Frolicking Not-So-Far Afield (FNSFA)

Due to COVID-19, these spring 2020 classes and events were canceled. Please review them as a sample of our curriculum, and check back with us this fall for our updated courses and events.

Friday Tours

FNSFA: Historic Butler County Courthouse Tour

By their nature, courthouses are centers of controversy. Disputes are resolved and penalties meted out there. Justice is not always popular. There are losers as well as winners when judges and juries make decisions. In its first 110 years, numerous controversies embroiled the venerable Historic Butler County Courthouse, including several involving its appearance and use. In more than 100 years, it has survived fire, flood, many storms and other attacks from nature, the worst being the March 14, 1912, fire which took the lives of three Hamilton firemen. Hear the stories as you see the building come to life through the eyes of your guide, Judge Randy T. Rogers.

1 Wednesday: March 25, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Butler County Courthouse

 

NOTE: Park in free spaces on High Street, metered spaces (takes quarters) surrounding the Courthouse, or in the city’s McDulin parking garage on Market Street (one block north of High Street, between N. 2nd and N. 3rd Street; first two hours free). Enter the Courthouse from the Front Street entrance, go through security, take the elevator or stairs to meet in the rotunda on the second floor.

*ILR events/classes involving walking/hiking/exercise may be strenuous for some. Please use discretion when registering.


FNSFA: 80 Acre Farm Tour

80 Acre Farms is pioneering the future of food. Their mission is to provide accessible, nutritious, tasty, and affordable food to local communities. They have built ultra-efficient indoor farms that grow crops completely without pesticides, using far fewer resources. Take a tour to marvel how it’s done and, possibly, taste the results.

There are two tours for 80 Acre Farm due to limited enrollment. Please choose one of the following:

  • 1 Friday: April 3, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
    Location: 4535 Este Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232 (near Spring Grove Cemetery)
  • 1 Friday: April 10, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
    Location: 4535 Este Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232 (near Spring Grove Cemetery)

*ILR events/classes involving walking/hiking/exercise may be strenuous for some. Please use discretion when registering.


FNSFA: Miami Valley Gaming: Behind the Scenes Tour

Enjoy a visit to Miami Valley Gaming to get an inside look behind the scenes. Miami Valley Gaming has over 1900 gaming machines, live harness racing, dining, entertainment, and hosts special events.

1 Friday: April 10, 10:00 am–12:00 PM
Location: 6000 OH-63, Lebanon, OH 45036

*ILR events/classes involving walking/hiking/exercise may be strenuous for some. Please use discretion when registering.


FNSFA:BeauVerre Riordan Studio Tour

Who doesn’t appreciate the beauty of stained glass? Visit BeauVerre Riordan’s newly restored, turn-of-the-century building in the heart of Middletown. Enjoy a guided tour of period Arts & Crafts furniture, and take in all the beautiful glass creations from the BeauVerre Riordan artisans. Browse the visitor’s art gallery containing sculptures, paintings, and jewelry from many area artists.

1 Friday: April 17, 10:00 am–12:00 PM
Location: 1054 Central Avenue, Middletown, OH 45044
Fee:$7.50, payable with registration

*ILR events/classes involving walking/hiking/exercise may be strenuous for some. Please use discretion when registering.


FNSFA: Deceuninck Factory Tour

Deceuninck North America is a design, compounding, tooling, and PVC extrusion company, producing window and door systems for the building industry. The Belgium-based company, with roots back to 1937, operates a facility in Monroe, Ohio. They offer a tour of their operation to broaden our knowledge of how things are made.

1 Friday: April 24, 10:00 am–12:00 PM
Location: 351 N Garver Rd., Monroe, OH 45050

*ILR events/classes involving walking/hiking/exercise may be strenuous for some. Please use discretion when registering.


FNSFA: Lane Hooven House Tour

Join us on a self-guided tour of the Lane Hooven House museum built in 1863 for Clark Lane, a renowned Hamilton industrialist and philanthropist. The octagonal house features an amazing oval staircase and a brick exterior with Gothic Tudor elements.

1 Friday: May 1, 10:00 am–12:00 PM
Location: 319 N. Third St., Hamilton, OH 45011

*ILR events/classes involving walking/hiking/exercise may be strenuous for some. Please use discretion when registering.