May 2013 Edition ©
LOST IN OHIO
Ohio's only WWII submarine open to the public from May 1 through September
in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
Save time, money and gas this summer and have a family-fun getaway in nearby Coshocton, Ohio. From entertaining events featuring a wine festival, hot air balloons, corvettes, and traditional Appalachian music, to amazing attractions like Historic Roscoe Village, Unusual Junction, the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Lake Park Aquatic Center, and the five wineries that make up the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Coshocton is just the place to spend your summer.
Coshocton is home to Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s canal era town offering tours of the historic buildings depicting life in the 1800s. You'll meet an 1800s doctor, weavers who work on traditional looms in the craftsman's house, and even participate in an old-fashioned school lesson. Plus, enjoy visiting with the rugged village blacksmith who uses old-fashioned tools and fire to demonstrate the forging techniques that were used in the 1800s.
The Shops and Restaurants in Historic Roscoe Village certainly keep things exciting within this historic town. From fine jewelry to handmade leather goods, to gourmet foods, to wine & coffees, to antiques, to kitchen wares, to ladies clothing, to unique gifts, to flowers & plants, to homemade fudge and custard, to delicious family meals to live entertainment – your time in Roscoe Village will be a treat for all the senses as you learn about 1800s history and experience the shopping and dining along the way. Most of the shops and restaurants are open seven days a week in Roscoe Village.
Everyone loves meeting Fred & Rock and Willie & Bill, the huge Percheron draft horse teams that pull the Monticello III Canal Boat along an original section of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Travelers on the 45-minute canal boat ride will also be entertained by the Canal Boat Captain as he explains 1800s life on the canal. You'll hear tall tales and a lot of history and you'll feel like you've actually glided right into the 1830s.
Coshocton is also home to five local wineries including Raven's Glenn, Shawnee Springs, Heritage Vineyard, Rainbow Hills and Yellow Butterfly. And don't forget the cheese! Watch the production of award-winning cheeses and then sample them at Pearl Valley Cheese Factory. For something a bit unusual—The Unusual Junction is the place—offering an Amish cheese outlet, unique gifts, a huge selection of hot sauces and mustards, teas, Lava Rock Grill diner and Universe Prom & Bridal Superstore.
There are several events coming up in Coshocton. On May 18, experience the Taste for Summer Wine and BBQ Fest at Clary Gardens featuring nine wineries, BBQ vendors, breweries, live music, and grape stomping. On May 26 in Roscoe Village it's the Riders for Relief Motorcycle Show and Family Day and the National Onion Ring Eating Competition.
On June 7-9, enjoy The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, sponsored by Frontier Power.
Corvette enthusiasts will love the Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In on June 9 as over 200 corvettes converge on the street in Historic Roscoe Village. Spectator admission is free. Now through August 11, visitors will also appreciate the Pushing the Surface Art Quilt exhibit at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village.
Coshocton is also the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio—Coshocton Dulcimer Days held this year on June 14-16 in Roscoe Village. The festival features music workshops, free concerts, and the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships.
If you feel like running through the woods and mud in a competitive race—then head to the Indian Mud Run at Coshocton Lake Park on June 22. This Park fundraiser is designed to challenge the tough guys and gals out there—is that you?
Coming up July 23-27, it's Ohio Chautauqua in Coshocton with the theme When Ohio Was the Western Frontier featuring Oliver Hazard Perry, Chief John Logan, Margaret Blennerhassett, York, and Johnny Appleseed. The weeklong event offers free daytime workshops led by the scholars for youth and for adults, and free evening first-person performances.
For more information and additional events, call 1-800-338-4724 for a free visitors guide or go to www.VisitCoshocton.com.
Sculptures on the Square
The summer of 2013 promises to be a fabulous one for Troy, Ohio! With a spectacular kick-off in May, downtown Troy welcomes the awe-inspiring bronze sculptures of world-renowned artist Seward Johnson in the sixth installment of Sculptures on the Square. Johnson’s twenty amazingly life-like statues are on display throughout the district in the special outdoor exhibit from May 4th through September 2nd.
Sculptures on the Square, a biennial public art initiative, draws thousands of visitors from around the country to the picturesque western Ohio town. The sidewalk exhibit allows pedestrians to view sculptures by walking an easily navigable distance downtown while also enjoying the quaint shops and eateries that Troy has to offer.
The twenty pieces displayed in Troy are part of Seward’s most widely recognized collection. The sculptures depict people engaged in everyday, ordinary activities. Johnson’s unique ability to highlight the mundane occurrences in life has brought a special voice to the world of accessible art in public spaces. Their routine poses make them a novel, yet natural, selection for a public art display in a setting such as the sidewalks of historic downtown Troy.
Following a short stint in college, working for his family’s business, and an early career as a painter, American artist Seward Johnson set his sights on the medium of sculpture. Since then, more than 450 of Johnson's life-size cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums in the United States and around the world. His work has been featured in Rockefeller Center, Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, Pacific Place in Hong Kong, Les Halles in Paris, and Via Condotti in Rome.
said, "My art is an imitation of life. [The sculptures] do many things;
they can warm up a park or public space and they invite people to come
into that space, so that they don't feel quite alone. They also make good
neighbors — they don't make a lot of noise.
Troy Main Street secured the installation of Johnson’s work for a third time. A similar exhibit of the artist’s work was last displayed in Troy in 2005 and received glorious praise. “For the last 8 years, Troy residents and businesses have been requesting the return of his work,” notes Karin Manovich, Executive Director of Troy Main Street. “We were fortunate to receive this year’s exhibit.”
Presented by Troy Main Street, Inc. in partnership with the City of Troy, Sculptures on the Square is a biennial public art exhibit in historic downtown Troy. For further information, call 937-339-5455 or visit www.troymainstreet.org. To learn more about the work of Seward Johnson, visit www.sewardjohnson.com.
The exhibit is on loan from the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. and is made possible by a grant from the General Fund of the Troy Foundation with support from area corporations and individuals. Walking tour brochures are available at most downtown retailers and restaurants, as well as at the Miami County Visitors Bureau and Troy Main Street.
Make plans now to visit Troy this summer and be amazed by these extraordinary pieces of art while strolling through the lovely and historic downtown.
SMALL TOWN CHARM
As spring inches its way towards summer you will find delicious food, flowers and fun throughout Ohio’s Historic West.
Spring is the perfect time to visit Bear’s Mill near Greenville, Ohio. During their spring open house, May 4th & 5th be sure to tour the four-story working antique, walk the beautiful grounds and marvel at the ingenuity of our forefathers in utilizing the natural resources of the property to engineer and build the Mill and maintain its operations. From 11am to 5pm both days you will enjoy shopping the Mill Market & Gallery for unique and inviting merchandise and art. Bear's Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road, Greenville, Ohio. www.BearsMill.com
Delicious, lip-smacking ribs are the reason to make your way to the Mercer County Fairgrounds, in Celina, Ohio, May 17th and 18th for Ribfest 2013. Not only will you enjoy delicious ribs from an array of award winning BBQ vendors, you will also enjoy a car cruise-in on Friday and "Bike Night" on Saturday evening. There will be music from Exploit and BoomSwang Rock Band on Friday night and Grove Hill and 1988 will be on tap on Saturday night. www.mercercountyohiofair.com
With the warmer weather, west Ohio farmers are ready to pick the best of the bunch for the area’s fine farmers markets. When it comes to fresh fruits, vegetables and a unique shopping experience, farmers markets are the perfect places to locate some fabulous finds for everyone in the family! Opening May 23rd, the Piqua Farmer’s Market is open Thursdays 2-6 and is located at the corner of Spring and Ash Streets. www.PiquaFarmersMarket.com The Tipp City Marketplace, located at the corner of Broadway and South Third Streets, will be open Saturdays 9-noon, beginning June 1st. www.TippCityMarketplace.org And the Downtown Troy Farmer’s Market will open June 22nd. Visit them Saturdays from 9–noon at their South Cherry Street location. Check out www.TroyMainStreet.org/farmers_market for more information.
You are invited to come join in on the fun May 28th through June 2nd at Alumapalooza Four, a family-friendly festival for people who love Airstream travel trailers. You’ll enjoy a variety of informational and lifestyle seminars, musical entertainment, factory tours, demonstrations, BBQ, a car show and swap meet. Alumapalooza’s featured entertainer this year is singer/songwriter Josh Rogan. Open to Airstream owners and non-owners alike, Alumapalooza Four is located at the world famous Airstream manufacturing facility, 419 West Pike Street in Jackson Center, Ohio. For more information, check out their web site at www.alumapalooza.com.
VanWert was once known as the Peony Capital of the World and that fragrant spring flower is at the heart of a wonderful celebration. The annual Peony Festival and ArtRageous on Main will take place on June 7th & 8th in Van Wert, Ohio. Check out the artisans demonstrating and selling their works. There will also be a craft show, delicious festival food, outstanding musical talent, a pet show, kids’ fishing derby, a car show and the wonderful Peony Grand Parade. A full schedule of events is available at www.vanwertpeony.com.
And If you want to get out of the city and enjoy some “real country”, free family fun, the Maria Stein Country Fest is for you. Taking place June 21st-23rd, on the grounds of the Maria Stein Relic Shrine this festival will feature the High Flying Pages and the “nationally renowned” Country Fest Tractor Square Dancers. There will be great musical entertainment, games and delicious food-- including turtle soup and the famous Knight’s fried chicken. For a complete list of events visit: mscountryfest.com.
Enjoy the celebrations, tastes and the charming, small towns of Ohio’s Historic West, where you will be a part of the American Experience. For more information, visit www.OhiosHistoricWest.com or receive frequent updates on Facebook.
A New Roar in Ohio Tourism
Monster Rail is an extreme ZipRail―not to be confused with ziplines. It’s a revolution in the evolution of zipping. Ziplines go from high to low in a straight line. But a ZipRail sends its thrill seekers into spirals, around bends and even bursting through moveable walls.
The first-ever, double ZipRail (Monster Rail) will be unveiled this spring. Monster Rail takes the ZipRail invention to a radical new level, enabling riders to zip above the rail or be suspended below it. Think of a roller coaster in the woods maneuvering “S” curves, flying over a cliff and soaring through a ravine. You can even bicycle through the forest’s canopy.
Welcome to Hocking Hills Nature Trails, an adventure park where nature meets technology.
Radical Recreation designs and manufactures such innovations for this park and amusement parks worldwide. Because Radical Recreation and Hocking Hills Nature Trails are neighbors, Ohioans are often the first to experience breakthrough technologies like the brand new Monster Rail.
The park isn’t just about the new phenomenon, ZipRailing. There’s plenty of other fun spread across its 100 acres.
Ohio ATV World is a part of the park. Their specialty is family-oriented riding featuring 18 miles of trails to maneuver. They’re even a Bad Boy Utility Vehicle Distributor offering test rides up to 15 miles.
Visitors are sometimes shocked at what Hocking Hills Nature Trails provides. For example, you may bring your own bow to the Hunger (archery) Range or staff can provide you with a bow, knives, hatchets and even Chinese throwing stars to test your accuracy out on targets.
Another eye-catcher is a huge piece of construction equipment that swings its screaming riders from a dangling cage attached to a long mechanical arm. This peculiar creation is known as the Cat Swing Ride.
The diverse fun continues with the Monster Dash Mud Run. If you’re not afraid to get dirty, race others through a wild woodland obstacle course sure to leave you dripping in excitement. It features 35 obstacles including a climbing tower, fireman poles, tire run and barrels to crawl through.
Everything at the park is family-oriented and open to any skill level from first-timers on up. Adventurers can be walk-ins or they can make group reservations. Whether you’re ten-years-old or a Centurion, there is a diverse selection of outdoor fun to be had at your speed―whatever it may be―in this “experimental” park.
Hocking Hills Nature Trails, home to the new Monster ZipRail, Ohio ATV World, Hunger Range and more, is located at 15155 Sauerkraut Road in Logan, Ohio. For reservations, call 740-592-2500 or email email@example.com. Visit www.hockinghillsnaturetrails.com to learn more.
By Frank R. Satullo, The OhioTraveler
OHIO’S TURNING GREEN
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Get out your bow & arrow or bait & tackle as more than $5,000 in prize money is up for grabs in the 3rd annual “Get the Carp Outta Here” Tournament, May 17-19 at Grand Lake St. Marys in west, central Ohio.
This is the third year for the fun, family event. There are prizes for most carp caught in both the bow & bait categories. Prizes will also be given for the biggest carp caught and thanks to the area Kiwanis Clubs, special prizes will also be awarded in categories for kids under 16 years old. This year, to add to the fun there will be 23 tagged carp in the lake, each worth $100. The cost to participate is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 16.
The tournament is part of the effort to bring Grand Lake St. Marys back into ecological balance. Carp and other rough fish are overly abundant in the lake. Reducing the number of Carp is one small piece of the plan to improve water quality. The carp population increases turbidity in the water, making it difficult for native the fish population to breathe and find food. Bottom feeding carp also uproot aquatic plants, reduce aquatic habitats and re-suspend phosphorus from the lake bottom. The carp themselves also produce a great amount of phosphorus. All of which contribute to blue-green algae growth.
So if you want to have some fun, help improve the lake’s water quality and possibly catch some cash, make plans to take part in the “Get the Carp Outta Here” Tournament, May 17-19 on Grand Lake St. Marys. You can call 800-860-4726 for more information or to have a tournament brochure sent to you. C’mon help Get the Carp Outta Here!! Learn more at www.SeeMore.org
The First Quest is a Sure Shot:
Nearly 2.5 million viewers tune in every Wednesday to watch Discovery Channel’s wildly popular “Moonshiners,” making it one of cable TV’s highest-rated shows. But this summer, as they have for more than four decades, travelers can experience moonshining culture firsthand with a visit to Ohio's Hocking Hills region. The area’s rich history as a bootlegging capital comes alive during the annual Moonshine Festival, held this Memorial Day weekend, May 23-27 in New Straitsville in Perry County, Ohio.
The festival takes place along the town’s vintage Main Street and holds one of only a few permits in Ohio for brewing “white lightening.” Festival goers will enjoy a variety of events and attractions, such as: the working moonshine still display; local history museum; flea market; carnival rides and games; souvenirs; talent show; cruise-in; tractor pull; and two parades, including the finale Grand Parade on Memorial Day. Festival food vendors also give a nod to the area’s bootlegging past, dishing up everything from moonshine burgers and moonshine doggies to moonshine pie. Free entertainment takes place throughout the four-day run of the event, including a Grand Ole Opry Show on Sunday featuring Jeannie Kendall. The festival begins at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday and Monday.
Also known as bootlegging, moonshining is the practice of producing distilled spirits, which are highly regulated and taxed, without government knowledge, review or taxation. Moonshining originated in the United States as part of the 1791 Whiskey Rebellion. Under President George Washington, federal taxes were imposed on whiskey, sparking a backlash among farmers and a rise in illegal distilling. Bootlegging grew further during the prohibition era, from 1920-1933, when New Straitsville "shine" was considered the "gold standard" for hooch. The practice grew in Appalachian areas of the U.S., such as Ohio’s Hocking Hills region, because its lush forests offered exceptional hiding places for illegal still operations. NASCAR racing's earliest days are traced to moonshining, when bootleggers would soup up the cars used to haul booze so they could make a fast getaway, but often raced each other more then the law.
Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills region offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: FREE activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the zipline capital of the Midwest, with 50 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services. Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available www.1800Hocking.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).
Three houses down; that was the length of my leash on a bicycle.
I was a beginner and loving the freedom my new wheels gave me. Our street didn’t have sidewalks, at least not down by my house. Still, it was safe.
The third house was approaching. I was on the edge of the road traveling opposite traffic. A car was coming from behind me as I turned into the middle of the road. I was startled when the driver beeped at me. Not a hello beep but an angry one.
Back home, I came to a stop against the side steps. This was the only way I could end a bike ride without crashing to stop. We had a long driveway. Mom was outside and I was about to go in for a glass of water when a police car pulled all the way up to the house. This was an incredible sight for me. The officer spoke with my mom and I didn’t quite understand what it was all about. Finally, he approached me. Mom just stood off to the side.
Mesmerized by the uniform, holster and all, I didn’t pay one bit of attention to a word he said. But I caught the gist. It was a lecture about bicycling safety. I was intimidated to say the least. In my mind, when you do something wrong and the police come, there’s but one conclusion – jail!
“I have to go to the bathroom,” I squeaked out.
The officer paused, looked at my mom and she said to be quick.
I was quick all right. I sprinted to my bedroom, grabbed underwear, a shirt, my favorite stuffed animal (a monkey) and then found a towel in the bathroom in which to wrap it all up. I only had cartoons and kids’ shows as a guide, so in lieu of a stick to tie it to, I improvised and used a yard stick. I slipped out another door and was headed for the woods when my mom saw me.
“What are you doing? Where are you going?”
When I stopped and turned, the yardstick snapped and my sack flew onto the ground.
Now I really did have to use the bathroom.
Instead, I had to listen to the rest of the safety lecture and then got the bonus lecture on running away. It all seemed so threatening to me. As the black and white pulled out of the driveway, I remember being very surprised that I wasn’t in cuffs in the backseat.
After my bust I felt on the lam, always looking over my shoulder.
By Frank R. Satullo
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