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“Thoroughly Modern Millie” opens June 24 at Rabbit Run Theater

 Actors are Stephanie Harden as Millie and Ian Jones as Jimmy Smith. Photo credit: Kathy Sandham

Actors are Stephanie Harden as Millie and Ian Jones as Jimmy Smith.
Photo credit: Kathy Sandham

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” opens June 24 at Rabbit Run Theater in Madison.  With lyrics by Dick Scanlan and music by Jeanine Tesori and book by Richard Henry Morris and Dick Scanlan, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is based on the 1967 film of the same name.

Its 1922 and the height of the Jazz Age, as young Millie Dillmount hits New York City with no money but big dreams to find a wealthy husband. Filled with flappers, dashing leading men and a madcap villainess, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a musical suitable for family entertainment.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is directed by Brint Learned, executive director of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association in Madison.  For the past 20 years, Learned has acted and directed at numerous theaters in Northeast Ohio, including The Fine Arts Association, The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Lake Erie College and Ashtabula Arts Center.

“Millie is simply put, pure old-fashioned entertainment,” said Learned.  “With laugh-out- loud characters who touch the heart, and thrilling, toe-tapping musical numbers, Millie is a joyful celebration of life and love.”

MillieFINAL“We frequently offer productions at Rabbit Run featuring dance, but rarely at this level.  The hours that have gone into the choreography for this production have been grueling for the cast, but exciting in the final outcome.”

“The response to our auditions this season has been gratifying.  Typically, Millie is performed with a cast of 22.  We had so many wonderful performers audition for the production, we decided to fill the stage with talent and expand the cast to 34.”

Playing the role of Millie is Stephanie Harden.  Harden has performed at several theaters in the area including The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakeland Civic Theatre and Rabbit Run Theater.  She has also performed with the Cleveland POPs Chorus.

Playing opposite Harden is Ian Jones as Jimmy Smith, Millie’s love interest.  Jones performed last summer in Rabbit Run’s production of “Hello, Dolly!”  He has also performed with the Dayton Opera and at the Cassidy Theatre.

Also appearing is Brian Altman as Trevor Graydon and Ingrid Balstad as Muzzy.  Sandy Kosovich Peck is portraying Mrs. Meers with Tyler Collins as Ching Ho and Jayson Gage as Bun Foo, Mrs. Meers’ partners in crime.RabbitRunlogox225

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” opens Friday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, July 10.  Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at  Tickets are $22/adult and $20/senior, student.  For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows begin at 8 p.m.  Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH.  Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home, Chemsultants and McDonalds, Damon Morgan Corporation.



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“Find It…in Medina County”~ A GeoTrail Launch Event


Saturday, June 11, 9am to 1pm

What is geocaching?  Geocaching is a ‘scavenger hunt’ type of outdoor recreational activity that is of interest to those of all ages, and is fun for children and families.  Participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or their mobile device to seek containers (geocaches) hidden anywhere in the world.  There are currently more than 2.86 million active geocaches in the world and 352 hidden in Medina County.

“Find it…  in Medina County” is a geotrail consisting of 25 geocaches hidden throughout the area.  Visit various locations in Medina County and find out what makes the area so unique and special.

The locations of these hidden containers will be published on the geocaching website (  Participants must visit each site, find the container and sign the logbook that is inside.

Join us at Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road in Sharon Township on Saturday. June 11th from 9am to 1pm to launch this on-going GeoTrail in Medina County.  This event marks the first day of our new trail, with “passports” and coordinates for the 25 geocaches being distributed to those in attendance.

Those who locate at least 18 of the geocaches in the series and present their completed passport at one of our redemption sites will receive a specially designed trackable geocoin as a memento of the fun that they have had exploring the area.  (Limited to the first 250–  one per geocaching name).  A bonus surprise will be given to those who find at least 22 of the geocaches in this special series.

This event is presented by the Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Medina County Park District.

If you cannot attend our launch event, don’t worry!  Geocaches will remain in place for an extended period of time, giving you and your family plenty of time to explore Medina County throughout the year as your schedule permits.




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Rabbit Run Theater opens the summer season with “You Can’t Take it With You”

Actors in photo are (L to R): Jack Warren (seated) playing Grandpa J. J. Luster (standing) playing Tony Kirby Cari Meixner (standing) playing Alice Sycamore Bob McCoy (seated) playing Mr. Kirby Photo credit Kathy Sandham

Actors in photo are (L to R):
Jack Warren (seated) playing Grandpa
J. J. Luster (standing) playing Tony Kirby
Cari Meixner (standing) playing Alice Sycamore
Bob McCoy (seated) playing Mr. Kirby.  Photo credit Kathy Sandham


Rabbit Run Theater, in Madison, Ohio, opens its 2016 summer season with the comedy “You Can’t Take it With You”.

Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, this Pulitzer Prize-winning production opens Friday, June 3, and runs through Saturday, June 18.

Let the world think what it may, The Sycamore family live moment by moment for the sheer joy of living. A little quirky and off the wall, they meet the world head on, eyes unflinching. The apple cart is really upset, though, when granddaughter Alice falls for Tony Kirby, son of Anthony P. Kirby, one of the country’s most wealthy and powerful men.

Playing the role of Grandpa is Jack Warren, who has performed and directed in numerous theaters in Northeast Ohio including Aurora Community Theater, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre and Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild.

Alice Sycamore is portrayed by Cari Meixner, a musical theatre major at Kent State University. Sandy Kosovich Peck is playing Alice’s mother, Penny Sycamore. Peck has performed in and directed numerous shows at Rabbit Run and is a theater faculty member at The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby. Alice’s love interest, Tony Kirby, is portrayed by J. J. Luster.

TakeItFINAL“You Can’t Take It With You” is directed by Ann Hedger, programming coordinator at The Fine Arts Association. Hedger has been associated with Rabbit Run since the 1980’s as an actor and director.

Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at Tickets are $21/adult and $19/senior, student. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. “You Can’t Take It With You” is rated for general audiences.

Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home, Chemsultants and McDonalds (Damon Morgan Corp.)




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Camp and Canoe Capital of Ohio

travelplanner2015lgLoudonville, Ohio – May 25, 2016 – Knowing the ins and outs of a vacation can be really helpful. This can range from what to pack to what are the local favorites. One of the best resources for this information would be the front desk and asking the server at the restaurant. One other way is to keep reading this and discover the secrets to visiting Mohican.

Since Mohican is the Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio, it is normal to see everyone in casual dress. Shorts, tennis shoes, hiking boots, jeans and a t-shirt are pretty much a prerequisite. Even at the restaurants. There are plenty of places to eat inside or out. In fact the Mohican State Park Lodge’s, Bromfield’s Restaurant, Malabar Farm Restaurant and the Copper Mug Bar & Grille at Landoll’s Mohican Castle, offer deck and patio options when the weather permits. During the dinner hour, a fresh pair of jeans and a nice shirt is always a safe bet.

Jim South, Mohican Trails Club Member, gives a little known portion of the trails that are great for hiking, “Many places on the bike trail are good – from the Discovery Forest to the covered bridge is probably the best part of that trail.” In fact there are places off the horse trails that will hike past abandoned homesteads. One rule to remember, be courteous. If a horse or mountain biker is on the trail, please safely step off to the side and allow them to pass. For more information on hiking in Mohican, call the Mohican Visitors Bureau at 419-994-2519.

Where is the best place to stay in Mohican? That depends on what is needed on the vacation. has a lot of information available. There are plenty of options and they will not break the bank. Some overnights offer year-round discounts. A number of the vacation rentals use or If the owner’s number is available, don’t hesitate to call with any questions about packages, etc. A number of the lodging facilities offer a $1 off movie admission to the local The Ohio Theatre.

Mohican is about the outdoors, but there is still so much to do, even if it is raining. Explore the downtown Loudonville stores. Check out the Loudonville Public Library. It may be a small town, but the library has a lot of activities that are free and open to the public. Tour The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum and Wolf Creek Grist Mill, one of the oldest working mills in Ohio. Visit the Memorial Shrine, where the names of Ohio Veterans, who sacrificed all they had, are handwritten in the books on display. Visit the Discovery Forest Exhibit in the Mohican-Memorial State Forest. Swim at the Mohican State Park Lodge and see if the naturalist is there. Programs offered by the naturalist and the Live Birds of Prey programs are free and open to the public.

The Wine at the Mill Fundraiser will be coming up in June, along with the MTB 100 and 100 Trail Run. Other events coming up this summer are the Safe Boating and Fishing Festival, the National Dutch Oven Gathering, July 4th Weekend & Car Show, the Great Mohican Pow-Wow, Flxible Bus Rally & Parade and so much more.

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Aerial of Put-in-Bay – Photo courtesy of Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Offers Reasons to Visit in 2016

May, 24, 2016 (Sandusky, Ohio) – The summer travel season is quickly approaching and families will soon be planning their Lake Erie Shores & Islands getaways. There are always new reasons to #LakeErieLove it here! Check out our top nine must-do’s for 2016.

Cedar Point’s brand-new, record-breaking coaster, Valravn – Photo courtesy of Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Dare to Dive on Valravn – The world’s tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster just debuted at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Valravn, the premier attraction’s 18th roller coaster, features a 214-ft, completely vertical free-fall, speeds up to 75 mph, and three inversions – the most of any dive coaster in the world.

Jet to the Point – Nearly two decades have passed since ferry service from downtown Sandusky to Cedar Point has been available. Jet Express, which ferries visitors to the Lake Erie islands, is offering daily trips to the park from the Jackson Street Pier. The 10-minute trip costs only $5 and is offered twice a day this summer.

I’m on a Boat! – See the Lake Erie islands from a new point-of-view with Put-in-Bay Boat Tours. Enjoy sites you can only observe from the water with short or long trips for groups of four to six, departing from South Bass Island State Park.

Taste of the Islands – The Put-in-Bay Brewery and Distillery celebrates its 20th anniversary with a massive renovation including an updated exterior and additional seating. While the brewery is now two-decades old, it began distilling and serving Island Vodka and Island Rum just last year.

Take Home the Lake Erie Love – Speaking of local brews, last year Catawba Island Brewing Companyintroduced a craft beer which helps protect our Great Lake with every sip – Lake Erie Love Light. Now, not only can you take home a growler filled with the Kolsch-style ale, but you can also purchase souvenir pint glasses with the Lake Erie Love logo.

For When Your Kids are Wild – Jungle Junction, a family-friendly play and party center, just opened as the largest indoor playground in Ohio. Offering six levels of weather-proof fun, the structure includes air-compressed ball canons, slides, and obstacles and is geared towards children under 12 yrs.

Splashin’ Safari – Watering Hole Safari & Water Park is the name of the former Monsoon Lagoon now under new ownership. The park has added a new animal attraction with over 500 animals on display and still includes popular water slides, go-karts, mini-golf, and bumper boats.

Tour de Sandusky – Explore Sandusky’s historic downtown waterfront on two wheels with a bike fromVogontz Bike Share. The bright orange cruisers are available to rent at several spots around town – users download the Donkey Republic app and reserve a bike for 2 to 24 hours.

Up, Up, & Away – Sawmill Creek Resort offers two new ways to experience a birds-eye view of the Shores & Islands. Float in the sky for up to one hour with a hot air balloon ride; or take a quick, scenic helicopter tour with views of Cedar Point and the islands.

With so many fun new experiences, you’ll want plan several days of to enjoy it all. Luckily, Lake Erie Shores & Islands has additional lodging options available this year. Check out the all-new Holiday Inn Express & Suites at the Cedar Point Causeway or one of the new upscale Put-in-Bay Condos near the island airport. ThePut-in-Bay Resort and Conference Center has also added 30 rooms. Later this summer you can book a stay at the area’s first boutique-style hotel, Hotel Kilbourne opening in downtown Sandusky.

For a complete list of everything new and noteworthy in the region visit

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Lake Erie Shores & Islands – East
4424 Milan Road, Suite A
Sandusky, OH 44870
419.625.2984 or 800.255.3743
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13th Annual Wine At The Mill Fundraiser


Loudonville, Ohio – June 4th, 2016, is the 13th Wine at the Mill Fundraiser from noon-11pm. This is the highlight event of the year to kick off the summer. Good food, wine, music and more will entertain all of the senses. This wonderful event also helps the Mill’s operations.

Ohio wines to be featured will be D&D Smith Winery, Paper Moon Vineyards and many more. All wines can be sampled and bought by the glass or bottle. Mark Smith, Founder and President of Wolf Creek Mill says that they are excited about this year’s event, “We will have 100 varieties of International & Ohio wine, domestic beer, live music, food vendors, all beautifully situated on the banks of Pine Run Creek, large tents, raffles, prizes, free transportation.”

Smith explains that some of the overnight shuttle sponsors have changed this year, “We are requesting all guests, to double check where they are staying this year. The shuttle sponsors have changed. We know several attendees have reserved their overnight a year ago to use the shuttle. We just want everyone to have a good and safe time.” Shuttle and overnight sponsors include Arrow Point Campground, Blackfork Inn B&B, Mohican Adventures, Mohican Little Brown Inn, Mohican State Park Campground, Wally World Resort and Central Park-Loudonville, by the Public Restrooms for those closer to downtown Loudonville. The shuttle will take attendees back and forth from the event beginning at noon.

New this year is “Vine Art” canvas painting session from 1-3 pm. This event is an additional $35. Enjoy wine while creating a personalized piece of art with artist Ryan Failor.

Pre-Sale tickets can be purchased for $8 at Lingenfelter Jewelers in downtown Loudonville or on-line at Tickets at the gate will be $10. Each adult ticket includes a logo wine glass and 10 tasting tickets.

The International Wine at the Mill Fundraiser has moved its location to just down the road from the mill. As always, look for the banner and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Wolf Creek Grist Mill, a non-profit organization, to be used to continue the preservation efforts. “I think people would be amazed on what we started with years ago. The Mill was slated to be condemned,” states Smith. “If it weren’t for these events and the support of the visitors, the Mill simply would not be here.” Wolf Creek Grist Mill now has over 5 cabins and a working mill available for all visitors to enjoy. This is in-line with the mission to preserve a vanishing part of heritage for future generations to enjoy and learn from. For more information visit

For more information, press tickets, etc., contact: Mark Smith, 419-541-0161 or





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