Dublin Life August/September 2022

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Dublin Food Pantry Executive Director Denise “Dinky” Youngsteadt-Parrish

Defending Against Hunger



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6 City of Dublin

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8 Community Calendar 10 faces Kicking Hunger to the Curb

Food pantry director makes a life of helping others

14 city of dublin Take a Ride With the Dublin Connector Free local shuttle service will get you where you need to go


16 Shutterbugs

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22 Making the Goal

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26 Stories to Stage

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32 ARTifacts A Musical “Tribute” to Community


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34 student spotlight Playing Under Par

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FOREVER FOREVER DUBLIN: DUBLIN: ENJOY ENJOY EVERY EVERY STAGE STAGE OF OF YOUR YOUR LIFE LIFE In Dublin, our mission is to provide the In Dublin, our to provide the best quality ofmission life and is environment in best quality of life and environment in which our residents can thrive. That is which our residents can thrive. That is true for people of all walks of life. More true for peopleof ofour all walks of life. than a quarter residents areMore age than a quarter of our residents arewe age 55 or older, so it is important that 55 or older, so it is important that we provide amenities and programs that provide andfuture programs that serve theamenities current and needs of serve the current and future needs our senior residents, helping them of our senior helping access the residents, support they needthem and stay access the support they need and stay involved in their community. involved in their community. In 2018, the City of Dublin and Syntero launched Forever In 2018,athe City of Dublin and launched Forever Dublin, partnership aimed at Syntero providing resources for Dublin, a partnership aimed at providing resources for was residents to make Dublin their forever home. This effort residents to make Dublin their forever home. This effort was born out of the City’s Aging in Place Plan, which was born out of the City’s Aging in Place Plan, which was developed through public input, reviewed by the Community developed through public input, reviewed byby the Community Services Advisory Commission and accepted Dublin City Services Advisory Commission and accepted by Dublin City Council. The plan involves many aspects and future concepts, Council. The plan involves many aspects and future concepts, including mobility and transportation, housing, and health including mobility transportation, and health and wellness. Muchand progress has been housing, made in these areas and wellness. Much progress has been made in these areas over the past few years, and much momentum has been over the past few years, and much momentum has been gained toward achieving longer-term goals. gained toward achieving longer-term goals. One initiative we are particularly proud of is the Dublin Teen One initiative weThis are particularly proud of is the Dublin Teen Buddy program. idea came from a Dublin teen during the Buddy program. This idea came from a Dublin teen during the height of the pandemic to help combat isolation and height of the pandemic to help combat isolation and loneliness across multiple generations. Teen volunteers are loneliness generations. Teenpeople volunteers are paired withacross seniormultiple residents, and the young regularly paired with senior residents, and the young people regularly reach out to their buddies through phone calls, texts, emails reachin-person out to their buddiesThe through phone calls, texts, and meetings. program has been such aemails success and in-person meetings. The program has been a success with both teens and seniors that we are currentlysuch planning our with both teens and seniors that we will are currently our third year of matches! New matches begin thisplanning fall. Teens third year of matches! New matches will begin this fall. Teens who are at least 15 years old are eligible to volunteer. who are at least 15 years old are eligible to volunteer.

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In terms of mobility and transportation, Dublin has In terms ofwith mobility transportation, has partnered Shareand Mobility to operateDublin the Dublin partnered with Share Mobility to operate the Dublin Connector, a fare-free, on-demand ride-share service for Connector, fare-free, for residents 55aand older,on-demand people withride-share disabilitiesservice and those residents 55 and older, people with disabilities and those who work in the city. You can find more information on the who work in the city. Youissue can find more information on the Dublin Connector in this of Dublin Life. Dublin Connector in this issue of Dublin Life. Another important aspect of Forever Dublin is community Another important aspect thriving of Forever Dublin community engagement. To continue later in life,isresidents engagement. To continue thriving later in life, residents want to make an impact on their community from a social, want to make an impact their community from a social, cultural, recreational andon civic standpoint. In Dublin, there cultural, recreational and civic standpoint. In Dublin, there is no shortage of options for residents to connect with their is no shortage of options for residents to connect with their community in meaningful ways. They can serve on a board community in meaningful ways. They can serve on a board or commission, volunteer at our City’s signature events or or commission, volunteer at our signature tend the community garden, justCity’s to name a few.events Variousor tend the community garden, just to name a few. Various volunteer opportunities and a hub of resources are volunteer opportunities and a hub of resources are available at foreverdublin.com. available at foreverdublin.com. We want those who call Dublin home to not only keep We want those whoage callbut Dublin home to nothere only— keep living here as they to keep thriving in a living here as they age but to keep thriving here — in ais world-class city with an exceptional quality of life. That world-class city with an exceptional quality of life. That our mission, and that is what Forever Dublin is all about.is our mission, and that is what Forever Dublin is all about. Sincerely, Sincerely,

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Kicking Hunger to the Curb Food pantry director makes a life of helping others

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It’s easy to understand why someone might see Denise “Dinky” Youngsteadt-Parrish as a face of the defense against hunger. She’s not just the executive director of the Dublin Food Pantry – she’s an altruist and a black belt in karate. The scope of her position may seem straightforward on paper: Her job is to get food to people in need. But her work – like her life – encompasses much more than that. The truth, as she’s come to know it, is that food is rarely an isolated issue. “What I’ve discovered over the years is that it’s all connected, especially with poor people,” she says. “Poor people’s lives are tied to all of those systems – the legal system, housing, school – it’s all connected, because all of them put barriers up for their success.” Youngsteadt-Parrish’s dedication to improving those circumstances began when she was young. At age 8, Youngsteadt-Parrish’s family moved from the U.S. to Africa, where she lived for nearly a decade, returning in time to finish her senior year of high school stateside. Her years spent in Algiers, Ethiopia and Sudan proved formative to her worldview. “I think I was privileged to see people who have little to nothing and still live their lives and talk to you and are nice and are friendly and say, ‘Hi,’” she says. “So maybe that’s my foundation.” Her father worked with the United States Agency for International Development, which provides foreign aid and development assistance, so YoungsteadtParrish was taught the importance of helping others through example. Though many issues have garnered Youngsteadt-Parrish’s attention – she’s previously worked with Lifeline of Ohio, Capital Humane Society and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services – food stood out early on. In fact, one of her first political activities was a march against hunger organized by Jesse Jackson around 1970. “Food is such an integral part of growing up and when you don’t have it, it affects you,” she says. “We don’t think about that because we can’t see hunger.” Work relating to food insecurity has been a recurring trend throughout YoungsteadtParrish’s career, but the Dublin Food Pantry has proven uniquely rewarding. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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Dinky Youngsteadt-Parrish says the food pantry is serving roughly three times as many people as in 2019.

“Dublin has been a really good experience for me,” she says. “I am so impressed, pleased, with the way that the Dublin community supports us. It is phenomenal. I have never worked in a food pantry where the city supports you.” In addition to the City of Dublin, Youngsteadt-Parrish says collaboration between local organizations is key to success.

The pantry can refer clients to One Dublin and Dublin Bridges, for example, to aid with needs beyond food. A partnership with the Tolles Career & Technical Center allows the pantry to refer clients with vehicle trouble to the center, where students in the Transportation Systems program provide services funded by Dublin Bridges. The Dublin Irish Fes-

tival also offers free admission to guests who bring a donation for the pantry to the festival on Sunday, Aug. 7 before 11 a.m. Collaborations such as these have helped expand the pantry’s reach and allowed it to thrive. Even through the early uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pantry never closed its doors. Though food choice was limited, the pantry still offered some opportunities to select specific items in addition to a basic package. In 2021, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce recognized Youngsteadt-Parrish’s immense altruism by awarding her its esteemed President’s Award. Though grateful, she’s quick to note that she’s just one of many moving parts. “It’s never just me,” she says. “You don’t do this stuff by yourself. ... All of these entities and people make what we do every day happen.” The pantry’s director of operations, Jim Wilson, emphasizes that Youngsteadt-Parrish’s lifelong dedication is unique, though. “She’s really had a life of service,” he says. “She has always gone where she thinks she can do good either for the community or folks in the community and she’s always put that as her top priority as opposed to just doing something that pays the bills.”


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That commitment can be seen even beyond her career. One notable example is how she used her experience with martial arts to help others. Youngsteadt-Parrish began practicing karate while working as a paralegal on domestic violence cases. Given the nature of the work, it seemed wise to learn some self-defense. While watching a karate class, the instructor asked Youngsteadt-Parrish, “Do you want to flip this guy?” She remembers the man as a huge farm worker – but she flipped him without trouble and was immediately hooked. She practiced karate for 30 years, and though she’s never had to physically defend herself, a well-trained scream has been used as a first line of defense. Once she became comfortable with martial arts, she soon looked for ways to put the skill to better use. “I knew that I wanted to do something with it,” she says. “It wasn’t just for me. That’s not how I operate.” She received permission from her sensei to teach self-defense classes using some of her karate knowledge. Her classes are open to all, but geared toward the unique experiences of women and children. She’s taught at Good Bodies

Fitness Center, central Ohio recreation centers and events at The Ohio State University. She even earned a volunteer of the year honor at Woodward Park Recreation Center. Karate serves as more than just a means of self-defense, though. For YoungsteadtParrish, who encounters hardship on a daily basis as part of her job, it’s helped provide an internal strength to confront the things she can’t control. “I’m totally an emotional person,” she says. “If I keep it bottled in, I’m in trouble. Martial arts gave me the opportunity to not be so afraid.”

While hunger may be one of those things that’s difficult to control, that doesn’t mean Youngsteadt-Parrish intends to put up any less of a fight. And in Dublin, she’s found a solid ally to take on hunger. “I really believe in my heart that the Dublin community will not allow this pantry to fail,” she says. “That if we put out the call tomorrow that we were out of food, that by the end of the day we would have food.” Cameron Carr is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at ccarr@cityscenemediagroup.com.

A Bigger Pantry The Dublin Food Pantry has long called Dublin Community Church home. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the church allowed the pantry to expand into an additional room unused at the time. As the pandemic has waned, however, the pantry’s demand has continued to grow, in part due to benefit programs not keeping pace with inflation and, specifically, the increased cost of food. Youngsteadt-Parrish says the pantry is serving roughly triple the clients it did in 2019. To accommodate for that increased demand, and to move its expanded supplies out of the church, the pantry has announced a move to a new location at 6608 Dublin Center Dr. The standalone space will expand the pantry’s physical footprint to 7,700 square feet, allow more hours open to the public and even include a playground adjacent to the building.

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Take a Ride With the Dublin Connector Free local shuttle service will get you where you need to go or are heading to a lunch gathering with your friends and family, you can schedule rides for daily errands and special events throughout Dublin,” says Jeannie Willis, Dublin’s transportation and mobility director. For those with a disability, driving might be difficult. “Even with the availability of accessible parking, just getting in and out of your car can prove challenging,” Willis says. “With wheelchair accessibility, the Connector can take you where you need to go. Our friendly, respectful drivers take care of all your needs while onboard, including when accessing and disGo exploring! Take a ride with the Dublin Connector to discover the city’s 60+ parks, or take a trip embarking the shuttle.” to visit Historic Dublin and Bridge Park. If you work in Dublin, you can schedule a ride to get to work daily with the As the City of Dublin strives to be- and mobility are important services, es- Connector. The service is also accessible pecially for those who need extra support from COTA locations within Dublin for come the most connected city in moving around Dublin.” commuters traveling from outside the The Dublin Connector is an on-de- city. The Connector is available for a the U.S., this goal not only includes mand shuttle service that offers fare-free lunch break trip, including traveling to expanding technology but also en- rides throughout the City to riders who Bridge Park, Historic Dublin or other suring all amenities available to are 55 years and older, have a disability or foodie destinations. “The past few years have been difficult work within Dublin. The Connector operresidents are easily accessible. ates 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Sat- for so many,” O’Callaghan notes. “Feelings “As Dublin enhances efforts to be a urday. This service connects residents and of isolation have become common. It’s imdestination of choice, it’s important that the workforce to the many services and portant that the City encourages residents to take part in activities so they can enjoy everyone can access our parks, shared use features the City has to offer. paths and restaurants, as well as the necesIf you’re 55 or older and require trans- all that Dublin has to offer.” Take advantage of the Dublin Connecsities for everyday living, including grocery portation in and around Dublin, a trip on stores, doctors’ offices and clothing stores,” the Dublin Connector can be scheduled tor to: • Schedule a ride to one of Dublin’s public says Megan O’Callaghan, deputy city with just two hours’ notice. pools or the Dublin Community Recremanager/chief finance and development “Whether you have a doctor’s appointation Center officer. “The City knows transportation ment, need a trip to the grocery store 14 • August/September 2022


• Gather your friends for a much-needed lunch date, and if you all live in the same community, ride together in style • Visit your doctor when the time is convenient for you, and don’t rely on a friend or family member to work you into their calendar • Pack a picnic and visit one of Dublin’s 60+ parks • Start volunteering with one of Dublin’s many worthy organizations without worrying about transportation to and from the location The Dublin Connector is ready to help you get where you need to go. Whether it’s shopping, a gathering or a day trip to the senior center, the City is here to ensure you are able to access everything that is available to you, regardless if you can drive. And even if you can, avoid

Schedule the Connector with only two hours’ notice to go grocery shopping, visit with your doctor, or meet friends and family for lunch. the hassle and allow our clean, safe and friendly service to support you – without paying a fare. To schedule a ride, visit sharemobility. com/dublin or call 833-742-7333. Rides can be scheduled with two hours’ notice. Andrew Kohn is a public affairs officer for the City of Dublin. Feedback welcome at a kohn@dublin.oh.us.

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Dublin Charity Cup has raised more than $750,000 for charity By Megan Roth Photos courtesy of Dublin Soccer League, Dominique Hoecherl and Brian Resnik

Every year in Dublin, soccer aficionados come together for an event that’s about more than just the sport. Since its inception in 1989, the Dublin Charity Cup has raised close to $765,000 for charities benefiting children. The Dublin Soccer League (DSL), which hosts the tournament, is preparing for another year with the goal of contributing tens of thousands of dollars to charity.

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Originally founded as an outreach program to empower kids to help other kids, the tournament has come a long way since its first year. The cup’s first few years included 40-some teams, a number which has since doubled. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

Each year, DSL selects a different charity to support, all benefiting children in different ways. Past donations have gone to charities such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last year’s donations went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, which pairs adult volunteers with children to mentor and guide through young adulthood. The cup raised $25,000 for the nonprofit. End of an Era This year’s cup is a significant one for the DSL: It’ll be hosted by a new executive director for the first time since 2000. DSL’s previous director, John Muir, retired from DSL after more than 20 years of organizing the event. Muir originally got involved with DSL as a volunteer referee and eventually became a coach. After a few years of coaching teams, including ones competing in the cup, DSL created the executive director position and appointed Muir to it. From there, Muir became integral to the success of the cup. He and his family attended summer after summer, ensuring the event was John Muir running smoothly. Throughout his time in the role, he forged valuable relationships with the cup’s charity partners, allowing him to create unique collaborations. When the AmerDominique Hoecherl ican Red Cross served as the charitable partner, the cup positioned a bloodmobile in the tournament parking lot. Each blood donation could earn credits toward a team’s entry fee. Multiple teams saw associated adults donate blood, earning hundreds of dollars toward team entry fees. The unexpected combination of a bloodmobile truck and soccer tournament is something Muir says he’ll never forget. Even in retirement, Muir isn’t ready to fully step back. This year, Muir will serve as the referee assigner and a guide to the cup’s new executive director, Dominique Hoecherl, ensuring that it’s a smooth transition. This will likely be his last significant involvement with DSL, though. www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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“I’m looking forward to having a Labor Day off,” he says. “I haven’t had one in more than 20 years.” The Next Chapter When Hoecherl takes to the turf for this year’s cup as DSL’s newest executive director, she’ll have big cleats to fill, but she’s ready to lace up. This isn’t Hoecherl’s first experience with the cup, however: She’s previously coached her daughter’s team in the tournament. Hoecherl has an extensive resume in the sport. She played Division I soccer for the University of Utah. She went on to coach competitive soccer for more than 25 years in Utah, Colorado and now Ohio. “Soccer’s been a huge part of my life for a really long time,” she says. “The impact with kids that I have is super satisfying to me.” Hoecherl says the lessons her players learn from soccer are applicable both on and off the field. “(I’m able to) watch the kids improve and learn life lessons and be able to succeed as human beings,” she says. She says she’s looking forward to fostering a continued passion for the sport and giving back through DSL. “The league has such an impact in our community,” she says. “Having a really good home for the kids to play at Avery Park is very special. It’s such great facilities and creates an environment that will make kids love the game even more.” 2022 Cup The 2022 Dublin Charity Cup will take place Sept. 3-4 at Darree Fields. Teams registered with the state of Ohio are eligible to compete. DSL is expecting to host nearly 100 teams from throughout the state. The biggest change teams will see this year is a digital upgrade. In previous years, registration procedures have been predominantly on paper. This year, a lot of information and enrollment processes will be virtual. While the year’s charitable theme is still to be decided by DSL’s Cup board, the donations will continue to benefit a charity for kids. In the past, all donations have been given to one charity. This year, though, Hoecherl says the funds will be allocated to benefit multiple local charities for kids. For more information, visit www.dublin soccer.net. Megan Roth is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at mroth@cityscenemediagroup.com. 24 • August/September 2022


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Stories on Stage Productions of The Moment and Rent highlight range of experiences By Lauren Serge Photos courtesy of Joe Bishara and Abbey Theater

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Early during the COVID-19 pandemic, a friend asked writer Larry Little to name the moments that dramatically changed his life. He was inspired, and soon adapted the concept to create a Zoom musical focusing on teenagers and the defining moments in their lives. That musical, aptly named The Moment, will make its Dublin premiere Sept. 10-11 at the Abbey Theater. Originally written as a Zoom musical for high schoolers, the production coming to Dublin has been adapted to a stage show featuring both school-aged and adult actors. The show will run as part of the South Asian Theater Festival, which will be held at the Abbey Theater for the first time this year. The festival, organized by Spotlight Columbus, invites theater productions from anywhere in the United States to present shows that are representative of South Asian culture, characters or plots. While The Moment doesn’t specifically focus on South Asian experience, the range of stories portrayed and the flexibility with casting enable it to offer opportunities to South Asian performers. “It’s important that what we put on the Abbey Theater stage represents the depth and breadth of the community,” says Joe Bishara, supervisor at the Abbey Theater. “I thought (The Moment) was great. It was www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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Little says. The stage adaption also eliminated the Zoom version’s heavy reliance on monologues throughout the show. Now, The Moment is structured through various vignettes, making it more digestible to the audience. “We took out about half of (the monologues) and added a dialogue that brought the characters together,” Little says. “We brought characters into some of the scenes so that we could make it a little more exciting, a little more palatable for being live, but the core of each of those stories is still there.” The significance of the stories, Little says, is not only the fact that each character shares their life-changing moments,

but that each of their stories are connected in some way. “We call these Easter eggs in show business, where there’s little teeny things throughout the show that the audience members may not catch right away,” Little says. “All of the characters are connected and it’s very subtle.” In The Moment, one story often leads to another. A mother speaks about her daughter’s social media craze, and later that daughter appears to give her own perspective and complain about her husband. The husband, of course, eventually delivers his perspective as well. Prior to the performance of The Moment, the Abbey Theater will center high

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Hilda’s art is making music and creating songs that touch and entertain people. She comes from a musical family, and takes joy in performing with her daughters, watching them grow professionally and express their creativity. Like Columbus, music changes and enriches her life every day, and there is no place she’d rather make it.

schoolers onstage for a production of Rent, which runs Aug. 11-21. Jonathan Larson’s Rent, focused on poor artists in New York City, earned a Pulitzer Prize for drama and Tony Award for Best Musical following its debut in 1996. Rent: School Edition adapts some of the more adult themes in the musical while retaining its rock-inspired sound and La Bohèmeinspired plot. Mia Kadar, a Dublin Coffman High School sophomore who plays Mimi in Rent, says she enjoys her character’s sassy attitude and love of life, even against the darker backdrop that encases the show. “It reaches many audiences of all ages: The message of it is that love triumphs,” Kadar says. “Dealing with things like HIV and child abuse, although those can seem like outside aspects to the younger generations, I think learning about that and learning about how these characters can gravitate toward each other is really important.” Despite the heavier themes in the show, Lev Hund, a Coffman senior who plays Roger in Rent, says the Abbey Theater production offers an opportunity for students to work together and share their talents. “I’m really excited to be able to put the project together along with my friends,” Hund said. “A lot of my friends from Coffman are doing the show as well, and they’re very talented.” Both Rent and The Moment, Bishara says, demonstrate the breadth of programming that the Abbey Theater offers Dublin arts patrons, showcasing different styles, themes and issues throughout its productions. “What we’re trying to do at the Abbey is light the spark, and I think that these two pieces reinforce that,” Bishara says. “We’re lighting the spark of imagination, we’re lighting the spark of conversation, by providing the community an opportunity to bear witness to pieces that have never been produced here.” Lauren Serge is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

2022 Parade of Homes Showcasing new builds in and around Dublin By Megan Roth

Photos courtesy of Epcon Communities

Since 1952, the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio has brought more than 60 new residential builds to the Dublin community. As the largest showcase of new homes in central Ohio, the Parade strives to connect homebuyers with builders and associates. This fall, more than a dozen builders display their newest homes in central Ohio.

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Dublin hosted its first Parade at The Glen in 1974. Since that debut, Parades have come to Dublin to highlight Earlington Village, Hawks Nest, Tartan Ridge, Ballantrae, Jerome Village and Eversole Run. In 2021, the Parade underwent a vast expansion to showcase homes throughout the greater Columbus area rather than focusing attention on just one neighborhood. The new format means that homes are more easily accessible to attendees every year. Homes in the Parade are categorized into four quadrants of central Ohio: northwest,

northeast, southwest and southeast. Within the quadrants, homes are spread across multiple communities as well. In Dublin, Parade attendees can view a home built by Epcon Communities in The Courtyard on Riverside, just five minutes south of Bridge Park. That community features luxury ranch homes, a fitness facility, pool, clubhouse and more. Additionally, of the 46 homes in the Parade this year, 19 are in the northwest quadrant, including homes in Jerome Village and Plain City.

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The Parade also includes different categories highlighting different aspects of homebuilding considerations: new builds, featured communities and dream homes. Homes span a range of prices, sizes and styles that a potential buyer might consider. To get specifics on the homes featured, visit www.biaparade.com. CityScene Media Group, publisher of Dublin Life Magazine, partnered with the BIA to create the Official Event Guide for the 2022 Parade. Guides are distributed at Parade homes and a digital edition with all tour home addresses can be accessed free at www.cityscenecolumbus.com. Megan Roth is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at mroth@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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A Musical “Tribute” to Community Live music series continues in Scioto Park By Janet Cooper Photos courtesy of Dublin Arts Council and the artists

Dublin’s Scioto Park will come alive this year on Sunday evenings, thanks to the annual Dublin Arts Council (DAC) Sundays at Scioto concert series. Taking place for the 38th time, this annual celebration of community is a beloved local tradition. Scioto Park is located at 7377 Riverside Dr., north of the Dublin Arts Center and the Interstate 270 overpass. The concerts are free of charge. This year, the all-tribute band series consists of four concerts between Sunday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 9. Times vary

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for each performance. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, select a spot in the natural amphitheater and enjoy the riverfront park before the concert begins. For safety, the park closes to additional guests when on-site parking reaches capacity. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnic items are welcome. Food trucks and dessert providers will be scheduled at each concert, with proceeds from sales benefiting DAC. Check the DAC website for details on pre-ordering from food trucks.

Series lineup

Aug. 14 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience 6:30-8 p.m. From Nashville, 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience provides the audience with a stunningly accurate performance that Rolling Stone called “the best Eagles tribute on Earth.” Every show faithfully recreates one brilliant hit single after another with some Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises sprinkled into the mix, offering the perfect blend of songs to capture all levels of Eagles devotees. Sept. 4 The Little Mermen: premier Disney cover band 6:30-8 p.m. Based in New York City, The Little Mermen were founded by singer-songwriter Alexis Babini with the goal of bringing Disney-fueled nostalgia and singalongs to a generation that grew

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up on Disney, and never let it go. The Little Mermen play all the Disney hits, from movies such as The Jungle Book, The Lion King and Frozen. Babini is accompanied by a cast of talented musicians and Disney princesses ready to make memories. The audience is invited to attend in costume. Sept. 25 The British Invasion: ’60s British rock tribute 5:30-7 p.m. Expect vintage guitars, authentic hairstyles and costumes as the Ohio-based British Invasion brings rock ‘n’ roll of another generation back to life through the band’s vocals, appearance and dance moves. British Invasion will cover hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Herman’s Hermits – to name a few – with incredible accuracy. Oct. 9 The Wildflowers: Tom Petty tribute 5:30-7 p.m. The Wildflowers sound just like Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at the group’s prime and have the energy and musicianship to bring down the house with every performance. Presenting a diligently precise tribute, The Wildflowers www.dublinlifemagazine.com

have successfully toured the country from their home base in Birmingham, Alabama, performing at festivals, night clubs and major concert venues to earn a reputation as one of the finest tribute bands in the country. Curated by Community DAC curates the series with community feedback, providing a short survey at each concert to collect information about musical genres and recommendations for future performances. “We’re extremely excited about the all-tribute series this year,” says Executive Director David S. Guion. “Our audiences consistently choose classic rock and tribute bands as their favorites. We’re expecting to fill the park each week with friends, families and neighbors who gather to ex-

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perience the music, food and the beautiful natural setting of Scioto Park.” Weather Concerts are held outside in Scioto Park’s tiered grass amphitheater. Since Ohio weather can be unpredictable, DAC will post timely information about delays or cancelations at DublinArts.org, on Facebook (@DublinArtsCouncil), and on Instagram and Twitter (@DublinArts). Recorded messages will also be updated at 614-889-7444.

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Support and feedback Though concerts are free of charge, donations are gratefully accepted to provide continued free concert experiences for the community. Staff and board members will come through the crowd with buckets about halfway through each performance. The DAC Sundays at Scioto concert series is a free gift, provided with generous ongoing support from the City of Dublin, Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Corporate partners include Cardinal Health; Columbus Financial Concepts; Crawford Hoying; Fifth Third Bank; Hidaka USA; Honda Marysville; IGS Energy; Keenan Agency; and Strip, Hoppers, Leithart, McGrath & Terlecky Co. City of Dublin also supplies an in-kind contribution of city services. Media partners are CityScene Media Group and WCBE Radio. Janet Cooper is director of engagement, Dublin Arts Council. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.


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s tu d e nt s pot l i ght by Maisie Fitzmaurice Photos courtesy of Justin Warner

Playing Under Par Rising junior golfer at Coffman is already a standout player

At the end of the 2022 season, Dublin Coffman golfer Luke Warner earned an Ohio Capital Conference honorable mention and landed in the top 20-some golfers in the state. For a sophomore, it was an impressive finish. And he’s just getting started. 34 • August/September 2022

Coming from the Sells Middle School golf team, Warner immediately gained attention for his chops on the fairway. He earned a spot on Coffman’s varsity golf team as a freshman, a rare feat for the highly competitive team. “He’s a very good player,” coach Scott Sutherland says. “As a freshman, his length that he hits, it really helped him because usually what holds freshmen back – and sophomores, younger golfers – is they just can’t keep up with the distance of the older players,” he says. Aside from technical skills, Sutherland says Warner is a great player to coach due to his outgoing personality and willingness to accept feedback to improve his skills. “One thing I like about Luke is he likes to talk through a lot of golf shots with me and that’s not always the case,” Sutherland says. “Some golfers like to just stay to themselves, play their game.” But his positivity on the course isn’t the only thing that gives him a competitive edge. Warner does his homework before he even picks up a club, often studying information about the course and the competition. “You want to come into it with a game plan,” Warner says. “I’ll go on to Google Earth and kind of map out some yardages on there just to see what I want to hit off the tee, maybe see where I want to leave myself with layup shots and stuff like that.”

Still, Warner says he isn’t immune to the pressure of big tournaments. He says staying focused on the game is important to playing his best. “It’s definitely mentally draining,” Warner says. “You’re out there for about four and a half hours playing in a tournament and you’re only hitting the ball for about 15 minutes of the four hours. So you really just have to stay present in the moment and just focus on your game.” Warner says his first state tournament was particularly nerve-racking for him. “I’ve never been in that environment,” Warner says. “Just all those people around the first tee watching, you getting your name called, and that big of a tournament – I’ve just never had that before.” Changing His Swing Warner didn’t always aspire to be a golfer. Up until this past season he was actual-


ly more interested in playing baseball. He played on the Coffman freshman baseball team and led in all offensive statistics with a batting average over .420. After making the varsity golf team as a freshman and scoring competitively at meets and tournaments, Warner ultimately decided to quit baseball and focus on his golf career. He hopes to eventually play Division I golf in college. “Golf, you can play it forever,” Warner says. “You can play like my great grandpa played it until he was, like, 85. So, baseball, I probably am not going to play college with it. I think in golf, I can play in college, and I think it’s just better for my future.” Though his aspirations may be new, his interest in golf is not. Warner, who’s lived in Dublin his entire life, started playing golf at a young age. He got his first set of golf clubs at age 3 and started visiting courses at age 5. His father, Justin Warner, is an avid golf player as well, and the family often takes trips to play around the country. “We go to Florida every year, every spring break, I play down there,” he says. “Then in the summer, we go down south and learn and play. So it was really fun. Just to have that little break from baseball and play different games.” In addition to playing on the Coffman golf team, Warner often practices three to four hours a day, four days a week during the offseason. This helps him improve his game and prepare for the regular high school season. Dublin is known for a particularly competitive golf community – Coffman placed third in the state in 2021 and both boys and girls teams at Dublin Jerome have held multi-year state title streaks in recent times. Warner’s work ethic outside the regular season helps keeps him ahead of the curve. He also participates in tournaments outside of Coffman golf, often playing in competitions two to three times a month. Looking forward, he hopes to maintain a scoring average of 75 in competitions and to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship this year. As for the Coffman golf team, Warner hopes to help the team win the high school state championship tournament this season. “I’m not really trying to beat (the other players), I’m trying to beat the course,” he says. “But there’s always that competitive spirit in me that wants to just do as best as I can against those people.” Maisie Fitzmaurice is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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A Writer’s Paradise

Two Dublin-based authors find inspiration in their surroundings For creatives, the city of Dublin often proves itself to be a canvas where creativity can flourish. It’s no surprise then to see not just one but multiple authors find success here. Novel Ideas When Bharat Krishnan moved to Ohio to be with his wife, Monali, he found an especially open and inviting community. They first moved to Grove City, but have been living in Dublin for about a year and a half. “It’s such an incredible, diverse community, especially with the Indian American community,” he says. “I really found myself wanting to get to Dublin as soon as possible.” Bharat’s recent novel, Privilege, is a political thriller centering on racism and power. In this story, protagonist Rakshan Baliga must get his hands on super drug WP (white privilege) in order to fix the issues in his life. The book’s main message is the idea that power and happiness

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are two different things that people must often choose between, Krishnan says. The novel, which the Ohio Author Project named best adult fiction of 2021, is the first in a trilogy exploring how some people experience societal advantages due to their privilege. Krishnan believes this topic shows extreme relevancy to the current state of the country and sends a message about the importance of diversity. “You’ve always kind of seen Krishnan’s Privilege is a thriller focusing on the how fiction can have a meaning- intersection of racism and power. ful impact on advancing societal change,” he says. “That’s probably the big“That’s the thing that is really being recgest thing I try to get across in my writing.” ognized as being important right now, having characters that show that girls can use Dublin Dad STEM just as well as boys can,” he says. While being a father of six may seem Slangerup has also explored the conchallenging, Erik Jon Slangerup finds his nection between youth and tech in Stochildren to be a great source of inspiration rySnacker, an app he co-created. The infor his writing. teractive app provides stories optimized for “For me, writing adventure novels, I reading off a phone, to help busy parents have to up the ante a little bit by making engage in reading with their children. things a little more fantastical,” he says. Slangerup also speaks on how living “I like writing about monsters and giants in Dublin has influenced his writing and and robots, just because I need to do that his inspiration that he takes from the surto capture the feeling of when everything rounding community. seems fantastical when you’re a kid.” “Dublin is a paradise,” Slangerup Slangerup’s most recent novel, Molly says. “As the saying goes, if you live and the Machine, features a young girl go- your life uneventfully, you can go crazy ing on adventures around Ohio in 1983. with your writing. Dublin is the perfect The protagonist, Molly McQuirter, must spot for that for me. It’s a really great, use her brains and her knowledge of sci- supportive community.” ence to get her little brother back from a Both Krishnan and Slangerup are curmysterious, kidnapping robot. rently working on new books continuing Even though this middle-grade story is the series they’ve been writing. about mythical beings and fearless heroKrishnan is focusing on writing a prequel ines, Slangerup makes it known that the for Privilege. Slangerup is already working subject matter is meaningful in a deeper on the sequel to Molly and the Machine. way. By incorporating science, technology, engineering and math, Slangerup aims to Andrea Paolucci is an editorial assistant at emphasize the relationship between youth CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome and the modern technological world. at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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Poppy Play Time Dublin family builds upscale playhouse from the ground up When Amy and Aaron Loochtan moved from Worthington to Dublin, they were saddest to leave behind their former home and a playhouse they’d renovated for their daughter Penelope, who goes by Poppy. But Poppy wasn’t without a playhouse for long, as Amy and Aaron set to work building one that invoked the comfort of their new home. The playhouse has a brick façade painted white to mirror the design of the home, along with a welcoming porch. Amy and Aaron have plenty of DIY experience from numerous projects done for

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Loochtan transitions from fashion to lifestyle Amy Loochtan began blogging in 2012, sharing fashion tips, tricks and expertise with her followers. In the decade since, she’s refocused on home décor, interior design and overall lifestyle blogging, and it’s paid off – literally. More than 70,000 people follow Loochtan on Instagram at @amy_cbandbp and her blog, Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins, tuning in for regular family updates, design inspiration and life lessons. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Dublin Life: When did you begin working on home projects/remodeling? Amy Loochtan: When I was in grad school in 2010, I rented the junkiest little 38 • August/September 2022

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apartment that was literally dilapidated. I started perusing the internet and finding ways that I could enhance this apartment to make it not so depressing. I refinished the fireplace and painted all those ceilings and the walls and painted the kitchen cabinets. That was the start of DIY for me. DL: When did you decide that it was something you wanted to share online through your blog and content creation? AL: At first, I was just doing fashion influencing. As much as I love buying clothes and stuff, it really just isn’t a passion of mine. I mean, everybody has to get dressed. Really, I just have this incredible passion for home decor and interior design

and styling and DIY. As I was writing for my blog, it really just morphed into more of like a lifestyle website where I was sharing motherhood items and decor tips and DIY tips and paint colors and things like that. I rarely ever share fashion anymore. DL: Do you ever have the opportunity to interact with your audience or other influencers? AL: I’ve met up with multiple other influencers throughout my time doing this. I always think it’s kind of fun to meet up with other influencers just because nobody is exactly the same (as) you are. For me to continued on page 40 www.dublinlifemagazine.com

her blog, Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins. However, they’d never built something from the ground up. The project didn’t come without challenges, but Amy and Aaron powered through with the help of online tutorials. After three and a half months of work, Poppy had a new home of her own in their Dublin backyard. “It’s really just something that my husband and I are both really proud of that we were able to give our daughter,” Amy says. This isn’t your average childhood playhouse, however. Poppy’s home features electricity that powers a chandelier and two exterior front porch lights. The front porch leads to a mini door perfect for kids. There’s also an adult-sized door so the whole family can play. Though the playhouse is constructed, Amy’s penchant for remodeling already has her brainstorming modifications and additions. “The only thing that we would change, which we might add additionally this summer, is another little porch off the other side of the deck,” Amy says. “Just so if the ground is wet or something we are not tracking mud or wet grass into that playhouse.” The Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins blog earned Amy a considerable following, and she secured a partnership with Pottery Barn to furnish the playhouse with a kitchen set, bookshelves, a lamp and more. Poppy uses her playhouse regularly and loves hosting friends inside.




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be here in Columbus and be in the DIY or interior design niches is a little different because I haven’t met anybody in my area, but it doesn’t mean that I won’t.

thing that maybe I would post or another influencer. If you find an influencer that you like, the best thing you can do is really just engage with their content and show them that you really appreciate the work that they’re doing.

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The playhouse’s brick façade matches the Loochtans’ home.

“That’s one of her favorite things to show little kids when they come over and they’ve never been to our home before,” Amy says. “She’s always like, ‘Let me show you my playhouse that my parents built for me.’ I think it’s just really special to her.” The playhouse is also quickly becoming a favorite place for the Loochtans’ newest addition, their son, Shepard. “He loves playing in there too,” Amy says. “He’s just 16 months old, but he thinks that it’s so fun to be in there.” Amy Loochtan and daughter Penelope

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Pawsitively Dublin Life isn’t so ruff for dogs in Dublin Greeting deer and dogs on the Muirfield bike paths and planting spring flowers are some of my favorite things to do with Mason by my side. Mason is my family’s 6-year-old spaniel who never lets me out of his sight and is always up for a cuddle or an outdoor adventure. As is the case for many pet owners, Mason is an integral part of our family and brings us incredible joy. Seventy percent of U.S. households own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association, which is up from 56 percent in 1988. Staying homebound during the pandemic brought many of us even closer to our furry friends as we leaned on each other for emotional support. Consider the 23 million American households who adopted a “pandemic pet” – including President Joe Biden and his new dog, Commander – and business is booming. Total pet industry expenditures in the U.S. totaled $123.6 billion last year, up 19 percent from 2020. So, what do we do with our dogs? We don’t want to leave our four-legged friends at home, and fortunately restaurants, shops and hotels are taking notice. Many Dublin patios are dog-friendly and several establishments even offer yummy treats! Dubliner Randi Bicking enjoys taking her daughter, Kamryn, and their 3-month-old rescue dog, Tucker, to Starbucks for a whipped cream puppuccino. Casey Clarke, and her daughter, Jo, Kamryn Bicking with her 3-month-old rescue dog Tucker, enjoying a Starbucks pup cup.

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purchase similar pup cups at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea when strolling in the Bridge Park area with their standard poodles. Johnson’s Real Ice Cream offers scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with a dog treat, while Winans Chocolates + Coffees has waggie bones dog treats with yogurt based white chocolate. At Graeter’s Ice Cream, the first Thursday of the month, AprilSeptember, means free frozen treats for Fido from 6-9 p.m. Many Dublin restaurants, including Condado Tacos and Dublin Village Tavwww.dublinlifemagazine.com

ern, are also opening their patios to pets. Lynn Oshida recommends Revelry Tavern and North High Brewing for their fantastic dog-friendly areas. It’s not just treats for dogs in Dublin, though. There’s plenty of opportunities to get out and paw around. Nando’s Dog Park at Darree Fields has sections for small and large dogs to play off-leash. For socialization, The Dublin Market at Bridge Park is filled with every breed imaginable on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.-noon. Ilene Smith sells pet accessories at the market and says she has a tent full of pups at all times. Dogs come to the forefront in Dublin this fall for the Dublin Pet Fair, a free family event on Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon-5 p.m. at the Coffman Park Pavilion. Watch the Southern Ohio Flying K-9 demos, meet adoptable pets, enjoy food trucks, and visit the vendors and low-cost pet wellness clinic. Bring your pooches but remember that you are always responsible for their pawsitive behavior when out in public!

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Sadie at the Bridge Park Falls. Colleen D’Angelo is a Dublin Life columnist and freelance writer. She and her husband, Tony, raised three children in Dublin over the last 25 years. Colleen enjoys playing and teaching pickleball; walking her pup, Mason; and traveling internationally. You can reach her at colleendangelo1@gmail.com.


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