Lake Erie East Coastal Gazette

In This Issue:

Captains Baseball Home Opener
Grand River Canoe and Kayak Race
Spring Craft Show at Steele Mansion
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Canopy Walk – Emergent Tower Opens

Holden Arboretum Emergent Tower

Holden Arboretum Emergent Tower

Arts and Culture

Spring Craft Show at
Steele Mansion

April 1

Enjoy a day of shopping at the beautifully renovated Steele Mansion! Purchase unique gifts from 30+ local vendors and crafters. $3 admission includes a free raffle ticket. Food and cash bar available. Read More

The Atlantic City Boys
April 6

The Atlantic City Boys are one of America’s hottest new vocal groups. They’ll deliver an electrifying show at the Croatian Lodge Ballroom featuring classic hits from the American Radio Song Book, bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite Four Seasons songs, Doo-Wop, Motown and old time favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll hits. Read more…

Chili Con Comedy
Improv Troupe

April 29

Chili Con ComedyAudiences will laugh and be amazed at the wit and humor of Fine Arts’ young actors as they incorporate suggestions and chance into live performance. You will never see the same show twice! Read more…

Food and Wine

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
April 2

Bring the family to enjoy a full breakfast buffet at Quail Hollow with the Easter Bunny! Also included with breakfast: face painting and balloon art with Bubbles and Swirls, arts and crafts and a photo with the Easter Bunny. Read More

“It’s Good to Be Green”
Tea Talk

April 9

In this third installment of their Tea Talk Series, Sister’s Tea Room presents “It’s Good to be Green.” Learn all about green tea, sample five teas from around the globe, and enjoy a lunch of delicious food in their homey setting. Read More

Outdoor Fun

Canopy Walk – Emergent Tower Opens
April 1

Spring means the re-opening of The Judith and Maynard H. Murch IV Canopy Walk and Kalberer Family Emergent Tower at Holden Arboretum! Guests experience an immersive exploration of the forest and tree canopy. See the forest at a height of 120 feet. On a clear day you can see all the way to Lake Erie. Read More

Easter Egg Hunt at the Lake County Outdoor Y
April 1

Children and their families are invited to join the Lake County YMCA for a special Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny. Children can enjoy making a springtime craft, visiting with live baby bunnies, and a special Easter Egg Hunt for the young and young at heart. Hundreds of eggs filled with sweet surprises will be hidden all over our fields. Bring your camera for family photos. Read More

National Park Week
Fee-Free Days

April 15-16, 22-23

President Garfield's HomeCelebrate National Park Week with a FREE visit to the James A. Garfield NHS. Walk the grounds, check out museum exhibits, watch a film, and take a guided tour of the Garfield home! Read More


Play Ball!

The Lake County Captains Are Ready for Baseball Season

April 8 is the date and Classic Park is the place where the 2010 Midwest League Champions, The Lake County Captains, will welcome fans to witness a showdown against the Dayton Dragons! The first 1,500 fans receive a Captains Trapper Hat courtesy of Lake Health.

Many events are planned for opening night to celebrate the 2017 season including a post-game fireworks extravaganza.

Lake County Captains Stadium

The rest of the season is packed with weekly events such as Charitable Donation Night every Tuesday, Monday Buck Nights and on Thursdays there are a variety of specials including military ID tickets. Family Fun Sundays are a wonderful family activity, too. The initial list of giveaways include bobbleheads of Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Stipe Miocic, an adult sized jersey and the popular youth jersey.

For more information, visit Don’t miss this exciting season!

Grand River Canoe and Kayak Race

Maddest Hat Competition and Grand River Canoe and Kayak Race April 22

The Grand River Canoe and Kayak Race is an annual springtime tradition. Participants race 8.5 miles from the Harpersfield Dam (located in the Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark) to Hidden Valley Park (in Madison) on the wild and scenic Grand River. The event is part of Lake Metroparks’ Earth Week celebration.

The race features a long-standing tradition known as the Maddest Hat contest where contestants don the most unusual head attire and attempt to wear it the entire race. Design a hat (or some sort of river-worthy headgear) and wear it April 22. The “maddest hat” wins a prize! Hats must be worn during the race and fit under bridges (clearance approximately 140 feet).

Grand River Canoe & Kayak race

Awards go to the top three finishers in each category:

Novice Canoe

  • Novice A (a combined age of up to 65 years)
  • Novice B (a combined age of 66+ years)
  • Novice classes are open to aluminum and plastic canoes. Novice racers are individuals who have never placed first, second or third in any race longer than five miles.

Pleasure Canoe

  • Pleasure (all canoes, non-racing type)
  • Over & Under (one participant is age 15 or younger; the other participant is at least 18 years older than the first).
  • Coed
  • Master (age 40 and older; 10 second handicap will be deducted for every year over 40)

Kayak Classes

  • Women’s Solo Kayak (all kayaks):
    • Ages 29 & younger
    • Ages 30 to 39
    • Ages 40 to 49
    • Ages 50 to 59
    • Ages 60 & older
  • Men’s Down River Kayak longer than 14 ft.:
    • Ages 34 & younger
    • Ages 35 and older
  • Men’s Kayak 14 ft. & shorter:
    • Ages 29 & younger
    • Ages 30 to 39
    • Ages 40 to 49
    • Ages 50 to 59
    • Ages 60 & older
  • Double Kayak (all)
  • Non-conforming class (race for time only, no awards)

Pre-register online or call 440-358-7275.

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