Events

Whether we are hosting an event or attending one, our locations are constantly bustling with activity!  See the list of events below for more information about events with Bittersweet Farms.

For additional information about any of our events, please contact Shannon Solt Marketing Coordiantor at 419 875 6986, ext. 1263 or ssolt@bittersweetfarms.org.    

Betty’s Farm Hosts “Cans for Karaoke” Food Drive  - March 10, 2017

Betty’s Farm will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit Teens for Christ and their annual Operation Love Lima Campaign, which distributes thousands of pounds of food to those in need.   The fundraiser, “Cans for Karaoke,” will be Friday, March 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Attendees will enjoy food, games, and karaoke during the fundraiser.   The event is open to the public.  Admission is a donated non-perishable canned food item.

For those who cannot attend the fundraiser on March 10, non-perishable canned food items may be dropped off at Betty’s Farm during normal Day Program Hours (Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).   For more information on how to get involved, contact Julia Soules (jsoules@bittersweetfarms.org  or 419.999.9174) or Rob Foreman (rforeman@bittersweetfarms.org or 419 205 2841). 

Bittersweet Exhibit at the University of Toledo - Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mark your calendars for March 16! Bittersweet will be the focus of a display, lecture series, and program focusing on disabilities at the University of Toledo.  More details to come in the following weeks!

"Autism Takes Flight" Art Exhibit at the Maumee Public Library - April 1, 2017 - April 22, 2017

Bittersweet is partnering with the Maumee Public Library to showcase 40 pieces of original BSF Bird Exhibit 1 artwork by artists with autism during the month of April for Autism Awareness Month.  The exhibit, “Autism Takes Flight,” will feature paintings of North American birds, created in the Bittersweet Creative Arts program.  The exhibit includes both stylized and realistic representations in watercolor, acrylic and pastel, and showcases the talents and abilities of Bittersweet artists.

The exhibit will run from April 1 through April 22 and is free and open to the public during normal library hours.  Visitors who take a picture of themselves at the exhibit and post to social media using the hashtag “#AutismTakesFlight” will be entered into a raffle* to win a bird print of their choice!  The Maumee Library Branch is located at 501 River Road, Maumee, OH 43537.

*Those who participate in the contest must follow Bittersweet on social media in order to be eligible to win an art print. Instagram: @Bittersweet_83; Twitter: @Bittersweet_83; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bittersweetfarms/

Toledo Metroparks and Bittersweet Host Nature Hikes

Bittersweet has partnered with the Metroparks of the Toledo Area to offer a nature hike to the community once a month at Bittersweet Farms in Whitehouse, Ohio.  The nature hike will be led by a Metroparks interpreter who will discuss the different habitats found within the forests at Bittersweet.  Bittersweet’s hiking trails cover 35 acres that back up to Oak Openings Preserve.

The dates and times for the nature hikes are as follows:                 

Monday, April 3, 2017: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Monday, May 1, 2017:  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Monday, June 5, 2017:  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Monday, August 7, 2017: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Monday, September 11, 2017: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Monday, October 2, 2017: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Monday, November 6, 2017:10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Interested participants may register at the Metroparks Toledo website: http://reservations.metroparkstoledo.com/programs

Save the Date! - Celebrating Possibilities  - Friday, May 19, 2017

Bittersweet will be hosting the 3rd annual spring fundraiser, Celebrating Possibilities, to celebrate the possibilities and achievements of people with autism on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   

Bittersweet will be showcasing the achievements of those served by Bittersweet.   Products from Bittersweet Creative Arts (fused glass, paintings, woven items), Bittersweet Gardens (homegrown vegetables), and Bittersweet Culinary (homemade cookies, shelf-stable pesto and tomato chutney) will be available for purchase.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at https://tinyurl.com/CelebratingPossibilities2017.    

Appetizers and a beer sampling from Maumee Bay Brewing Company will be provided.   Local musician, Nick Neenan, will be providing live entertainment throughout the evening.   Raffle items and games of chance will occur throughout the evening.

Bittersweet will also be presenting the Derek Arbutiski Award to outgoing executive director of Bittersweet, Vicki Obee.  The award honors the dedication of community members for their tireless support advancing the interests of adults with autism.    Vicki Obee has championed for those with autism and developmental disabilities for over 30 years.   For fourteen years she was executive director of Bittersweet.  During her time as director, she achieved funding for major building projects and developed educational and consultation endeavors.   She grew residential opportunities, vocational and day programs, summer camps, and international educational events.  She helped to develop the locally known Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, Bittersweet Creative Arts program, and Bittersweet Culinary program.