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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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This Week At The Library

26 Jan , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse

The following events and activities are taking place in the Mansfield/Richland County Library system between now and February 4.

To register or for additional information, visit this location online or call 419.521.3100.

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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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January Workshop Is For The Birds!

6 Jan , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse

Area crafters take note – particularly those who enjoy nature and our feathered friends.

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary near Clearfork Reservoir will be hosing four Conservation Arts & Craftts Workshops this year in their Education Center. These workshops will take place on the second Tuesday of January, April, July, and October, so you are certain to be able to hit at least one.

The series includes an arts and crafts project with a guest speaker related to that particular theme. The workshops provide a family-friendly experience in the bucolic surroundings of one of the area’s premier nature centers.

The first workshop, For the Birds!, takes place on Tuesday January 10.  You will be making a gourd birdhouse and creating a nesting ball from a suet cage. Gail Laux, Executive Director at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, is the guest speaker.  Parking is limited so please carpool, if possible.

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Airport Day Soon To Be An Annual Mansfield Event

22 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

 Summer revelers can close out the 2022 season with a new annual event, Mansfield Lahm Airport Day, which kicks off Saturday August 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Designed to introduce the community to the many significant updates and improvements at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport, the event highlights the Airport as an important business driver in the community, but also its role in bringing in leisure travelers to experience the community’s many offerings. Events specially designed to ignite an interest in the world of aviation will excite the airport’s youngest visitors on Airport Day. 

The Young Eagles program takes junior aviators, age 8-17, on their first free ride in a small airplane. Local volunteer pilots from the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) donate their time and their personal aircraft to offer these flights. The volunteer pilots demonstrate how airplanes work, share and explain aeronautical charts and how they’re used to map flight and give guests a tour of airplane interior and instrument panel, describing the function of each feature. Then, it’s time to fly as kids experience their 15-20 minutes in the air, following the basic steps in the flight pattern. (No aerobatic maneuvers being performed.)

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Feed the Needy’s Christmas in July

11 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

A free community meal is coming to Mansfield this Sunday St. Peter Church has announced that it will host a Christmas in July dinner on July 17, from 3 – 4:30 PM in the parking lot of St. Peter Church on the corner of S. Mulberry and W. 1st Streets.

The Christmas in July event will feature a hot turkey and gravy meal with mashed potatoes, relish tray, bread, cookie, and DQ Dilly Bar. In addition to the free hot meal, there will be games and prizes as well as crafts for the children who attend.

The parish’s Feed the Needy ministry offers a free hot meal, prayer, and fellowship to anyone who needs it on most first and third Sundays of the month. The meals are served carryout style.

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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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Food Is Focus Of Family Fun On The Farm Festival

10 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There is nothing like fresh fruit and vegetables and right now we are enjoying lettuce, asparagus and peas. As the growing season progresses, there will be many more fresh food choices like corn, watermelon, tomatoes, and apples. We are fortunate to have a wide range of other fresh food available throughout the year in Richland County like eggs, meat and honey.

The pandemic brought attention and awareness of where food comes from, and an emphasis on locally produced food. To continue to raise awareness on where food comes from, Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is partnering with Richland County farm jewel, Malabar Farm State Park, for Family Fun on the Farm Festival on Saturday, June 25 at Malabar Farm from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. There are many fun activities planned for all ages, especially children. The festival is open to anyone and admission is free. More…

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Memorial Day Parades In Richland County’s Cities And Villages

27 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

All across Richland County the upcoming weekend will see parades, services, and other events commemorating Memorial Day. A partial list follows (this will be updated if we learn of additional events):

Mansfield 

Saturday, 9 AM – Placing of Flags, Mansfield Cemetery

Sunday, 1 PM – 51st Avenue of the Flag Ceremony, Mansfield Memorial Park

Monday, 10:30 AM – Mansfield Memorial Day Parade – Route is from five-way intersection, east on PAW to gazebo in the square for service

Monday, 2 PM – Old Soldiers Ground renovation project dedication, Mansfield Cemetery (story here)

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History & Tourism, Schools

Two Mansfield High Graduations, 150 Years Apart

20 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s been more than a few changes between June 28, 1872 and May 21, 2022, dates that saw or will see Mansfielders graduate from high school.

In the 1870 census, two years before the first of those dates, Mansfield’s population was recorded at 8,029, itself a rather hefty 75.3% increase from the number ten years before. In September, three months after the graduation ceremony, Mansfield hosted the Ohio State Fair – the first of two consecutive years the Fair was held here.

The ten graduates of Mansfield High School graduated in style in June 1872. Then, like now, music was a large part of the ceremony, with choruses, solos, and a duet singing “In The Starlight” entertaining those in the packed Miller’s Hall. It was said that hundreds were standing outside, unable to enter.

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