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Special to 1812Blockhouse from our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County
Kingwood Center Gardens undergoes a fall transformation, the Mansfield Art Center hosts the first annual Crow Festival, and the much-anticipated Escape from Blood Prison opens as the only haunted house held in a real prison. Whether you’re seeking wholesome family fun or all things that go bump in the night, you’ll find it in this month’s October Happenings & Events.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Kingwood Center Gardens transformed by over 1,000 glowing Jack O’ Lanterns during the annual Great Pumpkin Glow (Oct. 21-23). You’ll find plenty of photo ops, food trucks and live music. Timed tickets are required so purchase those now so you don’t miss out.
A Community Pumpkin Carving will be held on Oct. 19th & 20th for those able to lend a hand. No creativity required, all tools and templates will be provided.More…
By ODNR, 1812Blockhouse
This year, we’re adding a handful of Fall Road Trip ideas to our usual staple of Summer Road Trips. Each provides Richland Countians with an easy day trip idea that features something unique and different.
As always, we remind our readers that Richland County itself if full of interesting things to see and do. For the latest information on those places, visit the website of Destination Mansfield – Richland County.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Geological Survey is inviting Ohioans of all ages to celebrate Earth Science Week. A series of fascinating activities and programs will highlight the annual celebration from Oct. 9–Oct. 15, several within an easy drive of Richland County.
“Teaching people about the importance of earth sciences is vital to sustaining the world in which we live,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said. “These hands-on lessons will be essential to educating and inspiring the next generation of people who will love and care for our planet.”More…
The Savor & Sip Auction and Food Tasting, hosted by Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development, is coming to the Mid-Ohio Conference Center on Tuesday, October 25.
There’s still time to become a part of this fundraising activity for the Chamber. Its a night of live entertainment, great food, and auction items.
Entry for attendees is $20.00 per person ($30 after October 11) and this entitles them to one sample from each vendor and the chance to bid on many wonderful auction items.
This event is open to Chamber members and the general public, so feel free to invite co-workers, family, and friends.More…
Every few days we present “The Intel On Intel” here on 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse, where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the region.
In today’s edition, we take a moment to share collected articles about how local communities across Ohio are assessing the impact of Intel’s development and making plans to capture its potential – including Richland County.
The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.
Special to 1812Blockhouse from ODNR
Cooler temperatures, earlier sunsets, and fall leaves – soon vivid reds, oranges, and yellows, will pop signifying the shift of the season. Throughout the fall color changes, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will release weekly updates letting people know where to see the best hues and what unique activities can be enjoyed under a blanket of autumn leaves.
“Ohio comes to life with the arrival of fall,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “With cooler temperatures and incredible views, this time of year is perfect for exploring the natural beauty that can be seen and felt in our state parks, nature preserves, and forests!”
Fall forecasters consider variables like sunlight, temperature, wind, and rainfall when estimating the intensity and longevity of leaf color. This year, the ODNR Division of Forestry is expecting peak color to arrive in mid-to-late October.More…
Over the last four years, 1812Blockhouse shared over 50 posts in our Landmarks of Mansfield and Landmarks of Richland County series. We have enjoyed focusing on pieces of local history which continue to provide context, a sense of place, and useful space in the early 21st century.
Of course, many pieces of history which could have been preserved have been lost.
One true survivor is a former residence which represents one of the oldest buildings in downtown Mansfield. It sits proudly but somewhat forlornly on the south side of West Fourth Street west of Mulberry Street. When it was built, it would have been one of the largest buildings in town. Today, it presents a remarkable opportunity to preserve a bit of pre-Civil War Mansfield.
We are continuing to doresearch so that we can present a more thorough Landmark of Mansfield post in the future about the house at 103 West Fourth Street. More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse from Zero Gravity Media
Zero Gravity Media has announced the highly anticipated world premiere of “Chaser” on Saturday, November 5 at The Mansfield Playhouse.
From award-winning director and Mansfield-native, Daniel Roemer, comes Chaser, an independent, micro-budget film described as a dark comedy set in none other than Mansfield, Ohio. The upcoming 8-episode television series will make its world premiere at The Mansfield Playhouse presented by Whitten Studios with special thanks to Dream Huge Realty.
Originally filmed as a feature-length movie and later turned into a television series, “Chaser” tells the story of Eddi Sebastian, a down and out film editor who discovers the power to “re-edit” his life. Using this new power, Eddi attempts to change reality. Will Eddi get the life he always dreamed of? Or will the power prove too dangerous?More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is joining forces with Girl Scout Councils of Black Diamond, North East Ohio, Ohio’s Heartland, and Western Ohio to support the Girl Scout Tree Promise. ODNR has committed to providing resources for Girl Scouts to plant 250,000 trees in Ohio by 2026.
Richland County lies in the Ohio’s Heartland Girl Scout Council area, which stretches from Adams County on the Ohio River to north central Ohio.
“Trees provide tremendous benefits to our environment and wildlife, and I truly believe Girl Scouts are making a lasting impact through the Girl Scout Tree Promise,” Director Mary Mertz said. “As a former Girl Scout leader, I’m excited to partner with this organization to lift girls up and open their eyes to some of the amazing careers in conservation.”More…
The Ohio High School Athletic Association released its second official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday. The computer ratings are released every Tuesday leading up to the final report on Sunday, Oct. 23, when 448 schools – the top 16 in each region – will qualify for the playoffs.
There are 711 schools in this week’s 11-player football computer ratings. The 72 largest schools are in Division I, while the remaining schools are divided equally in Divisions II through VII (approximately 106 schools in each division).
The top 20 schools in each region are listed below by division and region with record and average points. The football page at OHSAA.org includes an explanation of how the ratings are calculated.More…
Ohio Magazine’s most recent edition has highlighted places across the state where the bright colors of fall make their presence known.
Included are a selection of both arboretums and botanical gardens in all corners of Ohio, each displayed fall foliage in plentiful supply. Many also provide an opportunity for a day trip from Richland County, with recommended stops as close as Wooster, Newark, Fremont, and Columbus.
No such review could be complete, of course, without a mention of one of the Midwest’s finest public gardens right here at home. The article, entitled Ohio Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit this Fall by Macy Kile, Sarah Miller, Emma Shinker, Rebecca Vernak, and Krista Willis says this about Kingwood Center Gardens:More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
On Saturday, October 1, the music, and energy of two legendary stadium rock bands come together in one electrifying show at the Renaissance Theater.
Now starring 2X Tony Nominated Star of Broadway’s Rock of Ages and American Idol Icon – Constantine Maroulis! Their repertoire of classic hits by Foreigner and Journey provides a crowd-pleasing night of unforgettable music. Not only heightened to new face-melting levels with the addition of Constantine, expect smoldering sexiness, dancers, production, and “Rock Of Ages” mash-ups that will take you right back to the Sunset Strip!More…
Through our “Literary Mansfield” series, we take occasional looks at the lives and careers of those who have called Mansfield home at some point in their lives, and who have become known locally, regionally, or even nationally as authorst, poets, lyricisits, playwrights, or in other literary fields. Other posts in the series can be found here.
Today’s subject is one of those with a national reputation as well as being a native Mansfielder. And, if you have ever heard and enjoyed songs like “Put On a Happy Face” or “Applause,” you are in his debt.
Lee Adams was born in 1924 and grew up locally, graduating from Mansfield Senior before going on to The Ohio State University and Columbia University. More…
From Avita Health System
Reduced Cost Blood Screenings will be offered throughout the month of October.
To participate, a voucher must be purchased in the Cashier’s Office at any Avita Hospital or the Bellville Walk-In Clinic from October 3 through October 31.
The following vouchers will be offered:
The past will come alive in Mansfield’s South Park this October as REACH (Richland Early American Center for History) presents its Fourth Annual American Heritage Days.
Join REACH members on October 1 and 2 from 10 AM to 4 PM to discover what it was like to live in early America during the 18th and 19th centuries from living historical reenactors.
Throughout the day there will be speakers, military battles, 18th century blanket traders and vendors, Indian artifacts and old firearms display in the blockhouse, 18th century cooking in the cabin over an open hearth, blacksmithing and rope making in the blacksmith shop.More…