Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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.
Wetland Chronicles: Southward Sojourners- Saturday, November 3, 8 - 10 a.m., Heading for warmer temperatures and plentiful food supplies, waterfowl are winging their way back to their southern "home." Of course, they cannot make the flight without a few breaks and what better place for a relaxing respite than the Dutch Fork Wetlands? We'll have an invigorating early morning walk to look for birds and talk about their remarkable travels. $5/members free, reservation required, meet at the Dutch Fork Wetlands, located on White Chapel Rd.
Wonderful Waterfowl: Dabblers, Divers and Sawbills- Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. - noon, Jim McCormac is by far an expert in the field of ornithology and is an Avian Education Specialist for the ODNR, Division of Wildlife. This talk will use many colorful images to look at the overall picture of Ohio's intriguing waterfowl, delve into interesting facts about them and explore identificationissues. The program concludes with a trip to the Dutch Fork Wetlands to seek out some of these magnificentcreatures. $15/$10 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.
41st Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. This event attracts more than 8,500 horses and more than 600,000 attendees during its Oct. 6-28 run. Spectators will have the opportunity to watch some of the finest horses in the Quarter Horse industry perform in a variety of events from Cutting, Jumping, to Pleasure Driving, to Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure, to Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Roping. More than seven acres of commercial exhibit space offer attendees the opportunity to shop for any imaginable item related to horses. The trade show operates daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is based on a per-vehicle fee, regardless of the number of occupants in the vehicle. A one-time admission is $20 and a whole-show pass is $70. For more information, visit the Ohio Quarter Horse Web site at www.oqha.com.
Apple Butter Stirrin' - Roscoe Village, Coshocton. 38th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin' is October 19-21. With over 100 crafters, this invitational craft festival celebrates the sights, sounds and scents of autumn. Smell the fresh apple butter simmering over an open fireas you stroll through the street to the tunes of bluegrass and old-time music. Watch cooking demonstrations, participate in a craft auction or a hog-calling contest, sign up for a quilt raffle.Events throughout the weekend will include living history tours, canal boat rides, musical entertainment and children's activities.
Thornville Lions Country Fair - Thornville. More than 150 crafters will filldowntown Thornville from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. The rain date is Oct. 28. Free admission and plenty of food.
Halloween Fun - Devine Farms, Hebron. Halloween fun on weekends. Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sundays, noon - 6 p.m. Buy pumpkins and visit the gift shop seven days a week. U.S. 40 between Ohio 37 and Ohio 79. More information at www.devinefarms. com.
Licking Township Fire Company's Haunted House - Franklin Township, 11125 Flintridge Road. Get scared by professionals - firefightersthat is. Open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights for three weekends beginning Oct. 12. Admission Friday nights is a nonperishable food donation that will be donated to the St. Johns Lutheran and Jacksontown United Methodist Church food pantries. Admission Saturday nights is $5 per person.
Red Barn of Horror - Buckeye Lake. Public is welcome at the 'haunted' barn on the KOA Kampground on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake. Open Friday and Saturday nights from 7 - 10 p.m. beginning Oct. 5. Admission is $10. Children under 12 are $6. For more information call (740) 928-0706.
Drive-Thru Haunted Park - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. It's bigger, better and longer this year. Bring the whole family out to Infirmary Mound Park on Ohio 37 for the Licking Park District's spooktacular Drive-Thru Haunted Park October 24-27. No more standing in line, cold and hungry. You can purchase warm food and drinks as you wait in the comfort of your own vehicle for your turn to be scared. Ghosts, ghouls and goblins will emerge under the cover of darkness to celebrate Halloween. Who knows what creatures lurk behind the trees, bushes and shelter houses of Infirmary Mound Park? Find out for yourself, if you dare! This is a family oriented event. Hours are 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $20 per car. Some scenes may not be suitable for very young children. For more information, please contact the Licking Park District at (740) 587-2535.
Millersport Little Lakers Fall Festival - Millersport. Calling all Texas Holde'm players for Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 at American Legion Post 637, 2557 Canal Dr., Millersport. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. Main event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. More information at (740) 467-3607 or (740) 467- 9004.
The Art of the Singing Entertainer by John Davidson - Denision University, Granville. Actor and singer John Davidson, Denison class of 1963, will give an hour-long presentation The Art of the Singing Entertainer in Ace Morgan Theatre, 211 W. College St., in Granville on Friday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m. Along with discussing his career in show business, he will explain how he puts together concerts such as the one he will present that evening at the Midland Theatre in Newark. A question-and-answer session will follow his talk. Davidson has received acclaim for work in theatre, television, film, and nightclubs. Musicals he has starred in include The Fantasticks, Foxy, Oklahoma!, The Music Man, Carousel, The Will Rogers Follies, State Fair, and just last month, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He also toured in the one-man play Bully, portraying Teddy Roosevelt. While at Denison, in addition to Theatre Department productions, he appeared for three seasons in numerous Denison Summer Theatre shows. At the conclusion of the 1963 season, he moved to New York City; by the following year he was appearing with Bert Lahr on Broadway in Foxy. He has hosted TV game and award shows; The Tonight Show; and has appeared in numerous films and television series. Free and open to the public.
5K Buzzard Run - Denison University, Granville. 5K Buzzard Run begins at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, starting at Piper Stadium. Free and open to the public.
See Neptune - Denison University, Granville. The Denison University Department of Physics and Astronomy will host an open house at Swasey Observatory (300 Chapel Drive) with a chance to view the moon, Neptune and the Andromeda Galaxy at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, weather permitting. If skies are clear, visitors will use the Warner and Swasey 9-inch refracting telescope in the observatory's dome and at least one 8-inch reflecting telescope set up at ground level. The telescopes will be accessible until 10 p.m. If the weather forces a cancellation, a voice message will be recorded on the observatory phone line (740- 587-6477). A rain date is set for 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. The first clear night of the two possible dates will be the only night on which the observatory will be open. Free and open to the public.
Proofs and Confirmations - Denison University, Granville. Gordon Lecture Series presents Dr. David Bressoud on Proofs and Confirmations: The Story of the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture; 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25; Burton Morgan Lecture Hall (150 Ridge Road). Free and open to the public. Contact 740-587-6206 for information.
Music Showcase - Denison University, Granville. More than 90 students will perform in Denison's Department of Music Showcase at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive), including the Denison University Orchestra, Singers' Theatre Workshop, Jazz Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble and Jazz Combo. The concert is free and open to the public.
Heisey Wind Ensemble - Granville. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents the first concert of its 23rd season Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. at Denison University's Swasey Chapel. Tickets available at the door, $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, under 12 free. The concert is titled "Fables, Novels, and Poetry." Contact (740) 862-6268, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buckeye Lake Museum - Buckeye Lake. The museum is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m., closed Mondays. It contains more than 1,000 artifacts from lake area that include the Ohio-Erie Canal, the interurban train, the glory days of the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park and an authentic log cabin, and the first house in Buckeye Lake. Donation of $2. Public lake tours are available on the new Queen of the Lake II on Saturdays and Sundays through October, weather permitting. The Queen II embarks from the North Shore boat ramps just off Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. Kids under age 5 ride free. Call (740) 929-1998 for more information.