Laurence St. John to be featured at Sept. 12 Author Fair

Press Staff Writer

        Local author Laurence St. John will be featured at the 2021 Author Fair sponsored by Gathering Volumes Bookstore, 196 E. Boundary St., Perrysburg, on Sunday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
        St. John, a Genoa native currently living in Northwood, will be selling and signing his Metatron (Superhero) book series, “The Angel has Risen,” “The Mystical Blade” and “Dagger of Mortality.” A fourth title – “The Secret Grid” – is coming soon, and the author is in the process of outlining the storyline for book five in the Metatron series.
        St. John is also turning his talents to another creative venture.
        “Currently, I started down another path into the realm of comic book writing, along with a few other superhero genre authors,” St. John said. “Our publisher has started a Kickstarted campaign to help with the comic book overhead.”
        Donate to the campaign at Learn more about St. John, named Toledo City Paper’s Best Local Author/Writer in 2019, at
        St. John will be among 20 authors, mostly from Ohio, who will be in attendance to speak about and sign copies of their books at the book fair. Additionally, the Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival will be serving hot dog lunches and will have book grab bags for sale and a raffle for a basket of participating authors’ books to fundraise for the event. The initial Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival was scheduled for May 2, 2020, and had to be canceled due to COVID-19.   
Free museum admission
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes will offer free admission on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, to all union members and union retirees. Proof of union membership will be requested upon arrival.
        “The museum recognizes the importance of honoring the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States,” said Executive Director Chris Gillcrist.
        Labor Day is also the last day of the museum’s temporary exhibit, “Jim Hoffman: The Photographic Life of Toledo’s Original Boatnerd,” and the final day of Freighter Golf — a putt-putt hole-in-one challenge aboard the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. Both the temporary exhibit and putt-putt challenge are included with museum ship admission.
        Reservations are not required; however, tickets may be purchased in advance online at
Hidden Garden Party
        Schedel Arboretum & Gardens will present a Hidden Garden Party Sunday, Sept. 12 from 2-p.m., rain or shine.
        Join emcee and auctioneer Jerry Anderson for an afternoon of fine dining, cocktails, live entertainment and unique silent and live auction items.
        Auction items include a three-hour sailboat tour of the Lake Erie islands which includes dinner and drinks for six at the Catawba Island Club, a Darth Vader helmet autographed by all the actors (only 50 exist), a sushi class for 20 people, a Naples vacation with airfare and a gourmet wine dinner for 10.
        In addition, there will be a raffle for a David Yurman Cable Classic bracelet compliments of David Fairclough Fine Jewelers ($1,200 value).
        Ticket donation is $150 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight. Visit to purchase tickets or for more information.
“Navarre Family Sword”
        The Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society will present, “The Navarre Family Sword,” an evening program featuring historian Larry Michaels, Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Brandville Museum Complex, 1133 Grasser Rd., Oregon.
        Come for refreshments and stay for the evening PowerPoint program detailing the life of the Navarre Family, the first permanent white settlers east of the Maumee River in 1807. Hear about Alexis, youngest brother to Peter, who built his homestead on Otter Creek Road and later moved it to Bayshore Road. Meet Cad Williams, a Civil War soldier who first owned and carried the Navarre Family Sword. He was married to Elizabeth Navarre, daughter of Alexis. Learn the story of the sword, of the Navarre Family in Oregon Township and see the actual sword as it will be presented to the Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society that evening.
        The program is free and open to the community.
Pigeon Forge trip
        The East Toledo Senior Center, with Diamond Tours, is hosting a trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, June 20-24, 2022.
        The cost is $579 per person, based on double occupancy, which includes luxury motorcoach, four nights of lodging, four breakfasts and dinners, six shows, a guided tour of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, free time in historic downtown Gatlinburg and more.
        A $75 deposit is required to reserve a seat. Call 419-691-2254 to pay in person or send a check to the East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White St., Toledo, OH 43605 with contact information.
Calling all photographers
        Area residents are invited to submit photos of people, places and things in Ottawa County for inclusion in the latest edition of the Ottawa County Community Guide and County Map.
        The publication is a joint venture of the Oak Harbor, Genoa, Port Clinton, Marblehead and Put-In-Bay chambers of commerce. Ten thousand copies are printed and distributed throughout the area.
        Photos may also be used for the chambers of commerce’s online marketing, Facebook, and printed materials. By submitting a photo for consideration, photographers are giving permission to the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce to reproduce the photo on its website and/or printed materials.
        Photographers whose photos are chosen for the upcoming guide will receive photo credit in the book as well as a copy of the book. The photos must be submitted in digital form as a jpeg or gif.
        Send photos to and include your name and contact information.
“Something Rotten”
        Tickets are now on sale for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s production of the 2015 Broadway musical, “Something Rotten,” Sept. 10-26.
        Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star, William Shakespeare. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize to thine own self be true….and all that jazz.
        “Something Rotten” has a NC-17 rating. For reservations, call 419-243-9277 or visit
Virtual History Series
        The Wood County Museum, in partnership with the North Baltimore Public Library, will present September’s Virtual History Series Sept. 9 at noon via Zoom.
        The free program, presented by Scott Gross, of the Wood County Historical Society, will explore the public service and business ventures of Frank Schriber. Schriber, born Dec. 5, 1861, lived in Moline for most of his adult life. While he was a farmer for a few years, he found many other business opportunities to make a living, including running a general store, selling farm implements, serving as Postmaster, and selling automobiles.
        In 1894, Schriber ran for the elected position of Wood County Infirmary Director. He served in this capacity for six years.
        Contact the North Baltimore Public Library at 419-257-3621 or for Zoom log-in information.
        For more info, call the Wood County Museum at 419-352-0967 or email
5K Red Kettle Run
        The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio Area Service will present the Eighth Annual 5K Run, Saturday, Oct. 2 at International Park, across the river from downtown Toledo.
        The family-friendly event serves as the kickoff to the Red Kettle Campaign season. The Christmas campaign raises critical funds to allow the Salvation Army to assist area families with critical needs. All funds raised stay local.
        Register online at (search key terms Run Kettle 5K Run).
419 Brew Bus
        The new 419 Brew Bus offers craft beer lovers VIP experiences at Toledo and Northwest Ohio breweries on a deluxe 14-passenger bus.
        Groups can choose from a variety of tours, each offering four brewery stops in the 419 area code that include special brewery deals designed for 419 Brew Bus guests.
        Local entrepreneur, Gregg Kerns, owner of the 419 Brew Bus, was inspired to start his new business venture by the 419 Ale Trail. “Watching the launch of the 419 Ale Trail was my ‘aha moment.’ I knew there was an opportunity to provide people with a cool experience while checking out our craft beer scene, most of which are on the 419 Ale Trail,” Kerns said. “The bus offers the perfect option to enjoy the breweries in an educational and fun way that is safe and organized.”
        Available tours include the Glass City Tour, Prohibition Tour, Flag City Tour, Tractor Pull Tour, Lake Erie Tour and Wild West Tour.
        Kerns adds the Northwest Ohio winery tours are also available. “Winery tours will be on our schedule shortly,” he said. “Customers can also mix and match breweries with wineries.”
        For information on participating breweries and available tours dates, visit


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