All About Richland

It’s Time To Spring Into Chocolate

16 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

C’mon, admit it. Once and a while you just have to purchase that chocolate bar at the gas station to have your occasional “fix.”

Chocolate is, of course, a part of a good life. Technically, it refers to a food product made from roasted and ground cacao pods. Cacao has been consumed in some form since the Olmec civilization (19th to the 11th centuries B.C.).

These days, it is a key part of Spring Into Chocolate Weekend at Charles Mill Lake Park, which runs from Friday, May 20 through Monday, May 23. The schedule of events is as follows:

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History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: A New Presidential Museum

12 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

From time to time, we feature information here at 1812Blockhouse about interesting events and happenings within an easy drive of Richland County. We call this series “In Our Backyard.” 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 we’re suggesting one of our shortest possible road trips — just 35 or so miles from Mansfield, and perhaps even a shorter driving distance from Bellville and Lexington. We’re also talking about a rarity — a brand new museum that commemorates the life of a President of the United States.

The Warren G. Harding Presidential Library & Museum has been the focus of local, regional, and national attention before and after its recent opening. More…

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All About Richland

In Our Backyard: Plan New Winter Adventures With New Ohio. Find It Here. Guide

4 Feb , 2022  

By Ohio. Find It Here.

A new year and a fresh coat of snow can only mean one thing — winter is officially here and it’s time to start planning some new adventures. Ohio. Find It Here. has launched its Winter in Ohio campaign, which includes everything from romantic getaways and family scenic road trips, to iconic sports events you’ll find only in Ohio this season.

Get a head start on ways to make new memories this year with the Ohio. Find It Here. 2022 Ohio Travel Guide. Packed with interesting articles, informative listings, and entertaining stories with insider tips, the guide gives readers trip inspiration for every region of the state, including event, dining, shopping and lodging ideas. Order your copy here.

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History & Tourism

Kids Love Richland County

10 Jul , 2021  

By Wendy Pramik with Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Richland County’s small-town feel is perfect for families, offering kid-friendly attractions in a combination of urban and rural settings.

Take a spin on a hand-carved, hand-painted wooden carrousel at the Richland Carrousel Park in downtown Mansfield. The indoor carrousel boasts 52 colorful, hand-carved animal figures and a gift shop full of fun souvenirs.

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, which will expand into the Imagination District in 2022, promotes learning through play in interactive models of doctor’s offices, restaurants, classrooms and more. More…

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Ontario

Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled For Marshall Park

17 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Easter is coming soon, and the City of Ontario is getting in the holiday spirit. Case in point — the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Marshall Park on Saturday, March 27.

There will be two different times based on age groups:

  • Kids ages 3 and under, Preschoolers, and Kindergarteners will start their Egg Hunt at Noon (please arrive by 11:45 AM).
  • Kids in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade will have their egg hunt at 12:30 PM (please arrive by 12:20 PM).

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All About Richland

March Happenings and Events

6 Mar , 2021  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

Spring is on the way and we are ready to celebrate the end of a long snowy winter with events that get us out of the house and refresh our spirits. The March calendar of events is full of the arts, family-friendly workshops, and date night ideas that break out from the norm.

Fantastic Friday Night! It’s time to rethink Friday nights of takeout and Netflix. Stop by the First Friday Shop Hop (Mar 5) in Downtown Mansfield and explore our local shopping and dining offerings. Do something bold and a little bit hair-raising to start the weekend. Join in on the Public Ghost Walks (Mar 12, 19, 26) at the Ohio State Reformatory where guides will take you on a two-hour tour of the prison’s most haunted spots…in the dark. More…

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History & Tourism

What Can I Do Around Here With My Kids In Winter?

3 Mar , 2021  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

What do you do when Buckeye Chuck says we’re in for a long winter, but the kids are ready to get out of the house now? Richland County has opportunities for winter fun, indoors and out! Get the kids away from screens with our favorite family-friendly winter activities:

Bring your children, age 4-9, to Snow Trails to learn to ski and snowboard on Fridays, weekends, and peak days. The Snow Trails comprehensive Cubs and Bears Children’s Programs will teach your children a new skill in a safe environment during this half-day program. The Children’s Program includes a lift ticket, ski or snowboard equipment rental, helmet, and instruction/supervision as well as a mid-session snack. Your child’s lift ticket is valid for the entire day and can continue to be used, along with rental equipment, until the slopes close for the day. More…

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All About Richland

Coming Up At Kingwood

28 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

As the weather begins to warm up, slowly but surely, activity is beginning to increase all over Richland County — including at Kingwood Center Gardens.

Workshops and educational offerings are ramping up in March. Here are several that will be taking place between March 1 and 16. Click on any for more information.

Winter hours remain in effect for those part of Kingwood that are open at this time of year — the gardens and grounds from 10 AM to 5 PM, and the Garden & Gift Shop, Gateway Cafe, and Display Greenhouse from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. More…

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All About Richland

WhoaZone Inflatable Obstacle Course Coming To Atwood And Pleasant Hill Lakes

28 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Look at what is coming to Atwood and Pleasant Hill Lake Park beaches… it’s WhoaZone!

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) officials have announced that a partnership with Empire Recreation Management, LLC to build WhoaZone, inflatable obstacle courses at Atwood and Pleasant Hill Lake beaches in 2021 was approved by the MWCD Board of Directors at their recent meeting.

WhoaZone is designed to ensure every guest has an amazing experience and is the perfect attraction for those seeking over-the-top adventures, mind-blowing acrobatic thrills, and safe, yet fun, athletic challenges. More…

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All About Richland

Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour Coming Through Richland County

26 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

What’s hundreds of miles in length, takes place on four days in March, and can best be done this time of year?

It’s the 2021 Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour, brought to you by the Ohio Maple Producers Association.

The event takes place on March 6 & 7 and 13 & 14 at venues all across the Buckeye State. Many of the locations are in the counties of central Ohio and neighboring areas, although some will take place in all four corners of Ohio. More…

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All About Richland

Snow Trails Packing In The Fun

24 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Snow Trails has one ongoing and two upcoming events over the next two weeks that include races and a special slalom course.

Click on any of the following for additional information:

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History & Tourism

Cedar Point Gearing Up For A Full, Fun, Safe Summer

22 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

In the middle of each winter, we make an exception to our posting schedule to bring you a special “Summer Road Trip” to a place that generations of Richland Countians have known well and loved — Cedar Point Amusement Park.

Each winter, we post the Park’s look at new attractions and events for the coming season. Enjoy!

With the health and safety of guests and associates at its forefront, Cedar Point is excited to offer a full season of entertainment in 2021, including the celebration of its postponed 150th anniversary during the heart of the summer. Also returning are signature special events, a spectacular nighttime parade and party, a new family river adventure ride and chances to win the unprecedented Ticket of a Lifetime. More…

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All About Richland

February Fun At Snow Trails

11 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

There are several opportunities yet this month to enjoy Ohio’s finest ski resort, Snow Trails. Not only are recent snows adding to the downhill slopes, but events this month — including the 60th Annual Ski Carnival — will put a smile on any winter enthusiast’s face.

As described on its website, the resort features six chairlifts, including a slow moving Beginner’s Double Chairlift and two ski carpets dedicated to the Beginner’s Area. A third carpet lift is utilized for the Snow Tubing Park with the “Longest Tubing Lanes in Ohio.” The Resort offers 17 total trails including the Timberline trail – “Longest Trail in Ohio.” There are three glade areas, plus four terrain parks. A 9,000 sq. ft. Rental Center houses user friendly equipment and offers a self service system. More…

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All About Richland

January Fun Continues In Richland County

16 Jan , 2021  

From our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

2021 is finally here and while we enter the new year with caution, it’s thrilling to start planning or schedule. Join us in getting excited about the possibilities of what this year might hold. Events are starting to pick up so here’s what we’re adding to our January calendar: winter fun, online concerts, art classes, and more!

Enjoy some snow and crisp January weather! Fresh powder is waiting for skiers, snowboarders, and snow tubers at Snow Trails. Get in extra time on the slopes and at Vertical Descent tubing park from 9 am to 9 pm with MLK Extended Hours (Jan 15 – 18). More…

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All Things Business

A Great Way To Get In The Christmas Spirit

19 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Many people in Richland County would agree — the best start to the Christmas season is an early visit to the Kleerview Christmas Tree Farm, for 39 years one of north central Ohio’s premier destinations for decorating your house in holiday finery.

This year is no different. Kleerview opens Monday during Thanksgiving week and will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday as well from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. After being closed on Thanksgiving, it will open again on Friday at 9:00 AM, and then until Christmas it will be open 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on weekdays and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekends. More…

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