Museum ship & tug open for season at Great Lakes Museum

Press Staff Writer

        The National Museum of the Great Lakes will be reopening the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and Museum Tug Ohio for the season beginning Saturday, May 1.
        The museum ships close annually over the winter months and re-open for public tours between May 1 and October 31. Visitors can climb onboard the 617-foot cargo ship and historic tug to experience what life was like on the lakes in the early 1900s, in addition to visiting the museum galleries. The inside of the museum features awe-inspiring stories of our Great Lakes through breathtaking photography, more than 300 artifacts, a number of powerful audiovisual displays and 40 hands-on interactive exhibits.
        Admission is $17 for the museum and ship and $11 for the museum only for adults (18-64); $16 for the museum and ship and $10 for the museum only for seniors (65+) and $14 for the museum and ship and $8 for the museum only for youths 6-17 years old. Children under 5 years old and museum members are admitted free.
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes is located at 1701 Front St., Toledo. Call 419-214-5000 or visit for more details.
        Through May 10: Maker's Mart 2021 Online: Handmade Toledo. Maker’s Mart offers local and regional independent designers, makers, and artisans an outlet for them to sell their wares. Shipping, in-store and curbside pickup available.
        Through July 25: Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture, 1620-1820, Toledo Museum of Art. Exhibition showcases the museum’s recent acquisition of the six-volume “Ornithologie,” written by Mathurin-Jaques Brisson and illustrated by François-Nicolas Martinet, published 1760. It will also feature paintings, prints, and decorative arts from TMA’s collection, as well as select loans of significant prints and illustrated books.
        Through Aug. 29: “The Art of Conservation,” Toledo Museum of Art. TMA Conservators will be treating a range of museum objects that have been affected by time, human use and previous repair.
        Friday-Sunday through May 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Sylvania Toy Company, 5929 West Sylvania Ave. (corner of Holland-Sylvania and Sylvania). Free admission.             
        Through Oct. 31: Special exhibit, “Ohio: An Unnatural History,” 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,
        Saturday and Sunday May-November, Toledo Farmers Market, outdoors, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 525 Market St., Toledo. To learn about vendors and pre-orders, visit
May 1: Bonnigson & Associates Surplus Auction, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, 9:37 a.m. Featuring lawn and garden, home improvement items, appliances, tools, toys and more. 419-547-7777,
May 1: Fremont Speedway AFCS 410s, AFCS 305s and Dirt Trucks, 910 Rawson Ave., Fremont, Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m., 419-332-5604.
May 2: Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Featuring local entertainers, fun cultural crafts and activities in the historic Amphitheater. For a complete schedule, visit
May 4-9: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Nashville Sounds, Fifth Third Field. Game time is 6:35 p.m. May 4-6; 7:05 p.m. May 7; 5:05 p.m. May 8 and 2:05 p.m. May 9. Limited capacity seating.
May 6: Beer & Wine Tasting, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30-8 p.m. Join personal chef Jennifer Schuerman for a beer and wine tasting with creative foods. Arrive early and enjoy the gardens before the tasting. $36.05.
May 6-10: The Biggest Week in American Birding Virtual Celebration. Featuring outstanding workshops and keynotes, virtual experiences at birding hotspots NW Ohio and more.
May 8: Kids Days @ Hayes Mother’s Day Tea, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, 10-11:30 a.m. $5/members, $7/non-members. Geared toward kids in grades 4-6. RSVP required by May 6. RSVP to Joan Eardly at, or online at\
May 8-9: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission and parking. Indoor and outdoor vendors plus food concessions.
May 9: Mother’s Day Brunch & Celebration, Toledo Zoo Malawi Event Center. Treat Mom to Mother's Day Brunch.  In addition to a buffet, there will be an animal demonstration, live entertainment and a fun craft.
May 9: Toledo Symphony: Beethoven’s “Razumovsky,” Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 7 p.m. Available to livestream. The finale of the season-long celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with home of his most popular quartets, the Russian-inspired Razumovsky.
May 13: Fused Glass with Jill, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 5:30-8 p.m. Create a fused glass wind chime. All skill levels welcome. Jill will take glass projects home and return for pickup in one or two weeks. $36.05. 419-862-3182,
May 13: Painting with Carol – Resting Cardinal, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 5-8 p.m. Local artist and teacher Carol Hoffman will demonstrate the skills to create a painting in water-mixable oils. (Bring an apron or smock and a gift/shirt box to take artwork home.) All skill levels welcome. $36.05. 419-862-3182,
May 14-16, 21-23, May 28-June 13: Frontier Festival, Cedar Point, Sandusky, starting at 2 p.m. Wild West festival will fill the streets of Frontier Town and include, tasty vittles, brews, music, square dancing, pie-eating, kids’ activities and more.
May 14: Glass City Beer Festival, Stranahan Theater & Great Hall, Toledo, 7-11 p.m. Featuring more than 40 craft breweries showcasing more than 230 beers, plus vendors, live music and more. Proceeds support the programs and services of the NWO Hemophilia Foundation.
May 14-15: Toledo Symphony: “Dancing Fairy Tales,” Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, Toledo. Performances are at 7 p.m. May 14 (available to livestream) and 3 p.m. May 15. The beloved stories of Hans Christian Andersen and others come to life with dancers from Toledo Ballet and live music by Toledo Symphony musicians.
May 15: Naturally Oregon, Community Plant Exchange & Flower Market, 2793 Dustin Rd. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,
May 15: Presidential History Book Club, Hayes Presidential, Fremont, noon. Free. A discussion of “One Man Against the World,” by Tim Weiner. 419-332-2081,
May 15: Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash at the Toledo Zoo, 8 a.m. Fun for the whole family and a competitive USTAF (USA track and field) certified 5K race with prizes, a non-competitive 5K walk and a Kids’ Fun Run. The 5K course takes participants through the neighborhood to the west of the Zoo, through the Zoo’s Tembo Trail and ends in Main Plaza. The Kids’ Fun Run is within the safety of Zoo grounds.
May 15: Second Saturdays R 4 Kids: Around the World with Col. Webb Hayes, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 9:30-11:30 a.m. (drop in). Free. Kids can participate in a craft or activity inspired by Webb Hayes (son of President Rutherford and Lucy Hayes) and his travels. This month’s theme is Japan. Geared toward K-3, but all ages are welcome.
May 15: Healing Vibrations and Sound with Rebecca, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Join Rebecca as she shares therapeutic sounds and vibrations using healing crystal bowls and Solfeggio tuning forks. Dress comfortably and bring a mat, blanket, pillow to use during the healing experience. $30.90.
May 15: Fused Glass Garden Stakes with Jill, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. No experience required. Participants may purchase a glass of wine or snacks at the gardens.
May 15: Fremont Speedway 410s, 305s and Dirt Trucks, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m., 419-332-5604.
May 16: Art Loop, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A new touch of art featuring more than 20 local artists. Free admission; donations of canned goods welcome.
May 18-23: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Columbus Clippers, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo. Game times is 6:35 p.m. May 18-20, 5:05 p.m. May 22 and 2:05 p.m. May 23.
May 20: Herb Walk with Sarah, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6-8 p.m. Join naturalist Sarah Williams for a walking tour of the gardens. $18.56.
May 21-22: Toledo Symphony: Nakamatsu Plays Chopin, Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 8 p.m. (Saturday’s performance available to livestream).
May 21: Camp Perry Open House, Camp Perry Training Site, Port Clinton. This year’s match will include a three-position air rifle competition, an international air rifle (all standing) event, an international pistol event, and clinic held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center.
May 27: Painting with Donna: Birdhouse, Schedel Arboretum & Garden, Elmore, 5:30-8 p.m. Local artist Donna Ebert will guide the class. $39.14. 419-862-3182,
May 27-28: Toledo Symphony: “Patriotic Pops,” Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 8 p.m. (May 28 concert available for livestream).
May 28: Wine Tasting at Africa! Overlook, Toledo Zoo, 7-9 p.m. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music and more. Open to ages 21 and older. toledozoo/wine.
May 29-31: Flower Day Weekend, Toledo Farmers Market, 525 Market St. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday. Over 40 vendors selling plants, yard art, plant accessories and crafts. Food vendors and artisans will also be on hand all three days.
May 29: Fremont Speedway Fast 401s, BOSS non-wing and Dirt Trucks, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; racing starts at 7 p.m., 419-332-5604.
May 31: Fremont Memorial Day Parade, downtown Fremont, 10 a.m. Parade travels down Front Street. Call 419-334-5900 or visit for info.
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