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.


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.


Ribbon-cutting Sunday at Forest Ridge Preserve – Cleveland.com

Ribbon-cutting Sunday at Forest Ridge Preserve – Cleveland.com

This is a wonderful, large natural area that was preserved through a partnership of Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Moreland Hills. If you have a chance, attending the ribbon-cutting and taking a hike would be a great adventure!


Malabar’s “Farm Fun Day” – Barn Dance

As one of many events planned at Malabar Farm State Park, Fun on the Farm is the theme of this event. Some of the activities scheduled for the morning activities include: Egg and Spoon Race(five eggs have to be picked up and carried in a small basket over the finish line); Lasso the Steer; Get Dressed for Work (contestants must run to put on bib overalls, a coat, hat, gloves, and boots, then run to the finish line); Fix the Machinery (a container holds the right bolts to fit several holes in a steel plate, mixed in with an odd assortment of other nuts and bolts); Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest; Rubber Chicken Toss; a Sack Race and more. Additional competitions include A Pie Eating Contest (Noon) (chocolate or banana cream), Sidewalk Art and a Fishing Derby.

Instructions & Time Line

August 1, 2009


  • 10AM – 10:30AM: Morning Registration
    Note: (Register for games, sidewalk art, pie eating contest. Pick up your game completion.)
  • 10:30AM to 11:45PM: Morning Farm Games (Must be registered.See list of games below))
  • 10:30AM to 11:45PM: Sidewalk Art (Must be registered)
  • 12PM: Pie Eating Contest (Open to first 20. Register during "Morning Registration")
  • 12:15PM: Pie Eating Contest Awards
  • 12:15PM: Contest Certificates

Note: Must complete all "Farm Contest" from 10:30AM to 11:45PM. You will receive a card at registration and will receive a check with the completion of every game.


  • 12:30PM: Fishing Derby Registration
  • 1:00PM: Fishing Derby Begins
  • 2:00PM: Fishing Derby Ends
  • 2:10PM: Fishing Awards


  • Walnut Pickup
  • Dress like A Farmer (Get Dressed For Work)
  • Sack Race
  • Cow Pie Toss
  • Rubber Chicken Toss
  • Egg Spoon Race
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
  • Fish In A Bucket
  • Lasso A Steer
  • Horse Shoes
  • Fix The Machinery


  1. An adult should accompany children.
  2. All activities are open to the public free of charge.
  3. Certificates of completion will be awarded. It’s all for fun!!!!!
  4. Game completion certificates will be presented at the rear porch area at the Visitor Center.
  5. Limited poles, wheel chair access dock, and bait will be available for youth under 16 years of age.
  6. If you have your own fishing pole please bring it with you!
  7. Ohio Division of Wildlife will be stocking the ponds with fish for the event.
  8. Fishing Derby prizes awarded at 2:15PM are for most fish caught & largest fish caught.


Additionally, Malabar Farm will host a Summer Square Dance at the main barn beside the Big House. The dance will be held on Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The barn dance is sponsored by the Loudonville FFA Alumni. This old-fashioned square dance will take you back to the days when people gathered to celebrate summer with their friends and neighbors. Live music will be featured along with square dance calling. This dance is open to the public at no charge and refreshments will be available.


The Malabar Farm Restaurant newly renovated will be open on Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays 11:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. For reservations or more information call 419-938-5205. The Malabar Farm Market, located next to the Restaurant will be open summer and fall featuring locally-grown produce.

Additionally, overnight accommodations are available at Malabar Farm Hostelling International. The Hostel is a restored 1919 historic mail order catalog home where the Bromfield family lived from 1939-1940. Rates start at $20.00 per person. Call 419-892-2055 for reservations at the Hostel or visit the Hostel sub-page at malabarfarm.org.


Lake-to-Lake Trail will be dedicated July 9: Middleburg Heights Happenings – News Sun – Cleveland.com

Lake-to-Lake Trail will be dedicated July 9: Middleburg Heights Happenings – News Sun – Cleveland.com: “The trail is a 2.3-mile hard-surface nature trail that links two 11,000-year-old glacial-remnant lakes, Lake Isaac and Lake Abram.”

This new trail, a 10-foot wide paved multipurpose trail, was dedicated at 11:00 am today. There are segments of boardwalk that cross marshes, which provide great opportunities to watch birds and other wildlife. Cleveland Metroparks has also installed interpretive signage along the trail. A life-sized mastodon skeleton is embedded in a sand pit at the northern end of the trail. The mastodon is perhaps a tip of the hat to the ancient heritage of the Lake Isaac/ Lake Abram area. These lakes were formed during the last ice age. They are the last remaining, and largest remaining glaicially-formed kettlehole lakes in Cuyahoga County.

Thanks to Cleveland Metroparks for making such a great area accessible to people! Without their time and investment, this diverse, important habitat would not be know, and would not be available for our education, spiritual renewal, and physical exercise. Get out and hike on the Lake to Lake Trail!

Driving Directions

To Lake Isaac:
I-71 – exit at Pearl Rd. (Rt 42)
(from the north, turn left/ from the south, turn right)

at Fowles Rd., turn left (west) to Big Creek Parkway (.5 mile)
turn left on Big Creek Parkway
Lake Isaac Waterfowl Sanctuary will be on the right.
To Lake Abram:
I-71 – exit at Bagley Rd
(from the north, turn right/from the south, turn left)

Go past Southwest General Hospital to Eastland Rd.
Turn right on Eastland Rd. and Lake Abram parking will be on the right.