ETC: Toledo Museum of Art continues reopening process

        The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) continues to reopen areas of its campus that were previously shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.
        TMA closed to the public in March, and reopened in a limited capacity on June 23 with new hours and procedures. In July, the Glass Pavilion, Classic Court and the popular exhibition “Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water” reopened, along with limited dining in the Café, and outdoor programs and glassblowing demonstrations.
        Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, more galleries and special exhibitions will open and classes for youth and families will resume.
        Visitors are still required to reserve a free museum pass to enter the museum. Twenty passes are available each half hour and can be reserved online at or by phone at 419-255-8000, ext. 7448. Face coverings are required for entrance.
        “We are proud of our community and our team for the success of our phased reopening so far,” said Adam Levine, TMA’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “Our visitors have shown great respect for each other and the new procedures we have in place. We look forward to welcoming more people – safely – to our galleries and the broader TMA campus.”
        On Aug. 4, select galleries in the East Wing of the museum will open and will feature a new exhibition, “PICTURE ID: Contemporary African American Works on Paper,” originally scheduled to open in March. The exhibit addresses race, gender and identity issues through the art of nine contemporary African American artists including Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and Fred Wilson, among others.
        “Intersections,” a powerful interdisciplinary work by leading Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha, will also be back on view. Agha is known for creating intricately lit spaces that evoke the sacred, while also exploring issues surrounding exclusion and belonging, global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media and social and gender roles.
        Virtual art classes for youth and adults and in-person workshops for adult students will begin Aug. 10. Courses will be offered in a variety of media, with materials included and no experience necessary. Class topics include glass, jewelry, drawing, comic book design (ages 12-18) and a colorful Japanese marbling technique for children (ages 5-7). Registration for August classes is currently open and closes Aug. 6 at The Art Library will also reopen on Aug. 17.
        For additional information about hours, face covering requirements, distancing procedures, parking and current exhibitions, visit or call Visitor Services at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448. Visit for updates on current exhibitions.
        Additional August events include:
Through Oct. 31: Special exhibit, “Ohio: An Unnatural History” Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. The exhibit profiles legendary creatures and spooky tales from across Ohio and looks at the role of folklore in our culture. Included with regular admission. Members are admitted free. 419-332-2081,
Thursdays through Aug. 26: Classic Car Nights, downtown Pemberville, 5-8 p.m. A variety of downtown businesses will be open late to welcome visitors.
Weekends in August: Toledo Farmer’s Market, 525 Market St. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun.
Aug. 1: Monstrous Urban Legends of West Virginia, sponsored by Hayes Presidential, Free. West Virginia towns have turned cryptid creature sightings, from Mothman to the Flatwoods Monster, into bona fide tourist attractions. Dee Elliott, a graduate student in Bowling Green State University’s popular culture program, is including research into these sightings and how they have become tourist hotspots in her thesis, “Monstrous Urban Legends of West Virginia.” She will discuss her research on this topic during a special online-only program. To join, go to on a computer, tablet or smartphone.
Aug. 1: Farmers Market and All Together Fremont Event, downtown, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A farmers market and a celebration of cultural diversity and inclusion in the community. Tour the world through cultural exhibits throughout the market.
Aug. 3-9: LPGA Marathon Classic Presented by Dana, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania. One of the longest-running events on the LPGA Tour. Spectators are not permitted at this year’s tournament. Follow at
Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26: Stroll the Street in Rossford, downtown, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Various food trucks will be on hand, spaced 50 feet apart for social distancing.
Aug. 6: Beer & Wine Tasting, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30-8 p.m. Join personal chef Jennifer Schuerman for a beer & wine tasting with creative foods. Theme: “Sliders & Salads.” $36.05 per person includes a before-workshop walk through the gardens.
Aug. 6: Virtual Jazz in the Garden featuring The Gene Parker Quintet, 6:30 p.m., presented by Metroparks Members and the Metroparks Toledo Foundation.
Aug. 13: Evening Guided Tour with Elaine Mylander, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6-8 p.m. $15.45.
Aug. 13: Virtual Jazz in the Garden featuring Quartet Bernadette, 6:30 p.m., presented by Metroparks Members and the Metroparks Toledo Foundation.
Aug. 15: Downtown Fremont, Farmers Market and Things that Go Event, downtown, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market & Triple J Towing Things that Go Event will have special activities for the whole family. Farmers and vendors will be selling produce and unique items.
Aug. 19: Virtual Trivia Night – Broadway, (conducted via Zoom meeting online), hosted by Fremont Community Theatre and Birchard Public Library. No multiple choice or true/false answers.
Aug. 20: Paint Your Pet with Rebecca Booth, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6 p.m. Bring frontal photos of your pet. $39.14. Feel free to arrive early to enjoy the gardens before the workshop.
Aug. 20: Virtual Jazz in the Garden featuring Los Gatos, 6:30 p.m., presented by Metroparks Members and the Metroparks Toledo Foundation.
Aug. 21-22: Village-Wide Garage Sales, Oak Harbor. 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.
Aug. 22: Alla Prima Plein Air Painting with Beth Genson, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $61.80, includes supplies. The class will meet outdoors, so bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and water.
Aug. 25: Sandusky County Fair, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont.
Aug. 26: Presidential History Book Club, Hayes Presidential, Fremont, 12-1 p.m. This month, the club is reading, “Eisenhower in War and Peace” by Jean Edward Smith. Free. 419-332-2081,
Aug. 27: Art of Encaustics with Beth Genson, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 5:30-8 p.m. $61.80, includes supplies.
Aug. 27: Virtual Jazz in the Garden featuring Quick Quintet, 6:30 p.m., presented by Metroparks Members and the Metroparks Toledo Foundation.
Aug. 28: First Lady Lucy Hayes’ Birthday, Hayes Presidential. Fremont. Celebrate the life of first Lady Lucy Hayes, who would have turned 188 today. Enjoy complimentary lemonade and treats in the museum. Anyone with an August 28 birthday is admitted for free. Additional celebration details to be announced.
Aug. 29: Craft Beer, Cocktails, and Creatures Special Event, Hayes Presidential, Fremont, 5-8 p.m. Sample craft beer from regional brewers and specialty cocktails while enjoying live music and mythical creature stories. The Bridge County Bluegrass Band will perform on the verandah of the Hayes Home. Food trucks will be on site during the event, as well. Participating breweries include Findlay Brewing Company, Maumee Bay Brewing Company, Twin Oast Brewing and Aistear Brewing. Open to ages 21 and older to attend. Attendees are asked to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between their group and other household groups. The tables will be spaced accordingly. Hand sanitizer will be placed in various places around the event area. Tickets purchased in advance are $25 for HPLM members and $30 for non-members. Admission includes 10 tickets to sample four-ounce pours of craft beer and a flight of sample cocktails. A $10 designated driver ticket that does not include any samples also is available and includes pop and water. 419-332-2081,
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please verity that events are still ongoing. For more events, be sure to visit,, or Submit event information to


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