Wine Glass Painting takes place Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 7:30 pm at Paper Moon Winery in Vermilion..
Cost is $40 per person which includes wine glass, paint and supplies, appetizers and a glass of wine. The event will also feature prizes and raffles. Come dressed in your Irish best!
Proceeds benefit Vermilion Prom 2 Dawn.
This event is open to all ages who may experience sensory overload.
Kingston Residence of Vermilion is located at 600 West Lake Road in Vermilion, Ohio.
For more information, call (419) 917-6028.
Register to attend at www.ritterpubliclibrary.libcal.com.
Ritter Public Library is located at 5680 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. Call (440) 967-3798 for more information.
The Northern Ohio Archaeology Symposium is sponsored by Archaeological Society of Ohio (ASO), Sandusky Bay Chapter ASO, Firelands Archaeology, Archaeology of North Central Ohio, Johnny Appleseed Chapter ASO, Firelands Historical Society, Amherst Historical Society, Lorain County Historical Society, Brownhelm Historical Society, Huron Historical Society, and Vermilion Historical Society.
10 AM: Geologic Evolution of the Lake Erie Shore and its Utilization by Native American Peoples
By Charles Herdendorf, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University
This presentation will address the complex geologic history of the Lake Erie Region with special attention to how the resulting topographic features and natural resources have been utilized for indigenous peoples and modern society to sustain settlement. Geologic events including plate tectonics, glaciation, and shoreline erosion have all contributed to the favorable setting for human occupation.
11 AM: Identifying Indigenous Ceremonialism in Northern Ohio: Archaeological Discoveries at the Heckelman Site
By Brian G. Redmond, PhD, Curator Emeritus, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Director of Archaeology, Firelands Archaeology
For more than a century, Ohio archaeologists have studied the remains of ancient societies which created impressive mounds and earthworks in the middle Ohio Valley. Archaeological research now points to a northern expression of this ceremonialism best known for Adena and Hopewell societies to the south. For ten seasons, Cleveland Museum of Natural History archaeologists and Firelands Archaeology volunteers conducted excavations at the Heckelman site in Erie County. Dr. Redmond describes this four-acre ceremonial complex where geophysical surveys and excavations revealed the construction of ditch and wooden post enclosures dating between 2800 and 1600 years ago and used for complex rituals involving communal feasting and the erection of large ceremonial poles. The utilization of water barriers, both natural and artificial, to enclose the core ritual precinct and the use of colored earths and mineral crystals point to possible cosmological associations of the Heckelman site ritual landscape.
12 PM: Break for lunch (lunch not provided)
1:30 PM: The Dating Evidence for Upper Palaeolithic Ritual and Sled Burial at Lower Blue Lick, Kentucky
By Dr. Michael Gramly, American Society of Amateur Archaeology
After two seasons of archaeological endeavor at the monumental Lower Blue Lick site, Nicholas County, north-central Kentucky, a series of absolute (radiocarbon) dates has been obtained. These dates bear directly upon the nature and significance of ritual behavior at Lower Blue Lick and kindred Upper Palaeolithic sites.
2:30 PM: Buried Sites near the Village of Walhonding, Ohio
By Dr. Nigel Brush, Professor Emeritus, Ashland University and Visiting Professor at The College of Wooster
The Walhonding River is formed by the junction of the Mohican and Kokosing rivers near the small village of Walhonding in western Coshocton County. A series of valley train terraces nearly block the valley just below this river junction, thereby creating a large body of standing water and rapid sediment deposition whenever the rivers are in flood stage. Magnetometer surveys, text excavations, pipeline cuts, and natural erosion channels have thus far revealed the presence of several buried village/camp sites, including: Late Archaic (2400 B.C.), Chesser (A.D. 1000-1300), and Philo-Belmont (A.D. 1300-1500).
3:30 PM: Ohio and the People Without History: Bridging the Divide Between Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology at Fort Miamis in Maumee, Ohio
By Dr. Robert Chidester, The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.
Fort Miamis, located in present-day Maumee, Ohio, was a British fort established in American territory in 1794. Following the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the British turned the fort over to American forces in 1796; it was abandoned by 1798. Excavations of Fort Miamis by Dr. G. Michael Pratt from 1981-1984 and by The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. in 2017-2018 documented extensive evidence of the British and American occupations, but also robust evidence of pre-contact Native American occupation of the same location. This presentation will examine the implications of such repeated occupations for archaeological practice and interpretation.
An Artist Reception will be held at Ritter Library in downtown Vermilion on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 6 pm.
Download an application to participate.
Shop for flowers, herb and fairy garden kits, garden art, bird houses, local honey, candles, unique handmade items original jewelry, paintings, cards, soaps, fresh roasted coffee, driftwood creations, kitchen gadgets, candles, baked goods, hand sewn aprons, table runners, cotton and canvas creations, personalized cups and tumblers, children’s books and more!
For more information, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.
Enjoy a buffet dinner, an open bar, sideboards, music and a chance to win $1600! Raffle tickets are $50 each, meal tickets are $30 each.
Additional Fun: $5 sideboard paying $500. $10 sideboard paying $1000.
Only 200 tickets will be sold. Call (440) 967-6249 for tickets.
Vermilion Lions Club is a group of men and women that work together to help the people in the Vermilion Community that are in need. Lions originated in 1917 with a focus on helping people with eyesight needs and expanded to include diabetes, the environment, hunger and childhood cancer. Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Anyone interested in learning about what Lions do for the community is invited to attend a meeting.
The sledding hill at Vermilion River Reservation is a favorite of northwest Lorain County residents and has been for many years. Visitors will see the hill on their right as they enter the Bacon Woods area of the park. It is a larger-sized hill and that area of the park also has a semi-enclosed shelter nearby to warm up in.
Every single one of Lorain County Metro Parks are open during the winter season and there are plenty of winter activities. Snowshoeing is permitted in all of the parks. Cross-country skiing is also allowed in all of the parks!
Coloring supplies and snacks provided.
This is an 18 and up program. Registration is required at https://ritterpubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/11238842.
Ritter Public Library book discussion groups serve as a forum for readers to come together to talk about books and share the reading experience with others. It is a chance for the participant to have a voice and hear the voices of others.
Ritter Reads group is hosted at the library on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm and is a discussion based on sharing books you have read and to learn what others are reading. In a sense, it is readers’ advisory among participants.
Join Ritter Public Library to share what you are reading! Engage in open discussion about what you are enjoying (or maybe what you wish you would have liked better), what book you cannot stop thinking about, what character you have been inspired by, or what you have been driven to learn more about! Gather some new ideas for your next read, perhaps explore a new genre, connect with other readers and enjoy lively conversation.
Copies of each month's book are available at Ritter Public Library's main desk to check out.
Brewed Awakening is located at 5485 Liberty Avenue in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.
Every month, the Genealogy Resource Sharing Group meets at Ritter Public Library in downtown Vermilion to discuss resources and share tips. Stuck in your family genealogy research? Come join the resource-sharing group and discover new ways to research your history and learn what has worked for others (or not worked so well). Bring resources and research you want to share with the group as everyone helps each other along.
Ritter Library is located at 5680 Liberty Avenue in downtown Vermilion. Visit ritterpubliclibrary.org for details. Call (440) 967-3798 for more information.
Join Ritter Public Library every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm in the Community Engagement Room for a classic movie. Come, sit back, and enjoy a classic film! Ritter will provide the popcorn and the movie. Check the lineup at ritterpubliclibrary.org.
Ritter Public Library is located at 5680 Liberty Avenue in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Call (440) 967-3798 for more information.
Brownhelm Community Christmas takes place December 24th, annually. Santas visit homes in Old Brownhelm delivering gifts, candy and fruit.
Old Brownhelm is the area originally served by the Brownhelm School before it was consolidated with Firelands Schools. Children under 10 receive a gift; those up to age 14 receive candy and fruit. Seniors citizens are gifted with a half-peck basket of fruit. Cards are sent out to everyone serving in the military. Anyone who might go without Christmas dinner discreetly receives food packages.
Letters are sent to Brownhelm Township families in November explaining the Community Christmas tradition with instructions on how to receive a Santa visit. The area is divided into routes; each route with a chairman to compile a list of each recipient’s name and age.
The Brownhelm Community Christmas Santa visits have become an integral part of the season for Brownhelm residents. Organizers rely solely on donations; they do not solicit businesses but local businesses donate fruit and solicit donations. Volunteers drive Santa from house to house, wrap gifts, assemble fruit baskets, pack candy into bags, and help the Santas get dressed on Christmas Eve.
For more information, visit www.brownhelm.org.
If you'd like to compete for the title, find an entry form at www.ritterpubliclibrary.org, or register in person at the library. Then prepare at least 4 dozen, sample-size servings and bring them - ready to serve - to the library at 5680 Liberty Avenue.
The Chocolate Festival is part of Vermilion's town-wide Ice-A-Fair, which features dozens of ice sculptures lining the streets downtown and ice carving demonstrations.
For additional information, visit www.ritterpubliclibrary.org.
Vermilion River Reservation’s ‘Fire & Ice Walk’ event takes place January 20, 2024 from 11 am to 3 pm. With the beautiful Vermilion River Valley as your backdrop, take a wintry walk in nature amongst cool ice sculptures and warm firepits! Enjoy the sights and sounds of ice carving demonstrations, relax and roast S’mores (while supplies last).
Snowshoes will be available, weather permitting, for demonstration and walks on a first come, first served basis. Local food vendors will be selling lunchtime fare and the cozy and charming Carriage Barn will be open as an additional warming space.
Admission is $4.00 per person (children 3 and under free). This is a ticketed event, pre-registration is REQUIRED and can be done online at https://tinyurl.com/LCMPFireandIce. Please register (EACH person) by January 18th. For additional event information such as parking, and for questions, please contact the Carriage Barn at (440) 967-7310.
Experience a day of winter fun in downtown Vermilion with Ice A Fair on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Main Street Vermilion's Ice A Fair is the most popular one-day winter event that welcomes families, friends and neighbors to enjoy our Small Town on a Great Lake! You’ll find glistening, custom-carved sculptures throughout walkable downtown. Stop and take a selfie next to your favorites.
Watch the magic happen as artists transform blocks of ice into something spectacular during ice carving demos scheduled throughout the day in downtown Vermilion.
Our small business owners love Ice A Fair. Restaurants feature Ice A Fair specials including wintery cocktails and beers, chili and hearty menus that fit the occasion and season. Plan your visit with our handy list of Vermilion restaurants and shops at mainstreetvermilion.org.
The sky lights up when the sun goes down at Fire & Ice in the center of downtown, a traditional finale to the day’s events.. A giant, skillfully carved chimney of ice stands in the center of downtown. Will the fire that burns inside topple the ice, or will the melting ice douse the flames? Enjoy the suspense, beauty, and spectacular fire dancing performance all set to music for this amazing display.
For more information, visit mainstreetvermilion.org.
A VOL Clubhouse Free Christmas Party will take place on Sunday, December 10, 2023 from 2 pm to 5 pm. The event will feature the Vermilion Community Concert Band & Community Choir live.
Hot dogs, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate will be offered. You supply the Christmas cheer!
The VOL Clubhouse is located at 3780 Edgewater Drive in Vermilion On The Lake.
Main Street Vermilion is bringing back Light Up Vermilion for another season with family friendly events and special new traditions happening throughout downtown and in Exchange Park. Join friends and neighbors to enjoy family-friendly activities, fresh elements of surprise, shopping and dining and more. Many stores and restaurants will add extra hours that night to start, or finish, your holiday shopping.
Here’s what’s happening throughout the evening:
VERMILION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COLORING CONTEST WINNERS 5 pm. Be there to congratulate the winners of our Annual Vermilion Elementary School Coloring Contest, sponsored by Vermilion Arts Guild. It’s happening in Exchange Park.
SANTA ARRIVES IN DOWNTOWN! 6 pm. You’ll love how Santa arrives in the center of town to help the mayor count down to the Community Tree Lighting. His bag is full of small gifts (non-food) for the kids! Be there to welcome him and his helpers.
COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING, 6:15 pm. Main Street Vermilion hosts this tradition in the heart of downtown at Exchange Park. Join us for the highlight of the evening as the mayor and Santa turn the lights on to commence the holiday season surrounded by Christmas music, family, and friends. This year, there’s a big, bright new star on the top of the tree generously sponsored by Vermilion’s own Discount Drug Mart.
FREE CHRISTMAS CONCERT 7 pm. The Ritter Public Library will host its annual Christmas concert performed by the Vermilion Community Band. Music starts at 7 pm and its free to all. Enjoy refreshments as well.
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE WINDOW DISPLAY. Vermilion businesses put their best displays forward during the holidays. Vote for your favorite and help a local business owner win a cash prize. Stop in Main Street Vermilion during Light Up Vermilion to pick up your ballot before you venture out. Ballot boxes are all over town, or come back to main street.
SCAVENGER HUNT. Main Street is hosting another scavenger hunt this holiday perfect for kids and families. Pick up clues at Main Street before you venture out for Light Up Vermilion. Those who discover all the hidden treasures will be put into a drawing to win $50!
CHRISTMAS ALPACAS. Vermilion’s answer to reindeer, alpacas are sweet, gentle wide eyed and love to be petted. You’ll find their decorated pen in Exchange Park. Stop and visit that evening.
SWEET TREAT STROLL. Many downtown merchants will be handing out treats to make your night extra special. Pick up a bag at Main Street to collect yours. Find the Kingston of Vermilion Lion as you walk around downtown.
CHRISTMAS CAROLERS. The sounds of Christmas can be found at the Community Tree Lighting and throughout the downtown this evening courtesy of carolers from Lake Ridge Legacy Chorus and Local Girl Scouts. You’re invited to sing-a-long, too!
CHESTNUTS ROASTING. Vermilion Rotary Club brings this old-fashioned Christmas treat to Light Up Vermilion visitors. Sweet, buttery and soft, the members will be roasting and sharing throughout the night. Be sure to stop by for a free taste.
HOT CHOCOLATE? YES, PLEASE! Vermilion Lions Club will be downtown during Light Up Vermilion with free hot chocolate for everyone.
KIDS CAN HELP LIGHT UP DOWNTOWN, TOO! Vermilion Kiwanis will have glow sticks for the kids and bags of chips!
LETTER TO SANTA MAILBOX. It’s time to let Santa know your Christmas wishes this year. Stop at Main Street from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve and add your letter to the special mailbox on Main Street’s porch. Throughout the season, MSV will share a letter or two on Facebook (no names). All the letters we receive get packaged up on Christmas Eve, delivered to the Vermilion Post Office and sent straight to the North Pole. Promise!
Watch Main Street Vermilion’s Facebook for details or visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org for details!