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August 18, 2019

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Cruz-in-Ada Saturday

Trophies for winners and burn-out competition for the bold

FROM ADA ICON - They are taking it to the streets on Saturday in Ada.

Last summer's Ada VFW cruz-in-Ada attracted owners of over 60 vehicles. This year's show should be just as large if not better, according to Win Hauenstein.

Here's what you need to know:
The show is from 1 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20, on Main Street, Ada. The street will be closed to through traffic during the event.

Registration is $12 and takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. A cruise is from 5 to 7 p.m. Awards are presented at 7:30 p.m.


Your rural Bluffton historical discovery

1840s Swiss homestead open to visitors on Saturdays this summer

Several photos of the homestead are featured at the bottom of this story.

Thomas Wolfe said, “You can’t go home again.” But in rural Bluffton, you can return to the 1840s.

On Saturdays, between now and the end of August, the Swiss Historical Society opens to the public its restored Schumacher homestead at 8350 Bixel Road.

The homestead is open from 1 to 5 p.m. and a docent will show you some of the features of the home and grounds.

Visitors will see a kitchen, living area, bedrooms, basement, summer kitchen and outdoors.


"Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas"

Ebenezer Drama Ensemble production Aug. 9-10-11; tickets on sale Sunday

Kevin Gratz said he never gets the chance to produce a Christmas show at Christmas. So, he’s doing one in August.

 “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas” billed as a funny, poignant collection of stories, songs, and vignettes by Robert Fulghum, is the biennial Dinner Theatre presented by the Ebenezer Drama Ensemble in the Crossroads Ministry Center, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9, 10, 11.

Tickets are $10 and include dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. each evening.


Quarry Farm family day is Saturday

Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm hosts their sixth annual family day on Saturday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tour the 1853 log cabin, take a self-guided walk on the trails to count butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians, enjoy the cool shade of the gardens and woods, and visit residents of the farm animal sanctuary.

Your family day starting point will be the Seitz Family Pavilion, 1/8 mile north of 14321 Road 7L, Pandora.


Next Transition Bluffton July 23 program

Vegetable trade and more at Buckeye park

Transition Bluffton invites the community to the Buckeye park at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, for an evening of fun and discussion. 

Bring any abundance of vegetables you would like to trade or share.  Join in a discussion about Robin Kimmerer's Potawatomi ideal of Honorable Harvest set forth in her book, Braiding Sweetgrass. "Let's explore what following such an ideal would mean for you, your neighbors and the community at large,”said Peter Badertscher of Transition Bluffton.


Q: When can you feed a carrot to a kangaroo on Main Street?

A: Thursday at Tommy Tire customer appreciation day - and don't forget, there's also free ice cream

When can you feed a carrot to a kangaroo on Main Street, or a pet very large turtle...and have free ice cream at the same time?

Many of you already know the answer.

Tommy Tire, 319 N. Main St., Bluffton, holds its annual community appreciation day on Thursday, July 18. (Rate date is Friday, July 19), according to Tom Dotson.

The event is planned from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The event includes free homemade Lugibihl’s ice cream from, plus an exotic animal exhibit from Jungle Island Zoo.