Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. The Dawes Arboretum began charging admission fees to non-members on April 15, 2019. Arboretum admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 -15. Children younger than 5 will be admitted for free. Arboretum members do not pay an admission fee.
Daily Walking Tours – from 1 – 2 p.m. daily. Enjoy a guided walking tour of some of a portion of The Dawes Arboretum! Daily walking tours are included with the admission fee. Check in at the Visitors Center.
Granville Tree Crawl – downtown Granville. Enjoy one of two morning walks – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, learning about trees in downtown Granville, recognized as a Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation. The walk will end back at the Farmers Market where you can shop, have coffee and enjoy lunch at one of the many downtown businesses. Special thanks to the Granville Chamber of Commerce for partnering with The Arboretum on this program.
Drawing Trees in Charcoal – from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 21. Cost: Non-members – $20. Learn and practice fundamental drawing skills such as value, perspective and drawing different textures. Experiment with versatile tools and techniques of the charcoal medium and apply them by creating a finished drawing of a tree at The Arboretum. Registration is required.Fall Plant Sale – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. FREE with arboretum admission. Don’t forget about your fall planting! Arboretum experts will be available to answer questions about plant care and suitability for your location. Shop a variety of plants for your landscape, including those from The Arboretum’s greenhouse and mums from a local vendor. Members receive a discount on plants sold by The Arboretum during the sale. Spend $40 with The Arboretum at the plant sale and receive one adult, single day admission ticket for future use!
Beginner Tai Chi Chuan- Fall 2019 – sessions at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays beginning September 22 through October 27. Cost: Non-members $65. Tai Chi is designed to help increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; help improve balance, joint flexibility and posture and support mental health. This class focuses on basic Tai Chi skills along with completion of the Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style). Basic warm-ups start the class with a new portion taught each week. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.
Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan- Fall 2019 – sessions at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on on Sundays beginning September 22 through October 27. Cost: Non-members $65. Tai Chi is designed to help increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; help improve balance, joint flexibility and posture and support mental health. This class focuses on advanced warm-ups, the complete Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style) from the beginner’s class and additional Qi Gong exercises. Students are required to complete the beginner class at least once prior to participating in the intermediate class. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.
Preschool Storybook Science – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, September thru May. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting only The Dawes Arboretum can provide. Each 45-minute session may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and a hands-on science activity suitable for children ages 3 – 5 and their caregiver. Free; donations appreciated. Registration is not required.
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
Baltimore Farmers’ Market – Baltimore. Fresh produce and other goodies are available from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Ace Hardware on Ohio 158.
Granville Farmers’ Market – Granville. The market moves back to its regular home on Broadway in downtown Granville on Saturday, September 14. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through October 26. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.
Free Up-Cycling Craft Workshops – Newark. Licking County Recycling has announced a series of free up-cycling craft workshops that will introduce participants to the joys of up-cycling and how to create fun and decorative crafts out of commonly discarded items. The four workshops scheduled for this fall are free and open to all Licking County residents, with most workshops focusing on holiday crafts and decorations.
The first workshop is scheduled for September 25 when participants will create a pair of fashionable earrings out of pull-tabs from aluminum cans. The following workshops, October 15, November 16, and December 5, will highlight holiday crafts and decorations, including scarecrows, snowmen, and tree ornaments. Each workshop is held at the Licking County Recycling office at 295 Wilson Street in Newark. The workshops are free and all materials will be provided. There is a limit of 12 participants per workshop and interested individuals can call Licking County Recycling at 740-670-5125 for more information or to register.
Paint the Parks – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Come explore your creative side from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 26! Our instructor will guide you step by step through the night’s painting. Our price includes: pizza, snacks, and all painting supplies. BYO wine or beer. Fee – $25, cash or check at the door. Registration required.
Ohiolina Music Festival – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. 614 Magazine says, “Ohiolina may be the best undiscovered music festival in Ohio. Ohiolina Music Festival is a family-friendly celebration of the music and culture rooted in the I-77 corridor. Exhibiting a deep love of Ohio, North Carolina, and all ground in between, Ohiolina showcases the musical and cultural traditions of the region. The festival comes to Licking County September 20 – 22. Here’s the music lineup:
Cedric Burnside (Friday on the Main Stage): The music of Grammy-nominated blues artist Cedric Burnside has been named the best of the best on numerous lists including Paste Magazine’s ‘Top 10 Roots and Blues Albums.’ Burnside’s latest album offers a showcase for his electric and acoustic guitar.
“[Burnside’s] sound on Benton County Relic…is spare, spacious and gritty but with a biting timeless flavor that makes the 12-song set more than just a slavish homage.” —Billboard
“Fusing delta and hill country with elements of jam-band rock, he and his drummer packed an incredible punch, and never let the momentum die down.” —Nashville Scene
Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle (Friday and Saturday on the Main Stage): Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle are a Cincinnati-based, four-piece Americana and folk band blending the traditions of heroes like Woody Guthrie and Mississippi John Hurt with contemporary flair. Their high energy and passion for the music follow them to every performance, earning them countless fans and local awards.
Woody Pines (Friday on the Side Stage): The music of Nashville troubadour Woody Pines comes from the streets—it was on the streets as a professional busker where Woody first cut his teeth. Pines’ music draws liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum, or hillbilly—heavy rollicking street performances are central to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics and delirious sense of fun.
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys (Friday on the Main Stage): The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys’ sound will take you through the hills of Kentucky, bearing all the centuries-old stories, traditions and liquor those hills contain. The band’s old-time sound delivers an intensity that would knock the socks right off their forefathers’ feet.
Blue Moon Soup (Friday on the Side Stage): Blue Moon Soup is an acoustic folk quartet from Yellow Springs, Ohio. The band performs an eclectic mix of jam band staples as well as folk and bluegrass traditional standards. On stage, trailside or fireside, Blue Moon Soup’s music brings a sincerity and spirit to the stage that sweeps wallflowers onto the dance floor.
The Dip (Saturday at on the Main Stage): Hailing from Seattle, The Dip is an electrifying seven-piece ensemble that melds vintage rhythm and blues and modern pop with 60s soul.
The Dip has gained notoriety in the Pacific Northwest for their eminently danceable live shows. Hard-hitting but sensitive, The Dip harkens back to the deep soul roots of decades past while still sounding undeniably relevant today.
“One of the most exciting and joyous acts to emerge in recent years.” – KEXP, Seattle Public Radio
Todd Albright (Saturday on the Side Stage): Todd Albright is a country blues, twelve string guitar player and vocalist based in Detroit, Michigan. “The character and emotional vibe of the performance are delicious.” —Acoustic Guitar Magazine
The Mighty Troubadours (Saturday on the Main Stage): A vocally-oriented string-band that offers an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass music.
High Water Drifters (Saturday on the Main Stage): The High Water Drifters jam original and traditional tunes with all manner of banjos, washboards, mandolins, fiddle, guitars, upright bass, and a stomp box.
Denison Bluegrass Ensemble (Saturday on the Side Stage): The Denison Bluegrass ensemble is a Denison University class that offers students of all skill levels an opportunity to interact, perform and learn about traditional bluegrass and American root music. The ensemble includes 10-20 students depending on the semester/year and performs up to 20 times/year.
Erica Blinn (Saturday on the Side Stage): Columbus native Blinn currently resides in Nashville. Her solo tour allows all of the emotional and energetic dynamics of her full band shine with new integrity through her soaring vocals, punctuated, solid rhythm guitar and inspiring blues harp solos.
Men of God’s Heart (Sunday on the Main Stage): Stellar Award Nominated Men of God’s Heart is a Billboard Top 50 gospel group based in Columbus. Our Sunday morning show is free and open to the public (no ticket required)!
More information and tickets are available at www.ohiolina.com. On-line ticket sales end at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 19. Tickets at the gate will be higher priced. On-line prices are: Weekend General Admission – $80; Friday or Saturday General Admission – $40; Daily Camping/Parking – $35; and children under 12 are FREE.
The Ohio Valley Opry 19th Anniversary Show – Twin City Opera House, downtown McConnelsville. The OVO is Ohio’s premier country, bluegrass, and gospel music show and features local, regional, and national talent on a monthly basis in downtown McConnelsville. Country star, Doug Stone will be headlining the two anniversary shows at 4 pm and 8 pm on Saturday, September 21.
Doug Stone, a contemporary country star, found his mark in music as a lonesome baritone balladeer, although he was very adept at hard-up-tempo country. Doug began at age five learning guitar from his mother and at age seven he was given the opportunity to open for Loretta Lynn.
He debuted in 1990 with the single, “I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box),” the first release from his 1990 self-titled debuted album “Doug Stone” for Epic records. This album produced a handful of chart-topping singles. Following these songs was his first number one, “In a Different Light”. In addition, the single was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song. Both this album and its successor, 1991’s I Thought It Was You, earned a platinum certification from The Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of one million copies. Two more albums for Epic, 1992’s From The Heart and 1994’s More Love, were each certified gold. Stone has charted –twenty-two singles on Hot Country Songs, with his greatest chart success coming between 1990 and 1995. In this time span, he charted eight Number Ones including: “In a Different Light”, “A Jukebox and a Country Song”, “Too Busy Being in Love”, “Addicted to a Dollar, and “Why Didn’t I think of That” to name a few, plus fifteen more Top Five singles.
In early 1992, Stone found that one of the arteries in his heart was almost entirely blocked. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery and took time off to recover, just as his third album, “From the Heart,” was released. With a gold certification for shipments of 500,000 copies, “From the Heart” included two Number Ones among its four singles: “Too Busy Being in Love” and “Why Didn’t I Think of That.” The other two singles were “Warning Labels” and “Made for Lovin’ You,” at No. 4 and No.6 respectively.
Now 29 years later with eight #1 singles, 15 Top 5 singles, and millions and millions of album sales, the singer of timeless country hits like “A Jukebox with a Country Song” and “In a different Light” is still running the roads hard performing to dedicated fans all across the nation. With a new record released in the Fall of 2018, Doug Stone continues to produce pure country gold.
Also appearing on the anniversary show will be OVO favorites, The Clark Family, Beth Sigler Bigham, Matt Coleman, Mike Morrison, Jimmy Howson, and country comic, Uncle Doofus. Tickets to the show are $15/$25 and are available online at www.OhioValleyOpry.com, or by calling the office at 740.525.9218.
Lost Lands Festival – Legend Valley, Thornville. It’s year three for the headbanging bass music community September 27 – 29. To reduce entry wait times, Lost Lands has added Wednesday Early Entry. There will be no stage music on Wednesday. New camping options have also been added. The festival has been moved two weeks later in an attempt to avoid extreme heat. For more information visit www.lostlandsfestival.com
Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2019 – Miller Family Farms, 3735 Carroll Eastern Rd NE, Pleasantville. Country superstar Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour is coming to Fairfield County, Ohio, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, at the Miller Family Farms, Pleasantville. This is Bryan’s eleventh consecutive Farm Tour is set to play in the harvest fields of six never-before played farms from September 26 to October 5 where Luke will set up stages in the fields of local farmers across those states. Tickets are available at www.bigtickets.com/e/luke-bryan-farm-tour/pleasantville-oh-sep-28-2019/ General admission is $56; Parking is $5 (only available with a ticket purchase). Parking at the gate is $20. Parking is available at 2 p.m. Show starts at 6 p.m.To listen to Luke’s Farm Tour playlist go http://strm.to/FarmTour2019
Show is rain or shine. Chairs and blankets are permitted. No coolers, backpacks, outside food or drink, fireworks or weapons, non-service animals, or glass containers permitted.
Thompson Square – Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville. Stuart’s Opera House and the Ohio University Performing Arts and Concert Series welcome Thompson Square at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 3. With romantically charged #1 hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You,” multi-platinum international success, two Grammy nominations and honors as Vocal Duo of the Year from both the ACM and CMA Awards, Country duo Thompson Square’s career has been the stuff dreams are made of … but their ambition is only growing. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at (740) 753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org
“There is still time to take an Ohio. Find It Here. road trip,” said Matt MacLaren, director of TourismOhio. “It’s the perfect time to plan a road trip around big anniversary celebrations including The Shawshank Redemption or continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ohioan Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon.”
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s new Woodstock 50 exhibit celebrates the legendary festival that took place 50 years ago this August. The exhibit features rare prints, performance outfits, video footage, tickets, original signage and more. Looking to have your own jam session? Stop by The Garage, where you can create your own music with keyboards, mixing boards, bass guitars, drums, acoustic instruments and the finest guitars in the industry, from Les Paul to Fender. And, it’s not too late to catch one of the free Summer in the City concerts on the Rock Hall plaza.
Celebrate Young’s Jersey Dairy’s 150th year in business and the Ohio Ice Cream Trail with a scoop (or two!) of locally made ice cream. Try an upcoming August flavor of the week like Key Lime Crunch and Peaches & Cream or stick with fan favorites from Strawberry Cheesecake to Cow Patty, a dark chocolate ice cream with chocolate cookie pieces. Take advantage of Young’s Labor Day Family Value Weekend with special wristbands, good for all-day family fun.
The Dayton Art Institute is commemorating its 100th anniversary. Special summer events and exhibits to mark the occasion include Monet and Impressionism through August 25 and Our Century: Dayton Area Collects through September 22. If you missed the special events surrounding the Apollo 11 lunar landing anniversary on July 20, view The Moon Museum exhibition at DAI through September 8.
To the Moon and Back Continues. Can’t get enough of all the activities tied to the moon landing anniversary? Extend the summertime celebration vibes when the Cincinnati Museum Center continues to honor Ohioan Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon with the opening of Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibit on September 28. The exhibit will feature the Apollo command module Columbia – the only portion of the historic spacecraft to survive the lunar journey. This marks the final stop of the exhibit’s national tour, organized by the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
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