Magic on Main Street
Things are getting a little spooky in Wilmington, Ohio. On July 15, a block of Main Street will turn into a world of witches and wizards eagerly awaiting the release of the latest Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which goes on sale at midnight.
Step inside Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (the General Denver Hotel), where the sorting hat will determine your seating at the banquet tables for the Start-of-Term Feast. Afterward, kids can join a costume parade, while adults browse the Diagon Alley shopping area. Keep an eye out for the Dwarf Winged Horse, live owls and, at midnight, a unicorn.
For more information, call (937) 383-7323 or visit www.hp-ohio.com/hbp.html.
Get Your Motor Running
Feel the need for speed? Check out Pickerington, Ohio's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum's new exhibit, BMW: The Mastery of Speed, opening July 20. It will showcase some rarely seen machines and artifacts from the Peter Nettesheim collection.
Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for students ages 12 to 17 and $5 for American Motorcyclist Association members. Call (614) 856-2222 or visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org, for more information.
Arts and Crafts for Adults
Paperweights with minature gardens inside and gold-lined ceramics are among the exhibits at The Art of Craft in America, showing at the Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts in Chautauqua, N.Y., July 17 to Aug. 5. It will feature artists in glass, wood, ceramics, fiber and metal and jewelry. For more information, visit www.ciweb.org.