Weekend: Get Out!

June 8
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center’s vintage base ball team “” the Spiegel Grove Squires “” play their first home game of the 2014 season Sunday, June 8 on the grounds of Spiegel Grove. They are joined in this match of 1860s-style base ball by the Forest City Base Ball Club of Chagrin Falls. The sport of base ball (two words in the 19th century) just was reaching the level of a “national pastime” in the late 1800s. Professional teams were organizing and rules of play were being standardized. By the 1860s, most large cities hosted matches of what was known as the “gentlemanly sport of base ball.” The Hayes Presidential Center re-creates the early history of base ball with its vintage base ball games. A group of 21 male volunteers make up the center’s 1860s base ball club. They play matches that adhere to base ball rules and customs in use during the 1860s. Players wear vintage-style uniforms, use 19th-century-style equipment, and observe such regulations as no cursing, no base stealing, and no calling other players by first names “” the courtesy title “Mister” is used in all references to teammates or rivals. The distinct differences between base ball’s early years and today’s sport make for delightful entertainment, as well as surprising enlightenment. Admission: Free. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont. Information: or 419-332-2081.
June 11-25
This summer, girls will have the opportunity to participate in our Girl Scout Animal Discovery Days. This is a great way for girls to explore the fun and adventure of Girl Scouts. During this summer, girls will learn about the many different ways they can work with animals and discover how animals are trained all while having fun with girls their own age. This Girl Scouting opportunity is open to all girls entering fourth through eighth grade. Girls will have three sessions to choose from: June 11 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Humane Society in Findlay; June 18 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Challenge Champions in Ottawa, and June 25 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Scout House in Ottawa. Admission: $10 for each session or $20 for all three. Information: Lynn Bryan at 419-225-4085 or
June 9
Sauder Village is hosting a free Agricultural Lecture Series at the Heritage Inn this season in conjunction with the renovation of the historic Grist Mill. Todd Price will present “The Dawn of the Golden Age of Agriculture” “” a program about the social, technological, political and economic changes of the 1920s and how these impacted farming. Price is the founding director of The Historic Wagner Farm, The Glenview Park District, in Glenview, Illinois. Admission: Free. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Sauder Village, 22611 Ohio 2, Archbold. Information: or 800-590-9755.
June 28
The Children’s Museum of Findlay is hosting the first annual Soap Box Race. Entries for “racecars” are still being accepted, but registration ends June 13. Pre-designed kits are available for purchase or design your own. Come out and join the fun on Saturday. Enjoy food, games, prizes, activities and the soap box race. The race is intended for children in kindergarten up to adults, but all ages are welcome. Admission: $35 to participate, free to watch. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Findlay Village Mall, 1800 Tiffin Ave. Information: or
June 30
The Toledo Museum of Art is accepting submissions for the 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition. This year the call for submissions has a new twist. Artists will be invited to take part in the show based on a digital portfolio of their work. The exhibition, which will be on view Nov. 21 through Jan. 3, 2015 in the Canaday Gallery, continues the Museum’s tradition of celebrating and recognizing the best work by artists in this region. While the exhibition has been in existence nearly a century, the Museum has made a number of changes this year to keep it fresh and relevant to the growing artistic community within a 150-mile radius. In addition to boosting prize money to $10,000–the Best of Show award is $5,000–the exhibition will be displayed primarily in the spacious Canaday Gallery, where a greater variety of media, including site-specific installations, can be shown. Artists are asked to submit a digital portfolio of up to 10 works representing their best work in any medium. The portfolios will be reviewed by the Museum’s Associate Director Amy Gilman and Mellon Fellow Halona Norton-Westbrook, who is exhibition curator. Artists invited to take part will work with Norton-Westbrook in selecting which of their works will represent them in the show. A yet-to-be named outside adjudicator will select the prize winners. The deadline to submit portfolios is midnight June 30. Artists selected will be notified in mid-July. Location: Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St, Toledo. Information:
June 8
Enjoy an afternoon of inspiring music at the annual Gospel Music Concert on Sunday at Sauder Village. Appearing for his 26th performance at Sauder Village, pianist Jim Stewart will be back to share his musical talents on the piano. Opening the concert at 3:30 p.m., Jim will entertain the crowd with both contemporary songs of praise and traditional hymns. The afternoon concert will begin with performances by Hoosier Harmony and Sojourner Quartet, the featured groups for the event this year. Also performing this year is the Sojourner Quartet “” a Christian music ministry based in Findlay. Sojourner Quartet began in 1991 as a contemporary Christian group, writing many of their own songs and performing across the country. The afternoon gospel concert is included with admission to Historic Sauder Village. This award-winning destination offers plenty for guests to see and do while visiting historic homes, farms, gardens and community shops. Families can take a walk through time while exploring wigwams and a trading post at Natives & Newcomers and then continue to the Pioneer Settlement Area to experience life in Ohio from the 1830-1870 at the log school, grist mill, church, barn, homes, gardens and more. Admission: $16 adults, free for children 16 and under, active duty military and their families, and Sauder Village members. Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Sauder Village, 22611 Ohio 2, Archbold. Information: or 800-590-9755.
June 11-Aug. 20
Trained as both a pianist and lawyer, it was an introduction to “boogie woogie” music that led Matthew Ball to choose music over law. The Michigan native opens the 2014 Verandah Concert series at the Hayes Presidential Center on Wednesday. The 80-foot long verandah of the home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes serves as the stage for the performance. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets and choose a favorite spot on the expansive and shady lawn in front of the home. Before the music begins at 7 p.m., everyone is invited to enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social. Serving begins at 6:45 p.m. In the event of thunderstorms, the concert will be canceled; call 419-332-2081 for updates. Other performances in the 2014 series include: June 25 “” Lake Plains Chorus (barbershop music); July 9 “” Terra Brass Choir; July 23 “” Honey Creek Preservation ‘Jass’ Band; Aug. 6 “” Cottonwood Jam String Band; and Aug. 20 “” North Coast Big Band. Admission: Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont. Information: 419-332-2081 or
June 19
Kenton’s Hi-Road Drive-In will host a live cast of Jimmy Buffet’s concert. The “Live At The Drive-In” performance will be simultaneously broadcast to drive-ins across the country. Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band, for the first time from such a venue, will perform live from the Coyote Drive-In in Panther Island, near Fort Worth, Texas. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Hi-Road box office and concession stand after 8 p.m. each evening or by logging on to the theater’s website at Tickets are also available at Tickets will also be available the night of the show. The concession stand will be open during the event. Patrons bringing food to the concert will be required to purchase a $5 food permit per vehicle. Admission: $18 per person with a minimun of two tickets per vehicle. Time: Box office opens at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 8 p.m. Location: Hi-Road Drive-In, 8059 U.S. N 68, just north of Kenton. Information: or
June 13-15 and 19-22
To end its 2013-14 main stage season, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre will present “The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein” for nine performances in June. Based on the 1974 cult-classic movie, the musical tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a brilliant medical professor (played by Trent Dorner), who must go to Transylvania to settle the estate of his late grandfather, Dr. Victor Frankenstein (played by Patrick Flanagan). After arriving, he meets his new assistant Igor (played by Patrick Boyer) and the housekeeper Frau Blucher (played by Lydia Schafer). Frederick must decide whether to keep his respectable medical career and socialite fiancée, Elizabeth Benning (played by Lindsey Denham) or embrace his destiny and true love Inga (played by Kristen Kukic) and make a Monster (played by Reed Reamsnyder). Other cast members include Heath Huber as Inspector Kemp, Matthew Johnston as Ziggy the Village Idiot, and Brien Sewell as Harold the Hermit. The book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan is brimming with favorite jokes from the movie (“Put the candle back!”), slapstick and sight-gags. Mel Brooks also wrote new music and lyrics for the show, and the audience favorite, Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” remains in the musical. The production is under the direction of Amy Spaulding-Heuring with music direction by Jamie Dauel and choreography by Ashley Nowak. Admission: $24.75 adults, $22.75 seniors 60 and over, $9.75 students and $4.75 Child 12 and under. Time: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Location: Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo. Information: or 419-243-9277.
Through June 20
A retrospective exhibit of the life’s work of Kenneth F. Smith is on display at the University of Findlay’s Lea Gallery in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion. Kenneth F. Smith was born Nov. 8, 1907 in Lancaster. His artistic talent surfaced at an early age. In his late teens he attended classes at the Chicago Art Institute. Though primarily a Sunday painter during his life, he was quite prolific in the variety and volume of his artwork. Ken worked as a designer in his early years for several sign companies including Artcraft and Neon Products in Lima. During World War II he worked as an engineering draftsman for Westinghouse in Fairmont, West Virginia. After the war Ken returned to Neon Products in Lima and retired from that company. During his retirement he spent several years in the St. Petersburg and Dunedin, Florida area. He was a member of the Creative Artist Guild in Dunedin. He was a founding member of the Lima Art Association, later ArtSpace Lima. The exhibit includes 44 paintings and drawings that include pastels, charcoal, oils, pencil, colored pencil and watercolors. Admission: Free. Time: 8 a.m.””8 p.m. Sunday through Saturday, Location: University of Findlay, Lea Gallery at the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, 1000 N. Main St., Findlay.
Through July 6
John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, John Gould and Roger Tory Peterson are among the well-known artists represented in this exhibition of 45 works from the Middle Ages forward, including hand-colored engravings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors and books. While some are from the Museum’s own collection, many are on loan from local libraries and collectors, including the Toledo Club, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the Ohio Historical Society. The exhibition chronicles the intersection of natural science and art in the pursuit of describing and identifying birds, from a medieval treatise on falconry to John James Audubon’s Birds of America and today’s modern field guide. 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 18, Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information:
Ticket Watch
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
Tim McGraw — June 8, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $62.70-$267.75; 330-920-8040,
Ray LaMontagne — June 11, 7:30 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $40.50-$70; 216-912-7032.
Arctic Monkeys — June 22, 8 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $47.35; 216-912-7032.
Dave Matthews Band — June 27, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $53.35-$89.90; 330-920-8040,
Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper — July 8, 7 p.m., Schottenstein Center, Columbus. $36.50-$267; 614-292-2624,
James Taylor — July 25, 8 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $40-$123.65; 330-920-8040,
Panic! At The Disco — July 30, 7:30 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $29.50-$39.50; 216-912-7032.
OneRepublic with The Script — Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $42.50-$96.90; 330-920-8040,
Katy Perry — Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $29.50-$103.50; 216-241-2121,
KISS & Def Leppard — Aug. 26, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $31.50-$1.250; 330-920-8040,


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