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Close... With The Editor HAVE A HAPPY Easter and Spring! Since my Mother’s birthday was on March 31st, we always knew at the beginning of the month how to plan her celebration - inside or outside. You know the old cliche,’ “in like a lion - out like a lamb, or vice versa. Of couse, that superstition ranks right up there with February’s prediction about the groundhog. Can’t really guarantee either one is worth believing. I wonder if there are any other weather-related superstitions or predictions for any of the other months? More general weather lore for any month is “If the oak flowers before the ash, we shall have a splash. If the ash flowers before the oak, we shall have a soak”. Oak tree and ash tree. This expression refers to weather for the next few days or weeks and indicates in turn only light rain, or very wet weather depending on which tree flowers first. It is said that when cows are lying down in a field, rain is on its way. This is explained by the fact that the cows sense the moisture in the air and are making sure they have somewhere dry to lie down. Next time you see cows in

a field see if they are lying down or standing up. Regardless of what the weather brings us in the upcoming weeks, I can predict it will eventually get warmer, the robins will sing, Spring rains will come and the flowers will soon bud. I can also predict there are several articles in this idea suggesting great places to go, things to do and people to see that will capture your interest. Attention thrill seekers! Looking for a great getaway for the whole family to satisfy their appetites for carnival rides and get their splash on? See page 6 & 7 for details on the soaring on the new eagle zipline at the IX Center’s Indoor Amusement Park. Is a Spring concert more to your liking? Check out pages 9, 13 ir 22. Of course, the educational topic of the month is how to make Maple syrup, page 16 & 17. Last, but not least, I predict whatever the weather, you should have a very happy Easter Sunday with your loved ones!

Kathy Barnett,

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remarkable Percy Hall. MANSFIELD - The For the past twelve years, Mansfield Symphony Youth Percy has dedicated his Strings, under the direction talent, enthusiasm and of Percy Hall, present their inexhaustible energies to spring concert, Music from Youth Strings. To celeAll Over the World, on brate his retirement, it is Sunday, March 17th at 4 pm our hope that many forin the Renaissance Theatre. mer members of this Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 ensemble will attend for students and may be Percy’s final concert as purchased at the conductor– and join us in Renaissance Box Office, by thanking a man who has calling 419-522-2726 and touched so many lives. online at The Youth Strings gram is an education iniThe Youth Strings will tiative of the Mansfield play music that spans the This very special concert pays tribute world including classical to the remarkable Percy Hall. For the past Symphony, supported by pieces by European comtwelve years, Percy has dedicated his tal- the Ohio Arts Council ent, enthusiasm and inexhaustible ener- and part of the posers, an Irish Ballad, a gies to Youth Strings. To celebrate his Mechanics Bank Scottish air, traditional retirement, it is our hope that many forAmerican music and more. mer members of this ensemble will Education Series. It A string ensemble from the attend Percy s final concert as conduc- serves over 50 students in tor— and join us in thanking a man who grades 6-10 from Mansfield Symphony Youth has touched so many lives. Richland and surroundOrchestra, featuring Steve ing counties. For more Au, Laura Grube, Caitlin information on this program or other Renaissance Lehman, Christina Tenison, Kristina Confessor, shows, contact the Renaissance Box Office or visit Heather Ulsh, Kim Getz, Elizabeth Powell, Matt Baer, Colin Henley, Willa Kerkhoff, Andrew Powell, Kendall Kuhn and Aaron Kubasik will WEBSITE: perform as special guests. Many of the pieces the 419-522-2726, ext. 202 musicians will be performing have been arranged Tickets: for the Youth Strings by Percy Hall. or 419-522-2726 This very special concert pays tribute to the

Singing Pianist Duo MARION - Back by popular demand, “Dueling Pianos” will take place at the Marion Palace Theatre May Pavilion. “Dueling Pianos” showcases the talents of two singer/pianists performing favorite music selections from the classics to today’s hits. The evening is complete with a bit of comedy, dancing and singing by audience members and plenty of unforgettable and unique entertainment. During the show, the performers are seated at two pianos. They take turns singing and playing songs that someone in the crowd requests. Once the music begins, the performers never take a break. It becomes a non-stop event. The crowd is asked to sing along and clap their hands in rhythm. Essentially, the audience IS the show, as opposed to the usual “entertainment” dance club or sports bar scene. During the two hour event, the piano players take requests and perform songs from virtually any genre. The entertainers have an impressive repertoire of over 1,000 songs and play everything from Barry Manilow to Metallica. If the audience loves the music, they can sit back and enjoy it. If they don't, they can slap down a written request for the piano players to play something else. People can ask to have a song played and people can ask to stop a song. They can start a song war if they keep going back and forth. “This is a see it to believe it; experience it to enjoy it event. The Palace first presented ‘Dueling Pianos’ in 2009. Those in attendance had so much fun we just had to bring these guys back,” states Marion Palace Theatre Executive Director, Bev Ford. “It is an interactive experience that appeals to all musical tastes. This show will get you out of your seat

doing the Macarena or even a creating a chorus line.” Tickets for “Dueling Pianos” at the Marion Palace Theatre May Pavilion are only $15. Come as a group of 8 or more and the Palace will reserve a table for you.

Seating will be at tables on the main floor and mezzanine levels creating the ideal place to meet friends for a drink, chat, relax and enjoy the entertainment. A cash bar and concession items are available for purchase.

Red Carpet Experience ADKRON - Past Unforgotten IV Black History Musical and Awards Concert is a celebration of our forefathers. It is a time to remember and celebrate the many hardships that our ancestors withstood for our benefit today, not only that we must never forget the Cross Work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Past Unforgotten is a musical, dance, theatrical celebration of where we have come from and where we are going. We also take the time to pay homage to those leaders, activist, movers and shakers in the community who are dedicated to making a brighter future for generations to come. Come out and celebrate the past and get excited about the future with Past Unforgotten IV Black History Musical and Awards Concert.

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songs from Broadway classics AUDITIONS March 10/TIFFIN - 2 p.m. at the National Theatre and the latest hit at The Ritz for Spring Concert for TrideaDANCE. shows in which Ages 14 through adult needed for an April 20 concert they've starred. at The Ritz Theatre. Selected dancers may be asked to JAZZ & MATISSE stay until 5 PM March 23/ASHLAND – FREE EVENT 3-4pm -Dancers should arrive in comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn and show movement phrases Take a trip back in time as you listen to some catchy taught at the audition. Previous dance experience tunes and make fauvism your new favorite style of may be helpful, but is not required. Rehearsal dates art. This session is open to all children. 3 to 4 p.m. prior to Ashland Symphony Young People's Concert. and times are to be determined. For more information, call 419-448-8544.

MOTORSPORTS EXPO FREE IMPROV OPEN MIC NIGHT March 15/MANSFIELD - Presented by the Renaissance Education Department at 7 pm onstage at the Renaissance Theatre. Tickets are not required, although donations will be accepted at the door to support education programs. The public is invited to participate, both onstage in fun improv activities or simply to enjoy the event as audience members. Concessions will be available and the Renaissance Improv class will lead the games. The event promises to be a family-friendly, laugh-out-loud good time, with games similar to the famed “Whose Line Is It Anyway” TV show. For more information on this program or any of the Renaissance Education programs, visit or call 419522-2726

NEIL BERG'S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY March 22/TIFFIN - 7:30 pm. at the Ritz Theatre. Direct from the Big Apple, Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway presents a dazzling cast of five Broadway stars, accompanied by an all-star New York band. Praised composer and lyricist Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway's newest hit shows. This acclaimed musical revue recreates the greatest moments from the finest Broadway shows of the century, featuring the actual stars of musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with

March 22-3/LIMA - 2-10 p.m. at the Allen County Fairgounds. Car show, sprint and late model simulators, door prizes and more. Meet the drivers and crews . Autograph session from noon - 4 p.m. Saturday. Entertainment by Polly Mae at 6 p.m.Friday. Admission $5. 12 & under free. For more information, call 419-222-4894 or visit online at

EASTER EGG HUNT March 23/FREMONT - 10 a.m. to noon at the Fostoria Intermediate School About 6,000 brightlycolored plastic eggs will be strewn about the school lawn Saturday, each filled with sweet treats. The Easter bunny will arrive at 10 a.m. for pictures with kids. The egg scramble will be divided into age categories. For more information, call Mayor Eric Keckler's office at 419-435-8282. The event will be hosted rain or shine.

TREASURE HUNT March 23/SANDUSKY - And Easter Bunny arrival at the Sandusky Mall. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. in the center court. The Easter Bunny will arrive at noon. For more information, call 419-826-8574. or visit online at

SILVER BLADES ICE SHOW March 22-4/FINDLAY - Featuring local skaters and professional performers at The Cube. Reserved seats are $16. General admission is $10 adults & $6 students. 419-333-3333

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