Free family festival in downtown this week
September 11, 2018
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The annual Harvest Market Dinner, hosted by Toledo GROWs, will take place Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Toledo Farmers’ Market, 525 Market Street in downtown Toledo. This seventh annual event serves as both a celebration of the fall harvest and a fundraiser for Toledo GROWs, according to a media release received by 13abc. The festive evening features fresh, sustainably-grown local foods, locally crafted beer and wine, fabulous local chefs, and good friends. In the first six years of the gathering, nearly $220,000 has been raised to support the work of Toledo GROWs in the community, which educates people about the value of local nutritious food through an active urban farm and support for community gardens. Local chefs contribute their time and talent to create tasting dishes from a signature ingredient produced at Toledo GROWs’ urban farm or in one of the Toledo GROWs community gardens. Participants enjoy a delicious variety of dishes from local restaurants and chefs before voting on their favorites. Participating restaurants and chefs include: 5th Street Pub, Adams Street Café, Beirut, Black Kite, Cocina de Carlos, Fowl and Fodder, Georgette’s, La Scola, Maumee Bay Resort, Penta Career Center Culinary Arts, Plate 1, Plate 21, Porkbelly BBQ, Rose and Thistle, Sweet Shalom Tea Room, Toledo Country Club, Toledo Museum of Art, and Zepf Center Zone/The Original Sub Shop. New this year: local craft brewers will be serving their beer as tastings. Guests can enjoy a variety of locally-brewed beer and vote on which brewer will be first to gain the honor of Toledo GROWs Brew Boss! A variety of wines will also be available for guests. Local breweries taking part include Earnest Brew Works, Great Black Swamp, Great Lakes Brewery, Maumee Bay Brewery, and Patron Saints. The event is a casual gathering, with outdoor games, music, plenty of raffle items, and “farmyard chic” dress. The setting of Toledo Farmers’ Market in downtown Toledo adds to the festive atmosphere. Guests will learn more about the work of Toledo GROWs in the community as they enjoy an evening with like-minded friends. Sponsorship by Huntington Bank and Heidelberg Distributing Company are instrumental in supporting this event and the work of Toledo GROWs. Costs for the Harvest Market Dinner are just $75 per guest, or $200 for a group of four, and includes food and a cash bar. Reservations may be made online at or by calling 419.720.8714. Attendees are invited to come for a tour of Toledo GROWs’ urban farm from 5:00 until 5:45 p.m. before the dinner. The farm is located at 900 Oneida Street, less than two miles from the Farmers’ Market.
Seventh Annual Harvest Market Dinner on September 20th
September 13, 2018

Toledo is one of only a handful of stops for giant, inflatable art installation

By Lissa Guyton |  

TOLEDO (WTVG) – Thousands of people are expected to pack the Toledo riverfront this week for Momentum. This is the second year for the three-day, family-friendly and free festival. It’s a celebration of glass, music, art and makers.

Today was a test run for the temporary art installation at Promenade Park called Fantastic Planet. The name is taken from a 1970s film.
Throughout the day, crews worked to make sure everything is in place by inflating and then deflating the enormous figures.

Nathan Mattimoe is is the Art in Public Places Coordinator for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, “Have you ever worked on a project like this before? No, never. I am used to traditional public art, but this is a lot of fun.”

The process of bringing the giant art forms to life is also a lot of work, “There are 50 sandbags that go into the base of each one, so there is quite a bit of labor involved.”

Marc Folk is the Executive Director of the Arts Commission. He says Toledo is one of only a handful of stops for the installation, “It will be one of the best photo-ops in the city all year long. They are three giant, internally-lit, inflatable humanoids for the public to interact with ”

It takes a team of artists and volunteers to make it happen. Those working on the project say one of the best parts about Fantastic Planet is that it’s interactive. Jedidiah Stuelpnagel is a technician for the installation, “It is key nowadays to to make art approachable and take away the stigma of not being able to touch it and interact with it.”

It took about an hour for the first humanoid to take shape. Stuelpnagel says adults and children marvel at the giant inflatables, “They want to touch them, hug them and that is all okay. Children want to jump on them, they think it’s a giant bouncy house when they see them.They can’t do that, but they can certainly touch them and we love to see that.”

There will be two other great inflatables at Momentum. One will be reclining in the grass at Promenade Park and the other will be peeking around the stage.

Momentum is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to downtown. Folk says it’s another example of the thriving art scene in our community,”We have an amazing artist community here, and if you look at it just from a business standpoint there are about 390 arts related businesses in Toledo alone. Those businesses employ more than 2,700 people. The arts is a huge sector of the local economy and it’s big portion of our regional and national identity. The arts community in Toledo is incredibly vibrant, and it is truly helping shape the future identity of our city.”

Mattimoe says momentum is a perfect way to celebrate all of that, “It’s a great opportunity to bring Toledo together to celebrate the arts and culture scene in our city and how vibrant it is and what the potential is.”

Momentum kicks off Thursday night. It runs from 5-9pm that night.
It starts with an opening reception for the Hot Glass Exhibition and Competition at 300 Madison. Friday hours are from 5-10 pm, and it runs from noon-10 pm Saturday. The fun includes concerts, dance lessons, food trucks, a Mini Maker Faire and interactive displays

Click on this link for a full run down of the all the activities and times: