Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
1st Saturday Garden Wagon Tour- Saturday, July 6, 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, 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.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
Baltimore Farmers Market - Baltimore. Good things to eat on Fridays from 4 - 7 p.m. at Basil Park to Oct. 11.
Granville Farmers Market - Granville. Check out the area’s best farmers’ market from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.
ZestFest Midwest - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Do you enjoy the zesty things in life? You’re invited to indulge in a flavorful food experience June 28- 30 as ZestFest Midwest brings together spicy exhibitors and tasty products (featuring hot sauces, barbeque sauces, salsas, spices, condiments, snacks and sweets) from around the country for one exciting weekend to tantalize your taste buds. Hours: Friday - 1 - 9 pm; Saturday - 10 am - 6 pm; and Sunday - 10 am - 5 pm. Admission: Friday: $10; Saturday $12; Sunday $12 and three-day pass: $30. For more information, visit www.zestfestmidwest.com
Red, White, and Kaboom - Hanover. Licking Valley Heritage Society holds its annual Independence Celebration beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Licking Valley High School, in Hanover. Bluegrass bands featuring Wills Creek Bluegrass, Troubled Souls and Slate Ridge Band will perform from 3:30 - 9:30 p.m. inside an air conditioned auditorium. Cost for Concert is $5 per person, $15 per family (up to 5 members), 6 and under FREE!!!! For more information visit www.LVHeritage.org/home
Nocturnal Animals at Infirmary Mound Park - Granville. Join us at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, as we explore the world of those animals which are active at night. Live animals included.
“ Exploring the Licking County Genealogical Society’s Web Site” - Newark. Learn all about the Licking County Genealogical Society’s Web Site at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 1, in the first floor meeting room at the Licking County Library in downtown Newark. Free and open to the public.
Inspirational Fiction Book Club - Buckeye Lake Library. If you enjoy reading inspirational fiction whether it’s contemporary or Amish, please join our book club at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month! Our July 2 selection is Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble. Books are available for checkout. For more information call 740- 928-0472.
In the Dirt: Dinos, Rocks and Worms - Hebron Library. Come see what we can find at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, when we dig in the dirt! Dig for dinosaur bones, make pet rocks and eat dirt cake.
Jr. Archeologists Program - Buckeye Lake Library. Meet a Park Ranger from the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, to find out what it takes to become an archeologist. Then participate in your own “dig”. Registration is required. Call 740-928-0472.
Star Spangled Celebration - Heath. The annual celebration begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Geller Park. The Paul Clark Band takes the stage at 7 p.m. Firewords are at 10 p.m. Activities include Columbus Bluejackets Breakaway Team, T_ 100 radio, inflatables, Tumblebus, children’s games, Patti’s Animals, Air Evac Lifeteam, food vendors, clowns, roving entertainment, Licking County Library Bookmobile, Bike Doctor demonstration team, business mascots, Beat the Heat police car, fire department Safety House and Licking County Red Cross Bloodmobile.
Granville Fourth of July Celebration - Downtown Granville. Join the small town, family-friendly tradition July 3 - 6. The Midway opens at noon on Wednesday, July 3. Enjoy rides, fair food and free entertainment. The 4th of July parade sets off at 10:30 a.m. with the theme “Hometown Heroes.” Granville’s Got Talent wraps up the celebration from 8 -11 p.m. on Saturday, July 6. For a complete entertainment schedule, visit www.granvillekiwanisclub.org
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
Independence Day Concert & Fireworks - Newark. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, July 3, on the campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. The event is free and open to all. The evening’s celebration begins with Sticks & Stones opening the festivities at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra at approximately 8 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at dusk to the accompaniment of patriotic favorites performed by the symphony. All performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. Local vendors will be serving food and beverages on the campus grounds during the event. Lawn chairs, picnics and blankets are encouraged for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment. Free parking is available at the campus.
4th of July Boat Parade - Buckeye Lake. Help make the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association’s 4th of July Boat Parade a “big deal” again. No registration or fees required. Just decorate your boat and line up off the Liebs Island boat ramps starting at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, July 4. This year’s theme is “Songs of America” with Grand Marshal Paul Clark. Howard Everett starts the parade with the National Anthem at 11 a.m. Boats parade along the West and North banks to Captain Woody’s.
Thornville 4th of July Parade - Thornville. Everybody is invited to parade from the elementary school to the village pool. No registration or fees required. Use the Church Street entrance to the elementary school parking lot. Line-up starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, with the parade setting off at 11 a.m.
Thorn Dunker - Downtown Thornville. The popular three on three basketball tournament returns from 1 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. For more information call John Ulmer at 740-281-7672.
Granville Fireworks- Granville. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a fantastic fireworks display with music, entertainment, and refreshments for the entire family, Friday, July 5 at dusk, at Wildwood Park on West Broadway. Shazzbots - Granville. Rocking and rocketing through the space-ways in their interstellar Winnebago, The Shazzbots bring cool quirky kids’ rock music to all the children of the cosmos at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. FREE! Bring a picnic, lawn chairs or blanket to Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway. Visit www.Granvillerec.org. for more information.
Gayla Smith Trio - Millersport. Weldon’s Ice Cream presents the free show at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at their ice cream factory, 2887 Canal Drive. Don’t forget your lawn chairs. Premier seating available for four for $25. Call 740-467-2400 for reservations.
Rick Brunetto Big Band - Millersport. Weldon’s Ice Cream presents the free show at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Pre-show dinner is available at $15 per person. Reservations are due by July 10. Call 740-467-2400 for more information.
All Good Music Festival and Campout - Thornville. All Good is one of the largest music festivals in the nation and features some of the biggest names in modern bluegrass, funk, reggae and improvisational rock and roots music. July 18-21, at Thornville’s Legend Valley, visit www.allgoodfestival.com for more information.