All About Richland

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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All About Richland

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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History & Tourism

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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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Arts In The Park On Lake Erie

5 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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.

A wonderful arts and crafts festival set in a green park, and on the shore of Lake Erie — it doesn’t get much better than that during an Ohio summer. This month it is possible to travel an hour and a bit north to catch some lakeside air and acquire a souvenir as well.

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale

27 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

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.

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All About Richland

Band Music Is Everywhere This Summer

14 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse
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.

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All About Richland

Food Is Focus Of Family Fun On The Farm Festival

14 Jun , 2021  

Special to 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, 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…

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All About Richland

Diamonds And Gemstones

9 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhosue

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…

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History & Tourism

Spectacular June Is Underway In Richland County

6 Jun , 2021  

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…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Rock The Lock, Movies, And More

16 May , 2021  

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…

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All About Richland

Make It A Magnificent May!

6 May , 2021  

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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All About Richland

Shop Hops, Pop Up Shops, And A Downtown Open House

5 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

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…

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History & Tourism

Ohio Civil War Show Coming To Fairgrounds

23 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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History & Tourism

Kingwood Expands Entire Family Offerings

18 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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