ETC: ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ with Oregon Community Theatre

Press Staff Writer

        Oregon Community Theatre will present the Jimmy Buffett musical, “Escape to Margaritaville” May 5-6 and 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. and May 7 at 3 p.m. at Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.
        Tickets are $18 pre-sale and $20 at the door for adults; $15 pre-sale and $18 at the door for students under 18 and seniors 60 and older. Visit or call 419-691-1398 to purchase tickets.
        The show's production team includes producer Don Dauer and director Reed Steele.
        OCT will close the 2022-23 season with “Matilda, JR” July 13-16. Auditions for the production will be held May 19 and 20 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Fassett Junior High.
        OCT also announced its 2023-24 season. The lineup includes “Cinderella,” “Enchanted Edition,” Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” Get updates at or on social media at @octshows.
Cinco de Mayo Dinner/Dance
        A Cinco de Mayo Dinner/Dance will be held Friday, May 5, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, 204 Main St., Genoa.
        Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner service will begin at 6:15 p.m.
         The adults-only event will feature authentic Mexican food, a DJ and dancing. Salsa lessons will be offered for those needing a little coaching. There will also be raffles and a silent auction throughout the evening. BYOB.
        Tickets are $30 per person and are available online at (click on “Calendar & Events”) or call the parish office at 419-855-8501.
        All proceeds raised will go to Phase 2 of the Our Lady of Lourdes renovation project.
Glass studio warehouse sale
        Gathered Glassblowing Studio, is hosting a warehouse sale featuring discounted glassware and other handmade items on Saturday, April 29 from 1-4 p.m.
        Located at 23 N. Huron St. in the heart of downtown Toledo, Gathered Glassblowing Studio specializes in creating hand-blown glass pieces, from traditional glassware to modern sculptures.
        As a production studio, they make more than they need to when fulfilling custom orders so they can ensure customers get the best of the best pieces. The pieces they don’t use are referred to as “seconds.”
        “Our experienced team of glassblowers use both traditional and unique techniques to create stunning pieces that will last a lifetime,” said Adam Goldberg, co-owner of Gathered Glassblowing Studio. “If you’re looking for a unique gift or something for yourself, the warehouse sale is a great place to find it. Our seconds add up and although they’re not perfect, we guarantee you won’t find anything like it anywhere else.”
        Shoppers can expect to find a wide selection of discounted glassware, including delicate vases and vibrant bowls, among other items.
        For more information, call 419-262-5501.
VFW to present vendor & craft show
        A “Spring Fling for Veterans” Vendor & Craft Show will be held Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Walbridge VFW Post 9963, 109 N. Main St.
        A number of vendors and artisans will be set up to welcome shoppers and browsers. In addition, there will be raffles, hot dogs and a bake sale sponsored by the Auxiliary, and food available from local food truck, Big C’s Barbecue.
        The post’s Auxiliary use all proceeds raised to help veterans and their families.
        For more information, call 419-666-0367.
Toledo Opera on Wheels
        Each year, Toledo Opera’s residence artists go on the road, bringing the experience of opera to children in grades K-6 in elementary schools in Northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan.
        The program is called Toledo Opera on Wheels, and on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m., adults will also have the opportunity to attend the performance by four singers and a pianist of “The Pirates of Penzance.” The performance will be held at St. John Lutheran Church at 207 Adams St., Port Clinton.
        The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council is presenting the 40-minute production at no charge and invites the public to attend.
        This version of “The Pirates of Penzance” will explore growing up, duty, conflict resolution, and the acceptance of all people as they are. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Fireworks Fund Reverse Raffle
        The Oak Harbor Area Chamber Foundation will hold a Reverse Raffle Saturday, May 13 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor to help fund the annual Oak Harbor Independence Day Celebration.
        Doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with drawings to being at 6:30 p.m.
        Tickets are $50 and include admission, dinner and a chance to win cash and prizes, including a top prize of $2,500 cash. Only 250 tickets will be sold. Additional meal tickets are available for $20.
        In addition to the raffle, the evening will include games, sideboards and a Chinese auction. All proceeds raised will benefit the Oak Harbor fireworks show, which will be held July 3.
        Tickets are available at the Oak Harbor Chamber Office, 161 W Water St., or from any board member. Admission is open to ages 21 and older.
         The chamber welcomes raffle items and donations for the event. Call 419-898-0479 or email to purchase a ticket or donate to the event.
Garden Stake Class
        The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council will present a unique art class just in time for the migratory bird season.
        Joyce Waltz will lead a Fused Glass Garden Stake Class May 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or until sold out at The Arts Garage – located in the city’s old maintenance garage at 317 W. Perry St., Port Clinton.
        Participants will create two fused glass birds on a garden stake in a make-it-and-take-it-the-next-day-style class. Shipping is available for those who can’t pick up their stakes the next day.
        The cost of the class is $40 for two birds (one 3 inches and one 4 inches).
        Reserve a spot online at under the “Classes” tab. Space is limited.
Fundraising investigation
        Eclipse Paranormal invites the community to join them Saturday, May 13, at Collingwood Arts Center in Toledo for a fundraising investigation during “Global Ghost Hunt.”
        Collingwood Arts Center is registered on the National Register of Historic Locations and has been featured on Travel Channel 's “Destination FEAR” and “Ghost Hunters.” The building itself is a former convent for the Ursuline Order of the Sacred Heart and later housed the Mary Manse College and St. Ursula Academy.
        Originally, there were supposed to have been 15 interconnected buildings built around three courtyards, but in the end, only the power plant, the music building, and the academy buildings were built.
        In 1975, when Mary Manse College closed, most of the adjacent properties acquired through the years were sold off to private individuals. In 1985, when Collingwood Art Center purchased the Academy building, it also acquired the attached Gerber House, the Terrault House, and the chapel.
        Reported paranormal info
        • Main building – apparitions of nuns.
        • Attic – a nun is said to be sewing and will smile and wave before vanishing.
        • Theatre – an angry nun that is said to have hung herself in the basement is reportedly seen in the third row of the balcony.
        • Basement – the nun is also said to haunt the basement and encounters with her date back to the 1950s. There is a “dark man” that floats around the basement stairwell and a dwarfish figure in a hood who enjoys being a prankster.
        • Gerber House – a woman in white is said to be seen in the back and front parlors and a group of children run the hallways of the second floor – they believe the children died during a typhoid outbreak.
        To purchase tickets, visit or follow the event on Facebook at Global Ghost Hunt at Collingwood Arts Center.
        Participants must be at least 16 years of age to attend with a parent or legal guardian.
Children’s Tea Party
        Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society will host “Generations,” a Children’s Tea Party Saturday, June 24 at noon.
        Children ages 6-13 and their adult guests will enjoy a Barbie pink themed lunch, tea, fruit punch and a short, entertaining program.
        The cost is $15 per person. Call or text OJHS at 419-902-5149 to make reservations. Tables are set up to seat four people.


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