No need to fret as Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer are upon us – there’s literally a harvest of fun things to look forward to in September – fall festivals, corn mazes, farmer’s markets and more.
• Discover Downtown Toledo Walking Tours, Thursdays noon to 1 p.m. through Sept. 17. Call 419-259-5207 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting locations and destinations.
• Sculpture In the Village, Williams Park, SR 300 just north of SR 600, Gibsonburg. Ohio; Open daily. A juried outdoor sculpture exhibit with over 20 of the Midwest's best sculptors displaying sculpture in bronze, stone, steel, marble, aluminum, granite, glass, concrete, etc. in an outdoor setting meandering for 1/3 mile on a paved path around a quarry surrounded with trees, flowers, fountains and waterfalls. For further information, contact: Jim Havens, Curator, at 419-849-3048 or visit: www.sanduskycounty.org
• Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, 110 Lighthouse Sr., Marblehead. Tours offered weekday afternoons from 1 to 4:45 p.m. May 26 through Sept. 4, and on the second Saturday of the month from May through October.
• Farmer’s Market Wednesdays through Oct. 14 at 4 p.m., Lake Township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd., Lake Township.
• Genoa Farmer’s Market every other Saturday through Oct 10, Town Hall parking lot, downtown Genoa.
• Through-Jan. 10: "White House Pets: Ambassadors at Large" & "White House Horses," Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Dillon House, Fremont. A pair of special exhibits on loan from the White House Historical Association that explore the four-footed residents of the White House. 800-998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
• September and October: Senior Discovery Days, Toledo Zoo. Seniors receive free admission each Tuesday plus a free mini-muffin each weekday from the Timberline Bakery. See other special events scheduled for visitors 60 and older, visit www.toledozoo.org.
• Sept. 17-Nov. 29: Chihuly Toledo! Toledo Museum of Art. Famed glass artist Dale Chihuly is a favorite of TMA visitors and private collectors across the country. The free exhibit includes rarely seen works from the TMA’s collection and on loan from private holdings.
Sept. 5-7: Milan Melon Festival, on the Village Square (SR 113), Milan. Rides, games, contests, antique car show and live musical entertainment. 419-499-4909 or milanmelonfestival.org.
Sept. 5-6: Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall Parking Lot, 109 Perry St, Port Clinton. Music, pierogi-eating contest, bake sale and more.
Sept. 5-7: SCRAP Tractor & Engine Show, White Star Park, Gibsonburg. Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m. to dusk; Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Displays of antique tractors, engines, cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm equipment. Demonstrations of catsup- making, homemade ice cream, basket-weaving, quilting, shingle-making, rock-crushing, blacksmithing and more. Live entertainment, food and a large flea market. 419-862-3750 or www.s-c-r-a-p-inc.org.
Sept. 6, 12, 19 & 26: Fremont Speedway Races, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner Rawson & North, Fremont. Gates open 4:30pm. Racing starts at 7:30pm. Featuring sprint cars and dirt trucks every Saturday night until Oct. 3. 419-333-0478 or www.fremontohspeedway.com.
Sept. 8: “Fall After Hours,” 6-8 p.m., Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville. Featuring wine master Joe Frederick, watercolor artist Janet Davies, The Purse Lady Nancy Linker, Sweet Louise Products with Randa Sweet. Samples, recipes and discounts. Info: www.beekersgeneralstore.com or 419-287-3274.
Sept. 11-13: Greek-American Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 N. Superior St., Toledo. Celebrate Greek culture, entertainment, food, pastry and hospitality.www.toledogreekfest.com.
Sept. 11-13: Black Swamp Arts Festival, downtown Bowling Green. Fri. 5 p.m.-midnight; Sat. 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 100 juried fine art displays, music, food and more. www.blackswamparts.org.
Sept. 11-13: Toledo Gem & Rockhound Club Annual Jewelry, Gem and Mineral Show, Stranahan Theater Complex, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. 2-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. www.toledogemandrockhoundclub.com or 419-531-8124.
Sept. 11-12: Historical Weekend, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay. put-in-bay.com
Sept. 12-13: James “Wes” Hancock Senior Center “Seniors Got Talent” Follies, Mercy St. Charles Hospital auditorium. 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Featuring local TV personality Dave Carlson. Tickets: 419-698-7078.
Sept. 12: 3rd Annual Car & Truck Show, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Luther Home of Mercy, 5810 N. Main St. Williston. Classic cars and trucks, raffle, door prizes and music by DJ Jerry Daniels.
Sept. 12: Butterfly Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., KI Historical Association, Division St., Kelleys Island. Outdoor crafts, an indoor afternoon program and Monarch tagging on the Historical Association grounds. kelleyislandnature.com
Sept. 12: Woodcarver Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St., Sandusky. More than 20 woodcarvers will demonstrate their art and creations. Items created by these artists will be for sale during the show.
Sept. 12: Grub n’ Suds, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Depot Park, Elmore. Motorcycle enthusiasts will have a great time at the 13th annual Grub n’ Suds event. There will be an A.B.A.T.E. - Headless Motorcycle Poker Run, bike games, bike show with judging from 10 a.m.-noon. Live entertainment includes the Harley Packer Band, Josh Boyd & The V.I.P. Band. Event bands allow you into the beer garden for food and soft drinks. 419-665-2725 or elmorehs.tripod.com.
Sept. 12-13: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Free admission. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 200 vendors. www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Sept. 12-13: Pioneer Days, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, O. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Frontiersmen, Native Americans, demonstrating pioneer crafters, American Revolution and Civil War camps, Abe Lincoln, “Stonewall” Jackson, quilt exhibit, children’s activities, sutlers, music, food and more. www.lymevillage.com or 419-483-4949.
Sept. 12-13: Maumee Valley Gun Collectors Show, Lucas Co. Rec Center. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 419-893-1110.
Sept. 12-Oct. 31: The Corn Maze at the Butterfly House, 11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse. Challenge yourself in the 16-acre corn maze. www.butterfly-house.com.+nmnb
Sept. 12-13: Canal Days, downtown Grand Rapids. Horse drawn wagon, rides, sidewalk sales, and more.
Sept. 13: Day of Honor, Toledo Zoo. Free admission to all military personnel, police officers, firefighters and EMTs with badge or professional ID. Presented by Mercy St. Vincent Children’s Hospital. www.toledozoo.org.
Sept. 13: 52nd Annual Sylvania Arts and Crafts Festival, Lourdes College – Franciscan Theater and Conference Center, Sylvania. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Over 300 juried artists. www.sylvaniachamber.org.
Sept. 13: Grandparents Day at the Toledo Zoo. Free admission for grandparents who visit with their grandchildren. www.toledozoo.org.
Sept. 13: Bridal Fair, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Wedding-related vendors and service providers display their wares in the Hayes Museum, Dillon House and on the grounds of Spiegel Grove. 800-998-7737 or rbhayes.org. Admission: $2/person.
Sept. 13: I Do at the Zoo Bridal Fair, 3-7 p.m. in the Nairobi Pavilion at the Toledo Zoo. www.toledozoo.org.
Sept. 13: UAW-GM Park `n’ Shine Car Show 2009, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oscar Bunch UAW/GM Powertrain Park, Toledo.
Sept. 15-20: Celebrate Our Artisans, Sauder Village, SR 2, Archbold. From traditional trades like spinning and weaving to pottery, glass blowing and blacksmithing. www.saudervillage.org or 1-800-590-9755.
Sept. 17: Disney’s “High School Musical” 7:30 p.m., Stranahan Theater, Toledo. 419-381-8851 or www.stranahantheater.org.
Sept. 18-20: Clyde Country Fair, downtown Clyde. Fri. 5 p.m.-midnight; Sat. noon-midnight; Sun. noon-7 p.m. Amusement rides, games, concessions and free entertainment. Parade, go-kart races, car show and children’s tractor pull. 419-547-8693 or www.clydeohio.org.
Sept. 18-20: HallowWeekends at Cedar Point. The scares of roller coasters teamed up with spooky fun of Halloween. www.cedarpoint.com.
Sept. 18: Auto Racing at Toledo Speedway: School Bus Figure-8 Night of Destruction. Gates open at 5 p.m. qualifying at 6:15 p.m.; race time at 7 p.m. www.arcaracing.com or 419-243-2200.
Sept. 18-20: 12th Annual Mopar World Finals, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk. Car show, drag race, car corral, swap meet, marketplace and more. summitmotorsportspark.com or ccevents.com.
Sept. 19: Genoa Street Fair, downtown Genoa. All-day event with open-air market, live entertainment, food, arts & crafts and kids’ activities. genoaohio.org.
Sept. 19: Antique Car Show, the Toledo Zoo. Come see cool Model A and Model T cars and the people who own them. www.toledozoo.org.
Sept. 19: 20th Annual Harrison Rally Day Community Festival, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Perrysburg. Juried fine arts and crafts fair, music, children’s art, youth bands and more. www.visitperrysburg.com.
Sept. 19: “A Rock `N Roll Spectacular with Veterans from The British Invasion,” 8 p.m., Stranahan Theater, Toledo. Featuring Joey Molland of Badfinger, Denny Laine plus The Cryers & The Smith Brothers. www.stranahantheater.org or 419-381-8851.
Sept. 19: Apple Fest, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Erie Street Market, Toledo. Activities revolving around the local apple harvest season.
Sept. 19: Fall Festival Opening Weekend, Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa. 419-855-3286.
Sept. 19: Winefest 2009, noon-8 p.m., The Kelleys Island Wine Company, 418 Woodford Rd., Kelleys Island. Food, fun games and music by Midnight Express. 419-746-2678.
Sept. 19: Whitehouse Shrimp Festival, Whitehouse Shrimp Farm, 11500 Obee Rd., Whitehouse, O. www.shrimp-farm.com.
Sept. 19-20: Live Harness Racing, Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd., Toledo. 419-476-7751 or www.racewayparktoledo.com.
Sept. 20: Millbury Firemen’s Ox Roast, Main Street, Millbury. Parade, music, car show and more.
Sept. 20: Grandparents Celebration, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. 1-4 p.m. Special activities including a treasure hunt tour of the museum, snacks and more. Info: 419-352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Sept. 20: 2009 Memory Walk at the Toledo Zoo. Info: The Alzheimer’s Assn. at 419-537-1999.
Sept. 20-Oct. 31: Fleitz Pumpkin Farm activities, 7133 Seaman Rd. Oregon. Huge selection of pumpkins and fall decorations featuring giant pumpkins and squash, free family corn maze, free kids’ straw bale maze and more. 419-836-7613.
Sept. 20: Sportsman’s Swap, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Buy, swap, sell hunting, fishing, archery and other outdoor sporting needs. Free parking. 419-332-5604 or www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Sept. 21: Screenwriter/Humorist Jonathan Richard Craig and Musician Janet Clazzy perform in “Spirited,” at 7 p.m., St. Peter Lutheran Church, 17877 W. SR 579, Martin. An evening of music and monologue. Free-will offering will be accepted. Info: 419-836-8903.
Sept. 22: Senior Safari at the Toledo Zoo. Free health screenings, live entertainment and a BBQ chicken lunch. www.toledozoo.org.
Sept. 22-26: 33rd Apple Butter Making Festival, Sauder Village, SR 2, Archbold. www.saudervillage.org or 800-590-9755.
Sept. 23: Willie Nelson & Family Live in Concert, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. 419-381-8551 or www.stranhantheater.org.
Sept. 25-27: Luckey Fall Festival, Entertainment, between Krotzer Avenue (SR 582) and Gilbert Avenue. Kiddie Tractor Pull, chicken barbeque, craft and flea market, food, antique & classic auto display, antique gas engine display and more. www.luckeyfallfestival.com.
Sept. 25-27: HallowWeekends at Cedar Point. The scares of roller coasters teamed up with spooky fun of Halloween. www.cedarpoint.com.
Sept. 25-27: Port Clinton Area Harvest Festival, Madison Street, downtown Port Clinton. Live entertainment all weekend, Taste of Ottawa County, local foods, arts and crafts and more. 419-276-9185.
Sept. 26: Roche de Boeuf Festival, downtown Waterville. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Crafts, food, carnival rides, car show, entertainment and more. www.watervillechamber.com.
Sept. 26: The Big Feed, at the Toledo Zoo. Watch as animals enjoy a meal and feed some of your favorite zoo animals as well. Info: 419-385-5721, ext. 3092.
Sept. 26: Feathers and Foliage Bird Festival, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., various locations, Kelleys Island. kelleyislandnature.com.
Sept. 26: Half-way to St. Patty's Day at the Bay, various locations, Put-in-Bay. put-in-bay.com.
Sept. 26: 24th Annual Frogtown Races, International Park, Toledo. One of the largest and post prestigious fall regattas in the Midwest. 419-698-9336.
Sept. 26: 7th They Walked Here Before Us: A Woodland Indian Celebration, Buttonwood Park, Hull Prairie Rd., Perrysburg. Native American culture via song, dance and music plus food, arts and crafts and more. 419-381-7042.
Sept. 26: National Honey Month Celebration, Toledo Farmer’s Market, 525 Market St. 419-255-6767.
Sept. 26: Beginner Genealogy Class, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Learn the basics of beginning a family history at this free class. 800-998-7377, www.rbhayes.org.
Sept. 26-27: Bluebird Passenger Train 40th Anniversary Celebration of the TLEW Railway, 49 N. Sixth St., Waterville. www.tlew.org or 1-866-638-7246.
Sept. 26-27: Woodville Limefest, Main Street, Woodville. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. A village-wide celebration honoring the town’s most abundant natural resource – limestone. Local artist fair, bake sale, fish fry, chicken BBQ and kids’ games. 419-849-3412 or www.villageofwoodville.com.
Sept. 26-27: Live Harness Racing, Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd., Toledo. 419-476-7751 and www.racewayparktoledo.com.
Weekends in Oct.: Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park, 1333 Tiffin St. Fremont. Two full-blown haunted houses, food concessions, and more. Open Fridays, Saturdays and the last two Sundays in Oct.. 419-332-7380 or www.thehauntedhydro.com.
Oct. 1-4: The Wedding Singer, Stranahan Theater, 4745 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. 419-381-8551 or stranahantheater.org.
Oct. 2-4: 12th Annual Kestrel No Box Bonanza Weekend, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk. summitmotorsportspark.com.
Oct. 2-4: HallowWeekends at Cedar Point. The scares of roller coasters teamed up with spooky fun of Halloween. www.cedarpoint.com.
Oct. 2-3: 10th Annual Halloween Campout - Weekend #1, East Harbor State Park, Marblehead. 419-734-4424 ext. 2.
Oct. 3-4: Hayes Civil War Re-enactment, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Step back in time to the days of America's Civil War. Hundreds of re-enactors camp on the grounds of the Presidential estate for this two-day event featuring battle re-creations, period entertainment, demonstrations, food and wares. Children can take part in turn-of-the-century games. Sunday’s events are highlighted by a presidential memorial service, featuring military personnel sent by President Barak Obama. 800-998-7737 or rbhayes.org.
Oct. 3: 7th Annual Island Wine Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., DeRivera Park, Put-in-Bay. Representatives from wineries across the US will be on hand for festivalgoers to sample more than 250 of their wines. put-in-bay.com.
Oct. 3: Haunted Tree Maze, Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa. Bigger and than last year’s. Fun for the little ones before dark and then bigger scares after dark. 419-855-3286.
Oct. 3: Harvest Fest, Toledo Farmer’s Market, 525 Market St., Toledo. 419-255-6765. www.toledofarmersmarket.com.
Oct. 3: Glass City 200 Invitational Weekend at ARCA/Toledo Speedway, 5639 Benore Rd., Toledo. 419-243-2200 or www.arcaracing.com.
For more events, be sure to visit www.presspublications.com, www.do-toledo.org; www.lake-erie.com or www.lakeeriesfavoriteneighbor.com.
Famed Glass artist Dale Chihuly is a favorite of Toledo Museum of Art visitors. His Gold Over Turquoise Blue Venetian blown glass, a gift of the Apollo Society and the artist, will be on display with other pieces at the museum Sept. 17 through Nov. 29. © 1991 Dale Chihuly.