There’s something special about the festivals and events at Historic Roscoe Village. Whether it be the smell of apple butter stirring over an open fire during the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival or softly singing Christmas carols and the lighting of the village tree during the Christmas Candlelightings, the annual events at Roscoe Village will keep you coming back year after year!
2015 Festivals & Events
Jan 30 - Feb 27 - Mar 27 & Apr 24, 2015 — 6:30pm
"Dinner at the Doctor’s House"
Enjoy the hospitality of Roscoe's leading citizens as you have the pleasure of dining in Dr. Johnson's home. During your visit you may learn about dining etiquette or cooking practices of the 1800s along with humorous tales of the canal. Your meal will consist of 1 appetizer, 1 salad or soup, 1 entrée, 2 side dishes, 1 dessert, beverage, bread and rolls with Butter or olive oil & herbs for dipping. Dinner will be pre-ordered for your guests. All members will be served the same meal of your choosing. A generous menu is offered in addition to a historical menu. Cost of this unique experience is $45.00 per person. Minimum group of 4 ~ maximum group of 8 Dinner is available the last Friday of these months in 2015. Reservations: One week in advance.
March 1, 2015 – Visitor Center Theater – 2pm
"Mary Compton’s Memories of Old Roscoe"
Join Roscoe Village resident Mary Compton (as depicted by local historian Alice Hoover) as she shares about everyday life in the village of Roscoe during the golden age of the Ohio Erie Canal.
April 12, 2015 – Visitor Center – 2pm
"A Pot Full of Color"
Mrs. Montgomery used lots of color when she potted up the clay pots in Roscoe Village and the Landscape Department continues to use her techniques. Join Roscoe Village Landscape Manager, Connie Miller, as she presents a hand-on workshop on the joy of gardening in limited spaces. Participants will learn about various containers available as well as proper soil, variety of plants and techniques that may be used to create a horticultural work of art. The $ 25 cost of this seminar includes all instruction plus a 12 inch clay container, soil, and choice from a variety of plants to complete a take home container project. One lucky gardener will also take home the demonstration vessel which will be awarded as a door prize. Pre-registration for this event is required and must be completed one week prior to the workshop. Please indicate at the time of registration if your container will be located in the sun or shade to ensure the availability of proper plants.
May 9, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14, 2015 – Visitor Center – 10am
This exciting two hour weaving workshop shares the history of weaving and allows the participant to create their very own mug rug on a portable loom. A $25 fee includes instructions and all materials. Minimum number of participants is two with a maximum of five for each workshop. Age requirement is 10 years of age or older. Reservations are required one week prior to the workshop by calling Debbie at 622-7644 extension 20.
May 17, 2015 – Visitor Center Theater – 2pm
In 1842, Charles Dickens paid his first visit to America. He was ever so willing to share his opinions on everything from canals to politicians to Niagara Falls. While many of these sentiments were not well received by the American public, they paint a vivid portrait of life in pre-Civil War America. These accounts are shared by James Fuller, a Boston publisher, with whom Mr. Dickens often communicated his viewed. Mr. Fuller will by portrayed by living historian Chris Hart.
June 9, 2015 — Visitor Center — 4pm
Here is our program for Kanal Kids. This exciting event begins with a guided walk along the basin. Everyone will then return to the Visitor Center where art supplies will be available for our young artists to create a lasting image from the towpath. These landscapes will be displayed in the kiosk in the center of the village. The evening concludes with a healthy snack.
June 14, 2015 — 10am — 4pm
Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In
Sponsored by Classic Glass Corvette Club. Over 250 corvettes will converge in Roscoe Village at this event. Stroll through the streets of Roscoe Village to the tunes of 50’s and 60’s music as you admire your favorite car and talk to its proud owner. Admission and parking are free!
June 19, 20 & 21, 2015 — Various times and locations
Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival
Coshocton County has been the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio—Dulcimer Days. It is also the second oldest event of its kind in the United States. This year marks the 41st year of this nationally significant Appalachian musical event. Bring the whole family to share a music-filled weekend with the sounds of Appalachian and traditional music played on mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, bowed psalteries, fiddles, guitars, banjos, and other instruments. The Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival hosts the Mid-East Regional Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer Championships. The festival consists of workshops, mini-concerts, headliner concert, and jam sessions.
September 13, 2015 — Visitor Center Theater — 2pm
"Traveling the Towpath"
The always delightful Dave Adair will be sharing his slides of the Ohio and Erie Canal with us as we take a journey along the canals systems of Ohio. The always colorful Captain John B Reynolds (as played by Chris Hart) of the good canal boat, The Hard Cider, will be on hand to enhance the excursion with tales of hoggees, lockkeepers, and …..rats.
October 16, 17 & 18, 2015
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival
Host to a wide variety of artisans and crafters, this invitational festival celebrates the sights, sounds and scents of autumn. Smell the fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire as you stroll through the street to the tunes of bluegrass and music from days gone-by. You'll also find raffles and contests to enter. Events throughout the weekend include Canal Town Journey Tours, eerie Spirit of Roscoe tours, canal boat rides, and children’s activity area.
October 16 & 17, 2015 —Visitor Center —Time TBA
"Spirit of Roscoe" Tour
Learn about our “spirited” canal town through stories of long ago personalities, significant events, and curiosities. Hear about Roscoe’s firebug, the tragedy at the hotel, the danger and humor of being a post boy, the atrocity of a bloody Bible and more.
November 15, 2015 – Visitor Center – 2pm
" A Clay Christmas"
This pre-holiday workshop features Becky Lowe of Lady Liberty Pottery who will share the history of pottery making with a special emphasis on its role in the history of Roscoe. Participants will then have the opportunity to hand-paint a pottery Christmas ornament to place on your tree. Cost of this workshop is only $ 10 and includes all materials and instruction. Pre- registration is requested one week in advance.
December 8, 2015 – Visitor Center – 6:30pm
"Colors of the Season"
Join Ed Kiefer of Kiefer′s Florist as he leads you in creating a festive holiday arrangement featuring fresh flowers and evergreens in dazzling Christmas colors. Upon completion of this hands-on experience, you will take home a floral composition that will add a beautiful accent to all your celebrations of the season. Cost for the workshop is only $30 for Roscoe Village members and $35 for non-members. The deadline for making reservations is Friday, December 4, 2015.
December 5th, 12th & 19th — Main Stage — 6pm
Roscoe Village cheers on the holiday season with its Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony. Share in the evening’s tradition of lighting the Christmas tree and your own candle as everyone softly sings "Silent Night." During the day, guests can enjoy art with Santa, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary hot-mulled cider and cookies, and many other holiday festivities. “A Roscoe Christmas” guided tour offers a glimpse into the 1800s holiday season, or enjoy the same tour after the ceremony by guided candlelight. Admission and parking are free. Activities vary for each Candlelighting.
December 5th, 12th & 19th — Time TBA
"A Roscoe Christmas" Lamplit Tour
Roscoe Village will offer "A Roscoe Christmas" tour during each Candlelighting. Christmas cards, toys, treats, "visions of sugarplums" and letter to Santa -- learn how these holiday traditions were practiced in the 1800s. Following the Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony is a special candlelit tour at 7:00pm. Reservations for the evening tour must be made in advance by calling the Roscoe Village Visitor Center at 740-622-7644 ext. 12. Many have made this wonderful event a holiday tradition.
Saturday Tour Times: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Sunday Tour Times: 11:00am & 2:00pm
The Roscoe Christmas tour will also be offered on the Sundays following each Candlelighting at 1:00pm.