I am trying to plan my weekend activities today. It’s a challenge sometimes, but this weekend Lake County Ohio has so much happening that everyone can find something. I composed a one-stop list of some interesting activities that I welcome everyone to use in their weekend planning.
April 16 (6:30pm)
Wine Country Progressive Dinner
Debonné Vineyards, 7743 Doty Road, Madison.
Join us for a fun evening of fine wines and delicious cuisine. The evening begins at Grand River Cellars with soup and salad, then to Debonné Vineyards for your main entrée. Finish with dessert at South River Vineyard. Our wine maker will pair each of the courses with his choice of wines. This is a prepaid, non-refundable ticket event. Seating is very limited and will sell out quickly.
Charge $47.50 per person which includes wine pairing with each entrée, gratuity and tax
440-466-3485 – www.debonne.com
**This is the last weekend for this show!
April 9-18 (8pm curtain; 2pm matinees)
“Presenting Mark Twain!”
Lakeland Performing Arts Center, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland.
Special production by Rabbit Run. Theater at Lakeland Community College; Mark Twain lives again-in look, in voice, in gesture. Hear the man in his own words as he might have spoken them in one of his famous lectures. This vivid, living self-portrait is the perfect blend of humor, drama and irony.
Charge $17 adult; $15 senior; $10 youth
440-428-7092 – www.rabbitrunonline.org
April 16-17, 22-24, 29-30; May 1 (7:30pm)
Hot from the Oven – Original Recipes – The 14th Annual One Act Festival
The Fine Arts Association, Corning Auditorium, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby.
Selected from submissions by playwrights from around the globe, these never before-produced original ten-minute plays are fast, fresh and filled with surprises.
Charge $22 adult; $20 seniors, students
440-971-7500 - www.fineartsassociation.org
April 17 (1-4pm)
City of Painesville Earth Day Celebration
Veteran’s Park, Downtown Painesville
Interactive demos, displays, recycle games, face painting, seed planting, crafts, live music and more.
440-392-5912 – www.painesville.com
April 17; May 15 (10am-3pm)
Civil War Re-enactor Spring Drills
James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor.
Join area Civil Ware re-enactors from Company A of the 5th Texas Infantry (C.S.A.) as they conduct annual spring drills on the grounds of President Garfield’s home. Marching, loading and firing muskets and other common tasks of Civil War soldiers will be demonstrated.
440-255-8722 – www.nps.gov/jaga
April 17-18 (10am-8pm (Sat); 10am-5pm (Sun)
Spring Open House
The Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum, 7230 Justin Way, Mentor.
Colors of Spring – With Easter just passing we will have Easter Bunny visiting the museum, and we will once again have the candy egg counting contest to win an Easter Basket, live music with the “Erie Heights Brass Ensemble” from 1pm-2pm, face painting by “Face Painting by Katie” from noon-3pm. A Chinese Raffle will also be held.
No charge donation accepted and
440-251-0350 – www.wrnrrm.org
April 18 (Noon-4pm)
Earth Day 2010 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Chardon Road, Kirtland.
Come celebrate with Lake Metroparks at this showcase of energy, farmland and wildlife conservation. Discover a solar energy array, hybrid electric/gas cars, composting, eco-fair, children’s crafts and much more.
Charge: $ Call for info. No charge – Lake County residents (with valid I.D.); Farmpark members
April 18 (Noon-4pm)
Earth Day 2010 at Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland.
Come out for a day of earth-friendly family fun that includes an eco-fair featuring local and national conservation organizations. Other activities include habitat preservation programs with live animals, a kid’s eco-craft and Earth ball games.
440-256-1404 – www.lakemetroparks.com
April 18 & 19 (1pm – 4pm)
Family Hike to Little Mountain
Description: Do you like gigantic boulders, narrow passageways and pools of water? If so, Little Mountain is the perfect place to explore if you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Join us as we search for clues of a time gone by, such as the old spring house and discover names carved into rocks more than 100 years ago. Each family member must be able to walk up steep hills and hike for two miles. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate foot gear for some wet walking.
Location: Corning Visitor Center
Ages: 8 and above
Cost: $5/person members, $8/person nonmembers
Registration: Registration required
Date: 4/18/2010 – 4/19/2010
Days Offered: Sunday
Start Time: 1pm
End Time: 4pm
Because the weekends are short I would like to start planning ahead to May. What are some activities happening in the area? What are some of the best things to do in Lake County this Spring? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.