Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike- Friday, Oct. 16, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 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.
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. throught 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.
Halloween Fun - Devine Farms, Hebron. Our annual Pumpkin Festival runs through Oct. 25. Devine Farms is in five farm buildings so rain or shine, come on down to the farm. Clip ad for a FREE ride on the Barrel Train. Bring your family & enjoy the fall season. Devine Farms, 672 National Rd. (Rt.40), between Ohio 37 & 79, Hebron. 1.5 miles off I-70, exit 126 North www.devinefarms. com or 740-928-8320.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department is holding a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 17 at 8474 High Street, Thurston. The menu is: sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Call 740-862-6542 for carry-out orders.. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Firefighters will be available to answer your questions about smoke/ CO detectors, blood pressure, diabetic sugar checks and medication lists. They will also be taking orders for Tshirts and reflective address signs, which help them locate your home in an emergency.
Senator Bill Bradley and Speaker Newt Gingrich - Denison University, Granville. Denison University is presenting “Leadership in a Changing World: An Evening with Senator Bill Bradley and Speaker Newt Gingrich,” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 740-587-6611 or visit www.denison.edu .
School’s Out Movie - Newark Library. Watch the movie The Tale of Despereaux (rated G, 94 min.) at the Newark Library on Friday, October 16 at 2:30 p.m. The whole family will enjoy this story of a tiny hero with a big heart. After the movie, there will be fun Despereaux puzzle pages and bookmarks to take home. Call the Children’s Department at 349.5550 for more information.
Apple Butter Stirrin’ - Roscoe Village, Coshocton. Historic Roscoe Village celebrates autumn with the enticing aroma of fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire and the brilliant hues of the season for its 40th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’. Held October 16, 17 & 18, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the festival offers fun and entertainment for all ages. Activities include an invitational craft show, crafter demonstrations, special appearances by Johnny Appleseed, strolling storytellers, food booths and a variety of contests including the ever-popular spelling bee on Saturday morning at 11 am in the One- Room Schoolhouse. Main stage entertainment includes the Claxon Family Band, SilverLiners, New Towne Cloggers, Country Sunrise Special (Nicholas Family), the Todd Taylor Show, Wildwood & Friends, Homestead Creek and much more. Lots of children’s activities will be offered at a designated children’s area. For a complete schedule of events call toll-free 800-877-1830 or visit www.roscoevillage.com.
Homemade Mincemeat - Baltimore. It’s time to order delicious homemade mincemeat from Trinity United Church of Christ for your holiday pies. $8 per quart. Call 740-862-4022.
Bob Evans Farm Festival - Rio Grande. If you’ve never been “Down on the Farm” - now is your chance! Bob Evans Farms is serving up three days of entertainment, traditional crafts, children’s activities and unique attractions at the 39th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival, Oct. 9, 10 and 11. The annual harvest season celebration includes square-dancing tractors, chainsaw carvers, a timber show and farm demonstrations and contests. More than 100 artisans demonstrate and sell their wares. And of course, there will be delicious food! Headlining the musical entertainment are Dailey & Vincent, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “2008 Entertainers of the Year Award.” Throughout the weekend, festival visitors can also catch bluegrass, country and gospel groups Union Valley, The Hart Brothers, For His Glory, Lonesome Meadow Band, the Davisson Brothers Band, The Joe Freeman Band, New Jerusalem, The Shaffers and Johnny Staats’ Project. Dailey & Vincent are scheduled to perform Sunday.
The festival is held at the historic Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages six to 18, and free for children age five and under. A complete schedule of activities, entertainment and demonstrations is available at www.bobevans.com/farmfestival.