Maumee Bay Calendar of Events - State Park Lodge and Conference Center

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Calendar of Events

The following is a list of upcoming events in and around Maumee Bay Lodge. Check back for updates!

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September 2016

  • every Thursday: Senior Discovery Days at the Toledo Zoo – Seniors receive FREE admission on Tuesdays during Senior Discovery Days in September and October! It’s a great way to reconnect with your Toledo Zoo! We also offer special activities each Tuesday. Ranging from guided tours of the Toledo Zoo’s historic buildings, to musical entertainment and games, Senior Discovery Days also provides senior citizens with an opportunity to stroll the beautiful grounds and see the many fantastic animals at a leisurely pace. toledozoo.org
  • 30 and October 1: The Great Planting – Join us for a fun-filled weekend as members of the Massey Collectors Association join us for “The Great Planting” at Sauder Village! Hundreds of tractors will take to the fields as more than 100 acres of ground will be planted during this weekend event! saudervillage.org

October 2016

  • daily – 100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library – Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont. The vaults are being opened to show artifacts, documents, and historic photos that highlight the 100-year history of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. rbhayes.org
  • every Thursday: Senior Discovery Days at the Toledo Zoo – Seniors receive FREE admission on Tuesdays during Senior Discovery Days in September and October! It’s a great way to reconnect with your Toledo Zoo! We also offer special activities each Tuesday. Ranging from guided tours of the Toledo Zoo’s historic buildings, to musical entertainment and games, Senior Discovery Days also provides senior citizens with an opportunity to stroll the beautiful grounds and see the many fantastic animals at a leisurely pace. toledozoo.org
  • 1 Nature Tots at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge – 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. 10:30am-11:30am. Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult for nature crafts, stories, and outdoor fun. Be sure to dress for the weather. Reservations required. fws.gov/refuge/ottawa
  • 2 Hayes Lecture on the Presidency – Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Auditorium, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont, A grandson of President Harry and First Lady Bess Truman will be the featured speaker. Clifton Truman Daniel, an author and lecturer, will give the keynote talk and answer questions at the annual Lecture on the Presidency. Truman Daniel is the oldest grandson of Barry and Bess Truman. He has worked as director of public relations at the Harry S. Truman College in Chicago and as a feature writer and editor for the morning Star and Sunday Star-News, a New York Times paper in Wilmington, NC. Visit the website for a full schedule of activities, including a wreath-laying, lecture, and cocktail party. Reservations required. rbhayes.org
  • 2 Monthly Bird Survey – Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Join a refuge volunteer and become a citizen scientist the first Sunday of each month. Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet at the trailhead parking area. fws.gov/refuge/ottawa
  • 7 Night in the Museum – Join us for a nostalgic evening in the Toledo Zoo’s Museum of Science as you enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and beverages, artifacts, activities and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance. toledozoo.org
  • 8 Fall on the Farm – Join us for Fall on the Farm to take a step back in time and help prepare the farm for the winter ahead! This special day will be filled with activities such as shelling corn, apple packing and cider pressing. Children can help dig potatoes, make pumpkin leather, roll a pie crust and churn butter. Children can help dry apples, make rope, grate soap and make parched corn. Other popular hands-on activities include making a corn husk doll, decorating a pumpkin, and participating in an old-time spell down. Based on century old liturgy, a Harvest Home Service will be recreated in St. Marks Church with short services throughout the day. saudervillage.org
  • 8 Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival – This peninsula-wide festival includes a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy: tours of Marblehead Lighthouse and Keeper’s House, live entertainment, pie contest/auction, arts and crafts vendors, farmer’s market, historic walking tours, children’s crafts, hayrides, free miniature golf and shuffleboard, family movie, and shopping/dining opportunities. themarbleheadpeninsula.com
  • 8 Marblehead Lighthouse Tours – Built in 1821, the Marblehead Lighthouse is an active navigational aid to the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. Climb 77 circular steps to the top. Tours every 15 minutes to the top of the Marblehead Lighthouse, with the last tour beginning 15 minutes before closing time (weather permitting). Lighthouse may be closed during periods of rain, storms, high winds or severe weather. parks.ohiodnr.gov/marbleheadlighthouse
  • 8 and9: Oak Harbor Apple Festival  – Saturday at 2 pm features the Grande Parade. Opening ceremonies include crowning of festival royalty, baby contest, talent show, kiddie tractor pull, and bingo. Sunday features a car show, 5K run, and smoke house at the fire station. It’s a weekend full of fun, food and local entertainment. oakharborohio.net
  • 9 Grand Rapids Applebutter Festival – Historical event featuring applebutter making, farm exhibits, military and colonial life reenactments, pioneer demonstrations, juried crafts and collectibles, and wonderful fall foods such as bratwurst, steel kettle bean soup and apple creations. applebutterfest.org
  • 9 Big Sit – Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with manager Jason Lewis for his annual BIG SIT at the mouth of Crane Creek along the Estuary Trail. Park at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. fws.gov/midwest/ottawa
  • 15 and 30: Ottawa Tram Tour – Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Enjoy the breeze while searching for wildlife and admiring beautiful landscapes. This open-air tram tour is great for the entire family. fws.gov/refuge/ottawa
  • 16 Tour Ottawa Wildlife Drive – Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Sunrise-sunset. Free. Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of your car. The seven-mile, one-way gravel route begins from the overflow parking area. Entrance gate closes one hour prior to sunset. fws.gov/refuge/ottawa
  • 20 and 21: Little Boo at the Zoo – Toddlers and preschoolers enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of other Halloween fun that’s just for them. toledozoo.org
  • 21 and 22: Fall Family Fun Night at Sauder Village – There is something magical about being in the Village after hours! Make plans now to take part in our seventh annual Fall Family Fun Night! Take a hay ride in our tractor driven trolley and visit the 1920s Grime home,make a fall themed craft to take home, enjoy pumpkin decorating and play a pumpkin prize game, take an evening train ride, and warm up with hot cocoa and help make a Fall sweet treat. Call Sauder Village at 419/446-2541 for more information. saudervillage.org
  • 21 and 22: Halloween Weekend at the Campground – Decorate your campsite, costume judging, game and activities, luncheon, dances and more. parks.ohiodnr.gov/maumeebay
  • 22 Creature Crawl – 1pm-4pm. Come meet all our creepy-crawly creatures up close up close! Visit Halloween themed stations including crafts, cookie decoration, and games! $3.00 craft and cookie fee. Organized by the Friends of Maumee Bay. parks.ohiodnr.gov/maumeebay
  • 21, 22, 28 and 29: Garrison Ghost Walk – Come to Fort Meigs for a “spirited” stroll this fall at the Garrison Ghost Walk. Tour the fort with your 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place. The whole family will enjoy hearing tales from the past, and while the ghosts may not be real, the fun certainly is! fortmeigs.org
  • 22 and 23: Pumpkin Path at the Toledo Zoo – Kids of all ages love trick-or-treating through the Zoo, plus fun games, entertainment and so much more. toledozoo.org
  • 26 through 29: Halloween Boo Cruises – A non-scary Halloween experience for kids of all ages. 30-minute boat ride, Halloween fun and treats. Costumes welcome! sandpiperboat.com
  • 29 and 30: 30th Annual Woodcarver’s Show and Sale – The Woodcarver’s Show & Sale is a special weekend filled with unique artistry and family fun. Founder’s Hall will feature skilled carvers showcasing handcrafted wildlife, fish, birds, caricatures, bowls, plaques, pens and so much more. A special guest carver will be demonstrating and teaching a workshop. The show features vendor tables with carving supplies, woodcarving demonstrations and lively music by Wes Linenkugal. On Saturday in the Historic Village guests can also enjoy the “Preparing the Farm for Winter” event.  saudervillage.org

November 2016

  • daily – 100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library – Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont. The vaults are being opened to show artifacts, documents, and historic photos that highlight the 100-year history of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. rbhayes.org
  • 5 Nature Tots at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge – 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. 10:30am-11:30am. Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult for nature crafts, stories, and outdoor fun. Be sure to dress for the weather. Reservations required. fws.gov/refuge/ottawa
  • 6 Monthly Bird Survey – Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Join a refuge volunteer and become a citizen scientist the first Sunday of each month. Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet at the trailhead parking area. fws.gov/refuge/ottawa
  • 5 Ohio Young Birder’s Conference – Full day conference featuring presentations by young birders from around the state. Inspiration and education all rolled into one fabulous day. ohioyoungbirders.org
  • 5 and 6: Holiday Craft and Gift Marketplace – The 21st annual “Holiday Craft and Gift Marketplace” will once again return to Line Drive Sportz ( Lucas County Rec Center) in Maumee, Ohio for an exciting two day event.  Beautiful holiday decorations and exhibitors’ lovely decorated booths will make this show one of the most festive holiday events in Northwest Ohio. Many outstanding exhibitors will be showing and selling exciting new holiday arts and crafts, featuring Americana, Country, Primitive, Contemporary, Victorian, Folk Art, as well as a fine selection of collectibles, gifts, gift foods, gift baskets, home and personal products and so much more.  Holiday shoppers, collectors and admirers will be able to choose from the plentiful selections of hard to find gifts at this holiday marketplace.  Crossing off your holiday shopping list will be easier than ever! cloudshows.biz
  • 5 and 6: Toledo Homespun Holiday Art and Craft Show – www.toledocraftsmansguild.org/shows.html
  • 12 BLADE Downtown Holiday Parade – Kicks off at 10am. Giant helium balloons, marching bands, 80+ Distinguished Clowns, Shirner Units, floats, equestrian units, mascots, speciality units, and of course  Santa Claus. Considered one of the largest and best Holiday Parade’s in the Midwest. Parade Route: N. Summit Street starting at Jefferson Street, N. Summit Street to left on Jackson Street, Jackson Street to left on N. Huron Street, N. Huron Street ending at Monroe Street.
  • 17 and 18: Tour Ottawa Wildlife Drive – Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Sunrise-sunset. Free. Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of your car. The seven-mile, one-way gravel route begins from the overflow parking area. Entrance gate closes one hour prior to sunset. fws.gov/refuge/ottawa
  • 18 through December 31: Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo – The Toledo Zoo’s holiday tradition is a treat for people of all ages, with over a million lights, animation displays, Santa and more! You can also visit our new Winter Village with live reindeer and the Ice Slide. toledozoo.org
  • 24 Thanksgiving Day Buffet  – 10:30am-3:00pm. Adults $29.95, seniors $23.95, kids (age 5-12) $10.95, children 4 and under free with paying adults. Reservations: 419.836.1466 ext. 2. View menu.
  • 25 and 26: Crafts for Christmas – www.toledocraftsmansguild.org/shows.html
  • 25 through 27: The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Theater of Toledo – www.ballettheatreoftoledo.org
  • 26 Holiday Lantern Tours at Sauder Village – Learn about American Christmas Holiday Traditions over the years. Your holiday trolley tour will begin at the Witmer Roth Home circa 1850. Help set the table and learn about historic holiday food recipes as we prepare the holiday meal. The next stop is the Peter Stuckey home circa 1880 to learn how the home was decorated for the holidays. Make a holiday craft and learn about holiday gift giving of the time. Your holiday trolley will move into the modern age with a visit to the newly remodeled Grime Homestead circa 1928. Hear about modern holiday traditions of the 1920s, sing carols at the player piano, decorate a tree and frost cookies in the kitchen. Enjoy story time while helping to act out a traditional Christmas story at the District 16 School. saudervillage.org
  • 30 through December 11: The Phantom of the Opera – Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will come to Toledo as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour. theaterleague.com

December 2016

  • daily – 100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library – Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont. The vaults are being opened to show artifacts, documents, and historic photos that highlight the 100-year history of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. rbhayes.org
  • through December 11: The Phantom of the Opera – Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will come to Toledo as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour. theaterleague.com
  • through December 31: Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo – The Toledo Zoo’s holiday tradition is a treat for people of all ages, with over a million lights, animation displays, Santa and more! You can also visit our new Winter Village with live reindeer and the Ice Slide. toledozoo.org
  • every Thursday – Ice Carving Demonstrations at the Toledo Zoo – Ice-carving demonstrations are a cool way to increase the fun on your visit to Lights Before Christmas. toledozoo.org
  • 1 Nature Tots at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge – 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. 10:30am-11:30am. Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult for nature crafts, stories, and outdoor fun. Be sure to dress for the weather. Reservations required. fws.gov/refuge/ottawa
  • 2 and 3: Heralding the Holidays at the Toledo Botanical Garden – Unique holiday gifts for sale: jewelry, pottery, glass, paintings, photography, lawn art, housewares, fairy gardens, textiles, soaps, lotions, honey, mustards, jams & jellies, herbs, baked goods & more! Also live Entertainment, food, and free horse-drawn wagon rides on Friday night! toledogarden.org
  • 3 Oak Harbor Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration – On Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. Santa’s friends from the Portage District Fire Department will be guiding him through the streets of the village as he announces his arrival and opens the 2016 Holiday Season. At 5:00 p.m. Santa will arrive at the Log Cabin to light the Village Christmas Tree and to visit with the children. Each child will have the opportunity to share their Christmas wish list with Santa at the Log Cabin. After their visit with Santa the children will then receive Santa Bucks and be able to shop for two (2) free gift items for their loved ones from several businesses in downtown. There will be 9 businesses open that night and parents will receive a punch card, if you and your children visit each of the 9 participating stores and have your card punched, you can then enter your card into a drawing for a $100 Gift Certificate! After the children have purchased their gifts they may proceed to Portage Fire Station for Cookies and Cocoa and parents can turn in their entries for the drawing. These activities will be available from 5 p.m -7 p.m. www.oakharborohio.net
  • 3 through 11: Holidays in the Manor House – Holidays in the Manor House features 28 areas magically transformed for the holiday season. metroparkstoledo.com
  • 3, 9 and 10: Holiday Lantern Tours at Sauder Village – Learn about American Christmas Holiday Traditions over the years. Your holiday trolley tour will begin at the Witmer Roth Home circa 1850. Help set the table and learn about historic holiday food recipes as we prepare the holiday meal. The next stop is the Peter Stuckey home circa 1880 to learn how the home was decorated for the holidays. Make a holiday craft and learn about holiday gift giving of the time. Your holiday trolley will move into the modern age with a visit to the newly remodeled Grime Homestead circa 1928. Hear about modern holiday traditions of the 1920s, sing carols at the player piano, decorate a tree and frost cookies in the kitchen. Enjoy story time while helping to act out a traditional Christmas story at the District 16 School. saudervillage.org
  • 4 Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Holiday Open House – Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Family fun includes nature crafts, music, shopping, food, vendors, and holiday fun. fws.gov/refuge/ottawa
  • 4 Monthly Bird Survey – Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Join a refuge volunteer and become a citizen scientist the first Sunday of each month. Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet at the trailhead parking area. fws.gov/refuge/ottawa
  • 11 Ft. Meigs Holiday Open House – Join us in the Visitor Center to celebrate the holidays. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about the War of 1812 and camp life. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments, and hands-on activities. While you’re here, shop our museum store for unique holiday gifts! Site open Noon – 5:00 p.m. Event hours 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. fortmeigs.org
  • 25 Christmas Day Brunch – 10:00am-2:00pm. Adults $21.95, seniors $18.95, kids (age 5-12) $11.95, children 4 and under free with paying adult. Reservations: 419.836.1466 ext. 2. View menu.
  • 26 through 31: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides –  Re-create a scene straight from the past when the Hayes Presidential Center hosts horse-drawn sleigh rides through the estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Young and old alike will delight in these nostalgic tours through Hayes’ 25-acre estate. Afterward, warm up with a visit to the elegant 31-room Hayes Home or the 2-story Hayes Museum. Rides are provided by South Creek Clydesdales. Cost is $3 per rider. rbhayes.org
  • 31 Walleye Madness –  Although Port Clinton is a small town, its spirit is huge – especially on New Year’s Eve! For the past 20 years, thousands have braved the cold and gathered for hours, in waiting for the”Madness at Midnight” Walleye Drop. Port Clinton is the “Walleye Capital of the World,” so what else would they do on New Year’s Eve but drop a 20-foot, 600-pound walleye from the sky at the stroke of Midnight! www.walleyemadness.com/
  • 31 New Year’s Eve Hike – Join us for our 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Night Hike at Maumee Bay State Park Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm on New Year’s Eve. We’ll test our night vision on the boardwalk and bring in the New Year naturally! All ages welcome, make sure to dress for the weather! Hope to see you there! parks.ohiodnr.gov/maumeebay

January 2017

  • daily – 100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library – Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont. The vaults are being opened to show artifacts, documents, and historic photos that highlight the 100-year history of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. rbhayes.org
  • 10 through 15: Jersey Boys – Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty years old. The musical features such Four Seasons’ hits as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Oh, What A Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “Should I Bring the Little Ones?” Jersey Boys contains smoke, gunshots, strobe lights, profane “authentic jersey language” and is not recommended for children under the age of 12. theaterleague.com
  • 26 through 29: Greater Toledo Auto Show – Organizers of the Greater Toledo Auto Show are excited to announce the return of the Greater Toledo Auto Show January 26th-29th, 2017.The Greater Toledo Auto Show is the perfect stop for car lovers everywhere. From young to old, everyone will be impressed with the new styles of classic models and the yet-to-be-released, up-and-coming new cars.  toledoautoshow.org/

February 2017

  • daily – 100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library – Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont. The vaults are being opened to show artifacts, documents, and historic photos that highlight the 100-year history of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. rbhayes.org
  • 10 through 12: Great Lakes RV Show – toledo-seagate.com

March 2017

  • daily – 100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library – Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont. The vaults are being opened to show artifacts, documents, and historic photos that highlight the 100-year history of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. rbhayes.org
  • 4 Glass City Beer Festival – The 2017 Glass City Beer Festival is Friday, March 3 from 7-11 p.m. at the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee. glasscitybeerfest.com/
  • 4 Glass City Wine Festival – Glass City Wine Festival is your opportunity to taste regional wines, sample gourmet cheese and fare from local restaurants and shop for unique gifts and household treasures from a myriad of local, craft businesses. There’s plenty of parking and we’ll help you get the wine & gifts you buy to your car. glasscitywinefestival.com

April 2017

  • daily – 100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library – Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont. The vaults are being opened to show artifacts, documents, and historic photos that highlight the 100-year history of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. rbhayes.org

May 2017

  • through May 7 – 100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library – Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont. The vaults are being opened to show artifacts, documents, and historic photos that highlight the 100-year history of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. rbhayes.org
  • 5 through 14: Biggest Week in American Birding – A 10-day festival featuring some of the best spring birding North America has to offer. The festival features workshops, guided birding activities, field trips, keynote speakers, evening socials, and more. bwiab.org