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Fun In February

4 Feb , 2023  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

January was a blur; we may have already thrown our Year’s resolutions out the window, but don’t give up yet! We’ve got plenty of activities to get you up, moving, and out of the house to learn something new.

First, we have a few special treats to share. The Phoenix Brewing Company is hosting a vow renewal (Feb. 11) for Craft beer-loving married couples who are 21+. Make your own tufted candy heart with your endearment at the Mansfield Art Center for Valentine’s Day Date Night (Feb.15) with your significant other. Learn to make “love potions” in this Valentine’s Day-themed Mixology class at 1285 Winery (Feb. 9). Kingwood Center Gardens is hosting Extra Hours at Kingwood which means they stay open from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

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January In Richland County

13 Jan , 2023  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind us and many of us are creating New Year’s resolutions and bucket lists for the start of a brand-new year full of possibilities.

Need bucket list of ideas? Consider reserving a seat for the next Prohibition at the Caverns? Enjoy an 8-course fine dining experience in the historic Caverns located at Hudson & Essex for an unparalleled dining experience. Don’t forget the Historic Ohio State Reformatory also offers overnight paranormal investigations throughout the year. Explore one of the most haunted prisons in the world on a public Ghost Hunt for a night like no other. You can view our calendar or contact the prison for more information.

For those that love all things quirky, the Mansfield Memorial Museum has you covered. Pop in and say hello to Elektro, the walking, talking robot made in Mansfield by Westinghouse for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. While you’re there, check out the newly opened Frank P. Lahm Aviation Museum to learn about the Brigadier General and more local history. The collection features artifacts ranging from film to uniforms dating from 1852 through today.

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Let The Festivities Begin! November To Be Big In Richland County

4 Nov , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

November means the holiday season arrives with excitement. November Happenings & Events offer favorites like Christmas at Kingwood, Holiday Art Fair at the Mansfield Art Center, craft shows, Christmas lights & tours, Santa Claus comes to town, and Snow Trails prepares to open for its 62nd season!

Before we get to the details, we have a few reminders. The first Crow Festival at the Mansfield Art Center continues daily through November 6th. Pop in to see crow-inspired artwork and catch a glimpse of a murder of crows as they fly overhead. Don’t worry; in this instance, “a murder” equates to a “flock”; it’s not as ominous as it sounds.

BibleWalk, Ohio’s only wax museum, offers free admission to The Heart of Reformation Tour thru November 5. While visiting, check out the Museum of Woodcarving. This impressive work of faith is the world’s largest collection of woodcarvings by one man.

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History & Tourism

There’s Nothing Like A Richland County October!

3 Oct , 2022  

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.

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.

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September Events & Happenings

3 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Search for bigfoot, take a peek inside Mansfield’s architectural gems not normally open to the public, and sip Ohio wines while strolling the grounds of Kingwood Center Gardens.  Summer may be officially over, but the fun events keep going with Mansfield’s September happenings and events!

Attend the Kingwood Wine Walk on September 10th and sample wines from around Ohio, listen to live music, and munch on tasty morsels from the on-site food trucks.

The Prairie Peddler Festival returns on September 24 & 25. This large artisan show is held in the rolling hills of Butler, featuring delicious food, live music and over 200 exhibitors peddling their hand-made wares in this outdoor marketplace.

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Mansfield: Where Roots Run Deep And Wide

15 Aug , 2022  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Mansfield is a place whose personality, present and future, cannot be separated from its past. To truly know this city, you must first get acquainted with its history because Mansfield’s roots run deep and wide.

The Wellspring of Richland County

Mansfield is the heart of Richland County and home to both a literal and metaphorical wellspring — a city that sprang up from nothing but forested wilderness on the American frontier. In 1808, the city’s founders chose an unusual spot to settle: a picturesque hilltop flanked by forks of the Mohican River. For settlers, a water source was often the primary factor for choosing a location to put down roots. Most settled in locations near rivers, but this hilltop had a unique water source and high elevation which made it quite preferable to the mosquito-plagued lowlands of the Black Fork River. The Big Spring, a natural spring an easy walk from the square (now Mansfield’s Central Park), provided early Mansfielders with an endless supply of cool water straight from the earth for the necessities of life of the frontier. More…

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A Day In Plymouth: One Historic Town, Two Counties

11 Aug , 2022  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield, with links and photos from 1812Blockhouse:

The Village of Plymouth is one of the oldest communities in Richland County.

A bit of an anomaly, the community of settlers sprang up along a military road and former Wyandot trail, now Ohio 603, in the early 1800s and grew into a village before Ohio’s official county lines were determined. When Richland County’s northern border was drawn along the Forty-First Parallel, the village which was then called Paris, was split between Richland and Huron counties. It was at this time in 1838, that Paris and rechartered as Plymouth. More…

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Colors And Corners Of A Richland August

9 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Classic cars, vintage planes, and country music take center stage in August in Mansfield.  The month is also for fairs, festivals, and one last hurrah before the kids head back to school! 

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store thanks to our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County.

Festivals Galore

For local flavor, enjoy the Richland County Fair (Aug 7-13), an event some in the community look forward to year-round for the rides and the fair food. Don’t forget to check out the livestock shows & sales and support those who participate in the Junior Fair.

What says summer better than blueberries?  The Lexington Blueberry Festival celebrates their 20th anniversary this year featuring amusement rides, food vendors, live entertainment, a car and bike show, a pageant, a 5K, and, of course, blueberries!

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July In Richland County

26 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse, from Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Summer is heating up and we have rounded up some of the most sizzling July happenings taking place in Mansfield and Richland County! July offers a rock legend art exhibit, a chance to break a line dance record, live motorsports, a music and tattoo festival, and favorite 4th of July celebrations all over the area.

Hot events you won’t want to miss include John Mellencamp Paintings and Assemblages at the Mansfield Art Center, The Boot Life® Block Party (July 1) with live music from The Swon Brothers and Mac Powell, and a chance to help set a new line dance record. How fun is that?

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Stage Is Set For A Magnificent May

29 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

May has arrived to chase away the winter blues. Not only does it look like the warm weather is finally here to stay, but some of our favorite events have returned. You can look forward to the return of the popular barn dances at Malabar Farm State Park, races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 77th Annual May Show at the Mansfield Art Center, the Secret City Tour of Downtown Mansfield and Live Music in The Brickyard!

Theater? Races? History? There’s an event for you! 

May 1 is your last day for the Civil War Show and your last chance to watch Once, the breathtaking story of a street musician about to give up on his dreams when a beautiful woman takes an interest in his music. This performance at Theatre 166 has sold out so make sure to reserve your seat right away.

Music lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Beatles vs. the Stones:  A Musical Showdown (May 7) at the Renaissance Theatre.

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