Location: Downtown Wooster
When: Nov. 22
Description: Wooster welcomes the holiday season starting at 7 p.m. on Friday Nov. 22. With decorated downtown storefronts, the lighting of the city’s two Christmas trees and a visit from Santa himself, Window Wonderland provides holiday cheer aplenty. The event, which goes until 9:30 p.m., also includes horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, free hot chocolate and a variety of food and drink specials at downtown stores and restaurants.
Location: Downtown Wooster
When: Sept. 27-28
Description: Wooster’s 36th annual Oktoberfest-style celebration starts with the ceremonial keg-tapping at noon on Friday, Sept. 27. The two-day festival features a variety of musical acts and food and drink options, as well as several competitions including a beer stein race, cornhole tournament and talent show. But one of the fest’s newest events — the wiener dog race and costume contest — has taken center stage since its inception two years ago. The dashing dachshunds will return for the third annual race on Saturday morning, with prizes going to the race winners and pooches with the best costumes.
The Kidron Beet Festival
Location: Sonnenberg Village, 13526 Hackett Road, Apple Creek
Phone: (330) 263-2345
Description: It's a celebration of all things beet, with a beet judging competition and a cooking competition centered on the beet. Music begins at 10 a.m. at the Sonnenberg church and all buildings will be open for tours. Vendors will offer sandwiches, kettle corn and produce and will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. And, of course, there will be beet-flavored ice cream. Registration for beet and beet dish judging will open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 a.m., with the winners announced at noon. Categories for judging include Largest Lutz Beet, Largest Organic Lutz Beet, Most Luscious Lutz Beet, Best Heirloom Beet, Best Appetizer/Side, Best Salad and Best Dessert. Beet samples also are available.
Pine Tree Barn
Location: 4374 Shreve Road (state Route 226), Wooster
Phone: (330) 264-1014
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (store) and 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (restaurant)
Description: Known for the Christmas tree farm that surrounds it, the Pine Tree Barn offers a year 'round gift shop, but also gifts for every season, plus Pine Tree Interiors, a full-line home furnishings center with complete interior design services. Inside the historic barn are beautiful and quality lines of furniture, wall art, area rugs, lighting, and much more, with interior design and upholstery services. Pine Tree Barn also is home to the Granary, with its fine luncheon cuisine, including fresh salads, gourmet entrees and house-made desserts. Meals can be enjoyed while taking in the magnificent view of the lakes, Christmas tree farm and lush Killbuck Valley. And when the weather permits, outdoor dining is available on the covered rooftop.
Location: 13497 Hackett Road, Apple Creek
When: Call for specific, up-to-date information at 330-857-9111; regular hours have not yet been established
Description: The five-acre campus featuring historic buildings and sustainable living is still being constructed just outside Kidron, but visitors are welcome to park and walk around the village, which, when finished, is expected to incorporate 14 buildings, including a barn, schoolhouse, log cabin, blacksmith shop and print shop. The area was settled by residents of Sonnenberg, Switzerland, fleeing religious persecution, in 1819. An Ohio historical marker commemorates the site where the settlers found a haven for their Anabaptist-Mennonite beliefs.
Location: 4300 Mechanicsburg Road, Wooster.
Phone: (234) 249-4327
Hours: 365 days per year, weather permitting
Description: Built on 125 acres, including the former site of a city landfill, Vulture's Knob offers both old-school fall line trails and newer design concepts and features. The trails offer up some of the most challenging single-track and most unique man-made outdoor trail features the region has to offer. More than 120 races have been run at the Knob, including 12-hour and 24-hour events, cyclocross and adventure races, as well the popular annual VKGR MTB Series XC racing events.
It is one of the few privately owned, legal mountain bike trails in the country that allows full access for mountain biking, trail running, outdoor use or camping.
Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration
Location: Orr Park, 440 N Elm St, Orrville
When: July 2-6
Description: On Saturday, July 6 at 10:15 p.m., Orrville firefighters will fill the sky over the city with one of the best known fireworks shows around. In addition, the 16th annual Orrville Fire in the Sky Softball Tournament is held during the festivities. Orr Park provides a beautiful setting that includes five softball diamonds, wooded picnic areas, a swimming pool, as well as, a great carnival. Parking, admission to the fair and admission to all of the games is free.
Website: www.orrville.com and www.orrvillefireinthesky.com
P. Graham Dunn
Location: 630 Henry St., Dalton, Ohio
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Description: P. Graham Dunn has served as one of the leading manufacturers in inspirational art, gift and home décor for over 40 years. Owner Peter Graham Dunn founded the business in 1976, first running operations out of a revamped chicken coop. When production outgrew the coop, manufacturing moved to a 160,000 square foot facility at the current location in Dalton, Ohio. A two-story lobby with a grand staircase greets customers when they enter and they can visit the 20,000 square foot retail store. Inside the store are windows on each side where customers can peek down into the manufacturing plant.
The Ohio Light Opera
Location: Freedlander Theater, 329 E. University St., Wooster
Phone: (330) 263-2345
Hours: June 15 through August 10
Description: The Ohio Light Opera opens its 41st summer season at Freedlander Theater on The College of Wooster campus on June 15 with a performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's “South Pacific.” The seven-show season continues with productions of “Girl Crazy,” “Into the Woods,’ “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Music in the Air,” “The Devil's Rider” and “Perchance to Dream.” The revolving format of approximately 60 performances draws nearly 20,000 patrons each summer. With more than 100 titles produced, more than 200 productions, and 500,000 patrons watching, The Ohio Light Opera has become the forerunner in promoting the light opera genre.
The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Cafe
Location: 333 Wadsworth Rd., Orrville, OH
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café in Orrville offers customers its trusted brands and quality products in one convenient location. Customers can find Smucker’s signature branded gifts and merchandise including everything from kitchen accessories to apparel and gifts for pets. They can also find their favorite fruit spreads, coffee, peanut butter, ice cream toppings, pancake mix, syrup, and baking products. While shopping, customers can stop for a quick bite or a sweet treat at the café and enjoy their meal in the patio-style dining area set in a warm, friendly environment.
Location: 2122 Williams Road, Wooster
When: Open all year long
Description: An 85-acre oasis established in 1909 by Ohio’s first forester, Edmund Secrest, it is known for its beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees; its paved walkways and brick paths, its picnic spots and children’s area; and for plant introduction and training programs. The grand opening of the Secrest Welcome & Education Center this year coincides with its annual spring plant sale, scheduled for May 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., with an open house featuring tours, food and family activities from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: 4779 Kidron Rd., Dalton, Ohio
Hours: January through May, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June through December, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Description: As the rest of the world rushes to obtain the next high-tech toy, Lehman’s allows its customers to travel back in time and enjoy life’s simplest tools and materials. Jay Lehman founded the business in 1955 to serve the local Amish community, but it has since grown to service the entire Northeast Ohio region and beyond. Lehman’s offers hundreds of practical goods from home and garden, health and wellness, kitchen and food, as well as toys, books, and games. Visit the flagship store in Kidron or order their products online or through their print catalog.
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