Family briefs: Great Lakes Museum offering Community Appreciation Days

Press Staff Writer

        The National Museum of the Great Lakes is opening its doors to the community with free admission over Martin Luther King weekend in appreciation and recognition for the support they have received over the course of the past year.
        Community Appreciation Days will begin Saturday, Jan. 16 and continue through Monday, Jan. 18.
        “We wanted to thank our community, and what a better way to do that than to share our mission with all,” said Kate
Fineske, the museum’s Senior Director of Institutional Advancement.
         “The past year has seen struggles like no other for so many, yet our community rallied to ensure our museum continued to keep Great Lakes history afloat for generations to come with their generous donations, membership renewals, museum store purchases, online interactions, and continued visitation,” she said.
        “All this support, along with the community improvement and service spirit of the Martin Luther King holiday, inspired the National Museum of the Great Lakes to begin 2021 with an act of community gratitude after their annual cleaning shutdown,” Fineske said.
        Museum-only admission to non-member visitors would typically be $10 for adults and $8 for children. To ensure the health and safety of their guests, the museum requires masks at all times and has a limited attendance capacity. Although not required, timed, pre-purchased entry tickets are strongly encouraged and can be reserved online at
        For those community members unable to join in these Community Appreciation Days, the museum encourages them to visit their “History From Home” landing page at which includes free interactive virtual tours of the museum and museum ships, videos, Great Lakes history articles and tons of other at-home activities and maritime education for all ages.
Museum plans  MLK Day events
        Toledo Museum of Art will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special Monday hours, community art project and exhibitions on Monday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
        On that day, TMA will welcome the community to come visit its galleries as a place for respite and reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.
        General admission to the museum is always free, but thanks to generous support from the Greater Toledo Community Foundation, parking will be free, as will admission to two important exhibitions: “Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change” and “PICTURE ID: Contemporary African American Works on Paper.”
        “Radical Tradition” brings historical and contemporary works together in critical dialogue to consider how quilts have been used to voice opinions, raise awareness and enact social reform in the U.S. from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
        “PICTURE ID,” which catalogs artists’ responses to the cultural debates prevalent during the 1980s and 1990s, was originally scheduled to close Jan. 17 and will be extended an additional day as part of the holiday observation.
        The museum is also providing free art kits for guests to create a community art project from home. Participants are encouraged to complete the project at home, then share their work on social media with the hashtag #PeaceOfArt.
        In addition to its exhibitions and the community art project, TMA offers its spacious galleries as a place for the community to escape, find solace and enjoy art when things feel uncertain.
        TMA is located at 2445 Monroe St. Visit for more details.
Valentine cookie sale
        St. Paul Lutheran Church, 9789 W. Oak Harbor Southeast Rd., Oak Harbor, will be selling frosted heart-shaped Valentine sugar cookies, as well as chocolate chip cookies.
        Cookies must be pre-ordered, and orders will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 3. Orders may be placed by calling Twyla Northrup at 419-898-2168. Order requests may also be mailed to the church at the above address. Please include name, contact information and number of dozen cookies being ordered.
          Cost of the cookies is $7 per dozen for the Valentine cookies and $5 per dozen for the chocolate chip. Cookies will be available for pick-up on Friday Feb. 12 from 1-6 p.m. at the church.
        Proceeds from the cookie sales will be used to support programs for the church’s youth.
Valentine Open House
        Beeker’s General Store & Downtown Deco fine floral design, both located in downtown Pemberville, are hosting a Valentine’s Open House Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
        Beeker’s, located at 226 E. Front St., will highlight the local artists including Toni Sockrider offering artisan chocolates including cocoa bombs;  Alex Hall presenting leather crafts including bracelets, handbags, wallets, earrings and more and jewelry artists Tammy Miller and Andi Brown featuring necklaces, bracelets and more.
        Other handcrafted Valentine items will include felt pillows and ornaments, framed dimensional art, felted creations, intricate wood art, signs, watercolor greeting cards and pallet art.
        Beeker’s will offer Ideal Bakery donuts and coffee for purchase along with a vast array of Katie’s Baked Goods & Country Grains Breads.
        Downtown Deco will feature will displays of fresh floral blooms with the theme – “Take time to smell the flowers.”.
        Start the morning by participating in a “Valentine’s Feather Tree” class, taking place from 9 a.m.-noon. The cost is $50 per person and includes an 18-inch tree and all materials needed. Instructors will be Michele Poturalski and Todd Sheets. Call 419-372-3274 to reserve a spot.
        Romantic Carriage Rides
        Beeker’s will also be accepting reservations for their Romantic Carriage Rides, which will be offered Saturday, Feb. 13 from 4-10 p.m., with different package options available. Reservations and prepayment required. For more details, call Beeker’s General Store at 419-287-3274 or visit Beeker’s General Store on Facebook.
Program to address “Comfort Foodways during the pandemic
        How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected how or what you’re eating?
        Join the Wood County District Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. for “Comfort Foodways During a Pandemic,” an online discussion which will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted eating habits.
        The online discussion will be led by Lucy Long, director of the Center for Food and Culture, a Bowling Green-based 501 (c)(3) which aims to promote a deeper understanding of the many ways in which food connects us all, and to nourish our connections to and through food in order to have healthier, fuller lives and a more equitable and sustainable world.
        Long also teaches American studies, ethnic studies, folklore, tourism, and nutrition at Bowling Green State University. With degrees in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, she focuses on food, music, and dance as mediums for meaning, identity, community and power. Her publications include, “Ethnic American Cooking,” “Honey: A Global History” and “Comfort Food Meanings and Memories.”
        She has also written numerous articles and produced documentary films and museum exhibits about food traditions in the Midwest.
        “We usually think of comfort food as food that is ‘bad’ for us, but will temporarily relieves stress,” Long said. “This workshop broadens the idea to look at some of the ways we find both discomfort and comfort through all the activities around food. These foodways offer opportunities to nourish connections to other people, establish routines, and feel a sense of security and control within the chaos of the pandemic.”
        The event is free to the public. Email or call 419-352-5050 to reserve your spot and for information on how to join the discussion.
Virtual Scavenger Hunt
        Calling all history detectives!
        Join the Wood County District Public Library’s “I Love Ohio” Virtual Scavenger Hunt, which will run from Jan. 29-31.
        Patrons will be challenged over the three days to scour WCDPL’s local history digital resources for answers to trivia questions about Ohio history. Questions will be posted to the library’s Facebook page at in a Google Form. Participants will have from Friday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. to Sunday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. to complete their forms. Winners will be announced on Monday, Feb. 1.
        “We’ve done the ‘I Love Ohio’ Scavenger Hunt in person for the past six years, and it has developed quite a dedicated following,” said Marnie Pratt, Local History Librarian. “We wanted to find a way for its fans to still participate and keep their sleuthing skills sharp during the pandemic.”
        Visit, email or call 419-352-5050 for more information.



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