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Lancaster Festival Makes Return in 2021

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After a year off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Lancaster Festival is returning for the summer of 2021.

The 2021 Lancaster Festival will be held July 23rd-31st, with adjustments being made to accommodate COVID-19 safety protocols and processes. The Festival dates will be shortened to nine days and will include the Festival’s signature events held at the Wendel Concert Stage in the outdoor amphitheater at Ohio University Lancaster and a series of live events downtown.

SEE THE LANCASTER FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

The Lancaster Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gary Sheldon will return, although it will be smaller to accommodate safety guidelines.

The Lancaster Festival will be bringing the entire 2021 festival outdoors, with signature acts like former Eagles Band member- Don Felder and The Band Perry, appearing at the Wendel Concert Stage on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus.

The concert lineup includes: The Band Perry July 24th, Jazz Night July 26th, Orchestra Soloists Spotlight July 27, Kelly Vaughn and the Remnants among the July 28th performers, and the Grand Finale with Don Felder on July 31st.

Art Walk will be on July 23rd.

Tickets go on sale May 3rd. For more information on the 2021 Lancaster Festival, follow our link to their website. CLICK HERE:

WCH Scarecrow Festival Cancelled For 2021

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While many fairs and festivals are planning for their events to be held in 2021, the Washington Court House Scarecrow Festival is announcing they are cancelling this fall’s event.

The Scarecrow Festival Committee posted the announcement on the City of Washington Court House Economic Development Facebook page.

The 2021 festival was scheduled for September 17th-19th.

This decision in Washington Court House comes despite the recent announcement from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, which stated that fairs and festivals would be permitted to move forward with their 2021 events. DeWine said the events could be held- using whatever health safety precautions would be needed at that point in the pandemic.

WCH Scarecrow Festival Letter

Ohio University To Be Featured On “Jeopardy”

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(ATHENS, Ohio) – “What is, Ohio University?” That may be the winning response on the Monday, March 15, airing of Jeopardy! when OHIO will be featured as a clue. 

Bobcat and trivia fans alike are welcomed to “Stand up and Cheer” for the classic quiz show at 7:30 p.m. ET to watch for the clue and play along.

OHIO will appear in the category, “A College Conference Call.”

Before the episode airs, Bobcats and the OHIO community can also refresh their Ohio University knowledge by visiting www.ohio.edu/ohio-facts

For more Jeopardy! fun and information, be sure to follow the game show on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

Scioto Society Close To Halfway Mark In Fund Drive To Recoup Lost Revenue Due To Pandemic

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The producers of the outdoor drama “Tecumseh!” are almost at the midway point in efforts to raise funds they lost by not having the show in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scioto Society has thus far raised $600,000 of the nearly $1.3 million in lost revenues, according to CEO Brandon Smith.

Smith told Litter Media Monday morning, that tickets are already on sale for the 2021 season, which will run June 17th through September 5th.

The show has already received a variance on crowd size from the Ross County Health District, which is comparable to the 30% maximum crowd capacity size for outdoor entertainment events announced last week by Governor Mike DeWine.

Scioto Society’s lone fundraiser this year will be The Pour House Bourbon Dinner, slated for March 25th. It will include a virtual silent auction. Tickets for this fundraiser are available through the Pour House at Machinery Hall.

Tickets for the 2021 outdoor drama season are available at www.tecumsehdrama.com

Governor Announces Increase For Entertainment Seating Capacity

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine told viewers of his Thursday COVID-19 press conference update that attendance capacities for entertainment events in the state will be allowed to increase.

DeWine said indoor seating capacity will be allowed to expand to 25% of maximum seating capacity and outdoor events will be 30%.

In both cases, fans will still be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing of six feet between “spectator pods” of no more than six people. This applies to concerts and sporting events.

The governor stated that guidelines for fairs, festivals, proms, wedding receptions and parades will be announced soon.

Governor DeWine also said there will be 310,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week in Ohio. Certain Walmart and Meijer stores will be added as locations along with a number of independent pharmacies. He says vaccinations of school employees have been completed, with Ross County schools included this week.

RCCVB 2021 Visitor’s Guide Now Available

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The new Visitor’s Guide from the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau has arrived at the tourism office.

RCCVB Executive Director, Melody Young said in a release the guide “showcases our attractions, our vibrant downtown, our county villages, monthly events, and of course, all the outdoor adventures that a visitor can experience.”

From floating the county’s waterways with The Water’s Edge and Salt Creek Kayaking Adventures to Adena Mansion and Gardens, the Outdoor Drama Tecumseh, the Hopewell Culture Earthworks, camping, hiking, biking and where to eat, it can be found in the Visitor’s Guide.

Young added businesses would like guides for their offices to display, to contact the RCCVB, 740-702-7677.

Ross County Historical Society’s Operating Hours During the Pandemic

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(The following is an email from the Ross County Historical Society to its members.)

The current coronavirus has affected everyone and forced RCHS to suspend our normal operations of museum tours and research for the past several months. It also caused us to cancel many programs and events this year, such as the Spring & Fall Speakers Series, Archaeology Day, the Farmer’s Market, Junior Member Programs, Schmitt’s German Night, Christmas Open House. Unfortunately, we do not know what other activities will be effected in 2021.

During this time of uncertainty, your support is more important than ever. Our membership count was on the rise, and we were working on more new and exciting ideas to promote local history when all the plans came to a stand still. However, RCHS has stood strong for 125 years, and we will continue our mission of providing entertaining and educational opportunities for our members and friends as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.

As we re-open our facilities within the state guidelines of public health safety standards, we ask for your understanding and cooperation. Please do not hesitate to call us before visiting our facilities if you have any questions or concerns. Our schedule for opening to the public is as follows:

The Ross County Heritage Center, including the Museum and Knoles Log House, will be open by appointment on Fridays & Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. during the COVID 19 Pandemic as long as the Ohio COVID Public Health Emergency Level is at 2 (Orange) or below. The Museum will be closed to the public whenever the level is at 3 (Red) or above. To schedule a museum tour, please call 740-772-1936, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. The size of tour groups will be limited to four members of a family, the same household, or those traveling in the same vehicle.

The McKell Library will be open by appointment, 1-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, based on the same emergency levels at the Museum – open at Level 2 (Orange) or below and closed whenever the level is at 3 (Red) or above. Please call 740-773-1896 during operating hours for an appointment.

Walk-ups will only be admitted to both the Museum and Library if the time slot is not already reserved. Hand sanitizing, social distancing and face masks are required for all facilities. Disposable masks will be provided at no charge to those without their own.

Majestic Theater Suspends Productions Through 2020

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Chillicothe’s Majestic Theater announced Thursday it would be suspending productions through the end of the year. In the news release below, the Majestic Board was facing an estimated 65% reduction in operating revenue for 2020. For more details, read below.

CHILLICOTHE, OH – The Majestic Theatre began the year with a schedule filled with a variety of entertainment for patrons, while working towards fundraising goals to match a State Capital Bill grant to begin the next phase of renovations. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and businesses were ordered to close, the Majestic Theatre’s plan for the year was decimated by the continued closure of performance venues. In late-August performance venues were permitted to reopen with a significant limitation to patron capacity, for the Majestic, this meant the 500+ seat theater would be allowed to open with the maximum of 75 patrons for a production. Due to the restriction, the Majestic Theatre Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to suspend productions through the end of the year. The Board of Directors will continue to monitor conditions and may rescind the suspension if capacity increases become available.

The pandemic has caused a significant financial impact to the Majestic Theatre. Its operating budget is funded through the rental of the theatre, new addition, courtyard, and parking spaces, along with ticket and concession sales. Due to the extended closure followed by the restriction of capacity, the Majestic Theatre estimates that it will experience a 65% reduction in operating revenue for 2020. The funds for operations cover such things as routine monthly expenses, minor repairs, and regular upkeep of the facility.

During the pandemic, many community members have helped the much beloved, historic Majestic Theatre through donations. Most recently, the Majestic successfully completed a dollar- for-dollar donation match challenge that provided the theatre with $15,050 in funding. Beginning on October 1, 2020, a new dollar-for-dollar match challenge has been extended to the Board of Directors to match up to $5,000 in donations. This donation challenge is now active on the Majestic Theatre’s website and can also be made in-person or by mail at the theatre’s business office at 230 N. Plaza Blvd. Any contribution, large or small, are equally important to the theatre’s success. The Board of Directors are very appreciative of the generous donations that have been bestowed upon the organization. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, contributions made to the historic Majestic Theatre can be used towards itemized tax deductions.