June 2015 Edition ©

Free Fun Worth the Drive


Festivals & Historic Settings

Two great festivals this month in west central Ohio offer FREE fun for the whole family with great live music and unusual entertainment, both in beautiful, historic settings.

First, the 110th Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee is set for June 18-21, 2015 at Ambassador Park and the adjacent Fort Site Park. Bring the whole family, admission, parking and entertainment are all free! The fun begins on Thursday evening with a terbacher Rides & amusement, Fort Recovery Food Stands, and Antique Tractor Display. Thursday night @ 6:00 kicks off the jubilee with a hog roast, tug of war, jumpee inflatables, softball tourney, outdoor movie, and live music by The LumberJacks. Join us Friday @ 5:00 for the kiddie stands, Red Cross go kart races, softball tourney, merchant’s business exhibits tent, pie baking contest, quarter auction, hot wing eating contest, live duck races, and music by Country Mile. Saturday we’re starting @ 9:00 with the Diggin Life CoEd volleyball tourney and softball tourney. Bring the kids later in the day for Cooper Farms Kiddie Day which includes Amazing Circus stilt walkers, kiddie stands, pet parade, and High Action Bikes BMX stunt show. Later in the night will be the adult keg roll obstacle course, merchant’s business exhibits tent, bingo, Wayne IGA rib cookoff, live duck races, auction of Phil Wood artwork, and music by Grove Hill. Finish your weekend with us on Sunday, with Larry Stone memorial car show, the fireman’s parade, kiddie stands, merchant’s business exhibits tent, live music by Effexor Unplugged, BBQ chicken dinners, kiddie tractor pull, duck races, Mercer County challenger baseball, bingo, 50/50 drawing and Jubilee Rafflesoftball tournament, Tug-of-War challenge, live music by Grove Hill and “Kids Outdoor Movie Night” at the Van Trees Park Amphitheater. Events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday include a pie-baking contest, Red Cross Go Kart races, Kiddie Tractor Pull, a talent show, the Famous Fort Recovery Racing Ducks, and the Jubilee Quarter Auction. Enjoy music from the Lounge Lizards Friday night and the band 1988 on Saturday night. The Fireman’s Parade begins at 2 on Sunday afternoon and is followed by a chicken BBQ. The weekend includes rides, games, lots of great festival food, and TONS of fun! So make your way to the banks of the Wabash and enjoy the Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee. While at the Fort be sure to check out the historic fort stockade and blockhouses, State museum and log cabins. Don’t Miss the Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee! For a complete schedule of events click here to visit their Facebook page.

The following weekend, June 26-28, 2015 on the grounds of the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, it’s time for fun in the country at the 28th Annual Maria Stein Country Fest. This awesome small town festival offers free entertainment including the death defying daredevils of the Big Air Insanity Freestyle Motocross Show and the nationally known Country Fest Tractor Square Dancers! Also enjoy Garden, Antique & Stock Tractor Pulls, a Cruise-In Car Show,  Chainsaw Wood Carving, Go Kart Races, competitions in Mini-Indy car, Diaper Derby, Punt-Pass-Kick, Quarterback Challenge and a 5K Run/Walk. Tournaments include Volleyball, Dodgeball, Corn Hole and 3 on 3 Basketball. The festival plays great live music for all ages throughout the weekend Friday night will feature music by the band Renegade, Saturday night Steve “Crash” Worley then Night Fall, and Sunday British Invasion, Free Lance and local favorite Saw Creek will end the night! Country Fest has plenty of food to satisfy everyone’s taste! And don’t forget the petting zoo, carnival games, rides and the Mechanical Bull. You’ll have a GREAT time in the country when you visit the Maria Stein Country Fest, located on the grounds of the Maria Stein Relic Shrine in west central Ohio. Tours of the shrine will be available all weekend and don’t miss their annual art show and the unveiling of the newly remodeled heritage museum. For a complete schedule of Country Fest events, visit their website at mscountryfest.com.

Road Trip Reunion


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When was the last time you got the whole gang together?  Whether family or friends there’s a good chance everyone is spread across the map.  With the lowest gas prices in more than five years 2015 is a great year for a road trip reunion.

Ever since John Belushi shouted those famous words “Road Trip!” in “Animal House” the very idea congers up images of escape, adventure and maybe a little mischief.  Southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills is the perfect destination for the quintessential reunion road trip.

Located within a day’s drive of more than sixty percent of the U.S. population, the Hocking Hills region is internationally recognized as the best “Under-the-Radar” destination in all of North America by Buzzfeed.com stating that, “Hocking Hills State Park is a must for nature lovers, filled with cliffs, gorges, and waterfalls.”

The region is best known for world-class hiking and cozy cabins.  The Hocking Hills is also the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest with more than fifty ziplines.  This is the place to bring your bucket list.  Get a bird’s eye view from the tree canopy.  Fly like Buck Rogers with Jet Pack Water Adventures.  Anglers are in for a whole new experience with Ohio Belly Boat Fishing.

Whether your bucket list wish is to say so-long to your schedule, disconnect from all the electronic gadgets or an adrenaline filled, high-flying weekend with your alma mater pals, the Hocking Hills is just the ticket.  Outdoor recreation, family friendly festivals, museums, performing arts, tours and much more will keep everyone entertained.

After an activity filled day it’s time to relax and what could be more relaxing than your own private resort.  Luxurious lodges are designed to provide privacy, plenty of room for everyone and all the comforts of home.  Go for a swim in your private pool.  Chill out in a hot tub while gazing at the star-filled sky.  Toast marshmallows over an open fire while stories of the day and laughter lingers in the evening air.

Plan your road rip reunion around one of the region’s signature festivals.  The Washboard Music Festival brings bluegrass, zydeco, rock, country, folk and gospel music together for a celebration of the washboard’s melodic tones in historic downtown Logan (June 18 – 20).  Lilyfest is the “un-festival”.  There are no deep fried foods, Ferris wheels or fireworks, just flowers, art and music wafting on a breeze throughout the Bishop Educational Gardens (July 10 – 12).

The Laurelville Fireman’s Old Time Festival is just what you would expect.  The nightly fish fry is legendary.  The Midway delights kids of all ages.  When was the last time you took a spin on a Tilt-a-Whirl?  The highlight of the festival is Ohio’s most expensive cake auction.  Last year’s auction raised $24,400 for the Laurelville Fire Department (July 15 – 18).

Everyone loves a parade so, naturally, everyone loves Nelsonville’s Parade of the Hills featuring three parades beginning with the Main Street Welcome Home Parade on Wednesday followed by the Bicycle Parade on Thursday and the pièce de résistance, the Grande Parade on Saturday.  Add Queen contests, the Ohio State Fiddling Contest, Pie Contest & Auction and a 5k Run For The Hills (just in case you eat too much pie)and you’ve got one great festival.  Evening musical entertainment includes Hard Days Night (Beatles Tribute Band) on Wednesday, Ohio’s own McGuffey Lane on Thursday, Mr. Speed (KISS Tribute Band) on Friday and Stadium 11 on Saturday (August 19 – 22).

So fire off those emails, tweets, posts, shares.  This is the summer for a road trip reunion and your destination is the Hocking Hills.

2015 Washboard Music Festival


The streets in downtown Logan, located in heart of the Hocking Hills, will come alive with the 15th annual Washboard Music Festival on June 18-20, 2015. Folks planning to attend the festival are encouraged to put on their dancing shoes and join along with the unique style of toe tapping music that will be performed throughout the festival.

The event was created to honor the Columbus Washboard Factory that was purchased and moved to Logan from Columbus nearly two decades ago. It is the only factory in the United States that continues to manufacture washboards-thus the idea to establish a music festival that focuses on washboard music was born.

Arnett Howard and Friends will open the festival Thursday evening when they are slated to perform on the main stage at 6 p.m. His contemporary jazz band performs a variety of music including Motown, Memphis and New Orleans style rhythm and blues with a splash of reggae thrown in. In addition throughout his performance he uses a rub washboard in keeping with the theme of the Washboard Music Festival. During the intermission of Howard’s concert an auction will be held to raise funds for the festival.

The headline entertainment for Friday evening includes Three Piece & Biscuit when they perform two shows at 8 and 10 p.m. “Three Piece” includes Blind Mississippi Morris, Larry “Washboard Shorty” Long and Reverend Robert. It was reported that this trio of musicians play Delta Blues as it was meant to be played. Morris Cummings was born in Mississippi and lost his sight at age four but that didn’t stop him from learning the blues. He is a popular Beale Street performer and has played with the late B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Washboard Shorty serves as a blues drummer and washboard player and has shared the stage with many well-known blues artists on Beale Street as well including Reverend Robert , who is considered a master of pre-war blues. Folks will indeed enjoy the Beale Street Blues when these artists perform on Main Street in downtown Logan.

Robin Lacy & DeZydeco will be the featured performers on Saturday afternoon and evening when they are scheduled to play three performances on the main stage at 3, 8 and 10 p.m. The electrifying group includes six members that is set apart from the mainstream with their unique instrumentation that focuses on the accordion, saxophone and rub board found mainly in the Zydeco and Cajun-styled bands of southwest Louisiana. Along with traditional Zydeco style of music, they also play rock-n-roll, blues and classic country, as well as playing a number of original songs featured on their latest recordings. Lacy also thrills the crowd by throwing beads to the guests during their performance.

The Steel City Rovers from Ontario, Canada is returning to the festival for the second consecutive year. They are a Celtic music group that mixes gritty folk music with progressive subgenres and creates flair and energy that produces an infectious blend of sound. The band performs with everything from Scottish small-pipes to the mandolin and can bust out the accordion, Irish whistle, bongo drums and fiddle. Fearless female drummer, Jess Gold, helps create a unique blend of Celtic music by bringing a bit of electric funk to the stage. The group creates a witty and whimsical atmosphere combined with a bit of comedy to their performances. They are slated to perform Friday at 4 and 9 p.m. and at 5 and 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Other scheduled performers throughout the festival includes, The Wayfarers; 7 Mile Blue Grass Band; The Hobo Polka Band; The Sodbusters; Neil Jacobs; Washboard Hank; Ira Twang, Sweet Funk and the entertaining Washboard Players.

In addition to the lively music that will be performed throughout the festival, the event features food and art and craft vendors, as well as a classic car show on Friday evening from 5 to 9 p.m., and a hit and miss tractor show will be featured all day on Saturday, followed by the traditional festival parade at 6 p.m.

For quilt lovers a quilt show featuring quilts made by members of the Hocking Valley Quilt Guild be displayed at the Bowen House, Logan’s cultural arts and education center located just a block away from the main stage. The quilt show will be open for viewing from 5 to 9 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with Dana and Hank Gruber playing an acoustic guitar and dulcimer at the Bowen House site.

While music is the main focus of the annual Washboard Music Festival – an Appalachian Ohio Story Telling Project will be featured as well. The Appalachian Story Telling Project is a non-profit organization established to preserve the cultural heritage of Appalachian Ohio through the promotion of story telling and related arts throughout the Appalachian region. Folks should plan to stop by the Piano Works, 48 W. Main Street, to enjoy old-fashioned story telling and Appalachian skiffle-style music during their performances at 3 and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For families and kids planning to attend the festival – it is important to note that all entertainment and amusement rides are absolutely free. In addition to the free amusement rides in the children’s park –kids can also enjoy the antics of Granpa Cratchet – during his entertaining presentations, as well as being treated to magic shows by Gordon Russ, as well as balloon designs created by Chris Merz. Free train rides are offered throughout the festival as well.

Plan to attend the Washboard Music Festival on Father’s Day weekend. The event promises to offer a variety of free entertainment and great food that will appeal to everyone.

Visit http://www.washboardmusicfestival.com/.

This project is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Hocking Hills Tourism Association.

Pow Wow Mohican Style!

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Ohio has one of the best Pow Wows in the Country 

Native American culture is celebrated at one of the best Pow-Wows in the country – The Great Mohican Pow Wow. It was previously named one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association.

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation Camp & Festival Grounds in Loudonville, Ohio twice in 2015 from July 10 – 12 and September 18 – 20. The setting is everything.  These festival grounds are nestled in secluded wooded hills lending itself well to the authenticity and beauty of this annual celebration.

The 2015 show features MC RonColombe, Host Drum Wild Band, breathtaking tomahawk throwing and fire starting by Coyote Dog,  dramatic hoop dancing by Lowery Begay and colorful ceremonial dancing, music of the Andes Mountains by Malkuri and mesmerizing flutist Douglas Blue Feather. There are also dance & drum competitions and powerful storytelling by Lance White Eagle. Throughout the festival grounds there are demonstrations of Native American living and customary food and artisans. Don’t miss the touching Grand Entry, group prayer and ceremony honoring our Veterans for their service.

Pow-Wows are celebrations that last for days and are remembered for a lifetime. In that tradition, this authentic Pow-Wow is three-days long and multi-day discount packages are available as well as campsites. This scared celebration is the coming together of Native tribes to honor ancestors and renew their traditions and heritage. It is a real cultural presentation – not a hobbyist show.

The Pow-Wow emphasizes lifestyles, fellowship and competition among tribes. It showcases custom dancing, colorful ceremonial dress, the passing down of songs, sharing of foods and storytelling. All of which are critical to the survival of a culture. One of the most spectacular sights at an authentic Pow-Wow is the palate of color woven throughout the festivities.

In addition to the Native foods, stories, music, dancing and competitions, there are original Native American creations by more than 40 traders, artisans and crafters. Wares on display and for sales include pottery, bead working, knife making, sliversmithing, quill working, antler works, fur trading, wood and bone carving, leather work, basket weaving, clothes making and jewelry. 

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation Campgrounds at 23270 Wally Road South in Loudonville, Ohio. Admission is $8/adult and $4/child with discounts for two and three day passes as well as for colleges, groups, scouts, teachers, seniors and veterans. For complete information or directions, phone 1-800-766-2267 or visit www.mohicanpowwow.com.

The Mystery & Magic


Take a stroll down memory lane at the Canton Museum of Art by exploring nostalgic and enchanted works in the new exhibition entitled “The Mystery & Magic: The Trompe L’Oeil Vision of Gary Erbe,” on view through July 19, 2015.

More than 35 pieces will be on display, featuring Erbe’s unique approach to trompe l’oeil painting (translated from French as “trick of the eye”), creating an optical illusion of two-dimensional space that is painted so convincingly that the viewer believes it is three-dimensional. Rather than painting trompe l’oeil architectural scenes, one of the most popular examples often found on inner-city murals, he brings inanimate objects to life on canvas in a surprisingly realistic manner. Erbe’s self-taught skillful paintings dazzle with lifelike compositions that are constructed of collaged still-life content drifting in mid-air. Erbe coined the term “Levitational Realism” to define his contribution to the trompe l’oeil legacy.

“My interest in trompe l’oeil goes back to the late 1960s when I discovered the 19th-century trompe l’oeil artists Harnett, Peto, and Haberle. For a brief period, I drew inspiration from these artists only to realize I had no desire to be a follower,” said Erbe. “While there are elements of trompe l’oeil in my work, I have less of an interest in fooling the eye in favor of stimulating the mind.”

At first glance, viewers are delighted by the themes in Erbe’s paintings, from his childhood passion for baseball, remembrance of the old-time movies, obsession with comic books, to a bygone collection of magician memorabilia. His canvases express the marvel of a simpler time but not without acknowledging life’s darker and more challenging moments also, touching on such themes as greed represented by a skeletal memento mori; the plight of the Native Americans; and the emergence of jazz under the thrall of racism.

In 2013, Erbe presented the Canton Museum of Art with two of his original paintings for the Museum’s expanding Permanent Collection. 76 Special, a smallish painting of a floating plated hot dog skewered by a dollar-bill on a toothpick, was painted in 1975. A much larger creation entitled Vanity and Time depicting bodybuilder ephemera was painted in 2010. The artist generously gifted the works in Memory of Muriel Koestler. Both Permanent Collection pieces will be on display for this special exhibition.

Gary Erbe was born in 1944 in Union City, New Jersey. Unable to attend art school, he worked as an engraver to support himself and his family. In 1967, he discovered Trompe l’oeil painting and its masters and found his artistic voice. Erbe decided to pursue his art full-time in 1970. He has exhibited in many of America’s most prestigious art museums.

The 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. Call 330-453-7666 for information and directions or visit www.cantonart.org.

Discover Ohio Vacation Ideas


Discover Mohican – It’s Just a Click Away!

With the warmer weather here, it’s hard not to think of a vacation. Remember that word – Vacation? Where the choice to go where one wants is just a click away. Creating a personalized adventure for an individual, couple or whole family deserves plenty of memory-filled options, even if there is a budget. Discover something new – Discover Mohican!

DiscoverMohican.com has plenty of options to keep travelers on budget without compromising any wants on the trip. From campgrounds to cabins, castle to resorts, inns to Bed & Breakfast there is something for everyone. Some places have savings all year long. For example, if looking for a cabin along the Mohican State Scenic River, check out Blackfork Cabins. The longer the stay, the more you save. Mohican State Park Lodge also offers a variety of packages. One popular deal at the Mohican State Park Lodge is offering the Ultimate Summer Surprise. Save up to 15% or more per room and reveal a surprise which may feature gift shop discounts, free bike rental, free future night stays and more. In fact, a surprise could be that the entire stay is free!

So what is there to do in the Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio? Summertime is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, festivals and more. June 6, 2015 is the International Wine at the Mill. This is a popular Mohican event, where all proceeds go to the preservation efforts to the Wolf Creek Grist Mill.  July 4th, brings the Car Show and fireworks. This show was previously ranked as a top-10 car show by “Cruisin’ Times Magazine.” The Loudonville Car Show showcases vehicles of all eras. These and other events dot the beautiful landscape of Mohican.

Canoe down the Mohican State Scenic River, try the zip line or aerial adventure park, ride go-karts, play mini-golf – the options seem endless. Hey, history enthusiasts, discover the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum. The museum offers information on the importance of the motorcycle sidecar, a rare American flag and more. Take in a movie at the Ohio Theatre. Restored to its original glory of days gone by, the theatre offers recently released movies throughout the year.

So much to do, so little time. Whether here for a week or the weekend, there is something for everyone. Discover Why Mohican Rocks!

Opera in Wayne County?


You Bet Your Crescendo!

Most of us are well aware that Wayne County, Ohio is part of the world’s largest Amish settlement. Home to Lehman’s Hardware, The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café, P. Graham Dunn and Everything Rubbermaid. Historic Downtown Wooster has become an eclectic blend of unique shopping, great restaurants and nightlife. But were you aware that the Ohio Light Opera, summer resident opera company of the College of Wooster, is gearing up for their 37th festival season?

The 2015 season, which runs June 13 through August 8, opens with the musical Brigadoon. Also, included in this summer’s productions of four musicals and three operettas are The Yeomen of the Guard and Ruddigore, by Gilbert and Sullivan. Can-Can, by Cole Porter, Oh, Kay! By George and Ira Gershwin and OneTouch of Venus by Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash. Friederike, with music by Franz Lehar will open on July 14.

In addition to the seven shows, the Light Opera will once again present a four-day symposium July 28-31, which will include five speakers and many live performances.

“Ohio Light Opera productions are enjoyable, entertaining, and easy to follow,” says Executive Director Laura Neil. “Each show is performed in English. The sets are breathtaking, the costumes are beautiful, and the music is magnificent.”

Ohio Light Opera performers are chosen from auditions that are held each fall and winter in up to eight cities across the country, including New York and Boston. The artists that make up the residency ensemble are chosen for their ability to perform and participate at the highest level used in the repertoire-singing, acting, and dancing. Many former OLO performers have gone on to successful careers elsewhere, including the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Over 20,000 patrons from across the country and around the world come to Wooster for the Ohio Light Opera performances in the intimate confines of Freedlander Theater, which is located on the College of Wooster Campus. Individual tickets start at $48. Tickets for students (ages 16-23) are just $20, and admission for children (ages 3-15) is just $10. Call about special overnight and dining packages. Group discounts and subscription packages are also available. VISA, MasterCard, and Discover Card are accepted.

Additional information about the Ohio Light Opera is available by calling 330-263-2345 or online at www.OhioLightOpera.org. Further information about Wayne County can be found at wccvb.com or by contacting the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the area’s tourism authority, at             800-362-6474.

Balloons, Dulcimers, Quilts, Corvettes…


Balloons, Dulcimers, Quilts, Corvettes and more in Coshocton, Ohio

Escape to nearby Coshocton, Ohio, this summer for a family-fun getaway. From entertaining events such the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Corvette Cruise-In, Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival, and the Indian Mud Run, to amazing attractions like the wineries that make up the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Historic Roscoe Village, and the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Coshocton is just the place to take a break from life’s hectic pace.

On June 4-6, enjoy The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, sponsored by Frontier Power, featuring balloon launches, live entertainment, fireworks, balloon nightglow, midway rides, an antiques flea market, craft and food vendors, and more. “Balloon launches take place Friday and Saturday evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting),” said Jan Myers, director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau. “The live musical entertainment includes the Pleasant Valley Boys; The Jason Pendola Band; Timothy Paul; and Natalie Stovall and the Dive. The best part is that festival admission and parking are free.” Find a Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival schedule at www.visitcoshocton.com.

“Corvette and classic car enthusiasts will enjoy the Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In on June 14,” added Myers. “We typically have around 200 corvettes showcased on the street in Historic Roscoe Village that day. Also that same weekend, the Tin Can Tourists Vintage Camper Club will be in Coshocton staying at Colonial Campground. They will have an open house Saturday, June 13 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. where visitors can come and explore the restored campers. It should be a lot of fun.”

Now through September 7, visitors will be fascinated by the Pushing the Surface Quilt Show at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village.   “This exhibition of 25 works is a dance of color, beauty, ingenuity and story,” said Patti Malenke, director at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. “Participating artists are from across the United States as well as from Ireland and Israel.” The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum also houses Native American tools and basketry, Ohio pioneer history, classic Japanese and Chinese artifacts and the famous Newark Holy Stones.

Coshocton is also the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio—The 41st Annual Coshocton Dulcimer Days held this year on June 19-21 in Historic Roscoe Village. The festival features music workshops, free concerts, and the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships. Visitors to the event will enjoy music vendors, raffles, artists’ booths, traditional Appalachian music, and headliner concert Saturday evening with dulcimer players Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly on Mountain Dulcimer and Dan Landrum on Hammered Dulcimer.

The Indian Mud Run takes place on June 27 at Coshocton Lake Park. This Park fundraiser is a challenging 5K obstacle race including approximately 20 obstacles along the beautiful Scarr Loop and Eagle Ridge Trails at Lake Park. Register at www.indianmudrun.com. “We’ve been told by past participants that this is one of the best mud runs they’ve ever done, so we know the runners this year definitely will have a great time,” said Myers.

Looking ahead to July, Ohio Chautauqua returns to Coshocton July 7-11. This prestigious traveling Ohio Humanities program visits four Ohio communities each summer with free workshops and evening first-person entertainment. This year, the theme is Journey Stories and features live performances by scholars portraying historic figures from the past including Debra Conner as Titanic survivor Edith Russell; Hank Fincken as 1849er J. Goldsborough Bruff; Marvin Jefferson as Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.; Dianne Moran as Indian captive Olive Ann Oatman; and Kevin Radaker as philosopher Henry David Thoreau.

The weeklong event offers free daytime workshops led by the scholars for youth (suitable for ages 4th grade and up) and for adults, and free evening first-person performances. “This is one of my favorite events,” shared Myers. “When you sit in the audience listening to the evening performances, you actually feel as though you are in the presence of whomever the character the scholar is portraying–they are that good!”

Coshocton is home to several popular attractions including Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s canal era town offering a glimpse into life in the 1800s. This summer, experience the Village’s historic scavenger hunt—Mudlarked in Roscoe where guests visit the historic buildings and collect objects along the way. Most of the Famous Shops and Restaurants of Roscoe Village are open seven days a week, so visitors can immerse themselves in a quaint, nostalgic street rich with history discovering delightful shops, enjoying delicious dining and unique lodging options.

A visit to Coshocton in the summer is made extra special with a ride on the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat where the huge draft horses pull the Canal Boat along an original restored portion of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Travelers on the 45-minute canal boat ride are entertained by the Canal Boat Captain as he explains 1800s canal life sharing tall tales and history. The canal boat is open Tuesday through Sunday throughout the summer.

For those who love wineries, staying in Coshocton offers easy access to 17 unique wineries within a 55 minute drive including those on Ohio’s Three Rivers Wine Trail which features Raven’s Glenn, Heritage Vineyard, Rainbow Hills and Yellow Butterfly.

Make it an overnight getaway by spending time at one of Coshocton’s many affordable lodging options. From luxury cabins, friendly bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, campgrounds, and guest houses, finding the perfect stay for a getaway is easy. There are overnight packages to choose from that include wine tastings, Roscoe Village tour tickets, Aquatic Center swimming passes, and others.

Request a free visitor packet and find more details about getaway packages, attractions, events and more, at www.VisitCoshocton.com or call (740) 622-4877 or 800-338-4724.

Keim’s 40th Anniversary

Keim Family Market celebrates its 40th anniversary since Roy went roadside to sell his wife’s homemade pies

amish-buggiesOhio’s bustling southwest Ohio Amish community an hour east of Cincinnati is anchored by Keim Family Market. It is a convenient stop along the scenic Appalachian Highway, State Route 32.

Forty years ago, Roy Keim parked his horse and buggy along the roadway to sell his wife’s pies. Word spread through the trucking community that these pies were to die for! So out of that humbling beginning grew an authentic Amish superstore that sells everything from furniture to doughnuts. There’s even a spacious kids play area under towering shade trees. It features elaborate Amish made play sets. Grab a tasty fresh lunch at the deli and top it off with homemade ice cream and sit at the picnic tables for a while and watch the kids have fun.

Dan Miller, owner, and his employees are Amish. 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 oven. And although the bustling business started as a bakery, it has expanded to now offer a full service deli, indoor and outdoor furniture, children’s play sets, a bulk food store and more.

Amish ladies are in the old-fashioned kitchen with the sunrise, baking a variety of tasty treats sure to be gone that afternoon. 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, there’s always mail-order, albeit, it comes without the pleasantries of visiting an out-of-the-way Amish landmark.

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.

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and …


Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American

Through its legends and myths, its struggles and triumphs, baseball has been a reflection of American society for generations. Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American on view through September 7, 2015 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio. Maltz Museum explores how issues around culture, race and community have played out in our national pastime through the stories of athletes, scouts, vendors, team owners, broadcasters, journalists, novelists and, of course, fans. It is the first time the multimedia exhibition has been shown outside of Philadelphia.

“Baseball has offered immigrant communities, including Jews and other minorities, opportunities to feel American, whether they’re on the field or in the stands,” says Chasing Dreams Co-curator and National Museum of American Jewish History Associate Curator Ivy Weingram. “For many, the sport has served as a path to learning, negotiating, sharing in and even challenging what it means to be American, and it has enabled those who might otherwise be on the margins to feel every bit a part of American life.”

Matters of identity and discrimination have been projected on, contested and occasionally solidified through the sport. From Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby breaking the color line in Major League Baseball in 1947 to Cleveland native Justine Siegal becoming the first female coach of a men’s professional baseball team, Chasing Dreams illustrates how heroes on the field have not only played the game but they’ve changed it. “Whether it’s Thelma ‘Tiby’ Eisen leaving her mark on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s or Cleveland Indians’ Frank Robinson becoming the first African-American manager in the Majors in 1975, the exhibition highlights the challenges of integration and celebrates those who have broken down barriers,” says Maltz Museum Director of Education Jeffery Allen.

Chasing Dreams also highlights the intersection of sports and values, including first baseman Hank Greenberg stepping up as the first American League player to register for the peacetime draft in 1940, the revelation of backup catcher Moe Berg’s alter-ego as a frontline spy or Sandy Koufax refusing to pitch the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.

“This exhibition really covers all the bases, offering a mix of history, heritage, nostalgia and pop culture that will appeal to everyone, from die-hard baseball fans to former Little League players,” explains Maltz Museum Executive Director, Ellen Rudolph. This installation of Chasing Dreams features an interactive fielding experience, a database of players and 145 original artifacts, including game-worn uniforms, game-used equipment, park giveaways, awards, stadium seats and more. “The National Museum of American Jewish History encouraged us to incorporate local items that fit the major exhibition themes and our partners at the Cleveland Indians and Baseball Heritage Museum helped us to do that.” In Northeast Ohio, the exhibition will include a Louis Sockalexis photograph, Nuevo Laredo Baseball Club correspondence, a Satchel Paige button, an Al Rosen baseball card and other significant memorabilia commemorating the region’s contributions to baseball history.

Historian and Baseball Heritage Museum Administrator Morris Eckhouse sees Chasing Dreams as a perfect fit for a city with such a rich baseball legacy. “Cleveland has a history of diversity in baseball and a diversity of baseball,” asserts Eckhouse. “With League Park, the Cleveland Buckeyes, Classic Park, Canal Park and other minor league ballparks dotting the landscape, strong college teams and players like Frank Robinson, Ed Delahanty, Quincy Trouppe, Bobby Ávila, Bob Feller, Minnie Miñoso and Al Rosen, this is a community that is most definitely part of the bigger baseball story.”

Chasing Dreams runs parallel to baseball season and will be accompanied by a schedule packed with related family-friendly events. “From baseball short plays to a screening of The Kid from Cleveland, we’ve got a very diverse and fun lineup of programming in place,” says Allen. The fully illustrated 256-page exhibition companion book and a set of baseball cards developed by Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc. for NMAJH and the American Jewish Historical Society will be available in the Maltz Museum Store.

Maltz Museum is located at 2929 Richmond Rd. in Beachwood, Ohio. For more information, call 216-593-0575 or visit www.maltzmuseum.org.

Roscoe Village is a Standout


Historic Roscoe Village is a Standout in Ohio Tourism

Historic Roscoe Village: This historic Ohio canal town is a standout in a variety of experiences. The canal boat ride, living history tours, unique shopping, dining and special events make this a favorite destination for tens of thousands year round. Get lost in the architecture and the tales from costumed guides and you’ll feel what it’s like to be living in the 1800s. The general store, blacksmith, schoolhouse, doctor’s office and so much more add to the authenticity of this time capsule. Throughout the year, amazing seasonal events add to the bustling village and its history, creating family memories for all. Discover all that Historic Roscoe Village has to offer at http://www.roscoevillage.com/.

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/.