Community Voices

Nordic Air concert reunites Toledo Symphony’s Alain Trudel with violinist Augustin Hadelich

From  TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA On Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater, Grammy award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich returns to Toledo and reunites with Music Director Alain Trudel to perform Sibelius’ breathtaking Violin Concerto on a program inspired by the icy landscape of Northern Europe. Known for his phenomenal technique and beautiful tone, Augustin Hadelich takes center stage for one of the most captivating openings in violin repertoire. Alain Trudel will also lead an exciting performance of Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” Suites No. 1 and 2, and conclude with Nielsen’s “Aladdin March.” “This concert gives cause to celebrate,” says Toledo Symphony President & CEO, Zak Vassar. “When Augustin Hadelich was last here in April 2017, he wowed us with Dvořák’s rarely performed Violin Concerto. His tone and warmth were very special, and we all knew that we were working with greatness. Of course, that was also the concert that convinced us to engage Alain Trudel as our Music Director, so it was a special week in many ways. I can’t wait for Augustin and Alain to reunite and make more musical magic in this community.” At the age of 34, Augustin Hadelich has firmly established himself as one of the great violinists of today. Named “2018 Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America, he has performed with every major orchestra in the U.S., as well as an ever-growing number of orchestras in the UK, Europe, and Asia. “I am so excited to share the stage with Augustin Hadelich again,” says Alain Trudel, Toledo Symphony Music Director. “This concert features great music that I think the audience is going to love. Sibelius’ Violin Concerto is incredibly challenging and takes full advantage of the violin’s colorful range. Augustin has a remarkable tone, and he will be able to showcase his expressiveness through this magnificent work.” Two performances of Nordic Air will take place on Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. Tickets are available at or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419.246.8000.

Downtown BG seeks ice sculpture sponsors

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN Winterfest BG Chillabration is back for 2019 on Feb. 8 and 9 even bigger and better than last year. The Saturday evening of live bands in a heated tent, incredible ice bar and amazing ice garden met with rave reviews.  This year a larger Frozen Swamp Tent will not only provide shelter for live music from 4 – 11 p.m., it will also present the Winter Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All this happens in the Huntington parking lot on the corner of Clough and S. Main Streets. This is also the location for our beautiful ice garden and live ice carving demonstrations.  This year’s sculptures will show a variety of our town’s finest establishments logos and images from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. These amazing works of ice art are sure to be a hit with every age group. This event offers something for everyone.  Families can come out for the day and enjoy the festivities and at night people can enjoy the hours of entertainment, craft beer and wine served from behind the incredible ice bar.   The Downtown Foundation will be overseeing the ice sculpture sales as a fundraiser. The foundation sponsors to commission a custom ice sculpture displayed for the thousands of people expected to attend.  \They will also be seen via our website, social media and WTOL coverage. The funds raised will help us continue to complete beautification projects in our historic downtown.   Contact our office at 419-354-4332 or download an order form from our website at

Art serves as bridge between generations at Otterbein Pemberville

From LAURA DREWES OTTERBEIN PEMBERVILLE Otterbein Pemberville received a grant through the state of Ohio to be a part of this project in 2018.    Opening Minds through Art was created at the Scripps Gerontology Center at the University of Miami and it focuses on the importance of intergenerational relationships and creating a safe space for persons living with memory loss to create art in a fail-proof environment.   Student Cordelia Howard and resident Mary S. Otterbein Pemberville partnered with Eastwood High School students and the art teacher, Jennifer Moorman.  The students came to OPV each week for eight weeks and worked with the same resident to create different works of abstract art with prompts from the OMA curriculum.  It was such a blessing to watch the eight students grow over their time working with their partners.  Their grades ranged from 7th grade to juniors in high school and for some of the students, it was their first time visiting a long term care community.   We concluded this session with an art show including the Eastwood Jazz Band. We look forward to starting our next session in February. 

Toledo Museum ends year with Great Art Escape

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ARTS Celebrate the season with a diverse array of activities, events, and performances during the Great Art Escape, which returns to the Museum Dec. 26 through 30, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019. Activities include Peristyle performances, Dutch organ concerts, glassblowing demonstrations, glass art workshops, Family Center activities, drawing in the galleries, family studio workshops, and more. Peristyle performances include the infectious Southeast Asian experience provided by Aha! Indian Dance, El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico, JP Dynasty, the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra. Dutch organ concerts will take place at 1 p.m. in Gallery 24 each day. The Great Art Escape is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac.  Demos, Activities & Entertainment PERISTYLE PERFORMANCES: 2 p.m., Peristyle Stage Wednesday, Dec. 26: Ardan Academy of Irish DanceThursday, Dec. 27: JP DynastyFriday, Dec. 28: El Corazon de Mexico Ballet FolkloricoSaturday, Dec. 29: Dancers of Aha! Indian DanceSunday, Dec. 30: Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra DUTCH ORGAN CONCERTS: 1 p.m., Gallery 24 Wednesday, Dec. 26, Dennis JohnsThursday, Dec. 27, Nancy RusselFriday, Dec. 28, Martha EsbinSaturday, Dec. 29, Pamela Stover,Sunday, Dec. 30, Dennis BlubaughTuesday, Jan. 1, Charlotte Mariasy MUSIC PERFORMANCES: Thursday, Dec. 27: Frans Hals Community Program: Family Band Showcase, 7-9 p.m., Levis Gallery SNOW GLOBE SOCIAL: Friday, Dec. 28, 7-10 p.m., GlasSalon Add the Museum’s Snow Globe Social to your holiday plans! Stay warm with seasonal drinks, test your knowledge at trivia, and shake off the winter blues with dancing and live music. Gather your friends for some holiday fun in the Glass Pavilion. Admission is free; cash bar available. (Re)New Year’s Day Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2-4 p.m., GlasSalon Celebrate (Re)New Year’s Day by participating in a one-of-a-kind experience inspired by art, yoga, movement, and meditation. Then, meet and mingle in the GlasSalon to enjoy refreshing, locally-sourced beverages and design your own Vision Board. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Registration is encouraged*. (Re)New Year’s Day is presented by Circle, the Toledo Museum of Art’s affinity group dedicated to inclusive and innovative programming that engages new audiences with the Museum. GLASSBLOWING DEMOS: Glass Pavilion Hot Shop Wednesday, Dec. 26: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 27: 1, 2, 3, and 8 p.m.Friday, Dec. 28: 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 29: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 30: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 1: 1, 2, and 3 p.m. GIANT CHESS, during Museum hours, Great Gallery Bring along family, friends and try to checkmate among the grandest works of art. Created in the Family Center by Justin Overholt with the help from Jones Leadership Academy Chess Club, Family Center Visitors and other community members. GLASS ART WORKSHOPS: Glass Pavilion Hot-Shop Blown Ornaments:Friday Dec. 28: 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.Saturday Dec. 29: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.Pick Your Own ProjectThursday Dec. 27: 6:30 p.m.Sunday Dec. 30: 3 p.m. FAMILY CENTER ACTIVITIES: Every Family is unique, and the holidays are a perfect time to celebrate. Come see the Frans Hals Exhibition: A Family Reunion create a work of art together in the…

BGSU honors donors who helped in acquisition of full court flag

Bowling Green State University Athletics recently honored two alumni at a basketball game for their efforts to help with the purchase of a full court flag. The drive to purchased the 50-by-90-foot flag was spearheaded by the BGSU Student Veterans Organization. Through the use of the Falcon Funded program, the Student Veterans Organization raised more than $12,000 to buy the flag.  Retired Col. Ted Jenkins, a 1954 College of Business graduate, and Tom Walton, a 1965 journalism graduate, were instrumental in the success of this mission. Harvey, an English Masiff service dog, watches as students unfold full court flag. This flag will be used at BGSU sporting events to honor the military community. In announcing the recognition, BGSU Athletics stated: “The purchase of the full court size flag will stand as recognition for those who have a dedication to duty and a selfless commitment to something greater than themselves.” Col. Jenkins is retired from the United States Marine Corps.  He served over 43 years on active and reserve duty, including service in World War II as well as the Korean War.  He worked for more than 30 years working for Libbey-Owens-Ford in the Toledo area, retiring as corporate director of human resources.  Along with serving on the BGSU Alumni Board and BGSU Foundation Board of Directors, as well as with numerous area volunteer groups, Col. Jenkins has supported BGSU for more 35 years. This includes working with athletics to purchase and install five POW/MIA Chairs of Honor. He will celebrate his 91st birthday in January.   Walton is a retired editor from The Toledo Blade where he had worked in various capacities during a couple of stints with the newspaper starting during his time as a student at BGSU.  A former member of the BGSU Alumni Board as well as serving on the Falcon Club Advisory Board, Walton also helped create the Tom and Dianne Walton Freddie and Frieda Falcon Scholarship Fund.  He has been supporting BGSU and Falcon Athletics since 1988.   The donors received BGSU challenge coins from Daniel Camper, a representative of BGSU’s Student Veteran’s Organization. These challenge coins are a military tradition used to denote meritorious service, and are one of the highest honors the BGSU Military Community can present.

BG residents reminded to reduce, reuse and recycle during the holidays

(Submitted by the City of Bowling Green) Cardboard boxes piling up from online shopping and present wrapping? Wondering if Styrofoam can go in your recycling container? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away 25 percent more garbage during the holiday season. Residents are encouraged to recycle as much as possible to minimize waste. The City of Bowling Green contracts with the Bowling Green Recycling Center, Inc. to provide curbside recycling collection to help make recycling easier. Below are helpful tips to recycle responsibly during the holiday season. Wrapping Paper, Gift Cards, and Bows are not accepted in the blue curbside recycling containers or at the local recycling drop offs. Please consider alternatives to wrapping paper to reduce the amount of waste created. Cardboard Boxes and Paper Board Packaging may be recycled curbside. Please remember to flatten boxes to save space. Large boxes or quantities can also be recycled at any of the local recycling drop off locations. Please remove all Styrofoam, plastic, and packaging material from boxes and discard with your garbage.Plastic Shipping Envelopes and Padded/Lined Envelopes are not recyclable and should be discarded with your garbage.-Although Glass Beverage Containers and Jars are NOT accepted curbside, residents may take these items to any of the local recycling drop off locations for free.The Wood County Solid Waste Management District provides a list of locations accepting items like Electronics, Televisions, Cell Phones, and other household items that have been replaced this holiday season. Residents are encouraged to donate or resell items that still have usefulness or value. A link to the Household Recycling Guide is posted to the City’s home page.The Public Works Department will collect live Christmas Trees beginning Monday, Jan. 7. All trees must be to the curb by 7 a.m. on Jan. 7. Collection is by ward, not by refuse day. Please remove bags, decorations, tree stands, etc.For a full list of recyclable items, special collection opportunities, and the 2019 refuse and recycling calendar, please visit Residents may also call 419-354-6227 with questions.

New voice specialization blends science & artistry

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Proper use of the voice is both an art and a science, and a new master’s specialization program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts strengthens both aspects. The interdisciplinary Master of Music in Performance: Specialization in Voice Science and Pedagogy combines coursework in music singing teaching and communication sciences and disorders. It is designed to prepare students to be not only better vocal performers and voice teachers but also to expand their career options. “There’s been an explosion of interest among music students who want to gain more science-based information about how the voice works,” said Dr. Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, an associate professor of voice and opera. Rodgers has teamed with Dr. Ronald Scherer, Distinguished Research Professor of communication sciences and disorders in the College of Health and Human Services, to create the new master’s specialization. “The collaboration seemed like a perfect fit,” said Scherer, who has long provided support for BGSU vocal arts students. “Over the last 10 years there has been a global development of programs that combine serious performance and teaching skills with understanding of speech pathology. “Students will learn to discern what the voice is doing when it’s right and, when it’s not right, how to alter the production to make it right. ‘Knowledge is power’ in this field, and having it will make interventions more effective and efficient.” In addition to their vocal performance classes, students in the specialization program will take three courses in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders: a speech science class with a lab, a voice disorders class, and a research class with Scherer in which they will undertake a small project to learn how research is conducted. “Having this specialization will help make graduates even more employable,” Rodgers said. In addition to her teaching, she oversees the graduate student teaching practicums. Graduate student Crystal Lau, a soprano, is pursuing a second master’s degree, in speech-language-pathology. She graduated in May from the master’s of music in performance, specialization in voice science and pedagogy, program. Lau has firsthand knowledge of how a physical problem can affect the voice, having discovered that the reason she was not making as much progress as she expected with her vocal techniques is that she has laryngopharyngeal reflux, which can damage the vocal folds and surrounding laryngeal structures. “I struggled for three years not knowing I had that situation and became frustrated and depressed,” she said. “I went to a speech therapist but he didn’t have experience with vocalists and wasn’t very helpful. After I came to BGSU, I went to the Speech and Hearing Clinic, where I was so lucky to have a graduate clinician who has an extensive musical background. The therapy was very beneficial and he was so supportive.” Lau had heard of the specialization in classes with…

Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure returning to BG this summer

From BG CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU More than a thousand bike riders from across the country will visit Bowling Green in June for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. The 31st annual tour will start and finish at the Wood County Fairgrounds. GOBA cyclists will arrive in Bowling Green on Saturday, June 15, and begin their weeklong journey on Sunday morning by pedaling east to Fremont. They’ll also have overnight stops in Port Clinton (three nights) and Oregon (two nights) before returning to Bowling Green on Saturday, June 22, to complete the long loop route. GOBA is a noncompetitive ride that is billed as a fun, family-oriented event for cyclists of all ages. It seeks to promote bicycle tourism in Ohio by showcasing a different region of the state each year. The 2019 tour is expected to draw 1,200 to 1,500 cyclists, according to GOBA Director Jeff Pierron of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, the nonprofit organization that organizes the ride. The visit to Bowling Green will be the fifth for GOBA, the most of any Ohio community. GOBA had overnight stays at Bowling Green State University in 1993 and 2000, at the fairgrounds in 2009 and at Bowling Green High School in 2015. “Bowling Green has shown GOBA riders much hospitality over the years, so we are eager to return,” Pierron said. “The community is cycling-friendly and has wonderful events and attractions that appeal to the diverse interests of our group.” GOBA riders typically hail from about 40 states and several countries. Pierron said the city’s easy highway access, proximity to major airports, and many lodging and dining options make Bowling Green an ideal starting and ending location for GOBA. Pierron also credited the strong support of the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau, which works with local organizations, businesses and government officials to assemble the volunteers and services necessary for the event. For community groups, GOBA is a fundraising opportunity to feed riders, provide entertainment, shuttle luggage in camp and offer indoor sleeping space in exchange for donations. GOBA registration includes tent camping at the overnight sites, but many riders prefer hotels or other lodging. “GOBAville” at the fairgrounds will open at noon Saturday, June 15. Activities are planned throughout the afternoon and early evening at the camp and in the community, including a downtown festival and a parade of bicycles decorated for GOBA’s “Come Sail Away” theme. The festival and parade will be open to the public. Wendy Chambers, executive director of the visitors bureau, is coordinating Bowling Green’s efforts to welcome GOBA riders, including outreach to local restaurants and hotels. Chambers also is recruiting residents to lead committees such as food, emergency planning, entertainment and information. The committees will begin assembling volunteers in January of 2019.  “BG loves GOBA and is so excited to host them for the fifth time over the last 25 years…

Bake-off attracts a full field of cooks & tasters to library

No one brought sugar plums but there were cherries and cranberries at the  Holiday Bake-Off at the Wood County Public Library Monday night. Sherry Popocnak won for her chocolate -covered cherries. This was her time in the competition — she just moved to Bowling Green a year ago. She’s been making the confections for five years. The second place went to to Katarina Kiefer, Bowling Green, for her cranberry custard. Kiefer said she developed the recipe for the bite-size tarts from a recipe for a full pie. Katarina Kiefer with Mrs. Claus The atrium was packed with tasters who got to vote on their favorites among the 30 contestants. Michele Raine, assistant director for adult services , said that’s double the number of bakers from last year. Students from Vicki Hoehner’s piano studio provided holiday music to munch by, and Mrs. Claus was on hand to give out the prizes. Analisa Bihary performs a Christmas medley.

Black Swamp Players cast ‘The Music Man’

The Black Swamp Players has announced the cast for its second production of the 2018-2019 season, “The Music Man.” “The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill (Bradley King), as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize–this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Hill’s plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian (Jennifer Braun), the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. The principal cast includes: King (Harold Hill); Braun (Marian Paroo); Liam Rogel (Winthrop Paroo); Alice Walters (Amaryllis); Andelus Elwazani (Zaneeta Shinn); Bobby Walters (Tommy Djilas); Perry Andre (Marcellus Washburn); Lane Hakel (Charlie Cowell); Keith Guion (Mayor Shinn); Sally Stemen (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn); Deb Shaffer (Mrs. Paroo); Evie Van Vorhis (Gracie Shinn); and Matthew Crawford, Allen Rogel, and Andrew Varney as the school board members/quartet. Written by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, The Music Man has been entertaining audiences since 1957, when it premiered on Broadway. The musical earned eight Tony-award nominations in 1958 and went on to win six Tonys, including nods for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The Black Swamp Players production of The Music Man will be directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring. “The Music Man” will open on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 17 at 2: p.m.; Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church, Bowling Green. Tickets for all performances are $15/adults, $12/seniors and students. All tickets can be purchased on the organization’s website and at the door on the day of the performance. “The Music Man” is the second of three productions to be mounted by The Black Swamp Players for its 2018-2019 season. Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to

Name the Chillabration mascot

The Winterfest BG Chillabration committee is holding contest to name its salamander mascot. The committee is narrowing the field down to five names, and the voting will begin Dec. 21 on the event’s Facebook page. The winner will be announced Jan. 2. The winner will receive downtown dollars and recognition. Winterfest BG Chillabration will be held Feb. 8-9. 

Library honors Kleins for sustained support

The library held its annual Volunteer Recognition Wednesday, December 12. At the event Dianne and Tom Klein received the Legacy of 1875 Award. The award was created in 2009 and is presented jointly by the library’s Board of Trustees, Foundation Board and Friends of the Library Board in recognition of individuals whose support impacts WCDPL in significant ways. The Kleins were recognized for their sustained support of the library as long-time patrons, volunteers, and champions of the library’s role in the community, and for their quiet, ongoing financial generosity – all of which have contributed to the success of the library.

Donations find purchase of kids books for public library

This holiday season Kiwanis Club, the Women’s Club of Bowling Green, and Zonta of Bowling Green donated $800 towards the purchase of several hundred new children’s books for the Children’s Resource Center. Coordinated by Wood County District Public Library, this annual gift book project encourages reading by allowing CRC therapists to share new books with their clients.

Insurance changes may affect some community center passes

(Submitted by Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department) It’s that time of year when the Bowling Green Community Center staff is starting the prep for 2019 Fitness Program Insurance changes that may affect your Community Center pass.  Changes have been mandated by the insurance companies and not by the Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Department.  On Jan. 1, 2019 all Silver Sneaker Passes will be put on hold. The Bowling Green Community Center staff is asking each person to bring in their insurance card and either their  Silver Sneaker Card or their Renew Active/Optum letter with their authorization code number.  With that information we will determine your pass eligibility.  The most significant change will affect individuals with AARP Supplemental Insurance.  Starting Jan. 1, 2019 individuals with an AARP Supplemental Insurance Plan will be responsible for 50 percent of the cost of a pass. We are committed to helping you with your fitness goals so please if you have any questions, let us help you determine your eligibility so that you may continue on your path to better health and wellness. If you have any questions please call 419-354-6223 and you will be directed to a staff member who can answer your questions. BG Parks & Recreation is here to enhance lives darily, contact us so we can talk about what that means for you.  

Salvation Army needs gift card donations for holiday food baskets

(Submitted by the Salvation Army) The Salvation Army will be distributing holiday food baskets and toys to more than 250 families on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The food baskets consist of a basic holiday meal; however, we rely on gift card donations for our families to purchase the meat for their holiday baskets. More than 500 families have preregistered for Christmas assistance throughout Wood County; many have been sponsored by individuals, businesses, organizations and churches. Families who have not been sponsored will pick up their items on the 19th. We are grateful we are continuing to receive toy donations; however, we are also in immediate need of gift cards from any local grocery store in $10-$20 increments. These gift cards will allow our families to purchase the meat to complete their holiday food baskets. Please drop off gift card donations at The Salvation Army office located at 1045 N. Main St. in the plaza with Marco’s Pizza. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Thank you for your continued support of The Salvation Army’s holiday programs. For any questions or to learn more about The Salvation Army, please contact our office at 419-352-5918.