It finally feels like summer is here and what better way to shake off those quarantine blues than to get out and explore. I’ll be highlighting attractions, activities and festivals right here on a weekly basis. From local music and shows, to options for those of you who don’t mind traveling a bit, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to double check all activities, as cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic can still occur. At the time of writing, all events listed have not been cancelled. Virtual activities and events listed are for the week of July 5-11.
Valley View Trade Days. Where else can you find firearms, fried food, antiques and new shampoo? Hosted by Buffalo Valley View Complex Trade Days, this outdoor, three-day flea market (beginning on July 3) is sure to have something you can’t live without. Valley View Complex, 57419 Vocational Road, Senecaville.
Wheeling Heritage Port Car Show. Head to Wheeling to see your favorite classic cars from days gone by. This free event is kid-friendly and open to the public. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and runs until noon. There will be a $5 entry fee for those wishing to show their vehicle. Dash plaques and a giveaway will be awarded to the first 100 cars registered. Entertainment for the day will be provided by The Spike Man. For more information, call 304-234-3838. Wheeling Heritage Port, 1201 Water St., Wheeling.
July 8 Monarch’s First Flight. Join the Forest Preserve District of Will County, Illinois, to learn about one of nature’s favorite butterflies, the Monarch. This Facebook Live event will show the differing stages of a Monarch’s life cycle, from the tiny, ridged, oval shaped egg, to the beautiful jade green chrysalis. Watch as they release a newly hatched Monarch into the wild. Naturalists will be available to answer questions. After the show, be sure to check out the new butterfly garden area of the Great Guernsey Trail. Visit the Facebook page for the Forest Preserve District of Will County for more information. The event is scheduled from noon to 12:45 p.m.
2020 Community Savings Summer Concert Series. Enjoy the warmer weather and head down to the Noble County courthouse lawn for an evening of music and fun. Little Creek, a local country and classic rock favorite, will provide musical entertainment from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from Hog Hollow BBQ, Mt Ephraim Mountaineers and Kona Ice. The Noble County Cruzers Car Club is also planning on attending. This event is free and open to the public. Social distancing measures are recommended. Located at the Noble County Courthouse, Caldwell.
New Concord Firemen’s Association Festival. Save the date for this community event, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Events and entertainment are still being added, and the evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display. Follow the New Concord Fire Department Facebook page for further updates and additions to the schedule.
Lilyfest Virtual 2020. If you're disappointed about not being able to attend this year’s Lilyfest, worry not. Virtual Lilyfest will be taking place July 10-12. The 29th annual festival that typically happens in Hocking Hills, has become known as a celebration of art, music, and of course, lilies and gardens. Take a virtual garden tour or spend the day enjoying the live and pre-recorded music. Vendors will have goods available to order, and there will be presentations scheduled as well. Events are still being added to the schedule. For more information, visit http://lilyfest.com.
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