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LAKE FRONT CALENDAR of EVENTS...

2020 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.

On Stage & In Concert
& Other Celebrations

Welcoming The Holidays

It's finally holiday time! Even though the celebrations will look different than they have in other years, they can still be wonderful. I wonder if we will see more elaborate Christmas light displays than we have seen in the past?

The Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas is always popular. It's planned for Nov. 20 through Dec. 31. Check the website to see if reservations are needed. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo presents Wild Winter Lights from Nov. 19 through Jan. 3.

Many communities have planned their traditional holiday season kickoff events - but please be sure to touch base with the organizers before making plans. I love the ways our communities celebrate in different ways - from Port Clinton's Operation Loud Rudolph parade to Oak Harbor's Olde Fashioned Christmas. Santa will be there! Please shop locally. Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28.

Port Clinton's New Year's Eve Walleye Drop will be virtual, as will the Burning Snowman Festival in late February.

State Theatre And FSO Symphony Updates

This year was unexpectedly difficult for the Sandusky State Theatre and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. In June, a storm destroyed the back part of the theatre. Chris Parthemore, the executive director of the Sandusky State Theatre, said he's grateful that no one was injured.

He said the reconstruction process has several phases. "Our big push right now is to get a roof back on the auditorium before winter so we can protect the rest of the building before it gets colder. That is on schedule and should be finished by early December," he said. The board hopes to select an architectural firm in November, and then develop a long-term plan and budget in the early part of 2021. "We've been really fortunate so far that we really haven't hit any snags."

The auditorium is a registered historical landmark, and certain guidelines must be followed to maintain the historical aspects. However, the back of the building is more modern, and those guidelines don't have to apply to the reconstruction. Parthemore said this allows the board the opportunity to make that part of the building more user-friendly than it had been, while considering the needs of the theater and the community.

Parthemore said two of the theater's treasures - the chandelier and the 1928 Page Organ Company pipe organ - were not damaged by the storm.

Tricia Applegate, the executive director of the FSO, started her new position on June 10 - the day the theater was damaged. She said one thing that drew her to the organization was the fact that people were open-minded about the types of music and where they would perform. That flexibility became a huge asset in the months that followed.

The orchestra has been trying new ways to share music with the audiences. Through the early autumn, small groups performed at local wineries, and at Lakeside. "We've been trying to do performances wherever and whenever we can," she said. "Some other outdoor venues have approached us for when spring comes around, and next summer. We're going to try to have things outside as much as we can."

They're trying to find a way to record performances. "As soon as we know something is going to go forward, we will post in on our website and our Facebook page."

December

Through Dec. 20 - Christmas Holiday art show, Vermilion Arts Guild

Through Dec. 31 - Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo

Through Jan. 3 - Wild Winter Lights, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Through Jan. 3 - Opening of Hayes Train Special model train display, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, Fremont

Through Feb. 28 - Special exhibit "The Press & The Presidency," Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, Fremont

Through April 4 - "Luminous Visions: Phillip K. Smith III and Light Across the Collection," Toledo Museum of Art

Through Oct. 2, 2021 - "Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panama," Cleveland Museum of Art

3 - Light Up Vermilion! shop downtown

5 - Village Lights, downtown Marblehead

5 and 19, Jan. 9 and 23, Feb. 6 and 20 - Sandusky Area Maritime Association's Historical Program Series, Maritime Museum

5 - Fremont Flea Market

5-6 - Christkindlmarkt, Mulberry Creek Herb Farm, Huron

5-6 - Toledo Symphony presents Christmas at the Peristyle, Toledo Museum of Art

6 - Operation Loud Rudolph, watch for Santa and Mrs. Claus touring Port Clinton neighborhoods starting at 2pm

9-23 - Drive-Thru Winter Wonderland, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont

10 - Christmas tree lighting and sleigh rides, Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, Fremont

26-27, 29, 31, and Jan. 1-2 - Horse-drawn sleigh and trolley rides through Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Museums

31 - Virtual Walleye Drop, Port Clinton

January

5 - Christmas Bird Count, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

17 through April 25 - "Laura Owens: Rerun" exhibit, Cleveland Museum of Art at Transformer Station. Owens grew up in Norwalk, and has achieved international acclaim

23 - Toledo Symphony presents "Revolution: The Music of The Beatles - A Symphonic Experience," Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

31 - Toledo Symphony presents "Idyll & Passion: The Music of Richard Wagner," Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

February

7 through May 16 - "Stories from Storage," Cleveland Museum of Art

17 - Toledo Symphony presents "Postcards from Prague," Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

15 - Presidents' Day Celebration, Hayes Presidential Library and Museums

March

15 - Jefferson Starship, Lorain Palace Theatre

updated 11.30.20 CAE

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