ETC: Singer Matt Tolentino to be Live! In the House in Pemberville

Press Staff Writer

        The Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society will present singer Matt Tolentino Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville.
        The concert is part of the ongoing Live! In the House Concert Series.
        Tickets are $12 and are available at the door and in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville, by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.
        Sharing his birthday with Fred Astaire, some say Matt Tolentino was born 80 years too late, but Tolentino will argue that this is not the case, as his mission is to preserve traditional music for the modern audience for years to come.
        He has made it his life’s mission to preserve and perform pre-swing American popular music-hot jazz, ragtime and roots of swing, as well as traditional German, Czech, French and Italian music.
        As a true multi-instrumentalist, Tolentino plays accordion, piano, banjo, guitar, tuba, clarinet, saxophone and vibraphone. He will bring his five-piece orchestra to the opera house on Oct 7 to entertain the audience with a nostalgic show.
        Visit for more information about the concert. To learn more about the singer, visit
Flapjack fundraiser
        Kiwanis Club of East Toledo-Oregon are hosting a “Short Stacks for a Tall Cause” fundraiser Oct. 14 from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s Grill & Bar, 3007 Curtice Rd., Northwood.
        Tickets for the flapjack fundraiser are $10 and are available by contacting David Gigler at 419-584-2717 or
“26 Pebbles”
        Fremont Community Theatre opens its 67th season with “26 Pebbles,” written by Eric Ulloa.
        The docudrama chronicles the time before, during, and after of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which took place on Dec. 14, 2012, killing 20 first-graders and six teachers/administrators, as well as the shooter and his mother.
        Ulloa interviewed 19 members of the Newtown and Sandy Hook communities six months after the tragedy. This 90-minute play highlights the lives of a small community from “born-and-breds” to transplants who chose Newtown as a “small sleepy town with low crime and great schools.” These 19 residents, most of whom have children in Sandy Hook Elementary who all survive the tragedy, expose the anxiousness and chaos of locating their children, informing their children of lost friends, and manipulating through the intense media interest.
        “Twenty-six pebbles – each one of those drop in a pond and just emanates out. The ripples, the's life.”
        The message delivered comes from the search for normalcy for months after the tragedy, through funerals, PTSD, and many questions about guns, mental illness, parenting, and even their faith in God.
        “26 Pebbles” is rated PG13, and will be on stage Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, and Oct 6, 7 and 8. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased through, enter “Fremont.”
Museum kicks off Fall Lecture Series
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes will kick off its 2023 Fall Lecture Series Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. with Natalie Cypher, educator of the Michigan DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, presenting about the impact of logging along the Great Lakes.
        Cypher will present, “Logging and the Birth of a Land Ethic,” which uncovers the roots of logging across the Great Lakes states and explains how it pushed natural resource management to evolve over the decades.
        The second installment of the series, “Ford Motor Company—A Great Lakes Manufacturer: Manufacturing Men and Machines in the Pursuit of the First Universal Car,” will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Senior Lakelorian and program director for American Queen Cruiselines’ onboard historical lecture series, Ian Ross, will present.
        The series concludes on Wednesday, Nov. 15 with a presentation on “Dugout Canoes of Wisconsin.”
        Admission is free. To accommodate all who would like to participate, the events will be hybrid, allowing for both Zoom and in-person attendance at the museum, located at 1701 Front St., Toledo.
        Because of their popularity, registration for all lectures, although free, is required. Donations are encouraged and may be given upon registration.
        For more information or to register, visit
Single tickets on sale for Broadway in Toledo
        Single tickets are on sale to four shows in the 2023-24 Broadway In Toledo Series at the Stranahan Theater.
        Single tickets may be purchased at and Group ticket savings for 10 or more are available by contacting
        Shows include:
        • Lerner & Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” Dec. 14–17.
        • “Hadestown,” Feb. 20–25, 2024.
        • “Momix: Alice,” May 14, 2024 (season add-on).
        • “The Cher Show,” June 6–9, 2024.
        Become a fan of Broadway by following on social media, on Facebook at @BroadwayInToledo, on Instagram at @BwayToledo and on Twitter at @BwayToledo.
        Toledo Night Market will present the 2nd Annual Ciderfest419 Friday, Oct. 6 from 6-10 p.m. at The Ribbon at Glass City Metropark, located at 1505 Front St. in Toledo.
        Ciderfest419 will feature tastings of hard cider, mead, wine and craft beer, as well as a concert by indie band, The Marty Ray Project, and dancing with Urban Cowboy Line Dancing, both visiting Toledo for the first time from Nashville, Tennessee.
        Patrons must be 21 years or older to attend. General admission is $55 and includes 10 3-5-ounce tastings, snack stations, and a commemorative tasting glass.
        VIP admission is $75 and adds early access at 5 p.m., two more 3-5-ounce tastings (12 total), limited edition tastings from select makers, and a VIP area with noshing stations. A $20 designated driver ticket is available and must be purchased as an add-on to a VIP or general admission ticket.
        Tickets, which include the concert and line dancing, can be purchased at Free parking is available at the Market Hall Lot, located at 1505 Front St.
        A portion of the proceeds from Ciderfest419 will support Metroparks Connections Camp, which sends kids from underserved areas to experience a week of nature camp free of charge.
        For more information, email or call 419-930-9880.
Toledo Zoo Harvest Fest
        The Toledo Zoo will host Harvest Fest – a celebration of fall fun – in October.
        Festival events and activities, included with general zoo admission, include giant pumpkin displays, pumpkin animal displays, character meet and greets, bounce houses, musical entertainment, pumpkin carving demos and other autumn-inspired activities — all among a vibrant display of beautiful fall flora.
        This festival also includes other events throughout October:
        • U at the Zoo, a night of activities and special discounts exclusively for college students with valid ID, Oct. 5.
        • Zootober Fest, a beer-tasting event with a fall twist, Oct. 6.
        • Fall Fur All Family Night, fall festivities for the whole family, including character meet and greets and musical entertainment, Oct. 12.
        • Little Boo, Halloween fun for the little ones that delights without the fright, Oct. 19 and 20.
        • Pumpkin Path, the Zoo’s family-friendly trick-or-treat tradition, Oct. 21 and 22.
        • Roar and Pour – Sip, Savor, Save Species, Oct. 27.
        • Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp, Halloween fun for zoo animals as they discover pumpkins in their exhibits, Oct 28.
        Visit for more info.
Volunteers sought for Apple Butter Stir
        The Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help with the upcoming Fall Apple Butter Stir.
        Volunteers are needed to help peel apples and stir and can apple butter on Oct. 7 and 8 at Maumee Bay Bed and Breakfast, 9855 Jerusalem Rd., Curtice.
        On Saturday, Oct. 7 from 1-5 p.m., volunteers will help peel nine bushels of apples. Stirring will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 and volunteers will take turns stirring the pot until approximately 3 p.m., when the apple butter will be ready for canning.
        OJHS plans to can approximately 250 jars of apple butter. All volunteers receive a free pint sized jar to take home and enjoy.
        Apple butter is sold in the historical society’s gift shop at Brandville Museum in Oregon, at Bench Farms on SR 2 in Curtice and at Sprague’s Farm Market in Oregon for $10 per jar. All proceeds from the sale of apple butter will go toward high school scholarships.
Classic Car Auction
        On Thursday Oct. 12, Liberty Aviation Museum will be the focus of an online-only classic car auction, featuring a private collection of Corvettes from each body style from 1962 through 2016.
        The collection of American sports cars also includes a classic 1985 Chevrolet IROC Z Camaro. The cars in the collection have been stored in a climate-controlled facility, are well maintained and in excellent running and driving condition. The event is being coordinated by KIKO Auctions of Akron.
        While these cars will be available exclusively through the online auction, they can be viewed in advance at Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton as part of the museum’s own collection of classic cars, but the museum’s cars are not for sale. The cars can be seen through admission to the museum, though bidders wishing to view the cars may do so without a museum ticket by being accompanied by a museum employee. 
        In addition to the car collection, the seller has an assortment of automotive tools, parts and memorabilia from a variety of sources and time periods available off-site exclusively through this auction.
        A pre-auction video of the automobiles and accessories can be seen online at
        The Auction begins on Thursday Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m.
        For more information, visit the above website or call Kiko Auctions at 330-206-0174. Questions about viewing the cars in the museum should be directed to James Priebe at 440-781-9618.
        Call 419-902-5149 to volunteer or for more information.
Fall foliage updates
        As we ushered in autumn on Aug. 23, an array of fall colors is now beginning to dot the tree canopies around the Buckeye State.
        As temperatures continue to be moderate and with rain in the forecast, the fall color transformation should soon begin in earnest statewide, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
        “Our fall color reporters have been seeing changing conditions statewide with some still seeing mostly green canopies in a few spots,” ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott said. “However, residents in urban areas are seeing some fall colors including bright reds and yellows in sugar maples. We are hoping the rain this week will help keep leaves on the trees and continue the evolution of picturesque autumn colors.”
        Those interested in finding the most eye-catching leaves throughout the season should check out ODNR’s fall color website,, the official guide to the changing colors. The website includes:
        • Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure;
        • Unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks; and
        • Fun events happening around the state.
        ODNR encourages people to share fall color photos using #OhioFall23, #OhioTheHeartofitAll and #FallinOhio. Each week, ODNR will choose photos from those who use this hashtag to share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
        For more fall color photos, follow ODNR, Ohio State Parks and Ohio The Heart of It All. on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @OhioDNR, @OHStateParks, @odnrforestry and @OhioTheHeartofitAll.


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