Your weekly tour of the Toledo zeitgeist – Week of June 29, 2008Written by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Independence Day events
River Raisin Independence Festival, July 2-4
Ease into independence celebrations with a laser light show, street dance and big band music: 3 to 11 p.m. July 2 in Loranger Square (Washington and East First streets).
Take in some nature, maybe play some volleyball or swim, listen to some live music, then sit back for fireworks over Lake Erie, all at Sterling State Park, 2800 State Park Road. Noon to 11 p.m. July 3; nonresident vehicle permits are $29.
The next morning, the Second Annual Freedom Walk: River Raisin Trail from St. Mary’s Park (West Elm Avenue and North Monroe Street) to Sterling (about 5 miles) with a stop at the River Raisin Battlefield visitor’s center, East Elm Avenue. 8 a.m. July 4; all events in Monroe, Mich. (800) 252-3011.
Fourth of July: 1876 Celebration, July 4
Celebrate the nation’s centennial by taking a journey aboard “The Volunteer” canal boat, tour the Isaac Ludwig Mill, and see demonstrations of historic crafts, such as blacksmithing, tinsmithing and woodcarving. Noon to 5 July 4 at Kimble’s Landing, Providence Metropark, 13827 U.S. 24 West (at state Route 578), Grand Rapids.
1813 Independence Celebration, July 4-6
July 4, 1813, at Fort Meigs was celebrated with cannon firings, toasts, music and a day of leisure. The day’s highlight will be the 18-gun national salute and fife and drum music at 2 p.m. Visitors can try hands-on activities, visit the War of 1812 encampment and watch weapons demonstrations. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4 and 5 and noon to 5 p.m. July 6 at Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg. $8 adults, $7 seniors and $4 students. (419) 874-4121 or (800) 283-8916.
“1776,” July 4-13
This musical puts faces on the pages of history, celebrating the birth of the nation. 7 p.m. July 4; 8 p.m. July 5; and 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. July 6 and 13 at the Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian, Mich. Adults $20-$25, seniors $20-$22, students $15-$20 and children $10-$15. (517) 264-7469.
■ Sylvania: 10 p.m. July 3 at Centennial Terrace
■ Woodville: 10 p.m. July 5 at Trailmaker Park
■ Springfield-Holland: 10. p.m. June 29 at Community Homecoming Park
■ Monroe: 9:45 p.m. July 3 at Sterling State Park
■ Perrysburg: Sunset July 3 at Fort Meigs State Memorial Park
■ Bowling Green: 9:45 p.m. July 4 at BGSU Doyt L. Perry Fields
■ Toledo: Sunset July 4 at Promenade Park
■ Wauseon: 10:05 p.m. July 4 at Wauseon High School Football Field
■ Woodville: 10 p.m. July 4
■ Oak Harbor: 10 p.m. July 5
“Nova: Fireworks!,” 8 p.m. July 1 on WGTE TV: Introduces a gallery of firework creators and reveals how hi-tech firing systems are transforming public displays into a dazzling, split-second science.
“The Cleveland Orchestra,”8 p.m. July 1 on Public Radio FM 91: Guest Conductor Hans Graf conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.”
“Capitol Fourth 2008,” 8 p.m. July 4 on WGTE TV: Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, a musical and patriotic extravaganza topped by a dazzling display of fireworks.
Library celebrates Superman
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will celebrate 70 years of Superman comics with its “Superman at 70!” program at 7 p.m. on July 21 in the McMaster Center at Main Library, located at 325 Michigan St. Comic book historian and Toledo Free Press contributor Jim Beard will host a Superman retrospective, featuring a live, interactive video conference with Geoff Johns, James Robinson and Sterling Gates. Beard will also host a program for young people interested in the comic book industry at 4 p.m. on July 7 at the Mott Branch, located at 1085 Dorr St.; 2 p.m. on July 14 at Waterville Branch, located at 800 Michigan Ave. and
7 p.m. at Oregon Branch, located at 3340 Dustin Rd., Oregon.
Open call for dancers
Harmony dance company is seeking dancers for its eighth Performance in the Pond, which is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend. For more information, call Carol at (419) 324-4705.
Pink Spiders show scheduled
The Pink Spiders are scheduled to play on June 29 at Frankie’s Inner City, located at 308 Main Street in Toledo. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (419) 474-1333, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or locally at Culture Clash, (419) 536-LOVE, and Ramalama Records, (419) 531-ROCK. Tickets may also be purchased at the door while supplies last. All ages are welcome.