By 1808Delaware, Special to 1808Delaware

This year we’re continuing our look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Delaware County. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Delaware County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Celebrating Delaware County’s only native born US President, we always include a look each year for at least one event taking place at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museum in Fremont, home to President and Mrs. Hayes’ magnificent house, Spiegel Grove.

Celebrate First Lady Lucy Hayes’ birthday with a weekend of hands-on activities, a flower-arranging class and more on Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Activities include a scavenger hunt, craft projects, birthday tea and hands-on artifact opportunities.

The first lady would have turned 191 on Sunday, August 28. Activities chosen reflect her interests, from making flower arrangements for friends and White House state dinners to butterflies, birds and other aspects of nature.

First Lady Lucy Hayes’ Birthday Celebration is sponsored by Albrechta & Coble LTD.

The schedule of events and pricing is as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 27

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Complimentary lemonade and birthday treats in the museum lobby .
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Butterfly scavenger hunt on the grounds. Free.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Craft activities in the museum auditorium. Make a bird feeder using recycled toilet paper rolls, create paper carnations and more. Free.
  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Kids Days @ Hayes Lucy Hayes Birthday Tea. Details and pricing to be announced. Sponsored by Pamela and Joy at Billy’s Restaurant.
  • 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. – Hands-on artifact or manuscript activity in the museum. Put on the white gloves Hayes Presidential curators wear and hold a piece of history related to Lucy Hayes. Included with regular admission. Members are admitted for free.
  • 2 p.m. – Victorian fashion talk in the auditorium. Free.
  • 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. – Hands-on artifact or manuscript activity in the museum. Included with regular admission. Members are admitted for free.

Sunday, Aug. 28

  • Noon to 5 p.m. – Complimentary lemonade and birthday treats in the museum lobby.
  • Noon to 5 p.m. – Butterfly scavenger hunt on the grounds. Free.
  • 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. – Hands-on artifact or manuscript activity in the museum. Included with regular admission. Members are admitted for free.
  • 3 p.m. – Flower-arranging class in the museum auditorium led by Mary Snyder of Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton. All supplies and tools are provided. Participants will learn about First Lady Lucy Hayes’ love of flowers and bouquet-arranging and leave with their own floral creation. Tickets are $50 for Hayes Presidential members and $55 for non-members. Tickets will be available at rbhayes.org.

Hayes Presidential is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org. Like HPLM on Facebook at @rbhayespres and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres.

Source: Hayes Presidential Library and Museum

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