Well, spring is finally here. The calendar says so, the longer days say so and the fact that the sun is popping its head in a bit more than usual is a good sign. So what to do? This weekend, we've got garden-related events, a day of racing, a mini musical festival, dinner theatre and a musical. Read on.
1.) Annual Gardeners Fair
Why you should go: It’s time to get your garden ready! Shop for flowers, plants, miniature plants and flowers, herbs, dried wreaths, unique garden items, handmade wood planters and trellises, tropical flowers, landscaping services, original art, handmade jewelry and more. The first 100 people will receive a special gift from Swan Creek Candle Company.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16
WHERE: Sailorway Middle School, 5709 Liberty Ave., Vermilion
COST: Free; adult donations requested
INFO: 440-967-5299 or 440-967-2567
2.) Spring Warm-Up
Why you should go: It’s time to spend the day sharpening your drag racing skills and working out all the kinks before the official season starts. Open to the public. Street legal cars, bikes and full-blown racecars are all welcome. There will also be a parts swap meet and a Test-n-Tune to get your car ready.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. April 16
WHERE: Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton
COST: $12/adult, $5/children ages 6-12
3.) Faith Fest 2011
Why you should go: This rocking event’s lineup features performances from plenty of local and national acts alike, including Jimbo Rocko, Jaylee, The Great Transparency and Remembering Venice.
WHEN: 5-8 p.m. April 16
WHERE: Sandusky Community Church of Nazarene, 1617 Milan Rd., Sandusky
4.) “Romance Isn’t Dead, But Someone Is”
Why you should go: Enjoy a great meal, delicious wine and an engaging murder mystery evening! A catered dinner includes stuffed chicken breast, cheesy potatoes, green beans, salad and cake. Make a night of it — the show will be approximately two and a half hours with intermission.
WHEN: 6 p.m. April 16
WHERE: D & D Smith Winery, 401 W. Main St., Norwalk
5.) “Once Upon a Mattress”
Why you should go: Huron High School is presenting its spring musical, which is a retelling of the classic story “The Princess and the Pea” — with a few walloping surprises. Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs with hilarious antics and melodious tunes, chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. Show takes place in McCormick Auditorium.
WHEN: 8 p.m. April 15-16
WHERE: McCormick Middle School, 325 Ohio St., Huron