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Amanda Vernon 7:00 pm
Amanda Vernon @ St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm
Internationally known recording artist Amanda Vernon will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road. The free concert is open to the public and will include Vernon’s original music, along with sharing of the faith-filled stories behind the songs. Visit amandavernon.com for more information about the performer.
Brown Bag Lecture 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Lecture @ Hancock Historical Museum
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum will host its monthly Brown Bag Lecture at noon Thursday, with the speaker related to October’s designation as American Archives Month. Eric Honneffer, document conservator and manuscript specialist at Bowling Green State University’s Center for Archival Collections, will present a lecture on archival preservation. Honneffer is the former chair of the Ohio Preservation Council. The museum is located at 422 W. Sandusky St. The lecture is free for museum members, $5 for adult nonmembers and $3 for senior nonmembers. Lunches from Main Street Deli will be available for purchase for an additional $5.50. Call the museum at 419-423-4433 to make a reservation for lunch.
Van Buren School 100th Anniversary
Van Buren School 100th Anniversary @ Van Buren High School
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day
When Allen Township students reported for the first day of classes in September 1917, they entered a new building. It was also the start of a new era as all of the one-room schools were consolidated into the Allen Township Centralized School. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that building, and a two-day celebration is planned to coincide with the school’s annual homecoming festivities. The centennial theme is “100 Years, Countless Stories, Endless Pride.” According to information collected for the village of Van Buren’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1983, the first school in the township dates back to 1836 when a small log structure was built. Erected of round logs, the school had a clapboard roof, greased paper windows and a fireplace. About 1870, a two-room brick building was built on East Market Street/Ohio 613. This building was later condemned and replaced by a four-room school. The school was used until 1917 when it was decided that Allen Township would consolidate all of its one-room schools into one centralized building, and the present school was erected. Other memorabilia pertaining to the school will also be on display during this weekend’s festivities, including copies of the student newspaper, The Dixie News, and a vinyl album from the music department featuring the 1968-69 middle and high school bands and choirs. The record has been transferred to a CD and will be played during the celebration. Additionally, all of the trophies in the building will be on exhibit. Many activities are planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Van Buren School building this weekend. The schedule is as follows: Friday Building tours, 4-7 p.m. Sophomore class chicken barbecue (order ahead by calling the school), 4:30-6 p.m. Recognition of all former homecoming kings and queens, 6:15 p.m. Crowning of the 2017 homecoming king and queen, 6:30 p.m. Varsity football game with Cory-Rawson High School and recognition of all former homecoming kings and queens in attendance, 7 p.m. Community homecoming dance and reception in the auditorium, 9:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday Eighth grade volleyball tournament; entertainment in the auditorium; building tours, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1917-1959 classes reunion in the original gym, 9-11 a.m. 1960-1979 classes reunion in the original gym, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1980-1999 classes reunion in the original gym, noon-2 p.m. 2000 to present classes reunion in the original gym, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Commemorative ceremony in the auditorium, noon Community square dance in the auditorium, 4-6 p.m.
Bluffton University Concert Band 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Concert Band @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Oct 8 @ 2:30 pm
The Bluffton University Concert Band will perform a show during its homecoming weekend. The band will play “Symphonic Suite” by Clifton Williams; Samuel Hazo’s “Southern Hymn”; “A Golden Celebration” by Brant Karrick; “Brighton Beach,” a concert march by William Latham; “Skyline” by Frank Gulino; and “Old Churches” by Michael Colgrass. Roy Couch, assistant professor of music, will conduct.
Toledo Symphony Orchestra 8:00 pm
Toledo Symphony Orchestra @ St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, at 8 p.m. Thursday as part of its annual youth ministry fundraiser, IMPACT. The symphony program is meant to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The concert will include movements from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “Reformation.” Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at the church via cash and check only. A fundraising dinner catered by various area restaurants will precede the performance, beginning at 6:30. Tickets are $100 each and include admission to the symphony concert. Visit www.findlaystmichael.org or call 419-422-4246 for more information.
Victorian Halloween Tea 12:30 pm
Victorian Halloween Tea @ Grammes-Brown House and Garden
Oct 14 @ 12:30 pm
Author/historian Lisa Swickard will share discoveries she made and ghostly encounters she had with her team of paranormal investigators while researching Tiffin’s history, including unexplained occurrences in the Grammes-Brown House neighborhood. Tea, sandwiches and pastries will be served, seating is limited and reservations are required. Place a prepaid reservation by leaving a detailed message providing the names of the people attending the tea and your contact information for Phyllis Watts at 419-448-8312.
Ethereal Connections 7:30 pm
Ethereal Connections @ Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Lima Symphony Orchestra will fuse modern and traditional music in an outer space-themed season opener, Ethereal Connections. Mason Bates’ electrifying and magnetically charged contemporary piece “Mothership” carries a techno dance-pulse that merges with traditional symphonic style; Lima Symphony’s Artistic Director, Crafton Beck, composed the tender and thoughtful “Passages”; and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” is at times contemplative, serene, and benevolent, juxtaposing forceful, tempestuous musical waves and evocative visual images. Single tickets available online Aug. 31.
Fort Jennings Depot Open House 1:00 pm
Fort Jennings Depot Open House @ Fort Jennings Depot
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A free open house will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the historic Fort Jennings depot, 15153 Road 22-K, Cloverdale. The restored train station features railroad memorabilia and a model display that runs seven trains simultaneously. There will be rides on a handcar and a 1/3-scale train that runs along a half-mile miniature track around the perimeter of the property.
Barbara Lister-Sink 3:00 pm
Barbara Lister-Sink @ First Presbyterian Church
Oct 15 @ 3:00 pm
Barbara Lister-Sink will present a concert in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church as part of its 2017 Artist Series. A renowned pianist and artist-in-residence at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she will play pieces from the solo piano genre, including many favorites from Beethoven, Mozart and Liszt. Known for her tone and musicianship, reviews describe her as “extraordinary” and “masterful.” A free-will offering will be received.
Antique Appraisals 6:00 pm
Antique Appraisals @ Putnam County District Library -- Columbus Grove Location
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annie Stratton will provide free antique appraisals at three of the Putnam County District Library’s branches this month. Programs will be held Monday in Columbus Grove, Thursday in Fort Jennings and Oct. 23 in Continental. All programs will run from 6-8 p.m. Participants may bring two items to be appraised, but no coins, stamps or weapons. To register, call the Columbus Grove library at 419-659-2355, the Fort Jennings branch at 419-286-2351 or the Continental library at 419-596-3727.
BGSU New Music and Art Festival
BGSU New Music and Art Festival @ Bowling Green State University
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day
The 38th annual Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers and includes concerts, composer talks and an art exhibition and lecture. Featured guests include composers Steven Mackey and Sarah Kirkland Snider, Chicago-based ensemble Latitude 49, and vocalist Shara Nova. The 8 p.m. Oct. 21 concert is $7, all other events are free. For a complete schedule of events, visit festival.bgsu.edu or contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at 419-372-2685.
Classic Movie Night: “The Uninvited” 7:00 pm
Classic Movie Night: “The Uninvited” @ Hancock Historical Museum
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum will host its monthly Classic Movie Night at 7 p.m. Friday with a screening of “The Uninvited.” The film, starring Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 1945. The event is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 422 W. Sandusky St. Refreshments will be provided.
Jane Washington Chapter DAR Membership Workshop 9:30 am
Jane Washington Chapter DAR Membership Workshop @ Kaubisch Memorial Public Library
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Jane Washington Chapter DAR in Fostoria is holding a membership workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Kaubisch Memorial Library, 205 Perry St., Fostoria. Anyone who has already started their family history is encouraged to bring their family tree or family group sheets, along with copies of birth, death and marriage records for themselves, their parents and their grandparents. DAR volunteer genealogists will be on hand to assist in the completion of applications to join the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Hancock Historical Museum Spooktacular 5:00 pm
Hancock Historical Museum Spooktacular @ Hancock Historical Museum
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum will hold its “Spooktacular” event from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, featuring tours of the Haunted Hull House, pumpkin decorating, games and storytelling. Guests are encouraged to come in costume. Admission is $1 and includes all museum facilities. Apple cider, cookies, popcorn and hot dogs will be among the refreshments offered. The candy-free event is sponsored by area dentists. The museum is located at 422 W. Sandusky St. For more information, call 419-423-4433 or visit www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org.
Bluffton University Fall Choral Concert 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Fall Choral Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Oct 22 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University will host a fall choral concert featuring the University Chorale and Camerata Singers at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Yoder Recital Hall. Natalie Mallis, visiting assistant professor of music, will conduct the concert in collaboration with university accompanists Ana Yoder Coulter and Benjamin Crook. The music of Palestrina, Handel, Debussy and Durufle will be featured. This event is free. An offering will be taken for music scholarships.
Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable Meeting 3:00 pm
Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable Meeting @ Carmies Bar & Grill
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm
TIFFIN — The October Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable meeting will feature re-enactor Raylene Hlavaty portraying Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, July of 1863. Wade was killed in her kitchen while baking bread for the hungry troops. The group will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday at Carmies Bar & Grill, 2460 U.S. 224 South, Tiffin, with dinner for those who can stay at 5 p.m.
Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet 7:30 pm
Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm
The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet for the Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans tour at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Tickets range from $35 to $55 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office, at marathoncenterarts.org, or by calling 419-423-2787. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. According to Allmusic.com, Irma Thomas was dubbed the “unrivaled Soul Queen of New Orleans” by the city officials. Her recordings include “You Can Have My Husband (But Don’t Mess with My Man),” “It’s Raining,” “Ruler of My Heart,” “Break-a-Way,” “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand),” and “Time Is on My Side,” which went on to become a hit for the Rolling Stones. With a recording career spanning 58 years, she won her first Grammy Award when her 2006 album, “After the Rain,” was named best contemporary blues album. As Don McLeese wrote in his review of that album, “Most singers who have been recording as long as Thomas resort to tricks, mannerisms, and show-off displays, but she remains the anti-diva, a stylist of exquisite understatement whose every note rings true and hits home.” Hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, the Blind Boys of Alabama first rose to fame in the segregated South with their vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show. They released their debut single, “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine” on the iconic Veejay label in 1948, launching a 70-year recording career that would see them rack up five Grammy Awards, enter the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, collaborate with everyone from Mavis Staples and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed, and perform on the world’s most prestigious stages. Their latest album, “Almost Home,” grew out of the recognition that the band’s original lineup is down to just two remaining survivors: longtime group leader Clarence Fountain and current leader Jimmy Carter. Both men were born in Alabama during the Great Depression, and while Carter is still active and regularly touring with the group, Fountain’s health precludes him from traveling much these days, though he does appear on the album. The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet represents a tradition that started in 1961 when Preservation Hall first opened in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The band comprises some of the most revered alumni of the hall, many of whom have toured the world with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for decades. For more information, visit www.allmusic.com and www.blindboys.com.
Derek “Troll” Leonard Benefit Concert/Auction 6:30 pm
Derek “Troll” Leonard Benefit Concert/Auction @ Dave's Hideaway
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
A benefit concert and live auction for Derek “Troll” Leonard will be held from 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 28 at Dave’s Hideaway, 1730 Lima Ave. In 2012, Leonard, of Findlay, was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrpysin Deficiency, a rare condition that affects the liver and lungs. He is currently awaiting a new liver and hopes to have the transplant in the next few months. The event will feature music by the Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaws, an auction and 50/50 raffle at 8 p.m.