Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Bonsai Show – Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free, donations welcome. It’s Father’s Day weekend so bring Dad to The Dawes Arboretum annual Bonsai Show – it’s our 34th! Nearly 100 bonsai specimens are in the Visitors Center, with the show in the Firelight Room along with a silent auction. Vendors sell trees, bonsai supplies and art pieces on the Deck. The duet Gai Koto Jin returns, Saturday only, to give a different kind of koto performance, playing traditional and modern music. Watch and learn from the Ohio Paper Folders as they demonstrate amazing origami (you can participate!). A Saturday workshop, from 1 – 4pm, focuses on Beginning Bonsai, perfect for those just starting out ($35/$30 members).
The Spectacular World of Native Conifers- Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m. – noon $15/$10 members. Step into the spectacular world of native conifers by participating in this class. Botanist David Brandenburg examines the basic biology of these sentinels of the landscape and shares useful identification tips. Additionally, Native Landscape Manager Peter Lowe explores the versatility of these staples and reveal ways to incorporate conifers into the landscape.
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
The Queen of the Lake II – Buckeye Lake. This 40-passenger tour boat gives tours of Buckeye Lake Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors learn about the lake’s lively history and unique sites, including the one and only floating Cranberry Bog. Public tours depart from the North Shore Boat Ramp off Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org/queen-of-the-lake.html for more information.
“Green Thumbs” – Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology launches “Green Thumbs”, a new weekly adventure in gardening every Friday, June – August, at 11 a.m. Vegetables and other plants will be planted in The Works’ Discovery Garden and each Friday children and adults are invited to help tend to the crops and watch them grow. Hands-on activities include learning how things grow, the benefits of local gardening, and nutrition. Participation is included with general museum admission. For more information, visit attheworks.org.
Granville Farmers Market – Granville. It’s back!! Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.
Granville Art Affair and Wine Festival – Granville. The June 13 -14 festival is on the Great Lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion in historic Granville, It’s Licking County’s largest juried art festival and premier wine and food event. This unique show offers a hands-on art activity tent for all ages, live entertainment, fine food vendors, and featuring the Wine Festival! Art Affair admission and activities are free! Hours: Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Tasty Tales – Buckeye Lake Library. Join us for our summer reading kick off program on at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14. Tasty Tales will present a lively story time that will be fun for the whole family. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided while supplies last. This event is free and open to the public. No registrations are needed.
Buckeye Lake Fest – Buckeye Lake. The free Fest returns to the North Shore boat ramp on Saturday, June 14. A youth fishing contest runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids activities including a bounce house and corn toss tournament run from noon to 6 p.m. Kennedi Christie performs from 5 – 6 p.m. followed by Wendy Pennington from 6 – 9 p.m. and DJ John’s American Music Medley from 9:00 to 9:45 p.m. The Phantom Fireworks Show blasts off at 9:45 p.m.
You Be the Scientist – Newark. Try your hand at some easy science experiments during “You Be the Scientist” at the Main Library of Licking County Library on at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 16, and at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17. This program is for grades 1 – 6, but children younger than 9 should bring an adult helper. Call 349-5550 for more information.
Friends 5K- Run- Walk – Buckeye Lake. It’s a brand new Friends of Buckeye Lake Library 5K Run-Walk on Saturday, June 21. Walk or run along the historic Ohio-Erie Canal, crossing a covered bridge. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. rain or shine. Fees: $25; $20 before June 3. Event is chip timed using IPICO sport tags. Children’s activities are available during the race. On-line registration is available at www.FriendsoftheBuckeyeLakeLibrary.org Proceeds help fund the library’s building expenses.
Cranberry Bog Day – Buckeye Lake. Saturday, June 21, is the one day a year to visit the unique natural wonder without making special arrangements. No lotteries to enter; no reservations needed! The Queen of the Lake II will be running between the North Shore boat ramp, off Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village, and the bog from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Guides will be available on the bog. Food and cranberry items such as muffins and juice will be available at the North Shore shelter house. Proceeds benefit the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society that currently manages the bog for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. For more information, visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org
Gun Safety for Children – Newark. David Lydle of Hopewell Defense presents “Gun Safety with NRA’s Eddie Eagle” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m. at the Main Library. This free program is recommended for ages 3 – 9. No registration is needed. Call 349-5550 for more information.
BLASST – Buckeye Lake. The annual community-funded fireworks spectacular returns at 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 3. Please send your tax deductible donations (payable to BLASST) to BLASST, PO Box 475, Millersport OH 43046.
Music on the Lawn – New Lexington. Enjoy free concerts at 6 p.m. on Friday evenings on the lawn at the New Lexington library. This summer’s line-up includes: Jason Scott Hook (June 13), Just James Band (June 20), Marty & Linda Savage (June 27-6 p.m.) and High Society Brass Band (June 27-7 p.m.), the Porter Family (July 11-6 p.m.) and Shawn Enright & Friends (July 11-7 p.m.), and Wayne Reed & Friends (July 25). There are no concerts on July 4 or July 18.
Ohio Valley Opry – McConnelsville. The next show is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. Special guests will be Jimmy Howson of Athens and Everett Clark of Amesville, plus show regulars, The Clark Family, Beth Sigler, Matt Coleman, and country comic Uncle Doofus. Visit www.ohiovalleyopry.com to purchase tickets or for more information.
Music on the Front Porch – Thornville. Enjoy free concerts at 6 p.m. on Fridays evenings on the front porch of the Thornville Library. The next concert is Marty & Linda Savage (June 20). Two additional concerts will be announced.
Washboard Music Festival – Logan. It’s a fun-filled weekend June 12-14, celebrating Appalachia’s folk heritage. Thirteen bands will perform everything from polka to folk to jug band music, and even a little classic rock, all in an effort to focus on the classic instrument found in the first Appalachian homes – the highlyacclaimed, yet rustic and noble washboard. The Festival is a free, family-friendly event that features live music, food and craft vendors, children’s entertainment and amusement rides. Festival hours are 5 to 10 p.m., on Thursday, June 12 and noon to 11 p.m. on June 13 and 14. Amusement rides and street vendors close at 9 and food vendors close at 11 p.m. Tours of the Columbus Washboard will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m For more information, visit www.washboardmusicfestival.com.
Music in the Courtyard – Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology kicks-off its annual Music in the Courtyard free concert series on Friday, June 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the Benjamin Thomas Blues Review. Admission is free. Free parking is available in museum’s lot or a public parking garage conveniently located one block from the museum on 2nd Street. Grab a delicious lunch courtesy of The Grill at The Works or pack your own picnic to enjoy. Seating is limited and concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs.
Country Jam 2014 – Thornville. This summer’s Country Jam, the largest country concert in central Ohio, will be a two day event held at Legend Valley Concert Venue and Campground on June 13 – 14. Featured are: Hank WIlliams Jr, Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Young, Jon Pardi, Frankie Ballard, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Lindsay Ell, and Austin Webb! Camping is included with purchase of a two-day ticket! Visit www.legendvalleyfestivals.com for more information.
Ladies of Longford – Granville. Celtic music takes center stage at the free Concert on the Green at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome on Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway.
“Company” – Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents Stephen Sondheim’s “COMPANY” (a Musical Comedy) directed by Josh Whetstone at 8 pm on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14. The performance will be at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster Street, Millersport. Doors open 7:30. Tickets are $10 per person, with general seating. Beverages and small plate hors d’oeuvres buffet will precede the show at 6:30 in the elementary school cafeteria. Tickets are $10 per person and buffet reservations are requested due to limited seating. Call 740-919-9266 for tickets. Some of the situations presented and the language used may not be appropriate for children.