Region briefs, May 15

Local vendors to showcase Goods at TSC ‘market day’

Tractor Supply Co. stores are calling farmers, craft makers and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods during Tractor Supply’s Market Day Saturday.

It’s an opportunity for community members to show off their talents, whether they have been selling their goods for years or have only been dreaming of turning a hobby into a business.

Whether the area of expertise is homemade crafts, candles and soaps, or produce, baked goods and handmade furniture, everyone is welcome to sign up. There is no fee to participate, and interested vendors can visit or their local Tractor Supply store to sign up today.

Tractor Supply’s Market Day is free. All participating vendors must comply with state and local ordinances.

TSC searching for a ‘Great Neighbor’ in 4-H, FFA youth

Tractor Supply Co. is calling for 4-H and FFA youth to demonstrate what it means to be a great neighbor during the retailer’s Mobile Fair Tour, a 10-stop journey across the United States.

The “Great Neighbor” Contest is an experiential component of the Mobile Fair Tour where local youth are encouraged to submit a photo with a 200-word description for participation.

4-H and FFA youths residing near a stop on the fair’s tour can enter the contest by submitting a photo and caption that showcases a 4-H or FFA project making a difference in their community. The Mobile Fair Tour is to begin July 15 at the Fayette County Fair in Washington Court House and will come to a stop in Tyler, Texas, at the East Texas State Fair Sept. 22.

Tractor Supply is to choose winners at random and recognize the local winners at each of the 10 fair stops with a ceremony. Winners are to be presented with a commemorative plaque and Tractor Supply gift pack in appreciation of their work.

The “Great Neighbor” photo contest closes June 16. To enter, eligible 4-H and FFA members should visit to submit their photo and description, review contest rules and regulations, and view a list of fair stops.

HPLM ‘Music in the Parlor’ Sunday to feature flutist

FREMONT — Enjoy a musical performance by a flutist and accompanist playing classical music in the large parlor of the historic Hayes Home during Music in the Parlor from 4-5 p.m Sunday.

Cost is $12 per person.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Jacque Baker at (419) 332-2081, ext. 238, or online at

Flutist Alec Porter and accompanist Rhys Burgess is to perform a selection of songs by Bach, Mozart, Dutilleux, Martinu and Ran.

Porter is a music education and music performance dual major, studying under Conor Nelson, Ph.D., at Bowling Green State University. Porter also is a scholar in the 2016 Cohort of the President’s Leadership Academy, the foremost leadership development program on campus.

In 2018, he was named winner of the institution’s concerto competition, performing John Corigliano’s “Pied Piper Fantasy” with orchestra, as well as placing in the competition of the New Albany Symphony that same year.

Burgess is a collaborative artist, finishing a master’s degree in piano performance at Bowling Green State University as a student of Laura Melton, Ph.D. At BGSU, he received first prize in the 2018 Marjorie Conrad Art Song competition and third prize the following year in 2019, both times as part of a singer-pianist duo.

As a member of a piano sextet, he won third prize in the 2018 Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition. He was also a recipient of the 2017 Virginia Marks Collaborative Piano award for his performances in accompanying the BGSU Concerto Competition.

Roundtable to meet Sunday

The Trent Affair is to be the program topic for the Johnsons Island Civil War Roundtable meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at The American Civil War Museum, 217 S. Washington St.

Howard Strouse is to discuss the Mason-Slidell incident, which is the story of the seizure of a British ship by an American warship in the fall of 1861. Confederate officials were taken prisoner, which caused an international incident that was so serious President Lincoln released the Confederate prisoners to avoid conflict with Great Britain.

Strouse is a retired U.S. government official and this would be his last lecture because of retirement from the lecture circuit.

Kin Hunters to meet Sunday

The Kin Hunters of Sandusky County is to host Nanny Pickens at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sandusky Township Hall, 2207 Oak Harbor Road, Fremont.

Pickens is to speak about “Creating a Family Cemetery Tour.”

Reservations for May 23 Railroad Dinner due today

Today is the deadline for reservations for the May 23 Railroad Dinner. Gary R. Longo, railroad safety inspector, Office of Hazardous Materials, U.S. Department of Transportation, is to be the guest speaker.

Bea and Bob Lorenz are to present Mr. Lorenz artwork over the past 60-plus years. Bring your checkbook and cash. He is to have some of his original paintings for sale, too. The art show is 3-5 p.m.

Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the program at 6:30 p.m. at LE&W Depot, 128 W. North Street, Fostoria, The cost is $15.

Fostoria Farmers Market Saturday

The next Fostoria Farmers’ Market is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Tiffin and Main atreets in downtown Fostoria. The theme is “Let’s go Gardening.”

Fostoria Garden Club members are to help children plant a flower to take home. Spring flowers, vegetable starts, edible perennials and unique planters are to be available from Mr. Basket, Joseph’s Greenhouse, Shirley Conley, Victory Farm, and the garden club. Erica Brown has garden aprons and sun hats.

Baked goods are to be available from Country Crafts and Cindy Below; Coonies Kettle Corn; Just Jammin & Stuff’s homemade jellies, soaps, jewelry and painted gourds; honey products from Just Natural sweeteners; maple syrup products from the Sugar Shack. Other vendors include Ruth Hasselman, Peggy Lessig, Joy Lance, Peg Kauffman, Angela Brose and Pat Coronado’s many hand-sewn items; Pat Brady’s barn quilts; Prairie Song Pottery and doggie treats; Dick Perrine’s wind chimes and garden art; Frank Grafmiller’s wine bottle lighted candles and chimes; Appalachian Wilderness homemade lotions and soaps; Scentsy; and Color Street nail polish strips. Savvy Hair Expressions is to offer RebeccaLane Natural Skincare Products; PowerUp Fostoria is to offer samples of protein shakes. All Saints Parish in New Riegel is to be on hand with an ATV to be raffled off during a parish festival this summer.

The Eastern Star is to provide breakfast sandwiches and muffins in the Masonic building across the street from the market.