Ohio Heritage Days

DATES: September 26-27 (Saturday and Sunday)
TIME: 10AM – 4PM
Barn Dance: Saturday, September 26 at 7PM-10PM

As part of Ohio’s Agricultural History, Malabar Farm will host the 34th Annual Ohio Heritage Days from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. This popular festival is one of Ohio’s largest free outdoor craft and living-history festivals and is open to the public.. Craftspeople will be demonstrating their talents and various old-fashioned trades in period clothing. Among the crafts being demonstrated will be spinning, weaving, woodworking, broom making, apple butter making, quilting, and more. Most craftspeople will have items for sale throughout the event.

The Malabar Antique Tractor Club will display vintage Willy’s jeeps, antique tractors, and many types of antique farm machinery. Local community non-profit groups will be offering a variety of foods from pumpkin items to funnel cakes. Vendors will also offer refreshments throughout the event including homemade sarsaparilla root beer and roasted nuts.

Louis Bromfield’s mansion, the Big House, will be open throughout the weekend for self guided tours.

The Malabar Farm Smoke House will be in full operation on both Saturday and Sunday. Visit Malabar Farm’s Naturalist at 1:00PM at the smokehouse for free smoked samples of Malabar raised bacon and ham. All of Malabar Farms ham and bacon, as well as other meat products including beef patties, sausage, bratwurst and more, are sold in the Gift Shop located in the Louis Bromfield Visitors Center.

Music Lineup

Music: Bud Preston
Date: Saturday and Sunday
Location: In front of the Visitors Center.

Clearfork Valley String Band
Date: Saturday
Location: Working Farm Area

John Henry and Friends
Date: Saturday & Sunday
Location: Main Farm Area (near Big House)

Stone Soup
Date: Sunday
Location: Working Farm Area

Back Porch Swing Band
Date: Saturday at 7PM to 10PM (Square Dance)
Location: In the Main Barn

Living History Demonstrations

Civil War Hospital (NEW)

Live demonstrations of a typical field hospital attached to Ohio regiments during the American Civil War. Live amputations!

Ohio Light Artillery Regiment

Live firing demonstrations and artillery displays.

Sons of Confederate Veterans (NEW)

Information pertaining to descendents of Confederate veterans who served during the American Civil War. Yes, there were soldiers from Ohio who served in the Confederacy.

Flint Knapping and Artifact Display (NEW)

Demonstrations and a four table display of local pre-historic artifacts brought to you by the Richland County chapter of the Ohio Archaeological Society.

Pioneer and Buck Skinners Encampment

Blacksmithing demonstrations, weaponry demonstrations and more!

Barn Dance

On Saturday evening, our traditional Square Dance will be held in the main barn next to the Big House. The dance will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will feature live music and square dance calling. The barn dance is sponsored by the Mohican Resort and Conference Center. This dance is open to all free of charge. Experienced dancers and beginners are welcome. Loudonville FFA Alumni will have refreshments and hot food available at the dance.

Hostelling International Open House

This is a very special year for hostelling! 2009 marks the 75th Anniversary of HI-USA and the 100th Anniversary of the worldwide hostelling movement. Stop by the Malabar Farm overnight hostel for a tour and to learn more about hostelling.

The Malabar Farm Restaurant will be open on Friday and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; For reservations or more information call 419-938-5205.

The Malabar Farm Market, located next to the Malabar Farm Restaurant, will be open summer and fall featuring locally-grown produce. Additionally, overnight accommodations are available at the Malabar Farm Hostelling International. Call 419-892-2055 for reservations at the Hostel.

Malabar Farm is located 12 miles southeast of Mansfield, Ohio, just one mile west of State Route 603 on Pleasant Valley Road. For more information about this and other special events offered year-round, contact the Malabar Farm State Park Office at 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, OH 44843-9745, or call 419-892-2784. Be sure to visit our web page at www.malabarfarm.org.


Good Plants Gone Bad: Invasive Plants of Southeast Ohio

Want to learn about ways to combat nuisance plants, network with others interested in controlling invasives, and enjoy a great workshop? Try this Ohio Invasive Plants Council program. You could not ask of for a better value. The council always has well-informed experts presenting at these workshops.

Check it out:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Registration: 8:45 – 9:30 am
Workshop Program: 9:30 – noon
Lunch (provided) 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Workshop Program (cont.): 12:45 – 3:15 pm

710 Colegate Dr.
Community Room, Administration Building
Washington State Community College, Marietta, OH

-Aren’t Invasive Plants Just Weeds by Another Name?
-Breakthrough! A Biological Control for Mile-a-Minute
-Should YOU Be Part of a Cooperative Weed Management Area?
-The Story of What Happened When One Yard Went Native
-2009: The Year the Vine-that-ate-the-South Met Push-back in Ohio
-Funding Your Invasive Battle

Registration: $10.00/person, those registered by Sept. 4 receive a free lunch
Register at: oipc.info.

For more information please contact:
-Marilyn Ortt, marilynortt@suddenlink.net, 740-373-3372
-Cheryl Coon,ccoon@fs.fed.us, 740-753-0558


Birds fly into fall migration – cleveland.com

Well, it might only be the first of September, but Jim McCarty at the Cleveland Plain Dealer says Fall is here. Like a farmer that plants by the signs, Jim has documented the beginning of the fall bird migrations in the linked article. He includes some great photos, so check it out, then get outside.


Ohio.com – Hikers hitting trails at parks

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County is getting its annual fall hiking spree underway. Get out and join the rest of northeast Ohio and enjoy nature along the great Metro Park trails. The hiking spree consists of thirteen designated trails. Hikers that complete 8 of the 13 trails earn either a hiking staff or a badge. (First year hikers get the staff, others get the badge to add to their existing hiking stick.)

Check the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County web site for a complete list of the hiking spree trails.

NeoNaturalist.com has reviewed several of the hiking spree trails. Check out these descriptions to see which trails are most interesting to you. Then, get outside and enjoy. If you want to complete the spree, you have until November 30.


Portage Park District Programs connect people to Nature!

Pre-registration Needed for Annual Bat Program

Come and learn about the secret lives of bats at the Portage Park District annual bat program on Friday August 14 at 8:45pm. We will meet at the Headwater’s Trail parking lot at the Rt. 700 trailhead in Hiram. Jessica Hickey from Davey Resources will demonstrate bat survey techniques and equipment, as well as share little known facts about these nocturnal creatures! Pre-registration is necessary. Please call the Park District office at 330-297-7728 or email dalber@portageparkdistrict.org to pre-register. For information, please visit www.portageparkdistrict.org.

Butterfly and Dragonfly Survey

Members of the North American Butterfly Association and Portage Park District staff and volunteers will be fluttering through the field and forest on Saturday, August 15 for the annual Butterfly and Dragonfly survey at Towner’s Woods Park in Franklin Township. The Park District is honored to have Judy Semroc as a guide for this activity, who, along with Larry Rosche and Linda Gilbert, have recently written a new book, the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio, second edition. It is the comprehensive guide for species occurring in Ohio. Copies of the book are available for sale ($26.88, which includes tax) at www.ddneo.info.

Towner’s Woods is located at 2296 Ravenna Road, Franklin Township Directions: From SR 43, turn east onto Ravenna Rd., go 2 miles to the park entrance. short hike begins at 10:00 am, followed by a trail and field survey for these beautiful and delicate creatures. It is recommended that participants bring water to drink and wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing. Pants are recommended for the more adventurous, who may venture off the trails into the field areas.
For information, please visit www.portageparkdistrict.org. or call (330) 297-7728.


Of Fairydiddles, Truffles, and Trees, an essay by Naturalist William Hudson

We are all connected. I don’t mean just us children of Adam and Eve. The “we” is an inclusive one.

  • People
  • Other animals
  • Plants
  • Streams
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Oceans
  • Dirt
  • Fungi
  • Trees
  • Squirells.

All of it is “we” and is connected. In the words of our friend, naturalist William Hudson, “Most things in nature are connected in some very complex ways. Take for example fairydiddles, truffles, and trees.

Check out his essay, and be amazed by the intricacy of Nature. Then, go outside and re-connect with your source. Take care of yourself by just enjoying that connection.

Thanks Bill!