Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Plant Sale & Garden Fair- Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enhance your landscape with unique plants cultivated by horticulture experts! The Spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair offers the opportunity to find some rare gems you can’t find anywhere else. The Arboretum showcases some of its favorite woody varieties which have been researched on their own grounds. Merchants and professionals offer wares and services in all areas of gardening, landscaping and home décor. Choose from an assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables. Our plant experts are always on hand to help you choose the best plants for your outdoor spaces. Wagons are available to transport your treasures. Lunch is available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale benefit The Arboretum’s collection and grounds.
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. For more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Queen Of The Lake II Tour Boat - Buckeye Lake. Public tours begin Saturday, May 4, for the season on beautiful Buckeye Lake aboard the Queen of the Lake tour boat. Tours depart every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., boarding at Buckeye Lake State Park North Shore in the Village of Buckeye Lake off Ohio 79. Cost is $10 per person with children under 5 years free. The one-hour tour includes Buckeye Lake history told by a a local volunteer. Reservations are not needed. The boat has a sun roof and hold 40 passengers. Private tours are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org
Poppy Day - Millersport. American Legion Auxiliary members will be distributing poppies in Millersport beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors Poppy Day each year to remind Americans of the sacrifice of life and health made by the men and women of our armed forces. The poppies are made by disabled Veterans and are never sold. Contributions support rehabilitation and child welfare efforts for Veterans and their families.
Buckeye Lake Carp Fest - North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake. Help Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow reduce the lake’s excessive carp population. More than $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for carp caught during the second Annual Carp Fest June 7-19. Registration is just $5 per fisherman. Pre-register from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays at Z’s Village Market on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village. On-site registration begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 7. Cash prizes will be awarded for the most carp by weight caught over the 48-hour tournament and for the largest carp by weight caught during the same time. Daily cash prizes will also be awarded. There are separate cash prizes for youth (under 16), teams (two members) and families (up to four fishing and no more than two adults). For more information visit www.buckeyelakefortomorrow.org. Carp Fest is cosponsored by Buckeye Lake State Park.
Mother’s Day Sing-A-Gram - Thornville. Smiling singers from Sheridan High School Choirs will sing for you Mother on this very special occasion. Sing-a-Grams include three Mother’s Day songs, a personalized card and a carnation. To order a Sing-a-Gram, please call Sheridan High School at 740-743- 1335 and ask for Mrs. McClain, the choir director. Sing-a-Grams will be delivered in the Thornville, Somerset and Glenford areas on Friday, May 10, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $15 and all profits support the Sheridan High School Choirs.
Rummage Sale - Buckeye Lake. Check out First Community Church’s rummage sale from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on May 2-4. Lunch and bake starting at 11 a.m. on May 2, featuring chicken and noodles, vegetable soup, sandwiches, root beer floats, fudge and baked goods.
“Research Land Records” - Newark. Licking County Genealogical Society’s May meeting is at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6, at the Licking County Administration Building, 20 South Second Street, Newark. Doors are locked at 6:15 p.m., so don’t be late. by Licking County Recorder Bryan Long and his staff will present the program. Free and open to the public. Please bring a cash donation for the food pantry. For more information, call the LCGS Library at 740-349-5510.
Booktryst Webmaster to Speak - Columbus. Stephen Gertz, the webmaster of the rollicking website cBookTryst (a Nest for Booklovers), speaks to The Aldus Society at its May 9, program. His talk is entitled “From Athanasius Kircher to Ashton Kutcher: 350 Years of Strange, Unusual, Eccentric, and Just Plain Weird Books or Heteromorphic Literature 101.”
Gertz, a life-long lover and collector of rare books, dedicates his website to news, information, and features about the world of rare books and all aspects of the rare book business. A visit to his website before attending this program will place before you “a festival of the outlandish,” as he puts it, as well as a dizzying array of articles inspired by current bookseller catalogs, and by book events, auctions and other happenings in the rare book world. Pre-program socializing begins at 7:00 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.aldussociety.com
Connect!kids Walk - Indian Mound Mall, Heath. Help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the connect!kids walk beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Indian Mound Mall. The familyfriendly event includes an indoor mall walk and fun activities for kids of all ages. Both the walk and activities are FREE. A $5 donation is requested for a connect!kids walk tee-shirt.
2013 Ohioana Book Festival - Columbus. More than 100 authors, live music, award-winning food trucks, writers, fun-loving crowds and...books – lots and lots of books from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., near downtown Columbus and the Short North. The goal is to bring readers, writers, and books together for a day filled with inspiration, learning, and fun. The Festival is FREE and open to the public with no tickets or advance registration required. As our bookseller, Barnes & Noble will have books by all of the participating authors for sale at the Festival. For the entire schedule, visit www.OhioanaBookFestival.org.
“Learn How to Eat Smart” - Buckeye Lake. Fairfield Medical Center is hosting FREE Nutrition Health Education from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the Buckeye Lake Library. Corinn Gehle, wellness dietitian, will present on the importance of making healthy eating choices.
Gehle notes there are many simple, cost-effective ways to make healthier nutrition choices without a lot of effort. Choosing foods that are packed with nutrients on a regular basis can be hard to incorporate with a busy schedule. Understanding how large of an impact one’s nutrition is to their overall health is extremely important. No registration is required.
‘Ride On!’ Bike Swap - Granville. A bike swap benefiting Pelotonia is set for noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Granville Intermediate School (2025 Burg Street). The event offers families and cycling enthusiasts an outlet to buy or sell new and used bikes, bike equipment and gear while supporting the fundraising efforts of local riders. The swap will feature vendors, food and educational workshops. Admission is free and everyone with bikes or equipment to sell is encouraged to attend. Representatives from local bike shops will be on hand to help fit bikes, evaluate equipment, and answer questions. Workshops will be held on finding the right bike and getting the right fit, and there will be a bike safety rodeo for kids. For more information visit granvillebikeswap. webs.com/events
National Road Yard Sale Days - US 40. Shop the 2013 Super Weekend of Yard Sales on Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some yard sales will begin Wednesday, May 29, in Brownsville and Hebron. Everything from antiques, furniture, children’s items, baked goods & bargains galore! Thirty-two miles of roadside treasures from Reynoldsburg to Gratiot in Licking County.
BLASST - Over Buckeye Lake. Our annual community-funded fireworks spectacular returns at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Please send your tax deductible donations (payable to BLASST) to: BLASST, PO Box 475, Millersport, OH 43046
“Ham and Eggs” - Lanceaster. The Lancaster Men’s Chorus presents its annual “Ham and Eggs” program to celebrate the show’s 42nd Anniversary on May 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th at 8:00pm in the Jeffrey Wagner Theatre at Ohio University-Lancaster. For 42 years the Lancaster Men’s Chorus has been entertaining crowds with its hilarious antics and talented singers. The first half of the show will be based on an original script written by members of the Chorus and directed by Mark Loy. Chorus members are featured in concert during the second half of the show. Proceeds provide scholarships for Fairfield County students who are planning to pursue an education in music. Tickets are only $7 for on Wednesday night, May 8 and $8 for the balance of the shows. They 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 is accompanied by Parry Norris. For more information visit www.lancastermenschorus.com
Dark Star Jubilee - Thornville. The Dark Star Jubilee returns Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, to Legend Valley in Thornville. Hosted and curated by world-renowned Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra, the Jubilee also features members of The Dead in their own bands, the Mickey Hart Band and Donna Jean Band. Other artists confirmed include Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Wailers, The New Orleans Suspects featuring Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat, and local favorites. Dark Star Jubilee tickets are on sale now with discounted ‘Morning Dew Early Bird’ tickets for 3-day GA admission at $99 and for ‘Good Lovin’ VIP’ festival admission at $199. Gates open at noon Friday, May 24. Complete ticket options with pricing are available at www.darkstarjubilee.com.