Bishop Backers brings OWU, community together


A community support group’s Saturday event is expected to bring the city of Delaware and Ohio Wesleyan University together for a day.

Bishop Backers will kick off its third year for Community Day, a free Delaware celebration at OWU that includes a varsity men’s and women’s doubleheader and an expo to showcase local nonprofit organizations and businesses.

“The Bishop Backers, as our public face, promotes two Community Days each year. One in the fall and one in the winter,” said Roger Ingles, OWU’s athletic director. “I hope everyone gets a chance to stop in and learn about these fine businesses and groups and enjoy some great Division III basketball as well.”

The expo will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Gordon Field House, 105 S. Sandusky St. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will bring about two to three animals, while the Delaware Community Center YMCA will provide an indoor children’s play area. There will also be free raffles for prizes including a big-screen television.

The doubleheader is free with a canned donation and will start with the women’s team against DePauw University Tigers at the Branch Rickey Arena at 1 p.m., while the men’s game is at 3 p.m. Food donations will benefit LSS Food Pantries operated by Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.

The day’s activities are intended bring people together for entertainment and education and connect businesses and service organizations with potential customers and volunteers.

“There’s a community service component to both of the events,” said Mark Shipps, an organizer of the Bishop Backers.

His organization consists of community advocates interested in sharing information about athletics, arts and educational opportunities at OWU and connecting students with local organizations. Shipps said Community Day continues that mission to build the collaboration between OWU and Delaware.

“OWU strives to maintain and enhance the relationship it has with the community,” he said.

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By Brandon Klein

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• The Delaware County District Library will have a paint night for adults at the Powell Branch, 460 Liberty St., 6 p.m. Friday. The paint session will provide step-by-step instruction. Pre-registration is required at

• The Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, will have its Winter Bulk Honey Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Customers should bring a bottle, mason jar or other container to fill it with honey from the nonprofit’s bee hives. For more information go to

• The 53rd annual Ohio Wesleyan University President’s High School Band Festival will perform a free community concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The performance by the talented high school students – invited from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan and beyond – will be conducted by Ohio Wesleyan professor and renowned trumpeter Larry Griffin.

• The Delaware County Model Railroaders will host its monthly open house at Sandel Legacy Trail, 168 S. Vernon St., in Sunbury. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visitors of all ages can watch model trains travel through a miniature village and learn a bit about railroading in America.

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Friday & Saturday

Hidden Figures (PG-13): *2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

Split (PG-13): *2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Monster Trucks (PG): *2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.


Hidden Figures: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

Split: 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Monster Trucks: 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

*Saturday only

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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