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Catch up with what Arts & Heritage partners in Findlay and Hancock County Ohio are up to! From upcoming shows to new exhibits to exciting news-see it here! • VisitFindlay.comWe’ve long said that at the heart and soul of our community are the people who live and work here. They are the ones who make us unique and the ones who drive our community to thrive. If they are the heart and soul, then the supporting organizations are the heartbeat – the thing that keeps them alive.

Our community is rich in the arts – including visual, literary, and performance. And through our heritage and cultural organizations our community embraces the past and uses it to drive the future, using the lessons learned to grow.

Get caught up with our this quarter’s news from our Arts and Heritage Partners and sign up to receive this quarterly newsletter emailed to you!

Updates from Findlay Light Opera Company

It is often said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. But what about the steps in between – the steps that shape our lives and build stories we are compelled to share with the world?

Hitchhiking Across America: A Contemporary Cabaret is an intrapersonal perspective of moments in our lives that shape who we are – moments pivotal to creating a life of purpose and meaning.

Told though song and in the musical stylings of such composers as William Finn, Jason Robert Brown, and Heisler & Goldrich, this cabaret will create an intimate space in which to explore those experiences that generate emotions of celebration, reverence, and infinite joy.

Presented by Fifth Third Bank, in Partnership with the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, as part of The Findlay Light Opera Company Series.  This performance is directed by Meriah Sage and will take place on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.  Learn more here! Tickets available now!

Updates from Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Valerie June, knows a thing or two about turning dreams into realities. She has gone from self-releasing her music as Tennessee’s best-kept secret to being hailed as one of America’s “most intriguing, fully formed new talents” (New York Times). Her 18-date Astral Plane Solo Tour of the U.S. with special guest Parker Gispert will play MCPA’s Donnell Theater on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are available now!

One of the most admired, genre-bending artists to breakthrough in the last decade, June’s music blends southern sounds, African rhythms and ambient atmospherics into something altogether futuristic and new. June’s rapturous, one-of-a-kind live shows are simply “too cool” to be missed!

For more information about Valerie June and the other exciting shows at MCPA, please visit mcpa.org.

Updates from Hancock Historical Museum

This spring, the Hancock Historical Museum will host a unique new event, combining history with the art of mixology! History with a Twist, HHM’s inaugural craft cocktail competition, will take place on the museum grounds on Saturday, May 18th, from 4 – 7 p.m.

Some of Findlay’s finest bartenders from your favorite local establishments will create original craft cocktails inspired by history. The cocktails must pay homage to American, state, or local history, whether in technique, title, or ingredients. Contestants include: Luke Kish, Bourbon Affair; Cody Brickner, Findlay Country Club; Renee Miller, Fins Seafood & Grille; Jessica Knettle, Bistro on Main; Ross Zepp, STIX; Evon Dufek, Rossilli’s; and Jen Grant, Mancy’s Steakhouse-Hancock Hotel.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste each of the cocktails, while enjoying live music and appetizers. A panel of four judges will choose a winner for the inaugural competition. Judges for the event include Alissa Preston, Findlay-Hancock County CVB; Dan Sheaffer, Findlay Hancock County Economic Development; Christie Ranzau, Rooney & Ranzau; and Dave Glass, Findlay Publishing Company. Guests may also vote for their favorite, and a People’s Choice Winner will be announced at the end of the evening.

Tickets for the competition are $45 for museum members, $55 for nonmembers. A ticket and annual individual membership to the museum may be purchased for the promotional price of $65. New members taking advantage of this offer will get a free event T-shirt! Tickets are limited, and include samples of all cocktails.

Don’t miss your opportunity to taste and choose Findlay’s best craft cocktail in the only event of its kind in our area! Proceeds from History with a Twist will benefit the education and preservation efforts of the Hancock Historical Museum.

Updates from Mazza Museum

University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum invites you to meet author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. 

Van Dusen is the author and illustrator of, A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, If I Built a Car, The Circus Ship, and many more. He’s also the illustrator of the “Mercy Watson” series by Kate DiCamillo – the newest being A Piglet Named Mercy.  Autographing will be available after his presentation.  This is a free event open to the public. No registration required.

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