Art, German Heritage, Swing Music on NW Ohio Fun

(Toledo, OH) Art on the Mall returns to the University of Toledo this weekend.

Centennial Mall will be packed with art vendors Sunday, for the 26th edition of U-T's annual Art on the Mall. Those attending will have a chance to view and purchase original art, including acrylic, glass, jewelry, mixed media, photography, pottery, and lots more from 115 different vendor booths. There will be live jazz performances from U-T student and alumni musical groups, along with food trucks and concession stands offering lunch or a snack. A beer and wine garden also will be set up for art patrons. The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Swing music is the theme of this weekend’s final summer installment of Music under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo. The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will play some of the most popular big band tunes of all-time. The free community concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Toledo Zoo amphitheater.

Toledo Express Airport plays host this weekend to a B-17 bomber making its first-ever visit to the Glass City. Tours and public flights will be available Saturday and Sunday in the “Madras Maiden,” which is still flying more than seven decades after the end of World War Two. The plane will be based outside the Grand Aire hangar.

The Good Ole Summertime Festival in North Baltimore always occurs on the last Saturday of July by tradition. The festival that originated in 1980 kicks off Saturday morning with a kids fishing derby, a golf tournament, and a 5-K race. Other events include a car show, flea market, rides, food, and ends with what’s billed as the “best fireworks show in Ohio.

The Hamler Summerfest celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend, starting with a 5-K race this evening. Saturday features cornhole and pong tournaments, a parade Saturday afternoon and an outdoor community church service Sunday morning. Over the next three days, there also will be plenty of live music, along with the festival’s focus—German food and beer.

Feeling the blues because summer's now most of the way over? There's a cure for that. The Blues, Brews and Brats Festival takes place in downtown Waterville Saturday. Opening an evening of musicwill be Whitehouse’s own Muddy Binkley, who's already made a number of stops in Waterville at local blues joint Third Street Cigar. Chicago-based bus driver-turned-blues star Toronzo Cannon will be driving his bluesy guitar sound, while Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues,” Thornetta Davis will also play. Closing the show is blues legend Harmonica Shah and the Third Street Cigar Blues Band. Streets open at 5:15 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets permitted. All tickets are $10, available at the gate. Proceeds go to the Waterville Rotary.

The Seneca County Fair wraps up this weekend at the fairgrounds in Tiffin. Saturday’s events include the junior fair sale of champions, a horseshoe pitching tournament and demolition derby. Sunday features gospel music, a garden tractor pull, a sub eating contest, and a tractor/truck pull.

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