Hocking Happenings: Spring activities and events in the hills you don't wont to miss

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Thursday, April 13

 

After School Movie - Disney's Tangled – Before Ever After


Logan-Hocking County District Library; 230 E. Main Street; Logan; 740-385-2348; 4:30 p.m.

After school movies are back on the second Thursday of the month. Event also includes popcorn and candy. Movie gatherings are in the meeting room.

Friday, April 14

 

The Wildlife at Rose Lake


Hocking Hills State Park; Behind/near Old Man’s Cave State Park Campsite; 19852 OH-664; Logan; 740-385-6841; 10 a.m.

Come down to Rose Lake to learn about the critters that live around it. It will also be trout release day so there will be a lot going on!

Colt Starting/Spring Tune Up at Smoke Rise Ranch – FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY


Smoke Rise Ranch; 6751 Hunterdon Rd; Glouster; smokeriseranch.com; $10 to watch; $250 for your horse; all weekend (Friday through Sunday)

If you have a new colt to start or you just need to tune up Nelly or Chester for summer riding, this is the weekend for you. Lynn Semingson is going to start Justin’s new colt, so the ranch decided to invite a limited number of people to bring their horses and participate. You can bring your colt and/or any of your horses that may need a tune up or help with a problem and we will help you get them started the correct way. Lynn has more than 40 years of experience and a way with horses that makes him one of the best. Even if you can't bring your horse, you can come to watch and learn. There will be a cowboy church service on Sunday Morning and an Easter Egg hunt on Sunday. Our Rustics hold up to six people, so bring your family. Stalls and lodging are extra for this event.

Open Mic Night at Utopia – FRIDAY & SATURDAY


Utopia; 117 W. Main St; Logan; eatatutopia@gmail.com; 740-380-3337; from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

Enjoy the sounds of Open Mic Night at local restaurant Utopia. It will occur weekly every Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 11:30 p.m. until April 30.

Live Music at Hocking Hills Winery – FRIDAY & SATURDAY


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

Enjoy the sweet sounds of music with the great taste of wine at Hocking Hills Winery. Order an appetizer or bring your own food to eat while you listen to R&R Acoustic Friday night and Jasey Schnapps on Saturday night.

The Darlene Barrett String Trio at the Bowen House


The Bowen House; 196 N. Market St; Logan; 740-385-0344; $10 to $5 (suggested donation); 7 p.m.

Join us for this lovely concert. Tickets are $10 (a suggested donation for the general public), $8 for Bowen House members and $5 for students.

AOG Gallery Workshop Open Easel Friday


AOG Gallery and Studio; 120 E. Main St.; Lancaster; 740-785-0867; $10 to $15 per person; reservations required; 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us every second and fourth Friday of the month for Open Easel (limit: 10 people). The cost is $10 for people with their own supplies and $15 for supplies included.

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Saturday, April 15

 

Ridgetops & Hollers


Hocking Hills State Park; Ash Cave Parking Area; St. Rt. 56; Logan; 740-385-6841; 10 a.m.

Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a "holler"? Join the naturalist at Ash Cave parking area to find out.

Trillium Festival at Mathias Grove


Mathias Grove; 25779 Bailey Rd; Rockbridge; 334-399-2345; 10 a.m.

Join us for Appalachia Ohio Alliance’s annual Spring blast. Enjoy naturalist-guided hikes that highlight the gorgeous spring wildflower show at Mathias Grove. This event also features a potluck meal, so please bring a covered dish to share. After lunch, stay and help the community clean up the roadsides and remove garlic mustard as part of our stewardship mission.

Easter Bunny Train and Egg Hunt


Hocking Valley Scenic Railway; 33 W. Canal St; Nelsonville; $10 for children and $17 for adults; 740-249-1452; hvsry.org; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. departures

The popular Easter Bunny Train is a sellout every year. It is a newer tradition in the Hocking Valley, but has already become a favorite of kids of all ages. We have two trains that depart on Saturday: one at 10 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m.  Each train travels past Haydenville before returning to Nelsonville. Along the way back, each train will stop at the Easter Bunny’s secret hiding place, where the egg hunt will take place.  Areas for different age groups will be set up, and at the announcement to go, all of the kids will take off through their assigned areas and collect Easter eggs. Inside the eggs will be prize tickets and candy to be picked up at the prize tent. After all of the activities are completed, everyone will reboard the train for the remainder of the trip back to the Nelsonville Depot. Tickets for children are the same price across each category, but dividing the kids into age groups helps us properly place everyone in the appropriate egg hunt location. Duration of ride is approximately two hours.

 

 

Monday, April 17

 

Taijifit at the Library with Victoria McMahon


Logan-Hocking County District Library; 230 E. Main St; Logan; 740-385-2348; $30 per person; Registration is required; 12 p.m. (every week on Monday)

Taiji Fitness is an exercise program that blends the centuries-old Chinese martial art of Tai Chi Chuan with modern, western exercise to provide many of the same benefits. Taiji Fitness is a non-traditional approach designed for beginners and all others who want easy-to-follow, safe instruction in a comfortable setting from an experienced, dedicated instructor.

Registration is required.

*Payment of $30.00 is required to secure your spot in the class.

*Easy to learn

*Suitable for most

*Kinder to knees

*Better for backs

 

 

Tuesday, April 18

 

Old Time Music Jam Session at Bowen House


The Bowen House; 196 Market St; Logan; 740-385-0344; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar or favorite instrument and join right in. Led by Liz Shaw. New and experienced musicians are welcome. You will leave with new skills after every session. Donations to the instructor are graciously appreciated.

 

Friday, April 21

 

Spring Book Sale


Logan-Hocking County District Library; 230 E. Main St; Logan; 740-385-2348; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All sales by donation. Please bring boxes or bags. No prior sales. Located at the Library Bookmobile Garage.

Logan Town Center Second Annual Pie Auction


Logan Town Center; 197 S. Spring St; Logan; $10 suggested donation; 4 p.m.

Join in on Logan Town Center's second annual Pie Auction, including a chicken noodle or beef noodle dinner. Supper is from 4 to 6:40 p.m. at Scenic Hills Senior Center on Friday, April 21st. Suggested donation is $10 and the auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Chad Ricketts as auctioneer. The full menu includes chicken noodle or beef noodle with mash potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, drink and scoop of chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

Murder Mystery Dinner: Appalachian Family Reunion


Rockside Winery; 2363 Lancaster-Newark Rd. NE; Lancaster; 740-687-4414; $48 per person; 7:30 p.m.

At Rockside Winery, we make the wine but we don't solve the mysteries. That's YOUR job. Once again, someone has been "Whacked at the Winery" and the culprit is right here among us. Join us for an evening of fun, food, music and mayhem. Dinner includes an entrée, sides, one bottle of wine per couple or two glasses per person and gourmet dessert. Mystery provided by the notorious Leonard Mystery Players. The cost is $48 per person for dinner, wine and a great show. For greatest enjoyment, we recommend that you dress for the show (southern hillbilly/country theme). They mystery is explained below, but you will receive your parts the night of the event. Theme: Appalachian Family Reunion.

All the kinfolk are getting together for down-home family fun – country style. The only problem is that these folks feud more among themselves than the Hatfields ever did with the McCoys. Grab your squirrel rifle and head on down. Is that banjo music I'm hearing? Ticket purchases/reservations required in advance – limited space. Visit more events at rocksidewinery.com or call the shop at 740-687-4414 to make a reservation.

Open Mic Night at Utopia – FRIDAY & SATURDAY


Utopia; 117 W. Main St; Logan; eatatutopia@gmail.com; 740-380-3337; 7 to 11:30 p.m.

Enjoy the sounds of Open Mic Night at local restaurant Utopia. It will occur weekly every Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 11:30 p.m. until April 30.

Live Music at Hocking Hills Winery – FRIDAY & SATURDAY


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

Enjoy the sweet sounds of music with the great taste of wine at Hocking Hills Winery. Order an appetizer or bring your own food to eat while you listen to Acoustic Avalanche on Friday night and the Van Dyke Trio on Saturday night.

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Saturday, April 22

 

(Annual) Perennial Exchange


Logan-Hocking County District Library; 230 E. Main Street; Logan; 740-385-2348; 11 a.m.

Perennials need to be brought in between 10 - 11 a.m., labeled and potted. Participants need to bring their own containers for transportation. This is a one for one exchange using a tickets method. The library reserves the right to limit the number of tickets in terms of supply. Refreshments will be provided. In the library meeting room - Walnut Street Entrance

Model and Ramp Foray and Cooking Class


The Lodge at Hocking College; 15770 OH-691; Nelsonville; 740-753-7132; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Biologist and ecologist Homer Elliott guides you on a foray for mushrooms and assorted edibles. Afterwards, Master Chef Enzlo Sclama will show you how to incorporate these edibles into a delicious meal. Space is limited for this one.

Ridgetops and Hollers


Ash Cave; Hocking Hills State Park; St. Rt. 56; Logan; 740-385-6841; Free; 10 a.m.

Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a "holler"? Join the naturalist at Ash Cave parking area to find out.

Viticulture Workshop Series


Hocking College and Hocking Hills Winery; 30402 Freeman Rd; Logan; 740-753-7132; 10 a.m.

Hocking College and Hocking Hills Winery are partnering for a series of viticulture classes. Whether you're a home winemaker, grape grower or just someone who loves wine, come play in the dirt with us and enjoy spring in Hocking Hills! April 22 will be dedicated to pruning, April 29 spent on establishing a vineyard, May 6 on winemaking and May 20 on bottling.

Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike


Ash Cave parking lot; Hocking Hills State Park; St. Rt. 56; 740-385-6841; 10 a.m.

Observe nature's carpet of wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls in the beautiful Hocking Hills. Meet at the Ash Cave parking lot for this annual event. Together we will explore the many species of wildflowers we can find in the gorge.

Hocking’s Birds of Prey


Naturalist’s Cabin near Old Man’s Cave Visitors Center; Hocking Hills State Park; St. Rt. 664 S; Logan; 740-385-6841; 2 p.m.

Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin behind Old Man's Cave Visitor Center for a closer look at Ohio's hawks, owls, eagles and vultures.

Hocking County Children’s Chorus presents Disney’s Lion King Jr. -- SATURDAY & SUNDAY


Hocking County Children’s Chorus; Logan High School; 14470 St. Rt. 328; Logan; hockingcochildrenschorus@gmail.com; $5 per ticket; 5 p.m.

Hocking County Children's Chorus presents Disney's Lion King Jr. on Sat. April 22 at 7 p.m. and Sun. April 23 at 3 p.m. at Logan High School. Tickets for $5 are available in advance at Little's Jewelry Store, Logan Insurance, Rent-2-Own, or at the door.

The Spring Swarm at the Dairy Barn


The Dairy Barn; 8000 Dairy Ln; Athens; 740-593-4981; 7 to 11 p.m.

Come dance to the Wild Honey Bees at the Spring Swarm to celebrate Earth Day with the Dairy Barn and Upgrade Athens County.

Ash Cave Twilight Hike


Ash Cave; Hocking Hills State Park, on OH-56; Logan; 740-385-6841; 8 p.m.

Join the Naturalist at the Ash Cave parking lot for a nice twilight stroll to Ash Cave. No pets please.

 

Sunday, April 23

 

Ash Cave Walk


Ash Cave; Hocking Hills State Park, on OH-56; Logan; 740-385-6841; 9 a.m.

Join the naturalist for a short walk to Ash Cave and discover the unique natural and cultural history of the park.

Annual Hocking River Earth Day Clean Up


Hocking Hills Canoe Livery; 12789 St. Rt. 664 S; Logan; 740-385-0523/800-634-6820; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It is not another household chore – the River Clean-Up is fun. Join your friends on the river to help preserve the Hocking’s natural beauty at this annual event. Everything is provided, from canoes to trash bags. Help Mother Earth while having fun on the water.

 

Monday, April 24

 

Taijifit at the Library with Victoria McMahon


Logan-Hocking County District Library; 230 E. Main St; Logan; 740-385-2348; $30 per person; Registration is required; 12 p.m. (every week on Monday)

Taiji Fitness is an exercise program that blends the centuries-old Chinese martial art of Tai Chi Chuan with modern, western exercise to provide many of the same benefits. Taiji Fitness is a non-traditional approach designed for beginners and all others who want easy-to-follow, safe instruction in a comfortable setting from an experienced, dedicated instructor.

Registration is required.

*Payment of $30.00 is required to secure your spot in the class.

*Easy to learn

*Suitable for most

*Kinder to knees

*Better for backs

Fused Glass Pendant Workshop


Hocking College Visual Arts Center; Hocking College; 3301 Hocking Parkway; Nelsonville; 740-753-7132; Reservations required; 6 to 9 p.m.

Artisan Sharon Warren teaches you how to make a fused glass pendant. Choose from a variety of translucent and opaque sheet-glass colors, then plan and cut your own design! Price includes instruction, materials and glass time!

Swing into Spring Bonworth Fashion Show


Scenic Hills Senior Center; 197 S. Spring St; Logan; 740-385-6581; 2p.m.

The Scenic Hills Senior Center will present a free fashion show that is open to the public. Events include Scarf Tying Demonstration, Senior Center Models and light refreshments.

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FARMERS MARKETS

 

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY - Flea & Farmers' Market at Hocking Hills Market; US 33, Rockbridge; sunrise to 5 p.m. This is a large flea market with many outside and inside vendors every weekend – Friday through Sunday – that features unique items, antiques, collectibles, beautiful crafts and outstanding in-season produce.

 

WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY – Athens Farmers Market takes place 4 to 7 p.m. from April until December. Enjoy a variety of vendors from homemade delectables to fresh produce and more. Call 740-593-6763 or visit athensfarmersmarket.org for more information.

 

ON-GOING

 

THURSDAYS – Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour Rockside Winery & Vineyards – 2363 Lancaster Newark Rd NE, Lancaster; 740-687-4414; 5 to 8 p.m. 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. Enjoy our delicious Ohio cheese and crackers at a discount. Otherwise you can bring in your own picnic, or order in from one of the nearby pizza joints! (Recurring event every Thursday excluding major holidays).

 

MONDAY AND THURSDAYS AND OTHERS BY APPOINTMENT – Beginner Bead Making Classes – Have fun learning to melt glass while making your own glass beads and charms for bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Everything that you need to make beautiful glass beads is supplied. Ages 14 and up. $25 per class, offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; call for reservations at 740-385-1384; Liquid Light Gallery; 18345 Unger Rd; Logan.

 

TUESDAYS – Science with Mr. Turtle at the Logan Library – Join Mr. Harry every Tuesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Children's Library and explore the world of science. Every age is the right age to learn! Call 740-385-2348; Logan Library; 230 East Main Street; Logan; Free.

 

TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS – Story Time at the Logan Library – Children of all ages can come out for story time. Weekly readings take place at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Call 740-385-2348; Logan Library; 230 East Main Street; Logan; Free.

 

FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAYS – Doodle Bugs – Takes place at 10 a.m. and is a free art club for newborns, infants and toddlers up to age three. On the first and third Wednesdays of each month, participants can come anytime between 10 a.m. and noon. Toddlers will explore the fun of art hands-on and take home a masterpiece! Newborns and infants will have hands and feet painted for creative keepsakes. Sponsored by the Hocking County Early Childhood Department, Help Me Grow & Early Intervention. Hocking County Library; 230 E. Main Street; Logan; Call Stephanie at 740-380-1315 for more information.

 

WEDNESDAYS – Quilt Therapy – Beginning at 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on every Wednesday, our classroom is open all day for anyone who wants to come and sew. Bring a project, even one you are having struggles with, and one of our folks will be happy to help you. It is a fun day to come and be with other quilters. Lunch is on your own. Nelsonville Quilt Company; 52 W Washington St; Nelsonville; call 740-753-3343 for more info; Free.

 

WEDNESDAYS – Sweet Treat Wednesday – Wine tasting paired with locally made Wren Valley Truffles. Enjoy 25 percent off of hand-made gourmet caramel apples. Bring your own food or have pizza delivered. Hocking Hills Winery; 30402 Freeman Road; Logan; 11 a.m.to 8 p.m; Call 740- 385-7117 for more information; $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 740-385-0344 for more info.

 

THURSDAYS – Yarn Lovers Unite – Members are invited to join at the library to work on various projects and share techniques and progress. Anyone who knits, crochets or sews is invited to attend.  All are welcome regardless of experience and ability, as this is a chance to share and learn.  Takes place from 1 to 3 p.m.; call 740-385-2348 for more information; Logan-Hocking County Library; 230 E. Main Street; Logan; free.

 

THURSDAYS – Introduction to Technology – Have questions about your tablet, laptop, email or even Facebook? There will be a staff member in the reference area to help you. Logan Hocking County Library; 230 East Main Street; Logan; 3 to 4 p.m.; call 740-385-2348 for more information.

 

DAILY - Honeybee Extravaganza - The Logan-Hocking County Library has honeybees! We have a beautiful, live bee display, courtesy of Dave Saving. Come and witness the bees work. Find the queen bee! Learn about the interworking of the hive. The bees are on display for everyone to see. Logan Hocking Library; 230 East Main St; Logan; Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free.