Briefly, June 19

‘Hansel and Gretel’ returns to Ritz stage Friday, Sunday

Participants in the second week of the Ritz Theatre’s 16th annual Summer Theatre Camp are to present “Hansel and Gretel” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The cast and crew include about 60 children in grades 1-12. They have been rehearsing and attending workshops all week in preparation for the production on the main stage.

In this musical adaptation of the age-old tale by the Brothers Grimm, “Hansel and Gretel” is brought to life in a unique way. Major twists have been incorporated into the plot to add a dose of lighthearted humor and fun, making it a family-friendly event.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students. For tickets, stop at the box office, 30 S. Washington St., visit or call (419) 448-8544.

Sing @ the shell Saturday

UPPER SANDUSKY – Harrison-Smith Park, 525 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky, is the venue for “Singin @ The Shell Series.” The next installment is 5-7 p.m. Saturday with gospel music by Joy Lance, Chris Baldwin and Paula Barron. Admission is free.

Bring the family to a festival

CAREY – Our Lady of Consolation in Carey is to have its parish festival 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at 401 Clay St. The Eric Sowers Band is to play in the beer garden Saturday for those 21 and older. Bratwurst and snacks are to be served with the brew.

Sunday, the festivities begin with a chicken dinner at the OLC school. Food on the grounds includes burgers, brats, fries, beer, soft drinks and The Rosary Altar Society’s homemade noodle soup. A silent auction, raffles, bingo, children’s games and inflatables, free live entertainment and an alumni volleyball tournament also are planned.

Verandah Concert features barbershop singing

FREMONT – Members of the Lake Plains Chorus are to perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a free outdoor concert at the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont. The veranda at the Hayes home is to serve as a stage for the barbershop group.

Established in 1962, the Lake Plains Chorus is part of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Director Fred Schmidt of Bowling Green has led the chorus for 46 years. The chorus, based in Fostoria, has performed in Marblehead, Norwalk, Risingsun, Tiffin, Sylvania, Van Buren and Mount Blanchard. The group presents a show every April which features top barbershop talent in the nation the world.

Fremont Federal Credit Union is the sponsor for the event. Audience members bring their own seats and choose a spot on the lawn of the president’s 25-acre estate. Before the concert, attendees can enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. The music lasts until 8 p.m. Guests should come prepared for the weather and insects. In the event of thunderstorms, the concert will be canceled. Call (419) 332-2081 for updates.

Show to feature local art

BELLEVUE – A Fine Art Show and Sale is to take place indoors 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 27-28 at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St.

The artists are to sell works in glass, jewelry and metal design, pastels, oil and watercolor paintings and wood carvings.

Travel to Sonnenberg

Village with Historic Trust

Tiffin Historic Trust is organizing a fun and educational trip 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 28 to view restoration projects at Sonnenberg, a Mennonite village in Kidron. Participants can learn about old home restoration practices still being used today.

The group is to depart from the Grammes-Brown House, 172 Jefferson St., Tiffin. The cost of $12 includes a lunch. Transportation is available. Reservations are required by Monday. Contact Jackie at (419) 585-2075 or e-mail

Vocal music on tap

FOSTORIA – The Gospel Harmonettes are to perform at 7:30 p.m. June 29 at Wainwright Amphitheatre in Foundation/Meadowlark Park.

The quartet is comprised of Fostorians Joni Pinskey, Addie Moore, Judy Hampton and Linda Anderson, who began singing together in the late ’70s.

The rain location will be Wesley United Methodist Church on Van Buren Street.

This free, outdoor concert is sponsored by the Fostoria Community Arts Council and the Fostoria Parks and Recreation Department and provided through a grant from the Henry Geary Family Foundation.