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Life On The Tow Path

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Nostalgia is at its best when a bygone era is brought back to life through the personality and passion of a mom and pop operation. It’s the extra touch like seeing a wheelchair and getting out the ramp so nobody even has to ask. Whether it’s a couple, family on a daytrip or a large group tour, there’s one goal – send everyone home happy and with plenty to talk about.

“We’re in the memory making business,” grinned Tom Roahrig. ….Read More….

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An Honest Day’s Work

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And Amish Way of Life

By Rocco Satullo, your tour guide to fun!

Keim Family Market is owned by Dan Miller, an Amish man. This is a story about his culture, community, business and family. It’s about an honest day’s work and the Amish way of life.

In the mid-1970s, an Amish wagon-train of sorts left the Northeast Ohio Amish heartland and arrived in rural Adams County, Ohio about an hour east of Cincinnati. The fledgling community built its homes and dug into the land to farm at the edge of Appalachia. In the early 1980s, hard times fell on Roy Keim so he took his wife Mattie’s homemade pies to sell along State Route 32. He earned $68 from truckers with a sweet tooth. And it is with that humble beginning, Keim grew a popular bakery, furniture and bulk food store.  Click here to read the rest of the story.

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Great Mohican Pow Wow

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

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation Camp & Festival Grounds in Loudonville, Ohio twice in 2017 from July 7-9 and September 15-17. The setting is everything.  These festival grounds are nestled in secluded wooded hills lending itself well to the authenticity and beauty of this annual celebration.

The 2017 show features breathtaking tomahawk throwing and fire starting by Coyote Dog, world-champion hoop dancer Lowery Begay and colorful ceremonial dancing, music of the Andes Mountains by Malkuri and mesmerizing flutist of the year Douglas Blue Feather, and powerful storytelling by Lance White Eagle. There are also dance & drum competitions and a drum making demonstration.

Throughout the festival grounds there are demonstrations of Native American living. You can get a taste of Native American Indian foods. Plus, more than 40 artisans display and sell a wide variety of Native American made furs, clothes, baskets, art, jewelry, carvings and much more. Don’t miss the auction.

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

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

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

Don’t Miss The Cars That Swim!

Cars that swim?  That’s the nickname for the Amphicar, the only civilian amphibious passenger automobile ever to be mass-produced.  3,878 Amphicars were built in Germany from 1961 to 1968.  Of those cars, 3,046 were imported into the United States.

The Amphicar has a top speed of 7 mph on water and 70 mph on land.  An Amphicar is moved in the water by its twin nylon propellers. A special two-part land-and-water transmission built by Hermes (makers of the Porsche transmission) allows the wheels and propellers to be operated either independently or simultaneously. The “land transmission” is a 4-speed-plus-reverse unit similar to those found in the old Volkswagen Beetles. The “water transmission” is a 2-speed offering unique to the Amphicar featuring single forward and reverse gears. In the water, the front wheels act as rudders.

When new, an Amphicar sold for between $2,800 and $3,300, depending on the year.  All Amphicars are convertibles and were originally offered in only 4 colors: Beach White, Regatta Red, Lagoon Blue and Fjord Green (Aqua).   You will find many today that have been customized with paint and accessories. Some of the more unique include one adorned with Pink Flamingoes, one painted to resemble the Bat Mobile and another to resemble a huge Rubber Ducky.

Amphicars have been honored guests at the Celina Lake Festival in west central Ohio for more than 20 years.  35 to 40 Amphicars are expected during the festival, which is being held July 28-30, 2017.  You will begin seeing the cars on Tuesday and Wednesday of festival week as they drive around town and cruise along in the lake.  Their official festival appearances include a Swim-In on Friday evening and you can see the entire contingent of Amphicars as they take part in the Grand Parade on Saturday evening.

The Celina Lake Festival offers plenty of summer fun for the entire family including a huge collector car show, a fun car/boat poker run, a large craft show, Free boat rides, a 5K run and music by Blame it on Shorty on Friday night.  On Saturday night, twist and shout and dress like you’re back in the 60’s when the Beatles tribute band Hard Days Night takes the stage.  Sunday is a special treat for the kids with lots of free fun including a kids fishing derby, pontoon rides, kiddie tractor pull, archery and canoeing,   Along with the Amphicars, other top attractions this year will be the Friday night, Fabulous Fireworks over the lake and the Saturday evening Grand Parade.

The Celina Lake Festival takes place in Celina, Ohio, July 28-30 at Lake Shore Park along the northwest corner of Grand Lake St. Marys.  Admission and parking are free. More information about the festival is available at www.lakefestival.com.

Sidney Ohio is Hot-Hot-Hot

 

Only a short drive from almost everywhere in Ohio, Sidney and the surrounding area offers an incredible variety of fun close to home. Outdoor concerts, festivals, and recreation of all sorts await you in west central Ohio.

On July 4, 2017 the City of Sidney celebrates our nation’s independence with a booming and colorful overhead lightshow of fireworks. The pyrotechnics kick off at 10:00 p.m. and can be easily viewed on either the campus of Sidney Middle School or Sidney High School. Be sure to bring a blanket, cooler, lawn chairs, and snacks for the kids. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be displayed at this same location on July 5th.

Later that week on July 6th, 7th, and 8th, country music fans are sure to enjoy this year’s Country Concert in nearby Fort Loramie. The 2017 star-packed lineup includes Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion, Montgomery Gentry, Jon Pardi, the Charlie Daniels Band, and many more. In total twenty-eight performers on two big stages will leave you breathless by the end of this three-day music festival.

On the evening of July 14th, the historic Shelby County court square comes alive when the Sidney Civic Band takes the stage to present, Hollywood & Vine Meets Marching Right in Time – A Collection of Movie and Show Tunes sprinkled with Sousa, Fillmore, and others. Bring your lawn chair and relax under the century-old shade trees of the court house lawn while enjoying the music of this talented ensemble. After the show, how about stopping into one of downtown Sidney’s restaurants and bistros for a light sandwich, cold beverage, or iced coffee?

Do you like Bar-B-Que? Who doesn’t right? July 22nd marks the return of Downtown Sidney’s Annual BBQfest. Live music all day combined with some of the best award winning BBQ you’ve ever licked from your fingertips will have you grinning ear to ear all weekend long. Pork ribs, pulled pork, and BBQ chicken with all the fixins’ will be on hand. Come out early! The open-air Great Sidney Farmers Market runs weekly on Saturday’s from 8 a.m. until Noon with the BBQfest on this particular Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

Have you ever played Bocce Ball?  In conjunction with Saturday’s BBQfest, how about getting your team together to compete in the CARSTAR Bocce Grand Prix of Sidney?  This downtown tournament kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on the courthouse lawn and concludes later that day with the first place team taking home $1,500 in prize money.  Second place $750 and third place will be awarded $400 for their Bocce success.  If interested, you’d better hurry.  All team entry forms are due July 1st.

On July 23rd, the Shelby County Fair gets underway and runs through the 29th. For 156 consecutive years, the Shelby County Fair has excited and entertained guests of all ages. Rides, games, exhibits, livestock shows, that fantastic fair food and so much more! Oh yeah, don’t miss the always popular demolition derby, tractor pull, and an incredible line up of live entertainment. This year’s featured performers are Who Made Who – an AC/DC tribute on July 29th.

Also on the 29th you can round out the Hot-Hot-Hot month of July at downtown Sidney’s Backstage Block Party. Country and blues artist Lee Roy Parnell will bring a multitude of talents to the stage with his singing, songwriting, and musicianship. This versatile artist is known for country hits like, “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and “Tender Moment”. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. in the back lot behind the Historic Sidney Theatre.  Food and beverage sales begin at 5:30.

For every leisure and recreation interest, the possibilities are numerous in Sidney.  Additional information about these all of the incredible attractions in west central Ohio can be found at www.VisitSidneyShelby.com.

Discover Why Mohican Rocks Anytime

From canoeing to zip lining, an aerial adventure park to a round of golf, horseback riding and more; camping to castle or resort. Those are just a few adventures to look forward to in Mohican. Enjoy the year-round events and festivals that bring out the kid in everyone. Discover why Mohican rocks!

Summer is alive and well. The Fourth of July Weekend brings in a great crowd for a weekend full of events. Antique fair, The Loudonville Car Show, live entertainment and of course, fireworks. The 18th Century Colonial Trade Fair returns in August at Wolf Creek Grist Mill. Learn from participants and vendors in period costumes and tents on the history of the area and life back then. Live canon demonstrations and more to entertain kids of all ages. Every Saturday until October is the Live Birds of Prey at Mohican State Park Lodge. Free and open to the public, get up close to Ohio’s natural winged predators. The Mohican State Park’s naturalist also offers regular hikes and programs that are also free and open to the public. Landoll’s Mohican Castle is offering regular live entertainment to its guests dining at the Copper Mug Bar & Grille.

As autumn sets in, make sure to join on the Mohican Bluegrass Festival and Oktoberfest. The Mohican Bluegrass Festival hosts the best of Bluegrass Music in an outdoor venue with food, vendors and of course music. Oktoberfest is one of the area’s most popular event that brings in old-world style German atmosphere with live music, food and over 100 kinds of foreign and domestic beers. October will continue the fun with the Loudonville Street Fair. This free street fair five days full of family fun and entertainment.

Mohican 5K Run/Walk is October 15th. The 3.1 miles begins and ends along the bike path of Wally Road. The Mohican 5K Run/Walk benefits the Loudonville-Mohican bike path with proceeds helping to maintain the area’s bike path.

Plan to stay for a week or weekend. With over 4,000 campsites, private cabins, a castle, resort, and more. Take a stroll through downtown Loudonville for shopping and dining. Visit DiscoverMohican.com for more information or find them on Facebook – Discover Mohican.

Sleep at A Christmas Story House


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Fans of A Christmas Story can now book stays in one of the movie’s major filming locations. A Christmas Story House is now taking reservations for overnight stays year-round. Previously, only one annual Christmas holiday charity auction winner was able to spend the night in the house and sleep in Ralphie and Randy’s beds.

“We have had a lot of requests over the years from fans wanting to spend the night in the house,” said Brian Jones, founder and owner of A Christmas Story House & Museum.  “We are happy to finally be able to grant their request.”

Guests will have use of A Christmas Story House’s third floor loft until their 11am check out time, as well as full access to the house from an hour after close until 9am the following day. The house can accommodate up to 6 guests per night. The loft area is equipped with a bedroom, living room, full kitchen and full bath.  The rate for bookings begins at $495 per night. Included in the package is a free tour of A Christmas Story House & Museum, as well as discounts on local dining.

For more information and reservations please visit AChristmasStoryHouse.com/Stay or call 216-298-4919 ext. 1017.

A Christmas Story House & Museum, now restored to the original movie appearance, is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in the Tremont neighborhood. It is open year-round, 7 days a week, excluding major holidays. Tours of the house run every hour. Regular admission tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for children more information or for directions, visit AChristmasStoryHouse.com or call 216-298-4919.

Ride a 100-year-old Streetcar

 

For the first time, Northern Ohio Railway Museum offers trolley rides on a Cleveland streetcar that is over 100-years-old

Enjoy streetcar rides at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum this summer. The Museum is open every Saturday through October from 10am to 4pm. A regular feature at the Museum is guided walking tours. New this year on the tour is a visit inside a restored 1954 Cleveland Transit System Rapid Transit car. Admission to the museum is free but a fee is charged to ride the streetcar.

Now, the public may ride a streetcar on the museum’s demonstration track (weather and car availability permitting). Streetcar rides will continue each month on the second Saturday of each month. Trolley ride fares are $4 for those 13 and older. Fare for Children 6 to 12 years old is $2/person.  Children age 5 and younger ride for free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased in the museum store and are good for all day riding. The rides will commence on the hour beginning at 11am, with the last ride of the day occurring at 3pm.

On the tour, visitors will see a diversified collection of streetcars, interurbans, and rapid transit equipment from the Northern Ohio region. The oldest trolley car in the collection dates back to 1895. It was purchased by an area trolley tycoon that later became a famous Cleveland mayor. Visitors get to see the equipment that built and maintained the streetcar system. Learn the story of how photographers and dancers permitted these utilitarian cars to serve their employer in ways their designers never imagined.

The story of trolley freight is told through rare artifacts. Discover how the interurban became the farmer’s friend and gave him easy access to larger cities for his products. See the last wooden interurban car to leave Cleveland in 1938. Learn how a sleepy streetcar line built to promote real estate, morphed into a pioneer rapid transit line that still operates today. Finally see a 1970 rapid car that served the first Airport Rapid Transit Line in the western hemisphere. Many other fascinating stories abound at the museum and can be found on the tour.

A unique feature of the tour is a visit to the restoration shop. See how these grand treasures of our past are painstakingly disassembled and restored to like-new condition by skilled craftsmen and women. At present several projects are underway in varying stages of completion. Conditions permitting, visitors will have the opportunity to see the restoration underway and have the work being done explained.

The Northern Ohio Railway Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, restore, display, and operate streetcars and other electric railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public. The museum owns forty-two acres of land in southern Medina County, including two miles of the former Cleveland and Southwestern interurban railroad. At this site the museum has built over a mile of track and three large buildings to house its collection of historic trolleys, interurbans, and rapid transit cars, most from the northern Ohio area. Five pieces of the collection have been restored and others are currently being restored.

In addition to the public tours, the museum has speakers available for civic and other community groups. The Museum’s state certified educator is also available to work with schools, youth, or civic groups on educational initiatives. Operation Lifesaver presentations are also offered by the Education Department. For further information on these public service programs, please contact the museum.

Phone 330-769-5501 or visit www.northernohiorailwaymuseum.org. The Museum is located at 5515 Buffham Road in Seville, Medina County, Ohio, near Chippewa Lake.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

 

For the first time ever, join Joel Hodgson, creator of the critically acclaimed “Mystery Science Theater 3000” TV show and its new host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) as they bring the first live touring production of “MST3K” to Cleveland on the “Watch Out for Snakes!” Tour for an August 8, 2017 performance.

Appearing with Joel and Jonah live on stage will be robot companions Crow (Hampton Yount), Tom Servo and Gypsy, along with Synthia (Rebecca Hanson) and her Bonehead henchmen. Of course, it wouldn’t be “MST3K” without the ever-present surveillance of the Mads, Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt), checking up on their unwilling test subjects via a video screen.

The evening will include all the things expected from an “MST3K” experience: a cheesy B-movie, hilarious riffing, wisecracking robots, silly sketches, plus –for the first time –audience participation! Featured is the MST3K favorite “Eegah,” featuring all-new riffs and sketches. It’s a fun, sci-fi thriller never before featured on “MST3K”.

Following its record-breaking #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign, the new season of the show launched last April, exclusively on Netflix. The two live shows are written by the cast and writers of the new Netflix Original Series, which has earned a critics’ rating of 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.. The New York Times hails, “At last, a revival of something actually worth reviving… a different cast but the same outlook and style — and mercifully, the same reliable, giddy humor.”  “MST3K is just as hilarious as ever in rebooted form, turning its bemused eye on old, schlocky fare for some good, old-fashioned riffing,” raves Vanity Fair. And Nerdist says “The references are updated, the sets are snazzier, but the heart and soul of MST3K certainly remains intact.”

For almost 30 years, the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been known as one of the top cult TV shows of all time. The story of a human host and his robot sidekicks trapped aboard a satellite and forced to watch cheesy movies by their captor, MST3K has maintained its reputation thanks to its fervently devoted fan base, known as MSTies.

Created by Joel Hodgson, the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired in 1988 on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis. Set on the Satellite of Love, the series follows a hapless host trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space, who is forced to watch some of the most outrageously unfortunate B movies ever created. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a lively movie theater peanut gallery.

MST3K’s national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson.  When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run. The format proved to be popular, and during its ten seasons and 197 episodes on the Comedy Channel and later, the Sci-Fi Channel, it attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Primetime Emmy® nominations.

A couple of years ago, Shout! Factory and creator Joel Hodgson formed a new partnership known as Satellite of Love LLC, to acquire the global IP rights to MST3K with the aim of producing new episodes and managing and developing the IP in other areas. The highly successful Mystery Science Theater Kickstarter campaign to #BringBackMST3K, spearheaded by Shout! Factory and Hodgson surpassed its goal by funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded Film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history. The new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted as a Netflix Original Series this past April.

Tickets for the August 8 performance at the State Theatre are on sale now and available at www.playhousesquare.org or 216-241-6000.

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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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.