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Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Wetland Chronicles: Nature's Palette- Saturday, October 6, 1 - 3 p.m., Colors in the wetland are still exploding before the first killing frost. This is the last hurrah of the year for the wetlands before the end of the growing season. A lively hike through the area will expose some of the subtle changes that precede winter's chilly grasp. A special children's activity tent will be staffed so that all ages may enjoy the beauty of the wetlands at their chosen pace. $5/$2 children/members free, reservation required, meet at the Dutch Fork Wetlands, located on White Chapel Rd.
Adding Fall Color to the Garden- Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. - noon, Color in fall doesn't only come from trees and neither does it come only from colorful leaves. Learn what makes for a beautiful fall color season. See what can add color in the gardens at this glorious time of the year while having an opportunity to leisurely stroll in The Arboretum. $8/$5 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Night Hike- Friday, October 19, 7 - 9 p.m. Who's afraid of the dark? Not nocturnal creatures in Ohio! No need to fear, this night hike will be full of the same traditional fun that you have come to expect at The Arboretum's monthly night hike. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
Plant Oktoberfest- Saturday, October 20, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. This all-day conference focuses on selection, landscaping for the homeowner. Mitch Lynd discusses growing apples in your back yard that are better than any storebought apple. Jennifer Bartley will present a program on designing the new kitchen garden. After lunch, Richard Larson will talk about native plants in the landscape. Before the day ends with a round table discussion, Dr. Steven Still will present a program on new and underused perennials in the landscape. Registration fills fast for this program. Please call 740.323.2355 to register. Please note that the fee includes lunch. $60, includes lunch, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
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.
Gathering of Mustangs & Legends - Columbus. The Gathering will present four days of amazing aerial demonstrations and performances including an estimated 100 P-51 Mustang aircraft and additional World War II fighters/bombers, U.S. Air Force aircraft including the elite demonstration team known as the Thunderbirds and top civilian performers, Sept. 27 -30 at Rickenbacker International Airport. Marking the Mustangs 65th year in combat history, there are only approximately one percent of the original 15,868 Mustangs flying today; the majority of those planes will be here. As rare as the P-51 has become, the great veterans of WWII are even rarer. This is what the event is all about - these men and women - to reunite them together again: to Honor, to Thank, to Hear their stories one more time.
In addition to celebrating the history of the P-51 Mustang and Legends, we will also feature a World-Class Air Show celebrating Air Force Heritage past and present. WWII fighters that flewwith and against each other such as the P-40, P-63, P-47, P-38, ME-109, FW-190, and Spitfire are expected to be in attendance along with some of the country's top Air Show Performers at this incredible aviation celebration!
Tickets can be purchased on a daily basis for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A discounted fourday combo pass is also available and includes attendance on Thursday, which is otherwise closed to the general public. General Admission grants access to the event. Attendees must bring their own seating, if desired. Adult tickets start at $10.
For more information go to www.gml2007.com.
Pumpkin Egg Hunt - Devine Farms, Hebron. Sixth annual Pumpkin Egg Hunt starts, rain or shine, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Eggs are hidden in three buildings for ages 2-10. Anyone wearing a custom gets a free Barrel Train ride. U.S. 40 between Ohio 37 and Ohio 79. More information at www. devinefarms.com.
Baltimore Farmers' Market - Old Basil Firehouse. Buy fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies and crafts every Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. The old Basil Fire House is at the corner of West Market Street (Ohio 256) and North High Street. Free entertainment the last Friday of each month. Sponsored by the Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee.
Homemade Pies - Millersport. TWIG 13 sells delicious homemade pies starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Watson's Valero. Pies cost $8 each and proceeds benefit Fairfield Medical Center patients.
Lakewood Homecoming Parade - Hebron. A parade, pep rally and bonfireis set for Thursday, Sept. 27. The parade takes off from Kroger's at 7 p.m. to Evans Park for the rally with the football team and cheerleaders. US 40 will be closed in Hebron for the duration of the parade. Sponsored by the Hebron Business Association. Call (740) 928-6991 for more information.
Fall Frolic - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. The Licking Park District welcomes renowned carriage clinician, Andy Marcoux, to the annual Fall Frolic, Sept. 29-30. Andy, owner and operator of Coachman's Delight, has been training and driving horses for over 14 years. He will be educating both novice and experience carriage enthusiasts about the art of carriage driving. Spectator admission is free! Witness the charisma of horse and driver as they attempt their skills at the cones course, scavenger hunt, clinics and more. Spectators will also enjoy watching the grace, ease and skills of the horses and drivers. For more information, call at (740) 587-2535.
Sexual Politics of Meat- Granville. Eco-feminist author and activist Carol Adams at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the auditorium of Slayter Hall (200 North Road) as part of The McGregor Connections Initiative series. In this interactive presentation-style event, Adams challenges her audience to think critically about media images and popular culture. Free and open to the public. To confirm,call 740- 587-6202.
Stablemates 4-H Club Fundraiser - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Come out Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. for a Scavenger Hunt Trail Ride or Hike. Corn hole tournament and fun show starts at noon. Prizes, food and pony rides. Proceeds benefit St. Jude's Research Hospital.
Sidney Poitier - Columbus. The Academy Award winning actor, writer, director, and diplomat Sidney Poitier, best known for films like The Blackboard Jungle and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, recounts the uplifting and inspiring story of his life, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Mershon Auditorium, Ohio State University College of the Arts, contact (614) 292-3535 or (614) 431-3600 for tickets, and (614) 292-5171 for more information.
Eerie Halloween Getaways - Mansfield.Mansfield,Ohio is the place for truly unusual and spooky Halloween escapes. From a haunted prison, to a live play telling the creepy story of a real local character accused of murder and autumn hayrides, visitors can findinformation on all these attractions online at www.mansfieldtourism. com or by calling (800) 642-8282.
• The Ohio State Reformatory Historic Site, once a working prison, and the site for several movies, is now a wellknown tourism attraction. This year, the Reformatory will offer "The Night 'They' Came Home" Haunted Prison Experience. Billed as one of the scariest places in the Midwest, the event features the longest haunted cellblock ever and loads of ghosts, demons and creepy characters brought to life via live actors, Hollywood special effects and high-tech scare devices. The Haunted Prison Experience runs September 28 through October 31, Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.-midnight; and Sundays, 7-10 p.m., Admission is $15 and the tour is not recommended for children under 10.
• Just a few miles away, "The Undead Haunted Experience" takes place in an old department store, where an abandoned secret government lab is reputed to lie beneath a modern mall. Experiments of the late 1950s said to have gone haywire. The store was sealed and forgotten for decades until renovations unleashed bizarre human and insect mutations and rampaging zombies. Tickets are $12. "The Undead" runs concurrently with the Haunted Prison dates and times.
Travelers can take advantage of specially designed affordable getaway packages when planning to experience Mansfield'sHalloween activities. For more information or to book a getaway, consumers can visit www. mansfieldtourism.com or (800) 642-8282.
Denison University Theatre - Granville. Denison has two primary theater spaces: the Leroy "Ace" Morgan Theater, a 200-seat proscenium house, and the Burke Hall Theater, a 3,600- square foot black box space. For ticket information, contact (740) 587-6266.
• Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, September 28-29, October 2-6, The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. The six characters of Lynn Nottage's multi-award winning play each "wears" the intimate emotional underpinnings of race, class, education, hope, or despair, and it is this psychological clothing that shape their destinies. A bittersweet tale of one woman who triumphs over life's adversities because she wears the ineffable quality of "heart", the most intimate apparel of all.
Legend Valley - Thornville. The outdoor venue known for bringing the Grateful Dead, ZZ Top, Hank Williams. Jr., and Bon Jovi to the Lake Area is open and rockin' once again! It's located just south of the I-70 and Ohio 13 interchange. For detailed directions and ticket information, visit www.legendvalley.net.
• Sept. 28 and 29- The Harvest Moon festival featuring One Under.
Jazz Guitar Fest - Granville. Denison's 11th Annual Jazz Guitar Festival returns Oct. 6-7. Renowned musiciansincluding Jack Wilkins, Peter Bernstein, Jeff Sherman, Tim Cummiskey, Chris Buzzelli, Stan Smith and Tom Carrollwill be on campus during the weekend, which will include two concerts and an afternoon of clinics. The free clinics will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Burke Rehearsal Room (240 West Broadway). The free concerts are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 featuring the Jack Wilkins Trio and Tim Cummiskey and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 featuring the Peter Bernstein Trio with Jack Wilkins and Jeff Sherman, Tim Cumminskey, Chris Buzzelli and Tom Carroll. Both concerts are in the Burke Recital Hall. The festival was founded and is hosted by Tom Carroll, Denison's instructor of guitar and coordinator of jazz studies. See the Department of Music Web site at www.denison.edu/academics/ departments/music/ for more information.
Jazz guitarist Jack Wilkins - Granville. The Beck Lecture Series presents a concert by premier jazz guitarist Jack Wilkins at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, The Roost, Slayter Hall (200 North Road). Wilkins teaches at New York University's New School and at the Manhattan School of Music. The recipient of an National Endowment for the Arts grant, he has played and recorded with Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Manhattan Transfer, the Brecker Brothers and many more. His latest CDs include Reunion and The Benedetto Players in Concert.Free and open to the public. To confirm,call 740-587- 6616.