Calendar of events: Schedel McAlear Gallery showcasing Randy A. Bennett works

Press Staff Writer

        The McAlear Art Gallery in the Brown Welcome Center at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., is showcasing an exhibit by Randy A. Bennett, of Rudolph, Ohio.
        The 17-piece show is based on social realism with a little “pop” influence. Bennett claims his work includes under layers of vintage ephemera of the same subject and time period as the paintings subject.
        “The goal of my work is always to be distinctive, well executed, and difficult to ignore,” he said. “In conclusion, I believe that art requires a witness".
        The exhibit will be on display through mid-September. All of Bennett’s artwork is for sale.
        In addition, Schedel visitors may also want to check out the all  new exhibit in the Blair Museum of Lithophanes, located in the Manor House.
        For more information, including a complete schedule of programs, workshops and events at Schedel, visit
        Ongoing: “Mustering Memory: 160 Years of Saluting the Civil War,” Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. Special exhibit provides the often-overlooked history of how people have chosen and still choose to remember the Civil War. 419-332-2081,
        Through Aug. 21: Cedar Point Nights, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, 7-11 p.m. The fun goes up when the sun goes down at Cedar Point. Fire pits, games, Dine in the Dark experience and more.
        Sundays through Aug. 21: Sandpiper Sunset Cruise & City Lights, J & M Cruise Lines, 1 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 8 p.m. Cruise up the Maumee to Walbridge Park and enjoy the sunset. Pizza, soft drinks and water provided. $25.
        Tuesdays through Aug. 30: Stroll the Street in Rossford, Ford Memorial Park, 146 Dixie Hwy, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Farm and arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, music, kids’ activities and more.
        Thursdays through Sept. 29, Sandpiper Picnic Lunch Cruises, J&M Cruise Lines, 1 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 11:30 a.m. A two-hour tour of the Maumee River. Catered by Los Toros Catering or bring your own lunch. 419-537-1212.
        Saturdays through Oct. 1, Sandpiper Discover the River Cruise, J & M Cruise Lines, 1 Jefferson Ave, Toledo. A two-hour cruise along the Maumee.
        Saturdays through November: Toledo Farmers Market, 525 Market St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
        Fourth Tuesday of the Month through September: Pemberville Garden Parties, 5-8 p.m. Farmers market events featuring local vendors, entertainment, food and more.
        First and Third Wednesday of the Month through October: Rollin’ Food & Farmers Market, 5401 Starr Ave. Ext. Soccer Fields, Oregon. Farmers Market, food trucks, vendors and more.
        Second Friday through September: Northwood Nights, Central Park, 4-7 p.m. Food trucks, vendors, crafters, handmade items, adult beverage tent, and live entertainment.
Aug. 1-8: Wood County Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Featuring agricultural displays, entertainment, rides, food, demonstrations and more.
Aug. 4: Beer & Wine Tasting, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30-8 p.m. Join personal chef Jennifer Schuerman for a beer and wine tasting with creative foods. $36.05. 419-862-3182,
Aug. 5: ProMedica Live Summer Concert Series: 90s House Party, Promenade Park, 400 Water St., Toledo. Gates open at 5 p.m. Coolio, Rob Base, Montel Jordan and Color Me Badd.
Aug. 5: Terra State Community College Cruise-in, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont, 5-8 p.m. Car show, vendors, food and drinks, beer tent, 50/50 raffles and more. First 100 cars receive dash plaques. Awards for People’s Choice, Kids’ Choice, Participants’ Choice and more. Register by calling 419-559-2255.
Aug. 5-7: Cantame: A Latin Music Experience, Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. Latin music, food, arts and culture.
Aug. 6: All Together Fremont Farmers Market, downtown Fremont, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Farmers and vendors will be selling produce and unique items.
Aug. 6: Fremont Speedway (410s, 305s and Trucks), 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. (subject to change). 419-332-5604,
Aug. 6: Rollie Beale 100, Toledo Speedway, 5639 Benore Rd., Toledo, 7 p.m.
Aug. 6: Toledo Taco and Margarita Fest, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Custom food and drink menu, live music, pro wrestling and more.
Aug. 6: Leanne Morgan Big Panty Tour, Stranahan Theater, Toledo, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Aug. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28: Tour Ottawa Wildlife Drive, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W SR 2, Oak Harbor. Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of your car. The seven-mile, one-way gravel route begins from the overflow parking area. 419-898-0014,
Aug. 9: Metal Detecting, White Star Park Beach, 925 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, 8-10 a.m. Bring your own metal detector. Register at
Aug. 9-13: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, Fifth Third Field, Toledo.
Aug. 10: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Library, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. followed by music by The Chefs of Dixieland. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn.
Aug. 10: Sandusky County Historic Jail & Dungeon Historical Tours, 622 Croghan St., Fremont, 5:30 p.m. One-hour guided tour includes the historic 1892 Sandusky County Jail, the 1840s dungeon under the Sandusky County Courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall. $5. Tickets available at the door if not sold out.
Aug. 10: Flashlight Tours of the Sandusky County Historic Jail & Dungeon, Fremont, 6:30 p.m. Hear macabre stories of inmates that once paced the cellblock. Each guest will be loaned a flashlight to take on the tour. The tour lasts about one hour and is not recommended for children. $10.
Aug. 11: Cakewalkin’ Jass Band at the Original Tony Packo’s, 1902 Front St., Toledo, 7-10 p.m.
Aug. 12: ProMedica Live Summer Concert Series – Justin Moore, Promenade Park, 400 Water St., Toledo. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Aug. 12: Cookout with the Cops, Williams Park, Gibsonburg, noon. Kids and their families are invited to have lunch and spend time with police officers, park rangers, EMS personnel and firefighters. Free.
Aug. 12: Toledo Speedway School Bus Figure 8 Race, 5639 Benore Rd., 7 p.m.
Aug. 12-13: Maumee Summer Fair, Uptown Maumee, Conant Street. Parade, arts and crafts, entertainment, kids’ area, and more.
Aug. 12-14: 5th Toledo Jeep Fest, downtown Toledo. Buckle up for an adventure and take part in free activities such as an all-Jeep parade and car show through downtown, vendor display areas, a Kids’ Zone, music, food, beer gardens and more.
Aug. 13-14: Wild About Art, Toledo Zoo. This unique show, set in the wild beauty of the Zoo, features local and regional artists with various mediums on display and for sale to Zoo visitors. This event will also include live entertainment, activities and of course animals.
Aug. 13: Tree Tours of Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 10 a.m. Take a tour that points out the unique trees of Spiegel Grove, an arboretum and estate of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes. $10 for non-member adults, $7 for non-member kids 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger. 419-332-2081,
Aug. 13: Second Saturdays R 4 Kids, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. Free. Kids are invited to drop in between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. to participate in activities. 419-332-2081,
Aug. 13: Ship & Shore – The Ultimate Great Lakes History Day, National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front St., Toledo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Make a day out of exploring Great Lakes history at the National Museum of the Great Lakes and seeing the Port of Toledo from the water aboard the Sandpiper.
Aug. 13: Fremont Speedway (FAST, BOSS and Trucks), 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; racing starts at 7 p.m. (subject to change). 419-332-5604,
Aug. 13: Barefoot at the Beach, Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, 6:30 p.m. Event benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo. Live music, food and more.
Aug.13-14: Antique Bicycle Event, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Riding demonstrations, antique bicycle exhibits on the village green and a bicycle parade.
Aug. 13-14: The 60 Years’ War for Ohio: The American Revolution, Fort Meigs, Perrysburg. Discover the American Revolution.
Aug. 14: Got Talent? Fremont Community, 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont, 1-2:30 p.m. FCT audition workshop will introduce the theatre and help novices and seasoned actors prepare for auditions. No registration required. 419-307-2608.
Aug. 14: Vintage Base Ball Game, 2 p.m. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2 p.m.
Aug. 16-20: Rug Hooking Week, Sauder Village, Archbold. An annual gathering featuring workshops, retreats, exhibits, vendors and more.
Aug. 17-20: Pemberville Free Fair, downtown Pemberville. Entertainment, contests, arts and crafts, parade, exhibitions and more.
Aug. 18-20: National Tractor-Pulling Championships, Wood Co. Fairgrounds, Bowling Green.
Aug. 19: Firefly Nights Festival, downtown Bowling Green, 6-10 p.m. Fun, food and entertainment.
Aug. 20: Rotary of Fremont Blues, Brews and Brats Fest, downtown Fremont, 5-11 p.m. Funds raised support a variety of local youth and community projects. Bring a lawn chair. For bands, tickets and other info, visit
Aug. 20: Hard Hat Tours – Behind the Scenes of the Museum Vessels, National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front St., Toledo, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Set foot in spaces typically off-limits to visitors in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, the Museum Tug Ohio and the St. Marys Challenger Pilothouse. During this two-hour experience you have the exclusive opportunity to take a deeper dive into the ships inner workings and visit “hard-hat” only locations.,
Aug. 20: Toledo Pride Parade, Adams Street, downtown Toledo, 12-1 p.m. Parade shows support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Aug. 20: Rossford Riverfest, Veteran’s Memorial Park, 340 Jennings St. 4-11 p.m. Cornhole tournament, food vendors, beer garden, entertainment, fireworks and more.
Aug. 20: Port Clinton Lighthouse & Maritime Festival at Water Works Park, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lighthouse tours, nautically themed art and educational programs, food and merchandise vendors, music and more.
Aug. 20-21: Annual Levis Commons Fine Art Fair, the Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg. A juried fair featuring more than 130 artists and artisans offering jewelry, ceramics, painting, glass, photography, fiber and more. Free admission and parking.
Aug. 22: Fremont Speedway (305s Fair Race and Vintage Cars), 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 pm.; races start at 7 p.m. (subject to change). 419-332-5604,
Aug. 22-28: Sandusky County Fair, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont. One of Ohio’s largest county fairs featuring displays of arts and crafts, food, amusement rides, entertainment and more. Headline entertainment for this year’s fair is county music singer-songwriter Tracy Byrd (Aug. 26).
Aug. 23-Sept 4: “Hamilton,” Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns, Toledo.
Aug. 24: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. followed by music by the North Coast Big Band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn.
Aug. 25: Healing Sounds & Meditation with Rebecca, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Rebecca Black will share therapeutic sounds and vibrations using healing crystal bowls and Solfeggio tuning forks. Bring a mat, blanket, pillow or other props needed to be comfortable. $30.90. 419-862-3182,
Aug. 25: Comedian Nate Bargatze: Good Problem to Have, Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre, 2 Hippo Way, 8 p.m.
Aug. 26: ProMedica Live Summer Concert Series – KC & The Sunshine Band, Promenade Park. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Aug. 26: Rick Springfield & Men at Work, Toledo Zoo Amphitheater, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 26-27: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Louisville Bats, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 7:05 p.m.
Aug. 26-28: 56th German-American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, Oregon. Northwest Ohio’s oldest ethnic festival featuring food, music & entertainment, contests and more.
Aug. 27: BUGFest, Toledo Zoo. A day of fun dedicated to the creatures that creep, crawl, float and flutter. 419-385-4040,
Aug. 27: Craft Beers & Cocktails at Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 5-8 p.m. Sample a variety of craft beers from breweries around the region and enjoy cocktail samples.
Aug. 27: First Lady Lucy Hayes’ Birthday Party, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 12-5 p.m. Enjoy complimentary treats in honor of First Lady Lucy Hayes’ 191st birthday.
Aug. 27: ProMedica Live Movie Night – “Sing 2,” Promenade Park, 400 Water St., Toledo. Family events start at 6:30 p.m.; movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Lawn games, snacks and more. Bring a new par of adult-size socks for donation to the Cherry Street Mission Ministries.
Aug. 28: Vintage Base Ball Game, 1 p.m. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 1 p.m. The Spiegel Grove Squires take on the Canal Dover Red Legs.
Aug. 28: Art Loop Festival, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over 20 local and talented artists of all mediums for a fun-filled day with art, food trucks, kettle corn, kids art activity (fees may apply), all in a beautiful 17-acre garden setting. Admission fees are waived; canned goods will be collected for the Elmore Food Bank.
Aug. 28: Flower Arranging Class, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 3 p.m. Learn to create your own floral arrangement as First Lady Lucy Hayes did. $55 for non-members and $50 for members. Registration required by.
Aug. 28: Glass City Jazz Fest, Glass City Metropark, 1001 Front St., Toledo, noon-sunset. A free family-friendly event including a full day of jazz performances along the riverfront in Toledo. Organized by the Great Lakes Jazz Society and hosted by the H-Factor Jazz Show (a 24/7 online jazz radio station, based in Toledo).
Aug. 28: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Louisville Bats, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 2:05 p.m.
Aug. 29-Sept. 4: Dana Open presented by Marathon, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania.
Aug. 31: Metal Detecting, White Star Park Beach, Gibsonburg, 8-10 a.m. Bring your own metal detectors.
Aug. 31: Presidential History Book Club, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, noon-1 p.m. Free. Club meets in person and virtually. To join online, visit, access code is 128-
601-789. For info, contact Historian Dustin McLochlin at or visit
Sept. 2-5: Milan Melon Festival, Village Square, SR 113, Milan, Ohio.
Sept. 2-5: Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power (S.C.R.A.P.) Antique Tractor & Engine Show, White Star Park, SR 300, a mile south of Gibsonburg. Displays of antique tractors, engines, cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm equipment, demonstrations, live entertainment, food, a large flea market and more.
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