Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike- Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 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.
Dutch Fork Wetlands Festival- Saturday, Sept. 19, noon - until dark, Free, meet at the Dutch Fork Wetlands. Join The Arboretum for this new family event celebrating wetlands and all they have to offer! Festivities will include: punt boat races, a duck and goose calling contest, and a Bog Jog Family Fun Run at 5:30pm. Cruise through tents showcasing Ohio's wetlands and specifically Licking County's wetlands. Duck decoy woodcarvers will be on hand, as well as wetland photographers highlighting their work. The day's activities will culminate with a bonfire at 8pm.
Music in the Garden Series- Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Free, at the All Seasons Garden. Stroll through the All Seasons Garden and soak up the beauty while listening to the lovely sound of live music during this final installment in the 2009 Music in the Garden Series. Back by popular demand, Classic Brass with an added drummer will play in the garden this month. Bring a lawn chair or blanket if desired. In case of rain, the performance will move to the Visitors Center.
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.
Devine Farms Opening Weekend - Hebron. September 19 is Opening Weekend for our Pumpkin Festival! Devine Farms is in five farm buildings so rain or shine, come on down to the farm. On opening weekend, we offer a $1 discount off our Make a Scarecrow activity. Bring your own shirt & pants, and it's only $3 for the family to make a scarecrow. $7 when you use our clothes. Bring your family & enjoy the fall season. Devine Farms, 672 National Rd. (Rt.40), between SR 37 & 79, Hebron. 1.5 miles off I-70, exit 126 North www.devinefarms.com or 740-928-832
Lakewood Homecoming Parade Hebron. Join Lakewood Schools and the Hebron Business Association for the third annual parade on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The parade leaves Evans Park at 5:45 p.m. and heads down 9th Street to Main Street (US 40), turning right onto 5th Street then onto Broad and Second Street to Canal Park. Stay for the pep rally featuring the Lakewood football team, cheerleaders and band.
Backwoods Fest - Thornville. Three days of arts, crafts, food and music in the woods outside Thornville. More than 250 crafters, open fire kettle-cooked food, roving musicians and a pre-1840 enccampment. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Rain or shine. Admission is $7 and children 10 and under are free. Parking is free.For more information visit www.thornvillebackwoodsfest. com
Library League - Hebron. The Hebron Library invites teens in grades six through 12 to join the Library League. The Library League is a group of teens teaming together to chat about books, what's current and library programs. Teens have the opportunity to share their ideas and hang-out with other teens. We are meeting on September 29 from 5:30-6:30 and we are discussing The Hollow People by Brian Keaney. Visit Hebron Library at 934 West Main Street in Hebron or call 740.928.3923 for more information
Native Harvest Festival - Newark. Come out to Great Circle Earthworks from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Bring a picnic or buy dinner from NAICCO. Visit an indigenous garden from the Hopewell period planted by Miller Elementary School students. Story-telling, craft-making, and Native cultural presentations by the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio. Free and open to the public. For more information: www. newark.osu.edu
Paul Bunyan Show - Cambridge. The Ohio Foresty Association's annual show returns October 2-4, at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds just outside of Cambridge (Old Washington exit off I-70). Visitors will find more than 130 exhibitors who represent all facets of the forest industry throughout North America. New to the event this year is The Game of Logging Professional, Landowner and Collegiate National Finals. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, children under 6 are free. Fee covers all events and entrance into all exhibit halls and educational seminars. Parking is free.