Pemberville Garden Party promises to be bloomin’ fun
Three of Pemberville’s Front Street businesses are hosting an event that garden enthusiasts are sure to “dig.”
Beeker’s General Store, Riverbank Antiques and Higher Ground Coffee Shop have invited other garden vendors to exhibit and sell their wares at a Garden Party Tuesday, June 24 from 4-8 p.m. in downtown Pemberville.
The event, which will be held rain or shine, will feature a number of vendors showcasing “all things edible and garden.”
Participating vendors and exhibitors include North Branch Nursery, Schedel Gardens, Blue Pebble Farms, Wolf’s Blooms & Berries, Apple View Orchard, Thyme for All Seasons, Downtown Deco, Healthy Bakes by Catherine, garden artist Janet Ritter Davies, Holland Grill Sales and more.
Beeker’s will showcase a variety of garden specialties in its lineup from Amish Country, and guests will enjoy a “Tasting Spree.” Riverbank dealers are “pulling out the stakes” and bringing out all kinds of cool stuff for the garden. At Higher Ground, Chef Geoff will offer culinary demonstrations on the half-hour (with samples to follow), and the shop will feature unique garden sandwiches.
For more information, call 419-287-3274 or visit beekersgeneralstore.com.
Muster on the Maumee
The annual Muster on the Maumee will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort Meigs, 29100 W River Rd., Perrysburg.
Visitors will see 10 centuries of soldiers and witness the evolution of the common soldier from Roman Legions to the modern American military.
Take a break from the activities and see what the vendors have for sale in “Sutler’s Row.” Stop by the USO canteen for a refreshing beverage or a tasty lunch.
Event admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children (6-18 years), $1 for OHS members, and children 5 and under are free. Active military service members get in free with appropriate ID.
For more information, visit www.fortmeigs.org or call 800-283-8916.
Father’s Day Concert
Regional country music group, Ridin’ Shotgun will take the stage for a special Father’s Day concert, Sunday, June 15 at the Birchard Park stage in Fremont.
The group’s 7 p.m. performance is part of the 2014 “Concert in The Park” series, sponsored in part by Fremont Federal Credit Union. The show will feature a wide variety of classic country music, while also paying tribute to all fathers in the audience.
Lead singer and guitarist, Billy Lee of Fremont, a former staff writer and artist for R.M.A. Records in Nashville, said the group has been invited to play the Father’s Day concert for the last several years, and are honored to be invited again in 2014.
Formed in 1997, Ridin’ Shotgun has performed throughout the tri-state region at many fairs, festivals, and shows.
Other members of the band include Mike Hall of Republic, Rex Myers of Risingsun, Ken Turner, of Clyde and Dusty Rodawalt of Elmore.
The concert will also feature a guest appearance by area vocalist and 2011 “Fremont’s Got Talent” winner, Lori Willey.
Those attending the show are encouraged to bring comfortable seating. Food and refreshments will be available from the Exchange Club of Fremont.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert may be postponed or canceled; call the Fremont Recreation Center at 419-334-5906 after 4 p.m. the day of the concert for cancellation information.
Music in the Park
Lake Township’s Friendship Park will once again be the site of free Friday-night concerts as the Friends of Lake Township Parks present Music the Park Summer Concert Series.
The season runs Fridays June 20 through Aug. 15; there will be no concert July 4. Music lovers are invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music, which will run from 6:30-8 p.m. Refreshments, including hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, ice cream floats and more, will be available. No alcohol will be permitted.
In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the township hall, next to the park. Admission is free; freewill offerings will be accepted, with proceeds benefiting the non-profit Friends of Lake Township Parks organization.
The series kicks off June 20 with The Genoa Legion Band – a crowd-pleasing favorite offering polkas, marches and patriotic music. Due to the size of the band, for this concert only, the concert will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
Future performances include Bridge County Bluegrass June 27. For more information, contact Ron Hanely at 419-392-3235 or email@example.com.
Toledo Swiss Festival
The community is invited to the Toledo Swiss Festival, which will be held Saturday, June 21 from 2-11 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The festival will include food and beverages, including beer and wine, children’s activities, raffles and entertainment, featuring the Encore Band from 2-6 p.m. and the Tru Brew Band from 7-11 p.m.
There will be special performances by the Bavarian Sports Club D’Nolzhackerbuam Schuhplattler Gruppe, The Toledo Holzhackerbuam Schuhplattler Gruppe and The Toledo Swiss Singers.
Admission and parking are free.
Escape to the Islands
Walbridge Fest Inc., will present “Escape to the Islands” Saturday, June 21 from 1 p.m.-1 a.m. on the village’s Main Street.
The event will kick off at 1 p.m. with a concert featuring Larry Boday & The Hoedowns in the Veteran’s Park Gazebo. Bring lawn chairs; food will be available.
From 1-3 p.m., there will be children’s crafts and activities at the Walbridge Library.
A Hawaiian Cruse-in Car Show will run from 3-6 p.m. on Main Street. Registration will begin at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best Hawaiian decorated car.
A “Chair-ity” Chair Auction featuring several decorated chairs will be held, with proceeds going to fund a new slide at the Aqua Terrace Pool.
Registration for the Hawaiian Luau 2nd Annual Pub Crawl will begin at 6 p.m. in front of The Skillet. The registration fee is $20, which includes a t-shirt, drink specials, raffles and free tournament play. The crawl runs from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. and will include raffles, music and more. A prize will be awarded for the best Hawaiian outfit.
Late-night grub will be available after the crawl at Susie’s Skillet, which will be open from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. for the event.
For more information, call Jodi at 419-917-4990 or like Walbridge Fest Inc. on Facebook.
Zoo garden tours
Animals aren’t the only interesting thing to enjoy at the Toledo Zoo. The” Watch it Grow” garden tour series takes visitors through the zoo’s beautiful gardens to see how they grow, bloom and change throughout the season.
Zoo horticulturists lead the 90-minute tours, discussing such topics as soil preparation, plant identification and selection, and cultural practices. The tours are free with regular zoo admission, and reservations are not needed; meet by the historic Conservatory and be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
Tours will be offered June 18, July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m.-noon.
More information is available at toledozoo.org.
Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and Genoa Merchants will present the first Cruise-In of 2014 June 24 from 5:30-8 p.m. on the “main drag” of downtown Genoa.
The popular Cruise-Ins will include food, along with music and oldies trivia with Cruisin’ Zeake. There is a $5 registration fee, which includes a placard for each car and a chance in the $50 drawings.
Future Cruise-in dates are July 29 and Aug. 26. Call Cruisin’ Zeake at 419-509-5066 for more information.
Boomfest at the Grove
The City of Oregon & BP Husky will host Boomfest at the Grove Friday, July 4 from 2 p.m.-midnight at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The “Cruisin’ in the Grove” Car Show will be held from 2-6 p.m. Entry is free; call Jerry Thompson at 419-349-3343 for more information.
Live entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. featuring Berlin, with Terri Nunn, who will play songs like “Take My Breath Away,” from “Top Gun; “No More Words” and “The Metro.” Also on the roster to perform are KGB, a Motown-style band and popular Toledo band, Arctic Clam.
In an effort to help empower fathers to successfully parent their children, Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is sponsoring “I Matter, I Care,” an evening for fathers, about fathers, June 27 from 6-9 p.m.
The event will take place at Woodward High School, 701 East Central Ave., Toledo.
The evening will feature a resource fair for fathers, a father/child fashion show, and a town hall meeting. Stanley Lowe, the CEO of Pathway (formerly EOPA) will be the keynote speaker during the town hall.
LCCS has been recognized as a leader among public child welfare agencies in Ohio for its efforts to support fathers and encourage them to become active in their children’s lives. The agency offers a men-only support group to teach fathers the skills they need to parent their children.
Call 419-213-3200 for more information.
Guardian Angels sought
The Wood County Humane Society is launching a new fundraising campaign that will enable the organization to offer a safe haven to even more homeless, neglected, and abused animals of Wood County.
Dubbed the Guardian Angel Program, the campaign is asking lifetime members of the WCHS and members of the community to sponsor the purchase of much-needed cages and kennels for the shelter.
With a donation of $500 or more, sponsors will be honored with a personalized, engraved nameplate affixed to one of the purchased cages or kennels, as well as a handcrafted dog or cat Carruth sculpture. Sponsors have various options for the engraved nameplate – indicating their sponsorship of the cage/kennel or honoring or memorializing a friend, relative or pet.
The campaign was initiated in part to combat the mass influx of cats and kittens during the spring season. Spring is known as “kitten season” because warmer weather means more strays roaming freely and more cats in heat.
To participate, send donations of $500 or more directly to the shelter at 801 Van Camp Rd., Bowling Green, OH
For more information on adopting and/or volunteering, visit www.woodcountyhumanesociety.org.
Lunch & Learn
Otterbein Portage Valley Lifestyle Community will host a free Miniature Gardening Lunch & Learn Field Trip Wednesday, June 25 at noon.
Participants will enjoy lunch at Otterbein Portage Valley and then a field trip to Wolf’s Greenhouse on SR 105 where owner Sue Wolf will give a demonstration on the popular new trend of miniature gardening. Transportation will be provided. A lucky participant will win the supplies to create a container garden.
Space is limited. Register with Jaime at 419-833-8917 by Monday, June 23. For more information call Robin Small, Regional Director of Marketing at 419-833-8917.
The Marblehead Summerfest will be held June 27-29 in James Park, Marblehead. Festival hours are Friday, 4-10 p.m., Saturday10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
The family-friendly festival will include amusement rides and a midway of games; pony rides, a beer tent, vendors, raffles and food, including fresh Lake Erie perch sandwiches and Bar-B-Que Traveler’s chicken and ribs dinners.
On Saturday and Sunday, the festival will feature a “Kids’ Olympics.” There is no fee to enter, but registration is required.
Entertainment will include Bob Gatewood and Calabash performing in the beer tent Friday evening and the Wayne Golob Polka performing Sunday afternoon. Back by popular demand will be House Band, performing Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, including vendor applications and volunteers, call Linda at 419-734-6131, Ron at 419-798-4177 ex. 302 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the festival on Facebook at Marblehead Summerfest.
Fatherhood Program honored
The fatherhood program operated by WSOS Community Action Commission was one seven programs recognized recently by the Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF).
The Father Factor Program for fathers involved with a public child welfare agency began in 2011. Since that time, hundreds of men have participated in classes on responsible fatherhood. The fathers participate in developing case plans, visit their children regularly, and many have obtained custody of their children.
The dads work with a skilled father/family practitioner, caseworkers and moms to ensure that everyone has the goal of doing what is in the best interest of the child. The practitioner makes home visits, conducts, mediates with the father and mother, and attends court hearings. He/she also assesses the fathers’ needs and makes referrals for resources and services.
The goal of the program is to help fathers and father figures in building relationships with their children and to achieve self-sufficiency. Programs are offered both in community correctional facilities as well as in the communities where the program is offered.
“This is such an honor,” said Roger Fisher, employment and training coordinator at WSOS. “Even though we are proud of the program we operate, this recognition is really nice to have.”
For information in participating in the program at WSOS, call Fisher at 419-334-8911.