May 2006 Issue
|A Slice of Haven
It's not a long drive from the Columbus interstate to the thin road that leads to Woodhaven Farm - it takes about 20 minutes to get from the exit ramp off I-270 to the single-lane paved path marked "Woodhaven" in Johnstown - but the difference between city and country is striking. It is green here, the sound of birds chirping is muffled only by the wind rustling across the neighbor's corn field, and the scents of farm animals and flowers hang in the air. Tami Cecil is standing at the front door of her b...
Angling for Some Fun
There isn't much that can wipe the look of sullen disdain off the face of a teen-age boy, especially one who has been dragged out of bed before dawn and packed into a car for a two-hour trip to a boat dock. But if anything can turn an adolescent scowl into a grin, it's the unmistakable pull of a fish on the line. We watched it happen, my brother and I, to our two teen boys a couple of years ago on an early-summer walleye excursion to the waters surrounding the islands of western Lake Erie. It was a meas...
Craftsmanship Thrives in the Clay Corridor
When Dale Hague hops in his van and heads from Crooksville to Nelsonville, you can bet his journey has something to do with pottery. As coordinator of the Appalachian Pottery Guild ( www.potteryguild.org ), Dale's responsibility is to promote, support and advance the quality of Guild members' work. The region's pottery industry has a long and rich history. The industry grew out of the farmer's need for inexpensive containers and tableware. Often owned by farmers, these potteries were called "bluebird" o...
For centuries, quilts have been warmly regarded as functional items, meant to be draped over beds or snuggled in during long winter days and nights. Through June 25, The Ohio Craft Museum spotlights the artistry and talent that go into making them by presenting "Explorations Revisited: Quilts by the Quilt Surface Design Symposium Faculty." "Art quilts are different [from the traditional quilt] because they are only for display," says Linda Fowler, co-director of Quilt Surface Design International LTD, a...
Discover Ohio Week
Discover Ohio Week, May 13 through May 21, 2006, is a special celebration of the unique and fascinating travel opportunities awaiting visitors in the Buckeye State. Held in conjunction with the Travel Industry Association of America's See America Week, Ohio's event focuses on in-state treasures such as the Ohio River and Lake Erie shores, Amish Country, the Hocking Hills, historic sites, city attractions and more. In addition to the sampling of tours in these pages, more hints for Ohio travel adventures...
Kentucky's Unbridled Spirit
If you're driving through Kentucky, odds are you'll encounter race horses. Thousands of 'em, in fact, since there are more than 450 working horse farms in the Bluegrass region. The most notable is certainly Calumet Farm in Lexington, which regrettably is no longer open to the public for tours. Still, any number of tour operators will drive you by Calumet, the famed stable that produced such racing greats as Alydar, Citation, Forward Pass and Whirlaway (for a total of two Triple Crown, eight Kentucky Der...
Michigan is at her best in the summer. Winter's icy winds soften into cool lake breezes. Barren trees transform into verdant forests. And the Great Lakes' icy shores become downright balmy, attracting thousands of sunbathers and swimmers. The Wolverine State offers all of this and more at state parks scattered across its Upper and Lower Peninsulas. From hiking and swimming to racing down sand dunes in a speeding off-road vehicle, Michigan's parks provide a wide array of activities. And with 97 parks to ...
Season of Song
When May comes to Cincinnati's venerable Music Hall, it brings with it a musical tour de force that's second to none. Every spring since 1873, the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus - the oldest continuing choral group in the Western Hemisphere - joins the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and an international group of soloists to present the city with a bouquet of operatic, sacred and secular works. This year's festival, held May 19â€“27, continues the tradition of choral excellence. Some 150 doctors, e...
The Daze of Summer
May 27 I Scream, You Scream ... If countries get anthems and states are granted symbolic flowers, then surely our four seasons are worthy of their own official foods. The 200,000 visitors who turn out for the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival in Utica prove that during these summer months, nothing is as coveted as this cool treat. In between bowls of the Velvet Ice Cream Company's fare, guests enjoy live music and such down-home activities as an egg toss, sack race and ice-cream-eating contest. St....
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