Live! In the House Concert Series wraps up with ‘double feature’

Press Staff Writer

        The Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society will present a “double feature– two shows in one weekend at the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St. The concerts wrap up the 2022-23 Live! In the House Concert Series.
        The first show, set for Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m., will feature Blackthorn, which will entertain the audience with the rich tapestry of Celtic music – traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and ancient airs combined with some of Ireland’s best contemporary songs.
        Each member of the band plays multiple instruments, including wooden flute, accordion, tin whistle, five string banjo, cittern, bones and more. These instruments complement the lead vocal of Belfast native Richard McMullan and the band’s tight blend of four-part harmonies.
        The next day, Sunday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., the Opera House will welcome Tim Graves and the Farm Hands – one of the most in-demand bands in bluegrass music. The concert was rescheduled from a previous date.
        Since their inception in 2010, the band has received over 78 award nominations, winning an unprecedented 34 major awards including Bluegrass Gospel Band of the Year at the 2019 and 2020 Bluegrass Music Awards.
        Tickets are $12 for each performance and are available at the door, or in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St. or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.
May events
May 1: Museum Ship & Tug Open for the Season, National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front St., Toledo. Visitors may climb onboard the 617-foot cargo ship and historic tug to experience what life was like on the lakes in the early 1900s. The 11,000 sq. feet museum galleries (open year-round) highlight stories of the Great Lakes through breathtaking photography, over 300 artifacts, powerful audiovisual displays and hands-on interactive exhibits.
May 2-7: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Indianapolis Indians, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo,
May 2-7: “The Lion King” on Stage, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo.
May 3-5: Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society Annual Rummage Sale, Brandville School, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lots of great deals. Cash, check, debit cards accepted.
May 3, 10, 17: Opera Outdoors Summer Concert Series, Wildwood Preserve, 5100 Central Ave., Toledo, 6 p.m. Toledo Opera’s free pop-up performance series returns. Free. Bring a lawn chair.
May 4: Beer & Wine Tasting, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore, 6:30-8 p.m. Join personal chef Jennifer Schuerman for beer and wine tasting with creative foods. The theme is Cinco de Mayo. $36.05.
May 5-7, 12-14: Fremont Community Theatre presents, “School of Rock,” 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont. Based on the hit film, the musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military and $8 for students 18 and under. Get tickets online at or call 419-332-0695 and leave a message.
May 5: Tequila and Tapas, Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, Malawi Event Center, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, 6-9 p.m. Sample various tequilas, along with professionally paired small plates. Tickets include admission, parking, six tequila and food-tasting samples, entertainment and more.
May 5: Casting Crowns “The Healer Tour,” Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7 p.m. With additional performances by special guests We Are Messengers and Ben Fuller.
May 5-14: The Biggest Week in American Birding, Black Swamp Bird Observatory, 13551 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, and other locations. More than 90,000 birders visit NW Ohio each spring to experience the magic of spring songbird migration. The festival features outings, a Birder’s Marketplace, speakers, Tom Bartlett’s 28th Annual “Big Sit,” a Bird Tattoo Contest and much more. For more information and a full schedule, visit
May 6: 18th Annual Plant Sale, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Presented by Sandusky and Ottawa county master gardeners. Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, hanging baskets, garden treasures and more. Free gardening advice will be available. No early sales: no pets in the building.
May 6: Mystic Giants Tree Tour, Hayes Presidential, Fremont, 10 a.m. View some of the larger trees at Spiegel Grove, learn how to determine the age of trees and how trees affect their environment. Tickets are free for HPLM members and, for nonmembers are $10 for adults, $7 for ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger.
May 6: Opening Day at Cedar Point, Sandusky. New this year, The Boardwalk joins Cedar Point as an entirely new area of the park. Visitors will enjoy new ride experiences, including the Wild Mouse family coaster and revitalized family attractions, Cedar Point’s Grand Pavilion – a new dining venue, roaming entertainment and the sights and sounds of the park’s classic beachside resort.
May 6: Fremont Speedway (410s and 305 Sprints, Trucks), 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. (subject to change).
May 7: 21st Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Toledo Zoo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. local entertainment, cultural crafts and activities taking place in the historic amphitheater. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved to the Great Hall of the ProMedica Museum of Natural History.
May 7: Mother’s Day Flower Arranging Workshop, Toledo Zoo, 1-3 p.m. No previous floral arranging experience necessary. Guided by a member of the Zoo's horticulture department, each participant will be provided with the flowers and materials to craft their own florist-quality arrangements valued at over $100. Cookies and light refreshments will be provided. This program is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
May 10: Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society Genealogy Class, Brandville School, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon, 7 p.m. “Death Record Research.” $20. 419-902-5149.
May 10: Sandusky County Historic Jail & Dungeon Historical Tours, 622 Croghan St., Fremont. Hourlong guided tour includes the historic 1892 Sandusky County jail that has ties to President Rutherford B. Hayes, the 1840s Dungeon underneath the county courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall. $5. Tickets will be available at the door or online at Flashlight tours are also offered beginning at 6:30 p.m. $10. Not recommended for children.
May 11: Cardinal Painting on Canvas, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6-8 p.m. Join local artist Rebecca Booth for this cardinal painting class. $50, includes all materials. Ages 15 and up.
May 11: Brit Floyd in Concert, Huntington Center, downtown Toledo, 8 p.m.
May 11: Conversation: 1876 Election & American Democracy, Hayes Presidential, Fremont, 7 p.m. Dustin McLochlin, Ph.D., HPLM historian, will moderate the discussion. Admission is free. Attendees must register at This event will take place in-person in the Hayes Museum auditorium and online through Zoom. Virtual attendees will be emailed a link to participate.
May 12: School Bus Figure 8 Race, Toledo Speedway, 5639 Benore Rd., Toledo, 7 p.m. Central Avenue Truck Parts School Bus Figure 8, plus LMSP, FS, Boat Figure 8 race. (Bus, boat race rain date May 19 at 7 p.m.)
May 12: Halfway to Halloween Summer Fright Nights, The Haunted Hydro, 1333 Tiffin St., Fremont, 8-10 p.m.
May 13: Dart Frog Dash, Toledo Zoo, 8 a.m. Competitive 5K race with prizes, a non-competitive 5K walk and Kids’ Fun Run. The course takes participants through the neighborhood to the west of the zoo, through the zoo’s Tembo Trail, ending in the Main Plaza. New this year is the Zoo for All Walk, a non-competitive walk focused on fun and access for all (contact zoo’s inclusion coordinator at 419-385-5721, ext. 3039 for info). Race spectators who arrive by 10 a.m. are admitted free.
May 13: Mom & Me Gnome Mug Painting, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Join local artist Rebecca booth to create four painted glasses. Ages 12 and up. $50, includes all materials. Mimosas by the glass will be available.
May 13: Pulse Boxing, Glass City Center, 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 8 p.m.
May 13: Fremont Speedway (410s and 305 Sprints, Trucks), 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. (subject to change).
May 13-14: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.
May 14:  Mother’s Day Brunch, Toledo Zoo Malawi Event Center, 9-11:30 a.m. In addition to brunch, there will be an animal demonstration, live entertainment and a fun craft. Brunch tickets include zoo admission and parking. For tickets, menu and info, visit
May 14: Mother’s Day Tribute, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, noon-4 p.m. All moms are admitted free. Bench’s Greenhouse & Nursery will offer a free single potted plant to the first 100 moms. A cash bar featuring mimosas will be available.
May 14: Native Alternatives to Classic Garden Plants Tour, Toledo Zoo, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. walk through the zoo discussing native plants and how they can seamlessly be incorporated into your home landscapes. As an added bonus, after registering for this tour, participants will receive a digital coupon to be used at the Wild Toledo plant sale. Tickets include zoo admission and parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot.
May 18: Parker McCollum at Toledo Zoo Amphitheater, 6:30 p.m. One of Country music’s most dedicated touring artists, McCollum’s 2023 tour will feature support from rising Country artist Larry Fleet.
May 18: “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” on the giant screen, Imagination Station KeyBank Discovery Theater, 7 p.m.
May 20: Opening Day, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay.
May 20: Fremont Speedway (410s and 305 Sprints, Trucks), 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. (subject to change).
May 20-21: Gibsonburg “Old Timey” Event, Living History Weekend, Williams Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Costumed reenactors, craftsmen, historians, veterans and enthusiasts arriving to engage with the public and impart some wisdom, inspiration, and love of history. See artifacts from the earliest days of Gibsonburg’s founding through today, cannon firing demonstrations, soldiers and their equipment from
different eras, displays with historic artifacts and more. Free admission.
May 21: OregonFest, Dustin Rd., Oregon, noon-6 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is, “Bringing History to Life.” Grand Parade, kids’ area, Quality of Life Tent, food trucks, contests, Plant Exchange, vendors, car show and more. Volunteers are needed.,
May 23-28: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Rochester Red Wings, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo.
May 24: Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society Genealogy Class, Brandville School, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon, 6 p.m. “Types of Family Trees and Charts.” $20. 419-902-5149.
May 24: Songs of Broadway, Wildwood Preserve Manor House, 5100 Central Ave., Toledo, 6 p.m. Featuring the cast of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s production of “Sunday in the Park.” Free.
May 25: Sunscape Painting with Carol, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 5-8 p.m. Artist Carol Hoffman will demonstrate and teach participants the basic skills required to create an 11 x 14 canvas. Bring an apron or smock and a shirt box to take work home. All skill levels welcome.
May 26: National Compact Touring Series, Toledo Speedway, 7 p.m. One hundred laps of pure racing at the Ohio Wheelman Super Series, National Compact Touring Series.
May 26: Hensville Live! Concert Series, 21 Gun Salute (AC/DC Tribute), Hensville Park, Monroe Street and N. St. Clair, Toledo. The concert will begin after the Mud Hens game ends.
May 27: Hensville Live! Concert Series, The Noisy Neighbors, Hensville Park, Toledo. The concert will begin after the Mud Hens game ends.
May 27: Fremont Speedway (410s and 305 Sprints, Trucks), 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. (subject to change).
May 29: Fremont Memorial Day Parade, downtown, 10 a.m. Prior to the parade, at 9 a.m., there will be a service on the steps of the Sandusky County Courthouse.
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