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Formally A Country Girl

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She sells you dreams. Or at least the one and only dress for a fairy tale evening. And the enchanting setting for a princess’ ball.

“I never imagined that such a beautiful place would be out in the middle of nowhere,” have been the words rolling out of dropped jaws for years by women visiting Hilltop Event Center.

By word of mouth, mostly, Southern Ohio girls whisper about where they got their gown for homecoming, prom, and their wedding. But never too loudly because you know, it’s a secret you only tell your closest friend. ….Read more….

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Johnston Farm & Indian Agency

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This excerpt is from a past edition of OhioTraveler

The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency tells the story of early events that helped shape Ohio. From the establishment of the Pickawillany village in 1747 to Camp Piqua in 1862, visitors walk where the participants walked. Against the backdrop of the home and farm of John Johnston, the Woodland Indian and Canal Museum, and a restored stretch of the Miami and Erie Canal, the past of both Ohio and the Upper Miami Valley is preserved and brought to life.

One feature of the site is the home and farm of Col. John Johnston who served as a Federal Indian Agent in Ft. Wayne and Piqua, Ohio. He also held an appointment as an Ohio Canal Commissioner, in addition to being active in politics at many levels. He was associated with all things new and innovative at his Upper Piqua Farm. Costumed guides give visitors a look at life on the American frontier 200 years ago.

The Woodland Indian and Canal Museum relates the story of the early interaction between the Euro-American traders in the Ohio Country and the various Woodland Indians who called the land home. Additional exhibits trace the construction, use, and eventual decline of Ohio’s nearly 1000 miles of canals built between 1825 and 1845. There is also a museum shop that offers items that relate to the varied facets of the site.

No visit would be complete without a ride on the General Harrison of Piqua, a replica mixed cargo boat that once traveled Ohio’s canals. On board, costumed crew members take visitors back to the time when Ohio moved at four miles an hour as they feel the tug on the towrope as mules carry them along the canal and back to an earlier time.

The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is open to the public Thursday – Sunday in June, July, and August. For times of tours and canal boat rides, admission fees, as well as information about the various special events visitors can call 937-773-2522 or find us on the World Wide Web at www.johnstonfarmohio.com.

Top-5 FREE Mohican Activities

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There have been published reports about how employees are not taking vacations. Reports on how much people are in debt. The news bombards everyone every day. What if the news was more positive? What if vacation was possible and did not break the bank? That is where the Canoe Capital of Ohio can help. Here is a list of the top-5 free activities for the whole family to enjoy while staying in Mohican.

Parks & Trails – The Mohican State Park and Mohican-Memorial State Forest have free entry. This enables the family to enjoy the hiking trails, mountain bike trails and horse trails. There are over 100 miles of trails available to everyone in Mohican.

Nature Programs – The Mohican State Park Naturalist provides weekly programs and hikes. They are free and open to the public. Learn about the diversity of life that is native to Mohican, while having fun at the same time.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane – The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum offers free admission to explore Mohican area’s unique history and its individuals that help put Mohican on the map. Don Purcell’s Carvings & Artwork is their featured exhibit. Born in 1938, butcher turned full-time artisan, Purcell turned his hobby of drawing into woodworking when challenged to make a rocking horse for his granddaughter. Instead, he created a carrousel horse. From there, birds and animals were created. Check out this exquisite exhibit from now until Mid-October.

Year-Round Events & Festivals – Yes, the majority of the Mohican events have no entry fee. The infamous Flxible Bus Rally returns in July. This is the chance to see motor coaches turned into campers or remodeled to their original state. Make sure to see the parade in downtown Loudonville. Pleasant Hill Lake Park throughout the summer will offer free canoe and kayaking on Pleasant Hill Lake. In fall, return for the Free Loudonville Street Fair, Fall Foliage Drive-It-Yourself Tour and more. Visit DiscoverMohican.com for a listing of the events.

Mohican State Park Lodge – It does not matter if paying for the night or not, the Mohican State Park Lodge is open to the public all year. Several programs are offered at the Mohican Lodge that are free and open to everyone. See the Live Birds of Prey program every Saturday, now through November. See the birds up close and personal while learning about their diets and more. The Mohican State Park Naturalist also holds programs for all, and yes, it’s free. Paved pathways allows the entire family to enjoy a hike throughout the property that overlooks Pleasant Hill Lake.

All of those free activities allows room to choose that perfect place to stay. Whether at a castle, lodge, campground, bed and breakfast, Inn, or private rental there is something for everyone. Spend the rest of vacation canoeing, fishing, zip lining, conquering the aerial adventure park and more.

Find the adventure in Mohican. Discover Why Mohican Rocks! Visit http://discovermohican.com/ for information to plan your trip.

Have an Urban Adventure

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This excerpt is from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Have an Urban Adventure in Grove City

Summertime means longer days and more time to do the things you love. Spend time outdoors and have an urban adventure this summer in Grove City.

Explore Central Ohio’s Scioto Grove, which is situated along the picturesque Scioto River. Follow the winding river as you hike along miles of trails. Scioto Grove is the first park in the U.S. to be sponsored by outdoor retailer, REI, which helped to fund the creation of a backpacking trail along the river with five campsites. The REI River Trail allows visitors to experience an overnight backpacking trip, while still being close to the city.

Get your game on in Grove City at LVL UP Sports and Kickmaster Footgolf. LVL UP Sports is a paintball adventure park featuring unique paintball fields and courses, including wooded courses, themed fields, and x-ball. Kickmaster Footgolf is the first dedicated footgolf course in the U.S. Never heard of footgolf? It’s basically golf, but played with a soccer ball. There will even be glow-in-the-dark footgolf on Friday and Saturday nights.

Awaken your senses at Gantz Park as you walk through the Gardens of Yesterday, Today, or Tomorrow, where you can learn about horticulture through time, including how plants were used for fragrance, medicine, dyes, and culinary purposes. Then, venture through the arboretum to learn about different tree species.

Get up-close and personal with nature at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, where you can see a herd of eleven bison roam restored prairie fields. Then, learn about the history of the land at the state-of-the-art Nature Center, which features an interactive living stream. For your next adventure, paddle down the Big Darby Creek River, a National and State Scenic River. Begin your trip at Trapper John’s Canoe Livery, where you can rent a canoe, kayak, or inner tube. Then, enjoy a leisurely ride down the river and see if you can spot any unique animals or plants along the way–it’s a highly preserved riparian ecosystem with tons of biodiversity.

After your urban adventure, quench your thirst at Hop Yard 62, a craft beer taproom boasting twenty one rotating taps. Visit them on a Friday night, when they have live music and a food truck or check out their other unique events during the week. Or head to Plum Run Winery, where their vintages come from the only working vineyard in Franklin County. Have a flight or food and wine pairing while you enjoy beautiful weather on the patio. The winery will soon have a new neighbor–the Grove City Brewing Company, so stay tuned for even more craft beer coming to Grove City!

Whether you’re into backpacking, green living, paintballing, footgolf, bison, or kayaking, Grove City is a place where you are free to roam. Plan your urban adventure trip to Grove City and book your stay now!

Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides Video

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VIDEO OF THE MONTH

This month’s video features Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides at Bonnybrook Farm in Clarksville, Ohio. This  unique experience is an afternoon of family leisure time, old chuck wagon ride, delicious food, S’mores and more!

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A Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride at Bonnybrook Farms offers a fun evening of great food and camaraderie for families, friends and groups of all sizes. Reservations required.

5:00 pm: Enjoy the outdoors and some ‘Fun on the Farm’ activities, or just relax on the back porch and watch the fun.

6:30 pm: When the dinner bell rings, enjoy a barbecue meal of hickory smoked pulled pork and chicken and farm fresh, locally grown salads and sides. Drinks are included but BYOB if you’d like.

7:30 pm: After dinner, board the wagon for a ride down an abandoned country road to Todd Fork Creek. At the old chuck wagon, choose from fresh baked desserts then gather ’round the campfire. Kids of all ages can roast S’mores.

Mohican Pow-Wow is a Standout

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Great Mohican Pow-Wow is a national standout in Native American Pow-Wows. It features accomplished musicians, custom dancing and colorful ceremonial dress. Adding to its authenticity, the event is nestled in secluded wooded hills creating the perfect backdrop to this beautiful annual celebration. Entertainment dazzles with fire-starters, tomahawk throwers, storytellers, hoop dancers, colorful ceremonial dress and more. In addition, there are Native American foods to enjoy and original creations by more than 40 traders, artisans and crafters. These wares include pottery, bead working, quill working, fur trading, wood and bone carving, leather work, basket weaving, clothes making and jewelry. Click here to play a video showcasing the Pow-Wow. Complete information is available at mohicanpowwow.com.  

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This award recognizes Ohio’s standouts in tourism. Click here for more details about the award and all award recipients.

Geauga Barn Quilt Trail

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This excerpt is from a past edition of OhioTraveler

If you are cruising the countryside in scenic Geauga County, there’s a new view to take in.

In Pleasant Hill, Ohio, at Merrit Road and Aquilla you can’t help but notice a most colorful sight, a beautiful new Barn Quilt adding to the popular Geauga Barn Quilt Trail.

The 8ftx8ft quilt square was a gift to this county home from the Geauga County Farm Bureau.

“We felt the county home farm was a part of our county’s agricultural history and that it should be showcased with a quilt.” said Ed Rumburg Geauga County Farm Bureau President.

The pattern is entitled “Laced Star” and was mutually decided on by Rumburg, Karen DiCola, Pleasant Hill Home Administrator; and Reba Dykes who painted the quilt.

The property has been owned by the county since 1839 when the Geauga Commissioners bought the original tract of land, for $2,400 and spent an additional $698 to build the first home. (It was in 1816, that county commissioners were given the authority to build “Poor houses.”) A portion of the original building still stands, but is now used for storage. The original farm house that was on the property when purchased also still stands, and is used as office space.

In the early days, County Homes, known as “Poor Houses”, and later as “Infirmaries”, were working farms with residents helping with daily chores. As times changed, more & more social service programs became available to those in need and County Homes evolved to become either assisted living type homes or nursing homes.  Pleasant Hill has chosen to provide assisted living type services.

In the 1880’s, the original building began to deteriorate. By 1885, it was approved to build a new, red brick building at the same location. There have been additions, renovations. Pleasant Hill Home is committed to offering a welcoming, homey place to live for Geauga County’s residents.

Ironically the placement of the Barn Quilt makes it very visible to everyone, except the residents of Pleasant Hills Home, but Karen DiCola has already got that covered. She has purchased a smaller Barn Quilt Square also painted by Dykes to beautify their chicken coop so residents can see it as they do chores and stroll the grounds. This one a patriotic red, white and blue to give the roosters reason to stand up and crow!

The county home is located at 13211 Aquilla Rd, or where Merrit ends into Aquilla. To find out more about the Geauga County Barn Quilt Trail, or to get a Barn Quilt on your barn or business, visit www.GeaugaBarnQuiltTrail.com.