THURSDAY, April 5th - Full Moon Tour of Ash Cave - 8pm; Ash Cave holds many mysteries for the twilight hiker. Join the Naturalist in the parking lot area to explore Ash Cave by the light of the full moon and learn its uniqueness first hand. Mother Nature supplies the light; you supply the imagination. (Please, no pets at the full moon tour.) Hocking Hills State Park, Ash Cave, State Route 56 (near St. Rt. 374); call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE
FRIDAY, April 6th - Get Hooked on Rotary - FREE Family Fishing Day - 10am to 2pm; Come drop your line in at Rose Lake on the day of the annual stocking the trout! A great family bonding experience. Free T-shirt for 1st 25 kids and lots of prizes for all. Take At Rt 664 south to Hocking Hills State Park Campground office. Get a visitor pass at the drive-thru window, park at the campground swimming pool and walk to Rose Lake Dam. FREE
FRIDAY, April 6th - Scalawags & Renegades - 2pm; The Ohio Frontier was full of heroes and shady characters. Meet at the Shelter House at the Rock House to hike and explore our local history. Hocking Hills State Park, Rock House, State Route 374 (near St Rt 180); call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE
FRIDAY, April 6th - Karaoke Night at the Brass Ring - 9pm to 1am; Once defined as a form of torture or "Japanese Horror", karaoke is guaranteed to get you out of your shell and make you laugh till your sides ache. Come with your friends or come alone and make new friends. Karaoke Night at the Brass Ring will entertain you as you entertain others. Of course, you don't have to sing but just try to resist joining in the fun. The Brass Ring Restaurant, 14405 Country Club Lane, Logan; 740-380-9412
SATURDAY, April 7th - Bunny Hop Shop Hop; Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate Easter this year? Check out this event being organized by our friends at Scenic Way Gifts and The Wind Chime Shop. When Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, several local businesses are hoping that visitors will hop into their stores for the first ever Bunny Hop Shop Hop. The event will be held on April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket holders will receive an Easter basket which they can take to more than a dozen participating businesses. At each stop they will receive a candy treat and some surprises along the way. Participating businesses who have signed up so far include Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio, Christmas Treasures, Wind Chime Shop, Gills Family Pharmacy, Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, Pumpkin Ridge Quilts and Repair, Vinton County Floral, Weavers Tree and Antiques, Zaleski Candleworks, Equestrian Ridge Riding Stable, Flutes and Peppercorns Mobile Kitchen (The Gourmet Peddler) and Hocking Hills Scenic Air Tours. Tickets cost $20 each and include the basket, candy, discounts and a voucher for lunch from Chef Mary's Gourmet Peddler. The box lunch will include potato soup, chicken salad, fruit salad, drink and dessert and will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased with Visa or Mastercard at Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio, the Wind Chime Shop. Cash or check patrons can purchase tickets at the Vinton County Visitors' Center. Call 740-596-1913 or 740-385-9537 for information or to purchase tickets over the phone.
SATURDAY, April 7th - Wonders of Old Man's Cave - 10am; Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalists' Cabin, behind Old Man's Cave Visitor Center, for a short hike to discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found throughout the park. Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man's Cave, State Route 664 S; call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE
SATURDAY, April 7th - Easter Bunny Train - 10am & 1pm; After a pleasant ride on the train, all riders get to take part in an action-packed Easter egg hunt. Divided by age groups, the Easter egg hunt features lots of prizes and candy. This train is scheduled to depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2012. The ride and egg hunt last approximately 2 hours. Each adult ticket includes one child ticket. Each additional child (age 3-12) must have an extra child ticket purchased. Children under three ride free regardless, but must sit on a lap. Advanced reservations are not required, but these are incredibly popular and sell out fast. So don't miss it by a hare, book your seats online today! $17 Adults / $10 Children; Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Nelsonville; purchase tickets online at http://www.hvsry.org
SATURDAY, April 7th - Wild Weekend Discovery Series - 10am, noon & 2pm; The public is invited to bring your children and enjoy a fun-filled, one hour educational program designed for kids preschool to 5th grade. They will enjoy a different lesson every month, with an activity and a craft to complement the lesson. Get your Smokey Bear card punched each time you participate, and on your 6th visit receive a patch! April's program will be weather & clouds; Wayne National Forest Headquarters, US 33, Nelsonville; call 740-753-0101 for more info; FREE
SATURDAY, April 7th - Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Hope State Park - 1pm; Kids can search for prize-filled eggs and families can participate in "egg"-citing games at our 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Nature Center. Lake Hope State Park Nature Center, State Route 278, McArthur; call 740-596-3030 for more info; FREE
SATURDAY, April 7th - Easter Egg Hunt - 1pm; The Logan Kiwanis Club will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt at the Hocking County Fairgrounds (rain date is Sunday, April 8th) Hocking County Fairgrounds, 100 N Homer Ave, Logan; call 740-503-5199 for more info.
SATURDAY, April 7th - Naturalist Cabin Open - 2pm; Join the Naturalist of Hocking Hills State Park at the Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center to explore and ask questions. Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Mans Cave Visitors Center, St. Rt. 664 S, Logan; 740-385-6841; FREE
EASTER BUFFETS & BRUNCH - SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH
Easter Brunch at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls - Seating times begin at 11:30am; Chef Anthony's delectable menu begins with a Pastry Basket, our Innmade Granola and Raspberry Yogurt. Pick one entree from Oreganatta Crusted Tilapia w/Roasted Red Pepper Sauce or the Inn's Egg Benedict, English Muffin, Poached Local Eggs, Hand-Picked Crab Meat & Chive-Paprika Hollandaise Sauce or Garlic & Rosemary Marinated Flat Iron Steaks w/Herbed Butter. Save room for desserts! They are Mixed Berry & Custard Parfaits or Lavendar Pound Cake w/Dark Chocolate Ganache. $21 for adults / $12 for children under 10; Reservations required; The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, 21190 State Route 374, Logan; 800-653-2557
Easter Buffet at The Brass Ring Restaurant & Lounge - 11am to 3pm; Salad Bar and Specialty Salads, Baked Steak, Baked White Fish, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Grilled Chicken Penne Pasta Alfredo, Mashed Red Skin Potatoes & Gravy, Wild Rice Pilaf, Vegetable Medley and Chef Moe's INFAMOUS Dessert Table! $16.95 for adults, $7 for children under 12 and children under 4 eat free. Call for reservations; The Brass Ring Restaurant, 14405 Country Club Lane, Logan; 740-380-9412 / 740-385-8966
Easter Dinner at L J's Coffee Shop and Restaurant - 11am to 8pm; Stuffed Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Roll and choice of cake or pie. $11.99; L J's Coffee Shop 2217 E Front St, Logan; 740-380-3077
Easter Buffet at Lee's Banquet Haus - 11am to 3pm; All you can eat buffet includes Broasted Chicken, Roast Beef, Roast Turkey, Carved Pit Ham, Whipped Potatoes, Escalloped Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Noodles, Vegetables, Salads, Rolls and a full Assortment of Desserts. $13.95 for adults, $5.95 for children 3-10, children under 3 eat free. Reservations are recommended; Lee's Banquet Haus, 580 Radio Lane, Logan; 740-385-7639
Easter Buffet at The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills - 11am to 3pm; Glazed Ham, Roasted Turkey, Vegetable Pasta with Alfredo Sauce, Roasted Red Skin Potatoes, Deluxe Garden Salad, Yeast Rolls and Butter, Assorted Desserts, Soft Drinks, Coffee and Herbal Tea; $16.95 per person. Reservations required. The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills, 29042 Hide Away Hills Rd, Sugar Grove; 740-569-7944
Easter Buffet at The Olde Dutch Restaurant - 10:30am to 7pm; Carved Ham, Broasted Chicken, Roast Beef, Roast Turkey, BBQ Port Ribs, Cabbage Rolls, Macaroni & Cheese, Real Mashed Potatoes, Scalloped Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Chicken & Noodles, Stuffing, Assorted Vegetables, Homemade Dinner Rolls, Vegetable Soup, Potato Soup, Super Salad Bar, Assorted Pies, Bread Pudding, Peach Cobbler, Strawberry Mousse, Ambrosia, Cupcakes, Drinks included; $14.99 for adults, $4.99 for children 7-10, $3.49 for children 3-6. The Olde Dutch Restaurant, 12791 State Route 664, Logan; 740-385-1000
Easter Dinner at the Grouse Nest - 11:30am to 8pm; The chefs at Grouse Nest are gearing up for a delightful Easter dinner special, which will be offered along with our regular menu. This year we are featuring grilled Spring lamb with a red chili rub and cilantro pesto, served with yellow saffron rice. We will be serving our dinner menu all day. $27 per person for special; $20-$50 for other menu selections. Reservations recommended, but not required. The Grouse Nest Restaurant, 25780 Liberty Hill Rd. South Bloomingville; 740-332-4501
SUNDAYS - Breakfast Buffet with Omelet Station and Pancake Station - 10am to 1pm at the Millstone BBQ. The Millstone BBQ is located near the Holiday Inn Express on Grey Street in Logan; 740-385-5341
COMING IN MAY
SATURDAY, May 19th - Writing Workshop -Have you ever wanted to write a novel but don't know where to begin? Sherry Hartzler, author of Three Moons over Sedona and Island Passage, will guide you through those first pages of your novel. Learn how to grab the reader's attention in that first paragraph. Create "hooks" that make your novel a real "page turner." Sherry will conduct a workshop, Great Beginnings, on Saturday, May 19th at 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. The cost of this workshop will be $10.00, and the workshop will be limited to 25 people. Contact Audrey Martin, 740-596-1913 to reserve your space. 63775 SR 56, Creola, Ohio 45622, just 3 miles east of Ash Cave at Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio.