July 30, 2014

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‘The Hobbit’ fantasy adventure comes to Wolf Creek

Owen Bianchi, 3, of Doylestown, dashes across a makeshift “rickety bridge” at Wolf Creek Environmental Center’s “There and Back Again — A Hobbit’s Adventure” event Saturday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

More than 130 children and adults ventured through Middle-earth at Wolf Creek Environmental Center’s kickoff event for “There and Back Again — A Hobbit’s Adventure” on Saturday.

Children weren't the only ones having a blast at Saturday's kickoff of "There and Back Again —€” A Hobbit's Adventure." Pictured are Chris Horvath, Michael Kovack and Zach Berno, who entertained children dressed as inhabitants of Middle-earth. NICK GLUNT/GAZETTE

Naturalists said they expect many more to attend the free event, which will run through Jan. 5 and includes both indoor and outdoor Hobbit-themed attractions.

The outdoor attractions were delayed Saturday because of heavy rain, but naturalists said those sections will be open when weather permits.

The event coincides with the Dec. 13 release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second installment in the prequel trilogy to the successful “The Lord of the Rings” fantasy film franchise, based on the series of novels by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Attractions at Wolf Creek include Hobbit-themed face-painting and crafts.

Stephanie Bianchi, who brought her 3-year-old son Owen to the event, said she was impressed with the breadth of attractions.

“It’s so creative,” she said. “It’s just magical for children.”

Wolf Creek, at 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The center is closed today, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.