The famous White House Easter egg roll traces its roots to Fremont. It was 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes of Fremont who started the egg roll in 1878. President Hayes let it be known that children living in nearby neighborhoods could gather on the White House lawn at Easter to play traditional holiday games. The Capitol’s lawn was the gathering spot until Congress banned the youngsters because of damage done to the lawns. The Hayes Presidential Center celebrates Hayes’ role in creation of what became a White House tradition with its Hayes Easter Egg Roll. This holiday event, sponsored by Roots Poultry and Welly’s Horseradish, takes place on lawn in front of the President’s home. Children ages 3-10 can compete in a variety of egg-rolling contests. Prizes are awarded in four age groups, and every child receives a balloon and a free pass to tour the Hayes Home or Hayes Museum. Admission to the Hayes Easter Egg Roll is three hard-boiled colored eggs for use in the contests. Children with an artistic flair can enter the Egg-Decorating Contest by bringing a fourth, pre-decorated egg. There also will be face painting, corn-hole-game contests, and story time. Parents are reminded to have cameras ready for a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Admission: 3 hard boiled eggs for game participation. Time: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Location: Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Information: www.rbhayes.org or 419-332-2081
EASTER EGG HUNT
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation will host an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 19. Kids will be divided up into three age groups 3 and younger, four five and six year olds and those 7 and older. This is a non competitive Easter Egg hunt and the plastic eggs that are collected will be turned in for a bag of goodies. Train rides will also be available throughout the day. Please note that the train can not run while people are on the infield so hold on to your tickets. They are good until punched for the train ride. If you choose to wait, come back and ride at a later time or date. Admission: $2 adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Train ride included in cost of ticket. Time: Doors open at 9 a.m. Egg hunt starts at 11 a.m. Location: Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 11600 Township Road 99, Findlay.
Bluffton University’s 2013-14 Artist Series will conclude Thursday, April 24, with a performance by ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger in Yoder Recital Hall. For more than 30 years, Trefzger has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. Audiences are treated to her vocal illusion talents when they meet a lovable camel, a grumpy old man or a feisty little girl. She has received many awards during her career, including The American Comedy Awards and Variety Entertainer of the Year. Admission: $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and non-Bluffton students, and $10 for children ages 6-13. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Bluffton University, 1 University Dr, Bluffton. Information: 419-358-3350
YOUTH FISHING DERBY
A fishing derby will be held by the Friends of the Rieck Center on Saturday, April 26. Youngsters, 15 and under, will need to bring a pole, tackle and bate (no minnows) to enter. An inexpensive food concession will be available. Prizes will be available for each age group. Pre-register before April 19 to get free tackle door prizes. Admission: Free. Time: 9 a.m. to noon. Location: The Rieck Center, Township Road 166, 1.3 miles east of Ohio 37 S. Information: www.rieckcenter.org.
TIFFIN VICTORIAN TEA
A “Music Tea”, the first of this season’s Victorian Theme Teas offered by the Tiffin Historic Trust, will feature the flute and acoustic guitar duo of Mackenzie Honaker and Howard Cole, of Heidelberg University. Tours of the Grammes-Brown House are included with the admission donation. Seating is limited. Admission: $20. Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Grammes-Brown House, 172 Jefferson St, Tiffin. Information: Contact Nancy Cook at 419-447-0665 or e-mail email@example.com for further information and to place reservations.
April 17 and 24
Stop on out to the VFW Post 3003 every Thursday for a mix of music from the ’50s and ’60s and country favorites. Veterans group, The Drifters, will perform periodically as well as other bands and karaoke. Admission: Free. Time: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Location: 3003 VFW, 330 S. Blanchard St.
Communities for the Arts is bringing the all male a cappella singing group , The Accafellas, from Michigan State University, to the Clyde High School Auditorium on Saturday, April 26. The Accafellas have a high energy show with primarily a pop repertoire. Tickets are available at the Clyde-Green Springs Board of Education
ofﬁce, 419-547-0588, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Credit cards are accepted. Admission: $15 adults, $5 students up to high school. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Clyde High School Auditorium, 1015 Race St., Clyde. Information: 419-547-0588 or www.communitiesfortheartsclyde.org.
The Fostoria Community Band will present a Memorial Day concert on Sunday, May 26, at Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria. The band is under the direction of Justin Brinkman and is made up of approximately 50 members ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens. The members come from Fostoria and the surrounding area. The band begins its 20th year with a program that will include marches, hymns, folk tunes and old time favorites. Refreshments will be served during a short intermission. Upcoming outdoor concert dates for the band include June 8 at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin, at 7:30 p.m.; June 15 at Foundation Park in Fostoria, at 7:30 p.m.; and June 25 at Riverside Park in Findlay, at 7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy live music performed by local musicians. Admission: Donations will be accepted following the concert to support the band. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria. Information: Bob Feisel 419-435-5533.
‘THE GLASS MENAGERIE’
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre will present Tennessee Williams’ classic drama “The Glass Menagerie.”. Directed by Jeffrey J. Albright, this memory play depicts the story of Amanda Wingfield – a remnant of a Southern Belle, now living in poverty with her son, Tom, and her disabled daughter, Laura – who longs to provide her children a life with purpose and direction. Tom escapes to alcohol and the movies, while Amanda’s anxiety for her daughter’s marriage prospects drives Laura further into isolation from the outside world. A dinner guest of Tom’s is maneuvered as a possible suitor for Laura, but the worlds of illusion that both mother and daughter have created soon crash around them. Admission: adults $19.75, seniors $17.75, students $9.75 and $4.75 for children 12 and under. Time: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Location: Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo. Information: www.toledorep.org or 419-243-9277.
WEST SIDE STORY
The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story is coming to Northwest Ohio. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the associate director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life). West Side Story tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” The musical is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. It features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle. Admission: $27-$52 Time: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information: www.npacvw.org.
JURIED STUDENT ART
Through April 24
The University of Findlay will host the 2014 Juried Student Art Exhibition April 7-24 with a reception from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery, on campus. The awards will be announced at 7:30 p.m. Categories will include painting, drawing and mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, design, digital photography, film photography and visual communication. Andreas Baumgartner, assistant professor of art at Bluffton University, will judge the show. Admission: Free. Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Location: Lea Gallery, Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, The University of Findlay, 1000 N. Main St. Information: www.findlay.edu.
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES: BUCKEYE PRESIDENT
Through April 13
Rutherford B. Hayes is the only one of Ohio’s eight presidents who was born and died in the state. Hayes was proud of his Ohio roots and often referred to himself as a “Buckeye.” That term took on added significance when as governor of Ohio, Hayes played a lead role in creation of the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College “” today known as The Ohio State University. The Hayes Presidential Center highlights Rutherford B. Hayes’ intense pride in being an Ohioan and his strong links to OSU with its newest exhibit Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President, which opened Oct. 17 and will continue through April 13, 2014. Admission: $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors ages 60 and up, $3 children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont. Information: www.rbhayes.org.
Through May 25
Where some see relics of the past, Varujan Boghosian sees material for his next sculpture or collage. The Armenian-American artist’s poetic works delve into themes of identity using unconventional objects like children’s toys, ancient paper and shoes. His work is seen at such noted institutions as The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition features works specially selected for their relationships to the Toledo Museum of Art and representative of the artist’s studio in New England. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Location: Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
‘LOVE & PLAY: A PAIR OF PAINTINGS BY FRAGONARD’
Through May 4
Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Blind-Man’s Buff and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid’s The See-Saw, are reunited for the first time in 25 years. Painted as companion pieces, the two works remained together from their creation in the early 1750s until they came onto the open market in 1954. They were reunited in temporary exhibitions in London in 1968 and in Paris and New York in 1987 and 1988. Fragonard, considered one of the premier artists of the Rococo era of 18th-century French painting, is known for portraying romantic pastoral themes with fluidity and skill. This focus exhibition also includes engravings and a selection of French decorative arts of the 18th century. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.””4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Location: Gallery 28, Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: 419-255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.
THE ART OF THE LOUVRE’S TUILERIES GARDEN
Through May 11
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will present 100 paintings, photographs, drawings, prints and sculptures by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 16th to the late 20th century. This glorious major exhibition explores the art, design and evolution of Paris’ famed Tuileries Garden and its impact on such artists as Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Childe Hassam and many others. It also pays tribute to the celebrated garden designer André Le Nôtre, who designed for King Louis XIV the magnificent and highly influential gardens for the Tuileries Palace and the Palace of Versailles. The Tuileries, which stretches several thousand feet from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, was originally created in 1564 and has for centuries been a key Parisian venue for art. This special exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and the Toledo Museum of Art in partnership with the Musée du Louvre. Admission: Free for Museum members; nonmembers pay $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for students and seniors. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Location: Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
GARDEN-INSPIRED WORKS ON PAPER
Through May 18
Paper Roses looks at human interaction with nature, landscape and garden design. Assembled entirely from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection, the show presents more than 100 prints, drawings, books and photographs by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Location: Toledo Museum of Art, Works on Paper Gallery, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
Alabama Shakes — May 7, 7:30 p.m., Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, Northfield. $47.35; 330-908-7625, www.hardrock.com.
Chicago — May 20, 8 p.m., Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, Northfield. $71.40-$129.25; 330-908-7625, www.hardrock.com.
Lady Antebellum — May 31, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $39.75-$68; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.
Il Divo — May 31, 8 p.m., Palace Theatre, Columbus. $62.60-$143.80; 614-469-9850, www.ticketmaster.com.
Panic! At The Disco — July 30, 7:30 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $29.50-$39.50; 216-912-7032. www.livenation.com.
Katy Perry — Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $29.50-$103.50; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.