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calendar of events

The following is a list of events in and around Punderson Manor Lodge & Conference Center.

Ongoing Events

  • Punderson Manor Horse & Carriage Tours - Every Sunday from 12:00pm-8:00pm – Depart on your carriage ride at the historic Punderson Manor.  You will be whisked away and travel on the park’s paved roads through its 741-acre wooded property.  Enjoy listening to fun facts as you look for various park wildlife.  A fun ride for the young and young at heart.  Reservations are required at www.ladybugranchllc.com
  • Amish Country Tours – Daily except Sunday and Thursday –  Want to learn more about Geauga County’s Amish community? The Red Maple Inn is now offering private back road Amish Tours for small groups open to the public.  Allow us the opportunity to drive you to some unique stops along our Amish Country side of Geauga/Trumbull counties -the 4th largest Amish community in the world!
    • Narrated 2-hour tour leaves the Red Maple Inn promptly at 1:00pm and returns by 3:00pm
    • Visit one-of-a-kind Amish businesses, schoolhouses & more
    • $29.00 per person
    • Must make reservations in advance – please call (440) 834-8334

 December 2014

  • 4 & 21 – Breakfast with Santa - 7:30am until 11:00am. Treat your children to one of the most beloved holiday traditions: Breakfast with Santa, at Punderson Manor State Park Lodge & Conference Center in Newbury, Ohio.  The most festive destination in Geauga County, Punderson Manor, with it’s famed holiday decorations and Sunday breakfast, serves as a back drop for creating rich childhood memories.
  • 4 & 21 Photos with Santa - After breakfast, take your kiddos and your camera to have their picture taken with Santa.  This is a time-honored tradition during the holiday season.  Children and their parents will enjoy the experience and will receive photo opportunities which will leave families with many interesting memories down the road. Reservations are recommended: (440) 564-9144. Learn more
  • 24  Christmas Eve Buffet at Punderson Manor - Served December 24, 2014 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. $31.95 for adults, $28.95 for seniors, $9.95 for kids 4-11. Please call (440) 564-9144 ext. 405 for reservations. Learn more
  • 25  Christmas Day Buffet at Punderson Manor -  Served December 25, 2014 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. $31.95 for adults, $28.95 for seniors, $9.95 for kids 4-11. Please call (440) 564-9144 ext. 405 for reservations. Learn more

January 2015

  • 10 – 11 Punderson Sled Dog ClassicJoin us for a dog sled Race at Punderson State Park, Sponsored by Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland. Contestant parking at golf course; general parking at beach parking lots. Event dates are Jan. 10 & 11, 2015 (makeup dates Feb 21-22, 2015). Call Mary Groth (330)659-7330 to register and for more information.
  • 16 – 18 Cleveland Outdoor Adventure Show - IX Center. Learn more at http://www.eriepromotions.com/sport/Cleve/default.asp
  • 17 Chardon Tomorrow Winterfest - Let’s celebrate Chardon’s status as the Snow Capital of Ohio! 2-7 pm – Free activities on the Square including horse-drawn wagon rides, Ice sculpturing demos, sled dog racing,hot cider and more! The grand finale starts at 5:30 pm with the lighting of the spectacular Fire & Ice tower. http://www.chardontomorrow.org
  • 31 Northern Ohio Fly Fishing Expo - 9:30am-3:30pm Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, 8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH. Admission – $8, Youth – $5, under 12 FREE, Scouts in uniform FREE, Active military & veterans with ID FREE. Call Mark Hickman at 216-333-2287 for more information. www.NCFF.net

February 2015

  • 1 Frozen Fest - Join Geauga Park District for an exciting afternoon of winter fun! See the public art exhibit, “Ice & Snow,” as well as an exhibit showcasing the Ice Age. Many family activities throughout the afternoon include live ice carving/sculptures, guest appearances by Winter Princess sisters, snowshoeing, snow-themed crafts, face painting, refreshments and much more! No pre-registration necessary. For more information call Geauga Park District 440-286-9516.
  • 14 Tree Tapping Ceremony - Tree Tapping Ceremony – Come celebrate the official start of the Maple Syrup Season by learning how maple trees are tapped and then tap your own! Free hot chocolate and donuts! Sponsored by Burton Chamber of Commerce. http://www.burtonchamberofcommerce.org

March 2015

  • 8, 15, 22 & 29  All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfasts - 10am-2pm. $10.95 Adults, $7.95 Children Under 12. Learn more
  • 7, 14 & 21  Ice Wine Festival - Join Debonn Vineyards, Ferrante Winery, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards & St. Joseph Vineyards for Ohio’s 11th Annual Ice Wine Festival, a progressive tasting of the ice wine produced in the Grand River Valley. Each winery will provide a sample of their ice wines along with a complimentary appetizer. Enjoy a featured event at each establishment.Our neighbor winery up the road, South River Vineyard will also be serving their ice wine.Call (440) 548-2170 for more information.
  • 7 Tree Tapper’s BallCelebrate the maple season with our ever popular, old-fashioned square dance. Novices needn’t feel like saps: all dances taught in fun fashion. A rip-snortin’, roof-raisin’ old-time string band will have feet flyin’! Casual dress. Registration begins February 20 – limited to 8 per registration. http://www.geaugaparkdistrict.org
  • 8, 15, 22 & 29 Maple Stirs - Maple stirs have been a Maple Festival tradition since 1926. Experience the classic Maple Stir at the Geauga County Maple Festival Sugarhouse on Chardon Square from noon to 4 p.m.The cost is just $1 per stir. You get a small bowl with hot maple syrup in it and a stirring stick. Take the stick and stir piously and watch as the syrup become a creamy maple candy. http://www.maplefestival.com
  • 12, 19, & 26 Punderson Manor Haunted History Tour - 8:30pm Learn the history of our property from how the lake was formed by glaciers, to the Iroquois Indians, through the early 1900’s when the Manor was built. You also may stumble upon some strange happenings and learn of some unexplained tales by the bonfire. 
  • 15, 22 Saps-a-Rising Visit Geauga Park District’s Sugarbush, Sugarhouse and Lodge for a walk through time and sweet taste of how the maple sugaring industry evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods. Help gather with a sap sled; enjoy historical interactions with costumed interpreters; see sap being boiled in the sugarhouse and have a sample taste; warm up with entertainment and maple treats in the lodge.http://www.geaugaparkdistrict.org
  • 28 Sunrise Farm’s Easter Egg Extravaganza - Calling all children ten and under in celebrating Easter at our annual Easter Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt at 11 am sharp. Under layers of fresh straw, children will enjoy searching for colorful Easter eggs. Adults will enjoy the market filled with beautiful Spring home decor and of course lots of delicious Easter candies and Easter baskets. Open 10 am to 5pm. http://www.sunrisefarmgifts.com

April 2015

  • 2, 19 & 26 All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfasts - 10am-2pm. $10.95 Adults, $7.95 Children Under 12. Learn more
  • 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Punderson Manor Haunted History Tour - 8:30pm Learn the history of our property from how the lake was formed by glaciers, to the Iroquois Indians, through the early 1900’s when the Manor was built. You also may stumble upon some strange happenings and learn of some unexplained tales by the bonfire. 
  • 11 Youth Fishing Tournament - Join us at the marina for our annual fishing tournament for Kids ages 5 to 15. Prizes and lunch provided. Pre-registration required! Call (330) 637-2856 to register and for more information.
  • 12, 19 Maple Stirs - Maple stirs have been a Maple Festival tradition since 1926. Experience the classic Maple Stir at the Geauga County Maple Festival Sugarhouse on Chardon Square from noon to 4 p.m.The cost is just $1 per stir. You get a small bowl with hot maple syrup in it and a stirring stick. Take the stick and stir piously and watch as the syrup become a creamy maple candy. http://www.maplefestival.com
  • 23 – 26 The Geauga Maple Festival - The Geauga County Maple Festival, the oldest maple festival in the United States, celebrates the production of pure maple syrup in Geauga County and Northeast Ohio. Festival dates are April 23, 24, 25, and 26, 2015. Generally, the festival operates from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Check our website for opening and closing time details. Join us for four days of fun, food and ‘everything maple’. Events include Arts & Crafts, Bathtub Races, Concessions, Continuous Grandstand Entertainment, Golden Old Timers Luncheon, Historical Display, Invitational Lumberjack Competition, Pancakes in the Park, two Grand Parades, a Photo Contest, Prince & Princess Contest, Queen’s Pageant, Tug of War, Rides, and our annual ‘Sap Run’.Most events are free. There are minimal charges for some of the events listed above. Handicapped parking is available. http://maplefestival.com/
  • 25  Earth Day Conservation Project - Join us in helping to improve the park. Free seedling for participants. Lunch is provided. Pre-registration is Required! Please call (330) 637-2856 for more information and to register.

May 2015

  • 1, 2, 8 & 9  Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley Wine n’ Blooms Tour - A self driving wine trail. Noon to 6pm each day. Enjoy wine samples and appetizers at each of the participating wineries. Collect a different flowering annual plant at each winery. At a designated winery you will pick up a peck basket to carry your plants and a wine glass per person. http://grandrivercellars.com
  • 2 & 3  Sunrise Farm Spring Garden Party - There is nothing more anticipated than Spring at Sunrise Farm. Our sparkling glasshouse welcomes you to our Spring Garden Party with colorful annuals, perennials and herbs. Delicious gourmet teas, cakes and sweets are served each day in a setting that is totally breathtaking. A visit during our Spring Garden Party has become a Mother’s Day tradition. We anxiously await your arrival. http://www.sunrisefarmgifts.com
  • 3 & 17 All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfasts - 10am-2pm. $10.95 Adults, $7.95 Children Under 12. Learn more
  • 7, 14, 21 & 28 Punderson Manor Haunted History Tour - 8:30pm Learn the history of our property from how the lake was formed by glaciers, to the Iroquois Indians, through the early 1900’s when the Manor was built. You also may stumble upon some strange happenings and learn of some unexplained tales by the bonfire. 
  • 23 & 24 Civil War Reenactment - Come experience the Civil War! Reenactors will be in authentic period dress. This year is our 30th annual Reenactment and we will be featuring our Historic Artisans, artillery battles, education programs, and traditional music. Hours are 10am – 5pm. General Admission: Adults: $7.00, Kids 6-12: $4.00, Members & Children 5 and under are FREE. http://www.centuryvillagemuseum.org

June 2015

  • 4, 11, 18 & 25 Punderson Manor Haunted History Tour - 8:30pm Learn the history of our property from how the lake was formed by glaciers, to the Iroquois Indians, through the early 1900’s when the Manor was built. You also may stumble upon some strange happenings and learn of some unexplained tales by the bonfire.
  • 13 Burton Antiques Market - 400 Dealers – all Antiques and old Collectibles – 54th year – something for everyone – inside and out – rain or shine – dealers from all over the US and Canada – Largest 1 day antique show in the country. Special Early Bird Admission at 8am $25.00. http://www.burtonantiquesmarket.com
  • 26, 27 & 28 Garrettsville SummerFest - Garrettsville Summerfest is the largest summer celebration in Portage county, Ohio. This three day event is packed with live entertainment and music in addition to rides, games, contests and car shows. Stop by as we celebrate Eleven years of family fun June 26th-28th, 2015.
    Everyone loves a parade, so why stop at just one? Garrettsville Summerfest features a weekend of parades beginning with Ohio’s Largest Tractor Parade departs from James A. Garfield High School on Saturday and makes its way down SR 88 into downtown Garrettsville. There will be plenty to see for young and old tractor enthusiasts alike as over 200 tractors make their way through town.The 2015 Grand Parade kicks off at 12:30pm on Sunday and winds its way through the festival before ending its journey in Garfield Plaza.http://www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com

July 2015

  • 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Punderson Manor Haunted History Tour - 8:30pm Learn the history of our property from how the lake was formed by glaciers, to the Iroquois Indians, through the early 1900’s when the Manor was built. You also may stumble upon some strange happenings and learn of some unexplained tales by the bonfire.
  • 3 – 5 Mesopotamia Ox Roast & Antique Market - 42nd annual volunteer firemens ox roast and antique market. Featuring over 160 dealers. Beef is cooked daily over an open fire. Live entertainment daily. http://www.mespofire.com
  • 24 – 26 Antique Power and Steam Show - Fascinating exhibition and demonstration of several hundred power-driven machines and steam driven engines that lead our Industrial and Agricultural Revolution. Hours are 10am – 5pm. http://www.centuryvillagemuseum.org

August 2015

  • 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Punderson Manor Haunted History Tour - 8:30pm Learn the history of our property from how the lake was formed by glaciers, to the Iroquois Indians, through the early 1900’s when the Manor was built. You also may stumble upon some strange happenings and learn of some unexplained tales by the bonfire.
  • 2  Chardon Arts Festival - The artists represented will cover many different genres including painting, stained glass, leather, fabric art, wood carving, pottery, photography, weaving, copper, jewelry, stone cutting and more. Artists that are featured come from around the country, as well as from our own back yard. 
    You will not want to miss the ever popular, large copper frog sculptures for your patio or pond, or the wonderful stone houses, for your garden, made by Adam New of Mentor. There will also be skirts sewn from vintage tablecloths, banks handcrafted from original post office doors, beautifully hand woven outfits of local artist, Nancy Hart, and brooms, made by Chuck Fath of Burton. A great selection of restaurants will be open on the Square during the festival for your dining pleasure, as well as, food vendors at the show. http://www.chardonsquareassociation.org/events/arts-festival/
  • 6  Chardon Square KidsFest - KidsFest offers a safe day of fun games and activities for kids of all ages. Activities include a pizza eating contest, tug-of-war, Plinko, a dunk tank, face painting, cupcake decorating and more! All games and activities are free of charge. http://www.chardonsquareassociation.org/events/kidsfest/

September 2015

  • 3, 10, 17 & 24  Punderson Manor Haunted History Tour - 8:30pm Learn the history of our property from how the lake was formed by glaciers, to the Iroquois Indians, through the early 1900’s when the Manor was built. You also may stumble upon some strange happenings and learn of some unexplained tales by the bonfire.
  • 3 – 6  The Great Geauga County Fair - Bring the family and visit Ohio’s oldest county fair, the Great Geauga County Fair. Fun! Fun! Fun! and Much, Much More! Ride the rides, see the shows, enjoy the food, browse the exhibits and so much more. This is truly a wonderful time for the entire family. http://www.geaugafair.com
  • 26  Burton Antiques Market - 400 Dealers – all Antiques and old Collectibles – 54th year – something for everyone – inside and out – rain or shine – dealers from all over the US and Canada – Largest 1 day antique show in the country. Special Early Bird Admission at 8am $25.00. http://www.burtonantiquesmarket.com

October 2015

  • 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29  Punderson Manor Haunted History Tour - 8:30pm Learn the history of our property from how the lake was formed by glaciers, to the Iroquois Indians, through the early 1900’s when the Manor was built. You also may stumble upon some strange happenings and learn of some unexplained tales by the bonfire.
  • 3 Mesopotamia Fall Heritage Day - Amish bake sale with fried pies, homemade ice cream, Amish lunch stand, rug weaving, quilting, soap making, apple cider brewing, apple butter making, blacksmithing, candle making, leather working, traditional crafts, treadle sewing machine. http://www.mespo.com
  • 3 & 4 Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival -  We would like to invite you to attend our country festival. We are located in Huntsburg, Ohio in Geauga County at the intersections of State Routes 322 & 528. This is our 46th year of providing a free family day in the country. There is no entrance fee and all of our games, entertainment and attractions are free. We offer free parking and a free shuttle service from the parking areas to the Festival grounds 10:00 am till 6:00 pm.
  • 10 & 11 Oxtoberfest - Enjoy a Burton tradition on the square. The village green will be filled with vendors, ox roast sandwiches, a beer tent and polka music.
    Sponsored by Burton Chamber of Commerce. http://www.burtonchamberofcommerce.org
  • 10 & 11 Apple Butter Festival - The second weekend of each October the copper kettles provide the wonderful aroma of apple butter being made! You can visit Century Village Museum to purchase freshly made Apple Butter, Apple Fritters, tour the historic buildings with authentic artifacts, gaze at the beautiful fall views, visit with Historic Artisans and More! Children’s activities, a straw pile to play in, pony rides and wonderful foods help make this a treat for all. http://www.centuryvillagemuseum.org

November 2015

  • 6,13, 20 & 27  Punderson Manor Haunted History Tour - 8:30pm Learn the history of our property from how the lake was formed by glaciers, to the Iroquois Indians, through the early 1900’s when the Manor was built. You also may stumble upon some strange happenings and learn of some unexplained tales by the bonfire.
  • 7 Winegrowers of the Grand Valley Turkey Trot - Join Debonne Vineyards, Ferrante Winery, Grand River Cellars, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph Vineyards for an afternoon of wine sampling and tasty appetizers. All wines will be paired with dishes from a traditional Thanksgiving Feast to help you pick out wines for the holidays. No reservations necessary. Go to http://www.wggrv.com or call 440-298-9838 for more information.
  • 14 Holly Days Craft Show - Visit the beautiful West Woods Nature Center and browse a premier selection of nature-themed holiday decor and gifts on display and for sale by regional artisans. This is the perfect opportunity to find unique, handmade items for everyone on your list. For more information contact 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
  • 14 – 28 Christmas in the Country - Join us this year in scenic Amish Country…featuring 20 local businesses with great holiday gift giving ideas! Spend the day, or just a few hours in a relaxed hometown atmosphere. Visit each shop to view and enjoy handcrafted, locally made & home baked items for you and your family and friends! Each shop will have their own special raffle set up for you to view and enter. The more you shop, the more chances to win! To use the passport ticket turn over your card and follow the shops listed. You can also pickup a Geauga County Visitor’s Guide available at each location and the Tourism office in downtown Middlefield. Use the guide to help you with directions and the days and hours of operation listed. http://www.CountryArtsandJewelry.com
  • 27 – 29  Country Hearth Christmas & Christmas in the Village: A Dickens of a Christmas - Burton Village celebrates Christmas with old-fashioned flair. Enjoy the many holiday activities such as a lighted parade on Friday at 6pm followed by caroling and holiday decor lighting and refreshments, including Santa at the Burton Log Cabin with free hot chocolate and cookies 12-4pm. http://www.burtonchamberofcommerce.org

December 2015

  • 3  Chardon Square Christmas Tree Lighting - Christmas is a special time on the Square. Main Street and the Park are decorated for the holiday with a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with musical entertainment and a special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Hot apple cider and ginger snaps are served. The Tree Lighting is held each year on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving. http://www.chardonsquareassociation.org/events/christmas-lighting/
  • 4, 5, 11, 12 18 & 19 Tannenbaum Wine Trail - A self-driving tour along the Vines & Wines Trail in Northeast Ohio. At each participating winery, you will receive complimentary appetizers and samples of wines. You will pick up your 18″ Christmas tree at your first stop. At each winery you visit, you will receive a ceramic ornament with the winery’s name printed on it to decorate your tree. http://www.grandrivercellars.com