Ten Fall Events in Delaware County

Delaware, Ohio Fall Events For Sweater Weather



It’s that time of year again where Delaware folks start their preparations for the fall weather and traditions that come with it! If you’re looking to try something new that’s family friendly and has that fall spirit, keep your calendars marked for these upcoming events.

Alum Creek’s Fall Campout – October 2nd
Make your way to Alum Creek’s Campground and enjoy an evening of pumpkin decorating, hiking on haunted trails, trick or treating around the campground, and several games and contests. This is a great event for families and anyone who wants to experience Halloween early!


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2015 5k Pumpkin Run & 1 Mile Walk – October 3rd, 8am
In support of Live Strong, there will be a 5k race and 1 mile walk at OWU’s Selby Stadium. Entry fee is $30 for the run, and $20 for the walk. There will also be a kid’s sprint at 9am with a $5 entrance fee.



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Race for the Soul – October 3d, 9am
The Columbus Zoo will be hosting their 9th annual Race for the Soul to bring awareness for the needs of people all throughout Central Ohio such as food, clean drinking water, medical attention, and emotional support. There will be a kids run at 8:45, and a 5k run or 1 mile walk around the zoo at 9. Entry fee is $15-40, depending on whether or not you have a zoo membership and what race you run in.
Powell Oktoberfest – October 3rd, 12pm-10pm
The Village Green Amphitheater Pavillion will be hosting their annual Oktoberfest featuring live German music and entertainment, food trucks, and activities for all ages.

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Kilbourne Community Fall Festival – October 3rd, 8am
Enjoy a full day of fall fun and activities starting with a delicious breakfast from 8-10am; followed by a hog roast, petting zoo and games along with crafts and a flea market (9am-4pm) Also. enjoy stories and historical displays relevant to the local area.
Oakland Nursery’s Fall Festival – October 10th-11th                                                                                                                                                                     Oakland will be hosting their 35th annual Fall Festival at all their store locations this year! There will be a haunted house, a petting zoo, balloon art, pumpkin painting, and sales on merchandise. Don’t miss out on this fall-filled event.


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Miller’s Country Gardens Fall Festival – October 11th, 12pm
Take a hayride through the pumpkin patch and explore the corn maze at this great fall event at Miller Country Gardens in Delaware. There will also be Pumpkin Express barrel rides, face painting, balloon sculpturing, live music by “In A Jam”, and great food by Sock Hop Soda Shop.

Campfire at Stratford Ecological Center – October 16th, 6pm-8pm
Make your reservations quick for this great night of fall fun and camping out. This is a great event for smaller kids. There will be a wagon ride through the Stratford woods, popcorn and cider, hiking, and storytelling.

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Central Ohio Symphony’s Debut Concert – October 17th, 7:30pm
The Central Ohio Symphony is entering into their 37th year of fantastic music and performance. Their season debut concert will be shown at the Gray Chapel in Delaware. Tickets can be ordered at centralohiosymphony.org

Leed’s Pumpkin Farm
Located in Ostrander, this is a place I always looked forward to visiting every fall when I was a kid. There are fields of pumpkins to go picking for, hayrides and petting zoos, ziplines, and great snacks. I definitely recommend this place for all ages. They are open every Saturday and Sunday through October 31st.

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Orange Branch Library to Host Book Release Party

In celebration of Mindy McGinnis’ new book 3 other authors come together for YA mega-night


Delaware, OH — Mindy McGinnis is celebrating the release of her third book,A Madness So Discreet, with a release party at the Delaware County District Library’s (DCDL) Orange Branch.

The Tuesday, October 6 visit is sponsored by Fundamentals Parent-Teacher Store. McGinnis will speak at 7 p.m. Joining her is Jennifer McGowan, author of Maid of Wonder, Demitria Lunetta, author of In the After, and Geoffrey Girard, author of Project Cain.All of these authors are also featured in the new YA horror anthology, Among the Shadows.

“A Madness So Discreet, Mindy’s new gothic thriller, offers something new and, might I say, awesome, to fans of her dystopian duology, Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust,” said Teen Librarian Becky Woodruff. “Our teens love creepy reads, so Madness and the new anthology Among the Shadows: 13 Stories of Darkness and Light are sure to be popular this fall.”

A Madness So Discreet tells the tale of a girl who is sent to an asylum in Victorian times. Once a visiting doctor recognizes her potential beneath her anger they work side by side on crime scenes to uncover more about criminal psychology.

All of the featured titles are recommended for young adult reading levels. Copies of the books may be purchased the night of the event or in advance through Fundamentals by calling 740-363-0290.

Source: Delaware District Library



300 Volunteers Needed To Tap Maple Trees For Largest Maple Syurp Festival In Ohio

Volunteers needed to tap Maple Trees!



Each year, in the stillness of winter, maple trees stand at the ready… waiting… preparing for that day when they give the very sap needed for true maple syrup.  And this year, the time has come once again.

Who: EVERYONE! It does not matter if you Scout or not! Bring your family, friends, Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship, Girl Scout Troop, 4H Club, Church, and / or Service Club!
What: Maple Tree Sap Tap
When: January 31st, at 9am
Where: Camp Lazaurs, U.S. 23 Delaware, Ohio.

Saturday January 31, 2015 10 am Camp Lazarus begins the Annual Tapping of the Trees. With only volunteer help, nearly 1,000 spiles, buckets, and lids need hung throughout the 300 acre camp. Everyone is welcome to come learn and help tap the trees. Hot coffee and chocolate is always available.

Registration can be done on the Maple Syurp Sap Tap Facebook event page by clicking https://www.facebook.com/events/781839555220060/.

If you unable to register on Facebook, or have any questions, please feel free to call the Camp Ranger at (740) 548-5502.



Thoughts from the Zoo Lights


The two wonderful young women I got to go to the Zoo Lights with: Mariah and Brittney.

The two wonderful young women I got to go to the Zoo Lights with: Mariah and Brittney.

I have a handful of memories that are from so long ago that they seem like they were only a dream.  One of them happens to be of my fourth birthday.  I remember blowing out the candles on my cake and silently making my wish: to see some Christmas lights.  I’m a December baby, so it wasn’t too ridiculous a thought.  It might have been that we planned on going to the Zoo Lights, but decided not to since the weather was too cold.  The thought of Christmas lights was somehow implanted on my small brain that evening, and that was the one thing I wanted.

After dinner, we shuffled out to our van and went for a drive.  The next thing I remember is driving past house after house, each decked out in what seemed like thousands of colored bulbs.  I sat gleefully in my car seat, bouncing my legs as I exclaimed, “My wish came true!”

As you can imagine, these were simply houses with strands of lights outlining their roofs and clothing their trees.  I can only imagine what four year old me would have done had she actually gone to the Zoo Lights.  I’ve recently had the joy and privilege of going to the Zoo Lights as a youth leader with Delaware Grace Brethren Church.

All small groups (or Bible studies) from the youth ministry planned to go and meet at the zoo. Two ladies from small group I help lead came: Mariah and Brittney.  I picked them up at the church, and then we headed down to the zoo for our fun filled evening.



The Zoo Lights are incredible. I don’t care if you’re eight or eighty, they’re still cool.  Seriously, almost every tree is covered in lights, there are some lights made to look like animals, and it’s practically a childhood fantasy.  As I walked along the paths with Mariah and Brittney, I had to take a moment and reset my mind back to that four-year-old mindset.  There’s a part of me—the whimsical childish part—that seemed to have all but died.  I had to mentally refocus to realize I was walking through something amazing, something novel.

A lot of laughs and a few meaningful conversations later, our tiny group joined a larger group of youth from the church, and we walked around the zoo, laughing and having a fantastic time.  We finished off the evening hanging out and warming up in the food court.  It was great to get out of the cold, but what was even better was being with friends and talking.  My favorite part had to be the part spent talking around the table, and the chats I had with Mariah and Brittney even while we were in the freezing cold.  The Zoo Lights shine brightly, and they’re fantastic, and we ought to appreciate them.  But just as each light shines, each person can hold a light inside them, bright and unique.  We only have to take time to see it, and to cherish it.


Wreaths Across America Ceremony Dec. 13 at Cemetery 


DELAWARE – Oak Grove Cemetery will take part in Wreaths Across America, the national nonprofit best known for its annual wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 900 locations nationwide.
Every year, thousands of veteran wreaths are placed during the holiday season by WAA volunteers. In all, an estimated total of 725,000 wreaths will be placed across the country on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.


In Delaware, the local Vietnam Veterans Association is planning a Dec. 13 ceremony at noon at Oak Grove’s Soldiers Circle, 334 South Sandusky Street, Delaware. The event will include placing of wreaths, a rifle volley, and the playing of “Taps.”
Marci Young is coordinating the local ceremony. She can be reached at 740-971-7421 or marciyoung776@yahoo.com.

Source: City of Delaware

Symphony to Highlight Holidays with Annual Concerts 

image The Central Ohio Symphony will present its annual holiday concerts on Sunday, December 14, at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Gray Chapel on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware. The orchestra under the direction of Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos will perform two identical concerts of seasonal music.

“The holiday concerts are always an excellent opportunity for young and old alike to get into the holiday spirit,” said Symphony Executive Director Warren W. Hyer. This concert will feature the orchestra, a new guest artist, soprano Laura Portune from Columbus and a world premiere. Hyer said the audience “could expect an exciting seasonal concert of familiar Holiday music.”

The concert has a number of traditional and new works this year,  noted Hyer. “Ice Dance” by Westerville composer Ken McCaw was written for the Central Ohio Symphony 2014 and is a world premiere. “Ken’s composition and arranging credits include Disney, Opryland, The US Olympic Committee, NASCAR, Mills James and many others. “We have been talking for several years about a new piece of music and it worked out for this year. We are excited to perform it first,” said Hyer.

The highlight for any young person will the an orchestral medley of music from the hit Disney movie “Frozen.” Other works to be performed on the program are the holiday medley Christmas Favorites,  Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Silver Bells, Christmas Song (Chestnuts), a Celtic Christmas, Carol of the Bells, White Christmas and an audience sing-a-long with Miss Portune who will also sing selections form Handel and Mozart.

The concerts are sponsored by Buehler’s Fresh Foods and DCB, the Delaware County Bank.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Symphony Source office at 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware, and at Buehler’s Fresh Foods. Prices are $25.00, adults; $20.00, seniors; $6.00, students of any age; and $4.00, children, six and under. Ticket may also be ordered online at www.centralohiosymphony.org or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial for Central Ohio Symphony’s Season Opener

Photo courtesy of Central Ohio Symphony.

Photo courtesy of Central Ohio Symphony.

The verses of the Star Spangled Banner turned 200 on September 14 of this year. On Saturday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan campus, Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos, starting his 12th year as Music Director, and the 65 musicians of the Central Ohio Symphony will honor that bicentennial with a performance of Michael Gandolfi’s Chesapeake Summer of 1814. The piece, which will also feature the Delaware Hayes Symphonic choir under the director of Dara Gillis, was commissioned expressly to commemorate the event. The Symphony’s performance of the work, which debuted in Reno, Nevada, in 2014, will be only the fourth nationwide.

The bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner is not the only keynote performance that evening. Ohio Guest Artist and Central Ohio Symphony concertmaster Tom Fetherston will be performing the Violin Concerto by Aram Khachaturian. The concert will also include a performance of Symphony No. 8 by Antonin Dvorak.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the Symphony Source, 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware or online at www.centralohiosymphony.org or Buehler’s Food Market. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $6 for students and $4 for children.

You can still subscribe to the entire season, all four concerts are only $72.00 and the Symphony is again offering first-time subscribers the opportunity to buy season tickets for $36.00 with seats in the 100 and 500 section of the main floor. More than 625 season tickets have been sold.

More information about the concert and ticket availability is available on the Symphony website, www.centralohiosymphony.org, at the Symphony office at 24 E. Winter Street, or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

Source Central Ohio Symphony

‘Boo At The Zoo’ Returns With New, Live-Action Performances

 Powell, OH For Halloween fun without the fright, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is presenting a special “Boo at the Zoo” event the last two weekends in October.

Presented by Diet Pepsi, Boo at the Zoo will offer an all-new attraction this year: A live-action Spider-Man show.  This action-packed performance features Wolverine, Storm, Captain America and, of course, Spider-Man, as they battle the devious Green Goblin. Two evening shows are available without additional cost every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Boo. Catered daytime shows can be reserved for additional purchase.

The Otterbein University Theatre students will bring many other friendly Halloween characters to life. The talented troupe will portray witches and wizards, as well as mentor young buccaneers at the Eerie Shores Pirate Academy.

The rest of the park will be enchanted with other merry, not scary, attractions.

Asia Quest will be transformed into the magical “Frogwortz” Academy, and North America will become Creepy Hollow. Colo’s Cove events area will become Little Boo Village – complete with treat stations, a candy castle and a hay maze – and a skeleton diver will even tell grand fish tales at Eerie Shores.

Boo at the Zoo will also be crawling with photo opportunities, from posing with superheroes to cuddling with costumed character ambassadors. Guests younger than 13 years old and their guardians are encouraged to wear costumes however, parents and guardians cannot wear costumes that cover their faces.

Regular Zoo favorites – such as the Animals on Safari Show, Animal Encounters Village demonstrations, and keeper talks – will continue throughout the Boo weekends.  The event also marks one of the last weekends to check out seasonal attractions, such as Dinosaur Island and the Heart of Africa. These regions will close Nov. 2 if not earlier, depending on the weather.

For more ways to enjoy this ever-popular family event, check out the Zoo’s calendar page at www.columbuszoo.org.

WHEN:               Weekends of Oct. 17-24 and 24-26

 Fridays (Oct. 17 and 24): Zoo opens at 10 a.m.; Boo festivities run from 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturdays (Oct.18 and 25): 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Super Hero Lunch from noon to 2 p.m.
Sundays (Oct. 19 and 26): 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Super Hero Lunch from noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE:             The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, located at 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065.

COST:                Included in price of admission. Pre-registration and additional fee required for the Super Hero Lunches.

 Source Columbus Zoo

‘Squishy Man’ To Speak October 9, at Ohio Wesleyan University

Kevin Barber aka "Squishy Man" to present in Delaware, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Ohio Wesleyan.

Kevin Barber aka “Squishy Man” to present in Delaware, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Ohio Wesleyan.

Therapist Kevin Barber’s Free Presentation Part of Mental Health Awareness Week

DELAWARE, Ohio – Traveling therapist and comedy counselor Kevin “Squishy Man” Barber will provide a “universal – and fun – voice of recovery” when he gives a free public performance at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Barber will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in Phillips Auditorium, 50 S. Henry St., Delaware. His appearance coincides with national Mental Health Awareness Week – designed to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for equal care for mental health issues. Light refreshments will be served.

Barber is a licensed specialist clinical social worker, inspirational and motivational speaker, and culture diversity trainer who has performed across the United States with comics including Bernie Mac, Sarah Silverman, and Jimmy “JJ” Walker.

Of Barber’s performances, the Chicago Tribune writes, “It’s the best hour you’ll ever spend in therapy, without a huge co-pay!”

Barber’s Delaware presentation is sponsored by Active Minds, a student-run mental health awareness organization at Ohio Wesleyan, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Delaware & Morrow Counties.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Psychology at http://psychology.owu.edu, more about NAMI at www.namiofdel-mor.org, and more about Barber at www.squishyman.com.

Source Ohio Wesleyan University.

Main Street Delaware’s First Friday Promises To heat Up Downtown.

wpid-img_0717.jpgFire Department Displays, Pumpkin Decorating, Teen Entertainment Area All Part of Celebration

Delaware, Ohio – The Delaware Fire Department will turn up the heat during Main Street Delaware’s Oct. 3 First Friday event by filling the downtown with firefighting equipment and safety demonstrations, including a simulated house fire and fire-extinguisher training.

The family-friendly First Friday also will feature a children’s pumpkin-decorating area with pumpkins donated by Powell-based MadMax Farms, 4140 Clarkshaw Road. For teen-agers, the evening will include an entertainment area hosted by the William Street Lighthouse Youth Program. Sandusky Street will be closed between Spring and Winter streets for the community First Friday celebration, which is sponsored by Barley Hopsters, 1 N. Sandusky St.

“Everyone loves October’s First Friday,” says Frances Jo Hamilton, Main Street Delaware’s executive director. “Children light up as they explore the firefighting equipment and imagine themselves as the heroes who use it, and families benefit from the fire safety tips. The children’s pumpkin decorating area and teen entertainment space are icing on the cake – or whipped cream on the steaming mug of fall hot chocolate.”

For those seeking even more reasons to come downtown, the Main Street Delaware Farmers’ Market continues from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 25 on Sandusky Street.

In November, Main Street Delaware will welcome fall with its Nov. 7 First Friday celebration, sponsored by the Delaware County District Library, and then welcome Santa Claus on Nov. 23 during the 2014 Christmas Parade.This year’s parade theme is “A Super Hero Christmas.” Parade entry forms will be available soon on the Main Street Delaware website, www.mainstreetdelaware.com.

Also to celebrate the season, Main Street Delaware’s Dec. 5 First Friday will feature the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree, complete with carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, and Santa’s House hosted at the Strand Theatre, 28 E. Winter St. In addition, the community also is invited to join the downtown merchants as they hold a Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 to help shoppers find the perfect holiday gifts for family, friends, and loved ones.

Source Main Street Delaware