Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Bonsai Show- June 8 - June 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience something different at The Dawes Arboretum -– attend the 33rd annual Bonsai Show! Watch a karate demonstration each day by students of the Sprague Shotokan Karate System, Japanese cultural items on display, free demonstrations and a silent auction. The show includes nearly 100 bonsai specimens in the Visitors Center and Bonsai Courtyard as well as vendors on the Visitors Center Deck with supplies for all your bonsai needs. The Saturday work shop, 1 to 4 p.m., focuses on Beginning Bonsai, perfect for those just starting out ($35 fee; registration required).
1st Saturday Garden Wagon Tour, Saturday, June 1, 10 to 11 a.m. Join us on as we explore different plant collections around The Arboretum. These are guided tours with an emphasis on plants that will have you hopping off the wagon for a closer look! FREE, donations welcome, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
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.dawesarb.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
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.
A House Divided: Civil War Reenactment and Living History Weekend - Ohio Village, Columbus. Ohio Village kicks off its summer season May 25 and 26, with the heat, smoke, and noise of the Civil War complete with cavalry, battles, gun, and cannon demonstrations and Union and Confederate troops. Hours are Saturday, May 25: 10 am- 5pm and Sunday, May 26, noon- 5 pm. Admission (includes village and museum): $10/Adults, $9/ Seniors, $5/Children 6-12, Free/ Children 5 and under. Visit www.ohiohistory.org/AHouseDivided for more information.
Spring 2013 Flint Ridge Knap-In - Brownsville. Come and join the Flint Ridge Knap- In for a fun and educational weekend May 24 - 26. Witness craftsman and artisans demonstrate how to make arrowheads, spears, stone tools, bows, atlatls, stone pipes, cordage as well as other items from hide and bone. Flint Ridge is the same location the Native Americans visited to quarry flint they needed to produce weapons and tools for everyday survival. Take a nature walk through the woods on the park trials and see the remains of the ancient quarry pits left behind by the native people. Then take a tour of the museum to learn about the history and geology of Flint Ridge. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Entertainment for the entire family.
Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival - Utica. The 39th Annual Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival features a weekend packed with free events that are ideal for the entire family, including live music and entertainment, crafts, loads of old-fashioned games and activities, and -- of course -- locally made Velvet Ice Cream. Slated for Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, the Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival takes place at Velvet Ice Cream’s Ye Olde Mill State on Rt. 13, just one mile south of Utica. Parking is $5. Details on the festival are available at UticaOldFashionedIceCreamFestival.com, with Velvet Ice Cream and Ye Olde Mill information found at www.VelvetIceCream.com. Festival opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. The annual parade steps off at 11 a.m. in Utica. Borrowed Time Band performs at 6 p.m. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Show at 11 a.m.; Fun Time Magic Shows at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.; and The Caliber Band at 2 p.m. Hours on Monday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Phillip Fox Band at 1 p.m. and Fun Time Magic Shows at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m
15-Year Anniversary Celebration - The Buckeye Lake Historical Society, Buckeye Lake, Join the Buckeye Lake Historical Society and Museum for a 15 year anniversay celebration event at the Buckeye Lake Musuem from 2 - 6 p.m.. on Sunday, May 26. Over 40,000 visitors have walked the halls of history since it opened in 1998. Author and historian Donna Braig will be on hand to sign her new book, My Buckeye Lake Memories just released in April. Past board members along with members and friends will be on hand to commemorate this historic day. Guests will be able to record their own memories of Buckeye Lake for the new DVD, The Playground of Ohio. Stop by for refreshments, door prizes and remembering the past. Visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org for more information.
Thornville Community Memorial Day - Thornville. The celebration starts with a parade at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27, lead by the Thornville American Legion Color Guard, followed by the Legion Women’s Auxiliary, the Sheridan High School Marching Band, units from the Village Police and Fire Departments, and a parade of children’s bicycles (prizes to be awarded). Thornville AMVETS Honor Guard will ;present rifle salutes for deceased veterans at the 20th Century Memorial, after the induction of this years “flight” by the Veterans Memorial Society, and at the Lutheran Reformed Cemetery. Everyone is encouraged to turn out to honor our country, our flag, and our veterans who have enabled us to do so.
Octogon Mound Open House - Newark. Learn more about the Newark Earthworks by visiting the Great Circle Museum. Visitors are invited to watch an interactive video explaining the significance of the site and tour a 1,000-square-foot exhibit that includes a timeline of Ohio’s ancient cultures and an explanation of why American Indians regard the Newark Earthworks as a sacred site. The exhibit also details how the earthworks align with the rising and setting of the moon. Following the museum tour, visitors can take self-guided tours of the grounds during daylight hours. Explore the ancient Earthworks on Tuesday, May 28. For more information, visit www.EscapeToLickingCounty.com
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! Thirtytwo miles of roadside treasures from Reynoldsburg to Gratiot in Licking County.
Community Yard Sale - Millersport. Spaces are available for $15 each at the 3rd Annual Community Yard Sale sponsored by the Millersport Lions Club from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the Sweet Corn Festival grounds. Call 740-467-0941 for more information.
Baltimore Lions Golf Outing - Lancaster. The public Is invited to the Baltimore Lions Golf Outing on Saturday, June 22, at Pleasant Valley Golf Course, Lancaster. The format is a threeperson scramble beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $180 per team for 18 holes, a cart, a steak dinner and drinks. For more information call Mike Shreyer @ 740-862-4685 or Butch Price @740-862-8422.
BLASST - Over Buckeye Lake. Our annual communityfunded 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
Concert On The Green: Parrots Of The Caribbean - Granville. Parrots of the Caribbean is known throughout the US and Canada as the premier Jimmy Buffett tribute act, delighting audiences with their music and high energy show for the past decade. Along with all of our favorite Buffett songs, they’ll also be performing original Tropical- Rock hits from their most recent acclaimed CD Release, “Cool Bayou,” a blend of Zydeco, Rock and Country. So don your Hawaiian shirt, Bermuda shorts and flip-flops, grab your fruity drink and join us for the opening performance of this year’s series. Concerts on the Green are eight free summer evening concerts. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs or blanket. Performances start at 6:30 pm Monday, May 27 on Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad near downtown and last approximately ninety minutes with no intermission. Visit www.GranvilleOH. com for more information.
Concert On The Green: Teeny Tucker - Granville. Returning to the COTG stage for her second visit, Teeny was born into Blues royalty as the daughter of Tommy Tucker but has worked hard to develop her gifts into a uniquely compelling world-class package. As a child, Teeny sang in her Dayton church choir; her professional career began when she caught the attention of a German Blues promoter who had worked with her father. Since then, Teeny has performed at most of the major Blues Festivals in the US, as well as worldwide. She has also performed at Granville’s Hot Licks Bluesfest. Concerts on the Green are eight free summer evening concerts. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs or blanket and the whole family to Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway, Granville! Performances start at 6:30 pm and last approximately ninety minutes with no intermission. Sunday, June 2, visit www.GranvilleOH. com for more information.
Guys And Dolls - Newark. May 30 - June 8 at Weathervane Playhouse, This classic musical comedy that premiered on Broadway in 1950 and won the Tony Award comes to life on the Weathervane stage! In a pinch to find funds for his “floating” crap game, Nathan Detroit bets the notorious high-roller, Sky Masterson, a thousand dollars he can’t take the local Save-A-Soul mission leader to Cuba. That’s right, Cuba. Along the way, Sky ends up falling in love with Sarah and tries to reform himself to show his commitment to her. In the meantime, Nathan is deciding what to do about his fiancé of fourteen years, Adelaide, whom is convinced that her chronic colds are due to the fact that Nathan continues to skip out on his responsibilities of marriage. This hilarious, jazz-happy musical comes to a climax as Sky wins the bet that leads all of the gamblers to church. Visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.org for