Here comes the bridal show


Food samples will be among the featured attractions during the Sauder Village Bridal Show next month.

From noon until 4 p.m. March 2, wedding professionals from the region will have exhibits set up in Founder’s Hall to showcase resources a bride could use to plan a wedding. The event will include a variety of information, special offers, food samples, entertainment, and giveaways.

Photographers, florists, DJs, caterers, wedding planners, and decorators will be on hand in the hall at the village, in Archbold in Fulton County.

In addition, guests will be able to explore the range of bridal services offered at Sauder Village, including shops with gifts for the bride and groom, rehearsal dinner options at the Barn Restaurant, and rooms at the Sauder Heritage Inn for guests or the bridal party. In Founder’s Hall, a variety of food and drink options are available, from hors d’oeuvres and drinks to family-style, buffet, and plated dinners.

Admission to the Bridal Show is $7 but guests can pre-register at to receive a coupon for $2 off admission. Registered guests will be entered into a grand prize drawing. Bouquets will be tossed out throughout the afternoon, providing brides a chance to win prizes and gift certificates from participating vendors and Sauder Village.

For more information call 800-590-9755.


To celebrate February (we’re all about celebrating the end of February and the march towards April), the Swanton Public Library is planning a Chocolate Celebration for children in grades K-5. The event will be held the day after February ends, meaning kids should come to the library from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. March 1 for sweet stories, tasty treats, gooey games, and a craft. To register, call the library at 419-826-2760, stop by, or visit the library’s Web site. There is no fee to take part in the salute to chocolate event.

Sweet and salty

Speaking of chocolate, a potato chip manufacturer in the region gives you some options for the sweet-and-salty fan in your life (hint: Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14). Chocolate-covered chips (milk or dark) are available as well as chocolate-covered pretzels.

It was in 1920 in Tiffin when Fred Ballreich and his wife, Ethel, opened their homemade potato chip operation in a dirt-floor garage, using a copper kettle heated with wood scraps. It was an all-day process that produced only 14 pounds of potato chips.

After all these years in business, the questions continue about the name: how do you pronounce “Ballreich’s”?

“We’ve had many people ask for the correct pronunciation of our company name. The correct pronunciation is: “Ball” as in “Baseball” and “Rikes” as in “Bikes” = “Ball-Rikes,” according to Ballreich’s Web site.

Among the interesting Chip Tips on Ballreich’s Web site: “What does ‘Marcelled’ mean? The term “marcelled” was applied to the Ballreich’s potato chip early in the history of the company. During the early 1920s, the “marcelled” look was popular in hair fashion. Women at that time had their hair cut short and set in waves. This wavy-look resembled the corrugated cut of the Ballreich’s potato chip. Ballreich’s potato chips have been called “marcelled” ever since, a term we pioneered for the potato chip industry.”

No yacht required

The Armory Inn, located in the Toledo Yacht Club, is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays starting March 8. The inn will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the bar open 5 p.m. until midnight.

The inn and club are at 3900 N. Summit St., across from Detwiler Park.

Reservations are not required but recommended. Attire is casual, no suit and tie required. For more information, call 419-726-3485.

A special party to kick off the pre-boating season is scheduled on the club’s opening night: The 26th annual Back-to-the-Bay party will feature two live bands. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. The annual event has drawn more than 1,000 people.

New product, catchy name

Will it catch on? TCBY is dipping into a new market with is Fro-Yo.

TCBY’s has recently served customers its first-ever full plant-based, dairy-free vanilla frozen yogurt in partnership with Silk Almondmilk.

Responding to the requests of their diet-restricted consumers, TCBY announced in its notice about the new product: “You can have your vanilla Fro-Yo and eat it too!”

TCBY’s most recent vegan offering is called Silk Vanilla Almond Fro-Yo. Its previously released Silk Chocolate Almond recently earned a Libby Award from PETA for Best Vegan Dessert in 2013.

TCBY was founded in 1981.

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