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LAKE FRONT CALENDAR of EVENTS...

2017 Calendar of Events

By Catharine Hadley, Arts and Entertainment Editor, catharinehadley@gmail.com

The theme of this column is “trying new things.” I’m happy to be starting this new project of writing the entertainment column for Leisure Living Magazine! I’ve done all I could to make the entertainment listing complete and varied, so there should be something for everyone. Although I’ve done my best to make sure all the information is accurate, please go online or call ahead to confirm your plans.

Any suggestions and details of your upcoming events can be sent to me at catharinehadley@gmail.com.

April

Through April 30 - LEGO Brick Architecture: Sky High Science, Imagination Station, Toledo, www.imaginationstationtoledo.org

Through May 7 - "100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation's First Presidential Library", Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum, Fremont, www.rbhayes.org

27 - Ty Herndon at The Listening Room, Port Clinton

28-30 - Catawba Island Boat Show, Catawba Island Club, catawbaislandboatshow.com

May

2 - The Platters, Iva Zanicchi & Special Guests, Lorain Palace Theater.

4 - Beer & Wine Tasting Cinco de Mayo Style, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, Elmore.

5 - State of Comedy, Sandusky State Theatre.

5-7, 12-13 - "Company," Bellevue Society for the Arts.

5-7, 12-14 - "All in the Timing," Harlequins Community Theatre, Sandusky.

6 - Derby Day, Kelleys Island.

6 - Peter Bradley Adams, The Listening Room, Port Clinton.

7 - Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra, Port Clinton Musical Arts Series, Firelands Presbyterian Church, Port Clinton.

9 - Blessing of the Fleet, Put-in-Bay.

12 - John Mock presented by the Sandusky Concert Association, Sandusky State Theatre.

12 - Ray Scott, The Listening Room.

12-14 and 19-21 - "Mary Poppins," Fremont Community Theatre.

12-14 and 19-21 - "The Female Odd Couple," Playmakers Civic Theatre, Port Clinton.

12 - The Fantasticks, Valentine Theatre, Toledo.

13 - Spring Arts, Crafts, & Gift Shopping Event, Liberty Aviation Museum.

13 - "Der Rosenkavalier" presented by the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, Cinemark Theater, Sandusky.

13 - Community Day Festival, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, and Explore Elmore day.

13 - The Listening Room presents Edwin McCain, Sandusky State Theatre.

13 - Westwater Art: Our National Parks, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Stranahan Theatre, Toledo.

14 - Mother's Day Celebration and Brunch, Toledo Zoo and Aquarium.

18 - Kris Kristofferson, Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland.

18 - Third Thursday, "Music, Flowers and a Sunset," art walk event sponsored by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.

19 - Chicago (the band) Live!, Stranahan Theater.

19 - Skid Row (outdoors) Stranahan Theater.

19-22 - Victoria Day Weekend, Put-in-Bay.

20 - Free Museum Day, Kelleys Island History Museum.

20 - Island-Wide Garage Sale, Put-in-Bay.

20 - Candlebox (outdoors), Stranahan Theater.

21 - Joshua Davis, The Listening Room.

25 - Lee DeWyze, The Listening Room.

25 - Art Walk sponsored by the Port Clinton Arts Council, downtown Port Clinton.

25-29 - Walleye Festival, Water Works Park, Port Clinton. For a full listing of events, visit www.walleyefestival.com. The Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy will provide tours of the restored lighthouse placed at Water Works Park last year.

26 - Jazz @ 8 presents "A Night of Brubeck," Sandusky State Theatre.

26 - The Drowsy Lads, an Irish band, Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside.

26-29 - Strawberry Festival, uptown Norwalk.

27 - Always ABBA, Hoover Auditorium.

31-June 4, Ovo from Cirque du Soleil, Huntington Center, Toledo.

Every attempt is made to provide accurate information, however,
we encourage you to double check the details of these events!

To Market, To Market We Go!

It's not on stage or in concert, but it sure looks like fun!

Every Saturday morning from May through October, hundreds of people come to downtown Sandusky for the Sandusky Farmers Market.

Alison Thompson, manager, said the event has been held for decades. "It's been there for 40 years in different places throughout Sandusky," she said. For about 20 years, it's been held at the corner of Hancock and Market streets.

Starting Saturday, May 6, the farmers markets will be held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through the end of October.

"Right now, we have between 15 and 20 permanent vendors. Most of our larger vendors are all produce," Thompson said. Visitors can look forward to asparagus in May, strawberries in June, sweet corn in July, and tomatoes in August.

"Whenever there's local produce in season, it's represented at the market," she said.

Some local favorites include a vendor who brings honey from his own hives, plus beeswax candles; a woman who bakes pies; and a woman who crochets kitchen towels. "She's 89 years old and she's been there for the last 11 years, so she's kind of a staple now," Thompson said.

Shoppers will find plants, cut flowers, baked goods, and plenty of other things to bring home.

This year, organizers are planning some special events. On the third Saturday of each month, starting in June, the theme will be "Thyme for Wine." Local wineries will be represented, providing samples and bottles to thirsty shoppers. The first Saturday of each month starting in July will have a "health and wellness" theme.

Thompson has found a way to provide fresh produce, but also fresh information. The Facebook page is updated every Thursday with coming events and news about what new produce to expect at the coming weekend's market.

"I don't know until I hear from the farmers, and a lot of times they don't know until Wednesday or Thursday. Every week it's going to be something a little bit different," she said.

What is her favorite? "It's a toss-up," she said. She buys huge boxes of cherries, and also loves the peaches from A.B. Phillips & Sons Fruit Farm in Berlin Heights.

Starting May 12, farmers markets will be held in Marblehead from 9 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month through October. Starting June 20, Lakeside will host markets from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Saturdays, except July 4, through the season. In Oak Harbor, markets will be held on the fourth Saturday of the month starting in June. Markets will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from July 13 through Oct. 12 at the Huron Boat Basin.

Biggest Week in American Birding

The Biggest Week in American Birding runs from Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 14. Thousands of birders come to northwest Ohio to catch a glimpse of migrating birds as they rest and feed before crossing Lake Erie. Maumee Bay Lodge, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh are the hotspots of activities. A full list can be found at www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com.

Erie Metroparks is holding a "Birding by Kayak" event on May 7 for those over age 16, so you can go birding in east Sandusky Bay. The Friends of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will hold a sunset birding cruise to West Sister Island on May 14. May 18 through 20 visit Kelleys Island for the "Nest with the Birds" event. Check out kelleysislandchamber.com for a full list of activities, which included a bird census, bird banding, and a guided bird walk.

Lakeside will hold a plant sale and gardening demonstrations May 27 and 28. While you're there, you could check out the Lakeside Heritage Society Recycle Sale.

updated 04.24.17 CAE

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