Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Bird Walk- Saturday, May 17, 8 - 10 a.m. Join OSU Extension Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists as they help you search for and identify common and spring migratory birds by sight and sound in varied habitats. $5/members free, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck
WildflowerWalk- Sunday, May 18, 2 - 4 p.m. Join OSU Extension Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists as they take you through the woodlands to explore for spring wildflowers.This time of year expect to findDutchman's breeches, Jack- In-The-Pulpit, trilliums, violets and more in the deep woods before the tree leaves emerge. $5/members free, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck
Night Hike- Friday, May 16, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend the hike through collections, woodlands and trails on one of our most popular programs. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck
Plant Sale- Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. It's that time of year to get to The Arboretum and see what gems we pull out of the nursery to offer for sale. Many items are rare trees and shrubs you have seen in our collections but would have difficultylocating in garden centers and nurseries. Two silent auctions this year. Horticulturists will be on hand to answer your questions and offer advice. Free, meet at the Horticulture Complex
Land of Legend Woodcarving Show- Saturday, May 17 & Sunday May 18, Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Enjoy the creations of several local woodcarving artists. Wander through the displays and watch as they demonstrate techniques. Carvings will be available for sale so come out and support your local woodcarvers. Free, at the Visitors Center.
Hardscaping: Dry Stone Path- Saturday, May 31, 9:30 a.m. - noon. This is an excellent opportunity to learn a useful landscaping skill that can be utilized in any yard. In addition to being easy and fun to do, laying a dry stone path is an inexpensive way to add charm and personality to your landscape. We will be setting the dry stone path in the Bonsai Courtyard so space for this workshop is limited. Call to reserve your place today! $10/$8 members, reservation required, meet in the Bonsai Courtyard
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. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES or visit www.dawesarb.org.
Cruisin' on the Commons - Millersport. Coming to Historic Lions Park, Friday, May 16, 5 - 8 p.m., is the Millersport Lions' first car show of the summer… "Cruisin' on the Commons." Only $5 per vehicle gets your car, motorcycle or truck entered into the show. Registration is from 5 - 7 PM. Plaques awarded at 7:30 p.m. There will be games, music, prizes and food. Historic Lions Park is located on Chautauqua Blvd in Millersport only a block from Buckeye Lake's south shore. Take Ohio 204 to "Cruisin' on the Commons."
Buckeye Lake Memorial Day Parade - Buckeye Lake. The third annual Memorial Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 24. The route runs down Ohio 79 from First Community Church to the North Shore Boat Ramp. More than 20 units are pre-registered and space is still available. Registration deadline is May 19. Fees are $5 per non-profit entry and $10 each for all others. Participants and spectators are invited to the North Shore boat ramp for free refreshments following the parade.
French and Indian War Encampment - Infirmary Mound Park. Licking Park District celebrates Licking County's Bicentennial with its first ever French and Indian War Encampment., May 17 -18. The French and Indian War is one of the least known wars fought on American soil, yet it shaped the history of Licking County and America as a nation. The war was between the two super powers of Europe, England and France, and the outcome would set the stage for our nation's war for independence. Battles were fought to retain control of this very land and to turn it into the viable farming tracts that are still in use today! It was this very desire to control the Ohio country for trading that would set the stage for a war that would eventually spread to three other continents. Camps open to the public both days at 10 a.m. The last activity Saturday is set for 8 p.m. Sunday's last event is at 2:30 p.m. Come early and tour the camps to visit with soldiers, natives and civilian camp followers to get a taste of what life was like on the Ohio frontier. There is a $5 parking fee. Visit www.lickingparkdisrict. com for schedule details. This event is sponsored by Park National Bank.
Hookahville 29 - Thornville. Legend Valley presents "Hookahville 29", a three-day music and camping event May 23 through 26, featuring two nights with Columbus based group "Ekoostik Hookah." This year Hookahville is bringing several outstanding artists including "Sam Bush", "Railroad Earth", "Outformation", "Emmitt Nershi Band", "Lotus", "Greensky Bluegrass" and many more! The festival is an all ages event and children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Camping is included in the price of admission, with primitive camping services provided. A wide variety of food and merchandise vendors will also be at the festival. Tickets are $80 for the entire weekend, $65 second round tickets, and $20 Thursday early bird tickets with paid ticket. For more information call 866-55TICKETS, or visit legendvalley.net.