Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Bluegrass, Barbecue and Boom!- Sunday, Sept. 6, 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, This Labor Day weekend event will feature bluegrass bands, barbecue vendors and fireworks. Gates open at 3pm. Music begins at 3:30pm.
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.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don't miss these Licking Park District events:
• Saturday, Sept. 12: Wings and Webs, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lobdell Reserve, main parking area, Mounts Road, Alexandria. With the help of our friends from Ohio Nature Education we will search the meadows for migrating Monarch butterflies to capture and band. While searching for the Monarchs we will also keep our eyes open for garden spiders or Argiopes; some of the largest and most colorful spiders that inhabit the meadows. Live predators will also be on hand. Ages 8 years and up. Registration deadline is August 28. $3 per person, $10 per family max, Park Express Members free. Call (740) 587-2535 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Flint Ridge Knap-In - Near Brownsville. The Ohio Historical Society and the Flint Ridge Lithic Society partner to present this unique gathering of individuals from all over the country, Sept. 4-6, who are skilled in the ancient craft of making tools and weapons from flint and other stone materials. There is a large selection of flint products for sale and flint knapping and other ancient skill technology demonstrations are held throughout the event. On Saturday, an archaeologist will be present to identify artifacts brought in by the public. There also will be long dart competitions sponsored by the Ohio Atlatl Association. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Admission: $5/car. For more information, call 800.283.8707.
Sweet Corn Festival - Millersport. Capping off four nights of free entertainment on three stages is Grand Ole Opry Legend John Conlee in concert 8 p.m.on Friday, Sept. 4 and that hot, young Nashville Star Tracy Lawrence appearing on Saturday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m. The Grand Parade kicks off the 63rd Annual Sweet Corn Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m. with the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band leading a field of 16 area high school bands. Come enjoy hot buttered sweet corn served piping hot and plenty of other tempting food delicacy all prepared and served by over a thousand volunteers. All food and game booths are operated by Central Ohio Area non-profit community-based organizations, making this four-day event one of the largest charitable fundraising projects. There is something for everyone, young and old alike: tractor pulls, farm animals, children's contests, clogging, square dancing, historical buildings, games, and midway rides. On Saturday, Sept. 5, the 5-K Run starts at 9 a.m.and the festival finishes with a big cash drawing at 11 p.m. for $10,000. Free admission. Parking $10. Hours: Sept. 2 - 4: 5 -11 p.m.; Sept. 5: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information visit www. sweetcornfest.com Sponsored by the Millersport Lions Club, come see why it's ear-resistible!
Swappers Day - Johnstown. Come out Saturday, Sept. 5 for the Sportsmen's Club Swappers Day. It is one of the oldest, largest, most exciting flea markets in Central Ohio. This is our 65th year! Parking and shuttle - Free. Kids under 12 are free. Admission of $4 ushers you into a world of shopping, exciting dog races across our lake and more food. Visit www.johnstowncommunitysportsmansclub. com,
31st National Mustang Racers/ Ford Expo - National Trail Raceway. The Center of the Ford Universe, Sept. 4 -6! Vintage and current muscle cars and show cars, swappers, vendors, the one place to see everything from Edsel Station Wagons to new Shelby Mustangs. Wild drag racing action all weekend. Details at www.nmraracing. com
Licking County Community Prayer Breakfast - OSU Newark. Start Friday, Sept. 11 with prayer and an inspirational message from OSU great and NBA Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas in Adena Hall. Lucas' message will focus on improving family relationships and his pursuit of personal peace. Reservations are required and individual tickets are $15 per person. Doors open for the buffet breakfast at 6:00 with the program beginning at 6:30 (to conclude by 7:45). Visit lcprayerpartners.org for more information.
Echoes of the Past - Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark. Join the Licking County Historical Society for its populr annual graveyard walk at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. Hear actors from the Licking County Players Suitcase Theater group present stories of past Licking County citizens as they "come back to life" at their grave sites! Meet at the Cedar Street entrance. Free for LCHS members and $5 for non-members.
Lite The Nite Car Show - Newark. Voted the #1 Downtown Car Show for the past eight years by Cruisin' Times Magazine - Ohio's premier car show returns to Newark's downtown Square on Saturday, September 12th. This is the 24th annual "Lite The Nite Car Show". Nearly 600-700 vehicles including antiques, vintage, street rods, classics, motorcycles, and specialty cars are expected. Registration is from 9:00am till 4:00pm, on Saturday, September 12th, at the Gazebo on the downtown square. The 2009 fee is $10 per entry. Awards and trophies will be presented at 8:30 p.m. from the steps on the eastside of the Licking County Courthouse, and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day! Money raised by the "Lite The Nite Car Show" support the annual Christ- mas Holiday Lighting of the Licking County Courthouse, and other community charities. The holiday decorated Courthouse celebrating its 61st year is a Licking County tradition, dating back to 1949. A number of vendors and crafts will have displays on the Courthouse lawn. The local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America will display government vehicles. Also, the Red Cross will be doing blood drive during the day. The 2009 "Lite The Nite Car Show" will feature a wide range of oldies music provided by the Newark Rodders Car Club. In addition, Newark Mayor Bob Diebold's Band 'Midlife Crisis' will be performing from the Courthouse steps at selected times during the day.
Bake Sale - Thornport. The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 51 will be holding a bake sale on from 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday, September 11. Donations of baked goods are welcome. They can be dropped off at the Post at 9293 Township Rd. 79 NW, on either Thursday or Friday. For more information call Denise Chrysler at 740-246-4880.