Walbridge celebration includes base ball, fireworks
The Centennial Anniversary Celebration continues in Walbridge Aug. 10 with a Vintage Base Ball Game in Loop Park, followed by fireworks.
The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with registration for baseball contests, open to ages 5-12. Competitions will include longest hit, most hits (pitching machine), fastest base runner and throwing accuracy. Free Mud Hens tickets will be available for the first 40 children to register.
Games and contests will begin at 5 p.m. Also beginning at 5 p.m., there will be 25-cent hot dogs, along with peanuts, drinks and root beer floats available for purchase.
The Vintage Base Ball game, featuring Walbridge players vs. a CSX team, will begin at 7 p.m. Sylvania Black Swamp Frogs will umpire and assist during the game.
At 9:30 p.m. fireworks will light up the sky over Aqua Terrace. Parking will be available on the streets or in the St. Jerome Church parking lot after 6 p.m. No parking will be available at the pool.
For more information, visit www.walbridgecent.com or on Facebook.
St. John’s Cruise In
Vehicle owners are invited to show off their cars, bikes, golf carts, street rods and dune buggies at St. John’s United Church of Christ’s first annual Cruise In held Aug. 18 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The church is located at 1213 Washington St., Genoa.
Registration is optional, however the first 50 to sign up will receive a dash plaque and one drink ticket. An optional $10 donation will be welcomed for the church’s Mission Fund.
To register or for more information, call 19-855–3906.
Veteran’s Festival planned
VFW Post 2984, 102 W. Andrus Rd., Northwood, will present a Veteran’s Festival Aug. 23 and 24.
Friday night’s activities include karaoke, food and beverages. Saturday’s highlights include a flea market, craft sale, kids’ games, bingo, 50/50 raffles and food and beer. Entertainment will include Nite Express at 4 p.m. and The Storm at 7:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by Ohio VFW Charities.
Wine festival returns
The Lake Erie Shores & Islands once featured huge vineyards that spread from east of Sandusky to the western region near the bay because of the lakeshore climate. In celebration of the area’s heritage as the largest wine-producing region in the nation prior to Prohibition, the Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival will be held Aug. 9 and 10 on Sandusky’s waterfront.
The wine festivities begin Friday evening with a wine-tasting event held at the Sandusky Greenhouse from 5:30-8 pm. The Merry-Go-Round Museum, The Maritime Museum of Sandusky, and The Sandusky Greenhouse are hosting the evening event and wine tasting. Tickets for the Friday evening fun are $15 before Aug. 5, and $25 at the door. Tickets include light appetizers and wine tastes. Patrons who attend Friday night’s wine tasting event will again gain free admission to Saturday’s festival, by bringing their 2013 wine glass with them.
The festival will kick off Saturday at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion, 605 East Water St. with 10 Ohio wineries, gourmet food, live musical entertainment and an artist’s showcase. The festival grounds are open Saturday from noon – 8 p.m.
Admission for Saturday is $5 per person and includes a souvenir Toast of Ohio wine glass and two wine tastings. Admission fees benefit the sponsoring museums, the Maritime Museum of Sandusky and Merry-Go-Round Museum.
Tickets will be available to purchase for exchange for wine tastings and food purchases. Wine tasting tickets are four for $3 and glass pours will vary by vendor. Food offerings will range from $5. Ticket packages – including a combination of food and wine tickets will be available for purchase.
Participating wineries include Paper Moon Vineyards, Firelands Winery, Ferrante Winery, Maize Valley Winery, Viking Vineyards, Stoney Ridge Winery, Quarry Hill Winery, Myrddin Winery, Matus Winery, and Chateau Tebeau.
A variety of musical entertainment and family fun activities will be offered throughout the day Saturday. The Brad Walk Trio, Mankin and Gargasz, and Sand Town will play during the Toast. The Maritime Museum of Sandusky and the Merry-Go-Round Museum, co-sponsors of the festival, will host tours and activities.
Call 1-800-255-3743 for information.
Library history on the road
In observance of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s 175th anniversary, traveling kiosk units displaying the system’s rich history will travel among 19 countywide library locations.
The kiosks include a flat-screen monitor which continuously run a 175th commemoration video containing the full historic journey of the Toledo library system, including:
• 1838 – Toledo Young Men’s Association was organized under a charter granted by the Ohio Legislature, the objective being to establish a lyceum and public library. Toledo’s population was 1,000, and 66 residents signed up.
• 1890 – A new Main Library opened at Madison and Ontario. The library was built in the early Norman style with touches of Byzantine and Romanesque. Two tall towers flanked the Ontario entrance.
• 1940 – In response to dramatic growth over the years, which included multiple branch locations, a new Main Library opened Sept. 4, 1940. The library was built in the popular art-deco style.
• 1970 – The Toledo Public Library, the Lucas County Public Library and the Sylvania Public Library merged into one system, becoming the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.
The kiosk will be at the Oregon Branch Library through Aug. 6; at the Birmingham Branch Aug. 6-15 and at the Locke Branch Aug. 15-28.
For more information, visit toledolibrary.org or call 419-259-5200.
Library’s most requested
• “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith.
• “Second Honeymoon,” by James Patterson, with author Howard Roughan.
• “Mistress,” by James Patterson, with author David Ellis.
• “And the Mountains Echoed,” by Khaled Hosseini.
• “Beautiful Day,” by Elin Hilderbrand.
• “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” by Neil Gaiman.
• “Sisterland,” by Curtis Sittenfeld.
• “Bombshell,” by Catherine Coulter.
• “Joyland,” by Stephen King.
• “Bad Monkey,” by Carl Hiaasen.
Find or reserve a book at toledolibrary.org.
The Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau will present “Dungeon Descent,” a paranormal adventure at the Historic Sandusky County Jail & Dungeon Friday, Aug. 30 from 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Doors will open at 8:15 p.m. for the nighttime adventure, which will include some education as well as two different experiences for small groups – the jail and the dungeon. At the end of the night, the group will gather together, enjoy a pizza feast and share their experiences.
Tickets are $20. Participation is limited to 30 people. The event is not recommended for those with heart problems, those who are pregnant or nursing or children younger than 15. Participants must be able to sit quietly for extended periods of time.
Walk on the wildlife side
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is offering a number of family-friendly programs in August. The offerings include:
• Saturday, Aug. 3, 10:30¬-11:30 a.m. – Nature Tots, a program for children ages 3-5, will feature Fabulous Flowers. From 1-2:30 p.m., Swampers ages 6-12 will learn about Pollinators. Reservations recommended. Call 419-898-0014 to sign up.
• Sunday, Aug. 4 – Monthly Bird Survey. Meet at the trailhead parking lot at 8 a.m. Dress for the weather. Birding skills are not necessary.
• Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Join a ranger on a Blue Goose Bus Tour from 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to habitat hotspots in the area. Destinations will vary and reservations are required. Call 419-898-0014 to save a spot.
• Friday, Aug. 9 – Explore the world of owls and learn about their amazing adaptations on a guided hike through the forest from 8-10 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 10 – From 1:30-3 p.m., bring your bike and join a ranger for Bike the Dikes. Explore the refuge trail system in search of wildlife. Helmets are encouraged.
• Aug. 17-18 – Enjoy a seven-mile self-guided tour through the refuge from the comfort of your car. Tour departs from the visitor center parking lot. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa or call 419-898-0014 for a current calendar of public programming. All programs offer insight into the National Wildlife Refuge System and encourage stewardship of Ohio’s native wildlife and their habitats.
All events are free and take place at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.
The Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton will host “Rise Above,” a unique educational program that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen,. Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
The exhibit features a rare red-tailed P-51C Mustang fighter, along with the “Rise Above” traveling exhibit, which tells the story of the group of dedicated young African American men who enlisted to fight in World War II.
Visitors are invited to stop by and chat with members of the Tuskegee Airmen. For more information, visit www.portclintonairport.com.
Publishing workshop set
As part of its “Inspiration Staycation” Summer Program for area residents, PRIZM Creative Community will offer its August workshop, “Publishing Creative Writing: Getting in the Game” presented by BGSU Professor Wendell Mayo Friday, Aug. 9 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Clara J’s Tea Room, 219 W. Wayne St. in Maumee.
Prof. Mayo will offer inspiration and resources to help participants publish their fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.
Buckeye Bluegrass Festival
The “queen of bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent, along with 12 other regional and national bluegrass performers will take the stage at the annual Buckeye Bluegrass Festival Aug. 8-10 at the Greenwich Coon Hunters Club, 3221 Plymouth East Rd., Greenwich Ohio.
In addition to concerts and lots of jamming, the festival will include fishing, hiking, campfires and food available for purchase.