TIFFIN VICTORIAN TEA
The next Victorian tea will be held on June 21, with the “History Mystery Tea” theme, whose secret will be revealed only to those who attend. Guests are welcome to tour the Victorian-era Grammes-Brown home containing original belongings of the Grammes and Brown families, including the china table settings used for the teas. After Rosina Brown bequeathed the home to the Tiffin Historic Trust in 1989, the organization’s members spent several years restoring the red brick home. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Members of the Historic Trust are eligible for a discount. Admission: $20 per person. Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Grammes-Brown House, 172 Jefferson St., Tiffin. Information: Nancy Cook 419-447-0665 or TiffinHistoric@att.net.
New this year, Sauder Village is offering “Funshops” to provide guests with an in-depth look at some interesting topics of days-gone-by. Sauder Village guests can attend a one-hour session to learn more about spinning, gardening, tinsmithing, historic cooking and more. “Funshops” will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on select dates throughout July and early August. Each opportunity will be held at 1 p.m. and there are a limited number of spaces available. A “Spinning Funshop” will be held on July 22 “” offering guests an opportunity to learn more about spinning from carding wool to working on the spinning wheel. Garden tours will be held on July 23, providing an in-depth look at the many gardens in the historic village and some hands-on gardening activities. On Aug. 1 guests will have the chance to visit cows, help separate cream, and make butter during the “Dairy Funshop.” Guests will learn to make a tin cookie cutter and icicle tree ornament during the Tinsmithing sesson on July 23. A “One-Room School” program on July 24 will let guests participate in recitation, make a copy book and more. Other Funshops include historic cooking on July 29 with a focus on the art of bread-making and a “Behind the Scenes “” Curators Tour” on July 31. Admission: $10 adults, $6 children ages 2-16 fee on top of regular admission. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Sauder Village, 22611 Ohio 2, Archbold. Information: www.saudervillage.org or 1-800-590-9755.
July 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be offering a kids program called Marsh Mondays. Children ages 3-5 and 6-12 will learn about native plants and animals, explore the outdoors, get creative with crafts and much more. You must make a reservation by calling the visitor center at 419-898-0014. Marsh Mondays will meet inside the visitor center. Admission: Free. Time: Children ages 3-5 will meet from 10 a.m. to noon and ages 6-12 will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. Ohio 2, Oak Harbor. Information: 419-898-0014 or www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT
THE ARLINGTON FARMERS’
The Arlington Farmers Market, held every Friday at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington is planning a special market on Friday, July 25 with the theme “Christmas in July.” In addition to produce vendors, the July 25 market will feature arts and crafts with a special emphasis on local crafters/artisans. Musical entertainment will be provided. Admission: Free. Time: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Location: Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S. Main St., Arlington. Information: 419-365-5582.
GLOW RUN 5K
Pontifex will be hosting its first annual Glow Run 5k in Fremont on Saturday, Aug. 9. This stroller-friendly event invites runners and walkers to don their best glow accessories and join the fun. Pre-registration is open until July 26 and all those pre-registered will be guaranteed an event T-shirt. You may also register through www.Facebook.com/BodyLinesGym or in person at Pontifex located 416 W. State St., Fremont. Admission: $25 adults and $10 for children 10 and under who are participating. Teams of four or more can register for $20 each. Race day registration is $30 and does not guarantee the participant a T-shirt. Time: Registration begins at 8:30 p.m. on race day. Location: Roger Young Memorial Park, South Front Street, Fremont. Information: 419-332-9792.
RHYTHM ON THE RIVER
DelGreco and Gorman will present the next program of the Rhythm on the River Arts Series in Grand Rapids on Sunday. The Rhythm programs are held in the Wright Pavilion. Tom Gorman and Tom DelGreco are an acoustic rock/pop songwriting duo from Bowling Green and Hickory, North Carolina. Formed in 1999, they were songwriting finalists at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, Texas. They toured regionally in the Midwest and received air play on at least three radio stations including live performances on the “Mitch Albom Show” on WJR in Detroit. They just completed their fifth CD release, “25th Ave. NW”. In 2014, Phil Bennett on bass and Masten Cloer on drums joined the duo for amazing 4-part harmonies. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and come out in this beautiful setting alongside the Maumee River and enjoy songs about the struggles of life, staying married and raising children, with strong harmony and witty lyrics. Admission: Free. Time: 4 p.m. Location: Wright Pavilion located on the towpath between the canal and the Maumee River at the end of Lincoln Street behind LaRoe’s Restaurant.
Through Aug. 20
Honey Creek Preservation “Jass” Band headlines the next Verandah Concert Series on July 23. 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: 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 www.rbhayes.org.
GREAT GEAUGA COUNTY
James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor is pleased to announce that it will host a free outdoor concert by the Great Geauga County Fair Band on Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m. The concert will be held on the expansive lawn behind the family home of James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States. Those attending this outdoor concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, drinking water, insect repellant and sunscreen for comfort. Picnic baskets are welcomed; alcoholic beverages are not permitted. The Great Geauga County Fair Band has been entertaining audiences since 1938 and is made up of musicians of all ages from seven northeastern Ohio counties. The concert will include several popular John Philip Sousa marches, including “The Gladiator,” which is new to the band’s repertoire and was Sousa’s first big hit in 1886. The concert will include other patriotic favorites, including “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and a medley of tunes from George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess.” The band’s longtime soloist, Lindsey Sandham Leonard, will provide vocals to several numbers, including “I’ll Be Seeing You” and Irving Berlin’s hit “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” J.C. Sherman will perform a euphonium solo, “My Regards.” Sherman is a Cleveland area freelance musician and the principal tubist for the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. Admission: Free. Time: 2 p.m. Location: James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 8095 Mentor Ave. (U.S. 20), Mentor. Information: 440-255-8722 or www.nps.gov/jaga.
‘JEKYLL AND HYDE’
Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Young Rep production of “Jekyll and Hyde” will run Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 20 on the 10th Street stage. This dramatic musical is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel about a man whose experiments with human nature unleash a monster within himself and endanger the two women whose love he is caught between. With a score by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse and Steve Cuden, the dynamic production will be set to simple staging and feature memorable songs such as “This is the Moment,” “Once Upon A Dream” and “In His Eyes.” Directed by James MacFarlane and music director Jennifer Braun, the cast features performers age 14 through 19, with half making their debut on the Rep stage. Admission: $10 adults and $5 children ages 12 and under. Time: 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Location: Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo. Information: 419-243-9277 and www.toledorep.org.
July 19 and 20
This international smash hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter. His world view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera overflows with melodies that are already standards. Les Misérables book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Admission: $15 adults, $10 students. Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Location: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Information: www.ritztheatre.org.
‘THE MUSIC MAN’
July 31-Aug. 3
Perrysburg Musical Theatre presents its 2014 summer production of “The Music Man.” Under the direction of Clark Ausloos and musical direction of Pamela Williams-Rumer, performances will be held at Perrysburg High School. “The Music Man” tells the story of fast-talking con man “Professor” Harold Hill who convinces the parents of River City to buy instruments and uniforms for their youngsters, promising to train the youth to be members of a new band. However, Hill has no musical training and plans to leave town without teaching anyone. Chaos ensues as Hill’s credentials are questioned and he is called upon to prove himself to the citizens of River City. Admission: $12 adults, $10 students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at Perrysburg High School. Time: 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Location: Perrysburg High School, 13385 Roachton Road, Perrysburg. Information: www.perrysburgmusicaltheatre.org.
THE ART OF VIDEO GAMES
Through Sept. 28
Striking visual effects and the creative use of new technology in games take center stage in this interactive traveling exhibition, one of the first to examine video games as an art form. The exhibition features playable games, such as PacMan, Super Mario Brothers and Flower, and renderings and video interviews with key game developers and artists. The Art of Video Games also displays interactive kiosks with an extensive selection of home consoles from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3. 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. Closed Monday. Location: Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St, Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org
FUN & GAMES: THE
PURSUIT OF LEISURE
Through Sept. 21
For centuries, humankind has enjoyed a wealth of leisure diversions. Drawing on works from local and Toledo Museum of Art collections, “Fun & Games” shows a variety of those activities and pursuits–games, sports, racing, theater, dancing and gossip–depicted by artists over the years. The exhibition includes paintings, ceramics and works of art on paper by such artists as Honore Daumier, James A. M. Whistler, George Wesley Bellows, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Lucas Cranach, Winslow Homer, Albrecht Durer, Marc Chagall and Rembrandt van Rijn. 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. Closed Mondays. Location: Toledo Museum of Art, Works on Paper Gallery, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
PEOPLE GET READY: 50
YEARS OF CIVIL RIGHTS
Through Sept. 21
After a year of social tumult and Congressional debate, the U.S. Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. In honor of those who fought for the right of all citizens to be treated fairly and equally, this exhibition features works of art that examine slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement in the United States. It includes more than 35 works from the TMA collection by Elizabeth Catlett, David Levinthal, Gordon Parks, Aminah Robinson, W. Eugene Smith, Ernest C. Withers and others who have illuminated and challenged prejudice and bigotry through their photographs, prints and books. 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. Closed Mondays. Location: Toledo Museum of Art, Hitchcock Gallery, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
James Taylor — July 25, 8 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $40-$123.65; 330-920-8040, 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.
OneRepublic with The Script — Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $42.50-$96.90; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.
Katy Perry — Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $29.50-$103.50; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.
Kiss & Def Leppard — Aug. 26, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $31.50-$1,250; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.