As the story goes, a farmer wouldn’t let his daughter date the son of a school bus driver. One day, the driver, transporting a bus full of kids down Wood County’s Holcomb Road, saw the farmer and snapped, driving the bus into him and causing the deaths of several young passengers.
On Saturday, September 29, the Collingwood Arts Center will host the first Toledo Fringe Fest, a celebration of diverse artistic displays not normally seen by area audiences.
If it’s possible for a stage show to be timeless and incredibly timely all at once, that show might be Ragtime. Originally staged on Broadway in 1998, the musical weaves together multiple narratives to tell interlocking stories of the American experience in the early 20th century.
Tucked away in Swanton, a stone’s throw west of Toledo, is a musical institution. Opened in 1957, the venue saw some of the biggest names in blues –– B.B. King, Count Basie, John Lee Hooker and countless others— play before boisterous crowds. The club was run by a music-loving couple who were the first African Americans in Northwest Ohio to obtain a liquor license.
It’s already a stressful day for Olivia and Gabe. They’ve just moved across the country to a new apartment in Chicago— the first time they’ve lived together. They’re struggling to get everything unloaded into their new place. And then, suddenly, the parents show up.
Beginning five years ago, Toledo residents became intimately familiar with summer algae blooms that blanket Lake Erie. The 2014 algae crisis left millions without drinkable water for days while periodic news reports continue to examine the lake’s water.