featuring live bands and a DJ. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org. Aug. 9: Peter Navarre Day, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo, 11-4 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. Light refreshment, Kids’ activities, re-enactments and more. www.toledogarden.org. Continued on page 22


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Aug. 12-15: Pemberville Free Fair, downtown Pemberville, O. Entertainment, contests, arts & crafts, parade, exhibitions and more. www.pembervillefair.org. Aug. 12-15: Rug Hooking Exhibit, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Rug hooking demonstrations, workshops and vendor booths. www.saudervillage.org. Aug. 16: 41st 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. www.birminghamethnicfestival.org. Aug. 19: 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 North Coast Big Band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. www.rbhayes.org. Aug. 22: Barbershop Sing, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring the Alliance Chorus of Columbus. www.saudervillage.org. Aug. 22-25: Life in Early Ohio, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, Watch “lost” historic skills including blacksmithing, coopering and tinsmithing are just a few historic skills. www.fortmeigs.org. Aug. 25-30: Sandusky Co. Fair. Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. www. sanduskycountyfair.com. Aug. 28-30: German-American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Northwest Ohio’s oldest ethnic festival featuring non-stop music & entertainment. Shop at the Import Haus, dance or watch the stone-throwing contest. Enjoy traditional and modern German music, GermanAmerican foods and baked goods, continuous entertainment, a children’s Hummel look-alike contest, live glockenspiel, soccer games, free parking, children’s rides, Volkswagen raffle. http://www.gafsociety.org. Aug. 29: BUGFest, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Visit Nature’s

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Neighborhood, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., for a day of fun dedicated to the creatures that creep and crawl and float and flutter. 419-385-4040 or www. toledozoo.org.

September

Sept. 5-7: 27th Annual 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. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: 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 great discounts during the rest of the week. 419385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org. Sept. 11-13: 45th GreekAmerican Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 N. Superior St., Toledo. A celebration of the Orthodox faith, Greek culture, entertainment, food, pastry and hospitality. www.toledogreekfest.com. Sept. 11-13: Black Swamp Arts Festival, downtown Bowling Green. More than 100 juried art displays from artists from around the country, plus food, music, kids’ activities and more. www.blackswamparts. org. Sept. 5: Grub N` Suds Motorcycle Festival, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Depot Park, Elmore. Sponsored by the Elmore Historical Society and A.B.A.T.E of Ohio Region 7, the festival will feature more than 1,000 motorcycles, a poker run, live bands, bike games and contests with lots of food and beer. www.elmorehs.tripod.com. Sept. 12: Harrison Rally Days, downtown Perrysburg. Parade (10 a.m.), merchant and service organization booths, fine arts, food, children’s games and activities, live entertainment and more. www.visitperrysburg.com. Sept. 12-13 Pioneer Days, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue. Travel back in time as history comes alive. Experience various aspects of life in the 1700s and 1800s. www. lymevillage.org. Sept. 13: Grandparents Day/Day of Honor, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Grandparents are admitted free when they bring their grandchildren to the zoo. Also an annual salute to members of our military and

first responder organizations. www. toledozoo.org. Sept. 15: Annual Brewery Festival: Milan Brew Haha, Milan Historical Museum, 10 N. Edison Dr., Milan, O. Tastings, appetizers, raffles, merchandise, and music. milanhistory.org. Sept. 15: Senior Safari, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Join the Toledo Zoo and the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio for a fun day focused on seniors. www. toledozoo.org. Sept. 15-20: Celebrate Our Artisans, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Special demonstrations, daily drawings and more. www.saudervillage.org. Sept. 26: Roche de Boeuf Festival, downtown Waterville, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A fun family festival with crafts, food, business and non-profit vendors, carnival rides, a car show, live entertainment and more. www.watervillechamber.com. Sept. 23-26: Annual Apple Butter Making, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, O. Celebrate fall with apple cider pressing and other apple-themed activities as well as homemade apple dumplings, pies and other treats to enjoy. 800-5909755 or www.saudervillage.org. Sept. 25-27: Luckey Fall Festival, Luckey, O. 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, steam engine hobo dinner, apple-butter festival and more. www.luckeyfallfestival.com.

October

Oct. 3-4: Hayes Civil War Reenactment, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Continued on page 23

Civil War re-enactments at the Hayes Presidential Center. (Courtesy Hayes Presidential Center)


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Fremont, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mark the birthday of Ohio Civil War hero and 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes by experiencing life during the Civil War. More than 500 reenactors camp on the grounds of the Hayes estate for this two-day living-history event. 800-998-PRES or www.rbhayes.org. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27: 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 great discounts during the rest of the week. 419-385-4040 or www. toledozoo.org. Oct. 10: Storybook Halloween, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, 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. 10: Fall on the Farm & Scout Day, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Family fun awaits visitors young and old will have the opportunity to take a step back in time and help prepare the farm for the winter ahead. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org. Oct. 10-11: 37th Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor. A family-oriented family festival that celebrates apples in all their glorious forms with a Grand Parade, kiddie-tractor pull, talent show, classic car show, 5K Apple run, food, entertainment and more. www.oakharborohio.net. Oct. 16-17, 23-24: Garrison Ghostwalk, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., 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. www.fortmeigs.org. Oct. 22-23: Little Boo at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of other Halloween fun that’s just for them. 419-3854040 or www.toledozoo.org. Oct. 24: Annual Tombstone

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Derby, Depot Park, Elmore, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Pumpkin-carving contests, Ghoulish food, Haunted Historical Cabin, Parade of Fools, Cadaver Toss Contest and more. www.elmorehs.tripod.com. Oct. 24: Pemberville’s Harvest Gathering & Craft Show, downtown Pemberville. Oct. 24: Pumpkin Palooza, Milan Historical Museum, 10 Edison Dr., Milan. Enjoy a free afternoon of harvest fun. Pumpkin painting, games, costume contest, and more. milanhistory.org. Oct. 31: Jumping Pumpkins, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Visitors are invited to watch as zoo animals enjoy pumpkins as treats. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo. org

November

Nov. 7: The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, Miniature war gaming experts help visitors play more than 16 different war games and learn about this family friendly hobby. www.fortmeigs.org. Nov. 17-Jan. 3, 2016: 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. 419-3854040 or www.toledozoo.org Nov 28-29: Christmas in the Village/Festival of Trees, downtown Pemberville. Lighted Christmas Parade will be held Nov. 30. www.beekersgeneralstore.com. Nov. 27-Jan. 2, 2016: Hayes Train Special, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. Watch eight different model trains in styles that relate to the life of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family traverse a 12x24-foot, three-tier model train layout. 800-998-PRES or www.rbhayes.org.

December

Dec. 4-6: Heralding the Holidays, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with a unique selection of arts and crafts (pottery, glass, fine art, photography, jewelry and more), all handmade by local artists. Live entertainment, food, children’s activities and a visit from Santa offer fun for the whole family. www.toledo-garden.org.

The Oak Harbor Apple Festival runs October 10-11.

Dec. 5: Olde Fashiond Christmas, downtown Oak Harbor, O. 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 Secrete Shop. www.oakharborohio.net. Dec. 13: Holiday Open House, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, 1-4 p.m. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about the War of 1812 and camp life. www.fortmeigs.org. Dec. 26-27: Christmas of Yesteryear, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 1-5 p.m. www. lymevillage.com. Dec. 26-27 and 29-31: HorseDrawn Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 1-4 p.m. www.rbhayes. org. Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. 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. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org Dec 31: Walleye Madness at Midnight, Downtown Port Clinton, 3 p.m.-midnight. Free. Fun and excitement for the whole family. www. walleyemadness.com. For more events, be sure to visit www. presspublications.com, www.do-toledo.org, www.shoresandislands.com or www.sanduskycounty.org. Submit event information to twalro@presspublications.com.


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Birding 101: How to Get Started... By Kenn Kaufman

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So you’ve caught the buzz about birding. You know that thousands of people have taken up this hobby, or outdoor sport, or whatever it is, and they’re having a great time. And now you want to give it a try, but you’re not quite sure how to start? First thing to know is that birders are an incredibly friendly and welcoming bunch, always glad to welcome new people into the fun. If you show up at a birding site and admit that you don’t have much experience, you won’t be shunned – more likely, you’ll have people wanting to share information and show you birds that you haven’t seen before. There’s no secret handshake and no test that you have to pass. Just say that you’re interested, and the birders will accept you as part of the gang. But here are a few tips to help you get started.

Question: Where should I go to look for birds? You can find some birds practically anywhere, including back yards and city streets. To see more different kinds of birds, visit more habitats: the birds that like open fields are different from the ones that live in the forest. Areas near water often have more variety of birdlife, and edges between habitats – such as where a meadow meets the edge of a woodlot – can be very good as well. If you’re in northwestern Ohio, you can find maps and directions for several good birding spots at: http://www.bsbo.org/BIRDING/ LocalBirdingHotspots.aspx

Question: Do I need a lot of special gear? No, there’s hardly anything that you really need at the start. When I got into birding as a kid, I had nothing except a burning interest. But things became a lot easier after I got my hands on a field guide and binoculars, and those two items are almost essential – along with some kind of small notebook and pencil, for jotting down notes. Question: What’s a field guide? A field guide is a special kind of book, designed to help you figure out what kind of bird you’re seeing. Usually it’s a fairly small book, so that you can slip it into a large pocket or day pack to carry along. It won’t tell you a lot about each kind of bird – just the basics for telling one kind from another. Question: Couldn’t I just go online and look up the birds there? Well, you could, but that could turn out to be a slow, frustrating process. How do you look it up if you don’t know its name? You could look through thousands of pictures online, and maybe find pictures that matched the bird you saw, but it could take hours. With a field guide, you could look it up on the spot in mere minutes, because

Birders using the Kaufman Field Guide. (Photo courtesy BSBO) these books are designed to get you to the answer quickly. Several good field guides are available, and for 20 bucks you can save yourself hours of online frustration. By the way, here’s a good tip on choosing a field guide, if you can go to a store that has a good selection (like a bird observatory, nature center, or wild bird store). Choose a bird that you already know well – a cardinal, maybe, or a robin, something like that – and look it up in each of the field guides. Find which book has your favorite treatment of the bird that you chose. Chances are, you’ll like the way that book illustrates and describes other kinds of birds, too. Question: What about binoculars. Are they really necessary? As a kid, I got started bird watching without binoculars, and learned some birds that way; but when I finally saved up money to get binoculars, it made a huge difference. Suddenly I could see all kinds of details I had missed before, and I could tell different birds apart so much more easily. The article in this publication by Nina Cheney from Eagle Optics has good advice on how to choose your first binocu-

Question: Is there some kind of birding uniform? Will other birders know I’m a beginner if I don’t wear the right stuff? No, there’s no uniform! Just go for comfort. Sometimes you can get closer to birds if you avoid bright colors and bright whites, but often it makes no difference. If you’re going to be wading in swamps or snowdrifts, rubber boots may be necessary; but most of the time, tennis shoes will be fine. When the day starts cool and then warms up, it’s helpful to be dressed in layers that you can peel off as the temperature rises. Squeaky windbreakers or raincoats can be a pain if you’re trying to listen for bird calls. Sunscreen and bug repellant can be useful accessories. But again, comfort is the main goal. Question: Any other advice for getting started? As long as you’re not harming the birds or their habitat, or trespassing on private property, or causing problems for other people, there’s no “wrong” way to go birding. The best approach is the one that works best for you. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t recognize every bird you see – just make the most of the ones that you do recognize. Birding is something that we do for enjoyment, so if you enjoy it, you are already a good birder. Reprinted with permission from The Biggest Week in American Birding Visitors’ Guide.


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Fishing

mouth bass fishing should be excellent in 2015. This emerging fishery is producing high catch rates and some large fish in near shore areas and harbors across Ohio’s Lake Erie. All black bass (smallmouth and largemouth) must be immediately released from May 1 through June 26, 2015. Beginning June 27, 2015, the daily bag limit for bass will be five, with a 14-inch minimum length limit.

A good year is predicted Anglers in pursuit of Lake Erie’s sport fish should experience success in 2015, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “Similar to 2014, we expect fishing to be good again this year, especially when you consider the mix of species and sizes that are seasonally available to Ohio anglers on Lake Erie,” said Jeff Tyson, Lake Erie fisheries program manager for the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “While fishing success will vary among species and seasons, the lake’s population of walleye, yellow perch, black bass, white bass and steelhead are all stable, with a very broad distribution of sizes for each species.” The daily bag limit will be six walleye from May 1 through Feb. 28, 2016. From March 1 through April 30, 2016, 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 from May 1 through April 30, 2016, 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. Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota system that involves Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction regulates its catches to comply with quotas and minimize the risk of overfishing 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, which were just recently announced for 2015. Walleye Ohio walleye anglers in 2015 will catch fish mostly from the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2003 hatches, with some fish from the 2008 and 2012 year classes. Walleye from the moderate 2010 hatch will range from 18 to 23 inches, while walleye from the 2007 hatch will be more than 20 inches. The 2003 and 2007 hatches are likely to carry most of the Central

Updated Lake Erie fishing reports are available at wildohio.gov or by calling 888-HOOKFISH (888-466-5347). Basin fisheries. These walleye will contribute to the population that has a good number of fish over the 26inch range. Large walleye from the 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. Yellow perch Expect good perch fishing in 2015, with the largest fish in the eastern areas of the Central Basin. Perch anglers should encounter fish ranging from 7 to 13 inches from the 2012 through 2007 hatches in this year’s fishery, with major contributions from the 2012, 2010, and 2008 year classes. Fish from the averageto-better hatch in 2007 will contribute fish in the greater than 10-inch range. Black bass Smallmouth bass fishing in 2015 is expected to be fair but improving. Smallmouth bass catch rates increased in 2014 compared to 2013 and were the highest observed since the mid-1990s. Smallmouth bass caught should be excellent size (14 to 22 inches, weighing up to 6 pounds). The best fishing for smallmouth bass will continue to occur in areas with good bottom structure, which is the available habitat across much of the entire Ohio near shore area and islands areas. Continuing the trend from previous years, large-

Steelhead Steelhead anglers should enjoy another year of great fishing in 2015 in Ohio’s Lake Erie open waters and in tributaries. Peak summer steelhead action on Lake Erie can be found offshore from June through August between Vermilion and Conneaut, with catches measuring 17 to 29 inches. 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 remains at five fish per angler from May 16 through Aug. 31, 2015, and two fish per angler between Sept. 1, 2015, and May 15, 2016. A 12inch 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 2015 catch will be dominated by fish from the 2012, 2011 and 2010 year classes. Fish from 2007 could be as large as 16 inches. Anglers should focus on major Western Basin tributaries during May and June and near shore areas of the open lake during the summer. There is no white bass daily bag limit or size limit. Other species Bays, harbors and main lake shorelines are considered excellent locations for 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.


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Anglers are hooked on NW Ohio fishing spots Public Fishing Access Sites: Lake Erie anglers have great access to fishing in the Western and Central basins due to the numerous public boat ramps, private marinas and shoreline access areas. They also benefit from having the largest charter boat industry in the Great Lakes. The following are public access sites to Lake Erie in order of location, west to east. Other sites are available, but be sure that you aren’t fishing on private property without permission. See a complete map of public fishing waters of northwestern Ohio at www.dnr.state.oh.us. • Bayshore Access: Bayshore Road, Bayshore to Wynn Roads (one mile north of Cedar Point Road and Maumee Bay State Park). Call 419424-5000. • Cullen Park, off Summit Street in N. Toledo (end of 104th St.) • Maumee Bay State Park: 1400 Park Rd #1, Oregon. 419-836-7758. • Cooley Canal Public Access: Anchor Point Rd., Curtice. 419-836-9185 • Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: 14000 W SR2, Oak Harbor. 419-

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Shopping Shopping for “must-haves” If your visit to the area includes an afternoon (or more) of shopping, you’ll find local shops and malls have necessities and unique treats and one-of-a-kind treasures you’re looking for. Bargain Hut, 160 W. Water St., Oak Harbor, 419-558-4171. Find a bargain or a gem. Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville, is the place to go for old-time candy and unique gifts. 419-287-3274 or visit www. beekersgeneralstore.com. Bench’s Greenhouse & Nursery, 18036 W. SR 105 in Elmore features home and garden items, plants, fountains, statuary and much more plus fresh fruits and vegetables. 419-862-3596. www. benchsgreenhouse.com. Bench Farms, at 9151 Jerusalem Rd., (SR 2) in Curtice features a greenhouse (April through October), roadside market (mid-July through October) and The Grainary gift shop (April through October). 419-836-9443 or www.benchfarms. com. Candy Cane Christmas Shop, 22897 U.S. 20 Alt., Archbold. Seven rooms, 10,000 square feet in an old renovated school. 419-445-5828. www.candycanechristmas.com. Chateau Tebeau Vineyard and Winery and Tasting Room. 525 SR 635, Helena. Enjoy the fruits of owners Bob and Mary Tebeau’s labors, plus entertainment, food and special events. 419-638-5411 or www.chateautebeauwinery.com. The Country Cupboard, 120 West Madison St., Gibsonburg. Country and primitive crafts and home décor. 419-637-3224. Gladieux Do It Best Home Center, 5120 Navarre Ave., Oregon. Home and building supplies, and one of the area’s largest model train O and O-27 gauge dealers featuring Lionel, K-Line Atlas and other products. 419-693-0601 or www.gladieuxhomecenter.com. Gifts & More Galore, 168 W. Water St., Oak Harbor, 419-7047389. More than 31 vendors displaying stained glass, jewelry, indoor and outdoor decor and more. Johlin Century Winery, 3935

Chateau Tebeau Vineyard and Winery offers food, entertainment and special events. Corduroy Road, Oregon was founded in 1870 by Jacob M. Johlin. Currently, 12 types of wine are produced and bottled annually. No tours. Closed Sunday. 419-6936288 or www.johlincenturywinery. com. Lene’s Web, 11313 Elmore East Rd., Oak Harbor. Featuring treasures and trash. 419-898-4699. Mantiques, 341 Rice St., Elmore. Featuring a wide array of items including rare currency, men’s vintage clothing, artwork, WWII photos, sports memorabilia and more. 419-205-8734 or elmoremantiques. com. Neighborhood Resale Shop & Antique Mall, 104 Water St., Oak Harbor. Take a sentimental journey and discover ageless, unique and unusual items. 419-577-1066 or www.neighborhoodresaleshopandantiques.com. Menards, 3100 Brown Rd., Oregon. 419-693-0799 or www.menards.com. Mortise & Tenon Fine Amish Furniture, 105 W. Main St., Woodville offers Amish-made furniture, candles, art and more. 419849-3412 or www.themortiseandtenon.com. Novelties & Nostalgia, 330 W. Main St., Woodville. Handmade arts and crafts, antiques and treasures and teas. 419-350-0720. Once Upon A Tyme Antique Mall, 354 Rice St., Elmore. Two floors of quality antique furniture and collectibles. 419-862-3803. Packer Creek Pottery, 103 E. 8th St., Genoa. One-of-a-kind, handmade, colorful Majolica pottery including vases, dinnerware, lamps, jewelry, and more. 419-855-3858 or visit www.packercreekpottery.com. Pills `N Packages, 350 Rice St., Elmore, features health and beauty items, gifts and gourmet foods. 419-

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Sports Sports of all sorts

of their seats as 410 and 305 sprint cars and trucks battle wheel to wheel, sliding around the one-third mile semi-banked clay oval. Gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Times may vary on special races. Races may be added, cancelled, or changed. Semi-truck parking available. For more info, call the 419-307-4241 (office), 419333-0478 (track), or visit http://fremontspeedway.wix.com/speedway.

Toledo Mud Hens

The Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers for 26 years, play home games from April through September at Fifth Third Field at 406 Washington St. in Toledo’s Warehouse District. A number of special events, promotions and giveaways are held at games throughout the season, including fireworks, which are will be held after a number of games. At every Sunday home game, Hens players sign autographs and kids get to run the bases after the game. Upcoming highlights include Dogfriendly Hens & Hounds Nights May 24 and Aug. 26; Superhero Night June 20; Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Double-header July 11 and Hunger Games Night Aug. 29. Pick up t-shirts, caps and all sorts of fan gear at the Swamp Shop, accessible from inside or outside the stadium. For a complete schedule, tickets or more info, call 419-725-HENS or visit www.mudhens.com.

Toledo Walleye

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. The Huntington Center is also home to a number of concerts, shows and special events throughout the year. For a complete schedule, tickets or more info, call 419-725-WALL or visit www.toledowalleye.com or www.huntingtoncentertoledo.com.

ARCA/ Toledo Speedway

ARCA/Toledo Speedway features ARCA-sanctioned, late-model stock car, factory stocks and various other racing in 2015 from April through Sept. 19 at the track at 5639 Benore Rd. off the I-75/Alexis Road exit in Toledo. Racing is on Fridays beginning at 7:30 p.m. except for a weekend of events in late August. Special highlights in 2015 include: “Night of

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Josh Zeid signs autographs at Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens (Maumee Bay Press photo by Ken Grosjean) Destruction” races May 29 and Aug. 28 featuring school bus, train, and car figure 8 events; “Checkered Flag Night June 5, when first 500 kids get a free checkered flag and can watch Great Lakes Mini Cup Cars; the “Fastest Short Track Show in the World” event June 12 with MSA Super Modifieds and Winged and Sprint cars; Ladies Night and firstever 250-lap race on a quarter-mile plus a Road Rage Race on June 19; the 100-lap LM Gold Cup Series plus X cars and more on July 10; Kid’s Night and Autograph Night on July 31 and the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience Aug. 29. The season concludes Sept. 19 with the 27th running of the GlassCity 200-lap Late Model invitational on Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. For more info about speedway events and tickets, call 419-7271100, or visit www.toledospeedway. com.

Fremont Speedway

The Fremont Speedway kicked off its 65th season of racing in April and plays host to exciting openwheel racing every Saturday night April through Oct. 3 with a few races on Friday nights as well as one on a Thursday. Races at “The Track That Action Built” keep fans on the edge

Throughout the season, top alcohol fuel dragsters and funny cars with 8,000 horsepower engines scream down the track at speeds up to 300 mph at Summit Motorsports Park, located at 1300 SR 18 in Norwalk. The park, owned by the Bader family, sends more than 6,000 different race cars down the track, hosts some of the greatest stars in drag racing, and features racing’s most extreme vehicles. For a complete schedule and more info, call 419-668-5555, or visit www.summitmotorsportspark. com.

Eastern YMCA

The Eastern YMCA, 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon, offers a wide range of activities through a variety of facilities, racquetball/handball courts, indoor running/walking track, including indoor and outdoor pools, fitness studio, steam room and sauna, Precor machines, adult and family locker rooms; KidZone, and more. For more info, call 419-6913523, or visit www.ymcatoledo.org.

Bowling for – the fun of it

Recreational or skilled bowlers looking to live life in the fast lane have several centers to choose from in the Maumee Bay area. Many of them offer glow bowling (luminescent balls rolled down lanes near darkness) as well as bumper rails for kids and newbie bowlers who need help to get rolling. Local lanes include: • Penny Jo’s Eastern Lanes, 3511 Woodville Rd. at I-280, Northwood. 419-691-8551, www.pennyjoseasternlanes.com. • Toledo Sports Center, 1516 Starr Ave., Toledo. Also featuring indoor glow mini golf. 419-693-0687, www.toledosportscenter.com. • Tri County Lanes, 512 Lime St., Woodville. 419-849-3400. • 20th Century Lanes, 1284 S. SR 19, Oak Harbor. 419-898-8701.


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Golf

Eighteen holes. Par 72. Pro shop, club rental, driving range and restaurant/snack bar available. Hidden Hills Golf Club, 4886 Sandusky CR 16, Woodville. 419849-3693 or www.hiddenhillsgolf. net. Eighteen holes. Par 71. Pro shop, club rental, restaurant/snack bar available.

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.

Maumee Bay Lodge, 1400 State Park Rd., Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon. 419-836-9009 or 1-800282-7275. Eighteen holes. Par 72. Pro shop, club rental, driving range, restaurant/snack bar available.

Bayview Retiree’s Golf Assoc., 3910 N. Summit St., Toledo. 419726-8081. Twelve holes. Par 34. Snack bar available. Chippewa Golf Club & Pro Shop, 23550 W. SR 579, Curtice. 419-8368111, or www.chippewagolfonline. com. Eighteen holes. Par 71. Pro shop, club rental and snack bar/ restaurant available. Collins Park Golf Course, 624 Reinick Dr., Toledo, 419-693-1991. Nine holes. Par 36. Pro shop, club rental and restaurant/snack bar available.

There are over a dozen golf courses in the Maumee Bay region. Detwiler Golf Course, 4001 N. Summit St., Toledo. 419-726-9353 or www.detwilerparkgc.com. Eighteen holes. Par 71. Pro shop, club rental, driving range and restaurant/snack bar available. Eagle’s Landing, 5530 Bay Shore Rd., Oregon. 419-697-4653 or www. eagleslandinggolfclub.net.

Maumee Bay Find it all at Maumee Bay The Lake Erie shoreline sets the backdrop for some of the finest recreational facilities in the Midwest. Maumee Bay State Park provides a superb venue for area residents and visitors alike to explore the wetlands, participate in outdoor activities and observe nature in a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie. Located in Oregon, the park includes a lodge, cottages and golf course nestled among the scenic meadows, wetland woods and lush marshes teeming with wildlife. This balance of recreational facilities with the natural world gives visitors a diverse experience in a coastal environment. The wetlands of the Maumee Bay area offer a vivid array of natural wonders. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded, including shorebirds and waterfowl. Spring migration brings many others including

Maumee Bay State Park is the perfect place to go fly a kite. the colorful warblers. Significantly, Ohio’s bald eagle population is slowly growing in the western basin of Lake Erie, with recent reports of nesting pairs in the area. The park offers a number of easily–accessible bird habitats including the open waters of Maumee Bay, the sand beach, inland ponds, a swamp forest, a wet meadow, an upland meadow, and cottonwood/ hawthorn/dogwood thickets. Access to all of the habitats is easy via the excellent system of blacktop roads in

Oak Harbor Golf Club, 10433 CR 17, Oak Harbor. 419-898-1493 or www.oakharborgolfclub.com. Eighteen holes. Par 72. Club rental, driving range, restaurant, snack bar available. Sugar Creek Golf Course & Driving Range, 950 W. Elmore East Rd., Elmore. 419-862-2551 or www. sugarcreekelmore.com. Eighteen holes. Par 70. Driving range, snack bar available. the park. The boardwalk on the eastern side of the park leading from the Trautman Nature Center winds for about a mile through swamp forest and stands of phragmites. A blacktop bike trail encircles much of the park, connecting the lodge area with the campground on the west side of the park. Other grassy trails crisscross the central section of the park. There is a sledding hill just west of the beach parking lot that birders use as a lookout for hawk-watching in the spring. The plant life is diverse as well. Cattails, buttonbush, bur-reed, cottonwood and black willow are just a few examples of the marsh plants at the park. There are several prairies in the park that offer interpretive experiences for visitors interested in the various species and ecosystems found there. The Quilter Lodge at the Maumee Bay Resort and Conference Center sits along the shore of Lake Erie. A two-story native stone fireplace welcomes guests to a massive beam and glass lobby designed to blend with the natural elements of the park. The guestrooms with private balconies/ patios provide spectacular views of the surrounding park.


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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 11-12. Maumee Bay Amphitheatre Performances on Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. 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 12, 2015. Brandville School Historical school house open every Thursday from 11:00 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 4, 2015. Home of this year’s 50th annual German American Festival held August 28-30, 2015. Oregon Fest “The Best of Oregon” - parade, rides, entertainment, food. Sunday, May 17, 2015, noon-6p.m., on Dustin Rd. See additional events and updates at www.oregonohio.org City of Oregon, 5330 Seaman Road Oregon, Ohio 43616 419-698-7045

Maumee Bay Visitor's Guide  

Statewide Edition - Distributed the week of 5/11/15

Maumee Bay Visitor's Guide  

Statewide Edition - Distributed the week of 5/11/15

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