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Experience a World of Music at Dublin Irish Festival

If you think Celtic music only comes from Ireland, you’re wrong – and the musicians at this year’s Dublin Irish Festival prove it. This year’s performers come from Canada, Spain and Scotland, among other parts of the globe, and their inspiration is global as well. Dublin Life Magazine scored exclusive interviews with several acts you’ll see on stage at the Festival in August, including fiddler Natalie MacMaster, seen on our cover. And while you’re gearing up for the Festival, check out some of the new Irish-themed programs that Dublin businesses have to offer. Scott Dring, executive director of the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau, tells us about the first recipients of the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Irish Experience Grant Program. Curious about The Bunker party, held every night after the Memorial Tournament? We’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at this three-year tradition through the eyes of the volunteers who make it happen. Gardens all over Dublin are starting to sprout, and the Washington Township Community Garden, exclusive to township residents, is no exception. The entire City of Dublin is within Washington Township, so if you’re looking for your own patch of green, this could be it. Some Dublin residents call their patches of green home. Learn about rural-style living within the City limits. Slàinte, Kathleen K. Gill President/Publisher CityScene Media Group

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In 2012, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of our signature event: the Dublin Irish Festival. This year, we begin the celebration of the next 25 years, and the excitement is already building as plans are underway to bring you a world-class line-up of Irish entertainment and culture Aug. 2-4. Even though we celebrate Ireland, the Festival offers a multicultural experience, including the musical line-up. In addition to Irish imports such as The High Kings and We Banjo 3, be sure to look for Natalie MacMaster, the artist featured on the cover, who just happens to be from Nova Scotia. Other global musicians include the Red Hot Chilli Pipers from Scotland, who have received much acclaim for their “bagrock” sounds, and Carlos Nuñez, a bagpiper from Spain who will add his Celtic influences to the musical melting pot. There truly is something for everyone, including the ever-popular Gaelic Storm and U.S. rock band the Young Dubliners. We’ve even thrown in a little bit of Nashville with the Willis Clan to round out the mix. Anyone who has ever been to the Festival knows that music is just one element of all there is to look forward to — there’s also the pre-Festival IGS Energy 5K Run; the international treasures waiting to be discovered at the Marketplace; the experts in genealogy; and crafts, games and storytelling adventures in the Wendy’s Wee Folk Area. Looking for a space to bring your friends and family together for the Festival? Gatherings at the Pond provide the perfect space to meet and enjoy the Festival as a group. Contact Mary Jo DiSalvo at for more information. I hope to see you at this year’s Dublin Irish Festival. Come and experience for yourself why the City of Dublin earned the title of World Festival and Event City from the International Festivals and Events Association. Sincerely,

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3-11 p.m., Zoombezi Bay, 10101 Riverside Dr., This adults-only day at Zoombezi Bay includes dinner, live music, a visit with Jack Hanna’s animals and two alcoholic beverage vouchers. Tickets are $30 per person.

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May 27-June 2 The Memorial Tournament

Muirfield Village Golf Club, 5750 Memorial Dr., This major PGA Tour event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Nationwide Invitational, an official Pro-Am Tournament, begins play Thursday.

June 5-Sept. 25 Dublin Farmers’ Market

3:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Oakland Nursery, 4261 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., This mid-week market provides Dublin residents with fresh produce and other products including fruit, vegetables, herbs, meats, cheeses, flowers and gluten-free baking mixes.

July 4 Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby

8 a.m., Dublin Community Recreation Center Pond, 5600 Post Rd., Children of all ages compete to catch the longest fish at this derby.

6:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Enjoy live entertainment, as well as appetizers and drinks from more than 100 central Ohio restaurants and bars, at this adults-only fundraiser. Tickets are $135 per person through June 14 and $150 per person at the door.

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Dublin Arts Council Gallery, 7125 Riverside Dr., This exhibition, featuring work from members of nonprofit glass center Glass Axis, begins with an artists’ reception from 6-8 p.m. June 18.

3:30 p.m., Abbey Theater, 5600 Post Rd., This musical comedy version of Cinderella is set in the 1970s. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

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July 12-26 Dive-in Movies at Zoombezi Bay

July 4 Independence Day Parade and Celebration

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Historic Dublin, Bagpipers stroll the streets and free trolley rides carry visitors to their destinations from 6-8 p.m. Many businesses have extended hours with shopping, dining and drink specials, and restaurants host live entertainment.

6-8 p.m., SportsOhio, 6314 Cosgray Rd., Network with other young Dublin Chamber of Commerce members while playing a free 18-hole round of miniature golf.

11 a.m., throughout Historic Dublin, Watch and wave as more than 100 parade units celebrate America’s independence, then enjoy a performance from Chicago at Dublin Coffman High School Stadium at 5 p.m. and fireworks display at 9:50 p.m.


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July 12-13 Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise In

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July 13-14 KidZfest

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BJ Stone, Anne Partridge, Rich Weber and (front) Kathy Mankin are among the many volunteers helping to promote and run The Bunker, a nightly after-party for the Memorial Tournament. Proceeds raised benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

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There’s a tent and there’s a clown, but The Bunker – an after-party for the Memorial Tournament – is anything but a circus. The adults-only shindig, held nightly in the parking lot at The Country Club at Muirfield Village after play ends, started two years ago. The May 29-June 1 event will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio with the theme “Tee it Up for the House.” A planned 42-bed expansion will make it the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world, offering housing to parents of hospitalized children. The Bunker, which hosts live bands Wednesday through Saturday, requires an enormous amount of manpower. “We originally had three or four guys that were working on it, and we now have 20 to 30 volunteers from the country club, and the Ronald McDonald House has put the full weight of their executives and staff behind it,” says Bunker founder John Warner. “We’ll have close to 400 volunteers staffing the event from bartenders to cleaning.” The event wouldn’t be on track to raise between $50,000 and $100,000 this year if it weren’t for a dedicated group of volunteers – many of whom tackle a host of other charitable projects throughout the year. Kathy Mankin, a member of the country club’s social committee, was asked by Warner last year to become part of The Bunker’s concierge program. Mankin recruited her good friend BJ Stone to participate along with her. Bunker sponsors are entitled to concierge service, which means Mankin and Stone call sponsors ahead of the tournament to introduce themselves and offer whatever help they can deliver – from stocking golf carts with drinks and snacks for those who play rounds on the country club course to picking up tournament tickets. “Whatever they need during the week, we are their go-to (people),” Mankin says. “We just tried to make them as comfortable as possible. We are available 24/7.” The two had a blast working as concierges and anticipate they’ll have a similar experience this year. “We had a great time and I think everyone enjoyed themselves,” says Stone.

Though The Bunker party was not conceived as a fundraiser, founder John Warner hopes to raise between $50,000 and $100,000 for charity at this year’s event.

“I’ve hosted events or entertained people before, but it was new and it was great.” Both women, who have been involved in other service organizations and charitable events, say working on The Bunker was a natural fit. “I find myself wanting to give back,” says Stone, an account manager at Telhio Credit Union. “I work for an organization that really encourages giving back to the community. Our CEO serves on several boards.” Stone is a past member of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, is past president of the Dublin Worthington Rotary and has volunteered with the Arthritis Foundation of Central Ohio. Mankin has been heavily involved in The Country Club at Muirfield Village Foundation, which addresses the health and welfare of the community, especially for children with special needs. “They make grants every year and do fundraisers,” Mankin says. “All the board members are members of the country club.” For example, Mankin cites a recent fundraiser thrown by Stu Kemper, CEO of Timbertech, who has a child with autism. Kemper formed a band with Timbertech employees and needed a place to host a concert. TCCMV Foundation assisted in organizing the event at the club. “We had more than 300 people in attendance that evening,” Mankin says.

Another of Mankin’s outreach efforts has been National City Bank’s United Way Committee. “It’s nice to be a volunteer because you can pick and choose what you’re going to participate in,” she says. Anne Partridge is a newer volunteer for The Bunker, but her resume of involvement in central Ohio charities is extensive. The 25-year resident of Dublin lists The Heinzerling Foundation, St. Brigid and Bishop Watterson schools, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, CAPA and the Columbus Metropolitan Library as some of the nonprofits she’s helped over the years. Partridge’s involvement with The Bunker stems from her position as a member of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Trustees. A few years ago, Executive Director Dee Anders invited Partridge to assist with fundraising for the house’s capital campaign. “Once I walked in that door, I thought it was a really special place and it was managed by a group of extraordinary people,” Partridge says. “After listening to the stories of the parents who have seriously ill children in the hospitals … it really kind of tugged at my heartstrings and reminded me of all the blessings that I have. I found that I wanted to do all I could do to help them with the new expansion.” Partridge is thrilled that The Bunker has taken on the Ronald McDonald House as its beneficiary this year. “It’s my goal to raise awareness and educate as many people as I can 11

Rock ‘n’ roll cover band Bent to the Left was a hit at the 2012 Bunker party and is on this year’s schedule as well.

The Bunker Band Schedule Wednesday, May 29 The Navigators Thursday, May 30 Bent to the Left about the Ronald McDonald House,” she says. “Once someone comes (on a tour), they become a friend of the house forever.” She’s assisting with advertising The Bunker and recruiting more volunteers to join the team to help clean up and manage the logistics of the event, as well as seeking out event sponsors. Another volunteer helping market the event is lifelong Dublin resident Rich Weber, treasurer/secretary of the Dublin AM Rotary Club. Marketing committee member Vickie Easterday recruited Weber to assist in advertising, so Weber

has been disseminating information to the organizations he’s involved in, including the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Weber, a manager for Heartland Bank, is also treasurer of the Dublin Historical Society, a member of the Dublin City Schools Business Advisory Council and a former board member of Leadership Dublin. “Dublin’s been very good to my family and I like to give back any way I can,” Weber says. “I like being able to work with everybody. There’s a lot of great people in this community.”

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Dublin City Council invites you to pay your respects to local veterans who lost their lives while serving active duty to our nation. The City of Dublin memorial to fallen heroes offers a contemplative space where residents and visitors can honor the men and women killed in action from the Civil War to present day. Dedicated Memorial Day 2013 | Dublin Cemetery on Bridge Street in Historic Dublin 14

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Bagpipers strolling the streets of Historic Dublin, Irish cooking classes and tea tastings, Irish storytelling and book signings, an Irish dinner with music and dancers, and an Irish New Year’s Eve package – these are just a few of the new Irish Experiences available in the City of Dublin in the coming months. The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the first-ever recipients for the Bureau’s new Irish Experience Grant Program. The program was developed to create more Irish product and entertainment in the City of Dublin to further build upon the City’s destination brand, thus enhancing the visitor and resident experience and, ultimately, attracting more visitors and their travel dollars to Dublin. The grant program was created in response to a recent study conducted by North Star Destination Strategies, which found that visitors want more Irish product and entertainment to enjoy separately from the Dublin Irish Festival and St. Patrick’s Day events. Another new program launched based on these results is the Irish Approved Business Program, which you can learn more about at The grant program, which is administered through the Bureau, awards funds

The 2013 St. Patrick’s Day event at Mezzo was funded, in part, through the new grant program.

to local restaurants, attractions, shops, hotels and businesses for offering Irish-inspired entertainment. The City of Dublin also provided financial support for the program through a bed tax grant. Inaugural recipients of the grant program include EmbasJig Thursdays include complimentary trolley rides. sy Suites Dublin, the Historic Dublin Business Association, Tehku Tea Company September; and a workshop series of Irish storytelling and book signings in July and and Mezzo. September. Embassy Suites will be creating an Irish Mezzo is featuring Irish themed dinners New Year’s Eve Package that includes to be held on the third Sunday of each children’s events, arts and crafts, entertainmonth that will include Irish fare, music, ment, Irish dancers and live music. dancers and magicians. Dinners will be Historic Dublin’s Jig Thursdays, held held from 5-7 p.m. on June 16, July 21 the first Thursday of every month, feature and Aug. 18. bagpipers throughout Historic Dublin as a Local businesses may apply for a grant result of the grant program. The popular by contacting the Bureau at 792-7666 or Jig Thursdays also include music, entertain- visiting ment, drink and food specials, food trucks and much more. Scott Dring is a contributing writer and Tehku Tea Company is hosting several executive director of the Dublin Convention new Irish experiences, including Irish mu- and Visitors Bureau. Feedback welcome at sic performances in August and October; an Irish cooking class with tea tasting in Bagpipers wander through Historic Dublin on Jig Thursdays.

For more information about the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s many Irish experiences and offerings, visit or Dublin City Council supports the Irish Approved program through the City’s hotel/motel tax grant fund. Through these grants, City Council funds cultural arts, beautification projects, Historic Dublin improvements, activities that encourage visitors to Dublin and other projects that enhance Dublin. To learn more about hotel/motel tax grants, visit

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Think globally, enjoy Celtic music locally. Performers from a variety of countries will converge for the Dublin Irish Festival Aug. 2-4, aptly themed “World of Music” this year. “Celtic music comes from everywhere,” says City Events Administrator Mary Jo DiSalvo.“The fact is that it is so universal and appeals to so many people.” No one could agree more than Galician piper Carlos Nuñez, a newcomer to this year’s Festival who will be performing Saturday and Sunday. Galicia, in northern Spain, is named for the Gallaeci, Celtic people who lived in the region thousands of years ago. Nuñez plays the gaita – the bagpipe native to that area. “(Gaita) are like the mother of the Scottish and the Irish pipes,” Nuñez says. “They received the bagpipes from Galicia in the Middle Ages.” He began playing the recorder when he was 8 years old and moved on to the gaita shortly thereafter, always dreaming of playing the pipes professionally. “I knew that was my passion in life,” Nuñez says. “The only problem that I always had was I was too young and people didn’t listen to my dreams and my ideas.” Fortunately, Nuñez connected with traditional Irish band The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, who gave him the opportunity to play gaita on stage. “When I told Paddy there is Celtic music in Mexico or Argentina, he listened to me and said, ‘OK, Carlos. Let’s go to Cuba. Let’s organize a recording session in Latin America,’” Nuñez says. Nuñez has always aimed to bring Spain back to its Celtic roots – and to share Latin-influenced Celtic music with the rest of the world. “My music is sort of a connection of Celtic music with the Latin world,” Nuñez says. “You can hear, sometimes, echoes from Ireland and Scotland and you can feel the passion of flamenco.

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Musicians from all over the world perform at the Dublin Irish Festival You can feel the rhythms of Latin music and Cuban music.” While Nuñez’s energy as he plays the gaita has been compared to the way Jimi Hendrix played his guitar, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have actually covered Hendrix. The “bagrock” group from Scotland has achieved worldwide fame since winning the BBC talent show When Will I Be Famous? in 2007. They even performed at the London Olympics last summer. Tours have taken the group from Asia to New Zealand to Europe and on extensive travels through the U.S. DiSalvo recommended the Pipers for the Dublin Irish Festival after seeing them perform at the Milwaukee Irish Fest. Red Hot Chilli Pipers

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“I never saw a crowd respond to a band like that,” DiSalvo says. Kevin MacDonald, one of the band’s original members, says the group created the term “bagrock” to describe its style. “Basically we take classic rock songs and play them on the bagpipe, and we also take classic bagpipe tunes and put a heavy rock element into them, and add a lighting show and a choreography show to go along with it,” MacDonald says. The group looks forward to debuting its new album, Breathe, at the Festival. It will be the first live performance of the record after its official release Aug. 1 and the start of a five-week U.S. tour. Like the Pipers’ other albums, Breathe is a mix of rock covers and traditional tunes. Covers on the new album include Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, but MacDonald’s favorite track is a traditional song: “Silver Spear.”

“It’s a traditional Irish tune that we’ve added the ‘Chillification’ to,” he jokes. On the other end of the musical spectrum, Canadian Natalie MacMaster, a returning Festival favorite who will play all three days, brings passion to the arena of traditional fiddle music. MacMaster hails from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and shows off the island’s Celtic roots through intense performances that have taken her as far as Antarctica. “(I’ve been to) New Zealand, Japan and all sorts of little European countries. I think we did 11 countries in 14 days in Europe once,” says MacMaster, who also played with The Chieftains. “I’m a Cape Breton Girl. I grew up with it. It’s in me. I love that music.” Cape Breton music is very rhythmic, and that characteristic comes through in MacMaster’s work. “Our show is very up-tempo and lively,” she says. “(Rhythm is) its greatest strength, but it’s intelligent, too. It’s not all just lighthearted, fluffy beer-drinking music. We spend a lot of time on the instrument arrangements and chords to make … the melodies and rhythms pop out.” 17

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In a similar musical vein, The High Kings delight audiences with acoustic versions of traditional Irish ballads. “We’re basically bringing back all of the old folk and ballad songs of yesteryear and kind of giving them a

In addition to its musical offerings, this year’s Dublin Irish Festival is stepping up its cultural programming. For starters, for the first time this year, the cultural activities have a theme: Saints, Sinners and Scholars. From St. Patrick, who was not actually Irish, to scholarly scribes such as John Butler Yeats, to shady characters including Grace O’Malley, known as the Pirate Queen of Ireland, the theme will be reflected through Ireland’s most memorable historic figures in creative ways. The Irish Authors’ Corner, new last year and “wildly popular,” is being expanded to include children’s book authors and humorous authors, says Dublin Events Administrator Mary Jo DiSalvo. And literature fans should remember to stop by and see this year’s sand sculpture; DiSalvo thinks seeing it carved over

modern twist,” says Brian Dunphy, one of the group’s four members. Dunphy sings and plays guitar, and is an allaround percussionist. Visitors can expect a mix of ballads and brand-new original songs the group

the course of the weekend will be as fascinating as any page-turner. “Our sand sculpture will be tied to the literature of Ireland,” DiSalvo says. “It’s like the butter cow at the Ohio State Fair. It evolves over three days and ties into the cultural theme.” New areas will explore basket weaving, medieval literature and Viking culture. A music workshop will allow guests to try their hands at songwriting.

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is working on. In a departure from The High Kings’ previous records, their album due out in September will feature new songs. Dunphy is looking forward to getting feedback on the pieces as the band performs all three days at the Festival.

Other Draws: • The return of shepherding, absent last year, now “back by popular demand.” • Highland Heavyweight Games on Aug. 3, including Men’s and Women’s Amateur and Men’s Master Class competitions in caber toss, stone put, weight throw, weight over bar, sheaf toss and hammer toss. • Hurling demonstrations with the Columbus Hurling Club. • Seven of the eight Irish dog breeds in the Celtic Canine Area. • Eight different Sunday Services celebrating faiths from Catholic to druid, and free admission Sunday morning from 9:45-11 a.m. with the donation of a non-perishable food item benefiting the Dublin Food Pantry. • 11 new Emerald Isle and Marketplace vendors, including one that sells kilts for dogs. For more information, visit www.


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“An American audience really respects what you do and … I think will honestly give us their opinion, which is something we value very much,” he says. The U.S., with its mish-mash of cultures, is an ideal place for the band to play because of the different elements The High Kings bring to their music. “There are more Irish people in America than there are in Ireland. The Irish have claimed every corner of the world,” Dunphy says. “The music could be reggae inflection or Celtic-driven or African-driven. We do have a mix in there and I think everybody gets us.” Banjo-driven group We Banjo 3 shares that affection for the U.S.’s ties to Ireland. “We have a love of the musical journey of the banjo,” says group founder Enda Scahill, describing how the modern incarnation of the banjo originated in the U.S. and made its way to Ireland, then back to the U.S. by way of Irish immigrants. “It has a rich legacy and a very interesting story.” Their newest album, Roots of the Banjo Tree, which was named Traditional Album of the Year by the Irish Times, emphasizes that connection. “There are a lot of tunes that are common in both Irish music and in old-time

music and in bluegrass,” Scahill says. “They have different names, but they’re essentially the same melodies.” In spite of the group’s name, the band consists of two sets of brothers (four men, in total), and they play more instruments than just the banjo; Fergall Scahill is a champion fiddler and bodhran player and David Howley plays guitar and mandolin. Like The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, the group’s performance at the Dublin Irish Festival is kicking off a U.S. tour. After its three-day stint at the Festival, We Banjo 3 plans to play several southern states during their seven-week tour, which they’re calling “Bringing the Banjo Back Home.” “We have four Irish guys bringing the Irish version of America’s folk instrument back to America,” Scahill says. “And we’re not going to leave (that influence in the U.S.); we’re going to bring it back with us to Ireland.” For more information on the entertainers performing at the Festival, visit Lisa Aurand is editor of Dublin Life Magazine. Feedback welcome laurand

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Washington Township residents may sign up for the township community garden. Brochures are mailed each March inviting residents to reserve plots.


For four years, the Washington Township Community Garden has provided a place for residents to exercise their green thumbs outside their own back yards – and supply food to those in need. The garden, located in Amlin Crossing Park on Cosgray Road, was started by township Parks & Recreation Director Janell Thomas. “They surveyed the community and saw there was a need for it,” says Joyce Curtiss, a Parks & Recreation employee involved in the garden’s management. The garden is open to all township residents, with past participants getting first dibs on plots beginning in January. A brochure advertising the opportunity for remaining plots is mailed to residents at the beginning of March. For $30 plus a $20 clean-up deposit, each gardener receives a 12’ by 14’ plot of land for use April 15 through Nov. 15. The garden has been a hit among residents, with plots sold out each year.


“The plots are filled fast. Usually by the end of March, they’re full for that growing season,” Curtiss says. This year is no exception. Among the contented community gardeners is Jayne Primavera, who is planting her third year’s crop this spring. “The best thing is meeting new people and sharing our interest in gardening,” Primavera says. “We learn off of each other.” Many gardeners do not have access to space to garden at home, so this provides a chance to grow their own produce. “It’s nice to have the space when you don’t in your own back yard, and it’s really nice to be able to grow your own vegetables,” Primavera says. Various vegetables are grown in the community plots, including carrots, beans, tomatoes, spinach, kale and corn. “It’s a neat environment and it’s good, clean fun,” says community gardener Debbie Prenatt. “It really gives you a deeper appreciation for food in general, especially fresh food.”

One of the garden’s popular features is its relationship with the Dublin Food Pantry. Gardeners say they enjoy that there is rarely any waste; any extra produce is donated to the food pantry. Prenatt, one of the volunteers who transports the produce to the pantry, says the donations are very much appreciated. “To me, one of the surprising facts about living in Dublin is that there is a food pantry and it is needed. You really appreciate giving back to people who wouldn’t be able to afford fresh food,” she says. In addition, participants have the opportunity to volunteer and take on leadership roles within the garden. Sharon Haig, organization coordinator on the Community Garden Board, recruits these volunteers. “It’s an enjoyable experience. I also give introductions to the new gardeners about our expectations,” Haig says. Gardeners are expected to keep their plots weeded and harvested, as well as volunteer when it is needed. The Parks & Recreation department and the

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Each spring, the eyes of the world are on Dublin as the Memorial Tournament is played at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Since the first Memorial Tournament was held in 1976, it has created community-wide, year-round dedication to the sport, evident also at the Golf Club of Dublin and the Country Club at Muirfield Village, two courses that have endured the waning economic downturn. And golf has groups of avid participants in the high schools, at least one middle school and the Dublin Community Recreation Center. Thousands will see 120 players from around the globe in the Memorial, which begins play on May 30, and thousands more will fly and drive in to watch 24 international players in the four-day Presidents Cup, which begins play Oct. 3 after a day and a half of practice. Those galleries doubtless will include many who wish they could match the prowess of the pros as they take on the


18-hole Golf Club of Dublin. The club, wending through the Ballantrae neighborhood, books 42,000 rounds of golf each year, easily the most in the Dublin area. Roy Hobson, general manger, is with Arnold Palmer Golf Management, which runs the Golf Club. The city owns the

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land on which the British-links layout sits. The course was designed by Hurdzan/ Fry Golf Design and opened in 2002 as Ballantrae was being developed. Reduced greens fees for Dublin residents – $39.95 to $57.95, depending on the day of the week in the summer –

The Country Club at Muirfield Village hosts a six-week summer league for children, among other programs.

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-Dave Woodmansee, Coffman golf coach include a cart, a couple beers, lunch and practice range usage. The club hosts a multitude of special programs, Hobson says, in keeping with its goal of providing fun, a friendly staff and top course conditions, and monitoring play to keep it moving, all to enhance the experience. “We’re reaching out to the community. It’s really not that complicated,” Hobson says. The course is home to two high school tournaments – Dublin Coffman’s and Dublin Jerome’s – that each bring in 90 golfers, as well as the annual Dublin City Championship, held each July on British Open weekend, with the winner receiving a replica of the Claret Jug that’s awarded to the Open victor. Each city high school team plays at least one match a year on the course and uses the practice facilities there. Monday through Thursday evenings see league play. Dublin Youth Athletics has six Sunday evening outings to introduce youngsters to the game.

“They can learn and play at their own pace,” Hobson says. In June and July, children ages 4 and up who are involved in Dublin Community Recreation programs receive lessons, and 7-15 year olds get to play during their one-week, five-class session. Add to that the “give it a try” program through the Recreation Center for up to 25 people who want to learn the game. They get a series of lessons from pro Jared Wong and a chance to play a few holes each Wednesday. It began as a women’s program, but has become co-ed, says Kelly Link, the center’s sports supervisor. New this summer will be a pair of weeklong Community Center-organized camps for as many as 36 14- to16-year-olds that include golf at the club, as well as swimming and tennis at nearby city facilities. The Country Club at Muirfield Village, across Muirfield Drive from the Golf Club, was designed by Jack Nicklaus and has become a hub of activities, golf being the main one.

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Are your clothes taking too long to dry? Don’t Wait Until It’s Too late! Several members of the Dublin Jerome High School golf team played at the 2012 Hudson Junior Invitational in Hudson, Ohio.

It has about 350 golfing members, 95 percent of whom live in Dublin within 5 miles of the course, and it handles 22,000 rounds of golf in an eight-month season, says golf pro Josh Manning. “We have the best junior golf program in the state of Ohio,” he says, pointing out two alumni, Kyle Reifers and Chris Wilson, are aspiring pros while many others are on golf teams at major universities around the country. The clubs hosts spring and fall clinics and a six-week summer league for youngsters, many of whom are playing tournaments all over the country during the summer. A Wednesday night women’s league offers non-competitive play. “They don’t have to worry about scores,” Manning says. On Thursday evenings, 30 two-member teams compete in a nine-hole men’s league. During the year, the club hosts about 10 corporate or charitable outings on Mondays with as many as 140 participants. Events for members include membermember, member-guest and member-child competitions. Manning says the three high schools’ teams can play matches on the course, but access is controlled due to high demand.

Dublin Jerome is a golfing powerhouse, with multiple state championships for both boys and girls teams under its belt. It has three boys teams, and the girls create a team for each match from as many as 20 players. Jerome’s A boys team has won the Division I state championship four times, including the past two under coach Craig Zesiger. Jerome Coach Charles Butcher’s girls have won back-to-back state titles as well and three over all. Dublin Coffman has the same number of teams and has been somewhat successful in league play. Dublin Scioto has two boys and one girls team. None of the high schools has a home course; all three play on courses in and around the city. Butcher says summer passes are bought at area courses for players.



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“There is no doubt the whole community embraces golf because of the Memorial Tournament,” says Dave Woodmansee, Coffman golf coach and a Dublin resident since the 1970s. “The support for the event and golf has continued to grow with our community … (and) has really been a big part in making the Dublin high school programs so successful.” Parents, Manning says, are strong supporters of youth golf and many play themselves. “People love their golf,” he says. A Recreation Center league for 72 seniors age 55 and older plays nine holes all summer on Wednesday mornings through Sept. 15 at the Riviera Golf Club, across Avery Road from the country club. High schools practice and play there some, too. In 1971, while Nicklaus’ course was still in the long-range planning stages, the American Italian Golf Association built Riviera on a 200-plus acre farm field along Avery Road. For a time, the Riviera kitchen helped supply food for Muirfield Village Golf Club events. While its future is uncertain due to financial issues, the club is geared to continue operating at least this year, hosting several leagues and outings, one member says. To polish their game or try to get better by simply smacking golf balls without chasing them on a course, Dublin golfers can visit SportsOhio, which has a driving range and a par 3 course that can be played with a wedge and a putter. Duane St. Clair is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at laurand@ 28

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Suburban living never looked so un-suburban. Some Dublin residences affect a style unlike that of the conventional suburban neighborhood home. Rural-style living inside the City limits hearkens back to Dublin’s roots as a farming community. In some cases, rural-style homes in Dublin have strong connections to those farming roots. Such is the case with Honey Bear Farm, a horse farm on Rings Road. Paul and Celeste Fender have owned the property and lived there since the 1970s, so the City’s past as a village with a three-digit population is familiar to them. Celeste has been at Honey Bear since 1972 and married Paul in 1975. The farm raises paint and quarter horses and is named for its first paint horse to show, which became the foundation of its breeding program. In addition to running the farm, the Fenders taught in Upper Arlington City Schools for many years.

Paul and Celeste Fender keep about 20 horses at Honey Bear Farm on Rings Road.


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The Fenders have about 20 horses on their 16.4-acre property, though they have had as many as 33 in the past. “Except for the residence and the surrounding yard area, the whole (property) is used for farming, either small grain crops or pasture,” says Celeste. The location works very well for the couple thanks to its proximity to Interstate 270, making it an easy trip to the Ohio Expo Center, where the All American Quarter Horse Congress is held every October. It’s also near Ballantrae, Darree Fields and the Golf Club of Dublin. The Fenders also appreciate the quality of Dublin’s police, fire and trash collection services, not to mention the city’s natural beauty. “We’re enjoying country living with city convenience,” Celeste says. Though not all residents with rural properties use them for farming, as the Fenders do, many take full advantage of the space they have and the surrounding peace it brings them.

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Dan and Melissa Lorenz greatly appreciate the 9 acres on Jerome Road they have owned since 1997. The location was a big selling point for the Lorenzes. St. Brigid of Kildare School had just opened when they moved, and being close to the newest Catholic school in the area was important for the couple, who have four children – it meant no stoplights and just a few stop signs sat between them and the school. The house is also close to such amenities as Kroger at Perimeter Center, not to mention Muirfield Village. And when Tartan Fields was built nearby, it provided an appreciated boost to the Lorenzes’ home value. They used the great amount of space on their property for a variety of entertainment options for the children, building a pond with a dock, an athletic


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field and a bridge over a creek. They’re also close to a 10-acre wooded plot that, thanks to an agreement between the City and the Tartan Fields development, must remain wooded. The house was in unincorporated Jerome Township when the Lorenzes bought it, but they had it annexed into Dublin about five years ago. Becoming part of the City meant gaining sewer and water service, which has been a big plus for the family, and it also meant being part of a well-planned community, Dan says.

Kathy Hull’s home in River Forest sits on 1.3 acres, allowing her the space to plant a full garden in her backyard and enjoy the view of this treeline (right) in her front yard.

“It has zoning that you can count on,” he says. “Your home is going to maintain value and the community is going to be well run.” Though neither the Fenders nor the Lorenzes are part of a subdivision, it’s possible to enjoy rural-style living in Dublin while still being part of a neighborhood. River Forest, off Dublin Road north of Brand Road, affords residents spacious properties with a great deal of natural character. “Most of the houses in this neighborhood are actually (on) an acre or more,”

says Kathy Hull, a resident and president of the River Forest Civic Association. “We have tons of trees and many, if not all, of our residents are very into keeping the natural aspect of the neighborhood.” Hull and her husband, Craig, live on about 1.3 acres on Ashford Road with their two children. They have been in the house three years; the oldest homes in the 116-house neighborhood date back to the 1950s. The neighborhood is an amazing location, Hull says. Though each resident


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