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This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.
Today’s Summer Road Trip will take you just a few miles east on US30 to the nearby county seat of Wooster.
For 56 years, the Mennonite, Brethren, Apostolic and Amish churches of northeastern Ohio have come together to put together a festive event to raise funds for the work of Mennonite Central Committee. After a Covid-limited auction in 2020, the 2021 Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale will return in-person on August 6 & 7. The event will take place in the new air-conditioned Event Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster.More…
North central Ohio music lovers, this is the summer for you!
The American Federation of Musicians, Local 159 has announced its “Music in the Parks” series for June, July, and August. These events will take place in Mansfield, Shelby, Crestline, Bellville, Ashland, and Loudonville.
These free concerts are provided by AFM 159 and through the support of local sponsors.
Concerts include: More…
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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, July 3 at Malabar Farm from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. A barn dance will follow at 7:00 PM. There are many fun activities planned for all ages, especially children. The festival is open to anyone and admission is free. More…
Diamonds and Gemstones is the theme of the Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show being hosted this weekend by the Mid-Ohio Mineral & Fossil Club.
The event, held in Fairhaven Hall at the Richland County Fairgrounds, will be larger than previous shows. Featured will be 14 quality dealers, silent auctions, “geode breaking,” rock and mineral identification, demonstrations, and hourly door prizes.
The first 200 kids in attendance will get mineral and fossil grab bags. More…
It’s already a beautiful June in Richland County, and the folks at Destination Mansfield – Richland County invite you to head outside and experience several wonderful seasonal events.
Here is what is on offer for the remainder of this month:
Markets and More. Nice weather means the return of farmers’ markets, flea markets, outdoor shopping, and more. Grab your market tote and head to the North End Farmer’s Market (June 10, 17, 24) at the NECIC Urban Farm. Explore the offerings of local merchants during the First Friday Shop Hop (June 4) in historic Downtown Mansfield. Shop for non-invasive plants that will thrive in your local garden at the Native Plant Sale (June 15) at Richland Soil and Water Conservation District Offices. A native plant expert will be available to answer all your questions and offer suggestions and inspiration. Hunt for treasures and collectibles at the Mansfield Flea Market & Antiques Show (June 26-27) at the Richland County Fairgrounds. A DIYer’s dream, salvage pieces for antique, vintage, farmhouse, and shabby chic décor at the Pickers Market (June 19) at the Prairie Peddler Festival Grounds. More…
By 1812Blockhouse, City of Akron Press Office
This summer, 1812Blockhouse is back to share with our readers suggestions for summer visits to unique attractions and events that are within a reasonably short drive of Richland County. We call this series, “Summer Road Trips.” Last year, we changed these regular posts to bring you details of outdoor and virtual experiences that could be enjoyed in times of pandemic. This year, we’re seeing many venues and events re-open, albeit with health and safety guidelines in place.
We have to emphasize that Richland County has a wealth of interesting places to visit, and we encourage our readers to do so. We bring you posts on those happenings and venues often.
Today, we’re looking just an hour or so to the east. More…
From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:
It’s time for a spring refresh! We’re ready for out with the old and in with the new. New projects, new things to do, new events, and new routines. Our calendar of events is here to be your resource for shaking it up with craft fairs, vintage markets, a taco crawl, arts, and live entertainment.
Shop till you drop and revive your home, wardrobe, and more for spring! Shop the local merchants for special deals during the First Friday Shop Hop (May 7) in Downtown Mansfield. The Old Franklin Church, a charming new wedding and event venue, is hosting their first Sip and Shop (May 15). More…
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It is all happening in Downtown Mansfield this Friday, May 7.
From Shop Hop, to Pop Up Shops and Downtown Open House, there is lots to do downtown that evening! During Shop Hop, stop by great spots like Richland Carrousel Park, Phoenix Brewery, Martinis, and many others and enjoy a great night downtown! Most businesses are open till 8pm or later, so shop, dine, and explore!
The DMI Pop-Up Shop supports both the local entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as to add to the downtown activities. This Friday from 5-8 during Shop Hop hours stop by 128 North Main Street and meet a new group of budding entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses in Richland County. For our May First Friday Pop-Up Shop we are excited to bring you Calla Lily Yarn Works, Oh So Delicious!, Motivated Mom LLC, Lola & Lily’s Pastry Shop, Life Is Art, Twisted Fig Tea and Tea Doctors. More…
Traditionally held the first weekend of May, which happily coincides with RichHistory Weekend, the Ohio Civil War Show is returning to the Richland County Fairgrounds this year.
The 2021 edition will be held on Saturday, May 1 from 9 AM to 5 PM, and again on Sunday, May 2 from 9 AM to 3 PM.
The Show features collectibles, demonstrations, living history, and more. It is ideal for serious collectors of military materials, historical reenactors, hobbyists, or anyone else interested in learning more about this important period of US history.
One highlight is cannon firing demonstrations each day that really make some noise — as well as ongoing Civil War, World War I, and World War II encampments. More…
Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield has always been a special place for kids and their parents.
Many Richland County and area children, even those who are now seniors, have rich memories of visits to that magical place in their youth — seeing the flowers and, of course, feeding the peacocks!
Kingwood has recently expanded its programs for the entire family. Below are a handful taking place through the end of May; click on any for more information and/or online registration. More…
From our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:
Been there, done that? Come back for a special event! Our top attractions have events happening this April that will make a visit to Richland County an experience like no other. The staff of professionals and volunteers at your favorite attractions are filled with experts in their field. These experts can’t wait to share their knowledge with you to help make your trip special: stargaze with local astronomers, learn from master glass artists and gardeners, and hunt ghosts with experts in the paranormal.
Explore the natural attractions of Richland and Ashland Counties and learn from expert naturalists, survivalists, and more at the 20th Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend (Apr 23 – 25). This year’s theme “Survivor Mohican” will inspire participants to adventure at 10 different sites with scheduled programs and unscheduled adventure. Some programs include birding boat tours, survival classes, gold panning, and raptor photography. More…
Mansfield’s Kingwood Center Gardens is continuing its mission to share the beauty of its gardens together with horticultural education so you can succeed in your own gardening activities.
To that end, the landmark attraction welcomes visitors to attend workshops and educational programs throughout the year. Some are geared for children, some for “more seasoned” gardeners, and so for the entire family.
Here are several coming up during the month of April and the first part of May. More…
The City of Mansfield Park Department is conducting its annual Easter Egg Hunt in a brand-new way this year.
During the Saturday, March 27 event, participants will stay in their cars and the entertainment will come to them — including music, candy, and the traditional visit from the Easter Bunny.
Our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County have shared the following look at events taking place next month as winter continues.
Tired of staring at the same four walls? Don’t wait for warm weather to get you out of the house! Our February calendar is filling up with opportunities to bundle up, mask up, and safely leave home to enjoy the best parts of life in Richland County. More…
It’s one of the area’s most beloved holiday traditions.
Christmas at Kingwood will be unique this year in at least two ways. First, it will be the first since the opening of the new Garden Gateway, which is sure to add to the holiday atmosphere and fun. Second, this year’s edition will include reserved times in light of the public health situation.
Destination Mansfield – Richland County describes the event this way: More…