June 15, 2021

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Area tourist attractions reopening this summer after pandemic shutdown

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MANSFIELD –  As families anticipate getting out and traveling this summer, there are plenty of things to do in north central Ohio with events and destinations opening back up as coronavirus pandemic restrictions are being lifted.

The Final Friday Concert Series is returning to The Brickyard this summer starting this week, May 28.

The featured artists are Emily Raff, Jimi Vincent Band, Terry Lee Ridley, representing the first Final Friday concert since September 2019.

Downtown Mansfield Inc. also released a lineup for the rest of the popular concert series this year. Each concert begins at 5:30 p.m.:

June 25: Jody Odom Jr., Jeffrey Boyd & Park Street Blue, Honey and Blue; July 30: Red & Six, Departure, Red Ball Jets; August 27: Macy Page, Talk Boy Trio, Martini Affair; and September 24: Matt Zahel, Terry Douglas, Simba Jordan.

The COVID-19 pandemic derailed the entire Final Friday series in 2020.

Elsewhere, concerts are scheduled to return as part of the 2021-22 season at the Renaissance Theatre. This will be the 93rd season for the venerable theater.

This photograph shows the Ohio State Reformatory before parts of the prison-turned-museum were torn down by the state, leaving the administrative offices and the historic cell blocks intact.

Self-guided tours at the Ohio State Reformatory are being offered 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week with the exception of Easter, Memorial Day and Labor Day.

OSR, which brings thousands of tourists to the area each year, became famous when “The Shawshank Redemption,” starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, was filmed at the prison in 1993.

When the prison first opened in 1896, initially housing 150 young offenders, its presence was the result of a long campaign by local leaders. The castle-like structure, incorporating elements from Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne architecture, housed a total of more than 155,000 men before it closed Dec. 31, 1990, replaced by a new prison, Mansfield Correctional Institution.

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