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Jeremy Amstutz, grandson of Mary Amstutz, this year's May Day king

Bluffton University’s annual May Day ceremony is moving to a new time this year—1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2—but its traditional elements remain the same, including the crowning of a king and queen and the Maypole dance by first-year students.

Filling those roles this year are seniors Jeremy Amstutz of Cassopolis, Mich., and Julia Thomas of Springfield, Ohio—the May Day king and queen—and 16 first-year students who will perform the Maypole dance.

C-R Impressions present An Evening at the Cabaret May 8-9

The Cory-Rawson Impressions will present An Evening at the Cabaret on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. The show takes place in the Cory-Rawson High School Gym at 6:30 pm. General Admission $6.00 both evenings.

A dinner theater is offered on May 8 only, and includes a catered dinner of salad,
brisket, rosemary potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, and dessert for $12.

Tickets can be purchased from any Impressions member, or by calling the
school at 419-963-3415, or via email at taylor@cory-rawson.org.

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Happy Arbor Day, Bluffton

Bluffton Tree Commission planted four native trees as part of the renovation of Bluffton's original cemetery. The trees were red maple, hackberry, shagbark hickory, and pin oak.

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Bluffton host to one of six OHSAA discussion meetings on April 28

Annual referendum voting period is May 1-15,
with six meetings scheduled around Ohio
to discuss ballot items and other current topics

Bluffton hosts one of six athletic discussion meetings sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) that review the items on which member schools will vote in May.

The meeting take place at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, at The Centre at Bluffton.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s annual referendum voting period is May 1-15.

Bluffton alumnae give back with May 2 reunion recital

Kathryn (Lehman) Harsha and Kirsten Halker-Kratz are giving back to the Bluffton University music department that helped mold them 20 years ago.

Harsha and Halker-Kratz, who graduated from Bluffton in 1995 and ’96, respectively, are returning to campus Saturday, May 2, for a piano and organ recital that will also serve as a fundraiser for the music department. The May Day event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Yoder Recital Hall.

175th anniversary of Swiss Mennonite initial congregation observed this summer

This summer marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of the first Mennonite church in the Bluffton and Pandora communities. 

Several events will commemorate the anniversary. The Swiss Community Historical Society of Bluffton and Pandora is the sponsor of the celebration.

The Icon will provide historical material, which retells the story of these early pioneers. This is the first installment.

Gregg Luginbuhl recipient of two significant awards at The Ohio Craft Museum

Bluffton artist Gregg Luginbuhl will receive two significant awards at The Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, on Sunday, May 3.

The first is a juror’s award in The Best of 2015, the annual exhibition of fine craft organized by Ohio Designer Craftsmen. He will receive the award for Excellence in Functional Ceramics for Rustic Decanter XXX and 6 Cups.  This is the most recent piece in his Rustic Decanter Series, which began about 12 years ago. 

This year’s juror, Beth Ann Gerstein, is Executive Director of The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pamona, California.

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