ETC: Entertainment briefs

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Rollin Food & Farm Market
        Oregon Rollin’ Food and Farm Market 2020 dates include Wednesdays Aug. 5, Sept. 2 and Oct. 7 from 5-8 p.m. in the parking lot of the former Pat Catan’s store at 3010 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
        A number of vendors and food trucks will be on hand.
        For details and updates, visit
Aug. 5 Verandah Concert going online
        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ next Verandah Concert, which will feature a boogie-woogie pianist and singer, will take place live on Hayes Presidential’s Facebook page.
        Matthew Ball, aka “The Boogie Woogie Kid” will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, on Facebook live,
        Ball is an attorney turned musician who has performed across the world. He plays and sings New Orleans and Swing-era favorites from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. Visit to learn more.
        June concert rescheduled
        A June Verandah Concerts that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been rescheduled for this fall. The Bridge County Bluegrass Band will play at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, on the verandah of the Hayes Home.
        For updates, visit or call 800-998-7737. Updates also will be posted on Hayes Presidential’s social media pages.
        Verandah Concerts are sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union with additional funding by Mosser Construction and ProMedica Memorial Hospital.
Governor’s order limits county fairs
        Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on July 28 that county and independent fairs with an opening day on or after July 31 will be limited to specific junior fair events.
        “We've seen several fairs that have been doing an excellent job to keep fair-goers safe, yet other fairs have been connected to outbreaks. Some have disregarded social distancing, and we’ve also seen a lack of enforcement of the statewide mask order.
        “It’s just a real shame,” DeWine said. “Because it is becoming increasingly clear that we cannot have a regular, safe fair in the summer of 2020, I believe we must now scale fairs back.”
        Junior fair activities such as livestock competitions and 4-H and Future Farmers of America competitions for kids and teenagers may continue as planned, but junior fairs must develop a plan that reduces crowding in barns, such as limiting entrance to only the immediate family of those actively showing their animals or projects. A 10 p.m. curfew will also be instituted for the barns, buildings, and midways.
        Harness racing can proceed with no spectators, but rides, games, and grandstand events will be prohibited to limit crowds and better prevent coronavirus spread.
        At press time, the Sandusky County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) was planning to meet to make decisions on moving forward to find the best solution to the updated regulations for this year’s fair, set for Aug. 25-30. Visit for more info.
        On its Facebook page, the Wood County Fair Board asked the public for patience as members finalized plans for the fair, which will be held Aug, 3-10. Visit for updates.
Talk to discuss Lucy Hayes essays
        First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes is often remembered mostly as the woman who helped to keep alcohol out of the White House during her husband’s administration.
        Yet, a study of the essays she wrote in college shows a woman who was highly in tune with the happenings of the world around her with respect to politics and religion.
        Josi Leib, student at Ohio Northern University, will discuss how these essays give insight into the woman who would later refer to the political career of her husband as “our political career” during an online talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
        The talk will be online only and accessible through Go To Meeting. Admission is free. To join the digital presentation, join from your computer, tablet or smartphone at New to GoToMeeting? Get the app in advance and be ready when the event starts. Listeners can also dial in by calling 646-749-3122 with access code 399-864-245.
        First Lady Lucy Hayes was the first First Lady to have a college degree. She attended the Wesleyan Female College, which no longer exists, in Cincinnati.
        Lieb completed an independent study on Hayes’ essays and will share her findings during this talk.
Village-wide garage sales
        The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating Village-Wide Garage Sale Days Aug. 21-22.
        A complete list of sales will be available online at starting Wednesday, Aug. 19. Call the chamber office at 419-898-0479 or email info to to be added to the list.
        Those conducting sales are urged to follow the suggested guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.
Benefit Poker Run
        A Poker Run to benefit Jim Depner, who was in a severe accident at home on Father’s Day, June 21, will be held Saturday, Aug. 15.
        Depner, the owner of Rt. 51 Custom Cycle in Genoa, underwent brain surgery as a result of the incident. He was released from the hospital July 9 to go home and begin outpatient rehabilitation.
        Cars are welcome at the event, which will start and end at Rt. 51 Custom Cycle, located at 23095 SR 51. Registration will be held from 10 a.m.-noon. Starts will be staggered due to COVID-19. The last motorcycle in will be at 4 p.m.
        Poker is $20 per hand, which includes a meal. Non-rider meals will be $5.   The event will also include live music, raffles, food and beer.
        Call 419-855-2255 for more info.
Zoo garden series
        The Toledo Zoo’s 2020 Garden Tour Series will continue Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m. with a tour entitled, “Flowering Perennial Care.”
        The tour is guided by a Zoo horticulture staff member who will discuss different gardening topics, including growing tips, best management practices and more.
        Tours meet in front of Ziems Conservatory 15 minutes prior to start time, last approximately 90 minutes and happen rain or shine. Guests are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes, as tours may encompass the entire Zoo.
        The cost is $10 for Zoo members and $15 for non-members, per person/tour. Space is limited and reservations are required.
        The September tour – “Discovering Native Plants,” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22.
        Visit for more information and to make reservations.
Pemberville’s Garden Party
        Beeker’s General Store and Riverbank Antique Market are hosting monthly Garden Parties (their version of a local Farmers Market) on the fourth Tuesday of the month in August and September from 5-8 p.m., rain or shine, along Front Street in Downtown Pemberville.
        A number of vendors will also be on hand for the Garden Party.
        To inquire about becoming a vendor, call Beeker’s General Store at 419-287-3274.
Sponsor a Monarch
        The Toledo Zoo invites members of the community to back a butterfly and help save the world.
         Sponsor a Zoo-reared Monarch butterfly as it sets its sights on Mexico and help restore the all-important pollinator population.
        Each year, tens of thousands of monarch butterflies make their annual voyage from northern breeding grounds in the Midwest to over-wintering sites high in the forests of Michoacán, Mexico.
        As a part of its ongoing conservation work, last year the zoo reared more than 900 monarch butterflies for release on the yearly migration, for an approximate total of 4,000 since the program began. This year's monarchs are beginning to emerge and will soon be ready for release.
        Before being released, each butterfly receives a unique and painless tag to identify individuals and allow the zoo to receive data if the animal is spotted on the 3,000+ mile journey. To date, more than 40 tags have been recovered and documented from the zoo’s releases.
        Be a part of this epic journey by sponsoring a monarch, beginning at $10. Visit by Sept. 30 to participate.  If your butterfly is spotted on its journey, the zoo will contact you.
Howard Marsh kayak rentals
        Enjoy the unique experience of paddling a six-mile water trail through Howard Marsh and the convenience of not having to haul your own boat to the park. The park entrance is located at 611 S. Howard Rd., Curtice.
        Through Labor Day, single kayaks can be rented by the hour for $15. Download the Movatic app to your smartphone for rentals.
        For info, call 419-407-9723, during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or contact the Ranger on Duty at 419-360-9178.
        The program is presented in a fitness partnership with MercyHealth.
Local author publishes “Danny Delicious”
        Local author, M.A. Csortos, who lives in Millbury, has just published his latest novel “Danny Delicious.”
        The story begins with a husband and wife going to the local theater complex to take in a matinee. The husband leaves to get some goodies for him and his wife. When he gets back, the theater is empty and his wife is gone, completely and without a trace. What follows is a drop into madness that has ramifications that goes beyond this world. The story is told through visuals presented on the various movie houses in the theater complex, as well as flashbacks. The main character discovers his role in the scenario is unwelcomed but paramount.
        Csortos has written numerous short stories and several novellas, some of which are published in the anthology “Walking Trees and Other Stories.” All titles are available on
        Besides “Danny Delicious,” he has written two additional novels, including “The Water Tower and the Well.” He is currently working on several other projects. In addition, Csortos occasionally can be found slinging his guitar and jamming in local venues in the Toledo area.


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