Sauder harp festival
Harpists and their companions from 15 states and Canada will gather at the Sauder Heritage Inn, Archbold, May 16-19. Participants will enjoy workshops, concerts, jam sessions and fellowship.
The public is welcome to attend any of three concerts that will be held. Tickets for each concert are $15 and are available at the door.
The first concert, which will be held Friday evening at 7 p.m., will include the harp and acoustic guitar duo, Tapestry, comprised of Denise and Michael Grupp-Verbon, from Toledo; and Frank Voltz, gospel/jazz harpist from Winston-Salem, N.C.
On Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., Nova Scotia harpist/songwriter Timothy Harper, Milwaukee’s Kim Robertson and Sharlene Wallace from Toronto, Ontario will perform.
On Sunday morning at 11:15 a.m., concert attendees will hear The Harp Gathering Ensemble, followed by Maeve Gilchrist of Boston, Mass.
For those shopping for harps, music and accessories, a vendor hall pass can be purchased for $ 15. For more information, visit www.harpgathering.com or call 419-478-4177.
Take Me Boating
Take Me Boating Toledo, an annual event that promotes nautical recreational activities in the area, as well as boater education and boater safety, will return to Toledo May 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Maritime Academy of Toledo, 803 Water St. The event is free and open to the public.
The Western Lake Erie Safe Boating Council partners with several organizations in hosting event, including the City of Toledo, Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources – Division of Watercraft Safety, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Toledo Sail and Power Squadron, The Josh Project, and The Maritime Academy of Toledo.
“The needs of the recreational boater have changed significantly over the years, so our mission to educate them has also changed,” said Cathie Slabaugh, who is also a commander with the USCG Auxiliary. “One of the fastest growing segments of recreational boating in Ohio is kayaking, especially among young women and Hispanics. So for 2013 we will have a canoe / kayaking safety demonstration from the Northwest Ohio River Runners.”
The family fun event will include a dive demonstration by the Toledo Fire Department Dive Team, a fire extinguisher demonstration, life jacket education, a flare demonstration, a towing demonstration, as well as safety inspections by the USCG Auxiliary and the Toledo Sail and Power Squadron. Boat dealers and marine equipment dealers will also be on hand.
Children can enjoy a craft area with nautical activities and the Maritime Academy will provide open house tours. Refreshments will be available.
Those interested in setting up a booth or volunteering may call Ms. Cathie Slabaugh at 419-283-7297 or Matt Zaleski at 419-345-5206.
Black Swamp Conservancy is seeking volunteers Saturday, May 18 to help transform a 60-acre field into a nature preserve.
Individuals, families, scout troops, community groups and businesses are invited to help with phase one of the project, which includes planting 2,000 trees at the new Water’s Edge Preserve, located about 15 miles south of Fremont.
Conservancy staff will be working from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; volunteers may be scheduled for smaller time frames that best fit their availability.
To RSVP or for directions, contact Sarah at
or call 419-872-5263.
Oregon Fest 2013
Ten thousand people are expected to come to Oregon for the 19th annual Oregon Fest Sunday, May 19.
The family-oriented, alcohol-free festival will run from noon-6 p.m. on Dustin Road between Issac Streets Drive and Coy Road in Oregon.
Highlights will include a living history encampment, a free kids’ art area, stage entertainment, ethnic foods and treats, quality-of-life exhibits, a classic car show, amusement rides, arts and crafts, a business fair, medical displays, raffles, giveaways and, at 4 p.m., a parade featuring 80 plus entries. Admission and parking are free.
In conjunction with the festival theme, “Plow into Summer,” a Give ‘n Take Plant Exchange will be held the day before the festival, Saturday, May 18, in the large tent near the corner of Dustin Road and Harbor Drive. Area gardeners are invited to bring extra plants they’ve divided from their spring yard work and trade for what others bring. Plants may be dropped off between 9 and 10 a.m. Plants should be brought in pots, boxes or plastic bags, labeled with the grower’s name. Stop along curb at the tent and volunteers will remove plants from your car.
“Shopping” and pick-up for plants will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 419-913-3337, email
or visit www.oregonfest.net.
Zoo mourning hippo
The Toledo Zoo’s 58-year-old female hippo, Bubbles, was euthanized May 7 due to complications of advanced age.
One of three hippos at the zoo, Bubbles was estimated to be the oldest female Nile hippopotamus in any zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The AZA estimates a hippo’s mean life expectancy at 36 years.
“Bubbles was an iconic animal who had been a part of the Toledo Zoo longer than any person currently on staff,” said Jeff Sailer, executive director of the Zoo. “During her 57 years here, three generations of families included her in their trips to the zoo – more than 20 million people just in the last 20 years.”
Born at the Philadelphia Zoo in October 1954, Bubbles came to the Toledo Zoo in September 1955. She spent her first 31 years at the zoo’s former elephant house (now the African Lodge) before moving to the new, world-renowned Hippoquarium in 1986. This exhibit featured the world’s first filtered underwater viewing of hippos, offering clearer underwater viewing of the animals than zoo visitors had been able to enjoy previously.
In 1987, Bubbles made headlines with the birth of her calf, Puddles, who was born in the Hippoquarium (during regular zoo hours, no less). This was the first time anyone in the world had seen or filmed an underwater hippo birth. Bubbles successfully raised a total of 11 calves while at the zoo.
“Most of the visitors who saw Bubbles would never have had a chance otherwise to see a hippo up close,” Sailer said. “She had a long, productive life and inspired awe among the countless people whose lives she touched.”