ETC: Museum hosting tours to honor Edmund Fitzgerald anniversary

Press Staff Writer

        In recognition of the 46th Anniversary of the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) is offering a weekend of special tours on Nov. 6 and 7.            
        The Fitzgerald Experience is a guided tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, using the lake freighter and its similarities to the Edmund Fitzgerald to discuss the events of Nov. 10, 1975, theories surrounding the vessel’s sinking, and stories about the 29 crew members who were lost.
        “This tour was developed to provide a more experiential and hands-on way to learn about the tragedy of the ‘Mighty Fitz’,” said Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s Education and Visitor Experience Director. “Many from the crew were from our museum’s hometown of Toledo or the surrounding area and the vessel’s sinking deeply impacted the lives of individuals both near and far.
        “Although closed for the season beginning Nov. 1, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship will reopen one last time this season exclusively to tour guests for the unique experience,” Kennedy said.
         Each tour will be limited to a small group of no more than eight people and lasts approximately 75 minutes. Tickets are $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Due to tour popularity and size limitations, it is strongly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Guests can also take advantage of an additional 10-15% discount on museum store purchases.
        For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 419-214-5000.
Live in the House!
        The Pemberville Opera House and the Pemberville Historical Society will present Andrew Edlin in “Churchill – A One Man Play” Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Opera House, 115 Main St.
        Tickets are $12 and are available at the door or in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville, or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848. The opera house is handicapped accessible.
        Visit for more information.
        Edlin is best known for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill in the play “Churchill,” which he authored. The most frequent and compelling response from audiences to this one-man play is “I was inspired.”
museum tour set

        The Wood County Museum will host guided behind-the-scenes tours on Thursday, Nov. 4, starting at 6 p.m.
        Tours will take place every 30 minutes and last about an hour. Guests will get to explore the nooks and crannies of the museum, including areas not typically open to the public, including the basement, attic and all museum floors.
        Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tours must be reserved in advance. Visit, call 419-352-0967 or stop into the museum at 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, to purchase a ticket.
        The museum’s normal hours for self-guided tours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends from 1-4 p.m. (closed on government holidays and weekends in January).
        For updates and more info, visit the website or follow the Wood County Museum on social media.
“Metatron” book release
        Local author Laurence St. John’s newest book, “Metatron: The Secret Grid,” is releasing Oct. 31.
        The book, available on Amazon, follows three others in the Metatron series: “The Angel Has Risen,” “The Mystical Blade,” and “Dagger of Mortality.”
        St. John, a Genoa native currently living in Northwood, is working on a comic book, scheduled to be released next year.
        Learn more about St. John, named Toledo City Paper’s Best Local Author/Writer in 2019, at
Auditions set
        The Black Swamp Players will hold auditions for Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, “August: Osage County” Nov. 6 from 2-5 p.m. and Nov. 7 from 6-9 p.m. at 115 E. Oak St., Bowling Green.
        Those auditioning will be asked to cold read from the script. More details are available at
        The play calls for a cast of 13: six men (age mid-30s through late-60s) and seven women (age 14 through late-60s). Due to the graphic nature of subject matter around the 14-year-old character, the director would prefer to cast a “young looking” adult.
        “August: Osage County” will be performed Feb. 18, 19, 25, and 26, 2022, at 8 p.m. and Feb. 20 and 27, 2022, at 2p.m. Heath A. Diehl is directing the production.
        Learn more at
Holiday Open House
        Friends of Magee Marsh will hold a Holiday Open House Sunday, Dec. 5 from noon-4 p.m. at the Bird Center at Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.
        The event will feature unique vendors, a gift shop, cookies for sale, kids’ activities, food, live music and more.
        Visit for more details.
        All Together Now
        Celebrate Local Theatre as The Village Players and 3B Productions present All Together Now! Nov. 12-14 at The Village Players Theatre, 2740 Upton Ave., Toledo.
        Curtain time is 8 p.m. Nov. 12; 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 2 p.m. Nov. 14.
        Tickets are $25 for the fundraising musical revue with some of Broadway’s best songs performed by local actors.
        Visit for more details.
Holiday with Heart
Charity Gayla set

        The 44th Annual Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla will be held Sunday, Dec. 5 from 4-10 p.m. at the Historic Toledo Club in downtown Toledo. Tickets are $100 per person.
        The event is the premier social event for the Toledo area LGBTQ community and friends and is the longest running LGBTQ fundraiser in the state of Ohio.
        It benefits Lucas Country Children Services, Bowling Green State University Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs and Spectrum of Findlay.
        The evening will include dinner, dancing, DJ, Photobooth Live, 50/50 raffles, presentation of the annual the Founder's Award and live entertainment with vocalist Matt Richardson and pianist Todd Schreiber. Emma Henderson, from WTOL Channel 11 News, will be special emcee for the event.
        Online reservations are available at through Nov. 26.
Destination Toledo
receives tourism award

        Destination Toledo recently received recognition for achievement in marketing and advertising, winning multiple awards at the Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards and the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus’ STAR Awards.
        “I am very proud of the work our marketing team has done and it is exciting to see their creativity recognized, amongst our industry peers at the state level,” said Lance Woodworth, president and CEO for Destination Toledo.
        The Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards presentation was held Oct. 7 at Cherry Valley Hotel in Newark, Ohio. Destination Toledo received two RUBY awards for Television Advertisement and Innovations in Marketing for the 419 Ale Trail.
        Destination Toledo also received certificates of achievement in three categories: Travel Guides and Planner, Marketing Campaign and Digital Campaign.
        Woodworth and partnership development manager, Cathy Miller, accepted the awards.
        In addition, Destination Toledo received two STAR Awards – first place for 2021 Toledo Official Visitors Guide and runner up in the Specialty Marketing category for the 419 Ale Trail – at the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (OACVB)’s annual STAR Awards, held Sept. 16 at the Huntington Center in Columbus.


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