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Have an a-MAZE-ing Time in Coshocton this Season,  Home of Historic Roscoe Village, Numerous Wineries, The Horse-Drawn Canal Boat Ride, McPeek’s Mighty Maze, and More -  By Jan Myers

Fall is such a beautiful and busy time in Coshocton with plenty to do including the Coshocton County Fair, a brand new giant corn maze, Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival, Fall Foliage and Farm Tour, Fall Harvest Big Band Dance, Winery event, Crow Homecoming, Bluegrass Music, and seasonal getaway packages.

An exciting addition to Coshocton’s Autumn offerings is a brand new huge 4-acre corn maze experience – McPeek’s Mighty Maze, open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays now through November 7. The maze is dinosaur-themed and offers family fun games, hayride, pumpkins, campfires, flashlight nights, food, and more.

There’s plenty of other outdoor fall fun for families with numerous hiking and biking trails at Lake Park, walking paths at Clary Gardens, and the Coshocton Crow Geotrail. Coshocton is also blessed to have thousands of acres of public hunting and fishing land making it a popular hiking, fishing, and hunting destination year-round.

For the past several years in the fall, thousands of Canadian Crows have decided to make Coshocton their winter roost from November through early March and they are quite the phenomenon. So in order to make the best of the situation, the crows are celebrated each November with ‘crow-themed’ festivities such as the Crow-shocton Crush winery event, the Coshocton Crow GeoTrail, and the Crow Homecoming.

Coshocton is in such a unique location surrounded by 17 wineries within a 45 mile radius. The Crow-shocton Crush winery event is a fun way to visit five of these wineries on November 7 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. A pre-purchased ticket offers guests a special gift and tastings at each of these wineries: Raven’s Glenn Winery, Heritage Vineyard Winery, Rainbow Hills Winery, Indian Bear Winery, and Baltic Mill Winery.

Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s town, is also located in Coshocton. This historic village was was once a bustling port along the Ohio and Erie Canal. It is now home to tours of the historic buildings, restaurants, and the Famous Shops of Historic Roscoe Village featuring Ohio-made products, hand-made leather goods, old-fashioned candies,Vera Bradley, locally-made US flags, fine jewelry and more.

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. The canal boat is seasonal and will finish out this year’s season on October 10 & 11 and October 17 & 18.

Also in Historic Roscoe Village is the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum featuring a special traveling exhibit of original works by Chinese artists running now through January 3, 2016. This nationally-accredited museum showcases permanent exhibits of Historic Ohio, Euro–American decorative arts, American Indian, Asian arts and the legendary Newark Holy Stones.

There are many other festivals and events coming up this season including The Coshocton County Fair October 2-8, featuring Aaron Tippin, bull riding, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby and more; The Fall Harvest Big Band Dance on October 3; The Apple Butter Stirrin’ festival in Historic Roscoe Village October 16-18; the Fall Foliage & Farm Tour October 17-18; live bluegrass music events October 24 and November 28; and the Crow Homecoming November 7.

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

This autumn, getaway to Historic Roscoe Village and Coshocton, Ohio ~ outdoor family fun, romantic getaway, small-town friendliness, 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.

Mohican Ablaze in Color


Mohican in the fall is on fire, with color of course. The leaves are transforming the hills of Mohican into a brand new landscape full of reds, yellows and oranges. Local farmers markets have pumpkins, mums and more out and ready to sell. Visitors are amazed at the view of the Clearfork Gorge Overlook as it changes to sea of color each day. It truly is a sight to behold.

As the Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio, canoeing is not over. What a treat to float down the Mohican State Scenic River under an arbor of color. Some of the canoe liveries are open through October. It is a perfect time to grab a camera with family and friends and enjoy the serenity of the river.

Fall is full with activities that will keep everyone having fun while enjoying all there is to offer. Whether staying for a week or weekend, discover why Mohican rocks any time of year. Stay in a castle, resort, inn, historic bed and breakfast, or a choice of one of many private cabins. Several of the private cabins or cottages have hot tubs, spectacular views; all the amenities of home and some are even pet-friendly.

Sporting events are still going strong with mountain biking and a 5k. Whether a first timer or a more experienced rider, the Ohio Mountain Bike Championship Race will start at noon on October 3rd. This race is perfect and open to anyone, even if the participant has never raced on the circuit before. New this year is a Novice Loop. Cash prizes and more to those who qualify.

Fitness with a cause is a good excuse to get into shape for October 18th, to run or walk in the Mohican 5k. The 8th Annual Mohican 5K Run & Walk benefits the Loudonville-Mohican bike path with proceeds helping to complete and maintain the area’s bike path. The race will begin on Wally Road, just south of its intersection with West Main Street in Loudonville and adjacent to the bike path. Racers will head south on Wally Road to Route 3 where they will then run on the bike path south to the halfway point, and then return, heading north but staying on the bike path to the finish point near the Wally Road ball fields along the river.

There are plenty of events happening this fall. October 6th – 10th is the 127th Loudonville Street Fair. Family fun and affordable, with free admission and free entertainment will have everyone feeling like a kid again. This year’s theme is “Make It, Grow It, Show It.” Loudonville hosts a big fair that is truly an old-fashioned, family-oriented event. The fair offers five days of free admission, free entertainment, free exhibits, free livestock shows and auctions, free power pulls, rides, food and more.

October 9th-11th in Mohican is the Fall Foliage Drive-It-Yourself Tour. Take a leisurely drive through the Mohican State Park and the Mohican-Memorial State Forest during the peak of the season. Hike or bike the trails and enjoy nature as the trees and wildlife get ready for winter. Then enjoy time at the restaurants and independent stores. Special offers are available for a limited time. Visit DiscoverMohican.com for a map and more information.

On October 10th, join in on the Lyons Falls Geology Hike. Spanning more than 5,000 acres, Mohican State Park and Forest is known for its fascinating geologic history. Geologists will be on hand to discuss how Ice Age glacial activity helped shape the gorge, where huge sandstone rock features stand among mature trees that tower above the beautiful Clearfork River. Saturday’s hike will focus on the geology of Lyons Falls, Clearfork Gorge and the greater Mohican area, fall tree color analysis, and a glimpse into the history of the park and forest.  Dress for the weather.

The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum will host “Whiskey, Prohibition and Distillation Education: A Walk Though the History of High Proof Spirits and the Path Ahead” by Ryan Lang, Middle West Spirits. Free and open to the public, this discussion will take place Monday, October 19th, at 7pm.

October also brings in ghost enthusiasts at Landoll’s Mohican Castle. Throughout the year, they offer public Ghost Walks. These walks will take one through the history of the property and also allow the opportunity to communicate with the “other side” by using ‘tools of the trade.’ If wanting to go more in-depth ask about the possibility of a Ghost Hunt. This will take several hours and permits the visitor to conduct a paranormal investigation. On October 24th, Landoll’s Mohican Castle will host its popular murder mystery dinner. “The Monster Mash Costume Ball” will include a four course buffet meal. Come in costume and solve a murder for Halloween.

During November and December, make sure to plan an individualized adventure in Mohican. Fishing, outdoor sports and more occur all year long. This is also a perfect time to visit the Mohican State Park Lodge & Conference Center. Throughout the week, every week, enjoy free programs hosted by the Mohican State Park Naturalist. Learn about the nature and wildlife specific to the Mohican area. Live demonstrations and more will keep everyone entertained. Then warm up in the lobby by the open fireplace. Take a tour through the local museum. One might be amazed at the wealth of history that changed the world.

All of this and more await – Discover Why Mohican Rocks!

Free Wright Bros Factory Tours


The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) has scheduled free monthly tours of the Wright Company factory buildings through the end of 2015.

Tours of the two historic buildings will take place on the third Thursday of each month from October through December. Each tour will begin at 10 a.m. except on Dec. 17, when it will begin at 2 p.m. A tour typically takes about an hour.

The Wright Company factory is the birthplace of America’s aerospace industry—the first American factory built for the purpose of manufacturing airplanes. The two structures are the oldest airplane manufacturing buildings still standing in the world and the only buildings still in Dayton where the Wright brothers worked on airplanes.

Wilbur and Orville Wright formed the Wright Company in 1909 and built their first factory building in 1910. They added a second one in 1911. The buildings later became part of the Delphi Home Avenue auto parts manufacturing plant. The plant closed in 2008 and is now owned by a redevelopment company.

In 2009, Congress authorized the National Park Service to restore the factory as a unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, but it hasn’t provided funding to acquire or restore it.

NAHA’s vision is for the Wright factory to be restored as a national park unit and for other parts of the site to be redeveloped as an aerospace education, research and manufacturing hub.

With the cooperation of the property owner, Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, NAHA is conducting the public tours to raise awareness of the factory and build community support for its restoration. This site is not restored, so visitors will be asked to sign a hold-harmless agreement. Closed-toed shoes are required, and no restroom facilities are available.

The factory entrance is off West Third Street just east of Abbey Avenue. The gate has no specific address, but GPS users will find it by navigating to 2900 W. Third St.

Visit www.aviationheritagearea.org to learn more about NAHA.

New Mural at City of Murals


After 18 years, The City of Murals has a new mural…and one that has national as well as local significance.

Long known as a steel and coal city, Steubenville, Ohio began a transition to a community that encouraged art and history in 1986. Over the years since, 25 larger than life depictions of significant people and places in the community were painted on buildings throughout the downtown. The last two murals – one of Steubenville native son, Dean Martin with his Rat Pack buddies and another of a frontier pioneer – were painted in 1997 at a nearby shopping complex.

“The murals drew many visitors,” explained Judy Bratten, Director of the Historic Fort Steuben Visitor Center. “But due to budgetary constraints, the murals and some of the buildings they were on were not maintained. We have lost three and another will soon be gone as its host building is being demolished. That’s why we have worked to renew the project with this Civil War mural.”

The new mural, located on the west side of N. 3rd Street in downtown Steubenville, is a 35 foot tall by 70 foot wide portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the telegraph office of the War Department in Washington, DC. With him are two men who had called Steubenville home: Edwin McMasters Stanton, Secretary of War and David Homer Bates, telegrapher. The painting captures the strain of office as the men were in communication with troops at various battles, directing their movements and sending supplies. Artist Ruston Baker of Millersburg, Ohio became engrossed with the project, reading and studying and seeking information to make it as accurate as possible while making it accessible to the general public. Even as he was painting, people who worked in the area came by to talk, make suggestions and ask questions.

“Local residents will probably get used to this mural over time. But visitors to Steubenville will see it and take in the history of this small town,” noted Baker.

Bratten noted that a number of current murals are being “refreshed” and there are plans to have more new ones as soon as other accessible sites are chosen.

“The murals are just one of the projects in the city that enhance the quality of life and draw tourists to area. The other endeavor that began almost 30 years ago was the reconstruction of Historic Fort Steuben on its original site overlooking the Ohio River,” Bratten explained. “The Fort is now fully rebuilt with exhibits and artifacts in every building. In addition there is now a beautiful Visitor Center, Fort Steuben Park and the Berkman Amphitheater offering live music throughout the summer.”

A free map of the murals is available in the Visitor Center but additional booklets are for sale as well giving detailed information about the murals. A step-on guide provides entertaining stories of the murals and the city for group bus tours. For more information contact the Visitor Center at 740-283-1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com.

German Heritage Celebrated

die_musik_kneesGerman Heritage Celebrated at Oktoberfest in Minster, Ohio

We can thank them for introducing us to beer, sausage, sauerkraut and the Christmas tree. German immigrants have made great contributions to this country. Have you ever wondered why so many Germans came to America? Crop failures, inheritance laws, high rents, high prices, and the effects of the industrial revolution led to widespread poverty and suffering in Germany. Relatives and friends who had already immigrated to America wrote back, encouraging others to follow. These circumstances led to “chain migrations” and group settlements, like those in west Ohio’s Auglaize County. The immigrants included well-to-do farmers who saw a bleak future, poor ones with no future and paupers whom the authorities often paid to leave the country.

German immigrants began arriving in west central Ohio in 1832 and found an untamed wilderness. Within a generation, they had turned it into successful farming communities. In 1848 the completion of the Miami & Erie Canal between Cincinnati and Toledo connected the region with the world.    Since the arrival of the first German immigrants in the 1830s, Auglaize County has grown and prospered. The legacy of those German pioneers- strong faith, hard work, and a dedication to excellence- continues today.

The Auglaize County Village of Minster celebrates this heritage by hosting an annual Oktoberfest. As the region’s largest German heritage festival, the Oktoberfest attracts more than 60,000 people each year for an enjoyable weekend of wonderful German food, music, and dancing. It is rated as one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the nation. However, for the people of Minster, the festival is just not an event; it’s a feeling, a spirit, a happy mood that conveys the warmth and friendliness of the community.

This year’s 40th annual Minster Oktoberfest takes place October 2-4. From singing and dancing to the taste of hearty German foods, this event provides a fun filled time for all. Topping the list of free entertainment this year includes popular bands such as Sorgenbrecher, The Klaberheads, Autobahn and Cincinnati Schnapps.

Mark your calendar, come out to the festival and watch the spectacular gala parade featuring colorful floats and marching bands. Take part in the beer tray relay, the 10K run, and a number of other games and contests. Whether or not you share the German heritage, we’re sure you’ll find yourself doing the Chicken Dance before the evening is over. For more information, check out the Minster Oktoberfest website for a complete schedule of events.   We’re sure you’ll agree: When it comes to having a great time the Minster Oktoberfest ist wunderbar!

Rainbow Hills Vineyards a Standout


Rainbow Hills Vineyards: So many things standout at this winery. It is everything a winery should be. It takes you on a journey into a woodland paradise and down a winding non-paved road into a rolling meadow on one side and grape vines on the other. The winery dog gives a friendly hello. The setting is tranquil, with panoramic views a plenty. Inside, it is rustic with private nooks, warm wood and lovely rough-stone walls and fireplace. Subtle touches make you feel like you aren’t going anywhere for a while. Back outside is a soothing fountain in a pool-like pond with plenty of sheltered seating cascading down the hillside. From star gazing to sun splashed days, it is a true getaway surrounded by wildlife and complete with meals and inn. Oh, and the wines have won international awards. Their name says it all. Click here for more information.

This award recognizes Ohio’s standouts in tourism. More details about the award and all award recipients are at ohiotraveler.com/standouts-in-ohio-tourism/.


Fall Farm Fest at Lost Creek Reserve


Looking for something to do to kick-off the fall season? Look no further than Lost Creek Reserve located at 2385 E. St. Rt. 41 in Troy, Ohio. This beautiful 456 acre park is the setting for Miami County Park District’s fifth annual Fall Farm Fest. On October 10 and 11 the historic Knoop Homestead at the Reserve will be transform into a hub of activity for thousands of people who attend. “This festival is a celebration of the agricultural heritage of Miami County,” says J. Scott Myers, executive director of the Miami County Park District.

“Fall Farm Fest is one of those hometown events that adds to the high quality of life in Miami County,” says Myers. “Thanks to the support of generous sponsors and our levy, we are able to offer this family friendly event to the public free of charge.” The festival offers a six acre corn maze, corn cannon, music, food, wagon rides, a scarecrow contest, children’s games, demonstrations, vendors, display booths, farm animals, Kiddie Tractor Pulls, a pumpkin patch, face painting and more.

A highlight of the festival each year is the corn maze where visitors are able to experience the adventure of finding their way through its twists and turns. In addition to being open during Fall Farm Fest and October 24, the corn maze is available for private rentals through October.

Guests can take a wagon ride down a charming farm lane lined with scarecrows that are part of an annual contest where local businesses show their talent and creativity by entering a scarecrow. Visitors are invited to vote for winners in several different categories. The team that builds the winning scarecrow receives a free hour of corn maze rental.

Traditional children’s activities will also be available. “We have old fashioned games and pumpkin painting. Kids especially love the pony rides, rope making and pumpkin painting,” says Tama Cassidy, assistant director of environmental education for the Miami County Park District. Another big hit each year is a Kiddie Tractor Pull sponsored by Koenig Equipment where children can compete for trophies.

A must see at the festival is the farm animal petting zoo located in the bottom of 1832 historic bank barn. On Sunday, a small flock of sheep will take up residence as they await the working sheep dog demonstration.

Take a step into the past as the Troy Historical Society reenacts life in the 1800s. See first hand how teams of oxen were used in daily farm life. As you explore the Reserve, watch demonstrations on harvesting honey, rope making and archery. Guests can also learn about the organic farming methods currently in practice at Lost Creek Reserve.

Adding to the festival’s ambiance are the musical performers appearing on two stages. This year the music portion of the festival will include everything from singer-songwriters and bluegrass to folk and soft rock. “Each year we have been able to schedule talented local and regional musicians,” said Myers. “It really adds something special to the atmosphere.”

Also at the festival are a handful of vendors selling everything from food to artwork. Make sure to stick around immediately following the Fall Farm Fest for a movie under the stars brought to you by Miami County Farm Bureau. More information and the event schedule can be found at miamicountyparks.com.

Wicker to Fruitcake

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From wicker to fruitcake this one-stop Amish shop is just a fall or holiday adventure away.

Over southern Ohio’s Appalachian hills and through the woods to Keim Family Market shoppers go. Nestled in the heart of rural Adams County, it’s a day tripper’s paradise where you can lounge under the enormous shade trees at picnic tables overseeing enormous playsets inviting children to romp to their heart’s delight.

Whether you just want to breathe that crisp autumn country air or get a jump on your Christmas shopping list, this historically renown Amish shop has it all – indoor and outdoor furniture, bakery, deli, bulk food store, playsets, sheds, you-name-it.

Forty years ago, Roy Keim parked his horse and buggy along the scenic roadway to sell his wife’s pies. Word spread through the trucking community that these pies were to die for! So out of that humble beginning grew an authentic Amish merchant selling everything from furniture to fruitcakes.

Dan Miller is now the owner of Keim Family Market. He and his employees are from the surrounding Amish community. Together, they provide friendly service, conversation and quality goods just like Keim’s has been doing for decades. Their reputation over the years has grown, and so has their product line. But you can still smell the aroma of their fresh baked pies coming out of the ovens early each morning. And although the bustling business started as a bakery, it has expanded to offering a full service deli, indoor and outdoor furniture, children’s play sets, a bulk food store and much more.

Truly, you can get it while it’s hot! Whether you crave doughnuts, pies, cinnamon rolls or fresh-baked breads, the aroma floating in the air says it all. The peanut butter pretzels will make your mouth water.

If you want to do some cooking at home, fill a grocery basket with bulk food selections including spices and baking ingredients. The store also sells an enormous selection of canned Amish foods, sugar-free foods and old-fashioned candies.

The other half of the main building is loaded with dining room tables, hutches, bedroom sets, gliders, chairs and even computer tables with keyboard returns. All of which are hand crafted by Amish craftsmen. Wicker baskets, candles and quilts are also plentiful.

Outside are a bargain barn, art barn, and barns and pole buildings for sale. Take a stroll over the footbridges, also for sale, and find sturdy Amish-made gazebos, lawn furniture and much more. But take time out for a leisure walk to appreciate the colorful array of flowers and plants for the garden.

Whether you are lost in the rhythmic spin of a buggy wheel, find harmony in watching a handcrafted armoire getting fine-tuned or fall head-over-heels in the breeze that just delivered the smell of an apple pie cooling, you’ll find as thousands before you that Keim Family Market is a special place. So whatever you can’t cram into the vehicle to bring home, no worries, shipping is available.

Keim Family Market is located at 2621 Burnt Cabin Road off SR 32 in Seaman, Ohio. They are open Monday – Friday 8am – 6 pm and Saturday 8am – 5pm but closed on Sunday. Their phone number is 937-386-9995. More information is available at www.KeimFamilyMarket.com.

Gunslingers & Trick Riding


Grab your cowboy boots and mosey on over to the eighth annual Old West Festival. This nearly month-long western-themed event has plenty of boot stompin’ family fun on Saturdays and Sundays through October 18, 2015 from 10am – 6pm.

Drawing more than 20,000 visitors each fall, the permanent old west town is home to everything you would expect to see in Dodge City circa 1878. But this fun-filled experience is located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd between Mt. Orab and Williamsburg, Ohio (east of Cincinnati) just off St. Rt. 32.

Attendees will enjoy historically accurate medicine and saloon shows, can-can dancers, gunfights, jailbreaks, and more. Period re-enactors will also be found walking the streets and performing the roles of cowboys, cowgirls, storeowners, residents, and of course, outlaws.

The Old West Festival will also be abuzz with western music. Attendees can enjoy the sounds of the 1800’s with music from Gunpowder Creek as well as Raison d’Etre, a trio mixing traditional folk songs with a capella swing tunes and Shaker hymns.

Other performers will be ‘round town as well. Magician Jason Jacobs will amaze, bewilder and astonish with his magical flare and the Pickled Brothers will shock with their mind-boggling performances. Trick rider Abigail Petersen will impress audiences with her horsemanship and daring stunts, while visitors to the Long Branch Saloon will enjoy shows by world champion roper Rider Keisner, and folks will no doubt get a “kick” out of Miss Melody Star and her Hurdy Gurdy Dancing Girls.

And what would the old west be without a good ole’ fashioned gunfight? Back by popular demand, four times daily starting at high noon, the Big Irons Rangers return with their gunfight re-enactments and trick shooting. In between shows they, and other period interpreters, will be walking the grounds to meet visitors and pose for photos.

The Old West Festival is a grand time for the young’ins, too. At 10:15 a.m. daily, the kiddies can get sworn in as town deputies. They can also enjoy old-timey puppet and magic shows, storytelling and sing-a-longs. The youngsters can also participate in historic games, pan for gold, take a ride on the A&A Express train, take a pony ride, and even cross the frontier in a covered wagon.

New this year, children’s wristbands are available for $5 at the gate, and allow children UNLIMITED train rides, panning for gold, Santa Fe Slingshot, Beginniner Bow and Arrow, and Lucky Levi’s Lasso.

Themed weekends in 2015 add to the experience of the Old West Festival and include Steampunk Weekend October 3-4; OctoBEERfest Weekend October 10-11; and Halloween Weekend October 17-18.

To celebrate the opening of another season, the Old West Festival presents Western Film Weekend. Iconic scenes of cowboys riding into the sunset, saloon brawls and gunfights have shaped our idea of the Wild West. Guests will enjoy screenings from classic movies, experience a lively panel discussion and meet the cast and crew from Revelation Trail, a western film shot on the grounds of the Old West Festival.

Tickets to the Old West Festival can be purchased for $12, $6 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under admitted for free. Parking is free and the festival will be held, rain or shine. Tickets are available at a discounted rate in advance at www.oldwestfestival.com.

Labyrinth Provides Quiet Reflection


New Labyrinth Provides A Path For Quiet Reflection

The paths to success at Ohio Wesleyan University now include 86 majors, 57 minors, and one stone labyrinth.

Thanks to generous donors, the university completed the installation of a 47-foot-diameter labyrinth inspired by one of the world’s oldest walkable labyrinths – an 800-year-old path at Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France. Both labyrinths feature rosette-style centers, resembling the intricate rose windows found in the gothic cathedrals of Northern France.

Ohio Wesleyan’s labyrinth includes 17,600 stone pavers, with about 30 percent of the stones being cut by hand. The labyrinth, located in a grove of trees between the newly renovated Merrick Hall and the Delaware Run, is open to the public seven days a week during daylight hours.

OWU’s labyrinth was designed by well-known labyrinth architect Robert Ferré and installed by Debi and Marty Kermeen of Illinois-based Labyrinths in Stone. The labyrinth is slightly larger than its inspiration and is unique in that its pavers rest on a concrete base rather than being set directly into the ground.

Ohio Wesleyan’s labyrinth will be dedicated in October 2015, with the celebration including a lecture by Lauren Artress, founder of Veriditas, the World-Wide Labyrinth Project.

Artress, whose books include “The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform,” will speak at 4 p.m. Oct. 5 in Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Artress holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from The Ohio State University, a master’s in education from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in pastoral psychotherapy from Andover Newton School of Theology.

The goal of her California-based nonprofit organization is to “pepper the planet with labyrinths,” including a new initiative to create a series of interconnected “Veriditas Legacy Labyrinths.” Ohio Wesleyan’s labyrinth will be only the third such legacy labyrinth in world. The others are located in La Falda, Argentina, and Jacksonville Beach, Florida – and each contains a piece from the other two in support of an interconnected global community and peace.

Following the October 5, 2015 lecture, everyone will be invited to walk outside to the labyrinth for an asperging, or blessing with water. During the ceremony, guests will be able to dip tree branches in water and sprinkle the stone pavers.

The labyrinth is a gift to the university from the family of OWU Life Trustee Kathleen “Kathe” Law Rhinesmith, Class of 1964.

“I’d like to believe it’s a place where each person who comes here will find something,” Rhinesmith said, “whether that be a casual and peaceful walk or a deeper moment of self-discovery and self-reflection. … My wish is everyone who comes here will come away with some quiet new perspective on their life or the world around them.”

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. It is located in Delaware, Ohio. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

Funny Sexy at Cincinnati Playhouse


Laura Eason’s sexy, funny grown-up fling Sex With Strangers heats up the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2015-16 season. The provocative new play runs through October 25, 2015 on the Playhouse’s intimate Thompson Shelterhouse stage.

SWS is an enticing exploration of identity and intimacy in the digital age. Little-known novelist Olivia and hyper-famous blogger Ethan could not be on farther ends of the literary spectrum. Ethan’s scandalous blog-turned-book, titled SWS, has graced The New York Times bestseller list for three years and has a high-profile movie adaptation in the works. The blog — based on a dare to pick up women in bars in order to have one-time encounters — has created a persona for Ethan that he would now prefer to leave behind. In spite of his early success (he is only 27), Ethan aspires to write with the literary merit of novelists like Olivia. Her first novel, praised by her peers, never received the public attention it deserved. Now a teacher and self-proclaimed “hobbyist” author at 39, she meets Ethan when they become snowbound at a cozy bed-and-breakfast in Michigan, and their mutual passion for words sparks a heated passion for each other. As they become entwined in each other’s careers, their literary and generational differences begin to clash, and complications emerge that test their relationship.

“Ethan is cocky and confident, yet able to be vulnerable and allow himself to get hurt,” says Playhouse Associate Artist and SWS director KJ Sanchez (Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Venus in Fur, Seven Spots on the Sun). “Olivia loves books and, although she is more reserved than Ethan, she is not prudish. She is as confident as he is, just choosing to live her life in a very different way.

“They are fully realized, multi-dimensional characters that are always surprising us. Just when we think we know who’s in control and who has the power, Laura Eason reveals other aspects to these people that surprise us all.”

Eason, who garnered acclaim writing for Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning drama House of Cards, is no stranger to writing strong characters. “The spark of the play actually came from an interest in exploring the exchange that takes place in any intimate relationship,” she told The Brooklyn Rail last year. “I heightened the situation by having both of them be writers of ambition who each want something from the other, personally and professionally.”

The SWS cast features Nancy Lemenager (Broadway’s Chicago, Movin’ Out, Never Gonna Dance, Kiss Me Kate, Dream, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Guys and Dolls), making her Playhouse debut as Olivia, and Nicholas Carrière, who appeared in the Playhouse’s world premiere of Abigail/1702, as Ethan. The creative team, in addition to Sanchez, includes set and costume designer Misha Kachman, lighting designer Brian J. Lilienthal and sound designer Matthew M. Nielson. Andrea L. Shell is the stage manager. SWS is sponsored by Schueler Group.

Ticket prices for SWS start at $35. Prices are subject to change, and patrons are encouraged to buy early for the best seats at the best prices. The show is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences.

The official opening night is Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays.

Free Meet the Artists programs that allow audiences to interact with the cast and others associated with the production will be held after the following performances: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

Tickets to SWS are on sale now. For more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com. Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

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