Held in Goodale Park in Columbus, Comfest is a community festival that according to their website is guided by the principals that people ought to work for the collective good of all people rather than for personal gain; The basic necessities of life are a right and not a privilege; People should strive to conduct their lives in harmony with the environment; We recognize that there are primary attitudes which divide and oppress people – We seek to eliminate these attitudes (they are actually longer – check their website for full details)
The festival is full of crafts, music, various groups making various political statements, and thousands of people having a good time – easily the highlight are the people. Another highly recommended event.
Making art to the music.
One of the members of a band. They had the Dead covers down perfect.
Someone who decorated one of the portable toilets.
A happy dancer
Another happy dancer
More happy dancers
He was in a kilt – and I was standing next to some cool sculpture – what could be better.
Having made a number of trips to Hocking Hills State Park to hike the trails to the caves and cliffs, we thought we had seen them all. Fortunately this spring they opened a trail to a cave that had been off limits for 50 year, Whispering Cave.
Named so because of the acoustics that allows a person to whisper on one side and someone on the other side can hear what was said. The trail has been opened, and with an early start we had the place to ourselves.
Leaving Whispering Cave and continuing on the Hemlock Bridge Trail, we passed on great rock formations.
After a two mile hike we arrived at Lower Falls – Old Man’s Creek
The climb out of the gorge
Upper Falls – Old Man’s Creek
Interesting lighting on the cliff walls. It was a great day of hiking in the cliffs and gorges.
The Rookwood Pottery company has been making very high end products since the 1800s. Started in Cincinnati, but having moved a number of times, they are back in Cincinnati in a facility in the ‘Over The Rhine’ neighborhood.
The open house had a large selection of tiles for purchase.
The showroom had a number of interesting items.
A tour was offered of the facility.
A day in Cincinnati for a couple of tours (other posts) resulted in some ‘scenes of the city’ shots…
The view from the Incline Pub on the west side of Cincinnati.
With a major bridge under construction causing massive traffic jams, we took the Anderson Ferry to Kentucky.
The Pride Parade had just ended as we arrived downtown.
The Cincinnati Bengals are celebrating their 50th season (still without a Super Bowl win!)
Cincinnati Streetcar barn
Rookwood Pottery Mural
In the early 1960s small British car manufacturer AC partnered with famed automotive genius Carroll Shelby to build the Cobra. This fabulous 2 seater has remained to this day one of the best examples of a sports car ever built.
A series of events over the years has lead to a large ‘replica’ market. We caught up with the Cobra Club at a truck stop near an interstate west of Columbus as they prepared to parade into the small town of London. With nearly 100 Cobra’s it was impossible for me to find the replica’s from the originals. Either way it was an impressive site, these spectacular sports cars gathered amongst the trucks.
Cars were from all over the U.S. and Canada.
A Daytona – original or replica???
The parade awaits…
They are off…
Some proud Canadians…
An unusual site for those not expecting it, these classic cars sailing across the Ohio soybean and cornfields.
The company that founded the ubiquitous ‘duct/duck tape’ is based on the small Cleveland suburb of Avon. Since 2004 they have had a festival and parade celebrating the many uses of the tape.
Having read a few different places that this was one of the best parades in America we headed up to check it out. While there were many creative uses for duck tape, the event was nowhere near as interesting as the Twins Day Parade, Doo Dah Parade, or the Parade the Circle (and that is just in Ohio). Still it did give opportunities for some nice photographs
The Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum was designed in the 1840s by Adolph Strauch, a renown lanscape architect who’s view was to have a ‘garden cemetery’ made up of trees, lakes and shrubs.
It is the second largest (in area) cemetery in the United States, with over 700 acres, including 400 that are landscaped. As we toured in our car we passed trams leading tours, as well as numerous walkers. It clearly was different than most cemeteries with the spaciness and landscaping.