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January 20, 2017


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"Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival" toasts village's connection to Super Bowl

Several Bluffton connections part of Feb. 4 event

FROM ADA ICON - Few things are as American as football, except perhaps the northwestern Ohio village that produces the pigskins used in the biggest game of the year.
In a real slice of Americana, a small town and its connection to the Super Bowl will be celebrated during the “Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival” on Saturday, Feb. 4.


Mary Ann Sullivan Soup and Salad Lecture presenter

Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 at ArtSpace Lima

ArtSpace/Lima announces two new Soup and Salad Lectures presented by Mary Ann Sullivan, professor emeritus of English and Art History at Bluffton University.

The lectures celebrate two of the most prominent and influential women in British art:  photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (Wednesday, Jan. 25) and painter Vanessa Bell (Wednesday, Feb. 1).  Both events are at 6 p.m. at ArtSpace Lima, 65-67 Town Square, Lima.

Each evening will feature a light supper and an illustrated talk on the evening’s subject.


Bluffton 'transition' group hosts February training session

Provides instruction on setting up a local transition initiative

Transition Bluffton will host a transition US launch training lead by national transition US leader Tina Clarke.

The two-day event is Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26,  at the Bluffton Sportsmen's Club, 405 N. Spring St. Interested people can register for the event at www.transitionbluffton.org.

Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for transition initiatives across the United States.


Former national hammered dulcimer champ performs here

Ted Yoder here Thursday in Town Hall Series

The first Bluffton Town Hall Series performance of 2017 is Ted Yoder and his hammered dulcimer, according to Wendy Chappell Dick.

He performs in the third floor of the town hall, 154 N. Main St., at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12.

Here's what Wendy says about the musician: "Ted’s fame started with being named the 2010 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion and has evolved from there.


Icon wants your organization's calendar items for 2017

Free listing of your events - simply e-mail us details

There is no charge to post calendar items on the Icon's monthly calendars. Send your organization information to: info@blufftonicon.com

This could include:
• Monthly club meetings
• Support group meetings
• Church events
• School group meetings
• Chicken barbecues - ice cream socials
* Saghetti dinners - pancake breakfasts
• Car washes - any fundraiser
• Concerts
• Golf outings
• You name it!


Popular entertainer Ben Vereen performs at Freed Center, ONU

Tickets for Jan. 28 performance now on sale

Popular entertainer Ben Vereen will perform to The Freed Center, Biggs Theatre on the Ohio Northern University campus in one performance at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28. Tickets are now on sale in Freed Center box office.

Few entertainers today are as accomplished or as versatile as Vereen. His  performances on stage and screen transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of our country’s artistic legacy.

On Broadway, Vereen has appeared in Wicked, Fosse, I’m Not Rappaport, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Grind, Jelly’s Last Jam and A Christmas Carol.


ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club exhibit opens in January

Andi Baumgartner, Bluffton University art faculty member, one of jury judges

The ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club will present its Annual Juried Exhibit from Jan. 6 through Feb. 11, in The Ellen Nelson Gallery at ArtSpace/Lima. For the 2017 exhibit, 86 artists from a 100-mile radius around Lima entered 222 photographs, 94 of which were accepted into the show.
Jurors for the exhibit were: Jordan Knepper, executive director of the Piqua Arts Council, and Andi Baumgartner, Assistant Professor of art at Bluffton University.


Weekend dinner theatre at The Inn at ONU

Includes dinner and a play with a Christmas theme

The Inn at ONU, Ada, will present a dinner theatre titled "Greetings," written by Tom Dudzick and performed by the Northwest Ohio Theatre Fraternal Association. There will be two performances.

The show tells of a family who lost their Christmas joy and is visited by an ancient, wise, and witty spirit who is set upon healing them.

The dinner theatre is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17. The buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m.

The cost is $50 per person, $45 per person for groups. Call 419-772-2500 for reservations.



Bluffton's largest choir performs Monday in the BHS gym

It's the elementary Christmas concert - the program is in this story

There's "Holly, Jolly Christmas" and "Christmas at our School," sung by the mass choir of all Bluffton elementary students.

From there, you'll hear a selection of familiar and new carols performed by Kindergarteners through fifth graders.

It's at this year's Bluffton elementary Christmas concert at 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) at the Bluffton High School gym.

For a sneak peek at this year's concert program, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Inn at ONU offers holiday assistance

Wrap It-Up Luncheons and Mind-Body-And-Spirit Tea

The Inn at Ohio Northern University offers two wrap it-up luncheons and one mind-body-and-spirit tea this month.

Here are the details:

Wrap It-Up Luncheon
Saturday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 17
11 a.m. to 1 p .m.

Menu includes Christmas casserole with holiday salad and dessert while Santa’s elves wrap up three of your gifts.

Mind-Body-And-Spirit Tea
Sunday, Dec. 18
2 to 4 p.m.