Maria's Field of Hope in Avon

What To Do in Ohio: Sept. 14-20

Embrace the season, from a blooming sunflower field to Apple Week at Sauder Village. Here's what to do this week in Ohio.

Embrace Your Sunny Side: Rows and rows of cheerful sunflowers are blooming once again at Maria’s Field of Hope in Avon. Planted by Prayers from Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation in memory of Maria McNamara, the field serves to spread joy and to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. Visit for a peaceful moment among the beautiful flowers or to capture their joy on camera.

Apple Week at Sauder Village
Get in the Autumn Spirit: It’s Apple Week at Sauder Village! From Sept. 16 through 19, visitors to the living history attraction are greeted with apple-related activities throughout the Historic Village. Enjoy apple-cooking demonstrations, apple preservation, cider mill tours and more, and take home crafts and delicious apple treats. (You don’t want to miss the homemade apple pies, dumplings, doughnuts and fritters at the Doughbox Bakery!)

Listen to Music Outdoors: Music has the power to bring joy and healing, so it’s a fitting time to kick off the Columbus Symphony Community Concert series. Enjoy performances located outdoors at various venues in the greater Columbus area. Each program is different, offering a range from “The Star-Spangled Banner” to selections from “Carmen” to "Edelweiss" from “The Sound of Music.” (The concerts are free, but seat reservations are required and go fast. Check the schedule and reserve in advance!)

"Inspired by Nature: The Art and Activism of Charley Harper"
Explore the Whimsical Art of Charley Harper: See 30 of artist Charley Harper's cheeky geometric, environmental-themed paintings come to life at the Cincinnati Museum Center, through Nov. 8. “Inspired by Nature: The Art and Activism of Charley Harper,” which focuses on the parallels of animal and human behavior, accompanied by short stories detailing the simultaneous whimsy and warning signs of the natural world.

Turn Your Gaze To the Dark Sky: Leave behind the lights and sounds of city life and revel in the majesty of the constellations above. John Glenn Astronomy Park provides visitors to Hocking Hills State Park pristine views of the night sky. Thursday, Sept. 17, marks the new moon phase, so with less moonlight overpowering the stars this week, it’s a great time for stargazing.

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