ETC: Wood County Museum to host German-American Day Oct. 7

Press Staff Writer

        The Wood County Museum will hold its 17th Annual German-American Day program on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 7-9 p.m.
        This year’s topic is, “German Genes? How Deutsch is your DNA?”
        Have you ever taken a DNA test to determine your heritage? Have the results, whether confirming or denying your German heritage, affected your sense of German or German-American identity? If so, please RSVP to attend this year’s German-American Day and share your story. Each registered participant will be given time to tell their story about their German heritage, or lack thereof.
        Due to state and county COVID-19 restrictions, this event is limited to the first 15 registered guests. Call the Wood County Museum at 419-352-0967 and RSVP with your name, the number of guests attending, and your phone number. A $10 donation for non-members, and a $5 donation for members is requested.
        The museum will remain open the night of German-American Day until 9 p.m. for registered guests. Masks are required at all times in the building.
        The Wood County Museum is open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Visit for more details.
Historical Cemetery Walk
        The Pemberville Public Library will present a Historical Cemetery Walk at the Webster Township Cemetery Saturday, Oct. 3. Tours start at 6:15 p.m.
        Tour the cemetery along a lantern-lit path and learn about the lives of five historical figures from the Webster Township area.
        Pre-registration is required. Tour groups will be comprised of family or friend groups (maximum of eight people). Masks are highly recommended on the tour.
        Visit the library at 375 E. Front St., or call 419-287-4012 to register.
Military ceremony at Hayes
        Celebrate President Rutherford B. Hayes’ 198th birthday by attending a wreath-laying by members of the U.S. military on Sunday, Oct. 4, at Hayes’ tomb at Spiegel Grove, corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.
        The ceremony is at 1 p.m. at Hayes’ grave, located at Spiegel Grove, the Hayes estate and grounds of the Hayes Presidential. Admission is free.
        Physical distancing will be observed, and attendees are asked to wear face coverings.
        Brigadier Gen. John C. Hafley and Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Vicente Cepeda of the 88th Readiness Division of the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, and Christie Weininger, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums executive director, will speak during the ceremony.
        Members of the 88th Readiness Division will place a wreath at Hayes’ tomb. The ceremony will include a salute with rifles by the color guard, composed of members of the following local veterans’ organizations: Fremont VFW Post 2947, Fremont American Legion Post 608, Sandusky County AMVETS Post 67, PFC Russell Mook Detachment Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 33 and Clyde VFW Post 3343.
        Bugler Sgt. Marty Maggart of the 338 Army Band will play “Taps.” Joan Eckermann, Hayes Presidential special events and volunteer coordinator, will sing “Amazing Grace.”
        Hayes served in the Union Army during the Civil War and rose to the rank of general. Each year, the sitting U.S. president sends military members to lay a wreath at Hayes’ tomb on the Sunday closest to his birthday. This year, the ceremony falls on his birthday, which is Oct. 4.
        For info, call 419-332-2081, visit or follow on social media.

Halloween Parade
        The Elmore American Legion will present a Halloween Parade Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.
        The outdoor, socially distanced event, will also include a costume contest, cider and donuts.
Zingerman’s Reuben Tour
        Zingerman’s Delicatessen’s “Reuben Tour” is returning to Toledo Saturday, Oct. 17.
        The iconic Ann Arbor deli will bring Reubens and other deli favorites to The Venues, 540 S. St. Clair St., Toledo.
        “By bringing the Zingerman’s experience on the road, we support our friends, the tour stop hosts, and have some fun along the way,” said Rodger Bowser, head chef and managing partner of Zingerman’s Delicatessen.
        The tour menu features a limited selection of Zingerman’s sandwiches, sides, sweets and groceries. All sandwich orders will include a pickle – prices include tax and a small amount to cover the gas and to tip the tour’s roadies.
        Pre-order by Oct. 13 online at Orders may be picked up Oct. 17 between 3 and 6 p.m.
        For more Reuben Tour details, visit
Recycle Roundup
        Area residents who have outdated electronics or clothing items that are still usable or in rough shape are invited to drop them off at the Port Clinton Lakefront Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. The preserve is located on E. Perry St. (SR 163), Port Clinton. The Recycling Roundup will be held in the parking area near the Port Clinton Lighthouse.
        Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting the drop off location with the help of Recycle I.T. USA Toledo LLC and Clothes Bin Ohio.
        Recycle items for $10 per carload (cash only). Funds will help to support conservation efforts at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will receive cash per pound for recycled textiles.
        Event volunteers will be following the CDC social distancing guidelines including wearing masks, and recyclers are encouraged to do the same.
        Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge cooperatively manages the Lakefront Preserve in partnership with the City of Port Clinton.
Jim Brickman “Comfort & Joy”
        Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman is donating to theatres across the United States this holiday season by performing a virtual concert series.
        Brickman will present “With Comfort & Joy at Home Live! Virtually,” on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $125, $75 or $40, and include an interactive Zoom room, a meet-and-greet and Christmas gifts delivered to your door. Tickets are on sale Sept.18 exclusively at
        A portion of each ticket purchased to this live event will be benefit Broadway in Toledo. Fans and their families can enjoy this unique virtual concert experience from the comfort of home, while supporting the American Theatre Guild during this challenging time.
        Brickman will bring the LIVE concert experience up close and personal by blending yuletide memories and holiday carols with his own hit songs such as, “The Gift,” “Sending You A Little Christmas,” “Angel Eyes” and “If You Believe.”


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