Twenty Years In
As “The Shawshank Redemption”
nears the anniversary of its theatrical release, the city of Mansfield
plans to mark the occasion as only it can.
August 2014 Issue
August 2014 Digest
"The Shawshank Redemption" turns 20, Jim Tressel takes over at Youngstown State University, and three great mini golf spots to take on this summer.
Actor Jim Kisicki never expected that a bit part handing Tim Robbins a cashier’s check would cement his place in film history.
fact, when “The Shawshank Redemption” came to Mansfield in the summer
of 1993, no one could have predicted it would go on to be named one of
the American Film Institute’s 100 best movies of all time.
knew that it was a great story, and it was a good script, but I had no
idea that it would become what it did,” says Kisicki, who now resides in
Chesterland. This month, he’ll return to Mansfield to take part in a
Labor Day weekend event, Aug. 29 through 31, in honor of the 20th
anniversary of the film’s theatrical release on Sept. 23, 1994.
home to the former Ohio State Reformatory that served as the movie’s
central setting, has long celebrated its connection to “The Shawshank
Redemption.” In 2008, spurred by restoration efforts to fix up the
Wyandot County Courthouse used in the film, a cast-and-crew reunion was
held to promote the rehabilitation of other locations that appeared in
the movie, as well as create The Shawshank Trail.
the local convention and visitors bureau, the trail includes 14
locations, from the former state prison to Malabar Farm State Park in
Lucas to the long, country road Morgan Freeman walks near the film’s
“These are the actual locations where Tim Robbins was,
where Morgan Freeman was,” says Jodie Snavely, group tour and media
director at the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors
Bureau. “This is a movie about hope — it’s about friendship, so it’s
very meaningful and very touching for folks who have enjoyed [it] to
stand in those real locations.”
The town of Mansfield gets in on
the act, too. Visitors can buy Bundt cakes in the shape of the
reformatory from Eatmor Bundt Co. or sip a Redemption IPA from the local
Phoenix Brewing Co.
This year’s 20th anniversary celebration
will include a full weekend of film-related attractions and activities.
The Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield is hosting a Friday evening
screening of the movie. On Saturday, Kisicki takes his post once again
at the now-shuttered downtown bank where his scene was filmed. “They set
up the desk and all that,” he says.
The re-creations extend to
the Upper Sandusky woodshop that owner Bill Mullen restored in 2008.
Today, it looks much as it did during the scene in which opera music
fills the air after Robbins’ character locks himself in the warden’s
office and plays Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” over the public
“That’s the main thing that people have gathered
from the movie,” says Mullen, who considers himself an ardent fan.
“Things are only dark for a while, and then they clear.” — Kara Kissell
the complete schedule of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the
theatrical release of “The Shawshank Redemption,” visit
golf isn’t what it used to be (and that’s a very good thing). Get into
the swing of summer at one of these three creative courses.
Little Bo Peep and a 43-foot castle are just a couple of the sights
you’ll encounter playing mini golf throughout Ohio these days. The
popular summer pastime has expanded far beyond flat greens and loop de
loops, offering an experience that is challenging, charming and
downright quirky. — Shay Trotter
Westerville Mini Golf
weave their way through two 18-hole courses with two 6-foot-tall
waterfalls, an 80,000-gallon pond and plenty of flowers. “We like to
have that feel like you’re in a metro garden but you’re playing some
mini golf,” says owner Dave Pfefferle. Open since 1989, Pfefferle played
4,729 holes at the course within 24 hours, landing him a spot in the
Guinness Book of World Records. Most Challenging Hole: No. 5 on the
south course has a steep ramp, and the hole’s location at the top of a
hump makes it even trickier. 450 W. Schrock Rd., Westerville 43081, 614/794-2670, westervilleminigolf.com
Sluggers and Putters
| Canal Fulton
Adventure Mini Golf first takes players past sights from the “The
Wizard of Oz,” while the back half of the course is decorated with
nursery rhyme characters once on display at Canton’s Mother Goose Land. A
second course, Olde Skool Golf, serves as a throwback to 1950s-era mini
golf, with players navigating around a toilet, bowling pins and other
odd obstacles. “There’s a lot of crazy, stupid stuff on it,” says owner
Tim McCully. Most Challenging Hole: Adventure Mini Golf’s clock tower
hole forces players to putt their ball through one of the holes in the
cage under the tower. 333 Lafayette Dr., Canal Fulton 44614, 330/854-6999, sluggers-putters.com
giant, 43-foot-tall castle and waterfall tower over visitors on the
appropriately named The Lost Castle, a popular course thanks to its
namesake attraction. “People are drawn to castles,” explains Roger
Andrews, co-owner with wife Diane. Goofy Golf’s other course, Old Town,
features intricate handmade miniature buildings. Andrews built the
entire park himself, with the castle alone taking more than three months
to complete. Most Challenging Hole: The Lost Castle’s “smiley face”
hole features a circular green, with bricks placed in the shape of a
smile. 3020 Milan Rd. Sandusky 44870, 419/625-9935, sanduskygoofygolf.com
Fascinating Objects from our Past
1896 Rookwood Ceramic Vase
Hand-painted with an intricate silver overlay
1876, Maria Longworth, the daughter of a wealthy Cincinnati real estate
developer, traveled to Philadelphia for America’s Centennial
celebration, where countries from around the globe displayed new
technologies and artistic achievements. Longworth possessed a
sophisticated knowledge of the arts, particularly the fashionable
porcelains of the period. She was so moved by the beautiful ceramics on
display at the exhibition that she returned home and asked her father to
fund a venture: a pottery company that would rival the most
sophisticated ceramics in the world. Joseph Longworth indulged his
daughter’s request, and by 1889, her company, Rookwood Pottery, was
awarded the First Prize Gold Medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle.
The first woman-owned manufacturing company in the United States,
Rookwood Pottery became synonymous with quality. Maria hired talented
artists, provided them with high-quality materials and encouraged
innovation. The functional and decorative wares produced by Rookwood and
lesser makers of the time are generally known as art pottery. The most
sophisticated forms, glazes and designs are represented by vintage
Rookwood pieces, such as this 1896 ceramic vase with an intricate silver
overlay, and command some of the genre’s highest prices. — Amelia Jeffers
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Tressel, Youngstown State University’s new president, discusses
leadership, how he pushes himself to improve and what he misses about
the Buckeyes sideline.
He guided Ohio State’s football team
to six Big Ten titles, the 2002 national championship and seven
straight victories over Michigan, but Jim Tressel never forgot the sense
of community he experienced in Youngstown.
“This is a place
that means a great deal to me and it feels very natural to be back
here,” says the 61-year-old Tressel. He’s the new president of
Youngstown State University, where he led the Penguins football team to four Division I-AA national titles in the 1990s.
Youngstown State we have a great advantage in that our region totally
believes in us as an asset. The reception has been great … but I haven’t
had to make any decisions yet,” laughs Tressel. He talked to us earlier
this summer about administration, motivation and college football. — Barry Goodrich
Are there any similarities between coaching and administration?
The skill sets are identical. What you need to do most as a coach is to
create a team environment that pushes the players to become their best.
Nothing makes a difference like functioning as a group. My challenge
now is to do that in a larger setting with 13,000 students, creating a
group that is ready to reach its potential. It’s a bigger challenge and
that makes it more fun for me.
You’re known as a motivator. How do you motivate yourself?
There’s a Latin phrase, “macte virtute,” that means increase your
excellence, increase your merit. To me that’s what motivation is. A lot
of times motivation is really inspiration. I’m not doing something
because I’m going to get rewarded, I’m doing it because it’s the right
thing to do. Being accountable and being responsible to reach your
potential. It’s a long process to consistently do things at a very high
level. I’m working as many hours as I did at Ohio State. I’ve always
believed goals create energy.
Do you miss being on the Buckeyes sideline each Saturday?
I was never a crazy Xs and Os mad scientist. I enjoyed the process of
the game, which was like a chess match. Now when I sit and watch a game,
I’m still nervous but there’s nothing I can do about it. As time goes
on, I’ll have less of an emotional attachment. I won’t know the people
quite as well, but I’ll still have an attachment to the colors. I do
enjoy watching the artistry of the game. I’ve always said athletics is