Early November is marked by the observance of Veterans Day (Wednesday, November 11th), a day to honor all those who have served by giving of themselves in military service to protect our beloved country. Here are a few happenings which allow us to reflect on the selflessness and sacrifices of our Veterans
View inspirational and emotional artwork created by veterans and their family members at the Biennial Art of Freedom Exhibit of Northwest Ohio with an opening reception on Sunday, November 8th 2-5pm at the Way County Public Library’s Gallery. The exhibit is organized by the PRIZM Creative Community, a nonprofit “dedicated to the development, education and presentation of the visual and literary arts” Visit myprizm.com for more info and, for veterans, how to enter your work for the next exhibit.
Runs November 1st –January 7th during library hours
101 E. Indiana, Ave., Perrysburg
Museum of Honor
In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Northcoast Veterans Memorial and Museum at 411 N. Main St. Gibsonburg, OH in Williams Park (30 minutes from Toledo) will be open 10:30am-6pm on Wednesday, November 11th (usual hours are Mondays 5:30-8pm or by appointment). Established in 2004, the museum chronicles the history of U.S. conflicts/wars (Civil War, WW I and II, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and War on Terror) with outstanding displays of north coast service men and women’s military memorabilia. Volunteers also provide mobile displays and presentations (schools, organizations, military unions, etc). Stroll the grounds to see the restored M42 Duster tank on permanent loan from the National Museum of the US Army and the T-33 two seat Jet Trainer Shooting Star aircraft, nicknamed the T-Bird, on permanent loan from the National Museum of the US Air Force.
Visit the Northcoast Veterans Museum on facebook
For more info contact Mark Albright, 419-862-5301.
Veterans Day Hike:
Up for a great long distance hike? Don’t miss Oak Openings Metropark’s 11 on 11-11 Veteran’s Day Hike. Any hike led by naturalist Kim High is well worth the time. High’s love for nature and her wealth of knowledge will keep you transfixed as she guides you through some of the less frequented areas of the park’s gorgeous fall landscape of woodlands, prairie, sand dunes and waterways while pointing out native plants and wildlife along the way. Free but registration is required.
8am-4pm to complete the 11 mile hike
Bring your own lunch, snacks and water
Meet in the Springbrook parking lot
For more info and to register please visit reservations.metroparkstoledo.com/programs
The annual Leonid Meteor Shower (radiates from the constellation Leo the Lion) is putting a little razzle dazzle into your evening and early morning November 17th & 18th. Up to 15 meteors per hour will cascade across the sky between midnight and dawn (best showing will be predawn to dawn). Also around dawn look for the lineup of the planet trio Venus, Mars and Jupiter in the eastern sky.
For a schedule of upcoming meteor showers, how/why they occur and viewing tips, go to one of my favorite websites, earthsky.org