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One of the most beautiful things about theater is that it is by nature collaborative. The words on the page, the set, the costumers, the actors all work together to create something beyond the individual components. In the 20 years that I’ve been working in Columbus, I’ve seen it grow to a city where artists are inspired and supported by artists outside of their own craft. I’m Philip Hickman. Theater is my art and there’s no place I’d rather make it. Visit to learn more about Philip and Actors’ Theatre of Columbus’ summer season.

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Brutus Buckeye symbolizes Columbus for many residents and visitors By Chloe McGowan Photos courtesy of Ohio State Athletics and Ray Sharp

WHETHER FOR A student, alumni or avid sports fan, Brutus Buckeye – mascot for The Ohio State University – is a face few can forget. Fewer than 100 Ohio State students have “donned the head” of the university’s mascot since his first appearance during the 1965 Minnesota game, says Ray Sharp, head mascot coach for the OSU Athletic Department. And despite several redesigns and costume changes in that nearly 60-

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year period, the spirit of Brutus remains the same. “There’s a certain magic that Brutus is able to portray,” says Sharp, who was Brutus from 2011-2013. “He has this natural ability – when you do kind of tap into that and bring that to life – to really just very easily make people happy.” Humble Beginnings However recognizable on the field, Brutus didn’t get his start in OSU Athletics, says Tracy Stuck, director of com-

munity partnerships and innovations. Ray Bourhis, a member of the Ohio Staters student organization, came up with the idea as a student project in 1965 and enlisted the help of his then girlfriend, Sally (Huber) Lanyon, to create the mascot. “If you think about the birthplace of Brutus Buckeye, it was on the lawn of the Pi (Beta) Phi house on 15th and Indianola,” Stuck says. The first Brutus was gigantic and carefully crafted out of papier-mâché. Due to the time period and lack of security at

games, Stuck says, the Ohio Staters were able to walk Brutus right into the stadium during halftime. “Actually, some people complained because he was blocking their view,” she says. “But when he went to leave, the whole crowd started chanting, ‘We want the mascot!’” Following his first appearance, Brutus got his official name from Kerry Reed, who won a campus-wide contest. The mascot also underwent several redesigns, including a large fiberglass costume with the ability to turn Brutus’ eyebrows downward and his smile upside down when the opposing team scored, Stuck says. Ohio Staters eventually gave the project away, and for more than 20 years, Brutus was housed with the Block O student organization. It wasn’t until the 1974 Rose Bowl that Brutus was adopted by the OSU Athletic Department. “The students in Block O didn’t have enough money to send Brutus to the 1974 Rose Bowl,” Stuck says. “At that point, they went to (the department of) athletics.” A campus-wide campaign, signed petitions and a feature in the Columbus Dispatch eventually forced the department to agree to take Brutus. That came with the condition that the department would continue to oversee him going forward. Faces of Brutus Most people are used to seeing Brutus dancing and performing cool tricks at football and basketball games. However, the mascot schedule is much busier than just those athletic contests. Each year, Brutus makes more than 300 appearances at events including sports, Pelotonia, hospital visits, birthday parties, weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs. “Anywhere where people feel the need to have Brutus there to help enhance their event, we want to be there,” Sharp says. “Student Life, any of their clubs or anything going on with them, we want to be there and show support.” Brutus attends a large number of student organization meetings and appears in many

programs around campus, including Columbus Welcome, Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) programming, freshman orientation, Welcome Week and move-in day. Donning the Head One of the most fascinating things about Brutus is that he could be your classmate, roommate or friend all year, and you’d never know until they graduate the program. Playing Brutus is one of the highest student leadership roles on campus, Stuck says. Students who have been Brutus have gone on Today and even met the president of the United States without anyone knowing about their experiences. “It’s funny because, you know, you’ll be roommates with somebody who’s donned the head for years, and you’d never know it until they posted on Instagram,” Sharp says. Tryouts for Brutus take place each spring, and students must be enrolled fulltime at OSU’s main campus to participate. During tryouts, Sharp says, the coaches look for abilities including improvisation, coordination with props and emulation of Brutus’ mannerisms. As a way to acknowledge Brutus’ community service efforts, Linda Meeks started the Brutus Buckeye Ambassador Endowed Fund in 2013. The donation-based scholarship goes toward tuition and books in the hopes that students in the mascot program might graduate debt-free. Stuck says the fund is a little over halfway to meeting its goal, which would make the Brutus Program one of the first fully funded mascot programs in the country. Buckeye Spirit Although it’s a universal rule that collegiate mascots don’t speak, Sharp says, the art of miming is incredibly important to creating and maintaining the integrity of Brutus. Brutus has a way of uniting people and bringing a sense of joy during times of difficulty such as the pandemic, Sharp says. The magic behind the mascot is being able to make people smile and offer them a small escape from reality, no matter what is going on around them.

“I don’t know of many opportunities outside of the university – or, really, anywhere – that an impact like that can be made just by appearing and putting on a costume,” Sharp says. “I think that speaks to that enduring spirit of wanting to pay it forward and wanting to make things better for the next person.” Although faces at Ohio State may change, one thing that remains consistent is Brutus and his enduring smile. “I think that because he’s always smiling, he really projects that tradition of Ohio State and the caring part about our community,” Stuck says. CS Chloe McGowan is a contributing writer at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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You’ve Got a Friend in Me Peer recovery support is available in a variety of settings By Claire Miller

KAREN OTTO HAS been in recovery for six

and a half years. She was extremely private about her active addiction and recovery to anyone outside her family until it became part of her job requirement to talk about it as a peer recovery supporter for Mount Carmel Health System. That role, prompted by her recovery, came after a 20-plus year career in sales and business. “I can remember talking to my counselor saying, ‘I have all the resources,’” she says. “‘I have insurance. I have a family that is still willing to enable recovery. I have all these things. Who helps the people who don’t have what I have?’ And that’s really where this sprung from, is that innate peer-to-peer relationship and wanting to give back.” The evidence-based practice of peer support isn’t new, but it continues to experience steady growth in a variety of health care and community health settings because of its effectiveness in treating mental health, substance use and trauma-related issues. “It’s the epitome of hope for people who (feel that) society doesn’t value us as people, as human people, once we acknowledge that we live with certain challenges,” says Juliet Dorris-Williams, executive director of The P.E.E.R. Center, a peer recovery organization in operation since 2007. At The P.E.E.R. Center, there’s no hiding of past and present challenges. Instead, they’re deliberately brought into the open so the lived experiences can have a positive impact on the associates who drop in for support. Every person on staff, including the director and most of the board of trustees, has their own story of recovery. None of

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the staff were alone in their recovery journey, Dorris-Williams says, and while they may not be able to return the support to those who helped them along the way, being a peer supporter is the next best thing. “One of the things that we choose to do is pay it forward,” she says. The P.E.E.R. Center has two Columbus locations open every day, offering one-onone peer support and group peer support six or seven days a week. The center also provides social activities, a resource center with a computer bank, a media center, arts and crafts, a bottomless pot of coffee, and meals served twice a week, one provided by the Mid-Ohio Food Collective. A non-emergency phone line, WARMline, also offers support to anyone in need daily from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Evidence-Based Research has linked peer support to reduced rehospitalization, fewer inpatient days, lower overall costs of service, increased use of outpatient services, increased quality of life outcomes, increased engagement rates and increased whole health, according to Mental Health America. As of May 2018, 45 states and the District of Columbia have established or are creating programs to train and certify peer specialists. In 2022, Ohio added additional certifications for peer recovery support in conjunction with the RecoveryOhio initiative. The rule change creates two new types of certified peer supporters, Certified Youth Supporters and Certified Family Supporters, in addition to the already existing Adult Certified Peer Recovery Supporters. Since 2016, more than 3,000 Ohioans have completed training to become peer supporters, according to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS). Peer recovery supporters can do a variety of work in a variety of settings. In her position at Mount Carmel, Otto tailors her support to each individual she encounters. Some of her support is more community health work, while in other cases she leans on her lived experience of recovery and has established years-long relationships with people working through their own substance use disorders. Since being hired three years ago, she’s been certified with OMHAS as a peer re-

covery supporter and with the Ohio Board of Nursing for community health work, and earned her chemical dependency counseling license. Real People Otto estimates 90 percent of the people to whom she provides support are unhoused. Otto first encountered Franklinton resident Sharon Salyer at the Mount Carmel Franklinton emergency department. Based on a needs assessment, she learned Salyer was food and housing insecure. Otto got to work guiding Salyer through the process of working with a third-party organization, Faith Mission, to find her housing. “Like so many of our folks, she has monthly income, just not three times the amount for rent, so she couldn’t find anybody to rent to her,” Otto says. At the time, Salyer had recently left her ex-husband and was couch surfing and living on abandoned back porches to get by. Because of her situation, she hadn’t seen her kids and grandkids in months. “I met Karen at the hospital and she’s been a godsend ever since,” Salyer says. “She has helped me so much. I told her she’s my earth angel. I’d probably be dead now if it weren’t for her.” Shortly after Otto got Salyer an application for housing, Faith Mission put a freeze on its services. This meant Salyer had to survive outside much longer than anticipated, but she persevered. Finally, after seven to eight months unhoused, Otto called her with news that a place was available for her. Salyer moved into her new home this past January. Salyer has been in recovery for eight years and maintained her sobriety even while she was within close reach of substances during the period when she was living unhoused. Having a home again makes avoiding relapse easier. Most important of all, it also allows her to see and care for her grandkids regularly. “It’s changed so much,” she says. “My kids weren’t coming around me. I wasn’t seeing my grandkids and now my kids come around all the time. … They’re back in my life and I couldn’t ask for anything else.” CS




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cation in late 2019, the restaurant industry had no idea what was coming. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, that Polaris restaurant thrived. Kitchen Social defied the odds and opened a second location in November 2021.

That Bridge Park location quickly became a regional favorite and secured a solid victory as Best of the ’Bus Best New Restaurant. “It’s about providing something more than just great food and service, but something where people genuinely make a connection with what we do,” says co-owner Brian O’Malley. “I think that’s why we’ve been so fortunate so far.”

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While great food is the obvious focus, O’Malley, who spent more than two decades with Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, says Kitchen Social strives to provide an experience, from the ambience to the staff. There’s a personality to the restaurant, a genuine and conversational attitude that guests can expect at either location. At the Dublin restaurant, on the corner of Riverside Drive and John Shields Parkway, the friendly atmosphere is complemented by plenty of natural light, and a garage doorstyle window gives the restaurant a covered patio feeling while all seats remain usable year-round by lowering that window. The food, though, is a clear attraction. A standout is Kitchen Social’s cheddar and scallion biscuits. O’Malley says 70 percent of tables order biscuits. “When we started, we wanted to have a signature appetizer, and we created the biscuit,” he says. “I had no idea that they would sell the way they sell.” Now, a staff member will spend eight hours each day dedicated solely to preparing those biscuits. Elsewhere on the menu, Kitchen Social offers an eclectic mix including Asian, Italian and Mexican. The menus are similar at both locations, though O’Malley likens the restaurants to siblings with their own personalities. What’s sure to be at any Kitchen Social restaurant, whether the current locations or an expected Cleveland expansion, is the Kitchen Social experience and attentiveness to each guest. “If they’re not having a great time, they’re not coming back,” he says. “If you can go around and touch the tables, talk to people and make people feel great, that’s the magic.” CS


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THERE’S ONE GOLDEN rule that seems to come up in talks of saving money: It’s never too early. That goes for everything from retirement to saving for education expenses for a child or grandchild. But it’s important to have a strategy for different investments. “It’s common for people to zero in on one goal like retirement savings or paying off debt,” says Ryan Bibler, managing director of investments for Bibler Finney Panfil Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. “We recommend trying to strike a balance between building an emergency savings, saving for shortand intermediate-term goals, saving for college expenses, saving for retirement and paying down debt.” The Bibler Finney Panfil team recommends keeping savings for education separate from other investments. That can help encourage building savings for that specific goal and avoid dipping into retirement funds or other savings. It also allows for independent investment strategies. “When you save for college separately, you can invest earmarked funds more aggressively when your child is young but make the portfolio more conservative as college approaches,” says Vincent Finney, managing director of investments for Bibler Finney Panfil Private Wealth Management Group. The most common vehicle for education savings is a 529 plan. Those allow

the owner, typically a parent or guardian, to retain control of the assets while others – such as relatives or friends – are able to contribute as well. Earnings from a 529 aren’t taxed for qualified withdrawals, including expenses such as college tuition, room and board, and even laptops. For Ohio residents, 529 plan contributions up to $4,000 annually can be deducted from state income taxes. Contributions carry over from year to year, so long as Ohio residency is maintained, meaning that an initial contribution of $20,000 could be used to deduct $4,000 from state taxes for five years. There are other savings routes that can help with future education costs. Custodial accounts, such as Uniform Gifts to Minors (UGMA) and Uniform Transfers to Minors (UTMA) accounts, don’t need to be spent on education expenses and go through a financial institution rather than a third-party investment company. Once the beneficiary reaches age of majority, they take control of the assets. The Bibler Finney Panfil team says that these increase investment options as they can be put into individual stocks, bonds, CDs and more. The downside of a custodial account, however, is a lack of tax benefits. “If they’re worried about overfunding 529 plans,” says Joseph Panfil, managing director of investments for Bibler Finney Panfil Private Wealth Management

Group, “building up a balance in a UTMA account would provide a safety net if additional college expenses are needed and would also make money available for additional expenses that often occur after college like cars, weddings and even down payments on their adult child’s first home.” Even if a child ultimately faces lowerthan-expected education costs, money saved with a 529 plan can be redirected to another immediate family member while still maintaining the tax benefits. So, if one child receives a substantial scholarship, a younger child could still receive the savings. The money could also be put toward a child of the beneficiary. To determine the best savings strategy, it’s wise to speak with a financial advisor who can explain intricacies of different options and give advice based on individual circumstances. Still, the general wisdom prevails: It’s never too early to start saving. “Parents can take control of the situation by saving,” Bibler says. “If college becomes more affordable or free somehow, they’ll be glad their savings can now be used towards other goals. If they hope for free college and instead it becomes even more expensive, they’ll be in a much more difficult situation.” CS Cameron Carr is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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A Fond Farewell

Local Pelotonia team honors former CityScene CEO who died in 2021 By Garth Bishop Photos by Scott Cunningham

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family will be recognized this year when Dublin-based Team 4 THE Cure hits the road during this year’s Pelotonia. The team is based at The Country Club at Muirfield Village, and every year, it honors community members – with connections to the club and its members – who are battling or have died from cancer. In 2022, one of those honorees is Charles L. “Chuck” Stein, former CEO of CityScene publisher CityScene Media Group. “I was so grateful that he was being recognized because he was such a champion throughout his illness,” Chuck’s wife, Candy, says.

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Chuck was CEO from 2004 to 2014, a period of significant growth for the company – including the launches of multiple new endeavors, including Pickerington Magazine and Healthy New Albany Magazine. Prior to CityScene, he owned and operated Strategic Development Company, which helped facilitate public-private partnerships for major projects, such as stadiums and hospitals. Born in 1946 in Akron, Chuck died this past November following a battle with cancer. In addition to Candy, he leaves behind four grown children – whom CityScene Media Group staff have heard many proud stories of – and seven grandchildren. His devotion to his family was noticeable to everyone who knew him. Chuck was also deeply committed to giving back. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Dublin AM, a Little League coach and booster of sports programs in Dublin and at St. Andrew Parish, and a steadfast supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its annual Discover the Dream fundraiser in central Ohio. He was always grateful that his children didn’t face serious health problems, Candy says, and wanted to bring comfort to those who did. Though Chuck’s No. 1 priority was his family, anyone who spent time with him would know that one of his greatest passions in life was cooking. Much of his initial inspiration as a chef came from his friendship with legendary New Orleans chef Paul Prudhomme, which

made him a fan of Cajun cuisine as well as fusion styles. “He always enjoyed cooking,” Candy says. “That was a mainstay that was part of his life, always.” Chuck hosted the company Christmas party at his house in Muirfield Village for years, often doing all the cooking himself. “He woke up in the morning thinking about what he was making for dinner,” says Lauren Menning, his oldest daughter. Pelotonia, a multi-day bike ride of up to 200 miles, is scheduled for Aug. 5-7 this year. Proceeds from the ride’s considerable fundraising component go to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. CS Garth Bishop is a contributing editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at


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2022 Reader’s Poll Winners Best Face of Columbus Brutus Buckeye Best Charitable Gala St. Jude Discover the Dream Held at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, this gala benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Best Hometown Product Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams With bold and bright flavors, including Gooey Butter Cake and Brambleberry Crisp, Jeni’s has secured the title for the third year in a row. Best Fitness Center or Studio OhioHealth McConnell Heart Health Center Best Nature Trails Highbanks Metro Park

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Best Fitness Event Pelotonia Donating more than $236 million to cancer research since its founding in 2008, Pelotonia is more than a singular event; it’s a weekend full of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism.

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Best Volunteer Experience Mid-Ohio Food Collective Thanks to the help of its volunteers, the Mid-Ohio Food Collective provides more than 170,000 meals to central Ohio residents every day.

Best New Restaurant Kitchen Social (Dublin) Best Burgers The Thurman Cafe In a new Best of the ’Bus category, the Thurman Cafe’s 22 different burger options fill the plate.

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Best Barbeque City Barbeque Ribs, pulled pork, brisket, what more could you ask for? With its hearty dishes and savory southern-style sides, City Barbeque grilled its competition. Best Wings Roosters By giving you the option to combine wing sauces to create your own unique flavor, Roosters allows you to create your optimal wing experience. Best Pizza Tommy’s Pizza Battling it out with runner-up Massey’s, Tommy’s reigned supreme this year. A central Ohio tradition since 1952, Tommy’s offers a pizza dough recipe that makes for the perfect flaky and crispy texture.

City Barbeque Best Steakhouse Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse With USDA prime steaks, Japanese A5 wagyu beef, seafood and sushi, all of Jeff Ruby’s deluxe savory offerings are well done.

Best Bakery Buckeye Sweets and Treats Best Outdoor Dining Lindey’s For the fifth year in a row, Lindey’s lush garden patio takes the crown. Best Food Truck Schmidt’s Sausage Truck Seeing vast success in German Village since 1886, Schmidt’s opened its first food truck in 2012. The truck now travels around Columbus serving the store’s favorite sandwiches, including the Bahama Mama and Fat Daddy. To track the truck, follow @schmidtscbus on Instagram or Twitter.


Best Brewery Grove City Brewing Best Winery Wyandotte Winery The first and oldest winery in central Ohio, Wyandotte Winery offers wines of every color and sweetness, all fermented, processed, aged and bottled on the premises.

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Best Retail Beer Selection Giant Eagle Best Coffee Shop Stauf’s Coffee Roasters After an upset in 2020 by Fox in the Snow Café, Stauf’s roasted its competition for the second year in a row.

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Shadowbox Live Best New Art Exhibit Through Vincent’s Eyes at the Columbus Museum of Art CMA’s exhibit allowed guests to look at the inspiration behind Van Gogh’s works. In addition to original works by the renowned artist, the exhibit featured paintings that piqued Van Gogh’s imagination, including works by Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro.

Columbus Museum of Art Best Art Gallery Columbus Museum of Art Constantly rotating its exhibitions, CMA gives guests a look into the works of artists from many different disciplines and eras.

Best Art Gallery - Suburban Dublin Arts Council Housed in what was once the private residence of prominent Columbus attorney Charles Krumm and his wife, Sarah, the Dublin Arts Council allows guests to experience one-of-a-kind art in a one-ofa-kind environment. Best Public Art Display COSI Best Theater Troupe Shadowbox Live Shadowbox Live’s larger-than-life comedic and musical performances have made it our winner for the seventh year in a row!


Best In-Person Arts Performance Broadway in Columbus Bringing the biggest and most beloved musicals to Columbus, the 2022-2023 season features Hamilton, Hairspray, Elf and more.



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Best Virtual Arts Performance Jazz Arts Group Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Jazz Arts Group brought music to the comfort of guests’ homes with JAG TV. Best 2022 Concert Picnic with the Pops The Columbus Sym- phony’s concert series features popular entertainers per-

forming alongside the symphony. It’s the perfect place to pack a picnic basket, grab a blanket and enjoy live music.

Columbus Arts Festival Best Summer Concert Series Picnic with the Pops The 2022 series, held at Columbus Commons, features Fleetwood Mac and Rolling Stones tributes, as well as a performance by the revered Ohio State University Marching Band. Best Summer Concert Series Suburban Grove City Summer Sizzle Concerts Held every Friday from the end of May to the middle of August, Grove City’s concert series showcases the musical talent of central Ohio. Best Festival - Suburban Grove City Arts in the Alley For 43 years, Grove City has highlighted central Ohio’s artisans in every genre of art. Its vendors, youth artists, crafters, photographers, quilters and concessions won it the title for the second year in a row.

Best Cultural Festival Dublin Irish Festival Paying homage to the city’s founders, the Dublin Irish Festival celebrates Irish culture through music, dance, food and traditions. Best Food Festival Columbus Food Truck Festival A three-day event, the Columbus Food Truck Festival features 50 different food trucks as well as live music, clothing, jewelry and art. 22 | July/August 2022

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Best Arts Festival Columbus Arts Festival Attracting top visual and performing artists from across the country, the Columbus Arts Festival draws in close to 500,000 guests each year.

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Best Suburban Concert Series Grove City Summer Sizzle Concerts Best Central Ohio Suburban Arts Festival Arts in the Alley Best Senior Living Facility StoryPoint Senior Living Best Volunteer Experience Mid-Ohio Food Collective Best Credit Union Kemba Financial Credit Union Best Brewery Grove City Brewing Company Best Bakery Buckeye Sweets and Treats Best Boutique The Farm Table on 62 Best Retail Beer Selection Giant Eagle Best Barbeque City Barbeque

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Luxury Living SPOTLIGHT

Reelin’ in the Years

A mid-19th-century ex-B&B adds contemporary function to its classic look By Garth Bishop Photos courtesy of Jeff Johnson/Jeff Johnson Photography, LLC


dding modern amenities while maintaining historic character can often be a challenge, especially when a home dates back to 1861 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When Joe and Johnni Beckel began updates to their Granville home, they gave Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers the added challenge of staying within bed-and-breakfast requirements. Though the couple has no intentions of using the home as a B&B, the house had been grandfathered in to B&B eligibility and if it were to lose the designation, it could never get it back. The Beckels didn’t want to be responsible for the loss of eligibility. “It’s been a labor of love, that’s for sure,” Johnni says. A Calculated Strategy Despite the advanced age of the house and its marked lack of modern amenities, the Beckels – empty-nesters looking to downsize – looked at it as an opportunity to bring new life to the home. “They loved the charm, they loved the character, they loved the story,” says Dave Fox Interior Design Manager Michelle Mixter, who worked with Design Consultant Scott Hennick to plan the extensive remodel. Dave Fox designed the remodel in two phases: one for downstairs, one for upstairs. The remodelers completely changed the layout of the house, with the finished floor plan bearing little resemblance to the previous one.

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Historic Struggles One particular challenge throughout the home was lighting. Because of its age, the house relied on decorative fixtures rather than recessed or under-cabinet lighting. Chandeliers, sconces and repurposed original light fixtures – some of which had been kept around by the previous homeowner – made it possible to better light the space. In the dining room, two enormous matching chandeliers obtained from architectural salvage now hang above the 10-foot table. The existing trim was embellished to make it more cohesive and visually impressive. Among the elements kept were the original windows and floors. Dave Fox used a cornhusk sandblaster to strip off paint and patches without hurting the original floor. An astute observer can spot the historic character, given the quarter- and half-inch seams through which one can see through to the basement. The original doors were also retained, though they underwent a hardware update in addition to having their paint stripped.

Upstairs, the master bathroom is filled out by gold leaf mirrors, marble countertops and tile, and mirrored vanities. The Beckels wanted to keep the hardwood floors, but also wanted a claw-foot soaking tub, so Dave Fox created a wet zone and put the tub inside the shower area. The updates also retain one of the most eye-catching existing elements: a fireplace with a witch’s crook, which means a chimney with a jog in it. Though there’s a mundane architectural explanation for the popularity of this design choice in the 19th century, the more fun explanation is an old wives’ tale that if your chimney is crooked, witches can’t use it to sneak into your house. “We decided that we wanted to highlight and leave the fireplace brick exposed, as it was built back in the 1860s,” Mixter says. More to Appreciate Other project highlights include: • New scroll woodworking on new columns and the front of the house, matching the existing scroll woodworking on the staircases and exterior • A veneered wood drawer base, imported from an antique shop in England, in the powder room • A slight expansion of the screened porch • The removal of a staircase in the back of the house, creating a more open view The project won both local and regional Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry in the category of Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration $250,000 and Up. CS Garth Bishop is a contributing editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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A full bath off the entry foyer was relocated, and the space now houses a powder room. A wall near the back of the house was removed to turn the kitchen and family room into one large space with a screened porch. An enclosed dining room with French doors, a formal living room and a bedroom remain on the first floor. The Beckels are big on curating items and accessories, and their choice of appliances from Florence, Italy – on top of a deference to history – led to the remodel’s themes, including its vintage matte black and brass finish.

The Greatest Showroom Projects such as the historic Granville remodel help explain why CityScene readers chose Dave Fox Design Build Remodeling for Best Remodeling Company in the 2022 Best of the ’Bus awards, but the company’s showroom may offer an even better explanation. The showroom, which opened in 2015 in northwest Columbus, is memorable not just for its sheer scope – hosting more than 25 fixed displays and installations – but for its intuitive design that makes navigation a breeze for visitors, says Michelle Mixter, interior design manager for Dave Fox. “People have the ability to walk and explore on their own, discovering little nooks and crannies, to make the space feel a little less overwhelming,” Mixter says. The company, which celebrates its 40year anniversary in 2022, also uses the space as a workroom, bringing clients into specific spaces to more easily add a visual component to their designs and figure out the right looks and finishes for their renovations. Mixter says visitors usually first notice the 12-foot island when they walk in, which helps them understand the scale of what Dave Fox is capable of, as well as the company’s understanding of function. Full-size countertop samples, bold movement pieces and constantly updated displays with the latest trends are also noteworthy, she says. “It’s really hard to feel quality, to understand what quality is,” Mixter says. “Touching and feeling it makes a huge difference.”

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Luxury Living TRENDS

First in Class Newman Roofing brings Tesla solar roofs to Ohio By Claire Miller Photos courtesy of Newman Roofing Company


ewman Roofing placed first in Best of the ’Bus voting for Best Roofing Company, but it’s not the only first the company has achieved recently. The family owned and operated company, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is the first to offer and install Tesla solar roofs in Ohio. “Our father started this roofing company 30 years ago, and to receive the Best of the ’Bus – just to be nominated – was a big honor for us,” says Office and Marketing Manager Alyssa Newman. “It just shows that we really do take our customer service very seriously here and it’s the top of our priority.” The company recently constructed a 28,000-square-foot facility in Sunbury, with amenities for employees including a cafeteria and workout facility, and a large warehouse. The facility will eventually house showrooms to showcase each of the brands and roofing materials Newman Roofing installs, including asphalt shingles, wood shake and metal roofing.

The Newman family includes (from left) Autumn Newman, Barbi Newman (CFO), Tim Newman (owner), Alyssa Newman (office and marketing manager) and Alexis Newman (sales manager).

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During the roofing offseason, the business onboarded with Tesla, a multi-month process. Newman Roofing expects to install its first Tesla solar roof as early as this summer. The Tesla solar roof is a unique integration of solar panel technology and roof tiles to create a seamless and sleek energyproducing roof. The roof tiles are made of glass, with a portion having photovoltaic, or PV, panels that conduct solar energy. “They’re so discreet on the roof that you can’t distinguish between the PV tiles and the non-PV tiles,” says Sales Manager Alexis Newman, who heads up the Tesla division. Depending on the size of the roof, it’s possible to fully offset the electricity usage in a home. The roof can be managed with an app that syncs with other Tesla products and allows users to see how much energy they’re generating, storing and using. “It’s one of those things where if you’re passionate about going green and reducing your carbon footprint within the community, but you also want an aesthetically pleasing roof, this would be an option for you,” Alyssa says. It’s also a good option for those in a homeowners’ association who have restrictions on traditional solar panel installations.

“There’s the energy offset, where you are producing solar energy rather than taking energy from the grid,” Alexis says. “Another benefit is that it’s possible for you to produce more than you need, in which (case) you’re giving energy back to the grid.” Though installing a solar roof will not give immediate returns on the overall investment, there are several tax incentives in place for solar-energy generation. The state of Ohio has payments known as renewable energy credits, which return a modest amount for each megawatt of electricity produced. The federal government offers a federal solar tax credit for solar energy construction. Currently at 26 percent, the credit drops to a 22 percent deduction beginning in 2023. “We had to start by introducing it to the Ohio market,” Alyssa says. “It has sparked quite a bit of interest. A lot of people are saying they hope that eventually, when they have to go to replace the roof, they’ll get a Tesla solar roof.” CS Claire Miller is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at



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elcome to the 18th edition of the New Albany Walking Classic. It’s always inspiring to see the mass of walkers at the starting line ready to walk for health and/or competition. This year is extra special as we are reintroducing the half marathon. We couldn’t resist the many requests to provide the opportunity to meet the challenge of conquering 13.1 miles. For many years, the half marathon distance has been regarded as a special challenge for the running community and, as we have discovered, this is not unique to runners only, but also to those athletes who are walkers. In 2005, the inaugural Walking Classic was created to not only provide walkers with the opportunity to participate in a race, but to do so on the same scale as any other race, whether a 5K or full marathon. That is, participants could walk for the health benefits that physical activity provides and for the challenge of competing for awards or setting a personal record for achieving a certain finishing time. Eighteen years later, much has changed since that first race. The Walk is no longer just a Walk. The Walking Classic was a defining moment in the wellness movement, not only for New Albany but well beyond its boundaries. Because of the Walk, countless lives have been impacted via leading a more active lifestyle. For many, walking for a workout has achieved a status commensurate with running. Walking is no longer seen as the stepchild of running. Walking clubs have emerged throughout central Ohio and beyond. Many traditional running events, such as the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, now have separate running and walking divisions with their own age groups and overall awards. Local specialty running stores now cater to and implement marketing initiatives to attract walkers.

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The Walking Classic has become the impetus for the creation of one of the most innovative wellness models in the country, Healthy New Albany (HNA). HNA emerged as a health-related extension of the movement to promote well-being. It is safe to say that without the Walking Classic, HNA would not exist. Who could’ve ever imagined that the walk would lead to the City of New Albany committing to constructing a 54,000-square-foot physical facility that attracted The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to team with HNA to provide a host of programs and activities that have not only improved but saved lives? HNA programming provides opportunities to enrich lives through nutrition and cooking classes in the M/I Homes Demonstration Kitchen, a School of Yoga, an innovative approach to offering cancer survivors opportunities to thrive, nature programs that promote appreciation of the environment, a food pantry that serves countless numbers of individuals and families and activities for children that help build a foundation for lifetime health. Those are just a few of the hundreds of activities taking place. And that’s not to mention the many health-promoting programs offered separately and together with HNA’s partners in the Heit Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center Health and Fitness Center, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The journey continues throughout the year as lives are impacted on a daily basis. By taking one step at a time, HNA is changing lives. Keep walking,

Phil Heit

Founder, New Albany Walking Classic


he New Albany Walking Classic is the event that built the foundation for what is now Healthy New Albany. Understanding the power of upstream prevention and the value of community health and well-being, we strive each day to build on this legacy while adapting and evolving to provide more creative and meaningful programming for our community. My goal since becoming the executive director of HNA in 2020 has been to build upon this organization’s great legacy with a renewed vision. With a spirit of service and a focus on prevention, we are here to provide programs, services and resources to help people become the best and healthiest version of themselves. Over the last two years, with a reinvigorated focus on health and well-being, our program offerings have tripled. Among the more than 250 wellness programs HNA organizes each year, our services include:

• Food Pantry • Farmers Market • Community Garden • Nature programs • Mental health initiatives • Integrative wellness • Nourish Cooking Classes • Senior Connections • Wellness retreats • Health fairs and education • I Am Thriving cancer survivor program HNA represents and embodies the true spirit of healthful living and we wish this for each and every member of our community. Let’s walk together towards wellness! We look forward to seeing you at the Walking Classic on Sept. 11.

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Yours in Health,

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Half Marathon, Full Speed

Steps to prepare for the return of the Walking Classic half marathon By Cameron Carr


or half a decade, New Albany Walking Classic participants have competed across a distance of 10 kilometers or less. In 2022, the half marathon walk-race returns to New Albany for the Sept. 11 event. The half marathon – a distance of 13.1 miles – first showed up as an option at the Walking Classic in 2008. It returned again for a stint from 2011-2016. In 2017, due to construction in the area, the Walking Classic only offered a five-mile race. Now, walkers can once again choose to compete in the half marathon distance in addition to a 10K. If more than doubling the 6.2-mile length of the 10K sounds daunting, don’t fret. For most people in good shape, the half-marathon walk is likely doable, if challenging. If you’re already comfortable walking more than five miles, training up to a half marathon is a wholly achievable goal. To conquer the half marathon with comfort and confidence, the key is to build a training plan and stick to it. That doesn’t mean that an extra rest day or settling for a shorter or slower workout will spoil a goal. What’s important is to build a strategic and regular workout routine that builds stamina, distance and speed. If you’re considering the longer distance, writer and noted marathon training plan guru Hal Higdon, in his half marathon walking plan, advises walkers to

make time for a 30-minute walk three or four times a week in the months leading up to the race. Higdon’s training plan – set across 12 weeks – suggests two rest days a week, with two or three days walking in between those recovery days. Most training plans advise varying intensity and distance so that an easy walk is followed by a harder pace the next day. For example, you might start the week with a 30-minute casual walk, take a 20-minute brisk stroll the next day, follow that with a 35-minute casual walk before resting a day, return with a 30-minute stroll and finish

the week with a set distance walk before a final rest day. Across the training period, the distances and time lengths should grow. Peaking around 10 miles is common. Some feel more confident having conquered the complete half-marathon distance before race day, but most training plans and coaches advise tapering for one to two weeks leading up to the big race. Hospital for Special Surgery notes that tapering is important for both physiological and mental performance on race day, as it allows hormones, glycogen levels and more to return to normal levels while giving the mind a break from challenging workouts. While it’s difficult to create a one-sizefits-all training plan, following those general guidelines can help set you on a path toward conquering the Walking Classic half marathon. Cameron Carr is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

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Race Day Swag

Classic sponsors offer unique prizes to walkers By Claire Miller


ealthy New Albany (HNA) is known for its swag bags. That is, the bag of goodies participants receive when they sign up for HNA-organized races. Alongside the swag, participants also get event-specific gear such as T-shirts. It’s usually not just any cotton T-shirt, either. Especially when it comes to the New Albany Walking Classic, the organization’s premier event. “We’re known for giving away very nice garments, usually some kind of jacket or

quarter zip,” says Linda Romanoff, HNA race coordinator and facilities manager. It takes lots of planning to get the bags in order. Romanoff is always on the lookout for something unique that race partners and sponsors can offer. “Because Ohio State is our presenting sponsor, we always have some kind of different Ohio State bag,” she says. “I can’t tell you how many Ohio State bags

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I have now, because each year is always something different.” Giveaways have been known to come in handy on race days. Last August, Park National Bank gave away branded cooling towels at a very hot Rose Run 5K. Because Rose Run is typically held in May, it was uncharted territory for HNA to put on the event in the late summer heat, so organizers put towels in buckets of water and handed them out during the race. Swag bags from races this season have included items such as sunglasses and flower pots for Mother’s Day. There’s usually a food or drink item donated from a sponsor as well. For sponsors, the race is an opportunity to gain exposure at a large event. And the Walking Classic is the biggest event of HNA’s race season each year. In addition to the bags, sponsors give both monetary and in-kind donations. In the past, Panera Bread has given away bagels, and Velvet Ice Cream has brought an ice cream truck to the race. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center brings a mobile kitchen with healthful food and drinks to sample. “(The sponsors’) goal is obviously to promote healthy living and healthy foods,” says Romanoff. “There’s education going on with our vendors as well.” Claire Miller is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at

Competitive Edge

The latest technology for endurance training and races By Tyler Kirkendall



ith the largest walking-only race in the U.S. fast approaching, you may be wondering what kinds of gear can help you trim down your mile time and comfortably stay on track. Every year, there’s new gear for competitive walkers and runners, and you may not know where to start. If you find yourself in tube socks and gray sweatsuits, we’ve got some suggestions to help you get a step ahead.

1 | Compression Socks Swiftwick Aspire Twelve $29.99 Compression socks are a great pickup to help runners stay comfortable while training. By adding pressure, the socks contribute to increased blood flow, aiding in circulation and decreasing swelling. Tightness, durability and moisture wicking are important factors to consider when trying to find the right socks for your training plan. 2 | Foam Roller TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller $35 Recovery and warmups are essential to maintaining a consistent training schedule. TriggerPoint’s famous GRID foam roller helps prevent injury by alleviating soreness and warming muscles. These rollers are great to use both before and after hitting the road or trail. 3 | Percussive Therapy Massager Theragun Prime Massager $300 Therapeutic massagers offer a great way to break up lactic acid and reduce soreness after a long walk or run. Think of them as handheld massage devices. There are 36 | July/August 2022

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many powerful and effective options on the market, including Therabody’s Theragun Prime. 4 | Mid-Race Snack Honey Stinger Waffle, Salted Caramel $25.99 for 16 Designed for quick fuel before or during a long walk or run, Honey Stinger waffles provide a quick carb boost without feeling heavy in your stomach. These stroopwafels, organic and gluten-free, are appetizing and easy to have on hand to provide a quick boost at any time.

5 | Therapeutic Tape KT Tape Pro $21 for 20 strips Therapeutic tape can lift skin off soft tissue in your legs or other particularly sore spots, helping improve blood flow and relieving pressure from soreness. Many athletes swear by tape’s ability to alleviate knee pressure from the repetitive impact of walking or running. KT is the most popular brand in the field. Tyler Kirkendall is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at


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Just Keep Walking

New Albany Walking Classic competitor finds joy in walking after losing leg By Tyler Kirkendall Photo courtesy of Gary Bertelsen


ven after losing a limb in a hunting accident, Gary Bertelsen didn’t lose his love of running. By pure chance, he stepped into the New Albany Walking Classic and found a love for competitive walking. He’s continued on to compete in Senior Olympic races – and, of course, always returns to the Walking Classic. “After 72 years, I finally found a sport that I am competitive in,” Bertelsen says. Bertelsen lost his leg after a bullet struck it while he was hunting in 1979. After a NEW ALBANY ORCHESTRA



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few weeks in the hospital, he’d had enough and told his medical team to “just cut the damn thing off.” He didn’t let the amputation change his perspective on life. “The most valuable lesson I found early in life is that if you don’t have a sense of humor, it’ll make you go plumb crazy,” he says. It took about a year of recovery for Bertelsen to run a single step. Once he did, he couldn’t stop himself from putting one foot in front of the other as he worked his way to the Senior Olympics. In 2020, he placed first for his age group in the 1,500-meter race walk and second in the 5,000-meter nationally, according to World Masters Rankings. Sports have always come naturally to Bertelsen and his family. He competed in Division I track after walking on at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, just a few hours’ drive from his hometown of Hudson, Wisconsin. His brother, Jim, played professional football with the Los Angeles Rams. After the accident, Bertelsen never let the prosthetic limb slow him down. He picked up cycling after crafting a makeshift leg with Kevlar, plywood and a pair of ski poles. Running marathons and half marathons was never easy on his knees or prosthetic devices, though. It was by mistake that Bertelsen came upon a way to continue competing in long-distance events. In 2015, he signed up for the Walking Classic, expecting to run it with new and improved prostheses. “I filled the application out and I hit the enter button,” he says. “This little flashing thing said, ‘Rule No. 1 is if you run a single stride, you’re disqualified,’ and I think, ‘It’s just a bunch of guys walking?’ Answer – yes, it is a bunch of guys walking!”

Competitive walking is easier on Bertelsen’s knees and prosthesis.

It turned out that power walking was much easier on his body. He much prefers walking now, since it is propelled almost entirely by his hips rather than his knees or prosthetic. Competing in races helps motivate Bertelsen to move more quickly when he’s on the track. While training, he keeps his closest rival in his age group on his mind to prepare himself before they go head-to-head. “I love the competition, but I have to keep telling myself, ‘Gary, the reason you’re doing this is to stay alive,’” he says. That’s part of why Bertelsen loves the way the New Albany Walking Club operates. He believes that sports should be a casual, fun experience in which community and exercise are more important than a need to be the best, and that’s the attitude he’s found with the club. Now, he’s an adamant regular, sure to show up to walk and talk with the club every Sunday morning. “It was their fault that I got into the damn sport in the first place,” Bertelsen says. “So I said, ‘I’m going to haunt you guys until they put me in a pine box.’” Tyler Kirkendall is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at


Art in the Open COSI is home to more than just science By Megan Roth Photos courtesy of COSI and Sophia Tobias

WHEN YOU THINK of COSI, you probably think of science before you think of art. However, a number of public art installations grace the outside of the science museum. Those pieces, along with its location on the Scioto River, led our readers to deem it the best public art display in our Best of the ‘Bus poll. The most prominent art displays at COSI are the Spectrum Tree and Dinosaur Sculpture Garden. The Spectrum Tree, sculpted by William Wainwright, has been on COSI’s grounds since 1991. Wainwright created the piece to celebrate Isaac Newton’s discovery that sunlight is composed of the whole range of colors our eyes can detect. The Dinosaur Sculpture Garden pieces come from Dan McCauley, whose work often uses metal from discarded objects. The sculptures take inspiration from his childhood fascination with di-

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nosaurs and his continued passion for metal-working. It’s not just the installations – the building itself has artistic value. Designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki in 1999 to repurpose the Central High School building, COSI is strategically constructed with different elevations to give guests the best views of downtown Columbus and the green spaces adjacent to it. Isozaki also wanted to incorporate curves into the structure to mimic the landscape of the area. While the outside can be quite captivating, don’t forget about what’s inside the building. COSI has a planetarium and dinosaur gallery and has hosted exhibits on superheroes, history, energy, space and more. CS

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Gallery Exhibits Blockfort Gallery & Studios: What They Found There. Work from artists who at some point left for adventure and returned back to Columbus. Opening reception July 1 from 6-8 p.m. July 1-30. The Self is Story. Narrative works inspired by personal experiences of artists M.S. Harkness, Mariana Weflen and Gloria Shows, who all work in graphic media. Opening reception Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 1-25. Columbus Museum of Art: Raphael – The Power of Renaissance Images: The Dresden Tapestries and their Impact. The Columbus Museum of Art is proud to be the only American venue for this exhibition centered around six tapestries, woven in the 17th century, on loan from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery of Dresden), Germany. July 15Oct. 30. Cultural Arts Center: Floral Arrangement. Cleveland artist Evie Zimmer presents a body of work featuring beautiful and botanical paintings in the Main Gallery. Through July 30. RED, WHITE, FREAK / WASH, WRING, REPEAT. Culminating often as print-meets-sculpture, artist, writer and educator ¡Katie B Funk! creates work that explores memory and the body.

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In the third Loft Gallery. Through July 30. www.culturalartscenter David Myers Art Studio & Gallery: The Art of Intuition. Over 30 studio artists are featured in this annual rotating exhibit of abstract art. Through Sept. 9. www. theHeartofUptown Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Chronicles: The Great Depression and the Trish Weeks | Hayley Gallery Pandemic. Highlighting Depression-era photographers from the Columbus. Exhibit open to public during Works Progress Administration’s Farm Franklinton Fridays, additional viewings Security Administration program as well are by appointment. Through July 22. www. as contemporary photographers react- ing to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Through Aug. 28. Hayley Gallery: Land That I Love. Oil painter Trish Weeks. Opening reception July Dublin Arts Council: Sense of Place 2.0: 16 from 5-8 p.m. July 16-Aug. 9. The SpeDublin City Schools public art challenge. cials. Painters Adam Kolp and Todd Buschur. Public art installations featuring work by Opening reception Aug. 13 from 5-8 p.m. nearly 200 Dublin City Schools middle Aug. 13-Sept. 13. and high school students interpreting nature, environmental awareness and Highline Coffee Art Space: The Crazy Indigenous history. On view in Dublin’s Cat Lady. Central Ohio artist Michelle Scioto Park. Through Aug. 31. Art Quilt Ciappa’s playful look at life with feline Alliance: Thread of a Poem. A group exhi- friends. July 2-Aug. 31. www.rebeccaink. bition by the 35-member Art Quilt Alli- com/highlinecoffeeartspace ance (AQA). On view by appointment. Through July 21. Train Interpretations. Mac Worthington Studio, Gallery & Photographer Frederick Ripley, who spe- Sculpture Park: Whimsical Summer Flocializes in the American railroad scene. rals. New paintings exhibit with an unOn view by appointment. Aug. 2-Sept. 8. expected twist of abstraction. July 1-31. Open Air. Art out-of-doors, new large scale sculpture park additions. Special Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: Growth by Aman- fine art in metal summer exhibition. Aug. da Kisielewski. On view at Fresh A.I.R.’s 1-31. SEEN Studios, 289 W. Walnut St., #21,

Marcia Evans Gallery: Annette Poitau. Opening reception July 2 from 2-5 p.m. July 2-Aug. 28. McConnell Arts Center: Worthington on the Walls. Juried exhibition open to all mediums featuring both established and aspiring artists celebrates the northern Columbus suburb and highlights the beauty and inspiration that Worthington’s buildings, residents, outdoor spaces and history bring to all who experience it. July 14-Aug. 31. OAC Riffe Gallery: Watercolor Ohio 2022. The 45th annual juried exhibition produced by the Ohio Watercolor Society. Opening reception July 30. July 30-Oct. 7. Ohio Craft Museum: FOOD JUSTICE: Growing a Healthier Community Through Art. Sixteen nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists exploring the complex human issues that can shape and influence positive change in food security. Opening reception July 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 25-Nov. 24. Open Door Art Studio & Gallery: Role Reversal. An exhibition curated by Open Door artists and featuring artworks created by Open Door staff. Opening reception Aug. 13 from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 8-Sept. 2.

ROY G BIV: Christian Casas, Euzhan Shabazz, & Miranda Holmes. July’s artists are concerned with economic accessibility and the strains that come with living in a patriarchal, hetero-normative and capitalistic society. July 8-Aug. 5. Lance Johnson, Lisa Farris, & Tushar Sahay. August’s artists explore the clash between the human existence in the urban and natural world. Aug. 12-Sept. 2. Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio: Julia Hamilton: The Time Between. Works in this exhibit were inspired by Columbusbased artist and Columbus College of Art and Design alumna Julia Hamilton’s experiences during the pandemic. July 2-Aug. 27. www.seanchristopher Wexner Center for the Arts: Portal For(e) the Ephemeral Passage. Curated by jaamil olawale kosoko, Portal For(e) the Ephemeral Passage invites audiences to imagine new worlds through a summer of installa-

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tions and interconnected events building on Black feminist knowledge, queer theory and sacred rituals of intimacy and wellness. Includes new works by kosoko, nora chipaumire, Jennifer Harge and Devin Drake, Dana Michel, Jasmine Murrell, and Keioui Keijaun Thomas. Through Aug. 14.


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Dublin Irish Festival Aug. 5-7 Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Pkwy., Dublin The Dublin Irish Festival is coming home to Coffman Park! Celebrate 35 years of great food, shopping and epic Irish entertainment.


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Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Through Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. This world-class exhibit presents original costumes, props and never-before-seen artifacts from the Marvel universe. www. BAM Thursdays Through Sept. 29, 5-9 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Every Thursday brings the bar, art and music to the Columbus Museum of Art. General admission tickets are $5. www. Red, White & BOOM! July 1, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Downtown Columbus The largest Independence Day celebration in the Midwest features a parade, 44 | July/August 2022

festival and live music. Fireworks launch from Genoa Park at 10 p.m. www.redwhite Picnic With the Pops: Patriotic Pops July 2, 8 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. The Columbus Symphony celebrates the Fourth of July and composer John Williams’ 90th birthday. Featuring music from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and more, this event is a patriotic celebration you won’t want to miss. www.

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Columbus Symphony presents Rossen Conducts Haydn July 8, 7:30 p.m. Vineyard Community Center, 6000 Cooper Rd., Westerville

Director of the Columbus Symphony Rossen Milanov conducts this performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 99. New Albany Youth Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical JR. July 8-10 Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany Experience this classic Roald Dahl story as it takes to the stage, adapted from the 1996 film of the same name. www.newalbany Picnic With the Pops: Landslide – A Tribute to the Music of Fleetwood Mac July 9, 8 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. A complete rock band joins the Columbus Symphony for a night of smash hits including “Go Your Own Way,” “Rhiannon,” “Dreams,” “The Chain” and, of course, “Landslide.” Sheryl Crow July 10, 5 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. The Grammy-award winning singer performs music from her 10 studio albums. Expect hits such as “If It Makes You Happy,” “All I Wanna Do” and “Soak up the Sun.” Keb’Mo’ and Southern Avenue open.


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Tacos and Tequila July 16, 1-10 p.m. Grove City Town Center This event offers higher-end tequila tasting and a variety of food options, with an emphasis on tacos. For those less interested in tequila, Grove City Brewing Company will serve hand-crafted beers. Picnic With the Pops: Christopher Cross July 16, 8 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. This singer-songwriter from the ’70s and ’80s is known for hits such as “Sailing” and “Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do).” The Columbus Symphony will complement his adult contemporary style. Franklin County Fair July 18-24 Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard Rides, games, petting zoos, music and more! This classic fair is fun for all. July/August 2022 |


Lancaster Festival July 21-30 Throughout Lancaster Across 10 days, this central Ohio favorite celebrates music and the arts. Rick Springfield and Lady A headline, in addition to family-friendly events and activities throughout the festival.

Jazz & Rib Fest July 22-24 Bicentennial Park, 233 S. Civic Center Dr. Presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, this event offers barbecue ribs and music festivities. Performers include Robert Glasper, Boney James and Lalah Hathaway. www.hotribs

Columbus Symphony presents Strings of the Columbus Symphony July 21, 7:30 p.m. New Albany United Methodist Church, 20 Third St., New Albany The Columbus Symphony performs a range of classical music, including work composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Felix Mendelssohn.

Buckeye Country Superfest July 23 Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr. Country artists such as Luke Combs, Cody Jinks and Zach Bryan will perform at this annual festival. www.buckeyecountry

Short North Stage presents Rock of Ages July 21-Aug. 14 Short North Stage, 1187 N. High St. This musical contains classic rock songs from bands such as Styx, Journey and Bon Jovi – all soundtracking dreams of making it big in Los Angeles. www.shortnorth

Picnic With the Pops: Windborne’s The Music of the Rolling Stones July 23, 8 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. The Columbus Symphony presents an orchestral rock symphony with a full rock band and lead vocalist MiG Ayesa delivering the greatest hits of the Rolling Stones including “Satisfaction,” “Paint It Black,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Angie.”

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Roger Waters Aug. 10 Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The co-founder of Pink Floyd brings his over-the-top live performance to Columbus. He’s labeled this his “first farewell tour.” The Glenn Miller Orchestra Aug. 10, 7 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 Broad St. This big band carries on the music of the iconic trombonist. First formed in 1956, the group continues with its distinct jazz sound.

Columbus Food Truck Festival Aug. 19-21, Fri. 4-11 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 12-7 p.m. Franklin County Fairgrounds 4100 Columbia Street, Hilliard

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Picnic With the Pops: The Ohio State University Marching Band July 29-30 Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. “The Best Damn Band in the Land” plays at Columbus Commons, along with the Columbus Symphony and fireworks.

Craft Distilleries Festival Aug. 13, 1-10 p.m. Grove City Town Center, 3359 Park St., Grove City Expanding Grove City’s popular Bourbon Tasting, this event now includes a wider range of offerings from craft distillers.

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Ohio State Fair July 27-Aug. 7 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. This state fair has been a Columbus tradition since 1850, featuring rides, food, music, magicians, animals and more. www.


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Ohio Vintage Fest Aug. 20, noon-6 p.m. Ohio Expo Center, Lausche Building, 717 E. 17th Ave. This vintage clothing market features more than 70 vendors from central Ohio and surrounding areas.

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