ETC: Wood County Museum reopening for self-guided tours July 6 The Wood County Museum will re-open for self-guided tours on Monday, July 6, with a number of changes in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. The museum will be open for self-gu

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        The Wood County Museum will re-open for self-guided tours on Monday, July 6, with a number of changes in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.
        The museum will be open for self-guided tours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on weekends from 1-4 p.m.
        In addition to the museum, three buildings will be open at the site, including the Lunatic Asylum, the Pestilence House and the Ice House. (The Asylum and Pestilence House exhibits are also available online at There is also an outdoor porch exhibit that will rotate throughout the summer.
        Visitors are expected to wear a face mask or covering while inside the Museum and are asked to be mindful of keeping a 6-foot distance from others. The 30,000 square-foot building provides ample room for social distancing.
        Hand-sanitizer stations are available throughout the museum.
        To provide a safe experience for everyone:
        • Staff and volunteers are required to wear face masks and will be cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces throughout the day.
        • The gift shop/admissions area will have plexiglass protection. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards will be accepted; pre-paid admissions are encouraged and may be secured by credit or debit over the phone in advance.
        • Groups visiting together will be limited to 10 people or less.
        The Wood County Museum is located at 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. Handicap parking and entrance is located behind the museum.
        For more details, call 419-352-0967 or visit
Downtown Fremont plans car show, farmer’s market
        Downtown Fremont will host its second of three Fremont Federal Credit Union Car Shows for the season on Saturday, July 4, from 5-8 p.m. on the streets of downtown.
        The Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market and Crown Battery Upcycle, Repurpose & Reuse Event will be held Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Attendance to both events and registration for the car show are free. Both are rain-or-shine affairs.
        Pre-registration for the car show is recommended. Sign up by calling 419-332-8696 or emailing Day-of-event check-in for car show contestants will be on Front Street in downtown Fremont, near State Street. Judging will take place at 6:30 p.m. with trophies awarded shortly thereafter.
        Dash plaques and goodie bags will be given to the first 100 participants to check in and there will also be a 50/50 raffle plus door prizes. Food truck and special vendors will be a part of the car show also.
        During the Farmers Market, farmers and vendors will be selling produce and unique items, and many food vendors will be on hand as well. COVID-19 guidelines are being followed to ensure the safety of all in attendance.
        For further information, to pre-register for the Car Show or to register for vendor space at the Farmers Market, call 419-332-8696 or 567-342-4758 or visit the Downtown Fremont Inc. office at 315 Garrison St., Fremont.
        Downtown Fremont Inc. is planning a number of free events in the upcoming months. Learn more at or follow on social media.
Independence Day concert to broadcast
        Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing crowd restrictions, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ annual Independence Day Concert featuring the Toledo Symphony Concert Band will not have a public, in-person audience this year.
        Instead, the band was recorded before Independence Day, and the recording will be broadcast at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 4, by WGTE Public Media on its TV station and its radio station, FM 91.3.
        “Although it is disappointing for the many people who love coming to this concert that we cannot have them here in person this year, we are very excited that this Independence Day tradition can still take place in some form,” said Kristina Smith, marketing/communications manager. “We are so thankful to our partners, the Toledo Symphony Concert Band and WGTE, for making this happen. We hope everyone will join us virtually by tuning in on TV or the radio on July 4.”
        The band will play a patriotic repertoire, including these traditional favorites played each year: Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
        The Independence Day Concert is sponsored by Hal & Diane Hawk and Crown Battery with additional funding by Mosser Construction.
        Additionally, Hayes Presidential will have shortened hours on Saturday, July 4. The museum will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and tours of the home will be offered at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. The research library will be closed for the holiday.
        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. For info, call 419-332-2081 or visit
Fremont fireworks
        The City of Fremont will present Independence Day Fireworks Saturday, July 4 at 10 p.m. on the grounds of Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
        Those attending are asked to be mindful and maintain social distancing of 6 feet. Parking lots will open to the public at 8 p.m. and space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No alcohol or personal fireworks will be permitted.
        Tune in to Eagle 99.1 for synchronized music.
Light Up The Point
        The night sky above Cedar Point is set to explode in a palette of colors, flashes, booms and sparkles as the Light Up The Point fireworks spectacular returns on Saturday, July 4. A patriotic soundtrack will accompany the display, broadcast live on Sandusky’s 102.7 FM (WCPZ).
        For a $20 donation per car, guests are invited to park in the main parking lot for the best “seats” in the house during the display. All ticket proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, OH Go and the Sandusky State Theatre.
        Advance tickets are required and must be purchased online at; there will be no ticket sales at the Cedar Point tollbooths. Food and beverage offerings will not be available; no alcoholic beverages are permitted.
        For details, visit
        Park plans phased reopening
        Cedar will open initially for season passholders only, and shortly thereafter for Cedar Point Resorts guests and guests who have pre-purchased tickets. Due to the reduced summer season, Cedar Point Shores Waterpark will not open this year.
        Cedar Point’s tentative opening schedule includes:
        • July 9-10 – park open to 2020 Cedar Point Season, Gold and Platinum Passholders only.
        • Beginning July 11 – park open to Cedar Point Resorts guests and 2020 Cedar Point Season, Gold and Platinum Passholders
        Hotel Breakers and Lighthouse Point RV sites will be open June 12-27, prior to Cedar Point’s opening.
        New cleanliness, health and safety protocols at Cedar Point include:
        • Reservations for a visit. In order to maintain limited capacity each operating day, all guests, including season passholders, will be required to make a reservation to visit the park though the Cedar Point mobile app or at In a few weeks prior to park opening, 2020 Cedar Point Season, Gold or Platinum Passholders will receive an invitation to make reservations first, followed by guests who have pre-purchased day tickets. Reservation availability for guests who have not yet purchased a park ticket will be announced at a later date.
        Guests who stay at a Cedar Point Resorts property will have guaranteed entry to Cedar Point for each day of their stay, beginning the day after check in, but must purchase a ticket or have a 2020 Season Pass.
        • Health screening. All guests must complete a health screening declaration within the Cedar Point mobile app 24 hours prior to entering the park.
        • Temperature screening. Guests and associates will undergo a touchless temperature screening prior to entering the park.
        • Face coverings. Guests and associates will be required to wear a mask at all times.
        • Social distancing. Markers and signage will be placed throughout the park to assist with social distancing of at least six feet.
        Additional protocols include touchless transactions, limited guest/associate contact, enhanced cleaning procedures in high-touch areas, dining locations, hotel rooms and restrooms, capacity management through the park and additional hand sanitization stations.
        Guests are invited to download the free Cedar Point mobile app to facilitate their visit to the park and to make a reservation when they become available.
Hayes Verandah Concert
        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, will have its first Verandah Concert of the season on Wednesday, July 8, with increased safety protocols.
        The Cottonwood Jam String Band, a traditional acoustic string band, will perform on the verandah of the historic Hayes Home at 7 p.m.
        The ice cream social, which traditionally takes place right before the Verandah Concerts, is canceled. Visitors are welcome to bring snacks or picnics to enjoy on the spacious lawn of the home. They are also invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Admission is free.
                In order to maintain safety, visitors are asked to keep at least 6 feet of distance between their household group and other visitors. Household groups can be as small as one person. Face coverings are encouraged, but not required, on the grounds.
        Verandah Concerts are sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union with additional funding by Mosser Construction and ProMedica Memorial Hospital.
        In the event of inclement weather, the concert could be canceled. For updates, visit or call 800-998-7737. Updates also will be posted on Hayes Presidential’s social media pages.
Race to support Wildlife Refuge
        Due to COVID-19, Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge has converted the Discover Ottawa Run/Walk scheduled for July 11, to a virtual event.
        The new platform, rebranded as Run for the Refuge, promotes healthy lifestyles while supporting social distancing guidelines and raising funds for conservation at Ottawa Refuge.
        “Most of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge trails have been open throughout the COVID-19 crisis, providing a place of serenity during the chaos,” said Aimee Arent, Friends executive director. “Being outdoors in nature has a calming effect for a lot of people. Since we are uncertain of when we can safely host events, we decided that a virtual event was worth a try.
        “So far, the redesign has been very well received,” Arent said. “In addition to our local supporters, we’ve even had Friends from Arizona, Oregon, Minnesota, Michigan, Virginia and West Virginia sign up to race for Ottawa. It really goes to show how many people love this gem.”
        Since it’s a virtual race, runners and walkers can complete the 1-mile, 5K or 10K race on their own at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, in their neighborhoods or even on a treadmill.
        Run for the Refuge! runs through July 20. The registration fee is $15, 100% of which will support conservation efforts at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Additionally, race t-shirts, medals, and water bottles are available for purchase through July 7.
        Those interested in participating may sign up at
Rollin Food & Farm Market
        Oregon Rollin’ Food and Farm Market 2020 dates include Wednesdays, July 15, 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
Zoo garden series
        The Toledo Zoo’s 2020 Garden Tour Series will kick off Saturday, July 11 at 9:30 a.m. with “Stop and Smell the Roses.”
        The series brings people and plants together by taking guests through the Zoo’s lush gardens and grounds to offer a better understanding of how the plants grow, bloom and change throughout the seasons.
        Each tour is guided by a Zoo horticulture staff member who will discuss different gardening topics, including growing tips, best management practices and more.
        Whether you are a seasoned green thumb or gardening greenhorn, there will be something to learn and apply to at-home gardening projects.
        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.
        Future dates include:
        Tuesday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. – “Stop and Smell the Roses.”
        Tuesday, Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m. – “Flowering Perennial Care”-
        Tuesday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. – “Discovering Native Plants.”
        Visit for more information and to make reservations. Visit the Zoo website for updates on hours and guidelines related to coronavirus health and safety procedures.
Kids’ Fishing Derby
        A Kids’ Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, July 11 at 9 a.m. at Stoner Pond, located on Curtice Road in Northwood, in front of Menards.
        The event is free for children ages 3-13. Participants need not be residents of Northwood.
        Registration begins at 8 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the derby.
        Registration forms are available online on the City of Northwood’s website,
Lucas County Fair
Set for July 13-19
        The Lucas County Fair will be held July 13-19 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee.
        After careful consideration, the Senior Fair Board decided to present a modified fair for 2020, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
        As always, 4H and FFA youths will be presenting their projects for exhibition and judging. There will also be rides and games, food vendors and merchants. The board voted to cancel the Open Show Arts & Crafts, Air Dogs, Rodeo and Tug a Truck.
        Organizers are working with Lucas County Commissioners, the Lucas County Health Department and Lucas County EMA to develop guidelines to ensure the safety of volunteers, participants and fairgoers.
        For updates and a complete schedule, visit
Music under the Stars moving to the Fall
        Due to the pandemic, the Toledo-tradition, Music under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo, has been moved from summer nights to fall evenings.
        Music under the Stars is a free community concert series held on Sunday evenings in the Zoo’s historic Amphitheatre.
        Again this year, the Zoo will highlight the many musical talents found in community bands throughout our region. – just a little later in the calendar year.
        The free concerts, emceed by 13abc anchor Tony Geftos, will begin at 7:30 p.m. The schedule includes:
        • Sept. 6 - Forte Music School.
        • Sept. 13 - Maumee Community Band.
        • Sept. 20 - Toledo Polish American Concert Band.
        • Sept. 27- Genoa American Legion Band.
        • Oct. 4 - Black Swamp Pipes & Drums.
        • Oct. 11 - Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra.
        More information about parking, gate opening, capacity and policies will be released closer to the concert dates.
Charity car show
        Pirolli Park Campground, 6030 Sylvania-Petersburg Rd., Petersburg, Michigan, will host the 12th annual Charity Judged Car Show Saturday, July 18 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
        All proceeds raised from the event will benefit people in need of medical assistance.
        For more info, call Pat at 419-777-4240 or visit
Pemberville’s Garden Party
        Beeker’s General Store and Riverbank Antique Market will host a Garden Party (their version of a local Farmers Market) on Tuesday, July 28.
        Garden Parties are planned for the fourth Tuesday of each month from 5-8 p.m., rain or shine, during the growing season (through September) along Front Street in Downtown Pemberville.
        Scheduled vendors include Downtown Deco – floral bouquets; Ruth Hasselman – sewn items for home and kitchen; Harold Leemaster – homemade soaps, lotion and salves; North Branch Nursery – perennials and flowering shrubs; Riverbank Antique Market – garden antiques; Country Grains Bread – fresh baked bread; SoBee Honey – local raw honey; Cook’s Delights Baked Goods; Poppin’ George’s Kettle Corn; House Plants by Floral Farms and Cindy Lohrbach – garden totems.
        As always, organizers welcome vendors who wish to sell fresh vegetables, thriving plants and flowers, garden art, antiques and fresh baked goods. Interested vendors should call Beeker’s General Store at 419-287-3274 for more information. A small fee is required in advance to hold a space. Vendor spaces are approximately 10’x10’ outside of Pemberville’s Front Street businesses.
African Safari timed ticketing
        African Safari Wildlife Park, 267 S. Lightner Rd., Port Clinton, has been welcoming record-breaking crowds since reopening to the public in May.
        Because guests may encounter long wait times and could additionally be turned away if arriving at the capacity point, the park is encouraging reservations for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
        A timed ticketing system will allow guests to claim a limited timed entry ticket for a given day, and ticketing times will be spread out throughout the day. Pre-paid tickets, which are those purchased prior to the timed ticketing system, will be honored at any time. The  reserved time slot is the time you will need to arrive at the park. Please do not arrive any earlier than 15-20 min prior to your reserved time slot.
        Visit to book a reservation.
Freighter Trip Raffle
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes has announced the launch of the Luck of the Lakes raffle – a mission-based fundraiser providing one lucky winner and up to five friends the trip of a lifetime on an Interlake Steamship Company freighter in the 2021 sailing season – or the option of $10,000.
        “This is an experience that can’t be purchased, and represents an incredible opportunity to explore the Great Lakes in a unique and luxurious way,” says museum Executive Director Chris Gillcrist, who has been overseeing the annual raffle since its inception 20 years ago.
        “Imagine yourself on the deck of a 1,000-foot freighter steaming across Lake Superior. Pretend you are watching this same giant vessel work through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie – it’s an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Great Lakes.”
        The trip ranges from four to six days, and is for up to four to six individuals. Additionally, because the museum recognizes during this unprecedented time that travel is not an option for everyone, this year they are offering a $10,000 cash prize alternative.
        Plans call for a winner to be drawn on Sept. 26 during the organization’s annual H2Oh! fundraiser.
        All proceeds go directly toward supporting the National Museum of the Great Lakes’ mission to preserve and make known the history of the Great Lakes. With more than $80,000 of lost revenue from forced closure due to the pandemic, and additional expected losses of $75,000-125,000, the NMGL, like countless others, is facing difficult challenges.
        For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
Magee Marsh update
        Several construction projects are taking place on Magee Marsh Wildlife Area are impacting public visitation. Throughout the summer, Magee Marsh will be open from sunrise on Saturdays to sunset on Sundays.
        The Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center will remain closed; however, the walking trails and boardwalk will be open. The boardwalk will be one way to traffic from the west entrance to the east end.
        Ongoing improvement projects are partly paid for with money from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and include a new roof for the Bird Center, placement of armor rock to protect the lakefront dike, and resurfacing of all parking lots and the entrance road.
Stroll the Street 2.0
        The Rossford Convention & Visitors Bureau (RCVB) is rolling out a 2.0 version of Stroll the Street for 2020 Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30 p.m. through Sept. 20.
        This year’s event will be a Food Truck Fiesta featuring several NW Ohio vendors lining Dixie Highway, SR 65, into Downtown Rossford. Food trucks will be spaced out from Ford Memorial Park to the Rossford Recreation Center, with signage for safe distancing as patrons wait in line.
        Food truck vendors will follow health department guidelines as well, including wearing masks and gloves and providing hand sanitizer. In addition, several hand sanitizer stations will be set up along the route. Parking is available at the United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Highway and in the IPS Headquarters parking lot at 146 Dixie Highway.
        Visit or contact Beth Genson at for more details.
“Jaws With Paws” event postponed
        Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the fundraising dinner and live demonstration of K9 units from Sandusky County being organized by Friends of Sandusky County Law Enforcement Canine Units that was postponed from May to July, has been further postponed until May 14, 2021.
        Several local businesses and individuals have signed on as sponsors for the program and, with their permission, event organizers will hold those funds in trust until next spring’s event. All businesses and individuals who provided gift certificates or prizes for the auctions will be contacted and have those items returned to them.
        All ticketholders will be reimbursed for their tickets or at their request, funds held until next spring with new tickets being issued to them.


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