July 2010 Issue
Hot Events in the Best Hometowns
This year’s honored communities have year-round festivals for the whole family.
Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns have been honored for their community spirit, services and other qualities. They also offer special events and attractions that make them great places to visit.
July 2–Oct. 29
Guernsey County Farmers Market
Come out every Friday to shop for fresh, local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and more. Area artisans will also be on hand selling candles, soaps and other crafty items. Courthouse Square, 801 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, 740/439-5522, 740/439-2238, guernseycountyfarmersmarket.com. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Free
Cambridge Run & Countryside Ride
Walk, run or bike with your friends and family at this fun summer event. All events begin and end in Historic Downtown Cambridge. The 5K run and 5K fun run/walk begin at 8 a.m. and the 25- and 45-mile bicycle tours both begin at 10:30 a.m. Online pre-registration is encouraged. 740/439-2238, downtowncambridge.com. Visit website for prices.
Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival
Now in its 42nd year, this festival showcases fine arts and crafts, interesting demonstrations, music, dance, Ohio foods, a youth art display and more. Cambridge City Park, Lakeside Dr. and McKinley Ave., Cambridge, 740/705-2175, saltforkfestival.org. Free
Paul Bunyan Show
Check out more than 130 forest industry exhibits from all over North America. This weekend event features lumberjack entertainment and competitions plus plenty of new things to learn. Make sure to try an official Bunyan Burger, 14 ounces of Angus beef with all the trimmings. Guernsey County Fairgrounds, 335 Old National Rd., Lore City, 888/388-7337, ohioforest.org. Adults: $8, seniors and children (ages 7–12): $4, children 6 and under: free.
Nov. 1–Jan. 8, 2011
Dickens Victorian Village
Historic downtown Cambridge is transformed into an English hamlet during this spellbinding holiday event. Walk among 60 vignettes featuring more than 180 classic characters. All the characters are handmade and are dressed in period vintage clothing. While you’re in town, don’t miss the spectacular Guernsey County Court House Holiday Light Show. Downtown Cambridge, 800/933-5480, dickensvictorianvillage.com. Free.
Granville’s 4th of July Street Festival
Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and food in the park, a street fair with rides and concessions, live entertainment, the Firecracker five-mile race and the parade of community-decorated floats. Uptown and Wildwood Park, Granville, 740/587-7973, granvillekiwanisclub.org. Free
15th Annual Cruise-in at Infirmary Mound P
Enjoy non-stop “golden oldies” while wandering through a collection of classic autos at this show, host to a variety of car collectors, including the Mound City Corvette Club. Infirmary Mound Park, St. Rte. 37, Granville, 740/581-2535, lickingparkdistrict.com. Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Free
Hot Licks Blues Fest
Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and your dancing shoes to Granville’s premier blues event, a family-friendly concert that closes off the uptown streets for performances by the best local and regional musicians. E. Broadway, Granville, 740/587-6616, hotlicks.webs.com. Free
Sept. 30–Oct. 8
Bryn Du Art Show
Approximately 50 artists will exhibit and sell their work at this annual juried show. Meet the artists at the opening reception on September 29. Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Rd., Granville, 740/504-2340, bryndu.com. Mon.–Wed., Fri., Sun. 1–5 p.m., Thurs. 1–8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Free
Taking It to the Streets
See incredible automobiles when Main Street shuts down for this car show featuring prizes for Best of Show and People’s Choice. Main St., Sylvania, 419/882-2135, sylvaniachamber.org. Thur. 5–8 p.m. Free
Celebrate the nation’s independence with live music, dancing, kids’ activities, and plenty of food and beverages. Don’t miss the fireworks at 10 p.m. Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania, 419/882-1500, playsylvania.com. Sat. 7 p.m.–midnight. Adults: $5, children 12 and under: $3, parking: $5
Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Arts & Crafts Festival
Gaze at a wide variety of fine arts and crafts during one of the largest one-day art festivals in the Midwest. Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, 419/882-2135, sylvaniachamber.org/artshow.aspx. Sun. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Free
At this unique event, jewelers and geologists will help hopeful hunters try their luck at fossil finding. Dig through fossil-laden shale for finds to take home. Also, see demonstrations, exhibits and vendors. Sylvania Historical Village & Heritage Center Museum, 5717 N. Main St., Sylvania, 419/882-4865. cityofsylvania.com. Call for times and prices.
Fall Festival and Parade
Usher in the changing seasons with this annual festival that includes arts and crafts, food and other entertainment. Main St., Sylvania, 419/882-4865, cityofsylvania.com. Call for times and prices.
Willoughby Ghost Walk
These 90-minute sojourns offer a glimpse of historic buildings reputed to be haunted and stories about the town’s spirited past. Walks start at Pixalls Photoart Gallery, 4130 Erie St., Willoughby, 440/710-4140, willoughbyghostwalk.com. May–Aug.: Fri. 8 p.m.; Sept.–Oct.: Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. Adults: $10, children under 12: $5
Oct. 1–Dec. 19
The Fine Arts Association
For more than 50 years, The Fine Arts Association has spotlighted theater, dance and music through a variety of classes and performances, and this season is no exception. Upcoming productions include “The Odd Couple” (Oct. 1–17), “Aesop’s Fables” (Nov. 5–7) and “Annie” (Nov. 26–Dec. 19). 38660 Mentor Ave., 440/951-7500, fineartsassociation.org. See website for ticket prices.
This family-friendly tradition features trick-or-treating throughout stores in downtown Willoughby. All that’s required is a costume and a bag big enough to transport all the goodies available. Downtown Willoughby, 440/953-4191, willoughbyohio.com. Sat. noon–3 p.m. Free
Holiday Lighting Celebration
Carols, sleigh rides and St. Nick help to make the season bright. Downtown Willoughby, 440/953-4191, willoughbyohio.com. Thurs. 7 p.m. Free
Second Saturday of every month
The Really Really Free Market
It’s the ultimate renew, reuse, recycle event — once a month, people are invited to bring clothes, toys, food, books, movies and anything they don’t want anymore to Emporium Wines and the Underdog Cafe for an opportunity to “shop” through other people’s items. Everything is donated at no cost, taken for free and you don’t have to bring things to take things. Emporium Wines and the Underdog Cafe, 233 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, 937/767-7077, emporiumwines.com. 1–4 p.m. Free
Greene Trails Cycling Classic
Designed to recognize all the rails-to-trails systems in Greene County, this multi-day ride takes cyclists through natural areas and communities around the county. Along the way, there will be entertainment and surprises. greenetrailsclassic.com. Thurs.–Sun. (Check-in begins Wed. at 5 p.m.) Entry fees vary; check website for directions and details.
Simply Women 5K Run/Walk
Female athletes join together to support old friends and make new ones during this 3.1-mile walk through Yellow Springs. Water will be provided at the halfway point and there will be prizes and snacks after the race. 420 E. Enon Rd., Yellow Springs, 937/767-7607, yellowspringsohio.org, speedy-feet.com. Sat. 9 a.m. $15
Art on the Lawn
See this outdoor juried show presented by local artists cooperative Village Artisans and stroll around downtown Yellow Springs. Mills Lawn Elementary School, 200 S. Walnut St., yellowspringsohio.org. Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free
Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival
Young’s Jersey Dairy hosts this annual event, which includes pumpkin picking and painting, pony rides, caramel apple dipping and doughnut frying. There are events scheduled throughout the day, like Cowvin’s Corny Maze, cow-milking demonstrations, the human-powered pumpkin launcher and more. Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, 937/325-0629, youngsdairy.com. Sat.–Sun. noon–6 p.m. Free