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LAKE FRONT CALENDAR of EVENTS...

2021 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 TAG!

I'm really excited.

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council is developing a new art space in the former City Garage building. It is located at the corner of West Perry and Harrison streets in downtown Port Clinton. The council hopes to open The Arts Garage - called TAG for short - next year. Even though the building won't be finished, some classes and workshops are planned for this summer.

The 9,000 square foot building was built in 1935. A diverse committee of hardworking, experienced, and creative community members have preliminary plans for the renovations. They're pursuing grants and working on fundraising.

This is going to be cool. Creativity is like a spiral. Some situations, or places, are more conducive to creativity. They attract people, and those people will come up with new ideas that they will share with the other people at that location. That location - in this case, TAG - will become even more conducive to creativity.

One of my favorite things about the project is that the building will be used in so many ways - as studio space, as a gallery, for retail, for classes, as a performance center, and for events.

The types of art are unlimited as well. I'm involved with the arts council, so I am clearly promoting something that I want to see succeed. During the meetings, the ideas just keep bubbling - the possibilities of exploring culinary arts, fashion, ceramics, sculpture, theater, digital art, and even graffiti.

Art is for everyone. Art is local. Art should be shared. Art is meant to challenge us. Imagine a space where experienced artists mentor inexperienced artists and everyone benefits. Sometimes people think that in order to enjoy art we have to drive to a larger city to go to a museum. This is different. This will be accessible to everyone.

For more information, contact TAG Steering Committee Chair Jonnie Myers-Debbink at 419.341.1288 or jonniemyers21@gmail.com; or GPCAAC President Carol Morgan at 419.341.0979 or ottawacountyarts@gmail.com.

The arts council will hold the Arts & Crafts Festival in a new location this year. Water Works Park will be the site of the June 12 art fair, which is an annual favorite.

The GPCAAC ARTWalk events are back! Check the events calendar for dates. Local artists will be stationed in several areas in the downtown area of Port Clinton on the second and fourth Thursday evenings, May through August.

The Arts Are Celebrated In Norwalk

I had a great time earlier this spring at the Artists' Open Studio in Norwalk. I met my friend there for a ceramics painting session. The AOS is also a gallery and retail space, featuring the work of adults with and without disabilities.

I thought we would have a good time, but it was even better than I had imagined! The AOS supplied all the materials, plus a great lunch and drinks. I'd done ceramics painting a long time ago. I forgot how soothing the process is, even though I'm not very good at it.

More than anything, I enjoyed spending time with my friend in a relaxed atmosphere. The next outing my friend and I are planning will probably be for one of the art classes at Schedel Arboretum and Gardens.

Birders Flock To Area

May 6 through 10 is the Biggest Week in American Birding presented by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. Check the website for details. The Magee Marsh boardwalk will be closed through May 31 except to those who hold a permit. Many trails in the area will be open. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Metzger Marsh, and East Harbor State Park also offer great opportunities to view migratory birds.

Cleveland Museum of Art Updates

The Cleveland Museum of Art has several exhibitions that will be ending in May and June. They include "Laura Owens: Rerun" at the CMA at Transformer Station space; "Stories from Storage," which features 20 stories about 3,000 years of art; "Layers of Meaning: China's Flora and Fauna in Painting and on Porcelain"; "Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang" is a collection of photographs of a teenage street gang published in 1959; and "Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts," woodcuts from different areas of the United States.

P.S.

Here's my last little side note: I got some Thai food at Jo Wok in Sandusky a few weeks ago. If you go there, take some time to admire the art hanging on the walls. It's fantastic.

April

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

April 30-May 1 - "Art & Music Collide" presented by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, TMA Peristyle and livestream

April 30, May 1-16 and 29-31, and June 6-7 (weather permitting) - Wildlife Drives, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

May

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

Through July 25 - "Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620-1820"; through Aug. 29 - "The Art of Conservation"; and through March of 2022 - Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined"; Toledo Museum of Art

Through October - "Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panama," Cleveland Museum of Art

May 1 - Maritime Museum of Sandusky opens

May 1 - Derby Day, Kelleys Island

May 1 - Sandusky and Ottawa County Master Gardener Plant Sale, Sandusky County Fairgrounds

May 2 - Cinco de Mayo celebration, Toledo Zoo and Aquarium

May 5 - "TSO Chamber Spotlight: Featuring Young Artist Competition Winners" presented by the Toledo Symphony, TMA Peristyle

May 6 - Beer and wine tasting, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens

May 9 - Free admission for mothers on Mother's Day, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens

May 8 - Mother's Day Weekend Tea, Hotel Lakeside

May 8 - Fremont Flea Market

May 11 - Blessing of the Fleet, Put-in-Bay

May 13 - Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council ARTWalk, downtown Port Clinton

May 14 - Cedar Point opening day

May 14 - Stars of the Sixties Starring Bobby Rydell, Lorain Palace Theater

May 14-15 - "Dancing Fairy Tales" presented by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, TMA Peristyle

May 15 - Island-Wide Garage Sale, Put-in-Bay

May 15 - Free Museum Day and EMS Safety Forces Day, Kelleys Island

May 16 - Art Loop art fair, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens

May 20 - Third Thursday Music...Flowers...and a Sunset!, downtown Vermilion

May 21-22 - "Nakamatsu Plays Chopin" presented by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, TMA Peristyle and livestream

May 22 - Back on Track Car/Truck Show, Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

May 27 - Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council ARTWalk, downtown Port Clinton

May 27-28 - "Patriotic Pops" presented by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, TMA Peristyle and livestream

May 27-31 - Walleye Festival, Water Works Park, Port Clinton

May 27-31 - Ohio Bike Week

May 28 - "Dirty Deeds" presented by Rockin' on the River, Black River Landing, Lorain

May 29 - Lakeside Memorial Day Weekend Sailing Race

May 29 - The Drowsy Lads, Steele Memorial Bandstand, Lakeside

May 29-July 11 - Spring Into Summer Art Show, Vermilion Arts Guild Gallery

May 31 - Opening Day, Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum, Bellevue

JUNE

June 2 - Ohio Bike Week Dice Run, Kelleys Island

June 3 - Beer and wine tasting, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens

June 4 - Riverfront Live! Madison Street, Port Clinton

June 4 - Blue Lunch, Steele Memorial Bandstand, Lakeside

June 4 - "Straight On" presented by Rockin' on the River, Black River Landing, Lorain

June 4-5 - Beethoven's "Pastoral" presented by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, TMA Peristyle and livestream

June 5 - Lakeside Jewelry and Accessories Show

June 5 - Lucas' Birthday Party - elephant Lucas is turning 10 years old - Toledo Zoo and Aquarium

June 5 - Super Beatles - The Music of The Beatles with Lance Horwedel, Steele Memorial Bandstand, Lakeside

June 5 - Hello to Summer 2021 Pops Concert presented by the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Veterans Memorial Lake Park, Norwalk

June 9 - Verandah Concert: Fostoria Community Band, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums

June 10 - Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council ARTWalk, downtown Port Clinton

updated 04.19.21 CAE

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