Woodville plans 72nd 4th of July Celebration July 3-5
Woodville’s 72nd 4th of July Celebration will be held July 3, 4 and 5 in Trailmarker Park.
This year’s celebration will include midway rides, attractions and games, bingo, entertainment, refreshments, a beer tent, cash drawings and more.
Highlights include a 5K race, a Kiddie Tractor Pull and entertainment by Ottawa County Blue Grass and All 4 It July 3; a Car Show and entertainment by Common Cents Game Show and Part-Timers July 4; and Kiddie and Grand parades, a Woodville reunion, entertainment by The Royals, Tom Foolry and Elmore Fudd, plus a grand fireworks display to wrap things up July 5.
For a complete schedule, www.woodville.net/fourth.
Play (base) ball!
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center’s vintage base ball team – the Spiegel Grove Squires – will take to the field June 29 at 2 p.m. on the grounds of Spiegel Grove, Fremont.
The team will take on the Clodbusters Base Ball Club from Dayton in a match of 1860s-style base ball. The event is free and open to the public.
The sport of base ball (two words in the 19th century) just was reaching the level of a “national pastime” in the late 1800s. Professional teams were organizing and rules of play were being standardized. By the 1860s, most large cities hosted matches of what was known as the “gentlemanly sport of base ball.”
Future home games will be held July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 7. For more information, visit www.rbhayes.org or call 419-332-2081.
Independence Day Celebration
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Independence Day Celebration Thursday, July 3 along the Portage River in the village’s downtown.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. Highlights of the event will include a performance by Class A Dance Studio at 5:30 p.m.; Harbor Lites Baton Corp at 6:45 p.m.; Last Born Sons at 7:30 p.m. and a Royal Duck Race at 8 p.m. Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk.
There will also be giant inflatables; a fish fry presented by Bonifish Friars; a Cruz’n Nights Car Show at Spangler Motors and more. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased at the event; coolers will be subject to inspection.
For more information, visit www.oakharborohio.net or call the chamber office at 419-898-0479.
National recording group Berlin, featuring Terri Nunn will headline the 5th Annual City of Oregon and BP/Husky Refinery Boomfest at the Grove Friday, July 4 from 2 p.m.-midnight at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Admission, entertainment and parking will be free for the event, which will also include the “Cruisin’ in the Grove” Car Show from 2-6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.
Live entertainment and children’s activities will begin at 5 p.m. First to perform will be KGB, a Motown-style band, followed by popular Toledo band, Arctic Clam at 7:30 p.m., who will also perform after the fireworks until midnight.
Berlin, with Terri Nunn, will perform hit songs such as “Take My Breath Away,” from “Top Gun; “No More Words” and “The Metro.”
Free July 4th concert
The firing of Civil War cannons will punctuate a patriotic concert by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band as the Hayes Presidential Center presents its Independence Day Concert Friday, July 4 from 2-3:30 p.m.
The outdoor concert will place on the grounds of Spiegel Grove – the estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Admission is free.
Bruce Moss, director of bands at Bowling Green State University will conduct the concert. He replaces Sam Szor, who had conducted the Independence Day Concert since its start in 1997. Moss will introduce a new selection of songs that continues the event’s patriotic thread.
The concert’s signature feature - performance of “The 1812 Overture” remains unchanged. Costumed Civil War re-enactors from Gillmor Ordinance will be on hand to fire a series of cannon at the song’s finale.
Concert-goers are reminded to bring their own seats and come prepared for the weather. Free parking is available on the grounds and adjoining city streets. Attendees are encouraged to show their patriotic spirit by wearing red, white and blue clothing.
The Hayes Home and Hayes Museum will be open from noon-5 p.m. Visit www.rbhayes.org for a complete list of year-round special events.
Free Cedar Point admission
Cedar Point will honor the men and women who have served and continue to protect our country with free admission into Cedar Point and Soak City June 30-July 6.
All active, retired and honorably-discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces will receive complimentary admission into both parks Monday through Sunday with a valid ID. (Valid forms of ID include active duty ID, retired personnel ID, VA ID or a copy of DD-214 discharge papers and photo ID.)
Family members also receive a special admission discount of $38.99. The offer is only available only at park admission booths.
Cedar Point will host fireworks displays Friday night, July 4 and Saturday night, July 5. Also included in this year’s show will be aerial performances by Bill Leff Airshows and the E Team Skydivers. Both displays will begin at approximately 10 p.m., just above the Cedar Point Beach and after the end of Cedar Point’s popular Luminosity show.
Eagle Tours at Ottawa NWR
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, will offer a back-roads Eagle Bus Tour July 5. Buses will leave from the Visitor Center parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and trips will last about 2.5 hours.
Seating is limited and reservations are required and may be made by calling the Visitor Center at 419-898-0014.
For more information about the tour or other Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR.
The first Downtown Oak Harbor Farmers’ Market of the season will be held Saturday June 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Log Cabin Park on North Church Street.
Along with farm fresh produce, farm market vendors will be on hand to provide quality poultry products, fresh baked goods, herbs, fresh cut flowers, all types of plants, fruit, cider, handmade crafts, garden décor, antiques, art, music, jewelry and gourmet food items.
For more information, call 419-898-0479 or visit www.oakharborohio.net.
Enjoy a five-hour trip downriver past the Veteran’s Glass City Skyway Bridge, Toledo’s busy port and out into Lake Erie to see the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse and the remains of the historic Turtle Island Lighthouse on the Sandpiper, 100-passenger cruise vessel that departs from the foot of Jefferson Avenue in Promenade Park in downtown Toledo.
Cruises will be offered July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Passengers are invited to bring a picnic if they wish.
The fare is $35 for adults and $15 for kids under 12. For reservations or more information, call 419-537-1212.
“People Get Ready”
After a year of social tumult and congressional debate, the U.S. Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. In honor of those who fought for the right of all citizens to be treated fairly and equally, the Toledo Museum of Art is presenting a special exhibition of works of art that examine slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement in the United States.
“People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights” features more than 35 works from the museum’s collection by Elizabeth Catlett, David Levinthal, Gordon Parks, Aminah Robinson, W. Eugene Smith and others who have illuminated and challenged prejudice and bigotry through their prints, photographs and books.
The exhibition is on view through Sept. 21 in the Hitchcock Gallery. Admission is free.
A highlight is a series of photographs by Ernest C. Withers, according to the show’s organizer Thomas Loeffler, assistant curator for works on paper at the Museum. The African-American photographer witnessed and documented a number of significant civil rights events of the late 1960s, including the first desegregated bus ride in Montgomery, Alabama, and Martin Luther King’s funeral. The pictures are from the photographer’s portfolio, “I Am A Man.”
Another highlight is the powerful work of Catlett, who used her art to promote social change. A number of her prints are on display. Although the African-American artist left the country and became a citizen of Mexico, she did not stop depicting the political struggle for civil rights in the United States.
For more information about the exhibition and related programs, visit toledomuseum.org.