ETC: Friends of Pemberville Library to host Garden Tour June 22

Press Staff Writer

        Friends of Pemberville Library will present a Garden Tour Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
        The self-guided tour will include the gardens of David and Deb Helm, Ray and Carol Metcalf, Bob and Lisa Schact and Doug and Pam Zellner.
        Tickets are $10 and go on sale June 1 at the Pemberville Library, 375 E. Front St., and can be purchased at each garden on the day of the tour.
        In addition, a plant raffle will be conducted at each garden. Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for six tickets.
“Ahoy Genoa”
        The Village of Genoa is hosting its annual kickoff to summer with the 2019 Genoa Homecoming celebration.
        This year’s theme is “Ahoy Genoa,” celebrating life above and below the water. It will take place May -June 1.
        The weekend will start with a grand parade down Main Street led by grand marshals, the 2018/19 Genoa High School State Championship Wrestling Team.
        Saturday will feature a pie-baking contest, 5K run, homerun derby, wine tasting and a firework display. Live music, food vendors and rides will also be included in the fun.
        For a complete schedule, visit the Genoa Homecoming Facebook page
Ashland Fun Day
        Ashland Church, 2350 Starr Ave., Oregon, will hold a Fun Day Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
        The event will include free food, games, live music, a bounce house for kids, a dunk tank and more. The iDance dancers will perform at approximately 1 p.m.
Father’s Day Fun
        This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, bring Dad to meet animal dads, including Batu, the white-cheeked gibbon; Kwisha, the gorilla; Boomer, the orangutan and Marty, the polar bear at the Toledo Zoo.
        The Father’s Day celebration includes free admission for all dads accompanied by their child(ren) and fun, dad-friendly games throughout the Zoo’s Main Plaza. Watch Baru the saltwater crocodile chow down in the Reptile House; touch sharks and rays in the Aquarium; follow your nose to learn about the distinct scent of maned wolves and listen to the unique vocalizations of the Tasmanian devils.
        An add-on (separate fee) Father's Day BBQ will take place in the Malawi Event Center at 11:30 a.m. and will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken breast, pasta salad, baked beans and more. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Prices are for advanced reservations only and include admission but not parking. Children under 2 are free. To make reservations, visit or call Group Sales at 419-385-5721 ext. 6001.
        While at the Zoo, be bold with Dad and create your own adventure on Expedition Africa! Zipline and Aerial Adventure Course or pose for perfect pictures as the whole family hand-feeds the Masai giraffe herd at Tower Ridge Giraffe Experience. Separate fees apply.
What’s it Worth?
        The Friends of the Harris-Elmore Public Library are holding an event called, “What's it Worth?” Antique Appraisal Event June 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Elmore Community Center, 410 Clinton St., Elmore.
        Bring in up to four items to be appraised (verbal only) for free by local antique dealers Mike Pendleton (Once Upon a Tyme), Ernest Scarano (Mantiques), and Susan Stoiber (Retro Fashions).
        There will also be food and beverages for purchase. All donations and proceeds benefit the Harris-Elmore Public Library Expansion & Renovation Project.
        Call the Elmore Library at 419-862-2482 for more info.
Mini Maker Faire
        The Arts Commission and Imagination Station have announced the second annual Toledo Mini Maker Faire to take place as a part of the arts and music festival, Momentum.
        Momentum is a three-day festival in downtown Toledo centered on the revitalizing waterfront along the Maumee River. A family friendly showcase of creativity, arts, and technology, the Toledo Mini Maker Faire will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21. The event celebrates innovation and DIY-culture. The Call for Makers is a simple, online application for individuals and groups interested in exhibiting at the event. The application can be completed at through June 21.
Outdoor Family Movie Night Dates
        ProMedica will once again be offering free, outdoor family movie nights to the community this summer at Promenade Park, 400 Water St., Toledo.
        ProMedica’s family movie nights, presented by Paramount Advantage, will kick-off on Saturday, June 15 with “Mary Poppins Returns” playing on the outdoor television screen. Additional entertainment will include an interactive water feature, face painting, characters presented by Laurel’s Princess Parties, LLC, food trucks, and more.
        Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info, visit the visit ProMedica’s Facebook events page.
        Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
        ProMedica’s family movie nights, presented by Paramount Advantage, is in collaboration with Buckeye Broadband.
        The full schedule includes:
        • July 13 – “Lego Movie 2”
        • Aug. 3 – “Incredibles 2"
        • Aug. 24 – “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
        • Sept. 7 – To be announced.
Pemberville Garden Parties
        Pemberville Garden Parties – the village’s version of a farmer’s market – are being held the fourth Tuesday of the month through September (June 25, July 23 and Aug. 27) from 5-8 p.m., rain or shine, in downtown Pemberville.
        A wide variety of local vendors showcasing all things edible and garden will be on hand for the monthly events, hosted by Beeker’s General Store and Riverbank Antiques.
        For more info, vendors may call 419-287-3274.
Special schedule of activities returns to Hayes Museums
        Hold a piece of history, take a themed tour, paint a butterfly using the same technique as First Lady Lucy Hayes and more as the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ special activities schedule returns starting Saturday, June 1.          Special activities will be offered throughout the day each Saturday through November and on Wednesdays when Verandah Concerts take place.
        The schedule of special activities can be viewed at
        Activities include gallery talks, hands-on artifact activities, kids’ crafts and more. Most of these activities are included with regular admission, and Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members are admitted for free.
        Activities offered for an additional fee include the Hayes Home Backstairs Tour and guided grounds tours with butterfly painting activity.
        The Backstairs Tour features stories of the servants who worked for the Hayes Family and includes fresh-baked ginger snaps and some behind-the-scenes looks at the home. Some of the Hayes Home servants were former slaves from Kentucky, and others were immigrants from Europe who spoke little to no English.
        The grounds tour points out fascinating historical spots on the 25-acre wooded Spiegel Grove. Participants in the painting activity will learn to paint a butterfly in the same way 19th-century artist Albert Bierstadt showed Lucy Hayes to paint the colorful insects when he visited her in the White House.
        On Verandah Concert Wednesdays, the museum will have extended hours and be open from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Visitors can tour the home and museum, participate in special activities and enjoy a free evening concert.
        For info, call 419-332-2081 or visit
        Venture into the world of venom at PNC ZOOtoDO presented by Skylight Financial Group at the Toledo Zoo on Friday, June 21 from 6 p.m.-midnight.
        Each year, the ZOOtoDO highlights the house-specialties of more than 50 restaurants and caterers. The event typically sells out at 2,000 guests.
        The evening of adults-only fun begins at 6 p.m. with complimentary champagne and train rides around the five-acre multi-species Africa! exhibit and the first morsels of tasty treats. At 7:30 p.m., the historic side of the Zoo opens for guests to enjoy more samples of gourmet delicacies from area favorite restaurants and chefs, including new participants Inside the Five Brewing and Basil Pizza & Wine Bar. The evening also features live music on multiple stages and full-service cash bars, serving specialty drinks, beer and wine.
        New this year is The Venom Lounge sponsored by Lexus of Toledo, an exclusive VIP experience supported by Mancy’s Restaurant Group, featuring special access to the newly remodeled ProMedica Museum of Natural History, small bites from Mancy’s Steaks, Mancy’s Bluewater and Mancy’s Italian, along with a full bar selection and additional entertainment. Individual tickets for this experience are $225 and includes ZOOtoDO admission following the Venom Lounge (open 5:30-7:15 p.m.).
        The Zoo calls the event “a party with a purpose” because the net proceeds provide essential funding to continue growing the mission of caring for animals and conserving the natural world.
        Visit for more details.
Blue Star Museums
        The Wood County Museum will join museums nationwide in participating in the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 season launched May 18, Armed Forces Day, and ends Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. Military can find the list of participating museums at
        Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide.
        This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history, and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens, and more. Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer at
        The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
        All events detailed at or by following the Wood County Historical Museum on social media.
TMA Master Class
        Philadelphia glass artist Amber Cowan, whose work, “Grotto of the Chocolate Nymph,” was acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) in 2018 and is currently on display in the Glass Pavilion, will teach her glass flameworking techniques during a one-week glass art master class at the Museum June 24-28. This class is open to those with no previous glass or flameworking experience.
        Cowan’s class will be a survey into a variety of glass that can be used at the torch.
        “We will cover borosilicate, soft, and recycled glass to everything in between,” Cowan said. “The students will learn how each of the different types of glass work in the torch and kiln and why we would use these glasses for certain projects. The class will focus on sculptural flameworking off the mandrel and how to build more complex forms.”
        Cowan gathers found pressed glass, purchased from eBay or antique shops, to her studio where she reshapes the pieces with a flameworking torch. She also utilizes a historic glass press purchased from the now-defunct Fenton Glass Company (similar to the one on view in the Glass Pavilion in Gallery 3) to create her own pressed objects, like the shells that are found scattered throughout Grotto of the Chocolate Nymph.
        She has been working with glass for over fifteen years and has received her MFA in glass/ceramics from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her BFA in 3-dimensional design with a concentration in glass from Salisbury University.
        Her class is one in a series of glass master classes the Museum is hosting from May through August 2019. The glass master classes will run one week, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch provided. Each week-long class will cost $950 for Museum members and $1,000 for non-members. To register for a master class in glass, visit or call 419-254-5080.
Sandusky named Top Coastal Small Town
        The results are in – Sandusky, Ohio, is the best coastal small town in America.
        Recently, a panel of experts at USA Today nominated Sandusky for its 10 Best Coastal Small Towns award. Nominees for the honor had to have a population of less than 25,000 and offer “uncrowded, unpretentious, and affordable” waterfront fun. Once chosen for the award, a nationwide vote was launched and Sandusky beat out 19 other towns for the top spot.
        “We are proud and honored to be named Best Coastal Small Town,” stated City Manager Eric Wobser. “This recognition is a testament to the community spirit and sense of momentum that inspired our residents to vote for Sandusky.”
        In addition to now being known as the Best Coastal Small Town in the country, Sandusky is also known as the home of world-class attractions, including: Cedar Point amusement park, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, indoor water parks, a vibrant shopping and dining scene, and its waterfront with ferry service to the Lake Erie islands and even Canada!
        All of Sandusky, but in particular it’s downtown area, has seen a renaissance over the past several years. Sandusky has seen an investment of $100M with historic buildings being renovated and over 30 new businesses entering the marketplace. Public-private projects are transforming the waterfront and the city, including: the creation of a 12-mile path, called the Sandusky Bay Pathway; a distinct program with Bowling Green State University and Cedar Fair that offers students the opportunity to learn resort management and hospitality from Cedar Point professionals, and the reconstruction of a pier to include a greenspace, boardwalk and sunset stairs.
        To learn more about what’s happening in the city of Sandusky, check out the city’s website at


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