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Rossford chosen to host Ohio Chautauqua tour
Presented by the Ohio Humanities Council, the weeklong living history celebration will feature the theme, “When Ohio Was the Western Frontier.”
Free living history presentations featuring characters from the early 1800s will be held nightly under the giant red and white tent at the Marina at Veterans Memorial Park. Organizers expect between 300 and 1,200 visitors to attend each night.
Featured characters will include naturalist and folk hero Johnny Appleseed; Iroquois leader Chief John Logan; Lewis and Clark expedition member York; frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhasset, and the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie, Oliver Hazard Perry.
Each evening, music will fill the air beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by performances at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to the evening living history presentation, the scholars will also present daytime workshops at the Rossford Library, with programs geared for children at 10 a.m. and adult programs at 2 p.m. The library is located at 720 Dixie Highway. All events are free.
Rossford was selected as one of the five host cities for the Ohio Chautauqua through a competitive process conducted by the Ohio Humanities Council. Other locations include Lakewood, Madison, Bexley and Coshocton.
Event sponsors include Rossford Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Rossford Business Association, Welch Publishing Company, Lake Erie Living Magazine, the City of Rossford, the Rossford Public Library, Owens Community College, Meijer-Rossford and Northwestern Water and Sewer District.
The Sunday-evening free concerts, performed in the zoo’s historic amphitheater from 7:30-9:30 p.m., each feature a fun musical theme. The schedule includes:
July 7: Patriotic Pops
“For many years we were able to plant a beautiful display of mums lining the driveway and past the manor house, but in recent years, budget cuts drastically reduced the number of plants we could afford and last year we only did a couple of beds,” said Rod Noble, executive director of the gardens.
Chrysanthemums are popular fall flower because of their bright colors and ability to withstand frosts often well into November. The gardens, which close each year on Oct. 31, had been a destination for visitors from the area and beyond just to see the mums planted there that at times numbered over 1,000.
Hundreds of jugglers will be on hand for the week of shows, championships, workshops and juggling 24 hours a day at Perry Field house. Professional and hobby jugglers from all over the world will be here to learn, present and to perform including Guinness World Record holders and Cirque de Soleil professionals.
The event includes many shows open to the public from “A Taste of Vaudeville,” and youth, adult and team championships. Free and open to the public Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m. will be a Jugglers’ Parade starting at the Perry Field House and heading downtown via Thurstin and Court streets.
Immediately following, the jugglers will disperse into a professional Buskers Competition being held at three locations downtown to include the Huntington courtyard and parking lot as well as the Flower Basket lot.
A pancake breakfast will be sponsored by the Fremont Exchange Club. There will also be a celebration to honor Miss America Jackie Mayer who was a special guest at the grand opening in 1963, 2013 Miss Vacationland, The North Coast Military Museum Display, the D-Day Veteran warbird (DC3) LuLu Belle, and other vintage wings and wheels.
For more information, call the airport at 419-332-8037.