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As 2012 draws to a close, we reflect on the many blessings of the past year and look forward to all the exciting events planned for 2013 – not the least of which is The Presidents Cup, coming to our City in October. Our cover photo of central Ohio bagpiper Glenn Mackie was taken in October 2012, launching a year of preparations for this momentous event. Dublin will become the only city in the world to have hosted The Solheim Cup, The Ryder Cup and The Presidents Cup – a tremendous honor, as is being named the world’s best Festival & Event City by the International Festivals & Events Association. Read more about The Presidents Cup’s impact on Dublin in “World Class” on page 16. The other stories in this issue are sure to warm your heart during these cold months as well. Curl up with a blanket as you read about Michelle Hunter, an online knitting celebrity who teaches classes at Historic Dublin’s Knitting Temptations. Learn the secrets of a delicious chili from the competitors in the Historic Dublin Business Association’s Chili Cook-Off. Look back on Dublin’s days of yore with Tim Sells, a descendant of the City’s founders. And check in with columnist Colleen D’Angelo as she reflects on a year of hand-writing letters to family and friends. And don’t forget to peruse our annual Dublin Life Magazine Holiday Gift Guide, which features the best local merchants have to offer. Slàinte, Kathleen K. Gill President/Publisher CityScene Media Group

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Memorable Events As you can see by the cover, the City of Dublin is extremely proud to play host to the Presidents Cup next Oct. 1-6. The event, to be played at Muirfield Village Golf Club, will cast the international spotlight on our community. It’s events like this – and the Memorial Tournament, the Dublin Irish Festival and all the other community gatherings throughout the year – that helped put Dublin on another worldwide stage. In September, our community was honored as The Most Outstanding Global Festival & Event City in the World – for populations of one million and below – by the International Festivals & Events Association in Denver. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was recognized for populations of one million and above. IFEA President and CEO Steven Wood Schmader noted that, “Dublin is a city that clearly recognizes the powerful role that events play in making communities not only great places to visit, but also great places to live. “Dublin emerged as a world-class leader for the breadth of opportunities available for the community to gather; quality of festivals and events presented; outstanding parks and sports facilities; collaborative partnerships; visionary leadership and incomparable community support.” Participation in the IFEA, like other international memberships the City enjoys, offers opportunities to exchange ideas and share best practices with communities around the globe. Thanks to all who contributed to the application, including the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dublin Arts Council and Dublin City Schools. To view the City’s award-winning application, visit In Dublin, we recognize that festivals and events contribute to a community’s vibrant lifestyle and economic vitality. Being named a World Festival & Event City is an award that is shared by all in our community. Thank you for making Dublin a great host city. We look forward to rolling out the welcome mat for our guests who will be arriving from around the world to attend next fall’s Presidents Cup. Sincerely,

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Jan. 7 Be a Quitter: Freedom from Smoking


6-7 p.m., Dublin Branch Library, 75 N. High St., Join this presentation to learn about the process of quitting tobacco use. Included will be discussions on the hazards of nicotine use and the benefits of quitting, as well as lifestyle changes that make quitting easier.

Jan. 8-Feb. 22 Char Norman: Forest Remnants

Dublin Arts Council gallery, 7125 Riverside Dr., Fiber artist and Columbus College of Art & Design Dean of Faculty Char Norman uses natural relics in each of her sculptures.

Dec. 1 The Nutcracker

Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Children can meet Santa and have up-close 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Abbey Theater, 5600 animal encounters at the zoo’s activity pavilion Post Rd., Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics puts on when they attend this kid-friendly dinner. Space two performances of the traditional holiday is limited, so order your tickets online in adballet. The show is recommended for children vance. Cost is $20 for zoo members or $30 ages 4 and up. Tickets are $7 for adults and for non-members, with zoo admission included. $5 for children and seniors.

Dec. 1 Chili Cook-Off

1-4 p.m., Historic Dublin, You are the judge at this tour of six local establishments, all competing for the title of Best Chili in the City. A $5 ticket gets you a taste of chili at all six locations: Brazenhead Irish Pub, Tucci’s, Mezzo, J. Liu, La Chatelaine and the Dublin Village Tavern.

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Dec. 6-15 A Christmas Carol

Thursdays through Saturdays, Abbey Theater, 5600 Post Rd., Delight in a holiday classic with this hourlong version of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale from Abbey Theater. The show is recommended for ages 4 and up, and tickets are $7 for adults or $5 for children and seniors.

Dec. 8 Jack Hanna’s Home for the Holidays featuring Santa Paws

2 p.m., Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Columbus Zoo and Hyland-Croy Rd., Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Meet more than 30 different critters with the Turtle Lady at the park’s maintenance shop. Those who bring an approved animal enrichment item from the zoo’s online list receive one Dec. 2 free admission to Wildlights. In the evening, Hanna gives two special presentations accompanied Dwight Lenox 3 p.m., Abbey Theater, 5600 Post Rd., by his animal friends at 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. Join Columbus’ premier jazz artist as he sings Dec. 9 favorite holiday hits. Tickets are $10 for adults The Dublin Singers Christmas Concert and $7 for children and seniors. 3 p.m., St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church, 7179 Avery Rd., Dec. 4-13 The local singing group presents its annual Dine with Santa holiday show, this year titled Here We Come 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Columbus A-Caroling.

Through this exhibit, Norman aims to increase Commerce, 129 S. High St., appreciation and respect for the environment. A free opening reception is scheduled from Designed for young business professionals, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 8. this annual academy offers six sessions of valuable information to help you strengthen your Jan. 10 career, community involvement and professional skills. The sessions are taught by area Metro Five-0: Level 3 Winter Birding experts and offer a great chance to connect 2 p.m., Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 with other young professionals. Register online Hyland-Croy Rd., Those ages 50 and up may catch a at glimpse of hawks, owls and other winter birds while getting some exercise on this 2-mile Jan. 27 hike. Bring your own binoculars or use extras Owls! Time TBA, Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 provided by the park. Hyland-Croy Rd., Jan. 16-March 20 The Ohio Wildlife Center brings live owls to visit with participants. After the presentation, The Leadership Academy 2013 attendees set out on a 1-mile hike to listen for 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Dublin Chamber of

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Dec. 22 Colo’s Birthday Celebration

11:15 a.m., Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Colo, the world’s oldest zoo gorilla, is turning 56. To honor her big day, she and the other gorillas will be given a special cake to celebrate the occasion. Watch the great apes chow down and enjoy a slice of birthday cake handed out by the zoo, while supplies last.

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Michelle Hunter might not get recognized walking down the street in central Ohio, but in the world of knitting, she’s a celebrity. Hunter travels the country teaching the ancient art of knitting at conventions – and right here in Dublin at Knitting Temptations on South High Street. Her book, Building Blocks, is sold at about 2,000 independent yarn shops all over the United States and Canada. But Hunter’s biggest presence is on the internet. Her website, KnitPurlHunter. com, draws thousands of beginners and long time enthusiasts, who come to read


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her blog and view the instructional videos she’s posted. Her videos have more than 1.3 million views on YouTube alone. She didn’t start out as a knitting whiz. Hunter’s grandmother taught her to knit at age 6, but it didn’t become her passion until much later. “It was something I did on and off when I went to Grandma’s house,” Hunter says. She grew up in the Cleveland area and earned her bachelor’s degree at Miami University, where she met her husband, Don. The couple and their children moved to the Dublin area 22 years ago when Don’s job transferred him to Columbus. Daughters Megan, Colleen and Michelle Hunter Shelia Hunter – now 27, 25 and 23, respectively – all attended Dublin City Schools, and Hunter taught elementary and preschool. Her second career as a knitting maven didn’t begin until after Knitting Temptations debuted in its current form in Historic Dublin in 2003. Prior to that, Hunter’s creativity took many forms, including cross stitch, sewing and needlepoint. Knitting Temptations owner Karen Wilkinson quickly recognized Hunter’s talent. “Michelle was one of my customers, and she took a class or two and she just took off all by herself,” Wilkinson said. “She spent a lot of time here and designed some patterns.”

Soon, Hunter was teaching classes herself. “She has a real gift for simplifying knitting and making it much more understandable to the average knitter,” Wilkinson says. “Teaching knitting classes just seemed natural,” Hunter says. “I’m very fortunate because I get to combine my hobby with my passion, which is teaching.” For the Block a Month Club, the class that eventually became her book, Hunter developed a curriculum that takes the beginner through a host of basic skills. Once completed, the student will have created a beautiful 12-block afghan. “People just flock to her classes. When she started Block a Month, it was really clear that we were going someplace,” Wilkinson says. The class became so popular that yarn and needle distributor Skacel Collection, Inc. took notice. “The woman who took the orders from Skacel said, ‘What do you have going on there that you keep ordering the same supplies?’” That question got Michelle a meeting with Skacel’s owner, Karin Skacel, at the National NeedleArts Summer Convention, held in Columbus each June. “We hit it off and (Skacel) said, ‘I want to publish this. I want you to do things for our company,’” Hunter says. “So that’s how I went from little Dublin, Ohio to the national scene.” The process of putting the book together took about 18 months. Building Blocks was released in January 2011. Like her classes, the lessons in the book are supported by Hunter’s vast online library of instructional videos, produced by Dublin resident Matt Kubic. The videos of Hunter demonstrating techniques were born out of what she saw as a need for her students. “People always say, ‘Sure, I understand it. I get it,’ and then they go home and when they need

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Michelle Hunter helps a student during a vest knitting class at Knitting Temptations. to use that technique two weeks or two months later, they forget about it,” Hunter says. Hunter’s website and YouTube channel now have more than 100 free knitting instructional videos. Teaching knitting and meeting other knitting enthusiasts gives Hunter fulfillment that she never expected she would have. “I feel like now that my children are grown that this is my time to have this whole second career that I never had before,” she says. “I feel like a late bloomer, in a good way.” She travels to conventions all over the U.S., teaching classes, doing demonstrations for Skacel and enjoying the company of others with the same interest in knitting. Her typical convention attire includes a pair of colorful tights, knitted over the course of two years from the yarn she had left over from various projects (mostly socks). They’re definitely a conversation starter, she says. “I’ve met and have worked with so many great people. (In a class, you have) 20 to 30 women from all different walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds and when they all get together knitting, that all goes away and they just become one delightful group,” Hunter says. Knitting also connects people with older generations, which is the reason the logo for has a retro feel. “Most people learned it from someone like their grandmother or their mother and it makes them feel connected to that person,” Hunter says. “One knitter made a pair of socks with one of my online classes and ended up burying her aunt

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in them because her aunt was the one who taught her to knit.” Building Blocks is dedicated to Hunter’s grandmother, who’s now 96. “I’m just so grateful that she gave me this gift, that I was able to dedicate it to her and that she could see it,” Hunter says. What little spare time Hunter has is also filled with knitting. She takes it everywhere, from the doctor’s office and sporting events to Presidential rallies and the beach. “What’s nice about it is you can take it anywhere,” Hunter says. For those who may have learned to knit as children or don’t feel they have much skill, she has words of encouragement. “I think that anybody can become a better knitter. Some are fast and some just plow through, but they get the job done,” Hunter says. “What’s great about knitting is that there are people who just want to knit a plain scarf and that’s all they ever want to do, but it makes them really happy. It relaxes them. There’s something about fiber running through your fingers that is relaxing and very therapeutic.” There are rumors that Hunter has another book in the works, but neither she nor the Knitting Temptations staff is speaking up just yet. “Keep an eye on her because she’s going to keep going,” Wilkinson says. Lisa Aurand is editor of Dublin Life Magazine. Feedback welcome at



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It’s hard to miss the Shoppes at River Ridge. New, larger signage and distinctive stone walls signal to shoppers that they’ve arrived at their destination – a cluster of high-end shops on West Dublin-Granville Road. The signs aren’t the only things that have changed about the upscale retail strip. The Shoppes at River Ridge has seen increasing success and economic prosperity since Miami-based Mast Capital and Rok Acquisitions took ownership of the center in December 2011. The Shoppes was built in June 2007, but saw little development. “(The center) has struggled in the past,” says Camilo Miguel, Jr., CEO of Mast Capital. “It was hard for it, considering … it was in a foreclosure for a really long time.” Tenants could not be brought in because the center was in foreclosure, and decisions by the bank and the owner further complicated matters, Miguel explains. But now that Mast has taken over, he has high hopes that the center will fulfill its potential. “There are a lot of good drivers to justify the success of this property,” Miguel says. “We’re excited about it. We’ve gotten a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the community and we’ve done a pretty decent job of taking the certain tenants that we want in

there and being patient with the tenants that we want going forward.” Among the center’s current attractions are retail clothing shops LOFT and Jos. A. Bank, high-end hair and nail salon Polished, and women’s accessories boutiques Audacious and Bliss, as well as Koko FitClub, a tech-savvy gym, which opened in October. “It’s in the heart of Dublin, so it’s easy access. There are 93,000 people within several miles. There’s a ton of business,” says Brad Root, owner of the Shoppes at River Ridge Koko FitClub. Three new tenants are opening their doors in time for holiday shopping: Posh! Nail Co., a salon offering more than 40 services; White Dress Boutique, a high-end bridal store; and The Pint Room, an upscale pub serving more than 100 beers. Bruegger’s Bagels and Montgomery Inn bring a dining component for visitors to enjoy. Montgomery Inn is known nationally as the “ribs king” and overlooks the Scioto River, attracting local families and couples. Dublin City Council recently cleared the way for the Wendy’s at the intersection of West Dublin-Granville Road and Riverside Drive to move up the hill into an undeveloped lot near the entrance of the Shoppes at River Ridge.

In addition to the merchants and restaurants, Miguel says, visitors are also attracted to the architecture of the center, which is intended to complement buildings in nearby Historic Dublin. A water retention pond and fountains add interest and appeal. “It’s a beautiful center. Aesthetically, it looks really nice. We’ve been able to improve the signage on the street and put up a new sign, attracting a lot of attention,” Miguel says. Mast pictures the Shoppes at River Ridge as a smaller, local shopping alternative to other high-end centers in central Ohio. “You have some good food and beverage options here, LOFT and other fashion tenants as well as beauty, hair care and spa/salons,” Miguel says. Alex Wallace is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@city


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Presidents Cup brings international spotlight to Dublin

The countdown has begun! Next Oct. 1-6, the eyes of the world will be upon Dublin as international golfers tee it up at Muirfield Village Golf Club for The Presidents Cup 2013.

The Presidents Cup is a biennial golf tournament designed to give the world’s best non-European golfers an opportunity to compete in international team competition. Fred Couples will captain the U.S. team, while Nick Price will captain the International team. As host community, Dublin will become the only city in the world to have hosted The Solheim Cup, The Ryder Cup and now The Presidents Cup – and all at Muirfield Village Golf Club. 2013 marks the 10th year for The Presidents Cup, and Muirfield Village Golf Club will become the third U.S. course where the event has been played. Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Va., hosted in 1994, 1996 and 2000, and in 2009, the event took place at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco. “The excitement for The Presidents Cup will no doubt build throughout the year,” said Dan Sullivan, The Presidents Cup tournament director. “For the past 38 years, Muirfield Village Golf Club has partnered with the City of Dublin to stage the world-renowned Memorial Tournament. “Now, in 2013, we will not only have the opportunity to work with Dublin to stage the Memorial, but will have the pleasure of partnering to host The Presidents Cup. Jack Nicklaus envisioned Muirfield Village Golf Club as a place that represented his love for the game of golf, but also a place that could bring tremendous value to Dublin and the Columbus region through the hosting of international events. Jack’s role in growing the prominence of The Presidents Cup is unquestioned, and we are fortunate that we will be able to contribute to his 16

legacy by hosting the 2013 event. Next October will be an incredible opportunity to showcase our great community and witness a spectacular international golf competition.” Unlike at many other events, Presidents Cup players do not receive prize money based on performance. Instead, the PGA TOUR pledges to contribute to charities nominated by the players, captains and captains’ assistants from both teams. Since 1994, contributions have totaled more than $27 million.

World’s Best Festival & Event City award from the International Festivals & Events Association. The City was one of two in the world to receive The Most Outstanding Global Festival & Event City. Dublin was honored for our collaborative community efforts, our world-class parks and amenities, and the internationally recognized Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau. We also were acknowledged for events like the Memorial Tournament and the renowned Dublin Irish Festival and also for our ability to bring tournaments like The Presidents Cup to town.

Economic Impact and Exposure The PGA TOUR and Muirfield Village Community Involvement Golf Club expect the total community imAs excitement builds for the event, the pact to include more than 150,000 golf City of Dublin has hosted town hall meetfans in attendance, contributing $50 ings to get input from residents, businessmillion in economic impact to the re- es and community organizations on the gion. There is a potential for 10,000 to best way to roll out the welcome mat 12,000 hotel room nights to be booked and showcase Dublin, Greater Columduring the week. bus and the State of Ohio as a worldThe Presidents Cup will attract more class destination. than 600 domestic and international The City is developing a number of media representatives. The event will be complementary event concepts that broadcast to a national and internation- could be held in conjunction with The al audience of 200 countries and ter- Presidents Cup, in order to replicate the ritories over 16 international television kind of energy that Dublin is famous for networks through 26 hours of live golf during the Irish Festival. coverage over four days to 600 million Some of the initial ideas that have households. been presented focus on Dublin’s reputaEvents such as The PresiDublin City Council with the Presidents Cup dents Cup not only put Dublin in the international spotlight, they also provide additional benefits through travel and tourism, business development, and image enhancement. This was evident when the City of Dublin was one of several cities to receive a

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Presidents Cup Executive Director Matt Kamienski tion as a hospitable community as well as a community that is proud to showcase green space, public art and overall vibrancy. You will see enhanced gateway features, international flags and more. An ambassador program will be available through a partnership with the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Presidents Cup lapel pins, official flags and merchandise will be available for purchase. And on Thursday, Oct. 3, the focus will be on Dublin – beyond Muirfield Village Golf Club – as we have been given the opportunity to create events, programs and activities as part of the week’s formal off-course activities. Trophy Tour As part of the official launch and celebration, The Presidents Cup 2013 Trophy Tour began in October at BriHi Square in Historic Dublin. Residents and visitors joined Dublin City Council and PGA TOUR officials to hear about the tournament and take photos with the trophy. The trophy has made stops at Ohio Stadium during an Ohio State University football game and traveled to Denver, where the City of Dublin was honored as the World’s Best Festival &

Event City by the International Festivals & Events Association in September. The trophy tour will also include stops at the Emerald Celebration, the State of the City Address, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and more.

Sandra Puskarcik is the director of community relations for the City of Dublin, a position she has held for 22 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is an Accredited Business Communicator.

Spotlight on Dublin “Next year, the spotlight of the world of golf once again will shine brightly on Muirfield Village Golf Club while showcasing the City of Dublin and the State of Ohio,” Mayor Tim Lecklider said. “We are proud to welcome The Presidents Cup to our community, and invite everyone to join us in experiencing the excitement, the majesty and the prestige that surround this global event.” For more information, visit www. or The Wendy’s Company

Puskarcik works with a creative team of professionals who are responsible for the City’s media and resident relations, public information, issues management, websites and social media, multimedia and video production, citywide marketing and brand management, and optimization. During her first two decades with Dublin, Puskarcik served as the director of the Dublin Irish Festival. She also is credited with creating the format for the community’s Independence Day Celebration.

2013 Dublin Events March 14

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Puskarcik shares her appreciation and passion for Dublin and the Irish community by serving on the boards of the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Columbus Irish Cultural Foundation. She also serves on the Dublin Schools Business Advisory Council, the Central Ohio Safe Ride Committee and the Steering Committee of the 2013 Presidents Cup, and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. One of her proudest moments as a public servant was the opportunity to work with veterans and community members on the creation of the Grounds of Remembrance in Veterans Park. 17

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Personalized ornaments from Baker’s Village Garden Center give any holiday tree a unique touch, and with more than 3,000 options, you’ll be sure to find a perfect match. Choose from the variety of careers, hobbies, sports, babies, kids’ activities, marriage and family ornaments available for under $20. Personalization is free.

Holiday Escape

Treat a frazzled friend or family member to Woodhouse Day Spa’s signature escape, a full-body massage with five specialized treatments. The bamboo body scrub detoxifies the skin and is followed by a relaxing hot stone massage, then a neck, shoulder and scalp massage with wild lime. The experience closes with reflexology performed on the feet. The 110-minute treatment is $200.

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Stylish Spirit

These dazzling holiday-themed Swarovski Crystal earring kits from 1 Stop Bead Shop are sure to impress friends, family, teachers and co-workers. Choose from trees, angels or snowmen earrings priced from $8-$12.

Show off school spirit with a chic watch. Stainless steel Kameleon watches from Simply Rr’s feature interchangeable charms, such as the Ohio State University ones seen here. Choose from black or silver metal. Prices range from $249-$329.

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The holidays are stressful for men, too. Reward the man in your life with services from Modern Male. Choose from several salon packages ranging from $75-$220 or design your own package; choose three or more services and receive 10 percent off the services’ prices. 18

Oh, So Charming

New Alex and Ani charm bracelets sold at Audacious Boutique bring personalized flair to holiday gifting. The bracelets are eco-friendly and adjustable and are available with a variety of charms, including, sports teams, birthstones, sororities, quotes and more. Single charm bracelets range from $24-$32.


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Send your loved one on a vacation of a lifetime with a travel gift certificate from Cruise One. Featured destinations include the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Europe and Alaska. Gift certificates are available in any denomination. Good with Pick-up & Delivery and Cash & Carry. Offer valid through Jan. 16, 2013. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

A Perfect Fit

Give a healthy boost to start the New Year with a one-month unlimited automated personal training certificate from Koko FitClub for $79.99. Each machine at Koko is programmed to patrons’ individualized training programs.

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Pet Placemats

A pet’s “kitchen table” can be more than just a dish on the floor with one of these custom dog and cat bowl mats from K.A. Menendian Rug Gallery. Cat rugs are $45; dog rugs are $45 or $75, depending on size.

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Cuddly Creatures

Keep the babies in your life cute and cozy this winter with customized baby hats from Blankets and Booties. Choose from an assortment of hat designs, such as owl, teddy bear, flower and cupcake, and an array of colors. Prices range from $15-$18.

Give the relaxing gift of an all-inclusive package from Jacobsen’s Skin and Body Care. The Pamper Me package includes a spa pedicure, a 60-minute massage and a European facial. This 3.5-hour package retails for $210 but is on sale for a limited time for $175.

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Warmth o’ the Irish

Bundle up with Mucros Weaver scarves from Ha’Penny Bridge Imports. Each unique scarf is handmade in Ireland. Prices start at $65.

A Dickens of a Gift

Roush Hardware sells much more than just hardware – a look at its gift area proves that. These Department 56 collectibles, ranging from $50-$200, are enjoying enormous popularity as holiday decorations. www.

Smooth Moves

With one month of fitness classes or one month of ballroom dancing for $50 from Just Dance Ohio, the dancers in your life can shake what you gave them. Classes include Booty Barre, Zumba and Cardio Hip Hop.

Tasty Treats

Gingerbread houses from Our Cupcakery make delightful hostess gifts and will serve as delicious centerpieces for holiday meals. The creative confections start at $89 for a standard build. Contact the store for custom creations.

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A gift card from The Chiller makes a great stocking stuffer. Chiller gift cards are available in any amount, never expire and can be used on public skates, as well as skating and hockey classes.

Decorative scented wax bowls from Z Bearla’s in Historic Dublin scent up to 1,200 square feet and last forever, with no burning involved. Bowls range from $23.95-$25.95. 614-760-7066

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More Than Skin Deep

Treat yourself, family and friends to a relaxing and healthy holiday season. Introduction to Acupuncture with Patricia A. Stafford, MD at Wellness ReSolutions starts at $95 for a 60 minute session.

Fore the Golfer

Get your swing on with a Full Golf Membership at The Country Club at Muirfield Village for the price of a Social Membership until April 30. Membership includes complete access to the golf course, food by Certified Master Chef Enzo Sclama, social events, fitness center, and tennis courts for $228 per month.

Hometown Pride

Give the gift of green with Dublin, Ohio gear from The 1810 Shop in the City Hall Community Relations office at 5200 Emerald Pkwy. On holiday special this month is a gift package including a scarf, “It’s Greener in Dublin” water bottle and lightweight backpack for $20. Get a free “It’s Golf in Dublin” T-shirt with $20 purchase while supplies last.

The Eyes Have It

Designer sunglasses are sure to delight the fashion-conscious person in your life. Emerald Eye Care carries brands including Maui Jim’s, a premium line of polarized sunglasses.

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You'll find the perfect gift for your favorite beader at 1 Stop Bead Shop. Gift Certificates, Bead of the Month Club Memberships or project totes, trays and tools are all great gift ideas this Holiday Season. Mention this ad at check-out and receive 10% off totes, trays and tools. Cannot be combined with other discounts.


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Few can boast a family tree that includes both the founder of a city and the founder of a well-known circus. Tim Sells always knew he wanted to write. He also knew he wouldn’t have to search for subject material. “I knew that I had the richest resource material right at my very fingertips because I came from an extremely unusual family,” the 63-year-old says. Weaving a mostly humorous narrative describing a rich family tapestry, Sells’ new book When Dublin Wasn’t Doublin’ chronicles the beginnings of the City of Dublin, the Sells Brothers’ Circus and the many, in Sells’ words, “magical” and “mystical” characters who made their home on the Sells family farm. “There was always a circus on the farm,” Sells says. It was not uncommon for fist fights to break out among the boys during family reunions, he recalls. Writing about his aunts and uncles, Sells says, he often laughed so hard he cried. Sells can trace his ancestry back to his four-times great grandfather, Ludwick Sells, who moved to the area around 1800. His three-times great grandfather, John Sells, founded Dublin in 1810. A man who was worried more about money than fame, John Sells let his surveyor name the town in honor of Dublin, Ireland. The Sells family farm, located on Riverside Drive just south of Martin Road, was originally granted to Sells’ ancestors John Davis and Ann Simpson Davis for their Revolutionary War service. Sells’ father, Bob, grew up on the farm, the youngest of 15 children. In the 1970s, the family sold the land to the company that developed Friendship Village. For author Sells, writing the book was a cathartic experience, a way to embrace family eccentricities he wanted to escape in his youth during the 1950s and 60s. As a boy, Sells sought out normalcy in other neighborhood families and was, in


The Hutchinson Hotel, at the intersection of Bridge Street and High Street, was built in 1835 by City of Dublin founder John Sells, Tim Sells’ great-great-great grandfather, as a wedding present to his daughter, Caroline, and her husband, Zenas Hutchinson. Hutchinson was Dublin’s first mayor. The building now houses a Donatos Pizza. a sense, raised by a village. In his stories, he pays homage to these caretakers. Part of Sells’ book describes his own childhood in Dublin, where he was raised by his father, Bob. Bob was often physically abusive to his wife, Darline. As a child, Sells used to pray that someone would come to his home and intervene. “When you write about it, it’s very painful,” Sells says. The more difficult memories of Sells’ childhood are absent from the book. Instead, Sells recalls happier times with his father spent on the Scioto River. His father built a raft, the African Queen, which became a sort of metaphor of love for the young Sells. The hand-welded craft, which Sells compares to a prehistoric pontoon boat, had a couch and a roof. “It was genius,” he says. In putting these and other memories into words, Sells was able to embrace his love for his father. His work was therapeutic, helping him come to terms with the good and the bad childhood memories. “Once I realized how deep my love really was for my dad, then I was free,” he says. “Then I could really, really jump into these stories and make them come alive.”

Sells also delves into his own lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder, which he says motivated him to write the book. He wanted to show others like him that their health could be restored. “Everybody lives with limitations,” he says. “Nobody’s perfect.” Sells served in the U.S. Army for nearly two years before he was honorably discharged in August of 1973. At 23 years old, he had an attack of mania and was diagnosed as bipolar.

One of Dublin’s founding sons shares his personal and family history The book’s title actually came from Sells’ hospital stay at Mt. Carmel in Columbus in 1973. Sitting in a psychiatric ward, Sells began speaking with a nun who had arrived to visit with the patients. When Sells acknowledged that she probably hadn’t heard of his hometown of Dublin, the nun said otherwise. “Everybody knows that Dublin’s doublin’ every day,” Sells quotes her as saying. He would remember the story years later when he began writing his book in 2010. A father of two and still married to his wife of 25 years, Debbie, Sells says he has the disorder under control by monitoring his lifestyle. He doesn’t drink alcohol, for example, and he makes sure to get enough rest. In the epilogue of his book, Sells credits his faith in God and the continued support of his wife with keeping him mentally healthy. Sells’ editor, Don Rose, became involved with Sells’ book in March 2012, when he heard Sells read an excerpt of his manuscript at a Dublin Historical Society meeting. His interest in the narrative led him to assist Sells with research and editing the manuscript.

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“I read it from cover to cover,” says Rose, also a Dublin native. The book ended up receiving funding through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to print 200 copies. Sells purchased 40 additional copies himself. The books are being sold at a variety of retail outlets in Historic Dublin. Despite Sells’ personal challenges, he says his book is meant to bring a smile to readers’ faces. “They’re innocent stories. They’re stories you can read to your grandkids,” he says. Sarah Sole is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@city

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You’ve got the lights, the wreaths, the garlands, the tinsel, the mistletoe, the tree. You’ve got all the fixings to get the house ready for the holidays. But if you want to breathe some new life into your seasonal décor, consider decking the halls with some holiday houseplants from these Dublin-area retailers.

1. Ivy topiaries, like this one from Oakland Nurseries and reindeer topiaries from Baker’s Village Garden Center, are great for decorating because they come in so many shapes.



3. Perennial greenhouse cyclamen, available at Baker’s, are known for their gorgeous blooms. Keep one in an east-facing window for bright, indirect light and you’ll be able to enjoy its flowers for winters to come.


2 2. This potted rosemary, a fantastic herb for cooking and baking, from Cedarbrook Landscaping and Garden Center comes wrapped with a strand of LED lights.

4. Club mosses, available at Oakland Nurseries, come in a variety of colors – and no combination is as holidayappropriate as the green-and-red moss. 25

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5. Maidenhair ferns are the most popular ferns sold at Baker’s Village Garden Center. They’re a great choice for indoor hanging baskets.

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Spilling the Beans Chili Cook-Off competitors share their cooking strategies


Six unique chilies, three judges and hundreds of hungry patrons all converge Dec. 1 for the Historic Dublin Business Association’s annual Chili Cook-Off. For the second year, restaurants compete for the Chili Cook-Off title: defending overall winner Brazenhead, defending people’s choice winner La Chatelaine, the Dublin Village Tavern, Mezzo, Tucci’s and J. Liu. The Chili Cook-Off gives local restaurants a chance to experiment with new flavors and cooking methods. Perhaps most importantly, it gives the restaurants a chance to attract new customers and compete for the bragging rights of Historic Dublin’s best chili. Prior to last year, the cook-off was hosted by the restaurants, but the competitors were individuals. The event’s growing popularity began to make individual participation too costly due to the amount of chili needed, says Dublin Village Tavern owner Tim Picciano. This year, Brazenhead has its eyes on the prize again after last year’s Cajuninfluenced chili won the overall title. “It was great to win last year and we had a great chili. It’s all for fun and it’s great for the community and the City of Dublin,” says Brazenhead General Manager Mark Stalzer.

Pete Meyst, head chef at Brazenhead, enjoys the challenge of improvising chili techniques. “We improvise in our cooking style and choice of proteins and beans,” says Meyst. “The fact that it is cooked one batch at a time gives the chili time to develop its final taste.” Although improvisation plays a key role, Meyst says there are also some essential ingredients for good chili: properly-cooked meat and beans, celery, onion, peppers and tomato. While the cook-off is all about fun, that doesn’t mean Brazenhead is willing to give up its title. “We were fortunate to win last year and you can expect us to defend our title,” says Stalzer. “Since everyone lost to us, I am sure they are gunning for us now.” One of those competitors is Dublin Village Tavern. “Last year, the Dublin Village Tavern prepared the best traditional chili I’ve ever tasted, but we didn’t win,” says Picciano. “It seemed like the judges went for the more unique and uncommon chili recipes, and we’ll remember that this year.”

Straying from traditional chili will not be easy for the Dublin Village Tavern, but it is possible. “I’m a traditional girl at heart and I believe the true test of a chili is getting the perfect combination of heat and seasonings,” says Geri Ziemba, Dublin Village Tavern chef. When trying new recipes, Ziemba advises making small adjustments. “(Add) a little of your seasonings, peppers, etc. at a time. Let it simmer for a while and then taste it to see if it needs more.” Just as Meyst gives his chili time to develop taste, Ziemba stresses the importance of time. “Don’t rush it, let the chili simmer, allowing the flavors to develop,” Ziemba says. Blaine Kelly is a contributing writer and an intern for the City of Dublin’s Community Relations Department. Feedback welcome at laurand@cityscene See recipe on page 28.


Guinness Black Lager Chili The Dublin Village Tavern offers this traditional recipe from last year’s competition.


• 1 lb. ground beef • 1 lb. ground pork • 2 Tbsp. olive oil • 1 large yellow onion, chopped • 1 green pepper, chopped • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 3 (15-oz.) cans chili beans • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce • 1 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes • 1 bottle Guinness Black Lager • 1 cup water • 2 1/2 Tbsp. white cornmeal • 2 Tbsp. chili powder • 1 Tbsp. cumin • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder • 1 Tbsp. salt • 2 tsp. black pepper

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Resolution to write important friends and family brings joy to many


My 2012 resolution of writing one letter per week for a year is coming to a close. Truthfully, I was not able to complete the task of 52 letters, but I wrote a lot more than in previous attempts, and for that I will congratulate myself. I have conversed with a few Dublin Life readers who took the challenge, and we agree that it was wonderful to reconnect with old friends, express gratitude to former teachers and divulge feelings to precious family members in their golden years. For those of us who find it easier to put pen to paper than come up with the proper words face to face, this exercise in letter writing overflowed with life lessons. Jenny Patton of Dublin originally envisioned contacting 52 different people from her past but instead found herself exchanging letters with a smaller group. “I didn’t anticipate everyone writing back and of course I wanted to continue corresponding since it is such a special way to connect,” Jenny says. Her new pen pals include two cousins in Los Angeles, a college roommate in South Carolina, two colleagues from a writer’s conference and several friends who lost parents or siblings this year. “I’m so grateful for this challenge as I feel we are reclaiming a lost art and renewing our friendships at the same time,” Jenny says.

Angie O’Brien should win a prize for atic cancer the next month and passed carving out time every Sunday for corre- away in October, but I know he apprespondence and never missing a week. ciated sharing memories and laughter She says that everyone she penned through our correspondence. took the time to write her back and not By reaching out to our elders, we can one note went unanswered. Angie’s first learn about family history and maybe letter was to her grandfather “Papa,” even some hidden secrets. Angie’s Norval DePaul. grandma, Rose, wrote a 10-page let“I told my papa how proud I was of ter outlining their family tree and informhim for being a Marine in World War ing her of a safe concealed under the II, and how blessed I was to be his floorboards of her Florida house. One granddaughter,” says Angie. “It meant of the buried treasures was a diamond a lot to him and to me because Papa that Rose gifted to Angie, which Angie passed away four months after receiv- has since set into a custom ring that she ing my message.” wears every day. I had a similar experience this year The easiest letters I found to write when I sent a missive to my Uncle Walt. were those of gratitude. I feel blessed I recollected staying at his home and travers“Uncle Walt” and D’Angelo’s daughter Catie in 2005 ing Washington, D.C. on my own when I was only 13. I was armed with a map, a few dollars and some phone numbers, which I used after I found a phone booth. We both got a kick out of the absurdity of a 13-year-old let loose on the Metro and agreed it wouldn’t be allowed today. Unfortunately, my uncle was diagnosed with pancre29

in so many ways, and to reach back into the past and thank the people who have added knowledge and grace to my life was rewarding. At one point in time, I had three children under age 6, and there was an important person in my life who was as calm as I was frazzled. Jill Roshon is the owner and director of Dublin Montessori Academy and she helped a D’Angelo child out of the carpool line for eight straight years. Although time has flown by, my children still have great memories of preschool and kindergarten, and they

continue to have a love of learning. I wanted to relay to Mrs. Roshon how special she was to us and the enormous impact DMA had on our family. My son, Christopher, even wrote his college essay on the benefits of a Montessori education and letting the child lead at his or her own pace. To my delight, Mrs. Roshon wrote back after re-reading my letter three times and said that I “pulled the years together for her just like a purse string.” I’ve always thought of Mrs. Roshon as a mentor and role model, so I was not sur-

prised that she doled out some helpful encouragement in her letter. She wrote, “Keep writing. You give many people joy, even people whom you don’t know. You touch their lives with the gift of your words.” I couldn’t have written it better myself. - CD

Colleen D’Angelo is a freelance writer who lives in Dublin with her husband, three children and several small animals. She enjoys playing tennis, walking the Dublin bike paths and traveling.

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