The Press Newspaper

Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

The Press Newspaper


Genoa native Bill Nolte lauded
The Connecticut Critics Circle, in support of theater in Connecticut, voted Bill Nolte the 2013-2014 winner as Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Tony in the Goodspeed Opera House production of “The Most Happy Fella.”

The Connecticut Critics Circle, founded in 1990, is a statewide organization of reviewers, feature writers, columnists, and broadcasters, instituted to honor the actors, directors, designers and others who help make professional Connecticut theater outstanding.

Nolte as Tony in “The Most Happy Fella” at Goodspeed Opera 2013.

Nolte was raised in Genoa and attended Genoa Area High School, graduating in 1971. He graduated from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1976 with a degree in Opera and Musical Theater and a minor in Musical Theater.

He made his Broadway debut in 1985 as Old Deuteronomy in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical,

Cats,” and subsequently appeared on Broadway in “Me and My Girl,” “The Secret Garden,” the revival of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “The Producers,” and several others. He has also had various roles in off-Broadway and regional productions, as well as in concerts and cabaret performances. He is also an acclaimed painter.

Contact him or see his full list of credits at


Tickets available for summer theatre “Peter Pan Jr.”
Oregon Community Theatre, in cooperation with the Oregon Recreation Department, will present the Children’s Summer Theatre production, Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” July 17, 18, 19, at 7 p.m. and July 19 at 2 p.m. at Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

The production features toe-tapping songs featuring 100 kids from Oregon and surrounding communities who are spending their summers learning about live theatre from start to finish – including auditioning, acting, vocal coaching, costuming and stage makeup.

  A cast of nearly 90 kids will take the stage at Fessett Middle School for their production of
  Peter Pan Jr. July 17, 18 & 19. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

Director Beth Giller, pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, is teaching the young thespians characterization through theatre games and improvisation. Music director is Kim Padley and producer is Heather Roecker.

In addition, high school volunteers are helping out with the program. Affectionately called “the wranglers,” the teenagers help teach the kids and get them where they need to be for the show; they also work as backstage crew.

Giller chose the show not only because it’s well known, but also because and it’s whimsical and fun. “It also has a lot of parts for the many area kids who will participate in the production,” she said, adding one of the most challenging aspects about this show is, “making decisions on parts with the many, many talented kids.

“It’s very difficult making kids feel comfortable,” she said. “Another challenge is the heat – but it wouldn’t be summer theatre without it.”

To help battle summer temperatures, rehearsals are held in the morning and kids are reminded to hydrate often.

Tickets for “Peter Pan Jr.” are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Call 419-691-1398 or visit for more info.

Kids’ Fest at the Museum
The National Museum of the Great Lakes is kicking off the summer season with Kids’ Fest Saturday, July 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum is located at 1701 Front St., Toledo.

Kids’ Fest will feature a number of exterior experiences including a bungee trampoline jump, inflatable obstacle course, slides and climbing wall, a Lego boat-building experience within the museum and more.

All activities are included in the cost of museum admission. Members of the museum are admitted to Kids’ Fest as part of their membership benefits. Non-members pay $12 per adult, $11 per senior or child over 6 to visit the museum, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and Kids’ Fest.

Call 419-214-5000 for more details.

Civil War Baseball
The Great Black Swamp Frogs will take on the Rochester Grangers in a game of Civil War-era baseball Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Home at Toledo, 2519 Seaman St., Toledo.

The Commanders of Harmony barbershop quartet will entertain before the game, from 1:30-2 p.m. Mud Hens mascots Muddy and Muddonna will also be on hand.

For more information, call 419-724-1738.

Brewfest tickets available
Tickets are on sale now for the inaugural Toledo Walleye Winter Brewfest, which will be held Jan. 2 at Fifth Third Field during the much-anticipated 10-day Walleye Winterfest,

Beer enthusiasts will have the chance to sample more than 250 beers from over 50 breweries including Maumee Bay, Saugatuck, Frankenmuth, Jackie O's, Fat Heads, Two Brothers, Jolly Pumpkin, Great Black Swamp, Rivertown, Catawba Island, Bells, Founders, Dark Horse, and many more.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 on the day of the event. Admission includes 15 “taste tickets” each good for a 3-ounce beer sample. Additional taste tickets will be available for purchase.

Special VIP tickets will be available for $55, which includes 20 taste tickets, grazing stations and exclusive beer drafts. Doors open to VIP ticket holders at 5:30 p.m. Gates for the event open to the general public at 6:30 p.m.

For more information call 419-725-9255 or visit

Quilt Regatta

Ohio Star Guild, Port Clinton, will present a “Quilt Regatta” quilt show Friday, July 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and July 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 900 Jefferson St., Port Clinton.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 6-12. The show will feature more than 125 quilts, quilted and fiber art items, various vendors offering supplies and other item, raffles and a food court. There will also be quilting and fiber arts demonstrations throughout the show. Quilt appraisals will be offered by appointment.

Call Sue Hearing 419-798-4619 for more information.

The quilt show is presented biannually and, in conjunction with the show, a quilt is made to raffle off. The proceeds of the raffle help to fund the guild’s community project, the making of Stimulation Quilts for the Ottawa County Early Childhood Development Program.

This year, the proceeds will also benefit the Ottawa County Red Cross. The drawing for the quilt will be Aug. 7.

Meerkat pups born at zoo
Four meerkat pups were born May 23 at the Toledo Zoo. Their genders are currently unknown, as the zoo’s animal care staff allows newborn animals to bond fully with their mother before humans handle them.

Like all meerkat pups, when born these were mostly hairless, with their eyes and ears shut. Their eyes opened when they were about 2 weeks old, and at about 3 weeks of age they started eating solid food and exploring outside the family’s underground burrows. These burrows are complex structures that include mounds, access holes, tunnels and sleeping chambers.

The new pups are on exhibit in Tembo Trail with their older siblings, all born within the last year – a female and two males born Feb. 23, and a male born Nov. 26, 2013. The best times to see the new pups are in the morning and in late afternoon.

Visit for more information.

“Cotton Candy” contest
Detroit-based Faygo Beverages, which recently introduced its newest flavor, “Cotton Candy,” is sponsoring a fun summer contest with a chance to win a bicycle, Cedar Point tickets and other prizes.

Through the end of July, Faygo fans are asked to photograph themselves having summer fun with Faygo Cotton Candy and upload their photos to Instagram with the hastag #FaygoCottonCandy. The top three Instagram photos generating the most “likes” by July 31 will win. Winners will be announced on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, throughout July special opportunities to win fun prizes will just “pop up” on Fridays on Faygo’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages.




Do you agree with the Supreme Court ruling that the Colorado baker did not have to prepare a cake for a gay wedding?
1058756400 [{"id":"259","title":"Yes","votes":"34","pct":55.74,"type":"x","order":"1","resources":[]},{"id":"260","title":"No","votes":"26","pct":42.62,"type":"x","order":"2","resources":[]},{"id":"261","title":"No opinion","votes":"1","pct":1.64,"type":"x","order":"3","resources":[]}] ["#194e84","#3b6b9c","#1f242a","#37414a","#60bb22","#f2babb"] sbar 160 160 /component/communitypolls/vote/96-baker No answer selected. Please try again. Thank you for your vote. Answers Votes ...