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May 26 (Sat)
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Oct 27 (Sat)

12:00 Noon to Haydenville Train Ride

12:00 - 1:30 pm Our Noon train to Haydenville is the shortest trip of our trains. It operates every Saturday and Sunday between Memorial Day weekend and the last full weekend of October. The train departs the Nelsonville Depot for a round-trip ride along the historic Hocking River Valley. Sights along the ride include one of the remaining Hocking Canal locks and the Hocking River.

Cost: $10-13 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
May 26 (Sat)
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Oct 27 (Sat)

2:30 PM to East Logan Train Ride

2:30 pm Take a narrated train ride through the historic Hocking River Valley to East Logan, passing through Haydenville, Ohios last company town. The East Logan train runs the entire length of our track, and is, as a result, the longer train of our regular weekend trains. It operates round-trip from the Nelsonville Depot to East Logan, lasting approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. It is the same route to and from East Logan; the train simply reverses direction by moving the locomotive to the other end of the train. Along the way, you will pass by the remains of Hocking Canal Lock No. 19 and Haydenville, Ohios last company town. You will also get a glimpse of the current industry in the Valley including gravel mining operations and a lumber facility. On-board narration will provide a history of the area and railroad. You may bring soft drinks and food aboard. No restrooms on the train (available in the depot). There is a wheelchair lift available at the depot as needed. Duration of ride: Approximately 2 hours

Cost: $12-17 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Aug 31 (Fri)
Sep 1 (Sat)
Sep 2 (Sun)
Sep 3 (Mon)

Labor Day Cattle Weekend

Come on out to the ranch and help us say Goodbye to Summer and Hello to fall. Lots of events planned for the entire weekend. Starting with our Cattle Roundup at 1 PM on Friday – This event is FREE to guests of the ranch. Not staying at the ranch but want to help us round em up... $10 fee for non-campers. Drive will be followed by doctoring and banding and ranch breakaway roping. We will have a sorting/cow clinic, and competitions, DJ with a dance and campfire on Saturday and Sunday night, POTLUCK dinner on Saturday night with the ranch supplying the main course. As always, the pool will be open, we have rustic and fully furnished cabins available and campsites with W/E hookups. Rental horses available. Friday 31st Cattle Round-Up, (1:00pm $10 rider fee for non-campers) Doctoring and Banding Ranch (Breakaway)Roping to Follow Saturday 1st Sorting/Cow Working Clinic $45 (ARENA CLOSED 10-11:30am) Open Arena Sorting Competition (Open $25, Pro/Am $15, Novice $15) Potluck Cowboy Dinner – WE PROVIDE THE MAIN COURSE Campfire, Music and Dancing Sunday 2nd Fun Show Monday 3rd Ranch Classes

Cost: $85-250 per person

Contact: Smoke Rise Ranch, Phone: 740-767-2624

Location: Smoke Rise Ranch Resort, 6751 Hunterdon Rd, Glouster Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 6 miles
Sep 1 (Sat)

All Caboose Train Ride

11:00 am Departure. Ever wanted to ride a real caboose... Now is your chance. See what it was like riding the rails inside a caboose in our annual all-caboose train. Every so often, the collection of privately-owned cabooses in Nelsonville are opened up to the public and assembled into a special all-caboose train. During the ride, several photo run-bys will take place. The trip will last approximately three hours and operates the full length of the line to East Logan and return. It is the same route to and from East Logan; the train simply reverses direction by moving the locomotive to the other end of the train. A great event for the rail-fan in your life. Seating is incredibly limited so reserve your tickets as soon as possible. Duration of ride: Approximately three hours.

Cost: $25 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Sep 1 (Sat)

Fishing

9:00am Join the naturalist at Rose Lake to try your hand at catching fish. Poles and bait will be provided. Participants 16 and over will need to have a fishing license to fish.

Cost: free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Rose Lake, SR 664 South, Logan Ohio (740-385-6561)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 16 miles
Sep 2 (Sun)

Trees Please

1:00 pm. Meet the naturalist at the Ash Cave Parking lot to learn about some of the trees in the Hocking Hills and their uses. We will take a short walk to learn ways to identify trees in the area.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Ash Cave, State Route 56, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 2 (Sun)

Conkle's Creep

9:00am Conkle s Hollow State Nature Preserve is one of the most unique locations in the Hocking Hills. Join the naturalist for a short hike to find out why. Meet in the parking area. No pets allowed in the nature preserve please.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Conkle's Hollow Nature Preserve, 24858 Big Pine Road, Rockbridge Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 18 miles
Sep 2 (Sun)

Archery for Beginners - Burr Oak

3:30 - 5:00 pm. Come learn the basics of archery at our new archery range which is located on the park road to the campground, near the equestrian camp. All equipment provided.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Sep 3 (Mon)

Archery

1:00 pm Meet the naturalist at the archery range to learn some basic archery skills. Bows will be available to shoot during this program.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 3 (Mon)

Labor Day Train Ride

1:00 pm Departure. Enjoy a relaxing, narrated train ride with the family round trip to East Logan and return. View the remaining historic sites along the scenic Hocking River Valley, as well as the current industry such as gravel mining and lumber processing. View the remaining historic sights along the scenic Hocking River Valley. The 20-mile ride will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. It is the same route to and from East Logan; the train simply reverses direction by moving the locomotive to the other end of the train. Along the way, you will pass by the remains of Hocking Canal Lock No. 19 and Haydenville, Ohios last company town. You will also get a glimpse of the current industry in the Valley including gravel mining operations and a lumber facility. On-board narration will provide a history of the area and railroad. You may bring soft drinks and food aboard. No restrooms on the train (available in the depot). There is a wheelchair lift available at the depot as needed.

Cost: $12-17 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Sep 3 (Mon)

The Wonders of Old Man's Cave

9:00 am. Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 6 (Thu)

Cedar Falls Stroll

9:00am Join the naturalist to explore Cedar Falls and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this area of the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-681

Location: Cedar Falls, State Route 374, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 16 miles
Sep 7 (Fri)

Rose Lake Stand Up Paddle Board SUP Excursion

10:00 am Ever wanted to try your hand at SUP.. Maybe you have been paddling for a while and want to learn more. Well, join the naturalist instructor who will teach participants the proper handling and control of a SUP along with the proper gear. Equipment will be provided. Pre-registration is required for this trip and you must sign up in person at the camp office. Trip size is limited so register early. Please wear clothing to get wet, no open toe shoes and bring along plenty to drink.

Cost: Free/Registration Required

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Rose Lake, SR 664 South, Logan Ohio (740-385-6561)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 16 miles
Sep 7 (Fri)

Birds of Chicago

8:00 pm Birds of Chicago have been riding a swell of good mojo in the American world since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both confirm that roots world buzz, and break on through to a wider audience across the world. Recorded in Chicago against a backdrop of bewilderment, deep-divide and dread, Love in Wartime is a rock and roll suite with a cinematic sweep. Co-produced by Nero and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), it evokes epic efforts of the 60s and 70s, with love as the undeniable throughline. As Russell puts it, -Any act of love is an act of bravery. These songs are snapshots of covenants, big and small, of trust and understanding. We want to give people some good news, and we want them to be able to dance when they hear it.- When BOC released its last album, the Joe Henry produced Real Midnight, in 2016, critics scrambled to find the right terminology to describe the deep lyricism, gut-punch singing and fevered musicality. . . -Secular gospel- Was one phrase that caught some traction. That fervor is evident in Love in Wartime as well: -Roll Away the heavy stone/roll away the heavy hours/roll on in the summer mon/whos alive whos alive whos alive- The invitation is joyous, but urgent. . . call it -secular gospel,- or call it what they used to call poetry intoned over roots music mash-ups: rock n roll. The Birds consider themselves a rock and roll band first and foremost, and Love in Wartime doesn’t leave any doubt about that. The Birds attract a mix of indy rockers, NPRists, jam-kids and folkies to their gigs, which alternate between moments of hushed attention and wild, rock and soul abandon. Says JT Nero, chief songwriter for the band, -A good show can send you back out into the night feeling–for at least a little while–that everything isn’t broken. . .Right now, we wanna dose out as much of that feeling as we can.-

Cost: $18 / Advance, $21 / Door

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Sep 8 (Sat)

Ridgetops and Hollers

9:00 am. Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a holler? Join the naturalist at Ash Cave parking area to find out more!

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Ash Cave, State Route 56, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 8 (Sat)

Hockings Owls

2:00 pm. Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohios winged nocturnal predators.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 13 (Thu)

Reptile Rampage

1:00 pm What makes a reptile a reptile? What is cold blooded? What reptiles live around here? For the answers to these and other question, meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge to learn about the reptiles of Ohio.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 13 (Thu)

Waxahatchee with Night Shop and Anna St. Louis

8:00 pm Floor Seats: $21/advance $26/door Balcony Seats: $18/advance $23/door Box Seats: $26/advance $31/door Stuarts Opera House is excited to welcome an evening of music from three amazing acts. Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfields fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second release with Merge, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. NIGHT SHOP Night Shop is the new solo project from Justin Sullivan, drummer for such people and bands as: Kevin Morby, The Babies, and Flat Worms. They are preceded by many more, as he has toured in bands for the past 18 years. His debut e.p. was recorded at Compny Studios in Los Angeles, engineered by Drew Fisher (Kevin Morby, The Babies, Girl Pool) and is comprised of world weary, melancholy songs with trace elements of optimism. He was joined in the recording effort by Will Ivy, on electric guitar, and Tim Hellman (Thee Oh Sees) on bass. ANNA ST. LOUIS Despite her last name, Anna St. Louis was born and raised in Kansas City. She grew up a painter and singing in punk bands, eventually leaving her hometown to attend art school in Philadelphia. After graduating she made the move to Los Angeles where she began teaching herself guitar, writing songs and recording them on her own in her bedroom. First Songs is the sound of someone discovering their talent in real time – a peak into the collage of a wonderful mind that is absorbing their new surroundings and using new tools to put them into the room. Listening to this collection you can feel the sun coming in through the window – Anna on the foot of the bed with a guitar on her knee, finding her voice. St. Louis wears her influences well – think Patsy Cline singing over John Fahey – but has a style all her own. And while you can take the artist out of the midwest, you cant take the midwest out of the artist – so let this be known; this is Midwestern music ran through a California filter.

Cost: $18-31 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Sep 14 (Fri)
Sep 15 (Sat)
Sep 16 (Sun)

20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Fri 4pm-midnight. Sat 10am-midnight. Sun 10am-4pm. The 20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival. What is a Pawpaw...The pawpaw is North American s largest native tree fruit. the fruit has a wonderful creamy texture and a tropical flavor. We hope you come to join the crowds of happy folks at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio for 3 days of Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and activities for the kids. Ever heard of the pawpaw fruit... Join pawpaw fanatics from around the country at the peak of the season for a weekend filled with everything pawpaw food, beer, music, art, history, trees, people, and much more. Smell, touch, and taste this wonderful tropical-flavored fruit that has been growing in America for thousands of years and is considered Ohio's first fruit. Southern Ohio is home to some of the largest and best tasting wild pawpaw patches on the planet. The pawpaw is also super nutritious and historically significant. Come wander the hills and discover why George Washington s favorite dessert was chilled pawpaw. Admission is $10.00/one-day pass $20.00 /weekend pass children 12 under free.

Cost: $10-$20 per person

Contact: Ohio Pawpaw Festival, Phone: 740-698-6060

Location: Ohio PawPaw Festival, 5900 US 50, Albany Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 14 (Fri)

Share My Campfire

9:00 PM Meet the naturalist at the community fire pit located in the cabin area to listen to or tell stories and make s’mores. (S’more’s provide, please bring your own drinks).

Cost: free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 15 (Sat)

Beginning at the Hocking Hills State Park Naturali

Beginning at the Hocking Hills State Park Naturalist Cabin, the Indian Run winds through vast wooded areas of the Hocking Hills State Park and Hocking State Forest, crossing streams, deep gorges, shimmering waterfalls and lush forests, leading uphill and down. The Indian Run is the ultimate challenge to the runner’s power of concentration. Indian Run Race Times The 60k run (37.28 miles) steps off at 7 a.m. The 40k race (24.85 miles) will begin at 8 a.m. The other races (5k, 10k and 20k) are individual starts between 9 and 11 a.m. Each runner in these races has an individual start and finish time recorded for them; therefore runners can choose to start their race any time within those two hours. 10k and 5k runners catch a bus at the located in the Naturalist Cabin area, to get to their start locations, and should plan to check in at registration 1/2 hour before beginning their races. All runners must check in with a (human) timer before beginning their race. All runners will be equipped with chip timing devices. Start times for some races are recorded manually and not with the chip timing. Chip timing is used to record all runners' finish times. More information on chip timing below. Same day registration and check-in for pre-registered runners for the Indian Run both begin at 6:30 a.m. All races meet and finish at the Hocking Hills State Park Naturalist Cabin, 19852 S.R. 664 S in Hocking County. Refreshments will be available for runners after their races. Pets are welcome to run the course with you (on a leash of course!). Walkers are also welcome at the Indian Run. Due to the loss of the Dining Lodge, Gear Check and Showers will not be available this year. Registration fee: $25 if postmarked or completed online by September 10, 2018 (includes t-shirt) $35 on race day (includes t-shirt, size preference not guaranteed)

Cost: Varies

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-2750

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio (740-385-6841)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 15 (Sat)

Hocking Hills Indian Run

Beginning at the Hocking Hills State Park Naturalist Cabin, the Indian Run winds through vast wooded areas of the Hocking Hills State Park and Hocking State Forest, crossing streams, deep gorges, shimmering waterfalls and lush forests, leading uphill and down. The Indian Run is the ultimate challenge to the runner’s power of concentration. Indian Run Race Times The 60k run (37.28 miles) steps off at 7 a.m. The 40k race (24.85 miles) will begin at 8 a.m. The other races (5k, 10k and 20k) are individual starts between 9 and 11 a.m. Each runner in these races has an individual start and finish time recorded for them; therefore runners can choose to start their race any time within those two hours. 10k and 5k runners catch a bus at the located in the Naturalist Cabin area, to get to their start locations, and should plan to check in at registration 1/2 hour before beginning their races. All runners must check in with a (human) timer before beginning their race. All runners will be equipped with chip timing devices. Start times for some races are recorded manually and not with the chip timing. Chip timing is used to record all runners' finish times. More information on chip timing below. Same day registration and check-in for pre-registered runners for the Indian Run both begin at 6:30 a.m. All races meet and finish at the Hocking Hills State Park Naturalist Cabin, 19852 S.R. 664 S in Hocking County. Refreshments will be available for runners after their races. Pets are welcome to run the course with you (on a leash of course!). Walkers are also welcome at the Indian Run. Due to the loss of the Dining Lodge, Gear Check and Showers will not be available this year.

Cost: varies

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-2750

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio (740-385-6841)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 15 (Sat)

Archery for Beginners - Burr Oak

2:30 - 4:30 pm. Come learn the basics of archery at our new archery range which is located on the park road to the campground, near the equestrian camp. All equipment provided.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Burr Oak State Park, Phone: 740-767-2981

Location: Rt. 2, Box 159, Glouster Ohio (740-767-3797)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Sep 16 (Sun)

Hockings Wildlife at the Cabin

1:00 pm Migration is a challenge for the birds! Come to the naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge to play a game and learn more about migration.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 20 (Thu)

Historic Lantern Tour of Ash Cave

9:00 pm. The mystery of Ash Cave is special, as far back as the last Ice Age and beyond. Join the naturalist in the parking lot area to explore Ash Cave by lantern light and learn about this special history first hand. We supply the lights you supply the imagination. No pets please at the lantern tour.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Ash Cave, State Route 56, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 21 (Fri)

Conkles Rim Trail Hike

1:00am Conkle’s Hollow Rim Trail Hike is a remarkable sight! Meet the naturalist in the parking area of Conkle’s Hollow for a 2 ½ mile hike. Wear sturdy shoes, remember we will be on the rim close to the cliff edge small children should be watched closely! (no pets in the nature preserve)

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Conkle's Hollow Nature Preserve, 24858 Big Pine Road, Rockbridge Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 18 miles
Sep 22 (Sat)

Conkle's Creep

9:00am Conkle s Hollow State Nature Preserve is one of the most unique locations in the Hocking Hills. Join the naturalist for a short hike to find out why. Meet in the parking area. No pets allowed in the nature preserve please.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Conkle's Hollow Nature Preserve, 24858 Big Pine Road, Rockbridge Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 18 miles
Sep 22 (Sat)

Hocking's Wildlife at the Cabin

1:00 pm As you pass by on your hike today, stop by the Naturalist Cabin to explore and take a closer look at some of our native residents. Naturalist will be available to explain and answer questions.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 23 (Sun)

Terrific Turtles

1:00 pm Stop by the Naturalist Cabin near the A frame bridge to learn about the turtles that make Hocking Hills their home. Learn about the decline of the Eastern Box Turtle and ways we can help.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 27 (Thu)

Making Tracks

1:00 pm Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to learn about animals that make the Hocking Hills home and the tracks they make.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Sep 29 (Sat)

Lakeside Hike

11:00 am Meet the Naturalist at the Rose Lake Dam to walk around Rose Lake.Bring a sack lunch or a snack and a drink as we may stop off for a rest. This hike is approximately 2 ½ miles and Sturdy Shoes is recommended.

Cost: free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Rose Lake, SR 664 South, Logan Ohio (740-385-6561)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 16 miles
Sep 30 (Sun)

The Wonders of Old Man's Cave

9:00 am. Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found through the park.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Oct 4 (Thu)
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Oct 26 (Fri)

October Weekday Fall Foliage Train

1:00 pm Thursdays and Fridays in October. Take in the autumn colors of the hills as they pass by your window on the train while you move along the historic Hocking River Valley. Watch the vivid colors of autumn pass by you while you take a train ride along the historic Hocking River Valley. Take in the scenery from one of our enclosed coaches or one of our open-air cars. Trains depart each Thursday and Friday from the Nelsonville Depot. Along the way, you will pass by the remains of Hocking Canal Lock No. 19 and Haydenville, Ohios last company town. You will also get a glimpse of the current industry in the Valley including gravel mining operations and a lumber facility. On-board narration will provide a history of the area and railroad. You may bring soft drinks and food aboard. No restrooms on the train (available in the depot). There is a wheelchair lift available at the depot as needed. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

Cost: $12-17 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Oct 8 (Mon)

Bonnie Prince Billy

7:30 pm Box: $38/advance $43/door Floor: $33/advance $38/door Balcony: $28/advance $33/door The Other Years will open the show. The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonny one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths. Recent projects in 2016 include the collaborative LP with Bitchin Bajas (EPIC JAMMERS AND FORTUNATE LITTLE DITTIES); a split 7″ with Oscar Lee Riley Parsons; numerous performances with neo-classical ensemble 8th Blackbird; a collection of recordings, POND SCUM, made over the years under the auspices of John Peel’s BBC radio program; and co-writing and performing “The Dragon Song” in Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON movie. 2017 will find Bonny performing with Bitchin Bajas, Eighth Blackbird, in addition to rare and scattered solo shows. Woo, boy! Summer is finally here and what a time to be alive, in the midst of a streaming roll out for the ages. See, since April, each week has brought another year from the Palace-Oldham-Bonny universe to streaming life chronologically, allowing worldwide streaming audiences the chance to join the BPB congregation en masse. It’s a common theme around these Drag City parts —ye old “Prince” giving and giving, happily bestowing upon your feeble, non-physical-buying, formless being. Just next weekend, he’s taking the solo show route for the first time, in, well, a long time! But Bonny’s boundless gifts don’t end there; beginning in the deep dog days of Summer the Prince and his ensemble–the Wandering All-Stars & Motor Royalty–are headed on the road again. Bonnie will be passing through the Southeast for a pair of public lectures at Duke University (oh, to be a fly on that wall!) as well as a special Bonnie performance before heading off on a proper tour with stops in the Midwest and Northeast. Early October will also see the release of Songs of Love and Horror, the definitive collection of Will Oldham’s lyrics—spanning three decades of songwriting with annotations that impart new meaning to his music. Copies of the book will be available at every show, this musical and literary combination is not to be missed. It’s been years since you’ve had the option to see Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy RAW: live, uncensored and in intimate settings, so hop to it! THE OTHER YEARS The Other Years from Louisville, Kentucky are a duet born from a sister friendship, two friendly vines headed up the same tree. Their voices combine in many forms, embarking on a journey of song writing influenced by the old time tradition.

Cost: $28-$43 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Oct 14 (Sun)

Pokey Lafarge

7:00 pm Box: $32/advance $37/door Floor: $27/advance $32/door Balcony: $22/advance $27/door Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. After signing with Jack Whites Third Man Records to release his fifth full-length album (Pokey LaFarge) in 2013, he performed as a musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show on Irelands RTÉ One network. Pokeys rendition of -Lovesick Blues- with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, featured on an episode of Boardwalk Empire, was selected for inclusion on the series official soundtrack (Vol. 2). Additionally, Pokey appeared in Disneys The Lone Ranger (both on screen and on the original score), was featured on A Prairie Home Companion and NPRs World Cafe, and recorded a song for ATO Records Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War, produced by Randall Poster. 2014 has been Pokeys most momentous year yet; by spring, he had brought his music to five continents, with international tours in India, Australia and New Zealand. In the past year, Pokeys tour trail (consisting of over 250 shows) included appearances at clubs and festivals across the USA and Canada as well as two extensive tours in Europe. Pokey has played with the likes of Jack White, The Raconteurs, Wanda Jackson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and most recently, Carolina Chocolate Drops. As an opening act on Jack White’s Blunderbuss tour, he delighted sold out crowds at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Radio City Music Hall, among other notable venues in North America. Pokey is currently touring with a five-piece backing band, including his original bandmates (Ryan Koenig on harmonica, washboard and snare, Adam Hoskins on guitar and Joey Glynn on upright bass), in addition to Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet and TJ Muller on cornet. At only 31 years old, Pokeys career has not slowed in momentum since it began with his first release Marmalade (2007). Shortly followed by Beat, Move and Shake (2008) and Riverboat Soul (2010), Pokey quickly graduated from breakthrough artist to leading musical figure, receiving two consecutive Independent Music Awards for Best Americana Album (Riverboat Soul and Middle of Everywhere).

Cost: $22-$37 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Oct 17 (Wed)

Athens Asylum Walking Tours

4:00 pm Join us for for The Athens Asylum Walking Tour, 10/17/18 4:00PM. You can buy tickets and give as gifts for any tours during 2018, just call us at 740-592-2280 and choose the gift shop option. Tickets are $12.00 with a Southeast Ohio History Center membership or $15.00 each for 12 and over. You can call us to prepay your tickets with a credit/debit card or stop in the gift shop to pay cash prior to the tour. If you need to mail in a check to pay for tickets, the address is: Southeast Ohio History Center, Attn: Gift shop, 24 W. State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701. Payment must be received prior to the day of your tour. REFUND POLICY- Refunds will be given only under the following circumstances:Requests that are prepaid and made at least 48 Hours prior to tour. Active lightening storms- you will be given either tickets to attend another tour of your choice, or, ticket price will be refunded. Rain DOES NOT cancel the tours- please bring appropriate rain/weather gear.Level 2 or higher snow emergency. Due to the popularity of our tours we now request preregistration. Call 740-592-2280 and press 1 for the gift shop to reserve your tickets Tours do sell out regularly, so please reserve your tickets prior to the tour. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Asylum Tour, call The Southeast Ohio History Center at 740-592-2280 and choose option 1. This is an outdoor walking tour and will cover the entire loop of the grounds including the cemeteries so if you have small children, bring a stroller. George Eberts, an expert on the history of the Athens Asylum or The Ridges, will lead an outdoor walking tour of the asylum grounds. The tour will last approximately two hours. Due to Ohio University restrictions, access to the inside of the buildings is limited, but you can tour the main entryway seen in the picture as well as the Kennedy Museum. George will captivate you with his depth of knowledge as well as tell you the real stories of what life was like for the residents, as well as the staff, at the Asylum. Rain Policy: We conduct the Asylum Tour in rain or shine so please bring appropriate clothing and umbrellas as conditions require. Cancellation will take place only if dangerous weather such as lighting storm or high winds are active. In winter months, if there is a level 2 or 3 snow emergency, the tour will be canceled as well. In the event of cancellation, those with prepaid tickets can call us and choose either another tour or receive a refund. All regularly scheduled tours are held on Sunday afternoons and start from the main steps of the Kennedy center located at the top of North Ridge Drive. 100 Ridges Circle is the address for Garmin and navigation tools.

Cost: $12-$15 per person/Res Req

Contact: Athens Asylum, Phone: 740-592-2280

Location: The Ridges, The Ridges, Athens Asylum, Athens Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Oct 19 (Fri)
Oct 20 (Sat)

Ohio Smoked Meat and BBQ Festival

8:00 am, Friday, October 19th to 9:00 pm, Saturday October 20th The Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the 22st Annual Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival on the historic Nelsonville Public Square. The Ohio and Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival originated in 1996 as the first official state of Ohio championship for smoked meat and BBQ, proclaimed by the governor of Ohio. The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Professional competitive BBQ teams from around the world will be competing in the following categories; chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs and beef brisket. Teams will be cooking on both the 19th and the 20th, with judging on the afternoon of the 20th. The teams will be competing for $10,000 in total cash prizes with the Grand Champion bringing home $2500.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Nelsonville Chamber of Commerce, Phone: 740-753-4346

Location: Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, 45 East Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Oct 20 (Sat)

Athens Asylum Walking Tours

3:00 pm Join us for for The Athens Asylum Walking Tour, 10/20/18 3:00PM. You can buy tickets and give as gifts for any tours during 2018, just call us at 740-592-2280 and choose the gift shop option. Tickets are $12.00 with a Southeast Ohio History Center membership or $15.00 each for 12 and over. You can call us to prepay your tickets with a credit/debit card or stop in the gift shop to pay cash prior to the tour. If you need to mail in a check to pay for tickets, the address is: Southeast Ohio History Center, Attn: Gift shop, 24 W. State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701. Payment must be received prior to the day of your tour. REFUND POLICY- Refunds will be given only under the following circumstances:Requests that are prepaid and made at least 48 Hours prior to tour. Active lightening storms- you will be given either tickets to attend another tour of your choice, or, ticket price will be refunded. Rain DOES NOT cancel the tours- please bring appropriate rain/weather gear.Level 2 or higher snow emergency. Due to the popularity of our tours we now request preregistration. Call 740-592-2280 and press 1 for the gift shop to reserve your tickets Tours do sell out regularly, so please reserve your tickets prior to the tour. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Asylum Tour, call The Southeast Ohio History Center at 740-592-2280 and choose option 1. This is an outdoor walking tour and will cover the entire loop of the grounds including the cemeteries so if you have small children, bring a stroller. George Eberts, an expert on the history of the Athens Asylum or The Ridges, will lead an outdoor walking tour of the asylum grounds. The tour will last approximately two hours. Due to Ohio University restrictions, access to the inside of the buildings is limited, but you can tour the main entryway seen in the picture as well as the Kennedy Museum. George will captivate you with his depth of knowledge as well as tell you the real stories of what life was like for the residents, as well as the staff, at the Asylum. Rain Policy: We conduct the Asylum Tour in rain or shine so please bring appropriate clothing and umbrellas as conditions require. Cancellation will take place only if dangerous weather such as lighting storm or high winds are active. In winter months, if there is a level 2 or 3 snow emergency, the tour will be canceled as well. In the event of cancellation, those with prepaid tickets can call us and choose either another tour or receive a refund. All regularly scheduled tours are held on Sunday afternoons and start from the main steps of the Kennedy center located at the top of North Ridge Drive. 100 Ridges Circle is the address for Garmin and navigation tools.

Cost: $12-$15 per person/Res Req

Contact: Athens Asylum, Phone: 740-592-2280

Location: The Ridges, The Ridges, Athens Asylum, Athens Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Nov 13 (Tue)

Amy Ray

7:00 pm Box: $27/advance $32/door Floor: $22/advance $27/door Amy Ray teamed up with Emily Saliers while in high school, and soon the duo became a staple in the Atlanta music scene. In 1981, their independent music career began with a basement recording called Tuesdays Children. One thing led to another, and they signed with Epic Records in 1988. Despite almost polar-opposite styles, they met on the common ground of harmony and the love of meaningful music. Ray brought fire and earth, Saliers the wind and water. The alchemy proved magical, and their brand of folk-rock hit at just the right time alongside the successes of Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega, and 10,000 Maniacs. Inspired by the music of the Southern punk/indie rock scene, Ray embarked on a solo adventure in 2000. Traveling around the Southeast with guitar and amp in tow, she wrote, rehearsed, and recorded Stag, teaming up with The Butchies, The RockATeens, Danielle Howle, and 1945, with a quick stop in NYC to play with Joan Jett, Kate Schellenbach, and Josephine Wiggs. Stag hit the streets in March 2001, and changed her trajectory from that point on. The depths and intensity of her artistry and emotions are revealed in awe-inspiring punk performances on its ten songs, giving Ray a forum to more fully express her political stances and questions of self. Stag was followed by the similarly themed Prom in 2005. Ray issued Live from Knoxville in 2007. Following several well-received Indigo Girls albums, she released the introspective solo offering Didnt It Feel Kinder in 2008, MVP Live in 2010, and Lung of Love in early 2012 – all on Daemon. The latter contained guest vocal spots from Brandi Carlile and My Morning Jackets Jim James. In early 2014, Ray released Goodnight Tender, her first country album. Guests on the set of tunes include Bon Ivers Justin Vernon, and Susan Tedeschi. Her current release is a live record from a 2014 show at Seattles Triple Door theater, a riff on Goodnight Tender, The Tender Hour covers songs from her country record plus her earlier releases with her stellar and versatile band. Amy Ray and her bands new country album, Holler will be released on September 28, 2018. It was recorded live to tape at her mainstay Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, with the added power and swagger of horns and strings that harken back to the country music of the late 60s. Holler features special guests: Alison Brown on banjo, Kofi Burbridge on keys, Derek Trucks on guitar; Vince Gill, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Justin Vernon, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Phil Cook on harmonies. Amy and her band will be hitting the road throughout the Fall of 2018 and beyond. Amythyst Kiah opens the show. A professed Southern Gothic songster based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiahs commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, she studied old time music and music performance, and it proved to be a pivotal moment in her life as she transformed from a long-time closet musician into a well-rounded, captivating performer.

Cost: $22-$32 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Nov 24 (Sat)
thru
Dec 16 (Sun)

Santa Train

11:00 am and 2:00 pm Departure on Saturdays and Sundays between November 24th and December 16th. 6:00 pm Departure on Saturday, Dec 8th and 6:00 pm Departure on Saturday, Dec 15th. A long tradition in the Hocking Valley--the annual Santa Trains. Continue the tradition as Santa visits each child as the train rolls along the valley. Take part in an annual Christmas tradition in the Hocking River Valley that families have enjoyed for 40 years. As the train departs, Santa begins his journey through the train of heated coaches and visits with each child, hearing their special requests before the Big Day. Each child also gets to enjoy a candy treat after Santas visit. Trains operate each Saturday and Sunday between November 24th and December 16th at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and an evening departure on Saturday December 8th and 15th at 6:00 p.m. Each train departs Nelsonville round trip for about 20 miles and lasts approximately two hours. Reservations are strongly suggested as trains often sell out. It is the same route to and from East Logan; the train simply reverses direction by moving the locomotive to the other end of the train.

Cost: $14-$18 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Dec 11 (Tue)

The Lone Bellow - the Triiio Tour

7:00 pm Floor Seats: $27/advance $32/door Balcony Seats: $22/advance $27/door Box Seats: $32/advance $37/door The Lone Bellows third studio album, Walk Into A Storm, was released last fall on Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks. The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville, TN. It has been three years since the bands victorious, Then Came The Morning was released. The album was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and nominated for an Americana Music Award. The Lone Bellow appeared on Kimmel, Letterman, Conan, CBS This Morning, Later…with Jools Holland and James Corden in support of the album. In the years since the release the band left their beloved adopted home of Brooklyn and moved to Nashville, TN.

Cost: $22-37 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Dec 31 (Mon)

New Years Eve Train and Fireworks

10:30 pm Departure. Ring in the New Year in a unique way. Take the train and watch the fireworks as 2019 is ushered in. Choose from pizza and pop cars or wine and cheese cars. New Years resolution to do something different... Party on the train as you ring in the New Year. Enjoy pizza and pop or wine and cheese during the ride, and watch the fireworks display as we help bring in 2019. The train ride lasts about two hours and covers twenty miles round trip. The Wine and Cheese participants are in a separate car from the Pizza and Pop. No one under 21 may be in the Wine and Cheese car due to alcohol laws. You may not bring your own alcohol on board, but you may bring soft drinks along if desired. Children under age 18 are not permitted to ride separate from an adult. Reservations are required as ticket sales will end December 29, 2018 at 11:55 p.m. Two seating sections are available: -Pizza and Pop- and -Wine and Cheese.- Only those over age 21 are permitted in the Wine and Cheese section. Our family-friendly Pizza and Pop is open to all ages. During the ride, depending on your seating choice, you will be served either pizza (cheese pizza or pepperoni) and soda pop (diet versions and water also available upon request) or wine and cheese. You may not bring alcohol on board but you are welcome to bring other food and soft drinks as you would like. Each coach is heated. You can not move from car to car during the train ride. You also can not leave children unattended in Pizza and Pop section. Reservations, online or by phone, are required as ticket sales end at 11:55 p.m. on December 29th. Duration of ride: Approximately two hours.

Cost: $20-33 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-753-9531

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Jan 13 (Sun)

Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

3:00 pm Stuarts welcomes back Bluegrass legend Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage for a special Sunday Bluegrass Matinee. Rhonda Vincents career spans 24 albums and she has worked with everyone from Dolly Parton and George Jones to Faith Hill. She has received over 40 awards including an unprecedented 8 consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and 6 Grammy nominations. And if you add in her band The Rage they emerge as the most awarded band in Bluegrass music with over 100 awards. Famously crowned as --The New Queen of Bluegrass-- by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincents music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. Vincent has also performed and recorded with the best of the best, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Daryle Singletary, Richard Marx, Hank Williams Jr and more. While being a 15-time --Entertainer of the Year,-- Vincent has established herself as one of the most visible, best-selling artists in the genre, whose cross-over appeal stretches well into the mainstream media.

Cost: $29-39 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Location: 52 Public Square, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
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