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Seventeen years ago, I recall walking the beautifully manicured paths at The Memorial Tournament, enjoying what would typically be a fun, sunny day. That day, however, I was on high alert. The din of cicadas may not have interrupted play on the course, but it was a constant reminder of the insects flying all around me. It seems somehow fitting that 2020, the year of the pandemic, is followed by the 17 year swarm of cicadas. Check out Mallory Arnold’s update about the thankfully short-lived cicadas on page 32. Many celebrations are held annually in May and June, and this year we have even more to celebrate. After a year of cancellations and virtual events, mass vaccinations are making it possible for many central Ohio favorites to return. We are doing our best to keep up with the changes, but check out our website and weekly newsletter for the latest updates. This issue of CityScene includes the annual Travel Special Section. May 7 is National Tourism Day which officially kicks off the travel season in Ohio. Explore some of our favorites or discover your own this summer. And remember to bring your favorite car snacks! Illustration by Roger Curley

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Neely’s Niche Director transforms King Arts Complex’s community impact By Brandon Klein


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IN A TYPICAL summer, the King Arts Com-

plex would have its annual gala downtown in May, art-infused summer camps for children in June, and Thursday music festivals in July and August. “So far this year, everything is virtual,” says Executive Director Demetries Neely. “And it makes it hard because people like to be engaged with each other by nature. We’re social creatures. We want to socialize and we want to connect with people. So we’re missing the connectivity. However, we are compelled and intentional about continuing the arts programming. Nothing has stopped for us.” Neely has been involved with the King Arts Complex for more than two decades, serving on its board before becoming executive director in 2012. Among the changes she made to the organization’s structure were a reduction from 19 full-time staff, including nine director-level positions, to nine fulltime staff with three directors. “Financial sustainability was my goal, and it still is,” Neely says. “I’m proud to say we’ve had a balanced budget every year since I’ve been there. We’ve had a net surplus for … at least eight of the 10 years. And we have a significant net surplus now. We have a significant savings account. We have an endowment. We’ve done a lot of the things that we’ve wanted to do to stabilize the organization.” This fiscal preparation has helped the organization weather the pandemic, Neely says. Neely came to the King Arts Complex with the financial chops to keep the organization solvent, but she was attracted to its commitments to social justice and connecting the community with art. “Sitting there under the gaze of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, we have a social justice imperative,” Neely says. “That’s attractive to me because I’ve also always been in that space in my life.” Neely was raised in the Carolinas in a family with six children. Her mother was a piano teacher and gave them all piano lessons. “My brothers included, much to their chagrin,” she adds. Many of her siblings became thespians and artists. After going to college in North Carolina, Neely went to law school in here in Columbus. She originally intended to get her law degree and get out, but decided to stay after graduation for family reasons. “I was a young mother and … I didn’t want to raise my daughter in a city that’s really congested in big city problems,” she says. 7


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“I would say (Columbus) didn’t have big city problems in the ’80s, in the ’90s when I was raising my daughter. … I wanted to make sure that I could raise my daughter in a modest neighborhood, that she would feel safe.” Neely worked at Nationwide Insurance for more than 20 years before retiring in 2008, and also worked as an attorney in her own private practice, before becoming executive director of the King Arts Complex. Though the pandemic caused several of last year’s events to go virtual, be postponed or canceled, Neely oversaw the organization’s response to the killing of George Floyd and the protests, including in Columbus, that followed it last summer. “When George Floyd was killed, of course, the world stopped,” she says. “I mean, we all were protesting. We were mourning. We were hurt. We were talking. We were thinking. And so we thought, well, we have to do something now individually. We can go downtown and join protests and that would be fine. … But as an organization, we were compelled to do something. I was lying in bed the weekend of the protest that Sunday night. And it came to me that we should protest through the arts.”



“This is a movement. It’s not a project, it’s not an initiative and it’s not over.”

The result: The HeART of a Protest. The project consisted of 46 nonconsecutive days of artistic protest determined by participating local organizations and artists to honor the 46 years of Floyd’s life. “He lived 46 years.” Neely says. “So let’s just use those years because everybody was focusing on the eight minutes and 46 seconds that the knee was on his neck. I thought, let’s celebrate his life, not how he passed.” Neely and the King Arts Complex were able to raise nearly $200,000 in under 20 days to launch the project. The initial idea was for the project to kick off on Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the U.S., and run up until Election Day. “However, as we were gaining ground on Election Day, the committee said, ‘We still have a lot to say,’” Neely says. “This is a movement. It’s not a project, it’s not an initiative and it’s not over.” The Greater Columbus Arts Council recognized The HeART of a Protest project as one of the Dale E. Heydlauff Community Arts Innovation Award winners last year. For the project, the King Arts Complex hosted a socially-distant Juneteenth celebration outside its facility June 19, followed by several voting registrations and COVID-19 testing efforts. Efforts became more vigorous at a performance event at Lucy Depp Park, a historical Underground Railroad location, in Delaware County. “I know we registered over 400 people, and that was our goal,” Neely says. The overall project provided the community a non-violent way to protest and heal from the Floyd tragedy, she says. For example, a mini concert in September featured singer Christina Myles, who became emotional in front of an audience of about 20 people. “At some point, she … said, ‘I just needed this so much.’ And she cried. We had to keep giving out tissues,” Neely says. “And in one of her songs … she screamed, hollered, but it was melodic, if that makes sense. She used that platform to cry out her pain.” CS Brandon Klein is an editor. Feedback welcome at bklein@cityscenemediagroup.com.


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per day for five days a week or weekly 150 minutes of moderate exercise with a doctor’s clearance if you have any underlying health issues is advised. Skin cancer is a common and preventable cancer. Wearing appropriate sun protective gear, avoiding tanning beds and sun lamps, minimizing sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and getting any suspicious skin changes or new/changing moles checked by your doctor are encouraged. Applying sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 to exposed areas even when it is cloudy, with reapplication every two hours and more often if ongoing activities in water or increased sweating, is important.

Cancer is a tough disease and interventions to reduce the risk of developing cancer are helpful. A healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts is beneficial. Limiting the amount of processed food and processed meat is recommended. Refraining from smoking – which increases the risk for various types of cancers, including lung, head and neck, pancreatic and bladder cancers – is advised, and your doctor can help with strategies to quit smoking. Prevention and early detection of cancers – through regular mammograms and colon cancer screenings – increases chances of recovery. Maintaining healthy weight and active lifestyle lowers risk of Christina M. Kulesa, DDS breast, colon, prostate and other cancers. Northstar Family Dental Fluoride is a mineral from the crust of Any amount of physical activity is encouraged, but at least 30 minutes of exercise the earth that occurs naturally in all water sources.  Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before it’s visible. When it reaches your teeth, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel. It helps to repair the enamel by replenishing the lost calcium and phosphorous to keep your teeth hard. In other words, fluoride is good! Although fluoride is found in natural sources such as drinking water, it is often not in a high enough quantity to prevent dental decay.  This is why the ADA and

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Getting Fired Up $210 million hotel expansion brings open fire restaurant concept By Mallory Arnold

AN ANCHOR OF Columbus’ Downtown, Arena District and Short North areas is in line for a big leap forward. The $210 million, 1,000-room convention hotel will be an expansion of the 10-year-old Hilton Columbus Downtown. The hotel is expected to be completed by late 2022. A key portion of that expansion is the as-yet-unnamed wood-burning, open fire restaurant. The concept is open floor so guests can see the kitchen in action, with custom grills with rotisserie options, open flames and a wood-burning pizza oven. “Just like the kitchen is the heart of any home, the central wood-fire oven and grill is the soul of our restaurant,” says hotel Executive Manager Chris Coffin. “It’s an artistic statement that will be the focal part, but it will also radiate comfort and ambiance.” The open fire concept was a combined effort among Coffin, former Executive Chef Bill Glover and the culinary team. The group traveled to New York, Chicago and Washington, DC to explore what was new and exciting in the dining scenes there. Coffin knew the restaurant had to be unique, considering Columbus’ reputation for excellent eateries. “This town has some strong competition,” he says. “It’s a very competitive food market. We kept thinking, ‘What hasn’t been done here?’” The hotel’s prominence on High Street constitutes a balancing act for the open fire restaurant. “It’s a good thing, because the hotel will be part of a lively neighborhood,


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which is an attraction to bring people into the hotel,” Coffin says. “On the other hand, yes, that means people want to get out of the hotel and into Columbus. But it’s symbiotic relationship. We need the neighborhood to sell the hotel, and in turn, we’re bringing tons of people into the neighborhood.” The food ought to be enough to please both guests and the public alike, Coffin says. “At the end of the day, fire is the rudimental feature of food,” Coffin says. “In one sense, we’re going back to the basics with our food. But we’re also highlighting the great agriculture connections we have here in the community.” He says that while the menu is still in production, there are endless ways to create new, inventive plates with open fire. “To a certain degree, Columbus is big on meat and potatoes. But also, in this town, you have to have a great burger and pizza,” Coffin says. “The element of our fire can take it to the next level.” CS

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The ins and outs of dog licensing in Franklin County By Sarah Grace Smith

DOG LICENSING IS an important requirement for all dog owners. First off, it is required by law, so owning an unlicensed dog is punishable by fine. A dog license ensures protection on multiple fronts. By licensing your dog, you are protecting it in case it gets loose and is found by someone in the community. It also protects other dogs in the area by making sure dogs are vaccinated and can’t spread diseases to their furry friends. Due to COVID-19, Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano extended the 2021 deadline to July 1, so there’s still time to register your dog without fines or penalties.

But what exactly is a dog license, and why should you get one? With proper licensing, the found dog search feature on the Franklin County Auditor’s website is the best way to ensure lost pets are safely returned home. Owners must license any outdoor or indoor dog older than three months. Licenses must be renewed annually, unless a three-year or permanent dog license is purchased. All dogs four months or older must have a rabies vaccine in order to be licensed. Dogs older than one year must be vaccinated every three years.

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Dogs need exercise and socialization to live their best, happiest and healthiest lives. A great way for your dog to get both is to visit a dog park. After licensing and vaccinating your furry friend, take it on a trip to one of these Columbus-area dog parks. Many of dog parks are part of Franklin County Metro Parks or the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, and include trails, walking paths and more. Remember when visiting to bring a leash for when your dog is outside of the fenced area, as well as a water bowl. Godown Dog Park This dog park is split into a side for small dogs and a side for large dogs so as not to intimidate the little pups. The area is quite large, giving the dogs plenty of space to run. The park’s features include benches, trees, a dog water fountain and a large parking lot. Scioto Audubon Metro Park This large park rests along the banks of the Scioto River. With separate areas for large and small dogs, the park also boasts an agility course and digging sand pit. Tail Wags Playground Tail Wags is an indoor dog park open for any weather. The front room “on-leash lounge” offers coffee, snacks and wi-fi, while the back room features a large indoor yard with play areas. Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park For a little out-of-the-city adventure, head to Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park. This park contains three fenced-in lake areas for dogs to swim as well as two large areas for big and small dogs to run. The park provides a hose, water bowls and shared toys.


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In order to slow the overpopulation of dogs in Franklin County, the auditor’s office offers an $18 annual discount for dogs that are spayed or neutered.

The Auditor and his pets

The Franklin County Auditor is a dog lover himself. Stinziano has two pugs, Wrigley and Fenway. In 2006, Stinziano and his family knew they wanted a pug. After searching, they found a dog rescue in Toledo that had pugs ready for adoption. The family drove up to adopt one pug, and came home with two! Fenway and Wrigley were born in the same litter and then separated for fostering. However, when Stinziano and his family arrived in Toledo, both pugs were united at the time with a new foster family. When Stinziano saw how happy the two were together, he couldn’t help himself, and was quick to adopt both Wrigley and Fenway. The two pugs love to walk around the Stinziano’s neighborhood in the University District – they receive lots of pets from college students who pass by on their walks. Stinziano says they also enjoy frolicking in Goodale Park. Although they are siblings, each dog has a unique personality. While Wrigley enjoys cuddling and spinning, Fenway is often seeking out the highest point in a room from which he can survey his environment.

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The discount also applies if the dog is younger than nine months, elderly, diagnosed with a qualifying condition, being bred or used for hunting. Even if an owner chooses a permanent dog license, they must remember to update their address in order to aid the auditor’s office in returning lost dogs home. Applications for dog licenses can be filled out online or by mail. The Auditor’s office invests nearly all the funds from licensing fees into the rescue, care and housing of lost and homeless dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. A portion is also donated to The Ohio State University to research animal diseases. If a lost or stray dog is found, it should be brought to the shelter to be reclaimed by and reunited with its owners. CS Sarah Grace Smith is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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GameStops Without Frontiers Same old lessons from January’s stock short squeeze By Brandon Klein

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marole has become another case study of stock market manias and bubbles. We may be just a few months removed from the oddity that has been given such affectionate names as “GameStonks,” but there are plenty of books on the phenomenon it represents. Take the 1949 classic The Intelligent Investor, which retells how Sir Isaac Newton lost the equivalent of more than $3 million (adjusted for inflation) when the physicist succumbed to the enthusiasm surrounding one of the hottest stocks in England. The GameStop kerfuffle wasn’t much different. In January, users on the internet forum Reddit triggered a short squeeze of the American video game retailer’s stock, causing large losses for some hedge funds and short sellers. In general, investors borrow shares from a broker to sell them quickly on the market. Those investors have to close the shorts, or give the shares back to the broker, by buying back the shares, and they make a profit if they buy back at a price lower than the one for which they sold. Investors assumed GameStop would be an easy stock to short. But that didn’t happen, as people using investing platforms such as Robinhood began buying up GameStop stock. Affected short sellers rushed to buy back those stocks to avoid taking a huge financial loss, causing GameStop’s value to increase further. “I think the lessons are that the market can be irrational,” says Alex Durbin, a chartered financial analyst at Columbusbased The Joseph Group Capital Management. “’Things like this occur, and that’s why the markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.”


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Durbin says two things drive individual stocks in the market: the fundamentals, a company’s actual situation, and the sentiment investors have about that particular company or its stock. The two don’t always align, and several short sellers of GameStop stock had more negative sentiment than perhaps the fundamentals of the company might have suggested, Durbin says. The Reddit user who triggered the incident, however, had been following the stock for years beforehand, Durbin adds. “(His) thesis was that the fundamentals for GameStop really weren’t as bad as people thought. … He was thinking about this in 2018, and for a long time, the market didn’t agree with him,” he says. “And then COVID came and the situation facing brick and mortar retailers looked pret-

ty grim. So for a while, it didn’t look like a great trade.” The uniqueness of the pandemic caused changes in the product cycle, as did the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. “There was this surge in retail activity that benefited a company like GameStop. And sentiment really began to shift, I would say, late in the year of 2020. And then a few other things happened. … Activist investors got involved and people really started paying attention,” says Durbin. “… More and more people started to kind of catch on to this.” Investors can appreciate how one Reddit user did the research to determine that a stock’s worth was more than the market was recognizing, Durbin says.


“Hey, you do your homework and you see a good opportunity and have the conviction to hold through. That’s a good thing,” he says. However, Durbin cautions investors about getting caught up in these kinds of manias and bubbles. “In the short term, it’s really difficult to have a good read on the direction of an individual stock or markets in general and make a lot of money, even if you’re well informed,” he says. “It’s very, very hard to have any kind of predictive power over what the market or what a stock is going to do today, tomorrow, next week or next month.” He notes a number of stories of people taking out graduate school loans or using savings for a house to buy GameStop stock at several hundred dollars per share. “I think that’s where it becomes somewhat foolish,” he says. In addition, investors should always have conversations with their financial advisers and brokers on what types of funds, particularly hedge funds, their money is being invested in, Durbin says. “Thinking about the other side of this trade, the hedge funds that suffered tremendous losses, it highlights some of the challenges that investing in a hedge fund presents – less transparency, less liquidity. Hedge funds aren’t required to report with the same level of detail that a mutual fund might need to report,” Durbin says. “And the liquidity feature is such that if you want your money from the hedge fund tomorrow, you probably can’t get it. … You might have a one-year lock-up, and then after that, you might have access on a quarterly basis and you may only be able to access a certain percentage of your investment.” Not all hedge funds are the same. Some perform well and limit risk. What’s important is understanding the process as an investor and having a good financial adviser. “It’s often very difficult for an individual investor in a hedge fund or any pooled investment vehicle to have access to the portfolio manager,” Durbin says. “Having a financial adviser who is able to get a sense of what’s going on and what the risks are who can then relay that information to clients is key.” CS

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Riding for Hope

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, in 2021, the National Alliance of Mental Illness chooses to amplify the theme of “You are not alone.” For awareness resources, fundraiser opportunities and a chance to share personal stories, visit www.nami.org.

Three men support suicide prevention efforts with epic bike rides

A GROUP OF cyclists biked more than 350 miles from Cincinnati to Cleveland over the course of five days in September to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Devin Gonzales got into cycling about two years ago and found solace in getting out to ride once the pandemic hit. He quickly realized that cycling could be used to raise money and awareness for a philanthropic cause. After talking with a friend who worked for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation in Columbus, Gonzales decided that OSPF would be the perfect organization to support. “I’ve always felt a passion to help and support people that are struggling and actually need the help,” Gonzales says. “I think we are getting more disconnected because of social media, but normalizing conversations that are deep, that are true, that needs to happen.” According to a report from the Ohio Department of Health, suicide deaths increased by 45 percent among all Ohioans and by 56 percent among youth aged 10 to 24 from 2007-2018. In Ohio, five people die by suicide every day. These numbers may worsen due to the mental strain of isolation during the pandemic. “If there’s one positive thing to come from the pandemic, it’s definitely been that people are more comfortable talking about mental health now,” says Keiko Talley, communications manager at OSPF. “One of the biggest signs of suicide is selfisolation, and that’s what we’ve all been going through the past year.” Talley says she was thrilled to discover that Gonzales was planning this ride and connected with the cyclists quickly to spread word about their mission. They


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created GoFundMe pages to be shared on Facebook and issued press releases for the event. Cincinnati native Sam Woodward saw a social media post from Gonzales about the ride and asked if he could join. “My heart has just been particularly burdened for mental health,” Woodward says. “I think one of the reasons being is because of how many people it affects, in my own life and everyone’s life. I’m constantly seeking how I can make a change and inspire others in fighting this.” Gonzales and Woodward kicked off the ride with two other men, Jacob Jones and Josh Snead, on Sept. 23 in Cincinnati at the start of the Ohio to Erie Trail. Gonzales had experienced a serious injury during his construction work just weeks before the ride that hindered his ability to prepare. When it came time for the event, Gonzales was still experiencing intense pain when he got on the bike. “I myself am someone who has endured quite a bit in life,” Gonzales says. “I put myself in the shoes of people who have been in a tough situation like me, or even a worse off situation. And to be honest, I’d rather tear my ligament than quit that ride.” Despite his injury, Gonzales completed the five-day ride in support of the people he says he was riding for. “I was like, ‘There’s no way I’m giving up on these people,’” Gonzales says. “It’s more than the money; it’s inspirational. It’s to help portray there’s more to life than the pain.” Because of the news coverage during their ride, some people recognized the

group as they rode through Ohio. One woman had a particularly impactful interaction with them. The cyclists had stopped for coffee at a shop outside of Cincinnati and spoke with the owner about what they were doing. “She was almost in tears because she had just lost someone very close to her to suicide,” Woodward says. “Even just thinking about it now gives me goosebumps to remember how much it meant to her that we were doing this, and it almost seemed like we were giving her hope that things would get better.” Interactions like this one confirmed the men’s hopes that their ride could make a difference and left them eager to repeat the ride again this year. “Something I really want to emphasize is that we all have a part to play in this,” Woodward says. “Whether we have been affected directly or not, we can do much more than we think by just being willing to check in on our friends and family and making ourselves available.” CS Nora Mckeown is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Giddy-up Getaway Two Ohio dude ranches will have you saying “yee-haw!” By Sarah Robinson


o horsing around: Visiting a dude ranch is a great way to break the tedium of day-to-day city life and escape into the countryside for a weekend. From horseback riding to cowboy games and beyond, dude ranches cater activities specifically to tourists who want a taste of the wild west. So pack your jeans and cowboy boots and saddle up for a unique weekend getaway.

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KD Guest Ranch Family is everything to Dave and Kari Burkey, owners of KD Guest Ranch. “My wife and I met on another guest ranch, 20 years ago, and through life evolution, we ended up moving back to her family farm and building our own guest ranch,” says Dave. “We started building the ranch in 2003, and then we opened for our first guests in 2007.” Since then, the family has grown, and so has the guest base. “There’s no such thing as a typical guest. We have anybody from 8 years old to … 90,” Burkey says. “We have people from New York that have only seen a horse at Central Park, so they come here to experience a different culture, as well as some guests who are very experienced with horses. I’ve had people from as far as Australia and Ireland to right next door in Columbus, Ohio.” Guests who visit KD can expect a true western weekend, with horse rides across the scenic countryside of Adamsville and cowboy sports such as team penning. Expect home-cooked meals and fun activities every evening, accommodating guests from kids to adults.

“We have different things for the evening activities,” says Burkey. “We have bonfires, a movie theater, a mechanical bull or poker nights. It just depends on the group that is here.” At the beginning of a week at KD, guests are matched with a horse so they can bond with the animal throughout the week during trail rides and games in the arena. And horses aren’t the only animals guests come to see. “Obviously, most guests come for the horses, but people also enjoy interacting with the Pygmy goats because they have such fun personalities,” says Burkey. “It makes you smile to watch them. We never imagined that people would enjoy the rural lifestyle as much as we do.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Burkey family didn’t have to change much in their operations of KD, as they only take eight to 10 guests per week or weekend anyway. “We stay small so we can keep it personable,” says Burkey. “It’s a family business. Our kids are very involved with the operation.” The team aims to make every weekend at KD one to remember. “Everybody says the pictures don’t do it justice,” says Burkey. Smoke Rise Ranch Guests who visit Smoke Rise Ranch truly experience the wild part of the wild, wild west. Cattle drives, horse riding and the unforgettable experience of robbing a train will make the getaway unforgettable. “The train goes from Nelsonville to Logan and comes back from Logan, and we come out running on horseback, shooting guns with blanks, of course,” says James Birthisel, manager of the ranch. “We run the train down and they stop it, and we board the train, rob every car, then they let the customers get off and pet the horses. Sometimes we take a team and wagon, and we steal the money box off the train.” It’s all part of the experience called Ohio’s Friendliest Train Robbery. The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway sells out every time it announces a trip with a scheduled robbery from the Smoke Rise Gang.

“We’ve been robbing it, I’d say, at least 15 years,” says Birthisel. Beyond experiencing the life of an outlaw, visitors to Smoke Rise can choose to pitch a tent, park a camper or rent a cabin or lodge to spend a few days on the ranch. Birthisel says 90 percent of guests visit for a weekend getaway, though other visitors may come for a longer stay, whether it’s a camp, retreat or just a week away from it all. “Everybody’s welcome to Smoke Rise,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be a horse person. We enjoy having kids’ groups, scouts, 4-H. We have a team that comes and spends a week with us and we take them riding every day.” Visitors can experience a true cowboy lifestyle, from horsemanship lessons to trail rides to cattle drives. “Our cattle drives are a real big thing,” says Birthisel. “We do them once a month. A lot of people like to come and help bring the cows in.” Beyond cows, horses and donkeys, Smoke Rise is home to a ton of animals. “We’ve got a miniature horse and a miniature bull – he’s kind of our mascot,” says Birthisel. “We take him places with us. We have dogs and cats, and then there’s lots of wildlife. We have turkey and bobcats and coyotes and squirrels and rabbits and every kind of bird you can imagine. We’ve even seen a bald eagle.” Nestled between the Wallace H. O’Dowd Wildlife Area and Wayne National Forest in the Hocking Valley, Smoke Rise is home to fishing ponds and hiking trails that guests may enjoy in addition to the cowboy activities. CS

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Sarah Robinson is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com.



Keeping up with the castles Royally notable Ohio destinations By Helen Widman


hey say a man’s home is his castle. But here in Ohio, there are a handful of actual castles, just waiting to be discovered. Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek, located one mile east of West Liberty, has been operating for more than 100 years. The story of Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek starts in the 1820s, when Judge Benjamin M. and Elizabeth Barnett Piatt moved their family from Cincinnati to Logan County. Two of their children, Abram Sanders and Donn, built their own homes: MacA-Cheek and Mac-O-Chee, whose names come from the Shawnee who lived in a

village called Mackachack. Today, the Piatt Castle MacA-Cheek stands as a family heirloom and museum, while Mac-O-Chee is no longer open for tours. “Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek represents seven generations of a family living on land in Ohio near the town of West Liberty,” says owner Margaret Piatt. “Five of those seven generations have lived in the limestone mansion with a tower, named Mac-A-Cheek.” She says the building itself represents the land, as the limestone was quarried from a small deposit on the Piatt farm

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between 1864 and 1868, and the interior walls and floors are made of native oak, ash and walnut grown on the land and processed in the family sawmill. The home was finished in 1871 and contains furnishing and personal items from all the generations that lived there. Tours have been offered at Mac-A-Cheek since 1912. “Our historical interpreters welcome all visitors, offer guidance on how to visit the house and land, and remain available to answer questions and engage in conversation. We call these experiences facilitated, self-guided tours,” Piatt says.  “We wish for our visitors to take the time to enjoy the collections, exhibits, settings and hands-on activities they find the most interesting, while also having a way to learn more through live interaction.” There are also outdoor exhibits for guests to peruse while they enjoy the surrounding fields and stream. Still photography is permitted throughout the exhibits.

Tickets are priced at $13 for adults, $7 for ages 5-15 and $11 for ages 65 and up. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, and COVID-19 health guidelines will be followed. “Our purpose is to invite you to think about your own histories, and many visitors say that the personal connection is the most lasting result,” Piatt says. Ravenwood Castle Ravenwood Castle, located near Hocking Hills in New Plymouth, is newer, but still a medieval experience. The castle was inspired by 12th and 13th century castle designs in England and Wales. Ravenwood Castle was built by Sue and Jim Maxwell and finished in 1995. The castle was purchased by Jim and Pam Reed in 2012. “While the castle itself is only 27 years old, it is patterned off of typical Norman border forts,” Jim says. “As a full-time lodging business, we don’t typically offer day tours. Guests who visit the castle to stay with us should expect a unique ‘unplugged’ experience, where they can enjoy the peace and quiet of the Hocking Hills with a medieval flair.” Guests interested in staying at Ravenwood Castle can book a reservation on its website, as well as view different rooms and check out dining options. Guests can also participate in murder mystery game events that are hosted by the “Ravenwood Detective Agency.” “The most memorable aspect of the castle is the ability to reconnect with family and friends, away from the hustle and bustle of today’s hectic world,” Jim says. Loveland Castle Heading to the southwest quadrant of the state, is Loveland Castle, located in the city of the same name. Construction of the castle began in the early 1920s by World War I veteran Sir Harry Delos Andrews, while he was a Boy Scout leader, and continued for more than 50 years. Andrews and his Boy Scout troop, the Knights of the Golden Trail, acquired the land through a Cincinnati Enquirer subscription promotion, and started to frequent the river banks for camping. The idea for a castle began when he decided to build stone tents to keep their equipment safe and dry.

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Andrews built Loveland Castle nearly on his own, pulling stones from the nearby Little Miami River and, when that supply ran out, molded bricks with cement and quart milk cartons. The castle features three distinctive styles of architecture – German, French and English – four types of towers, a dry moat, hand-tiled ceilings, murder holes, stoop doors and more. Andrews willed the castle and grounds to the Knights upon his death at age 91 in 1981, and the Knights still guard the castle to this day. Tickets to visit the now expanded castle cost $5 per person; children under 5 are free. Guests can participate in a self-guided tour of the castle, which features picnic tables, benches and gardens as well. Guests who make arrangements to stay overnight will receive a full tour of the castle. The operating hours of Loveland Castle are Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Social distancing guidelines are in place and a facial covering is required for all guests above age 10 inside the castle. “The Historic Loveland Castle & Museum Chateau Laroche was built as an expression and reminder of the simple strength and rugged grandeur of the mighty men who lived when knighthood was in flower. It was their knightly zeal for honor, valor and manly purity that lifted mankind out of the moral midnight of the dark ages and started it towards the gray dawn of human hope,” per the Loveland Castle website. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Northeast of Columbus is Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, located in Akron. The nonprofit historic house mu-

seum includes a 65-room Tudor Revival manor house as well as a recently restored gate lodge. All of this spans approximately 70 acres of formal, manicured gardens. F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, started purchasing land on the west side of Akron in 1910 to accommodate his growing family, along with his wife, Gertrude. They named this grand estate Stan Hywet, meaning “stone quarry” in Old English. In 1915, the estate and gardens were finished, and the Seiberlings entertained many guests there for more than 40 years. 95 percent of the estate contains its original collection and furnishings. Tours of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens are all self-guided, though the Corbin Conservatory is closed. Masks are required for all buildings and social distancing is highly encouraged. Operating hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets for self-guided tours of the manor house are $15 for adults, $6 for ages 6-17 and free for Stan Hywet members. There is also a virtual tour option. CS Helen Widman is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com. 

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quirkiest museums in ohio The perfect photo op awaits By Sarah Grace Smith


ooking to snap a photo for an updated profile picture? Want to see some strange, out-there things? Ohio is home to museums that are as off-the-wall as they are out-of-the-way.

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Bioluminescent Beauty Look no farther than Otherworld in east Columbus for a surreal immersive art installation. Tour on your own the 32,000 square feet of interactive art, mixed reality sets and hidden passages. With 47 rooms of art by more than 40 artists, there’s plenty to explore. The premise of Otherworld is unique, to say the least. “You have volunteered as a beta tester at Otherworld Industries, a pioneering tech company specializing in alternate realm tourism,” the website says. “But upon arrival at the desolate research facility, you’re left on your own. … Exploring restricted laboratories inevitably leads you to discover a gateway to bioluminescent dreamscapes featuring alien flora, primordial creatures and expanses of abstract light and geometry.” A Close Shave The National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame in Canal Winchester preserves and promotes the history of its particular profession. The museum was established in 1988 by Ed Jeffers, former president of the Ohio Barber Board and former CEO of the National Association of Barber Boards. Trans-


port back in time to behold the beautifully preserved collections of shaving mugs, barber poles, cushiony chairs and more. The museum also holds peculiarly fascinating objects that are not often associated with barbering. “The most unique things that we have are the bloodletting tools,” says museum director Mike Ippoliti. “The barbers were also the surgeons and dentists way back.” While visiting, be sure to stop by the museum’s hall of fame, which has recently gone international by featuring a Cuban barber. Channeling History Ever wondered how technology progressed to your flat-screen Roku TV?

Check out the Early Television Foundation and Museum’s collection of televisions, from mechanical sets to early electronic and postwar TVs. Founded in 2001, the Hilliard-based museum now holds more than 200 televisions in eight rooms. The foundation is proud to showcase its most popular television: a custom-made 1960s German Kuba Komet. “(Our purpose is) to preserve one of the greatest inventions of our time,” says Larry McIntyre, an attendant at the museum, “from the mechanical sets of the 1920s all the way up to your first sets of color TVs in the 1950s to where we’re at today.” Building Blocks The Brick Museum, located in Bellaire, is an unofficial museum of LEGO masterpieces. Founded in 2007, it encompasses 12 rooms with more than 40 LEGO sculptures. Its most popular sculpture is the Guinness Book of World Records’ largest LEGO image. This mosaic of LEGOs was built by the museum staff and about 250 children. Depicting an image of a tractor trailer designed by Brian Korte, the piece measures about 536 by 234 inches and contains 1.2 million bricks. The museum also has interactive areas for visitors to create their own sculptures and is open seasonally from May through September. It’s a Sign For a deep history of American signage, head to Cincinnati and check out the American Sign Museum. The museum

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displays nearly 100 years of signage, from antique to modern and wooden to neon. “Signs and sign making are a fascinating reflection of America through the years,” says founder Tod Swormstedt. “If your experience at the American Sign Museum causes you to be more aware of signs in your travels and of their value to businesses and communities, we’ve done our job.” Swallow your Fears Stop by the Allen County Museum in Lima to check out its collection of items swallowed by people. “There was a doctor here in town that actually had to retrieve these items from peo-

ple,” says a museum representative. “Many of them were people that were in jail. Others were private patients that he saw.” From chicken bones to safety pins and chains to dentures, this collection holds more than 100 objects Dr. Estey Yingling and son Dr. Walter “Bud” Yingling dislodged from patients’ throats and stomachs. The museum also boasts historical homes, a Model T Roadster and an albino animal display. CS Sarah Grace Smith is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.



only in ohio Statewide destinations worth the trip By Mallory Arnold Gervasi Vineyard Canton Wine connoisseurs come from all over to visit the 55-acre Gervasi Vineyard. The winery houses Tuscan-inspired villas, a boutique inn called The Casa and a restored farmhouse. If guests aren’t roaming the gardens or sipping wine, they can be found dining at the vineyard’s eatery or cozying up at the coffeehouse for locallyroasted brew. www.gervasivineyard.com Yellow Springs Home to Antioch College, Yellow Springs is trip into artistic creative country. Downtown has an eclectic atmosphere with must-see stops such as Dino’s Coffee, Urban Handmade and Super-Fly Comics & Games. Young’s Jersey Dairy is also nearby. Daytime activities call for hikes at Glen Helen Nature Preserve and Clifton Gorge, both of which have amazing overlooks. Plus, it’s impossible to visit Yellow Springs without being inspired by local art through shops and galleries such as Bonadies Glass Studio, AMB Creations and Basho Apparel. www.yellowspringsohio.org J.M. Smucker’s Restaurant and Café Orrville If you enjoy a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it’s likely you’ve tasted the 120-year legacy of J.M. Smucker Co. Located in Orrville, the Smucker’s Restaurant and Café is a sweet, unique destination to cross off your Ohio adventuring bucket list. Plus, you can bring back a tasty souvenir for all your jelly friends. www.jmsmucker.com

Nomad Ridge at The Wilds Cumberland For those who hope to hone in on their wild side, Nomad Ridge is the place to stay overnight among some of The Wilds’ most interesting animals. Guests stay in private yurts tucked amid trees next to The Wilds’ animal pastures, where they can take advantage of observation decks to observe wildlife. www.thewilds.columbuszoo.org Crystal Cave Put-In-Bay Crystal Cave is technically the world’s largest geode. Discovered in 1887, the cave was named for its three-foot-long Celestite crystals dripping from the ceilings and jutting out from the walls. Not only that, but the Heineman Winery is attached to the property, so cave dwellers can enjoy wine and cheese before or after their tours. www.putinbay.com The Mohicans Treehouse Resort Glenmont When we were kids, treehouses were our escape. Imagination combined with the charm of being among the trees created a magical experience. The Mohicans Treehouse Resort is just that escape for adults. The Mohicans offer nine treehouses designed by Pete Nelson of TV show Treehouse Masters. While each house is updated with comfortable amenities such as showers, heat and air conditioning, guests can still enjoy being immersed in nature and quiet seclusion. www.themohicans.net

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Peninsula Besides 125 miles of hiking trails, Cuyahoga Valley boasts of wetlands, forests and woodlands. The Ritchie Ledges are a monument of nature, formed millions of years ago and preserved today by the park. Drastically different is Beaver Marsh, an ecosystem of turtles, singing frogs and beavers. And, of course, visiting the Cuyahoga Valley entails taking a walk across the only remaining covered bridge in Summit County. www.nps.gov White Star Quarry Gibsonburg This 15-acre man-made lake is tucked away in Gibsonburg for nature enthusiasts and divers. Scuba divers may adventure into the quarry from April 1-Dec. 31 during normal park hours. The lake is filled with blue gill, emerald shiners, yellow perch, loudmouth bass and tons more creatures. www.whitestarquarry.com Ohio is home to 74 state parks, 17 state forests, 20 state memorials and 15 state wildlife areas. Maumee Bay State Park Besides stunning views of Lake Erie, Maumee Bay has a park with miles of trails through wetlands, ponds and beaches. There are birding trails, bike paths, marinas and cabins and a lodge nearby to stay in. It’s the perfect vacation spot for fishing, boating, kayaking and water sightseeing. www.maumeebaylodge.com Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@cityscenemediagroup.com.


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editor's choice CityScene staff travel picks Favorite travel snacks Wasabi and soy sauce flavored almonds – Gianna Barrett, vice president-sales

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Warm vanilla sugar – Sarah Robinson, associate editor

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Favorite thing to listen to in the car The Bugle – Brandon Klein, associate editor

The Howard Stern Show – Rocco Falleti, associate editor

What’s in our cup holders? Ginger kombucha – Mallory Arnold, associate editor

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17 Years in the Making Are you ready for billions of cicadas? By Mallory Arnold Cicada or Locust? They are two distinct insects. Cicadas are cousins of crickets, while locusts are a type of grasshopper.

EVERY 17 YEARS, Great Eastern Brood cicadas emerge

from the ground in massive numbers. You may think you know what a cicada sounds like from sitting outside on a summer night, but the 17-year eruption is very different. The insect’s arrival is estimated to be mid-May, so if they’re not here yet, they’re coming. Whether you’re anticipating cicadas or experiencing them right now, we’re here to answer the questions that might be bugging you. Do cicadas sting? No, cicadas don’t sting or bite. They don’t have jaws or stingers. They do, however, pierce and suck, if one mistakes you for a plant or tree. Will my pet get sick if it eats a cicada? While the insects are not poisonous, if a pet eats too many, they could irritate the stomach and cause digestive issues. To distract your animals from munching on cicadas, try offering treats to gently redirect your pet away from the cicada, play a game of fetch or supervise pets when outdoors. What attracts cicadas? Believe it or not, the sound of power tools, lawn mowers and leaf blowers captivates cicadas. The females confuse the sounds with the rumblings of males. So if you take on yard work in the middle of the day, you might see more cicadas than usual. Consider working at dawn or dusk when temperatures are cooler and cicadas are less active. How long do cicadas live? Adults can live for a few weeks. Do cicadas have a smell? Not when they’re alive, but decomposing cicada carcasses are potent. Will cicadas hurt my garden? No, the good news is that cicadas aren’t here to eat your plants. They are here to mate.


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A look back The last time we saw these nuisances in these numbers was 2004. To be precise: We saw 10 trillion of them. Here’s a trip down memory to what was happening during the last cicada revolution: Notable events • The summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. • NASA’s Spirit rover, part of the Mars Exploration Rover mission, returns to Earth. • The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918. Popular culture • Ken Jennings wins more than $2.5 million on Jeopardy! • Facebook launches. • 52 million people watch the Friends finale. • The Motorola RAZR V3 is the best-selling cell phone. Top Headlines • Feb. 4 – Boston Globe: Champs Again (Patriots win Super Bowl) • June 9 – Chicago Tribune – Flood of Reagan Admirers Pay Tribute • Oct. 28 – Boston Globe: YES!!! (Boston Red Sox win World Series). • Nov. 4 – USA Today: Bush Calls Win “Historic.” CS Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@cityscenemediagroup.com.




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It’s All Good in the Hood Custom copper range hood is a visual highlight of top-to-bottom kitchen remodel By Garth Bishop


pon first entering Carol and Bob Lowery’s kitchen, one would never assume that – adorned with a sleek copper range hood, elegant Cambria quartz counter tops and beautiful custom cabinets – the space was once described as having major functionality issues. That’s the way Carol diplomatically describes the reasoning she and her husband, Bob, used when they decided the kitchen in their Upper Arlington home needed an upgrade. The house was built in the 1970s, and the kitchen had been renovated since then, but not since they bought the home in 2003. The kitchen is much more functional now since Organized Home Remodeling completed a three-month renovation in August. But the word “functional,” while accurate, does not do justice to the nightand-day transformation of the space. A 180-Degree Change Essentially, all that remains of the kitchen that was is the floor and the door to the patio.



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Everything else has been updated with exciting additions that fit the Lowery’s needs. “The design-build process allowed Organized Home Remodeling to design specifically for the goals Carol and Bob had in mind”, says company President, Kathy Morgan. “As a company, we focus on not only gorgeous interiors, but creating useful, practical spaces.” The kitchen is decidedly easier to use, Carol says, with countless items now far more accessible – pots, pans, spices, seasonings, mixer attachments, utensils and beyond. Though the pandemic has severely limited the Lowerys’ ability to entertain, they look forward to being able to do so more regularly in a space more amenable to it. It is impossible to miss the kitchen island, arguably the most elegant, eyecatching feature. It has several amenities built directly into it, including a mixer stand that swings up for easy use with her KitchenAid mixer and a microwave drawer with flip-down controls to make them easier to use. “For buffet-style serving and prep work, I never run out of space,” says Carol. The Most Noticeable Features The custom range hood is impossible to miss and perhaps the gem of the kitchen. It has stunning custom copper inlays, which Organized Home Remodeling incorporated on Carol’s request, and 14-inch-deep tall cabinets custom made by Buckeye Custom Cabinets & Closets on each side to maximize her storage space.

“I wanted something that was attractive, but not a full copper hood – (something) that really stood out and took center stage, not competing with everything else going on,” she says. Carol is also a big fan of the artistic stonepatterned backsplash behind the oven. “I collected rocks as a kid, and it has all sorts of different rock textures, so it really

appealed to me when Organized Home Remodeling suggested that,” she says. Some of the other major changes to the kitchen include: • A gorgeous decorative glass window; the window space was pre-existing, but its view was only of the neighboring house’s driveway • A massive built-in pantry with undermount full extension wood roll outs; keeping items from getting lost in the back • Modern, unique copper lighting above the island – which Morgan sent back to its creator to have it redone to perfection, Carol says • Brand-new custom solid wood cabinetry, replacing lower-grade cabinets that had begun to show their age, with incabinet lighting and glass shelves • A range with two ovens – a standard-size one and a small one on the bottom for smaller items such as cookies or stuffing • A large farmhouse sink without a divider, accommodating the biggest trays • Lovely travertine tile walls, which offer an upscale, rustic look and are easier to clean than brick • A full-size, counter-depth refrigerator • Elegant quartz countertops Improvements Beyond the Kitchen Also transformed is the kitchen’s connection to the rest of the house. An attention-grabbing reclaimed barnwood beam between the kitchen and family room pulls the two rooms together. “The kitchen and the family room are completely open to each other now,” Carol says. A fun and must-needed coffee station with a drawer for K-cups is just outside the kitchen so the Lowerys can sip their morning brew in

the cozy living room. And in the evening, they will use their new bar with a built-in wine refrigerator to cap off a busy day.

“Everybody’s always in the kitchen, so that pulls the beverages out of the kitchen and makes the whole space usable from an entertaining standpoint,” says Carol. The fireplace in the family room remains intact, but the mantle always looked overly fancy, Carol says. It was replaced with a mantle of striking yet rustic reclaimed wood. This better fits the homey, cheerful atmosphere of the sitting room. Louis Parrish, author of Cooking As Therapy-How to Keep Your Souffle Up and Your Depression Quotient Down, says that if you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life. Thanks to Organized Home Remodeling, the Lowerys have accomplished that and more. To see this project and more, visit www. organizedhomeremodeling.com. CS Garth Bishop is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.


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Glowing Garden DIY ethereal effect for your potted plants By Sarah Grace Smith

ant to brighten up your front yard or windowsill? These glow-in-thedark planters are the way to go. To get started, grab a terra cotta pot (or two), outdoor paint, glow-in-the-dark paint, a paintbrush, plastic wrap and a newspaper or paper bag. When buying glow paint, be sure to look for a phosphorescent paint rather than fluorescent. Fluorescent paint only glows under black light, while phosphorescent paint is charged by light. We recommend DecoArt’s Glow in the Dark Paint or Ultimate Glow-in-the-Dark Paint. First, paint your pot using a small brush and outdoor paint. The best base colors for glow-in-the-dark are white, black or neon paints. Next, let the pot dry for 1-2 hours on a sheet of plastic wrap. Add another coat if needed. Let the pot dry completely before proceeding. When the planter is dry, cover its drainage hole with scrap paper. Now to the fun part! With the pot lying upside down on the plastic wrap, pour the glow paint over its bottom and edges. The paint will run off the sides, creating a splatter effect. Don’t worry if the paint collects at the bottom. Lift the pot in your hand using the plastic wrap. Gently tilt the pot in your palm to spread the paint across the sides and create an even layer on the bottom. Wait for your pot to dry. The paint will continue to spill and drip over the sides. When completely dry, lift the pot from the plastic wrap and remove the scrap paper from the drainage hole. Add a plant and your glow-in-the-dark pot is ready to go. 36

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When the lights are on, the pot will appear pale lime green. It can charge if it’s in a bright spot, such as outside in direct sunlight or next to a lamp. With a charge, the glow will be even more dramatic. Alternatively, you can use solar-powered LED lights to bring some fun to your front yard. CS Information collected from HGTV and BuzzFeed Nifty. Sarah Grace Smith is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.


• 1 large white translucent planter • 1 small white planter that fits inside the large one

• Drill • 1 strand outdoor solar LED light rope • Hot glue gun • Optional: tin foil • Optional: gravel In the large planter, drill a hole near the bottom big enough to fit the width of the LED rope. Feed the LED rope through the hole so the charging pack is on the outside of the planter. Using the hot glue gun, glue the LED light rope on the small planter, starting at the top and wrapping the light around the planter until it reaches the bottom. Once it’s fully adhered, place the small planter inside the larger planter and pull the excess light rope back out through the hole in the larger planter. If the small pot is significantly shorter than the large one, add some gravel to the bottom of the larger pot to raise the shorter one up. Fill the smaller planter with dirt and a plant of your choice, then place the planter outside and insert the solar charging pack in the dirt where it can be in full sunlight. Once charged, you’ll have a glowing planter! BONUS: Before the first step, cover the smaller pot with tin foil to reflect the LED light better.

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Music to Our Ears

The Columbus Symphony’s community outreach strikes a chord By Mallory Arnold

WHILE THE COGS of public arts and entertainment either paused or slowed in 2020 and still remain in recovery in 2021, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra hasn’t taken a beat to rest all year. Executive Director Denise Rehg says things have been quite the opposite of what you’d imagine, as the CSO team has thrown itself into community outreach with as much gusto as they devote to their performances. For example, in September, CSO put on 20 free concerts over nine days. “We’ve never stopped working,” Rehg says. “We’ve just accelerated the number of activities we produce. In 2020, we did things that we’ve always wanted to do, but never necessarily had the time to do in a regular season.” During the course of the pandemic, CSO put on free concerts in 154 Columbus City Schools buildings, organized 31 outreach concerts, launched the educational websites Kids Korner and Symphonic Teens, and developed mentorship and fellowship programs for young musicians of color. Rehg says all this involvement is part of a goal set in motion in January 2020, when CSO decided as an organization that it was going to work hard to put relevancy to the community as its No.1 priority. “We asked ourselves, ‘Are we reaching and serving the people?’” Rehg says. “That’s most important.”

The CSO plans proceed with Picnic with the Pops 2021. “We’re exploring all the options,” Rehg says. “But at this point, we believe we can have people enjoy the event safely. It’s a matter of the symphony’s mission”


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While symphonies across the country were forced to make tough cuts due to the pandemic – the Houston Symphony laid off 25 percent of its staff and the Pittsburgh Symphony reported pay cuts, salary reductions and layoffs for 30 percent of full-time staff – CSO kept all its full-time musicians and did not cut salaries through COVID-19. Rehg attributes this to the support from donors, both governmental and individual. “The community is so supportive of the symphony,” she says. “The steady flow of donations enabled us to keep the CSO family together.” CSO’s efforts are being nationally recognized. The New Yorker published an article in December that read, “The case of the Columbus Symphony is worth of note: Remarkably, it has made no cuts for any of its full-time musicians or staff.” Symphony for all sounds People tend to associate symphony orchestras with classical music, but CSO makes a point of offering many unique sounds. “We believe music is the great communicator,” Rehg says. “Symphonic music encompasses a lot more than classical repertoire. We do a lot of pops, instructional work and more. Symphony can speak to any beating heart in the community.” The CSO also focuses on accessibility, which is why it plans to put on more free

concerts in parks and underserved neighborhoods. The orchestra also intends to make its Masterworks concert series free for ages 16 and under. As much as the CSO team has done for the community, Rehg can’t put enough emphasis on how Columbus has given back to its orchestra.

“It almost brings me to tears to think about the letters, donations and phone calls we’ve received in support of us,” she says. “People come to these free concerts and when they leave, they hand me a donation check. The symphony will remember the way people responded to us in times of crisis.” Check the CSO website for the most updated schedule of events: www.columbus symphony.com. CS Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@cityscenemediagroup.com



Chapters of Change The story of the Columbus Arts Festival is a story of adaptation By Brandon Klein COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL participants don’t minimize the pain that accompanies what might be the darkest chapter in the history of the annual three-day event. Even as last year’s event went virtual and this year’s event was canceled outright, both because of the pandemic, participants have been optimistic that the event will come back stronger when it returns – hopefully, next year. They also appreciate how far the festival has come over its nearly six decades of existence.

“Producing the festival is definitely a point of pride for the greater good,” says Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communications and events for the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “And it aligns with our mission, because we really do The Children’s Gallery circa 2000. A longtime want to be accessible to all and favorite of the festival, the gallery is for kids only, to be enjoyed by all. … That’s an important part of our identity, of and offers artwork (donated by participating festival artists) to kids at allowance-friendly prices. who we are.” The festival began on the Ohio After leaving the Statehouse, the festiStatehouse lawn in 1962, and the val has moved to the downtown ColumColumbus Arts Council was formed bus riverfront, then to the Discovery Disto coordinate it. The council mod- trict while the riverfront was transformed eled the event on the Three Rivers into the Scioto Mile, then back to the Arts Festival in Pittsburgh. Scioto Mile once the transformation was After the Columbus Art Coun- complete. As the festival has grown, the cil went inactive, the Greater city has grown, too, becoming more than Columbus Arts Council emerged the state capital. in the early 1970s to take over “We’re growing into a wonderfully diorganizing the festival. Over the verse and welcoming city,” Goldstein says. past 15 years, GCAC has worked “We’ve seen that in the evolution of the to more closely connect the fes- arts, as well in terms of the kind of groups tival to the organization, Gold- and collaborations and performances that The Columbus Arts Festival began in 1962 and was originally located on the Statehouse lawn. stein says. have come to the festival.

1960s The City of Columbus’ Downtown Action Committee and the Columbus Junior League formed the Columbus Arts Council to create a community arts calendar and produce a downtown summer arts festival. 1962 - The first arts festival was held on the Ohio Statehouse lawn.


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1970s 1973 - The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce formed the Greater Columbus Arts Council to take over the arts festival after the previous council went defunct.

1980s The festival moved from the Statehouse lawn to the downtown riverfront, partly because it outgrew the space and and partly to allow beer sales, which wasn’t possible at the Statehouse.

1990s 1992 - The festival added an international component, featuring Canadian artists.

2018 Columbus Arts Festival. Photo by Andy Spessard

All images are courtesy of the Greater Columbus Arts Council

Due to construction, the festival will move away from the riverfront again. Its presumed return next year will be in the Arena District. “We welcome any neighbor and people, and we feel like this is an opportunity for people to get out and explore that neighborhood in a new way,” Goldstein says. Festival attendance grew from about 50,000 people in the 1970s to about 500,000 people by the mid-1980s. The festival continues to entertain about half a million people over the course of three days in recent years if the weather is good. Organizers have embraced change over the life of the festival, adding beer sales, new technologies and new exhibition ideas. “We’re always kind of evolving the space, the people coming in, the art,” says Patty Matthews, a longtime festival volunteer. More than 10 years ago, the festival introduced its emerging artist program for artists living in Franklin and surrounding

counties who have limited or no experience exhibiting at national festivals. Accepted artists pay lower fees and a have access to a boot camp on how best to present their work. Goldstein says the experience helps artists determine if the festival circuit is the right place to showcase and sell their work. Some previous participants found it wasn’t the right fit, she says, but others have thrived. With the festival receiving 1,000 applications from artists throughout the world for about 250 spots, the program allows less experienced artists in the community a chance to participate. “The competition is high,” says Kate Morgan, a 2-D mixed media artist and one of the early emerging artists. Morgan has attending to the festival since her childhood, but never saw it as a place to make a living. After she was accepted in the program in her first year,

she received an automatic invite for the following year. For her third year, Morgan had to apply like the other artists, but was rejected – only to try again and be accepted. “It was a wonderful experience,” Morgan says. In contrast with the monthly Short North Gallery Hop, Morgan says, the festival’s atmosphere is more open and inviting, meaning greater engagement between the artists and attendees. When the pandemic hit, the unexpected break in the festival circuit forced Morgan to become the “most stationary” she’s been in a decade, she says, allowing her to focus on other aspects of her life. Morgan picked up her art again in January and hopes the arts festival can come back in full next year. She doesn’t want to see a “half-breed (version) of what it was.” “You want it to be the Columbus Arts Festival,” Morgan says. Brandon Klein is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at bklein@cityscenemediagroup.com.

The Columbus Arts Festival moved to the Discovery District in 2008 while the riverfront was being renovated.


The beautiful weather in 2019 brought out record Festival crowds. Photo by Joe Maiorana

2000 - Sunshine Artist magazine, a premier publication for art shows and festivals, released its list of the 200 best festivals. The Columbus Arts Festival earned the No.1 ranking in the fine craft category and No.5 in the fine art category. The magazine’s ranking is based on sales as reported by participating artists.

2006 - The festival launched an online application process for interested artists, changing the jury review process. 2008 - The festival moved to the Discovery District to accommodate the renovation of the riverfront and the Scioto Mile.

2011 - GCAC launched the emerging artist program to assist central Ohio artists on how to present their work in an arts festival. 2012 - The festival returned to a renovated riverfront. 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic hits forcing the festival to go virtual.



Due to health concerns, dates and shows are subject to change. Visit the websites for more information.

Gallery Exhibits April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring new art to local Columbus galleries. Check out the exciting art on view this spring. 934 Gallery: Tunnel Vision: Select Works from Michael. Artist Forest Kelley imagines the history of gay men living in rural western Massachusetts in the era between the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 and the death of Rock Hudson by AIDS in 1985 through the lens of his uncle, who died in that time. Through May 22. And Julian Foglietti and Ben Willis. May 7-June 19. www.934gallery.org The Arts Castle Gallery 22: Jeremy and Debra Rosario. May 7-June 19. www.artscastle.org Blockfort: “A” Show - CSCA 50th Anniversary Exhibition. In honor of its continued 50th anniversary celebrations, Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (CSCA) is partnering with Blockfort to put on a gallery show honoring the creativity of communicating arts in Columbus and central Ohio through the theme of the letter A. May 1-June 26. www. blockfortcolumbus.com

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Columbus Museum of Art: Raggin’ On: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson’s House and Journals. This is the first major exhibition of the artist’s work since her death and a celebration of Robinson’s work, vision and the home and neighborhood she cherished. Through October. www.columbusmuseum.org Cultural Arts Center: Central Ohio Watercolor Society Spring Juried Exhibition. Enjoy the way these amazing artists portray light and color, whether in realism or abstraction. Through May 29. And Pasos de Arte 2021. This exhibition exclusively by Latino artists brings an amazing body of artworks in many different media and range of themes. June 4-July 10. www.cultural artscenteronline.org David Myers Gallery and Studio: Two Voices, One HeART. Original paintings by Kathy Norris and Cathy Camacho. Through May 19. www.davidmyersart.com Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. Distinctly Paramount: Fashion & Costume from the Paramount Pictures Archive. Randall Thropp brings a new exhibit celebrating studio-created costumes as well as purchased fashions used on camera. It promises to be a colorful exhibition with many costumes seen on exhibit for the first time. June 5-Jan. 2, 2022. www.decartsohio.org Dublin Arts Council: Dublin Golfscapes. Aida Garrity’s sweeping wide-brush background strokes and subtle soft-brush details capture the beauty of the Dublin landscape – its intensely green grass, majestic trees and manicured golf courses. Through June 7. www.dublinarts.org

Hayley Gallery

Mac Worthington Studio and Sculpture Park

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: Chrystal RobinsonShofroth. Through figurative and landscape paintings conveying spiritual and emotional transformation, Chrystal’s work employs a combination of oil paints, acrylics, inks and powdered iridescent pigments to create a vivid color palette and expressive textural effects. Through May 21. And Group Exhibition: David Marteney, Marianne Philip, Aimee Wissman, Jacs Fishburne and Mark Benavides. This group exhibition features 2020 artists, who were unable to display their artwork due to the COVID-19 pandemic. June 4-July 2. www. southeasthc.org/services/freshairgallery/ Hayley Gallery: Ann Kete: A New Focus on Color. Featuring the colorful oils of

fine artist Ann Kete, a longtime resident of Upper Arlington, in her first solo show at Hayley Gallery. May 15-June 15. And Natalie Steigmann-Gall: Ohio State University Senior Thesis Exhibit. Hayley Gallery feels it important to support up-and-coming local artists, especially ones as talented as Natalie. Opening reception June 19, 4-8 p.m. On view June 12-July 13. www. localohioart.com Highline Coffee Art Space: Transformative Impressions. Funded by a resource grant from the GCAC, this series came about from mixed media artist Don Scott’s desire to experiment with newlyformulated Polaroid film using techniques from his work with similar film originally developed in the ’70s. May 3-June 30. donscottgallery.weebly.com/highlinecoffee-art-space.html Keny Gallery: Exceptional Works on Paper. May 21-June 25. www.kenygalleries.com

ences of culture and industry on the finished pieces. Through Aug. 29. www.ohio glassmuseum.org Open Door Art Studio & Gallery: In Vogue. Open Door is stepping off the runway and into the gallery with a fashion-themed exhibition full of glitz and glamour. With inspirations from British streetwear, French couture, Japanese Harajuku and more. May 8-June 4. www.cchs ohio.org/opendoorartstudio Sharon Weiss Gallery: Salon Show. Featuring gallery artists. May 1-31. And Yaafoa, Home is Calling. A solo show by Edmund Boateng. June 3-29. www.sharon weissgallery.com Studios on High Gallery: These Are Not for You. Showcases featured art from artist, furniture and home goods designer Ben Sostrom. May 1-June 3. And From the Chrysalis. Showcasing ceramic sculptures

Ohio Craft Museum

by local artist Denise Romecki. June 5-July 1. www.studiosonhigh.com

Mac Worthington Studio and Sculpture Park: Spring Gallery and Sculpture Park Opening. Gallery exhibition of abstract expressionist paintings and outdoor sculptures. May 1-June 30. www.mac worthington.com (Not)Sheep Gallery: The Problem We All Live With. Group invitational. May 6-Aug. 1. www.notsheepgallery.com Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: After Hours: Artwork by State of Ohio Employees. The exhibition showcases the creativity of government employees across the Buckeye state. Through July 10. oac.ohio.gov/RiffeGallery/Visit-the-Gallery Ohio Craft Museum: Best of 2020-2021. This annual juried exhibition of work by Ohio Designer Craftsmen members features 76 items in clay, glass, fiber, metal, wood and mixed media by 60 artists. Rescheduled from 2020. May 10-July 11. www.ohiocraft.org Ohio Glass Museum: La-Di-Da…a journey in glass from functional to fanciful. This exhibition of everyday and special occasion glass tableware examines the effects of human creativity, as well as the influ-

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What to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! Columbus Metropolitan Library 96 S. Grant Ave. The Columbus Metropolitan Library is offering its cardholders free admissions to several central Ohio cultural institutions with its new Culture Pass program. These passes will be borrowed just like books and used as one-time passes in lieu of admission fees. Participating cultural organizations include: • Columbus Museum of Art • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium • Franklin Park Conservatory • National Veterans Memorial and Museum • Ohio History Center • Pizzuti Collection of the Museum of Art • Wexner Center for the Arts www.columbuslibrary.org CATCO presents Working: A Musical Through May 9 Various times, virtual Based on Studs Terkel’s Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, this musical pulls experiences of truckers, waitresses, hedge fund managers and more to tell a story. Through songs from the talents of Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Micki Grant and Lin-Manuel Miranda, this musical poses the questions: Are we defined by our jobs? Should we be? www.catco.org 44

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New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Songs from the Heartland May 2, 3 p.m. McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin Granville Rd. This program features excerpts from Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, Carmen Ohio and Copland’s Old American Songs. Symphony talents include Tori Wallace, Hannah Sterman, John Gehrt and Adam Heaston, among others. www.newalbanysymphony.com Mother’s Day at the Zoo May 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. In celebration of Mother’s Day, free admission will be offered to mothers and grandmothers who are accompanied by at least one of their children or grandchildren. www.columbuszoo.org Jazz Arts Group presents Jerome Jennings: Solidarity May 13, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre and virtual, 769 E. Long St. This Cleveland-born master drummer and composer hits the Lincoln Theatre admist his second album release, Solidarity. Jerome Jennings explores the music and sounds that depict the stories of activists and freedom fighters such as Marielle Franco, Recy Taylor and Marsha P. Johnson. www.jag.tv

Columbus Taco Fest Grab-N-Go May 15-16 Ohio History Connection, 800 E. 17th Ave. Tacos to go, please! The 2021 Columbus Taco Fest turns into a carryout event, as attendees will be able to order online, drive up and pick up their tacos. The organizers of the spicy event released a statement about the new format, saying, “In an effort to support local food vendors, and taking into consideration the safety of all of you, our friends and neighbors, we wanted to provide a way to still enjoy some of Columbus’ best taco trucks in one spot while keeping the safety and health our community in mind.” www.columbustacofest.com

Haydn Festival

Opera Columbus presents La Boheme May 20-23, 28, 30 400 West Rich, 400 W. Rich St. The scene is Paris, 1830. The poor artist Marcello and poet Rodolfo try to keep warm on Christmas Eve by burning the pages from Rodolfo’s latest drama. They are soon joined by their roommates: Colline, a philosopher, and Schaunard, a musician, who brings food, fuel and just a bit of money. The good fortune is short-lived, though, as the landlord comes to collect the rent and the story begins. www.operacolumbus.org The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Haydn Festival May 21-22, 7:30 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. This performance can only be described as a serenade by strings. Enjoy sounds from violins, cellos, oboes and bassoons. www. columbussymphony.com Opening of Dinosaur Island May 28 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. The 2021 Dinosaur Island ride features 22 species of dinosaurs, a total of 31 creatures, and some returning favorites to include an adult-sized Brachiosaurus and one of the most ferocious – the Tyrannosaurus rex. www.columbuszoo.org Columbus Asian Festival May 29 Virtual Celebrate the Asian Festival’s mission in promoting cultural diversity through joining this virtual event. View online cultural exhibits and demonstrations, enjoy streaming entertainment, recipes and more. www.asian-festival.org Westerville Field of Heroes presented by the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise May 22-31 Westerville Sports Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave. www.fieldofheroes.org National Veterans Memorial and Museum Virtual Run & Walk May 31 www.nationalvmm.org UACA Memorial Day Run May 31 Upper Arlington Fire Station 72, 3861 Reed Rd. www.directors1933.uaca.org

Worthington Memorial Day May 31, 10 a.m. Downtown Worthington www.experienceworthington.com

Picnic with the Pops June 12, 19, 26 July 10, 17, 24, 30, 31 www.columbussymphony.com

2021 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide May 31-June 6 Muirfield Village Golf Club, 5750 Memorial Dr. Last year, The Memorial Tournament raised a record-setting $3,100,000 for Nationwide Children’s Hospital through an alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. Organizers hope the 2021 event will be just as successful. The 2021 recipient of the Memorial Golf Journalism Award is Tim Rosaforte. For a detailed mapping of the official course, visit the Memorial Tournament website. www.thememorialtournament.com

Father’s Day at the Zoo June 20, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. In celebration of Father’s Day, free admission will be offered to fathers and grandfathers who are accompanied by at least one of their children or grandchildren. www.columbuszoo.org

COSI reopens June 3 COSI, 333 W. Broad St. COSI will be open four days a week, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Reservations will be required for all guests. www.cosi.org The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart’s Jupiter June 4-6, Various times Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The final note to CSO’s season-long celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Mozart’s Jupiter is a can’t-miss performance. Plus, CSO Assistant Conductor Andres Lopera makes his concert debut conducting the overture. www.columbus symphony.com

Columbus Arts Festival June 11-13 CANCELED After much deliberation, the Arts Council Board of Trustees voted to cancel the 2021 Arts Festival amid continued public health concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is a heartbreaking decision to make; however, there is simply too much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic to responsibly host an event of this magnitude in early June,” says Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Arts Council. “We explored every option we could think of and in the end we had to accept that there was no feasible way to make the Columbus Arts Festival happen this year.” www.columbusartsfestival.org

Opera Columbus presents Nina West June 25, 7:30 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. This new show marries opera with drag. www.operacolumbus.org Memorial Tournament

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