Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Annual Art Show Opening- Saturday, Aug. 15, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., meet at the Visitors Center. Be our guest at this joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over central Ohio. Visitors will experience works in media such as watercolor, oil paint, fabric art, photography, sculpture and more. Opening night is Saturday, August 15, 6 - 8pm. Be the first to attend the show and mingle with many of the talented artists participating. The show continues daily through August 30. Hours are 8am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday, noon - 5pm, Sunday.
Night Hike- Friday, Aug. 21, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck. 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.
Identifying Asters- Saturday, Aug. 29, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 .pm., $12/$10 members, meet at the Zand Education Center. Asters are a diverse and fascinating family of flowering plants encompassing sunflowers, thistles, zinnias, dandelions, daisies and many more. There are a few tricks and tips that make identifying aster species a bit easier. Arboretum Taxonomic Botanist Dr. David Brandenburg will take you step-by-step through each example. Don't miss a great class and a grand opportunity to become a whiz at keying out these often tricky plants.
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.
Pancake Breakfast- Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 15 at 8474 High Street, Thurston, from 8 a.m. to noon. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children.The menu is: sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Carry-out orders are welcome; call 740-862-6542. Firefighters will answer questions about smoke/CO detectors, blood pressure, diabetic sugar checks, medication lists, and other questions you may have. They will also be taking orders for T-shirts and reflective address signs, which aid the firefighters in locating you in the event of an emergency.
Chicken Dinner - Millersport. Join the Millersport Firefighters Association for a Sunday Chicken Dinner at the firehouse from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 16. Enjoy a grilled 1/2 chicken, homemade noodles, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, rolls, drink and a desert for just $7 for adults and $3 for children. They sold out early in February so don't wait until the last minute. Call 467- 2646 for senior citizen delivery. Proceeds are used for station upkeep and equipment.
The Hartford Fair - Croton. The 151st "Biggest Little Fair in the World" runs through Saturday, Aug. 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.
Rick Brunetto Big Band Buckeye Lake Picnic - Picnic Point, North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake State Park. Do you remember The Crystal Ballroom? Big Bands back at Buckeye Lake? Enjoy dancing to the fabulous 17 piece Rick Brunetto Big Ban on Sunday, August 23. Fried chicken lunch available. Everything gets started at 2:30 p.m. and runs to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person in advance and available at Albanese's IGA and Buckeye Lake Museum. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Queen of the Lake II boat rides, nostalgic games, ice cream, candy concessions. Visit www.rickbrunetto.com for more information.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don't miss these Licking Park District events:
• Saturday, Aug. 22: Coyote, owl, moth and skunk; do you know what one thing all of these creatures have in common? They are nocturnal animals. Join our friends from Ohio Nature Education on Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Morris Woods State Nature Preserve to learn more about these creatures of the dark and attempt to lure some of them in for a closer look. There will also be captive live animals for up close viewing. The program is geared for ages 8 years and up.
There is a $ 3 fee per person with a $10 family max. Park Express Members and their immediate family are free. Deadline for registration is August 18. To register call (740) 587-2535 or e-mail mail@lickingparkdistrict. com. Morris Woods State Nature Preserve is located on Dutch Lane Road, approximately 1 mile east of US Route 62, northeast of Johnstown.
• 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 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. Hosted by the Columbus 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-n-roll. Festival hosts ekoostik hookah close out each night. Frontier Ranch's Bluegrass Stage features daytime and late night music both nights fol- lowing 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. Visit www. hookahville.com for tickets!