Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Plant Sale and Garden Fair - Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come spend the day at the new and improved Plant Sale and Garden Fair featuring live and silent auctions. Purchase some of the gems grown in The Arboretum’s nursery—several are rare and hard to find in local garden centers and nurseries. Among the offerings are Dawes Favorites and introductions such as Silver Ghost lacebark pine and Dawes Emerald Tiger Grosser maple. A variety of annuals, perennials, herbs and garden vegetables will also be available for a one–stop shopping experience. Meander through the many merchants and professionals offering wares and services in all areas of gardening, landscaping and home decor. The smell of the food court will surely entice you to stay for lunch! Wagons are welcome and encouraged to transport all of your treasures.
Wildflower Walk and Book Signing: Join local author David Brandenburg of the newly released National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America Saturday, May 15 for a pleasant stroll through meadow and woodland. Participants will receive their own copy of the book, which they may get signed. There are two sessions: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 - 4 p.m. Cost is $20/$15 members. Meet at the Visitors Center. Brandenburg will also be signing copies of his book during our annual Plant Sale & Garden Fair hours.
Home Gardening Series: Hummingbirds- Saturday, May 22, 9 – 11 a.m., $15/$8 members, reservation required, Visitors Center. Hummingbirds are natural wonders of the bird world. Weighing a mere fraction of an ounce, hummers have the ability to fly straight ahead, upward, downward and backward. In central Ohio, we typically have one species of hummer, the Ruby–throated Hummingbird. This small wonder flies thousands of miles each year as it migrates from wintering grounds in Central and South Americas to breeding grounds in North America. We’ll give hints on how to entice hummingbirds to visit your landscape, be it plants or feeders. We’ll also give helpful information on how to keep the hummers around all season.
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.
18th Annual Chrysler Classic - Hebron. National Trail Raceway kicks off the 2010 special event season with three days of wide-open Mopar Madness May 14-16! Drag racing, car show, swappers, vendors and more! Check the Chrysler Classic website for complete details: www.ccevents.com.
Meet Your Best Friend - Columbus. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is the place to “Meet Your Best Friend” Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Colo’s Cove picnic area. This weekend is dedicated to the celebration of domestic animals. Guests may adopt a new pet after visiting numerous dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits from more than 12 different organizations. Some of the organizations participating include the Humane Society serving Clark County, a Purrfect Start, Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue, A.D.O.P.T. Pet Rescue, Columbus Rabbit Society, Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, Louisville Weimarainer Rescue Inc., Pawsitive Outcomes, Cat Welfare Association, Franklin County Dog Shelter and the Humane Society of Delaware County. Staff from these organizations will be on hand to answer any questions and provide assistance with choosing the best pet for you. Due to adoption policies, animals will not be able to go home with their new family that day. Arrangements can be made for their pickup at their animal shelters. Access to this event is included with the daily ticket price and free for Columbus Zoo members. For discounted admission tickets visit your local Kroger store.
Open House/Fly-In - Fairfield County Airport, Lancaster. The Historical Aircraft Squadron Museum is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Open House/Fly-in on Saturday, May 15. The rain date is Sunday, May 16. Breakfast is available beginning at 8 a.m. with lunch available until 2 p.m. The museum’s B-26-B bomber will be flying and the museum will be open. Day includes Young Eagle flights, skydiving and planes and helicopters on display. Plane and helicopter rides for a nominal fee. Everyone is welcome.
Cruisin’ on the Commons - Millersport. It’s car show season. The Millersport Lions Club’s Cruisin’ on the Commons returns to Lions Park from 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday, May 21. Registration is 5 - 7 p.m. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Check ’em out and have fun with door prizes, 50/50 and trivia games.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department is holding a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 15 at 8474 High Street. 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 welcomed: call 740-862- 6542. Firefighters will 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 you in the event of an emergency.
Spaghetti Dinner - Hebron. Join Boy Scout Troop 33 at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, for a spaghetti dinner at the Hebron Masonic Temple, 116 N. High St. $5 per plate with kids $2.50 and three and under free. Proceeds helps scouts go to Sea Base, a high adventure camp in Florida.
Spring Fling - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. The name and weekend may have changed but there will be plenty of horsing around during The Licking Park District’s Spring Fling, normally known as Fall Frolic. Nationally renowned carriage clinician, Andy Marcoux, will return to the annual carriage event at Infirmary Mound Park on May 21-23, 2010. Marcoux, owner and operator of “Coachman’s Delight,” located near Boston, Massachusetts, has been training and driving horses for over 16 years. He will be schooling both novice and experienced carriage enthusiasts alike in the art of carriage driving. This educational opportunity will give participants a chance to get their carriage driving questions answered while learning fun tips to make their ride more relaxing. Spectators will revel in this highly specialized sport as they witness horse and driver participate in a variety of exciting events. Registration is required for clinic sessions. The first clinic begins at 9:00 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Sunday will feature an Arena Drive Trial where carriage drivers challenge their skills in a series of tests, including an obstacle course that showcases both horse and driver. Spectator admission is free! For more information or to register, please contact the Licking Park District at (740) 587-2535.
Music Hookahville 33 - Thornville. Trickle Productions LLC presents Hookahville XXXIII a three-day music and camping event Memorial Day weekend. Lineup announced so far: Two nights of ekoostik hookah (Friday and Sunday night), two sets Gov’t Mule (Saturday night), two sets Michael Franti, Larry Keel Natural Bridge, Zach Deputy, The Ark Band, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Boogie Matrix, Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk, and more TBA. 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. Alcohol is not sold at Hookahville; however you are free to bring your own. Presale tickets are available online. Each Hookahville ticket includes music, camping and parking from Friday at 8 AM through Monday at noon. Children 12 and under are admitted to the festival free with a paid adult. For more information visit www. hookahville.com
6th Annual Nelsonville Music Festival -Nelsonville. Stuart’s Opera House is hosting its 6th annual Nelsonville Music Festival at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College on May 14-16. This year’s lineup features headliners Loretta Lynn and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings on Saturday night, The Swell Season and Todd Snider & Great American Taxi on Sunday, and Man Man on Friday night. Over 35 national, regional, and local acts will play throughout the weekend. In addition to the music, the festival will feature camping, local art vendors, kids activities, a beer garden, and local food. Weekend passes are on sale now, and more information and tickets can be found on the festival’s new website at www.nelsonvillefest.org or by calling (740) 753-1924.
Ham & Eggs - Lancaster. The Lancaster Men’s Chorus will present their 39th Annual HAM & EGGS show on May 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd at 8:00pm in the Jeffrey Wagner Theater which is located at the Ohio University (Lancaster) Campus on Ohio 37 in Lancaster. For 39 years, the Lancaster Men’s Chorus has been entertaining crowds with its hilarious antics and talented singers. The first half of the show features a script written by the chorus members mixed with a variety of musical selections. Chorus members are featured in concert during the second half of the show.This year’s selections include songs from a medley recorded by Frank Sinatra, “Go Away, Little Girl”, “Georgia On My Mind” and “Come Fly with Me” just to name a few. Proceeds are used to provide scholarships for students who are planning to continue their education in the field of music and who are residents of Fairfield County. Tickets may be purchased from any chorus member or by calling the State Farm Insurance office of Maureen Cefalu at 740-654-0332.
The chorus is directed by Mark Severance and accompanied by Parry Norris. The first half is directed by Mark Loy. For more information visit www. lancastermenschorus.org
The Pfeifers - Millersport. Multi-talented Christian recording artist, The Pfeifers will be featured at the Lighthouse Memorial Christian Union on Sunday, May 30. The Pfeifers will be featured during the 10:00am service. The Pfeifers have enjoyed much success and is recognized as a leader in the Christian music genre. Their music has been enjoyed by world-wide audiences via the popular Gaither Homecoming video series, as well as performances on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Gospel Music Television, the DISH Network and the Sky Angel Network.