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Several years ago, Dean Edward, local motorcycle enthusiast, was amazed to discover that the Allen County Historical Society owned a vintage Thor motorcycle.  Excited by the discovery of the rare bike, Edward contacted Dale Walksler, CEO of the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum, Maggie Valley, North Carolina. 


The 1912 Thor motorcycle had belonged to Ralph Marshall, former Allen County Sheriff, board track racer, 1936 Olympian, and owner of Marshall Sporting Goods store.  As a young man, Marshall raced the bike locally and in surrounding counties.  His donation to the Historical Society included the original bill of sale and the bike’s travel case. 


Last fall, Walksler contacted Allen County Museum director Pat Smith to request permission to enter the Thor into the highly prestigious, world class, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance car and motorcycle show in Florida.  The theme for the class was “Orphan American Motorcycles”, giving the opportunity for America’s lesser known brands to be seen by the world.  Ten rare machines were displayed the first weekend in March, ranging from a 1904 Yale to a 1914 Flescher Flyer.  All machines were at least 100 years of age. 


The award for the preservation and provenance, going to the original machine with best documented history, presented by Concours Board Member John Duss, went to the stunning 1912 Thor Board Track Racer.  Walksler stated that, “the 1912 Thor is among the most original early racing motorcycles in the world.  It is preserved in original paint, with original racing saddle, “Blue-Streak” racing tires, chains, and number plate.”


The bike will soon be returning to the Allen County Museum where it can be seen with its original racing crate, in which it was shipped from the factory to its owner, and from race to race.  


The Thor will also be featured in an upcoming episode of “What’s in the Barn.”  The television series can be seen on the Velocity Channel and will also be shown on the Discovery Channel.


Learn more about the Allen County Museum’s many unique relics at http://www.allencountymuseum.org/ACM2/Welcome.html. Discover nearby attractions in this video http://ohiotraveler.com/lima-allen.asp.


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Now that spring is here, it’s the perfect time to getaway and relax a bit in Coshocton, Ohio, and enjoy the great outdoors, touring, shopping, dining, getaway packages, and wineries.  


The five wineries that make up the Three Rivers Wine Trail invite you to spend some time this season relaxing at Raven’s Glenn Winery, Rainbow Hills Winery, Shawnee Springs Winery, Yellow Butterfly Winery and Heritage Vineyard Winery.  They are also gearing up for their Three Rivers Wine Trail Spring Taste event on April 26.  Find information about getting your advance tickets at www.ThreeRiversWineTrailOhio.com to be sure your place is reserved for this fun event which includes meeting the winemakers, tastings, appetizers and a special gift.   


You will surely feel like Spring is finally here as you stroll through the grounds at Clary Gardens enjoying the thousands of bulbs in bloom.  Admission is free at this botanical garden with rose gardens, wooded trails, ponds, children’s garden and a beautiful outdoor amphitheater.


Historic Roscoe Village offers guided tours in April and May at 1:00 p.m. daily where you can learn all about what life was like during the 1800s in this busy town along the Ohio & Erie Canal.  You’ll enjoy strolling along the street rich with history as you experience delightful shops, delicious dining, and unique lodging options in Historic Roscoe Village ~ America’s Canal Town.


Comedy and music are also in the mix this Spring in Coshocton. On April 5 and May 3 the Warehouse Steak ‘n Stein offers live Comedy Club nights so you can get your fill of laughs and then spend the night at a nearby hotel, suite, or B&B to make your getaway complete.


 On April 26, enjoy live bluegrass music at the Coshocton Village Inn & Suites.  Sunday, April 27, is the Coshocton Community Choir’s Spring Concert at 3:00 p.m. at McKinley Auditorium.  This annual concert features over 200 musicians and attracts hundreds of visitors each year.


Make it an overnight getaway by spending time at one of Coshocton's many affordable lodging options.  From exquisite cabins, bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, guest houses, and luxury suites, finding the perfect stay for a getaway is easy. 


Find more details about getaway packages, attractions, these events and more, at www.VisitCoshocton.com or call (740) 622-4877 or 800-338-4724.  You can also request a Free Visitor Packet to make planning your Coshocton getaway easy.


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A simple country drive east of Cincinnati delivers a ballroom and unique offerings in little known southern Ohio’s Amish country.


The intrigue for meeting planners is that this elegant ballroom off the Appalachian Highway comes with unique options and a relaxed atmosphere for board and team meetings as well as conferences and weddings. Its full on-site kitchen facilities, spacious ballroom and optional add-ons such as an Amish shopping excursion, winery tour and Opry dinner show sparks minds and eases bonding as opposed to the usual city meetings spaces. Group transportation can even be provided.


Hilltop Conference Center also hosts several notable annual events that attract people from Ohio and Kentucky. These include the Appalachian Potpourri of Artists, Ballroom Mother’s Day Buffet, Appalachian Artisans Festival and Dinner & Opry evenings.


What started as a modest formal wear shop atop a rural hill has since moved and reinvented itself as a full-service meetings facility that also hosts several large annual events. Jo Hall, owner of Hilltop Conference Center, has become known around Southwest Ohio over the past few decades for her charm and hospitality. Her creative mix of meeting space with special excursions are what today’s corporate community and meeting planners seek in a setting that inspires in ways a hotel never could. Located just off State Route 32 it is only about 45 minutes east of Cincinnati.


Down home service isn’t just a catch phrase here. Meals, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, are to die for. The homemade cooking features muffins from scratch, stuffed chicken breasts or many other entrees of choice, fresh sweet tea, fresh fruit and an abundance of options with every menu. Dinner and live opry can have special Appalachian touches like wine from local vineyards and cheese made fresh at a nearby goat farm.


The 4,800 square foot room with 12 foot ceilings has all the amenities common for hosting special events. It includes Wi-Fi, projection system, panel discussion tables and chairs, round tables and large screens. The decorum is a delightful blend of elegance and country. It is also handicapped accessible. The space is flexible for many needs whether it’s for 20 or 200+ people. And a second large meeting room is adjacent to the main room. The professional and courteous staff will assist in a multitude of ways to make any meeting, gathering, conference, wedding, retreat, reunion, convention or special event, a memorable experience. There’s even an adjacent t-shirt shop to commemorate team building and other themes as well as a nursery to bring something country back home.


To plan a meeting or event at Hilltop Conference Center, call Jo Hall at 937-695-5545. There’s a reason she earned her nickname – Queen of the Hill. She’ll treat you like royalty. Hilltop is located at 9764 Tri-county Road in Winchester, Ohio. Visit http://www.hilltopdesigns.org.

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In a distinction achieved by just three percent of American businesses, Ohio ice cream manufacturer, Velvet Ice Cream, celebrates its 100th Birthday on May 1, 2014. 


Velvet started hand crafting ice cream in Utica, Ohio in 1914.  Velvet Ice Cream will mark the milestone birthday with a series of announcements, specials, events and activities, beginning with the May 1 opening of Velvet's Ye Olde Mill to the public for the summer visitor season.  Now run by the fourth generation of the Dager Family, Velvet has been a family-owned and operated company ever since it was started by Joseph Dager 100 years ago.


The summer-long celebration of Velvet's 100th Anniversary will include the launch of several new all-natural flavors.  In addition, a Velvet Ice Cream cookbook, featuring recipes, history, fascinating facts and more will also launch this spring.  Every Sunday, visitors to Velvet’s Ye Olde Mill in Utica, Ohio will enjoy free entertainment, including live music and clowns.  Mother's Day will feature live entertainment and free carriage rides with mom.  Velvet will also commemorate its 100th birthday with a celebration on Sunday, May 26 during the annual Utica Ice Cream Festival (May 24-26, 2014).  And on July 20, visitors can celebrate the company's favorite holiday, National Ice Cream Day, with buy one-get-one-free ice cream cones at Ye Olde Mill. 


Additional events and news will be added throughout the year, with details available online at www.VelvetIceCream.com, as well as on Twitter, @VelvetIceCream and Facebook.


Velvet’s location is nestled on 25 acres of the perfect combination of wooded countryside and rolling, pastoral farmland.  It is there that Velvet produces more than five million gallons of ice cream every year from its headquarters on the grounds of Ye Olde Mill.  Ye Olde Mill also houses an ice cream and milling museum, a restaurant, playground, picnic area and catch-and-release fish pond.  Named by Frommer's as one of America’s 10 Best Ice Cream Factory Tours, Velvet's Ye Olde Mill welcomes 150,000 visitors each year for tours, tastings and events. It is open to the public May 1 - October 31.  Complete information about Velvet Ice Cream and Ye Olde Mill is available www.VelvetIceCream.com.


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A Kids Haven for Discovery



Nature's Trading Post in the Museum of Natural History & Science has been open for business for 14 years. In that time, thousands of young explorers and naturalists have shared their curiosity and knowledge with Cincinnati Museum Center's science experts. Last month, Nature's Trading Post welcomed its 40,000th trader. 


Finn, a 4 year-old junior scientist, and his mother decided to explore Cincinnati Museum Center. After walking through the Museum of Natural History & Science to fill out his Scavenger Hunt, he was drawn into Nature's Trading Post by the giant T. Rex skull. Finn was only hoping to log the points from his Scavenger Hunt into the database, but got a gift bag of science tools and natural artifacts instead. Finn was Nature's Trading Post's 40,000th trader! 


Nature's Trading Post helps kids learn about science by inspiring them to explore their own backyards. They can bring in what they've found and speak with science experts to earn points. Nature's Trading Post accepts a variety of items for trade, such as objects from plants, including seeds, leaves or wood, and objects from animals like shells, cocoons, teeth, antlers, snakeskin, turtle shells and exoskeletons of insects. It also accepts non-living natural objects like rocks, fossils and minerals for points. 


"Cincinnati Museum Center is all about sharing knowledge and inspiration with others," said Regina Hall, director of the Museum of Natural History & Science. "Through Nature's Trading Post children have been able to take items they've found while digging in their backyard, trade them for something another child has done the same thing with and the cycle of discovery continues. So, Nature's Trading Post is not just about connecting the community with experts, but also about connecting people across the community." 


In addition to completing Scavenger Hunts, another key to earning points is by bringing in an object from nature and telling staff about it: What is it? Where did you find it? If you've brought in the remnants of an animal, what kind of animal is it, what did it eat and what is its habitat? You can then trade those points in for fossils, minerals, rocks, animal bones, snakeskins, magnifying glasses and many other items to help you explore and learn more about the natural world around you. 


Nature's Trading Post is located in the Museum of Natural History & Science at Cincinnati Museum Center and is open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 


Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, Museum Center was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within Cincinnati Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Recognized in Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, Cincinnati Museum Center welcomes one million plus visitors annually. Cincinnati Museum Center gratefully acknowledges operating and capital support from the taxpayers of Hamilton County and the State of Ohio. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.  


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Four Ohio State Park Lodges are offering the “Unlimited Golf” package that allows guests to play as much as they want on some of the state’s most interesting and scenic courses.


The Unlimited Golf package features two nights of lodging, two days of unlimited golf for two people, a shared cart each day and breakfast for two one morning. Rates start at around $100 per golfer per day based on double occupancy. The package is available April 1– Oct. 31, 2014.


 “By the time April rolls round, golfers are itching to go outside and play,” said Hinch Knece, marketing manager for Ohio State Park Lodges. “With this package, golfers can swing all day long – until they can’t swing anymore or darkness sets in. And since the package is available through the end of October, there is a nice long season when golfers can experience golf on some of the finest courses in the state.”


For reservations visit www.OhioStateParkLodges.com or call 1-800-282-7275. When reserving the Unlimited Golf package guests should use the promotional code GOLFBNB. Unlimited Golf is available at Deer Creek State Park Lodge, Maumee Bay State Park Lodge , Punderson Manor State Park Lodge  and Salt Fork State Park Lodge.


These state park lodges are managed by Xanterra Parks & Resorts. The courses range from links-style to hilly courses situated in lush forests.


The Deer Creek State Park Golf Course south of Columbus was designed by Jack Kidwell and opened in 1982. The course features level terrain that appeals to golfers who prefer to walk along with four par-3 holes guarded by water and trees, 10 par-4 holes and four par-5 holes. Some 52 sand traps, 10 ponds and maturing trees flank the bluegrass fairways that lead to undulating bent grass greens. The Deer Creek State Park Golf Course measures 6,663 yards. Its U.S.G.A. rating is 73.7 from the blue and 71.2 from the white tees. It has a slope rating of 113. For tee times, call the pro shop at 1-740-869-3088.


Maumee Bay State Park Golf Course east of Toledo features a links-style golf course situated near Lake Erie.  Designed by Arthur Hills, the course measures 6,136 yards from the white tees with a slope rating of 122 and U.S.G.A. rating of 69.6 all the way to 6,941 yards from the championship gold tees with a slope of 129 and U.S.G.A. rating of 73.3. For tee times, call the pro shop at 1-419-836-9009.


The Punderson Manor State Park Golf Course east of Cleveland features rolling terrain, bent grass fairways and three ponds. From the championship tees, the course measures 6,815 yards with a slope of 126 and a U.S.G.A. rating of 72.4. From the white tees, the course is 6,600 yards long with a slope of 122 and a U.S.G.A. rating of 71.2. For tee times, call the pro shop at 1-440-564-5465.


The Salt Fork State Park Golf Course east of Cambridge is rated four stars by Golfer’s Digest. The Salt Fork course is scenic and demanding and is sure to make for memorable play. The rugged landscape combined with very few straight holes make for an experience requiring creativity and the use of all 14 clubs. Even when golfers hit a bad shot, the views are still spectacular. Designed by Jack Kidwell, the course’s reputation attracts golfers from throughout the state. From the blue tees, the course measures 6,056 yards with a slope of 126 and U.S.G.A. rating of 69.3. From the white tees, the course is 5,786 yards with a slope of 124 and a U.S.G.A. rating of 68. From the red tees, the course measures 5,241 with a slope of 123 and a U.S.G.A. rating of 70.2. For tee times, call the pro shop at 1-740-432-7185.


For information visit www.OhioStateParkLodges.com or call 1-800-282-7275. Travelers can also connect with Ohio State Park Lodges on Facebook or Twitter.


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It Pays to Fish, Hunt & Trap Ohio


The five Ohio State Park Lodges operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts are supporting the state’s outdoor enthusiasts by offering room discounts to anyone with valid Ohio fishing, hunting or trapping licenses and to those holding an Ohio Wildlife Legacy stamp.


“We appreciate the people who appreciate the natural bounty the Buckeye State offers, and we absolutely support the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife, who work hard to ensure that future generations will enjoy the same,” said Hinch Knece, marketing manager for Ohio State Park Lodges. “With this promotion, our sportsmen and sportswomen will save the equivalent of the cost of their licenses after just one or two nights’ stay.”


Those holding the Wildlife Legacy stamp receive a 25 percent discount, and those with a fishing, hunting or trapping license receive a 10 percent discount off their lodge room or cabin. Valid licenses or stamps must be presented upon check-in. The discount is available for advance reservations and those walking in to the lodges. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply.


To make advance reservations, call 1-800-282-7275 or go online to www.ohiostateparklodges.com/wildlife and use the promo codes LICENSE or LEGACY.  


The Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp allows wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to directly impact the future of Ohio’s native animals. For $15 they receive a collectible stamp, pin, window cling and commemorative card. The stamp proceeds support habitat restoration, land purchases and conservation easements; protect endangered and threatened native species; create educational products for students and wildlife enthusiasts; and help fund wildlife and habitat research projects. More information is available at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/about-contacts/support-ohios-wildlife/ohio-wildlife-legacy-stamp.


Information about Ohio fishing, hunting and trapping licenses is available at https://www1.oh.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.


The five lodges operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts are all located within an easy drive of major cities throughout Ohio as well Pittsburgh, Detroit and other Midwestern cities. Salt Fork State Park Lodge is 12 miles from Cambridge near the I-70/I-77 interchange. Mohican State Park Lodge is east of I-71 approximately 75 miles from both Columbus and Akron. Punderson Manor State Park Lodge is 35 miles east of Cleveland north of US-422. Maumee Bay State Park Lodge is 12 miles east of Toledo and north of the Ohio Turnpike (I-80). Deer Creek State Park Lodge is 35 miles south of Columbus east of I-71.


For information visit www.OhioStateParkLodges.com or call 1-800-282-7275.  Travelers can also connect with Ohio State Park Lodges on Facebook or Twitter.


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Happily FlaweD



A flawed life is a life worth remembering.
I hope you find my journey is a trip.

Up A Creek!


We were just out of college looking for a spring weekend getaway.


When we arrived at a campground near Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills, we headed up a road to the campsite we had reserved. We had spent the past few hours in the car with another couple, anxious to begin a weekend of fun.


As soon as we entered the campground, which was dead due to the late hour and chilly spring, we drove at the posted 10MPH. Lights flashed behind us anyway. It was a ranger.


Tony broke news to me, “Rock, switch places with me, my license is suspended.”


I looked at him as if he were crazy. The hesitation was just enough for the fast moving ranger to appear at the driver’s window.  


The ranger asked some questions, for a license and registration. Tony lied his butt off. He couldn’t find his license (obviously) but produced the car registration and an Oscar worthy plea for leniency for “forgetting” his license.


The ranger went back to his car to run the plates and registration, I presumed. 


Tony was sweating bullets. It was dark so we figured if the ranger saw a photo of his dad by the same name and for whose name the vehicle was registered, he may see enough resemblance to think Tony Jr. was Sr.


“I can make a real stink here but I won’t,” said the ranger. He returned the paperwork and left.


We set-up camp in the dark and hoisted our food on a rope over a high tree branch. Later, we had to try and fend off several raccoons trying to heist our goods. One was actually on that tree branch trying to pull the sack up. It was a bizarre sight. We lightly tossed things at the raccoon to scare it away but that coon could care less. Ironically, it was the same campsite my girlfriend (soon to be wife) and I had a while back. On that night, we played a board game at the picnic table by firelight, munching snacks. She and I kept feeling rubbing against our sweatpants. When we realized it wasn’t each other we looked below, freaked out and jumped on top of the table. Stealth raccoon invaders were everywhere.


On this trip, Tony, the girls and I decided to take the all-day canoe run. We had no idea it would also take half of the night before we got back to camp. It started as a typical canoe trip always does. We slapped water at each other’s canoe with paddles, and then rocked the boats to scare the girls and that sort of thing.


Actually, my typical canoe trip involved much worse. My friends and I would be soaked from flipping each other so much. On one such trip, we had decided to just ram things head-on after paddling as fast as possible. It was a game to see how far out of the canoe we’d fly. I almost broke my shins when they got caught on a cross bar. Another trip was in Michigan where we spent three nights on a river. The very first day, one college buddy got so drunk by Noon he passed out and doubled over with no shirt on. Hours later, baking in the sun, we checked on him. He was definitely paying the price the rest of the trip because he had burned so badly. When I got out of the Army, we had canoed the Mohican River and drank. But sitting down, it didn’t hit me until I stood up – in the canoe – and fell out. Then, like a jackass, I hollered in fun and poured beer on my head. But it went straight into my eyes and burned them. I felt my way back to the canoe, following sounds. As I tried to climb in, I got clobbered and I didn’t know why. I grabbed an arm and said, “Stop dude, help me in.” To which a woman shrieked, “Let go of my son, let go of my son…” I let go, instantly sobering up, cleared my eyes and found my friends on a nearby bank. They rolled on the ground, laughing as hard as I had ever seen anyone laugh in a long time.


So here we were on a new trip, trying to give the girls a taste of our reputation. By Midday, Tony and I pulled the canoes over to a large tree. It bent over the river and had wood planks nailed to it like a ladder. We climbed up, against the girls’ protests and jumped into the river. It was fun so we repeated the thrill, climbing higher each time. It was our little game of “chicken” to see who would leap from the highest point. Tony won.


After we shoved off, Tony and I decided to canoe together so we could do more radical things. The girls could only take so much of us plowing through spider filled branches or abandoning ship by hoisting ourselves out of the canoe when passing under an overhanging branch. Once we had our fun, Tony was going to take a smoke break unbeknownst to me. He fished out his zip lock bag from another bag tied to the canoe. I didn’t notice because all I could see was his back in front of me.  


I got the girls’ attention as they were about a canoe length behind us. Then, I flipped my canoe with me and Tony in it. Not only did we fall out but so did the contents of the zip lock bag which I had no idea Tony had opened. In it were his smokes …and his car keys.


We fished that spot and down river four about thirty minutes. Nothing!


Afterward, we explored several stages of recovery, skipping some. No doubt Tony touched on pain, confusion, anger, depression, and finally acceptance. By that time, we had made it back. All of us stood freezing in a parking lot after using a store phone to call Triple-A and locksmiths. We were waiting for a call back. We waited a long time. We were very wet and shaking so rapidly, it was like we couldn’t control our bodies as they gyrated with a mind of their own.


“Someday, we’ll look back on this and laugh,” I offered, teeth violently chattering.


“*^&%$@# yourself!” was the response from …everyone.


Just before the store closed and went dark, a locksmith called back and said he’d come out. He was nearly an hour away. We were in the boonies so, by the time he found us, close to two hours had passed. Now we were starving to boot so moods got worse before we became slap-happy.


After lots of trial and error and more time, the locksmith’s only option was to bore a new hole into the steering column and create a new keyhole, etc. It took a while longer. Our slap-happy moods caught the locksmith’s attention a few times. Each time, he just shook his head and went back to work. We didn’t care because we saw the light at the end of the tunnel.


One day, I think it was the very next weekend, Tony told this story with gusto to everyone at a barbecue. I just sat back and listened with a smile. Every now and then he’d ask for my validation, “Right Rock?” I’d grin and nod. Everyone was laughing.


It’s funny how it’s the mishaps that can make for the greater memories.


By Frank Rocco Satullo, author of "HERE I THOUGHT I WAS NORMAL: Micro Memoirs of Mischief and editor of OhioTraveler.com


eMail Frank Rocco Satullo at scoops@ohiotraveler.com


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This month's recipient of
The Ohio STANDOUT Award

Wake Nation: Water skiing without a boat makes Wake Nation Cincinnati a standout in tourism. This full-sized cable wake park is the first and only in the Midwest. The park is for  wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard, and wakeskate riders of any skill level. This unique concept brings extreme excitement to the adventurous whether you are a kid, adult, novice or champion rider. The 10 acre lake tows up to six wakeboarders, skiers, or kneeboarders simultaneously with ropes attached to a moving cable system suspended high overhead. Riders can circle the lake or hit the optional sliders and rails to increase the rush of watery fun. Visit their web site by clicking herePlay Video.  


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


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Historic Ohio Motorcycle
Spring in Coshocton
100 Years of Velvet Ice Cream
Meetings + Opry + Amish
Nature's Trading Post
The Arts of Africa
Golfers Unlimited Offer
Anglers & Hunters Discount
Colonial Williamsburg
Ohio Standout Award
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Auglaize/Mercer CVB

Bonnybrook Farms

Buckin' Ohio

Butler County CVB

Canton Stark County CVB

Carroll County CVB

Clinton County CVB

Coshocton CVB

Everything Rubbermaid

GoodSeed Farm

Great Mohican Pow Wow

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

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The exhibition The Arts of Africa presents a selection of 11 masks from Kennedy Museum of Art permanent collection of African art and is on view through June 1, 2014. The Museum’s African art collection contains nearly 400 objects including textiles, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, and ceremonial items.  


The 11 masks selected for this exhibition represent regions from West and Central Africa, specifically Nigeria, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. All 11 works on view were donated to Kennedy Museum of Art during the years 1983 and 1984 from a private collection of Frederick and Carol LaSor. 


Masks are one of the most well-known forms of African art, although not every area of the continent performs them. While all the objects included in this display were made in the twentieth century, many belong to visual traditions that reach back in time several centuries.  


This exhibition celebrates the multi-layered meaning behind the masks and is organized in conjunction with a yearlong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ohio University African Studies Program that has been educating the world’s students about Africa since 1964. For more information regarding the celebration, go to http://www.african.ohio.edu. 


Kennedy Museum of Art is located on the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. Gallery hours Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm. The Museum is closed on University holidays. Admission is free and parking is free and metered. The Athens Transit Bus drops off/picks up at The Ridges at :24 after the hour.  Please call 740-593-1304 or go to www.ohio.edu/museum for more information.  Follow on Facebook and Twitter at KMAattheridges.


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Thank you for visiting OhioTraveler.com, your tour guide to fun, featuring free and affordable attractions on the roads less traveled. This Ohio travel and tourism guide presents monthly articles and videos highlighting different Ohio tourist attractions and vacation destinations in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and all over Ohio. It includes travel information about festivals and events, museums, arts,  restaurants, lodging, wineries, parks, historic sites, outdoors, as well as other recreation and leisure activities. Occasionally, there are entertainment coupons, discounts and other travel deals.

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