Urbana, OH – August 2017 – Cedar Bog

Champaign County, Ohio is the home to Cedar Bog, a nature preserve created by the receding glaciers and the ground water from the Mad River. As a result there is a great deal of vegetation that is not common in Ohio. The result is a beautiful,  but bug filled, boardwalk through the bog.

 

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Cleveland – August 2017 – Beach Day

The first weekend in August in Cleveland is traditionally ‘Beach Day’, a day they celebrate at Edgewater Park Beach with a Sandcastle Building contest, as well as other events.

While other Great Lakes cities such as Toronto and Chicago put their waterfront to better use, Cleveland still has a few nice lakefront beaches, which make for interesting contrasts.

 

The sandcastle teams were creative in their building techniques.

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The contrast of downtown Cleveland with Edgwater Park in the foreground.

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The view from upper Edgewater Park of the Centennial Pavilion was outstanding – the Metroparks are celebrating their 100th birthday in 2017.

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Any areas unprotected by the breakwater had 2′-4′ waves pounding the shore.

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The sandcastles were interesting, most included Cleveland themes (although this is a sundial).

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The holiday movie classic ‘A Christmas Story’ was filmed in Cleveland – including the famed leg lamp scene!

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The new pavilion was modeled in sand.

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Cincinnati – July 2017 – Underground Tour

While in Cincinnati for the day we took the ‘Ultimate Underground Cincinnati’ tour. While the tour guide was funny, informative and insightful, the tour itself seemed to lack in content. While we did go under a church to see a crypt and in an old brewery to see some long forgotten underground rooms, for a 2 hour tour they seemed to not have enough places to see  – filling much of the two hours with amusing stories.

Still once we were in the two underground portions, they were fascinating. We did come away knowing much more about the ‘Over The Rhine’ neighborhood of Cincinnati.

The neighborhood had a mix of gentrification and scruffy.

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The crypt under the St Francis Church was filled with graves of Irish immigrants from the 1800s, which is unusual given the neighborhood was noted for the German immigrants. The Irish had been there first.

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An old brewery that is being rehabbed into condos included some ‘art’ that are the burnt columns from a church that had caught fire in 2008.

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The massive rooms underneath the old brewery (as well as the modern day Moerlein Brewery) were great to see.

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A mural on the front of the old brewery.

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The tour ended at the Moerlein Brewery.

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Columbus – July 2017 – The Ohio Theater

The Ohio Theater is a grand old theater downtown that was built in 1928 in an exceptionally ornate style to ‘separate the patrons from their everyday life’; it was originally built as a movie theater. It currently has seating for over 2700 people in the main level and the balcony, and features a massive ‘Robert-Morton’ organ.

 

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While the theater hosts the symphony, opera and ballet we were there for a screening of the movie classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. The screen is massive, and the sound quality was superb.

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The impressive ceiling has a more impressive chandelier.

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The lobbies are equally ornate.

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We chose a seat in the balcony.

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The loges are no longer used for seating, rather they serve as lighting structures.

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The maestro served as the organist, performing for 30 minutes prior to the movie, during intermission, and during the exit period after the movie. A visit to the Ohio Theater is worth it just to see the building; to see a classic old movie is even better.

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Springfield, OH – July 2017 – Airplane Barnstorming Festival

The Springfield, Ohio airport hosted a ‘Barmstorming Festival’, celebrating vintage aircraft. Open to the public there were aircraft from the 1910s through the 1970s on display, with their owners more than happy to tell you about their planes.

 

There were a number of bi-planes.

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A WWI vintage plane.

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They lined both sides of the taxiway.

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Who flies with 3 instruments and a leather helmet?

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Some great piston engines.

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The paint jobs were outstanding on all of the airplanes.

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The Springfield Municipal Airport was the host.

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What a way to refuel your plane, stand on top to reach the upper wing where the fuel tank is.

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In addition to the planes there were a few vintage trucks.

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And they flew off into the sunset.

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Dublin, OH – July 2017 – Hey Elvis, It’s a Car Show

As we headed out for a Friday evening drive we came across an unexpected event, a car show in Dublin, Ohio (in an office park of all places). Even better, Elvis was there!! Ok it was an Elvis impersonator (of course), but his voice and singing were dead on (no pun intended), his look was average. Still how can you pass up Elvis on a Friday evening with cool cars.

 

A fantastic Porsche with a matching trailer.

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Classic 50’s Buick grill

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Cobra’s always look great.

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One awesome 50’s T-Bird.

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No Pink Cadillac’s for Elvis, but a Pink Continental.

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There were a few customized cars, but most were restored to original condition.

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GM Futureliner – a showcase for GM in the 1940s and 1950s. This one came over from the Automotive Museum in Auburn, Indiana.

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Loudonville, OH – July 2017 – Mohican Native American Pow Wow

Twice a year a campground near the town of Loudonville hosts a Native American Pow Wow, which is a celebration featuring Native Music/Chants, Dancers, Crafts and skills.

First up was a fire starter – who was able to lite a fire with a bow, wood and (I believe) flint in about 30 seconds with some dry grass.

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There were numerous craft booths featuring Native items.

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some made onsite

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The hoop dance was excellent, as the dancer was able to pick up and feature 9 hoops with grace and ease. It is not a traditional dance, most recently added in the 1930s.

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The opening ceremony featured all the dancers arriving in an ‘inter-tribal’ dance.

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Interestingly there was an amazing amount of patriotism displayed.

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The costumes were very ornate.

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There were 3 drum circles who provided the singing/chanting and drums for the dancers. The drummers were very impressive.

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It was a great day of watching a celebration of traditional Native American culture.

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