10th Waterfront Lighthouse Festival set for July 13-14
The 10th Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival, set for July 13 and 14 at Maumee Bay State Park, promises an island experience on the mainland.
Festival hours are 10 a.m.- 8p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Once again, boat rides into and around the lighthouse will be offered, weather permitting, for $40. Reservations are suggested.
More than 50 artists and crafters will be on hand showcasing their talents. There will also be festival foods, a lighthouse photo contest, a sandcastle-building contest and a children’s art area sponsored by Toledo School for the Arts.
Throughout the weekend, music will fill the air. The entertainment schedule includes:
Saturday – Island music by Dick McCarthy at 10 a.m.; Genoa American Legion Band at 11 a.m.; Big Ticket Summer Music at 2:30 p.m.; Steel Drums (Toledo School for the Arts) at 5 p.m. and Toledo Symphony Concert Band, sponsored by BP Husky at 7 p.m.
Sunday – Water Music by Russ Franzen at 10 a.m.; Genoa American Legion Band, 11 a.m.; Kaptain Kurt Summer Music, 1 p.m. and Northcoast Concert Band at 3 p.m.
A silent auction featuring more than 200 items will end Sunday at 4. For more information, visit www.toledolighthousefestival.org.
In the past 10 years the Toledo Lighthouse Society has taken ownership of the lighthouse, acquired the original Fresnel lens, completed restoration plans and specs and established more than 400 members from 15 states and Canada.
The society’s goal is to restore the lighthouse – a project with an estimated cost of $1.5 million. The first phase of the restoration is being pursued with a transportation enhancement grant through T.M.A.C.O.G. It includes tucking the brick, windows, doors and shutters for a cost of $600,000 with a little over 20 percent coming from the funds being raised through the “My Lighthouse Window” campaign.
The first phase is planned for bidding in 2014 and construction in 2014/2015. The second phase will include infrastructure and the third phase will include finishing the project.
St. Thomas Aquinas Festival
St. Thomas Aquinas Homecoming Festival will be held July 19-21 at the church, located at White and Idaho near Navarre Park.
An East Side tradition, the festival schedule will include:
• Music by The Maxx Band from 8-11:30 p.m. Friday night; Dr. Z and the Survivors from 8-11:30 p.m. Saturday night; and DJ music Sunday night.
• The 45th Annual Festival Dinner will include fish served Friday 4:30-7:30; roast beef Saturday 4:30-7:30 and barbecue chicken Sunday noon-6 p.m.
• Bingo will be played in the church’s air conditioned hall Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
• Kids’ rides and games, adult games, raffles and food. The main raffle will be held Sunday at 6 p.m., featuring a top raffle prize of $1,500.
30th Polish Festival
The 30th Annual Lagrange Street Polish Festival – a celebration of all things Polish – will be held July 12-14 on Lagrange Street between Central Avenue and Mettler Street in the heart of the central business district in Polish International Village.
Festival hours are Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday noon-11 p.m. and Sunday noon-7 p.m. An amateur polka dance contest will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday and the ever-popular pierogi-eating contest will be held Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent. Slots are limited and participants must register the day of the contest.
Special 30th anniversary events include a Trivia Treasure Hunt going on all weekend, kids’ activities, arts and craft vendors, a variety of Polish foods and delicacies, Polish and American beers, and more.
Admission is $4 Friday and Saturday and $2 Sunday. Children under 8 will get in free. The admission wristband also gets wearers a $4 discount at the Ohio Theater during festival weekend for the play, “Hunting Cockroaches,” a dark comedy about a pair of Polish artists who flee Communist-occupied Poland for the freedom of New York.
A shuttle will run continuously all weekend from the parking lot at Central Catholic High School for a fare of $1 round trip. Children ride free.
Proceeds from the festival are invested in the neighborhood through neighborhood home renovations, business district maintenance and scholarships. Visit www.polishfestival.org for more information.
Play (base) ball…
A group of “celebrities” will face the Spiegel Grove Squires in their first home game of the 2013 Vintage Base Ball season July 14 at 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.
Among the “celebrity” players are two area fire chiefs, the Sandusky County Sheriff, and the former Hayes Center director. Admission to the match is free thanks to title sponsor the Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation.
Come join in the fun as these rookies try their hand at 1860s-style base ball, where baseballs are caught bare handed, an out is called if a ball is caught after one bounce, and “ballists” (players) must address each other as “Mister.” There also are penalties for un-gentlemanly language.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. Call 800-998-PRES or visit www.rbhayes.org for a complete list of year-round special events.
Benefit golf outing
Helping Hands of St. Louis, located at 443 Sixth St., Toledo, will host its 10th Annual Golf Outing Saturday, Aug. 3, at Bedford Hills Golf Club in Temperance, Mich.
The event will raise money to benefit Helping Hands ministries, which include a soup kitchen, food pantry and clothing center.
The tournament is a four-person scramble, which will be handicapped by a random card draw at the completion of play. Individuals are welcome and will be put into teams as necessary.
Tickets for the tournament include 18 holes of golf, a power cart, a hot dog at the turn, beverage tickets and a chicken and New York strip steak dinner after the play. There will also be raffles and prizes.
Early bird tickets bought before July 16 are $80 per person, and regular price tickets are $90. Check in is at 7:30 a.m. with the tournament beginning at 8 a.m. Registration may also be made for $25 per person for those who would like to watch the play and eat dinner.
Helping Hands is a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. To register or for more information, visit www.catholiccharitiesnwo.org or call Paul Cook at 419-691-0613, ext. 2.
Catholic Charities serves 40,000 people of all backgrounds in the Diocese of Toledo annually by providing food, shelter, prescription and emergency rent assistance as well as adoption services, jail and prison ministries and guardianship services to the elderly.