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Your Weekend Update for December 16, 2016

Friday, December 16

Winter Wine Express

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway; 33 Canal Street; Nelsonville; Call 740-753-1924; Tickets $30 - $45; 7 p.m.

Enjoy wine, cheese and a beautiful ride through the Hocking Valley in a historic train. All proceeds benefit Stuart's Opera House. The train leaves from the depot at 33 Canal Street in Nelsonville on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. On the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, tickets are on sale for first class $40 in advance and $45 at the door, coach car tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Information and tickets are provided at 740-753-1924 or online at StuartsOperaHouse.org.

 

Live Music at the Winery - FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Hocking Hills Winery, 30402 Freeman Rd., Logan; call 740-385-7117; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join the Hocking Hills Winery for an evening of live music and relaxing with the sounds of Jim Volk on Friday and Peter Conrad on Saturday. Bring your own appetizers or food, call for a pizza delivery or just enjoy the music.

 

Holiday Shopping Alternative - FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

Nelsonville Public Square; call 740-753-1001; free; 5:30 to 9:30 p.

Final Fridays- Holiday Shopping Alternative at North Pole Nelsonville. Gifts of Handmade Art not found anywhere else! Visit Santa's Village to get a peek at behind-the-scenes toy making wonderland. Final Fridays, a community art event, takes place in the Historic Square Arts District in Nelsonville.

 

Saturday, December 17

The Wonders of Old Man's Cave

Hocking Hills State Park; Naturalist's Cabin (behind the Old Man's Cave Visitor's Center); Logan; Call 740-385-6841; 10 a.m.

Meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found throughout the park.All programs are subject to change. Notify the naturalist if special accommodations are needed for your participation. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

Fly Tying in The Cabin

Hocking Hills State Park; Naturalist's Cabin (behind the Old Man's Cave Visitor's Center); St. Rt. 664 S; Logan; Call 740-385-6841; Free; 2 p.m.

Ever wondered what the outdoor enthusiast can do in the winter and stay warm? Join the naturalist by the fire in the naturalist cabin for a quick demonstration (and you might even try your hand at it) on the art of fly tying and making your own fishing flies.

 

Holidays on the Frontier at Lake Hope

Lake Hope State Park; Lake Hope Shelter House; 27331 St. Rt. 278; McArthur; call 740-596-3030; Free; 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Come along and take a step back in time while we explore how the early settlers in the Ohio Frontier celebrated the yule season. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate early traditions and you can try your hands at a few early holiday games and crafts. Gather at the Lake Hope State Park Furnace parking lot. Enjoy a visit from Santa and take a free wagon ride at the Hope Dining Lodge from 4:30-7pmSponsored by the Friends of Lake Hope.

 

Take a Hike at Camp Oty'Okwa

Camp Oty'Okwa; 24799 Purcell Rd; South Bloomingville; Email

amarietta@bbbscentralohio.org; Call 740-975-6384; Free; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Throughout 2016 Camp Oty'Okwa is hosting Free Community Hikes on its property. These hikes will take place one Saturday of each month. Participants of all ages will get the chance to explore some of the most beautiful land the Hocking Hills has to offer, including hemlock forests, sandstone gorges, and much, much more. All hikes will be led by experienced Camp naturalists and staff members. Please bring environmentally friendly snacks, reusable water bottles, and binoculars.

 

Santa Train - SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway; 33 Canal St; Nelsonville; call 800-967-7834 or 740-743-9531; tickets include adults, $17; seniors, $15; children $13; every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 26 to Dec. 18; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Historic train ride with a visit from Santa during the ride. Saturdays and Sundays. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, December 18

Audubon Winter Bird Count

Hocking Hills State Park; Naturalist's office near Old Man's Cave; St. Rt. 664 S; Logan; Call 740-385-8003; Free; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact the naturalist at the number listed if you'd like to help out with our annual winter bird count. We will meet at the naturalist office near Old Man's Cave starting at 8 a.m. and divide up our area to survey. The final tally-up will be at 3 p.m. at Camp Oty'Okwa. Bring a lunch and your binoculars and come dressed for the weather. Interested birders should contact the naturalist if they wish to help out.

 

A Taste of Dickens at the Glenlaurel Inn

Glenlaurel Inn; 14940 Mt. Olive Rd; Rockbridge; call 800-809-7378 or 740-385-4070; $189-$379 for dinner and lodging; reservation required; Wednesdays and Sundays; 6 p.m.

Join us for our traditional yet festive holiday dinner. Our 6 course fine dining offers delectable gourmet courses, and a performer will read excerpts from Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol between courses. Social hour begins at 6 PM in the Loch Ness Pub. Dinner begins promptly at 7, and will last for approximately 2 hours. When you stay on a Dickens night, you'll get 50% off lodging when the Dickens Dinner is booked! Call us today to make reservations. Space is limited and is always a sold-out event! This event is a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday season and it makes a great holiday gift for those hard to buy for. Call Guest Services to make your reservation. Dinner $49 per person; reservations based on availability.

 

Steve Gunn & Lee Renaldo with Meg Baird

Stuart's Opera House; 52 Public Sq; Nelsonville; Call 740-753-1924; Tickets $17 - $25; 7:30 p.m.

Don't miss a double bill of two of the most amazing guitarists around, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Gunn both performing on the Stuart's stage. Meg Baird (Heron Oblivion, Espers) will open the show. Lee Ranaldo is a composer/visual artist/writer and a founding member of Sonic Youth with over three decades of playing music and making art worldwide. Steve Gunn is a consummate guitarist, that rare fingerpicker who can harness the enigma of the American Primitive vernacular without lazily regurgitating it. His playing is inventive and full of personality. His instrumental virtuosity calls upon a vast library of technical skills at will, but he's never showy - his riffs and runs are always in the service of the song at hand. Join us for an evening of music from these two innovating musicians.

 

Farmers' Markets

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY - Flea & Farmers' Market at Hocking Hills Market; US 33, Rockbridge. This is a large flea market with many outside and inside vendors every weekend - Friday through Sunday - featuring unique items, antiques, collectibles, beautiful crafts and outstanding in-season produce.  

 

Ongoing Events

 

Thursdays - Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour Rockside Winery & Vineyards, 2363 Lancaster Newark Rd NE, Lancaster; 740-687-4414; 5 pm to 8 pm Looking for the happiest hours out there? We think making it halfway through the week is reason enough to celebrate! Stop by after work for $4 glasses of our estate grown and produced wines. Nosh on our delicious Ohio cheese and crackers at a discount. Otherwise you can bring in your own picnic, or order in from one of the near by pizza joints! (Recurring Event every Thursday excluding major holidays).

 

WEDNESDAYS - Yoga in the Hills; This class is offered surrounded by the beauty of the Hocking Hills. Weather permitting; classes are outside on our wonderful deck among the trees. All levels of experience are welcome, as are groups! Call ahead for details - we may be having class, with our wonderful instructor, at a waterfall near you! 5 to 6 p.m. Visit http://www.massageyogacenter.com/ for locations details. Blue Valley Massage & Traveling Spa, 888-74-PEACE (747-3223); COST: $10

WEDNESDAYS - Sweet Treat Wednesday: Wine tasting paired with locally made Wren Valley Truffles. 25% off hand-made gourmet caramel apples. Bring your own food or have pizza delivered. Hocking Hills Winery, 30402 Freeman Road, Logan, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Call 740- 3857117 for more information; COST: $12 for six tastings.

THURSDAYS - Yoga at the Bowen House; Join Yoga instructor Elle Delmatto every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Class fee is $6. Class is open to all and no pre-registration is necessary. The Bowen House Community Center for Arts & Education, 196 N Market St, Logan; call 740-3850344 for more info.

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS - Hocking Hills Artists and Craftsmen Marketplace. Open every weekend where you can find unique handcrafted items from local artists. Chat with the artist while you watch their demonstrations. Stay a little, shop a little, dine a little. Open Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge, 20020 State Route 664 South. Call 740-707-0246 for more information.

 

DAILY - SALT AND PEPPER SHAKER MUSEUM AT FIDDLESTIX; View several hundred vintage figural salt and pepper shaker sets at Fiddlestix Village; 24180 St. Rt. 93 just south of the St. Rt. 56/93 intersection. A changing display of shaker sets are arranged by categories on shelves in three large windows. Groups include various animals, people, holidays, birds, fish, tools, buildings, vacation souvenirs and many more. Most of the sets are from the 1940s to the present. A smaller window hosts a monthly special exhibit. The best viewing time is between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Viewers are invited at their own risk, and the exhibit is open unless there is snow or ice on the parking lot. Fiddlestix Village, 24180 St. Rt. 93, Creola - (Do not go to Creola ~ this is a mapping address.) The location is just south of the intersection of St. Rts. 56 and 93, close to Ash Cave. For more information, call Historic Host at 740-753-3105. FREE.

 

DAILY - Columbus Washboard Company Tours; 14 Gallagher Ave, Logan; 740-380-3828 Ever seen the inner workings of a centuries old brick factory with vintage equipment used in the 1800s?Not only do we have a veritable museum of American history but we still use many of these old tools and machines to make the products we ship all over the world.We invite you and your family to stop in and see us when you're in town and take one of our guided factory tours.There's nothing quite like it anywhere else in the Hocking Hills. Details: 6 or more people preferred. General Admission $4.00 plus 10% discount on purchases (Plus a free fridge magnet.) Seniors $3.00 plus 10% discount on purchases & free fridge magnet. Students & Children (up to 18) $2.00 plus 10% discount on purchases & free fridge magnet. Active Military (with ID) FREE Tour Times All Year-Round Monday - Friday 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 May through October Only Monday - Friday 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 Saturdays 11:30 & 1:00

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Your Weekend Update for December 9, 2016

Friday, December 9

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours: Decemburrr Tours -- FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours; 10714 Jackson St.; Rockbridge; Call 740-385-9477; zipohio.com; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It may be cold outside. But, you've got a choice; stay inside huddled inside all winter OR grab winter by the snowball and get your blood pumping at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours this December. For the first time ever, by popular demand, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours is offering tours all month long during weekend hours.

Cedar Falls Stroll

Cedar Falls; Hocking Hills State Park; Call 740-385-6841; Free; 10 a.m.

Join the naturalist to explore Cedar Falls and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this area of the park. All programs are subject to change. Notify the naturalist if special accommodations are needed for your participation. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

AOG Gallery Workshop Open Easel Friday

AOG Gallery & Studio; 120 East Main St.; Lancaster; Call 740-785-0867; $10 to $15; Reservations Required; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join us every 2nd and 4th Friday for open Easel (Limit 10 people). $10 with own supplies, $15 supplies included.

 

Christmas Carol Sing

The Bowen House; 196 N. Market St.; Logan; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join folks at the Bowen House for some Christmas Carols and Cheer!

Live Music at the Winery - FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Hocking Hills Winery, 30402 Freeman Rd., Logan; call 740-385-7117; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join the Hocking Hills Winery for an evening of live music and relaxing with the sounds of T.J. George on Friday and Kevin Ashba on Saturday. Bring your own appetizers or food, call for a pizza delivery or just enjoy the music.

 

Holiday Shopping Alternative - FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

Nelsonville Public Square; call 740-753-1001; free; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Final Fridays- Holiday Shopping Alternative at North Pole Nelsonville. Gifts of Handmade Art not found anywhere else! Visit Santa's Village to get a peek at behind-the-scenes toy making wonderland. Final Fridays, a community art event, takes place in the Historic Square Arts District in Nelsonville.

 

Saturday, December 10

Santa Train - SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway; 33 Canal St; Nelsonville; call 800-967-7834 or 740-743-9531; tickets include adults, $17; seniors, $15; children $13; every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 26 to Dec. 18; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Historic train ride with a visit from Santa during the ride. Saturdays and Sundays. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Christmas in Ash Cave

Ash Cave Parking Lot; Hocking Hills State Park; St. Rt. 56; Logan; Call 740-385-6841; Free; 5 to 7 p.m.

Step away from the hectic holiday season and come bundled for the weather while enjoying a lighted stroll back to Ash Cave. Once you arrive at the cave, warm with refreshments by an open fire. Listen to our holiday music, have the kids visit with an old-fashioned Santa or help to decorate our Christmas tree for wildlife.

 

Follow the Light - A BICENNTENIAL EVENT

Participating churches include St. Matthew Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church; First Church of Christ; St. John Catholic Church; Trinity Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church (tour groups meet at three locations within the tour); Logan; 740-385-222; Tickets for adults are 3, children are under 12 are free; 6 to 9 p.m.

Walking tour of six beautifully decorated historic churches, each of which will feature short seasonal programs and a display of antique creches set up by George Johnson, Logan Christmas collector and scholar. Tour groups will depart from 3 locations (red, green, and yellow tickets) and be led by a tour guide. Each stop will provide an opportunity to enjoy the music, splendor and hospitality of the Advent and Christmas season. Church vans will be available for those unable to walk the tour.

 

Holidays in the Country with Camp Oty'Okwa's  

Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Camp Oty'Okwa; 24799 Purcell Rd; S. Bloomingville, OH 43152

Email cathy.h.knoop@gmail.com; Call 740-603-3911; $30 per person or table of 6 for $225; Reservations required; 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy a "Holiday in the Country"! This annual Holiday Banquet and Silent Auction will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Camper Scholarship Fund. Located at Camp Oty'Okwa, in the beautiful Hocking Hills, this event will feature a festive wagon ride to the dining lodge where quests will be treated to a gourmet holiday banquet. The evening will also include musical entertainment with "Just the DJ" and live performances by "Folkwood Players" and "Audie Wykle". Offerings at a Silent Auction include donations by local merchants and artisans. Reservation can be made by sending a check to Camp Oty'Okwa, 1855 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43229 (Memo: Holiday Banquet)

 

Backstage Show with Adam Torres

Stuart's Opera House; 52 Public Square; Nelsonville; Call 740-753-1924; Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door; 8 p.m.

Special backstage show! Adam Remnant will open the show.In 2006, 20-year-old Adam Torres released his debut album Nostra Nova. The album's 11 songs are idiosyncratic and varied - as are many great songs - with each existing as its own little world.

 

Sunday, December 11

A Taste of Dickens at the Glenlaurel Inn

Glenlaurel Inn; 14940 Mt. Olive Rd; Rockbridge; call 800-809-7378 or 740-385-4070; $189-$379 for dinner and lodging; reservation required; Wednesdays and Sundays; 6 p.m.

Join us for our traditional yet festive holiday dinner. Our 6 course fine dining offers delectable gourmet courses, and a performer will read excerpts from Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol between courses. Social hour begins at 6 PM in the Loch Ness Pub. Dinner begins promptly at 7, and will last for approximately 2 hours. When you stay on a Dickens night, you'll get 50% off lodging when the Dickens Dinner is booked! Call us today to make reservations. Space is limited and is always a sold-out event!

This event is a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday season and it makes a great holiday gift for those hard to buy for. Call Guest Services to make your reservation. Dinner $49 per person; reservations based on availability.

 

Wednesday, December 14

Winter Wonderings Hike at Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve

Bock Hollow State Nature Preserve; 7211 Bremen Rd.; Logan; Call 740-380-8919; Email

lauren.metcalf@dnr.state.oh.us; 1 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how the hundreds of Ohio creatures survive the long winter? Beyond hibernation, Ohio critters have sweet and savvy winter survival tricks. Join the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve on Sunday, December 11 at 1 p.m. to discover them yourself!

 

Hocking Valley Community Hospital 1st Holiday Affair

Hocking Valley Community Hospital; S. R. 664 North; Logan; Call 740-380-8336; 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Hocking Valley Community Hospital will host its 1st Annual Community Holiday Affair in celebration of its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Community guests are invited to enjoy holiday carols performed in both indoor and outdoor settings. The entertainment includes:

5:00 p.m. - Logan High School Chamber Singers

5:30 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir

6:00 p.m. - Sing-along carols at the Auxiliary Celebration of Lights Ceremony in the HVCH courtyard

6:30 p.m. - Hocking County Children's Chorus

7:00 p.m. - Logan-Hocking Middle School Swing Choir

 

Farmers' Markets

 

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY - Flea & Farmers' Market at Hocking Hills Market; US 33, Rockbridge. This is a large flea market with many outside and inside vendors every weekend - Friday through Sunday - featuring unique items, antiques, collectibles, beautiful crafts and outstanding in-season produce.

 

Ongoing Events

 

Thursdays - Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour Rockside Winery & Vineyards, 2363 Lancaster Newark Rd NE, Lancaster; 740-687-4414; 5 pm to 8 pm Looking for the happiest hours out there? We think making it halfway through the week is reason enough to celebrate! Stop by after work for $4 glasses of our estate grown and produced wines. Nosh on our delicious Ohio cheese and crackers at a discount. Otherwise you can bring in your own picnic, or order in from one of the near by pizza joints! (Recurring Event every Thursday excluding major holidays).

MONDAYS - Children's Chorus; Stop in and listen to the delightful sounds of the Children's Chorus every Monday from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Call 740-385-0344 for more info.

 

WEDNESDAYS - Yoga in the Hills; This class is offered surrounded by the beauty of the Hocking Hills. Weather permitting; classes are outside on our wonderful deck among the trees. All levels of experience are welcome, as are groups! Call ahead for details - we may be having class, with our wonderful instructor, at a waterfall near you! 5 to 6 p.m. Visit http://www.massageyogacenter.com/ for locations details. Blue Valley Massage & Traveling Spa, 888-74-PEACE (747-3223); COST: $10

WEDNESDAYS - Sweet Treat Wednesday: Wine tasting paired with locally made Wren Valley Truffles. 25% off hand-made gourmet caramel apples. Bring your own food or have pizza delivered. Hocking Hills Winery, 30402 Freeman Road, Logan, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Call 740- 3857117 for more information; COST: $12 for six tastings.

THURSDAYS - Yoga at the Bowen House; Join Yoga instructor Elle Delmatto every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Class fee is $6. Class is open to all and no pre-registration is necessary. The Bowen House Community Center for Arts & Education, 196 N Market St, Logan; call 740-3850344 for more info.

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS - Hocking Hills Artists and Craftsmen Marketplace. Open every weekend where you can find unique handcrafted items from local artists. Chat with the artist while you watch their demonstrations. Stay a little, shop a little, dine a little. Open Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge, 20020 State Route 664 South. Call 740-707-0246 for more information.

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