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Festival of Sail
        Located on Sandusky’s new Jackson Street Pier, Festival of Sail is rolling in just in time for the Fourth of July Celebrations. The festival, which runs July 2-4, offers a rare chance to catch a glimpse and even step aboard some of the grandest ships of yore.
        It will also feature one very large rubber duck, more than two dozen vendors and food trucks, a beer garden, balloon artists, face painters and more.
        Entertainment will include Tom Kastle, The Hardtackers, Ginger Whimsy, magician Michael Mage, DJ Manny Burns and a concert from Firelands Symphony Concert on July 4th evening.
        Event and ticket information are available at the Festival of Sail Sandusky website,
Great Lakes Fest
planned for Aug. 6

        The National Museum of the Great Lakes, in partnership with Ramsey Brothers Restorations, is planning a daylong celebration of Great Lakes History on Saturday, Aug. 6 with the first-ever Great Lakes Fest.
        The new event, which the museum intends to host annually, will feature antique boats, classic cars, water and boating demonstrations, a Marine Mart, food trucks and kids’ activities.
        “We wanted to celebrate Great Lakes history in a way that all ages and all interest levels could connect with,” said the museum’s executive director, Chris Gillcrist. “In addition to all of the normal activities the museum and our vessels have to offer, over the course of the day, visitors can do anything from explore a selection of classic and antique boats and cars, to shop at our Marine Mart for nautical items to take home.”
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes is working with Ramsey Brothers Restorations to collect a curated selection of historical vessels to showcase as well as selecting a sampling of antique Jeeps and autos to help connect the dots between Great Lakes history across the region and locally.
        Families, boatnerds, history lovers and more can come down, grab a bite to eat from a local food truck, take a scavenger hunt onboard the museum vessels, or cool down with a drink in their hand while visiting the sites on the museum grounds.
        The Great Lakes Fest will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the museum, located at 1701 Front St., Toledo. Admission to Great Lakes Fest is free to NMGL members and children under 5. Non-member admission is included with the price of a Museum Combo Pass (museum and boats) – $17 for adults (18-64), $16 for seniors (65+) $14 for youths (6-17).
         For an updated list of participating boats and vendors as well as a schedule of events, or to express interest in joining the antique boat show or marine mart, visit
Community Art Show
        Bowling Green State University is hosting the 15th annual Northwest Ohio Community Art Show (Now OH) through July 15 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery of the BGSU Fine Arts Center.
        Free and open to the public, this year’s juried show includes 108 works by 41 artists from five Northwest Ohio counties with many items available for purchase.
        This year’s juror is BGSU alumna Laura Makar ‘09. Makar’s artwork has been exhibited locally and nationally, including in California, Georgia, New York, and North Dakota. She has also served as gallery manager for the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery and Art Department Gallery at Wayne State University since 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from BGSU in 2009 and a Master of Fine Arts from Wayne State University in 2014.
        As a juror, Makar will comment on the awards she selects, which are also available for viewing online at
        Visitors can vote for their favorite piece, which will receive the Bowling Green Arts Council People’s Choice Award. Other awards, to be selected by Makar, include Best of Show, the BGSU School of Art Award, the Toledo Federation of Arts Societies Award, the Bowling Green Noon Kiwanis Youth Art Award and several others, totaling more than $2,000.
        Gallery hours for the exhibit are Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Parking is free after 7 p.m. and on weekends in Lot N on the BGSU campus.
        Visit for more information.
ACT, Village Players
collaborate to present
“Ben Hur,” “Rocket Man”

        Actors Collaborative Toledo and The Village Players Theatre are collaborating to present a duo of area premieres in July on The Village Players stage at 2740 Upton Ave., Toledo.
        “Ben Hur,” by Patrick Barlow, will be performed July 22 and 23 and at 8 p.m. and July 24 at 2 p.m.
        “Rocket Man,” by Steven Dietz, will be performed on July 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and July 31 at 2 p.m.
        Tickets can be purchased in advance at
Quilt Regatta
        The Ohio Star Quilters’ Guild will present its biennial Quilt and Needle Arts show, “Quilt Regatta,” July 15-16 at Peace Lutheran Church, 900 Jefferson St., Port Clinton.
        This year’s show features hundreds of quilts and other fiber arts, demonstrations, vendors, door prizes and a food court. There will also be a “Quilters’ Boutique,” with handmade items for sale. There is ample, free parking and the
        Guild meetings are held at Peace Lutheran Church on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. In addition, an informal group meets at the Ida Rupp Library in Port Clinton on Monday mornings from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
        Guild members create a quilt to raffle every other year. The proceeds from the raffle quilt and the quilt show fund the guild’s charity projects. One of the perennial projects are the Stimulation Quilts provided to the Ottawa County Early Intervention Program for infants at risk for developmental delays. Other projects have included Quilts of Valor for veterans, and “My Own Quilts” which are quilts provided to children in foster care.
        For more information about the guild and the upcoming show, visit or follow on Facebook at OhioStarQuilters.


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