- Stan Hywets Antique Classic & Collector Car Show is a Fathers Day favorite.
From Model T's to T-Birds, more than 350 vintage vehicles turn the lawn of Stan Hywet into an eye-popping parking lot at the 46th annual Antique Classic & Collector Car Show. The theme this year, One Hundred Years of the Ford, commemorates the car company that originated mass production of the automobile. Among the Fords on display: a 1934 convertible Roadster and a 1956 Thunderbird. A 1933 Packard Phaeton, one of only a few known to exist, also makes an appearance.
Cars are divided into 25 competitive classes, including sports cars, production cars, and brass (cars made between 1896 and 1915). Prizes are awarded to the top three entries in each class. "When you take the best-looking classic cars in Ohio and present the package on Father's Day, then you know you've got something special," says the show's Pat Meyer. The Antique, Classic & Collector Car Show is 9 a.m. Sunday at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 North Portage Path in Akron. Admission is $5 to $7; call 330-836-5533. -- Cris Glaser
Juneteenth honors the end of slavery.
6/13 - 6/14
Oberlin's Juneteenth celebration is a two-day festival of praying, parading, and partying to commemorate the abolition of slavery. The praying happens during Friday's memorial service; the remaining p's take place Saturday, led by a parade of historical wagons, heritage floats, and the Black Cowboys of Cleveland (an African American equestrian group). There'll also be plenty of food, music, and dancing. Juneteenth Oberlin happens at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Westwood Cemetery on Morgan Street in Oberlin and 10 a.m. Saturday at Tappan Square on State Route 58 in Oberlin. Admission is free; call 440-774-4327. -- Cris Glaser
Cedar Point Goes Gay
Every Father's Day, Cedar Point abounds with parkgoers clad in rainbow T-shirts and shorts. It's Gay Day, a show of pride that the park doesn't officially sanction, but of which it is well aware. "Many of the [gay] employees make sure they are working that day," says Cleveland Pride President Brian Thornton. One bit of advice: Don't dress in drag. Cross-dresser Harry Prather (a.k.a. "Mother Rachael") was booted from the park on Gay Day 2001 for his attire. His lawyer said Prather was "wearing a simple little frock, sunglasses, gloves, and a purse." Cedar Point didn't buy it; the park said its dress-code policy includes a degree of "common sense." Gay Day starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Drive in Sandusky. Tickets are $43.95; call 216-371-0214. -- Cris Glaser