Special Events

Enjoy the following special events sponsored by the Lorain County Metro Parks. For more information please call 1-800-LCM-PARK or view the latest Arrowhead online.

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MAGIC SHOW

Steelhead Fly Tying Workshop
Dates: Monday, February 18, 2019
Times: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Location: Miller Nature Preserve
2739 Center Rd., Avon, OH
Cost: Members: Free!
Non-Members: $3
Children under 42": FREE

Fun for all on President's Day! Enjoy and explore the amazing tricks of Bill Gang!

 


SNOWSHOEING PROGRAMS

Old Fashioned Holiday
Dates: January - February (see below)
Time: Various Times
Location: Various Locations
Cost: Free!

Explore the outdoors this winter by joining us for a snowshoeing program! Programs will take place throughout the Lorain County Metro Parks. Free hikes (preregistration required) and rental opportunities ($2 per person, per hour) will be available during the months of January and February. Please check out the schedule below:

Rentals will also be available 7 days a week from 1-4pm starting January 2nd through February 28th at the Wellington Reservation (meet at the Visitor Center).

January:

DATE: TIME: PROGRAM: LOCATION:
Sat., Jan. 12 9am - Noon Snowshoe Rentals French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Sat., Jan. 12 2 - 3:30pm Snowshoe Hike French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Sat., Jan. 12 11am - 3pm Snowshoe Rentals Sandy Ridge Reservation - Johnson Wetland Center
Sun., Jan. 13 9am - Noon Snowshoe Rentals French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Sun., Jan. 13 2 - 3:30pm Snowshoe Hike Kopf Family Reservation (meet at Avon Lake Library)
Sun., Jan. 13 11am - 3pm Snowshoe Rentals Sandy Ridge Reservation - Johnson Wetland Center
Mon., Jan. 14 11am - 3pm Snowshoe Rentals Sandy Ridge Reservation - Johnson Wetland Center
Thur., Jan. 17 10 - 11:30am Snowshoe Hike Vermilion River Reservation - Carriage Barn
Sat., Jan. 19 2 - 3:30pm Snowshoe Hike Vermilion River Reservation - Bacon Woods
Sat., Jan. 26 11am - Noon Snowshoe Hike Vermilion River Reservation - "Winter Days" event
Sat., Jan. 26 12:30 - 1:30pm Snowshoe Hike Vermilion River Reservation - "Winter Days" event
Sun., Jan. 27 2 - 3:30pm Snowshoe Hike Miller Nature Preserve

 

February:

DATE: TIME: PROGRAM: LOCATION:
Sat., Feb. 2 11am - 3pm Snowshoe Rentals Carlisle Visitor Center
Sun., Feb. 3 11am - 3pm Snowshoe Rentals Carlisle Visitor Center
Sat., Feb. 9 9am - 10:30am Snowshoe Hike Kopf Family Reservation (meet at Avon Lake Library)
Sat., Feb. 9 1 - 4pm Snowshoe Rentals French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Sun., Feb. 10 9am - Noon Snowshoe Rentals French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Sun., Feb. 10 2 - 3:30pm Snowshoe Hike French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Sat., Feb. 16 1 - 3pm Snowshoe Rentals Miller Nature Preserve
Sat., Feb. 16 11am - 3pm Snowshoe Rentals Sandy Ridge Reservation - Johnson Wetland Center
Sun., Feb. 17 11am - 3pm Snowshoe Rentals Sandy Ridge Reservation - Johnson Wetland Center
Mon., Feb. 18 11am - 3pm Snowshoe Rentals Sandy Ridge Reservation - Johnson Wetland Center
Thur., Feb. 21 2 - 3:30pm Snowshoe Hike Vermilion River Reservation - Carriage Barn
Sat., Feb. 23 2 - 4pm Snowshoe Rentals Vermilion River Reservation - Bacon Woods (concession area)

 

 


STEELHEAD FLY TYING WORKSHOPS

Steelhead Fly Tying Workshop
Dates: Session 1: Thursday, January 31
Session 2: Thursday, February 7
Session 3: Thursday, February 21
Times: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Carriage Barn,
Vermilion River Reservation
51211 North Ridge Rd., Vermilion, OH
Cost: $5 at the time of regustration

This series of programs will show participants the basics of fly tying and teach productive, simple-to-tie, fly patterns for use on the Vermilion River, other Lake Erie tributaries, and around the Great Lakes. Pre-register for all three sessions by clicking the button below or by calling (440) 458-5121. Pay $5 at time of registration (fee covers all three sessions). Refreshments will also be provided at each session. Contact the Carriage Barn at (440) 967-7310 with questions.

Instructor Bio:

Jerry Darkes has over 4 decades of fly-tying and fly-fishing experience. He has written numerous magazine articles and several books specific to Great Lakes fly fishing. He has also been featured in books and videos for his fly-fishing knowledge of Great Lakes steelhead and other species.

SESSION ONE: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, 6 PM to 8 PM

Instructor Jerry Darkes will do a presentation on steelhead flies for the area and follow with an overview of the fly-tying tools, materials, and techniques that will be used in upcoming classes. Participants will receive a list of the items they need to bring with them for the next two sessions along with the recipes and material list for the various patterns that will be tied.

SESSION TWO: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, 6 PM to 8 PM

Participants will practice basic fly-tying techniques such as starting thread, tying in and wrapping materials, finishing off thread. They will then tie a simple streamer pattern and learn the concept of pattern templates to easily create variations. There will be a final discussion of how to rig and properly fish this fly.

SESSION THREE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 6 PM to 8 PM

Participants will be taught several egg patterns and see variations of these. They will then learn a basic nymph design that can be easily altered to create a wide range of patterns. How to rig and properly fish these patterns will be discussed along with how to adjust fly size and color depending on water conditions.

 


DINNER OF ROMANCE

Steelhead Fly Tying Workshop
Date: Thursday, February 14
Times: 5:30pm and 7:30pm
Location: Miller Nature Preserve
2739 Center Rd, Avon, OH
Cost: Members: $32/person
Non-Members: $37/person

Miller Nature Preserve invites you back to the popular special event!

Join us for a special relaxing dinner within the conservatory. Your secluded table amongst the foliage creates a unique and personal experience. Enjoy live music by Rick DeWitt & dinner by A Taste of Excellence. Wine/beer cash bar available. Register & pay by Feb 6. Members $32; Non-Members $37.

This event usually sells out so don’t wait! To register and full details visit the link below:

5:30pm Dinner 7:30pm Dinner
5:30pm registration button 7:30pm registration button
DINNER - Choice of one:
  • Chicken Marsala - sautéed with fresh mushrooms & marsala wine sauce
  • Teriyaki Glazed Roast Pork Loin - sliced & served with a spicy cabbage slaw
  • Veggie Option - Penne Pasta & Julienne Vegetables Tossed in Herbed Wine Sauce

Fee includes:

  • *Non-alcoholic beverages*
  • *Salad with house aged balsamic vinaigrette*
  • *Fresh Baked Artisan Dinner Rolls*
  • *Roasted Garlic Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes*
  • *Medley of Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots*
  • *Dessert: Sweet Endings Black Forest*

 


MAPLE SUGARING

Steelhead Fly Tying Workshop
Dates: Weekends of February 23 & 24
and March 2 & 3
Times: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Carlisle Visitor Center
12882 Diagonal Rd, LaGrange, OH
Cost: Free!

It may not look or feel like spring, but the late winter is when all the trees are preparing for the change in seasons. Help us celebrate this special time by learning how to take sap from sugar maple trees to turn into maple syrup! Join us at the Carlisle Visitor Center on February 23 & 23, or March 2 & 3 from 11:30-3:30.

We will explore the history and science of Maple Sugaring through hands-on activities geared for all ages. Discover the secrets of maple sugaring by a brief indoor lecture, hiking to the sugar bush and collecting sap with a Naturalist, and visiting the Sugar Shack to see the sap being converted into syrup. Train rides through a second sugar bush may also be available, weather permitting.

Schedule of Events:
  • 11:30: Sugaring Story Reading followed by Maple Sugaring Video - Carlisle Room
  • 11:30-3:30: Sugar Shack Open House - Sugar Shack
  • 11:30-3:30: Green Choo Rides through Sugar Bush, weather dependent - Sugar Shack
  • 1:00: Maple Sugaring 101 Lecture - Carlisle Room
  • 2:00: Sugar Bush and Sap Collection Hike - Meet by flagpole

 


MAPLE COOK-OFF

Steelhead Fly Tying Workshop
Date: Saturday, March 23
Times: Noon - 2pm
Location: Henry's Barn at The North Star Preserve,
46223 U.S. Rt. 20, Oberlin, OH 44074
Cost: Free!

Calling all cooks and maple connoisseurs!

We are hosting our first annual Maple Cook-Off on March 23rd from 12-2pm at Henry’s Barn in Oberlin. We are looking for individuals or teams to prepare maple-inspired dishes and compete against other maple chefs for a prize basket! Entry is limited to 30 chef contestants, first come first serve, and contestants must register in person at the Carlisle Visitor Center to compete. Registration deadline to participate as a chef contestant in this event is March 1st. Don’t forget - your dish must contain real maple syrup or maple sugar! You must also provide tasting samples to our panel of judges and also to the public attending the program, along with your recipe.

Grand Prize for each category (breakfast/main dish, dessert, miscellaneous) is a LCMP Swag Basket and bragging rights on our Facebook page, blog, and at the Carlisle Visitor Center after the event.

Competition will be held at beautiful Henry’s Barn, located at 46223 U.S Rt. 20 on March 23rd from 12-2pm. Tasting and judging will occur for the first hour and a half, with awards and recognition starting at 1:40 pm. For more information and official rules please e-mail Mary at mewers@metroparks.cc or call (440) 458-5121.

Do you want to participate in this event and have your fill of maple treats? Register online by clicking the button below to be a taste-tester at this event. Not only will you receive awesome maple recipes and taste delicious food, but you will also be able to participate and vote for your favorite food item in all three categories. To participate as a taste-tester, register and pay $3 online by March 15th .

 


Music under the stars

FRENCH CREEK THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

2017-2018 Season: October 2018 - August, 2019
Performances: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Cost: $10 - $18 per ticket
Location: French Creek Nature & Arts Center

Theatre has the privilege and the power to reach us exactly where we are in our lives. In hope or hardship, in revelry or wretchedness, our own experiences are reflected in the stories onstage. Seeing the semblance of ourselves in other characters can help us make sense of life’s complexities, finding what we stand for; or sometimes we’re simply reminded what a wonder life is, giving us cause to celebrate. French Creek’s 2018-2019 Season features the fun and the fearless, the playful and the provocative, offering audiences an extraordinary breadth of theatrical performance to enjoy and connect with. Keeping that in mind, we present to you our 2018-2019 French Creek Theatre season. See you at the theatre!

Purchase tickets to any of this season's shows by visiting the French Creek Theatre website or by calling 440-949-5200.

2018-2019 Season

Performance: Date: Tickets:
Little Shop of Horrors October 12 - 28 *This event has passed.*
The Gifts of the Magi November 30 -
December 16
*This event has passed.*
She Loves Me February 1 - 17 *This event has passed.*
Little Women March 29 - April 14 Purchase Tickets
Into the Woods May 31 - June 16 Purchase Tickets
Tuck Everlasting July 19 - August 4 Purchase Tickets
As You Like It
*NOTE: This show is not at French Creek Theatre. Shakespeare in the Park will take place at the Bacon Woods Amphitheatre at Vermilion River Reservation
August 16 - 18
*All Shows at 7pm*
No purchase necessary.
FREE Show!

 

 

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