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October 2014 Edition ©

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Photo by Studio 66 compliments of Shadowbox Live

It’s that time again.  Summer breathes its last breath, the air gets chilly, the days get shorter, and the strange, the bizarre, and the downright creepy take over Shadowbox Live with the brand new sketch comedy and rock ‘n’ roll production, Freak Show, running through October 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. 


The aptly-themed show offers two hours of freakishly fiendish fun with original sketches and scarily sexy rock ‘n’ roll music. Freak Show is the first sketch comedy and rock ‘n’ roll show of Shadowbox Live’s 25th anniversary celebration, and first of several with throw-back titles from Shadowbox Live’s history. 


Shadowbox Live is the largest resident theater company in America, producing over 550 shows per year. For over 20 years this creative team has produced world-class performances, spanning the artistic spectrum with sketch comedy, rock ‘n ‘roll, original rock operas, traditional musicals, drama, dance theater and new media; always putting emphasis on the unparalleled live experience. 


As part of the year-long celebration Freak Show, and all sketch comedy/rock ‘n’ roll shows in the upcoming season, will mix never-before-seen material with one sketch and one song from the past.  


“We’ll officially start our 25th Anniversary celebration with an extravaganza during our annual fundraiser this October 7th,” says Stacie Boord, Shadowbox Live’s Director of Community Relations, “but this is a really fun way to pay tribute to our long history of sketch comedy and rock ‘n’ roll!” 


Sketches from Freak Show include: 


The Exorsister – premiered in Raisin’ Hell 2008.  The Spazoids are confronted with their scariest adversary yet, Kirby’s sister Tess as she undergoes a monthly transformation! 


Captain Kirk’s Advice – In his moment of need, geeky Herb is visited by legendary womanizer Captain Kirk with some much needed advice. 


Demon Baby and Hell-Child Care – All of those movie monsters must have had some really messed up childhoods, right?  Well, maybe not.  Mr. Vorhees has written a book to help raise those precocious demon babies. 


Dream Catcher – So what would happen if those dream catchers really caught your dreams.  Let me tell you, it ain’t pretty.


Guess Who’s Yukking Up Dinner – Kimberly brings home her new boyfriend for a family dinner.  And you thought your parents had issues with your significant other. 


Haunted House Training – It’s getting harder and harder to scare people nowadays.  Watch as these trainees give it their best shot, even if it means using very unorthodox methods. 


Jason’s Scary Stories: Dream Interrupted – What Freak Show would be complete without everyone’s favorite flashlight wielding scary storytellers? 


Literal Wizard – Grammar Nazis rejoice!  This wizard has had enough of bad English . . . literally. 


Modern Day Freaks – Carnival freak shows used to feature all sorts of oddities.  But modern day freaks might not be what you expect. 


The Line – The latest horror flick exposes everyone’s worst nightmare . . . an endless waiting line at an amusement park! 


Zombie or Not to Be? – Ok zombies really get a bad rap.  Oh, and they prefer the term “Undead Americans.” 


Songs from Freak Show include:  

  • Thriller by Michael Jackson – premiered in Freak Show 1998

  • All Mine by Portishead 

  • Blackest Eyes by Porcupine Tree 

  • Save Me by Dave Matthews Band 

  • House of Pain by Van Halen 

  • Mama Told Me Not to Come by Three Dog Night 

  • Boogey Man by KC & The Sunshine Band 

  • Mz. Hyde by Halestorm 

  • 6 Underground by Sneaker Pimps

Shadowbox Live presents Freak Show, running Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 & 10:30 PM through November 1, 2014.  Tickets are $20 - $40.  For more information and reservations, call the Shadowbox Live Box Office at 614-416-7625 or go online at www.shadowboxlive.org.


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The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

Fall color tours and…dare say? Santa Claus is coming to town!



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Outside the hustle and bustle of today’s commerce centers is a town redefining itself through art, history and tourism. Historic Nelsonville, once the brick and coal center of Ohio, offers families and couples great opportunities to get away from it all without being all that far away. This quaint, quiet town is located about an hour southeast of Columbus (and less than a half hour above Ohio University’s home town of Athens). And the famous Hocking Hills are just a short drive away as well. So what to do in Nelsonville?


Among the many shops along the Public Square, which includes the busy, entertaining and original Stuart’s Opera House, and the famous Rocky brand boot outlet store, Nelsonville also has been the home to one of Ohio’s top tourist railroads for over forty years. The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway has been operated as a non-profit 501c3, all-volunteer organization since 1972, and has been a family-favorite along the way. In fact, it has become a destination in itself. “It has gone from being just a place for train enthusiasts to something much more,” says Chris Burchett, himself among the volunteers for over fifteen years, ten of those as a locomotive engineer. “Families have come to love the railroad as a great place to reconnect and enjoy the history of the area from a unique perspective. The railroad itself operates on a line dating back to the 1860s, the original railroad having a major in building Nelsonville and indeed the nation.”


So, what about this train and the area? Why should one make the trip to Nelsonville and the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway? Quite simply, it’s something far different than the norm you’re likely accustomed. During the summer months, the railroad operates regular round trip weekend train rides, along with one of its most popular events, Ohio’s Friendliest Train Robbery. Now an annual event, the railroad typically operates two of these per year. But as the temperatures begin to cool and the leaves turn from a lush green to a brilliant display of reds, oranges and yellows, the Hocking Valley Scenic offers Fall Foliage tours via an expanded schedule throughout October. “Hands down our most popular trains overall, October is a beautiful time to see the hills and experience the history of the area,” Burchett said.


October brings one of the busiest times of the year to Nelsonville and Southeast Ohio. And the railroad steps up by offering trains not just on the weekends at Noon and 2:30 p.m. in October, but also on Thursdays and Fridays at 1:00 p.m. between October 2nd and October 24th. These trips feature full narration on-board, describing the area history, sites along the way, and the history of the train itself. You also have many options available to you as far as seating, but be warned! Since this is a popular time of the year, you’ll want to get there early, no matter what train you choose, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating options include one air-conditioned coach, two open-air cars, and enclosed (but not air conditioned) coaches. Toward the end of the train ride, there is a stop at a quaint recreated town called Robbins Crossing. This village is a recreation of a typical 1840s-era Ohio pioneer village, which showcases candle-making, a working blacksmith shop, a general store, a one-room school, and a lot more in original log cabins. And the great part is how affordable the entire trip is for about an average two-hour train ride! Tickets—available by phone, online, or at the train depot—range between $10 and $17. Not a bad deal for authentic equipment and real history. Try that at any theme park!

But not to be outdone, the volunteers take most of November off to get the train and depot ready for the arrival of Santa Claus. These are just about as equal in popularity to the October trains, so be prepared for a crowd if you plan to make the trip to “North Pole Nelsonville.” While Santa’s reindeer are stabled elsewhere, Santa gets aboard the train and walks through from end to end, visiting with each and every child along the way! Depending on if one of the elves made the trip from the North Pole with St. Nick or Mrs. Claus herself (sometimes she too makes the trip), one or the other will be passing out a special candy cane treat after Santa’s visit. Of course, the coaches are heated throughout--one of them with an old coal stove--and the festive mood of Christmas is evident enough, as the coaches are decorated for the season. And old musical favorites of the holiday season, from Bing Crosby to the Chipmunks, are playing during the whole ride over the train’s PA system. There’s no historical narration with these trains and no stop at Robbins Crossing. It’s just a great ride with Santa Claus and the kids or grandkids that takes about two hours to complete. And if you’re wondering, it is indeed round trip. They won’t leave you behind in the cold, middle of nowhere. They recommend buying tickets in advance since these trains can sell out easily. And it’s no wonder! These rides with Santa have been around almost as long as the scenic railroad itself. “We have had the kids that grew up in the 1970s return later with their own kids, some only to return later already with the grandkids! It has truly become a regular tradition for many families,” remarked Burchett. These Santa Trains operate weekends between November 29th and December 21st at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., plus an evening version at 6:00 p.m. on December 6th and 13th only. Tickets range from $13 to $17.


If that isn’t enough, there is also a special train that operates on New Year’s Eve, departing the Nelsonville depot at 10:30 p.m. for an approximately two-hour train ride. At midnight, fireworks are set off to help ring in the new year of 2015, and during the ride--depending on your seating selection--you are served with pizza and soda pop or wine and cheese. Adults 21 and older are only permitted in the Wine & Cheese section, so bear that in mind if you want to make this a family event. Alcohol is not served in the Pizza & Pop section and the kids must be with the parents, so plan accordingly! Tickets for this event are more than most of the trains, but still considerably affordable for such a unique event, ranging from $20 to $35 per person. This one is a reservation-only train and you must make your reservation by December 29th.

This is a destination you do not want to miss this year! And who doesn’t remember watching the trains and wishing you could take a ride? Now’s your chance and it’s such a great way to spend the day together. Plus the area features not only Nelsonville and its rich history, but the Hocking Hills parks are just up the road, outside of nearby Logan.


To get your tickets or look up more information, which we highly recommend you do before making the trip, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway maintains an informative Web site at www.hockingvalleytrain.org. And the friendly staff for their toll-free number is very helpful as well. Also bear in mind that the coaches are not handicap accessible, as it is vintage equipment, but there is a wheelchair lift available at the Nelsonville depot. If you’re taking one of the trains that include a Robbins Crossing visit, there is no lift available there at this time. The only restrooms available are located inside the depot. There are no facilities on the train and if Robbins Crossing is part of the ride, there are porta-potties located there. Food and drinks are not offered by the railroad, but they encourage you to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks aboard. If you’re traveling with pets, they advise that pets are not permitted on the train unless it is a certified assistance animal. Parking is free in any of the three lots around the depot, which is located next to the famous Rocky Boots Outdoor Gear Store along Business Route 33 (Canal Street).

Check out the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway at www.hockingvalleytrain.org , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ hvsry, Twitter at @hvscenicrailway, or give them a call toll-free at 800-967-7834.

33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764 (Business U.S. Route 33)--about one hour southeast of Columbus!

Weekends through October. Santa Trains operate weekends November 29 through December 21.

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Medina County is Home to
Rodeo, Giants, Christmas & Festivals Galore

Nestled in Northeast Ohio’s Western Reserve region, Medina County offers natural and manmade features to fit everyone’s interest.  With close proximity to Cleveland and Akron, the area provides a unique pairing of “small town atmosphere with big city flavor”.  There are small towns with unique architecture, town centers with gazebos, wonderful retail, outlets and great dining.  Drive by wide-open spaces including farmland, woods, rolling hills, lakes, streams, ledges, even the continental divide runs through Medina County.


The rural countryside offers beautiful scenic drives all year long but especially in the fall to see the changing colors.  While traveling in Medina County, you may pass by small and large alpaca, horse, dairy, grain, berry and/or tree farms.  Past orchards, mills, garden centers, parks, farm markets, a winery and petting farms.  Come out for an exciting Sunday drive, especially in the fall for the beautiful colors and the drive-it-yourself Fall Foliage Tour.


Unique to Medina County is the Buckin’ Ohio Pro Bull Riding Rodeos, Stone Carvings in the ledges, America’s largest Christmas entertainment attraction, and colorful history such as the Seville Giants and Victorian architecture.


If shopping is something that is a pleasure, Medina County offers unique retail stops, outlets, farmers markets, antiques, second hand and consignment shoppes, food, art, furnishings and gifts, just to name a few.  Check out a very specialized shop, the Log Cabin Shop, for Early American merchandise and re-enactment supplies.  The city of Medina is home to Root Candles at West Liberty.


A one-of-a-kind attraction in Medina County is Castle Noel, a Christmas entertainment complex featuring “I Had That” Toyland Experience, Blizzard Vortex, Santa’s Chimney Squeeze, stroll past the New York City department store windows from Sax, Bloomingdales and other, the Christmas Movieland prop and costume collection and Santa Klaus Mountain.


Local history is accented with museums:  Medina Toy & Train Museum, Little Wiz Fire Museum, Medina Town Hall and Engine House Museum and the Northern Ohio Railway Museum.  Historical societies in Medina County offer unique sites, an 1850’s farm in Brunswick, a one-room school house in York Township, a Victorian home in Medina and Worden Ledges stone carvings in Hinckley (Cleveland Metroparks).


Medina County is blessed with many wonderful parks that offer swimming, hiking, fishing, pavilions, sports fields, an environmental center for education and many wonderful programs for all ages to enjoy.  It even has the Cleveland Metroparks jewel – the Hinckley Reservation.


Medina County also has many festivals and events that take place throughout the year offering fun entertainment for the whole family.  The Medina Ice Festival (February), Wadsworth Herb & Craft Festival (May), Seville’s Largest Yard Sale and Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival (June), Lodi Sweet Corn Festival and Brunswick Summer Celebration (July), Valley City Frog Jump Festival, Medina International Fest and, of course, the Medina County Fair (August), Johnny Appleseed Festival and Walk with the Spirits of the Past (September), Medina County Fall Foliage Tour (October), Candlelight Walk and Christmas in the Colonies (November)


Also featured in Medina County are a number of wonderful art programs: Art-in-the-Park, Arts Week in July, free concerts by community bands, Jazz under the Stars, Concerts over the Valley, Rally in the Alley are throughout the summer and there are a multitude of theatre productions, Shakespeare community and school productions.


Learn more about Medina County and all of these attractions at VisitMedinaCounty.com. Here’s a short video highlighting several things to do.


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in Coshocton

Home of Historic Roscoe Village, the Three Rivers Wine Trail, The Horse-Drawn Canal Boat Ride, Crows, and More

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For decades, Coshocton has been known as 'Crow Town'.  No one seems to recall when or why that nickname began, but in recent years thousands of Canadian Crows have decided to make Coshocton their winter roost from November through early March. So in order to make the best of the situation, the crows are now celebrated each November with 'crow-themed' festivities such as the Crow-shocton Crush winery event and the Crow Homecoming.


Getaway to Coshocton this fall just like the crows do!  There's plenty going on this season including the Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival, Fall Foliage Tour, Fall Harvest Big Band Dance, Winery event, Crow Homecoming, GeoTrail Launch, and seasonal getaway packages.


Coshocton is known for Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s town that was once a bustling port along the Ohio and Erie Canal. It is now home to restaurants, tours of the historic buildings, and the Famous Shops of Historic Roscoe Village. Special seasonal tours are also available during the fall and holidays including the 'Spirit of Roscoe' Tour October 17 & 18 and 'A Roscoe Christmas' in November and December.


The Shops and Restaurants in Historic Roscoe Village certainly keep things exciting in this historic village, making this the perfect place for holiday shopping.  Find gifts such as handmade leather goods, fine jewelry, gourmet foods, coffee, locally-made flags, Vera Bradley, unique gifts, flowers & plants, homemade fudge, Ohio-Made items, old-fashioned candy, and hand-woven rugs.


Nearby is the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat where travelers on the 45-minute ride are entertained by the Captain as he explains 1800s life on the canal with tall tales and a lot of history, creating the feeling of actually gliding right into the 1830s.  The canal boat operates on Saturdays and Sundays through October 19.


Also in Historic Roscoe Village is the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum showcasing permanent exhibits of Historic Ohio, Euro–American decorative arts, American Indian, and Asian arts. Other special exhibits are featured throughout the year. The museum is also home to the legendary Newark Holy Stones unearthed in the 1860s in the Newark Ohio Earthworks.


Coshocton also boasts the Three Rivers Wine Trail - five local wineries including Raven's Glenn Winery, Shawnee Springs Winery, Heritage Vineyard Winery, Rainbow Hills Winery and Yellow Butterfly Winery.  On November 8, the Three Rivers Wine Trail presents the Crow-shocton Crush Winery event, where a pre-purchased ticket offers guests tastings at each winery, a special gift, and the opportunity to meet the winemaker at each winery.


Another popular stop for travelers in the area is Unusual Junction – housed in a restored railroad depot filled with Ohio's largest selection of hot sauces and mustards, spices, Amish and other locally-made cheeses, deli meats, trail bologna, candies, and the Lava Rock Grill Restaurant. The restaurant is home of the original 'Price Is Right' sign that was used during the Bob Barker days, signed by Barker himself. Unusual Junction is also the site of Universe Bridal and Prom Superstore, one of the largest stores of its kind in the Midwest.


Coshocton is perfect for the outdoor lover with numerous hiking and biking trails at Lake Park; walking paths at Clary Gardens; plus the area is blessed to have thousands of acres of public hunting and fishing land making it a popular hiking, fishing, and hunting destination year-round. 


There are many festivals and events coming up this season including The Fall Harvest Big Band Dance on October 4; The Apple Butter Stirrin' in Historic Roscoe Village October 17-19; the Fall Foliage & Farm Tour October 18-19; live bluegrass music events October 25 and November 22, Crow-shocton Crush Winery event November 8, Crow Homecoming November 8, the Coshocton Crow GeoTrail Launch November 8, the Coshocton Community Choir Christmas Festival Concert on December 7, and the Christmas Candlelightings in Roscoe Village December 6, 13 & 20.


Several overnight getaway packages available this season take advantage of all the events going on including a Fall Foliage package, Girlfriends Holiday Shopping Getaway package, the Old-fashioned Christmas in Historic Roscoe Village package, and several others. 


Leave the hectic pace of the modern world behind and get away to Historic Roscoe Village and Coshocton, Ohio ~small-town friendliness, a slower pace, relaxation, and, of course, the crows.  For additional information, call for a free visitor packet at 800-338-4724 or go to www.VisitCoshocton.com and then visit Coshocton in person.


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Backroads Of Wayne County


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The Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, invites you to grab your picnic basket and cooler before setting out to enjoy the gorgeous autumn weather on a Backroads of Wayne County, Fill Your Picnic Hamper Tour. 


Your first stop should be at their office at 428 W. Liberty Street in Downtown Wooster. They will be happy to furnish you with maps and information on the area. The office is open Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm. If you’d rather, visit them online at www.wccvb.com.  


While in Downtown Wooster, stop by Local Roots Market and Café, a year-round indoor local food co-op featuring baked goods, meats, eggs, produce, arts and crafts and seasonal ready-to-go salads and soups. 


New to Downtown Wooster is the JAFB Brewery, featuring freshly made hand-crafted beer.  JABF invites you to enjoy your picnic lunch in their tap room as they make just one thing…beer, and they do it right. 


Another great place to enjoy the outdoors is the beautiful Secrest Arboretum & Gardens on The Ohio State University’s agricultural College campus in Wooster. Open daily from dusk to dawn offering scenic walking and biking paths and the oppurtunity to explore the diverse landscape theme gardens.


Wayne County boasts two award-winning wineries, Troutman Vineyards and Winery in Wooster and Silver Run Vineyard and Winery in Doylestown.  Both establishments offer tasting rooms with scenic views of the rural countryside. 


Take a short drive north on scenic route 94 to the village of Marshallville and the Marshallville Packing Company.  This is where you’ll be glad you packed the cooler…as they offer a complete line of old-world sausages, smoked meats and cheeses.  


The self driving tour, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, highlights some of the less traveled backroads of Wayne county.  Enjoy the gorgeous autumn weather as this tour features stops at local farmers markets, bakeries, meat markets, wineries and breweries. 


Bring your picnic hamper to the following locations and pack it with delicious, fresh from the farm, homemade and homegrown treats…the very best of backroads county cusine!


Local Roots Market and Café                       

140 S. Walnut St.                             

Wooster, OH 44691                           



A year-round, indoor, local food co-op featuring baked goods, meats, eggs, produce, arts and crafts.  All from Ohio producers. Fresh seasonal dishes.


JAFB Wooster Brewery                                

120 Beall Ave.                                   

Wooster, OH 44691                           



Fresh American handcrafted beer made in historic Downtown Wooster. They invite you to bring your picnic to their tap room as they only do beer. Growlers available to go.


Secrest Arboretum & Gardens            


2122 William Rd.                               

Wooster, OH 44691



The perfect spot to enjoy a picnic. Open daily dawn to dusk. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and arboretum. Part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural College.


Troutman Vineyards and Winery                  

4243 Columbus Ave.                         

Wooster, OH 44691                           



Bring a picnic lunch and sample home-grown wine in the shade of their backyard.  Feed the goats and take a

stroll through the vineyard.  Learn about the wine making process.


Silver Run Vineyard and Winery                  

376 Eastern Rd.                                

Doylestown, OH 44230                     



Boutique winery featuring hand-crafted wines in a country setting.  Relax by the coxy fireplace or on the covered back



Marshallville Packing Co.                   

50 E. Market St.                      

Marshallville, OH 44645



A complete line of old-world sausages, smoked meats, and cheeses.

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An effort to gather the stories of Wright Company factory workers has uncovered information about one of the first women in the world to work in the aircraft industry.


Ida Holdgreve, born in Delphos, Ohio in 1881, worked as a seamstress for the Wright Company in Dayton from 1910 to about 1915, according to information provided by a distant cousin. She sewed the surfaces for the company’s wood-and-fabric airplanes.


The job made Holdgreve a pioneer aircraft manufacturing worker in the first American factory built for the purpose of producing airplanes. She and her co-workers were the first Americans hired and trained for specialized aircraft manufacturing jobs.


Wright State University’s online collection of Wright Company images includes a photo of Holdgreve sewing at a large table in a corner of the factory. It’s a popular image in books and blogs about the Wright brothers. But information about her was lost for decades.


Project reveals forgotten life

Holdgreve’s story has resurfaced with the help of Theodore (Ted) Clark of Beavercreek, Ohio. He was the first respondent to the Wright Factory Families project, a joint effort by the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) and Wright State Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives to find descendants of Wright Company workers and preserve their stories.


NAHA is working with the National Park Service and others to acquire and restore the original Wright Company factory as a unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.


Clark, 78, said Holdgreve was one of his mother’s cousins. His family also lived in Delphos, but Holdgreve moved to Dayton early in her life while Clark’s family remained. Holdgreve’s work for the Wright brothers was known in the family, “but nobody made a big deal about it,” he said.


Clark brought a folder of old news clippings about Holdgreve to Dawne Dewey, head of Special Collections and Archives at Wright State. Articles about Holdgreve appeared in Delphos and Dayton-area newspapers from 1969 through 1975. She died in 1977 at age 95. Never married, she left no direct descendants.


Details add "human side" of Wright factory story

Dewey said information about Wright Company workers like Holdgreve “adds to the human side of the story” about the company. “It makes these people come alive, and that’s what this hunt for family members of the Wright Company workers is all about,” she said.


Holdgreve answered a Wright Company newspaper ad for a seamstress in 1910, according to the articles. Wilbur and Orville formed the company in November 1909.


An article in the Nov. 20, 1969 Dayton Daily News quoted her as saying she first worked for Wilbur and Orville “in a little room in Edgemont.” The Wright Company initially occupied an unused part of the Speedwell Motor Car Company plant in Dayton’s Edgemont neighborhood while its own plant was under construction.


The company moved into the first building of its own factory in late 1910. “I sewed cloth for the wings, stabilizers, rudders, fins and I don’t know what all,” Holdgreve said in the Nov. 21, 1969 Dayton Journal Herald.


Orville sold the Wright Company in 1915, but news reports indicate Holdgreve continued sewing for airplanes. A 1975 Delphos Herald article indicates that during World War I, she supervised women sewing fabric for military planes at the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company in Moraine.


Momentary celebrity

Holdgreve was a momentary celebrity in November 1969 when she took her first airplane ride at age 88. Local news media covered the flight, and newspapers around the country picked it up from wire services. Much of what is known about her now comes from those news reports.


Gerald (Jerry) Jacobson, a friend of Ted Clark, told him about the Wright Factory Families project after learning about it at a book signing for The Dayton Flight Factory, a new book about the Wright brothers by Timothy R. Gaffney. Gaffney, NAHA’s communications director, wrote the book as an independent project but is working with NAHA and Wright State to find Wright Company workers’ descendants. Holdgreve’s photo appears in the book.


Anyone with information about Wright Company factory workers should contact Wright State Special Collections and Archives at (937) 775-2092 or email archives@www.libraries.wright.edu.


About NAHA


The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation designated by Congress as the management entity of the National Aviation Heritage Area. NAHA’s vision is for the Heritage Area to be the recognized center of aviation heritage tourism and aerospace innovation, sustaining the legacy of the Wright Brothers. The National Aviation Heritage Area is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in a program administered by the National Park Service. It encompasses eight Ohio counties—Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Warren, Champaign, Shelby and Auglaize. Visit www.aviationheritagearea.org to learn more about NAHA.

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This month's recipient of
The Ohio STANDOUT Award

Pro Football Hall of Fame: It is the shrine to the biggest sport in America. And it's located where the National Football League was founded Canton, Ohio! Every year, new legends take the podium here and share eloquent speeches followed by the first pre-season game of the season. Inside kicks off a journey like no other museum can offer. Any fan will find plenty to root for here with incredible memorabilia, interactive displays and film covering every era. It culminates in the solitude of the Hall itself with the likeness of icons of the sport surrounding you. It is a pilgrimage every American football fan should take at least once. Learn more about this standout in tourism at www.profootballhof.com. Click here to play video.  


This award recognizes Ohio's truest standouts in tourism. More details about the award and all award recipients are at www.ohiotraveler.com/standouts.htm.



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October Festivals & Events

NEW - Remember that time when...
Happily FlaweD Travelogue
Underwear Exhibition
Nelsonville's Hidden Gem
Something to Crow About
It's All in Medina!
Fill Your Picnic Hamper Tour

Frauds, Forgeries & Fakes

Operation Pumpkin

A Forgotten Life
It's A Freak Show!
Football Hall of Fame is a Standout
Free 4 All!
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Give the gift of laughter

& growing up in Ohio


Adventures in Northeast Ohio

Auglaize/Mercer CVB

Bonnybrook Farms

Buckin' Ohio

Canton Stark County CVB

Carroll County CVB

Clinton County CVB

Coshocton CVB

Everything Rubbermaid

GoodSeed Farm

Great Mohican Pow Wow

Grove City Visitors Area CVB

Hilltop Designs

Historic Roscoe Village

Hocking Hills Tourism

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

Keim Family Market

Licking County CVB

Marion County CVB

Miami County CVB

Millers Furniture & Bakery

Mohican-Loudonville CVB

Niederman Family Farm

Ohio Caverns

Preble County CVB

Ross - Chillicothe CVB

Sidney Visitors Bureau

Washboard Music Festival

Wayne County CVB



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Ohio Fall Must Do

As autumn comes to Southwestern Ohio, locals and visitors alike are looking forward to this year’s fall festival season. Operation Pumpkin takes center stage in Historic Downtown Hamilton, Ohio during October 3-5, 2014. The ideal image of a fall festival, Operation Pumpkin is a family-friendly event packed full of seasonal fun.  


Who doesn’t love giant pumpkins? Enormous pumpkins weighing well over 1,000 pounds will be weighed on Friday, October 3rd at 2PM to determine which grower has this year’s bragging rights. Then, sculptors will transform some of the monsters into amazing pumpkin carvings. Visitors and spectators are welcome to view the creations as they take shape. Be sure to stick around for the Giant Pumpkin Road Regatta to watch the giants and their passengers race down the street. 


Operation Pumpkin keeps the fun rolling through the entire weekend. Visitors can also enjoy amusement rides, a zombie 5k, hundreds of pumpkins, local cuisine and amazing art that will be available for purchase. Get ready to rock with live music. One Mississippi and 90 Proof Twang will be performing as well as local show choirs, dance groups, and even a steel drum band.  


Family pets even have a spot for fun. Operation Pumpkin will include a Pet Parade and Costume Contest in this year’s festivities. Pets must be registered in advance in order to participate. More information is available online at www.operation-pumpkin.org. 


Admission to Operation Pumpkin is free. Some cost is associated with particular activities as well as for food, drinks and vendor purchases. For more information on Operation Pumpkin, please visit www.operation-pumpkin.org or stay up to date on the event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/operationpumpkin.


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Mentioning the Unmentionables

Mentioning the Unmentionables, is a unique exhibition exploring the history of women’s undergarments. It runs through November 30, 2014 at the Keller Gallery of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in Canton, Ohio.


The exhibit will examine the history of women’s fashion by what they have worn underneath their clothing to conform to the ideal feminine shape of the era.  The exhibition will examine the role underpinnings have played in shaping – literally and figuratively – gender roles in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Visitors will get a rare glimpse at hoops, bustles, corsets, petticoats, brassieres, girdles, garter belts, and hosiery. A vintage dress from almost every decade from 1810 to 1970 will be displayed alongside the undergarments that were worn with them to create a fashionable silhouette.  The earliest dress and corset, plus several other significant artifacts in the exhibition, are on loan from Mary Doering, a private collector from Washington, DC. 


The exhibition will also feature nightgowns and pajamas, including some trousseau items, from the mid-19th century through the 1970s, as well as a variety of bathing suits, from wool bathing costumes to mid-20th century bikinis.  Ida McKinley’s white linen undergarments will also be on display.


The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW in Canton. More details about this historic site are at http://www.mckinleymuseum.org/.


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Join the Canton Museum of Art for an exhibition of deception as we enter the shadowy world of art crimes.  


The exhibition, “Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World,” runs through October 26, 2014. It features a “behind the crimes” look into forgeries and other art crimes as represented in the exhibition.


Organized by International Arts & Artists of Washington, D.C. and curated by Colette Loll, Founder and Director of Art Fraud Insights, “Intent to Deceive” features works by some of the world's most notorious art forgers, illuminates their dubious legacies, and examines how their skills beguiled the art world for much of the 20th century. Art fraud and forgery have characterized the dark side of the art landscape for centuries, and counterfeiting of fine art has proven to be a lucrative pursuit throughout history.


This new exhibition has garnered national attention through features in “The New York Times,” “The Boston Globe” and on the CBS Evening News following its first two stops in Massachusetts and Florida.


“Canton is thrilled to host the Midwest premiere of this exciting touring exhibition, featuring some of the greatest art frauds ever perpetrated,” said Max Barton, associate director of the Canton Museum of Art. “Forgery is an intriguing topic for art audiences today, and we expect large crowds from around the region to see original works by Picasso, Matisse and others alongside clever fakes.”


Featured in the exhibit are five of the art world's most infamous con artists, including Elmyr de Hory, the subject of Orson Welles’ film “F is for Fake,” and Mark Landis, a serial counterfeiter recently profiled in

“The New Yorker” (August 2013) for making gifts of his “art” to museums around the country. Hans van Meegeren, who stood trial in Amsterdam in 1947 for his Vermeer forgeries in Europe, is considered to be one of the most ingenious art forgers of the 20th century. Also included are Eric Hebborn and John Myatt, both known for promoting their “how-to” of art forgery, which may have cost Hebborn his life in 1996.


The exhibit is divided into sections that examine each forger's career. On display will be works created by the forger, personal effects and ephemera, photographs, film clips, and examples of the material and explanations of the techniques used to create these convincing artworks. More than 12 original works by artists such as Charles Courtney Curran, Honoré Daumier, Raoul Dufy, Philip de Lászlό, Henri Matisse, Joan Mirό, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac and Maurice de Vlaminck are juxtaposed with the nearly 50 fakes from the world's most accomplished art forgers to test perceptions of authenticity. The exhibit will also explore how art experts used modern technology to unveil the forgeries.  


All of the forgers were unable to make a career based on their own artistic style. So they found fakery, the exact duplication of an original work of art, and forgery, the creation and selling of a work of art which is falsely credited to another, to be their most accessible avenue to recognition and commercial success. These ingenious forgers shook the art field with their exploits — garnering each of them worldwide notoriety, and an untimely death in the case of van Meegeren, de Hory and Hebborn.


“Intent to Deceive” curator Colette Loll said, “Fakes and forgeries were once the dirty little secret of the art world, and no gallery, museum or auction house has ever been entirely free from the embarrassment of a costly error of misattribution or faulty provenance. A recent flurry of books, conferences and exhibitions dedicated to fakes, forgeries, mistakes, and misattributions is evidence that the age-old art of forgery has never intrigued the public more than it does today.”


Delving into the psyche and behavior of art forgers in the 20th century through the present day, “Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World” offers insight into some of the world’s most notorious con artists and the museums subject to their deceit. At times, art forgers have garnered public sympathy by throwing onto themselves the stereotype of a talented but undiscovered artist. This dynamic exhibition, however, de-romanticizes art fraud to show it is not a victimless crime. The forgeries, each a crime of opportunity, come from a cunning and deliberate intent to deceive.


Canton Museum of Art is located in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702. Free onsite parking is available around the Museum. For more information, including hours, admission cost, exhibits and special events, call 330-453-7666 or visit http://www.cantonart.org

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