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Hundreds turned out Sunday for The Dawes Arboretum's Bluegrass, Barbecue and Boom. Above The Dappled Grays from Atlanta, Georgia entertain a sun drenched late afternoon crowd. The Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra played under the stars and the evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display. Beacon photo by Charles Prince.

Hundreds turned out Sunday for The Dawes Arboretum’s Bluegrass, Barbecue and Boom. Above The Dappled Grays from Atlanta, Georgia entertain a sun drenched late afternoon crowd. The Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra played under the stars and the evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display. Beacon photo by Charles Prince.


Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.

Catch a Good Time- Saturday, September 13, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Introduce the sport of fishing to your youngsters. We’ll supply the poles and bait. You pair adults with kids ages 4 and up, then kick back and see what bites. Cub Scout Wolves who participate will earn arrow points for their fishing elective. $5/$2 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck

Night Hike- Friday, September 19, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend the hike through collections, woodlands and trails on one of our most popular programs. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.

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.

Lake Tours Buckeye Lake. See historic Buckeye Lake by boat. Take a ride on the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society’s Queen of the Lake II. The 50-passenger boat cruises every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. from May to October. Board at the Buckeye Lake State Park’s North Shore Ramp just off Ohio 79 in the Village of Buckeye Lake. Tours are not operated during thunderstorms. Suggested donations are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. Children under age 5 are free. For more information call (740) 929-1998 or visit

Licking Park District Licking County. Here are some September events. For more information, call (740) 587-2535 or visit www.lickingparkdistrict. com.

• Sept. 9: Homeschool Explorers: Campfire Cooking II- We continue to expand our culinary campfire repertoire as we learn to cook beyond the basic hot dog. $2 fee per child. Registration is required. Please call 587-2535 to register. William C. Kraner Nature Center. 1:00 p.m.

• Sept. 13: History Kids Club III: Life on the Farm- Bring the family and venture with us to Slate Run Historical Farm during a road show edition of HKC. We will experience a special guided tour and program related to life on the farm in the 1800’s. $15 fee includes transportation, guided tour and special program. Tour is limited to 14 people. Registration deadline is August 29. Call 587-2535 to register.

• Sept. 14: Masters of the Sky- Join Ohio Nature Education for an introduction to birds of prey. Participants will get to meet several live birds of prey and learn what makes each unique. Participants will then hit the trail to see if hawk migration has begun. Binoculars provided. Lobdell Reserve, main parking area. 2:00 p.m.

Heartbeats Golf Scramble Thornville. South Shore Ministries is sponsoring a golf scramble Sept. 13 at Countryview Golf Course to benefit Heartbeats of Licking County, which helps families cope with unexpected pregnancies. An entrance fee of $40 includes green fees, cart, a cookout, and awards. Open to the public, contact Rick or Donna McCance, (740) 246-4427.

Baked Steak Dinner Kirkersville. Kirkersville United Methodist Church has a baked steak dinner Wed., Sept. 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., includes baked steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, assorted salads, roll, dessert, and drink. Adults are $8, children 10 and under $3, tickets sold in advance through Sept. 14 at the Kirkersville Carry Out.

Thornville Book Club – Thornville. Thornville resident Elaine Matson is creating a bookclub in her hometown; its first meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m. at the Thornville Library. All ages are welcome. The librarian has a list of potential books for reading and discussion, but the first book has yet to be decided upon. Call (740) 242-5176.

Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Open House Reynoldsburg. The open house is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 6 on the ODA campus, 8995 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg. Campus tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and are offered every half hour until 11:30 a.m. Buildings included on the tour are the Animal Disease Diagnostic, Consumer Analytical, and Weights and Measures laboratories. Tour participants will also visit the Bromfield Building where informational exhibits will be displayed, and departmental experts will be available to answer questions. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.

Backwoods Fest Thornville. Three days, Sept. 19-21, of arts and crafts, food and music with more than 250 crafters. Plus pre-1840 encampment, bluegrass and folk music and kettle-cooked foods. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 with children 10 and under free. Free parking. For more information, visit www.

Hebron Music & Arts Festival Hebron. Mark Saturday, Sept. 27 on your calendar for the first ever Hebron Music & Arts Festival. Activities kickoff with a 5K run beginning at Evans Park. Registration starts at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. race. The Battle of the Bands is from noon to 5 p.m. on the Main Stage on High Street. Enjoy country, bluegrass and gospel music from noon to 5 p.m. at Canal Park. Headliner McGuffey Lane takes the Main Stage at 6 p.m. The Hot Rod Stage at Main and 6th Streets features a car show from noon to 5 p.m. with Sticks and Stones performing from noon to 2 p.m. and the Paul Clark Band from 3 to 5 p.m.. Visit www.herbonmusicandarsfestival. com for more information.

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