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Bluegrass Fest planned at Holiday Inn French Quarter
One of Ohio’s largest Indoor Bluegrass Festivals featuring national and regional bluegrass bands will be held Jan. 11 and 12 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.

In addition to the sounds of traditional bluegrass at its best, the indoor festival will include jamming and workshops. All bands are available for autographs, and will be selling CDs.

Friday’s concert schedule, which runs from 12:30 to 11:30 p.m., will include Jr. Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Deepwater Bluegrass, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Larry Gillis & Swamp Grass and Idle Tyme.

Rhonda-Vincent
Rhonda Vincent

Saturday’s lineup includes the legendary Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (The Queen of Bluegrass Music), Bluegrass Mountaineers, Matheson Family Pride, Remington Ryde and Bo Isaac & The Rounders. The music will begin at noon and run until 11:30 p.m.

General seating is $25 per day. Children 12 and under are free.

For more information, visit www.BluegrassWinterfest.com or www.Bluegrassmountaineers.net.


Winterfest 2013
Winterfest 2013 in downtown Pemberville Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The celebration will feature winter festivities galore, including a snow creation contest (weather permitting), ice cube competitions, free movies at the historic Opera House, an old sled display (bring your own antique sled), food, a hot cocoa bar and a roasted nut station.

In addition, Russell Herner, author of “Antique Ice Skates for the Collector,” will be at Beeker’s General Store to discuss his book, which includes more than 250 photographs identifying various types, styles and designs of skates.


Rock On
Area residents will have the opportunity to become immersed into the lives of some of the most notable contemporary musicians as seen through the camera lens of photographer Baron Wolman, as Owens Community College’s Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery opens the 2013 season with an exhibit titled “Rock On: Photographs by Baron Wolman.” The exhibit will run Jan. 7 – March 28.

In 1967, Wolman was approached by Jann Wenner, the founder of “Rolling Stone,” to become the publication’s first chief photographer. The meeting led to Wolman witnessing and capturing the moments of arguably one the most important periods of change in popular music and culture through his camera, with the images serving as a focal point for the magazine. For three years at the publication, Wolman’s photographs were known for capturing the events and personalities as well as visualizing the music.

Over the years, Wolman’s artistic talents have been showcased in art galleries around the world. His most recent book, “Every Picture Tells A Story – Baron Wolman, The Rolling Stone Years,” highlights stories and photographs of some of the most significant artists and events of the period. Wolman’s professional background also includes sports photography, aerial photography, figure photography and portraits.

More than 30 photographs will be on display in the Owens exhibit. Featured musicians within the photographs will include James Brown, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Duke Ellington, Jim Morrison, Neil Young, Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, George Harrison and Joan Baez, among others.

In addition to the photographs, music-specific artifacts and collectibles from the 1880s through the 1980s will be showcased in the gallery.

“Rock On: Photographs by Baron Wolman” is being presented in part by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.

In addition to the exhibit, Owens’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts will host a lecture presentation by Wolman Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. The lecture will highlight his experiences with some of the most well-known contemporary musicians of the 20th century.

The Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is located in Owens’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For additional information about the exhibit, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2721.
 

Silent movie night
A Silent Movie Night featuring “The Black Pirate” starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr. will be presented Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pemberville Opera House. The presentation is part of the Live in The House series.

Fairbanks, the silent era’s greatest swashbuckler, took to the sea with cutlass in hand and gypsy earrings dangling for the first great pirate movie and a beautiful example of early Technicolor. Pianist Lynn Log will provide musical accompaniment for the film.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.


Bird Count 4 Kids
Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to visit Magee Marsh on Saturday, Jan. 12 for the annual Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids.

Each family will be a part of a small birding team, which will set out to count all the birds that they see or hear. Prior to going out, kids will be given a short talk on how to use binoculars and what birds they might expect to see. Binoculars will be available for borrowing.

Kids will be outside for about 90 minutes, so they should dress for the weather, including warm boots and layers. When they come back in, each team will report its findings to the group. A pizza lunch will be served compliments of the Friends of Magee Marsh. In addition, Back to the Wild will be on hand with some live birds to show.

The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Bird Center at Magee Marsh and runs until approximately 2 p.m. To sign up, call Mary at 419-898-0960, ext. 31 and leave contact information.

Magee Marsh is located at 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.


Volunteer Trail Patrol
You may have seen them on the Metroparks trails in their yellow shirts. Metroparks Volunteer Trail Patrol volunteers help Metroparks provide park visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience. Their duties include acting as a communications link, promoting safe use of the trail system, alerting staff to potential hazards and providing information and assistance.

An informational meeting for prospective volunteers will be held Sunday, Jan. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Pearson Metropark’s Packer-Hammersmith center.

Metroparks accepts applications for volunteers year-round, however, informational orientations are held in January, February is when interviews take place, and March and April are when trainings are held. The new patrol year begins May 1.

Volunteers commit to patrolling a minimum of 50 hours a year, in pairs, and are encouraged to attend quarterly information/training meetings. Patrols are two to four hours in length and each pair of uniformed volunteers carries a cell phone and a waist pack with first-aid supplies, maps and brochures.

Reservations needed. For more information, visit www.metroparkstoledo.com.


Call for artists
Prizm Creative Community, a local non-profit 501 (c) (3) will sponsor the Salon des Refusés Exhibition for all local artists’ works that were rejected entry into the annual Toledo Area Artists show held at The Toledo Museum of Art.

A printable prospectus for the show is available at www.myprizm.com or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Hard copies of the prospectus and postcards for the use of artists can be picked up at The Arts Commissions offices, 1838 Parkwood Ave. in Toledo.

The show will be held Feb 1 through March 15 at The Art’s Commission’s Parkwood Gallery.

To receive pre-show publicity, artists should postmark their application by Jan. 7 to chairman Judith Gusweiler at 31 Stonegate Circle, Bowling Green, Ohio, 43402, and email jpg images of their work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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