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Honoring the Legacy COSI offers a first-hand look into the mind, creations and productions of Jim Henson By Rocco Falleti

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The original Kermit predates Sesame Street by 14 years and was an established TV star in the 1960s (along with Rowlf the Dog).

IT WASN’T UNTIL her father’s unexpected death in 1990 that Cheryl Henson fully realized the immense impact his life and work had on the world. Jim Henson, the creator of so many iconic characters, films and TV shows, like Kermit the Frog, The Dark Crystal and The Muppets, was nothing short of an imaginative genius. Jim Henson brought boundless curiosity and an all-inclusive approach to the cast of puppet characters he created. His work continues to stand the test of time and remains at the forefront of pop culture ever since he and his wife first introduced The Muppets to the world in 1960. The genuine nature of his creative output allowed for characters like Kermit, The Swedish Chef or Rowlf the Dog to resonate with audiences for more than 60 years and counting. Jim Henson utilized honesty to captivate and tell his stories. “The outpouring of attention, shock and sorrow when my father died really, in many ways, took us by surprise,” Henson says. “I don’t know if we were fully aware of how close so many people, who grew up on Sesame Street and The Muppets, felt to the characters and through the characters, felt to my father.” Henson always admired her father’s relentless creativity. It’s something she carries with her to this day in her own work helping to preserve his efforts at both The Jim Henson Company and The Jim Henson Legacy. “My father had a very open mind when it came to creative collaboration and did not let it become confined by the assumptions of what something has to be,” Henson says. “He really believed that people are genuinely good and his sense of humor was timeless.”

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COSI is always looking at diversity and inclusion. The footage shown throughout the exhibit did not have closed captioning, so Lohrbach and her team decided to provide the scripts for people with hearing loss. “We try to add details to make it accessible for little kids, adults or people that may have a disability,” Lohrbach says. Cheryl and Jim Henson during the puppet build for The Tale of the Bunny Picnic television special in 1986.

Continuing the Story

In order to tell the story of Jim Henson’s legacy, preserving his life’s work became the main priority of his family shortly after his death. “My mother in particular felt a responsibility to the fans to keep his work available to the public and it was soon after his death that she set up the Jim Henson Legacy that would set the ground work,” Henson says. One of the outcomes from this promise is the newest traveling exhibit to visit COSI this summer, Jim Henson: Imagination Unlimited, which opened on May 25. The exhibit is focused on the different creative outputs of Henson’s inventive mind and well-known characters. Curated and inspired by the permanent installation at the Museum of Moving Image in New York City, this exhibit tells the story of Jim Henson’s work through the lens of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. “We want to inspire people to be creative and collaborative,” Henson says. “My father had a very open mind when it came to creative collaboration and really didn’t want to be defined by the assumptions of what something has to be.” Karen Falk has been the archives director for the Jim Henson Company since 1992. She has served an instrumental role in orchestrating this traveling exhibition and worked with a number of different entities that hold rights to Jim Henson’s work. “It is fantastic how supportive each of the entities have been throughout these projects,” Falk says. “Really, it all boils down to the fact that there is so much love and re8 | July 2019

spect for Jim Henson as a person, as a creator… as someone who has produced a body of work that we all share in our hearts.” Imagination Unlimited celebrates that fact and shows audiences first-hand the groundbreaking work that went into his film, television shows and puppets. “Jim can be an inspirational figure in so many ways and putting out this exhibit makes it accessible for people with creativity and an optimistic mindset,” Falk says. “He was incredibly persistent.”

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For the better part of a year, COSI worked diligently putting together the fine details to welcome Imagination Unlimited. Preparation of the room alone required 6,000 square feet of painting and 58 gallons of paint. Upon entering the exhibit, you are greeted with Henson’s most iconic character, Kermit the Frog, with a large-scale photo of Jim in his signature headband holding the puppet. “I like that we introduce the exhibit with that picture because I think that is exactly where the inspiration piece of our mission at COSI is,” Elyse Lohrbach, project manager of experience production at COSI, says. “You can’t engage or change peoples’ lives unless you get them hooked and wanting to know more.” Lohrbach and her team worked handin-hand with MOMI in cooperation with The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets Studio and Sesame Workshop to set the stage for this exhibit. Five different versions of the floor plan were detailed before deciding on the final product on display today. Within the exhibit you will find a wide range of artifacts detailing the life and work of Jim Henson, including more than 20 puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, film and television clips, behind the scenes footage, iconic costumes, and a number of interactive experiences. The exhibit invokes creativity, curiosity and nostalgia, hoping to inspire the next generation of creative minds. “He really pioneered a lot of different puppet technologies for media that had never been tried before,” Lohrbach says. “Jim Henson is multi-generational and that’s why we have been so excited about this exhibit. You aren’t just appealing to the kids and their parents, but their grandparents as well.” CS20

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The first-ever, three-way tie for Best Steakhouse By Lydia Freudenberg

THE VOTES ARE in, and for the first time, there is a three-way tie for the CityScene

Magazine Best of the ‘Bus category, Best Steakhouse. Raise a glass (preferably a martini or a neat whiskey) for Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, The Top Steak House and Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse.

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If walls could talk, this steakhouse wouldn’t shut up. The longest running steakhouse in Columbus, The Top opened its doors in 1955 and hasn’t closed since. It’s only seen three owners, and most of the mid-century décor is original – even some tables and delicate light fixtures. Today, Regina Adkins, her husband Denver, who is also the head chef, and other family members run the restaurant. Famous for its juicy steaks (which have been made in the same broiler since 1955) and stiff martini’s, the steakhouse also boasts nightly live music. The real gem? Sonia Modes, the pianist who has been playing at The

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It’s easy to feel like royalty while walking up the steps to Jeff Ruby’s Columbus. Situated on Nationwide Boulevard in an old brick factory, guests are greeted by ornate light poles and a beautiful glass-paned door. But the exterior seems simple compared to the inside. Velvet-padded walls, dozens of crystal and glass chandeliers, and art decoinspired artwork set the mood. Even a Buckeye-inspired room features vintage The Ohio State University memorabilia and a sousaphone chandelier. The entire venue creates a blast-from-the-past (think 1920s wealth) dining experience. “Our goal here is to make people feel like family,” says Rick Lehmenkuler, general manager at Jeff Ruby’s Columbus. “That feeling of, ‘I’m at home, I’m in this beautiful space, everything is timely and delicious,’ the combination of all those is not easy to do but something we really pride ourselves on.’” It’s not all about the famously seasoned steak with a broiled crust. The dazzling sushi bar – which features custom-made jellyfish light fixtures – serves up platters including the godfather roll, a tempura lobster with avocado, filet and additional ingredients. To really solidify the sense of royalty, guests can purchase cigars – a perfect treat after a filling meal that can feature barrel-cut filet mignon, baked macaroni & cheese, or Japanese A5 wagyu tenderloin. “We want to make you miss us, we want you to walk out the door and say, ‘I can’t wait to come back,’” Lehmenkuler says. “There’s not really another industry

where you get the opportunity to celebrate with people, to show people something new every single day or to build relationships; and that’s what keeps a lot of us here and people returning.’”

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Top practically every night since 1965. She now tickles the ivories on Tuesdays and Saturdays. “She is the treasure,” Adkins says. “She plays classics but won’t sing. And she’s a matchmaker, so if you’re single, she’s helped create more than 40 weddings.” The Top carries a slew of stories. Adkins recounts a recent moment when a family came to celebrate an OSU graduation and the graduates’ father teared up – he ate at The Top with his parents more than 30 years ago after his OSU graduation. Going back even further though, Adkins laughs while explaining the secret back door that opened into a once private bar and had the reputation of being used as an entrance for mistresses.

The Top is so much more than a fantastic, made-from-scratch meal that can feature baby back ribs, steak au poivre, and jumbo king crab legs. “Keeping these gems alive is important,” Adkins says. “We’re family-run, so we try to make everyone feel like they’re part of the family. … We have a lot of regulars and we’ve seen a lot of celebrations; we just want our guests to relax and have a good time.”

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In 1988, Joe Saccone and his business partner Rick Hauck may have been busy, but they were thriving. The duo had just opened Hyde Park in Cleveland and 11 months later opened the Columbus location, nestled in Upper Arlington. “As we were getting ready to open (in Cleveland), the Columbus site that we were looking at in ’87 became available,” says Saccone. “We just did it. Right off the bat, two restaurants. It was crazy, crazy times.” The craftsmen-inspired, cozy atmosphere of the Old Henderson Road location features five fireplaces, live jazz, original artwork and an open kitchen that fills the intimate space with delicious smells. “What we strive to do is create memories,” says Saccone. “The credit goes to all our associates that work for us, and some still do after 30 years. … It’s more than just steak on a plate.” The steaks range from aged to bone-in, and some are even named after famous sports figures – Woody Hayes, Urban Meyer and more. And you can bet the food is scrumptious; since the location opened, local political figure John C. Mahaney Jr. has visited it almost weekly and now the front dining room is named after his patronage. Upper Arlington and Cleveland aren’t the only Hyde Park locations. The company also has restaurants in Dublin, downtown Columbus and 11 more spots as far as Florida. “We’re not building from the ground up and making everything cookie-cutter,” says Craig Dye, the local regional manager for Hyde Park. “And now downtown is getting ready for a facelift… just like we did (at Old Henderson) a few years ago. You can’t just keep putting restaurants in, you have to look back and reinvest.” But take Dye’s word, the Old Henderson location is probably the most intimate dining location in Columbus. CS20

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Content with a Purpose

@onlyincbus showcases Columbus with popular Instagram page By Rocco Falleti



to word for Columbus native Tim Trad. It’s too entrepreneurial for his liking, but he is quick to admit that it’s the very foundation of the content he strives to produce: content with a purpose. In 2015, Trad owned an agency that created online content for brands. Look-

ing for a way to prove that his methods of generating aesthetically pleasing content could reach target audiences, Trad created an Instagram account, @onlyincbus. “It almost came around accidentally,” Trad says. “Honestly, it started as a resume builder and a proof-of-concept for when I went on interviews with companies.”

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Today, the account boasts nearly 60,000 followers and showcases the stories, people, places and things that make Columbus the booming city it is. “It was scratching my own itch – I’m from Columbus, I knew the scene,” Trad says. “I looked for what I could cover in an effective way and what stories I could tell to have new content.” Whether it’s the iconic skyline of downtown, delectable dishes throughout the number of well-known and hidden gems in Columbus’ food scene or photos of Columbus events, @onlyincbus is an honest representation of what life is like in our city.

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LEADING THE WAY in Cancer Care “I can show Columbus in the way I want to, but at the same time I need to tell the story for everyone,” Trad says. “I need to be mindful of the city and not be too selfish with it.” Though Trad no longer owns the agency that gave @onlyincbus life, the photographer still remains active on the platform with a little help from creatives around the city. He notes that about 80 percent of the content on his page is curated by people around Columbus, which is an important dynamic for him. “It’s a way to highlight the creatives around Columbus and show what they are doing as well,” Trad says. “There are a lot of cool people in Columbus with a lot of talent and I try and use this platform to showcase that.” Trad has traveled a decent amount over the years, but always kept a place 10 to 15 minutes from downtown. This Columbus native is both cautious and optimistic about the many changes the city is currently going through. “The big thing I deal with is the growing pains with people I work with,” Trad says. “You want to develop and become the big city and have more things but people don’t want to lose the affordability and history.” Trad recognizes the importance of change and growth, something that echoes throughout his content. “But when you take an area that is dead and then bring life back it, I’m happy,” he says. “You just have to focus on the positives.” In the near future, Trad aims to expand @onlyincbus to what he refers to as a nontraditional news outlet. His interests are in telling the history of Columbus that may not be familiar to younger crowds. Whether you are an aspiring photographer or just someone wanting to tell a story, as Trad hints, authenticity is key. “Tell a story – my biggest question when people want to post something or start a company is… why… ‘What is your point?’” Trad says. “Don’t just do something because you think it is going to get engagement… Think about that goal and tell your story.” CS20

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Best Civic Leader

Hot Chicken Takeover

John Kasich Talk about a people pleaser! Former Governor John Kasich has been elected for a third term as Best Civic Leader. Perhaps this will be the impetus for a future presidential run?

Best Charitable Gala

Dress for Success’s Dine. Drink. Dress. Dine. Drink. Dress. Repeat. Unseating Zoofari this year is the Dress for Success Gala, which has been celebrating the empowerment of women to achieve economic independence since 2007.

Best Socially Responsible Business

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Hot Chicken Takeover Winning the title of Best Socially Responsible Business for the third consecutive year, Hot Chicken Takeover is establishing a dynasty in Columbus. Who will up their philanthropic game to unseat this socially responsible royalty?

Best Volunteer Experience Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Year in and year out, this Best of the ‘Bus category receives the most nominations, which just goes to show how much central Ohioans love to give back. Mid-Ohio Foodbank is now on a winning streak with their second consecutive category win.

Best Fitness Center

Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club Fitness fanatics rejoice! This category is one of the most hotly contested, with no establishment winning consecutive years…until this year! Premier at Sawmill is now on a roll with its second consecutive win. All challengers better pump as much iron as possible if there’s any hope of winning next year.

Best Yoga Studio

Rise Yoga Ohio This southwestern Columbus yoga studio stretched across the finish line to win the brand-new 2019 category, Best Yoga Studio. Namaste.

Best Fourth of July Celebration

Red, White & Boom Ohio’s largest fireworks display exploded into this year’s winner for Best Fourth of July Celebration. Arrive early with blankets and lawn chairs to watch this Independence Day marvel.

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Best Nature Trails

Highbanks Metro Park

Named for its massive 100-foot-high shale bluff towering over the Olentangy State Scenic River, tributary streams have created a number of deep ravines within this 1,200-acre park. Lace up your hiking boots, grab bug spray and enjoy the natural beauty!

Best Spot to Spend NYE

Hollywood Casino A night of live music and entertainment with friends and family is what you get at Ohio’s largest Vegas-style casino. It’s never too early to start planning for the party of the year.

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Best Annual Event for Out-of-Towners

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium With three different winners in the past four years, this category is one of the more

competitive categories. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is now on a winning streak, with their second consecutive win. Bring the family to visit Santa’s Home and see the zoo transformed into a winter wonderland covered in more than one million LED lights!

Best Local Tour

German Village Haus und Garten Tour This year, the German Village Haus und Garden Tour ends Gallery Hop’s two-year winning streak. This tour, which has been going on for well over half a century, sees 4,000 ticket-holders. Satisfy the curiosity about what’s inside the homes within this vibrant historic neighborhood.

Best Record Shop

Magnolia Thunderpussy Records Named after San Francisco burlesque performer, radio personality, filmmaker and restauranteur Magnolia Thunderpussy (born Patricia Donna Mallon), this brick and mortar is a music enthusiast’s one-stop shop for vinyl, CDs, rock’n’roll T-shirts, posters, turntables and patches.

Best Bakery

The Fat Girl Bakery On hiatus since 2017, this “Best of” category makes a comeback, with the newly crowned Best Bakery – The Fat Girl Bakery. Beating out Schneider’s Bakery by the slimmest of margins, this confectionery is a one-stop shop for cakes, cake pops, cupcakes and cookies. The Fat Girl Bakery

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Best Happy Hour

Lindey’s Gluten-free options, calamari and shrimp, tequila old fashioned, and more. We’ll take one of everything from the Happy Hour menu, please.

Best Catering

Lindey’s Beating out the big dog (Cameron Mitchell), this winner comes as a pleasant surprise. From mouth-watering seared beef to grilled mojo shrimp skewers and chocolate-covered strawberries, any event catered by this local hot spot is sure to be fantastic.

Best Outdoor Dining

Lindey’s Lindey’s takes the Best Outdoor Dining title once again – and it makes sense. The two-story outdoor space surrounded by greenery and flowers is pure magic.

Best Urban Art Gallery

Wexner Center for the Arts So much more than paintings and sculptures, Wexner Center for the Arts hosts film

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premiers, performing art productions, educational programs, artist talks and more.

Best Theatre Troupe

Shadowbox Live Want to know some Dirty, Little Secrets? One: Shadowbox Live takes home the award for Best Theatre Troup once again. And two: give a standing ovation because the resident theatre company is also celebrating 30 years

of creating original rock n’ roll sketches and hilarious comedy routines. Shadowbox Live

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Best Small Venue

Shadowbox Live Low lighting, dinner and a show – even the wait staff puts on a performance. All-in-all, the intimacy of Shadowbox Live makes for one immersive experience.

Best Barbeque

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Best Summer Concert Series

Picnic with the Pops The Columbus Symphony Orchestra sure brings a pop to summer weekends. Lounge under the stars while artists jam out on stage – what’s better than that?

Best Ethnic Festival

Dublin Irish Festival Who needs luck when you have 10,000plus attendees? The Dublin Irish Festival wins gold once again for its three-day long, kilt-wearing, Riverdance-performing, beerdrinking festival.

Best Suburban Festival

Westerville Music & Arts Festival Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival We have a draw! Plus, both festivals beat out the long-standing winner – the Dublin Irish Festival – by just five votes. No more excuses for boring summer weekends, there are award-winning festivals to attend.

Best Suburban Art Gallery

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Dublin Arts Council McConnell Arts Center of Worthington The votes are in and we have a tie. From Sundays at Scioto by the Dublin Arts Council to 20 summer camps by McConnell Arts Center, enjoy another summer of experiencing the arts in central Ohio.

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Best Public Art Display

Short North Murals If you haven’t seen the Short North Temporary Mural Series titled Six in the Short North, stop reading this and go check it out. From abstract works to cartoon-like creations, the pieces are diverse and colorful, making it a clear winner for this category.

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Best Salon

PENZONE Salon + Spa

When people think of local hairdressers, Penzone comes to mind. The newly rebranded PENZONE Salon + Spa takes Best Salon.

Best Spa Day Out

PENZONE Salon + Spa PENZONE Salon + Spa steals voters’ hearts and wins Best Spa Day Out for the first time ever. Feel like royalty with eyebrowperfecting services, a range of facials, holistic massages and more.

Local On-Air Talent

Dom Tiberi Dom Tiberi is so much more than a sports anchor for WBNS 10TV. A Westervillenative and founder of Maria’s Message – a campaign that educates teens about distracted driving – Tiberi won the title of the first-ever Local On-Air Talent category.

Best Coffee Shop

Stauf’s Coffee Whenever a pick-me-up is needed, this local chain has us covered. Cheers to Stauf’s.

Best Social Media Influencer

@onlyincbus It’s easy to just scroll and scroll through this Instagram. Plus, you’ll probably discover something about Cbus you didn’t know.

Best Photo Ops

Inniswood Metro Gardens From autumn leaves to snowy backdrops and sunshine-filled frames, readers clearly love striking a pose and embracing nature at Inniswood Metro Gardens.

Best Columbus Festival

new virtual-reality tent to exciting emerging artists, the 2019 festival was a success!

Best 2018-19 Arts Performance

Hamilton The show that swept the nation, not surprisingly, takes this award by a landslide.

Best Artistic Director

Bill Goldsmith (Columbus Children’s Theatre) Bill Goldsmith takes this honor as he bows his last bow as director and moves toward more acting roles. Read about his final months at the CCT in our June issue of CityScene Magazine!

Best Doughnuts

Buckeye Donuts

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Buckeye Donuts reclaimed its spot after a loss by one vote last year.

Best Chocolate Treats

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Best Locally Owned Boutique

The Farm Table on 62 This winner comes with a warning – all who enter will leave with kitchen décor, scented candles, an inspirational quote pillow and stylish clothes. It’s inevitable.

Best Farmers’ Market Experience

Worthington Farmers Market A returning winner, Worthington Farmers Market makes your experience easier this year with the ability to search for featured food or product online. Easy-peasy.

Best New Restaurant

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Best Steakhouse

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse The Top Steak House Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse This first time ever three-way tie has us applauding these restaurants in the same manner we like our steaks – well done!

The Top Steak House

Best Healthy Dining Brassica

Best Burgers

The Thurman Café Thurman Café demolishes this category by a landslide. If any other burger has a beef with The Thurmanator, they better come prepared next year.

Best Hometown Product

Schmidt’s Bahama Mama Schmidt’s nabs yet another category – their Bahama Mamas are wildly sought after all around the country.

Best Sporting Event Experience

Best Food Truck Menu

We may not know what the heck a falafel is, but Brassica makes us feel like we’ve been missing out our entire lives.

The Pearl The Pearl’s appetizers are as exciting as its namesake – the teriyaki octopus is better than any treasure found under the sea.

Best Brunch

Matt the Miller’s Tavern

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Cimi’s Bistro at Pinnacle It wouldn’t be brunch without booze – and Cimi’s Bistro at Pinnacle has lots of it. One Beermosa and an Irish coffee, please! Tommy’s Pizza For the second year in a row, Columbus shows exactly how much they love Tommy’s Pizza (ugh, so cheesy).

Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Towners

Best Appetizer Options

Best Place to Drink Your Brunch

Best Local Pizzeria

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus Schmidt’s is totally brag worthy, which is why you bring your friends, mothers-in-law, uncles, brothers and even enemies for lunch.

Schmidt’s Sausage Truck What more can we say? Schmidt’s is, yet again, the wiener ... winner!

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Ohio State Football The Buckeyes, year in and year out, continue to prove that they are kings of the sporting world in Columbus. Buckeye Nation spreads far and wide, but if you are one of the 104,944 piled into the ‘Shoe on autumn Saturdays, you know there is truly no experience like it. Photos by Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, The Top Steakhouse, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, The Pearl

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Best Drink Themed Festival Heart of Grove City Wine and Arts Festival Best Volunteer Experience Mid-Ohio Foodbank Best Locally Owned Boutique Farm Table on 62

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Treasuring the Past Focused on the Future

Best Winery Plum Run Winery Best Brewery Grove City Brewing Company Best Place to Drink Your Brunch Cimi’s Bistro at Pinnacle Best Yoga Studio Rise Ohio Yoga Best Chocolate Treats Anthony Thomas Best Barbeque City BBQ @ HeartofGroveCity

Since its founding in 1852, Grove City’s rich farmlands have produced bumper crops. Today, these same fields are producing some of the top businesses and events in central Ohio as determined by a recent CityScene magazine readers’ poll. Whether you’re looking for fun with the family, arts and entertainment, or a quiet dinner in historic Town Center, Grove City is the best place to be. @ GroveCityOhio

Best Hometown Mascot

Brutus Buckeye Everyone’s favorite nut takes the crown once again this year. Brutus is not only a national champion and an inductee in the Mascot Hall of Fame, but is now a three-time Best of the ‘Bus winner!

Best Columbus Crew Player

Will Trapp Will Trapp is a Columbus native and serves as captain for the Crew. This year he is CityScene’s first ever Best Columbus Crew player.

for 181 yards on 29 carries and then went on to set the freshman record with 1,403 yards and seven touchdowns that season, the Buckeyes knew they had someone destined to win Best Ohio State Athlete for CityScene Magazine.

Best Columbus Blue Jackets Player

Best Face of Columbus

Sergei Bobrovsky Bobrovsky’s post-season performance was nothing short of amazing. Here’s hoping this Best of the ‘Bus serves as a last-ditch effort to keep Bobvrosky in Columbus! Next round is on us!

Jack Hanna

Best Current Ohio State Athlete

J.K. Dobbins When J.K. Dobbins first took the field for the Buckeyes at Indiana in 2017 and carried the ball

Jack Hanna was dethroned last year by Urban Meyer, but this year reclaims his spot as the Face of Columbus.

Best 2018-19 Concert

Elton John @ The Schottenstein Center For more than 50 years, Sir Elton John has captivated audiences all over the world. In September of 2018, the musician began his final tour which will conclude in 2020. Columbus was able to bid Farewell to Yellow Brick Road with a sold-out performance from the Rocket Man himself.

Best Drink Themed Festival

Photos by Jeffrey S. Hall Photography, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Heart of Grove City Wine and Arts Festival Set in the historic Heart of Grove City, the Heart of Grove City Wine and Arts Festival is the perfect event for Ohio wine, food and arts enthusiasts alike.

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Best Food Themed Festival

The Columbus Food Truck Festival Last year the Columbus Food Truck Festival moved locations from the Columbus Commons to the Scioto Mile to accommodate its continually growing popularity. With more than 60 food vendors, this festival gives you no excuse to say, “But I never see any food trucks by me.”

Best Local Musician

Urban Jazz Coalition

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Plum Run Winery Located in the same building as Grove City Brewing Company, Plum Run Winery actually started as a 14-acre farm south of Grove City and now is the place to go for wine in Columbus.

Best Retail Wine Selection Best Retail Beer Selection

Grove City Brewing Company

The Urban Jazz Coalition has offered its unique blend of R&B/jazz/fusion to the world for more than 20 years and continues to be one of the most in-demand backing bands in the smooth jazz scene. This is its first in Best of the ‘Bus, narrowly edging out Columbus funk legends Hoo Doo Soul Band.

Best Brewery

Grove City Brewing Company With more than 20 taps of artfully crafted brews, there is no shortage of unique tastes. We were big fans of the Jolly Pirate Donut collaborations this year – yes, you read that right, donuts and beer!

Best Distillery Fahn & Denny Tishkoff

Best Winery

Giant Eagle Market District For eight years straight, Giant Eagle Market District has been the only place our readers have purchased their beer and wine. Is it safe to say there is something for everyone there?

Featuring Ian Finkel & Tony Glausi

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has supplied. Not to mention they have plenty of killer specialty cocktails at their own bar.

Watershed Distillery Chances are if you have ordered vodka, gin or bourbon throughout the city – Watershed

Best Fitness Event

Arnold Sports Festival This year, 22,000 athletes from 60 nations in more than 80 sports and events competed at the Arnold Sports Festival. Year in and year out, the Arnold is deemed Columbus’ favorite fitness event.

Best Golf Course

Muirfield Village Golf Club

COSI’s The Power of Poison

Watershed Distillery

Once again, this Jack Nicklaus-designed course takes home the crown of best golf course. It’s no wonder the PGA chooses to host the Memorial Tournament here every year.

Best New Exhibit

COSI’s The Power of Poison From the medical world, to fantasy and nature, poison plays a powerful role. COSI uncovered the powers of poison in their latest exhibit and we lived to tell the story! CS20

Arnold Sports Festival

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Massive Grant Rejuvenates Kelton House Historic museum sustains and offers new programs By Emile Lin

WHO COULD HAVE thought that

residents from our city played a key role in fighting slavery? Kelton House Museum & Garden recounts the story of Fernando and Sophia Kelton, who risked everything to deliver freedom to runaway slaves. Since 1976, the museum’s lively narration of local heroes’ exploits against slavery has educated adults and students alike. Its mission continues, as it has recently received a $10,000 grant from the Reinberger Foundation to bolster its educational programs. “We’re honored to receive this grant from the Reinberger Foundation,” says Museum Director Georgeanne Reuter. “The grant will allow the museum to continue to present pro-

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grams that educate the community about 19th century life, including the Civil War.” The funding is significant for the museum’s ability to offer the Underground Railroad program for children. “Our nominal charge for the program is much less than the actual costs to deliver the program,” says Reuter. “We basically could not afford to offer the program without funding from generous foundations and donors.” The Underground Railroad Learning Station is the museum’s flagship program and hosts thousands of children each year. It is a three-

part tour for children, scheduled in groups – usually comprised of schools, scouts or homeschool students. For regular visits, the Keltons’ residence is displayed with its vast collection of furniture, paintings, china, crystal, silver and music boxes. A Victorian-inspired garden awaits in the back. More importantly, attendees get to shadow Fernando and Sophia Kelton and vicariously experience their contributions to the fight against slavery. Assist the family as they clandestinely ferry slaves to Canada and Mexico on the Underground Railroad. Learn the secrets behind the house as it provides refuge to hundreds of freedom seekers as an inconspicuous stop in this network of secret pathways. Join in with bygone Oberlin citizens as they push

back against federal marshals and slave catchers trying to reclaim a slave. Kelton House Museum & Garden’s trained tour guides ensure a memorable depiction of these heritage moments. Those who have already walked in the Keltons’ footsteps may find interest in the museum’s special events. The Reinberger fund allows the museum to offer a historic lecture in Ten Thousand Feet for Freedom: Ohio’s First Women’s Suffrage Parade on July 21. The program recounts the genesis of the most impressive demonstration for woman suffrage the state has ever seen. The museum is a service of the Junior League of Columbus, which is a non-profit organization empowering women as agents of change in the community. It refurbished the ancestral house and turned it into a garden museum in 1976. The organization also provides most of the programs offered in the Museum and has been funding it since 2000. For more information on the Kelton House and its programs, visit www.kelton CS20 Emile Lin is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Tips to avoid pesky critters that carry serious disease By Sophia Fratianne


s the days get warmer, many of us enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re taking a stroll in the country or walking the dog around a wooded area of the neighborhood, it pays to be mindful of unwanted critters. Ticks might be a great source of food if you’re a bird, but for us humans it’s far less of a treat to find one attached to your leg or arm.

Black-legged ticks, commonly known as deer ticks, have the reputation of spreading Lyme disease. If bitten by an infected deer tick, bacteria such as borrelia burgdorferi and borrelia mayonii enter the skin and make their way into the bloodstream. If the 30 | July 2019

tick is removed within two days, the risk of contracting Lyme disease is lessened. However, their small size makes deer ticks difficult to detect and remove properly. To reduce the chances of being bitten when spending time in grassy or wooded areas, insect repellents with a 20 percent or higher concentration of DEET may be applied to the skin. You can also protect your family against ticks by wearing long clothing and taking care to tuck pants into socks when walking in tall weeds and grass. When possible, remain on the path in areas of tall grass, and be sure to keep your dog on a leash too. A tidy lawn, mowed regularly, is another way to prevent tick bites when outdoors. If you suspect that you may have been bitten, or have spent time in an area prone to ticks, it helps to shower as soon as possible. If a tick is attached to the skin, tweezers may be used to gently pull the tick away by its head, followed by an application of antiseptic to the bitten area. It is common for bumps, similar to mosquito bites, to appear on the site after removal of a tick. These do not indicate Lyme disease. If you have been infected, a slowly expanding rash may be found on the body, and other symptoms may include fatigue, chills, fever, body and headaches, stiffness of the neck, and swelling of the lymph nodes. Left untreated, the rash may spread to other parts of the body, the stiffness may spread to multiple joints (commonly the knees), and in some instances, long after the infection has progressed, neurological problems, arthritis, impaired memory, and irregular heartbeats may occur. Treatment for Lyme disease is more effective the earlier that it is started. Antibiotics may be taken orally to treat early stages, or intravenously if the disease has reached the central nervous system. Within recent years, a new strain of the disease has been documented. Borrelia miyamotoi is a relative of the Lyme-causing bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, and symptoms of infection are comparable to those of Lyme disease. First identified in ticks throughout Japan, the same bacteria has been found in North American ticks as well. While symptoms such as fever, chills, aches and

fatigue are present in each, rashes are far less common in cases of Borrelia miyamotoi infections, and as a result, they are harder to diagnose. A concern with this bacterium is that symptoms run the risk of being misdiagnosed as flu or a virus. In the case of both Borrelia miyamotoi and Borrelia burgdorferi infections, the consequences become more serious if treatment is delayed. Without the visual cue of a rash, it’s essential to pay close attention to the possibility of tick bites, and be proactive in taking recommended prevention steps. It’s the mission of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to “improve health in Ohio and across the world through innovation in research, education and patient care.” With healthcare professionals dedicated to teaching, as well as treating our wider community, we are able to learn a great deal from the Wexner team. Ashley Larrimore, emergency physician at The Wexner Medical Center, is experienced in successfully treating Lyme disease, having worked previously in Massachusetts, where patients are diagnosed with Lyme disease more frequently. With

the popularity of hiking and proximity to the outdoors, Larrimore sees a rise in the number of Lyme disease cases in the summer months. In her four years at the Wexner, diagnosed cases of Lyme disease have been less common in Ohio, however Larrimore states that it is “on the rise.” Larrimore indicates that Lyme disease is an easy disease to treat with a course of antibiotics, and that patients respond to treatment well when diagnosed early. If left untreated, life-threatening conditions, such as meningitis or heart complications can occur. While the initial disease is simple to treat, a concern of Larrimore’s is that many people may not realize that they have been bitten for a period of time. Lyme disease is not necessarily a bigger threat to children, but many cases may go untreated with worsening symptoms if parents are not carefully checking their children for tick bites. Finding the tick can be a challenge, as one deer tick is approximately the size of a poppy seed. As mentioned previously, with symptoms similar to that of flu or other viruses, patients may delay contacting their physician. Larrimore reports that in areas where Lyme disease is more common, individuals are more cognizant to the risk of tick bites, especially in hidden areas such as behind the ears and in the armpit. Awareness of how the disease is contracted is essential in reducing cases of infection. As warmer days approach and we spend more time outdoors, pay attention to your surroundings, and protect your health by taking sensible precautions and checking your skin carefully. CS20 Sophia Fratianne is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at July 2019 |



I Am Thriving

An experience to empower cancer survivors By Nathan Collins “This is a really crappy ‘club’ to be a part of, but I’m so thankful to have met you ladies who are in it with me.” – past participant “This program made me feel whole.” – past participant Cancer has a major impact on the United States and across the world. In 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. and 609,640 people died from the disease. On a happier note, in 2016, there were an estimated 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. That number is expected to increase to 20.3 million by 2026.

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Cancer support groups are designed to help people cope with all aspects of cancer diagnosis by providing a safe environment to share experiences and learn from others who have faced, or are facing, similar obstacles. These sobering numbers identified a need to support the health of cancer survivors – both physically and mentally. Columbus is taking action. Dr. Philip Heit, executive director and founder of Healthy New Albany, and his team have created the I Am Thriving program. “The premise is that a woman or man who is healthy and practices healthful habits will reduce his/her risk of recidivism of the

cancer,” says Heit. “So, we began a program which people meet with a health team, including a wellness coach, fitness specialist and nutritionist.” What is it? An eight-week peer-supported, community-based program at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. Four Main Components

1Individualized wellness coaching sessions.

“Our health/wellness coach will help participants create an individualized action plan to reach their target goal(s),” says Kristina Isenhour, program manager at Healthy New Albany. 2Weekly educational meetings on various topics such as nutrition, healthy cooking, mindfulness and more. “The educational classes are so valuable,” says Isenhour. “For example, cooking classes are great because someone who’s undergone chemo or has had surgery, might have different dietary needs from another person, or that person’s own food preferences or health needs may have changed through treatment.” 3Twice-weekly, group-based exercise to introduce participants to various modes of exercise and build confidence. “A variety of different exercise modules are available to participants twice a week during the program to make sure they’re building fitness,” says Isenhour. “It’s also about breaking down that initial barrier of intimidation when a person steps into any kind of fitness facility.”

4Complete access to the Health and Fitness Facility at the Philip Heit Center throughout the eight-week program.

“Prioritizing your health is always worth it and being able to be part of a community of other survivors who have been through a similar journey,” says Heit. “There are some people who, even if they’re 10 or 20 years removed, still know they’re cancer survivors, and that’s always on their mind.”

One of the most unique aspects of the I Am Thriving program is the fact that it takes place in a community setting, versus a clinical setting. This is important since participants can get involved in a support program which allows them to avoid being reminded of their cancer, and at the same time, appreciate the ease of accessibility to the Heit Center and its personnel. The I Am Thriving program is comprehensive, with access to myriad interventions in one place – cooking classes, integrative wellness interventions, health coaches and access to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Medical Fitness Center. Benefits of joining a cancer support group • Find a safe place to share experiences and connect with other people who are navigating the same challenges related to age, risk and cancer type. • Support groups are run by professionals with expertise and training to help members cope with adjusting to cancer emotionally, socially and physically. • Studies have shown that support groups can reduce anxiety and stress, emotional distress, fatigue and pain, as well as improve mood, self-image, ability to cope with stress and feelings of control. • Some support groups offer support to caregivers, family members and friends who may need encouragement while learning to cope with the diagnosis of a loved one. Healthy New Albany is planning another eight-week session of I Am Thriving for fall of 2019. The program is free to attend thanks to partner organizations. For more information about this program or to register online, visit www.HNA. CS20

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Top Tips Vision Correction: Tips to Help Decide if LASIK is Right for You Dr. James Schumer ReVision LASIK & Cataract Surgery You’d like to be free from glasses and contact lenses

Being able to open your eyes and see clearly is a life-changing benefit of LASIK for those who previously relied on glasses or contacts. LASIK provides daily convenience and independence while saving patients money over time. Sports and outdoor enthusiasts especially enjoy the freedom of LASIK because head gear fits properly and underwater activities are more comfortable. With LASIK, you’re ready to experience life as it happens.

You’re nearsighted, farsighted or have an astigmatism

LASIK is a safe and effective procedure that treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism by using laser technology to create a permanent shape change on the front of the cornea. The procedure takes less than eight minutes to perform and patients enjoy improved vision almost immediately. Alternate vision corrections solutions that provide similar benefits are available to those who are not ideal candidates for LASIK.

You’re ready to make an investment in your vision

Although LASIK is considered an elective, non-covered procedure by most medical insurances, Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts can be used toward the cost of the procedure. Most LASIK providers also offer financing options. Cost savings over time is measurable. Investing in LASIK eliminates reoccurring expenses for contact lenses, solutions and eyeglasses. Scheduling a complimentary consultation is the best way to make an informed decision about LASIK.

Tips from a Leading General Surgeon Dr. Mark Davanzo Mark Davanzo MD LLC Gallbladder Pain

Most gallbladder pain is caused by gallstones (biliary colic). Sometimes symptoms may be caused by a dysfunctional gallbladder (biliary dyskinesia). The most common symptoms include right or mid upper abdominal pain, right scapular pain, nausea, or vomiting after eating. The symptoms can mimic gastritis or reflux esophagitis. The diagnosis can be made with an abdominal ultrasound or a gallbladder function test. The only reliable treatment is a Laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder.


Hernias generally present as a bulge or swelling on the abdominal wall. Common locations are the groin (inguinal or femoral), bellybutton (umbilical) and old surgical incisions (ventral). They are holes in the muscles which can allow intestine to protrude. They can cause entrapment of the intestine (incarceration) which is a serious condition requiring urgent surgical intervention. They should be repaired electively as an outpatient because they cannot self heal and will continue to enlarge, creating greater risk.

Lumps and Bumps

Two of the most common lumps or bumps found in the skin or subcutaneous tissue are lipomas (fatty tumors) or sebaceous cysts (blocked oil glands). Both are generally benign. Lipomas can rarely be malignant, usually presenting as an enlarging lump. July 2019 |


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Sebaceous cysts can become infected and painful. Both should be surgically excised completely to remove the problem. Unlike what is frequently depicted on internet videos, they should NOT just be incised and evacuated because they will likely recur.

Oral Surgery Tips Dr. Joshua Smith Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants Wisdom teeth, also known as 3rd molars, are generally addressed between the ages of 17-25. Due to the risk of pain, adjacent teeth damage, and infection, most people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed to prevent these problems. The extraction process in younger patients is significantly less traumatic and recovery is much quicker, which is why extraction is sometimes recommended even before symptoms arise. Impacted teeth are defined as teeth that are prevented from erupting into the correct position due to lack of space or other impediments. These impacted teeth are frequently associated with cysts and tumors in the jaw bones and can become a serious medical

condition. It is therefore imperative that any impacted tooth be monitored for the development of any associated pathology and treated promptly. There are several tooth replacement options, but a dental implant is considered to be the gold standard. The implant fixture is made of a titanium alloy, which integrates with the bone, making it a permanent part of the body. The success rate for dental implants is up to 98 percent when the procedure is performed by a well-trained surgeon. Any patient interested in missing tooth replacement should discuss their options with an oral surgeon to determine if they are a good candidate for this procedure.

Preventing Skin Cancer Dr. Erin Macrae Columbus Oncology Associates, Inc. The most important way to prevent skin cancer is with good skin care prevention. Sunscreens absorb ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays and should be applied liberally and repeatedly to all sun-exposed areas of the skin. Sunscreens with an SPF 30 or higher are recommended during any outdoor activities.

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Patients at high-risk of skin cancer should undergo a full-body skin examination by a clinician once a year. Examining clinicians should be well experienced in the early detection of melanoma and highrisk skin abnormalities. High risk patients include those with a family history of skin cancer or a personal history of atypical skin lesions.

Dental Health Tips Dr. Missy Baker The Gentle Dentist Your dental health affects your overall health. The link to heart health is well documented. Studies show that good oral hygiene can decrease inflammation in the body. Floss daily; if you don’t floss, you miss 35 percent of your tooth’s surface. See your dentist at least two times per year for a thorough cleaning and gum charting. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleaning. Go to bed with a clean mouth, since you produce less saliva during your sleep to wash your teeth and gums. CS20

In the News Natural Remedy Doctors have always been creative with their prescriptions. In the late 18th century, patients were sent for medically-mandated sea bathing. Today, individuals with celiac disease can get an Rx – and  a tax deduction – for gluten-free foods. Last summer, health care providers made the news by writing scripts for nature: a doctor’s note for the great outdoors.

10 Worst Ways to Ruin Sleep and Cause Insomnia with Bad Habits Sleep affects almost every aspect of your overall health. How much sleep you get is based on your age and lifestyle, but experts recommend seven to nine hours per night. A lot of people unknowingly participate in everyday habits that wreck their sleep cycle. MD, Brandon Peters goes over a few ways you can fix these subconscious habits and sleep sounder.

Lifting weights are better for your heart than cardio: study A study suggests lifting weights protects against heart attacks and stroke more than running or cycling. Researchers from St. George’s University found 36 percent of those aged 21 to 44 engaged in static exercises and 28 percent in dynamic exercises, such as running. Running and cycling only reduced their BMI – but not by as much.

Good Food Gone Bad You can get sick eating expired food, but more often than not we’re just throwing away perfectly good chow. All told, the FDA estimates we waste 133 billion pounds of it per year. It’s true that a lot of food waste is out of consumers’ hands – products can go bad en route to or inside of grocery stores, or fail to meet standards for sale – but home cooks are far from blameless. The FDA believes expiration dates may lead to most of this unnecessary trashing.

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Straight Talk About Soy Soy has estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects on the body that have been considered conflicting by many dieticians and nutritionists. Results of a recent Harvard study suggest that soy is generally beneficial and shouldn’t be feared. Authors of this Harvard study explore how soy affects heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer and the thyroid. Rethinking What Is Driving Rising Anemia Rates In a national micronutrient survey, nutrition experts realized a multitude of facts

about the nation’s health, one being the large scale of the country’s anemia problem, a condition where your body lacks iron. Andrew Green looks at the shocking statistics and asks experts what needs to be done to solve the country’s iron deficit. I Wore Blue Light Blocking Glasses Every Day For A Week – Here’s What I Learned Gina Tomaine spends a minimum of eight hours a day staring at a screen during work hours – something that she felt wore her down. Upon researching blue light blocking glasses, she decided to purchase


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Phone Apps Headspace $12.99 monthly, IOS, Google Play Many studies have proven how beneficial meditation is for overall health. Headspace is designed to bring that practice to the masses through a solid foundation of meditation and mindfulness. Fooducate Free; IOS, Google Play It can be hard to eat a balanced diet when there are so many confusing labels and products in the grocery aisles. Fooducate makes it easy by allowing you to scan over 250,000 barcodes, giving the personalized nutrition grade, the pros and cons and other nutrition facts. HealthTap Free, IOS, Google Play Googling symptoms when you have a tummy ache or minor pain can lead to a whole bundle of confusing information and stress. HealthTap connects patients with physicians to answer health-related questions and concerns. While the app doesn’t replace a primary doctor, it enables a consumer to hear advice from a real doctor when an appointment may not be necessary.

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Daily Water Free, IOS, Google Play Water is essential – nearly 2/3 of the body consists of it. Many of us suffer from dehydration without even knowing it. Daily Water tracks the amount of water you consume throughout the day and reminds us when its time to have a glass or two! It’s easy to use and beneficial for those with busy schedules. MealBoard $3.99, IOS, Google Play MealBoard is an app created for all your meal planning needs. It holds meal schedules, grocery lists, ingredients, your current pantry contents and even updated coupons! It’s great for a busy parent looking to get ahead of schedule by knowing exactly what they need throughout the week for family dinners.

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Knockin’ on Evans’ Door Parade of Homes’ New Urbanism style emphasizes walkability

By Garth Bishop By now, it’s no surprise when the BIA Parade of Homes spotlights new, cutting-edge trends in the world of custom homebuilding and design. This year, though, one entire neighborhood is getting in on a cutting-edge trend, too. When visitors to the 2019 Parade – slated for July 13-28 – come to see Evans Farm in southern Delaware County, they’ll be seeing the first neighborhood in Ohio to be built in the New Urbanism style. Spectacular Style The crux of the New Urbanism style is a focus on walkability and engagement with neighbors. “What that essentially is bringing to the Parade is homes and styles that we have not seen in the Parade of Homes before,” says Jon Melchi, executive director of the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio. “In many ways, the houses are throwbacks to a different time.” Lot sizes are smaller than usual for the Parade, which means all of this year’s builders have had to put on their thinking caps to figure out how to accommodate a change in principles, Melchi says. Because the builders were designing New Urbanist homes for the first time, the creativity of what they came up with is unmatched. “Our folks are very eager to put their best foot forward in Evans Farm,” he says. The level of detail, craftsmanship, functionality and use of space in the Parade homes are just a few of the aspects Melchi expects will wow patrons. “These homes are going to look a little different, but they’re just as high-end luxurious as any of our past Parade homes,” he says. 38 L u



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Living Large Another impressive aspect of the 2019 Parade? Its sheer scope. A total of 14 homes, created by 12 builders, are on the line-up this year: • 3 Pillar Homes • ALTA Design Build • Arthur Rutenberg Homes • Bob Webb • Coppertree Homes • Cua Builders • Guzzo & Garner Custom Builders • Kenric Fine Homes • Maronda Homes • P & D Builders • Sierra Custom Homes • Stonecliff Homes 3 Pillar and Maronda are each building two homes. One of 3 Pillar’s is the 2019 Foundation Home, proceeds from the sale of which benefit BIA Foundation charities. Parade home prices range from $700,000 to over $1 million. One key difference from past Parade homes: All of this year’s entries have rear-loading garages, making it easier for builders to make the fronts of their homes spectacular. “The focus is on the front of the home, especially the front porch,” Melchi says.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Though the Parade homes are, of course, the showpieces, the rest of the neighborhood is nothing to sneeze at. Evans Farm is situated on Lewis Center Road, roughly halfway between South Old State Road and U.S. Rt. 23. Homes are located in Berlin and Orange townships, in the Olentangy Local School District. Melchi mentions the range of price points as a big attraction, which will allow homeowners to enjoy the New Urbanism style and the proximity to the Parade site without spending as much. Community development will begin shortly after the Parade ends, Melchi says, with stores, restaurants and – developers hope – a YMCA close by, per the focus on walkability. Recreational fields are also part of the discussion. “For a resident of Evans Farm, the concept is that everything you need in your life is walking distance or a bike ride from your home,” Melchi says. v Garth Bishop is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

Delaware Dominance Past 20 years have seen more and more Parades in Delaware County Though the BIA Parade of Homes has evolved substantially over the last 20 years, perhaps the most consistent theme in that time has been its steady migration north. Though Dublin and northeastern suburbs saw their share of Parades in the early to mid-2000s, it’s Delaware County that has enjoyed the bulk of them recently. “We know the New Albany Parades were very successful, (but) so were Verona … and some other ones in Delaware County,” says Jon Melchi, executive director of the BIA of Central Ohio. Of these last 20 Parades, nine have been in Delaware County. The first since 1999, at Berlin Township’s Sherman Lakes in 2004, was billed at the time as the northernmost Parade ever in central Ohio. The next two Parades would also fall in Delaware County, before the 2007 Parade at Pinnacle brought the event to Grove City for the first time ever. Milestones Though the central Ohio Parade dates back to 1952, it has achieved a number of other firsts over the last two decades. In addition to the first Grove City Parade and the first Delaware City Parade (Glenross in 2005), the first Pickerington Parade took place at Shawnee Crossing in 2003. There was also the first home designed with green building practices at Gahanna’s Village at Hannah Farms in 2008; the first set of mini “playhouses” for kids at Blacklick’s Stepping Stone in 2001, a trend that would continue for years; the first appearances by prominent HGTV celebrities at New Albany’s Ackerly Park in 2010; and the development of the event’s first mobile app at the Meadows at Lewis Center in 2012. Shawnee Crossing and Sherman Lakes, in 2003 and 2004, were the two largest Parades of the last 20 years, each with a whopping 21 homes. The smallest was an intimate affair at Northstar in Sunbury, which had only six homes on its turn in 2015. Not too far behind Delaware County’s nine Parades is the Dublin area, which totals five since 1999, including two in Jerome Township (Jerome Village in 2013, Jerome Village’s Eversole Run

neighborhood in 2018) within Dublin City Schools. 20 Years Ago The 1999 Parade is one of two over the past 20 years to have taken place in New Albany, both before the U.S. Census upgraded it from village to city. There were only eight builders in Tiverton Village in 1999, when the Parade’s consistent theme centered on New Albany’s signature Georgian architecture: • Duffy Homes • Jeffrey R. Yocca Builder Inc. • Olympus Homes • Premier Properties

• Romanelli Custom Homes • Rudolph Custom Homes • Showcase Homes • Truberry Group Custom Homes None of the 1999 builders are returning for 2019, but two of the 2000 builders are: Bob Webb and Cua Builders. In fact, of this year’s builders, Bob Webb has built more Parade homes over the last 20 years than all but one: 3 Pillar Homes, which has seven to Bob Webb’s six. All told, only nine of this year’s 12 builders have appeared in a Parade in the last two decades. ALTA Design Build, Guzzo & Garner Custom Builders and Stonecliff Homes are all newcomers.


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Parade Highlights A quick reference guide to Parade homes’ most notable features By Garth Bishop

Bob Webb • Signature “messy kitchen” with Amish handmade stainless-steel cabinets • Private apartment with separate entrance situated above garage • Kids’ room beds that retract into a chalkboard

Alta Design Build • Twelve different types of tile, including one design flown in from China specifically for the house • Control4 smart home technology for sound, lighting, security and more • Hidden theater speakers in family space

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Arthur Rutenberg Homes • Sizable balcony on second floor • Glass wall-enclosed den • First-floor laundry room featuring convenient pass-through from master closet

3 Pillar Homes #1 2019 Foundation Home • French Country style • Copper soaker tub in master bathroom • Loft area with a variety of built-ins for organization and storage

3 Pillar Homes #2 • Rustic brick features • In-ground pool and outdoor fireplace • Galley kitchen leading into pub room

Kenric Fine Homes • Reclaimed wood throughout house, including pinwheeled hardwood ceiling • Lower-level bourbon bar • Two-story front porch accessible from master bedroom

Stonecliff Homes • Breezeway-accessible screened-in porch overlooking paver patio and raised flower beds • Master bedroom coffee bar • First responders/firefighter-themed lower level

Maronda Homes #1 • Elaborate second-story children’s play room • Backyard bocce court • Wildlife garden with mosaic sunken fire pit

Maronda Homes #2 • Pocket office loaded with built-ins • Loft area with impressive tile wall • Spacious lower-level bar

Sierra Custom Homes • Twelve-foot, custom-built kitchen cabinets • Oversized front porch opening onto large veranda • Sizable, multi-layered chef sink

Guzzo & Garner Custom Builders • Adult lounge featuring bar, large flatscreen, fireplace and speakeasy theme • Steamed walnut floors • Kitchen equipped with impressive wine pantry







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614.876.4000 3737 zane trace drive Columbus, OH 43228 Konkusmarblegranite Konkus Marble & Granite Cua Builders • Coastal theme with painted brick, white oak floors and shiplap siding • Glass-enclosed, temperature-regulated wine cellar • Upper-level flex room for possible art studio Garth Bishop is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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A Vacation for Life Clintonville bathroom wins 2019 Regional CotY Award By Lydia Freudenberg

We’re in the heat of summer, which means hot weather and constant sunshine. It’s time for lounging in pools, perfecting gardening skills and playing outside with the family; but let’s be real – those activities result in a wellneeded shower. Why not make it a spa-like experience? In the heart of Clintonville, a local homeowner hired Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers to transform their master bathroom into a modern oasis. Regardless of the tiny space, the remodel is big in style and even won a 2019 Regional CotY Award. Before the bathroom though, Dave Fox actually worked with the homeowner to completely redesign the kitchen. Going from a dark, cramped space to a bright area with a massive island, the kitchen renovation was collaborative and created trust between Dave Fox and the homeowner. “Because there was that mutual trust, we could challenge each other in a really fun way; the homeowner let us take a lot of creative liberties with the master bathroom,” says Michelle Mixter, the Dave Fox interior designer for the projects. “She really let us dive in and create a really amazing space; this is a vacation the homeowner gets to enjoy every day.” The bathroom is long and narrow, which created quite the challenge. It required hours of meticulous measurements and brainstorming ways to make the space feel larger. 44 L u



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The key word to describe the master bathroom? Seamless. All the walls are tiled, which allows for continuous flow (no breaks from what could be painted walls to a tiled shower). The floor is also seamless into the shower – the drain was merely sloped to prevent flooding. The wide mirror reflects everything, visually enlarging the space. Even the vanity features long, horizontal lines that never break up, regardless of it having two drawers on the left and a door on the right. “Not just from an aesthetic standpoint but from a functional standpoint we were able to accomplish a lot in a very small space and make it look beautiful,” Mixter says. Some of the most functional aspects are in the shower and include a small cubby to hide products and a tiny footstool perfect for washing toes and heels. On the other side of the room, the toilet was replaced with a floating, seemingly tankless bowl (Psst, it’s in the wall and backs into the hall closet), and custommade cabinets fit like a glove along the back wall. Talk about utilizing storage in a small space. “We wanted this to feel like a true retreat,” Mixter says. “When there is a lot of visual clutter out in our lives, it’s not a relaxing space, so we wanted to integrate storage to hide all the product.” What seems like a simple bathroom is actually an extremely thought-out design that utilizes every square inch in the most fashionable manner. So next time you’re rinsing off after a day in the sun, contemplate if your bathroom is truly a vacation for life. v Lydia Freudenberg is the brand loyalty specialist. Feedback welcome at

The Details Matter Apart from the award-winning bathroom, Dave Fox also remodeled the kitchen, a powder room and hall bathroom in the Clintonville home. From rich colors to recreating 1920s pizazz, these projects will inspire your next renovation. Kitchen Mixter wanted to stay true to the rich hardwood found in most Clintonville homes. The new island features walnut cabinets – opposite the white cabinets on the walls – to not only break up the whiteness, but because dark wood is more durable for feet-swinging bar sitters.

Hall Bath Original white and black subway tile used to wrap around the room, but now a new tile – almost identical to the old tile – completes the space with a fresh yet throwback feel.

Powder Room Brushed brass is back and classier than ever. The homeowner found brass sconces to complement the rich plum wallpaper and new, vintage mirror.






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An Airplane Cruise, Brews and Amazing Views in Greene County An easy weekend adventure By Mallory Arnold

GREENE COUNTY, DAYTON is an ideal destination for any Columbus resident in dire need

of a weekend away. Just an hour drive west, the area hosts a plethora of unique opportunities, from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton to the eclectic town of Yellow Springs and all the hiking the Glen Helen Nature Preserve has to offer. Not only an escape filled with unique activities and experiences, Greene County is perfect for the avid brew or wine enthusiast. Each local drinkery has its own unique flavors and atmosphere, making brewery hopping fun for everyone in the group. You can work up a thirst exploring John Bryan State Park, home to a national natural landmark limestone gorge, and afterward stop by Yellow Springs Brewery – known for its funky artwork and representation of the artistic community in Yellow Springs. Patrons love the wide range of craft beers and applaud its bold, interesting flavors. It’s the perfect place to unwind after an afternoon of outdoor adventure. “Inside our taproom, rather than TV watching, you will find visitors playing board games, enjoying the current art exhibit and discussing current events,” says a Yellow Springs Brewery representative, Lisa Wolters. “It’s situated on the Little Miami Scenic Where to stay Trail so a very physically active crowd of locals and Mills Park Hotel is located in the heart of downtown visitors take advantage of Yellow Springs and is known for its gorgeous historic the bike path, hiking trails design and luxurious feel. You’ll be right at home from in Glen Helen Preserve the minute you wake up, and be sure to start the day at and campsites at John BryEllie’s Restaurant & Bakery for a southern inspired meal an State Park.” on the porch. 50 | July 2019

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Appealing to your more romantic side, Caesar Creek Vineyards offers estate wines and a gorgeous patio view. The tasting room enhances your evening of wine, and tours are offered for the curious. Fun fact: Caesar Creek is one of the few wineries that actually uses unique geothermal heating, because the owners are extra eco-friendly.

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Next, say yes to the ride of your life with Goodfolk and O’Tymes Biplane Rides – an experience unique to Greene County. Strap on a leather helmet and goggles and take flight in genuine, 1920-1930 biplanes. Travel back to the golden age of aviation as you fly over the countryside. It will be a trip you won’t forget. Upon touching down from your flight, you’ll want to celebrate your endeavor at Devil Wind Brewing. The eclectic brewery challenges itself to serve new flavors that even the most avid beer-lovers have never tasted. Their selection consists of a lot of European ales and lagers, but also include new, innovative American styles. Try sips of Brownie Points, Funnel Cloud, and a fan favorite – Run to the Pils. Greene County certainly lives up to its name, as the area flourishes with over 2,600 acres of lush parks. With 36 miles of river trails and 12 miles of hiking, there’s never a lack of outdoor adventures to conquer. Take on one of the five bike paths

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Greene County is famously known for being the home of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force - the oldest and largest military airplane museum in the world. You’ll be in awe of the massive exhibits and thousands of historical items that bring the past to life. We guarantee the larger-than-life missile gallery will take your breath away and the space exhibits will blow your mind. The museum is open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. seven days a week. before heading to the last stop on your Greene County drinkery tour. Stillwrights produces craft spirits with character. Everyone will enjoy creamy vanilla spiced rum or Stillwright’s award-winning bourbon whiskey – only the bravest will take on the local moonshine. “We are a family-owned and operated distillery – basically a two-man operation,” says owner Brad Measel. “We’ve won mul-

tiple awards for our hand-crafted bourbon, rum and moonshine.” The distillery offers tours every Saturday at 1 p.m. where you can sample ten products and maybe even purchase a bottle of your favorite. CS20 Mallory Arnold is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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She appreciated how the question was asked, because up until then, most people simply wondered rather than acknowledging her differences. “It probably helped, me being oblivious,” she says. “Yeah, I paint with my fingers, or hold my paintbrush differently.” When Bennett first began gaining traction in Columbus, she was showing art at the Hayley Gallery in New Albany. She says Hayley was one of the best mentors she’s had, and helped instill confidence in her. “Hayley said I was the first artist to ever come into the gallery and say, ‘My prices are too high I don’t want to charge people that much,’” Bennett says, laughing. “Honestly I’m more likely to just hand

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bacterial meningitis when she was nine months old. Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord and is a serious condition. It’s also tricky to spot, so by the time doctors realized Bennett was infected, they had to work hard to save her arms and legs. Bennett had toes on her right foot amputated and endured critical scarring on her feet. She had skin grafts done and a complete facial reconstruction. Art came into play when she was very young. Bennett’s mom was a nurse, so she spent a lot of time in hospitals. While she was there, she would always ask for pens and paper to draw. From there, her parents encouraged her to stick with it and keep going. “When I was little it was a struggle for me to do a lot of sports,” Bennett says. “So the fact that I could draw… my parents encouraged that.” She continued to study art at Newark High School and took private lessons. Later on, she attended CCAD and discovered a new art form. “I really didn’t get into painting until CCAD,” Bennett says. “But when I started, I just loved it.” Immediately Bennett excelled and wanted to push the envelope even more. Delving into colors, she painted her subjects with a different array of shades that gave her paintings more personality. “Almost anyone can learn how to do a realistic portrait with the right technical instructions,” she says. “So I wanted to find a way to separate my art.” When Bennett’s art began popping up all over Columbus, she did an interview where someone bravely asked her something no one had ever questioned before. How did her missing fingers and other lasting effects of meningitis change the way she did art? “That’s when I started to reflect and think that I’d been doing art differently than most people my entire life,” Bennett says. “And I just realized it.”

away art or donate it than sell it for a really high price.” “I want my artwork to be attainable to people,” she says. “I don’t want it to be inaccessible. Everyone should be able to enjoy and own art.” Though she’s been featured in galleries, Bennett truly loves when her art is in public places. She has paintings all over Columbus, in doctor’s offices, businesses, schools – her most well-received piece is a skyline of the city. In the future, Bennett hopes to merge teaching with her passion for art. “I just think it’s important to teach kids that what makes you different makes you better,” she says. “You can have a scar and still find yourself beautiful. Your differences make you awesome.” CS20 Mallory Arnold is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

I want my artwork to be attainable to people. I don’t want it to be inaccessible. Everyone should be able to enjoy and own art.”

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CATCO is Kids and Columbus Children’s Theatre Make History Matilda captivates all ages By Emile Lin

THIS JULY, PROMINENT children’s theatre

groups CATCO is Kids and Columbus Children’s Theatre are brewing something big. For the first time in history, they will be joining forces to deliver a performance of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, May 7-24, 2020. “This is a big step, it’s a very cool thing,” says Sarah Mills Bacha, press representative of CATCO is Kids. “It’s a collaboration of two premiere arts groups, which is extremely important.” CATCO is Kids and Columbus Children’s Theatre are working toward a lasting, genuine alliance. Leaders of both organizations are committed to bring a production more vibrant and intuitive than their individual projects could ever aspire to be.

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“Columbus Children’s Theatre has a new executive director and she reached out to me about two years and three months ago,” says Joe Bishara, associate producing director of CATCO is Kids. “That’s when the conversation first began.” “At first they were just conversations,” Bishara continues. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t create redundancy for the community and instead bring something entirely unique to Ohio. You don’t need to go to Chicago or L.A, there is quality Ohio theatre here.” Though these two organizations are seemingly competitors, Bishara disagrees.

“They tried to say we were competitors,” says Bishara. “I don’t feel like that’s the case. Like I said, all we are trying to do is bring something even larger to Ohio. We figured, why don’t we pool our resources to see how much better we can make it together?” For Bishara, theater is more than just entertainment. It is also about curing ailments that afflict younger generations.

“People are forgetting how to communicate. I think people are relying completely on texting, snapchatting,” says Bishara. “The art of clear, daily oral communication is gone.” According to Bishara, theater “increases one’s ability to communicate effectively and confidently. It helps people grow and helps them work on their relationships.” As for the musical, Matilda is a story about an extraordinary girl who uses her unique powers, love of reading and bravery to teach us an important lesson – anything is possible if you set your mind to it. CATCO is Kids and Columbus Children’s Theatre specifically chose this musical to broadcast this message to all of central Ohio. Since its premiere on London’s West End in 2011 and on Broadway in 2013, Matilda has captivated audiences of all ages.






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“It’s also just an amazing story,” says Bishara. “It just provides audiences an opportunity to see the genius that is Roald Dahl. That’s the beauty of Matilda; I think it’s accessible for all ages.” All performances will be held in the Shedd Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center in May of 2020. CS20 Emile Lin is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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Gallery Exhibits Art Access Gallery: Variations in the Landscape, new work by artist Perry Brown. Through Aug. 15.

West as artists, mentors and teachers. Through July 20.

Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: Thread Count: The Intersection of Mathematics and Fiber Arts. Contemporary artists construct fiber art with yarn, fabric, thread and reed, curated by Jane Black. Through July 6.

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Selections from the Pizzuti Collection. Contemporary artists showcase their work ranging from media to fiber art and sculptures. Through Aug. 18. www.

Pizzuti Collection: In a New Light, by Alice Schille and the American Water Color Movement. Through Sept. 29. OSU Urban Arts Space: Start At Home: Influence, Commitment, Integrity. Featured works by three faculty members from The Ohio State University celebrating the legacies of H. Ike Okafor-Newsum, Robert Stull, and Pheoris

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Hayley Gallery: MetalMorphically Speaking by Chris Itsell. Through Aug. 6. www.localohio Dublin Arts Council: Highline Coffee Art Space Ya Got Somethin’ To Say? by Sharon Dorsey. Through July 26. ing in the world of auto racing. Dawson www.dublin discovered she was attracted to the color, lights and fanfare of racing more than the Columbus Museum of Art: sport itself. On view July 1-31. www.high Blacklight Magic. View more than 20 vintage works of blacklight art from the collection of Daniel Do- Keny Galleries: The Chicago Connection: nahue. Through Sept. 8. Greater American Modernist Works on Paper by Columbus: The 2019 Greater Co- Baumann, Gilmore, Hopkins, Mars and lumbus Arts Council Visual Arts Schille, on view May 17-June 28. SumExhibition. Through Sept. 29. mer Group Exhibition: Contemporary ists, on view July 15-Aug. 30. www.keny Ohio Craft Museum: The Best of 2019, featuring works by Ohio Sherrie Gallerie: Works exploring the Designer Craftsmen members. fragmented view of the human condition Through July 28. by Hunter Stamps, on view June 2-July 14. Highline Coffee Art Space: Kelly Dawson exhibits her colorful and The Works: Ohio Center for History, exuberant mixed media work in- Arts & Technology: Another Op’nin, spired by growing up and work- Another Show by The Weathervane

Playhouse. Through July 20. Studios on High: Quiet Reflections by Denise Romecki. Through June 1-July 4. Columbus College of Art & Design Beeler Gallery: Chroma: Best of CCAD, featuring a selection of works spanning different mediums from fine arts students. Throughout CCAD’s campus, works from each CCAD major, CORE program and first year MFA and MDes. Through July 31. The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University: Cecilia Vicuña: Lo Precario/The Precarious focuses on the body of work the Chilean artist has been building since the 1960s. Through Aug. 11. Jason Moran is the first museum exhibition of the jazz performer’s visual art, featuring 48 objects ranging from intimate charcoal drawings to grand sculptural installations. Through Aug. 22.

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What to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! Red, White & Boom! July 3, noon-11 p.m. Downtown Columbus Celebrate the Fourth of July at the largest fireworks display in Ohio. Festivities begin at noon.

The Killers July 11, 7 p.m. Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave. Get your rock on with fan-favorites like Mr. Brightside and When You Were Young.

Sounds on the Town July 3-Aug.28, 6-9 pm. Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center Every Wednesday features a new band and genre ranging from Latin dance music to classic rock and country.

COSI After Dark July 11, 6-10 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. COSI After Dark brings visitors back to prehistoric times with Dinosaurs! www.

Doo Dah Parade and Block Party July 4, 1 p.m. Short North Arts District The 35th annual Doo Dah Parade celebrates freedom of speech through humor. It’s free to march in the parade as long as you wear a silly outfit. Block party starts on Buttles Avenue at High Street and runs from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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JazZoo with Maurice Hines July 12, 8-10 p.m. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. Take a walk on the wild side with Maurice Hines as he sings classics by Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Goodguys 22nd PG Nationals July 12-14 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. A massive collection of vintage hot rods, muscle cars, trucks and classics. The convention also features more than 450 vendors, with the biggest event of the weekend being the Friday Night Vintage Drag Race. Ohio Wine Festival July 12-13 North Market, 59 Spruce St. Ohio wineries bring their best to the North Market for two days of wine tasting, food sampling, entertainment and culinary demonstrations. www.north

CATCO is Kids presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. July 12, 7 p.m.; July 13-14, 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin Granville Rd. Journey through Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory with new songs and fan favorites from the 1971 film. PBJ & Jazz: Bobby Floyd Trio with Dwight Adams July 13, noon-1 p.m. Topiary Park, 480 E. Town St. Grammy-nominated Bobby Floyd and his trio perform alongside guest trumpeter Dwight Adams. This Quattro brings soulful jazz and provides the setting for a perfect afternoon.

Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce 46th Annual Music and Arts Festival July 13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; July 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Heritage Park & Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Ave. Enjoy over 130 local and national artisans, 30 performances and 20 food trucks

in picturesque Heritage Park in historic Westerville. Chase Atlantic July 18, 7 p.m. Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. The alternative pop group and production trio Chase Atlantic travels from Cairn, Australia to perform at the Newport Music Hall. www. Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World – Summer Gods Tour 2019 July 16, 6 p.m. Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave. Join Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World and Ra Ra Riot. The 46th Annual Bonsai Show July 19-21 Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. The Columbus Bonsai Society will lead demonstrations and bonsai workshops. Everything from trees to pottery will be available for sale. www.columbus Smart, Funny & Black with Amanda Seales July 13, 8 p.m. Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre, 77 S. High St. Amanda Seales presents her game show, SFB, to combat black stereotypes, unchecked appropriation and an overall lack of education in African American history.

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Franklin County Fair July 13-20 Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. Featuring animal shows, 4-H project evaluations, pie contests, truck pulls and more. Jazz and Rib Fest July 19, 20-21 Scioto Mile Come sample a variety of ribs and cool off to the sounds of smooth jazz along the Scioto Mile. As always, the competition between rib vendors will be hot! www. Michael Bublé July 21, 8 p.m. The Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. After a lengthy absence, Michael Bublé returns to the stage at The Schottenstein Center.

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The Ohio State Fair July 24-Aug.4 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Enjoy agricultural exhibitions, rides and, of course, fair food. Check the website for concert details. JazZoo ft. Dave Powers & Friends July 26, 8-10 p.m. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. Dave Powers, Columbus’s favorite piano man, joined by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and other guest performers. www.jazz Khalid with Clairo present Free Spirit World Tour July 26, 7:30 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Grammy recipient DJ Khalid and Clairo will perform selections from Free Spirit. Dude Perfect July 26, 7 p.m. The Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. In their first ever live tour, Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert and twins

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Coby and Cotton will perform at The Schottenstein Center. www.schottens

Dublin Irish Festival Aug. 2-4, 11 a.m. Coffman Park, 6780 Coffman Rd.

Family Friday Night at COSI July 26, 5 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Open until 9 p.m. on the last Friday every month. Wiz Khalifa: The Decent Exposure Tour July 28, 6:30 p.m. Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave. Wiz Khalifa takes the stage with Moneybagg Yo, DJ Drama and Chevy Woods. Thunderpussy and Hollis Brown July 31, 7 p.m. The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. Drawing inspiration from the sounds of 1970’s rock. Live Nation Comedy presents Daniel Sloss: X July 25, 8 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Stand-up comedian, actor and writer of Netflix specials DARK & Jigsaw. www.

For 32 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the largest three-day Irish Festival on the planet. Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Picnic with the Pops Various dates Gates open at 6 p.m. Concerts start at 8 p.m.


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A special thanks to over 500 guests that attended the 14th annual St. Jude Discover the Dream on May 16th at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The evening consisted of fine cuisine courtesy of Catering by Cox and Preston Catering, luxury live and silent auctions, and a special speech from St. Jude patient, Allie. Over $715,000 was raised to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding Cures and Saving Children. The generosity expressed in the Columbus community ensures that no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing, food, because all they should worry about it helping their child live. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK






Something Blue The skies are blue and the pools are too, let’s celebrate this timeless shade. Give your wardrobe a splash with these blue beauty pieces from the Grove Citybased boutique, The Farm Table on 62. And if you didn’t catch it a few pages back, this treasure trove was voted Best Boutique in the 2019 CityScene Magazine Best of the ‘Bus readers’ poll – you can bet you’ll find something worthwhile. 1. Mud Pie, Tribal Tassel Earrings in Stonewash Blue. $20 2. Lizzy James, Margo wrap bracelet or necklace. $68 3. Spartina 449, Emmy Wristlet in 499 Lighthouse patterns. $58 4. Easel, denim boho-inspired dress. $49



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Promoting a Culture of Health • North America’s largest walking-only race by The Ohio State University Wexner • Presented Medical Center swag - a fashionable Sherpa pullover • Great for every participant • Celebrating our 15th anniversary SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

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• Presented by Nationwide Children’s Hospital race medals to each participant • Special courtesy of Freshii • Free food • Free coupons for discounts at many venues • More to come

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