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2020 Gardeners’ Day Out — Lakeside, Ohio

Mark your calendars now for the 2020 GARDENERS’ DAY OUT
Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile – Lakeside Chautauqua
OAGC Gardeners’ Day Out August 21-22, 2020

source: https://danavento.com/lakeside-chautauqua/

OAGC is planning a Gardeners’ Day Out (GDO) starting at 9 am on Friday, August 21 at and continuing through 7 pm, Saturday, August 22 at Lakeside Chautauqua (www.lakesideohio.com). The cost per person includes access to the 19+ gardens in the resort, access to the pool and wellness center, a farmers’ market on Friday, an Antique Show and the Northwest Ohio Gladiolus Society show on Saturday, recreation activities, and many more Chautauqua programs.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to feed your garden soul and nurture your mind, body and spirit! Lakeside’s one square mile private resort is a Chautauqua community that welcomes all to the beauty of the Lake Erie shore and islands. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Lakeside is a unique place bringing together families and friends to enjoy the same sustaining values and traditions learned as a child. Since 1873, it has provided a Chautauqua summer experience dedicated to spiritual growth and renewal, educational and cultural enrichment, and recreational pursuits.

Cars are kind of a nuisance in Lakeside (parking is very limited), so leave your car in the available parking lot then take a free shuttle to your meeting place. Most people walk, bike, or drive golf carts around Lakeside. OAGC plans to have some golf carts available around the town just for us. Everyone must stop to show a bar coded pass on the way in — and out. This pass is part of your Gardeners’ Day Out registration package.

Lakeside is like a 1950s neighborhood. The grounds are safe. There’s the $3.5 million aquatic center with a kiddie pool and splash park, a giant fenced-in playground, Shuffleboard and a swimming beach on Lake Erie with kayaks available to rent. There are ice cream shops, 7 quaint restaurants to enjoy your nightly dinner on your own and many eclectic shops to explore. With all this to feed your soul, there are also 19+ gardens for your touring pleasure and most of the quaint homes have beautiful unique landscaping. And of course there is the Lake Erie shore!

EVENT COST: Adults are $50/OAGC member* for Friday through 7 pm Saturday activities (Garden programs/tours, 2 lunches, art project, Friday night Hoover Concert).
Youth are $40/youth age 13 to 24). Kids 12 and Under are $20/kid (Note: This is good from Friday – Sunday.)
PLEASE NOTE: Additional fees to extend your stay for Saturday night (till 7 pm Sunday) are $20 per adult OAGC member* or $10 youth. This allows guests to go to the Hoover Concert Saturday evening (TBA) and stay through Sunday evening.
Alternative options: Saturday – Sunday until 7 pm (or just Saturday) option: $35 per adult OAGC member* (includes Saturday’s garden programs/tours, 1 lunch and the Hoover Concert Saturday evening and stay through Sunday evening if desired.
*adult non-OAGC members must pay an additional $10 for the event.

Hotel Options: Reservations for 2020 will be available in January 2020 and are good at either the historic Hotel Lakeside (866-952-5374, ext. 230) or Fountain Inn (419-798-4461, ext. 230) for: Double Occupancy (2 queens or 2 fulls) @ $115+ taxes/night; Single Occupancy (1 queen) @ $99+ taxes/night.

Yes, there is much to fill your stay but we have allowed some free time in each day to do all you want!! The full event schedule and registration form will be in the spring issue of The Garden Path. Contact OAGC 2nd Vice President June Gebhardt (jgebhardt@oagc.org) with questions.

Visit these sites to prepare for your trip:

Gardens of Lakeside Chautauqua (video): https://www.dropbox.com/s/jicc17g44432we2/Lakeside%20Gardens%202019.mp4?dl=0

Lakeside Chautauqua (video): https://www.facebook.com/LakesideOhio/videos/429269747846535/

Lakeside Chautauqua website: https://www.lakesideohio.com/visit

Entertainment possibilities abound nearby if you care to extend your Lake Erie experience:

Marblehead Lighthouse: https://www.marbleheadlighthouseohio.org/

Kelley’s Island Glacial Grooves: https://www.kelleysislandchamber.com/

Ferry available in Marblehead (5 minutes) or Port Clinton Put-in-Bay Island: https://www.visitputinbay.org/

Port Clinton African Safari: https://www.africansafariwildlifepark.com/

Cedar Point Amusement Park: https://www.cedarpoint.com/

Additionally, there are many nature parks and areas located around the area! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g50604-Activities-c57-Marblehead_Ohio.html

2016 Gardeners’ Day Out – Blennerhassett Island, WV

Blennerhassett Mansion at Blennerhassett Island State Park in Parkersburg, WV.
Blennerhassett Mansion at Blennerhassett Island State Park in Parkersburg, WV. (photo courtesy of Blennerhassett)

Cruising down the river, time-traveling, in “Almost Heaven, West Virginia,” that will be Gardeners’ Day Out 2016 on Saturday, July 9! Join us as we cross the Ohio River to scenic Parkersburg, West Virginia, for a day of timeless beauty with a turbulent past.

Blennerhassett Island spans back 13,000 years ago when Ice Age Native American hunting tribes lived there. White settlers began to flock to the valley in the 1780s and Irish aristocrats Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett built a magnificent estate. Harman’s entanglement in a mysterious enterprise with Aaron Burr resulted in President Jefferson accusing both of treason. You can be part of the island’s guest list, which has included George Rogers Clark, Johnny Appleseed, Henry Clay, Walt Whitman and Gore Vidal. We will view the famous Stahl prehistoric Indian and archeological artifacts at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History before boarding the Island Belle sternwheeler for a scenic cruise to the estate.

stern

Embarking there, we will be treated to brunch with the lady of the mansion, “Margaret Blennerhassett”, who will regale us with tales of the glory and tragedy experienced by the family. Her friends will continue the story on your guided tour of the restored mansion. A narrated horse-drawn wagon ride around the island offers views of the lush hardwood groves and fields providing habitats of white-tail deer, waterfowl and songbirds. The 1802 Putnam-Houser home, Maple Grove, which was brought across the river by barge in 1986, is part of our tour.

Extras available on the island include bicycle rentals, self-guided hikes, a refreshment stand and gift shop with local pottery, arts, books and garden items. Following a half-hour cruise to the mainland, those who wish may make a ten-minute drive to Wine Tree Vineyards, where award-winning vintners grow, ferment and bottle varieties you can try free samples. Their Wine Selection Guide and staff offer suggestions through a sometimes confusing process. Restaurants, shopping and hotels are available in Parkersburg and nearby Marietta, Ohio. Cost for the day is $50. Registration deadline is June 30. NOTE: This event is not a bus trip. Those attending will provide their own transportation to the site in Parkersburg. Registrants will receive an email confirmation, agenda and any other details.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Please complete a form for each person. Deadline: June 30.

Name: ________________________________
Address:______________________________
City/State:____________________________
Zip:________ Phone:____________________
Email:__________________________________
Garden Club:__________________________
Club Code:________ Region:____________

$50 fee includes museum, mansion and home admission, boat and wagon rides, brunch,
parking, and winery tour.

Make checks payable to OAGC:  Total Due: $_______
Mail check and registration forms to:

Suzy Parker, Gardeners’ Day Out Chair
Box 802, Syracuse, OH 45779
Email: sparker@oagc.org
Phone: 740-992-5555 or (mobile): 740-508-2494

Looking for more to do in the Parkersburg, West Virginia area?

Point Place Marketplace:  113 Ann Street, Parkersburg.  Downtown farmers’ market, live entertainment some Fridays 5-7;  open 10-6 Thursday-Saturday.

Fort Boorman:  Overlooking the city and offering panoramic views of the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers, great for photography, picnics, short hikes.

Julianna Historic District:  self-guided walking tour of five blocks of Victorian homes and gardens, circa 1800-1900s, guidebook available at local motels and the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 350 Seventh St.

Mulberry Lane Country Store:  eclectic shopping with Americana and country décor, crafts.
Pat Catan’s:  Supplies for floral and decorative arts; Park Shopping Center.

Blennerhassett Hotel:  On the Historic Register, with quaint décor, offers lodging, restaurant and bar, outdoor plaza.

Oil and Gas Museum:

Holl’s  Chocolatier:  Watch handmade chocolates, covered strawberries being crafted in the store.

Bob’s Market:  across the Ohio River in Belpre, Ohio.  Homegrown annuals, trees, shrubs, perennials, candy, produce, gardening accessories.
Middleton Doll Company, once in Belpre is no longer in business.

Berdines’ 5 and Dime: oldest dime store still in operation, incredible variety of old-time goods; about 30 minutes east of Parkersburg, in Harrisville.

North Bend State Park:  offers a lodge, camping, hiking, nature programs, activities; about 20 minutes east of Parkersburg.

Henderson Hall:  historic plantation home, open to tour; north between Parkersburg and Williamstown/Marietta.

Fenton Art Glass Factory in Williamstown is no longer in business

Marietta, about 20 minutes north, has interesting shops with antiques and collectibles.  Also,
Rossi Pasta:  watch varieties of homemade noodles being made; pasta and  sauces, gift baskets for purchase.  “The Castle” historic home open for tours.
Campus Martius Museum displays artifacts and a log cabin from the settling of Ohio’s first city.
Ohio River Museum displays boats and artifacts detailing the importance of the river.
Lafayette Hotel:  Historic riverfront hotel, offers lodging and restaurant.
River City Farmers’ Market:  open at 8:00 am Saturdays.