An updated guide to Toledo’s open mics

Whether you’re a veteran performer looking to test new material, or a rookie trying to overcome those stage-fright jitters, Toledo’s booming artistic scene offers plenty of chances to work in front of an audience via an open mic. “Open mic” is a catch-all term for an event that offers the opportunity to perform in front

Amanda Viviano’s Fabulous Tips for Fearless Wedding Florals

How do you grow into your own floral style?  Maybe this is a question you’ve already asked yourself? Maybe this is a question you’ve never considered? But if you’re getting married, or planning another event with florals, one truth holds evident: knowing what you like is the first step in getting what you want. To

Summer Wedding Guide

Erin + Mike Durinsky Put-In-Bay  Name: Erin Durinsky Age: 30 Occupation: Teacher Erin’s three words to describe Mike:  Supportive. Thoughtful. Hilarious. “I was immediately drawn to his laid-back demeanor and fun and outgoing personality.” Name: Mike Durinsky Age: 31 Occupation: Utility Industry Mike’s three words to describe Erin: Beautiful. Devoted. Kind. “I was impressed; she walked

NW Ohio Picnic Spots To Enjoy This Summer

If you’re looking for a low-key way to enjoy Northwest Ohio’s gorgeous summer days, you can’t do much better than a picnic.  A  family outing, a romantic weekend or a get-together with friends, there’s a picnic locale on this list for every occasion! Toledo Swan Creek Metropark 4301 Airport Hwy. Filled with deer and bluebirds,

Toledo-Area Swimming Holes Worth Jumping Into

Summertime means swimming time in Ohio, and there are plenty of options in the 419! Whether you need some leisurely exercise, want to meet other locals, or just have to get the kids out of the house, we’ve got the list of best swimming holes to jump into! Rolf Park Maumee Rolf Park Pool features

Take Me To The Maumee River: Businesses That Offer A Water-Fueled Adrenaline Rush

The Maumee River is open for adventure, romance, thrills, and family activities of all kinds. Toledo-area residents have choices for exploring, relaxing, or satisfying their adventurous side.   If you’re looking for a day with the family and friends, date ideas, or a water-fueled adrenaline rush, these businesses have you covered: River Lures Kayaking 419-832-0989. Riverlureskayaking.com

Drink up!

Drinking the water these days seems like a dangerous proposition, better stick to liquor. And when it comes to Toledo liquor, there are no better experts than this collection of bartenders, booze hounds and retailers. So pull up a stool and dip into the bar peanuts, while these whistle wetters spill their secrets. On second

Patio Guide

*SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION* Sun-worshippers, rejoice! It’s patio season. You can now enjoy all the comforts of the outdoors without any of the annoying stuff that comes from actually being outdoors— like deer ticks. But not all patios are built for all people. Dog-owners want something that allows them to bring their four-legged friends along, smokers

Migratory Bird Rendezvous

The Biggest Week in American Birding, May 5th -14th, marks the pinnacle of migratory bird season in Northwest Ohio. Our incredible rivers, lakes, preserves, parks and wetland areas provide some of the best habitat for visiting birds— those that are just passing through the area and many who stay for a season. Our prime location

Bike Guide

It’s time to saddle up—and we’re not talking about a horse. May is bike month, which entails an array of opportunities to learn, ride, and play with bicycles. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist, or haven’t touched a bike in years, there is something for everyone in this month of cycle celebration. Get ready to peddle

Metroparks of the Toledo Area plans regional trail loop

The Metroparks of the Toledo Area are working to allow us to reach them in a more exercise-conscious manner by building trails in the next 10 years, with bike-paths connecting many Toledo area parks. With 150 miles of trails already available in the Metropark system, trail-building projects and increasing the number of parks bolsters the community assett.

Ohio’s three-foot-buffer bike law keeps drivers away

Cyclists know the harsh reality of taking their life in their hands when they head out on the open road. Helmets, rearview mirrors and all the colorful, lycra bodysuits won’t save them from impact if drivers aren’t paying attention— or if drivers scare cyclists by driving too close. A recently passed Ohio law looks out