Goodbye Halloween, hello holiday happenings
Though we’ve just flipped the calendar to November, there’s no mistaking the fact that the holiday season has been slowly and steadily creeping in for weeks.
In just a couple of weeks, area families will gather for holiday parades, sparkling light displays and a chance to get in an early visit with St. Nick.
There are also plenty of art exhibits, sporting events and other indoor activities to enjoy.
• Through Jan. 1, 2013: “Manet: Portraying Life,” Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo is the exclusive U.S. venue for this major exhibition that explores the creative force of Édouard Manet and his work in the genre of posed portraiture as well as portraits depicting everyday life in the Paris of his time. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan. 10: “Museum People: Faces of TMA” Gallery 1, Toledo Museum of Art. Last spring, hundreds of Toledo Museum of Art community members of all ages stopped by to have photo headshots taken by photographer Jim Rohman and his assistant Giles Cooper to be included in this exhibition, featuring a sea of nearly 700 faces. The collective community portraits are shown floor-to-ceiling, “salon style.” www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan. 13: “Prints and Authors from the Time of Manet,” Works on Paper Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan. 13, 2013: “Leslie Adams: Drawn from Life,” Gallery 18, Toledo Museum of Art. As a young girl Leslie Adams attended art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art. Today she is nationally known for her portraits of distinguished members of society and civic leaders. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan. 20, 2013: “Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation,” Galleries 4, 5 and 9, Toledo Museum of Art. Exhibition focuses on the stars, sets and scenes created by the American film industry and captured by Hollywood photographers between 1920 and 1960. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan 27, 2013: “Tales of Travel from the President’s Attic,” Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. An exhibit chronicling the world travels of descendants of President Rutherford B. Hayes as evidenced by steamer trunks and other artifacts left in the Hayes Home attic.rbhayes.org
• 2012 Sculpture in the Village, Williams Park, Gibsonburg. The sculptures in the park represent many of the most prominent sculptors from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont and will be on display for one year for all to enjoy. Admission is free, but the experience is priceless.
• Saturdays through Nov. 17: Perfect Little Planet, Lourdes University Planetarium, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, 7-9 p.m. The new show will take visitors on a journey to discover the perfect vacation spot in the Universe. 419-517-8897 or www.lourdes.edu/planetarium.
Nov. 3: The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, Miniature war gaming experts help you play more than 16 different war games and learn about this family friendly hobby. www.fortmeigs.org.
Nov. 3: Uncle Kracker in concert, Headliners, 4500 N. Detroit Ave., Toledo, 7-11:30 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com.
Nov. 3-4: Holiday Craft & Gift Marketplace, Lucas Co. Rec Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday arts and crafts, collectibles, antiques, gifts, home and personal items and more. Admission: $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Free parking. www.cloudshows.biz.
Nov. 3: Toledo Walleye vs. Evansville Icemen, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:05 p.m., 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Nov. 7: Sleigh Bells, Clazel Theatre, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green, 8-11:30 p.m. The band, which has been building momentum since their inception in 2008, was featured recently on the season debut episode of Anthony Bourdain's “No Reservations.”www.ticketmaster.com.
Nov. 8-11: “Little Shop of Horrors,” presented by Perrysburg High School, 13385 Roachton Road., Perrysburg. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Thurs., Fri. & Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. Info: 419-874-3181.
Nov. 9: Tellabration 2012 Frogtown Storytelling Concert, Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. A spoken-word concert of “stories for grown-ups” with featured Ann Arbor storyteller Jeff Doyle. 419-841-5608.
Nov. 9: Preschool Pioneers: Food for Thought, Pearson Metropark, Oregon, 10 a.m. Children are invited to learn how settlers harvested and preserved food for the long winter. Please dress children appropriately. Come to the little cabin in the big swamp and experience what life was like 145 years ago. Register child only. Parent must accompany child during program. 419-407-9700 or www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Nov. 10 & 11: Fremont Flea Market Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North St. Fremont. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 200 vendors. Free admission and parking. Concessions available. Info: 419-332-5604 or www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Nov. 10-11: Homespun Holiday Art & Craft Show, Great Hall at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.toledocraftsmansguild.org.
Nov. 10: Toledo Walleye vs. Wheeling Nailers, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:05 p.m. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Nov. 13-17: Little Scientists Week, Imagination Station Toledo, One Discovery Way. A week dedicated to little scientists kindergarten age and younger. 419-244-2674 or www.ImaginationStation.org.
Nov. 13: Joe Bonamassa, Blues Singer, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 8-11 p.m. 419-381-8851 or www.stranahantheater.com.
Nov. 15: Authors! Authors! Series: John Grogan, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. Grogan, an award-winning newspaper columnist is the author of “Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog.” Tickets are $10/$8 for students. www.toledolibrary.org.
Nov. 16-Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. The Toledo Zoo’s holiday tradition is a treat for people of all ages, with millions of lights, animation displays, model trains, and Santa, too. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org,
Nov. 17: 2012 Downtown Holiday Parade, downtown Toledo. Giant helium balloons, marching bands, 80+ Distinguished Clowns, Shriner Units, floats, equestrian units, mascots and of course Santa Claus. After the parade, visit the Kris Kringle Village at the Imagination Station. www.dotoledo.org.
Nov. 17: Annual Holiday Parade, downtown Bowling Green, 10 a.m.-noon.
Nov. 17: Johlin Black Swamp Cabin Open House, Pearson Metropark, Oregon. Come see how much home life has changed in the last 145 years. www.metropartkstoledo.com.
Nov. 17: Toledo Walleye vs. Wheeling Nailers, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:05 p.m. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Nov. 18: Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, shows at 2:30 and 7 p.m. 419-321-5007 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Nov. 23-Dec. 31: Christmas Light Show Spectacular, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky. Free. Seven songs play during a 25-minute show synchronized with over 75,000 lights. The show is broadcast on 99.7 FM. 419-626-4467 or www.ghostlymanor.com.
Nov. 23-24: Crafts for Christmas Show, Lucas Co. Rec Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Featuring handmade crafts, jewelry items, baskets, incense, soaps, dolls and more. www.toledocraftsmansguild.org.
Nov. 24: Holiday Light Parade, Uptown Maumee, 5-10 p.m. Fifty lighted floats will cruise uptown from Ford Field, heading east on W. Wayne Street to Conant Street.
Nov. 24: Home for the Holidays Parade, downtown Perrysburg. A celebration of the holiday season that includes a tree lighting. 419-872-6246.
Nov. 24: KeyBank Pops: Jim Brickman Returns, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 8 p.m. www.toledosymphony.com.
Nov 24: Christmas in the Village/Festival of Trees, downtown Pemberville. www.beekersgeneralstore.com.
Nov. 24 &-30: Holiday Lantern Tours, Sauder Village, 22611 SR2, Archbold. (By reservation only). 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
Nov. 25: Wooden Feather Day, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, noon-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Maumee Bay Carvers and the Friends of Magee Marsh. Enjoy a warm fire, marsh walk and refreshments. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Nov. 25-Jan. 6, 2013: Hayes Train Special, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. Watch eight different model trains in styles that relate to the life of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family traverse a 12x24-foot, three-tier model train layout. 800-998-PRES or www.rbhayes.org.
Nov. 29: Country Music Singer Chris Young’s “Liquid Neon Tour,” Stroh Center, 1535 E. Wooster Dt., Bowling Green, 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Young recently toured with Miranda Lambert as a special guest for her “On Fir Tour.” www.ticketmaster.com.
Nov. 30-Dec. 2: “A Christmas Carol,” Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo. 419-243-9277 or www.toledorep.org.
Nov. 30: Sinclair Handbell Choir in concert, Woodville United Methodist Church, 201 W. First St., Woodville. Featuring holiday music played on Schulmerich Handbells and Malmark Choir Chimes. Info: call the church office at 419-849-2400 or Terri Molter at 419-849-3004.
Dec. 1: Olde Fashion Christmas, downtown Oak Harbor, O. Santa arrives at Adolphus Kraemer Park to light the Village Christmas Tree and kick off the Holiday Season. Visit him at Portage Fire Station and enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate at the Portage Fire District Fire Station. Shop in Santa's Secrete Shop. www.oakharborohio.net.
Dec. 2: Holiday Open House at the Bird Center, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 1-5 p.m. Kids’ activities, local vendors offering unique items for sale, refreshments, live music and more. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
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