History will be coming alive at the Newcomerstown museums.
The opening of the museum schedule in Newcomerstown will kickoff with a special "Museums, Music and Magic" fundraiser on Saturday, May 25 starting at 5:30 p.m.
It will be an evening packed full of entertainment for all ages with three shows in one night.
First, the night will start with guided tours of both the Temperance Tavern Museum and Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hors d'oeurvres and soft drinks will be served.
The guided tours will be given by docents of local historical figures. For instance, Vane "Bud" Scott, Newcomerstown Historical Society vice president, will be depicting Andrew Creter.
"Throughout the season, they will be having more and more (local historical figures coming to life)," said BJ McFadden, Newcomerstown Historical Society president. "That's new for our museums and we're working on it now."
Next, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., will be The Victory Canteen Singers. They are a group of local performers -- ranging in age from 25 to 75 -- that will sing and dance in 1940s costume to the best swing music there was.
"It's truly a show," said McFadden.
Finally, professional magicians Larry and Nancy Pew, known as "The Zodiacs," will be performing a magic show. "These dynamic performers have a distinctive style all their own, captivating audiences in leading super clubs and night spots across the nation," including Branson, Mo., and Las Vegas.
The cost for all three events on May 25 is $16 per person.
Prior to the night of activities, both museums will be open at 10 a.m. for tours at a cost of $1 per person, per museum.
There will also be music in the yard that day, face painting, a food stand (with items from the grill), free ice cream for the children and antique cars on display.
If you miss The Victory Canteen Singers on May 25, they will make one more return visit to Newcomerstown on Saturday, June 1 as part of Ohio State University Extension's "Walking Through History" program that will include a "Lock 20" walk through Newcomerstown. Those taking part in the program will get to meet actors portraying Andrew and Sara Creter, and Capt. Reynolds, a canal boat captain.
That day, a special noon luncheon will be featured in the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center. The program will be titled, "Small Town America Goes to War." In it, main street will come alive with stores opening for the day and shoppers visiting the establishments all the while visitors are enjoying a noontime lunch in the museum. The era will be the 1940s during the World War II. The cost for the event is $15 per person.
The Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center will also be featuring a new Main Street Gifts gift shop with a variety of antique and new merchandise available for purchase. Some of the merchandise also pays homage to Newcomerstown's favorite sons, Cy Young and Woody Hayes.
The Newcomerstown museums are open Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday closed, and Tuesday through Saturday open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost to tour each museum is $3 per person, per museum. To purchase tickets, call 498-7735 or 498-4806.