ETC: 3rd Arts & Wine Festival set for Aug. 10 in Gibsonburg

Press Staff Writer

        The 3rd Annual Sculpture in the Village, Arts & Wine Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 at Williams Park in Gibsonburg. Festival hours are 3-9 p.m.
        In addition to music, art and sculptures, food, craft and vendors, there will be wine tasting from Ohio wineries including Chateau Tebeau (Helena), Firelands (Sandusky), Sandy Ridge Vineyards & Mercantile (Norwalk) and D & D Smith (Norwalk).
        Live entertainment will include performances by Jordan Wiewandt from 3-6 p.m. and Clay Kirchenbauer from 6-9 p.m.
        A must-see at the festival is the 9/11 Public Safety Service Memorial designed and sculpted by Jim Havens, made from over 7,000 pounds of steel recovered from the wreckage of the North World Trade Center that collapsed after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
        For more details, visit
Jazz in the Garden
        The summer tradition continues as Toledo GROWs presents Jazz in the Garden at the Toledo Botanical Garden, every Thursday evening, through Sept. 5. The open-air concerts offer all ages the opportunity to enjoy different jazz genres in the setting of Toledo Metroparks’ botanical garden. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. each week, with the concert running from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
        The schedule includes:
        Aug. 8 – Gene Parker Quintet
        Aug. 15 – Quick Trio
        Aug. 22 – Quartet Bernadette
        Aug. 29 – Arthur Bishop and Distant Cousinz
        Sept. 5 – Lori LeFevre Group (rescheduled from July 18: this concert only runs 6-8 p.m.).
        Guests are invited to bring a blanket or folding chair, pack a picnic and groove to the tunes. Po Mo’s BBQ and Jerra’s Heavenly Sweets will also have food available for purchase.
        Admission is $10 at the gate – cash only. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Metroparks members receive two admissions half-off at the gate with a membership card. Those with a handicapped parking tag should enter the garden off Elmer Drive and park in the lot there. All others should enter off Bancroft Street, where a free shuttle is available to take guests to the concert area.
        Several area sponsors assist in making these concerts possible, including the Ohio Arts Council, The Andersons, HCR ManorCare, and Buckeye Broadband.
        For more info about the concerts or Toledo GROWs, visit
Luau on the Lake
        Many TV viewers have seen West Sister Island NWR through Mike Rowe’s eyes on the popular TV series, “Dirty Jobs.” See the island up-close on a luau-themed sunset cruise sponsored by Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, Aug. 23.
        West Sister Island National Wildlife Refuge is a rookery; a place where local wading birds like herons and egrets come to nest. Located nine miles off shore, the island is covered with tall hackberry trees and an unforgiving understory of poison ivy. The area is closed to all but permit-holding researchers.
        Cruise participants will learn about the island rookery from researchers and biologists that conduct surveys on the
island. The cruise will launch from the Jet Express dock in downtown Port Clinton, at 6:45 p.m. and return to port at 9 p.m. Heavy hors-d’oeuvres are included in the ticket price, and a cash bar is available. The menu will feature a Hawaiian theme, including chicken or pork sliders, fruit and dessert. There will also be a 50/50 raffle on board.
        Benefit tickets are $60 and are available in the Nature Store located at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, online at, or by calling 419-898-0014, ext. 13.
        Proceeds from the event will be used to support Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge with conservation and restoration efforts.
Magruder VIP Club Planning day trip
        Magruder’s VIP Club On-the-Go will have a day trip to Cleveland on Friday, Oct. 18.
        The cost per person is $97. This will be part one of a series of tours in the Cleveland area and will include stops at German and Lebanese shops as well as an Asian market. Lunch at Sokolowski’s University Inn is included.
        The tour will include the spot where Moses Cleaveland first landed in 1796, University Circle, Little Italy and time to shop at the Westside Market.
        The trip departs from the City County Complex at 1868 East Perry St. in Port Clinton at 7 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive between 6:30-6:45 a.m.
        The trip is open to VIP Club members, guests and the general public. For info or to sign up, call Michele Mueller at 419-734-3131 ext. 3147 or
All Together Fremont
        Downtown Fremont Inc. will be hosting the Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market and Fremont City School’s All Together Fremont Event on Front Street on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free.
        During the event, there will be ethnic foods and cultural awareness events throughout the market. For more info or to register for the farmers market, call 419-332-8696 or visit at Follow Downtown Fremont, Inc., on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Ironwood Block Party
        The Ironwood Neighborhood Block Party will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 from noon-9 p.m. on the 1200 Block of Ironwood, between Girard and White streets.
        Current and former Ironwood residents are invited to celebrate the importance of family at the event, which will feature food, vendors, prizes, a dance battle, junior Olympics, special guest performers “Toledo Dream Queens,” and more.
        There will also be presentations by the Youth Opportunity Program and Youth Summer Workers, and a tribute to “unsung heroes,” Caroline Jones-Knighten and Ronnie Crawford, aka “Crawdaddy,” who was heard every Saturday morning on 95.7.
“On the Road in American Movies”
        Toledo Museum of Art’s film series featuring automobile-related films continues through early September.
        The screenings are offered Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. The series explores the impact and central role of the car in American culture.
        It is held in conjunction with “Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture,” which explores the rise of the automobile as a popular visual symbol of American culture. The exhibition runs through Sept. 15 and includes more than 150 works of art in a wide variety of media.
        “The timelines of cinema and the automobile really coincide,” explained Scott Boberg, TMA manager of programs. “This film series provides the opportunity to see how the automobile has influenced our culture as well as showcase the history of cinema.”
        The series contains two themes – Thursday-evening films focus on action, and the sense of individualism and freedom that the car provides. Saturday films focus on the interwoven history that the automobile shares with cinema, and includes family-friendly selections and historical genre films.
        The schedule includes:
        Thursday, Aug. 8 – “Repo Man” (1984, R, 1 hour, 32 minutes)
        Thursday, Aug. 15 – “Lost in America” (1985, R, 1 hour, 31 minutes)
        Saturday, Aug. 17 – “Tucker, The Man and His Dream” (1988, PG, 1 hour, 50 minutes)
        Thursday, Aug. 22 – “Thelma & Louise” (1991, R, 2 hours, 10 minutes)
        Thursday, Aug. 29 – “The Fast and the Furious” (2001, PG-13, 1 hour, 46 minutes)
        Saturday, Aug. 31 – “Cars” (2006, G, 1 hour, 57 minutes)
        Saturday, Sept. 7 – “Green Book” (2018, PG-13, 2 hours, 10 minutes)
        Tickets are $5 for TMA members, $7 for nonmembers, and $4 for students and military. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
Verandah concerts
        Enjoy boogie-woogie piano music and the toe-tapping tunes of the World War II era during the two remaining Verandah Concerts of the season in August at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.
        Matthew Ball, aka the Boogie Woogie Kid, will perform boogie, blues and swing piano music on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
        North Coast Big Band, will perform World War II era big band music, on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
        Each event begins with an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. Donations are accepted for ice cream. Music starts at 7 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket for seating on the lawn.
        On Verandah Concert Wednesdays, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums has extended hours and offers a schedule of special events, such as hands-on artifact activities, gallery talks and themed tours of the Hayes Home.
        The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on concert days. For a schedule of special events on Verandah Concert Wednesdays, visit
        Verandah Concerts are sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union. Additional funding by Mosser Construction.
        If there is inclement weather, concerts could be canceled. For updates, visit or call 800-998-7737. Updates also will be posted on the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ social media pages.
        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection.
        For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit Like Hayes Presidential on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres.
Popsicles in the Park
        Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities invites families of children age birth-3 who life in Ottawa County to a fun family event Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 1-3 p.m. at the shelter house at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton.
        Dress in play clothes, bring a towel and have lots of fun finding hidden objects in ice, all while getting wet. Afterwards, enjoy a Popsicle to cool off.
        RSVP to Colleen at 567-262-3108 by Friday, Aug. 9.
        Early Intervention offers developmental services to families of children 0-3 in Ottawa County. Services and supports through Early Intervention enhance a child's learning and development through everyday routines. Families who have concerns about development may call 800-755-4769.
TMA series highlights Green Book Project
        Journalist Alvin Hall and photographer Jonathan Calm will discuss their 2016 BBC Radio 4 documentary project “The Green Book” at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Peristyle. The event is free to the public.
        Published annually between 1936 and 1967, “The Negro Motorist Green Book” helped black travelers find safe and welcoming businesses during an era of virulent racism and segregation.
        Inspired by this guide, Hall and Calm undertook a road trip from Tallahassee, Florida (near Hall’s hometown) to Ferguson, Missouri, recording in both photographs and sounds the histories and experiences of black Americans as they navigated the cultural, political, and physical landscape of the American South.
        Calm continues to make work related to this project. Several of his photographs documenting Green Book sites are included in the special exhibition, “Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture,” which is on view at TMA through Sept. 15.
        “Many may have seen the Oscar-winning movie but we are fortunate to have Alvin Hall and Jonathan Calm in-person to share the stories they documented from those who used the Green Book as a guide when they traveled,” said Scott Boberg, TMA’s manager of programming.
        Since 2011, the TMA Masters Series has brought world-renowned artists, scholars, musicians and others who are invited to share their knowledge and talents in the Museum’s Peristyle. The series is sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors.
Lion’s Heart Walk N` Run
        The 3rd annual Lion's Heart Walk N ' Run will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. at Friendship Park in Lake Township. Proceeds will benefit Mended Little Hearts of Northwest Ohio.
        Registration begins at 8 a.m.
        The event will include a walk around the pond and 5K prediction run.
        One in 100 babies is born with congenital heart defects. The event is intended to raise awareness and give support to families who live with heart defects. Sponsors include Mercy Heath, Mercy Children's Hospital and University of Michigan, Mott Children's  Hospital.
ArtSTART grant to fund performance
        The Ottawa County Historical Society has been awarded a $500 matching grant by the Ohio Arts Council.
        The ArtSTART grant will be used to help support the performance of the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band at the Society’s annual Civil War Encampment held at the Wolcott Keeper’s House, 9999 Bayshore Rd., Marblehead, during the Danbury Peninsula Lighthouse Festival, on Saturday, Oct. 12.
        The Oct. 12 encampment, which will run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., will feature the Ohio 14th Volunteer Infantry, tours of the Keeper’s House, fireplace cooking demonstrations, hot bean soup and cider, and the annual fundraising prize drawing.
        The Ohio Arts Council holds an annual competitive grant program to promote and preserve the arts in communities across Ohio. The 73rd OVI Band performance is part of an effort by the Ottawa County Historical Society to provide performances of period music at the Wolcott Keeper’s House, the restored 1820s home of the Danbury Peninsula’s first lighthouse keeper, Benajah Wolcott. Wolcott, a Revolutionary War veteran, was also a fiddler, and performed at events throughout the Ohio Frontier. The OCHS purchased the House in 1989 and restored it as a living history venue with seasonal tours and special events.
        The band has 15 authentically uniformed musicians performing a variety of Civil War-era music on period instruments. Visit, for more info.
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TMA acquires church properties
        The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has purchased five parcels from the Glenwood Lutheran Church. The land, which now serves as part of the church’s rear parking lot, will allow greater access to the planned art support building, one of the enabling projects identified as part of the Museum’s Master Plan.
        The agreement allows for church members to use the TMA parking lot during events with peak attendance such as weddings, funerals, and other special services.
        “We're entering a new chapter of connecting to the neighbors right around us so the parking lot in front of the church will be sufficient for many of our events," explained Reverend Chris Hanley, Pastor of Glenwood Lutheran Church. "This opportunity will allow us to spend our resources caring for our community as opposed to maintaining an underutilized parking lot."
         The Master Plan calls for a new building to the west of the Museum that will house the art handling function currently done in the main building. Art handling includes conservation, carpentry, painting, framing – activities that deal with the movement, storage, and maintenance of works of art.
         “While we are still in the planning and design stages of the art support building, this acquisition will provide more options for both building design and access,” said John Stanley, TMA’s interim director and director of special projects. “We are pleased that both the Museum and Glenwood Church will benefit from this agreement.”


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