Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Wetland Chronicles: Damsels in Distress- Saturday, June 2, noon - 2pm, Dragonflies are an important part of wetland wildlife and play a big roll in its general ecology. They are among the most beautiful and spectacular insects flying today and they are also among the most ancient of living creatures. We'll talk about these and other wetland Odenates: the damselflies. As we're coming up on the summer solstice this time of year is dominated by the overwhelming presence of the sun and usually lack of rain. Learn how these water dependant creatures adapt. $5/members free, reservation required, meet at the Dutch Fork Wetlands, located on White Chapel Rd.
27th Ohio Regional Bonsai Show- Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10. Saturday, noon - 7pm and Sunday, 11am - 5pm, The Dawes Arboretum invites you to experience the art of bonsai at the 27th annual Ohio Regional Bonsai Show. Free demonstrations will be on going throughout the weekend. A workshop will be held on Saturday, June 9, 1 - 4pm. The workshop will focus on beginning bonsai and is perfect for those just starting out. The fee is $30/$25 members. Registration for the workshop is required. Over one hundred bonsai specimens are displayed in the Firelight Room and Bonsai Courtyard for viewing. If you are so inclined to start your own bonsai or if you are an old pro looking for supplies, vendors will be on the Visitors Center Deck beginning at 8am each day. Free, except workshop on Saturday, meet at the Visitors Center.
Woody Plant Health Care: Maintenance & Identifying Problems Saturday, June 16, 9 - 11am, Presented will be current methods of identifying, monitoring and managing various stresses that affect woody plants. The group will tour The Arboretum and discuss examples of the more common problems associated with landscape plant material. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for the Saturday walk. $20/$15 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Fee and reservations required for some programs. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www.dawesarb.org.
"Fool for Love" - Newark. Production of "Fool for Love" at 7:30 p.m. on May 24, 25, 26 and 31, and June 1 and 2 in the Black Box Theatre at OSU-Newark in LeFevre Hall. Admission is $4.
"Hookahville 27" - Thornville. Hookahville returns to Legend Valley May 25-27, featuring Ekoostik Hookah. Special guests are: Rusted Root, The Wailers, Hot Buttered Rum, Tea Leaf Green, Freekbass, Oakhurst, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Back Forty, The Ark Band, Macpodz, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Papadosio and Stephan Mikes. Tickets are available on-line at www.legendvalley.net or at the gate.
The Circus is Coming - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Firefighters Association is bringing back the popular Kelly Miller Circus for two shows, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., under the big top behind Albanese Food Gallery on Ohio 79. Advance tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children and are available at Albanese Food Gallery, Park National in Hebron and National City in Buckeye Lake. Admission at the gate is $12 for adults and $6 for children.
Longaberger Homestead - Frazeysburg. At the Longaberger Homestead, you'll be amazed at the variety of unique shopping, entertainment and dining options. Be sure to tour the manufacturing campus, where you can watch hundreds of basket makers weave these top quality maple baskets, carrying on the Longaberger tradition. Call Guest Relations at 740-322-5588 or visit the Longaberger web site for more information. www.longaberger. com.
+ Basketfest Reunion - June 8- 10, A reunion for all of your favorite Longaberger friends and family! The weekend will highlight the history and heroes of basketmaking while treating guests to a whole new basket experience.
Moonshine Festival - New Straitsville, May 24 - 28. Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, the Moonshine Festival features a variety of events including a working Moonshine Still Display, local history museum, fleamarket vendors, moonshine burgers, moonshine pie, moonshine doggies, carnival rides and games, good food, souvenirs, talent show, car/truck show, Cruise-In, and free entertainment including Grand Ole Opry Show on Sunday featuring Stella Parton. The God Bless the USA Veterans parade is held on Thursday evening at 7:00pm and the festival concludes with the Grand Parade on Memorial Day at 3:00pm.The Festival opens 5pm Thursday/Friday, and Noon Saturday/Sunday/Monday.
National Road Yard Sale - US 40 through Licking County, The National Road is the first funded road by the government. Legislation was signed in 1806 by President Thomas Jefferson. Today, we call it Rt. 40. Communities and folks along the Licking County portion of Rt. 40/National Road are having yard sales! Start at the east end of the county at Brownsville and travel west to Kirkersville and beyond! Some sales go from 5/30 to 6/3 but most along the road will only have sales on Sat., June 3 from 9 am to 4 pm, Contact (740) 928-8320.
Polo - Granville, Polo on the Bryn Du Mansion front lawn every Sunday at 2pm, June through Sept. in Granville. Join the fun as the Columbus Polo Club takes on clubs from around the state. Meet the players and horses. Bring a picnic and tailgate right on the lawn. Enter from Newark Granville Road. Weather permitting, check www.columbuspolo. com or call 740-967-PLAY for more information.
Open Bog Day - Buckeye Lake, Explore the ancient mysteries of the Cranberry Bog Saturday, June 23. Guided tours by the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society in cooperation with the State of Ohio are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m with no reservations necessary. The society is asking a $10 per person donation to cover costs.The cost is $5 per child up to 18 years with under 5 years free. Boats for this tour launch at the Buckeye Lake North Shore Boat Launch on Ohio 79. Contact (740) 929-1998.
South Pacific - Newark. Weathervane Playhouse presents South Pacific, with award-winning music by Rodgers and Hammerstein. South Pacific is considered by many to be the greatest musical of all time. May 31- June 1 and June 6 - 9, 8 pm, and June 9 Matinee, 2 pm. Adult tickets $23, for more information, visit weathervaneplayhouse.org.
Auditions - Millersport. Try out for the Millersport Community Theatre's production of Li'l Abner at 2 p.m. May 26 or 6 p.m. on May 27 in Steve Mohler's music room in the Millersport Elementary School. Bring a lively song to sing, an accompanist will be provided. If you can't make either day, call Steve Mohler (740-467-2029) for an appointment.