You can’t step back in time, but you can step into a 1950s time capsule at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
Starting today, the center has a fully outfitted, steel Lustron home on display that people can not only visit, but also experience. Unlike most hands-off museum exhibits, this one invites visitors to sit on the furniture, open the drawers and try out amenities such as the record player and the rotary phone.
The two-bedroom, ranch-style home was manufactured in Columbus sometime between 1948 and 1950 and stood in Arlington, Va., until 2006. It was displayed at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in 2008 and then dismantled and stored until 2011, when it was donated to the Ohio Historical Society.
The society reconstructed the house inside its museum to house 1950s: Building the American Dream, an exhibit that examines life in the 1950s and the complex social and political issues of the time. The exhibit will remain on display for five years.
The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Admission is $10. Seniors pay $9, and children ages 7 to 12 are admitted for $5. Admission is free for younger children and Ohio Historical Society members.
The Ohio History Center is at 800 E. 17th Ave. Details are at 800-686-6124 or www.ohiohistory.org/ohc.
Boat tour of homes
Five homes and gardens will be showcased Wednesday during t he Lakes 2013, the 16th annual boat tour of homes on the Portage Lakes.
The tour features homes representing a variety of ages and styles, including a renovated summer home built in the 1930s and an 1890s hunting and fishing lodge that was once the summer home of the Hower family, owners of Akron’s historical Hower House.
The tour starts at Dietz’s Landing, 401 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road. Tour goers will be ferried by boat to the houses and will enjoy a boxed lunch on board.
Boarding starts at 10 a.m.
Tickets are $45 and are available only in advance and in a limited quantity. For reservations, call 330-836-5725.
Glasshouse has anniversary
Cleveland Botanical Garden is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse on Sunday by offering free admission from noon to 5 p.m.
The 18,000-square-foot glasshouse opened July 15, 2003. It contains replicas of portions of the Costa Rican rainforest and the spiny desert of Madagascar, complete with exotic plants and unusual creatures.
The celebration will include meet-and-greet opportunities with glasshouse horticulturists and animal-care staff all day, “creature features” at 1 and 3 p.m. and butterfly releases at 2 and 4 p.m.
Cleveland Botanical Garden is at 11030 East Blvd. Admission is $9.50; $4 for children ages 3 to 12; and free for garden members and younger children.
• Summer Celebration, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Lehman’s, 4779 Kidron Road, Kidron area of Sugar Creek Township, Wayne County (for GPS directions, use Dalton). Demonstrations, talks on outdoor living, food samples, children’s activities. 877-438-5346 or www.lehmans.com.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Gardener, noon to 4 p.m. today. Eleanor Squire Library Book Collectors’ Special, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. S-HORT Course: Herb Gardening, 1-2 p.m. July 20 (members $10, others $20, reservations required). Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $4; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• Parade of Ponds, today, Sunday and July 20-21. Self-guided tour of more than 25 ponds and water features in Northeast Ohio. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Sundays. Ponds north of U.S. 224 open this weekend; those south of U.S. 224 open next weekend. Tour booklets $11, available at Water X Scapes, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green; Biggins’ Big Dip, 197 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township; Graf Growers, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township; and Mock Property Services, 37 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. Tour benefits Akron Children’s Hospital and its burn unit. 330-896-9811.
• Daylily Madness Weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Sunday, July 20-21 and July 27-28, Daylilies and More, 8290 Avon Lake Road (state Route 83), about one mile north of Lodi. Thousands of daylilies in bloom. 330-948-2470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Knitty Gritters Knitting Club meeting, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Lake Community Branch of Stark County District Library, 11955 Market Ave. N, Lake Township. 330-877-9975.
• Gardeners of Greater Akron meeting, Monday evening, St. George Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township. Denise Ellsworth of Ohio State University will talk on pollination. Social hour starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. $13. Reservations: 330-336-6269. Information: 330-673-3553 or www.ohiogardeners.org.
• Bee webinar, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday. Topic: “green” honey harvesting. Free. Part of the Ohio State University Bee Lab webinar series. To participate, join the Bee Lab mailing list at www.osupollination.com. Webinar will be recorded for later viewing. Information: email@example.com or 330-263-3723.
• Pond Planning, Design & Construction, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Water X Scapes, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green. Free, but reservations are requested at 330-896-9811.
Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or Home and Garden News, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640. Please include name and phone number. All events must be open to the public.
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