Hocking Happenings: What to do this week in the hills

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Friday, April 7


 

Cedar Falls Stroll

Hocking Hills State Park; Cedar Falls; 21724 St. Rt. 374; Logan; 740-385-6841; 1 p.m.

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

 

The Awesome Possum

Hocking Hills State Park; Old Man’s Cave Naturalist Cabin; 19852 OH-664; Logan; 740-385-6841; 3 p.m.

Meet at the Naturalist Cabin to find out what is so awesome about this furry creature.

 

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 while listening to T.J George Friday night and Kevin Ashba on Saturday night.

 

Chocolate Walk

Various locations; Destination Downtown Lancaster; 109 N. Broad St; Lancaster; 740-277-6607; $15 per person; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Everything is coming up chocolate in downtown Lancaster. Stroll through beautiful downtown enjoying chocolate treats at more than 30 locations. Get ready for an evening of decadent chocolate. This event features every kind of chocolate treat you can imagine.

 

St. John Catholic Church Lenten Fish Fry

St. John Catholic Church Social Hall; 351 N. Market St; Logan; 740-385-2549; Adults: $8; Students: $6; Families (parents and children under 18): $25; 4 to 7 p.m.

Knights of Columbus St. James Council 2299 presents its annual fish fry (last of the season). The all-you- can-eat fish fry includes sides, dessert and beverages. Carry-out is available. Proceeds benefit scholarship fund, families in need, the Cairo's Organization and funeral dinners.

Use North Street entrance.

 

Logan High School Art Show Opening

The Bowen House; 196 N. Market St; 740-385-0344; 6 to 9 p.m. (opening night)

Annual exhibit of the works of the Logan Hocking High School art students. Runs through April 19 during normal hours, which are Wednesday through Saturday, from 2 to 5 p.m., or by appointment.

 

Saturday, April 8


 

Easter Breads Class at Hocking College

The Lodge at Hocking College; 15770 OH-691; Nelsonville; $50; Reservation required; 740-753-7132; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Just in time for your Easter dinner, certified Master Chef Alfonso Contrisciani teachers you how to make his favorite sweet breads, which are sure to impress your holiday guests.

 

Trail Clean Up Weekend at Smoke Rise Ranch – SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Smoke Rise Ranch; 6751 Hunterdon Rd; Glouster; 740-767-2624; smokeriseranch.com; Varying cost for camping, cabins or boarding; all weekend (Saturday and Sunday)

Lend a hand as the ranch gets the trails ready for a great new season. Camping and cabins will be available. The ranch will have a campfire gathering Saturday evening to meet the Birthisel family, share excitement about the coming year and celebrate the arrival of spring and warmer weather.

 

The Wonders of Old Man’s Cave

Hocking Hills State Park; Naturalist Cabin; 19852 OH-664; Logan; 740-385-6841; 2 p.m.

Meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike to 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.

 

Rural Action’s Adventure Auction

The Lodge at Hocking College; 15770 OH-691; Nelsonville; susi@ruralaction.org; www.adventureauction.org; 740-677-4047 ext. 11; members, $35: non-members, $55; Friends Package: $400; 6 to 10 p.m.

The event will feature silent and live regional, adventure-themed packages with Shamrock Auction Service. Guests will be wined and dined with an array of heavy appetizers catered by Hocking College. All proceeds will support Rural Action's great work across the region.  Preview auction packages and purchase tickets at www.adventureauction.org.  We are looking for volunteers on the day of the event! If you are interested in volunteering or are looking for more information about the Adventure Auction, please contact susi@ruralaction.org or call 740.677.4047 ext. 11.

 

Appalachian Listening Room -- Barefoot McCoy with Square Thirteen

Appalachian Listening Room; 48 W. Main St; Logan; craigheathmusic@gmail.com; 740-438-5273; $10 per person; 6:30 p.m.

ALR gives songwriters, performers, and poets a place to perform for an attentive audience. No food service. High-end sodas from around the world will be available on site. Come out after Saturday evening dinner for 90 minutes of music in an intimate setting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

 

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out at Stuart’s Opera House

Stuart’s Opera House; 52 Public Sq; Nelsonville; brain@stuartsoperahouse.org; 740-753-1924; $25 - $30; Reservations required; 7 p.m.

Stuart’s hosts an evening of award winning bluegrass music with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) most-awarded Male Vocalist of the Year (five-time career), Russell Moore, is truly at the top of his game, fronting one of the most popular bands in bluegrass history. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is celebrating nearly 25 years as one of the genre's most-awarded and influential groups in modern-day bluegrass. All in all, the band has garnered more than 50 industry accolades since its inception in 1991, including being named the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year for seven consecutive years.

 

9th Annual AG Days at the Fairgrounds – SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Hocking County Fairgrounds; 150 N. Homer Ave; Logan; 740-385-2140; 9 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 to 4 p.m. on Sunday

So much to see and do! Equipment exhibits including a corn sheller, saw mill, threshing machine, hit and miss engines and more. Demonstrations and food displays. Food served by 4-H Club. Hocking County COSI exhibit for kids includes cow milking, scavenger hunt and games, kiddie train rides, face painting and more. Tournaments and competitions. Entertainment features Persuaded Awaken at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Hocking Valley Blue Grass Boys at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by the Hocking County Farm Bureau.

 

Scenic Hills Senior Center’s Pancake Breakfast

Scenic Hills Senior Center; 187 S. Spring St; Logan; 740-385-6581; Suggested $6 donation; 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast with the Scenic Hills Senior Center on the second Saturday of the month.

Menu: Pancakes, eggs and sausage or sausage gravy biscuits, eggs and hash browns.

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Sunday, April 9


 

Community Easter Cantata – Who is This King?

First Presbyterian Church; 2 W. Hunter St; Logan; 740-385-2242; 6:30 p.m.

A Community Choir will tell the Easter story through narration and song. Cantata is under the direction of Corby Leach and accompanist Susan Kendig.

 

Monday, April 10


 

Taijifit at the Library with Victoria McMahon

Logan-Hocking County District Library; 230 E. Main St; Logan; Reservations required; 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

 

Mommy & Me Cooking Jamboree

Logan-Hocking County Library; 230 E. Main St; Logan; Registration required; 740-385-2348; 10 a.m.

Logan Library is teaming up with the Hocking County Extension Office (again) to introduce children of ages of 2 to 5 to the benefits of cooking. Four sessions will offer children the opportunity to explore how healthy meal preparation can be fun and yummy!

 

Tuesday, April 11


 

Hocking Valley Photography Group

The Bowen House; 196 N. Market St; Logan; 740-385-0344; www.bowenhouse.org; 7 p.m.

Free monthly meeting of photography enthusiasts co-led by Dennis Savage and Laura Forbes Champ.

 

Wednesday, April 12


 

The Jayhawks at Stuart’s Opera House

Stuart’s Opera House; 52 Public Sq; Nelsonville; brian@stuartsoperahouse.org; $26 to $40; 740-753-1924; 8 p.m.

Stuart's welcomes The Jayhawks back to Nelsonville. The incredible harmonies and distinctive arrangements of The Jayhawks set them apart from the rest of the Minneapolis music scene that emerged in the 1980s. By the early 90s they had become a driving force and inspiration behind the growing Americana movement. Combining the talents of singer-songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson, The Jayhawks released their major label debut, the acclaimed Hollywood Town Hall (1992) on the Def American label. This was followed by Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995), which produced the alternative radio hit single “Blue”. When Olson left to pursue a solo career, Louris singularly took over the songwriting role in The Jayhawks creating the band’s enduring sound on some of their best selling and well-received albums including Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). Louris continues to write and tour with the longtime core group of Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, and Tim O’Reagan. While the touring line-up has changed over the years and Olson briefly reappeared in 2010 to record and tour, this classic lineup maintains a commitment to adventure and forward motion in their shows and in their recordings. Their latest album, Paging Mr. Proust (2016), was produced in Portland with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine.

 

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 the water. It will also be trout release day, so there will be lots 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 afterward. 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; 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 while listening 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 p.m. 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, if needed.

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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 AOA’s annual Spring blast. Enjoy naturalist-guided hikes that highlight the gorgeous spring wildflower show at Mathias gorge. This event also features a “pot luck” 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 sell-out every year. It is a newer tradition in the Hocking Valley, but has 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, the 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 prizes and candy to be picked up at the prize tent. When all of the activities are completed, everyone will re-board the train for the remainder of the trip back to the Nelsonville Depot. Tickets for children are the same price through each category. Children will be placed into age groups to help 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; Reservations required; 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 for the instructor are graciously appreciated.