Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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. . Throughout the afternoon, children's games and crafts will be offered. Lunch and ice cream will be available for purchase. 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.
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.
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.
Caesar Creek Meteor Shower Campout - Waynesville. Caesar Creek State Park and the Miami Valley Astronomical Society are offering one of the region's best for venues for viewing shooting stars on August 8, during the annual Perseid meteor shower. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., Caesar Creek will host a meteor shower program at the main state park beach. The Astronomical Society will have telescopes and other equipment on hand for park visitors to view stars and planets. Park naturalists, accompanied by certified volunteer naturalists, will help keep stargazers entertained until the meteors appear with family oriented games, crafts, and a night hike. All activities are free of charge. For the night of August 8 only, Caesar Creek State Park visitors participating in the meteor shower program may camp at the beach area free of charge. Campers must register by calling 513-897-2437 in advance, or they can register in person the day of the event at the main beach shelter house. Tents may be pitched on the beach lawn, and recreational vehicles and trailers may be parked on the beach parking lot for the event. Caesar Creek State Park is located at 8570 East State Route 73, Waynesville. For more information about the program and the park, see www.caesarcreekstatepark.com.
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.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don't miss these Licking Park District events:
• Saturday, Aug. 29: Cruise In At The Park, Saturday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Infirmary Mound Park. Rev up your engines and join us from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for a day full of classic cars and trucks. Trophies will be awarded to top 25 vehicles. If you have a car or truck you would like to enter, load up and meet at the James Bradley Center. Registration is $5.00 and takes place from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Enjoy classic cars and trucks, oldies and homemade food. For more information visit www. lickingparkdistrict.com.
Fall Hookahville - Pataskala. Trickle Productions LLC presents Hookahville XXXII a three-day music and camping event Sept. 3-5. Hookahville is an Ohio music festival institution celebrating its 15th year in 2009. Fall Hookahville will be held at Frontier Ranch Music Center in Pataskala, Ohio. Hosted by the Columbus, Ohio group ekoostik hookah who headline both nights, the music and camping event features the talents of veterans of the improvisational music world, as well as some of the top younger talent the scene has to offer.
This year's lineup again crosses genre boundaries blending talents of roots music to New Orleans funk to bluegrass to good ole' rock-nroll. Festival hosts ekoostik hookah close out each night. Frontier Ranch's Bluegrass Stage features daytime and late night music both nights following the main stage performances. Friday night Early Bird camping will feaure music by Cornmeal.
Presale tickets for Hookahville are available for $65 in advance and will be $80 at the gate. Early bird camping is available beginning Friday at 12 noon for an additional $20 per person, with paid festival admission. Tickets include camping, parking and shows.
Hookahville has designated camping areas for the handicapped, families and those wishing a quiet camping area. Children 12 and under are admitted free, and the festival is an all ages event. Camping is included in the price of admission, with primitive camping services including bathrooms, medical staff and water. Vendors offer many different dining choices as well as a wide variety of merchandise. Alcohol is not sold at Hookahville; however you are free to bring your own. Visit www.hookahville.com for tickets!
Newark C&W Association - Newark. The Newark Chapter of the Ohio Country & Western Music Association meets Sunday, Aug. 9 at the Grotto Hall, 124 Waterworks Road, Newark, 1 p.m., entertainment by Dick and Donna Gee, the Newark Chapter Staff Band, and a jam session. Guests are $2 at the door, members $1, door prizes, raffles, cakewalks, and special drawings, open to the public, contact (740) 323-2715.