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Exercise’s benefits extend beyond the heart 12 cuisine

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Didn’t You Kno Learn new things about old holiday traditions in local performing arts ou’re familiar with the signature holiday season producBy Garth Bishop


tions by central Ohio performing arts organizations. You’ve probably seen most of them at least once. But until you’ve looked closely, you haven’t seen all there is to see. Even the most traditional holiday show can surprise you.

Grand Granny

She may not have the moves of Clara, Herr Drosselmeyer or the title character, but one particular character in BalletMet’s The Nutcracker worth keeping an eye on is the graceless grandma. This year, Granny will be played by dancers Adrienne Benz, Jessica Brown and Emily Gotschall in BalletMet’s traditional holiday production, slated for Dec. 9-24 at the Ohio Theatre. Benz is stepping into the awkward Granny ensemble – a fat suit underneath a huge dress and wig – for the second time this year, and though the character is fun to portray, it’s no mean feat, Benz says. “I think the most challenging thing, physically, is the posture of Granny – she has to be a little bit older, and when you’re acting that way, you have to hunch over a little bit and take smaller steps,” she says. “(And) we don’t just walk around the party scene – we have little dances that we have to do and little tricks that we have to perform.” Dancing as Granny means striking a balance between clumsy and graceful, Benz says, but she plays an important role, interacting with Drosselmeyer and keeping the children confined during the party scene. “It’s not an easy task to take on Granny,” she says. 6

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Whip it Good

You might not recognize Jack Jenny’s name, but you can definitely pick him out of a crowd thanks to a distinctive sound effect. Jenny, a music professor at Otterbein University, is a percussionist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. During the symphony’s annual Holiday Pops show – this year scheduled for Dec. 2-4 at the Ohio Theatre – Jenny plays all manner of instruments. “I run around doing different things – xylophone, bells, bass drum, cymbals,” he says. He is also responsible for an instrument that consists of two polymer boards hinged together. It’s not much to look at, but it’s definitely something to hear – it provides the distinctive whip crack during Sleigh Ride. Jenny has been with the symphony for 34 years and has played a wide variety of instruments, but the whip crack is among his favorites for the timing of it and for the crowd reactions it elicits. “It gets a reaction, often because the guest conductor figured it out and cued me exactly right – or sometimes because the guest conductor is so totally clueless when the whip crack comes out, and everybody gets a kick out of that, too,” Jenny says.

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Babies Sitter

If you’ve been to Shadowbox Live’s Holiday Hoopla before, you definitely remember the Santa Babies, a trio of seasonal divas – but what about the fourth one in the background? That’s Daphne, the Santa Babies’ keyboard player and music arranger, portrayed by Jennifer Hahn in Holiday Hoopla 20, which runs through Dec. 30. Though she does not stand center stage, Daphne plays a crucial role in the success of the Santa Babies – Dixie (Julie Klein), Dolly (Stacie Boord) and Dorothy (Stephanie Shull) – and enjoys the occasional opportunity to remind them of that fact. “They need to be put in their place once in a while, because they would be nothing without Daphne,” Hahn says. As the Babies’ musical accompaniment, Daphne makes big contributions to their repertoire, which this year includes a parody of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody titled Santanian Rhapsody and a variation of We Are the World that features cameos from several other Holiday Hoopla characters. And as usual, Daphne gets a moment to shine when she is forced to endure a musical number she detests. “The one that Daphne hates this year – because she always has one that she’s not thrilled with – is a parody of YMCA, except it’s XMAS,” says Hahn.

A Friend of Music

A lifetime of musical experience has led Jonathan Butler to be part of an annual jazz tradition in Columbus. Butler provides vocals, piano, guitar, drums and percussion for the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour, which arrives in Columbus Dec. 3 at the Palace Theatre. South Africa native Butler has been working with saxophone virtuoso Koz for more than a decade, but his whole life has been spent in the music business. “Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned it through music,” Butler says. The Christmas show’s great music and high production values make it engaging for the audience, but to Butler, the most important part is the message and spirit of Christmas. His favorite song to perform is Sweet Little Jesus Boy, an old spiritual song. “To me, Christmas is about Christ, and not just eating and drinking,” says Butler. cs Garth Bishop is editor of CityScene Magazine. Feedback welcome at 8

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Glassed Christmas

Add a hand-blown glass ornament to your holiday decor By Tyler Davis


our Christmas tree is unique to you shape. A reheating furand your family – so why not adorn nace can be used to go it with an ornament unique to you back and apply colors, inflate the piece and create and your family? Newark-based community art studio designs. The studio offers The Works is offering patrons who stop by on Saturdays in December the opportu- glassblowing workshops nity to learn the art of ornament-making throughout the year, and from a professional glassblower. Even a patrons have crafted evrank amateur can learn from instructor erything from ornaments and glassworker Larry Tuber how to craft and jewelry to vases and drinking a holiday ornament glasses. whose sparkle will catch Sarah Vaughn, former artist in residency at the Works, “ T h e r e ’s the eye of anyone who gives a glass-blowing demonstration to visiting students. something glances at your tree. Classes cost $29 per ornament and are cool about drinking out of a Participants can be glass you made yourself,” says offered 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 3 and 17, 6-9 involved in as much or p.m. Dec. 6 and 20, and 1-4 p.m. Dec. Tuber. as little of the creation Workshops are for ages 9 18. There will also be ornament-making process as they desire. and up and cost $25 per orna- workshops during Glass Axis’ Holiday Pick up, blow and mold ment. They run from noon to Sale, slated for noon-7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 9 the glass yourself, or sit 4 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17. No a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11. back and watch as one of Franklin Park Conservatory does not appointment is required. the studio’s skilled glassMore information can be have ornament-making classes, but it does workers creates an ornafound online at www.atthe take custom orders for ornaments to be ment of your choosing. made in its Hot Shop. They cost $34 each The process entails The Works isn’t the only and must be ordered by Dec. 4. taking 1,500-2,000 deFind further information at show in town when it comes gree molten glass from The Works instructor and glassworker Larry Tuber to custom-made glass orna- and cs the furnace, dipping in works on a glass bulb. ments. Grandview Heightsa blowpipe to gather the glass and rolling the glass in wood blocks, based Glass Axis also offers workshops Tyler Davis is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at rails and specialized pads to get the desired throughout December.

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{health} With Dr. Phil Heit

More than a Heartfelt Exercise’s benefits extend beyond the heart


he ding on my computer indicating the arrival of another e-mail beckons my attention. I have another speaking request, one of many I have been receiving from corporations in and around the central Ohio area. It begins: “Dear Dr. Phil.” (Please note: Do not confuse me with the guy on TV who uses my moniker. I’ve been “Dr. Phil” longer. And besides, our hairlines differ, albeit not by a large margin) The email continues. “Our corporate wellness committee is familiar with your

ability to motivate people to exercise and we would like you to give our associates a presentation on the importance of exercise and health. Wellness is a priority for our company and we would like you to help us motivate our associates to adopt healthful behaviors. After all, healthy employees are more productive than unhealthy ones.” Fast-forward two months as I gaze at my audience at a lunch ‘n learn presentation. The person introducing me tells the audience I will speak about the importance of exercise, especially as it relates to heart health. After all, don’t most people associate the benefits of exercise primarily with the prevention of heart disease? In this talk, as well as in most others, I walk a different path. The impact of exercise on health extends much beyond the heart. Exercise and Cancer The beneficial effects of exercise on a variety of cancers are compelling. According to the National Cancer Institute, studies conducted in the United States as well as around the world have found that people who increase their physical activity – whether in intensity, duration or frequency – reduce their risk of colon cancer by as much as 40 percent when compared to those who remain physically inactive. For those who exercise at a low intensity, research indicates that there is a reduced risk of developing colon cancer as well. Most researchers and experts theorize that the reduction in colon cancer risk is due to the idea that exercise increases the speed at which material moves through the colon. This reduces the exposure

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cancer-causing substances have on this body part. Further, people who have had colon cancer and who exercise may reduce the risk of the cancer recurring. Over the course of more than 60 studies conducted in the United States, the data indicates clearly that women who are physically active significantly reduce their risk of developing breast cancer when compared to women who are inactive. Some studies also indicate the more frequent and intense the woman’s exercise, the greater the benefit. Most studies suggest that 30 to 60 minutes per day of moderate exercise is related to a reduced risk of developing breast cancer. For those women who have had breast cancer, exercise is shown to reduce its recurrence. While the reasons are not completely understood, it is believed that exercise improves the functioning of the immune system and helps a woman maintain a healthful weight, thereby avoiding excess fat. Excess fat deposit in the body is associated with increased cancer risk. Many studies also indicate that the risk of prostate cancer is reduced with regular physical activity. In addition to reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer, physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from prostate cancer. In a 2011 study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, men who exercised vigorously for three hours per week had a 61 percent lower risk of prostate cancerspecific death when compared with men who exercised for less than one hour per week. Now that’s significant! Exercise and Mental Health Let’s face it. As we age, our mental acuity begins to wane. But not all need be doom and gloom. Researchers have shown that a program of regular exercise, especially aerobic


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ercise, can reduce the risk of memory loss. Exercise has also been shown to reduce the severity of Alzheimer’s disease as well as delay the need for placement in nursing homes. For people who may be mildly depressed, studies indicate that regular exercise can be as effective as medication in alleviating symptoms. Not only is exercise important in relieving symptoms of depression in adults, but studies also show that adolescents who participate in sports feel better about themselves when compared to their peers who do not engage in physical activity. Exercise and Diabetes The most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes. It constitutes approximately 90 percent of all cases of diabetes. It is often referred to as a “lifestyle disease” because it is most common in people who have little physical activity and are overweight. Since this disease is created through lifestyle choices, it can be prevented via lifestyle choices. According to the American Diabetes Association, engaging in a program of planned physical activity will not only prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, but also effectively treat this condition if it is present. Don’t just associate physical activity with cardiovascular health. Physical activity can treat or prevent many different kinds of health conditions. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. cs Dr. Phil Heit is Professor Emeritus of Physical Activity and Educational Services at The Ohio State University.

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I’ll Be Home for Wi Tradition is on the Christmas menu at Dublin household By Garth Bishop


From top: Soup with mushrooms, potatoes, parsley, celery, onions and barley; baked salmon with garlic pepper; opekance (balls of baked bread cooked with butter and cottage cheese)

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here’s no Christmas turkey or fig pudding at this holiday dinner – just a healthy helping of tradition and togetherness. And butter. Lots and lots of butter. For Christmas Eve every year, the Dublin household of Dave McKee and Sandra Puskarcik brings together family and friends for Wigilia (VEE-uh; literally, “vigil”) – a Polish Catholic dinner with a huge amount of history. “It’s a bit of an art and a bit of a science,” Sandra says. Dave, vice president of Worthingtonbased Priority Mortage Corp., and Sandra, community relations director for the city of Dublin, have three children: sons Ryan and Kyle, and daughter Kristen. The Polish tradition comes from Sandra’s side of the family. She grew up in Campbell, a suburb of Polish-heavy Youngstown, and has been faithfully observing Wigilia her entire life. Though she gets help from her mother and sister, Sandra is head honcho in the kitchen when it comes to cooking Christmas dinner and has been for 25 years. Getting everything ready to eat for an average of 18 people each year is an all-day affair. “The oven’s a mess after,” Sandra says. Custom calls for an odd number of courses – typically seven, nine or 11 – and an even number of people at the dining room table. The latter is particularly important – according to tradition, if an odd number of people are seated, one of them may not make it to next Christmas. However, tradition calls for an extra place setting every year to indicate that the table is open to others. Christmas Eve is considered a day of fasting in the Catholic tradition, so no

meat may be served at dinner. That means a lot of fish, a lot of vegetables, a lot of mushrooms and an impressive amount of butter, sour cream and cottage cheese for flavor. “I probably have already used three pounds of butter today,” Sandra says as she prepares the food. Though.tradition calls for the three fish dishes at the table to be herring, pike and trout, the family has substituted shrimp and salmon for the latter two in the interest of health. But beyond that, there is precious little room for change at the dinner table. “My dad is 92, and if he sat down at the table, it would be exactly what he expected it to be,” says Sandra. The meal begins at dusk, when the first star is visible in the Eastern sky, and everyone must be seated at the table before the food is brought out. It always begins with the reading of two pages from a book on the tradition of Wigilia. The reading is followed by oplatki, Communion-style wafers with honey for dipping. The people at the table pass around the dish, each breaking off


Sandra Puskarcik

a piece and offering well wishes to their fellow diners. When the table is finally set, it is covered with nine different dining options: • Soup with mushrooms, potatoes, parsley, celery, onions and barley;

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“and if he sat

My dad is 92, down at the table, it would be exactly what he expected it to be. • sandra


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•Baked salmon with garlic pepper; •Opekance (oh-pah-KUN-suh), balls of baked bread cooked with butter and cottage cheese; •Baked sauerkraut with onions, mushrooms and peas, with butter, flour and a Polish version of a roux added later; •Shrimp with rice in butter and heavy cream; •Pickled herring with sour cream and horseradish sauce, with red onions and parsley on top; •A plate of prunes; •Pierogies, dumplings of unleavened dough stuffed with potato, sauerkraut or prunes; and •Pastries, including clothespin cookies, kiffles (walnut

horn cookies), kolachis (koh-LAH-cheez, nut rolls), pecan tarts and brownies. The opekance may be Sandra’s favorite dish, as it’s something she typically has only once a year. Serving as the table’s centerpiece is a miniature Christmas manger scene with real straw for the manger. While Sandra prepares Christmas dinner, Dave, Ryan

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From top: Shrimp with rice in butter and heavy cream; pickled herring with sour cream and horseradish sauce; pierogies, dumplings of unleavened dough stuffed with potato, sauerkraut or prunes Opposite bottom: Pastries, including clothespin cookies, kiffles, kolachis, pecan tarts and brownies

and Kyle are responsible for finding straw for the table. After dinner, the whole family pitches in to clean up the kitchen. Then it’s off to midnight Mass. After Mass, the family arrives back at the house – with the Christmas Eve fast officially over – to chow down on ham, kielbasa, rye bread and cwikla (CHEE-kwah), a dish of beets and cabbage. And even though that makes for a late night, everyone is up early on Christmas morning to open presents. cs Garth Bishop is editor of CityScene Magazine. Feedback welcome at

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Caring Around the Calendar Helping the less fortunate need not be limited to the holidays By Garth Bishop


orking for the betterment of the less fortunate is a staple of the holiday season. The spirit of giving that seeps in around Thanksgiving pervades the season, prompting many people to seek out opportunities to give back before the holidays hit in December. But need is not limited to one month out of the year. Need exists around the clock and across the calendar. And the organizations that make it their mission to help those in need – like these – are always on the hunt for more donors and

volunteers to help them continue that mission. Winter The end of the holidays isn’t the end of winter, and there are many people in Columbus who still need help after the Christmas lights come down. The Columbus Federation of Settlements oversees six settlement houses throughout the city, all with the goal of improving their neighborhoods with programs ranging from senior transportation and family support services to child care and outpatient counseling. Those wanting to help can do so in a multitude of ways – assisting around the settlement houses’ officers, helping to organize fundraisers, providing transportation, donating money or winter clothing, and much more. “You name it, we have a whole gamut of different things that they could do,” says Allen Huff, chairman of the federation’s board and president and CEO of Neighborhood House Inc., one of the six houses. Volunteers may also offer to share their skills with the houses and their Sorting, inspecting and packaging reclaimed food items are important volunteer duties at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

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clients by teaching classes on anything that might be useful – parenting, budgeting, even industrious use of coupons to save money. “Sometimes, people have skills that they don’t even know they have,” Huff says. Each house has a call center, and those interested in helping out can call up and find out how. A list of participating houses can be found at Background checks will be required for anyone who will be working with young people. Spring Looking to do more for the hungry than just donate some cans of food? Head down south to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to take a more hands-on role in the process. The food bank’s headquarters is located in Grove City. Across central and eastern Ohio, more than 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs and senior housing sites receive food from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. A lot of the items the food bank dishes out to those sites come from food reclaim – items grocery stores have removed from their shelves, but that are still potentially good. Sorting and inspecting these items to ensure they are still OK to eat is a key volunteer duty, as is packaging them. “The last thing we want to do with any of this food is hang on to it,” says Liz Garrabrant, manager of the volunteer services program. The average volunteer shift is two to three hours, but a volunteer can stay all day if he or she so desires. Signing up is as easy as calling the volunteer department at 614-317-9703 or logging onto the volunteer signup website, www.mofb.volunteer

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“There’s need all year round, because when the women and children come to us, they are completely homeless and we have to provide … everything,” says Girl Scouts help make deliveries for LifeCare Alliance. Nanon Morrison, development director for Amethyst. Training is required for most volunteer duThe most important thing a volunteer at ties, and some – including Meals-on-Wheels, Amethyst can do is lend a skill. Some vol- for which volunteers go into clients’ homes unteers help with children’s activities, some – necessitate background checks. Donations work on landscaping or beautification proj- are also useful to the organization, be they ects over the summer; there’s even a group cash, nonperishable food, pet food or perthat puts on a quarterly cooking class. sonal care items like shampoo. “We’ve had people volunteer to do Signup information can be found by yoga, reiki and arts and crafts; I had some- calling 614-444-6325 or visiting one come from the Limited Brands, and cs she helped the children design the T-shirts that they had for summer camp last year,” Garth Bishop is editor of CityScene Morrison says. “If someone has a skill or a Magazine. Feedback welcome at gbishop@ talent and wants to talk to me, I can help figure out a way.” Signing up can be as simple as calling Morrison at 614-242-1284 and figuring out a way to help. Volunteers will be given Like the local assistance organizations, a packet to read, and background checks are in order for anyone who will be work- the United Way is open year-round for the benefit of the less fortunate, and its ing with children. local arm, the United Way of Central Ohio, offers plenty of ways to help. Fall The organization will set up prospecWhen fall rolls around, LifeCare Alliance and its list of 15,000 clients are tive volunteers with various community thankful for the efforts of some 6,700 ac- programs, including LifeCare Alliance’s Meals-on-Wheels program; shelf-stocking tive volunteers. “They were nice enough to give us and customer assistance at ReStore, a 130,000 hours last year,” says LifeCare discount home improvement store run by Habitat for Humanity; and serving meals President and CEO Chuck Gehring. The most common way to help Life- to the homeless at the YWCA Family Care Alliance is to be part of its Meals- Center. Monetary donations are also enon-Wheels program, though many other opportunities are available. The process is couraged. Though donors can give to simple: After signup, volunteers go through specific arms of the United Way’s operaa 30-minute training session in a regional tions, they are generally advised to give location. Then, on the chosen day, they to the Community Impact Fund so their pick up their meals and route sheet at a contribution can be routed to the areas nearby location and deliver the meals to in which it is most needed. Donation and volunteering information the assigned houses, checking to make sure the recipients are doing all right. The can be found at www.liveunitedcentral delivery process only takes about 90 min- A new online tool helps connect users directly to different types of volunutes, Gehring says. “We have people who do this one day a teering opportunities. Some volunteering year, and we have people who do this one gigs, particularly those that deal with children, require background checks. day a week,” he says.

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For the Home 1One Good Turn

Hunt down the perfect gift and support local crafters and artists by dropping into the Market at Serendip in Powell. These unique crafts by woodturner Jim Burrowes are just the tip of the iceberg.

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2This Chair Rocks


Help your little one – or a friend’s little one – spruce up the room with furniture from My Own Room, a children’s furniture store located near Grandview Heights. This rocking chair ought to keep any kid happy. $69. www.myownroom

3Light Up the Lights Help a friend turn a light switch into a 4 work of art with a custom switch plate from local artist Leah Reynolds. You can find the switch plates on Reynolds’ Etsy site and at Open Door Art Studio in Grandview Heights. $10-12. www.etsy. com/people/leahreynolds 4Un Petit Antiquité

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Invite a friend or loved one to hop in your DeLorean and take a trip back in time with a candy capsule from Emlolly Candy in Worthington. Each candy capsule is filled with era-appropriate candy for a specific decade gone by – the 1940s through the 1990s. $14.50-$22.50. www.

2Big Macs

They’re not your traditional Christmas cookies, but the multicolored macarons from Pistacia Vera in German Village – available in 12 different flavors – will be appreciated by any gift-giver from Santa on down. Pick up a gift set with one of each flavor of the light nut meringue cookies. $15.

3Tiny Treats

The cupcakes may be small, but the taste is big at Bakery Gingham, with locations in German Village and the Short North.

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For a Good Cause 4Kenyan Compassion

Help fight world hunger with a gift from World Vision, a company whose proceeds go to fight famine in Africa. These Zakale (literally, “reuse”) wire-and-bead ornaments are made by struggling Kenyan artisans. $150.

5Still Surviving


Human trafficking is a serious problem in the world, and you can help survivors of human trafficking and slavery by buying jewelry from Made by Survivors. The Flame That Can Never Be Extinguished Necklace – $28 in copper and brass on leather cord, $50 in sterling silver on a silver chain – is part of the Hand-Wrought collection, made by Indian survivors. www.


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Help a cat owner and a homeless cat with a Custom Cats gift from The Digital Gryphon LLC. Products include cards, pillows, mouse pads, magnets and journals, all bearing the submitted image of a beloved pet, and 50 percent of proceeds go to the Cat Welfare Association, a Clintonville shelter for homeless cats.

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1Plum Delicious

Help someone keep warm in the cold of winter with a bottle of Wintertide plum wine from Wyandotte Winery, located in the Gahanna area. The winery has plenty of other gift options as well, from custom gift baskets to wine cakes, and will also make custom labels for any wine bottle on request. $12.99.


2Fifteen Miles to the‌

A bottle of Love Shack Sangria from Hidden Lakes Winery in Canal Win-

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chester can help any friend or loved one pretend they’re in a warm, tropical locale, even if it’s still the dead of winter here in Columbus. $14.99. www.hidden

3I Know Why the Caged Wine Zings For a wine with great fragrance, depth and character – without breaking the bank – consider giving this Harris Merlot from Nickel and Nickel (49.99), available at the Wine Guy Wine Shop. The store – with locations in Pickerington, Gahanna and New Albany – will be happy to help you accompany the gift with this Cork Cage ($24.99), available in three sizes. www. Free Gift With Purchase December 5th–25th

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For Everyone Else 5Oil Be Seeing You

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6Hanging Around

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he two-story home of Guy Nancy and Davidson shared ideas and Nancy Klosterman with Jim Wright of Residential near the Lakes Golf and Design Solutions, whose first Country Club is, techtry at plans was “just about nically, a remodeled perfect,” Guy says. 1955-era house they Gone is the box-like secbought two years ago. You ond floor section, replaced by a can’t tell by looking that any of the new roof structure. The result is a original home remains, but wide-gable roof over the centhere’s much more of it than By Duane St. Clair tral part of the house, with meets the eye. smaller gables and matching The finished product is continued from page 19 rooflines topping other secanything but a vintage home. tions. Additional features inIt has all the eye appeal clude cultured stone on and features of a 21st the exterior and main century design, making and secondary porches, the house attractive both with tapered posts. and dedicated to very These features add to comfortable living. Guy’s vision of a “craftsGuy, who co-owns man” appearance that Sunbury-based Davidincorporates a distinct son Builders with Scott roof, shake shingles and Davidson, got the home stone. for a deal in an estate It was a complicated sale. It’s on a wellproject that involved, landscaped, five-acre among other things, lot backing to Alum several weeks of demoCreek and is solidly lition, mostly by Guy built with a geothermal, and Scott, including in-floor heating system removal of the roof and – a modern advance for some parts of exterior the era in which it was walls. The rebuild eninstalled. tailed adding two rows Guy and Nancy Klosterman The builders decided of blocks to the existing Photo by Wes Kroninger that, economically, it walls to allow nine-foot made more sense to do an extensive re- first-floor ceilings after roof trusses were model of the concrete block home with installed, and building a door and window a concrete slab floor than to tear it down wall across an opening in the U-shaped and build new. They chose to take it on home to enclose what would become the “because that’s what we do,” says Guy. He, great room.

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Those were somewhat easier tasks. The job of using jackhammers to dig up old plumbing was a decidedly tougher and more time-consuming job, Scott says, because they didn’t want to destroy geothermal heating tubes also embedded in the concrete floor. Some of that work was necessary because the kitchen and dining room spaces were to be switched. More was to expose thick footings for support posts in the upper floors. And more was needed to uncover aged water and cast-iron pipes so they could be replaced. The foundation for the outside walls also had to be beefed up to support the new roof trusses and a heavier load. Further,

to improve energy efficiency, holes in the concrete block walls were filled with foam insulation. Inside, on the first floor, drywall was installed over a four-inch layer of insulation. The result in the all-electric home is that air conditioning is seldom needed and winter heating is an economical combination of the in-floor thermal energy and two heating units that serve the upstairs and the older extension of the house. All the exterior work – including removing flagstones that had been on some outsides walls and putting up new stonework – was done without destroying any of the well-established, well-planned landscaping the original owner had installed after

Above: A cathedral ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace and widepaned window doors underneath rounded windows are some of the new great room features. Opposite page, left: Cultured stone and tapered posts define the new porches. Opposite page, right: A wide-gable roof over the central part of the house and smaller gables with matching rooflines have replaced the box-like second floor section of the original house.






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that don’t meet today’s building standards. That meant taking down part of a block wall at the rear of the new first-floor master suite to allow a window and door wall. A walk-in closet was constructed and a large master bath built. Other window replacements required enlarging existing openings by sawing the block walls, another labor-intensive effort. The relocated kitchen and dining room received new windows. The great room has a cathedral ceiling and a new stone chimney with a woodburning fireplace in the middle of the rear wall with wide-paned window doors on both sides and rounded windows above each, all allowing a nice view of the spacious yard. The attractive kitchen, accessible from the great room through an opening that spans its entire width, features a nine-foot island with stool seating, all energy-efficient stainless appliances and custom cabinetry enhanced by attractive It was an ambitious project that was granite countertops. An eye-catching stairway on one wall finished just in time for the National Ashas wood railings and wrought-iron sociation of the Remodeling Industry’s spindles, and leads to a large second-floor Tour of Remodeled Homes in October opening overlooking the great room. The 2010. The Klostermans – including their stairway installation covers the generator daughter, Courtney, a high school junior for the in-floor heating system. The laun- – finished moving in late the night before dry room is on the other side of the wall the tour. Scott and Guy both chuckle as along the stairs, and a half bath is along they describe the last-minute work, such as placing furniture and hanging pictures. the short hall to the master suite. But the hard work paid off. The entry Off to one side of the upstairs is a family entertainment room featuring a view of was named Best Whole House Remodelthe rear yard from a large window. To the ing and Best of Show, and the company other side are two bedrooms, each with garnered Contractor of the Year honors impressive windows, and a Jack and Jill from NARI of Central Ohio, the tour bath. Another half bath is off the hall. sponsor, as well. Residential DeBoth bedrooms have sign’s effort was honsloped ceilings, but Each of the second-floor bedrooms has a Jack and Jill bath. ored by the Building with far more clearIndustry Association ance under the new of Central Ohio as trusses. best exterior archiA former in-law tectural design in suite down the hall 2010 and won the from the great room American Institute is now, after some of Building Design’s renovation, Guy’s first place national home office. The American Residentransition included tial Design Award for window work and exterior design. v the addition of a wall of shelves and Duane St. Clair is a storage cabinets. contributing editor. Another front enFeedback welcome at try and a foyer outgbishop@pubgroup side the office were added as well.

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Drunken Desserts in the spirit

Local restaurants add special sauce to their dessert menus By Gail Martineau


eer, wine and liquor aren’t just for drinking. For ages, chefs and restaurateurs have realized the benefits of whipping up lavish sweet concoctions with alcohol. The spirits help improve a tasty treat’s flavor in two important ways: alcohol evaporation and molecular bonding. More specifically – and less scientifically – alcohol helps to enhance the overall taste of the dish by concentrating flavors,

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One of its bestsellers is the Irish Cream Torte, which features a fluffy chocolate cake smothered in Bailey’s Irish Cream-flavored buttercream frosting. The bakery also uses liqueurs like Frangelico, Kahlua and amaretto to enhance its cheesecakes. Le Chocoholique in the Short North has an overwhelming array of chocolates and chocolate desserts, and sizable chunk of its menu is inspired by favorite spirits. Owner Monica Barr loves to play with flavors until she gets the right mix. “It’s trial and error,” she says. Some of the chocolatier’s favorites include the Margarita Cocktail, the Limoncello Espresso, the Absinthe Truffle and the Maker’s Mark Cocktail Cup. Barr comes up with new flavors all the time, especially for special occasions, such as a recent Crown Royal Whisky event. Larry MacDonald, executive chef at Cap City Fine Diner in Grandview Heights,

and the alcohol’s evaporation carries aromas to our noses and taste buds. A number of local restaurants have learned the science of cooking with alcohol and have turned this knowledge into some extremely appealing fare. The Suisse Shop Bakery off Polaris Parkway knows flavor. With dozens of varieties of tortes, cupcakes, cakes and cheesecakes, the bakery – open in central Ohio for 29 years, eight of them in the Polaris area – knows what to do with liquor.

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knows he doesn’t have to look far for new piquancy in his creations. The restaurant’s Warm Banana Bread Pudding features a caramelized banana in bourbon sauce, made simply of butter, sugar, water, eggs and, of course, bourbon. The favorite has been on the menu for almost 10 years, says MacDonald. “I look for different flavors,” he says. “You look out into the bar, and flavors are all over.” A heavy stout might not be the first ingredient you’d guess is in a light, airy dessert like a mousse, but Darla Loflin, executive chef at Barley’s Smokehouse near Grandview, knows the secret. The

Liven up your holiday party with Watershed cocktails If you seek a Yuletide libation that will grab the attention of any holiday guests you may have, look to Watershed Distillery for your key ingredients. The Grandview Heights company currently offers two signature liquors: gin and vodka. The former is available for $27.90, and the latter for $24.60, at a broad assortment of local liquor stores. Pick up a bottle or two and make your holiday gathering a memorable one. What Up Doc? • 1½ oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur • 1½ oz. Watershed gin • 1 oz. carrot juice • Basil In a mixing glass, muddle basil, then add ingredients and ice. Hard shake. Double strain into V-stem glass. Garnish with a small basil leaf. Gingerbread Martini • 1 oz. Watershed vodka • 1 oz. Irish cream liqueur • ½ oz. gingerbread syrup • 1 oz. vanilla ice milk • Caramel • Mint • Gingerbread crumbs (optional) Line bottom of a martini glass with caramel and rim with gingerbread crumbs, if desired. Add vodka, Irish cream, gingerbread syrup and ice milk to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until shaker begins to frost, then strain into glass. Garnish with mint.

restaurant/brewery’s Chocolate Stout Mousse is whipped to perfection with a bit of the in-house Pint O’ Joe Stout. The coffee flavor helps intensify the chocolate in the mousse, which leaves you with the distinctive tang of hops, Loflin says. “It gives something normal, like mousse, a new twist.” v Gail Martineau is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at






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Mug Shot

Local sportscaster turns his passion for sports into a charitable product By Gail Martineau


wenty years ago, Columbus sportscaster Doug Lessells invited the creator of a local product called Team Mug to appear on his NBC-4 show. The product, a mug in the shape of a helmet, faced some struggles – distribution problems and a high price point – and didn’t end up making it in the market. But Lessells never forgot about Team Mug, and it eventually became the impetus behind HelmetMug, his latest project. “I loved the product; I always had. But it didn’t make it back then,” Lessells says. “I always kept it in the back of my mind.” Three years ago, Lessells looked into the Team Mug patent and found it was about to expire. He purchased the patent and, since then, has been working to reinvent the time-honored practice of having a cool drink during a football game. “There is every kind of can and bottle cooler and mug out there, but literally, before this, there was nothing that was both a mug and a can and bottle cooler,” he says. Lessells – who lives in Hilliard with his wife, Marie, and 6-year-old daughter, Isabella – has improved the look of the HelmetMug recently with the addition of plastic bracket facemasks and padding with team logos, and he wants it to be far more than just a drinking mug. Currently, the company sells mugs with logos from 11 colleges, including The Ohio State University, and 13 NFL teams, including the Browns and Bengals.

“I sacrificed all forms of yard work and home improvement projects for research and development – watching football games,” he says. “It was a sacrifice, but I’d do it again.” Though he jokes about his product, Lessells is very serious about what HelmetMug can do – and is doing – for local organizations. He donates five free mugs and the rest at manufacturing cost to any organization that asks to sell them for fundraising purposes. Donating the mugs for organizations to sell raises exponentially more money than just writing checks to the charities, he says. “I knew I was going to donate 10 percent of the profits to charity,” says Lessells, who recently got back into sports reporting with WSYX-6’s Football Fever OSU pre- and post-game shows. “If we sell 10,000 mugs, we are going to write a $5,000 check to some charity. And then I started thinking, what if we took those 10,000 mugs and provided them to a charity to sell? Those same mugs could generate $50,000 in revenue.” That’s exactly what he’s hoping happens with BuckeyeThon, Ohio

State University’s student philanthropy program that benefits the hematology/ oncology department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with the goal of ending childhood cancer. HelmetMug is selling 1,000 mugs to the organization to resell and raise money. Penn State’s student philanthropy program is planning to partner with HelmetMug next year to do a similar fundraiser, and Lessells and his company already have donated to local organizations like the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, the DRIVEN Foundation After-School Program, St. Stephen’s Community House and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “With 5,000 to 10,000 mugs each year with 50 colleges, you could raise half a million for charity,” Lessells says. “That is the big picture where we would like to be.” For more information or to purchase a HelmetMug, visit or visit a local Giant Eagle or Kroger store or Buckeye Corner, the Buckeye Room, College Traditions, Conrad’s or Station 88 at the Ohio Union. cs Gail Martineau is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at cityscene • December 2011 33


West for the Stressed

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Escape the tension of the holidays at West Virginia resorts By Carla D’Errico


inter brings woe for many of us. Cooped up in the house because of negative-degree temperatures and that formidable four-letter “S”-word, we dread that tomorrow’s forecast will be the same. A change of scenery can do us wonders – witness the tendency for so many Ohioans to travel to warmer climes when the mercury starts dropping. But there’s no need to cross so many state lines to achieve a respite from winter’s ravages. Just a few hours away, West Virginia resorts promise relaxation during those chillier months. 34 cityscene • December 2011

Kick Back Cruise into luxury at the Greenbrier Resort, located in southeastern West Virginia about five hours from Columbus. The 231-yearold resort has much to see and do. The bunker tours are a must-see. They were used as a planned relocation spot for Congress during the Cold War in the event of nuclear fallout. For 30 years, the bunkers were kept a secret, until a

The Jolly Old Elf, along with Mrs. Claus, always makes an appearance at the Greenbrier’s Gingerbread Ball.

Something new can be found each year among the 75 larger-than-life displays, which range from a 60-foottall poinsettia wreath and candles to a depiction of sledders being chased by a massive snowball. And if those don’t get your group’s jaws dropping, maybe the Cinderella display, which took two years to complete, will do the job. The Good Zoo is a major draw for the little ones yearround, but during the festival, it widens even more young eyes with its Lighting and Music Extravaganza, taking place nightly on the lower level patio. The kids can catch an hourly laser show in the evenings at Benendum Theatre, marvel at the model train exhibit or ride the hisThe Greenbrier’s 70’-by-140’ ice skating rink provides one of its most popular wintertime activities. toric C.P. Huntington train. And don’t forget the animals 1992 Washington Post article spilled the can be the belle of the ball at the Main – creatures from across the globe can be Dining Room in the evenings as it trans- spotted throughout the zoo’s 30 acres. An beans. Tours are offered daily. indoor Discovery Lab offers hands-on acDecember is a happening month at the forms to a ballroom setting. Greenbrier, and the week of Christmas is The 60-foot-tall poinsettia wreath with the heart of it – starting with the Christ- Bring the Kids candles is one of the highlights of Bring the whole family to marvel at Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights display. mas tree tours and lighting Dec. 23. On Bottom: Oglebay Resort Christmas Eve is the Gingerbread Ball, Oglebay Resort’s over-the-top holiday ofhosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus, where ferings. The resort is located in northern you can be serenaded by the Sugar Plums West Virginia, only about two hours from jazz band, raise your glass for the Wassail Columbus. The Winter Festival of Lights, running Toast and end the evening singing your heart out caroling. Children ages 3-12 can through Jan. 8, has been an Oglebay staple help make the centerpiece at a workshop since 1985. The light display, one of the earlier in the day. Christmas Day offers a nation’s largest, covers 300 acres on a sixballroom dance instructional workshop mile drive. earlier in the day – useful training for the evening’s Tea Dance. New Year’s is not without its own activities. On Dec. 30, let your diva out with a mini makeover and fashion show. New Year’s Eve will be highlighted a gala in Colonial Hall with music provided by the Ray Caddell Orchestra, and youngsters need not be left out – they get the “Big Night” dinner and party. The Greenbrier’s class and comfort extend to its dining options. Most of its restaurants offer quality dining in a casual atmosphere (no jeans or sweats, though). But if you feel like getting dressed up, you

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tivities, and zoo camps for ages 3-11 run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. West Virginia is famous for its glass, and 3,000 stunning pieces of it are on brilliant display at Oglebay’s Glass Museum – one of two museums at the resort. Watch the glassblowers work their magic live or try your hand in a oneon-one workshop. Shoppers can entertain themselves in Oglebay’s eight specialty shops, including the crowd-pleasing Gourmet in the Gardens candy store. “There are a multitude of year-round recreational opportunities, so there is something for every member of the family to enjoy,” says Caren Noyer, Oglebay marketing director. “Our staff takes pride in making each Stonewall Resort’s main lobby offers ample opportunity guest feel welcome, and for relaxation. our hope is that every family will create special memories.” wall Jackson Lake in central West Virginia, about four hours from Columbus. Just for Two Even in the wintertime, the AdironStonewall Resort is full of enjoyment dack-style lodge offers opportunities to apopportunities for you and that special preciate the peace of nature, including 16someone. The resort is situated on Stone- plus miles of trails. The resort is both easily accessible and secluded, Zebras are among the many interesting animals offering the best of both at Oglebay’s Good Zoo. worlds for couples. “Stonewall has so much to offer,” says resort spokesman Bryan Brown. “You’d think you were in the middle of nowhere. You hear the sounds of nature. That’s why I prefer it.” The resort’s Mtn. Laurel Spa doles out a huge variety of relaxing treatments – massages, aromatherapy, hot stone treatments, foot and hand massages, wraps,


body scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures and microdermabrasion treatments. And for visiting couples, it offers a series of side-by-side massages; patrons can come up with their own packages, or book the Naturally Close (apple honey scrub and aromatherapy massage) or Getaway Bliss for Two (herbal aromatherapy bath, foot massage with a cup of herbal tea and sideby-side massages) packages. If you’re not opposed to a little social interaction, the Activity Plaza inside the Roanoke Building has arcade games, a Wii station, a TV, mini golf, a snack bar and an 18-foot climbing wall. Stonewall’s unique culinary program will let you and your special someone choose from a variety of dining experiences. The resort’s New Appalachian Cuisine incorporates traditional West Virginian foods and ingredients passed down in local recipes over decades into world dishes – from stone-ground grits to mountain berry barbecue pork. On New Year’s Eve, a packaged party for adults will provide entertainment. It begins with fine dining at Stillwaters Restaurant, and continues with a party at TJ Muskies Lounge or light jazz in the Grand Hall. cs




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Cracked Glass

Violent crime inspires glassworker’s new project By Lisa Aurand


he glass starts as liquid fire, pure potential, ready to be sculpted by the hand of master artist Jason Antol. As a college student, Antol, a Westerville native, was drawn to the beauty and limitless nature of glass as he worked in the Columbus College of Art and Design’s glass blowing studio.

“Glass is an amazing thing,” Antol says. “When you work with glass in its molten state, it’s a pure liquid medium. It can literally be anything that you can imagine, and subsequently, the only limitation is your imagination and technical knowledge.” Antol, 32, went to art school to study oil painting. He was Jason Antol hired in the glass studio as a technician because he had metalworking experience, but once he started with glass, he never looked back. “Looking at every other traditional artistic medium … there’s limitations. There are limitations to how big you can make things, or whether they’re transparent or opaque,” Antol says. “Every other medium has these stopping points, and glass is the only material that can be anything.” A few years ago, Antol operated Jason Antol Studios and the Lewis Kay Gallery in the Short North. Nowadays, he operates out

of his New Albany home studio, working on his current project, a series of masks. “In the last few months, I have started a series that’s … probably the most personal work I’ve ever made. I’m making masks – essentially portraits in glass. Faces,” Antol says. “Back in 2010, I was a victim of violent crime and had to have a lot of reconstructive surgery as a result.” His new pieces are a reassessment of the idea of self. Their creation has been cathartic for Antol, a pacifist and vegetarian who has “never been in a fight in (his) life.” Following the violence, Antol was forced to take a hard look at his beliefs. “Being the subject of senseless violent crime is a rather jarring experience, to say the least,” Antol says. “Out of that, issues of social justice and right behavior came to my mind. I’m hoping that this will open people’s eyes to the awareness of the need for change. Lots of bad things happen to good people.” Days.and nights.spent in his studio – cityscene • December 2011 39

{visuals} sometimes alongside his 11-year-old son, Mathias – have been his therapy. “When I make glass, I look into my own experiences and at myself,” he says. “In the wake of everything I’ve gone through, doing this work has really opened up an opportunity to examine … the changes I’ve gone through personally, artistically and spiritually. I’m hoping as a result of seeing (the masks) and the story behind them, people who have gone through similar things will know they’re not alone.” Antol hopes to debut his new series at the Buyers Market of American Craft, which is scheduled for Feb. 18-20 in Philadelphia. Though he doesn’t have any pieces on display at local galleries, Antol is represented at more than 40 galleries internationally. Closer to home, he volunteers and teaches at Newark art studio The Works. He also offers private instruction. A single father, Antol has been enjoying teaching Mathias the art of glassblowing. “A big driving motivation behind this whole entrepreneurial spirit is so I can raise my son teaching by example,” Antol says. “If you want something bad enough, you can get it, and he certainly responds well to that.” Fans can find the artist on his Jason Antol Studios Facebook page. cs Lisa Aurand is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at Below: Intimacy Top left: Autumn Rhythm Bottom left: Black Dragon

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Gallery Exhibits High Road Gallery: Nifty Gifts For Under Fifty, original and hand-crafted art by local artists, through Dec. 3. Capital University Schumacher Gallery: Crossroads: Mixed Media Works by Casey Bradley through Dec. 9. Miller Gallery, Otterbein University Art and Communication Building: The Distance from Oneself by Shelley Given, featuring pinhole photography and digital imaging, through Dec. 9. Fisher Gallery, Otterbein University Roush Hall: Cover Stories: The Art of the Book Jacket through Dec. 9. Dublin Arts Council Gallery: Oh Rats!, ceramic sculptures by Juliellen Byrne, through Dec. 16. Dublin Arts Council Gallery

Gallery 202: The art of photographers Gary Gardiner and Eliot Lewis, recycle artist Renee Kropat, acrylic painter Teresa Wilhiot, and studio fabric artist Carol Whitt through Dec. 17.

Above: Art Access Gallery Below: Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

Art Access Gallery: Landscapes by Perry Brown through Dec. 30. Wexner Center for the Arts: Peonies by Diana Thater through Dec. 30. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Once Upon a Page, award-winning children’s

book illustrations from the Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay, through Dec. 31. Ursus Art Space: Power of Two, featuring mixed media by Don Keifer and Connie Layne, through Dec. 31. www.ursus cityscene • December 2011 41

{onview} Muse Gallery: Gifts of Vision – featuring small works, primarily by Levent Isik – from Dec. 1-31. Ohio Art League: Thumb Box, small works by league members artists, from Dec. 1-31.

Brandt-Roberts Galleries

Brandt-Roberts Galleries: Color and Form, featuring oil paintings by Yan Sun and sculptures by Mike Ti z z a n o , . f r o m Dec. 1-31. www. brandtroberts

Studios on High Gallery Columbus Museum of Art

Studios on High Gallery: Be Original … Give Original Art, an all member exhibition, from Dec. 1-31. www.studioson Hammond Harkins Galleries: Small and Wonderful, an annual exhibition by gallery artists, opening Dec. 2. www.hammond

Riffe Gallery

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Rivet Gallery: Stuff This – Bon Voyage! – featuring the work of Amanda Louise Spade, Lana Crooks, Follow the White Rabbit, Monster Factory, Love and a

Sandwich, and Tragic Stitches – from Dec. 3-31. Keny Galleries: The Art of Collage and Assemblage: Edmund Kuehn, Louise Captein and Tamara Jaeger from Dec. 9-Jan. 13. Hayley Gallery: Joy/Enjoy, the art of Laurie Clements, from Dec. 10-Jan. 20. www. Schnormeier Gallery at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University: The Ohio Art League’s

Ohio Art League

Annual Fall Juried Exhibition through Jan. 7. Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: Artful Teaching: Work by College and University Painting Faculty through Jan. 8. www.

Merisi de Caravaggio, through Feb. 5. Selections from the Hill Collection of American Walking Sticks through April 1. Monet to Matisse: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Sirak Collection – featur-

Frank Museum of Art, Otterbein University: Poetic Visions: Ink Paintings by C.Y. Woo through Jan. 20. www. Columbus Museum of Art: Caravaggio: Behold the Man! The Impact of a Revolutionary Realist, featuring the work of Michelangelo Hammond Harkins Galleries

Hayley Gallery

ing works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Chaim Soutine and Henri Matisse, among others – through May 13. Columbus Views – featuring works by George Bellows, Emerson Burkhart, Edmund Kuehn, Robert Chadeayne and others – through spring 2012.

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events Picks&Previews

CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Shadowbox Live presents Holiday Hoopla 20 Through Dec. 30 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. Shadowbox’s annual Christmas show, featuring its usual blend of rock ‘n roll and sketch comedy, returns for its 20th year. Holiday Hoopla 20

Holidays at the Conservatory Through Dec. 31 Win Franklin Park Conservatory, Tickets! 1777 E. Broad St. For the holidays, the Franklin Park Conservatory will display a plethora of seasonal plants, as well as a gingerbread display and model train. A gingerbread competition,

children’s activities, holiday-themed classes and special programs will also be part of the celebration. www.fpcon Helen Welch: Home for the Holidays Dec. 1-4 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra brings in critically acclaimed vocalist Helen Welch for its holiday tradition. Welch will join forces with Byron Stripling to perform classic holiday hits in a jazz style. www.jazz Zoom: Family Film Festival Dec. 1-4 Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. This film festival for all ages also offers children’s activities, a breakfast bar, a pajama party and an ice cream social by Jeni’s. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Following Jersey Boys’ stop in Columbus over the summer, the subject of the hit musical brings to Columbus the act that has made it famous for more than five decades.

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Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Pops Dec. 2-4 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Ronald J. Jenkins conducts the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in beloved holiday songs. Holiday Art Sale Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Loann Crane Center, Columbus College of Art and Design, 60 Cleveland Ave. Purchase art from more than 100 students artists. Admission fees go toward student scholarships, and art sale proceeds go directly to the student artists. “First choice” admission runs from 9-10:30 a.m. Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2011 Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Dave Koz is joined by trumpeter Rick Braun, singer and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Butler, and saxophonist Candy Dulfer for the 14th anniversary of this holiday tour.

s CityMusic Sunday Series: Miro String Quartet Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Via Vecchia Winery, 485 S. Front St. The Miro String Quartet has been internationally recognized and has collaborated with many famous artists.

Fill your holidays with the ar ts!



CAPA gift certificates make great holiday gifts. Purchase one today–redeemable for any performance in our downtown theatres! | 614-469-0939 Ohio Theatre Ticket Office

Judy Collins: Home for the Holidays Dec. 5, 8 p.m. CityScene.1_6page.GiftCert.Nov11.indd Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Judy Collins presents her brand of interpretive folk songs and contemporary themes for this holiday performance. www.


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Judy Collins

Thurber Birthday Gala Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m. The Westin Columbus, 310 S. High St. To celebrate what would have been the 117th birthday of James Thurber, the Thurber House is bringing in 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor winner Steve Hely, author of How I Became a Famous Author and a writer for 30 Rock and The Office.

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Joy! Home is Where the Hearth Is Dec. 9-11 King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Ave. The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus presents its 11th annual holiday show. Dec. 11’s performance is at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church. CATCO-Phoenix presents The Hobbit Dec. 9-11 Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. This fast-paced, one-hour version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure story is

sure to keep the kids entertained. www. BalletMet presents The Nutcracker Dec. 9-24 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. BalletMet prepares to outdo itself again with its annual production of the Christmas classic. ProMusica presents Seasonal Surprises Dec. 10-11 Pontifical College Josephinum, 7625 N. High St.; Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St.

Traditional holiday songs are reworked to a contemporary beat. www.promusica Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! Dec. 13-18 Win Palace Theatre, Tickets! 34 W. Broad St. This comedic musical, utilizing the songs of ABBA, follows a soon-to-bebride and her quest to find out the identity of her father. www.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dec. 18, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Enjoy the internationally known TransSiberian Orchestra and its distinctive brand of rocking holiday favorites. www. New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Spectacular Dec. 18, 3 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany Featuring music from The Polar Express and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, this concert is one for all ages. A can collection will be set up to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Harlem Globetrotters Dec. 29, 2 and 7 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The world-renowned basketball showoffs bring their act to Columbus. www.



January 10-15 • Ohio Theatre 614.469.0939 • • CAPA Ticket Office • Just request “Family Fun Pack” at the time of purchase.

*Restrictions apply.Valid for Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sun eve only. Select seats. Subject to availability.

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First Night Columbus Dec. 31, 5 p.m. Downtown Columbus Enjoy more than 40 live performances, a children’s festival and a variety of handson activities in central Ohio’s award-winning New Year’s Eve event. www.firstnight


For a comprehensive list of other happenings around Columbus, check out

The Art(s) of Giving Local arts organizations appreciate your patronage By Lauren Novelli


lot of work goes into making your favorite symphony concert, dance performance or gallery exhibit great. But it’s your support that keeps the artists on the stages and in the galleries. Columbus is full of thriving and beneficial arts organizations that rely on patron donations for their survival. Many of these organizations offer simple ways to donate, and the impact is astounding. An easy way to support the performing arts is by donating to the annual fund for CAPA, which provides administrative services for numerous central Ohio arts outlets, including Opera Columbus, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and CATCO-Phoenix. CAPA also oversees the Ohio, Palace and Southern theaters, and you can directly support them by donating to CAPA’s endowment fund. Patrons can also contribute directly to the arts organizations CAPA oversees. The symphony, for instance, accepts donations via its website,, or its development office, 614-221-5249. Volunteering for symphony programs like the Women’s Association of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra or the cadre of Picnic with the Pops volunteers is another option for support. BalletMet is another local arts organization whose success is bolstered by support from the community. In addition to its performances, the award-winning dance company works to support the community through its Dance Academy, dance education programs and its KidTix program, which provides free performance tickets to children identified through local social service agencies. Donations make a big difference to these programs. “As part of our mission, we are committed to giving back to the people of Columbus through free and low-cost performances and programs for schools, offering scholarships to deserving dance students, and providing thousands of performance tickets to social service agencies for their clients,” says BalletMet Development Director Pam Bishop.

Donate to BalletMet online at, send a check to the company at 322 Mount Vernon Ave. or call 614-586-8670 for more information. If the visual arts are more your thing, you might consider supporting the Columbus Museum of Art by becoming a member – or, if you’re already a member, by buying a membership for someone else as a gift. Other donationready support arms for the museum include its endowment, annual fund and capital campaign, and the institution also welcomes gifts of art. Museum officials point to the recent renovation and the new Center for Creativity as areas where donations made a huge difference. Find information at www.columbusmuseum. org or call 614-629-0344 “Donors and members are truly the heart of the museum,” says museum Marketing and Public Relations Manager Nancy Colvin. The Greater Columbus Arts Council also has an annual fund for its operations, but it offers two other methods for contributing to the development of the arts in central Ohio. GCAC’s Hanley Arts Fund allows for donations that go directly to individual artists, and its Artists-in-Schools and Art in the House programs help further arts education for central Ohio residents. Visit or call 614-224-2606 to learn more. The Ohio Arts Council does not have a direct donation mechanism, but encourages would-be donors to consider donating directly to individual artists – such as through GCAC’s program. “In that way, their donations will have an immediate impact on the recipient,” says Amy McKay, public information officer for the Ohio Arts Council. cs Lauren Novelli is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at cityscene • December 2011 47

{critique} With Michael McEwan

The Painter’s Eye

Featuring Portrait of Michiel de Wael by Frans Hals


or the most part, every collection starts in someone’s home. But it isn’t often that a home becomes a museum. The Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati is one such place. I think it is one of the most comfortable and inviting museums I have been to. As the year closes, one often reflects on the past and ponders the future. I would like to propose that you take time to engage a real masterwork – in this case, Frans Hals’ Portrait of Michiel de Wael. Here is indisputably one of our greatest painters and a master of the brush. The greatness of the “Old Masters” was not just their fluency with a brush, but what they could achieve with limited materials. The vast range of colors painters have today dwarfs the color choices of the 17th Century. Using a somewhat more somber palette than usual, Hals utilizes a clever arrangement of shapes and placement of light and darks to pull us into this painting. Notice how your eye jumps from the white collar to the deftly realized head and right hand with glove in the lower left of the picture. Only the top of de Wael’s left hand is visible. But try removing this vital block of light from the design, and the rest of the painting seems unbalanced. Dark masses predominate, some edges sharp, while others melt like smoke into the background and Michiel de Wael looks ready to step toward the viewer. The Taft Museum is a wonderful place for a holiday visit this year. cs

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Artist Michael McEwan serves as Artist-in-Residence at Capital University, where he also teaches painting and drawing classes.



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