Ice Age exhibit brings mastadon skeleton replica to Delaware County


By Brandon Klein - bklein@aimmedianetwork.com



Rich Niccum, Preservation Parks of Delaware County’s education services manager, stands behind the replica of the Burning Tree Mastodon. It is part of the upcoming Ice Age exhibit that will run through October.

Rich Niccum, Preservation Parks of Delaware County’s education services manager, stands behind the replica of the Burning Tree Mastodon. It is part of the upcoming Ice Age exhibit that will run through October.


Brandon Klein | The Gazette

WEEKEND GUIDE May 26-28

• 2017 Main Street Delaware Farmers Market, downtown Delaware, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The kick-off for the event offers an enticing array of seasonal fresh produce, baked goods, live and cut flowers and plants, and craft items including homemade soap and pottery. The 2017 market is generously sponsored by the Mount Carmel Health System. This will be the first year the farmers market will participate in the SourcePoint-sponsored senior voucher program, which helps income-eligible seniors to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The market will run from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and ends Oct. 28.

• New Moon Half & Quarter Marathon & 5K, downtown Delaware, 6 p.m. Saturday. The Greenswell Foundation charity event will feature nearly 1,200 participants with about two-thirds coming from areas outside of Delaware County. There will be a beer garden for participants located on North Sandusky Street between William and Winter streets.

• Book Talks - Butterflies & Moths, Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. For more information, call 740-363-2548.

Email your event to bklein@civitasmedia.com.

STRAND SHOW TIMES

Friday & Saturday

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13): [2 p.m.], 5 p.m., 8 p.m.,

Alien: Covenant (R): [2:15 p.m.], 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Baywatch (R): [2:30 p.m.], 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Note: Times in [brackets] are Saturday ONLY.

Sunday

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13): 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

Alien: Covenant (R): 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Baywatch (R): 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Delaware County is hosting a replica of one of the most completed American mastodon skeletons discovered.

The nearly 12,000-year-old remnant’s copy will be on display at Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, as part of the Preservation Parks of Delaware County’s Into the Ice Age exhibit, which kicks-off this Memorial Day weekend.

“This will be the biggest event we’ve done,” said Rich Niccum, the park district’s education services manager. He believes the skeleton’s replica is making its county debut.

The mastodon was found at Burning Tree Golf Course in Newark, Ohio, 1989. The bones were found during an excavation for a new pond at the course. The owner had five casts of the mastodon made before selling the original to a museum in Japan.

Families can get their first up-close look at the Burning Tree Mastodon at 7 p.m. Friday. The event will have activities and a 9:30 p.m. outdoor screening of the Ice Age movie. The film’s sequels will be screened on June 30 and July 28.

In addition, the Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center will bring hands-on activities about Earth glacier research from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Also, the exhibit has another display at Shale Hollow Park, 6320 Artesian Run, in Lewis Center. It includes life-size models of animals from the Ice Age and uses a mattress to simulate the feel of a quaking bog — a wet, spongy and shaky ground that has no foundation. Dale Gnidovec, curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum, will have Ice Age artifacts on display at that park from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Other activities scheduled this summer include fossil and arrowheads identification and a hike to learn about the Ice Age’s geology at Shale Hollow.

Due to the exhibit, hours for Deer Haven and Shale Hollow parks will be extended. Deer Haven will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturdays, while Shale Hollow will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Both parks will be open noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Additionally, there’s a chance to win prizes by finding all five silhouettes of Ice Age-era animals at one of the five parks: Hogback Ridge, Char-Mar Ridge, Gallant Woods, Emily Traphagen and Blues Creek. Booklets for the activity are available at the parks.

The exhibit will run through Oct. 31.

Rich Niccum, Preservation Parks of Delaware County’s education services manager, stands behind the replica of the Burning Tree Mastodon. It is part of the upcoming Ice Age exhibit that will run through October.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/05/web1_mastodon-1.jpgRich Niccum, Preservation Parks of Delaware County’s education services manager, stands behind the replica of the Burning Tree Mastodon. It is part of the upcoming Ice Age exhibit that will run through October. Brandon Klein | The Gazette

By Brandon Klein

bklein@aimmedianetwork.com

WEEKEND GUIDE May 26-28

• 2017 Main Street Delaware Farmers Market, downtown Delaware, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The kick-off for the event offers an enticing array of seasonal fresh produce, baked goods, live and cut flowers and plants, and craft items including homemade soap and pottery. The 2017 market is generously sponsored by the Mount Carmel Health System. This will be the first year the farmers market will participate in the SourcePoint-sponsored senior voucher program, which helps income-eligible seniors to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The market will run from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and ends Oct. 28.

• New Moon Half & Quarter Marathon & 5K, downtown Delaware, 6 p.m. Saturday. The Greenswell Foundation charity event will feature nearly 1,200 participants with about two-thirds coming from areas outside of Delaware County. There will be a beer garden for participants located on North Sandusky Street between William and Winter streets.

• Book Talks – Butterflies & Moths, Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. For more information, call 740-363-2548.

Email your event to bklein@civitasmedia.com.

STRAND SHOW TIMES

Friday & Saturday

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13): [2 p.m.], 5 p.m., 8 p.m.,

Alien: Covenant (R): [2:15 p.m.], 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Baywatch (R): [2:30 p.m.], 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Note: Times in [brackets] are Saturday ONLY.

Sunday

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13): 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

Alien: Covenant (R): 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Baywatch (R): 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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

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