ETC: Northwood Fall Festival set for Oct. 12 at Central Park

Tammy Walro

        Northwood Community Cares will present the Northwood Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. in Central Park.
        The festival will kick off with a parade, beginning at Northwood Commons and traveling along Woodville Road.
        The schedule also includes:
        • Noon-3 p.m.: Car show featuring DJ Cruisin’ Zeake;
        • Noon-5 p.m.: Vendors, crafters and exhibitors;
        • Noon-6 p.m. Knockerball; Kids’ area opens. Kids' area activities $10 per wristband for kids over age 1.
        The Kids’ area highlights include: Dino-ROAR at 1 and 4 p.m.; Junior Firefighter Challenge at 2 p.m.; and a Kids Raffle Basket Drawing at 6 p.m.
        1 p.m.: Jacob Smith, woodcarver;
        3 p.m.: Scarecrow winner announced;
        5:30 p.m.: Cornhole tournament.
        Big Tent entertainment includes:
        • Noon: DJ Extreme Entertainment and high school bands playing the “National Anthem” honoring veterans;
        • 5 p.m.: Brent Lowry;  
        • 7:30 p.m. Raffle basket drawing;
        • 8 p.m.: Raffle for Urban Meyer football from 2019 Rose Bowl.
        Food trucks will be on site all day. Beer and wine will be served (identification is required). Fireworks will cap off the event at dusk.
        For more details, visit the festival’s Facebook page.
Fall Festival, Panic in the Pines
        Country Lane Tree Farm, located at 3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa, will present a Family Fall Festival, every Saturday and Sunday in October from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Festival-goers will enjoy interactive animal encounters, hayrides, U-Pick Pumpkin Patch and more.
        For thrill-seeking adventurers, the farm is hosting Panic in the Pines Haunted Hayride, Trail and Woods, Saturdays in October. Ticket sales start at 7 p.m. The last ticket sold will be at 10 p.m.
        Both events are weather permitting. For more info, like Country Lane Tree Farm and Panic in The Pines on Facebook or call 419-461-1298.
Demonstration Day
        Enjoy free family fun at Saturday, Oct. 5 at Demonstration Day at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. Museum admission is free from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
        The Northwest Ohio Blacksmiths Association will present an Open Forge Demonstration from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Visitors can watch seasoned blacksmiths or try their hand at this lost art.
        The log cabin will also be open for a loom weaving demonstration.
        The Wood County Historical Museum hosts historical demonstration days throughout the year with a full schedule and details at Demonstration Days showcase historic activities such as log cabin life, amateur radio, farm & tractor demonstrations, and blacksmithing.
Farmers Market, Crop Circle events
        Downtown Fremont Inc. will present the Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market and the Bellevue Hospital Crop Circle Events Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Front Street. Special event sponsor is Elroy’s Deli Market and Style Crest is the sponsor of the kids’ activities. Admission is free.
        Events scheduled during the Farmers Market and Crop Circle Festival include an Art Walk, Starry Trails: Planetarium at Live Edge Center, an Artist Gallery at the 219 Brady Building, Chalk Art with Caroline Jardine, Kazenodaichi Taiko Drummers, Flat Top Republic, Alien & Outer Space Kids Craft Activities, Community Painting: Mini-Murals, Yarn Bombing by Michelle Atkinson, Bubble Sharks, Sandusky County Share & Care: Art Tile Activity, Caricatures with Isaac Klunk and Glass Blowing by Eamon King.
Slime Time
        Slime – made with simple household ingredients, it has fascinated generations of kids and adults.
        Imagination Station is hosting Slime Time, – a weekend dedicated to the popular polymer – Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 – 6.
        Visitors can dive in and get sticky and messy with these activities:
        Slime buffet – Visitors of all ages can whip up a crazy slime concoction by visiting various slime stations. They will then analyze their recipe by testing their slime’s stretchiness, plotting their data and comparing it with others’ results.
        Slime tasting – While most slimes contain ingredients that aren’t edible, Imagination Station’s slime worms are made using a food-grade alginate that are quite tasty, but definitely slimy.
        Ooblek experiments – Also ooey, gooey and sticky, ooblek is the classic example of a non-Newtonian fluid. Visitors will be amazed at how ooblek can immediately change state from a liquid to a solid and back again.
        Slime Demonstrations – Two lucky visitors each day will be the highlight of an Extreme Science Demonstration where they will be “slimed” with gallons of goop. Visitors wishing to participate will get messy. A change of clothes is recommended.
        Slime Mania Expo drawing – All Imagination Station Slime Time visitors may enter to win a four-pack of VIP tickets to the Slime Mania Expo, featuring YouTube slime sensation, Karina Garcia. Visitors unable to attend Slime Time, may enter to win online at
        Slime-lovers wishing to take their slime knowledge to the next level can register for a Think Tank Workshop where they will make Pumpkin Guts, Witches Brew and Ghostly Glow slimes. Super Spooky Slime Lab workshops are available Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. and Saturdays, Oct. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.
        Slime Time activities are included in Imagination Station admission. Additional registration fee required for Think Tank Workshops. All Lucas County residents receive a $2 discount and free Saturday admission for kids 12 and under with paid adult admission, limit two children per adult.
        For more info, call 419-244-2674 or visit
Alpaca Farm Day
        Sunny Meade Apacas, Ltd., located  at 7770 Prov. Neap. Swan. Rd., Swanton, will host its free Alpaca Farm Day open house Saturday, Oct. 5 from noon-5 p.m. Come meet the alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals. The rain date is Oct. 6.
        At 1 p.m., an Alpaca/Goat Yoga classes will be held in the pasture. Yoga teacher, Jenn McCollough of Integration Yoga will lead the class through classic yoga poses while the alpacas roam around and graze. Later in the class the farm’s goats will come out to interact and entertain. Class fee is $20. Interested participants can pre-register at the link                
        Visit for details.
Halloween Costume Contest
        The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club will be sponsoring Genoa’s Annual Halloween Costume Contest on Main Street, downtown Genoa, on Monday Oct. 28. Arrive at 6:30 p.m.; the parade steps off at 7 p.m. In case of rain, the event will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington St., Genoa.
         The event is open to residents of the Genoa Area Local Schools District.
        Children are encouraged to arrive at the GenoaBank parking lot at 6:30 p.m. Categories of judging will include Ugliest, Prettiest, Huggable, Storybook, Nursery Rhyme, Television and Creative Original.
        Age categories include: Preschool Ages 1 & 2, Preschool Age 3 & 4, Kindergarten & Age 5, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth & Sixth Grade, and Band. First-, second- and third-place medallions will be presented in each category.
        Cider and donuts will be served at the Gazebo following the judging.
        The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club is looking for new members to help support its community projects. Call Larry Dean, Kiwanis President at 419-855-0096 for details.
 “Fiddler on the Roof”
        Theater League will present the Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” Oct. 17-20 at the Stranahan Theater.
        Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
        Tickets are on sale now at the Stranahan Theater box office, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., online at or by calling 419-381-8851. Tickets start at $40.
        “Fiddler on the Roof” is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.”
Lighthouse Festival
        The 24th Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.         The free, family-friendly event will feature live entertainment, a pumpkin-decorating contest, an arts and crafts show, hayrides, a farmers’ market, wooden boat rides and more in Lakeside.
        Although the Marblehead Lighthouse will be closed for exterior renovations, the celebration continues in Marblehead with activities at the Wolcott House (Keeper’s House), the Life Saving Station Museum and gift shop. Additionally, shops and restaurants in Lakeside and across the peninsula will offer sales and specials throughout the festival.
        Following the day’s festivities, enjoy a Clambake Dinner in Lakeside. Register online at
        For more information about the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, visit
“The Boys In Blue”
        The Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society will present “1882 & The Boys In Blue,” Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Historic Brandville Museum Complex, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon.
        The program will be a remembrance of the years after the Civil War. Attendees will hear about local East Side soldiers and their experiences during the national conflict. There will also be a Civil War cannon demonstration presented by the re-enactors from the 1st Michigan Light Artillery Battery. A signed crazy quilt made by the Ford Post #14 GAR in 1882 will be on display. Light refreshments will be served.
        Call 419-693-7052 or visit the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society’s Facebook page for more details.
Glass art workshops
        During the month of October, Toledo Museum of Art Museum visitors can make a glass pumpkin in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop under the guidance of a TMA instructor.
        The hour-long pumpkin glass art workshops are held Fridays at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. and Saturdays at noon and 4 p.m. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. The workshop is open to adults and children 14 years and older.
        Those who prefer to make something other than a pumpkin may sign up for a Pick Your Project workshop and select from a variety of objects including an apple, mushroom, flower, donut, fortune cookie, ornament or paperweight.
        The Pick Your Project glass art workshops cost $42 for Museum members and $52 for non-members and take place most Thursdays evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 3- 4:30 p.m.
        To register for one of the classes, visit and select Glass Art Workshops from the menu or call 419-255-8000.
Children’s Theatre
        Three billy goats, three bears, three little pigs – seeing a pattern? Children’s Theatre Workshop’s Players Company will present “Trio,” a circus-themed play with three stories, each featuring a set of three family members, Oct. 18-20 at the Tansey-Zimmerman Theatre in the Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo.
        With zany clowns, strongmen, and bearded (goat) ladies, “Trio,” by Lucy Williams, offers a wild, colorful ride through familiar folk tales.
        Performances are Oct. 18 at 9:45 a.m. and October 19-20 at 5 p.m. The play runs about 45 minutes long.
        Tickets are $6 for students/seniors and $8 for general admission and can be purchased online at, or at the door. Schools are encouraged to attend the Oct. 18 performance, with a discounted $3 ticket for students.
        For more info, contact the CTW office at or call 419-244-5061.
Christmas Parade seeking parade units
        The Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society is inviting clubs, organizations, youth groups, schools, musicians, businesses and other groups to participate in Pemberville’s 7th annual Lighted Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Pemberville.
        Register in advance at Beeker’s General Store or the day of the parade at the Pemberville Public Library from 4-6 p.m.
        The parade begins at the Pemberville Public Library on Front Street and travels through town to Town Hall. This year’s parade will conclude with a tree lighting ceremony at Mason Park, Pemberville.
        Walking units, bands, organizations, and vehicles are welcome to participate. Please consider decorating units for the season with twinkling lights.
        The parade is the finale to Pemberville’s Christmas in the Village festivities, which include the annual Festival of Trees, Santa Claus Meet-and-Greet, Horse and Carriage Rides and much more.
Visit for a parade form. Questions can be directed to Todd Sheets at 419-287-4305.
Photo contest accepting entries
        Amateur photo buffs of all ages and skill levels are invited to enter Lake Erie Center’s 2019 Photo Contest, themed “The Nature of Our Region, from Oak Openings to Maumee Bay.”
        Color or black and white photographs will be accepted. Entries are limited to three per person. Prizes will be awarded in multiple age categories, including a $25 prize for first-place winners in each category and $100 prize for the grand-prize photographer.
        The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Nov. 3 at 11:59 p.m. Complete contest rules can be found online at
        Visit or call 419-530-8360 for more details.
Free Sunday concerts
        Faculty members from the University of Toledo Department of Music will be among four Great Performances scheduled for October at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA). The other three performers include singer Judy Dye, harpsichordist Kristian Nyquist, and pianist David Friend.
         “The Museum has four Great Performances planned for October. We appreciate Toledo’s continued support of this wonderful program and the performers who make these such worthwhile events for our visitors,” said Scott Boberg, TMA’s manager of programs and audience engagement. “We are fortunate in October to have two Great Performances in the GlasSalon and two in the Great Gallery, both wonderful spaces for these concerts.”
        The following Great Performances will take place in October:
        • Judy Dye, The Music of Richard Rodgers, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., GlasSalon.
        • Kristian Nyquist, Harpsichord, Oct. 13, 3 p.m., GlasSalon.
        • David Friend, Piano, Oct. 20, 3 p.m., Great Gallery.
        • University of Toledo Voice Faculty Recital, Oct. 27, 3 p.m., Great Gallery.
        Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, Hartmann & Associates, Joseph and Judith Conda, Shaun Coughlan, Carlos A. de Carvalho, Geraldine Mowery, Nancy K. Phlegar, and an anonymous donor.
“Life on Lake Erie” Photo Contest winners
        Two area photographers were among winners in the 2019 Life on Lake Erie photo contest sponsored by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. The winners were recognized at the commission’s Sept. 18 meeting held at the Black River Landing in Lorain.
        Brian Ellithorpe, of Oregon, was honored for his photo, Spring at Metzger Marsh,” and Lucas Madison, of Toledo, won for his photo, “Pleasure Craft at Cullen Park.”
        “Lake Erie has so much to offer, and these photos tell it all,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “From sunsets and starry skies to sailboats and shorelines, this year’s winning submissions truly capture the immense beauty of life on Lake Erie.”
        The winning photos can be found on the Ohio Lake Erie’s website,
Sponsorship funding available
        Lake Erie Shores & Islands, the destination marketing organization for Erie and Ottawa counties, is re-introducing its popular grant program for events taking place in 2020.
        Three grants are now available, including a Conference & Event Grant, geared toward attracting quality conferences and events to the region to generate overnight stays; the Established Event Grant, for events that are well-established in the region and have previously received grant monies from Lake Erie Shores & Islands; and the all-new Sponsorship Grant.
        The Sponsorship Grant is offered for new and existing community-friendly events that take place in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region. It is designed to assist organizations and businesses to grow quality events that create media exposure, increase area economic impact, generate awareness that Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a year-round destination, and may generate overnight stays.
        This grant is available to any organization actively marketing to attract visitors from outside the region. Events must be planned to stimulate economic growth and promote tourism activities in Lake Erie Shores & Islands. The applicant must demonstrate financial stability and organizational capacity to make the event a success. Generation of overnight stays is highly encouraged. Organizations/events receiving funds through other Lake Erie Shores & Islands funding streams are not eligible.
        The Sponsorship Grant is available for community festivals, concerts, and other special events. Applications are currently available for events occurring in the next calendar year and will be accepted until Oct. 31. Organizations are asked to submit the event’s sponsorship packet/prospectus along with the application. All first-year events will be reimbursed granted funds upon event completion. Applications are reviewed by a committee and decisions will be announced by Nov. 30. A limited amount of grant funds are available and will be dependent upon budget restrictions and collective number of applications received.
        Contact Amanda Smith Rasnick at 419-625-2175 or for a Sponsorship Grant application or to inquire about other grant opportunities.


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