Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
History Detective Scavenger Hunt- Saturday, August 1, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., $8/$5 members, Zand Education Center. For more than 80 years, famous people—including aviators, explorers and sports stars—have dedicated trees at The Arboretum. Armed with clues and a map, discover some of the notable people who dedicated trees including the "Galloping Ghost," the first man to orbit the earth and a U.S. Vice President. Arboretum Historian David Vermilion will lead this opportunity for family fun for adults and youngsters.
Swingin' in the Trees- Saturday, August 8, Noon - 4:00 p.m. Free, at the Concert Stage. Join us for an afternoon of free family fun! The entertainment begins at noon with Slapdash Quartet presenting contemporary and standard jazz music. An interactive on-stage music program for children starts at 1pm and moves into a 30-minute dance lesson for kids, teens or just the young at heart. The main event—Swing's the Thing—takes the stage at 2pm and invites the audience to dance along. Swing's the Thing is a 16-piece big band based in central Ohio. The band will bring to life hits from a variety of new artists, as well as play tunes from the books of such legends as Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Woody Herman—just to name a few. Swing's the Thing covers a wide range of dance styles, including swing, rock, ballad, blues, chacha, rumba, mambo, samba, waltz, disco and foxtrot. Throughout the afternoon, children's games and crafts will be offered. Lunch and ice cream will be available for purchase from the Grill on 21st and Weldon's Ice Cream. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are permitted.
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 for information or visit www. dawesarb.org.
Lake Tours - Buckeye Lake. See historic Buckeye Lake by boat. Take a ride on the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society's Queen of the Lake II. The 40-passenger boat cruises every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. from May to October. Board at the Buckeye Lake State Park's North Shore Ramp just off Ohio 79 in the Village of Buckeye Lake. Tours are not operated during thunderstorms. Suggested donations are $11 for adults and $9 for seniors and children. Children under age 5 are free. For more information call (740) 929-1998 or visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org.
Lancaster Festival - Lancaster. July 23 - August 1, around town and at the Ohio University, Lancaster Campus. A world class celebration of music and the arts. Join the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, hundreds of musicians and artists for more than 75 performances during the 12 day Festival! Musical choices from classical to jazzy. An ArtWalk is held on the first Friday night 6 - 10 p.m. Call 1-800-Lanfest or visit www.lanfest.org for more details.
Baltimore Festival - Baltimore. Aug 5-8, at Johnson Park, Baltimore. Free Admission. Princess pageant, Ohio-Erie Canal tours, cruise-in Friday evening, 5K road race 7-9 a.m. and grand parade 10 a.m. Saturday, live entertainment, children's events, raffle, prizes, games, rides, food, craft show and fireworks Saturday night.
Tour of Homes - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association's 24th Annual Tour of Homes is set for Sunday, August 9. This year's tour features home that are built on the Buckeye Lake shoreline. Newly constructed homes as well as original cottage s will be showcased. Guests will be transported by pontoon boats to the homes. The first boat leaves the North Shore boat ramp at noon and the last boat starting the tour leaves at 3 p.m. Free parking is available at the boat ramp, just off Ohio 79 in the Village of Buckeye Lake. Tour donation is $15.
Free Movie - Hebron. Bring the family to Hebron Evans Park for a free screening of "National Treasure 2" on Saturday, July 25. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Free movie nights are sponsored by the Hebron Business Association.
29th Annual MOPAR Nationals - Hebron, National Trail Raceway. August 7 - 9. THIS IS THE BIGGEST SINGLE-MAKE EVENT IN THE WORLD!! Thousands of Mopar show cars, race cars, concept cars, over 1000 swappers, hundreds of vendors and 50,000 of your closest friends! Non-stop action from the time the gates open Friday 'till everyone collapses from exhaustion on Sunday evening... comparing this to other events is like comparing Woodstock to a weekend at your Grandparents house. Meet the legend himself, "BIG DADDY" Don Garlits and see his Sidewinder in action. Visit www.moparnats.org for details.
The Hartford Fair - Croton. The 151st "Biggest Little Fair in the World" will be held Aug.9-15 north of Hartford Village (Croton) in NW Licking County. Some of the grandstand attractions will be country music, Demo Derby, Truck Pull, Horse Pull, Rough Truck. Daily arts/crafts demonstrations, children puppet shows, harness racing Thursday, Friday & Saturday, Mud Run, animals and much more. Visit www.hartfordfair.co for the complete schedule.
Free Admission at the Columbus Museum of Art - Columbus. It's free admission to the Columbus Museum of Art during July and August, including all special exhibitions.
Jazz in the Garden and Music in Our Garden - Columbus Art Museum, Columbus. On selected Sunday afternoons this summer, the Museum's beautiful Russell Page Sculpture Garden will come alive with the sound of music - from classical and chamber, to modern and jazz. Adult admission is $10 per person. Those 18 years and younger are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets are available at thegate.
• Music in Our Garden - Sunday, July 26, 2:00 p.m.
This week's concert features students of Chamber Music Connections led by Tim Roland, viola.
"DOWNTOWN LIVE" - Columbus. DOWNTOWN LIVE, a free Thursday-after work concert series at the corner of State and Third Streets on the plaza (in front of the Hyatt on Capitol Square and 65 East State Street buildings) is back for a fifth summer season. A new feature this year will be the first hour of the concerts from 5-6 p.m. showcasing the acoustic talent of Alex White. Shortly after 6 p.m,. the main talent will take the stage, providing a more energetic and lively experience.
July 23: Lipbone Reading & the LipBone Orchestra
July 30: Granny Shot August 6: Spikedrivers