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Happy Mother’s Day to all of our readers who enjoy the opportunity of holding the most precious title of all, “mother.” Hats off to the mothers of tiny babies who keep them up all night! For the mothers whose toddlers have them on the go from morning ‘til night! For the mothers whose lives are ruled by the carpool schedule! For the mothers who make it to every game, to every show and to every open house! For the mothers who worry endlessly about SAT scores and college admissions! For the mothers who, somehow, juggle kids and careers, and for those moms who have more than a fulltime job at home with their little ones! For the “empty nest” mothers of college students and for the really “empty nest” mothers whose grown children have moved on and out! For the mothers who now have that very special gift of grandchildren! I pay tribute to you with this issue. There is actually a website you can visit and calculate the monetary value of work that moms do. The website is The salary amounts are based on how many children you have and where you live. According to this website, the work that a stay-at-home mom with two kids would warrant a salary of $125,840 a year. My oldest daughter posted a statement on facebook that I’d like to share called “A Promise to my Children” It made me realize she’s all grown up: “As long as I live, I am your parent first - your friend second. There are times when I will stalk you, flip out on you, lecture you, drive you insane, be your worst nightmare and hunt you down like a bloodhound when needed because I LOVE YOU...You will never find someone who loves, prays, cares and worries about you more than I do. If you don’t hate me at least once in your life, then I’m not doing my job properly. With that, I say “Amen!” and kids- remember to take your Mom out for Mother’s day to one of the many places to go, things to do, and places to see suggested in this issue. Enjoy!

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WAPAKANETA – The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is active all night long during overnight visits. The museum shares the story of Neil Armstrong, all Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity, the Space Race, and current space exploration. The museum itself is designed to resemble a futuristic moon base. It is most beautiful when viewed at dusk. The museum features many one-of-a-kind artifacts including the Gemini VIII spacecraft, Neil Armstrong’s Gemini and Apollo spacesuits, and an Apollo 11 moon rock. The museum is also home to two fullsize aircraft, both of which were flown by Mr. Armstrong. A 15year-old Armstrong learned to fly at Port Koneta, a long-gone Wapakoneta airfield. He flew a yellow Aeronca Champion now on exhibit at the museum. Scout programs allow troops to come from across Ohio and participate in activities designed to meet merit badge requirements. Groups can build lunar rover racers using foam and balloons, design paper airplanes using Bernoulli’s principle, make star charts, use a telescope and can create their own mission patches like each of NASA’s mission crews. Take a personal tour and watch a film on the first May , 2012

lunar landing or racee to complete a scavenger hunt. Snack on pizza before free time and lights out. Some groups may even build and launch their own model rockets. Eventually, everyone settles in to their (lunar) camps and sleeping bags to catch a few hours of sleep before physical training each morning. Just as astronauts start their day with exercise and breakfast, so do the museum campers. Overnight programs are available to any group. In fact, the museum is planning public overnight events this summer. The scout programs are available throughout the year, but book quickest in the spring. Many of the programs used for the scout overnights are also available to school tour groups and during special events like the Summer Moon Festival in July. The museum is open during the day as well, 9:30-5:00 Monday through Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. It is a wonderful family vacation destination. There are many fun and interesting sites to visit while you are in the area. To learn more about the Armstrong Air & Space Museum be sure to check out their website, and for interesting space related fun facts become a fan on Facebook.

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Things to Do: Dance with the Stars

MANSFIELD - Mayor Tim Theaker, News Journal reporter Jami Kinton, the 179th’s Colonel Gary McCue and his wife Molly McCue, arts advocate Phyllis Hire, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Schwein and active community supporter Susie Sawyer will join Neos Dance Theatre onstage at the Renaissance Theatre, Friday, May 4th at 8PM for the fourth annual Neos Dances with the Stars fundraiser. The evening will also include special video appearances by State Representative Jay Goyal, retired Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs Director Bill Hartnett, local businesswoman Marilou Schwan and former Mansfield Mayor Lydia Reid. Renaissance CEO and President, Michael Miller will emcee this funfilled event in which local celebs are teamed with professional dancers. Each team will be evaluated by a panel of guest judges and the winner will be chosen by audience members. The evening will include a silent and live auction. Doors will open at 6PM, and guests can bid on silent auction items throughout the evening. Winners will be announced during the performance. Items up for bid include Renaissance show and dinner packages, jewelry, tickets to sporting events, staycations, gift baskets and much, much more. All proceeds will benefit the Renaissance Theatre. Tickets are on sale at the Renaissance Box Office, by calling 419-522-2726 and online at Tickets prices are $24.50, $21.50 and $18.50. The Renaissance is also pleased to continue their $10 ticket offer for this event. These seats, located in the back two rows on the main floor for this performance, must be purchased in person May, 2012

only, beginning two hours prior to the performance at the Renaissance Box Office, cash preferred. Mayor Theaker will be teamed with Neos dancers Mary Elizabeth Fenn and Anna Trumbo as they perform to cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s rendition of the lightheartedly comical Emily’s Reel. Jami Kinton, partnering with Bobby Wesner, will perform to Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. Phyllis Hire and Wesner will perform to the Irving Berlin classic, Cheek to Cheek, Susie Sawyer will be joined by Jurjis Safonovs as they dance to Cold Play’s Viva la Vida, Dr. Schwein will partner with Brooke Wesner for Michael Buble’s Save the Last Dance for Me, and Molly McCue will be joined by Jurjis Safonovs for Cookin’ by Outer Nations Sound. “Dances with the Stars is always so much fun,” says Neos Artistic Director Bobby Wesner. “I love getting to know our guest dancers – and it’s a wonderful way for everyone in our community to have a little fun and show their support for the Renaissance and the city of Mansfield.” The performance will also showcase the work of Mansfield’s renowned dance company, Neos Dance Theatre, as they perform a dance medley from West Side Story, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Richard Rodgers Slaughter on 10th Avenue and a reprise of All That Jazz from the Renaissance production of Chicago. “We’re hoping everyone comes out to support the mayor, Colonel McCue and all these wonderful friends of the community”, says Renaissance CEO and President Michael Miller. “It’s going to be a great party with plenty of laughs!”

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Tickets can also be ordered by phone at 1.800.255.3743. After May 20, $100 tickets will be available at a variety of sales locations, including Construction Equipment, Mad River Harley-Davidson, Eastside Café, Scarlett O’Hairs, Bar 101, Artino Ford, Huron Lagoons Marina, Knucklehead Saloon, Dublo’s Carryout, Baumann Auto Group (Norwalk, Port Clinton, Fremont & Tiffin), Hunter’s Needs, Skip and Barb’s Place, Little Bar on the Prairie, Terry’s Tavern, Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Centers (Sandusky & Port Clinton), and the museum. Only 5,000 tickets will be sold. An early bird drawing will be held at 6 pm on July 4th at Mad River Harley Davidson in Sandusky. 20 lucky winners will be drawn for an early bird prize of $500 each. More information is available at and Facebook.

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Vince Gill has sold more than 26 million albums. He has earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. He is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five), and is currently second only to Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has received 19 Grammy Awards to date, the most of any male Country Artist. Gill has accumulated 33 Top 20 hits throughout his career including five that went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Country Charts. Tickets are now on sale at the box office for the 8 p.m. concert at the State Theatre in Sandusky. Prices will range from $45 - $104, depending on area of seating. Vince Gill’s new CD Guitar Slinger is delivered in true Gill style. Musicianship at its best and no super ego-flash here as the licks are quality, not quantity. The Country Hall of Famer and Bonafide Country Superstar has had a hugely successful career and is respected as a musician and professional. He’s recorded over a dozen studio albums, participated in multiple compilation projects and has sold over 26 million albums. With Guitar Slinger, Gill took matMay, 2012

ters into his own hands and recorded his first release in five years right in his home studio. As a result, the production crackles with live energy and allows the true warmth of Gill’s voice to shine. Heartache, loss, love, and the spiritual journey are just a few bits of the subject matter covered on this album. And that signature high lonesome sound has a lot more to offer here than just pretty vibrato, as age has actually made Gill’s great voice even better. The passions are deeper, the truths are grittier, and the heart is bigger. All of that shines through each interpretation. This time, its personal. Since 1928, The Sandusky State Theatre has been an area landmark and continues to serve as a top entertainment destination for the entire Erie County region. The Sandusky State Theatre has been in operation for 83 years and has served the community in many entertainment capacities functioning as a top Vaudeville theatre, movie palace and as a world-class performing arts center. Happy Hour in the State Room is from 6 ~ 7:30 pm Full Cash Bar Service will be Available. For more information, visit online at or call 419-626-1950.

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Things to Do: Experience the Theatre

TIFFIN - The Ritz Players present Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig May 11-12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 matinee at 2 p.m. The show will be at the National Theatre at The Ritz. Tickets are $11 (students $7). In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish Country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relative and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relative aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it. Join us for an evening full of laughter as we watch the story about these two "leading ladies" unfold. An Event in The National Theatre at The Ritz. Page 10

CAST & CREW LEO CLACK – Ian Pahl (Sycamore) Jack Gable – Tracy McAdams (Bucyrus) Meg Snider – Beth Koop (Tiffin) AUDREY – Candace Pahl (Sycamore) DUNCAN WOOLEY – Michael Schoeppner (Bucyrus) DOC MEYERS – Adams Engle (Tiffin) BUTCH MEYERS – Seth Mitchell (Tiffin) FLORENCE – Anna Mae Terreault (Tiffin) DIRECTOR – Jim Cook (Sycamore) ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Nate Morton (Tiffin) STAGE MANAGER – Dinah Adams (Tiffin) LIGHTS – Gabrielle Mitchell (Tiffin) SOUND – Sandy Kimmel (Tiffin) CHOREOGRAPHER – Laura Warren (Tiffin) PROPS – Jim Puffenburger (Tiffin) SET – Randy Halen (Tiffin) For additional information contact: Director – Jim Cook at 419.937.7589

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Places to Go: Cleveland Playhouse EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOR A Play for Actors and Orchestra by Tom Stoppard (play) and André Previn (music) Presented by Cleveland Play House and The Cleveland Orchestra; directed by Michael Bloom; conducted by James Feddeck May 3 - 5, Thu, Fri & Sat at 7:30 p.m. withpre- and post-show discussions at every performance~ Allen Theatre. Tickets are $20 - $45. Written by Tony and Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor features orchestral music by Grammy and Academy Award winner André Previn. Stoppard’s play is a swift 65-minute hilarious and stinging satire on state-sponsored repression. Brilliantly witty and mischievously funny, it centers on two cellmates, both named Alexander Ivanov – one a political protestor and the other a madman who ‘conducts’ an orchestra that only exists in his head. Call 216-241-6000 for more information. FIRST ANNUAL ROE GREEN AWARD New Play Reading presented by Cleveland Play House, directed by Laura Kepley May 5, 2012. Ticket price is pay what you can; call 216-241-6000 or online. Quiara Alegría Hudeswill be workshopping a brand new play set during the Vietnam Era heavily influenced by the rock music of the time. Dorothy Silver Playwriting Winner Presented by the Mandel Jewish Community Center May 6 at 6 p.m. ~ Second Stage Ticket Price is pay what you can. The Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition, sponsored annually by the Mandel Jewish Community Center, is a highly regarded international writing competition for plays about the Jewish experience. For over twenty years countless plays with Jewish themes have been submitted to the competition and many past winners have been produced and received national recognition. Dorothy Silver, for whom the competition is named, is a well-known and respected theatre professional who served as the Mandel JCC’s Cultural Arts director for many years. May, 2012

BUST written and performed by Lauren Weedman; Presented by Cleveland Play House May 10 - 12, 2012; Thu, Fri, Sat @ 7:30pm ~ Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre Tickets are $25; call 216-241-6000 or online BUST is Lauren Weedman’s semi-autobiographical play built around her experiences working as a volunteer advocate in a Southern California prison for women. With one foot in Hollywood and the other in jail, the former Daily Show correspondent careens wildly between the two worlds, taking us on a hilarious, poignant, and completely unforgettable ride. THE RAP GUIDE TO EVOLUTION written and performed by Baba Brinkman Presented by Cleveland Play House May 11- 12, Fri at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. ~ 14th Street Theatre Tickets are $25 A novel species of theatre combining the wit, poetry and charisma of a great rapper with the accuracy and rigor of a scientific expert, Baba Brinkman’s The Rap Guide to Evolution uses hiphop as a vehicle to communicate the facts of evolution while illuminating the origins and complexities of hip-hop culture with Darwin as the inspiration. THE FAGIN EFFECT written by Michael Bloom New Play Readings Presented by Cleveland Play House May 12, 2012; Sat at 4 p.m. ~ Location TBD Ticket price is pay what you can. The Fagin Effectis a pastiche of Oliver Twist in which "ghosts" of the original characters are used to tell a new story that takes place in London, 1850. As entire neighborhoods are demolished to make way for the first underground railway, the appearance of a young man in the 'shop' of one Julius Fogel presents an opportunity for some of London's dregs to turn their lives around with the assistance of a real estate developer named Whitelaw. For tickets or more information, call 216-241-6000 or visit online at www.cleveland

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Things To Do: Get a Taste of Findlay Celebrate Findlay’s Bicentennial with Taste of Findlay and The Great Race will take place in the First Federal Bank parking lot on S. Main Street, and The Great Race festivities will be on Main Street and will run from E. Main Cross to Hardin Street. • When: Saturday, June 30th, 2012 • Time: Festivities will begin between 3:00 and 4:00 and end around 8:00 pm. There will be a kickoff and welcome to the Great Race drivers at the courthouse at 4:30! • Tickets: Tickets to sample food will be sold for $1.00 at a central ticket booth. The “cost” of each sample, or the number of tickets required, will vary depending on the item. It is up to you to decide how many tickets are necessary for you to taste your way through all of our amazing local dishes! • Other Activities: Kids games, Hot • What: The Taste of Findlay at the Air Balloon Rides, and more. Watch Great Race • Location: The Taste of Findlay for more information to come! The warm summer months bring lots of events with them in Findlay – from parades to festivals! But, nothing brings our community together more than great food… So, be sure to mark your calendar for an event that will bring you the best of both worlds: The Taste of Findlay! A part of Findlay’s Bicentennial celebrations, the Taste of Findlay will be held on June 30, in conjunction with The Great Race, a vintage car race that will be passing through Findlay on their race circuit! Attendees will have the chance to visit with drivers, enjoy lots of delicious local food and beverages, and participate in a host of other fun activities as well!

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Places to Go: Gervasi Vineyard CANTON - The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard was recently named to America's 2012 Top 10 Romantic Inns through This web site lists 21,000 B&B inns with many full descriptions, photos, video clips, thousands of travelers' reviews and Web links. Many of the properties are also in the best-selling bed and breakfast guidebook Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns with a Buy-OneNight-Get-One-Night-Free Certificate. ILoveInns also offers Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates. “Needless to say, we are delighted and honored!” said

for a romantic getaway, look no further. These Top 10 Romantic Inns provide landmark locations, landscapes for lingering, lavish accommodations, luxurious settings and legendary hospitality. All you need to do is bring the love of your life. Deborah Sakach, founder and 30-year bed and breakfast enthusiast remarks, “These inns share a deep commitment to excellence. They make it easy for couples to celebrate their love and create memorable moments.”

The Villas include 55 breathtaking acres with vineyards, a springfed lake, walking paths and yard games. Tuscany-inspired fireside guest suites exude luxury from the setting and style to the service and special details. The Ultimate Romantic Escape includes a topiary arrangement of a dozen roses, decadent chocolates, credit towards dinner in the spectacular Bistro, Salute wine gift box set with Gervasi wine, engraved glasses and a marble bottle stopper, and continental breakfast delivered to your villa. About American Historic Inns For more information about and Gervasi Vineyard, please contact American Historic Inns, Inc. Cynthia Johnson at cjohnson@ger- (, founded in or 330-497-1000. 1981, is the leading publisher of bed and breakfast guidebooks, The announcement follows: with more than 2.8 million bed Dana Point, Calif.-- American and breakfast guidebooks sold, Historic Inns and, a top bed announce the 19th Annual Top 10 and breakfast and country inns Romantic Inns. If you are looking directory. for the right bed and breakfast inn Page 16

The 2012 Top 10 Romantic Inns: The High Pointe Inn, West Barnstable, MA The Inn at Sunrise Point, Lincolnville, MN Henderson Park Inn, Destin, FL Rosemary Inn, North Augusta, SC Foxfield Inn, Charlottesville, VA The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard, Canton, OH Inn at Irish Hollow, Galena, IL Johnson Mill Bed & Breakfast, Midway, UT Eden Vale Inn, Placerville, CA 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach, Coronado, CA May, 2012

Things to do:

Plant some flowers

The The Ohio Ohio Spiderwort Spiderwort blooms blooms annually annually in in June June on on the the Larry Larry R. R. Yoder Yoder Prairie Prairie at at Ohio Ohio State State Marion. Marion. The The Ohio Ohio Spiderwort Spiderwort is is just just one one of of approxiapproximately mately forty forty varieties varieties of of native native Ohio Ohio plants plants that that will will be be available available at at the the Prairie Prairie Plant Plant Sale. Sale. MARION – Marion Campus Prairie Plant Sale slated for May 5 Landscape your home with native prairie plants, help a worthwhile cause, and save money. The Larry R. Yoder Prairie Nature Center will hold their eighth annual Prairie Plant Sale on the first floor of Morrill Hall, Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the Ohio State Marion campus, 1465 Mount Vernon Avenue. Once you enter the campus, follow the signs for the sale and for parking.

The sale is a great opportunity to purchase native prairie plants (including wildflowers and grasses) from The Prairie Nature Center. Prairie staff will help you pick out species that fit your garden and assist you with planting tips. The Prairie Plant Sale includes unique and interesting plants native to the prairie, such as big bluestem, indian grass, switch grass, partridge pea, ironweed, gray-headed coneflower, purple coneflower and much, more. Donations to support the Prairie Nature Center will be accepted

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for purchase of all prairie plants. Those who have attended the Prairie Plant Sale in previous years are asked to bring any unused pots or plant containers that could be donated back to the prairie. Although prairie plants are sold on a donation only basis, those who bring empty planters or pots, or purchase flats of plants should receive a discount off the suggested donation price. If you have any question please contact Emily Meyer at 740-7256269. Page 17

Robert Dubac

People to See ... Saturday, May 5 8 p.m. Renaissance Theatre Tickets: $21.50/24.50 MANSFIELD - Hilarious is the only way to describe The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?. You will laugh non-stop for ninety minutes as Robert Dubac ransacks his brain to answer the age old question, “What do women want?” Tickets are on sale at the Renaissance Box Office, by calling 419-522-2726 and online at The Renaissance is also pleased to continue their $10 ticket offer for this event. These seats, located in the back rows of the balcony, must be purchased in person only, beginning two hours prior to the performance at the Renaissance Box Office, cash preferred. The Male Intellect has garnered envious reviews from San Francisco to Toronto, Chicago to LA. The Boston Globe proclaims, “Robert Dubac is talented, entertaining and very funny!” The Los Angeles Times says, "The show elicits big laughs from both sexes in waves of treble and bass” while The Philadelphia Inquirer states, “THE MALE INTELLECT is adeptly conceived, refreshingly and comically stated and Dubac has no trouble keeping it up for 90 minutes.” The Denver Post and Toronto Star both gave the show its highest four-star rating, raving “THE MALE INTELLECT is hilarious as it is thought-provoking…a brilliant show." Page 18

When the show opens we meet “Bobby” in a very confused state having been dumped by the girl of his dreams. Unable to understand why, he channels some not-so-wise, but hilarious advice from his five chauvinistic mentors. With a shrug of his shoulders or a crook of his neck Robert Dubac seamlessly transforms himself into these five alter egos; each offering their own brand of misguided advice. The alter egos are: THE COLONEL who insists that the key to what women want is honesty, hence all men should admit they’re boneheads so they always have an out. JEAN-MICHEL who says communication is what women want.… and communicating with doubletalk and mindless metaphors is completely acceptable as long as you speak with an sexy accent. FAST EDDIE who gives women want they want - passion! But he doles it out from the fast lane professing men have to “love ’em fast and leave ’em first”. OLD MR. LINGER who believes women want a sense of humor. He understands women can play hard to get. He also understands that if a

man plays hard to get – he doesn’t get anything. Old Mr. Linger is 123 years old and believes he has discovered the secret to life. Remaining single. RONNIE CABREZZI who believes all women want is some sensitivity. He also thinks sharing your secrets makes you sensitive. However, the kind of secrets he shares with his fiancé, Lucy, just piss her off. “Bobby” realizes their suggestions are worthless but with help from his “feminine side” he is able to sift through the bad advice and discover the real answer to the age-old question, “What do women want?” And he does it all while drinking a beer. Brace yourself, ladies, cause this is how men think! Hailed by critics and audiences alike, THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON? is a rare thing; a clever combination of theater and stand-up comedy that is laugh out loud funny, provocative and thoughtful, all at once. There are two types of people who should rush and see it - men and women! May, 2012

People to See

MARION - A multi-talented musician, singer and actor, Bobby Vinton has sold more than 75 million albums during his career. In this full-stage musical gala, the “Total Entertainer” pulls out all the stops. Vinton is joined by an orchestra, and family members to sing all his most beloved hits and many more favorites. It’s a dazzling concert event that showcases one of music’s most beloved artists. He’s back by popular demand after a sell-out performance in 2008 so get your tickets early! Tickets are now on sale for $23-$50. May 04 • 8 p.m. Bobby Vinton has been called "the most Palace Theatre, Marion successful love singer of the 'Rock-Era'" . (BILLBOARD MAGAZINE) Starting with of the entertainment world. his first hit release " Roses Are Red" in 1962 through For three years, The Bobby Vinton Varity Show 1972 he had more #1 records than any other solo was syndicated and aired in over 140 cities throughmale artist. out the United States and Canada. He also hosted a Vinton's name has been synonymous with superhighly rated network variety special for CBS stardom, a true survivor and today he continues to Television (it triumphed over Monday Night enjoy success as a top-rated performer. Today, Football!!) and starred in two John Wayne movies: Bobby is one of the few stars who is capable of "Big Jake" and "The Train Robbers". headlining in Atlantic City and Las Vegas in addiBobby, never satisfied resting on the laurels of his tion to playing dates around the world. He has accomplishment, received the idea to create his own established himself as one of America's top concert theater while he was performing in Branson, performers and versatile entertainers. The hit songs Missouri. The culmination of Bobby's idea and Bobby has given us over the years have become efforts was the BOBBY VINTON BLUE VELVET classics. His impressive list of hits includes THEATRE. A 1600 seat European style theatre comrenowned love songs such as: ROSES ARE RED, plete with ceiling murals, Italian tile and blue velvet BLUE VELVET, MR. LONELY and many more. His accents. His vision also included arranging his hits songs are recognized as standards throughout the to blend with that of the Big Band sound. world and his music has retained its vitality and relBobby was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (a evance through our changing times. Bobby's hitsuburb of Pittsburgh), the son of a locally popular making capability was again evidenced with the band leader, Stan Vinton. When he was a young release of MY MELODY OF LOVE, when it became boy, his parents encouraged him to study music, the #1 song in the nation and was embraced by and at the age of sixteen formed his first band. The Polish Americans around the country as their new band played clubs around the Pittsburgh area and national anthem. Not long after, his best selling with the money he earned, Bobby helped finance his autobiography THE POLISH PRINCE was pubcollege education at Duquesne University. lished. The phenomenal success Bobby experienced For tickets call 740-383-2101 or visit www.marionin the recording industry carried over to other areas

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People to See: OSU Chorale and Symphonic Choir MARION - Five Nights rounds out season with a visit from University Chorale and Symphonic Choir The Ohio State University at Marion is pleased to welcome the OSU Chorale and OSU Symphonic Choir to Morrill Hall Auditorium, May 10, 7:30 p.m., as part of the Five Nights on Campus cultural and performing arts series. The Ohio State University Chorale is a select ensemble comprised of graduate students and upper-level undergraduates. Members are selected by competitive audition and represent the finest talent at the university. The Chorale sings a variety of distinctive choral literature chosen to

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challenge both singers and audiences, and its repertoire is representative of the most recent trends in choral composition. The ensemble tours extensively in the United States and overseas. Enrolling approximately fifty singers, Ohio State’s Symphonic Choir is open to all members of the campus community by audition. This ensemble prides itself on diversity of literature, quality musical performance, and nurturing singers through its commitment to improving musical literacy and supporting healthy vocal technique. In addition to a regular performance schedule, the Symphonic Choir often combines with the Chorale and various


instrumental ensembles for extended works. Ticket prices for the OSU Chorale and OSU Symphonic Choir concert are $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors, and $4 for students. There is no charge for children 5 years of age or younger. Marion campus faculty and staff, which includes all Ohio State Marion and Marion Technical College personnel, are eligible for $8 discounted individual performance tickets. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. For more informaiton, call Bronwen Babich, at the Ohio State Marion Office of Community Relations at 740-725-6341, or email:

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encouraged. Proceeds will benefit minority scholarships at Ohio State Marion. For more information call May 6/MANSFIELD - 2 p.m. at the Renaissance 740-725-6219. featuring Sarah Robertson & Scott Schag and accomMIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING panied by Renaissance Artistic Director Michael Thomas on piano—and you! Audience members will May 11/SANDUSKY - Come enjoy an evening of start the interactive concert by making their own original compositions by saxophonist Brian Land musical instruments, which they will use to make the and pianist/singer Michael Shirtz Quartet at 8 p.m. sounds effects for the play. Tickets are $10 each at the at the State Theatre. Tickets are $12 each. For more Renaissance Box Office, 419-522-2726. information or tickets call 419-559-2233 or visit online The Ren Teddy Bear concerts are set up to allow at children an up-close experience with symphonic instruments, live acting, and basic musical concepts. SPRING KITCHEN TOUR Visit May 12/MANSFIELD - The Women’s Guild of the Mansfield Symphony will again host its popular MARITIME MUSEUM ANNUAL DINNER Spring Kitchen Tour to include a light brunch and MAY 7/SANDUSKY - Brief annual meeting at 5 visits to six of Mansfield’s finest home kitchens. p.m. at the Museum. Cash bar at the Sandusky Yacht Begin at the Renaissance at 10:30 a.m., where guests Club at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Museum members - $28/per person, non-members - $30 per person. Menu is Lake Erie Perch or Prime Rib with salad, vegetables, rolls, beverage and dessert. For reservations, call 419-624-0274. Program afterward is, "The Battle of Lake Erie." Jeff Helmer, a National Park Service park ranger at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, will share the local pride in this facility and its importance in the commemoration of Perry's Victory.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL MAY 9/MARION - The Ohio State University at Marion will host its 5th Annual Taste of Culture International Festival from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Alber Student Center on the Marion campus. Live entertainment, food from around the world, arts and crafts, a multitude of informational booths, and short educational discussions. This event brings together the customs, traditions, color, and flavor of peoples from diverse ethnicities. Admission is free and open to the public. Local vendors, restaurants, and community members will provide food samples representative of ethnic cuisines from across the globe. Donations are May, 2012


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Calendar Continued... collect their tour maps and proceed to visit the featured kitchens at their leisure 11 am - 3 pm. Some homes will spotlight chamber groups from the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra. Tickets are $20. All proceeds will benefit the education programs of the Mansfield Symphony. For more information call 419-522-2726, ext. 251.

MUSIC, FLOWERS & SUNSET May 17/VERMILION – Musicions will perform on the street corners, parks and beach from 6-8 p.m. Event is free and open to the public. Call 440-9630772 for more information or visit

6th ANNUAL RIBFEST May 18-19/CELINA – Finger lickin’…lipsmackin’… face wipin’ ribs from vendors from all over Ohio at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Live music by Country Mile, Mark Cantwil, MoBlues, Erastus, and Midnight Special. Fun events, blindfolded golf cart races, rib-eating contest, Ribfest dodgeball tourney. Don’t miss the car show, cruisein and the Ribfest 5k run. Friday at 5 p.m.- midnight & Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight. Admission is $3 per person. For more information or to register for camping and other events visit or call 419-586-3239.

EARTH TO TABLE DINNER GREEK FESTIVAL May 17-20/MANSFIELD – St. Constantine Greek Orthodox Church. Authentic Greek food, dancing and a beer garden. Carry-out is available.

May 19/MILAN – Culinary Vegetable Institute at 6:30 p.m. Featuring Chef Jonathon Sawyer. $75 per person. Reservations are required. Call 419-499-7500 or visit

SPRING PLOWING DAYS May 19-20/LUCAS – Plowing demonstrations. Contests. Free admission. Fiber Arts vendors Saturday. Night Haunt Saturday with snacks, lemonade and stories around the campfire. Call 419-892-2784.

NIGHT FLIGHT USAF JAZZ ENSEMBLE May 21/SANDUSKY - FREE concert, 7 p.m. at the State Theatre. Night Flight is the largest ensemble from within the Concert Band. This 20 piece jazz ensemble combines the best in traditional and contemporary big band jazz. Night Flight performs for official military ceremonies and social functions, and for community concerts and festivals throughout the Midwest. Must reserve tickets. For more information, visit

CHINESE ACROBATS May 26/LAKESIDE - Summer opening ceremony at Hoover Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. Admission is included with purchases of Lakeside daily or season gate pass. For mroe information, call 419-798-4461 or visit online at Page 22


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