WELCOME TO OUR CITY THIS IS SPRINGFIELD. THE CHAMPION CITY. A CITY ON THE RISE. A GETAWAY THAT’S JUST DOWN THE ROAD, BUT MILES AWAY FROM THE ORDINARY. COME EXPERIENCE OUR ROOTS – OUR CULTURE – AND OUR PEOPLE… OUR GREATEST ASSET. WE INVITE YOU TO “VISIT LIKE A LOCAL.”
KEY LOCAL EVENTS
VISIT LIKE A LOCAL
PLAN ON IT
EAT + DRINK
MEETINGS & EVENTS
ECOTOURISM IN CLARK COUNTY
YOU MAY JUST FIND – LIKE WE HAVE – THAT SPRINGFIELD IS THE
GREATER SPRINGFIELD CONVENTION & VISITOR’S BUREAU 20 SOUTH LIMESTONE ST. - SUITE 100 SPRINGFIELD, OH 45502
THANKS TO ROD HATFIELD, CHRIS PERKINS, NINA THOMAS, JOHN KELLY, BREAKFAST WITH NICK, CONSISTENTLY CURIOUS & SELECTIVE POTENTIAL FOR THEIR PHOTOS IN THIS BOOK
PERFECT PLACE TO FIND YOUR UNWIND.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY MOLLY MATTIN
MARK YOUR CALENDARS WE HAVE A GREAT SLATE OF ANNUAL EVENTS THAT ARE WORTH PLANNING A WEEKEND AROUND.
SPRING/SUMMER NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM Join us for a night where history comes alive at the Heritage Center! You can meet historical figures from the New Boston Fair, the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association, and the Clark County Historical Society during an entertaining evening of music, dancing, and living history! April heritagecenter.us
SPRINGFIELD ANTIQUE EXTRAVAGANZA The Extravaganza is world-renowned as one of the largest and best antique shows in the country. 2000+ vendors are setup indoors and outdoors throughout the Clark County Fairgrounds for this epic weekend which also includes great food! Third Full Weekend In May & September
Clark County Fairgrounds
CARS & PARTS SWAP MEET & CAR SHOW Our Memorial Day Weekend is the largest event of its kind in the entire region, with over 700 Cars-For-Sale in the car corral, plus hundreds and hundreds of vendor spaces sold. Our fall swap meet on Labor Day Weekend is also huge, and a great deal of fun for the entire family. The one-day cool-weather events in February and November give serious enthusiasts the first and final doses of automotive swap meet good times each season. February / May / September / November
Clark County Fairgrounds
HISTORIC WALKING TOURS A great way to explore the scenic beauty and fascinating history of Springfield is to participate in a tour offered by the Westcott Center for Architecture + Design. The Summer Tour Series celebrates Springfield’s distinctive architecture and history with eighteen amazing tours. The series includes walking tours, youth tours, happy hour tours and bicycle tours. May-September
Offered Throughout Springfield
SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL Since 1967, a Springfield tradition and Ohio’s oldest admission-free performing arts festival, featuring 7 weeks of concerts, theater, and live entertainment. Seven weeks in June-July
Veterans Park Amphitheater
COMMONSFEST This annual event at National Road Commons brings farmers market and business vendors together for a night full of fun including live music and food trucks.
INDIECRAFT IndieCraft occupies the intersection of Indie music and craft brewing. We bring together great bands and great brews for a weekend full of fun centered around Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company & COhatch – The Market. May
Mother Stewart’s & COhatch
National Road Commons
CLARK COUNTY FAIR Since 1947, the fair includes livestock exhibits, entertainment, music, midway, food vendors, exhibitors selling their wares and more. Clark County Fair is one of the largest fairs in the state! End Of July
Clark County Fairgrounds
FIRST FRIDAYS Come visit the Hatch Artist Studios. 32+ artists will open their studios to the public to shop for unique one of kind items. You will find local artists that specialize in woodworking, ceramics, painting, fiber art, glass and jewelry to mention just a few art mediums. Come visit and experience all this talent in one building! February-October
Hatch Artist Studios
WAKE THE LAKE Come out and enjoy some of the Best F1 Powerboat Racing in North America. August
Clark County Fairgrounds
SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL
SPRINGFIELD JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL The already vibrant Springfield music scene grooves into third gear with the brand new, Springfield Jazz and Blues Music Festival for 2022! Presented by the Springfield Kiwanis Club, the festival features 18 local, regional and national artists converging on two stages in the heart of downtown. August
Mother Stewart’s Brewery
SPRINGFIELD FARMERS MARKET The Springfield Farmers Market features 35 vendors with everything from fresh flowers and produce, to eggs and meats. The Market is located adjacent to the Heritage Center in downtown Springfield and is open every Saturday, June through September.
117 S. Fountain Ave.
FALL/WINTER SOUTH VIENNA CORN FESTIVAL Since 1978, there is a queen pageant, craft market, rides and games, a parade, free entertainment, and of course, plenty of food along with corn eating contests, corn products and more.
SPRINGFIELD ROTARY’S GOURMET FOOD TRUCK COMPETITION
First Weekend of September
Downtown South Vienna
SPRINGFIELD ANTIQUE EXTRAVAGANZA
FAIR AT NEW BOSTON
HOLIDAY IN THE CITY
CULTUREFEST Music, Dance, Food, Fun. This annual event is dedicated to the celebration of Springfield’s diverse culture and heritage. This free event promises to be a day of fun for the entire family. September
YOUNG’S ANNUAL FALL FARM PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Enjoy a full day of family fun with Young’s biggest festival of the year. Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Cowvin’s Corny Maze, Wagon Ride on the Farm, Haunted Wagon Rides and all sorts of fall fun await! October
Young’s Jersey Dairy
MUSTARDFEST This Oktoberfest-themed event includes sampling of Woeber Mustard products, seasonal beers from Mother Stewart’s, German music, and the legendary Champion City Wiener Dog races. A great family event that just gets better every year! End of September
Mother Stewart’s & National Road Commons
HERITAGE OF FLIGHT FESTIVAL & PARADE Featuring the annual parade of planes, and an impressive array of events and activities on Main Street in beautiful New Carlisle, Ohio. Live entertainment, classic cruise-in, parade of planes, carnival rides and games, 5K run/walk, horse drawn carriage rides, tethered balloon rides, wing eating contest, Kiddie Tractor Pull and more! End of September
Downtown New Carlisle
CHALK FEST Spend the afternoon listening to live music as chalk artists chalk the streets in downtown Springfield and compete for top honors. Attendees will also enjoy offerings from vendors, food trucks, and kids activities. They can create their own chalk art masterpiece and engage in other free, fun activities. October
National Road Commons Park
HOLIDAY IN THE CITY This production of the Greater Springfield Partnership is a five-week, downtown holiday celebration that includes an outdoor ice rink, SantaLand, the Grand Illumination of downtown, and more! Thanksgiving – New Years
WINTER MARKET AT MOTHER’S
Pull on your lederhosen and oom-pa-pa your way over to our haus. Wuffstock is a celebration of all things canine. Bring your BFF (Best Furry Friend) and enjoy demonstrations, costume contest, music, vendors and food trucks at this historic dog-friendly event.
The Market @ Mother’s brings our traditional farmers market indoors for the winter where you can shop fresh baked goods, local meats, cheese and more while enjoying a craft brew or a specialty cocktail, and live music.
Saturday End Of September
FAIR AT NEW BOSTON Step 200 years back in time at the Fair at New Boston! This quality event - from historical re-enactments to time period vendors and food - creates the illusion of time travel to 1790 - 1810. Labor Day Weekend
George Rogers Clark Park
VISIT LIKE A LOCAL.
WE ASKED A FEW LOCALS TO GIVE US THEIR TOP THINGS FOR VISITORS TO CHECK OUT. Here are the top 5 things not to miss according to them.
THE PEANUT SHOPPE “A hidden gem in Springfield. A great selection of freshly roasted nuts and every possible candy and fudge you could imagine. You need to swing through on any trip to Springfield to get your snacks for the weekend.” —ANDY HAYES
GEORGE ROGERS CLARK PARK “Every time we have family in town we always make our way to George Rogers Clark Park. It’s hard to describe, but the history and the beautiful trails are so good for getting a new perspective. The last time we were there we saw a family of deer on one of the trails that just stayed there for what seemed like forever.” —JEREMY STEELE
THE MARKET BAR “Love the Market Bar. If you’ve only been to COhatch for lunch, you need to come back for an evening drink. The mixologists at The Market Bar are next level. Check it out, especially if you’re staying at the Marriott across the street.” —JOHN KELLY
LE TORTE DOLCI
HEART OF OHIO ANTIQUE MALL “A trip to the Springfield Antiques Mall is always an adventure. Whenever our friends come to visit us here in Springfield, the first thing they want to do is go shopping at Heart of Ohio Antique Mall. It’s a great place to find hidden treasures!”
“Not really a secret anymore, but it is definitely on my list of places you have to take anyone who comes to visit. Everything is amazing, but the macarons are my favorite. They also serve gelato and other unique treats. ” —BRUCE WILLMAN
FOUNTAIN AVE. DOWNTOWN • MURAL BY: GREETINGS TOUR
PUBLIC ART PUBLIC ART TO CONTINUE GROWING THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD AND BEYOND NATALIE DRISCOLL | HUB SPRINGFIELD
If you’ve wandered around Downtown Springfield lately, you might have noticed some new public art pieces that have popped up on building walls and planter boxes. In the past few years public art has become more of a staple of the atmosphere of Downtown and throughout the city as a whole, and it continues to be at the forefront of plans moving forward. Springfield’s Public Arts Committee was created by the Greater Springfield Partnership and includes a diverse group of local artists, cultural non-profit leaders, City officials, foundations and businesses. Collectively, the group works to recognize how arts contribute to the quality of life in Springfield and help make the city more vibrant, more attractive, and more livable, says Marta Wojcik, the executive director of Springfield’s Westcott House, who is one of the active members of the Public Arts Committee.
20 WEST COLUMBIA AVE. DOWNTOWN • MURAL BY: STEVE EHRET
When the committee starts planning for new public art, they typically focus on one new project at a time, she says. Wojcik gave the example of the Greetings from Springfield mural, which was supported by the Springfield Foundation and the Young Professionals of Greater Springfield group actively fundraised to make it possible. And Project Jericho, she says, seeks grants to support public art while involving local youth to execute the projects. In 2020, Wojcik was able to secure various federal and state grants – on behalf of the Westcott House – from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Ohio Arts Council to support the works of the Public Art Committee. The funds will support the groups public art strategic plan and engage three or four local and national artists to create permanent works of public art. “So, it’s a combination of local investment and state grant funding (that supports our public art),” Wojcik says.
Determining which art will be added next is both a complex and collaborative process, she says. “Currently, we are very focused on the Downtown area, but our hope is to grow this program and bring art to all parts of our community,” Wojcik says. “Fortunately, most of the property owners realize that the art increases the visibility and value of their property.” The most recent major public art addition to Downtown is the mural comprised of a collection of out-of-this-world creatures that was painted on the side of the Bombshell Beauty Parlor, 20 W. Columbia St. The artwork isn’t as traditionally “nice” or “pretty” as some of the other murals and art pieces throughout Downtown, though it is attractive, interesting and full of color. “Public art, in particular, is important because it is accessible to everyone, and it is highly visible at all times,” Wojcik says. “The more public art Springfield has, the more we demonstrate to our citizens that there is willingness to invest in and celebrate our community. “And to the outside world of visitors, potential investors and businesses looking to relocate,
In addition to its accessibility and use as a civic engagement tool, Wojcik says public art is a community asset for so many reasons. “It’s our way to support local artists and makes Springfield a desirable place for artists to live because we demonstrate that we value their creativity,” she says, adding, “It boosts the local economy, it enhances the quality of life and community pride, and it helps celebrate our cultural heritage and history of our place.”
THIS ARTICLE WAS TAKEN FROM THE HUB SPRINGFIELD. 117 S. LIMESTONE DOWNTOWN • MURAL BY: JASON MORGAN
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it shows that we understand the key components of what makes a community a successful, thriving place.” The new “alien” gives people something new to investigate as they explore Downtown and something different to choose to interpret. It was created by artist Steve Ehret, who has also created public art in Canton. Ehret was sought out specifically and funded by the grant because of his expertise in public art. Some of the other public art throughout Springfield is selected from pools of local artists who submit their art and public arts committee members vote on the final selections. Some of those pieces can be seen wrapped around utility boxes – for example – hanging from utility poles and around planter boxes on City Hall Plaza.
14 E MAIN ST. DOWNTOWN • MURAL BY: PROJECT JERICHO
Wojcik says the future of public art in Springfield continues to be discussed as part of the group’s strategic planning process. And, she shared that the grant funding will be used next year to engage two nationally recognized artists to create more larger-scale murals in Downtown Springfield. “We are also looking into the possibilities of bringing more three-dimensional art installations,” Wojcik says. “We wish to continue featuring local talent and celebrating local artists.
CORNER OF FOUNTAIN AND HIGH DOWNTOWN MURAL BY: MOLLY MATTIN
“Springfield is lucky to have many remarkable artists who truly embrace this community.” 13
PLAN ON IT WONDERING WHAT A TRIP TO SPRINGFIELD COULD LOOK LIKE? TAKE A PEEK AT THESE SAMPLE ITINERARIES FROM SOME OF OUR HOSTED TRAVEL INFLUENCERS AS A STARTING POINT. Choosing a destination is one thing, planning your time while you visit is another. Greater Springfield is a location that can accommodate a variety of visitors and their interests. If you’re a foodie, we have you covered. If you are looking for new outdoor adventure, you’re in the right place.
THE FOODIE WEEKEND
DINNER + DRINKS:
Coffee at Winans Chocolates + Coffee
Mother Stewart’s Brewery + Food Trucks
Great selection of coffees and tea along with a variety of chocolates and other treats.
Local brewery with taproom that hosts food trucks for the win-win.
Le Torte Dolci - A European style bakery with American flair - amazing selection of pastries and other items.
LUNCH: Speakeasy Ramen - Award winning menu with amazing ramen as well as a list of other tasty choices - a must try. DINNER + DRINKS: Stella Bleu - Located in the historic Bushnell Building, Stella Bleu Bistro offers a unique dining experience, in a freshly renovated space. Cocktails at the Market Bar - Great cocktails.
DAY 2: BREAKFAST: Clifton Mill - Amazing breakfast + amazing setting especially during the holidays. LUNCH: Sushi Hikari Moe - Fresh made sushi to order inside COhatch downtown. DINNER + DRINKS: Winds Cafe (Yellow Springs) - Fine dining with amazing food and drink selection.
MORNING: Springfield Farmers Market (June-Sept) Stroll the farmers market for fresh food, flowers and other locally sourced goodies. UnMundo Cafe - Great coffee, smoothies, and other breakfast items right next to the market. AFTERNOON: Antique hunting at Heart of Ohio & Springfield Antique Centers EVENING: Sip & Dipity / Wine & Paint A Social Art-working studio for in person and online crafty paint parties!
DAY 3: MORNING: Coffee & Breakfast at Ironworks Waffle Cafe - Belgian waffles and espresso for a great start to the day. Based on an itinerary created for @consistently_curious consistentlycurious.com
BREAKFAST FOR THE ROAD: Schuler’s Bakery - Springfield classic the best doughnuts in town. Based on an itinerary created for @pursuitofdelights pursuitofdelights.com 15
FAMILY FUN DAY 1: EVENING: Arrive to stay the night at Simon Kenton Inn in one of the tree houses. Dinner at the Inn’s restaurant.
DAY 2: COHATCH THE MARKET
MORNING: Family bike trail ride on the Simon Kenton Trail from the Inn to Downtown. Painted Pepper - Hit COhatch and go to Painted Pepper for the best breakfast burrito around. AFTERNOON: Public Art - Snap some family selfies at the multiple murals downtown. Shop - Hit the shops on Fountain for some Springfield swap from Champion City Guide & Supply. EVENING:
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Young’s Jersey Dairy Visit the renowned Young’s Jersey Dairy to see their newly renovated facility and grab some dinner and ice cream. After dinner take in a game of mini-golf at Udders and Pudders.
DAY 3: MORNING: Heritage Center Museum After grabbing some breakfast, head downtown to walk through the Heritage Center Museum for some great local history with national implications.
HERITAGE CENTER MUSEUM
Based on an itinerary created for @breakfastwithnick breakfastwithnick.com
Mad River Adventures Kayak Trip Grab a bite for breakfast and head to Mad River Adventures for a leisurely kayak trip down the Mad River.
Hartman Rock Garden - Visit a folk art masterpiece created by Harry “Ben” Hartman from 1932 through 1944.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House Take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s only Prairie Style house in Ohio designed for Burton and Orpha Westcott.
Picnic at Buck Creek State Park - Grab a to go lunch from Mike & Rosy’s near Wittenberg University campus and head to Buck Creek State Park for an afternoon picnic. After you eat, play the disc golf course located on the grounds. EVENING: Mela Urban Bistro - Enjoy dinner and a few cocktails on the patio of Mela Urban Bistro.
DAY 2: AFTERNOON: Rock Climbing at Mad River Gorge - A newly cleared area of the Mad River Gorge provides a great location to practice your climbing skills.
EVENING: Hatch Artist Studios - Visit the First Friday of every month to enjoy incredibly fresh, talented and eclectic artists, along with live music and light refreshments.
DAY 2: MORNING: Summer Walking Tours - Grab a coffee and join a walking tour that examines the architecture, design, and history of the built environment in the Greater Springfield Region. AFTERNOON:
EVENING: Crust & Company - Hit COhatch for some Italian style pizza.
DAY 3: MORNING: Hike Clifton Gorge - Grab your hiking boots and hike the trails. This 268-acre preserve protects one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state.
Springfield Museum of Art - Springfield is home to the only Smithsonian Affiliate art museum in the state of Ohio. EVENING: Springfield Symphony Orchestra Take in a performance by 72 of the area’s finest professional musicians, as well as internationally renowned guest artists.
DAY 3: MORNING:
Based on an itinerary created for Traveling with Nina rootedinohio.com
Public Art - Snap some family selfies at the multiple murals downtown.
FIND YOUR UNWIND HERE, YOU’LL FIND NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ANTIQUES, MUSEUMS & ARCHITECTURE, BEAUTIFULLY SCENIC PARKS & RECREATION, IMPORTANT AMERICAN HISTORICAL SITES, AND UNIQUE EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING. Your time here can be summed up by four words. Eat, See, Do & Stay. This section shows a selected highlight for each. For the full list of things in Greater Springfield, scan the QR code below.
EAT & DRINK WE HAVE A HUGE VARIETY OF DINING OPTIONS FOR A COMMUNITY OF OUR SIZE. NATIONAL CHAINS, LOCAL FAVORITES, COMFORT FOOD, GREASY SPOON, PUB GRUB, FARM FRESH, ETHNIC, BISTRO – YOU NAME IT, WE GOT IT!
Greater Springfield continues to draw regional attention for its food scene with many new restaurant openings. From established local favorites to a few new best kept secrets, there has never been a better time to be a foodie in Greater Springfield. There is a long list on our website for local dining, but we wanted to pull a handful of some of the spots that we consider hidden gems & memorable dining options that you should hit up while you’re in town to help fill out your weekend trip.
GUERRA’S KRAZY TACOS
UNIQUE TACOS + CRAFT BEER
TOP NOTCH ASIAN CUISINE
Large menu of quirky taco recipes and a great selection of craft beer.
Opened in 2019 in an old dive bar, Speakeasy has quickly become a local favorite.
HICKORY INN LARGE MENU WITH GREAT PIZZA Throwback American restaurant known for their wheat crust pizza. THEHICKORYINN.COM
CRUST & COMPANY
CRUST & COMPANY
FINE DINING WITH A UNIQUE FLAIR
AN ARTISAN BREAD & PIZZA RESTAURANT
Experience casual, fine dining in downtown Springfield, Ohio. Located in the historic Bushnell Building.
High quality Italian imported and traditionally manufactured ingredients. Combined with fresh vegetables, creates a unique pizza experience.
IRONWORKS WAFFLE CAFE SELECTION OF WAFFLES AND COFFEE. TRY THE CLASSIC JOHNNY LYTLE IRONWORKS WAFFLECAFE.COM
MOTHER STEWART’S BREWING COMPANY GREAT BEER & ATMOSPHERE A family-owned production brewery in downtown Springfield, with a large tap room and spectacular outdoor beer garden. MOTHERSTEWARTS BREWING.COM
571 GRILL AND DRAFT HOUSE GREAT BURGERS AND TONS OF CRAFT BEER ON TAP Named one of the top-6 places to grab a burger in the Midwest by Travel Pulse. THE MARKET BAR
THE MARKET BAR
CORK + BOARD
GREAT COCKTAILS & LIVE MUSIC
WINE & CHARCUTERIE
Handcrafted cocktails and live entertainment experiences. Sit back, imbibe and share great times with your favorite friends. THEMARKETBAR.LIVE
Gourmet foods and low-intervention wines in Springfield, Ohio!
THE PAINTED PEPPER SOUTHWESTERN THEMED CUISINE The Painted Pepper serves up great Southwestern, Mexican, and Tex-Mex cuisine.
SALATO DELI ITALIAN DELICATESSEN WITH AMERICAN FLAIR High quality Italian imported meats and cheeses combined with fresh vegetables and unique sandwich spreads on top of freshly baked focaccia.
MIKE & ROSY’S DELI & THE PRESS BOX SANDWICH SHOP Old-school eatery offering soups & unique steamed sandwiches for 35+ years.
LE TORTE DOLCI EUROPEAN STYLE BAKERY WITH AMERICAN FLAIR Small batches made from scratch, with love. LETORTEDOLCI.COM
BEST ITALIAN FOOD IN SPRINGFIELD
LIVE MUSIC, GREAT FOOD & BEER
Enjoy a home cooked meal from one of our family recipes in a historical building in downtown Springfield. FRATELLISOH.COM
50 beers on tap & a full menu with plenty of options to satisfy whatever craving you may have. STATIONONESPRINGFIELD.COM
MELA URBAN BISTRO ONE OF SPRINGFIELD, OHIO’S PREMIER DINING DESTINATIONS The Mela Urban Bistro menu boasts bold and innovative flavors with a touch of passion. MOTHER STEWART’S BREWING
“THE FIRST STOP ON ANY TRIP TO SPRINGFIELD NEEDS TO BE TO LE TORTE DOLCI. THIS EUROPEAN STYLE BAKERY HAS AN INCREDIBLE SELECTION OF PASTRIES, INCLUDING THEIR FAMOUS MACAROONS.” LE TORTE DOLCI
IRONWORKS WAFFLE CAFE
WINDS CAFE GOURMET FINE DINING The seasonal menu at this Yellow Springs favorite changes bimonthly and frequently features special dining events. WINDSCAFE.COM
WINANS CHOCOLATES & COFFEES Large selection of handcrafted chocolates and coffees. WINANSCANDIES.COM
YE OLDE TRAIL TAVERN OHIO’S OLDEST TAVERN Casual spot for American fare & craft brewsin a 19th-century tavern. OLDETRAILTAVERN.COM
THE FOUNTAIN ON MAIN OLD FASHIONED MILKSHAKES & SIGNATURE FOOD 1950’s style soda shop on the core downtown square. THEFOUNTAINONMAIN.COM
SEE INSPIRATIONAL ARCHITECTURE, MUSEUMS, MUSIC AND HISTORY ABOUND IN GREATER SPRINGFIELD. WHETHER YOU TAKE A WALK AND GRAB A SELFIE IN FRONT OF A WORK OF PUBLIC ART OR GRAB TICKETS TO A PERFORMANCE BY OUR ACCLAIMED SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, EXPERIENCES THAT WILL ENRICH YOU ARE AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND.
Greater Springfield is one of the few cities in the United States that can claim a Smithsonian-affiliate Museum of Art, a symphony orchestra, a Frank Lloyd Wright house museum and a world-class performing arts center. Stunning examples of historic architecture include the Heritage Center Museum, the extraordinary South Fountain Historic District, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House, Wittenberg University, “Millionaire’s Row” (East High Street), the Pennsylvania House and the Gammon House Museum.
CRABILL HOMESTEAD LATE FEDERALSTYLE HOME The Crabill House dates to 1821 and is a three-bay, Federal-style house. The property hosts a number of annual special events.
DANIEL HERTZLER HOUSE MUSEUM
DAVIDSON INTERPRETIVE CENTER
PRE-CIVIL WAR HOME
SITE OF A REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE
The Pennsylvania Bank-style house is furnished in the pre-Civil War 1850s period style. The house was built by Daniel Hertzler – a wealthy mill owner. CLARKCOUNTYPARKS.ORG
The Davidson Interpretive Center is located adjacent to George Rogers Clark Park, the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Peckuwe. CLARKCOUNTYPARKS.ORG
SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SIX REGULAR SEASON CONCERTS & MORE EVERY YEAR
LOCAL ARTISANS IN THEIR WORKPLACE
Performing since 1944, the symphony is one of Springfield’s greatest assets. The music director conducts 72 of the area’s finest professional musicians, as well as internationally renowned guest artists.
Hatch’s mission is to create functional studios for working artists, and to encourage the public’s appreciation and understanding of the arts. Visit the First Friday of every month to enjoy incredibly fresh, talented and eclectic artists, along with live music and light refreshments.
SOUTH FOUNTAIN HISTORIC DISTRICT
LITTLE ART THEATRE
RESIDENTIAL VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE South Fountain blends unique, mid-sized vernacular houses with high-style Victorian mansions. Prominent Americans like Oliver S. Kelly (403), William N. Whitely (1107), and Francis W. Bookwalter (611) are counted among the district’s founding residents. The district is just south of downtown and very walkable. SOUTHFOUNTAIN.ORG
HATCH ARTIST STUDIOS
SMALL TOWN THEATER SHOWING NEW AND CLASSIC FILMS Located in Yellow Springs, the Little Art Theatre is one of the country’s oldest independent cinemas. Fully renovated in 2014, the Little Art showcases contemporary and classic films in full digital quality while offering beer, wine and other refreshments. LITTLEART.COM
HATCH ARTIST STUDIOS
FERNCLIFF CEMETERY & ARBORETUM You are invited to visit the 240-acre grounds during regular visitation hours to pay your respects to the people, history, and natural features that make Ferncliff, and Springfield, truly unique. FERNCLIFFCEMETERY.ORG
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S WESTCOTT HOUSE OPEN FOR TOURS AND GIFT SHOPPING Completed in 1908, The Westcott House is Frank Lloyd Wright’s only Prairie Style home in Ohio and one of the country’s finest Wright house museums. WESTCOTTHOUSE.ORG
DANIEL HERTZLER HOUSE MUSEUM
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S WESTCOTT HOUSE
SOUTH CHARLESTON OPERA HOUSE Historic Opera House known for its phenomenal natural acoustics, it has hosted countless musicians, singers and productions.
PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE MUSEUM The beautifully renovated 24room former inn, built in 1839 along with the Historic National Road, includes an extensive display of antique furnishings, antique dolls, and one of the largest antique button collections in the United States. PENNSYLVANIA HOUSEMUSEUM.INFO
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE US AIR FORCE With 10 acres of exhibits under one roof, the museum is the largest aviation museum in the world. The museum houses an Imax Theatre and 300 aircraft and missiles in addition to many historical displays. NATIONALMUSEUM.AF.MIL
LIVE MUSIC AT MOTHER STEWART’S
THE HISTORIC CLIFTON MILL
GROWING LOCAL MUSIC HUB
LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY
The stages at Mother’s is quickly growing into a local music destination for many regional and national acts. Grab a drink and enjoy a concert all year. MOTHERSTEWARTSBREWING.COM
A light display, featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine, is one of the country’s finest with over 4 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. CLIFTONMILL.COM
SPRINGFIELD MUSEUM OF ART
SUMMER WALKING TOURS WALK & LEARN ABOUT LOCAL HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE FIRST HAND The Summer Tour Series examines the architecture, design, and history of the built environment in the Greater Springfield Region. Architects, curators, historians, and local professionals guide each tour. LIGHTS AT CLIFTON MILL
“HARTMAN ROCK GARDEN? OKAY, THIS PLACE IS THE COOLEST/WEIRDEST THING EVER. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT VISITING SPRINGFIELD AND MISSING THIS BEAUTY!” THE PAINTED PEPPER LOCAL ARCHITECTURE
HARTMAN ROCK GARDEN
HARTMAN ROCK GARDEN
SPRINGFIELD MUSEUM OF ART
FOLK ART MASTERPIECE
HOME TO THE ONLY SMITHSONIAN AFFILIATE ART MUSEUM IN OHIO
The Hartman Rock Garden includes over 250,000 individual stones that combine a mixture of history, religion and depression-era pop culture. Among the Hartman Rock Garden’s many unique attributes, the sheer scale of the work and its contextual location in a residential neighborhood, contributes greatly to its status as an iconic “outsider” art site. The Garden is open daily from dawn to dusk with no admission charge. HARTMANROCKGARDEN.ORG
An exemplary permanent collection, which features artists such as Berenice Abbott, George Bellows, A.T. Bricher and Charley Harper. The Museum also features an interactive art lab that allows visitors to create their own art as it relates to current exhibitions. With the Museum’s dynamic schedule of changing exhibitions including self-taught and contemporary artists, there is always something new to see. SPRINGFIELDART.NET
THE GAMMON HOUSE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM Built in the 1850s, the Gammon House was an Underground Railroad site. Originally owned by a black abolitionist named George Gammon. GAMMONHOUSEOH.ORG
THE GAMMON HOUSE
WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
WITTENBERG CAMPUS Stroll the 114 acre campus of Wittenberg University. With many beautiful buildings and a 9 hole disc golf course, it’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. WITTENBERG.EDU
HERITAGE CENTER MUSEUM
CLARK STATE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
HERITAGE CENTER MUSEUM LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM LOADED WITH ARTIFACTS The spectacular City Building & Market built in 1890 is now home to the Heritage Center Museum. Extending an entire city block, the Heritage Center houses an extraordinary museum that faithfully recounts the history of America’s Heartland. Known by architectural aficionados for its stunning Richardsonian Romanesque design, the Heritage Center hosts approximately 30,000 visitors each year. Adults and children alike are sure to be fascinated by the exhibits on display and you can’t beat the admission cost…free! HERITAGE.CENTER
EAST HIGH STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT MANSIONS ALONG MILLIONAIRE’S ROW A cluster of mansions on the eastern side of Springfield once home to some of its most prominent residents. Still together along portions of East High are examples of prominent late-19thcentury architectural styles, including the Richardsonian Romanesque, the Renaissance Revival, and the Italianate styles. While other neighborhoods once possessed similar collections of styles in close proximity to each other, East High is distinguished because its mix of styles has survived to the present day, unlike that of many other neighborhoods.
CLARK STATE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Built in 1993, the awardwinning Clark State Performing Arts Center is situated on 5.5 acres in downtown Springfield, Ohio. The 86,000 square foot facility houses rental space that is designed and equipped to accommodate musical performances, theatre presentations, conferences, business meetings and other activities. This 1500-seat state-of-theart- theater hosts a season of Broadway Tours, music groups, Illusionists, Country Music, and more. It is the home of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Arts Council. PAC.CLARKSTATE.EDU
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Hickory Inn Jimmy John’s Station One Shops on Fountain Fratelli’s Charlo’s Provisions & Eatery Le Torte Dolci & Salato Deli Stella Bleu Bistro Winans Chocolates & Coffees
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5. Taqueria Senor Piquin 6. Fountain on Main 7. Schuler’s Bakery 8. Mela Urban Bistro 9. Un Mundo Cafe 10. Mobil Dogs Cafe 11. COhatch The Market Bar The Painted Pepper Cork & Board Ironworks Waffle Cafe Jo’s Deli Crust & Company North High Brewing All Saints Grill
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SHOPPING 1. Champion City Guide & Supply 2. Sip & Dipity Paint Bar 3. Hatch Artist Studios 4. Frame Haven 5. Cyclotherapy 6. Rose City Boutique 7. Alcony Weavers
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Wittenberg University Springfield Museum of Art Pennsylvania House Museum Heritage Center Museum Springfield Public Library Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House 7. Clark State Performing Arts Center 8. Hollenbeck Bayley Center 9. South Fountain Historic District 10. Madonna of the Trail and National Road Commons 11. The Gammon House 12. Hartman Rock Garden
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EXPLORE THE GREATER SPRINGFIELD REGION ATTRACTIONS 1. Ohio Caverns 2. Cedar Bog 3. Crabill Homestead 4. George Rogers Clark Park/Hertzler House / Davidson Interpretive Center 5. Heart Of Ohio Antique Mall 6. Champions Park: Clark County Fairgrounds and Champions Center Expo 7. Springfield Antique Center 8. Young’s Jersey Dairy
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DO SHOP, BIKE, CLIMB, KAYAK, CAMP, HIKE, RIDE & FISH. ALL CALLS TO ACTION TO FIND YOUR UNWIND AT YOUR OWN PACE. GOLFERS KNOW US AS ONE OF JUST 12 NATIONAL US OPEN QUALIFYING SITES, HIKERS KNOW US FOR GLEN HELEN AND JOHN BRYAN STATE PARK, AND CLIMBERS WILL KNOW US FOR THE RECREATIONAL CLIFFS AT MAD RIVER GORGE.
Five years ago, we conducted a comprehensive consumer perception study that – among other things – asked what visitors most identify with Greater Springfield. The overwhelming answer was great outdoor recreation! We are known regionally for our 2000-acre recreational lake at Buck Creek State Park (great fishing spot, BTW), scenic bike trails that connect into a 330 mile, statewide network and whitewater features running through our downtown on Buck Creek.
NTPRD CHILLER ICE SKATING NTPRD Chiller - the coolest place for family fun in Springfield! Chiller’s regulation ice surface offers public ice skating, skating and hockey classes, youth and college hockey and special events. NTPRDCHILLER.COM
GLEN HELEN NATURE PRESERVE GREAT HIKING TRAILS Glen Helen is the legacy of Hugh Taylor Birch who donated the wooded glen in 1929. The preserve now encompasses 1000 acres, all accessible from a 25-mile network of footpaths. GLEN.ANTIOCHCOLLEGE.ORG /GLEN_HELEN
BIKE TRAILS Ride the Little Miami Scenic Trail to nearby Young’s Jersey Dairy to enjoy their worldfamous ice cream, and then continue on to charming Yellow Springs for boutique shopping and dining. Or, leave from downtown on the Buck Creek Scenic Trail which takes you to Buck Creek State Park. MIAMIVALLEYTRAILS.ORG
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YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY
CANOE & KAYAK RENTALS
ICE CREAM, GOLF, BATTING CAGES, PETTING ZOO & MORE
Canoe or kayak through the unspoiled, cool and clear waters of the Mad River in Clark County. The Mad River is an excellent river for you to discover the great outdoors by canoe. The water is clear enough to see the river bottom in the more shallow areas and has a light current, based on recent weather, to carry you along, but it’s not so strong that you can’t paddle against it. FACEBOOK.COM/ MADRIVERADVENTURES
JOHN BRYAN STATE PARK CAMP & HIKE John Bryan is the most scenic state park in western Ohio. The 752-acre park contains a remarkable limestone gorge cut by the Little Miami River which is designated as a state and national scenic river. The campground features 60 campsites, (10 electric sites, 50 non-electric). PARKS.OHIODNR.GOV/ JOHNBRYAN
Whether you want to play a round of miniature golf with the family, hit the batting cages, enjoy a relaxing dinner, visit the petting zoo, or get a world-famous ice cream cone, Young’s Jersey Dairy is your destination. Complete your visit to Young’s with a trip to the gift shop. With fun for all ages, Young’s has been a favorite among local families – and nearly 1.5 million annual visitors - for years! YOUNGSDAIRY.COM
CHAMPIONS PARK Includes the Clark County Fairgrounds and Champions Center Expo. The site plays host to dozens of large-scale events each year including antique shows, car shows, the Ohio Wine Festival, Wake the Lake F1 Powerboat races and cross country meets. CLARKCOAG.COM
YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY
CHAMPION CITY KINGS BASEBALL The Champion City Kings play their home games in Springfield’s Carleton Davidson Stadium. The wood bat league features some of the best college prospects and may provide a first glimpse of a future Major League star! CHAMPIONCITYKINGS.COM
LITTLE MIAMI SCENIC TRAIL
BUCK CREEK STATE PARK
Ohio Caverns is one of Ohio’s most popular tourist attractions. The caverns remain a steady 54 degrees year round featuring some of the most unique formations in America. Guests from around the world come to experience the 35 acre park for an all-day family fun adventure.
CAMP, HIKE, SWIM, FISH & MORE The park’s recreational facilities center on the 2,120acre lake, offering endless water-related opportunities including boating, water skiing, fishing and swimming. The park also includes campsites, cottages, endless hiking trails and beautiful picnic spots. OHIODNR.GOV
CLIFTON GORGE STATE NATURE PRESERVE HIKING Registered as a National Natural Landmark in 1968, Clifton Gorge encompasses a 2-mile stretch of the Little Miami State and National Scenic River, just east of John Bryan State Park with 3 miles of hiking trails. OHIODNR.GOV
BLUE HORSESHOE FARM RIDING LESSONS, TRAIL RIDES AND MORE Offering Riding Lessons, Trail Rides, Equine Themed Parties and Camps. Riders of all ages and families are welcome to join us for an experience that includes everything from learning all aspects of horse riding to a trail ride in an idyllic 110-acre Ohio forest. BLUEHORSESHOEFARM.COM
CYCLOTHERAPY FULL SERVICE BICYCLE SHOP A full-service bicycle shop situated near the bike path in historic downtown Springfield, Ohio. They offer expert bicycle repairs with quick turnaround times as well as bicycle and accessory sales. CYCLOTHERAPY.COM
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“CHAMPION CITY GUIDE & SUPPLY IS AMAZING! IT’S A BRICK AND MORTAR RETAIL STORE, FEATURING HERITAGE APPAREL, LOCAL ARTISAN GOODS, AND SPRINGFIELD-CENTRIC MERCHANDISE. A MUST-VISIT DURING A TRIP TO SPRINGFIELD!” SHOPS ON FOUNTAIN
BLUE HORSESHOE FARM
SHOPPING DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD SUPPORT LOCAL RETAILERS The past couple of years have seen a rebirth of our downtown, and with it a renewed interest in locating unique shopping destinations near the city core. Shopping destinations like Champion City Guide + Supply, Cyclotherapy, Winans Coffee & Chocolates and HATCH Artist Studios have paved the way for new retail development that will transform our downtown. CHAMPIONCITYSUPPLY.COM HATCHARTISTSTUDIOS.COM WINANSCANDIES.COM
SPRINGFIELD ANTIQUE CENTER Home to over 450 dealers SAC offers over 75,000 square feet of sale space all on the ground floor with an ever-changing, large inventory at both buildings. Weary on your feet? They have a spacious lobby with couches, television, and vending, perfect for our tired travelers. Their wide aisles make your shopping experiences comfortable, and the friendly staff are happy to offer a wheelchair to anyone who may need one. SAC is pet friendly and a great place for an outing with your pet. SPRINGFIELDANTIQUE.COM
HEART OF OHIO ANTIQUE CENTER LARGEST ANTIQUE MALL IN THE USA Clocking in at about 116,000 sq. ft., Springfield’s Heart of Ohio Antique Center is the country’s largest indoor antique mall featuring over 650 dealers spanning virtually every genre of collecting. If you can’t find it at Heart of Ohio, chances are it doesn’t exist! HEARTOFOHIOANTIQUES.COM
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MAD RIVER GORGE ROCK CLIMBING The Mad River Gorge + Nature Preserve offers some of the finest natural climbing cliffs in the Midwest ascending to nearly 50 feet! The Gorge also offers scenic hiking trails and access to the Mad River. FACEBOOK.COM/ MADRIVERGORGE
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MAD RIVER FISHING GREAT TROUT FISHING Ohio’s oldest trout stream is the Mad River. Stocking of this river began in the late 1800s with the introduction of brook trout. Then in 1884, rainbow trout were introduced to the stream; and in 1931, ODNR switched to stocking brown trout in the stream. Today the stream is stocked annually with 6”-8” brown trout to supplement the population. Fly fishing is good on the Mad River, as there are good hatches of mayflies, caddis flies, and other popular trout foods throughout the spring, summer, and fall months. OHIODNR.GOV
SNYDER PARK KNOWN AS SPRINGFIELD’S “CENTRAL PARK” Located just blocks from downtown, Snyder Park was established in 1895 as a gift from local businessmen and philanthropists John and David Snyder. Designed by noted landscape architect Herman Haerlin. The park includes whitewater features, biking & hiking trails, historic architectural structures and an all-inclusive playground. NTPRD.ORG
GOLF IN GREATER SPRINGFIELD HIT THE LINKS AT ONE OF THE MANY COURSES IN THE AREA SPRINGFIELD COUNTRY CLUB SPRINGFIELDCCOH.ORG
WINDY KNOLL GOLF CLUB WINDYKNOLLGOLFCLUB.COM
LOCUST HILLS GOLF CLUB LOCUSTHILLSGC.COM
NATIONAL GOLF LINKS NATIONALGOLFLINKS.ORG
REID PARK GOLF COURSE GOLFREIDPARK.COM
ROCKY LAKES GOLF CLUB 937.322.3211
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STAY With everything there is to experience in Greater Springfield, you’re going to need to stay a while! We have more than 1300 hotel rooms – from budget to upscale – just waiting for your arrival. For events at the Clark County Fairgrounds and the Champions Center, you’ll want to choose one of our hotels adjacent to I-70. For downtown conferences, performances and Wittenberg events, you’ll gravitate to the downtown Courtyard Marriott, or hotels on First Street. FOR A UNIQUELY SPRINGFIELD EXPERIENCE, WE RECOMMEND ONE OF OUR GREAT B&B’S. THE SIMON KENTON INN, EMMA’S AND HOUSTONIA – AMONG OTHERS – ARE THE PERFECT SPOT FOR YOUR WEEKEND GETAWAY.
COURTYARD MARRIOTT SPRINGFIELD
“WE STAYED AT THE COURTYARD MARRIOTT. IF YOU’RE PICKING A PLACE TO STAY, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO BOOK THIS ONE BECAUSE IT’S UPDATED, CLEAN, MODERN AND RIGHT IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN.”
COURTYARD MARRIOTT SPRINGFIELD 100 S. FOUNTAIN AVE. 937.322.3600 DOWNTOWN / WI-FI / INDOOR POOL / FITNESS CENTER / MEETING SPACE / PET FRIENDLY
— @PURSUITOFDELIGHTS THERE ARE MANY PLACES IN SPRINGFIELD TO LAY YOUR HEAD DURING YOUR TRIP. WE OFFER A VARIETY OF HOTELS TO MEET YOUR NEEDS DURING YOUR STAY. HERE ARE A FEW THAT WE HAVE SELECTED, TO SEE THE FULL LISTINGS, SCAN THE QR CODE OR GO TO THE VISIT GREATER SPRINGFIELD WEBSITE AT VISITGREATERSPRINGFIELD.COM.
COUNTRY INN & SUITES 1751 W. FIRST ST. 937.322.2200 OFF ROUTE 68 / WI-FI / FREE BREAKFAST / INDOOR POOL / BUSINESS CENTER
HAMPTON INN SPRINGFIELD 101 W. LEFFEL LANE 937.325.8480 OFF I-70 / WI-FI / FREE BREAKFAST / INDOOR POOL / FITNESS CENTER / BUSINESS CENTER / MEETING ROOMS
FAIRFIELD INN 1870 W. FIRST ST. 937.323.9554
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES 204 RAYDO CIRCLE
OFF ROUTE 68 / WI-FI / FREE BREAKFAST / INDOOR POOL / FITNESS CENTER / BUSINESS CENTER
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QUALITY INN & CONFERENCE CENTER
155 W. LEFFEL LANE. 937.325.5356 OFF I-70 / WI-FI / FREE BREAKFAST / INDOOR POOL / BUSINESS CENTER / MEETING ROOMS / PET FRIENDLY
OFF I-70 / FREE BREAKFAST / WI-FI / INDOOR POOL / FITNESS CENTER / BUSINESS CENTER
383 E. LEFFEL LANE 937.323.8631 OFF I-70 / WI-FI / FREE BREAKFAST / INDOOR POOL / FITNESS CENTER / BUSINESS CENTER / MEETING ROOMS / PET FRIENDLY
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SIMON KENTON INN
“STAYING AT SIMON KENTON INN, WE LOVED THE VIBES AND CHARACTER OF THIS PLACE VS. JUST STAYING IN YOUR STANDARD HOTEL. DEFINITELY AN EXPERIENCE WE’LL NEVER FORGET!”
SIMON KENTON INN The Simon Kenton Inn is a guest house featuring 19th century antiques and collectibles, a stocked library, large parlor and gathering rooms. Choose from eleven large guest rooms, all with private baths, or stay in one of three new treehouses complete with scenic decks. 937.399.9950 SIMONKENTONINN.COM
WITH A SELECTION OF GREAT B&BS AND CAMPING ACCOMMODATIONS, THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN GREATER SPRINGFIELD ONE OF A KIND. WE HAVE PULLED IN A SELECTION HERE BUT TO SEE THE FULL LISTINGS, SCAN THE QR CODE OR GO TO THE VISIT GREATER SPRINGFIELD WEBSITE AT VISITGREATERSPRINGFIELD.COM
THE COLONIAL MANOR B & B
OHIO BARN B&B
Relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect at The Colonial Manor Bed & Breakfast. Your scenic home away from home is nestled on 11 wooded acres that is close to area attractions and offers you a secluded setting.
An 1895 German bank barn is home to Ohio Barn Bed and Breakfast. Two private guest rooms, with private baths available.
EMMA’S B & B A friendly staff and indulgent accommodations that make every traveler know that they are welcome in our home. 937.505.3602 EMMASBB.COM
BUCK CREEK STATE PARK 937.322.5284 PARKS.OHIODNR.GOV
CHAMPIONS PARK CAMPING
REI LAKES 937.460.1094
INDIECRAFT GROWTH OF INDIECRAFT MUSIC FESTIVAL A DRIVER FOR TOURISM, CONTINUED EXPANSION NATALIE DRISCOLL | HUB SPRINGFIELD
With the third IndieCraft just about two months away, the wider reach of the once one-night indie music and craft beer festival can be felt in the expanded venue space, the sought-after talent and the buzz both among the Greater Springfield community and people from other cities and states. “When we first started talking about IndieCraft about 4 years ago, we wanted it to be like the idea of South by Southwest in Austin … that was always our template,” says Chris Schutte, vice president of destination marketing and communication for the Greater Springfield Partnership. “We didn’t want to charge because it was a test template. The first one was a one-night event, and about 2,500 people showed up at Mother Stewart’s.”
Last year, the event expanded to add a second day and add musicians to Mother’s new outdoor stage. The crowds didn’t slow, and according to Schutte, having bands like Motherfolk and other indie favorites on the rise continued to help draw people both locally and from other cities. And the momentum pushed organizers to take another step forward this year. IndieCraft 2022, presented by Benjamin Steel, will see the addition of a third day, an added location, and a headliner who named Springfield among its list of other tour locations that include stops at major musical venues and festivals, such as Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta. The event will take place Friday through Sunday, May 13-15, at both Mother Stewart’s and at a stage being designed for the COhatch Springfield alleyway. “There’s a ripple effect – or you could call it a domino effect – when we’re booking these outside artists, it gives validity to the music scene in Springfield,” says John Kelly, downtown events coordinator for the Greater Springfield Partnership. “It really highlights Springfield’s receptiveness to new music.” Guided By Voices will lead the charge as a ticketed show Friday night at Mother’s, with the tickets being necessary to control the crowds in case the weather doesn’t cooperate, Schutte says. The original 400 tickets to the show – costing just $10 a piece – sold out quickly when they were posted a few weeks ago. But, Schutte is hopeful that another 100 tickets will be able to be sold if good weather looks promising as the event gets much closer. By selling tickets, Schutte says the Partnership was able to track where some attendees will be coming from on IndieCraft weekend, adding that there are many ticket holders from other states, including New York, and people who have reached out from Georgia with interest in additional tickets. @MOTHERFOLKMUSIC
“When people are coming to Springfield for something like this, they look up other amenities, too,” Kelly says. “They’re not
just coming for one event. They come to shop and dine and spend their time here. Maybe they’ll stay at a hotel and take time to visit the Westcott House or the Hartman Rock Garden. “And, when they go back to where they’re from, they become an ambassador and an extension of further positively promoting Springfield and what we have to offer.” Schutte says those positive interactions and perceptions are the goal not only for guests but also for performers. He says there were bands seeking to secure a spot at IndieCraft and that the bands the Partnership sought out had heard positive things about the past events. “This is a natural jumping off point for us if we are going to become a regional destination music festival,” Schutte says. “The model in our mind is that we want to continue to expand. We want to expand to National Road Commons and continue to add venues.
Benjamin Steel has stepped up to be the festival’s major sponsor this year, and Schutte says that for the event to continue growing with the same momentum, it will take other local companies to invest in financially supporting those efforts. “If we want to really make this a community event and not have to sell tickets to every show, sponsorships are what (IndieCraft) will continue to require in the future,” Schutte says. Kevin Loftis, co-owners of Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company agrees. He says with places like the brewery and COhatch taking a chance on events like IndieCraft are what’s needed to continue expanding. “There’s a big expense to these things, a big overhead, and we have to be able to reach beyond our regulars,” Loftis says. “Not everything works, but we’re always open to try. Making these investments pays off in other ways, like putting us on the radar of numerous booking agencies.” And he says it’s all about striking a balance of being able to attract the bigger acts, while still finding ways to afford them without having to make every weekend a ticketed event. “For us, we’ve kind of found our footing in a music and event-driven existence,” Loftis says. “We by default have become an eventdriven craft brewery. It’s been great working with the Convention and Visitors Bureau … and getting into heavier events now.”
“This year, COhatch will have its own stage. Next year, we would like there to be equal-level headliners on alternate stages.” Securing more significant musical talent, however, requires additional funding, Schutte says. Though the Guided By Voices concert is ticketed, he reinforced that the cost is nominal and for crowd control, not to cover costs of the performers. And, as some bands - like Motherfolk - that have used IndieCraft and festivals like it to grow their careers, draw a greater following, they become harder and harder to book in the future without financial backing.
The additional foot traffic Downtown will also lead to some infrastructure updates to continue meeting parking and safety needs, Kelly says. The current gravel lot across from Hatch Artist Studios will be paved and the area of Columbia Street near Mother’s will get a streetscape makeover that will include “bumpouts” to help keep traffic speed in check. More details about the music festival, including full artist lineups, food trucks, and craft breweries soon. For the most updated information on IndieCraft 2022, presented by Benjamin Steel, follow the Facebook event page.
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CONFERENCE, MEETING AND EVENT VENUES SPRINGFIELD’S NATIONAL ROAD CONVENTION DISTRICT Springfield’s National Road Convention District offers unconventional experiences with impressive, stateof-the-art event facilities that can host up to 1500 people, premium lodging at refreshingly competitive prices, and a simplified event planning process that starts with one call to the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. We can accommodate daylong special events or overnight and multi-day conventions: all in a walkable, revitalized downtown environment where visitors can find everything they want and need to make their stay enjoyable, productive and rewarding. SEE ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS IN THIS SECTION
BUSHNELL EVENT CENTER Venue for hosting weddings, ceremonies, corporate events, holiday parties, showers and other events. 4 rooms that could accommodate 320, 208, 120, and 80 people.
A brand new, modern-farmhouse wedding venue. 200 Max capacity.
CLARK STATE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT, DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD
Able to accommodate a wide-range of events and educational activities. There is a 1,500 seat auditorium & 200 person room.
Well-appointed guest rooms, a grand ballroom with seating for 350 at rounds and various break-out meeting spaces.
CLARK STATE HOLLENBECK BAYLEY CREATIVE ARTS & CONFERENCE CENTER Designed for the highest possible degree of functional flexibility to meet a wide variety of needs. Can accommodate 500 for dinner or 1,000 in theatre seating.
THE DERBY AT WINDY KNOLL Venue for Weddings, Family Gatherings, Corporate & Non-Profit Events.
GREATER SPRINGFIELD PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL MEETING
IVORY MEADOWS The Ivory Meadows barn is 8,600 square feet and can accommodate up to 300 of your nearest and dearest.
SPRINGFIELD MASONIC CENTER A venue of distinction. This historically important building is a true gem in Springfield, Ohio. Can accommodate 350 at tables.
SIMON KENTON INN
Simon Kenton has a variety of beautiful event spaces that are perfect for any occasion. Kenton Hall can accommodate 300 guests, and 150 can gather on the patio.
Several beautiful locations for an outdoor wedding as well as a rustic indoor space if your worried about the weather. Can fit 200 at tables.
SPRINGFIELD HOUSE BANQUET CENTER Our banquet hall is situated on 12 lush acres conveniently located on US Route 40, just 1.4 miles west of Interstate 70.
YOUNG’S EVENT CENTER Located on 122 acres of farm on the Young’s Jersey Dairy property in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Young’s Event Center is the perfect location for business meetings, birthday parties, banquets, reunions, wedding receptions and more! Rustic Barn Event Space Full-Service Event Catering Fun Farm Activities
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MAD RIVER GORGE
ECOTOURISM CLIMBING, HIKING, BIKING AND MORE: ECOTOURISM IS A BIG DRAW TO CLARK COUNTY DIANE ERWIN | HUB SPRINGFIELD
Leann Castillo was driving past Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve in the middle of July and took a look at the parking lot. Not a spot was available, and only two of the vehicles had Ohio license plates. Why was it so busy at 2 p.m. on a Thursday? Rock climbing at Mad River Gorge is a popular draw for Clark County, says Castillo, director of the National Trail Parks and Recreation District. But climbing is just one outdoor adventure that attracts tourists from both inside and outside the state. The area’s hiking, paddling, fishing, biking and other fresh-air activities are ideal for enthusiasts of all skill levels, say local outdoor devotees. Ohio residents often “loosely know” about the outdoor opportunities in the vicinity, says Tom Helbig, owner of Tomfoolery Outdoors.
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They know about the bike trails but don’t know there are more than 300 miles of them, he says. They have heard of the Buckeye Trail but don’t know that it circles the state. Or they know about the Mad River but never thought about camping along it. “I think my business and my personal adventures have opened people’s eyes to those things,” he says. Tomfoolery Outdoors plans outdoor events and leads guided outdoor experiences for individuals and groups in southwest Ohio and elsewhere. While much of Helbig’s work is in Ohio – his signature event is Canoegrass, a bluegrass festival held near Sidney – his adventures also regularly take him outside the state to places like North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. Helbig lives and travels in his van, following his activities and events. A recent event was the Pickin Adventurous Series, which combined live music with short hiking, biking and paddling adventures in Clark County on three separate days in August and September. Each event attracted about 30 participants, he
says, and many had not previously been to the park or trail where the adventure was held. Ecotourism to Helbig means using recreation to draw locals and travelers to spend time outdoors. That can lead not only to improved health and wellness, but it also can lead to success for local businesses, he says. The region is slowly starting to embrace outdoor recreation as a tool for economic development, he says. When people travel for outdoor activities, they often spend money at other locations within the community, like restaurants and breweries. “People who recreate in the outdoors tend to have disposable income, and they’re willing to spend it on fun things,” like art, music and food in the place where they are visiting, he says. For example, Pickin Adventurous activities ended at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company, where participants supported the brewery and food trucks, Helbig says. “I try to make that happen with Tomfoolery Outdoors events, where we make those connections for people,” Helbig says.
Springfield and Clark County are home to many nature-based attractions that beckon visitors. Climbing is just one outdoor activity that attracts adventure-seekers from out-of-state. Castillo’s experience this summer of seeing the full parking lot is a “regular occurrence,” says Carol Kennard, executive director of the Clark County Park District. Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve, 2710 Dayton-Springfield Road, is a destination climbing location throughout the Midwest because it has routes of varying difficulty for both beginners and those who are more advanced, Kennard says. Climbers also like the proximity of the parking lot.
she says. They are able to relax, to pause for a moment. “In our day-to-day lives, that’s not always something we can do, or think to do,” Castillo says. Helbig says that many people don’t realize the adventures that are available within the region. He showcases the diversity of experiences that are available here to help locals realize what they have in their own backyard and to spread the word to people from outside of the state. “I want to make sure people know what the real Ohio is like versus what they see from the interstate,” Helbig says.
It regularly lures climbers from throughout Ohio and surrounding states. Logs show that within the past year, climbers have come from as far away as Illinois, Iowa, Maryland and Missouri, as well as from California and Texas in recent years, she says. Even as the popularity of climbing at the park has continued to build, visitors also come to birdwatch, see the wildflowers and hike the even terrain. “It’s really a beautiful nature park, too,” Kennard says. It is the variety of outdoor activities that makes the community so special for local nature-lovers and tourists, Kennard and Castillo agree.
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Castillo points to the whitewater access, multiuse trails, and the area’s bouldering, kayaking and canoeing locations as a few of the places that the community is fortunate to offer. Ecotourism isn’t just adventure sports or a visit to a rainforest, Castillo says, and it isn’t limited to those visiting from far away.
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“It can just be a park with some walking paths,” she says. When people are outdoors in the fresh air enjoying nature, they not only experience new things but also learn more about themselves,