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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  

brown and black bird

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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Haunted Hallow Trail Sure to Scare

29 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The City of Ontario Recreation Department is inviting one and all to its Third Annual Haunted Hollow Trail.

The fun takes place this Saturday, October 30 in two installments. First, there will be a Family Friendly Trail from 5 PM to 6:30 PM, which can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, older kids and adults can enjoy (or not!) the Scary Trail.

In the first, kids can walk through and see the scenes, get candy, etc.. The later version will have more activity, scaring and screaming. And who knows — you may see ghouls, ghosts, and goblins.

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Tiny Tim Christmas Shoppe Opens November 20

20 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. is excited to announce the opening of the Tiny Tim Christmas Shoppe for 2021!  One of Mansfield’s great holiday traditions, the Tiny Tim Shoppe, will officially open on Saturday, November 20.

A great experience for families across the community, this year, the Tiny Tim Shoppe will be located at our DMI office, 128 North Main Street. All children are welcome to shop for family and friends on the Christmas list.  

The Tiny Tim Shoppe is a volunteer assisted Christmas shop for children ages 12 and under. To ensure the health and safety of our guests, one reservation must be made per each child shopping. Reservations are free and 4 time slots are available per each half hour. For families with more children please reserve overlapping times. *For example, a family of six children would reserve four tickets between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM and two tickets between 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM.

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Pumpkin Glow Is Back

13 Oct , 2021  

lighted jack o lantern decors

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Kingwood Center Gardens will once again be aglow with the lights of thousands of jack-o’-lanterns this fall at the beloved Great Pumpkin Glow.

Now entering its ninth year, the Great Pumpkin Glow is back for two weekends in October.

The Great Pumpkin Glow is open from 5-10 PM on Saturdays and 5-9 PM Sundays on October 16-17 and 23-24. Timed tickets to this all-weather event are already available online at kingwoodcenter.org for $10 or $8 for members. Children 6 and younger are admitted free.

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Sports

Mid-Ohio Announces 2022 Race Season

29 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will showcase five race weekends again for its 2022 schedule, but with an exciting, new feature confirmed for next year’s 61st season of racing at the legendary road course. For the very first time, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn track layout on Saturday, July 9th.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has produced great road racing for its previous eight appearances at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Now the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will continue that tradition and visit for its inaugural round at the track on the weekend of July 8-9. This new addition realigns Mid-Ohio’s NASCAR Xfinity Series stop to Portland International Raceway for a new event in the Pacific Northwest also promoted by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which owns and operates Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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Fall Into Maple Tour Making A Stop At OSUM Next Month

24 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The 2021 International Fall Into Maple Tour is coming to Richland County this fall.

In specific, it will be represented in an event taking place on Saturday, October 9 at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Between 10 AM and 6 PM, visitors will be able to tour the new research sugarbush, purchase OSUM maple syrup, and see new maple educational materials making their debut.

From 10 AM to noon, visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a pancake breakfast while tailgating for the Ohio State versus Maryland football contest, which begins at noon.

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Treehouse Classroom, Walkway Debuts At Ohio Bird Sanctuary

22 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Friday evening saw a new chapter unfold in the story of the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

The new treehouse feature at the Sanctuary officially opened to serve as both a public walkway and also as a classroom. Officials of the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development were on hand for the ribbon cutting.

According to the Sanctuary website, a team from Washington State-based Nelson Treehouse, including twin sons of owner Pete Nelson — helped to create the 100 foot treetop bridge that goes from a field classroom to the new open air space suspended between beech and sycamore trees.

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