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Enlivening Communal Vacation

 

At The Greyfield Inn
On Cumberland Island, Georgia

An Out of Ohio Special But with an Ohioan’s Perspective

In a world of tourist attractions overrun, there are still roads much less traveled, albeit the toll to ride them is a little steeper.

When we heard about the communal atmosphere of the Greyfield Inn on a mostly untouched Georgian Island and the jacket requirement for evening dining, I pictured a cruise experience where you may opt to dress up and dine with strangers at your table. The beauty is that you are not strangers for long. But this communal tourism experience was far more affable and enjoyable.

We stood at an empty dock in front of a tiny sign that read Greyfield Inn Ferry. A young man walked up and introduced himself as the captain of our private charter. We boarded with a couple of the staff members for the Inn. One wore a tee shirt: Save The Sea Turtles. When we docked on Cumberland Island, it showed no other signs of modernization. Several wild horses casually grazed in the grass nearby. It was shaded by live oaks draped in Spanish moss, highlighted with a hint of piercing rays that even the most talented painter may dream of capturing on canvas.   …Click here for the rest of the story and many more photos…

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Sternwheelers in Marietta

Photo Credit: Bruce Wunderlich,
Compliments of Marietta CVB

Sternwheelers in Marietta on September 8, 9, and 10, 2023

Each September, this river town comes alive for the biggest event of the year, the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival.  The historic downtown district is normally a peaceful setting with specialty shops, restaurants, and activities, but this weekend converts to an outdoor stage for one of the biggest events in Ohio’s Appalachian country. The three-day event attracts people from all over the country and even foreign visitors who view historic sternwheel vessels against the backdrop of a preserved riverboat-era community.

During the festival, live music and entertainment abound throughout the town.  The primary location is on a stage floating in the Ohio River at the historic riverfront levee right next to the moored sternwheelers.  Families can bring their blankets, stadium chairs, and picnic items to enjoy while they lounge on the banks of the Ohio River and listen to live music and other entertainment.  The riverfront is open to the public all day and into the evening, free of charge.  Marietta also has multiple venues with live entertainment; most are within walking distance of the festivities.

The celebrations begin on Friday as several blocks of the downtown area are closed to vehicles and filled with arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and carnival-type activities for people of all ages.

Festival events kick off on Friday afternoon as performers come to the floating stage while the street celebrations begin and last into the night.

Saturday features the crowning of Queen Genevieve & Little Miss and Mr. Sternwheel.  Queen Genevieve is derived from a Native American word meaning “the gentle strength of our rivers.”  The Queen Genevieve Pageant began in 1994, and pageant winners have been awarded over $102 thousand in scholarships since then.  Saturday night, the sky will rain fire as festival attendees watch the premier fireworks show of the Ohio River Valley.

Sunday features two major events. The Rollin’ Oldies Car Show features over one hundred custom and classic automobiles.  The cars will be located throughout the historic downtown district within walking distance of the levee.  Sunday afternoon on the levee is the place to be for the sternwheel races as these historic vessels compete for the championship.

Additional activities will include photo contests, local and big-name entertainers at several venues in town, riverboat excursions on the community’s vessel, The Valley Gem Sternwheeler, and the town’s guided history and ghost tours.  Knowledgeable visitors will allow some free time to explore Marietta’s historic sites. Campus Martius Museum tells the story of the founding of Marietta and the Northwest Territory.  Indian Mounds are located throughout the town.  Marietta is also home to unique museums located in historic homes, including The Castle Museum, Children’s Toy and Doll Museum, and The Peoples Mortuary Museum.

Schedules of activities and performers are posted at sternwheel.org and on Facebook at “Ohio River Sternwheel Festival.”

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100 Years of WACO

The WACO Air Museum to Celebrate
100 years of WACO in Troy, Ohio

In 1923, WACO Aircraft moved to Troy from Medina, OH. This was the Golden Age of Aviation. After moving to Troy, WACO became the number one civil aircraft manufacturer in the United States and remained in that first-place spot until shortly before World War II began.

During WWII, WACO employed 3,000 people and was the largest employer in a five-county area. Often entire families worked for WACO.  WACO was and continues to be very important to this area.  Today, WACO offers adventure as one of the few places someone can fly in an open cock-pit biplane and has an educational facility with available summer camps, aviation and S.T.E.A.M. education, and extracurricular learning opportunities.  The museum features the company’s history, artifacts, and WACO airplanes.

We invite you to celebrate this important anniversary during WACO’s annual fly-in, September 15-17, 2023.  The weekend’s highlight will be the WACO aircraft gathered at WACO Field.  The Troy factory built 100 UPF-7 models in 99 days as trainers for WW2. That was the only time in history that 100 WACOs were gathered in the same place at the same time. It seems only fitting to have the largest gathering of WACOs since that day, with a goal of 100, right back here in Troy… the birthplace of these beautiful biplanes.  WACOs will start arriving at the airfield Wednesday evening and throughout the remainder of the week.

The public events will kick off at WACO Field Friday at 9am, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3pm, before an evening car show featuring pre-war vehicles.  Live music will highlight local Jerry Mullins (4-6pm), Seth Canan and The Carriers (6-8pm), and Rusted Reserve (8-10pm). No event is complete without great food and drinks, so there will be a variety of food trucks and beer trailers to choose from.  The fun continues Saturday with the addition of kids’ activities, a local self-guided driving tour of historic WACO sites around Troy, and a chance for up-close viewing of these antique aircraft.  Talk to the pilots, learn about notable WACO founders, and test pilots with reenactors dressed in period clothing. Hear the roar of the radial engines as you view an in-air parade of planes from the flight line as these magnificent men and their flying machines pass by the runway. Top off your Saturday with an enjoyable catered meal and dance the night away as the seventeen-piece Tom Daugherty Orchestra recreate Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band, complete with the Andrew’s Sisters, all in full World War II uniforms! (Dance and dinner require additional tickets that can be purchased by calling the museum at 937-335-9226.)

For those at the field early Sunday morning, be a part of the Farewell to the WACOs. But this isn’t the end of the celebration. Sunday will feature flyovers, including the B25, the Grimes Flying Lab, an antique motorcycle show, and more! The radio-controlled group known as The Barnstormers, who make their home at WACO field, will be moving their popular RC air show and candy drop, a kid favorite, to the Sunday schedule. Children’s activities and food trucks will continue to be present. And, of course, bi-plane rides tickets will be available for purchase all weekend.

Don’t miss a thing with a weekend pass ($20/adults and $10/students), or choose admission for a day ($10/adult and $5/student). 3 and under are free. Sponsors and partners, including Chevrolet of Troy, the City of Troy, Hartzell Propeller, Jauqua’s Tent & Event, Miami County Visitors Bureau, National Aviation Heritage Area, The Troy Foundation, Tourism Ohio, and Wells Electric! There is still time to participate as a sponsor or volunteer for the event.  For more information, we invite you to contact the museum and watch for updated details on all these events and more at www.wacoairmuseum.org. For additional things to do in the area during your stay, visit www.homegrowngreat.com.

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Itinerary For Fun In Tuscarawas County

Quench your thirst for adventure with this itinerary for fun in Tuscarawas County, located in the heart of Appalachia and Ohio’s Amish Country!

The weekend is calling and asking for a new adventure, including sunrise over the Appalachian Mountains’ foothills in beautiful Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Afterward, plan to enjoy a hike on one of many trails and then the serenity of a drive through Swiss and Amish cultural areas before delving into all the area offers. It sounds relaxing, doesn’t it? This three-day itinerary highlights a wide range of experiences, from historic landmarks to dining, theatre, and hiking. It’s time to pack your suitcase and dive into the weekend!

Day 1: Trains, a BIG clock, scenic sights, and wine and brew tastings!

Start your day at the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum to experience the world’s largest privately owned collection of steam engines housed in the first working roundhouse constructed in many generations. Located in Amish country, enjoy the sights and watch out for buggies!

Downtown Sugarcreek is home to the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock and the first to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records! Be certain to time (ha-ha) your visit to be there for the top or bottom of the hour to watch the Hilltoppers’ performance just for you! Enjoy visiting some local shops while you are here and seeing the Brick Wall Sculpture!

Visit the Ernest Warther Museum and Gardens next to experience the phenomenal talents of carver Mooney Warther. His passion for steam engines drove him to create exact replicas of these mighty trains.

Just a short drive southeast is the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, a National Historic Landmark. Located in an original train depot, it has a storied history as volunteers fed 1.3 million troops on trains during WWII while its engine was refilled with water.

Slow down at one of the county’s ten wineries or four breweries; each offers a distinctive flavor and flair.

With many lodging options, you will be certain to find the perfect clean, comfortable pillow in one of our numerous hotels!

Day 2: Ohio history, a millionaire, dinner, and an outdoor theatre production!

Begin with a tour of Schoenbrunn Village, where you will step inside the reconstructed first church and school buildings on the 1770s Ohio frontier and learn about life in the village at that time.

Historic Zoar Village is a National Landmark District and your next stop. Founded in 1817 by German Separatists seeking religious freedom, you will appreciate learning about their successful communal society spanning 80 years which gave suffrage to women first- decades before the rest of the nation as you walk upon brick sidewalks, tour original buildings and stroll through the large mediation garden.

J E Reeves is the first Tuscarawas County millionaire to earn his fortune in metal manufacturing. His home, the J. E. Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum showcases original furnishing and local history.

Ready for dinner? Local restaurants temp the palate with offerings from smoked meats, authentic Thai, Italian, Chinese, Amish style, and farm-to-table American cuisine, you will love eating at one of our favorite restaurant tables!

Cap off the day with a performance of “Trumpet in the Land,” Ohio’s first and finest outdoor theatre production, which brings to life the tragic yet inspiring story of David Zeisberger and his Christian Indian followers as they struggled to preserve their peaceful settlement despite the growing violence of the Revolutionary War. The production is set in the hills once traveled by those portrayed in the show. Watch the warm summer nights come alive with beautiful horses, brilliant fire dances, authentic-looking costumes, fiery battle pyrotechnic, and a lush natural setting. 

Day 3: Coffee, Canals, Lunch & More

Start your day like a local and visit one of the many local coffee shops or cafes for your favorite caffeine jolt. Choose from local donuts, classic dinners, Amish-style or traditional – you will enjoy your time savoring your relaxing morning!

Enjoy the great outdoors by hiking the Ohio and Erie Canalway Towpath. Begin your hike at the Fort Laurens trailhead in Bolivar, where you will find plenty of parking and restrooms. Hike south to explore the remains of several hand-constructed locks- remnants from the days 200 years ago when boats traversed the canal.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the area restaurants, Sublime Smoke or Canal Street Diner, each featuring local food and quality service!

Your drive home after lunch will be filled with chatter about your favorite sights and discoveries here in Tuscarawas County and happy memories!

For more information, please contact the Tuscarawas County Welcome Center at 800-527-3387 or www.traveltusc.com.

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Lehman’s Summer to Fall Events

For family fun close to home, plan a visit to Lehman’s, on the square in the tiny village of Kidron (about an hour south of Cleveland). Voted the Best Destination in Ohio’s Amish Country five years in a row, this iconic old-time general store was founded in 1955 by Jay Lehman to serve the local Amish with practical tools and appliances.

Today Lehman’s hosts visitors from all over the world and serves customers through Lehmans.com print catalog and 35,000-square-foot retail store.

Marvel at the non-electric appliances like wood heating and cooking stoves; shop in the year-round Christmas store; enjoy the nostalgic toy room and food samples in the pantry; appreciate the oil lamps and lanterns; and spend time gazing at the museum-quality antiques.   Enjoy a snack or a meal in Lehman’s café and take the time to see the Amish Artist Paul Weaver’s carvings in the Buggy Barn.

Check out the newly remodeled housewares department and Café during your visit.   With new fixtures, floors, and products, this area has everything you need for baking, cooking, food preservation, and an impressive assortment of cast iron.   Lehman’s still has all those cookie cutters!

The popular housewares room has been remodeled and refreshed.

Lehman’s is open every day except Sunday and is always open at Lehmans.com.  For details on all of the events hosted by Lehman’s, please visit Lehmans.com/events.

Saturday, August 5, from 10am to 3pm (FREE):

Get your youngsters ready for back-to-school schedules with a chance to play indoor and outdoor games.  Stock up on cool containers for packing lunches and snacks.  And remember, it’s Tax-Free Day, so it’s the perfect time to stock up on supplies, rain gear, and clothing for the new school year.

Saturday, August 12, from 10am to 3pm

Baskets, hand crafted by the local Amish, are signed and dated on the bottom.

Learn from a panel of local speakers and Amish men from 10am-11am (FREE). You will have the rare chance to ask any questions about the Amish way of life!  The speakers include David Kline, Publisher of Farming Magazine; Marcus Yoder, Director of the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center; Marlin Miller, Publisher of Plain Values Magazine; and Ernie Hershberger, Owner of Homestead Furniture.

From 12pm-2pm enjoy a delicious Amish meal ($25) and shop the store to see highlighted products made locally by Amish vendors and demonstrations like natural healing remedies. The panel discussions and the meal will take place outdoors in a tent. Please dress accordingly.

There will be three available tickets. These include a Panel Discussion (FREE), but please reserve a seat; a Meal for $25, which includes a $5 off coupon (no minimum purchase) to Lehman’s; and Bread Baking and Gardening taught by Amish Couple for $20, which includes a $5 off coupon (no minimum purchase) to Lehman’s. Coupons are one per customer.

August 24, from 9am to 4pm (FREE)

Is your pressure canner safe? Get it tested by the experts! An Ohio State University Extension Office representative will be at Lehman’s to test your dial gauge canner. You only need to bring the lid for testing, not the whole canner.

Bring any brand or model of pressure canner or water bath canner in and trade up to the best – the All-American 1930.  You will receive $100 off models 921, 925, 930, and 941 or $50 off models 910 and 915 with your trade-in.

August 26, from 9am to 1 pm

Classic cars from all eras will be featured at Lehman’s car show. Awesome cars, swingin’ music, and so much more at Lehman’s Annual Car Show! Car registration is $10. The event is free to spectators. Dash plaques go to the first 100 cars to register, and gift bags for the first 50.

Love pizza? Have you ever had wood-fired pizza? Yum! Come to Lehman’s from 10am to 5pm to try it with Mr. Bill’s Wood-Fired Pizza Kitchen. He will even be featuring a delicious dessert pizza – the Lehman’s! Don’t worry; there are also all the delicious classic pizza options.

Meet the Artist is from 9:30am to 2pm (FREE). Have you been to Lehman’s to see the unbelievable carvings done by Paul Weaver? They are truly worth the trip itself. Every fourth Saturday of the month, Paul will be at the store to answer questions and give some background on these amazing works of art. Pictures do not do them justice; you must see them in person!

September 16, is the Fall Festival from 10am to 3pm

Kick off fall with the best of family fun at Lehman’s! Enjoy fall festivities and seasonal foods at Lehman’s Fall Festival.

Enjoy free activities for the children from 10 am to 3 pm, like face painting and pumpkin decorating, watch fall-themed demonstrations, and indulge in seasonal favorites in Lehman’s café. Taste some treats cooking on the grill and register to win a gift basket.

Honeytown is from 10am to 1pm (FREE). This popular local folk band will be performing in the store. Their toe-tapping instrumental and vocal music is always a crowd favorite.

Cow cuddling?  Yes, please! From 10am to 2pm ($5 per group photo). Ever see a cute cow and just want to cuddle him? Well, now you can! Meet Hoss; this sweet, beautiful bovine will be at Lehman’s to interact with customers. Take a picture, pet, or cuddle Hoss the Cow. He will even have merch for sale!

Be sure to check out the newly remodeled housewares department during your visit.   With new fixtures (yes, those lights are made from pressure canner lids!), new floors, and products, this area has everything you need for baking, cooking, food preservation, and an impressive assortment of cast iron.

October 7, enjoy the Outdoor Expo from 10am to 3pm (FREE)

The great outdoors will be celebrated at Lehman’s. Welcome to the annual Outdoorsman Expo. Engage with key vendors who will be featuring their practical products and tools.  Register for gift baskets, enjoy food samples, and take advantage of special pricing for this one-day event.

You can also watch seasonal demonstrations and learn from the experts about maple syrup, beekeeping, bird watching, cooking over an open fire, making cider from freshly picked apples, and more.

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Roscoe Village Tours, Shopping & History

Once upon a time, in rural Ohio, the Ohio and Erie Canal was built right next to the sleepy village of Roscoe. The town soon began to grow due to the business coming from the canal.

By the mid-1830s, warehouses, and mills had sprung up, and Roscoe Village became one of the largest wheat ports in the state. However, the prosperity was short-lived, as the construction of railroads soon caused a decline in business along the canal. The state-wide flood of 1913 marked the end of the canal era in Ohio and led the little town of Roscoe to fall into a steady decline. Many decades later, local entrepreneurs Ed and Frances Montgomery were inspired to restore the rundown Roscoe to its former Canal Days glory. The couple endeavored to make Roscoe Village a place of education and appreciation of Ohio’s rich history. This is the Historic Roscoe Village that you can visit today!

First, stop at the Visitor Center to grab your Living History Tour tickets and get the lay of the land. You can visit the theater to view the award-winning film, Ditches of Destiny, and make sure not to miss the History room for the detailed dioramas depicting some of the county’s most important historical events. Once you journey into the Village, visit the exhibits in whatever order you choose and for as long as you would like, as the tour is self-guided. The blacksmith, weaver, and broom squire are just some craftsmen you will learn about as you walk back through time. You can also try hands-on crafts like rope making, leather punching, or candle dipping. The Living History Tour and Hands-on crafts are available from 10am – 4pm seven days a week.

To get a feel for canal life, ride a horse-drawn canal boat on the Monticello III, a modern replica of boats that would have populated the canal way. This 45-minute float along a restored section of the canal is accompanied by the history of 1800s canal life shared by the Canal Boat Captain. The Park District operates the Monticello III and has public runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1, 2,3, and 4pm from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.

Still haven’t had enough history? Head to the nationally accredited Johnson–Hurrickhouse Museum, where you can dive further into historic Ohio and see artifacts from Native American and Asian cultures. The Museum also features the controversial Newark Holy Stone unearthed in the 1860s at the Newark Ohio Earthworks and rotating special exhibits. The special exhibit currently showcased is “Pushing the Surface,” a fascinating look at modern quilting techniques. The museum is open 12 – 4pm, seven days a week.

There is more to Roscoe Village than its history! The village is also home to a variety of unique shops and boutiques. These locally owned and operated stores house treasures such as handmade leather items, fine jewelry, old-fashioned candy, and other Ohio-made goods. Need a treat for your canine companion? Visit Good Boy Bakery for pet supplies and homemade cat and dog treats. If you need locally themed merch representing the “Buckeye State,” stop by Coshocton Supply Co. to grab a t-shirt or hat. By now, you’re probably quite hungry from all of your adventures. No worries! You can get a bite to eat at one of three delicious restaurants. Texas-style BBQ, legendary onion rings, and gourmet hotdogs are just some of the mouthwatering fares in Roscoe.

Roscoe also has events planned throughout the year! The village’s very first Food Truck Festival will be on August 19th. Along with a variety of food options, the festival will host musical entertainment, a petting zoo, and other kids’ activities throughout the day. This is an admission-free event.

On September 7th and 8th, 2023, Roscoe welcomes families for Fall Homeschool Days. Special hands-on crafts and discounted tour pricing are just some benefits of visiting during Homeschool Days.

Looking for an annual fall tradition to add to your calendar? Add the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival! Held the third full weekend in October, this autumn celebration is in its 52nd year and will offer live music, 100+ craft vendors, and apple butter stirred over an open fire. The admission cost for this event includes entry to the Living History Exhibits, free kids’ activities, and more.

Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with one of the Christmas Candlelighting ceremonies on December 2nd and 9th. Roasted chestnuts, carolers, and Christmas-themed history tours are also hallmarks of this time of year! To purchase tickets or learn more about these events, visit www.roscoevillage.com. For more information about events in the area, visit www.visitcoshocton.com. Visit today to become a part of Roscoe’s story!

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A Two-Day Getaway To Sidney

Visiting Sidney offers an incredible number of experiences unique to the area. After a good night’s sleep in one of Sidney’s comfy hotels and a hearty breakfast to fuel your energy level, this excursion begins by “getting riveted” on the Airstream Travel Trailer Factory Tour.

The Airstream campus is located in nearby Jackson Center, Ohio, and affectionately known as “the Mothership.” Their tour is annually rated as one of the top factory tours in the United States. It allows guests to get up close and personal on the plant floor as skilled operators assemble these world-class travel trailers one step at a time. From the first stages of assembly through all final quality assurance checks, you’ll witness everything first-hand.

Also offered is the Airstream Touring Coach Factory Tour. These beauties are customized Mercedes Benz Interstate 24GL Touring Coaches, which are incredible. You’ll watch in amazement as these luxury travel trailers and touring coaches come to life right before your eyes.

After the tour, guests can visit the incredible Airstream Heritage Center. Paying tribute to nearly 100 years of business success, the Heritage Center comprises vintage Airstream trailer trailers, interactive displays, and Airstream collectibles of every variety. The Airstream Starbucks and Airstream Supply Company are popular on-site stops as well. The Supply Company offers Airstream swag and apparel of every variety and color, which are great for souvenir shoppers. The Caravan Cafe features delicious Starbucks coffee and tasty delights to satisfy those mid-morning hungries.

For lunch, how about the famous Spot Restaurant, where guests have enjoyed mouthwatering sandwiches and meals for more than 115 years? The fresh, homemade pies are out of this world. Additional downtown dining options include Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen and Amelio’s Italian Pizza Shop. Murphy’s features locally sourced ingredients in their varied menu of tasty dishes along with 48 taps of craft and domestic beer and other popular adult beverages. Amelio’s is best known for its signature brick-oven pizza, fresh salads, and pasta. Oh yes, be sure to try the handmade garlic twists as an appetizer and Papa’s Zeppos for dessert.

After lunch, a tour of the Wallace Family Learning & Innovation Center offers an opportunity to stretch your legs while you see and hear how Shelby County emerged from a primitive wilderness 200 years ago to the innovative and vibrant community it is today. A total of six galleries featuring interactive displays and exhibits are exceptionally presented and very informative.

While downtown, visiting the Farmers and Merchants State Bank is a “must-see.” It was built in 1917 by famed architect Louis Sullivan, mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright; this exquisite architectural masterpiece is best known for its “jewel box” design. From there, a walk across the street for a peek into the Monumental Building, originally constructed in 1877 to honor Shelby County’s fallen Civil War soldiers, is also a can’t-miss. Where Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley once performed, the beautifully renovated Opera House on the upper level is now home to Sidney’s Municipal Court.

Also, visitors will want to visit Austeria Wine Boutique in downtown Sidney and opening later this year. Here guests can be treated to a curated wine tasting at this shop, which features 400-600 wines. Wine prices begin at $10-$15 per bottle and include local, national, and international varieties for patrons to sample and purchase. A nice selection of small bites is also offered at Austeria to be enjoyed on-site or on the go.

Dinner in downtown Sidney offers several attractive options, including The Bridge Restaurant and Tavolo Modern Italian Restaurant. The Bridge offers steaks, chops, and incredible seafood in a lovely setting. Tavolo features trendy Italian cuisine, great wine, and delicious craft cocktails. Guests can dine inside or “Al Fresco” at both locations on their beautiful patios.

Before heading home, a morning visit to Sidney’s Tawawa Park is also recommended. This 220-acre wooded reserve includes areas for hiking, fishing, and biking. Big Rock is located in Sidney’s Tawawa Park, a favorite of young and old for decades. The Ross Covered Bridge, an inclusive playground, and Tawawa Creek are popular park attractions.

After your respite with nature, it’s time to get crafty at Hammer & Stain. This guided, do-it-yourself studio allows guests to transform unfinished wood into beautiful, personalized home décor. Be sure to call ahead for reservations. The balance of the day can be enjoyed by visiting local downtown Sidney specialty shops and boutiques like Moonflower Effect, where you can partake in a tranquil and rejuvenating 40-minute session in their salt room. Dry salt therapy, or halotherapy, is a holistic, drug-free, natural therapy using micro particles of salt to promote better breathing, healthier skin, sounder sleep, and overall wellness. Ivy Garland, Re:Vive Home Décor & More, Gallery 2:TEN, and the Sidney Flower Shop are fun stops around town to pick up “something special” for your home or a friend.

Come see why Sidney is a spirit you won’t find anywhere else. For your next getaway, rejuvenate your spirit in Sidney. They’re waiting for you.

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Fun on the Farm

Summer Thru Fall, Niederman Family Farm Has It All!

Sunflowers, Bonfires, and other finds on a family farm are a perfect way to escape and have fun this August to September. Southwest Ohio’s Niederman Family Farm has specialized in family and friend fun-making for over 20 years. Every season, the Niedermans add reasons to enjoy their rural outdoor wonderland!

The play area abounds with everything from a new obstacle course to a giant bouncy pillow, water duck races, and more. If you enjoy fair-like concessions, wait until you sink your teeth into a Niederman doughnut and other family-recipe specialties!

The sunflower field will soon burst with color with various sunflower types. Catch the sunflowers “golden hour(s)” on a Friday and Saturday night from 6-8pm in September. Follow Niederman Family Farm to learn when peak color is in season. The photo ops and props are plentiful. And you don’t have to walk away with just photos and memories. You can take a bouquet of sunflowers home, too. Admission includes a good ole-time wagon ride to the sunflower patch.

Afterward, grab some shade in the pavilion for a picnic lunch before exploring the other attractions across the farm. These include the new obstacle course, a giant jumping pillow, ball zones, play cabins, and other activities to fill an afternoon. Don’t forget to peek at the farm animals.

The privately reserved bonfire pits are set ablaze as day turns to night. Nothing beats a crisp fall night around a bonfire with your closest friends! Groups can gather to roast hot dogs or make S’mores. People can cozy up under the moonlight for a good ghost story, take a starlit wagon ride, or navigate the corn maze with flashlights.

Finds on The Farm Craft Show is set for September 9th from 9am to 3pm. With over 70 vendors, there’s a find for everyone! Oh, and it’s FREE.

As summer cools to fall, Niederman Family Farm settles into its most festive time.

Of course, the corn maze and pumpkin patch are featured activities day and night, but plenty of other activities are also found throughout the farm. Old-fashioned water pumps send racing rubber ducks back and forth. Families square off for tug-o-war contests. Kids enjoy the farm animal viewing areas featuring goats, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, and other livestock. This farm has it all: human foosball, climbing web, lil’ sprout route, climbing hill, ball zones, tetherball, pipe swings, kids’ tractor play area, and tiny houses. You can even race someone on adult-sized tricycles or bouncy balls.

A day on the farm means time to eat. And the Niedermans have all the fav fall fixins’. Sip hot cider and enjoy fresh kettle corn, funnel cakes, caramel apples, apple butter, pumpkin butter, hot roasted nuts, and other fall treats. These and Niederman’s signature cinnamon sugar donuts, jams, jellies, honey, and a variety of coffees are available in the marketplace barn. They also work with a nearby orchard to bring pumpkins, apples, apple cider, and salsa. On the weekends, many of these foods will be available at food tents and stands spaced throughout the farm.

So, fill your late summer through fall with good times on Niederman Family Farm. Start with the sunflowers and bonfires, then make way for corn mazes and pumpkin patches. Reservations are available at NiedermanFamilyFarm.com. Niederman Family Farm is located at 5110 LeSourdsville-West Chester Road in Liberty Township, Ohio, between Cincinnati and Dayton.

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Fun in Wheat Ridge Amish Country

At Miller’s Furniture, Bakery & Bulk Foods

Ohio’s Wheat Ridge Amish Country is a pleasant drive and day trip for the southern half of Ohio. The ribbon of rural roads laces the rolling wooded hills at the Edge of Appalachia, meet up with a covered bridge where horses and buggies travel. It’s a scenic drive that serves as a reminder that it’s about the journey as much as it is about the destination.

Tucked in the countryside is an Amish-owned and operated family business of three generations. Miller’s Furniture, Bakery & Bulk Food stores have their doors open daily from 9-5, except on Sundays.

Here are several reasons to pilgrimage to this one-of-a-kind shopping destination from late summer to early fall.

Labor Day Weekend features sales on September 1, 2, and 4, 2023 (Closed on Sunday the 3rd). Customers get 10 percent off all items in stock at the furniture store only. Keep in mind; that it’s never too early to order for Christmas.

Attend an Amish auction on September 29, 2023. It promises to be a unique and fun experience with some nice bargains. And it’s for a great cause as it benefits the local Amish schools.

The 46th Annual Miller’s Anniversary Customer Appreciation Day is October 7, 2023. Visitors get a free gesture of the Miller family’s appreciation for their support. The menu includes BBQ chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, fresh pie, ice cream, coffee, and soft drinks.

And don’t forget about another annual favorite – the Wheat Ridge Old Thyme Herb Fair & Harvest Celebration –from October 13 – 15, 2023, held at 817 Tater Ridge Road in West Union, Ohio. For more info, call 937-544-8252.

The unique marketplace’s appeal is that of old-world charm, friendly customer service, and a wide variety of original items you would never see at a big box store.

The Miller family has built its customer base around quality furniture, yummy baked goods, a delicious deli selection, and bulk food finds that’ll turn recipes into family favorites over 45 years! See what all the fuss is about from summer to fall on this 300-acre farm featuring 34,000 square feet of furniture under one roof, plus more outside, a separate building for the bakery, and yet another for the bulk food store. Make it a leisurely visit, complete with a picnic in the large and elevated picnic pavilion overlooking the edge of Appalachia.

For a day in the country, Miller’s is a crossroads in time. The Amish offerings at Miller’s Furniture, Bakery, and Bulk Foods are unique and plentiful. For more information, directions, or catalog, call 937-544-8524 or visit WheatRidgeAmish.com.

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A Day of Shopping in Berlin

Holmes County Ohio, otherwise known as the heart of Amish country, is known for its unique residents who live there and for the beautiful country landscapes. It’s the perfect place for a getaway weekend to just relax and explore. Amish country offers several different types of activities for its guests to take part in. One of the main focuses of the area is shopping.

Recently, I visited Berlin, one of the main focuses in the county, and found several places that are must-visit spots! As a recently graduated college student, I’m kind of broke, and I know I’m not the only one out there. My taste in style is also one that leans towards the unique things that not everyone may have. This is perfect considering this area is known for all the antique shopping spots. I wanted to use my day in Berlin to find the places that are great to visit but won’t necessarily break the bank.

The first spot I visited was Studio 4 Designs.

This shop is a bit hidden since it’s not right along the main street in town but it’s worth the visit! They have so many unique items and lots of vintage pieces. Kathy, the owner, even sews pillows, makes her own macrame pieces and her husband creates their furniture pieces. It’s the perfect place if you’re interested in cottage core or vintage vibes for your decorating! I’m always a sucker for cool statement pieces in my decorating and Studio 4 has them! From old typewriters to cameras, an older radio, and even vintage photographs they have such fun items! I would absolutely love to have one of these displayed in my home. (I would especially die for that black typewriter). There were lots of unique bottles and decorative art pieces to just add to a fun whimsical feel.

Their furniture pieces were also ones that I wish I had in my home. Several pieces would most definitely add character to any room! My personal favorite pieces were all the plant hangers that Kathy made and the green locker side table. Towards the back of the store is a room that I wish I could take and just have it in my own house. Imagine sitting at the desk to sew, write, paint, or just create some kind of art. It’s the perfect artist space and goals for the ultimate craft room.

Overall, I would highly suggest visiting here! After speaking with Kathy, who is very kind by the way, I’m excited to see new pieces that they’ll bring in and all of the one-of-a-kind items you can score for your own home.

My second stop was Kaufman’s Kountry Accents. The second you walk into this store; you’re cascaded in the delightful smell of butterscotch and a warm atmosphere. This store is just filled with rustic farmhouse decorations. If you’re interested in decorating with greenery and fun ways to display them then this store is great for you! I love having greenery in my decorating and love the pieces that they put together.

Who doesn’t want a snack in the midst of all your shopping? A super fun spot to visit would be MainStreet Fudge & Popcorn Co! In the mood for ice cream, cream sodas, taffy, popcorn, or fudge? This is the place for you! It’s such a fun little shop with so many different things to try. They have so many options for whatever mood you’re in! Even if you don’t get something in the store, it’s worth taking home some fudge or taffy as a souvenir. Plus, you can snack on them as you continue to shop around town!

Or if you’re more interested in a meal, there’s a coffee shop just down the road, Ginger House Coffee. Their wild berry smoothies are my favorite and I absolutely love their cranberry pecan salad. After getting my snacks, I continued to walk down the street to the Berlin Village Gift Barn where I was greeted with a Holmes County version of IKEA! If you walk all the way through the store to the bottom floor, you can then walk across the parking lot over to their garden section!

The Country Gatherings gardens have so many things to make your gardens fun and whimsical! You can get new plants there, decorations, pots, supplies, and even things to put together your own fairy garden. The best part is exploring through their plant selection and picking out something new and exciting to add to your own garden. Personally, I was thrilled to look through the succulents that they have!

One of my favorite spots to shop at ended up being the Berlin Antique Mall and Berlin Craft Mall. Both malls are located across from Hiland High School. They’re huge and filled with all sorts of fun finds! You get to look at furniture, decor, books, clothing, pottery, and more. It’s super fun to walk around and explore. Plus, you’ll never know what you find! I really like looking through glassware to search for quirky-shaped bottles!

Overall, Berlin is filled with all sorts of fun finds! I’m eager to go revisit some of these places in the future to see what new things they have or things that I may have missed.

Other places I’d love to visit sometimes include a candle shop, a Native American jewelry store, and a store that has a sign out front that says, “The Original Fairy Store”! They’ve all piqued my interest and I’d love to spend another day out-and-about in Berlin.

Plan your visit at https://www.visitamishcountry.com/.

By Shannon Carter

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See It All In Medina County

Step up to Medina County for end-of-summer and fall fun. Come and enjoy the many great festivals and events offered all year long, especially in the late summer and fall.

The month of August starts off with the Medina County Fair where families can come see farm animals, 4-H programs, bands, antique tractors, a rodeo, motocross, demo derbies, rides, and of course great fair food. Fun for the whole family. If crafts are your thing stop in Medina Square on the second Sunday in August for Affair on the Square Craft Show. Throughout August concerts are held all over the county. Some are free while others will have a charge to attend, but all will be live music you can relax and enjoy. The concerts are tribute bands, jazz, country rock & pop. Contact the visitor’s bureau to see what concerts are planned throughout August & September. On August 27 and September 24 plan a family night out at Buckin Ohio for a rodeo and barrel racing. Call ahead for tickets.

When in town on a Saturday morning stop at a local farmers’ market for fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, frozen meat, bread, and specialty foods. Markets are in Seville, Wadsworth, and Medina, while Brunswick holds theirs on Sunday mornings.

For rail enthusiasts, the Northern Ohio Railway Museum is open on Saturdays. Walk around and in their collection of trolleys, all in different states of renovation. On select dates, take a short trolley ride weather permitting. Check out www.northernohiorailwaymuseum.org for updates and ticket prices.

Medina County Parks are fun places to get out and enjoy the outdoors. The parks offer biking and hiking trails, fishing in some of the lakes, and great programs and activities all year long. See www.medinacountyparks.com. for all the great programs in August and September.

There are spectacular shopping opportunities at the Historic Medina Square, town centers, and out in the country. Unique stores like the Log Cabin Shop cater to the reenactors but have a great used book collection and a small museum showing an early American Kitchen and how it worked. Hollo’s Paper Craft is a great stop for scrapbooking enthusiasts and those looking for great prices on paper, envelopes, and other paper supplies. The Alpaca Boutique offers items specialty items made from Alpaca wool. Root Candles has been a Medina County business for over 150 years, where they have their flagship store offering their candles and home decorations sold from their original factory. The candles are known for burning longer, cleaner, and with fabulous fragrances.

No trip to Medina County is complete without a stop at Castle Noel the World’s largest Christmas Entertainment complex. Open weekends all year long they have thousands of props set pieces and costumes from Christmas movies. They also have New York City Department store Christmas windows, and toys from the 40s-90s. A second business in the lower section of the building is Alien Vacation Freaky 3-D blacklight Mini Golf. Always a great family entertainment. Speaking of family entertainment Foundry Social offers games such as bowling, corn hole, ping pong, pool, and arcade games. It has a brewery and food with High Voltage Karting attached. Brunswick’s Scene 75 has arcade games, indoor carting, indoor mini golf, and laser tag. For food, while enjoying the games there is a food truck alley with three food trucks available for meals and snacks. Medina County is a great place to bring family and friends.

Plan your getaway at https://www.visitmedinacounty.com/.

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Scoopin’ at Ye Olde Mill

With Four Generations of Dagers
and their Velvet Ice Cream

There’s just something warm and inviting about a family business that has grown to become a household name across the Midwest in four generations when the president of the company (great-granddaughter of the founder) is smiling and talking to visitors over the lunch counter.

Ye Olde Mill, the headquarters of Velvet Ice Cream in Utica, Ohio is a charming place to visit. The drive through the rolling hills and green space is therapeutic. And just when the airiness of the landscape draws deep inhale and slow exhale, the manufacturing complex of the company comes into sight. After rounding the bend, the modern facility fades into a 200-year-old postcard view of the historic mill and its mesmerizing water wheel. Visitors meander the park-like grounds which have ponds, pavilions, and grills. A sign reads “Catch and Release Allowed.”

From May to October, the doors of the historic mill are open. Inside is a lunch menu and oh so many choices of ice cream it may take a while to decide what to get. The rustic setting is just the beginning of the photo ops. An adjacent ice cream museum walks folks through the history of ice cream and the Dager family history of Velvet Ice Cream. Outside is a patio with a grand view of the waterwheel in motion. A welcome center also helps shape the story about this enchanted place and gathers people who want to take the tour of the manufacturing process to see just how ice cream is made (call to see when the tours resume). Although there are also hiking trails, the most beaten path is around the main pond that reflects the old mill in its pool of water. It is no wonder so many people get married here or host family reunions.

Velvet Ice Cream is an All-American family story that began at Ellis Island, New York in 1903. That’s when an unaccompanied 15-year-old immigrant from Lebanon, Joseph Dager, stepped off a boat to pursue his American dream. About a decade later, he produced his first ice cream in Utica, Ohio. That hand-churned batch was rich and creamy – smooth as velvet – so he called it Velvet Ice Cream.

During the Great Depression, Joseph’s sons Edward and Charles Dager took the growing business to the next level. They built a manufacturing plant to keep up with the demand from area restaurants and grocery stores.

In the 1950s, after Edward and Charles passed away, the third generation of Dagers – Joe and Mike – was put in leadership roles while still in high school and college. Over the next 30 years, they not only continued the expansion of distribution for their grandfather’s Velvet Ice Cream, but they also made their picturesque place in rural Central Ohio a tourist destination.

An 1817 grist mill with its iconic waterwheel became what is today called Ye Olde Mill, home of Velvet Ice Cream. Its restoration in the 1960s came complete with a turn of the century ice cream parlor. The mill used to be a gathering place for community events. The only thing that has changed since is the size of the gatherings. In the coming years, the restaurant, ice cream parlor, museum, and tours of the mill and manufacturing process would grow to attract more than 150,000 visitors per year. Today, more than five million gallons of Velvet Ice Cream’s 60+ flavors are produced annually.

Two of Joe Dager’s daughters, Luconda and Joanne, head up the company today. Although they oversee a big business in a very competitive industry, they haven’t forgotten the personal touch that their great grandfather instilled in the Velvet Ice Cream culture and family over 100 years ago.

By Frank Rocco Satullo, The OhioTraveler, Your Tour Guide to Fun!

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Moon Base in Ohio

 

Inside is a piece of the moon
and a dream come true at the
Armstrong Air & Space Museum

By Frank Rocco Satullo, The OhioTraveler

An imposing and peculiar looking dome is embedded in a western Ohio hillside. Passersby let their imaginations fly as they rocket along the freeway. Is it a secret military base or a nuclear weapon silo?

The answer is that it’s an interactive museum built in the mold of a futuristic moon base. The inside depicts perhaps the greatest dream come true – how a man came to walk on the moon! …Click here to read more.

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Collecting A Legacy …And Controversy

Small Town Museum Hails Worldly Artifacts

By Frank Rocco Satullo, The OhioTraveler

Two brothers traveled the globe to amass an eclectic collection of artifacts – some creating controversy and others considered to be the best of their kind – only to donate it to their childhood town of Coshocton, Ohio.

From the unusual Rothenstein Cache to the much-debated Newark Holy Stones, the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum (JHM) attracts attention from professional archaeologists to busloads of travelers. These visitors are curious about the rare relics and infamous hoaxes that are one and all, human history. The two-story brick museum with its large pillars is nestled in the Historic Roscoe Village, a restored Ohio & Erie Canal town. JHM also has an important connection to the nearby Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, which have been nominated to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This prestigious recognition would put these earthworks alongside the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, and Stonehenge.

The journey began when the four Johnson brothers from one Coshocton family married the four Humrickhouse sisters from across town. …Click here to read more.

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Road to Freedom Reborn

Ohio Stretch is in its New Glory Days
By Frank Rocco Satullo, your tour guide to fun!

The Ohio Lincoln Highway BuyWay Sale is in mid-August every year! Enjoy roadside bargains along the Ohio stretch of America’s first road to connect the east and west coasts. Click here for more information.

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behind “America’s first road trip.”

Point that hood ornament toward America’s first road trip. Take a joyride on the original coast-to-coast byway – the Lincoln Highway!

This “Main Street Across America” as it was known ushered in the freedom of the road era that helped spawn other legendary treks across the United States. But this seminal road was the very first transcontinental automobile route. It connected Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco along with 3,389 miles of drive-over country. Wanderlust carried Ford’s Model T, the Maxwell, Franklin, Hupmobile and Studebaker to distances never before dared.

Until recently, this historic road was forgotten in a flurry of inventions that ignited progress, everyone looking forward. Nobody bothered to look in the rearview mirror. And when they did, much of the original road had been buried or rerouted. But across Wayne County, Ohio, it pretty much is as it was. So as the fascinating story of the Lincoln Highway resurfaced in recent years, this sweet spot has steadily gained momentum and leisure traffic once again. The experiential traveler can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste the lure of this nostalgic stretch of pavement that leads to the crossroads of Pastime and modern times. …Read More

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Roaring Twenties Main Street

Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

This Roaring 1920s Main Street is part of the Walk Through Time experience at Sauder Village.  This one-of-a-kind project replicates a portion of 1920s Main Street typical to Northwest Ohio. At this permanent addition to Sauder Village, guests can see how people worked and spent their hard-earned leisure time during the 1920s. Shops opening on the west side of Main Street include Fire Station #1, Wiederkehr Clothing, Hub Grocery Store, and theater. Guests will also enjoy exploring the new soda fountain/pharmacy, Main Street Confections, and The Broken Barrel Speakeasy (open for special events/experiences only). 

“Families visiting our 1920s Main Street can stop in for a Charleston Chew at the candy shop, enjoy a chocolate malt or milkshake at the soda fountain, get a sneak peek of a picture show at the theater and check out a vintage fire truck and antique automobiles,” Debbie added. “Sauder Village offers families a place to laugh, learn, and connect while making history of their very own!” 

In addition to the new buildings on the west side of Main Street, families will also enjoy experiencing the 1920s at shops along the Main Street’s east side including the depot, Okuley Barbershop, Stotzer Hardware Store, Farmers & Merchants State Bank and many others!

While at Sauder Village, guests will also enjoy a free train ride, meeting farm animals, and taking a “Walk Through Time” to experience life in Ohio from 1803 through the 1920s! There are also many beautiful gardens, craft shops, and unique shopping opportunities throughout the Village. 

A trip to Sauder Village would not be complete without delicious, home-style food from the Barn Restaurant and Doughbox Bakery. For those looking to extend their stay, the 98-room Heritage Inn has a spacious country inn atmosphere with many places for guests to relax and spend time together. The 87-site Sauder Village Campground is a great spot to enjoy fishing, sharing stories around the campfire, riding bikes around Little Lake Erie, or playing in the Splash Pad.  

Sauder Village is located at 22611 State Route 2 in Archbold – just minutes from Exit 25 of the Ohio Turnpike. The Historic Village is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  The Village is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays this season. Admission is $20.00 for adults, $14.00 for students (6-16), and free for members and children 5 and under. 

Make history of your very own this summer with a trip to Sauder Village to experience the new 1920s Main Street! Hours of operation, safety practices, and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Sauder Village website. For details about planning a memorable Sauder Village getaway call 800.590.9755, visit the Sauder Village website at www.saudervillage.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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Best Hunting in Ohio

The best hunting in Ohio is often found in Coshocton County, which is a huge hunting hub in the state. As a state leader in deer harvests each year (for over 10 years!), hunters from across the Midwest flock to Coshocton to be the first ones on the ground at the start of each season.

The most popular public hunting ground is Woodbury Wildlife Area, located about 10 miles west of the City of Coshocton, on OH-541. Access to the area is available on a number of state routes including OH-16, OH-36, and OH-60, as well. Woodbury is the largest public area in the state. At 19,050 acres, this area offers space for hunters, birders, fishermen, hikers, and all outdoor lovers!

Speaking of space, there are endless lodging options within the county for every kind of traveler! From cabins and campgrounds to hotels, motels, and bed-and-breakfasts, you’ll undoubtedly find your favorite. The Cabin at Woodbury is conveniently located just outside of the Woodbury Wildlife Area, and includes all the amenities needed for a private, comfortable stay. On the flip side, the Roscoe Hillside Cabins are just outside of Roscoe Village, within walking distance of shopping, dining, and historic attractions, for a fun-filled visit! Roscoe Village is a restored canal-era town, perfect for the whole family to enjoy! Coshocton Village Inn & Suites is just a half-mile over the new bridge from Roscoe Village and is one of the premier hotels in the area, as well.

For more information on outdoor recreation and lodging in Coshocton County, visit their website at www.visitcoshocton.com.

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Beat The Dog Days of Summer

 

At Lake Erie Shores & Islands

The “dog days of summer” in the Midwest means temperatures soaring into the 80’s, 90’s, and have even been known to top 100 degrees.

When the heat needs beat, head to Lake Erie Shores & Islands to enjoy the following options to cool down.

Break away to the beach: With more than 27 Lake Erie beach destinations, wade in the shallow water and feel the cool coastal breezes while sinking toes into the sand.  There are rentals at several beaches so people don’t have to “sweat” lugging their beach stuff. Some beaches also allow pets.

Take a ferry ride to an island: Enjoy the wind combing hair while standing on the deck on the way to Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, or Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. Sure, the Lake Erie islands are great destinations in themselves, but getting there is half the fun! Lake transportation may include indoor or outdoor seating, scenic views. Some offer narrated tours of the surrounding sites.

Watery thrills: Experience an adrenaline rush while cooling down! Zoom across the surface of Lake Erie with a Jet Ski or waverunner rental from Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, Erie Shore Wave Runners in Vermilion, or North Coast Parasail & Water Sports in Sandusky – where you can also parasail high above the lake.

Two words – Ice Cream: Toft Dairy is famous for their mega-portion ice cream cones. Over 50 flavors are offered at their scooping parlors. The Lake Erie Cookie Island Monster is a favorite. It features a mix of blue cake batter ice cream blended with cookie dough chunks, drops of chocolate chips, and chocolate cookies and cream. Yum! Other great spots for a tasty ice cream treat include Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium, Milan Village Drive-Thru, DQ Grill & Chill, Dairy Isle, Bay Bell Snack Shack, Brown Dog Gelato Co., as well as others.

Splash the day away at a water park: Enjoy Ohio’s waterpark capital for the ultimate getaway at Kalahari Resorts for indoor and outdoor watery fun, complete with thrills from mild to wild. Add in a huge arcade, Safari Outdoor Adventure Park, Spa Kalahari and Salon, and so much more, Kalahari goes beyond your expectations. Other water park options include Great Wolf Lodge, Castaway Bay, and Cedar Point Shores.

Sip a frozen drink: There’s nothing like a refreshing drink to cool off on a hot summer day. Try the famous Brandy Alexander from the Village Pump on Kelleys Island – a local favorite. The Keys at Put-in-Bay features the famous “Fat Tuesday” frozen drinks; best enjoyed at a waterfront table. If you happen to be in Sandusky for sunset, don’t miss the “Freighter in the Bay” drink special at Dockside Café – a yummy rum punch concocted whenever someone spots a freighter coming into Sandusky Bay.

Paddle Lake Erie: Kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding have grown in popularity among local water recreation activities. Check out Portage River Paddling Co. in Port Clinton and Oak Harbor, Lakeside Chautauqua Watercraft Rentals, Kelleys Island Kayak Rentals, Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, or West River Paddle Sports in Vermilion.

Sip a cold one at a brewery: Ahhh! A freshly-brewed craft beer can be especially refreshing. Grab a cold one at one of these local hot spots: Twin Oast Brewing, Bait House Brewery, Kelleys Island Brewery, and Put-in-Bay Brewery & Distillery. You can even enjoy a cold Lake Erie Love brew from Catawba Island Brewing Company!

A place like no other: Sometimes, the best way to cool off is by screaming at the top of your lungs while plummeting down a 300-foot-tall hill at speeds exceeding 90 mph. Cedar Point Amusement Park featuring some of the tallest and fastest rides and roller coasters in the world. In addition, it offers water rides, great live entertainment (in air-conditioned theatres!) and more. This place offers a wide variety of chills and thrills.

Cool Culture: Check out the museums. There’s the Liberty Aviation Museum and Thomas Edison Birthplace, among others. Or catch a performance at the Sandusky State Theatre.

Whenever the temps climb closer to three digits, be sure to take frequent breaks and relax in the shade or someplace cool, and remember to keep hydrated!

Ride out the heat wave(s) ahead and chill out at SHORESandISLANDS.com.

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Food? Yes Please!

Every experienced traveler wants to know where the locals love to eat. Coshocton’s top-ten locally-loved restaurants will have you coming back for more.

Amici’s Pizza: No matter how you slice it, Amici’s is a local fan-favorite for pizza in Coshocton! The owners of this establishment are huge supporters of the local football team, The Ridgewood Generals, and you can see an old scoreboard gracing their front yard upon arrival.

Tip: Amici’s delivers to Wooly Pig Farm Brewery – because beer and pizza is the perfect combo.

Earl’s Dari Drive-In: Here’s the inside scoop into Coshocton’s favorite ice cream stop. With sandwiches, fried comfort foods, and ice cream, Earl’s is one-of-a-kind and will have you coming back for more. Travel back to a simpler time with an old-fashioned hand-dipped ice cream cone or sundae. They are a seasonal shop, so the whole town goes bananas during opening week each spring. *Be sure to bring your wallet, because they only accept cash or check*

Tip: Get two spoons with the Old-fashioned Banana Split — It’s big enough to share.

English Ivy:You cannot go wrong with the English Ivy, right in the heart of Coshocton. This casual, cozy restaurant will make you feel like you’re in the comfort of your home. They have something for everyone… meaning their pie selection is outstanding! Open for lunch Tuesday – Saturday from 10:30am – 2:30pm, and dinner on Fridays & Saturdays, 5 – 8pm.

Tip: Some fan-favorites include their blackened salmon salad, broccoli cheddar soup & Cuban sandwich.

Hannah Marie’s: Make your morning perfect with a hot latte and fresh baked treat from Hannah Marie’s! Whether you’re on the go or have time to lounge with friends, Hannah Marie’s is always a ‘brew-tiful’ way to start your day. This adorable bakery also specializes in custom cupcakes, cookies, and cakes for all types of celebrations.

Tip: The outdoor patio is dog friendly, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee with your best buddy.

Lava Rock Grill – Unusual Junction Diner: Located at The Unusual Junction in a restored 19th century railroad station, this 1950s inspired diner is unforgettable. They offer classic and innovative meals (see: The Cuban Reuban, below.) While you’re there, check out the original Bob Barker’s Price is Right sign that hangs inside.

Tip: Order the tater tots – that’s it. That’s the tip. Do it.

McKenna’s Market: This local deli is much more than you can imagine! Not only do they offer made-to-order subs and salads, they use all local produce, meat, & cheese. They are also your stop for all-Ohio wines and beers! They have #OhioPride!

Tip: Try the homemade frozen custard and caramel corn. Maybe at the same time.

Roberta’s Diner: Roberta’s is a classic in Coshocton County! Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a cozy atmosphere. The whole town waits for her white-board-written daily specials to be posted on her Facebook page, so you can see that Roberta’s is truly a fan-favorite.

Tip: Prime Rib nights are a must.

Sorrell’s on the Square: The newest restaurant in Coshocton has quickly turned into a local favorite! The farmhouse-esque interior is classic, comfortable, and clean. Their full bar is open and inviting! Have a drink with your buds before sitting down for a delicious American-style meal (Can you say wings & burgers?).

Tip: Order the cheesecake. Locals say it is the best!

Warehouse Steak n’ Stein: What used to be the Roscoe Village Post Office is now a favorite to the locals and visitors alike! The Warehouse hosts live music and offers seating on a spacious, shady, outdoor patio – great for parties and celebrations.

Tip: Try their famous onion rings.

Yucatan: If you wanna ‘taco’ bout a favorite, the Yucatan is it! For nearly 20 years, this bright and casual restaurant has been serving authentic and delicious Mexican food. Their delightful staff will make you feel like old friends; the full bar and top-notch margaritas will really give your night out an extra kick.

Tip: Enjoy their newly-added outside seating.

Get Social with these “Locals” and tag your photos #VisitCoshocton.

And for some after-dinner fun, try…

Legacy Lanes and Lounge: This is a locally-loved watering hole among 21 – 30 year olds. Their full bar and dedicated bartender, Marley, will really give your night the umph it needs! Play giant jenga, classic arcade games, rock out with the jukebox (or request a song from Marley), & bowl a game or two! They also serve delicious food, from full meals, to pizza, to light snacks.

Tip: Whatever menu item or new cocktail Marley suggests, get it. He has never steered anyone wrong.

You cannot miss out on Wooly Pig Farm Brewery. Open late on the weekends, this is such a fun experience. See actual wooly pigs on an actual farm. Peek into the brewery through their floor-to-ceiling windows.

Tip: Take some snacks, a deck of cards, a few friends, and enjoy relaxing outdoors.

There’s a lot more to share about these favorite local eateries in Coshocton. For complete information to plan your do-it-yourself food trail, click here.

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Have You Lost Your Marbles?

EnterTRAINment Junction May Have Found Them
at One of the Largest Marble Exhibits in the World

You’ve got your bonkers, mashers, thumpers, plumpers, bumbos, hoggers and toe-breakers. Know what they are? They are all nicknames for… marbles!

If you knew that, you must be a marble afficianado, and if you are a marble fan you don’t want to miss one of most unique and complete marble collections in the world at EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester, Ohio. The incredible marble exhibit “A Marbleous Life” has just been added as a permanent exhibit.

This collection was donated to EnterTRAINment Junction by Larry and Cathy Svacina of Kansas City, Missouri, two of the nation’s most esteemed collectors and experts in all things marbles. Cathy Svacina is known worldwide as “The Marble Lady” and she and her husband and their collection have been featured in People Magazine, USA Today, Women’s World Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, and U.S. News and World Report. Their marbles also have even been featured on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel and even in Hollywood films such as “Goonies,” “Hook,” and “Home Alone.”

The new permanent marble display at EnterTRAINment Junction will be both fun and educational for families. Visitors can see all the different styles and color of marbles, learn marble history and trivia, play marble games and see an amazing kinetic marble sculpture.

No one really knows where marbles originated. They’ve been found in the ashes of Pompeii and in the tombs of ancient Egyptians, and they were played with by Native American tribes. For centuries artisans made marbles by hand from clay, stone, or glass. Mass production became possible in 1884, when Sam Dyke of Akron, Ohio, used a manufacturing method to make marbles by machines.

The game of Marbles may be the oldest game on earth. Marbles can be used for a variety of games called marbles.

Marbles are even popular in today’s computer, internet and video games such as Marble Madness, Marble Blast Gold, Kororinpa and Marble Drop. Other games that use marbles include Marble Solitaire, Aggravation, Chinese Checkers, Hungry Hungry Hippos and Ker Plunk.

The “Marble Lady” Cathy Svacina is known around the globe. She has made marble presentations for groups of all ages both in the US and Canada, as well as in Europe, Japan and Mexico. She is often called upon to identify and/or appraise marbles for museums, archaeologists, and auctioneers. She is author of the book, “Knuckles Down! A Fun Guide to Marble Play,” and has also participated and been a referee at city, state, national and world marble championship tournaments.

The new marble exhibit at EnterTRAINment Junction is in the family entertainment center’s large Expo Center. The exhibit is free to the public.

EnterTRAINment Junction, winner of numerous tourist attraction awards, is home to the world’s largest indoor model train display, the Amaze-N-FunHouse, an incredible replica of old Coney Island, and much more. To plan your visit, go to www.entertrainmentjunction.com.

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Finish Summer in Licking County

Central Ohio is an easy, one-tank trip from nearly anywhere in Ohio. Just 30 miles northeast of Columbus, Licking County has much to offer visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and spend some unplugged quality time. Here, there are plenty of opportunities to immerse in art, history, culture, and the outdoors.

Here are seven things to see and do before summer wraps up!

Granville may be one of the most charming towns in Ohio! The New England-style town is filled with distinctive architecture, great local shops, restaurants and more. Visitors can stroll the Granville Farmer’s Market for local eats on Saturday mornings and wind down in the evening with a craft brew at Three Tigers Brewing Company.

A few unique lodging options include the Welsh Hills Inn, a consistently top-rated bed and breakfast in the nation and world. The Granville Inn and the Buxton Inn are also highly recognized, charming stays. And for those interested in a spookier stays, there are guest rooms that have had haunted experiences reported. Glamping accommodations are available at the Orchard House.

Licking County boasts more local breweries per capita than even Columbus and recently launched a beer trail where visitors can visit all 10 breweries, collect stamps, and claim a prize at the Licking County Visitors Bureau. Also, a new wine trail recently opened. From Three Oaks Vineyard in Granville to Sand Hollow Winery in Heath, wine lovers enjoy sipping their favorite vinos in beautiful surroundings.

Outdoor activities abound throughout the county. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping or glamping. Explore Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve, pitch a tent at Lazy River at Granville, or float the river at the Riverview Park and Canoe Launch.

Ohiolina Bluegrass Festival combines the sounds of Ohio, North Carolina, and places in between. Celebrate the region’s unique traditions including folk and bluegrass. Also enjoy the local culinary movements. The festival takes place in Granville every September.

The Newark Earthworks are the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures in the world. Already a National Historic Landmark, in 2006, the State of Ohio designated the Newark Earthworks as “the official prehistoric monument of the state.” Built by people of the ancient Hopewell Culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D., this architectural wonder of ancient America was part cathedral, part cemetery, and part astronomical observatory. 

Dawes Arboretum, founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, was inspired by the couple’s love of trees and nature. Today, they remain dedicated to the mission of providing exceptional educational programs and events as well as maintaining incredible horticulture collections on nearly 2,000 acres of beautiful grounds.

So close your summer in Licking County with nearby trips to experience art, history, culture, and the outdoors. Your family will thank you.

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Hog Heaven At African Safari

Frequent visitors to African Safari Wildlife Park will notice some familiar faces that have returned to the Walk-Thru Safari.

“We are excited to announce that our Red River Hog and Warthog are back on exhibit in the Walk-Thru Safari,” said General Manager, Josh Adkins. “A lot of effort, planning, and thought has gone into these new exhibits and we’re happy to see the hogs are enjoying their new homes in the Walk-Thru.”

African Safari fans and previous guests will remember the hogs being exhibited in the middle of the Walk-Thru Safari near the Park’s playground. Their previous exhibit is now home to the park’s collection of tortoises. Many exhibits in the Walk-Thru Safari were transformed in early 2019 to allow for the new Zoo-It-All Experience. With the Zoo-It-All Pass, guests may feed and interact with African crested porcupines, tortoises, rabbits, parakeets, and red kangaroos, and wallaby.

The Red River Hog and Warthog exhibits feature a barrier-free viewing experience, a concept that the park is embracing throughout the Walk-Thru Safari with its exhibits. A large “mud wallow” at the front of each exhibit can also be seen by guests. The wallows allow the hogs to demonstrate natural behaviors such as swimming and rooting.

Fun and interesting facts about the red river hog and warthog are incorporated into the park’s HogWILD Experience Program that runs daily in the Walk-Thru Safari. After each program, guests are encouraged to see the hogs in their new exhibits.

All animals at African Safari Wildlife Park can be seen daily from 9am to 7pm. The last automobile is admitted into the Park at 6pm.

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Safari Golf Environmental Excellence

Safari Golf Club at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Ted Hunker, Golf Course Superintendent, led the effort over the last three years to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Less than 2 percent of the 910 golf courses in Ohio and only 2.7 percent of the 33,000 golf courses worldwide have achieved the distinction of holding the title of Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

“Safari Golf Club at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Christine Kane, executive director at Audubon International.

“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” explained Kane. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

“We are absolutely pleased and honored to receive this designation from Audubon International,” said Columbus Zoo President and CEO Tom Stalf. “Our team at Safari Golf Club has worked tirelessly to ensure the course has a positive impact on both the environment and our guests. Thanks to their dedication to this cause and the resulting designation from Audubon International, Safari Golf Club is situated as a leader both in the sport and in sustainability.”

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.

Safari Golf Club is an 18-hole, 140-acre, mature golf course located adjacent to the Columbus Zoo. The par 72 course provides a challenge for players of all skill levels and boasts a modern layout, including five world-class holes designed by course architect, Dr. Michael Hurdzan. Safari Golf Club is also a premier event destination for golf outings, business meetings, graduation parties and more. New this year, The Events Center at Safari Golf Club offers a full-service, climate controlled meeting and event space that can accommodate 30-200 guests.

Since 2013, up to six acres have been made “native areas” by removing invasive non-native vegetation and managing for or planting native species. There are expanded areas that are managed without chemicals or pesticides. All golf carts are electric, minimizing the carbon footprint.  Additionally, Safari Golf Club has a butterfly garden that is used by monarchs during their annual migration. In 2017, 81 bluebirds and 147 purple martins fledged from nest boxes and rigs (artificial nest cavities) constructed just outside the fairway. Safari Golf Club has fledged 563 purple martins and 452 bluebirds since the program began in 2008. Managers at Safari Golf Club continue to work closely with partners, including Preservation Parks of Delaware County and Nest Watch Ambassador, Darlene Sillick, who has monitored birds on the course for more than 25 years.

In addition to the sustainability programs that resulted in the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary designation from Audubon International, Safari Golf Club supports the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds’ conservation initiatives. When patrons choose Safari Golf Club, they are making a positive impact on wildlife both locally and globally. Each of the 18 holes are also named after a species that benefits from some of the 70 conservation projects in 30 countries that the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds support annually. For more information about the conservation initiatives at Safari Golf Club, visit safarigolf.columbuszoo.org/.

About the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Course. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates The Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; annually contributing more than $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.

About Audubon International

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.

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Restoring Historic Coast Guard Station

 

Great Lakes Burning River Festival Returns
to the Coast Guard Station in August

Cleveland Metroparks joined Great Lakes Brewing Company and the Foundry to announce the completion of phase one in the restoration of Cleveland’s historic former United States Coast Guard Station. The restoration by Cleveland Metroparks, which began in Spring 2016, reached a new milestone with the recent completed interior restoration of the Main Building that formerly housed U.S. Coast Guard sleeping quarters, captain’s quarters, kitchen and more. The main building also features the 75 foot tower that offers a unique perspective of the Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie.

This most recent work was funded with proceeds from Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Burning River Fest, which will once again be held at the Station on August 17th and 18th. This year marks the tenth time that the event will build public awareness and support for the historic site. Funds raised benefit clean water initiatives such as this restoration through the Burning River Foundation.

Cleveland Metroparks is restoring the property with several partners including the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Foundation, The Gund Foundation, Burning River Foundation, Sherwin Williams, PNC Bank, Oswald Companies, ArcelorMittal, Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust and O’Neill Brothers Foundation.

The Foundry, Cleveland’s community rowing and sailing center, has also been a significant partner and installed new boat docks at the historic former Coast Guard Station in September 2017. Since then, the Foundry has hosted high school and collegiate sailing team practices as well as regattas out of the Station.

This month, Cleveland Metroparks offers a sailing program out of the historic former Coast Guard Station, “Try-Its”, under the guidance of a certified sailing instructor. The Station is being incorporated into additional outdoor recreational opportunities including Wendy Park Wednesdays that feature kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

Restorations complete to date include exterior concrete restoration, restoration of the historic flag pole, new roofs on the Boat House and Main Building by City of Cleveland, new roof to Garage building, as well as painting, new and restored windows and garage doors, and new boat docks installed by the Foundry.  Additional restorations are ongoing and will take place in a phased approach.

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Adventures on the Great Miami

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Where Every Day is an Adventure

With every chirping bird, splashing fish and ray of sunshine, the Ohio summer is begging for you to come out and play. Nestled just a few turns off of I-75 just south of Tipp City, Adventures on the Great Miami is a great place for you and your family to plan your fun both on and off the river.

“We’ve been operating on the Great Miami River for about 8 years now,” Chris Jackson, Owner of Adventures on the Great Miami said. “It started out pretty modestly with the money and knowhow from my concrete business. We just kept adding to the grounds each and every year. Things have really been taking off in the last few, though. It’s an exciting time for sure.”

With a fleet of kayaks, canoes, rafts, tubes and stand up paddleboards available to rent, sunscreen and dressing for the possibility of getting wet is all you really need to worry about. From the launch point and 5-miles back to the property is a nice and easy stretch of river, accommodating to paddlers of any skill levels.

“It’s great seeing all of the different people we get coming through,” Brian Johnson, Marketing Manager said. “You don’t need to worry about much besides the basic skills and safety that we share before seeing you off. The only time I’ve really been concerned about anyone getting on the river is seeing some of the nice shoes they wear.”

Adventures on the Great Miami’s 17-acre grounds also include 10 primitive camping sites, a finished cabin and soon a pair of teepees, so the fun in the sun can continue on into the night.

“It’s really set up for any level of comfort in camping,” Jackson said. “The cabin is fully furnished, the teepees provide your shelter and the camp sites are set up right next to the river or tucked nicely in the woods.”

Throughout the year, Adventures on the Great Miami also hosts a number of unique events. This June they hosted Southwest Ohio’s first ever river race with The Great Miami 12 Mile River Race and Fun Float.

“It’s our first year but we’ve been talking about this for a while so it’s great to see all of the planning come together,” Johnson said. “It’s not just a race either. The fun float is going to have a costume and team flag contest and we’ve got prizes for the team who’s able to collect the most trash on their way down.”

Jackson’s ambitions are no longer limited to his own 17-acres either as Adventures on the Great Miami has started offering boat rental at Troy’s recently remodeled Treasure Island Marina.

“The city’s done a great job in remodeling Treasure Island and I’m thrilled to be a part of what they’re doing,” Jackson said. “Right now we’re doing rentals and trying to host a few classes to get people comfortable on the river. I’ve got some big plans though. Like I’d love to see us hosting an airboat rally there by next summer.”

For hours, location and other information about Adventures on the Great Miami, call 937-266-6252 or visit https://greatmiami.net/.

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Sign Museum is a Standout!

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The American Sign Museum is all about signs—signs—everywhere signs …and from every era, too. This one-of-a-kind destination features the rich tradition of sign design and displays vintage signs from 1900 to the present. Venture through time and see old wooden, handmade signs turn to gold leaf and glass, light bulbs to neon lights, and other techniques that advertise a bygone age. The museum has five main sections dedicated to the different eras of this artistic craft and includes an indoor main street with full-size storefronts and a canopy of captivating signs everywhere you look. To visit, get details here.

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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/.

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Dayton Downtown Adventure

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This article is from a past edition of OhioTraveler.com

Downtown Dayton is full of adventure in August. First Friday has special offerings as it coincides with Downtown Adventure Night. Whether you are looking for art – music – entertainment – food & drink – or shopping, there’s a fun-filled evening awaiting you in downtown Dayton.

Art

The Collaboratory, 33 N Main St.: Step into one of the most wickedly imaginative minds in Dayton. See the world from a new perspective. Collaborate, as attendees are invited to bring their own found objects or trinkets to add to the installation. Featuring “Crystal City,” an installation-in-progress by Dayton street artist Bobby Blackstone. Also featuring, “The Art Truck” by Street Artist, Robin Dakin, known for his “What’s in Your Hood” paintings on old car and truck hoods will be live painting a “Downtown” Hood, which will be raffled off at the end of the evening.

Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N Jefferson St.: Enjoy Remnants and Resonate, an exhibition showcasing the creative ways in which four artists, Christina Pereyma, Susan Byrnes, Kate Kern and Francis Schanberger, find new purpose for life’s left-overs by creating new works out of objects, memories, and dreams once cast aside. Call 224-3822.

Front Street Gallery, 1001 E 2nd St.: This month the Divisible Gallery will hosting a special art events that will display the works of artists from China, Australia, Montreal, NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Call 266-3491.

Music

Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: Featuring happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m., $1 off well drinks. Live music by Enkiridian, Grey Host, Caustic Casanova, and Close the Hatch. Call 938-6405.

De’Lish Café, 139 N. Main St.: Featuring Friday Nights Unplugged with live soul, jazz and R&B music from 9-11 p.m. with no cover charge, plus $5 drink specials all night. Call 461-2233.

Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave.:  Featuring Irish First Fridays, with a happy hour from 3-6 along with a performance by Miami Valley Pipes and Drums at 7 p.m.and live music by Lost Celts, an Irish Rock/ American Acoustic/British Folk music band now touring the Midwest starting at 9 p.m. Call 224-7822.

Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St.: Old Skool Groove Night from 8 p.m. to midnight, $5 admission charge. Call 228-8414.

RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave.: Pickin’ in the Park returns with free, live music by Sawgrass and Old Salt Union. Beer and food available for purchase on-site. Call 274-0126.

Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Live music by Cherry Lee starting at 9:30 p.m.Call 461-1101.

Entertainment

The Black Box Improv Theatre, 518 E. Third St.: Audience members share their social media profiles and watch a whole improvised show devoted to those stories. BYOB. Call for ticket prices and availability. Call 369-0747.

Courthouse Square, N Main St.: Watch adventure seekers rappel down 27 stories in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley at the Over the Edge VIP ‘Drop Party’ from 5 pm – 8 pm. Enjoy craft beer, wine, food and entertainment inside the Big Brothers Big Sisters VIP ‘Drop Party’ tent. Admission $10. All proceeds benefit BBBSGMV’s mentoring mission. Call 641-6803.

Club Masque, 34 N Jefferson St.: Club Masque has their famous Ab Fab Friday on the first floor showcasing the Masque Men on stage and on the bar with a fantastic Drag Show. Show begins at 11 p. m. Arrive early for seats. On the second floor is Friday Night Lights with music and dancing all night long. Open at5 p.m. with no cover charge in celebration of Downtown Adventure Night. Regular cover charge of $7 21+ and $10 18+ begins at 9 pm. Call 228-2582.

Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St.: Dayton Chess Club hosts a Quick tournament for US Chess Federation members. Games are perfect for club chess players and those experienced with online chess games who would like to test their skill over the board. The club opens at 6:30 p.m. and registration ends at7:25 p.m. The first of four games begins at 7:30. Visit daytonchessclub.com for more details. Call 461-6283.

Don Crawford Plaza, Fifth Third Field: Courteous Mass Dayton and Bike Miami Valley are teaming up to present a bike parade as part of Adventure Night! This police-escorted group ride will showcase activities that are part of the special event. Call 496-3825.

MJ’s on Jefferson, 20 N Jefferson St.: Head over to MJ’s for the Mr, King, and Miss Gem City Gay Pride Pageant. An official prelim to the Ohio Gay Pride Pageants featuring the Ohio Gay Pride Royalty and more! Pageant starts at10:30 p.m. $5 for 21+, $7 for 18-20. Call 223-3259.

The Neon, 130 E 5th St.: The Neon will be screening two hit movies, “Absolutely Fabulous,” the hysterical big-screen adaptation of the hit British television show, and “Café Society,” Woody Allen’s latest film set in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Call for show times and ticket prices, 222-7469.

Nucleus CoShare, 411 W. Fifth St.: First Friday means it’s time for another Free Workday! From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can experience what a co-shared office environment is like, and get a preview of the benefits a membership to Nucleus CoShare provides. No time in the day to visit? Stop by their open house from 5- 9 p.m. Call 259-4686.

The Old Courthouse, N Main St.: Old Case Files, this year’s murder trial reenactment is the 1896 case of Albert Frantz, accused of shooting his lover, Bessie Little, on the Ridge Avenue Bridge. One of Dayton’s most notorious court cases, audience members will learn what law and order was like in the Gem City at the turn of the 20th century. Dayton History Members: $12, Non-Members: $15, refreshments and memorabilia available for purchase. Space is limited, starts at 7:30 p.m.  For more information, call 293-2841 Ext. 127.

Omega Music, 318 E 5th St.: Celebrate Omega Music’s 33 1/3 birthday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., enjoy in-store live music and great company. Special merchandise available for purchase. Call 275-9949.

RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave.: Try your hand at mountain bike skill elements, slacklining, disc golf and more during Urban Outdoor Experience from 5-8 p.m. Call 274-0126.

Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W 5th St.: Enjoy an interactive mystery show in which one person vanishes and all must work together to untangle the puzzle. Can you put two and two together? $25.95 per person for dinner and interactive mystery show. Show starts at 7 p.m. Reservations Required. Call 461-3913.

Visit http://www.mayhemmystery.us for information.

Victoria Theatre Association, 138 N Main St.: Cool film series- Special Disney Weekend. Enjoy a weekend celebration of Disney films. Invitation only. Get your invitation by registering online. Show starts at 7 p.m. Call 225-7591.

Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St.: Featuring comedian Steve Hofstetter, tickets are $15 with a two-item minimum. Shows starts at 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call 224-5653.

Food and Drink

Deaf Monty’s Wine, 22 Brown St.: $2-$3 tastings of select wines. Call 225-9463.

Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St.: Pub grub specials from 4-5 p.m. and happy hour ($1 off all draft beer and wine and $1 off all sharing plates) from 4-6 p.m. Call 443-0919.

Shopping

Epic Life Fitness, 118 N. Jefferson St.: Patrons can stop by between 4-8 p.m.to schedule a free assessment and receive 20% off their first package with the purchase of four sessions or more. Call 371-8258.

Clash Dayton, 521 E. Fifth St.: It’s the fifth anniversary for Clash, a boutique shop offering authentic and inspired vintage clothing, plus locally made apparel, jewelry, and accessories. Check out the latest art exhibit while shopping. Call 241-9434.

Salon J Ladner & Spa, 45 S St. Clair St.: Join Salon J Ladner and Spa for Tresses and Dresses and do some easy shopping featuring clothing from LuLaRoe! These beautiful clothing items range from sizes XXS to 3XL. Cash (exact change only) and credit are accepted. Shop from 5:30-7 p.m. Call 220-9441.

Sew Dayton, 261 Wayne Ave.: First Fridays feature the free Stitch n’ Sip event. Bring your own beverage and sewing project and make new sewing friends! The fun starts at 5 p.m. Call 234-7398.

The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more.

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Chillicothe Audio Walking Tours

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This article is from a past edition of OhioTraveler.com

 The Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to announce the release of their new audio walking tours. Tours are available through iTourMobile, which is the company the bureau contracted with to host and distribute the tours through their mobile application. The iTourMobile app and Ross County audio walking tours are all free to download on your Apple and Android devices.

This initial launch features three audio tours of Ross County and Chillicothe which includes an overview of Ross County’s attractions, Architecture & History, and History & Mystery tours. For visitors, the overview allows them to hear about some of the great sites such as Adena Mansion & Gardens, Tecumseh Outdoor Drama, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Ross County Heritage Center, Bainbridge Historical Society, and many more.

Additionally, there are two audio walking tours that will display some of the historic buildings in downtown Chillicothe. The Architecture & History Tour will take you along the streets of downtown to learn some unique facts about the Ross County Courthouse, Carlisle, Canal Warehouse, Majestic Theatre, the Chillicothe Gazette and several more locations. The bureau would like to thank Kevin Coleman of Intrepid Heritage Services for providing the architecture and history content featured within this tour.

For those who enjoy history & mystery, the third tour provides listeners a walking tour that provides details of buildings’ history but also stories of the paranormal. These locations have been featured on the Ghost Walk over the years, and have plenty of mystery surrounding their existence. Some of the locations you’ll visit and hear about include the Majestic Theatre, Crosskeys Tavern, the Oddfellows

Lodge above Bernie & Max Stained Glass Studio and nine additional locations. The bureau would like to thank the League of Women Voters for sharing their stories from the Ghost Walk to be featured within this tour.

The audio walking tours were created by the bureau to provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about our local history and historic sites outside of the traditional museum hours. As with many destinations, this also allows the Ross Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau to utilize technology to provide convenient, on-demand tour options for visitors in our area.

For more information about these audio tours, or for additional printable walking tour options, visit the bureau’s website at VisitChillicotheOhio.com.

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Welcome to the Big Pop!

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Ohio is popping with history but in Marion, that history tastes delicious with an added touch of butter – or salt – or caramel – or…

Welcome to the big top, literally. Step right up folks, the world’s largest popcorn museum is inside a circus tent inside a historic building.

Before you see anything, you smell it! MM-mmm-mm! Freshly roasted popcorn. Just before you catch yourself drooling, your eyes will turn as wide as saucers when the giant red, white and blue circus tent comes into view.

The main attraction is the world-famous Wyandot Popcorn Museum. It’s the largest on the planet and only one of two in the country. It just so happens that the other one is also in Ohio. Go figure.

The bright and colorful circus tent puts everyone in a festive mood. Then you see these fascinating nickel-plated contraptions that look more like priceless pieces of art. But its art that moves. Careful, the intricate interlinking parts of these unique machines will mesmerize you. So will the craftsmanship.

Imagine steam whistleblowing.

Here you don’t have to imagine it because you’ll hear it – for real. But for safety purposes, the steam whistles on these polished like new relics are now generated by air compressors.

Timeout for a trivia question: What are non-popped kernels called?
Answer: Old Maids.

Okay, back to the story.

This creative and interactive museum features more than 50 popcorn machines – many doubled as peanut roasters (5 or 6 peanut roasting only machines). The collection features a few horse drawn carts, a 1927 Ford Model TT Concession Wagon, 1911 Dunbar Wagon, Cretors 1899 No. 1 Popcorn Cart, 1896 Kingery steam-driven wagon, and 1892 Olson store-type dry popper.

Here’s a side note about that 1911 Dunbar Wagon. The museum founder, George Brown, son of the Wyandot Popcorn Company founder, William “Hoover” Brown, decided to drive over to the Mid-Ohio Raceway one day in the early 1980s.  Native Ohioan and famed Hollywood actor, Paul Newman, was there with his race team. George and Paul struck up a conversation about popcorn of all things. George grew up in the business and Paul wanted to launch a line of popcorn for his Newman’s Own brand. But he needed the right supplier. That day he found one. They shook hands and next, the Brown family found themselves in New York’s Central Park with Newman and his business partner Al Hutchner launching their line of jarred popcorn in 1984. George’s wife, Millie, posed for a photograph with Paul Newman with a perfect vintage 1911 Dunbar Wagon as a backdrop. That wagon is in the Wyandot Popcorn Museum today.

The museum teaches all kinds of interesting things about popcorn history and Wyandot Popcorn Company’s part in that. For example, in 1948 an archaeological dig in “Bat Cave”, New Mexico turned up what many believe to be the oldest ears of popcorn ever found, dating well over a thousand years old. Popcorn was originally prepared by Native Americans using a bowl containing sand and placing the bowl over fire. The sand heated the kernels and when they popped, they popped to the top of the sand.

Now let’s fast forward to modern history and the early movie theaters. Movie theater popcorn started when street vendors began setting up in front of movie houses.  At first, theater owners chased the vendors away. But when they saw how much moviegoers loved the popped corn, theater owners saw dollar signs and invited the vendors inside. Then they realized they don’t need the vendors, just the machines. So the movie theater snack bar was born.  In 1948, Popped Right Corn Company became a subsidiary of Wyandot Popcorn Company to supply theater chains with popped popcorn.

But the Wyandot story and how it contributed to the history of popcorn began during The Great Depression. That’s when William “Hoover” Brown decided to plant 100 acres of popcorn to see how things would go. Well, things went well. And that’s how Wyandot Popcorn Company got its start in 1936. Years later, Golden Crisp and Caramel Corn were named by Ava Brown, “Hoover’s” wife, for the Shirk Candy Company which is still open in Marion, Ohio today.

“Hoover” and Ava’s son, George, gained interest in the popcorn industry, naturally, and in the 1970s, he wanted to write a book about it.

His passion brought him to auctions where he acquired old broken-down popcorn machines and peanut roasters. He then found a superb restorer in Bob Pearson of Kansas to transform the vintage machines to their original condition. They looked brand new again. Other restorers over the years included Roy Arrington in Las Vegas, NV and several of Wyandot’s own restoring experts. And although George never wrote his book, he became a treasure trove of information and thus a reliable source for others who wrote books about the popcorn industry.

George’s private collection grew so big, he decided to open a museum in 1982 at the Wyandot Popcorn Company’s headquarters in Marion. The museum grew more and found new homes for the public to come marvel at the colorful history of popcorn and experience it firsthand. Locations included the Southland Mall. After that, the collection was pieced out to multiple locations like the old COSI (Center of Science & Industry) museum building in Columbus, Ohio to feature displays.

Finally, in 1989, The Wyandot Popcorn Museum found a permanent home at Heritage Hall – the old 1910 Marion post office building – along with the Marion County Historical Society Museum. The Wyandot Popcorn Museum is inside what used as a sizeable mail sorting room in the 1930s which is now transformed by the big top circus tent.

Today Wyandot Popcorn Company in Marion, Ohio creates popcorn for a major brand to private label. Who that company is shall remain a secret.

Not only is Marion, Ohio home to the largest popcorn museum in the world, it hosts the largest popcorn festival in the world. The American Bus Association previously named The Marion Popcorn Festival one of the top-100 events in North America. The festival is always held during the weekend after Labor Day and attracts about a quarter-million people annually.

Wyandot Popcorn Museum is open from 1pm – 4pm on weekends except in January and February and major holidays. It is located at 169 E. Church Street in Marion, Ohio. Admission is $4/adult, $3/senior, $1.50 for school-age kids and free for preschoolers. For more information, call 740-387-4255.

One more thing – everyone leaves the museum with a FREE box of popcorn! Now, get to Marion, Ohio and see what’s poppin’ for you.

By Frank R. Satullo, The OhioTraveler

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Ohio County Fairs in August

Ohio County Fairs in August:

Allen County Fair in Lima
https://allencofair.com/

Ashtabula County Fair in Jefferson
http://www.ashtabulafair.com/

Athens County Fair in Athens
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Auglaize County Fair in Wapakoneta
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Champaign County Fair in Urbana
www.champaigncountyfair.com/

Columbiana County Fair in Lisbon
http://www.columbianacountyfair.org/

Cuyahoga County Fair in Berea
http://www.cuyfair.com/

Darke County Fair in Greenville
http://www.darkecountyfair.com/

Defiance County Fair in Hicksville
https://www.defiancecountyfair.com/

Erie County Fair in Sandusky
http://www.eriefair.com/

Gallia County Fair in Gallipolis
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Greene County Fair in Xenia
www.greenecountyfairgrounds.com/

Hamilton County Fair in Carthage
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Henry County Fair in Napoleon
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Holmes County Fair in Millersburg
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Huron County Fair in Norwalk
http://www.huroncountyfair.com/

Jefferson County Fair in Smithfield
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Licking County Hartford Fair in Croton
http://www.hartfordfair.com/

Lorain County Fair in Wellington
https://loraincountyfair.com/

Medina County Fair in Medina
https://www.medinaohiofair.com/

Meigs County Fair in Pomeroy
click here

Mercer County Fair in Celina
click here

Miami County Fair in Troy
http://www.miamicountyohiofair.com/

Monroe County Fair in Woodsfield
click here

Morrow County Fair in Mount Gilead
http://www.morrowcountyfair.org/

Muskingum County Fair in Zanesville
http://www.muskingumcofair.com/

Noble County Fair in Caldwell
http://www.noblecountyfair.net/

Portage County Fair in Randolph
https://randolphfair.com/

Richland County Fair in Mansfield
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Ross County Fair in Chillicothe
http://www.rosscountyfair.com/

Sandusky County Fair in Fremont
http://www.sanduskycountyfair.com/

Scioto County Fair in Lucasville
http://sciotocountyfair.org/

Seneca County Fair in Attica
http://www.atticafair.com/

Stark County Fair in Canton
http://www.starkcountyfair.com/

Wood County Fair in Bowling Green
http://www.woodcounty-fair.com/

and don’t forget the
OHIO STATE FAIR
in Columbus

http://www.ohiostatefair.com/

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Yesteryear is Here

By Rocco Satullo, your tour guide to fun!

All history is local. If you are traveling the modern streets of Rome, look to one side or another and you may see over a railing down to an excavation revealing what the community looked like thousands of years ago. The contrast is such that you lose yourself for a moment in wonder. So too is it – albeit on a smaller scale – when you drive through a small town in America and suddenly there’s a downtown within a downtown, both hundreds of years apart.

With globalization we have learned so much about so many things on a grand scale, we yearn for new discoveries. Adventurous minds have made remarkable finds in the nooks and crannies of history, often unearthing a vein of gold in the form of fascinating stories that capture the imagination at a local level.   ….Read More….

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