Jun
22
Fri
Bluffton Relay for Hope @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Jun 22 @ 4:30 pm – 11:59 pm

BLUFFTON — The purple shoes hanging from the eaves of downtown businesses along Bluffton’s Main Street can only mean one thing: Relay for Hope is near.

The fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held from 4:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road. This year’s theme is “Hope, Love, Believe, Walk for a Cure.”

Teams walk to raise money and support for the cancer society. Activities will include a survivor dinner and lap, team and individual laps, luminarias and a memory service, food, music, games and entertainment.

A pie contest and auction and silent auction also return this year, organized by members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera.

The first Relay for Life pie auction was held in 2006. Entries from the public are judged, with prizes awarded to the top three. The rest of the competitors receive a participation prize, said Esther Spaeth, who oversees the pie competition.

She said all kinds of pies are represented in the contest.

According to the rules, the pie must be completely homemade, including the crust.

Spaeth said there are usually 25 pies in the contest, and everyone is welcome to come, bid, and take home a homemade pie. Judging is held at 6:45 p.m., and the auction takes place at 7:30.

The youngest baker this year is 9.

The most profitable pie ever — a pecan pie — went for $200. And last year’s auction raised a record $2,014.

There is a $20 minimum bid for each pie.

Following the event, the recipes are collected and put together in a cookbook which also serves as a relay fundraiser.

Cookbooks from former years will be available for a donation at this year’s relay.

A meal is provided for survivors at 5 p.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 6:15.

A pork chop dinner will be served, and there will also be a booth with sandwiches, chips and drinks. The silent auction will offer bidders more than 100 items ranging from gift cards and toys to homemade items.

The luminaria service begins at 9 p.m. and lasts about an hour. Area firemen do a lap in full turnout gear at 10 p.m., and a 5K Glow Run begins at 10:30. Registration starts at 9:30 and the fee is $25, with all proceeds going to Bluffton Relay for Hope.

The public can come out and register for the walk Friday, as can participants for the Glow Run. Beginning at 2 p.m., luminarias can be purchased for $5 to remember those who have died or celebrate a survivor.

More information and registration forms are available by contacting Lynda Best at 419-296-2790 or bestlynda568@gmail.com, stopping at the Village Cut & Curl at 212 Cherry St. in Bluffton, or checking the Facebook page: Bluffton Area Relay for Life-Ohio.

Relay for Hope schedule:

2-8:30 p.m. — Luminarias available for purchase at tent along BFR sidewalk
4:30-5:30 p.m. — Entertainment by Katie Hohenbrink and Sheila Hausken
4:30-6:30 p.m. — Drive-thru or dine-in lasagna meal
5 p.m. — Survivors’ meal
5-9:30 p.m. — Silent auction inside BFR by Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera
5:30 p.m. — National anthem by Courtney McLaughlin
6:15 p.m. — Presentation of colors by Ed Amstutz and the color guard; opening remarks; survivor, caregiver and team laps
6:30-7 p.m. — Findlay Cloggers
6:30 p.m. — Concession stand inside BFR by Trinity Lutheran Church
6:45 p.m. — Pie judging inside BFR
7:30 p.m. — Pie auction
7:30-8:30 p.m. — Jon Butler with ’50s and ’60s music.
8 p.m. — Quarter lap
8-9 p.m. — Music
9 p.m. — Luminaria service
9:30 p.m. — Memory lap in silence; registration begins for 5K Glow Run at table at BFR front doors
10 p.m. — End of silent auction; fireman’s lap
10:30 p.m. — 5K Glow Run
11 p.m. — Music by Nick Nowlan
Midnight — Pizza inside BFR; cleanup and closing ceremony

Jun
23
Sat
Riverside Wine Festival @ Riverside Park
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ohio wineries will return for the Arts Partnership’s Riverside Wine Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave.

Admission for Riverside Wine Festival is $25, five tastings and commemorative wine glass included. Tickets for those not tasting or those under 21 are $10. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase. Entrances are located on the east side of Riverside Pool near the band shell and the concession stand.

Attendees of legal drinking age can purchase tasting privileges with proper identification in accordance with applicable laws. Free parking is available at Riverside Park and the east lot of Riverside Suites, 1100 E. Main Cross St.

Voted the best wine festival of 2016 by readers of Ohio Magazine, Riverside Wine Festival’s selection ranges from world-class wines to lighter wines made from fresh fruit.

Attendees can sample wines from each winery and bottles will be available for purchase to take home.

Participating wineries are:

  • Camelot Cellars, Columbus
  • Chateau Tebeau, Helena
  • D & D Smith Winery, Norwalk
  • Deer’s Leap Winery, Geneva
  • Gillig Winery, Findlay
  • Paper Moon Vineyards, Vermilion
  • Sycamore Lake Wine Co., Columbus Grove
  • The Winery at Versailles
  • Via Vecchia Winery, Columbus

The event will also feature live music, food and exhibitors.

Exhibitors include Awakening Minds Art, Cartoon Giant, My Own Backyard Herbs & Flowers, Rustic Bendz, Ziss Custom Glass, Lip Tease, Amazingly Beautiful Skin Care, Danby, EverLasting Furniture, and LuLaRoe.

Local food will be available from Kimmel’s Mountain Man Meats, Big Jerk, Doughlicious Drizzles and Delights, Sweet Dream Gourmet, and Wolfies Nuts.

Attendees can also participate in mini paint and partake sessions from Awakening Minds Art. For no extra cost, attendees can also take advantage of large yard games such as cornhole and giant Jenga.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Arts Partnership’s arts education programs.

The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is a nonprofit organization serving Findlay and Hancock County. Its mission is to provide, encourage and promote quality arts education, community enrichment and entertainment opportunities. It is funded in part by the Findlay Area Arts Fund and other funds of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, private donations, corporate and small-business donations, and the Ohio Arts Council.

Sit and Sip with the Author @ Hull's Trace Wine Cellar
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hull’s Trace Wine Cellar, 105 E. Liberty St., Arlington, is hosting a “Sit and Sip with the Author” event from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

David C. Greer, a practicing trial lawyer from Dayton, will share stories from his recently published book “God is Merciful: The Colorful Career of John E. Egan.” Come for the tales about John Dillinger, Alvin Karpis, Al Capone and J. Edgar Hoover; stay for the crimes which made Ohio headlines while having your picture taken with Dillinger or Capone.

The winery will be pouring wines and beers for purchase by Innocent Bystander, 19 Crimes and Jackie O’s. The program is free.

Boy Scout Troop 322 Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser @ Stonebridge Church
Jun 23 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Boy Scout Troop 322 will host a Harlan’s chicken barbecue fundraiser from 4:30-7 p.m. June 23 at Stonebridge Church, 2111 Stonehedge Drive.

Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased in advance by contacting Amber Greeno at 419-306-1498 or from any Scout from Troop 322. Proceeds will directly benefit the Scouts by continuing to provide learning opportunities through campouts and new experiences.

Jun
24
Sun
First Baptist Church Carry-in Picnic Lunch @ First Baptist Church
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In moving to its summer schedule, First Baptist Church will host a noon “carry-in picnic lunch” the last Sunday of each month, from May to September. The lunch will be followed by an early afternoon service at 1:15 p.m., with no 6 p.m. service that week. First Baptist is located at 1635 Fostoria Ave.

Jul
29
Sun
First Baptist Church Carry-in Picnic Lunch @ First Baptist Church
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In moving to its summer schedule, First Baptist Church will host a noon “carry-in picnic lunch” the last Sunday of each month, from May to September. The lunch will be followed by an early afternoon service at 1:15 p.m., with no 6 p.m. service that week. First Baptist is located at 1635 Fostoria Ave.

Aug
26
Sun
First Baptist Church Carry-in Picnic Lunch @ First Baptist Church
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In moving to its summer schedule, First Baptist Church will host a noon “carry-in picnic lunch” the last Sunday of each month, from May to September. The lunch will be followed by an early afternoon service at 1:15 p.m., with no 6 p.m. service that week. First Baptist is located at 1635 Fostoria Ave.

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