May 2012 Issue
Editor's Note: Endless Possibilities
It’s May, the overture to summer, and the demands of the season are starting to build.
There’s so much to do in just three months that I keep a mental
checklist: must get to a ball game, an outdoor concert, a neighborhood
festival, an art walk, fireworks, a farmers market, a restaurant patio, a
family picnic, a hiking trail. And so on.
If you’re like me and want to maximize this glorious time of year, you’ll find a great resource in Ohio Magazine
annual “103 Days and Nights of Summer” (see Page 76). Associate Editor
Jessica Esemplare and interns Jessica Roblin and Allison Pohle prepared
this compendium of activities through lots of research and calls to
communities across the state. The result is a truly diverse calendar of
fun, with entries for all ages and interests. Just a sampling:
Kick off the summer with a cone or sundae at the Utica Sertoma Ice
Cream Festival on May 26, then head west to Columbus for the annual
Asian Festival on May 27. Looking for an outdoor activity on Wednesday,
June 13? Why not pick your own strawberries at Sunrise Farm in Burton? A
MoonPie-eating contest is just one of the events at Wapakoneta’s Summer
Moon Festival on July 18, an apt celebration for the birthplace of
astronaut Neil Armstrong. If you need a break from all the activity, try
a little Yoga in the Hills in the Hocking Hills on August 22. Cap off
your summer on September 3 with a relaxing day of boating, fishing,
hiking or biking at Caesar Creek State Park.
There are 96 more activities to choose from, so we advise keeping
this issue handy. You might even plan a mini-vacation with it. For
example, you could take in a Chillicothe Paints baseball game on
Saturday evening, June 2, then swing north to the Hocking Hills on
Sunday, with a side trip to the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum
in Logan. Or, take in the Amish Country Quilt Show on June 7 in Dalton
and then head two hours south to Marietta’s Brick Street BBQ on June 8.
The possibilities are mind-boggling. And throughout the summer, Ohio Magazine
will be adding great events to our print and online listings. Go to
ohiomagazine.com for the latest updates, and to sign up for our weekly
I know my summer datebook is filling up fast. Peruse this issue, and we’re sure yours will, too.