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One Foot in Front of the Other

Keep your feet and ankles healthy and comfortable over the summer

LINDA CONWAY KNOWS better than most the importance of being mindful of one’s feet and ankles when engaging in extensive walking and other physical activity. The retired, 68-year-old Newark resident has suffered a broken and then twisted ankle twice in her life, with the most recent injury occurring nine years ago.

Initially, Conway attempted to let her ankle heal naturally, but she soon realized this would complicate her travel plans and maintenance of her two-and-a-half-acre hobby farm. That’s what led her to Dr. Robert Gorsline of Orthopedic One.

“At that time,” Conway says, “he said, ‘The technology is still so new. Most people don’t even know you can do an ankle replacement.’ He wanted more from the current state of the technology. So he said, ‘I’m going to give you a shot in your ankle,

and if that alleviates the pain for about 6-12 months, then we can continue with that approach.’”

After the shot proved effective in relieving the pain, Conway periodically returned to Gorsline for subsequent doses. However, the orthopedic specialist cautioned her that the shots would hasten the deterioration of her ankle. Conway underwent ankle surgery in May 2021, and has since completely recovered.

Dr. Brian Tscholl, another orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic One, has years of experience addressing common injuries suffered on vacation. Some of the most frequently encountered ones are overuse injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy.

To avoid these types of overuse injuries, Tscholl says, vacationers can take two modifiable actions: wear comfortable shoes and limit the amount of walking.

“The best way to prevent (injuries) is not to use your vacation as the time to try a new pair of sneakers or sandals,” he says. “You shouldn’t necessarily be using things that are old and worn down, but it shouldn’t be the first time you use a new pair of shoes simply because, if they don’t fit well, you’re stuck with them.”

Unfortunately, there is no universally suitable shoe. Tscholl stresses the importance of trying on shoes to ensure they feel comfortable and provide support, whether in a store or after home delivery.

“Comfort is the key,” he says.

In addition to preventative measures, Tscholl recommends carrying anti-inflammatory medication during vacations.

“In general, I never travel without at least a small amount of anti-inflammatories, such as Aleve, Advil or ibuprofen,” he says. “I believe it is always a good initial step.”

Furthermore, Tscholl advises the use of Voltaren Gel, an over-the-counter antiinflammatory product that can be applied to the foot, the ankle or any other muscles experiencing discomfort.

To protect the feet during extended walking, extra padding, gel cushions or moleskin can help alleviate pressure and friction, Tscholl says.

The good news is that most overuse injuries can be resolved through non-operative

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Linda Conway Dr. Brian Tscholl

measures, such as physical therapy and rest. However, it’s crucial to have a realistic assessment of the amount of time you’ll spend on your feet before you go, so you can gradually build up to that activity level.

For individuals planning an active holiday, Tscholl recommends pre-vacation training. Adding 30- to 60-minute walks to your routine in the weeks leading up to the trip can help strengthen your feet and prepare them for the physical demands.

Conway can now engage in exercise as she manages the chickens, beehives and flower beds on her farm every day, and has no regrets about undergoing surgery.

“Many individuals who have undergone knee replacements often say, ‘Oh my gosh, I wish I had done it years ago.’ I’m very grateful for the surgery,” Conway says. “I’m thrilled to have my life back.” CS

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TUPELO HONEY Southern Kitchen & Bar, located in Upper Arlington, seems to have hit the hospitable Southern-style sweet spot that Columbus residents are drawn to. Its central location gets people in the door, and its emphasis on sunshiny atmosphere and careful preparation make it easy to understand why you need a reservation to get a brunch table most weekends.

“There are so many people who just wanted a local hangout spot that’s within walking distance, (and) you know there are so many new developments here,” says Brandon Cave, the location’s general manager. “More variety’s been great. For us, making quality food is what we pride ourselves in, and that’s something people are always going to respond to.”

As a Southern comfort enthusiast myself, I was excited to put Cave’s statement to the test.

Tupelo Honey’s ambiance exemplifies its theme. Quaint wallpaper, warm lighting, and natural wood-finished chairs and tables made me thirsty for a sweet tea the moment I stepped inside.

The fun started with “Loaded Cracklins.” They’re akin to loaded potato skins like you’d get at a fair, though the potato chunks and mildly spicy sauce on top made the dish leagues better than the sum of its parts.

The potatoes were crunchy, yet starchy and filling. The sauce had a deep, warm flavor that was never overpowering. Even the bacon bits on top were perfectly cooked.

The extra step is often what separates the good from the great in Columbus’ cu-

Bees and a Boozy Breeze

Tupelo Honey edges out Worthington Tavern for Best New Restaurant

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linary scene, and Tupelo Honey excels in this aspect.

The country chicken and waffles featured a buttermilk waffle, standard Southern-style chicken and sausage gravy, served with an over-easy egg. This dish would have been similar to most highquality chicken and waffles – albeit with an exceptionally nice cut of meat – if it had not come topped with basil.

The basil added a fresh twist to a familiar dish while still maintaining the charm and balance that is easy to miss with an indulgent dish like chicken and waffles.

“For us, (winning Best New Restaurant) is a big one. That means that we’re coming in here, we’re really doing something right every day,” says Raymone Hogue, executive chef. “For us to take over the hearts, the souls of Columbus and Upper Arlington, it’s just an amazing thing.”

Worthington Tavern

Throughout the voting, Tupelo Honey had Worthington Tavern on its heels the whole month. The popularity of both speaks to Columbus’ taste for quality food and a welcoming atmosphere.

The walls of Worthington Tavern’s patio are covered in faux-flora and should

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feel like an escape from Ohio, says Liv Driscoll, assistant general manager.

The tavern inside was relatively standard fare: a welcoming environment for a date, business lunch or meal with friends. No matter the setting, however, the food spoke for itself.

Driscoll recommended the whipped eggplant, adding that when people see it being served, they ask their server “What is that?” and “Can I get one?”

The eggplant takes on a hummus-like consistency when

whipped and is served with warm puccia bread and optional fresh veggies.

It is a fragrant dish with deep flavors, though it’s not heavy. The eggplant blend is smooth, slightly oily and addictive. To add contrast, the coarse salt atop the bread adds an occasional crunch to the chewy puccia.

Driscoll was quickly proved right when a man at the next table asked “What is he eating?” and then ordered the shareable app for his table.

Next came the OKC Smash Burger. Between the tavern sauce, the pickled onion and the soft patties (a key feature of smash burgers), it was hard to tell where one flavor ended and another began. This made for a flavorful, savory medley in every bite.

The man at the next table struck again, repeating my dessert order after seeing the salted butterscotch budino. The soft shortbread and creamy budino was moderately sweet, balanced and easy to eat without taking a breath.

Beyond the food, Worthington Tavern is active in the community, participating in color runs at the elementary schools and delivering buttered noodles to preschool classes.

“I’ve worked in a lot of restaurants in Columbus and I’ve never experienced such a tight-knit group of people who just want to help people and give people the best experience they can,” Driscoll says. CS

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Best Faces and Philanthropy

Best Face of Columbus & Best Hometown Mascot

Brutus Buckeye

This scarlet-and-grey-adorned nut is a fan favorite for many in central Ohio, so it’s no surprise he won both categories for the second year in a row.

Best Local Musician

Twenty One Pilots

This musical duo has deep roots in the area, as both grew up and graduated from high schools in central Ohio. Drummer Josh Dun recently moved back to Columbus with his wife, actress Debby Ryan, with Architectural Digest featuring their whimsical, tree-nestled house.

Best Hometown Athlete

Archie Griffin

With the accolades he has earned over the years – college football’s only two-time Heisman Trophy winner and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, to name a few – it’s clear why this OSU grad and legend took home the title.

Best Volunteer Experience

Mid-Ohio Food Collective

For the sixth year in a row, readers agree this food bank is the best way to volunteer your time!

Best Charitable Gala

Discover the Dream by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Narrowly beating several other events for this space, St. Jude takes home the title for the second year in a row as it celebrates its 61st anniversary.

Best Bites

Best New Restaurant (since March 2022)

Tupelo Honey

See story on page 8.

Best of the ’Bus 2023

Twenty One Pilots Brutus Buckeye Archie Griffin

Best Outdoor Dining


Grab a drink with family or friends on this spacious back patio with plenty of shade and fresh air.

Best Food Coma Potential

Der Dutchman

Although it may be a bit of a drive to Plain City, these Amish meals and baked goods will fill your belly so much you may need to roll yourself home. Don’t forget the apple butter.

Best Barbecue

City Barbeque

Ray Ray’s Hog Pit nearly dethroned this long-standing champion, but ultimately lost by one vote. With this heated competition, City Barbeque may have to watch

its back so it doesn’t get smoked next year!

Best Bakery & Best Donuts

Schneider’s Bakery

This Westerville bakery has been delighting Columbus’ tastebuds for almost 70 years. With cookies, cakes and some of the biggest donuts in town, it’s clear why Schneider’s brought home both titles.

Best Ice Cream


With 12 locations within 30 minutes of downtown Columbus, Central Ohioans love this French pot ice cream. And, its black raspberry chip has won national recognition.

Best Local Pizza

Massey’s Pizza

Massey’s narrowly took the title in the most competitive category this year, edging out previous winner Tommy’s Pizza by a handful of votes. With its crispy crust and edge-to-edge topping coverage, it is hard to beat this Columbus-style classic.

Best Burgers & Best Menu Item Name

The Thurman Cafe and The Thurmanator

These towering burgers with 3/4-pound patties and hand-cut fries can fill up the belly of any hungry traveler. They even made it on an episode of Travel Channel’s show Man v. Food. The Thurmanator features two patties with toppings ranging from mayo, tomatoes and lettuce to banana peppers and ham.

Photos courtesy of Archie Griffin Scholarship Fund, Massey’s Pizza, Schottenstein Center, Thurman Cafe

Best Steakhouse

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

After battling back and forth with Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse for a few years, Hyde Park is back on top with its top-notch steaks. Lauded filet mignon and Wagyu steak options, as well as mouthwatering sides and appetizers, make this steakhouse a reliable destination for special occasions.

Best Food Truck

Schmidt’s Sausage Truck

This company has decades of history in Columbus, from its Ohio State Fair booth to its historic restaurant in German Village. The mobile version of this German staple can be found traveling all around Columbus, so be sure to track it down to get your fix of sausage and cream puffs.

Best ‘Bevs

Best Place to Drink Your Brunch

Kitchen Social

After opening its Dublin location, Kitchen Social is taking over the brunch scene! With delicious options such as

creme brulee French toast and a chorizo egg scramble, it is a proven spot for fulfilling your weekend brunch needs.

Best Coffee

Stauf’s Coffee Roasters

This coffee shop not only offers unique blends and roasts of coffee, but roasts it in small batches in-house! Get a cup of coffee – or tea – from one of four locations around Columbus.

Best Winery

Cooper’s Hawk

With several award-winning wines – such as its Pinot Noir, which has won 30 different awards – Cooper’s Hawk has drawn a lot of attention and praise over the years, making this win no surprise.

Best Distillery

High Bank Distillery Co.

Co-founded and run by one of the most decorated Master Distillers in Ohio, Adam Hines, High Bank Distillery Co. has won several awards and has an eye for sustainability.

Best Retail Wine Selection

Carfagna’s Market & Ristorante

Best Brewery


Housing 24 beer taps featuring some of the best guest breweries around town, BrewDog is the perfect place to grab a craft beer or your favorite spirit of choice. Need somewhere to stay after your last drink? Get a room at the BrewDog Hotel and stay in one of the “kennels,” which have draft beer on tap in each room.

Since 2015, Giant Eagle has won this category seven times, but Carfagna’s has dethroned it for the first time in three years!

Best Retail Beer Selection

Giant Eagle

The reigning champ takes the win for the seventh year in a row! Be sure to check out your local store for the best beer selection in town.

Best Happy Hour

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern

With 10 locations around the greater Columbus area, there is a good chance you

have enjoyed a meal here. There is a wide selection of wines, beer and mixed drinks, and if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out the Daily Drink Features.

Best Performing and Visual Art

Best New Exhibit

Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures at COSI

Travel back in time as you walk through this ancient Egyptian exhibit that transports you to Tut’s tomb as it was exhumed. Be sure to stop by COSI to see it before the exhibit closes in September.

Best Suburban Art Gallery

Ohio Craft Museum

Featuring the work of accredited Ohio Designer Craftsmen, the museum showcases five major exhibitions each year and

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Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures at COSI
Photos courtesy of Brewdog, COSI, Ohio Craft Museum

offers educational programs for all ages. Check out its Emerging Ohio Artists Exhibition opening Aug. 12.

Best Urban Art Gallery & Best Public Art Display

Columbus Museum of Art

Best Theater Troupe

Shadowbox Live

Shadowbox has won this category for the past eight years in a row. This year marks its 9th victory with a lead of almost 200 votes.

Best Dance Troupe


As its 45th anniversary season comes to a close, this organization offers more than just entertainment. With hundreds of classes for ages 3 to 84, anyone can sign up for BalletMet’s Dance Academy

Best Arts Performance (since March 2022)

Hamilton presented by Broadway in Columbus

Along its 2022 tour around the country, Hamilton made a stop at Ohio Theatre. With its iconic music and novel storytelling, it is no surprise it won this year’s title.

Best Concert (since March 2022)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

This orchestral rock band spectacle has been entertaining audiences since 1996, making a stop in Columbus each winter for years.

Best of the ‘Fest

Best Summer Concert Series

Picnic with the Pops by Columbus Symphony Orchestra

From big-name artists such as Ben Folds and Ne-Yo to patriotic celebrations and

Best Food-Themed Festival

Jazz & Rib Fest

Look no further for the best in both barbecue and jazz. Listen to a variety of performers and groups as you chow down on some smoked meats from more than 15 different rib vendors.

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Hamilton Photos courtesy of Broadway in Columbus, Randall L. Schieber

TBDBITL ringing in the new OSU football season, this series will always get Columbus up and on its feet.

Best Downtown (Columbus) Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

Bringing in hundreds of visual and performance artists to the Downtown riverfront, this festival has wowed visitors for years.

Best Suburban Festival

Dublin Irish Festival

Known for its Irish food, dance, music and more. Be sure to stop by Dublin for your fix of all things green.

Best Event for People-Watching


Best Drink-Themed Festival

Grove City Wine and Arts Festival

To sample wine from all over the state, Grove City brings together over 20 wineries – including its own Plum Run Winery – for a weekend full of wine, music and art.

Best Spot to Gamble

Hollywood Casino Columbus

Best Suburban Fourth of July Celebration


Head to the Westerville Sports Complex on Cleveland Avenue for the best viewing area for fireworks.

Best TV Binge


If you’re looking for a daring modern take on the Wild West, tune in to Paramount to catch Kevin Costner portraying a rancher in Montana facing all the drama and danger of a family ranch on the outskirts of the law.

Best Book

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Written by the awardwinning author during the COVID-19 pandemic, this


tale takes readers on a journey to an imaginative world hidden in a shed and the 17-year-old boy who will save it – and his own world – from falling apart.

Best Shop ‘til you Drop

Best Hometown Product

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

For five of the past six years – 2019 being the exception – Jeni’s has captured this title and Columbus’ taste buds with its rich and unique flavor combinations.

Best Locally Owned Boutique

A Gal Named Cinda Lou

Head to North State Street in Westerville to find this boutique that offers an eclectic mix of greeting cards, stickers, music and knick-knacks.

Best Farmers’ Market


While most communities have their own local markets, this farmers’ market is open year-round, with an outdoor summer season from May until October and an indoor space for the colder months.

Best Jewelry Store

Worthington Jewelers

Self-proclaimed as the place “where Columbus gets engaged,” this jeweler has been serving the Columbus community for over 20 years.

Best of Health and Fitness

Best Spa Day Out

The Spa at River Ridge Salon

This Dublin favorite offers many services, ranging from haircuts and styles to facials, massages and pedicures. The spa also

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Best Yoga Studio

Yoga on High

If you want classes in yoga, meditation or aerial silks, you’ll find offerings for all ages and skill levels at this centrally located, relaxing urban getaway.

Best Pet Day Care/Boarding

All Tails “R” Waggin

Whether you want a grooming session for your pup, a place for it to stay for your weekend getaway or a furry friend of your own, All Tails has you covered!

Best Views

Best Ohio Vacation Destination

Best Nature Trails

Best Weekend Getaway

Hocking Hills & The Oasis

Best Gym/Fitness Center

The Fitness Movement

Specializing in group fitness, The Fitness Movement offers a variety of classes – including its signature Bodypump, Bodycombat and Bodybalance categories – but also offers an open workout area for those looking to get out and get active.

Offering breathtaking views through secluded hiking trails, canoeing passages and zipline rides, this space is perfect for a day in nature or a camping trip under the stars.

Best Wedding Venue

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Who wouldn’t want to get married alongside beautiful art and flowers? At the Conservatory, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

Best Fitness Event

Arnold Sports Festival

The result of a chance meeting between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Columbus sports promoter Jim Lorimer has now become one of the nation’s leading sports and fitness events

Best Luxury Resort (in or around Ohio)

Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio

This 55-acre “Tuscan getaway” offers beautiful lakeside views with high-end amenities, such as a complimentary continental breakfast that will arrive at your suite each morning.

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Movement Afoot

It began in summer 2003. My knee pain led me to seek medical attention to determine the cause of my discomfort. This resulted in a strong recommendation to walk instead of run to reduce the stress on my knee.

As compensatory as this new form of physical activity may sound, it was emotionally devastating. Imagine having competed in marathons for over 30 years, and then being told to not only curtail your running, but eliminate it completely. Denying someone of a mental and physical health-enhancing lifestyle in which they have been engaged for well over half of their lifetime can result in a number of health issues unless an equal, if not better, alternative is discovered.

That alternative became a reality and evolved to become Healthy New Albany, one of the country’s most innovative wellness models. It took many steps to reach this pinnacle.

In December 2003, the walking movement began to flourish as people from surrounding communities gathered on a regu-

19th Annual New Albany Walking Classic

5K or 10K

Sept. 10, 8 a.m.

200 Market St., New Albany, or virtual

lar basis to walk around the scenic paths of New Albany. That led to a more formal approach to walking with the founding of the New Albany Walking Club in early 2004. With walking becoming ever more popular, the idea was conceived to expand the activity of the Walking Club and investigate the possibility of conducting a walking-only race conducted on the same scale as any running race. That is, why not offer age group and overall finisher awards with the idea of walking for health and/or competition?

The only difference between this kind of event and any other 10K event was that running was not permitted. And in 2005, the New Albany Walking Classic was launched with 900 athletes competing. The popularity of this event resulted in sellouts with more than 3,000 participants in the coming years.

As the community was not content with promoting health only through a walk, the importance of overall wellness began to unfold. With assistance from the New Albany Community Foundation, we

launched an innovative and comprehensive wellness model. A group of interested community residents was convened, from which the idea of a farmers market, a community garden, health lectures and more was conceived. And thus, Healthy New Albany was founded in 2010.

Shortly thereafter, another idea was launched. Why not have a facility in which medical fitness, physicians, physical therapists and Healthy New Albany can be housed in to provide wellness services to the community? With the support of the New Albany Company, which dedicated the land, and the City of New Albany, which funded the facility, The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany opened in 2014. Today, this facility serves as the center for wellness initiatives through the community. And it all began one step at a time, beginning with a walk.

Keep walking,

New Albany Walking Classic

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Connecting our Community in Health

when we examine, understand and address the root causes of conditions that limit healthy living.

Experiencing Nature: We celebrate the seasons and encourage our community to embrace the transformational power and healing energy of the outdoors.

Making Connections: We create opportunities for gathering, learning and sharing.

Working Together: We are dedicated to service and best accomplish our mission when we collaborate with partners, volunteers and donors.

In the spirit of connection, grab a friend and hit the trails. We’ll see you at “The Walk!”

The older I get, the more I recognize and appreciate the value of human connections. The beauty of life is found in how we live it in relation to others.

Walking the path of life alongside friends, family and community mem bers makes our days worthwhile and our experiences along the way come to life. Connections with others breathe life into our existence.

Healthy New Albany was born from this very basic desire for human connec tion. From a small local group led by Dr. Phil Heit, founded upon companionship and walking together, a bustling nonprofit organization was born.

With an emphasis on whole-person health and holistic wellbeing, the growing staff of Healthy New Albany work every day to cultivate and inspire healthy liv ing. We do this through a thriving market and community garden, friendly food pantry, and various health and well ness programs that engage people of all ages in healthful living.

At Healthy New Albany, we recognize the value of meaningful connections and the power of prevention. We dedicate each day to helping people reach their full potential.

Our values say it all:

Whole Person Health: in mind-body connections and strive to create programs that encourage move ment to improve both physical and mental health.

Food is Life: Healthy food access and knowledge is at the center of our work.

From feeding the hungry and hosting farmers markets, to cultivating gardens and teaching cooking classes.

Focus on Prevention: The overall


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Health,  Angela Douglass

The Walk ... by the Numbers

With nearly 20 years of history, the New Albany Walking Classic has registered a lot of firsts and records. Whether related to the number of participants or their times, here are some interesting figures related to the Walk.

Numbers to know

Event Distances

3.1 miles


6.2 miles


13.1 miles

Half-marathon •



The Walking Classic started in 2005 with nearly 900 people completing the first 10K trek. That number increased the following year, with 1,459 walkers crossing the finish line.

The half-marathon option was first offered in 2008, but didn’t become a regular offering until 2011.

2017 marked the only year the walk was limited to five miles, due to construction constraints.

COVID-19 may have stopped the 2020 in-person race, but walkers completed their walks virtually in their own neighborhoods.

The 10K race in 2009 saw the highest number of participants with 2,666 finishers.


Although the average age of participants is about 54, there is no age restriction for signing up.

The youngest person to complete the 10K was 5 years old and, in 2016, an 8-year-old did the half-marathon.

In the event’s first year, an 87-year-old competed in the half-marathon. In 2021, a 92-year-old did the 10K.

From near and far

Of the roughly 2,000 people who walk every year, only about 26% come from New Albany.

People have come from 94 different cities and 11 states, as far south as Florida and west as California and Washington. There have even been competitors from Canada.

Did you know?

This year is the first year a 5K option will be offered instead of the half-marathon.

There is also an option to complete both the 5K and 10K virtually that has been in place for the past five years.

There has only been one year when the event was canceled, 2018, due to weather conditions.

Total number of participants since 2005


While many enjoy the walk as a leisure activity, there are records for the fastest times.

?The fastest 10K was recorded back in 2007, with a time of 43 minutes and 42 seconds. In 2013, the record of 1 hour, 21 minutes and 45 seconds was recorded for the half-marathon.

If you aren’t a speed walker, but want to pace yourself, here are the average times for both events:

➲ 10K: 1 hour, 45 minutes

➲ Half-marathon: 3 hours, 30 minutes

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Connected. Inclusive. Engaged.

As a strategically planned community, New Albany collaborates with residents and businesses to create a shared vision for the future that brings people together. It’s a friendly, inclusive community that makes you feel at home, encourages a healthy lifestyle, nurtures the creative spirit, invests in lifelong learning, supports business and protects the environment for future generations. It’s more than a place to live, it’s a way of life.

Tech Training Tools

Fitness apps that provide training and support for walkers

Whether your goal this year is a new pace or a longer race, there are quite a few handy apps to aid in training. These are some walking trackers that are not only available on iOS and Android, but are very user-friendly and designed to help you meet your goals.

ers with some friendly competition. Walkers can train with friends virtually through various fitness challenges and races crafted by the app.

Don’t be fooled by the brand name: Users do not need a smartwatch to enjoy this nifty gadget. Though the app allows those with a FitBit watch to sync it to the app, it is designed to map routes, count steps and provide motivation for all users, regardless of any additional accessories.

This app is free, but an upgrade of $10 monthly or $80 annually grants access to sleep and stress analysis statistics and personal coaching.


cadence, treadmill metrics and workouts with varying tempos to provide the perfect balance of speed and distance training.

Whether you’re training for a 5K, a 10K or even a marathon, Walkmeter has specific training plans for any race distance.

Charity Miles

With this app, you can stay active for a good cause. Free of charge, Charity Miles gives meaning to miles.

Users simply choose a charity to donate to and, once they start their workout, funds are donated to that charity with each mile logged. The app even allows users to join teams and raise money as a community.


This app boasts extensive tracking and data analysis features, along with audio feedback to keep you from constantly checking your phone for progress.

For those looking to follow specific routes, MapMyWalk allows users to craft and save their own routes, which can be followed using easily viewable maps.

Additionally, walkers can share their accomplishments while keeping a log of their mileage by posting their activity.

An upgraded version of the otherwise free app, which costs $5.99 monthly or $29.99 annually, eliminates ads while adding personal training plans and in-depth heart-rate analysis tools.

FitBit App Mobile Tracker

Along with accurate step, distance and heart rate tracking, this app provides us-

Walkmeter is the perfect app for those looking for tech that acutely tracks speed and distance. It provides split times and detailed interval statistics, helping you stay on target for time goals.

Additionally, it provides audio alerts of your pace and workout information as you progress, preventing the need to stop and check your phone constantly.

These features are free on the app, but with an upgrade that costs $9.99 annually, you can also receive coaching on your

Charity Mile does not have any upgrades available for additional charges. However, users can still track their miles and view their time spent exercising as they raise money, ensuring that it is still a handy tool to keep up on training.

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Track Your Pals with RaceJoy

Savvy app support doesn’t stop with training! Make sure to download RaceJoy the day of the New Albany Walking Classic to keep track of your time and follow others as they participate. This app provides GPS tracking, giving updates as to how far along in the race you are. Additionally, it allows users to track other participants as they race. You can even send a virtual cheer to your loved ones as they walk.

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Familiar Faces

The people and groups always at the Walking Classic

Since its 2005 inception, the New Albany Walking Classic has brought hundreds of people and organizations together, some of whom return each year.

Kroger has been a supporter from the very beginning. Corporate Affairs Manager Amy McCormick, who manages the media and philanthropy for the New Albany store, says the company’s support was exclusively financial at first, but has changed over time and become so much more.

“We provide trash boxes (and) we provide hydration at the event,” McCormick says. “For us, it’s the connectivity pieces –that wellness message … (and) all of the things that they’re able to provide (for) our community members. We find value in that health message.”

The attention to health is also a big draw for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dan Like, chief administrative officer of ambulatory services, says the meaning behind the walk aligns with everything the center supports.

“We’re an academic medical center focused on innovating patient care and research and education, so participating in a walk like this is a perfect representation of what we’re all about,” he says.

Each year, members of the Wexner Medical Center’s health and fitness staff help lead the walkers through a series of stretches before the event and hand out general wellness information with some OSU swag.

The center staff – and Brutus – aren’t the only OSU people who attend. Buckeye Brass, a small group of OSU Marching Band alumni and current members, makes an appearance every year in support of the center and the healthy message.

Bob Grossman, the leader and part founder of the group, says the seven- to 12-member ensemble enjoys “keeping the spirit” up while playing OSU classics such as “Hang On Sloopy” and “Buckeye Battle Cry” at the starting line.

It wouldn’t be the Walking Classic without a visit from the Velvet Ice Cream truck. Joanne Dager, vice president of the company, says Velvet has been a part of the

Walk since the early 2000s and has always enjoyed participating and bringing treats.

“We always walk it together, and then we come back and hand out ice cream together as a team and everybody just loves it,” Dager says. “It’s just great, especially when you’re also doing it for the cause of wellness. It’s so uplifting, even at eight o’clock in the morning.”

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Some of the other supporters of the New Albany Walking Classic include:

• Anomatic

• Axium Packaging

• Budros, Ruhlin & Roe

• CityScene Media Group

• G&J Pepsi-Cola

• New Albany Country Club

• Park National Bank

• Panera Bread

• Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern

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Building Timeline

Award winners and the projects that define their past, present and future

Best Remodeling Company Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers

Overthe course of 41 years, Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers has become one of the best-known remodelers, if not the best-known remodeler, in central Ohio.

The company doesn’t focus on any one particular type of renovation – kitchen, bathroom, basement, etc. – but on projects of an appropriate scope. Its ideal endeavor is a large, complex custom project, which it sees through from beginning to end, says company President Gary Demos.

A key part of Dave Fox’s success for those four decades has been to fixate on improvement rather than growth for growth’s sake, Demos says. This is done by looking out for the client’s best interests.

“It’s their house, it’s their dreams, and we want to help bring that to life,” he says.

Though it doesn’t promote it heavily, the company makes a point of donating to local charities and food banks, and works with community organizations that improve people’s lives.


This $994,000 historical restoration was completed in 2021, where an 1861 Granville house, which was being used as a bed and breakfast, was turned back into a residence. Dave Fox was able to still ensure it met all the requirements for a B&B, as if it lost that designation, it couldn’t get it back. Highlights included a complete overhaul of the home’s layout to make it more livable; refrigerator columns and pantries repurposed to hold kitchen appliances, for which there was little storage before; and retention of an original fireplace chimney with a witch’s crook.


A $96,000 remodel bestowed a more open feel and a unique look on this bath-

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room in a Lewis Center home. A toosmall closet and a too-big jacuzzi tub are out; a two-sided, floating vanity island is in, making it far easier for the homeowners to get ready in the morning without getting in each other’s way. Geometric tile shapes in multiple finishes, nature-inspired materials and a hammered-copper Japanese soaking tub fill out the space.


The company is working on a kitchen addition in an Upper Arlington home, with the finished product most likely landing somewhere in the $500,000 range. Dave Fox has found that homeowners are increasingly looking for their spaces, particularly kitchens, to reflect their personalities – with bold accents and patterns – and this project illustrates that point. It’s highlighted by a sizable appliance package with a variety of smart features including at least three different cabinet finishes and a butler’s pantry to be used as an entertaining space for storage of wine and bourbon.

Best Home Builder Bob Webb Homes

Withmore than 60 years of history in central Ohio, Bob Webb Homes has been at the center of custom homebuilding here for decades.

The company has its name on some of the most recognizable luxury neighborhoods in the Columbus area –think Jerome Village, Tartan West, Evans Farm – and tends to make waves whenever a new project is announced. Its projects often steal the show at the BIA Parade of Homes, including this past year, when its single-family houses in Evans Farm and Jerome Village took home top honors.

Though each Bob Webb home is unique – the company is a custom builder, after all – some of its signature touches are immaculate flashing around windows, innovative built-ins, a reputation for topquality trim and “messy kitchens” that allow the main kitchen to be used as more of a gathering space.

Bob Webb doesn’t just build homes in the communities it’s part of. The company also uses its model homes to host continuing education and other events for real estate agents. And during the holiday season, Bob Webb fulfills wish lists for local children who are in foster care.


Bob Webb takes particular pride in its original Show Home in Jerome Village, which was built in 2017. Incorporating multiple different design elements and styles, the house was built on a scale and magnitude unlike any of the company’s many, many previous models, and was a source of inspiration for a considerable number of visitors.


The company recently put the finishing touches on its third Show Home in the Jerome Village community. Though it’s located just down the street from the original, this house is an entirely different animal. It combines floor plan ele-

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ments that have proved popular in previous projects, and repurposed several spaces to better appeal to the interests of today’s homebuyers.


Bob Webb is in the process of building two new models in New Albany: one in brand new neighborhood Woodhaven, and one in the neighborhood’s Simplified Living community, the Post at Woodhaven. The neighborhood is designed with multigenerational living in mind, and the designs of the new models will reflect that, making them appropriate for residents of all ages. CS

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Bucket List Guide to Ireland

Explore the roots of Irish heritage with a trip across the pond

FOR THREE DAYS each August, Dublin, Ohio, hosts one of the largest Irish festivals in the world. The music, history and iconic Irish dancing are a sight you cannot miss. However, if you’re looking to take the next big step in exploring Irish heritage, you’re going to need to book a flight to Dublin, Ireland.

When you head to Ireland, there are some must-sees to start your trip – starting with the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which has served Dublin for over 800 years, and Trinity College Dublin, home to the Book of Kells.

Experience immersive tours at the iconic Guinness Storehouse or the historic Jameson Distillery. Downtown hotspots such as Temple Bar and The Liberties are great places to walk around and explore the local culture. These non-negotiables explore the well-known Irish heritage, but you may need to go off the beaten path to truly experience all Ireland can offer.


The town of Dingle is an incredible place to experience the peaceful countryside and coastal lifestyle of the Irish. Staying in a bed-and-breakfast is your best bet, though there are many Airbnbs and Vrbos throughout the area.

The rolling hills of the countryside and coastal cliffs are best seen on Slea Head Loop drive. The scenery is some of the best the country offers and is filled with pull-off points to explore historic sites, old cathedrals and overlooks.

The main block in the city is filled with pubs, shops and, best of all, “chippers:” local fish and chip shops.

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After you grab dinner, stop by one of the many pubs for authentic Irish music and a pint of Guinness or Murphy’s stout.

The nightlife follows suit with the laidback landscape and cozy feel of the local shops. Also known for its sheep and wool mills, Dingle is the perfect spot to pick up a true Irish wool sweater at Kerry Woollen Mills.

Killarney and the Gap of Dunloe

Southeast outside of Dingle, you’ll find Killarney. This hotspot for shopping and restaurants is located alongside the natural beauty of Killarney National Park.

Driving about 10 miles from downtown Killarney, you’ll come across one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in all of Ireland: the Gap of Dunloe.

The drive follows a narrow and curvy road up the Gap with sheep, ponds and hiking trails on both sides. You’ll want to drive slowly not just to stay safe, but to take in the scenery.

After a day of driving, hiking and exploring, Murphy’s Bar, Restaurant and Townhouse in downtown Killarney is the perfect place to get dinner and a pint. Following dinner, the district is full of local shops and historic landmarks to explore.


To truly get the coastal village lifestyle in Ireland, Clifden is a rarely visited hidden gem.

From the historic churches and castles to the locally owned pubs and gorgeous coastal scenery, this town is a must-see. As with most Irish towns, there are many bed and breakfasts in the center of town.

Take a walk through the Clifden Monastery Walled Garden or around Clifden Castle. After exploring all day, check out Moran’s Oyster Cottage, a one-of-a-kind spot to try Irish oysters and browse a large wine menu. CS

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The Fighting Irish will pack up and head to Ireland opening the 2023 season Aug. 26 against rival Navy as part of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic.

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Smoke on the Water

Water and the climate crisis motivate artist’s photographic work

WHEN CALISTA LYON’S father, an amateur photographer, introduced her to the camera, she immediately fell in love. Lyon, who grew up on a cattle farm in Australia, discovered her interest back in high school, and was inspired by the way an image can tell a story.

“I believe wholeheartedly in the power of images and their ability to share representations of different places, people, experiences, to hold memories or be a mnemonic for a memory,” Lyon says.

This summer, Lyon brings “Breaking Water” to the Riffe Gallery’s A New World: Ohio Women to Watch 2023 exhibition.

This exhibition is a result of a collaboration between the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery and the Ohio Advisory Group of the

National Museum of Women in Arts. It features 11 female artists who offer perspectives on alternate realities and ways of thinking.

Lyon studied applied photography at a technical school in Melbourne, Australia before moving to California to complete her undergrad in Studio Art at California State University.

She then moved to Columbus to study at The Ohio State University, where she received her master’s degree in photography in 2019. She chose to stay in Columbus and now works as a visiting assistant professor of studio art at Kenyon College.

“We had such a good artist community here (in Columbus) that I really didn’t want to leave afterwards,” Lyon says. “It was just really good to me as a city.”

In her installment, Lyon worked with artist Carmen Winant to construct a piece that opens a discussion about water as a connecting force turning the individual into community. Lyon focused on finding images of dams breaking for river restoration efforts, while Winant collected images of women’s water breaking during pregnancy.

The installment features a collection of 21 CRT televisions arranged in a circle showcasing the images in quick succession, creating an all-encompassing effect. Accompanying audio discusses the research conducted alongside the images.

Much of Lyon’s work synthesizes historical images with research within an ecological context to provide a commentary on

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the climate crisis and the ways in which the U.S. addresses the issue.

“I had very strong feelings from a young age that the way we’re living was not sustainable,” Lyon says. “I felt like I carried that inside me for a long time and there was no way for me to articulate those feelings.”

Lyon’s pieces feature photographic collages that document the issues she seeks to highlight. She meticulously researches her subject, collects artwork and crafts a collage that provides a public archive of historical works framing the issue in a new light.

“(Through my work) I am able to share ideas, thinking, problems, questions with the community that to me are pressing and relevant and are maybe not being told in mainstream media,” she says. “I think of my work as a counter archival practice.”

Lyon’s work doesn’t end with just photography – although that is where she found her initial training. Lyon’s work focuses on putting historical images in conversation with one another and then into the greater context of a larger issue.

“I have moved into photography’s expanded field. … For me, it’s working in interdisciplinary ways with the image. So I use it in performances, in printworks, in community-engaged works that use the form of the image to be able to do something,” Lyon says. “I’m particularly interested in climate grief, ecological despair (and) climate anxiety.”

In addition to the exhibition at Riffe Gallery, Lyon’s work has been displayed at the La Trobe Art Institute in Bendigo, Australia; the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati; the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; and many other locations. CS

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ON VIEW Dates and shows are subject to change. Visit the websites for more information.

Gallery Exhibits

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Hayley Gallery: Color Play. Featuring work by Ray McKenzie and Ped Dragich. Open July 15-Aug. 15. Bashert. Featuring work by Anna Sokol and Dalia Koppes. Open Aug. 19-Sept. 12. www.localohio

High Road Gallery and Studio: Color and Life, The Journey So Far…: The Art of Said Jawal and Kevin Russell. Mixed media work, including ceramics. Through July 15.

Kittie’s Highline Art Space: Awe and Wonder. Artwork by Don Scott using a variety of mediums. Open July 2-Aug. 31. www.

Art Access Gallery: Fridays with Judy Friday. Abstract paintings by Judy Favret Friday. Through Aug. 25. www.artaccess

Columbus Museum of Art: A Scratch on the Earth. The most comprehensive exhibition of Wendy Red Star’s work to date. always circled whirling. The first solo exhibition of abstract painter Lesley Vance. Both through Sept. 3. PRESENT ’23. Second wave of gifts for the museum’s Scantland Collection. Through Oct. 8. www.columbus

Columbus College of Art & Design Beeler Gallery: Chroma 2023. Featuring the work of graduating CCAD students. Through Aug. 26.

Cultural Arts Center: Blue and Gray. Civil War photos manipulated by Angie Rucker.

Open July 14-Aug. 19. www.culturalarts

David Myers Gallery: The Art of Intuition VIII. A rotating exhibit featuring the expressive art of more than 20 other studio artists. Through July 26. www.davidmyers

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Intrinsic Luminescence. Work by Judith Brandon, Stanka Kordic and Michael Mikula featuring their unique art forms. Through Aug. 27.

Dublin Arts Council: The Pandemic Portraits. Portraits captured by Nicholas Hill throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Through July 21.

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: Bipolarity: Clarified Mania. Work by AJ Heckman. Through

Loann Crane Gallery at the Greater Columbus Arts Council: RENEWAL: Works about Hope. Group exhibition by Hayley Gallery

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Fresh A.I.R. Gallery. Through July 28.

Mac Worthington Studio, Gallery & Sculpture Park: Radical Abstract Expressionism. Featuring original large-scale paintings by Mac Worthington. Art Isn’t Just for Walls. Tours of the sculpture park and behind-the-scenes in an open studio. Both open July 1-31.

Marcia Evans Gallery: Summer Group Show. Several gallery artists with a variety of styles and sizes showcase their work. Open July 1-Aug. 31 www.marciaevans

Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery: A New World: Ohio Women to Watch 2023. Featuring artwork from 11 underrepresented and emerging women artists. Open July 29-Oct. 6.

Ohio Craft Museum: Emerging Artists of Ohio. Mixed media work by artists who got their start on Ohio’s college campuses. Open Aug. 12-Sept. 30.

Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrle Gallery: From the Halls of Wehrle: 2023 Senior Exhibition. Featuring a range of content and media created by graduating seniors. Through July 10. WehrleGallery.html

Ohio Glass Museum: Earth, Hand, & Fire. A 104-piece gift of Fenton Glass given to the museum from the estate of Mary Helen Hunt. Through Aug. 31. www.

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery: Arch City. Artwork that highlights some local views in Columbus and around the Midwest. Open July 8-Aug. 4. www.opendoor

OSU Urban Arts Space: Yaafoa, Home is Calling by KBoateng from July 15-29. Ela á Showroom by Ana Lowe from July 18-Aug. 22. Two Neighbors by Sarah Esposito and Alex Vlasov from Aug. 16-26.

OSU Faculty Club: Paintings From a New Mythology. Work by Adam Hernandez showing his Puerto Rican heritage, graffiti from his childhood and ancient mythology. Through July 28. Paradise. Artwork by Brenden Spivey highlighting geometry and travel. Open July 31-Sept. 29. www.

Ohio Women to Watch

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Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center: Visual Healing. Artwork by Cyrus Fire and Dan Gerdeman. ABCs of Encouragement for Girls - An Art Exhibit for Positive Change. Artwork by Jeremy Rosario. Both open July 13-Aug. 24.

Pizzuti Collection of Columbus Museum of Art: Greater Columbus. A collection of work featuring several central Ohio artists to recognize their outstanding talent. Was It Your Trigger Finger? Film, collage and sculpture work that re-imagines globalization and the self by breaking down diplomatic and emotional borders by Bobby T. Luck. Both through Aug. 6. www.columbus

ROY G BIV Gallery: Maggie Cappelletti, Lydia Smith, Chantal Wnuk and Eva Antebi-Lerman. Work navigating chaos, death and physical decay. Open July 14-Aug. 4. Jamie Walters Kessler, Katie Monogoven, Hannah Musser and Emily Yurkevicz. Expressing relationships with materials, nature and themselves. Open Aug. 11-Sept. 1. www.royg

Sarah Gormley Gallery: Paintings and prints by Susanne Dotson. Through July 15.

Sean Christopher Gallery: Beauty in the Basement. Work by Lynda McClanahan using one-shot oil enamel on plywood and

hardboard. Open July 1-Aug. 19. www.sean

Sharon Weiss Gallery: A mixed media exhibit will feature several local artists. Open July 1- 31. Sips. An oil paintings series by Steven S. Walker depicting the positive side of daily life. Open Aug. 3-27.

Studios on High Gallery: What You See. Fiber art and wearables by Deb Johnson and Ruth Anna Mitchell. Open July 1-Aug. 3. Yesterday’s Tomorrow World. Mixed media work by Tracy Greenwalt. Open Aug. 5-31.

Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery: Endangered: Dublin Area Art League Juried Exhibit. Work by members of the Dublin Area Art League exploring the ideas of endangerment. Open July 12-Sept. 15.

Wexner Center for the Arts: UMM… Work by Sahar Khoury featuring sculptures and installations that incorporate a range of techniques and media. Break, Take, Erase, Tally. Work by Jumana Manna featuring several cinematic works, large-scale sculptures and assemblages. one way to transform and two and three. Work by Harold Mendez featuring the artist’s first works in volcanic stone and ceramic. All open Aug. 24-Dec. 30.

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What to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss!

Red, White & BOOM!

July 3, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Downtown Columbus

The largest Independence Day celebration in the Midwest begins with a street festival and continues throughout the day with meetups, live music, food and a parade. Fireworks launch from Genoa Park at 10 p.m.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Nationwide Insurance present Picnic with the Pops 8 p.m.

Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St.

July 1

Patriotic Pops and Soul

Grove City Parks and Recreation

Department presents 2023 Summer Sizzle Concert Series

Every other Friday

July 7-Sept. 1, 7-8:30 p.m. Grove City Town Center, 3359 Park St., Grove City

A variety of bands offer a myriad of musical genres at these open-air concerts.

July 8

The Music of Whitney Houston: A Celebration

July 15

The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA

July 22

Ben Folds – What Matters Most Tour

July 28-29

The Ohio State University

Marching Band

Westerville Area Chamber Music and Arts Festival

July 8-9

Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville

More than 100 visual artists attend at this annual festival with live music and several food vendors. Ages 3-18 can

Westerville Area Chamber Music and Arts Festival

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be featured in the youth art show. www.

Jazz Arts Group presents JazZoo Concert Series

July 14 and 21; Aug. 4 and 11; 6:15 p.m.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell

Fight the summer heat with four cool jazz performances at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Performances start at 8 p.m.

Heart of Grove City Tacos & Tequila Festival

July 15, 1-10 p.m.

Grove City Town Center, 3359 Park St., Grove City

Higher-end tequila tasting will be offered with a selection of tacos and other food. Hand-crafted beers from Grove City Brewing Company will also be served.

Columbus Book Festival

July 15-16

Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Ave.

Celebrating all book lovers, this festival brings together more than 200 national and local authors in addition to exhibitors and entertainment. www.columbusbook

Lancaster Festival

July 20-29

Throughout Lancaster

This central Ohio favorite celebrates creativity through music and the arts with activities and events for all ages. Andy Grammer (“Honey, I’m Good”) and Sheryl Crow (“If it Makes You Happy”) perform July 22 and 29, respectively. www.

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department presents Jazz & Rib Fest

July 21-23

Scioto Mile

Combining music and barbecue, this summer tradition celebrates everything ribs and jazz.

Ohio State Fair

July 26-Aug. 6

Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave.

With over 170 years of history, the Ohio State Fair is a family-favorite tradition with plenty of rides, food, music, animals, magicians and more.

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Pelotonia Ride Weekend

Aug. 4-6

All around central Ohio

Riders of all skills can register to enjoy both familiar and new routes around central Ohio with 100% of participant-raised funds supporting innovative cancer research at the OSUCCC – James. Donations, volunteers and spectators are welcome.

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks

Aug. 5, 7 p.m.

Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr.

These seasoned singers pair up for their co-headlining tour to give emotional and

exciting performances of their world-famous music.

Heart of Grove City presents Bourbon & Spirits Festival

Aug. 12, 1-10 p.m.

Grove City Town Center, 3359 Park St., Grove City

Formerly known as the Bourbon Tasting, the event has expanded to incorporate a rising interest in distillery products such as brandy, vodka and more. www.

Support the Arts

Dublin Irish Festival

Aug. 4-6

Coffman Park

5600 Post Rd., Dublin

With seven stages, 65 acts and more than 535 performers for 100,000-plus guests, the Dublin Irish Festival aims to continue its 36-year streak of Irish culture and tradition.

The Chicks with Ben Harper

Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.

The Chicks, the biggest-selling U.S. female band of all time with multiple diamond-selling releases, head to Columbus as part of their World Tour 2023. They are joined by three-time Grammy Award winner Ben Harper.

North Market Wine Fest

Aug. 18-19

North Market Bridge Park, 6750 Longshore St., Dublin

This second annual festival raises a glass to all the wineries and distributors from all over the world coming to Bridge Park.

Columbus Food Truck Festival

Aug. 19-20

Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4951 Northwest Pkwy., Hilliard

One of the nation’s largest food truck festivals returns for two days full of music, fun and food.

Barry Manilow

Aug. 25, 7 p.m.

Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.

Having sold over 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow brings his award-winning performance to Columbus with his U.S. Arena tour. www.nation

For more events visit

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