May 2013 Issue
Editor's Note: Something for Everyone
This month brings at least two bonuses, especially for those of us who work in offices all week long: warmer temperatures for our eagerly anticipated weekends and the unofficial start of summer later this month. Both mean more time outdoors, enjoying the sun as well as the plethora of activities that accompany the season.
This issue of Ohio Magazine
focuses on these pleasures, starting with our annual calendar of 102 things to do from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (see page 42). The fun starts with two Southeast Ohio events with intriguing names: the Feast of the Flowering Moon in Chillicothe and the Moonshine Festival in New Straitsville. The former celebrates the history and Native American culture of the region, while the latter marks a very different kind of heritage: the Perry County town’s prolific production of moonshine during Prohibition.
How’s that for diversity?
And there’s more — we like the sound of the Hot Tamale Bicycle Tour in Marion County and the alliterative Gathering at Garst in Greenville, not to mention the Pyrate Fest in Put-in-Bay. Food is always a major theme of Ohio festivals: this summer’s feast extends from the Banana Split Festival in Wilmington to the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival to the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival. And spirits are well represented by Ohio Brew Week in Athens and the Sunflower Wine and Craft Beer Festival in Rocky River.
Needless to say, the compilation of this annual calendar is a big job. Our industrious editorial intern, Michelle DiFrangia, took on the project, researching and writing the entire 5,000-plus-word section. We appreciate her talent and hard work.
If you need a break from all this activity, why not take a restorative wildflower walk? Contributing Editor Jill Sell provides the what, when and where in “Wildflower Wonders,” beginning on page 106. Ohio’s diversity comes into play again, this time in its habitats: woodlands, prairies and bogs host several hundred wildflower species that bloom in spring and summer.
One of these is the state wildflower: the white trillium, aka wake robin or snow trillium. The Ohio General Assembly chose the flower in 1986 because it exists in all 88 counties. Despite their ubiquity, it’s always a thrill to spot a patch of the delicate flowers.
Whether you prefer the quiet delights of a wildflower walk, the thrill of a new Cedar Point roller coaster or a summer concert in the park, we hope you find this issue a helpful guide to an enjoyable Ohio summer.