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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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Richland Rocks! And Fossils and Minerals, Too

11 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Looking for an interesting family event to attend this weekend? If so, why not come to the Gorman Nature Center on Saturday for the Ninth Annual Richland County Park District Rock & Fossil Day.

During this free event, experience the following:

  • Bring your rocks and fossils for identification by local experts.
  • Visit all of the tables and displays filled with geological wonders.
  • If the weather holds, we will conduct a fossil walk in the creek that runs through the Center property (so bring wading boots or sandals and prepare to get wet).
  • Visit the fluorescent mineral booth.
  • Free items for the kids
  • Vendors will have rocks, minerals, and more for purchase.
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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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History & Tourism

Get Ready For Mohican Wildlife Weekend

20 Apr , 2022  

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Special to 1812Blockhouse

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly, and educational event, and let’s be honest, just want to get outdoors, you won’t want to miss the annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend. The 2022 weekend event takes place this weekend, April 22-24.

The Mohican Wildlife Weekend has been held for over 20 years and continues to draw visitors from the community and around Ohio. This event is perfect for families that are remote learners, homeschoolers, or just enjoy learning and spending time outdoors. While this event is family-friendly, couples and solo adults are also in the center of the action. The varied topics prevented ensure you’ll find topics that appeal to a wide age range.

Each year, the Mohican Wildlife Weekend chooses a different overall theme and opens with a key-note speaker. This year, the topic is Mohican Under the Stars. Key-note Speaker, Terri Mann, the President of the Dark-Sky Association will kick off this popular event at the Warren Rupp Observatory during Friday Night’s Reception.

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The Past Comes Alive At The Ohio Civil War Show

19 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s much to see and experience as the past is brought to life at the 44th Annual Ohio Civil War and WWI and II Show at the Richland County Fairgrounds.

This year’s event will take place from April 30 through May 1, with show times from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 9 AM to 3 PM on Sunday. 

Almost 400 exhibitors from 38 states will be participating, featuring some 800 tables of military memorabilia from 1775 through 1945 for buy, sell, trade, and display. Related items such as books, images, photographs, paper goods, Civil War prints, and clothing will be available to both public and collectors.

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Mansfield, Area Easter Egg Hunts Carry On Valued Tradition

4 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Every spring, thousands of area children descend on selected sites around Richland County to participate in the time-honored tradition of Easter Egg hunts and rolls.

These events have possible roots with the Reformer Martin Luther, who would hide eggs at this time of the year for his followers. The tradition has grown over the centuries; in a successful attempt to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1985, Homer Georgia hosted a hunt with 80,000 eggs to find in a town of just 950 inhabitants.

A close cousin to Easter Egg hunts are Easter Egg rolls. The chief “roll” is that which takes place on the White House lawn. According to tradition, the first was hosted by First Lady Dolley Madison; this year’s version is set for Monday, April 18 on the South Lawn.

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First Friday Shop Hop And Live Music In Downtown Mansfield

29 Mar , 2022  

By DMI; 1812Blockhouse

Join us on Friday, April 1 in downtown Mansfield for Shop Hop! Enter to win gift certificates to spend downtown and enjoy an evening of Jazz at Social on Main with Mansfield’s own Jeff Boyd and Friends for the First Friday Live series.

Downtown Mansfield is home to more than 50 independent businesses, and an abundance of dining, attractions, and service options.  During shop hop, many shops are open late and feature specials and entertainment.  Participating merchants will also have the opportunity for entry to win one of 15, $20 gift certificates.

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History & Tourism

Have A Fantastic February Close To Home

10 Feb , 2022  

Who said there’s nothing to do in the winter? February is the time to learn something new! We’ve got you covered with events for Black History Month, an epic blown glass exhibit at the Mansfield Art Center and a brand-new fragrance exhibit at Kingwood Center Gardens. You’ll also find sweetheart hikes in our local parks and so much more to entice you to get out of your house and explore Richland County during the month of February.

Shop Local

Start the month by supporting local businesses and get a jump on buying that special someone a Valentine’s Day gift.  Get fresh finds at downtown stores, the perfect bottle of wine or brew from our Wine & Ale Trail sites, or a gift card at a favorite attraction around Mansfield and Richland County.

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Connect With The Season Via The MRCPL Bookmobile

8 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

With the colder weather roller coaster we have been on over the last several days, and with the business of the holiday season, there’s not always an ideal way to connect with the stories and music of Christmas.

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library has an answer for you.

The Library’s Bookmobile brings the resources of the MRCPL to your neighborhood or local commercial center. The Bookmobile is truly a “library on the go” that visits schools, neighborhoods, events, and schools with its own revolving collection of library materials for all ages, thereby improving local quality of life.

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Sports

Mid-Ohio 2022 Season Passes, Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday

7 Dec , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ticket sales open tomorrow (Dec. 8) at 10 a.m. EST for all five major race weekends scheduled for 2022 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Individual events and Mid-Ohio Season Race Passes will be available at advance pricing online at midohio.com or by calling 419-884-4000.

See midohio.com for a summary of all the benefits of a 2022 Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass which includes Weekend General Admission, Grandstand Seat, Paddock Pass, Infield Parking and other exclusive offerings to enhance the Mid-Ohio experience. Plus, these fans get access to club weekends not open to the general public spread across April to October. 

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