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Calendar of Events for Lorain County and north central Ohio for June-December, 2015

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2015 Events Calendar

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may–aug LORAIN COUNTY IRONMEN, The Pipe Yard, Lorain. The Ironmen play in the Prospect League, a nationally recognized collegiate wood bat league covering six states. 752.0372 For complete schedule www.greatlakesleague.org

may–aug ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER CONCERTS, Black River Land-ing, Lorain, gates open 5:30pm. Northeast Ohio’s longest run-ning and highest attended out-door concert series. For concert schedule 330.730.7591 www.rockinontheriver.com

may–aug 2 FAIRY GARDENS & MINI LANDSCAPES, Miller Nature Preserve, Avon, 10am–6:30pm. Unique exhibit explores the world of fairies. 937.0764 www.metroparks.cc

may–sep LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS PROFESSIONAL BASE-BALL, All Pro Freight Stadium, Avon. Complete schedule on website. 934.3636 www.lakeeriecrushers.com

may 23–sep 7 MYSTIC BELLE SCENIC RIVER CRUISE, Vermilion, Tues–Sun 2pm & 4pm, Fri & Sat sunset cruises. 315.1907 www.donparsonsmarina.com

may–oct LORAIN COUNTY SPEED-WAY RACING, Route 58 & 113, S. Amherst. Weekly racing program for Modifieds, Sports-man, Grand National, Chargers, and Spectator Stocks. 986.7223 www.loraincountyspeedway.com

may–oct RIVERDOG MUSIC, Riverdog Retreat, Oberlin. High quality, live, serious “roots” music in its many forms. Concerts are set in an informal, intimate venue. Check website for concert schedule. 965.8309 riverdogmusic.weebly.com

may–nov last sundays monthly OLD TOWN HALL MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE, North Rid-geville, 2–5pm. Displays of life in North Ridgeville from 1810 to present. www.northridgeville-historicalsociety.org

may 30–dec 20 saturdays & sundays VERMILION ARTS GUILD SHOWS, Main Street Vermilion, 12–4pm. Gallery shows feature fine art, photography, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, and unique hand-crafted items. 963.0772 www.mainstreetvermilion.org

jun–aug first sundays SCHOLARS AND SETTLERS HISTORY WALK, Oberlin Heritage Center, 1pm. History of Oberlin’s earliest residents and their stories of triumphs, debates, and scandals linked to landmarks around Tappan Square. 774.1700 | www. oberlinheritagecenter.org

jun–aug saturdaysFREEDOM FRIENDS HISTORY WALK, Oberlin Heritage Center, 11am. Explores Oberlin’s role in the Under-ground Railroad and its freedom seekers. 774.1700 | www. oberlinheritagecenter.org

jun–sep sundaysQUIGLEY MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE, Amherst, 2–4pm. Museum open and staffed by informed docents. 988.7255 www. amhersthistoricalsociety.org

jun–nov first sundays FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOUSE TOURS, Oberlin, 12–5pm. Weltzheimer/Johnson house, Wright’s first Usonian house in Ohio (closed major holi-days). 775.8671 | www.oberlin.edu/amam/flwright.html

jun 3, 13, 20, jul 8, 19, aug 1, 9, 23 LORAIN LIGHTHOUSE TOURS, Black River Landing Dock, Lorain. For information and schedule visit www.lorainlighthouse.com. Reservations: 204.2269 www.lorainportauthority.com

jun 4–aug 13 thursdays SUMMER CONCERTS, Ely Square, Elyria, 11:30am–1pm. Live band concert featuring a va-riety of entertainment. 326.1500 www.cityofelyria.org

jun 6, 13, 20, 27, jul 11, 18, 25KLINGSHIRN WINERY PICNIC, Avon Lake, 12–5pm. Sip wine and enjoy the beauty of the vineyards. Lunch avail-able for purchase prepared by local Girl Scout troop. 933.6666 www.klingshirnwine.com

jun 7–aug 30 sundays BENJAMIN BACON HOUSE MUSEUM TOURS, Vermilion River Reservation, 1–4pm. His-tory of the park and the life of the Bacon family in the 1800s. 458.5121 | www.metroparks.cc

jun 9–sep 8 tuesdays LORAIN LIGHTHOUSE SUNSET DINNERS, Jackalope Lakeside, 6:30pm. Boat ride to lighthouse for catered dinner with wine and lighthouse tour. For reservations, call 984.1012 www.lorainlighthouse.com

jun 10, jul 8, aug 12 WALKIN’ ON WEDNESDAY, Downtown Amherst, 6–8pm. En-joy family-friendly entertainment while strolling the streets of the historic district. 984.6709 www.mainstreetamherst.org

jun 11, 25, jul 9, 23, aug 13, 27, sep 10, 24 MUSIC ON THE PATIO, Miller Nature Preserve, Avon, 6:30pm. Live music, hors d’ oeuvres, and cash bar on the outside patio. 937.0764 | www.metroparks.cc

jun 12–aug 14 fridays CONCERTS IN THE PARK, Howk Memorial Park, Wel-lington, 7pm. Check website for schedule and information. 647.3987 | www. mainstreetwellington.org jun 14, jul 12, aug 9, sep 13 MUSIC UNDER THE STARS, Lakeview Park, Lorain, 7:30–9pm. Sunset and music as the stars come out. 458.5121 www.metroparks.cc

jun 18, jul 16, aug 20, sep 17 THIRD THURSDAYS MUSIC, FLOWERS, AND A SUNSET, Vermilion, 6:30pm–sunset. Stroll the sidewalks and browse the shops while listening to bands and soloists playing throughout the downtown. 967.4477 www.vermilionohio.com

jun 18–sep 24 wednesdays & thursdaysBLACK RIVER NATURE CRUISE, Black River Landing, Lorain, Jun 18–Aug 6 departs at 6:30pm, Aug 12–Sep 24 departs at 6pm. Reservations required. Narrated tour providing informa-tion on wildlife, flora and fauna, and landmarks along the river. 204.2269 www.lorainportauthority.com

Ongoingevents

Lorain Lighthouse Tours

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jun 21–aug 23 sundays SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Vermilion River Res-ervation, 6:30–8pm. Outdoor concerts in scenic Mill Hollow Amphitheater featuring a variety of musical entertainment. 458.5121 | www.metroparks.cc

jun 22–sep 7 BUTTERFLY HOUSE, Miller Nature Preserve, Avon, 10am–5:30pm. Walk among the but-terflies and learn which plants attract them. 937.0764 www.metroparks.cc

jun 26–aug 14 fridays (excl. jul 3)SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK, Tappan Square, Oberlin, 7–9pm. Free concerts featuring a variety of musical entertainment. 774.6262 www.oberlin.org

jun 26–sept 5 fridays & saturdaysSUNSET RIVER CRUISE, Lo-rain, Jun 26–Aug 8 departs 8pm, Aug 14–Sep 5 departs 7:30pm. Boarding at the Jackalope Res-taurant dock for a sunset cruise on the Black River. 204.2269 www.lorainportauthority.com

jun 27–sep 12 saturdaysVERMILION FARMERS MARKET, Victory Park, 10am–3pm. Locally grown produce, flowers, hand-crafted items and baked goods. Special events each week. 963.0772 www.mainstreetvermilion.org

jul 3–31 fridays SUNSET CONCERT SERIES, Lakeview Park, Lorain, 7–9pm. Evening music featuring a variety of music and spectacular sunsets. 458.5121 www.metroparks.cc

jul 3–aug 8 OBERLIN SUMMER THEATER FESTIVAL, Hall Auditorium. Free, live profes-sional productions of meaningful theater classics running in rotat-ing repertory. See website for schedule and ticket reservations. 775.8169 | www.oberlinsum-mertheaterfestival.com

jul 12–aug 30 sundays CONCERTS IN THE PARK, Victory Park, Vermilion, 7–8:30pm. Free concerts in the gazebo featuring a variety of music. 967.4477 www.vermilionohio.com

aug 22–oct 25 OH DEAR DEER NOT IN MY GARDEN, Miller Nature Pre-serve, Avon, 10am–6pm. Stroll through the display to learn how to create a deer proof backyard. 937.0764 | www.metroparks.cc

sep 3, oct 1, nov 5, dec 3 FIRST THURSDAY EVENING HOURS, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin 5–8pm. Gal-leries remain open for visitors to take in an exhibition or hear a guest speaker. Light refresh-ments. 775.8665 www.oberlin.edu/amam

sep 17–oct 15 thursdays–saturdaysHISPANIC MONTH CELEBRATION, Lorain Arts Council Gallery 737, 4–7pm. Ex-hibit featuring Latino art and artists. 288.2787 www.lorainartscouncil.com

sep 18–oct 31 fridays–sundaysHALLOWEEKENDS, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Fri 6pm–mid-night, Sat 11am–midnight, Sun 12–8pm. Spooky chills and monstrous fun. Roller coasters, live musical shows, costumed characters, parade and more. 419.627.2350 www.halloweekends.com

sep 19–oct 25 saturdays & sundays FALL HAY RIDES & CORN MAZE, Carlisle Reservation Equestrian Center, LaGrange, 12–3pm. Horse-drawn wagon rides and six-acre corn maze. 458.5121 | www.metroparks.cc

sep 25–oct 31 fridays–sundays LAKE EERIE FEARFEST, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, San-dusky, Fri & Sat 7:30–11:30pm, Sun 7:30–9:30pm. Four legend-ary haunts unite under one roof to create the area’s newest, most unique, most feared haunted destination in all of Ohio. 419.502.4288 www.lakeeeriefearfest.com

sep 25–oct 31 TERROR IN THE CORN FIELD, Novotny Farm Market, Vermilion, Fridays & Saturdays 7–11pm, Sun Nov 1 dusk–10pm. Haunted corn maze, pumpkins, corn stalks and fall decorations. 654.8847

sep 25–oct 31 thursdays–sundaysHAUNTVILLE, Elyria, Thur & Sun 7–10pm, Fri & Sat 7pm–midnight. Closed Sep 27 & Oct 1. Haunted house with four themed haunts and Zombie Hunt Paintball in 3-D. 655.0016 www.elyriahauntedhouse.com

sep 25–oct 31 thursdays–sundaysSPOOKY RANCH, Rockin’-R-Ranch, Columbia Station, Thur & Sun 7–10pm, Fri & Sat 7pm–11:30pm. Closed Sep 27 & Oct 1. Haunted Hayride, The Haunted Barn, Crazy Clowns in 3-D Haunted House, Bloody Mary’s Revenge Haunted House and Blood Slingers Saloon. 236.5454 www.spookyranch.com

sep 26–oct 25 saturdays & sundays OLD WEST PUMPKIN FEST, Rockin’-R’-Ranch, Columbia Station 12–5pm. Unlimited hay-rides, pony rides, live costume character show, fun house & more. 236.5454 www.clevelandhayride.com

sep–dec PSYCHO/SOMATIC: VISIONS OF THE BODY IN CONTEMPORARY EAST ASIAN ART, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Tues–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm, (closed Mondays and major holidays). 775.8665 www.oberlin.edu/amam

sep–dec RETURN OF THE DRAGON, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Tues–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm, (closed Mondays and major holidays). 775.8665 www.oberlin.edu/amam

nov 15–jan 5 TROPICAL/NORTHERN HOLIDAY DISPLAY, Miller Na-ture Preserve, Avon, 10am–6pm. Display showing how people with palms celebrate the season in comparison to the far north. 937.0764 | www.metroparks.cc

jun 1–30 AMAZING GRAPE RACE, Visit wineries along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail. Have your card signed by all participating wineries for chance to win prizes. 800.227.6972 www.ohiowines.org

jun 5–7, 12–14 AESOP’S FABLE-OUS BARNYARD BASH, French Creek Nature & Arts Center, Sheffield Village, Fri 6:30pm, Sat 3pm & 6:30pm, Sun 3pm. Twelve classic fables performed by a cavalcade of farm characters. Puppets, rhythm, dance and po-etry. 949.5200|www.tncarts.org

jun 6 SPRING GARDEN LUNCHEON, Hickories Mu-seum, Elyria, 11:30am–2pm. A casual afternoon of flowers, food, and fun. Self-guided tour of the museum. Private gardens available for viewing. 322.3341 www.lchs.org

jun 6–7 COLUMBIA ANTIQUE GAS ENGINE SHOW & FLEA MARKET, Columbia Township Park, 9am–3pm. A variety of engine show exhibitors, flea market, and craft vendors. 236.9053 www.columbiaengineshow.com

jun 11 ANNIE MOSHER AND NATHAN BELL CONCERT, Riverdog Retreat, Vermilion, 7:30pm. An evening of intimate music. 965.8309 | www.river-dogmusic.weebly.com

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jun 20 OBERLIN CHALK WALK, Downtown Oberlin, 10am–4pm. Local and professional artists create works of art on downtown sidewalks. Supplies provided for spectators to make their own chalk creations. 774.6262 www.oberlinchalkwalk.com

jun 20 WATERFRONT WINE FESTIVAL, Veterans Memorial Park, Avon Lake, 4–10pm. Adult-only event featuring sampling from local wineries and restau-rants, great music and art. www.avonlakewaterfront.com

jun 21 JUNETEENTH BLUESFEST, Lakeview Park, Lorain, 3–7pm. History and the sweet sound of blues music. 458.5121 www.metroparks.cc

jun 21 FATHER’S DAY AT THE VINEYARD, Vermilion Valley Vineyard, Henrietta Twp, 12–5pm. Fathers and sons can fish in stocked pond, build birdhouses, and play lawn games. Grilled lunch available from 1 –5pm. 965.5202 | www.vermilionval-leyvineyards.com

jun 21 WORLD WIDE SOLSTICE FESTIVAL, Vermilion River Res-ervation, 12–6pm. Solaractivity, the founders of the WWSF and The Black River Astronomical So-ciety will be partnering with the Lorain County Metro Parks and numerous civic groups. Close-up views of the sun presentations, music, art, arts & crafts, face painting, good food and more. Scale model “Planet Walk” and the world’s largest portable sundial. 967.7310 www.metroparks.cc

jun 23 HERITAGE OF SACRED MUSIC CONCERT, Lorain Palace Theater, 7:15pm. Lorain International Festival concert brings together local churches to share and celebrate their diverse spiritual and cultural heritages. www.loraininternational.com

jun 26 & 27 SUMMERCADE, LORAIN COUNTY SPEEDWAY, Route 58 & 113, S. Amherst. ISMA Supermodified 50 lap shoot-out. Fireworks and Bronx County live band on Fri. 100 lap Night of Thunder on Sat. 986.7223 | www.loraincountyspeedway.com

jun 26–28 NSA CLASS A&B STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, Victory Sports Park, North Ridgeville, 8am–6pm. NSA World Series Qualifier. 506.7691 www.victoryparkohio.com

jun 26–28 COLUMBIA HOMECOMING FESTIVAL, Columbia Town-ship Park, Fri 5–11:30pm, Sat 1–11pm, Sun 11am–6pm. Miss Liberty & Baby Liberty Pageant, live entertainment, food, music, 5k run, in-line skate, car show, kids day, baking contests, horseshoe contest, parade and fireworks. 236.9053 | www.columbiahomecoming.com

jun 26–28 LORAIN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL & BAZAAR, Black River Landing, Lorain, Fri 5–11pm, Sat 12–11pm, Sun 12–6pm (Parade 11:30am). Festi-val celebrating the nationalities, cultures and diversity of Lorain and beyond. Ethnic foods, all day live entertainment, children’s fun area and more. Spotlight na-tionality is the African American community. www.loraininternational.com

jun 27 BLACK RIVER KAYAK-A-THON, French Creek Reserva-tion Boat Launch, Sheffield Vil-lage, 7:30am. Competitive races and casual float to encourage recreation and celebrate restora-tion on the Black River. www.lorainblackriver.com

jun 12 & 13 HOPS ON BOARD, Lorain & West Virginia Depot, Wellington, 7–9pm. Lake Shore Railway train trip through the countryside. Beer and appetizer samplings. 330.657.2792 | www.lsra.org

jun 13 ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER: MICHAEL STANLEY & THE RESONATORS, Black River Landing, Lorain, 5:30–11pm. Northeast Ohio’s longest running and highest attended outdoor concert series. Also per-forming: The Juke Hounds. Gates open at 5:30pm. 330.730.7591 www.rockinontheriver.com

jun 13 TRASH TO TREASURE GARAGE SALE, Grafton, 9am–5pm. Community garage sales. No permits are required, there-fore no maps available. 926.2401 www.villageofgrafton.org

jun 13 JUNETEENTH OBERLIN, Tappan Square, 12–10pm. Com-memorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Parade, contests and tournaments, chil-dren’s activities, broom-jumping ceremony, music and vendors. www.juneteenthoberlin.com

jun 14 PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 103rd O.V.I. Museum, Sheffield Lake, 8am–1pm. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and free tours of the Civil War Museum. 949.2790 | www.103ovi.com

jun 17–20 NORTH RIDGEVILLE GARAGE SALE DAYS, North Ridgeville, Wed 6–8pm, Thurs–Sat 9am–6pm. Pick up list of locations at N. Ridgeville Visitors Bureau. Hundreds of sales and new sales daily. 327.3737 www.nrchamber.com

jun 19 & 20 VILLAGE-WIDE SIDEWALK SALE & YARD SALES, Wel-lington, 9am–5pm. Over 200 par-ticipating households. 647.3987 www.mainstreetwellington.org

jun 19–21 AVON HERITAGE DUCK TAPE® FESTIVAL, Veter-ans Memorial Park, Avon, Fri 4–11pm, Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11am–5pm. Free parking/admission, scavenger hunt, live entertainment, rides, food, plus Duck Tape® fashions, sculptures and crafts. Parade 10am on Saturday. 866.818.1116 www.ducktapefestival.com

jun 19–21 FESTIVAL OF THE FISH, Ver-milion, Fri & Sat 12–11pm, Sun 12–6pm. Lighted boat parade, daily entertainment, food and craft booths, crazy craft races and pet parade. Fireworks on Fri, parade Sun at 12:30pm. 967.4477 www.vermilionohio.com

jun 19–21 TRADERS EXCHANGE, Ex-change Park, Vermilion, 11am–10pm. Outdoor marketplace featuring unique handmade and commercial items. 654.8847

jun 20 FESTIVAL OF THE FISH 5K RUN, Vermilion Family YMCA, 8am registration, 9am race. 967.4208 | www.clevelandym-ca.org/branches/vermilion

jun 20 SPRING OPEN HOUSE, Our Little World Alpacas, Grafton, 11am–4pm. Learn about the farm and view newest cria’s (ba-bies). Spinning and loom knitting demonstrations, mini seminars, farm store open featuring alpaca fiber products. 477.4300 | www.ourlittleworldalpacas.com

jun 20 YOUNG ANGLERS FISHING DERBY, Findley State Park, Wel-lington, 10am–12pm. Children fish for prizes, lunch at noon. 647.4490 | www.parks.ohiodnr.gov/findley

jun 20 ANNUAL FAIRY FESTIVAL, Days of Yore Herb & Flower Farm, Wellington, 11am–5pm. Create a fairy container with herbs & miniature plants, learn how to plant and grow herbs. 647.2045 | www.daysofyor-eherbandflowerfarm.com

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jul 4 ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER CONCERT: FINS TO THE LEFT, Black River Landing, Lorain, 5:30–11pm. Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band featuring Michael Utley & Robert Greenidge from Jimmy Buffett’s current Coral Reefer Band. Part of Port Fest celebration. Gates open at 5:30pm. 330.730.7591 www.rockinontheriver.com

jul 4 FIREWORKS PADDLE, Century Park, Lorain, 9–11pm. Take a trip offshore for the best view of Lake Erie’s fireworks. Bring kayak or rent on-site. 419.239.3779 www.locoyakshak.com

jul 8–12 SHEFFIELD LAKE COMMU-NITY DAYS, Shoreway Shop-ping Center, Wed–Fri 6–11pm, Sat & Sun 4–11pm. Five-day car-nival and festival featuring rides, parade and fireworks. 949.8346 www.sheffieldlake.net

jul 9–12 FCII FESTIVAL, Kanisa House II and LCCC, Elyria, Thurs 1–8pm, Fri & Sat 9am–9pm, Sun 10am–1:30pm. Banquets, speakers, workshops, exhibits, of all nationalities and faiths. Tours of the Kanisa House. 366.3244

jul 9–11, 17–19, 24–26 IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, Workshop Players Theater, Amherst, Thurs–Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Set in a hospital, It Runs in the Family contains the usual as-sortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for someone else. 988.5613 www.workshopplayers.com

jul 10 WINE TASTING CRUISE ON JET EXPRESS, Black River Landing, Lorain, 7:30–9:30pm. Sample wines and appetizers while cruising the Black River and Lake Erie. 204.2269 www.lorainportauthority.com

jul 10–12, 17–19, 24–26 PAJAMA GAME, French Creek Nature & Arts Center, Sheffield Village, Fri & Sat 7:30–9pm, Sun 3pm. TrueNorth Cultural Arts performs this timeless musical. 949.5200 | www.TNCarts.org

jul 11 ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER CONCERT: WISH YOU WERE HERE, Black River Landing, Lorain, 5:30–11pm. Pink Floyd Tribute Band with Colin Dussault’s Blues Project. Gates open at 5:30pm. 330.730.7591 www.rockinontheriver.com

jul 11 KERSTETTER 5K RUN, Elyria Police Station, 7am registration, 8:30am race. Register before Jul 1 for free t-shirt and first 200 runners receive special gift. Proceeds benefit Kerstetter 5K Scholarship Fund. www.kerstetter5k.com

jul 11 PIG ROAST, Vermilion Valley Vineyards, Henrietta Twp, 6pm. Roasted pig and fixings prepared at the winery. Reserva-tions required. 965.5202 | www.vermilionvalleyvineyards.com

jul 11 HOOKS FOR HUNGER, Miller Road Park, Avon Lake, 6am–2pm. Charitable fishing competi-tion with prizes for multiple categories. 930.4101 www.avonlake.org

jul 11 20TH ANNUAL HISTORIC SUMMERFARE, Exchange Place Park, Vermilion, 10am–7pm. Antiques, collectibles, jewelry, artisans, crafts, and more. Corvette show 9am –3pm. 654.8847 jul 12 ICE CREAM SOCIAL, Hicko-ries Museum, Elyria, 1–5pm. Old-fashioned fun with antique car display, museum tours and ice cream social. 322.3341 www.lchs.org

jun 27 OHIO SCOTTISH GAMES, Lorain County Fairgrounds, Wel-lington, 8am–7pm. Traditional Scottish competitions, heavy athletics, pipe bands, fiddle, harp and Highland dancing. Children’s games, Scottish ani-mals, food and vendors. Musical entertainment. www.ohioscottishgames.com

jun 27 & 28 LAKEVIEW VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT, Lakeview Park, Lorain, Sat 8am, Sun 9am. Open volleyball tournament on the beach. 245.1193 www.metroparks.cc

jun 28 CRUISE INTO SUMMER, Findley State Park, Wellington, 9am–3pm. Annual car show with music, food, prizes and nature programs. 487.2095 www.friendsoffindley.org

jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 “ONE STEP MORE” OBER-LIN WOMEN’S HISTORY WALK, 6:30pm. Walking tour with stories of powerful 19th and early 20th century Oberlin women. 774.1700 www.oberlinheritage.org

jul 2 CITY OF AVON LAKE FIRE-WORKS CELEBRATION, Weiss Field, Avon Lake, 7–10pm (rain date Jul 5). Fireworks, live music, food and fun. 933.6141 www.avonlake.org

jul 2 LINDI ORTEGA CONCERT, Riverdog Retreat, Vermilion, 7:30pm. An evening of intimate music by award-winning Cana-dian singer-songwriter. 965.8309 www.riverdogmusic.weebly.com

jul 3 & 4 CELEBRATION IN THE PARK, Wellington. Ice cream social Fri, 6pm. Band concert at 7pm on the steps of the Town Hall. Fireworks at dusk (9:30pm) at the Fairgrounds. Family fun on Sat beginning at 11:30am includ-ing food, games, and Spirit of ‘76 parade at 3pm. 647.3987 | www.mainstreetwellington.org and www.wellingtonchamberof-commerce.org

jul 4 PORT FEST, Black River Land-ing, Lorain, 5–11pm. Music, chil-dren’s activities, craft vendors and food. Fireworks at 10pm. 204.2269 www.lorainportauthority.com

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jul 16–18 BYE BYE BIRDIE, Olde Towne Hall Theatre, North Ridgeville, Thurs & Fri 7:30pm, Sat 3pm & 7:30pm. Musical inspired by Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. 327.2909 www.oldetownehalltheatre.com

jul 17 CRAFT BEER TASTING CRUISE ON JET EXPRESS, Black River Landing, Lorain, 7:30–9:30pm. Sample craft beers and appetizers while cruising the Black River and Lake Erie. 204.2269www.lorainportauthority.com

jul 17 & 18 WINE ON RAILS, Lorain & West Virginia Depot, Wellington, 7:30–9:30pm. Evening train ride through the countryside with samplings of wines and appetiz-ers. 330.657.2792 www.lsra.org

jul 17–19 5TH ANNUAL VICTORY PARK LAST CHANCE TOUR-NAMENT, Victory Sports Park, North Ridgeville, 9am–5pm. Three-game guarantee. 506.7691 www.victoryparkohio.com

jul 17–19 CHEESE HERITAGE FESTIVAL, Howk Memorial Park, Wellington, Fri 5–9pm, Sat 10am–10pm (parade 3pm), Sun 12–6pm. Celebrate Wellington’s heritage as the Cheese Capital of America. Games, rides, cheese contests, Ohio wine tasting tent, entertainment, food and craft vendors. 647.3987 | www.mainstreetwellington.org

jul 17–26 fridays–sundays, MARY POPPINS, Stocker Arts Center, Elyria, Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. The Lorain Community Music Theater presents this clas-sic Broadway musical. 366.4040 | www.loraincommunitymusic-theater.org

jul 18 DOG DAYS WINE TOUR, LaGrange Lions Park, 6:30am–7pm. Features five bicycle routes of 35, 50, 65, 100 and 125 miles. Guests stop at wineries for snacks and wine sampling. www.silverwheelscycling.com

jul 18 FIRST ANNUAL CAR SHOW, Don Mould’s Plantation, North Ridgeville, 9:30am. All vehicles welcome. Dash plaques and trophies. Proceeds benefit Res-cue Canine 911. Leashed dogs welcome. 327.3407 www.mouldsplantation.com

jul 18 & 19 OBERLIN OUTDOOR BASKETBALL FESTIVAL, Park Street Park, Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 12–8pm. 5 on 5 basketball festival with music and food vendors. 775.7254 www.cityofoberlin.com

jul 20 LEADERSHIP LORAIN COUNTY ANNUAL GOLF OUTING FUNDRAISER, Oberlin Golf Club, 11am–8pm. Proceeds assist Leadership Lorain County in continuing its mission to foster life-long lead-ers who serve as catalysts for positive change. 366.4700 |www.leadershiploraincounty.com

jul 24–25 CHRISTMAS IN JULY CAMPOUT, Findley State Park, Wellington. Variety of pro-grams with a Christmas theme. Regular camping fees apply. Call 1.866.644.6727 for reservations. 647.4490 | www.parks.ohiodnr.gov/findley

jul 24 & 25 THE SUMMER MARKET, Veterans Memorial Park, Avon Lake, Fri 4–9pm, Sat 9am–5pm. Outdoor festival and benefit on the shore of Lake Erie. Furniture, jewelry, art, vintage items, fresh produce, home decor, and more. Dine from three featured restaurants and enjoy live music and a sunset. www.thesummer-market.com

jul 24–26 ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN JULY, Victory Sports Park, North Ridgeville, 8am–6am. All registered teams are permitted to camp out on the VSP soccer fields for the weekend. Christmas in July fes-tival and activities on Saturday. 506.7691 www.victoryparkohio.com

jul 24–26 CITY WIDE MERCHANT SIDEWALK SALE, Vermilion, 10am. Browse the shops and res-taurants for sidewalk sales and specials. 967.4477 www.vermilionohio.com

jul 25 BLUEBERRY SATURDAY, Vermilion Valley Vineyards, Hen-rietta Twp, 12–6pm. Blueberries suitable for picking by children and adults. Blueberry desserts and wine. 965.5202 | www. vermilionvalleyvineyards.com

jul 26 LAFLAVOUR CONCERT, Ely Square, Elyria, 6–8pm. Live band concert in picturesque Ely square. 326.1500 www.cityofelyria.org

jul 31 GIRLS NIGHT OUT CRUISE ON JET EXPRESS, Black River Landing, Lorain, 7:30–9:30pm. Enjoy a ladies night out on this cruise on the Black River and Lake Erie. 204.2269 www.lorainportauthority.com

aug 1 FAMILY FUN DAY, Jamie’s Flea Market, Amherst, 10am–4pm. Music, contests, prizes and more for the whole family. 986.4402 www.jamiesfleamarket.com

aug 1 44TH ANNUAL ANTIQUES IN THE PARK, Exchange Place Park, Vermilion, 10am–7pm. Antiques, collectibles, artisans and more. Lunch available for purchase. 654.8847

aug 1 DANCING ON MAIN STREET, Downtown Amherst, 3–11pm. Rock-n-roll to the sounds of great local bands during this free music festival. Streets are closed for vendors and restaurant specialties. 984.6709 www.mainstreetamherst.org

aug 1 FAMILY FUN FEST, Vermilion Family YMCA, 3–7pm. Free, family oriented event. 967.4208 www.clevelandymca.org/vermilion

aug 6–9 OLMSTED HERITAGE DAYS, Grand Pacific Junction, Olmsted Falls,10am 10pm. Kick off parade at 6pm on Thurs, city-wide garage sales Thurs and Fri, kids day Fri, arts and crafts, bands, magicians and food vendors. 714.9000 www.gpjmerchants.com

aug 7–9 NORTH RIDGEVILLE CORN FESTIVAL, Fri 6–11pm, Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 12–6pm. Entertainment and fireworks on Fri. Car show, horseshoe tourna-ment, corn eating contest, live entertainment, rides, and more. Parade on Sun. Free admission and parking. www.nrcornfest.org

aug 7–9 BACK TO THE 80s… THE TO-TALLY AWESOME MUSICAL, French Creek Nature & Arts Center, Sheffield Village, Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm. Featuring the hits by the biggest bands of the era. Back to the 80s follows a group of students as they navi-gate their tumultuous final year in high school. 949.5200 www.TNCArts.org

aug 8 FAMILY FUN FAIR AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW, Downtown Oberlin, 10am–4pm. Classic car show with over 400 cars, sidewalk sales, live music, food, raffles and more. 774.6262 www.oberlin.org

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aug 28 CREOLE DINNER, Vermilion Valley Vineyards, Henrietta Twp, 6pm. Dinner will include crawfish and gumbo. Delta blues music by Luther Trammel. Reservations required. 965.5202 | www. vermilionvalleyvineyards.com

sep saturdays, RADICALS & REFORMERS HISTORY WALK, Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin, 11am. Stories of spirited men and women who refused to maintain the status quo. 774.1700 | www. oberlinheritagecenter.org

sep 5 GREGG GILDER MEMORIAL FIREWALK, Common Ground, Oberlin, 6:30–10:30pm. After inspirational and interactive presentation, participants will have an opportunity to walk on fire. 965.5551 www.common-groundcenter.org

sep 6 VINE ART SHOW, John Christ Winery, Avon Lake, 12–7pm. Lo-cal fine arts vendors and crafters work on display and for sale. Wine tasting, food, and music. 933.9672 www.johnchristwine.com

sep 6 ADVENTURE FEST, Vermilion River Reservation, 11am–4pm. Rock wall, archery, fishing, ven-dors, crafts and games. 967.7310 www.metroparks.cc

Sep 10–12, 18–20, 25–27, Oct 2–4NUNSENSATIONS THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW, Workshop Players Theater, Amherst, Thur–Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. A lot of funny and a little bit of naughty in this Workshop Players musical production. 988.5613 www.workshopplayers.com

sep 11 WINE TASTING CRUISE ON JET EXPRESS, Black River Landing, Lorain, 7:30–9:30pm. Sample wines and appetizers while cruising the Black River and Lake Erie. 204.2269 www.lorainportauthority.com

sep 12 SAFETY FORCES ENDUR-ANCE CHALLENGE, Findley State Park, Wellington, 9am. Obstacle race testing skills, endurance and physical agility for members of the police, fire and EMS occupations. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Lorain County Blue Founda-tion. 670.6650 www.visitloraincounty.com

aug 8 OBERLIN HERITAGE CENTER FAMILY FUN DAY, Oberlin Heritage Center, 10am–4pm. Community tradition featuring free family activities all over downtown. Hands-on his-tory, lawn games and mini-tours. 774.1700 www.oberlinheritagecenter.org

aug 8 GERMAN FEST, Amherst Sandstone Village. Live bands, pony rides, German food, tours of historical buildings. 988.7255 www.amhersthistoricalsociety.org

aug 9 CRUISIN’ CLASSIC CAR SHOW, Vermilion River Res-ervation, 10am–5pm. One of Ohio’s largest car shows. View thousands of classic cars of all makes and models. Food and refreshments available. 967.7310 www.metroparks.cc

aug 12 TODD RUNDGREN CONCERT, Lorain Palace The-ater, 8pm. Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer live concert. 245.2323 www.lorainpalace.com

aug 15 VERMILION HOMECOMING OPEN HOUSE, Vermilion News Print Shop Museum, 11am–3pm. Displays and memorabilia of people and places from yester-year. 967.4555 www.vermilionohio.org

aug 15 & 16 VERMILION HARBOUR TRIATHLON/DUATHLON, Linwood Park, 7am–12pm. Race offers Sprint and Olympic distance Tri & Du for men and women of all ages. Kidz Tri and Du on Sat. www.hfpracing.com/events/fit/linwood

aug 16 ICE CREAM SOCIAL, Carn-egie Center, Lorain, 1–4pm. Lorain Historical Society hosted event with ice cream desserts and entertainment. 245.2563 www.lorainhistory.org

aug 21 SUMMER STEAK COOK-OUT, Klingshirn Winery, Avon Lake, 5:30–8pm. Adult and children’s dinners available. Live musical entertainment. 933.6666 www.klingshirnwine.com

aug 21 WINE TASTING CRUISE ON JET EXPRESS, Black River Landing, Lorain, 7:30–9:30pm. Sample wines and appetizers while cruising the Black River and Lake Erie. 204.2269 www.lorainportauthority.com

aug 22 SHEFFIELD VILLAGE FAM-ILY ARTSFEST, French Creek Nature & Arts Center, 11–4pm. 5K Run & 1-Mile Family Walk, 9am registration, 10am race. Pa-rade 9:30am. Auctions, historic Burrell House tours, and old-fashioned pie baking contest. Family fun event with arts & crafts, food vendors, kid’s ac-tivities, and live music. 949.5200 www.truenorthartsfest.com

aug 22 THE NUMBERS BAND, Riverdog, Oberlin, 7:30pm. Live concert featuring blues/jazz/rock ensemble. 965.8309 riverdogmusic.weebly.com

aug 22 HOT AIR BALLOON FEST, Clare-Mar Lakes Campground, Wellington, 3–9pm. Food vendors, crafters, kids games, bingo, dunk tank, live music, raffles, door prizes and more. Balloon lift-off 6pm, balloon glow at dark. 647.3318 | www.wellingtonballoonfest.com

aug 24–30 LORAIN COUNTY FAIR, Fair-grounds, Wellington, 7:30am–11pm. County fair with agricul-tural displays, animals, musical entertainment, tractor pulls, demo derby, combine derby, diesel truck pull, horseracing, lawnmower races, Jr. Fair exhib-its, fair food, and more. 647.2781 www.loraincountyfair.com

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sep 26 APPLE PICKIN’ SPREE, MILLER’S APPLE HILL, Am-herst, 10am–5pm. Wagon rides, Pumpkin Land with hay maze, scarecrows and farm animals. Craft exhibitors, food vendors, and bulk food store. 965.7077 www.millersapplehill.com

sep 26 COMMUNITY BLOCK PAR-TY AND CULTURE FEST, Tappan Square, Oberlin, 1–4pm. Entertainment, activities, music, food, bicycle auction and more. Tastefully Oberlin presents a taste of specialty foods from Oberlin restaurants from 2–3pm. 775.6200 | www.oberlin.edu

sep 26 & 27 NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAY, Our Little World Alpacas, Grafton, 11am–4pm. Learn about working alpaca farm. Farm store open featuring unique alpaca gifts. 477.4300 | www.ourlittleworldalpacas.com

oct 2 & 3 FALL CAMPOUT, Findley State Park, Wellington. Crafts, leaf hike, games, trick-or-treating and hayrides. 647.4490 www.parks.ohiodnr.gov/findley

oct 3 FLYRO GYRO, Elyria Airport, 10am–2pm. Fly-in or drive-in for a Gyro or hot dog. Free airplane rides for kids between the ages of 8 and 17. Registration is limited. A parent or legal guard-ian must be present. 236.6594 www.discoveraviationcenter.org

oct 3 TIME FOR WINE, Fountain Bleau Party Center, Avon Lake, 6–10pm. Lorain Historical Society fundraiser. Samplings of local wines, craft beers, and specialty foods. Entertainment and raffles. 245.2563 www.lorainhistory.org

oct 3 & 4 RIVERDOG OPEN HOUSE, Oberlin, 12–5pm. Annual studio/gallery open house with comple-mentary snacks, wine and craft beer tasting. 965.8309 www.banyasandspeer.com

oct 3 & 4 CAVALCADE FESTIVAL OF SPEED, Lorain County Speedway, Route 58 & 113, S. Amherst. Qualifying events on Fri. with pig roast and fireworks. Mod-Mania lap finale and GrudgeFest 50 lap finale on Sat. 986.7223 | www.loraincoun-tyspeedway.com

oct 4 PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 103rd O.V.I. Civil War Museum, Sheffield Lake, 8am–1pm. All-you-can-eat pancakes and free tours of the Civil War Museum. 949.2790 | www.103ovi.com

sep 12 FALL INTO AUTUMN, Exchange Place Park, 9am–5pm. Browse the many vendors selling vintage items, jewelry, antiques, nautical collectibles, and more. Live local music. 654.8847

sep 12 THE CHASE ZOMBIE MUD RUN & OBSTACLE COURSE, Lorain County Speedway, 9am–2pm. 4K run/walk through a challenge filled course filled with post-apocalyptic zombies. Fam-ily-friendly course available. 213.8005 www.thechasemudrun.com

sep 12 FALL FESTIVAL, Don Mould’s Plantation, Amherst & North Rid-geville locations. Annual event featuring special sales on fall decorating and planting items. Lunch provided by Awesome Gyros. 327.3407 North Ridgeville 986.7777 Amherst www.mouldsplantation.com

sep 13 PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 103rd O.V.I. Civil War Museum, Sheffield Lake, 8am–1pm. All-you-can-eat pancakes and free tours of the Civil War Museum. 759.1757 | www.103ovi.com

sep 18–20 ELYRIA APPLE FESTIVAL, Ely Square, Fri 11am–9pm, Sat 10am–9pm, Sun 10am–6pm. Old time festival featuring entertain-ment, princess pageant, pie contests, children’s activities, car show, food & crafts. 324.2255 www.elyriaapplefestival.com

sep 18–20 LAGRANGE ENGINE CLUB SHOW, Lorain County Fair-grounds, Wellington, Fri–Sat 8am–5pm, Sun 8am–3pm. Large display of engines, tractors, trucks, cars and motorcycles. Flea market and more. 734.3124 www.lagrangeengineclub.com

sep 19 MILLER BOAT LINE 5K & FAMILY FUN WALK, Put-in-Bay, 8:30–11am. Course winds along the island shoreline. Registrants receive a discounted Miller Ferry fare. 800.500.2421 www.5katputinbay.com

sep 19 PRIMITIVES AND HAND-MADE ANTIQUE SHOW, Pittsfield Township Center Hall, 9am–4pm. Over 35 quality ven-dors bring the best of country goods, antiques and furnishings. Locally grown produce and organic honey, seasonal gour-met food and entertainment. 935.0832 | www.pittsfieldtown-shiphistoricalsociety.com

sep 19 TASTINGS AMONG THE TREES, Findley State Park, Wel-lington. Wine samplings by local wineries, live music and food. 647.5749 www.friendsoffindley.org

sep 19 DOGGIE DOO & POOCH PA-RADE, Tappan Square, Oberlin, 11am–4pm. Demonstrations and entertainment throughout the day as well as adoption op-portunities and a pooch parade at 3:45pm. 774.6262 www.oberlin.org/doggiedoo

sep 20 HARVEST OF THE ARTS, Town Square, Wellington, 11am–4pm. Juried show featuring 100 vendors displaying fine and folk arts and crafts. Music, quilt raffle, and children’s activities. 647.2120 www.wellingtonfriends.org

sep 20 FISHING DERBY, Welling-ton Reservation, 10am–1pm. Fun family event with prizes awarded for all ages. 647.2509 www.metroparks.cc

sep 25 & 26 FIREFISH: FESTIVAL OF ART, FIRE, AND WATER, Black River Landing, Lorain. Art experience with a unique, multi-layered series of fire, water and fish-themed art exhibits and hypnotic performances flowing throughout the Black River Fes-tival Village, along the riverfront, and in and around downtown Lorain. www.followfirefish.com

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oct 24 & 25 OCTOBERFEST, Lorain County Speedway, Route 58 & 113, S. Amherst. ARCA trucks, Super Late Models, Modifieds, Sprints, Ohio Stocks, Street Stocks. 986.7223 | www.loraincountyspeedway.com

oct 25 RED FLANNEL RIDE, Oberlin Community Service Center, 9am. Annual metric and half metric ride with start and finish at the Oberlin Community Service Center. Registration limited to 500 riders. Advance registration $15 until Oct 17, late registration $20. Registration fee includes map and two snack stops. www.lorainwheelmen.org

oct 31 VENISON CHILI COOK-OFF, Findley State Park, Wellington, 1–3pm. Pre-register for park-provided venison. Chili judged for prizes and enjoyed by other contestants and on-lookers. 647.4490 | www.parks.ohiodnr.gov/findley

oct 31 MASQUERADE MURDER MYSTERY, Oberlin Inn, 6pm. Costumes recommended. Pack-age includes superior overnight accommodations, buffet, and murder mystery. Cash bar. 775.1111 | www.oberlininn.com

nov 7 13TH ANNUAL TUR-KEY SHOOT OUT, Victory Sports Park, North Ridgeville, 9am–5pm. Non-sanctioned, three- game guaranteed flight. 506.7322 www.victoryparkohio.com

nov 7 TASTE OF CHILI COOK OFF, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Avon Lake, 4:30–7:30pm. Contest featuring chili provided by area restaurants. Music and raffles. 930.2190 www.folgerhome.org

nov 8 INLAND TRAIL MARATHON/HALF MARATHON & 5K, Mur-ray Ridge School, Elyria, 6am registration, 8am race. Flat, fast, scenic course utilizing portions of the North Coast Inland Trail. Proceeds benefit Murray Ridge Center. www.ncnracing.com

nov 8 MERMAID’S TALE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, Amherst, 12–6pm. Kick-off the holiday shopping season at this fashion-savvy boutique in his-toric downtown Amherst. New products, refreshments, and door prizes. 988.7826 www.mermaidstale.net

nov 19–21, 28 & 29, dec 4–6, 11–13CHRISTMAS CAROL, Work-shop Players Theater, Amherst, Thurs–Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Experience the magic of this classic tale in an intimate space. 988.5613 www.workshopplayers.com

nov 20–22 COUNTRY CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, Fri & Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm. Unique holiday gift shopping, drawing for gift basket, refreshments. 647.2045 www.daysofyoreherbandflow-erfarm.com

nov 21 FESTIVAL OF TREES, Oberlin Inn, 6:30–11pm. Hors d’oeuvres, live music, dancing, and cash bar. Silent auction featuring unique holiday trees, gift bas-kets, jewelry and more. 774.6262 www.oberlin.org

oct 4 WOOLLYBEAR FESTIVAL, Vermilion, 10am–6pm. Largest one-day festival in Ohio. Wool-lybear 500, Woollybear costume look-a-like contests, food, crafts and live entertainment. Parade at 1:30pm. 967.4477 www.vermilionohio.com

oct 4 WORLD’S GREATEST KIDS RACE, Vermilion High School Stadium 8am registration, 9am race. Children ages crawl-ers through 12 years old are invited to compete in this event. 967.4208 | www.clevelandym-ca.org/vermilion

oct 9 & 10 HALLOWEEN CAMPOUT, Findley State Park, Wellington. Campsite decorating, trick-or-treating, volleyball, evening hayrides, potluck soup. 647.4490 www.parks.ohiodnr.gov/findley

oct 9–11, 16–18, 23 & 24 WAIT UNTIL DARK, Olde Towne Hall Theatre, North Ridgeville, Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. 327.2909 | www.oldetownehalltheatre.com

oct 10 JVS COMMUNITY APPRECIATION DAY, Lorain County Joint Vocational School, Oberlin,10am–3pm. Classic car show, family health fair, cooking demonstrations, Kids Zone and JVS student demonstrations. Food vendors. 774.1051 www.lcjvs.com

oct 10 WELLINGTON RUN FOR YOUR LIFE 5K/10K, Welling-ton Fire Station, 7am registra-tion, race 8am, walk 8:15am. Autumn road race and 1-mile walk through historic streets of downtown Wellington. Hallow-een themed. 647.3987 | www.mainstreetwellington.org

oct 10 RAY BONNEVILLE CONCERT, Riverdog, Oberlin, 7:30pm. Live concert perfor-mance in intimate country set-ting. 965.8309 riverdogmusic.weebly.com

oct 10 & 11 SCHUSTERS FAMILY FUN FEST, Donald A. Schuster Greenhouse, Elyria, 11am–5pm. Antique gas engine display, apple butter making, bouncy house, fun maze, storybook theme train rides, games, and hayrides. Crafts and food concessions. 322.0613 | www.donaldaschustergreenhouse.com

oct 16–18, 23–25 COUNTRY AUTUMN TOUR, Wellington, Fri & Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 12–5pm. Self-driving tour of many unique shops with gift at each one. 647.2045 www.countrytourgroup.com

oct 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 30 & 31HALLOWEEN FAIR, Carlisle Reservation, LaGrange, 5–10pm. Non-spooky walking trail 5–7pm, spooky trail 7–10pm. Little Green Choo and tractor-pulled wagon rides around non-scary children’s nature trail. 458.5121 www.metroparks.cc

oct 17 AMERICAN PERSIMMON DINNER, Vermilion Valley Vineyards, Henrietta Twp, 6pm. Full course dinner featuring the American persimmon. Reserva-tions required. Release date for highly popular American persim-mon wine. 965.5202 | www.vermilionvalleyvineyards.com

oct 24 JVS ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW, Lorain County Joint Vocational School, Oberlin, 9am–4pm. Larg-est craft show in Lorain County with over 200 vendors. 774.1051 www.lcjvs.com

oct 24 & 25 3RD ANNUAL JOEBOO SPORTS FALL CLASSIC, Victory Sports Park, North Ridgeville, 9am–5pm. 3 game guarantee. 506.7691 www.victoryparkohio.com

oct 24 & 25 BY MY LANTERN’S LIGHT, Amherst Sandstone Village, 5–8pm. Step back in time for tales of spooky local history in a unique setting. 988.7255 | www.amhersthistoricalsociety.org

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dec 4–6 AVON CANDLELIGHT WALK, French Creek District, Fri & Sat 10am–9pm, Sun 12–5pm. Annual lighting of the Christmas tree, entertainment and candy cane specials offered by the merchants. 934.1636 www.frenchcreekdistrict.com

dec 4–6, 11 & 12 SHREK THE MUSICAL, Olde Towne Hall Theatre, North Ridgeville, Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. 327.2909 | www. oldetownehalltheatre.com

dec 5 HOLIDAY ON THE RIDGE, North Ridgeville, 9am–3pm. Over 20 locations of craft shows, business open houses and spe-cial events. Pick up brochure and map at North Ridgeville Cham-ber of Commerce. 327.3737 www.nrchamber.com

dec 5 CHRISTMAS IN THE VIL-LAGE, Town Hall, Wellington, 10am–4pm. Annual Christmas craft show. Parade at 1pm with arrival of Santa. 647.2222 www.wellingtonchamberof-commerce.org

dec 5 CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, Don Mould’s Plantation, Amherst & North Ridgeville locations, 9am–4pm. Visit with Santa. Christmas trees and décor. 327.3407 North Ridgeville 986.7777 Amherst www.mouldsplantation.com

dec 5 JAMIE’S ANNUAL CHRIST-MAS SPECIAL, Jamie’s Flea Market, S. Amherst, 9am–4pm. Free pictures with Santa 11am–2pm. Hourly drawings. 986.4402 www.jamiesfleamarket.com

dec 5 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Ely Square, Elyria. Annual lighting of Ely Square and the arrival of Santa. 326.1400 www.cityofelyria.org

dec 5 CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, Grand Pacific Junction, Olmsted Falls, 10am–5pm. Sleigh rides, Santa Claus, special sales, free refreshments and the tree light-ing. 714.9000 www.gpjmerchants.com

dec 5 & 6 MILL HOLLOW OLD FASH-IONED CHRISTMAS, Vermil-ion River Reservation, 12–4pm. Old fashioned holiday celebration re-enactment. Music, refreshments and horse-drawn carriage rides. 967.7310 www.metroparks.cc

dec 11 HOLIDAY GALA, location TBD, 5–8pm. Toast the holiday with the Lorain County Historical Soci-ety. Hors d’ oeuvres, spirits, and musical entertainment. 322.3341 www.lchs.org

dec 12 HOLIDAY MURDER MYS-TERY, Oberlin Inn, 6pm. Over-night murder mystery package. 775.1111 | www.oberlininn.com

dec 13 CHRISTMAS IN THE SAND-STONE VILLAGE, Amherst. Visit from Santa, carolers, vintage trains. Tours of the his-toric buildings. 988.7255 | www.amhersthistoricalsociety.org

dec 16 LOLLY THE TROLLEY EXPRESS RIDES, Main Street Amherst, 6–9pm. Lolly the Trol-ley rides through the city to view Christmas lights and sing carols. 984.6709 www.mainstreetamherst.org

dec 26–31, jan 1 37TH ANNUAL KWANZAA CELEBRATION, Kanisa House II, Elyria, 7–8pm. Seven-day Kwanzaa celebration celebrating the seven principles. 366.3244

dec 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA, Oberlin Inn. Elegant four-course candlelight dinner, open bar 7:30pm–1am. Party favors, mid-night champagne toast, dancing and entertainment. New Year’s Day brunch. 775.1111 www.oberlininn.com

nov 27 SANTA’S ARRIVAL & TREE LIGHTING, Downtown Oberlin, 6–9pm. Santa comes to town on a fire truck, and sets up shop in the Oberlin Co-op to greet children. Chili, cookies and hot chocolate. 774.6262 www.oberlin.org

nov 27–dec 30 HOLIDAY LIGHTS, Carlisle Reservation, LaGrange, 6–9pm (closed Dec 24 & 25). Walk the ½ mile looped trail decorated with light displays. Little Green Choo rides, refreshments, and entertainment. 458.5121 www.metroparks.cc

nov 28 SMALL BUSINESS SATUR-DAY, Downtown Oberlin. Sup-port local businesses. Passport shopping contest, refreshments and specials. 774.6262 www.oberlin.org

nov 28 SMALL BUSINESS SAT-URDAY HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, Main Street Welling-ton, 10am–5pm. Holiday shop-ping at downtown businesses offering specials and food treats. Free gift wrapping and hot chocolate at the Main Street Wellington office. 647.3987 www.mainstreetwellington.org

nov 28 & 29 LIGHT UP LORAIN WATER-FRONT WINTERFEST, Down-town Lorain, Sat 4:30–9pm, Sun 12–5pm. Opening illumination of the downtown area. Parade at 4:30pm and Light up Lorain at Veterans Park at 5:30pm. Fireworks behind City Hall at 6pm. Sun activities include ice sculptures, live nativity, strolling carolers and musicians. 282.2790 www.lightuplorain.com

nov 28 & 29 CHRISTMAS IN HARBOUR TOWN, Exchange Place Park, Vermilion, Sat 11am–7pm, Sun 1–4pm. Santa arrives by boat, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling, and trolley rides. 654.8847

nov 28 & dec 5 CHRISTMAS IN THE AL-PACA BARN, Our Little World Alpacas, Grafton, 11am–4pm. Alpacas will be in the barn for an up close and personal look. Farm store will be open featur-ing products hand made from alpaca fiber. 477.4300 | www.ourlittleworldalpacas.com

nov 28–dec 27 fridays–sundaysINTERNATIONAL TREES & TRAIN DISPLAY, Black River Landing, Lorain, Fri 5–9pm, Sat 4–9pm, Sun 3–7pm (closed Dec 25). Internationally themed Christmas trees and large model train display on a multi-track system. Free event sponsored by the Lorain Growth Tourism Council. 282.2790 www.lightuplorain.com

nov 28–dec 30 LIGHTS ON THE LAKE, Lakeview Park, Lorain, 6–9pm. Drive through the thousands of lights on display. 458.5121 www.metroparks.cc

dec 2–23 HOLIDAY AT FINWOOD, Fin-wood Estate, Elyria, 6–9pm. Visit Santa and view amazing light display at this holiday favorite. 326.1500 |www.cityofelyria.org

dec 4 MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET, Main Street Amherst, 6–8pm. Free, family-friendly event. Parade down Park Av-enue followed by live music and a visit from Santa. Crafts, snacks and photos with Santa. 984.6709 www.mainstreetamherst.org

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