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The Ohio Light Opera Celebrating Their 39th Festival Season in Wayne County, Ohio

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau     

 

You're in for a toe-tapping time!
You’re in for a toe-tapping time!

You might already be aware that Wayne County, Ohio is part of the world’s largest Amish settlement and home to Lehman’s Hardware, The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café, Everything Rubbermaid, and P. Graham Dunn. But did you know that the Ohio Light Opera, summer resident opera company of the College of Wooster also calls Wayne County their home?

The 2017 Light Opera festival season, which runs June 17 through August 12, opens with the toe-tapping musical “The Music Man.” Also included in this summer’s line up will be Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S Pinafore.” Also featured this season will be “Primrose,” “The Student Prince,” “Countess Maritza” and “The Lady of the Slipper.”

Over 20,000 patrons from across the country and around the world come to Wooster for the Ohio Light Opera performances in the intimate confines of Freedlander Theater each summer. Patrons find the matinee performances fit in well with local restaurants that offer upscale dining and still leave time for sightseeing and shopping. Evening performances can be followed by wine parings or decadent desserts and coffee. Hotels, Inns and Bed and Breakfasts offer special packages that include show tickets and meals.
Additional information about the Ohio Light Opera is available by phone 330 263-2345 or online at ohiolightopera.org or by contacting the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-362-6474 or online at wccvb.com.

And since we’ve no place to go…. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

What a great song…only they aren’t singing about Wayne County, Ohio. June in JanWe host many inside events during the winter months, so if you are suffering from cabin fever or the winter doldrums the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to visit our new 2017 Wayne County Directory and Calendar of Events online at wccvb.com or a printed copy can be requested by calling our office toll free at 1-800-362-6474. No place to go? The next few months are full of amazing indoor events for the whole family.

Here is just a sample of some of the cozy and warm inside events Wayne County has to offer:

o Exciting Wooster Oilers Hockey Games & Family Skates at the Alice Noble Ice Arena
o June in January Summer Outdoor Living Preview at Buchwalter Greenhouse
o Wayne County Farm Toy Show at Greene Middle School in Smithville
o Brewfest Benefit for the Wayne Center for the Arts
o Concerts and theater productions at the College of Wooster
o Migration Sensation Birding Workshops at Shreve Elementary School
o Arts and crafts shows, toy and train show, health expo, bridal shows, pancake breakfasts, auctions and sales, quilt shows…and that’s just to name a few!

Start a new family tradition with a Wayne County winter family getaway. Many of our hotels offer special winter incentives during the off-season and feature indoor pools, hot tubs, free Wi-Fi and breakfast.…no place to go? We don’t think so!

SANTA’S SECRET SHOPPING AREA DISCOVERED IN DOWNTOWN WOOSTER, OHIO!

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist

Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Holiday Shopping along Liberty Street in Downtown Wooster.
Holiday Shopping along Liberty Street in Downtown Wooster.

Beautiful Historic Downtown Wooster, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, invites you to shop in a relaxed, hassle-free atmosphere and experience holiday shopping the way it was meant to be.

Window Wonderland on Friday, November 18th officially kicks off the holiday season downtown with the “unwrapping” of the beautifully decorated windows at 7:00pm, followed by the arrival of Santa amidst carolers, street vendors, and great activities for the kids. Holiday foods, hot cocoa and cookies will be available from booths along the main street, while the restaurants and cafes will be open for those wishing to take the merrymaking inside. Our friendly Wayne County merchants are ready to share their holiday spirit while welcoming you into their establishments.

Make a weekend of it and spend the night at the Market Street Inn, Best Western Wooster Hotel and Conference Center or St. Paul Boutique Hotel, all within easy walking distance to restaurants, craft beer brewery and shopping in the downtown area.

The shops located along this thriving main street community include the Everything Rubbermaid Store, several antique shops, gourmet kitchenware shop, clothing boutiques, bookstores, a record shop, art galleries, jewelry and furniture stores, just to name a few. No time for holiday baking? We’ve got you covered. Downtown Wooster boasts a Hungarian Bakery, Scottish Bakery and exceptional cupcake shop. While here, you may want to check out our downtown specialty food stores, Meatheads Union Butcher Shop, Motts Oils and Local Roots, which are sure to add that certain pizazz to your holiday gatherings.

For a complete listing of store hours, holiday events and sales planned for this holiday season, check us out online at mainstreetwooster.org or wccvb.com

Santa has been known to shop the many stores of Downtown Wooster…maybe it’s time you did too.

IT’S COUNTY FAIR TIME IN WAYNE COUNTY, OHIO!

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

My 1ST Fair Stop. Dairy Producers Booth!
My 1ST Fair Stop.
Dairy Producers Booth!

Summer vacation is over and the kids are heading back to school. It’s getting darker earlier and morning temperatures are cooler. High School Football is in the news and sweaters and sweatshirts are part of our wardrobe again. Where did summer go?

Not to fear, there are plenty of fun times ahead as the 167th Annual Wayne County Fair opens their gates on September 10th, 2016 for six days of fresh off the farm fun and entertainment.

Fair admission is still just $3.00 per person, with children 6 & under free. Senior Citizen Day for those 65 and over is Thursday with free admission until 4:00pm. Unlimited ride passes are available daily as well as single ride tickets.

For a complete listing of events and ticket prices visit their website at www.waynecountyfairohio.com

Evening entertainment at the grandstand is as follows:

Saturday, September 10th State Sanctioned Modified & Superstock Tractor Pull
Sunday, September 11th Bill Engvall from the Blue Collar Comedy Group
Monday, September 12th Craig Morgan
Tuesday, September 13th Travis Tritt
Wednesday, September 14th Diesel Truck/Semi Pull
Thursday, September 15th Demolition Derby

In addition to the outstanding lineup at the grandstand be sure to check out the various animal shows and judging, flowers & vegetable judging, baking contests, fiddling contests, area school band show, harness races, mounted shooters, square dance, and car and tractor shows, just to name a few. Add in over 100 business and service organization booths and just about every form of county fair cuisine imaginable and you will see why the Wayne County Fair is billed as Ohio’s Foremost Agricultural Fair.
With an annual attendance of over 150,000 last year they must be doing something right!

BECOME A WAYNE COUNTY PICKER! AT THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY “BUYWAY” SALE

 "BuyWay" Sale Aug 11-13
“BuyWay” Sale
Aug 11-13

Be sure to save the dates of August 11th through the 13th for the granddaddy sale of them all, the Lincoln Highway “Buyway Sale.” This sale runs along the route of the Lincoln Highway across the state and right through Wayne County, including the Village of Dalton! Many local businesses along the route have joined in the fun with sidewalk sales, discount prices and special menu items. Remember to watch for signs for sales slightly off the Lincoln Highway corridor; you may be surprised how worthwhile these sales can be. The sale is quickly becoming a “must do” event for antique and second hand shop owners as well as girlfriends looking for a unique weekend getaway or those seeking a special one of a kind item and collectors.
The concept of the garage sale is nothing new, but making them more popular than ever are the “trash to treasure” shows on the Home and Garden and DIY Networks. Also helping to keep salvageable goodies out of our landfills is the internet sensation, Pinterest. Pinterest can help you turn an old rowboat into a coffee table or an old ladder back chair into a towel bar for your bathroom, in just one afternoon!
The history of the Lincoln Highway began in 1913 with a proposed route announced by founding members, whom, by the way were all leaders in the motor car industry. This first coast-to-coast route began in Times Square in New York and ended 3,389 miles in Lincoln Park, San Francisco. While traveling this route, take time to notice buildings and businesses that once serviced travelers along the route, such as motor inns, drive-in restaurants and filling stations. If you would like information on the Lincoln Highway Sale or the history of the road, visit their website at www.historicbyway.com.

If you find yourself in Wayne County the Saturday of the LHW Sale we’d like to suggest a trip to Italy, or at least a trip to Downtown Wooster for the Festa Italiana celebration. This biannual festival, on the square in Downtown Wooster, celebrates the Italian Heritage of Wooster through displays, music, food, wine, car show and crafts. If you would like more information on these or other area events and attractions visit the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at http://wccvb.com.

4th of July FREE-dom Weekend Wayne County, OHIO

We like to say that we’ve put the FREE in Freedom this year.

 Celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend at one of our many community events…

Fun on the Fourth!
Fun on the Fourth!

the best part, no admission cost.

June 28      122nd Army Band Concert-Downtown Wooster

Help us kick-off the July 4th holiday with this free patriotic concert on the square in Historic Downtown Wooster at 7pm. Please bring a lawn chair.

 June 29-July 3   Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration & Parade       Annual festival complete with a parade June 29th at 7pm and fireworks July 3rd at 10:15pm. Family fun festival, Firecracker 5k Run and softball tournament.

July 1       Music at the Bandstand-Doylestown

Concerts are free and open to the public. The July 1st concert features the band LaFlavour at 7pm.

July 2        Benefit Quilt Auction-Kidron Auction

Annual auction benefitting the Ohio Crippled Children’s Fund. Breakfast served at 6:30am (charge) followed by the auction at 9am. Auction features furniture, over 100 locally-made quilts, buggies, harnesses, grandfather clock and more.

July 1-3    Cowboy Mounted Shooters at the Wayne County Fairgrounds

Watch these cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in movie style western wear, compete in timed shooting matches on horseback. Friday evening at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am. Great fun for the kids.

July 2       Weekly Farmers Market-Downtown Wooster

Locally grown vegetables, flowers and baked goods. 8AM-NOON. Good chance you’ll find just what you need for your family cookout.

July 4       Ohio Light Opera Community Pops Concert-Downtown Wooster

Bring a chair and join in the festivities. A community pre-firework tradition presented by Main Street Wooster and The Ohio Light Opera at 7pm.

July 4        Fredericksburg Independence Day Parade

Billed as “Wayne County’s Biggest Small Town Parade.” The Village of Fredericksburg invites you to their annual hometown parade that steps off at 11am.

July 4       Wooster Community Fireworks Celebration

The festival grounds, at the soccer field at Oldman and Kinney Roads, activities start at 5pm with food, entertainment, and family fun. Bring your blanket to stake out your spot for the fireworks at 10pm.

Visit us online for more information on these or many more FREE summer events.

800-362-6474/www.wccvb.com

When You Seek the Unique…

Enjoy our beautiful Main Street Wooster.
Enjoy our beautiful Main Street Wooster.

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Are you someone who likes to discover those one of a kind, out of the way places? Do you shy away from the big box chain stores and cookie cutter restaurants? Then Wayne County, Ohio may be just the place for your next quest to “SEEK THE UNIQUE.”

Shop Downtown Wooster, where parking spaces are as abundant as the many different shops and restaurants who call this historic tree lined main street community home. Whether your shopping style is funky or sophisticated, you’ll appreciate the unique “Soho Style” galleries, bakeries, restaurants, book stores, clothing boutiques and wonderful one-of-a-kind shops, including Everything Rubbermaid, Roomscapes, Friendtique Hospice Resale Boutique, and the Wooster Book Company, just to name a few. Downtown Wooster offers many locally owned coffee shops and restaurants such as Broken Rocks Café, Muddy’s, The Spoon Market & Deli, City Square Steak House, Local Roots, and the Oak Grove Eatery. Spend the night at the St. Paul Hotel, a New York style boutique hotel just a block off Public Square and in walking distance to many fine restaurants and night spots. The next morning be sure to stop by and see Elizabeth at the Tulipan Hungarian Bakery, right on the square or the Templetons at their Scottish Bakery in the lower level of the Liberty Street MarketPlace. You will feel as though you’ve stepped into an old-world European Bakery.

As you begin your journey into Amish Country, may we suggest a stop at Shisler Cheese House? A quaint little cheese shop filled to the brim with local culinary treats and perfect snacks for your picnic hamper. Owner, Rita Shisler, specializes in locally made cheese and meats, along with Amish made baked goods, chocolates, and trail mixes.

Just down the road you’ll find Lehman’s Hardware, a 45,000 square foot store and your source for old-fashioned and practical housewares, appliances, hand tools, and non-electric toys. Visit on a Thursday and enjoy the Kidron Livestock Auction just across the street. On auction day, many Amish housewives sell produce and baked goods from their buggies in the parking lot.

“With a name like Smucker’s it has to be good!” For over 100 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been proud to call Orrville its home. They are committed to bringing quality products to your table from their proud family of brands, such as Jif, Crisco, Pillsbury, Martha White, and Folgers Coffee. Today at their company store just south of Orrville, you are invited to taste many of these products, walk through the museum that captures this company’s heritage, and shop for anything from peanut butter and jelly to cake mixes and frostings, all housed in a beautiful red roofed timber framed barn. Be sure to stop by the café that offers delicious recipes made with their family of brands, or enjoy the self-serve ice cream bar featuring all the wonderful Smucker’s toppings.

You’ve seen the beautiful laser engraved wooden art, gifts, and home décor produced by P. Graham Dunn Gallery in Dalton, Ohio at hundreds of Christian Bookstores across the country. Now you can tour their 100,000 sq. ft. factory location and watch Amish craftsmen at work. For over 32 years, P. Graham Dunn has been creating home décor that pleases the eye and inspires the heart. Some of the attractive personalized products they make include music boxes, jewelry, kid’s décor, and American hardwood accent items. Have an item personalized while you wait for a one of a kind keepsake treasure.

Over 20,000 patrons from across the country and around the world come to Wooster for the Ohio Light Opera each summer. The 2016 season, which runs June 18 through August 13, opens with the Cole Porter hit “Kiss Me, Kate.” Other notable shows for the 2016 season include: “Annie Get Your Gun,” by Irving Berlin and “The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Theater Goers find the matinee performances fit in well with local restaurants that offer upscale dining and still leave time for sightseeing. Evening performances can be followed by wine parings or decadent desserts and coffee. Special packages at local hotels and bed and breakfasts are available.

So if you are searching for fine dining with a local fresh flair, unique shopping, and exceptional entertainment then Wayne County, Ohio may be just what you’ve been looking for. Call us for a free vacation planner or visit us on line at wccvb.com

And since we’ve no place to go….

June in JanJacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

What a great song…only they aren’t singing about Wayne County, Ohio. We host many inside events during the winter months, so if you are suffering from cabin fever or the winter doldrums the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to visit our new 2016 Wayne County Directory and Calendar of Events online at wccvb.com or a printed copy can be requested by calling our office toll free at 1-800-362-6474. No place to go? The next few months are full of amazing indoor events for the whole family.

Here is just a sample of some of the cozy and warm inside events Wayne County has to offer:

o Exciting Wooster Oilers Hockey Games & Family Skates at the Alice Noble Ice Arena
o Amish Country Spring Home and Garden Show at Buckeye Event Center in Dalton
o June in January Summer Outdoor Living Preview at Buchwalter Greenhouse
o Wayne County Farm Toy Show at Greene Middle School in Smithville
o Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show at the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton
o Chocolate Daze along Main Street Wooster
o Brewfest Benefit for the Wayne Center for the Arts
o Concerts and theater productions at the College of Wooster
o Migration Sensation Birding Workshops at Shreve Elementary School
o Arts and crafts shows, toy and train show, health expo, bridal shows, pancake breakfasts, auctions and sales, quilt shows…and that’s just to name a few!

Start a new family tradition with a Wayne County winter family getaway. Many of our hotels offer special winter incentives during the off-season and feature indoor pools, hot tubs, free Wi-Fi and breakfast.…no place to go? We don’t think so!

The 5 Best Features of One of America’s Top Spots to Settle Down

Guest Post By: Rachel Rieger

A national company located in Hudson, Ohio, Leaf Filter , has the pulse on America’s housing market and decided to help its customers in their search for the perfect place to call home by collecting data on cities across the country. Analyzing statistics like home value, household income, and population (among many other factors), the company compiled the Top 20 Places to Settle Down.

As a College of Wooster graduate, I was elated to see that my little college town made the cut.

Wooster is perhaps one of America’s best kept secrets. At a glance, many don’t realize just how much this little town has to offer. This is a place brimming with small town charm and community pride.

I can say that in my four years as an honorary resident, I discovered a ton of awesome nooks and crannies to please every generation.

1) Fantastic Food Scene

Wooster’s growing downtown district is quite impressive! The wide variety of cuisines will surely satisfy any palette. Here are some of my favorite picks:

Old Jaol Restaurant and Tavern tops my list of favorite spots in Wooster. With friendly servers, lively atmosphere, and tasty food, it’s no wonder my friends and I made this our go-to choice for a fun girls’ night out.

Broken Rocks has some of the best chicken marsala I’ve ever tasted. It’s truly the perfect spot for a romantic Friday date night!

Local Roots was just up and coming when I was still a student at COW, but I remember stopping there for a quick snack a time or two. With the array of top-notch produce this year-round farm market co-op offers, their sustainable, locally sourced farm-to-table philosophy is certainly easy to get behind.

JAFB Brewing Company, while also new during my tenure at Wooster, offered a comfortable mix of local figures and college students looking to broaden their horizons.

2) Top Notch Shopping Options

At the north end of the city, you can find chain stores and restaurants galore. But the real gems are nestled in Wooster’s downtown district.

When the weather was good, one of my favorite pastimes was to take the short walk from campus to the downtown area, where I’d explore the local shops for the afternoon.

Books in Stock, with its selection of rare and used books, drew me in like a magnet. They carry everything imaginable – from long-forgotten childhood favorites to recent bestsellers I hadn’t had the time to pick up because of my coursework.

Lucky Records had also just opened when I was finishing my degree (are you noticing a trend here? Wooster is rapidly expanding!). It’s the perfect place to pick up a Christmas gift for your mom who loves Journey, and for your trendy best friend who can’t get enough of vintage tunes.

Pine Tree Barn is, hands down, my go-to place for getting Halloween pumpkins, Christmas trees, and outdoor décor. It’s a little off the beaten path compared to the other downtown locations I’ve mentioned, but make sure to check it out and enjoy the countryside views!

3) Opportunities for adventure

If you’re looking for family-friendly fun, Wooster is a great place to be! Here are a few places that hosted some of my best memories:

Acres of Fun is a great pick for all ages. With a putt-putt course, go-karts, indoor roller-skating arena, laser tag, and arcade games galore, no one can possibly be bored here!

Ramseyer Farms is the best spot for fall fun! Find your way through their giant, twisting corn maze, take a hayride, or pick your perfect pumpkin for carving here!

Movies 10 always has the best movies, and is the perfect rainy day activity! Pre-purchase tickets to a midnight premier for a big franchise movie for even more fun (I dressed in costume to see the premier of Catching Fire here, and it’s in my top 5 college memories!)

The Ohio Light Opera, which calls Wooster home, is a great source of entertainment if you love operetta and musical theater! These performances are so high quality, you’ll feel like you’re attending a show on Broadway.

4) First Rate Schools

Okay, maybe I’m a little biased with this one, but, The College of Wooster is truly a great asset to the Wooster community.

The formidable Kauke Arch can be seen when approaching the city from the south, and the campus continues to lend to the small town charm from there. Not to be forgotten is COW’s independent study program, which many students choose to tackle right in the community!

The Wooster City School District is also excellent. With a state-of-the-art high school, and wonderfully supportive staff, this is a school district that will help your child grow into a well-rounded citizen.

5) Breathtaking Views

As with many college students, I had a bit of wanderlust during my stay at Wooster (who am I kidding, I still do!). But I always stopped short of buying an expensive plane ticket or booking a hotel.

Instead, I ventured outside of campus to take in some of the amazing views right in my own backyard, so to speak.

Christmas Run Park was a favorite spot of mine for sightseeing. I discovered Christmas Run while volunteering as a freshman. With the giant wooden castle of a playground and beautiful walking trail, I found the perfect place to commune with nature.

I’ll save you from an endless list of places to catch a view in Wooster. But, I will leave you ASHwith this picture I took at L.C. Boles Golf Course (by The Wooster Inn) the morning after pulling a classic college all-nighter. Doesn’t that look like the perfect place to settle down?

 Rachel attended the College of Wooster from 2010 to 2014, which now seems like a lifetime ago. She currently works at Leaf Filter, Inc. where she works with a remarkable team to help customers protect their biggest asset – their homes.

 RachelHere’s Rachel after she completed her own Independent Study!

Thank you Rachel for your great guest post-we loved having an article written from a College of Wooster Alumni point of view.

 

FALL IS BEST OF ALL

MumsTTOJacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

It’s no secret that Central Ohio is known as one of the best places to view the changing colors of autumn. Pair this with the scenic back roads of Amish Country and you’ve found yourself a picturesque match made in heaven.
Wayne County likes to celebrate fall in a grand style with festivals, tractor pulls, farm tours and car shows. Here is a sample of some of our harvest season celebrations.

October
3 Fall Fun Festival P. Graham Dunn, Dalton
3 Apple Festival Days Bauman Orchards
3 Autumn Discovery Day Secrest Arboretum, Wooster
3-4 Apple Dumpling Weekend Whispering Hills Campground, Shreve
3-4 Colonial Williamsburg Festival Pine Tree Barn & farm, Wooster
9-10 Enchanted Forest Wilderness Center, Wilmot
10 Winery Harvest Festival Troutman Vineyards, Wooster
10-11 Community Heritage Day James Road, Moreland
10-11 Farm Tour Southwest Wayne County
17 Bucket & Beans Car Show Historical Society, Marshallville
17 Apple Butter Making Smithville Historical Society
17 Kidron Beet Festival Sonnenberg Village
31 Fall Festival Ramseyer Farms, Wooster

Secrest Arboretum, part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, is the perfect place to view the changing colors. Open daily from dawn to dusk, you are invited to hike or bike the many trails or take a leisurely stroll through one of its gardens.
Organize a family outing to Ramseyer Farms Maze Adventures and Pumpkin Patch this fall. You can make friends with the farm animals, get lost in one of their many mazes, shoot a potato in the spud slinger, take a hayride into the fields to pick the perfect pumpkin or just sit back and enjoy the scenery while munching on a bag of freshly made potato chips. Visit them online at ramseyerfarms.com
Nothing tastes as good as an apple fresh from the tree and Wayne County’s pick-your-own orchards won’t disappoint offering special dwarf size apple trees so everyone in your family can experience the delight of picking an apple right from the tree. Our Farms & Farmers’ Market section of our brochure lists hours and weekend festival dates for these farm attractions.
So grab a sweater, pack up the family car and come see why “Fall is Best of All” in Wayne County, Ohio!