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LAKE FRONT CALENDAR of EVENTS...

2018 Calendar of Events

By Catharine Hadley, Arts and Entertainment Editor, catharinehadley@gmail.com

The theme of this column is "trying new things." I'm happy to be starting this new project of writing the entertainment column for Leisure Living Magazine! I've done all I could to make the entertainment listing complete and varied, so there should be something for everyone. Although I've done my best to make sure all the information is accurate, please go online or call ahead to confirm your plans.

Any suggestions and details of your upcoming events can be sent to me at catharinehadley@gmail.com.

December

Through Dec. 23 - A Christmas Story, Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland

Through Jan. 2 - Sandusky Maritime Museum is "deck"-orated for the holidays!

Through Jan. 6 - Hensville Lights, downtown Toledo

Through Jan. 13 - Rebecca Louise Law: Community, site-specific installation using thousands of plants and flowers native to the region, Toledo Museum of Art

Through Jan. 13 - "William Morris: Designing an Earthy Paradise," Cleveland Museum of Art

Through Jan. 21 - "Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de Medici's Valois Tapestries," Cleveland Museum of Art

Through Jan. 31 - Special exhibit "Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaboration," Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums

Through March 3 - Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern, Cleveland Museum of Art

Through May 27 - World War I exhibit, Hayes Presidential Library and Museums

6 - Christmas Tea Party, Culinary Vegetable Institute, Milan

6-8 - Christmas Dinners at Spiegel Grove, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums

7 - State of Comedy, Sandusky State Theatre

7-8 - Making God Laugh, Bellevue Society for the Arts

7-9 - It's a Wonderful Life, Playmakers Civic Theatre, Port Clinton

7-9 - Victorian Dinner, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue

8 - Adult Gingerbread Workshop, Sandusky Maritime Museum. Make a gingerbread lighthouse!

8 - Holiday Open House, Merry-Go-Round Museum, Sandusky

8-9 - Holiday Stop and Shop, Liberty Aviation Museum

8-9 - Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Toledo Ballet present "The Nutcracker," Stranahan Theater

9 - Celebrate the Seasons, Firelands Symphony Orchestra's holiday pops concert, presented with the Firelands Symphony Chorale and Caryl Crane Youth Theatre actors, Sandusky State Theatre

13 - Port Clinton Musical Arts Series presents Burning River Brass, St. John's Lutheran Church

13-15 - 12 Days of Christmas, Culinary Vegetable Institute, Milan

13-17 - Cleveland Ballet presents "The Nutcracker," Hanna Theatre

15 - Kids' Nautical Gingerbread Workshop, Sandusky Maritime Museum

15 - Emily Keener in "The Mickey Mouse Club Christmas Concert," Sandusky State Theatre

20-23 - Disney on Ice presents "Frozen," Huntington Center, Toledo

22 - Candlelight Tours with Father Christmas, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue

26-30 - Mansion Christmas Tours, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue

26-31 - Sleigh rides through Spiegel Grove, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, Fremont

28 - The Harlem Globetrotters, Huntington Center, Toledo

29 - Taste of Christmas Village Tour, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue

30 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

31 - Walleye Madness at Midnight, Downtown Port Clinton

Every attempt is made to provide accurate information, however, we encourage you to double check the details of these events!

Shop Small!

A few years ago, I returned home from a trip on the first Saturday in December. I ran a couple of errands, and on the way home I got stopped in traffic in the most magical way - the Port Clinton holiday parade was blocking my progress.

I put the car in park and watched the lighted parade. Area civic groups, representatives from businesses, and individuals participated - I saw one of my friends dressed in costume, and his Great Dane dressed as an adorable elf. Santa, riding on a fire truck, brought up the rear of the parade.

That was one of the moments that make me treasure living in this area. Sometimes when I prepare to write this column, I look through back issues. For this particular issue, the idea of shopping locally is a recurring theme - for a good reason.

If I want local shops to be there in the future, I have to make patronizing them now a priority. It happens to be a very fun priority, especially during the annual holiday celebrations. I've included the ones that I could find in the calendar listing, and I'm sure there are many more.

Ring In 2019

Ring in the New Year with glitz, glamour, and the Glen Miller AAF Band Tribute at the Liberty Aviation Museum. Put on your 1940s-era finest (civilian or military) and dance the night away to World War II favorites by the Tom Daugherty Orchestra and the Swingin' Sweethearts Trio. Ticket price includes soft drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast at midnight, and party favors. A cash bar will be available.

Taste of the North Coast

While I love anticipating the holidays, I always dread the "blahs" that follow. The timing of the Taste of the North Coast is perfect! Brighten your Jan. 31 by going to Kalahari Resort to sample food, beers, and wines from local businesses. Raffle prizes include a kitchen makeover and a "staycation" package. The event is sponsored by the Erie County Chamber of Commerce. Bon Appetit!

updated 12.03.18 CAE

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