Happening This Week in Athens County: 6 Must-Do Events

There’s a common saying around the region: if you don’t like the weather, stick around for a few more days—it will change. The weather may be unpredictable this time of year, but Athens County never disappoints art lovers, history buffs or outdoor enthusiasts. Check out these great events around town and peek through our events calendar for a more complete listing of everything you can look forward to in the month of February.


Steven Church, courtesy of Ohio University’s Creative Writing Department

Visiting Nonfiction Writer Steven Church 2/18

Renowned essayist and creative writer, Steven Church, will be reading from a collection of his work on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30 PM in the Walter Rotunda. The event is hosted by Ohio University’s Creative Writing Program. The event is free and open to the public. Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, and his latest collection of essays, Ultrasonic.

14th Annual Good Works Walk 2/20

Grab your friends and family to take part in this hope-creating event in an effort to fight poverty and raise awareness about Southeast Ohio’s homeless residents and the struggles they face. The WALK starts at 8:30 AM on Saturday, February 20th, at the First United Methodist Church (2 South College Street) and ends in the same location. The WALK is expected to last until around 1:00 PM. Proceeds also benefit Good Works Timothy House.

Wildcat Hollow Teach a Tree Winter Hike 2/20

Learn fun and easy tricks to identifying native Ohio trees on this educational hike through Wayne National Forests’s Wildcat Hollow. The winter hike starts at 1:00 PM and lasts until 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 20th. Fact sheets of the trees will be provided along with expert advice on how to spot numerous species.

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NMF Sock Hop Poster, courtesy of Stuart’s Opera House

Sock Hop at Rollerbowl Lanes with NMF and Stuart’s Opera House 2/20

Lace up your dancing shoes and join Stuart’s Opera House and the Nelsonville Music Festival in a 1950’s-inspired Sock Hop. The evening includes music, one hour’s worth of bowling, cash bar and door prizes. Local entertainers, Chucko and DJ “Disco” Barticus will be mixing up the beats throughout the night. Arrive dressed to impress in order to compete (and win) the dance and costume contest. The fun kicks off at 8:00 PM on Saturday, February 20th at Rollerbowl Lanes in Athens. Tickets and further information can be found by calling 740-753-1924.

Ridges Historical Walking Tour 2/21

The weather is expected to take a turn for the better, which means you need to take advantage of the sunshine while it lasts. We’ve got just the opportunity for history buffs and the outdoorsy types alike. The monthly Ridges Walking Tour is this Sunday and tickets are only $10.00 for ACHSM and $15.00 for anyone ages 12 and up. The guided tour is led by longtime Athens Asylum employee and historical expert, George Eberts. The walk follows the outermost loop of The Ridges Trail. Those participating in the tour can expect to spend nearly two hours hiking the historical grounds of Athens most notable structure. The tour starts at the Kennedy Museum Steps and runs from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 21st.