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Hocking Happenings: Best things to do in the hills this week

Hocking Happenings: Best things to do in the hills this week

 Friday, March 31



Ridgetops and 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.


Final Fridays Art Walk

Downtown Nelsonville; 52 Public Sq; Nelsonville; 740-753-1924; 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a host of special activities and events at Nelsonville’s Final Friday. This month includes special music happenings including B & B Karaoke at The Mine (from 8 p.m. to midnight), Bluegrass with Wolf at Starbrick Gallery, music by William and Tatum L'Heureux at the Nelsonville Emporium, Kay Carter at The Rhapsody, karaoke at the First Presbyterian Church and poetry readings at Stuart Opera House. Also featured are opening night exhibits at multiple locations including; Majesties Galleries: If Town, award winning ceramist Kelsey Duncan, presenting his Ohio University Ceramic Thesis Exhibition and new work from Danette Pratt; Starbrick Cooperateive Gallery: Hocking Hills Artists Invitational, highlighting artists who live in, work in and are inspired by the Hocking Hills, presenting ceramics, glass, wood carvings, paintings, pen and ink drawings and photography; Paper Circle:  Whispering to the Earth, an exhibition by accomplished fiber artist Char Norman. The show will feature papermaking and fiber sculptures that present the symbiotic and sacred relationship between nature and people; Majestic AnnexCircus Light by Tere Sager with mixed media paintings. The First Presbyterian Church will also have a pop-up art show and Stuart Opera’s House, offering a poetry reading event showcasing creative writing class participants from 6 to 7 p.m. in addition to hard-hat tours of its new facility and its progress thus far at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. The Emporium will have lots of chocolate and sales and The Hive is giving visitors a chance to get more information on its new youth program from integrated services at 27 W. Columbus St.


Roy G Biv – A Sensory Delight in Multi Media

Starbrick Cooperative Gallery; 21 W Columbus St; Nelsonville; 740-753-1011; 6 to 7 p.m. (opening night)

Roy G Biv at the Starbrick Gallery will begin March 31 on Final Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. The show will last until April 23 during normal hours, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  All the colors of the rainbow are revealed in paint, glaze, wood, jewelry, fiber and more. This group exhibition will be a sensory delight.

Open Mic Night at Utopia – FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Utopia; 117 W Main St; Logan;; 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 Todd Martin Friday night and Peter Conrad on Saturday night.


Saturday, April 1




American Legion Monthly Stake Dinner

American Legion Post 78; 12845 St. Rt. 664 S; Logan; 740-385-8811; $12 per person; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Auxiliary of American Legion Post 78 provides this delicious steak dinner on the first Saturday of every month. Come join us for a good meal, with the proceeds helping our community and supporting two Legion baseball teams.

4th Annual Spring Craft Show & More!

Elberfeld Building; 87 W. Main Street; Logan; contact Jim Kalklosch at 740-385-2259 or 740-607-4086; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy 40+ booths of crafts and more. Raffles feature an AJ Hawk autographed 8 x 10 photo; NY Yankees Scentsy Warmer; Silver Eagle Coin/Gift Certs from businesses. The event also includes hourly door prizes, a concession stand with baked goods, sandwiches and drinks. All proceeds benefit the Kalklosch Scholarships given to Logan-Hocking School District seniors; $4,000 awarded to eight recipients in 2016!


Spaghetti Dinner

Scenic Hills Senior Center; 187 S. Spring St; Logan; 740-385-6581; Suggested donation: $8 for adults and children 13 and under $4; 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Get a bite of spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad, dessert and beverages at the Senior Center’s Spaghetti Dinner. Takeout will be available. The event is sponsored by Logan Health Care with proceeds going to Scenic Hills Senior Center.


Monday, April 3


Bowen House Coffee House

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

NEW monthly event on the first Tuesday of each month. Those interested in singing, playing folk guitar, and learning new and new-to-you songs are welcome to attend the Bowen House Coffee House to join others with the same love of song. No cost, no audition, no choir, no performance. Come for the joy of singing! And perhaps a cup of coffee.

Friday, April 7


Open Mic Night at Utopia – FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Utopia; 117 W Main St; Logan;; 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 over 30 locations. Get ready for an evening of decadent chocolate. This event features every kind of chocolate treats you can imagine.


Logan High School Art Show Opening

The Bowen House; 196 N. Market St; 740-385-0344; runs until April 19; 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 2 to 5 p.m., or by appointment.


Saturday, April 8


Rural Action’s Adventure Auction

The Lodge at Hocking College; 15770 OH-691; Nelsonville;;; 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. Let your next adventure help Rural Action on our next adventure!  Preview auction packages and purchase tickets at  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 or call 740.677.4047 ext. 11.


Appalachian Listening Room -- Barefoot McCoy with Square Thirteen

Appalachian Listening Room; 48 W. Main St; Logan;; 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;; 740-753-1924; $25 - $30; Reservations required; 7 p.m.

Stuart’s host 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 genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. All in all, the band has garnered over 50 industry accolades since their inception in 1991 including being named the IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year 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, such as 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.

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.




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 - featuring unique items, antiques, collectibles, beautiful crafts and outstanding in-season produce.


WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY – Athen’s 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 for more information.




THURSDAYS – Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour Rockside Winery & Vineyards- 2363 Lancaster Newark Rd NE, Lancaster; 740-687-4414; 5 p.m. 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 at740-385-1384; 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. Meeting 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 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 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 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free.


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 - Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum - Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rev. Paul Johnson began his collection over 20 years ago. His Pencil Sharpener Museum, previously located at his home, has been moved to the Welcome Center and is open daily. This amazing collection of over 3400 pencil sharpeners has been featured in national magazines and is reputed to be the largest collection in the United States. Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center; 13178 St. Rt. 664 S; Logan; 740- 385-9706; 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 actually 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 plus 10 percent discount on purchases (Plus a free fridge magnet.) Seniors $3 plus 10 percent discount on purchases & free fridge magnet. Students & Children (up to 18) $2 plus 10 percent discount on purchases & free fridge magnet. Active Military (with ID) receive free tour times all year-round Monday through Friday 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. May through October visitors may also participate in a self-guide tour on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Posted: March 30, 2017
Categorized Under: Spring Outdoor Activity