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It’s a Migration Sensation!

"Owl" see you at the Migration Sensation!
“Owl” see you at the Migration Sensation!

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

Join the Village of Shreve, Ohio, just south of Wooster and home to Ohio’s largest in-land water way, the 5,512-acre Killbuck Marsh, on Saturday, March 18, 2017 for the Shreve Migration Sensation. The day centers around the peak spring bird migration and includes self-guided tours with local experts and designated spotting stations in the Killbuck Marsh, Shreve Lake, Brown’s Bog, and the Funk Bottoms wildlife area. Cost is just $15.00 per person or $20.00 per family and includes all events; six workshops offered by well-known experts in their fields, and location maps. Visit the many booths in the Birder’s Market Place where you will find a large selection of binoculars, spotting scopes, nature art, books, bird houses and feeders, shirts and hats with the migration logo. In addition to this year’s workshops enjoy these “Sensational” Family-Friendly Activities: Dip-Netting for marsh creatures (bring water proof boots), Wilderness Center Inside Exploration Area, with snakes, turtles and salamanders. Live hawks and owls with the Medina Raptor Center. Animal Ambassadors from the Akron Zoo and a special program teaching fishing skills at Whispering Hills Jellystone Park.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. at Shreve Elementary School, 598 North Market Street (State Route 226), Shreve, Ohio 44676. For a complete list of the day’s activities and workshop subjects and presenters visit www.shreveohio.com
Plan on spending the day in the quaint Village of Shreve with its authentic Amish Restaurant and Bakery, old fashioned hardware store and unique shopping. “It’s where good friends get together to enjoy nature!” Call the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau for other great Wayne County attractions at 800-362-6474 or visit them on the web at www.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!

BACKROADS OF WAYNE COUNTY

FILL YOUR PICNIC BASKET TOUR

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors BureauSecrestTT (2)

The Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, has put together a great self drive tour highlighting some of the less traveled backroads of Amish Country. The bureau suggests that you grab your picnic basket and cooler before setting out to enjoy the gorgeous autumn weather as this tour features stops at local farmers markets, bakeries, meat markets, wineries and breweries. The tour ends at the beautiful Secrest Arboretum, the perfect place to enjoy the many colors of fall while sampling some of the days purchases…the very best of backroads country cusine!

Marshallville Packing Co.
50 E. Market St.
Marshallville, OH 44645
330-855-2871
www.marshallville-meats.com
A complete line of old-world sausages, smoked meats, and cheeses. You’ve never experienced a meat market quite like this.

Quince Bakery & Café
4776 Kidron Rd.
Kidron, OH 44636
330-816-0233
www.quincebakeryandcafe.com
Visit this unique bakery and café across from Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron. Formally the IXL Pioneer Farm bringing you the same wonderful bread and baked goods. Now offering a wonderful lunch selection of sandwiches and soups.

Local Roots Market and Café
140 S. Walnut St.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-5336
www.localrootswooster.com
A year-round, indoor, local food co-op featuring baked goods, meats, eggs, produce, sopas, arts and crafts. All from Ohio producers. Fresh seasonal dishes available from their kitchen.

Silver Run Vineyard and Winery
376 Eastern Rd.
Doylestown, OH 44230
330-671-1115
www.silverrunwinery.com
Boutique winery featuring hand-crafted wines in a country setting. Relax by the cozy fireplace or on the covered back porch overlooking the countryside.

Troutman Vineyards and Winery
4243 Columbus Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-4345
www.troutmanvineyards.com
Bring a picnic lunch and sample home-grown wine in the shade of their backyard or Gathering Room. Feed the goats and take a stroll through the vineyard. Learn about the wine making process.

JAFB Wooster Brewery
120 Beall Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-601-1TAP
www.JAFBBeer.com
Fresh American handcrafted beer made in historic Downtown Wooster . They invite you to bring your picnic to their tap room as they only do beer and they do it right. Growlers available to go.

Secrest Arboretum & Gardens/OARDC
2122 William Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-3761
www.secrest.osu.edu
The perfect spot to enjoy a picnic. Open daily dawn to dusk. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and arboretum. Part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural College.

CULTIVATING YOUR GREEN THUMB…

Flowering Trees at Secrest Arboretum
Flowering Trees at Secrest Arboretum

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

Spring is in the air and many of us have been thumbing through seed catalogs and watching home and garden improvement shows on TV in anticipation of warmer weather. To set you on the right path of fragrant blooms and delicious homegrown produce, Wayne County offers many gardening seminars, shows, and sales, all with the spring garden enthusiast in mind.

Here are just a few events scheduled for spring and early summer:

April 19                   Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair    OARDC, Wooster
April 23                   Earth Day Celebration Wilderness Cntr, Wilmot
April 30-May 1      Wayne County Home & Garden Show Fairgrounds, Wooster
April 30-May 1      Native Plant Sale & Gardening Seminars Wilderness Cntr, Wilmot
May 7                       May Daze Lehman’s, Kidron
May 7                       Noon Lion Flea Market & Craft Show Fairgrounds, Wooster
May 14                    Plant Discovery Day OARDC, Wooster
May 21                    Spring Fair & Kids Fishing Derby P. Graham Dunn, Dalton
May 28-29              Great Lakes Fiber Show Fairgrounds, Wooster

Visit the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau website at wccvb.com for details on the above events or for more delightful springtime events in our area. You will find a section with farms and farmers’ markets, restaurants that specialize in local farm to table cuisine and wineries. Don’t miss the outdoor section listing our beautiful parks, nature preserves, bike trails and arboretum. So after a winter of being stuck inside, get out and enjoy the warm spring weather in Wayne County, Ohio’s Amish Country. Because we all need a #getawayne.

It’s a Migration Sensation!

Experienced Birders willing to share with the beginner.
Experienced Birders willing to share with the beginner.

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

Join the Village of Shreve, Ohio, just south of Wooster and home to Ohio’s largest in-land water way, the 5,512-acre Killbuck Marsh, on Saturday, March 16, 2016 for the Shreve Migration Sensation. The day centers around the peak spring bird migration and includes self-guided tours with local experts and designated spotting stations in the Killbuck Marsh, Shreve Lake, Brown’s Bog, and the Funk Bottoms wildlife area. Cost is just $15.00 per person or $20.00 per family and includes all events; six workshops offered by well-known experts in their fields, and location maps. Visit the many booths in the Birder’s Market Place where you will find a large selection of binoculars, spotting scopes, nature art, books, bird houses and feeders, shirts and hats with the migration logo. In addition to this year’s workshops enjoy these “Sensational” Family-Friendly Activities: Dip-Netting for marsh creatures (bring water proof boots), Wilderness Center Inside Exploration Area, with snakes, turtles and salamanders. Live hawks and owls with the Medina Raptor Center and the Shreve Library will have “hands on” programs and crafts.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. at Shreve Elementary School, 598 North Market Street (State Route 226) Shreve, Ohio 44676. For a complete list of the day’s activities and workshop subjects and presenters visit www.shreveohio.
Plan on spending the day in the quaint Village of Shreve with its authentic Amish Restaurant and Bakery, old fashioned hardware store and unique shopping. “It’s where good friends get together to enjoy nature!” Call the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau for other great Wayne County attractions at 800-362-6474 or visit them on the web at www.wccvb.com.

Spring Adventures in Wayne County /Amish Country Ohio

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

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with a relaxed, casual pace this spring, the beautiful rural countryside of Ohio’s Amish Country is calling your name. Whether you’re looking for foot trails, bike paths, motorcycle routes, birding destinations or golf courses, the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help you plan that special get a SpringLocalRootsway.
Spring in Amish Country means the return of the roadside fruit and vegetable stands as well as the migratory birds and water fowl who call the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife area home. The beautiful Secrest Arboretum, on the campus of The Ohio State University, is well-known for their flowering cherry and dogwood trees and boasts miles of well-manicured gardens and trails. Our parks include a 13,000 year old kettle hole bog formed by glaciers and one of the few remaining old-growth forests in Ohio.
You will find our many golf courses challenging and scenic. Be sure to take advantage of the excellent dining options found at many courses. Our bike trails are open to hikers, bikers, and other non-motorized vehicles including horse drawn buggies.
So grab your clubs or binoculars, strap on your helmet or lace up your running shoes and get ready to experience all that Wayne County, Ohio has to offer. Visit us online at wccvb.com or call 800-362-6474 to request a visitor’s guide that includes listings of area golf courses, parks, trails and recreation facilities. Plan your spring #getawayne to Amish County, Ohio today!

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.