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Compassion from Local woman’s 9/11 experience helped inspire Broadway musical and book Today, that scholarship has been awarded to 341 students. David Hein and Irene Sankoff are the playwrights of the Broadway hit musical Come from Away. Despite their Canadian heritage, they had never heard of the story of the plane people in Newfoundland until years after the events. “As we were approaching the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I got a telephone call from this couple. They said they were thinking about doing a musical about 9/11 and they wanted to know if I would be willing to work with them on this,” says Brooks-Jones. “I said, ‘How can you do a musical about 9/11?’ And they said, ‘Well, we’re going to try.’” Hein and Sankoff dove into researching the events that took place in the GanderLewisporte areas to begin writing the story. “They actually went to Gander and Come from Away comes to the Ohio they met a lot of these people, and they Theatre in February made contact with a lot of the passen2022. For more gers and a lot of the Newfoundlanders information, visit who have been involved in all these kinds of stuff,” says Brooks-Jones. The musical features a small cast playA FLASHBULB MEMORY is a vivid flashback to a significant moment in ing multiple roles, and many of its original time. Everyone’s got one: where you were when you heard JFK was shot, when the Berlin musicians are from Newfoundland. Wall fell or, now 20 years later, when the twin towers were struck on Sept. 11, 2001. “It’s a great history of what happened on For Dublin resident Shirley Brooks-Jones, the answer is immediate. She was sitting on 9/11,” Brooks-Jones says. “The person who the tarmac of Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada after her trans- portrays me in the musical on the North Atlantic flight was diverted there, U.S. airspace having closed immediately after the first American tour is James Earl Jones II. He is attack on the World Trade Center. the nicest guy! I got to see it on Broadway, “The captain on our plane came on and told us what had happened, and I couldn’t in New York. It was wonderful.” believe it,” says Brooks-Jones. “I was thinking this must be an accident.” As Brooks-Jones explains, while the Brooks-Jones’ story and the relationships she and the other “plane people” –  folks majority of the media attention goes to aboard the 38 planes diverted to that airport – formed with the Newfoundlanders is as Gander, where the international airport is extensive as it is touching. The locals took in the almost 7,000 passengers and provided housed, it wasn’t just Gander that helped for them while they waited for U.S. airspace to open again, which took six days. the plane people. On the return flight home, Brooks-Jones spearheaded a campaign to raise money for “It really zeroes in on what happened an educational scholarship for the high school students of the Gander-Lewisporte area. in Gander, … but Gander wasn’t the only

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Away Brooks-Jones was the ninth person to be nominated for the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is the highest award given by the province. “I couldn’t believe it,” says Brooks-Jones. “I mean, it was just beautiful.”

place that took care of people,” she says. “It was all these little teeny towns, little dots on the map, that really took care of the majority of us.” Before she even touched down on American soil following 9/11, BrooksJones made it her mission to share her story and give credit to the people who helped her and her countrymen in a time of need. One of the first times she shared her story with the media resulted in a book. “About a third of the way through the interview, (editor Judith Regan) stopped and she said, ‘I love this story! I love this story,’” says Brooks-Jones. “Well, after the interview was over, she hired Jim DeFede, who was an investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, to go to Newfoundland to spend three months just driving all over Newfoundland to meet with not just the folks of Gander

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a follow-up novel. This year, her persistence came to fruition. “I got in touch with (DeFede) and said, ‘I understand you got in touch with the Columbus Foundation. That must mean you’re writing your book,’” says BrooksJones. “And he said, ‘I’ve finished it.’” DeFede’s revised edition has the same name as the first, but includes more stories and testimonials, as well as a new afterword.

One of the flights diverted to Gander on 9/11 carried two bonobos in addition to the human passengers. Gander native and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals member Bonnie Harris made sure those bonobos made it off the plane and received proper care. One of the two bonobos, Unga, was headed for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where she lived until her passing in March 2021. In 2003, Unga gave birth to a son, Gander, who is still there to this day.

Through DeFede’s novel, the Broadway hit musical, the scholarship for the Gander-Lewisporte students and more, Brooks-Jones’ legacy is that we truly never will forget 9/11, nor the kindnesses from others that followed. “I’ve talked to all kinds of groups, and one thing just leads to another,” says BrooksJones. “It is so much fun to share with them this absolutely utterly incredible experience. It just keeps going and going.” CS Sarah Robinson is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

Remembering 9/11 2021 marks 20 years since the national tragedy. Columbus is commemorating the attacks with a few different events throughout the weekend. 9/11 Memorial Flags 20th Anniversary on Capitol Square Sept. 9-13 The Ohio Statehouse West Plaza, 1 Capitol Sq. The Ohio Statehouse is commemorating the attacks on 9/11 by the annual flag display on the west lawn. www.

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2021 Columbus 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Sept. 11, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fortress Obetz, 2015 Recreation Trail, Obetz Organized by the National Fallen Firefighters, the memorial stair climb is an event that honors the New York firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. Participants in the memorial stair climb will climb the equivalent of 110 stories. www.nfff.akaraisin. com/ui/columbus 9/11 Memorials Throughout Central Ohio Hilliard First Responders Park, 5323-5337 Center St., Hilliard Westerville First Responders Park, 374 W. Main St., Westerville Dublin 9/11 Memorial, 5825 Brand Rd., Dublin Grove City 9/11 Memorial, 4900 Buckeye Pkwy., Grove City Ohio Wesleyan University Friends Memorial Garden, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware

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Myths and Mammograms The OSUCCC – James experts combat misinformation By Mallory Arnold

CANCER IS SCARY enough by itself, but for

MYTH: Nobody in my family has had breast

MYTH: Only older women get breast cancer.

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MYTH: If I maintain a proper body weight, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, I won’t get breast cancer. SS: While excess body weight increases risk and regular exercise is shown to reduce the risk of cancer, those are not the only factors that are involved in the development of breast cancer. Family and genetic mutations play a role.

cancer, so I’m not at risk. Doreen Agnese: That’s not true. Although having a family history of breast cancer does increase a woman’s risk of developing it, the majority of women with breast cancer do not have it in their family history. Women without a family history should still follow the guidelines we give for screening: a clinical breast exam, awareness of changes in breast tissue and, starting at 40, an annual mammogram. can’t possibly have breast cancer. Sagar Sardesai: While some women can feel a lump as a first sign of breast cancer, that’s not always the case. A majority of the time, breast cancer may not present any obvious symptoms. Sometimes the lump is so small it can only be caught on some form of imaging. Most women believe that cancer would cause symptoms and are unaware that cancer doesn’t always show symptoms.

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DA: Although most women who do get breast cancer are older, with a mean age in the 60s, women can get breast cancer into their 80s and 90s, as well as in the 40s and younger. When we see breast cancer in younger women, it’s often associated with family history or genetic condition, but that’s not always the case. If younger women notice changes in their breasts, they should see their physicians. We want to make sure cancers are diagnosed at an earliest stage as possible.

MYTH: Wearing a bra or being hit in the

chest can cause breast cancer

DA: I think this one comes from the fact that when someone experiences trauma to the breast, they become more aware of the breast and may notice a mass that has been there for a long time. I think that can be true for many other cancers as well. I’m not aware of anything that can confirm that wearing an underwire bra can cause breast cancer, and I don’t believe it to be factual. A recent study published by Christopher Taylor, professor of medical dietetics in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at OSU, finds that people who skip breakfast are likely to miss out on essential nutrients that are usually only found in morning meals. “What we’re seeing is that if you don’t eat the foods that are commonly consumed at breakfast, you have a tendency not to eat them the rest of the day,” Taylor says in article published by OSU. “So those common breakfast nutrients become a nutritional gap.” Vitamin D is one of those “breakfast” vitamins many people lack, which is unfortunate because of its unique immune-

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newly diagnosed patients, one of the biggest causes of fear is uncertainty. With Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the horizon this October, the James Cancer-Free World Podcast has The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James experts on to talk about the dangers of breast cancer myths and misinformation. OSUCCC – James Surgical Oncologist Specialist Dr. Doreen Agnese and OSUCCC – James Medical Oncology Specialist Dr. Sagar Sardesai were featured on this episode of the podcast, which covers a variety of topics related to cancer.

boosting qualities. Some experts even claim it has cancer-fighting properties. Dr. Nicole Williams, breast medical oncologist with the OSUCCC – James, says this claim isn’t entirely true. “Early epidemiologic research has shown that the incidences of certain cancers were lower among individuals living in southern latitudes where levels of sunlight exposure are relatively high,” Williams says. “Because exposure to sunlight leads to the production of vitamin D, researchers hypothesized that variation in vitamin D levels might account for this association. However, additional research is required to determined whether higher vitamin D levels are related to lower cancer incidences.” Williams encourages those concerned about a lack of vitamin D to discuss it with their doctor. Those most at risk of deficiency include post-menopausal women, men and women on long-term steroids, older adults, expectant and breastfeeding mothers, people with chronic kidney disease, people with parathyroid disease, and obese individuals. CS




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the Arnold Sports Festival. The fitness expo was canceled and state officials barred almost all spectators, in addition to athletes from the most seriously affected countries, from competitions. The festival attracts more than 200,000 people, including more than 22,000 athletes from 80 countries, and was among the first major events to be curtailed because of the pandemic. Although the Arnold did not return this year in its full form, event organizers went back to basics to keep some of the festival alive. The bodybuilding competition, which has been going on since actor and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger created the Columbus event in 1989, will take place this September. “The Arnold Classic is back in Columbus,” says Brent LaLonde, director of communications for the Arnold Sports Festival. “Arnold felt it was very important to have the Arnold Classic in 2021.”

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In addition to the Arnold Classic, the Arnold Classic Physique, Fitness International and Bikini International competitions will return this year. Those competitions will attract some of the world’s best bodybuilders and the fittest men and women on the planet to Columbus to battle for $412,000 in prize money. Defending champions William Bonac, Alex Cambronero, Missy Truscott and Elisa Pecini from the 2020 Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic Physique, Fitness International and Bikini International are expected among the athletes who will take the stage. The full Arnold Sports Festival is expected to return March 3-6, 2022, but details have not been finalized. Organizers expect to have more than 1,000 booths of

the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition for that event. There will be two stages to host nonstop competitions and entertainment. “We’re in the planning phase right now,” LaLonde says. For this year’s competitions, the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Pro League will host a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. Bodybuilding athletes will be available for photo and autograph opportunities. The Arnold Classic will take place Sept. 25 with pre-judging at 10 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. All events will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. For more information, go to www.arnold CS Brandon Klein is a senior editor. Feedback welcome at

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“YOU CAN COME down here every day for a month and never eat the same thing twice.” General Manager Jeremy Hughes is describing Budd Dairy Food Hall, one of the latest additions to Italian Village. The food hall has been a long time coming – three years, to be precise. The concept was announced in January 2018 and proposed to open early 2020. However, construction and the pandemic delayed the opening until this year. Nevertheless, Budd Dairy is well worth the wait. The concept is structured much like a farmers’ market. All under one hall are unique chef partners with their own selfrun kitchens and businesses. “When we first started talking about and learning about food halls, I’d heard of

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them in different iterations,” Hughes says. “There are many different styles, and that interested me.” Hughes is no stranger to the food industry, having been with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants for approximately 17 years. He worked his way up from a line cook to sous chef to front of house operations and dining manager. “I’ve gotten to see quite a bit over the years,” he says. “Because of my experience in front of house and back of house, I was prepared to oversee this 1,800-square-foot space and 10 chef partners.”

One of the unique aspects of Budd Dairy as a food hall is the cocktail services. Hughes says this isn’t typical with food halls around the U.S. Spearheaded by Beverage Operations Managers Andrea Cornwell and Nick Ansara, the cocktail selection is an amalgamation of inspiration from food halls in Washington, Baltimore, Chicago and Denver. Notable and colorful cocktails such as the Heisenberg – Absolut vodka, coconut, fresh pineapple and a Fruit Roll-Up – give the menu flair. Budd Dairy has also developed a unique draft system for specific cocktails. “Of course, a big part of what we do is supporting the local community,” Hughes says. “So we have local beers from Columbus and central Ohio. Seventh Son created the Village Pilsner just for Budd Dairy, so you’ll only find it at our location.” Additional taps found at the bar are for Hoof Hearted Brewing, Land-Grant Brewing Company and Rhinegeist Brewery.

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FROM A FINANCIAL perspective, education

and retirement planning can be daunting tasks – but planning for them is essential to any family’s generational wealth goals. “You want to think about things like paying for education in the greater context of your whole financial plan,” says Maura Holowchak, senior vice president of investments at Mahler Wealth Management of Raymond James. “You don’t want to look at paying for education in a vacuum.” Holowchak is well versed in generational wealth planning, serving clients with two to four generations of family members in their plans. One client turned 100 years old this year, Holowchak says, and not only did she work with his children, she created educational accounts for his great-grandchildren. While it’s imperative to talk to your own financial adviser, Holowchak offers general advice for families to consider when investing to maximize financial benefits in education, retirement and death. Retirement or College “Over the years, when we look at the client’s financial plan and try to figure out how we’re going to make sure that they’re able to retire on their terms and comfortably, we’re also figuring out how they are going to support their kids or grandkids as they go to college,” Holowchak says. “One thing we’ll tell clients: There’s a reason that a lot of financial advisers say that you cannot take a loan for retirement, but your kids can take a loan for education.” Aside from retirement, some families’ values could affect their savings plan for their children’s education.

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“There are plenty of parents who feel like, ‘I want my kids to have some skin in the game. I worked through college or I put myself through college or I shared that burden with my parents,’” Holowchak says. Educational Saving Tools There’s a variety of tools available for education savings plans, though the rules change often enough that consulting a financial adviser is necessary to stay informed, Holowchak says. Take 529 college savings plans. For a long time, such plans could only be used for higher education, but they can now go toward K-12 education, Holowchak says. Parents may choose to send their children to a private school and hope their child earns a scholarship to cover college expenses. In addition, families no longer have to disclose cash support in federal financial aid applications. For example, if grandpar-

ents have a 529 savings account for their children, they wouldn’t have to disclose it as income. Pitfalls to Avoid Failing to come up with a financial plan for retirement or education is the worst mistake a family can make, Holowchak says. “Choosing not to make a plan is a choice, and if you don’t make a plan, the government has a plan for your assets,” she says. Some families put off saving for a child’s education – and then that child is in high school before they know it. Others delay determining what will happen to their assets after death to avoid confrontation within their families, or just because they don’t want to think about death. “If you have adult children and you’re comfortable with it, I think the sooner that you can talk to your adult children about your wealth and about your plans, … the

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BalletMet It’s not Christmas in Columbus without a performance of The Nutcracker. Presented from Dec. 10-26 at the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., BalletMet’s 43rd performance of the production will kick off the company’s season and its return to the stage. Also returning is Edwaard Liang’s production of Cinderella, a can’t-miss, gorgeous performance at the Ohio Theatre from April 8-10. The classic fairytale contains 400 unique pieces onstage and showcases 150 different looks. Hamilton

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Broadway In Columbus Come From Away makes its Columbus premiere in February and is sure to be a hit. The musical is based on the true story of what transpired when 38 planes were unexpectedly ordered to land in a small Canadian town immediately after the 9/11 attacks (read more about one passenger’s experience on page 6). Additionally, if you fell in love with Hamilton’s live stage recording, released last year on Disney+, it’s time to see the musical live and in person at the Ohio Theatre Oct. 4-23. Since August 2015, the show has grossed more than $600 million. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s excellence comes in the form of rap, spoken word poetry, hip-hop battles and so much more. Hamilton isn’t the only showstopper this season. Wicked will return starting in May and, as always, is expected to sell out quickly.

Chamber Music Columbus Enjoy the meditative focus and rare stillness of Armenian-American pianist Sergei Babayan’s keyboard artistry at Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., on Oct. 23. Through a series of competitions in 1989, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Babayan attracted the attention of media and fellow artists. Babayan moved to the United States in 1992. He has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Théâtre des ChampsElyseés, Konzerthaus Berlin and Munich’s Prinzregententheater.

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Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus This October, enjoy Vox: Across the Pond with iconic British music from The Who to Adele at Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Ln., on Oct. 9. At the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., March 19-20, the Bless our Showtunes production will provide a meaningful concert to showcase fan favorite showtunes with a focus on teaching the relationship between religion and sexuality. Hear tunes from musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Children of Eden and The Book of Mormon.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra With an impressive resume of 17 Grammy Award nominations and three wins, Renée Fleming will fill the Ohio Theatre with her full lyric soprano voice when she joins the Columbus Symphony, conducted by Rossen Milanov, on Sept. 25. Fleming sang at a private mass attended by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in January. The performance is a precursor to the symphony’s Masterworks season that starts with Brahms & Dvoràk at the Ohio Theatre Oct. 22-23. The season will conclude with a performance of Beethoven 9 at the Ohio Theatre May 13-14.

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Jazz Arts Group Legendary trumpeter and educator Pharez Whitted will demonstrate his technical mastery in an intimate performance with his quartet at the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., on Jan. 20. Whitted comes from an illustrious family of musicians and taught trumpet at The Ohio State University for several years. Other can’t miss performances include The Rolling Stones Project at the Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., March 10-13. Two current members of the Rolling Stones’ backup band, saxophonist Tim Reis and vocalist Bernard Fowler, play tunes from the Rolling Stones songbook with a jazzy twist. The CJO will also present Sinatra! With hits by the artist performed by vocalist Tony DeSare at the Southern Theatre April 14-17. Celebrating 40 years of opera performances in central Ohio, the company will begin its season with a performance of Tosca at the Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., on Dec. 18-19. The performance is a nod to Opera Columbus’ 1981 inaugural season, when the company premiered with this same opera. Set against a backdrop of war, chaos and corruption in 19th century Rome, celebrated opera singer, Floria Tosca, must give the performance of a lifetime to save the man she loves from the tainted hands of the treacherous chief of police. Directed by Eve Summer and conducted by Tiffany Chang, this three-act opera will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra The 2021-22 season introduces a new chamber music series at Together & Company’s exclusive venue at The Fives, 550 Reach Blvd. The three-concert series, in this flexible and spacious setting, will showcase small chamber ensembles of ProMusica’s musicians who will curate their own programs. Dates and times to be determined.

Join Opera Columbus for an unforgettable season of love, politics, and opera.

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555 Borror Dr. The venue will be packed for performances from Guns N’ Roses on Sept. 23 and two-time Grammy award winner Lauren Daigle on Nov. 11. But Elton John’s farewell tour, originally scheduled for April 2020, will finally make it to Columbus on April 12 for an unforgettable performance. The legendary singer is expected to retire after his tour. At a media event, John said, “Ten years ago, if you had asked me if I would stop touring, I would have said no. But (my husband and I) have children and it

changed our lives. I have had an amazing life and career, but my life has changed.”

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Vincent van Gogh, Houses at Auvers, 1890. Oil on canvas. Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey

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bus Museum of Art’s big upcoming exhibition, showing Nov. 12-Feb. 6. Not does thisNOW exhibition PLANonly YOUR VISIT AT COLUMBUSMUSEUM.ORG feature some of Van Gogh’s early works, it also looks at Van Gogh’s contemporaries and their artwork to show the audience where some of Van Gogh’s inspiration came from. In addition to artwork, the show will include literature of the time period demonstrating the broad scope of inspiration and ideas that Van Gogh was likely exposed to during his creative processes.

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Luxury Living

Living Large BIA Parade of Homes changes direction – and size – in a big way By Garth Bishop

rand-new neighborhoods alongside longstanding communities. Inside the Outerbelt and near the outer edges of greater Columbus. Smaller condos and sprawling estates. It would be the understatement of the century to say the 2021 BIA Parade of Homes will be significantly different from Parades past. The Parade, presented by the BIA of Central Ohio, runs Sept. 23-Oct. 10. In addition to featuring new homes, as the Parade does every year, this year’s Parade also puts the spotlight on exciting communities in central Ohio. Instead of 10-20 houses concentrated in one up-and-coming neighborhood, this year’s Parade features almost 60 houses all throughout the Columbus metro area – from Sunbury to Commercial Point, from Plain City to Carroll. And the list of locations is just one of the components that make this year’s Parade decidedly more diverse than ever before. The line-up of homes also offers a broad spectrum of home styles, sizes, price ranges and features, some in exciting new developments, some in well-established communities. Contrast, for example, two of this year’s featured communities. On one end, there’s Evans Farm, which has multiple houses on this year’s tour. Host site of the 2019 Parade, Evans Farm – situated in southern Delaware County – is being built in the New Urbanism style. That means it places a strong emphasis 24 | September/October 2021

on walkability – accessible public spaces, easily traversed roadways, driveways that front on alleys rather than the main streets, convenient proximity to housing and shopping. “It’s incredible to see the atmosphere,” says Dan Griffin, developer for Evans Farm.

On the other end, there’s Franklinton: quite literally the oldest neighborhood in Franklin County. There, community organization Franklinton Rising has just completed a total overhaul of a 100-yearold house – replacing everything but the studs, basement and load-bearing walls

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– to create an almost entirely new structure, which serves as this year’s Foundation Home. Though its appearance has changed dramatically, the house is still built to match existing neighborhood character and to be affordable to those who live and work in Franklinton. “When you look at this house, or at any of the houses we’ve done, you just see a house that fits in with the neighborhood,” says Franklinton Rising President Tom Heffner. “We work hard to maintain the architecture and integrity of the neighborhood with the houses we rebuild.” For the full list of homes on this year’s Parade, visit CS Garth Bishop is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

Builders in This Year’s Parade 3 Pillar Homes Arlington Homes Bob Webb Homes D.R. Horton, Inc. Donley Homes, Inc. Edwards Land Company Epcon Communities, Inc. Fischer Homes M/I Homes Manor Homes Maronda Homes P&D Builders PulteGroup Price Custom Homes Rockford Homes Schottenstein Homes Thrive Companies Trinity Homes Communities on This Year’s Parade Autumn Grove (Grove City) Avondale, including Lakeside at Avondale and Avondale Woods (Dublin) Berlin Manor (Delaware) Beulah Park, including the Courtyards at Beulah Park and the Grove (Grove City) Butler Farms (Obetz) Carpenters Mill (Powell) Cottages at Hyatts (Delaware) Cottages at Northlake (Sunbury) The Courtyards at Clear Creek (Delaware) The Courtyards on Hyatts (Powell) The Courtyards on Hyland Run (Plain City) The Courtyards at Morse Circle (New Albany) The Courtyards at New Albany (New Albany) The Courtyards at the Ravines (Lewis Center) The Courtyards at River Bluff (Delaware)

The Courtyards on Riverside (New Albany) Evans Farm (Lewis Center) The Farms at Jefferson (Blacklick) Farmstead (Grove City) Franklinton The Gardens of Villages at Westchester (Canal Winchester) Glacier Pointe (Plain City) Harpers Pointe (Powell) Highland Lakes (Westerville) Holton Run (Grove City) The Homes at Foxfire (Lockbourne) Howard Farms (Delaware) Jerome Village, including Eversole Run, Pearl Creek and Plum Ridge (Plain City) Liberty Grand (Powell) Longview Highlands (Pickerington) Meadow Grove Estates North (Grove City) Meadowmoore, including the Enclave at Meadowmoore and Meadowmoore Reserve (Pickerington) Morrison Farms East (Blacklick) Northstar Community (Sunbury) Old Harbor Estates (Lewis Center) Parkside (Westerville) Pine Hill Estates (Carroll) Quarry Trails (west Columbus) – VIRTUAL Ravines of the Olentangy (Delaware) Scioto Crossing (Commercial Point) Tarlton Meadows (Hilliard) Terra Alta (Delaware) Trail View Run (Grove City) The Villas of Castleton (Dublin) Weaver Ridge (Marysville) Woodcrest Crossing (Powell)

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Luxury Living

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Golf simulator is the centerpiece of award-winning basement renovation


hen Melanie and Shawn Anderson built their home in the Oaks of Dublin three years ago, they left the basement unfinished. Not because they didn’t have plans for the basement. In fact, they had very ambitious plans for the basement. It was just a matter of finding the right time. “We knew we wanted to do something cool with it,” says Melanie. When the pandemic sent them – and everyone else – home last spring, they knew the time was ripe to finally finish the basement, bringing to fruition their plans to install a golf simulator, a wall for their bourbon collection and more. The Andersons worked with Griffey Remodeling to overhaul their basement. The project kicked off in May 2020 and was finished by early September. The basement has three zones: the bar and kitchen, the living area including a bathroom and bedroom, and the recreational area with the golf simulator as well as fitness equipment. The entire house is walkout, with French doors off the back of the house providing a seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors, and the new basement space fits perfectly into the flow, Melanie says.

When the house was built, the Andersons put most of their effort into the main two floors of the house. Even though they didn’t finish the basement at the time, they laid the groundwork for it – literally. Knowing they were going to install a golf simulator eventually, they figured out where they wanted it to be and had that section dug deeper than the rest of the basement. They also roughed in some plumbing and drew up preliminary plans for the bathroom and bar locations. The Andersons, avid golfers, wanted a place to practice at home. The high-end simulator they got is loaded with a substantial number of real-world golf courses, which is great for the couple, as it gives them a chance to practice courses they intend to visit someday. “We’re trying to hit a golf course in all of the 50 states,” Melanie says. Though the simulator’s primary use is golf, it does have other modes for the entertainment of guests, including basketball, a home run derby and – we’re not making this up – zombie dodgeball.

The entire recreational area is behind a multi-panel glass wall with a barn door which can close off the area to keep the sound in. “As you walk down the stairs, you immediately see that glass wall that encloses the whole fitness and golf space,” Melanie says. The couple also wanted to use the basement area for their ever-growing bourbon collection. Glass-front cabinets in the bar area, built by Miller Cabinet Company, allow them to show off the acquisitions they’re most proud of, with pullout cabinets below for less memorable liquors. “Our collection was taking over the pantry upstairs,” Melanie says. Not too far from the bourbon display is a massive wine rack, enclosed entirely in glass with soft backlighting. It’s mounted on reclaimed wood between a floating bench and the edge of the countertop. The house won local and regional Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for basement projects over $250,000. CS Garth Bishop is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at

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Generation Alpha: Who Are They? Predictions about millennials’ children By Mallory Arnold Growing up


he oldest members of the millennial generation turn 40 this year. Pew Research reports that millennials have surpassed baby boomers as the largest generation. At the same time, millennials have been slower to establish their own households. Three in 10 millennials live with a spouse and their child, a rate far lower than those of Generation X and baby boomers. These children of millennials, dubbed Generation Alpha, are born between 2010 and 2025. Many experts have already released predictions about Generation Alpha. Below is an accumulation of research from Dan Schawbel, author and managing partner of Workplace Intelligence; McCrindle Research; and Keystone Academic Solutions. Alphas will be the most diverse generation thus far The workforce will benefit from Generation Alpha’s diversity. Experts predict more female and minority CEOs and executives.

Schawbel notes in his research that – because Alphas have witnessed racial, social and political division in the past – they will be motivated to create programs and initiatives to avoid repeating unnecessary conflict.





Alphas will require a Baby book “super education” rather than traditional degree Generation Alpha may prioritize skills over degrees, seeing real-world experiPlaydates ence as more valuable than years in school. Alphas are expected to focus more on technology-centered classes and applicable smart tools to prepare them for careers. This is what Keystone Academic Solutions defines as “super education,” which means universities will adapt as well. Moreover, Generation Alpha will have a workplace shift and won’t work typi-

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cal 9 a.m.-5 p.m. jobs like baby boomers. Because of the constant attachment and access to growing technology, Alphas will work seven days a week without parameters. While this is predicted to increase workforce productivity, it may strain mental health.

Alphas will value mental health as much as physical health Possibly due to the presStreamdates ence of social media, the Alpha Generation will have more mental health issues than previous generations. This will create more demand for mental health programs and funding. Alphas will expect workplaces to offer mental health coverage and resources. Mallory Arnold is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

An Essential Reading List Books for every age and era By Mallory Arnold

Middle School/Junior High • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell • Holes by Louis Sachar • Wonder by R.J. Palacio High School • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Adult • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking • Beloved by Toni Morrison • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

College • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho • The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi • The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson • White Teeth by Zadie Smith

What were people reading in the…. 1960s • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre • The Autobiography of Malcom X with Alex Haley • The Godfather by Mario Puzo

1970s • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson • All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi 1980s • Cujo by Stephen King • The Color Purple by Alice Walker • Beloved by Toni Morrison • The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Conversations in Columbus Isabel Wilkerson, bestselling author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, will open the New Albany Lecture Series season Oct. 5 with a free virtual discussion about social justice and her novel. The New York Times dubs Caste “an instant American classic about abiding sin.” The book sold more than half a million copies by the close of 2020 and continues to sell. Oprah Winfrey loved it so much she sent it to the CEOs of the top 100 companies and professors of the top 100 colleges because, she says, “It’s necessary for people who are leaders in our country to understand the origins of our discontents and what caste really means.” (CBS This Morning)

This isn’t the first time the New Albany Lectures Series has featured an author and advocate for social justice. Some of the most attended events in the 2020-21 series were Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. The Columbus Metropolitan Library hosts a monthly conversation series called Speak Up/Speak Out to promote conversations about race, racism and social justice issues. “Talking about race and racism can be uncomfortable,” says Columbus Metropolitan Library Media Specialist Ben Zenitsky. “But we believe that true wisdom

comes from reading and from listening. We want to foster a community dialogue so that we can be a wiser and more compassionate community – with a deeper understanding of our history, and how that history continues to shape the America that we live in today.” YWCA Columbus Ohio puts on Community Conversations, a series that invites Columbus residents to talk openly and honestly about the effects of racism and sexism. Check all organization websites for updated schedules of events, speakers and programs. Mallory Arnold is a contributing writer. Feedback at September/October 2021 |



Local STEM Scholars

Savvy Science

Statewide science tournament helps students hone their STEM skills By Sarah Grace Smith


his year, students competed for almost $400,000 in scholarships in State Science Day 2021 – Virtual 2.0. For 73 years, the Ohio Academy of Science has hosted the program as the pinnacle achievement for grade-school STEM scholars. Students compete statewide with scientific research and engineering projects. “It gives them their opportunity – it’s their ‘aha’ moment – to actually apply what it is they’re being taught,” says Michael Woytek, executive director of the academy. “They can do this in a hands-on process through an inquiry-based experiment or through an engineering design.” Students in grades 5-12 can pursue their research either in an institutionalized lab setting or an at-home setting. Woytek says amazing work comes from both environments. “State Science Day is a springboard for developing our next generation of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders,” he says. The academy founded State Science Day in 1949. Woytek credits the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War with nationwide increased investment in grade-school STEM education. “The academy felt that K-12 STEM education was just a logical step for students to learn how to act and think like a science practitioner,” he says. “It’s about applying what students are being taught.” Before the pandemic, students competed in school science fairs before proceeding to one of Ohio’s 17 district science fairs in a manner similar to statewide athletic competition. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, students participated in one large district competition before State Science Day.

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However, the 17 smaller districts were still able to bestow awards upon local students. In 2020, State Science Day also went fully virtual and removed its requirement for competing in a local or school science fair before the district level fairs. “The goal of (going virtual) was to create more opportunities and provide less stress and concern for administrators,” Woytek says. This past spring, 622 students from 176 schools competed for monetary prizes ranging from $25 to $2,000. “The State Science Day students from 2021 have made great contributions to Ohio during the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Woytek says. “My hope is that (Science Day) only heightens their passion and enthusiasm to solve the world’s problems.” Multiple generous donors fund State Science Day. The three different categories for the Governor’s Awards, totaling $16,000, are funded by the Ohio Development Services Agency, the Ohio Environmental Education Fund and several Edison Technology Centers. Other donors include the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, The Ohio State University, the American Chemical Society, Battelle, Ohio’s 529 College Advantage, Ohio EPA, Charles River Laboratories, Corna Kokosing and the American Electric Power Foundation. Sarah Grace Smith is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at feedback@

Alexander Carr, a sixth-grader from Dublin, received first place for the Gordon J. Aubrecht Award for Outstanding Physics Project as well as a $1,500 scholarship from the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority. His project looked at whether preventing water from forming crystals while freezing would stop it from increasing in volume. By using an ice cream machine, he found that water agitated while being frozen was actually greater in volume than undisturbed frozen water. Another Dublin student – Alexander’s eighth-grade sister, Emily Carr – won the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Research. She sought the best way to alter the turn-on and -off points of a thermostat to reduce the amount of energy used over the course of a day. She found that it takes less heat to warm a house during the day, so energy can be saved by changing the heating system. Twelfth-grader Julia Goldhart from Gahanna Lincoln High School received the first-place award for Evolutionary Biology from The Ohio State University of Sigma Xi and third place for the Osteopathic Medical Award from the Ohio Osteopathic Association. Goldhart researched the effect of bacteria on certain infections to which people with cystic fibrosis are prone. While looking at four different types of bacteria, she found that none of the bacteria affected the infection in a statistically significant way.

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Feeding a Nation

School meal program provides free, healthful food By Sarah Grace Smith


hrough the pandemic, up to 12 million children have had insufficient access to food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The agency hopes a continuing school meal program will mitigate this problem. In April, the USDA issued waivers to allow schools and daycares to provide healthy meals free of charge throughout the 2021-2022 school year, continuing program flexibilities put in place earlier in the pandemic. “USDA will remain relentless in ensuring our nation’s children get the critical nutrition they need,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “States and districts wanted waivers extended to plan for safe reopening in the fall. USDA answered the call to help America’s schools and childcare institutions serve high-quality meals.”  In emphasizing the importance of school meals, the USDA cites a 2018 study by Tufts University, which points to school meals as the healthiest U.S. food consumed by children and adults that year. The study also found that the diet quality of school food has improved substantially in the past 15 years.   Such nutritious food can help students excel academically.  “Students’ success in the classroom goes hand in hand with their ability to access basic needs like healthy and nutritious meals,” says Miguel Cardona, the Secretary of Education.   The waiver extension will allow schools to provide food at flexible times, not just during lunch, through the USDA’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which is usually only available over the summer. Like the standard school meal programs, the SSO emphasizes fruits, vegetables, milk, whole grains and sensible calorie levels. 

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Education Resource Guide The SSO program also offers higherthan-normal meal reimbursements to participating schools. This has the added benefit of offsetting increased expenses that many schools have faced due to pandemic-related challenges. “USDA answered the call to help America’s schools and childcare institutions serve high quality meals while being responsive to their local needs as children safely return to their regular routines,” says Vilsack. “It’s a win-win for kids, parents and schools.” Some children make use of USDA meal programs for three meals each day, demonstrating how vital these programs can be. Increased flexibility and waivers has helped to allow many schools, even those with entirely virtual learning, to offer meals for pickup or delivery. Although many schools have moved closer to pre-pandemic normalcy for this school year, some households are still struggling economically and need the nutritional support for their children.  “It’s critical that our efforts to reopen schools quickly and safely include programs that provide access to free, healthy meals for our most vulnerable students, particularly those whose communities have been hardest hit by the pandemic,” says Cardona.   As the nation moves toward in-person learning, the extension of free school meals will serve as a relief to many families struggling during the pandemic.  “This program will ensure more students, regardless of their educational setting, can access free, healthy meals as more schools reopen their doors,” says Cardona.  Sarah Grace Smith is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at feedback@

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A Stage is Born Amphitheater solidifies cultural arts district in New Albany By Brandon Klein

TAKING CENTER STAGE in the central Ohio

arts scene is the new Charleen and Charles Hinson Amphitheater in New Albany. Joining its sister venue, the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, the 800-seat venue opens another avenue for performances by organizations such as New Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and CATCO. The Hinson is adjacent to the McCoy Center with entrances mirroring each other, enabling the cultural arts district the opportunity to host larger festivals, events and performances, too. “New Albany has done a tremendous job of this creation of an arts district,” says Chad Whittington, president and CEO of CAPA, which manages the McCoy Center’s programming and will partner with the city of New Albany to run the new amphitheater. “You’ve got the McCoy

Center, which is a great, world-class venue that’s already taken advantage of by the community and national artists and speakers that come in. And now, you’re going to have an amphitheater as a summer and outdoor venue right beside it.” Artful Impact The amphitheater is expected to draw people from beyond central Ohio, reaching residents of areas such as Granville and

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Newark, just as the McCoy Center has done since it was built in 2008. “We know we were drawing from a broader area and, when you do that, it helps the entire arts scene in central Ohio,” says Craig Mohre, president of New Albany Community Foundation, which led the fundraising campaign to build the $7 million amphitheater. With New Albany growing, Whittington says its residents’ need and desire for CAPTION

Sept. Sept. 2 10 Ohio State Buckeyes football game A Night at the New Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Gates open at 6 p.m. Kickoff at 7 p.m. Free to the public. Movies concert

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with performance starting at 7:30 Sept. 10 p.m. information available at A Night at the Movies concert. New Ticket Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information available Sept. 23 at

An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr: A Benefit for the Sept. 23 Advocates for the Charleen & Charles Hinson Amphitheater Charleen & Charles Hinson Amphitheater An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr: A Benefit for the Charleen & Charles gathered at the venue earlier this summer. Left to right: Martyn Venue at 6:30 p.m. and performance is at Hinsonopens Amphitheater. and Lynne Redgrave, Heather Garner, Victor Paini, New Albany City 7:45 Ticket and p.m. sponsor available at p.m. Ticket Venuep.m. opens at 6:30 andinformation performance is at 7:45 and sponsor Council Member Matt Shull, Janelle Coleman, Marty and Lisa Savko Sr., Marty Savko Jr and Plain Township Trustee Dave Ferguson. information available at 36 | September/October 2021

the arts will also grow, so he doesn’t expect the amphitheater to compete with the programming of CAPA’s other venues in downtown Columbus. “I really believe in … the philosophy that a rising tide raises all boats,” he says. “There’s plenty of demand out there. We know there’s a ton of pent-up demand for people to be able to experience live entertainment.” The amphitheater will have its own unique draw due to its location and its intimate setting, similar to the McCoy Center’s, Whittington adds. “Everybody in attendance is going to have a terrific, unobstructed view and will be very close to the stage,” Mohre adds. “You’ll really feel part of the venue’s energy.”

phitheater’s stage will face East DublinGranville Road. The venues’ mirrored entrances allow joint events or migration of audiences between the two in case of inclement weather, Westlake adds. New Albany’s design standards, based on Georgian architecture, were of chief importance to Westlake. He also drew inspiration from Teatro Olimpico, a 16thcentury theater in northern Italy, looking closely at the final design by architect Andrea Palladio. He noted Palladio’s semicircular seating area with various column designs in the rear. Those elements were implemented in the Hinson Amphitheater’s design. The trellis in the rear, for instance, provides a

canopy seating area and creates an enclosure for the entire audience area. “These ideas were akin to the spirit of the modern theater in the relationship of the audience to the stage,” Westlake says. The amphitheater’s hemispherical stage covering keeps performers sheltered from the rain, wind and sun, but allows for natural light. Many of the venue’s elements will eventually be covered in shrubs and vines. “We’re not trying to create architecture for architecture’s sake,” Westlake says. “We’re creating architecture to become a scaffold for nature. That is the vision.” CS Brandon Klein is a senior editor. Feedback welcome at

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A Long Time Coming The outdoor amphitheater has long been in the works, Mohre says. The project picked up steam about six years ago after the Hinson family donated $600,000. Charlie “Doc” Hinson was a close friend and associate of Limited Brands’ founder, Les Wexner, and helped launch the first Limited store, located in Kingsdale Shopping Center, in 1963. Raised as a carpenter, Hinson became president of store planning and construction and helped grow the business to more than 5,000 stores during his 38-year tenure. “I thought Charlie had more of a handson, Marlboro Man persona … (and) he had this great appreciation for design,” says Scott Taylor, Hinson’s successor and now executive vice president of store design and construction for L Brands. Charlie and Charleen “Char” Hinson built their home in New Albany in 1992. Charlie died in 2004, but Charleen continues to live in New Albany along with several of their children. Taylor says he is proud to be involved with the architectural design and construction of the project, which honors his friend and mentor who so highly valued the New Albany area. Architecturally Speaking The same architectural and construction team behind the McCoy Center was called on for the new venue. The foundation employed architect Paul Westlake and construction firm Corna Kokosing, both alumni of the McCoy Center project. “I call them sister facilities,” Westlake says. “They share the same DNA, but they’re not identical.” One key difference is the orientation of the facilities’ stages. The Hinson AmSeptember/October 2021 |



Sister (City) Act Franklin Park Conservatory offers virtual exhibit of conservatories around the world By Bre Offenberger

FOR TWO MORE months, residents can take

a trip to one of Columbus’ 10 international sister cities – without having to fork over a fortune on a flight. Through Oct. 31, Franklin Park Conservatory is offering an in-person horticultural tour of each of the 10 sister cities. The exhibit will offer insight into each city’s respective botanical sites, developments in horticulture and floriculture events. There is no admission required, but tickets must be reserved. It’s open to all ages. For those wanting to know a little more about each of Columbus’s sister cities before

purchasing tickets, here’s a sneak peek: Accra, Ghana Accra and Columbus became sister cities in 2015, thanks to thenMayor Michael Coleman, who wanted to have a sister city in Africa secured before he left his mayoral post. The cities collaborated on the Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation, which aims to execute sustainable agriculture worldwide.

Tainan City, Taiwan

Ahmedabad, India Ahmedabad and Columbus, both cities that hold zeal for business and economic growth, were joined in sisterhood in 2008 under Coleman. As the second-largest cotton producer in India, Ahmedabad also has a plethora of greenspaces, such as the Sundarvan Nature Discovery Center and Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary. Curitiba, Brazil Curitiba and Columbus were sister cities as of 2014, thanks to Coleman’s signature. Since then, the cities have worked on, among other exchanges, the annual Marathon Exchange, a program through which Columbus residents are sent to serve as cultural ambassadors in a sister city to run a half or full marathon. Curitiba is known as the greenest city in the world, with 52 square meters of green space per capita.

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Dresden, Germany In 1992, then-Mayor Greg Lashutka inked the official relationship between Dresden and Columbus. Also participating in the Marathon Exchange together, the cities collaborate on the Dresden Sum-

mer Language Program, an eight-week trip to a German university where participants learn the language and local history as well as explore the city, as well. Dresden is often dubbed “Saxony’s green treasure trove” for its plethora of green spaces. Genoa, Italy Columbus secured its first sister city in 1955 under then-Mayor Jack Sensenbrenner. This resulted in the gift of the Christopher Columbus statue that sat outside Columbus City Hall before being removed in 2020. Columbus will be participating in Euroflora, Genoa’s annual flower festival, in 2022.

Curitiba, Brazil

Hefei, China Hefei and Columbus formed their relationship in 1988 under then-Mayor Buck Rinehart. Hefei also participates in the Marathon Exchange and is known as the “garden city” due to its high number of parks and immense greenery. Herzliya, Israel Herlizya and Columbus’ sisterhood transpired in 1994 under Lashutka. Just like with Ahmedabad, Columbus’ relationship with Herzliya lies in the mutual enthusiasm for economic development and growth. Tel Aviv University’s Yehuda Naftali Botanical Garden is only a short drive from the city. Odense, Denmark Odense and Columbus’ sisterhood was put into place in 1988 under Rinehart. As the home of lauded fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen, Odense honors him annually in its Blomster (cherry blossom) Festival. Seville, Spain Seville and Columbus’ relationship ensued starting in 1988 under Rinehart. Seville is known for the gardens of its Reales Alcazares, which host several types of plants and flowers and also served as a filming location for Game of Thrones. Tainan City, Taiwan Tainan City and Columbus’ sisterhood commenced in 1980 under then-Mayor Tom Moody. Tainan City is recognized for its fortresses and temples, including the Chihkan Tower, which boasts lush gardens. The city holds a two-week orchid show each spring. CS

Renée Fleming Saturday, September 25, 7:30 pm Ohio Theatre “A superstar by Rossen Milanov, conductor any measure...” Renée Fleming, soprano —The New York Times

The iconic American diva joins the Columbus Symphony for a night of classical and popular music.

For tickets visit, CBusArts Ticket Center, 39 E State Street, or call 614.469.0939.

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Liminal Spaces Artist explores the concepts of thresholds and time in new series By Sarah Robinson

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of showing art, it’s only natural that contemporary artist Bernard Palchick would consider the idea of time in his artwork. His current work – at Brandt-Roberts Galleries in the Short North, where he’s shown for eight years – finds him experi-

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menting with new approaches and addressing both time and change. “Right now, I’m working on a series that has to do with thresholds,” Palchick says. “The idea of moving from one dead space that we understood in the past into something that is yet unknown. That moment of movement

from an environment that we understand to something that we wish for, or seek; not knowing what we’re seeking for, but knowing that we have to leave the past in a way.” Often, when working on a series of pieces, Palchick will explore a specific idea or set of ideas across several works.

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WITH A HISTORY spanning nearly 50 years

“I label them Liminal Space No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 or 4, or Threshold Space No. 1, No. 2, No. 3,” he says. “The series is an idea where I will pursue it for several paintings. I don’t very often go beyond No. 4 or 5, but they’re all related in a way. They’re all part of the same family.” In this threshold series, Palchick is exploring new techniques and different mediums. Typically, he says, he prefers to paint with oils. Recent experimentations with alcohol inks – a medium that is fluid and free when wet, but dries quickly and permanently – have helped inspire his new work. Those explorations led him to new approaches to working with acrylic and oil paints. “I’m taking acrylic paint on panel … and pouring it out like I did the alcohol ink, moving it about, letting it dry and then seeing what it’s suggesting in terms of a landscape environment on top of that,” he says. “A lot of the acrylic work becomes buried, but you can still see ghosts of it underneath the glazes of oil. And I like that idea of layering, of time passage, of this canvas going through changes.”

“It’s a combination of my personal interests. I’ve always been interested in ecology, always been interested in the environment.” In Palchick’s artwork, those ideas often incorporate nature, though he draws inspiration for his art from a variety of sources. “Public issues would come up and shake my awareness in such a way that I would try to take my concerns about the environment and turn it back into images that would have questions built into them, into the environment,” he says. Palchick brings these questions to the viewer’s attention by using unusual juxtapositions, similar to those associated with surrealist art, as a way of grabbing the viewer’s attention and enticing them think more about the piece. “Some of the paintings about to go over to Brandt-Roberts have floating stones and environments in them,” he says, “or geometric blocks floating in the sky, playing with surreal ideas, thinking about another kind of space.” His inspiration for this new series draws both from his usual sources of inspiration in addition to events of the year past.

“Part of it has been coming out of my concern for the environment, in ecology, global warming issues, things like that,” he says. “Then also, I’ve been painting in the studio now through the last year and a half, and COVID-19 has had a huge impact on my thinking and my work in many ways just because I’ve created odd environments of landscape for this. I’ve tried to discover ways of creating this notion of the environment being something that we are trying to move away from to something better, something more hopeful.”

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Palchick always knew he was meant to be an artist. “I discovered my passion for it as a child,” he says. “I think probably third grade is when I was most convinced that it was something magical for me, but, of course, it wasn’t terribly practical.” So, Palchick declared a major in engineering when he began attending Purdue University. But fate had other plans – when his curriculum opened up for an elective class his sophomore year, Palchick signed up for a basic drawing course. “That kind of cemented the deal for me,” he says. “From that point on, I continued to study art, painting at Purdue, and then I went on for a masters of fine arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design.” Throughout his career, Palchick spent 25 years teaching at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. “I taught sculpture, ceramics, watercolor, and then I became an administrator, which meant I had to sort of postpone some of my life activities,” he says. “I continued to work (on art), but not with the same intensity.” After serving as interim president of the college, Palchick decided to pursue an early retirement to be able to focus on his art. Shortly after, he and his wife, Lisa, moved to Powell to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Palchick found Brandt-Roberts Galleries and began showing his art there. Though no longer teaching art at the college level, Palchick still has teacherly advice. “Being an art teacher, I always encourage people to pursue our passions, even though there seems to be jeopardy involved in that at times,” he says. “Those challenges are worth it, being able to follow through on what your passions are.” CS


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

Gallery Exhibits 3060 Gallery: Marvin Daniels and Darlene Yeager-Torres. Yeager-Torres is a photographer whose work focuses on photos taken in darkness. Daniels is a multimedia artist whose work dabbles in a little bit of everything. Sept. 3-25. Blockfort Gallery: Carbon Bonds. Artists Brian Williams and Katy Paull are familiar and masterful with graphite. And Atmospherical. Taking place in Gallery B at the same time as Carbon Bonds, artist Christine Griffin’s work is on display. Griffin also uses graphite, selling deep and moody scenes of dreamy stories. Sept. 3-30. www. Brandt-Roberts Galleries: Mark Gingerich: Columbus Illuminated. A solo exhibition by Ohio-based contemporary impressionist oil painter Mark Gingerich. Sept. 4-26. And Christopher Burk Solo Exhibition. A solo exhibition of new works by Columbus-based artist Christopher Burk. This

new body of work explores houses surrounded by volcanic ash. Oct. 2-31. www. Columbus Museum of Art: Present Generations: Creating the Scantland Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art. Through May 22. And A Primer on the Commons. Through Nov. 28. And Partially Buried: Land-Based Art in Ohio, 1970 to Now. Through Nov. 28. And Raggin’ On. Through Oct. 3. www. Cultural Arts Center: Elaine Fleck in the Main Gallery. Elaine Fleck presents a selection of mixed media works that merge fabric and oils into unique representations of the human figure, landscapes and still life. Through Oct. 2. And ​​Tiffany Lawson in the Loft Gallery. Tiffany Lawson exhibits a rich myriad of works created while participating as the Cultural Arts Center’s first Artist in Residence over this past summer. Through Oct. 7. www.cultural Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Distinctly Paramount: Fashion & Costume from the Paramount Pictures Archive. Randall Thropp brings a new exhibit to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio 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. Through Jan. 2.

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Dublin Arts Council: The Language of Creativity. A group exhibition by 23 members of the Central Ohio Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, encompassing individual and collab-

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orative projects from visual artists, writers and performing artists. Sept. 21-Oct. 29. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery’s SEEN Studios: Art by Rebecca Gonzalez-Bartoli. Sept. 22Nov. 12. And Art of Recovery. Annual Art of Recovery benefits Fresh A.I.R. Gallery and will be held Nov. 5 at the Columbus Museum of Art in person from 6-10 p.m. Hammond Harkins Galleries: Melissa Vogley Woods: Well seen becomes sight and song itself. Melissa Vogley Woods reclaims historical production through paintings, sculptures and mural installations to dispel the ideas that history is in the past or still; it instead reverberates and repeats, staying with us and we carry it in ourselves and through generations. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Sept. 4. On view through Oct. 3. Hayley Gallery: Eric Layne – Square Roots. Dr. Layne is a practicing psychiatrist from New Albany, and this is his first show. Artist opening reception 4-8 p.m. Sept. 18. On view through Oct. 12. And Robert Coomer. Robert Coomer is an internationally recognized, award-winning photographer. He mounts his images on distressed

metals that have been weathered in the natural elements of Ohio. Artist opening reception Oct. 16. On view through Nov. 3. Highline Coffee Art Space: Julia Hamilton. Central Ohio artist Julia Hamilton has her first solo show at Highline Coffee Art Space. As a mixed media artist, Hamilton embraces chaos by lighting her artwork on fire. Sept. 2-Oct. 31. www.rebecca Mac Worthington Studio & Sculpture Park: Annual Fall Sculpture Park and Studio Tour. Marcia Evans Gallery: Scott Hunter / Abstracts. Sept. 4-28. And Robie Benve & Becky Arthur. Oct. 2-31. www.marciaevans (Not)Sheep Gallery: Letters to the World. Artists look back on the three years the gallery has been open, covering topics such as COVID-19, politics, Black Lives Matter, gallery closings and the effects of changes in their lives. Oct. 1-31. www.

Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery: SHIFT Friends and Family Workshop with Tracy Featherstone. Tracy Featherstone uses a variety of sustainable practices and materials to create her “Overspray” print-paintings. Participants will explore pochoir printmaking through stencil and layering techniques to create their own “Overspray” artwork. Sept. 11. And SHIFT: Creative Writing Workshop with Kari-Gunter Seymour. Join Kari Gunter-Seymour, the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year and Ohio Poet Laureate, for an introspective writers’ workshop. Oct. 7. Riffe-Gallery/Visit-the-Gallery Ohio Craft Museum: Crossover: Trends in Paper. Works in paper created by artists using a variety of techniques. Works range in size from small, delicate pieces to monumental installations. Through Oct. 3. Gifts of the Craftsmen Holiday Sale. Shoppers will discover fine jewelry, functional pottery, wooden serving bowls and cutting boards, art glass, knit scarves and hats, handcrafted ornaments, greeting cards, and more. Oct. 7-Dec. 23. www.

Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrle Gallery: Frayed: New Work by Char Norman and Helen Hoffelt. A collection of two- and three-dimensional pieces that address environmental issues as they relate to indigenous communities of the Amazon rainforest. Through Oct. 15. OSU Urban Arts Space: Side Effects: Paintings by Patrick McDonnell 2016-2021. Artist Patrick McDonnell is best known for MUTTS, drawing comics and illustrations for publication in addition to personal and abstract paintings. Presented in cooperation with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum’s The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons. Through Oct. 3. www. ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists: Tanya Long and Chaz O’Neil. New works by emerging artists exploring the connections between the organic and built environments. Sept. 10-Oct. 2. And Mychaelyn Michalec. New works by emerging artist Mychaelyn Michalec, whose work depicts the mundane matters of domestic life. Oct. 8-Nov. 6.

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Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival Sept. 17-19 Creekside Park, Gahanna Stroll along the stunning Creekside Park and listen to the sweet sounds of blues and jazz music in the heart of Gahanna. Enjoy food and beverages on site, and take a paddle boat down the creek to enjoy the concerts from all angles. www.

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Picks&Previews What to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! Due to health concerns, events are subject to change. Visit websites for more information.

Columbus Greek Festival Sept. 3-6 The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St. The 48th annual celebration of Greek heritage and culture takes the streets of Columbus in an unforgettable weekend of live music, great food and more. www. Night of Chocolate Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. Hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Rd., Columbus Enjoy a five-course meal and listen to inspiring stories of hope and resilience, all while celebrating chocolate. You don’t want to miss this premier event. www.cancer Columbus Oktoberfest Sept. 10-12, Friday 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight, Sunday noon-8 p.m. Ohio Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 717 E. 17th St. From bier halls to a wine garten, Columbus’ celebration of all things German is back. 44 | September/October 2021

Don your dirndl or lederhosen and dig into delicious pretzels, bratwurst, pints of beer and more. Columbus Barrel & Bottle Festival Sept. 11-12, Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m. Swan Lake Event Center, 5900 Liberty Rd. N., Powell The inaugural festival brings together Cbus favorites BrewDog, Gallo’s, Simple Times Mixers, Echo Spirits and the Columbus Bartending School in partnership with the Mid-Ohio Food Collective for a weekend full of food trucks, live music and, of course, adult beverages. www. ZOMBIEzi Bay presented by Mtn. Dew Sept. 17-Oct.-31, Friday-Sunday plus Thursday Oct. 14, 21, 28, various times Zoombezi Bay, 4850 W. Powell Rd. Zoombezi Bay will be taken over by the undead for weekends full of 13+ spooky fun including haunted houses, scare zones and non-water rides. zoombezibay.

Grove City Arts in the Alley Sept. 17-19 Grove City Town Center Voted the 2020 Best of the ’Bus Best Suburban Art Gallery/Gallery Event, Arts in the Alley brings together art, music and fun for a unique two-day event. www.gc BIA Parade of Homes Sept. 23-Oct. 10, Thursdays-Sundays, noon-6 p.m. Throughout central Ohio The Building Industry Association of Central Ohio’s signature event is back, showcasing new homes and talented building industry experts. The A&F Challenge Sept. 24, 5-11 p.m. Abercrombie & Fitch Global Home Office, 6301 Fitch Path, New Albany This music festival and fundraiser experience is bringing DJ and musician Zedd to perform alongside Saint Motel, Aloe Blacc, Honey & Blue and more. If music isn’t your jam, enjoy the unlimited food and drinks included in your ticket, spend some time on the zipline or try your hand at axe throwing. Arnold Sports Festival Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand, 400 N. High St. It’s back. The Arnold Classic returns to Columbus with defending champs returning to defend their titles. www.arnold

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Mix & Shake presented by Rockbridge Oct. 1, 7-10 p.m. North Market Downtown, 59 Spruce St. Head to the original Columbus North Market for a nigh of spirits and cocktails presented by local distilleries. Plus enjoy live music, food and more. www.north Boo at the Zoo Oct. 1-31, Fridays-Sundays, various times Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd. Don your costume and get ready for family-friendly frights and fun at the zoo. This year, enjoy five weekends of Halloween fun. NARI Fall Home Improvement Tour Oct. 2-3, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Throughout central Ohio Visit recently remodeled homes and meet some of the top remodelers in central Ohio while visiting their projects. Tickets available online.

Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, & Jon Gries Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Cult classic movie Napoleon Dynamite stars are coming to Columbus for a lively moderated discussion. And don’t forget to Vote for Pedro. Columbus Italian Festival Oct. 8-10 St. John The Baptist Italian Catholic Church, 168 E. Lincoln St. Celebrate all-things Italian and enjoy some of central Ohio’s best Italian food and drink with this year’s festival. www. Pumpkins Aglow Oct. 13-17, 20-24, 27-31 Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Venture out after dark to enjoy the glowing collection of jack-o-lanterns and enchanted autumn scenery. www.fp

Jazz Arts Group presents Gershwin, Berlin & Beyond Oct. 14-17, various times Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Watch in person or livestream on jag. tv the talented duo of saxophonist Patrick Bartley, Jr. and vocalist Lena Seikaly. Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms & Dvoràk Oct. 22-23, various times Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Up-and-coming violinist Stefan Jackiw takes the stage performing both old and new music for a moving performance of Brahms, Dvoràk and contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery. www.columbus Sergei Babayan Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Chamber Music Columbus presents piano virtuoso Sergei Babayan for a onenight-only concert to remember. www.

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