Darwin Day Celebration Evolves into a Great Event

The Darwin Day Celebration went very well.  Our speaker, author Mary Anne Farah, was able to be at the meetup despite a very bad snow storm in Ontario Canada.  She left early Friday to go to a meetup in Toledo and was stopped by the storm only a half hour from her home.  She couldn’t even get back to her home at that point and had to get a hotel room for the night.  Luckily she was able to continue to Toledo on Saturday where she was a speaker at the Great Lakes Atheists Darwin Day event.  Mary Anne then came to Mansfield today and was early for our event.

H.M.S. BeagleOur event started with me giving a brief opening.  Then Drenn Workman, Mid Ohio Atheists Vice President, gave a presentation on the life of Darwin and his voyage of discovery to South America aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, a survey vessel.  The presentation also covered the Theory of Evolution that Darwin wrote about in his seminal work, On the Origin of Species.




HMS Beagle

imageThe next speaker was Mary Anne who presented her e-book, Pepper’s Special Wings.  Mary Anne said she thought the evolution of the peppered moth species in England would be the perfect subject for a children’s book explaining how evolution through natural selection works.

Pepper’s Special Wings is about a peppered moth aptly named Pepper that was darker than her friends, who were mostly white with small flecks of black.  There were a lot more light colored moths than dark ones.  Mary Anne asked for volunteers from the audience to help count the moths on the white birch tree.  Two children came up and it was easy for them to find the dark colored moth but not so easy to find the white moths.

In the story, Pepper had to be very careful to hide from hungry birds because she was so easily seen whereas her white friends didn’t have to be so careful since they were harder to see on the white birch bark.

The story goes on to describe how industry moved close by where the moths lived and soot from the air pollution the factories produced had turned the trees to a much darker color.  Now it was easy for Pepper to hide from the hungry birds but not so easy for her friends.  Pepper went on to have lots of babies so that eventually the forest was full of dark moths like Pepper.

I thought it was a great learning experience for the kids and they seemed to really enjoy the story.

I am sure we will have more events like this in the future since this was so enjoyable.  Mary Anne was a great speaker and I would recommend her to anyone.  I want to thank her for coming all the way from Canada to Mansfield.  I also wish to thank Drenn Workman for presenting and Barbara Williams for letting us borrow her projector.  Special thanks goes to Marisa Hills for planning and coordinating the event.

Darwin Day Celebration


Mid Ohio Atheists will be holding an educational event on February 10th for elementary school children in the Mansfield area.   The event will be held at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 116 Park Ave. West in Mansfield at 3 PM.

Canadian author Mary Anne Farah will read her children’s e-book, Pepper’s Special Wings – A Story About Natural Selection.  Children will see how Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory works, using words and colorful artwork they can understand.  Children will also see that sometimes being different is what makes them amazing!

Next will be a presentation on Evolution and the life of Charles Darwin given by Mid Ohio Atheists Director and Vice President Drenn Workman.

The event is free to attend and there will be door prizes and light refreshments.

Here is a flyer you can print out and share- darwinday2013

There will be door prizes including books on evolution for children.  Two of Daniels Loxton’s book Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be will be given away.

Ohio Michigan Atheist Winter Potluck

Mid Ohio Atheists member Barbara Williams has a message for everyone in our group-
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The museum is located at 5717 Main Street, Sylvania, OH 43560

Season of Reason Party and helping the needy

For our December monthly meetup, we will meet at noon on the 18th for a celebration of the season, family, and friendship at my home in Plymouth for a pot-luck lunch.

Please bring a covered dish and whatever you wish to drink.   Turkey and ham will be provided.

We are also collecting food and blankets to give to secular organizations that help the needy. Please be generous in your donation.

If you need directions, send a request to- ron@midohioatheists.org

Edit- the location was changed to Plymouth.

Atheist breakfast coming this Sunday

Just a reminder that we will be getting together this Sunday, August 21st, at the Golden Corral in Ontario at 10:00 AM.

This will be a social activity where we will get together to to enjoy good conversation and have a good meal.  This time of the day the restaurant serves breakfast type foods and they have a very wide selection of items.  The cost is around $9.00 per person and that includes your drink.

I hope to see everyone there.

Ron Stephens

Annual Picnic Signup List

Our annual picnic is coming up soon. The picnic will be at the Mohican State Park, in the picnic area next to the covered bridge on Sunday July 17th at Noon.


In order to track what people are bringing to the picnic, please send an email to info@midohioatheists.org with what you plan to bring.

I think we will have about 50 people show up.  Keep checking back here as I will update the number of people as more people respond.  I will keep the list of items updated as I receive emails also.

Thanks, Ron.

Things people have already volunteered to bring:

  • Diet pop and water
  • Pop & other drinks
  • Potato salad
  • Veggie Platter
  • Fruit Platter
  • Macaroni salad
  • Brats
  • Hamburgers & buns
  • Hotdogs & buns
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Iced tea
  • Venison burgers, farm raised
  • Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Barbecue Sauce, Mayo, Pickles, etc…..)
  • Plates
  • Plastic ware
  • Napkins
  • Cookies
  • Chips / dip
  • Charcoal & Lighter Fluid

Things still needed:

  • Watermelon
  • Desserts
  • Anything else you want to share.

Monthly meeting coming soon

This month’s meeting will take place at the Ocean Buffet in Ontario.  It will be this Sunday, May 15th at 11:00 AM.

We had a great time last month at this location as we had one of the banquet rooms to ourselves and could talk freely, and loudly, without bothering any of the other customers.  Also, many of the attendees enjoyed their fill of the was great food that was on offer.

This month we will be discussing the recent Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup and the upcoming annual Atheists in the Park picnic at Mohican State Park.

We will be in one of the back banquet rooms with a sign showing who we are.  I hope to see you there.


Meeting this Sunday

We’ll be meeting this Sunday, the 16th, at Barnes & Noble in Ontario.  We’ll be discussing last months trip to HCCO’s banquet.

There is also a new opportunity to become a partner with American Atheists that sounds interesting.   We’ll go over the requirements for doing that and decide if we want to become a partner.

First MOA Movie Night!

We’re happy to announce the first Mid Ohio Atheists movie night.

It will be at my house in Plymouth.  Email me at ron@midohioatheists.org for directions.

We will be showing the newly released movie Agora, about the life of Hypatia, a mathmetician and scholar who was killed by Christian zealots in 415 C.E.  We will also be showing the perennial atheist favorite, Life of Brian.

The festivities start at 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 30th.  There will be free pizza and pop.  All MOA members and their guests are welcome.