Winterfest, one of Ohio’s longest-running weekend winter bluegrass concerts, will be held Jan. 9 and 10 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.
The concert will run from 12:30 to 11 p.m. Jan. 9. On Jan. 10, enjoy the music from noon to 11 p.m. Among those scheduled to perform are the award-winning Goldwing Express, Dailey & Vincent, Larkin Family, Bluegrass Mountaineers, David Parmley, James King, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys.
Tickets are $23 per day or $45 for the weekend for adults. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Jamming is encouraged and welcome, so bring your instruments. Special discounts are available on rooms at the hotel. Call 419-874-3111 for reservations and mention the “bluegrass rate.”
Southern Gospel concert
The Pemberville Opera House and the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society will present a night of Southern gospel with Sojourner Quartet Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House as part of the “Live in the House” series. The concert will be sponsored by Brandt and Associates.
The 577 Foundation, located at 577 East Front St., Perrysburg, will hold a forum dealing with the upcoming garden season Jan. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The forum, which will be conducted by the foundation’s horticulturist Vicki Gallagher, will focus on organic, small-scale, backyard gardening, how you can get the most out of your garden and the benefits of homegrown food. Both edible and ornamental plantings will be covered, though emphasis will be on vegetable production and selection.
The forum is open to the public. The fee is $5 per person and pre-registration is required by calling 419-874-4174 or signing up online at www.577foundation.org. Pre-payment is also required.
Mark your calendars for the coming events...
Jan. 10-11: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairground, corner of North and Rawson, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Spend the day shopping and looking for that unique find from over 200 vendors. Free admission and parking. Concessions available. Info: 419-332-5604 or www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Jan. 16: Preschool Pioneers: Abraham Lincoln, Pearson Metropark, Packer-Hammersmith Center Packer-Hammersmith Center, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Price: $ 5. Bring your preschooler to explore what it was like to be the “American Trailblazer”Abraham Lincoln. Children will hear a story and make craft to take home. Parent participation is required and class size is limited. Reservations needed. Visit www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Jan. 17: Beginning Genealogy Class, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. Learn how to make use of the latest computer technology in your genealogical research. Free. Pre-registration required. Info: 1-800-998-7737/www.rbhayes.org.
Jan. 18: 12th Annual Gun Show/Swap Meet, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oak Harbor Conservation Club, 975 S. Gordon Rd., Oak Harbor. Hunting and fishing equipment, guns (all state & federal gun laws are applicable), decoys, lures, sporting goods, collectibles, raffles and tools. Dealers welcome. Info: 419-734-3751 (days).
Jan. 22: Cleveland Indians Fan Night, Erie Street Market. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. See players, coaches, top prospects, and broadcasters from the Cleveland Indians up close and in person. Dinner, autographs, question-and-answer session, silent auction. Autographs for 18 and under only. Tickets $18/adults, $15/12 and under. 419-324-7400.
Jan. 24: Great Horned Owl Prowl, Pearson Metropark, Packer-Hammersmith Center, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Brave the season as you stalk Ohio’s largest resident owl. Dress for outdoors. Program canceled in the case of hazardous weather. Free.
Park district programs
The Sandusky County Park District will offer the following programs in January:
Puddle Jumpers: Exciting Eagles, Jan. 6, 10 a.m., Park Office. Ages 5 and under with an adult companion are invited to learn about bald eagles.
Basic Birding – A Series for Bird Lovers, a program for all ages that have an interest in birds at a basic level. The program meets eight times to discuss everything from choosing bird guides and binoculars to identifying birds by sound. It is recommended (but not required) that participants attend all eight classes. The following are the topics discussed and meeting times; all sessions begin at the Park Office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont. Field trip dates will be scheduled at the first class.
Jan. 8 - Biology, Binocs, & Books, 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 - Families, Field Marks, & Feeding, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 - Families, Part II, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 - Bird Calls & Songs, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Field trips (TBA) will include, Owls at Back To The Wild, Eagles, Hawks, & Turkey Vultures, Waterfowl Identification and Bird Banding & Research.
Winter Weeds - Jan 22, 2 p.m., White Star Park Log Cabin. Dress to be outdoors. Participants will gather wildflowers and create an arrangement. Bring a container to arrange in.
Mighty Oaks: History of Creek Bend Farm – Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, Creek Bend Farm. A program for the 55-and-over crowd. The first presentation will be at the Roush Farm House beginning at 9 a.m. Enjoy coffee and muffins while listening to the history of Creek Bend Farm. Space is limited,
Tree Huggers - Tracks, Scat, & Signs, Jan. 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m., White Star Barn. Ages 6-12 are invited to learn how to read the woods. Explore the park, look for animal signs, make an identification chart. Dress for the weather. A light supper will be provided.
Register for the above programs by calling 419-334-4495 or toll free 1-888-200-5577.