January 2009

Nothing like a little sunshine (and melting snow) to clear the mind. Being a longtime Dublin (OH) girl, I can think of 1,000,000 great things for visitors to see and do in our emerald city. But it’s always nice when others agree. Check out these new online articles/links offering some fun stuff about the city with Irish ‘tude:

1) The Ohio Golf and Travel Guide 2009
2) 52PerfectDays.com: An Insider’s Travel Guide to a Perfect Day

-Post by Mary

One of Central Ohio’s hidden gems for year-round, economical family fun is Dublin Community Recreation CenterDublin’s Abbey Theater. This beautiful state-of-the-art theatre, run by the City of Dublin (and located in the Dublin Community Recreation Center) offers a calendar of live performances ranging from puppet shows and plays, to concerts and dance programs. And—best of all—admission is nominal.   


Just look at the offerings for February, alone…..


The ever-popular Hansel & Gretel will once again battle the evil witch in a show that combines puppets and live actors. This show is recommended for ages 6 and up and will be offered at 11 a.m. Sat. Feb. 7.


Then at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, The Alaskan Fiddling Poet will charm families. Ken Waldman belts out some of the silliest (and some of the loveliest) lyrics put to fiddle and banjo.


At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, OSU Theatre presents Just Like Us, a new play, narrated by an old tree who lives in the middle of a forsaken park. The Greens, who like to recite poetry, and the Blues, who prefer to play musical instruments have hated each other forever. It takes Allina, who is Purple, to teach everyone a lesson.


With this much cheap entertainment in town, I only wish my grandsons lived close enough to go to every show!


The Abbey Theater is located in the Dublin Community Recreation Center on Post Road. Prices for the productions are only $7/adults, $5 children & seniors. 410-4550. www.dublin.oh.us

-Post by Kay




Is cabin fever getting the best of you this (extra) cold and (not so) lovely Januarylion-in-snow? Me, too … but I have a few “beat the blues” tactics in my arsenal that I thought I’d share. Bring your camera, the kids and come with me on a virtual adventure … a perfect January day in Dublin, Ohio!


First stop… La Chatelaine French Bakery in Historic Dublin. If you get there first, you might want to enjoy the signature quiche, fruit and coffee. I’m going to grab an almond croissant and a hot tea to go. (Sorry, not a morning person.)


#2. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. We’re HUGE fans of the Columbus Zoo. It’s like visiting an entirely new planet, just five minutes away. As a bonus, visitors get half-price admission tickets through March 1, 2009. (Am I your new BFF, or what?) Let’s head for a simulated night hike at Bob and Evelyn’s Roadhouse (Australia region), then go to my fav: Manatee Coast; wander over to the calming 100,000 aquarium in the Shores region; then to the Islands of Southeast Asia and to pet the barnyard animals of Habitat Hollow in the North America exhibit. A little hand sanitizer and we’re off to our next stop.


#3 Morgan House. Just across the river, we’ll visit the Morgan House. We can warm up with a bowl of the signature chowder or a sandwich by the roaring fire. The old-fashioned-girl in me loves the furnishings and legend behind this place. (Confederate General John Morgan slept here … sort of.) The hip chick in me loves the jewelry, clothes, seasonal décor, gourmet foods and great gift items.


#4 I’m going to give you a quick driving tour by a few of the Dublin Arts Council’s Art-in-Public Places. There’s the Tribute to Jack Nicklaus sculpture (for his contributions to Dublin) and our funky Field of Corn (109 ears of 5-6 ft. concrete corn!). Scioto Park is home to the 12 ft. high stone face of “Leatherlips.” I hope you brought your sled (and wore your boots), cause we’re going to ride this awesome hill all the way to the Scioto River! Go ahead … age before beauty.


#5 Let’s shop Filene’s Basement and DSW for stylish (discounted) clothes and shoes; visit Whole Foods for some fresh produce, tulips (my favorite blooms) and delicious samples; and then head to the Shoppes at River Ridge—for jewelry and purses at Audacious, Bliss and more. (Note: Let’s schedule a date to come back soon when the Wine Loft and Montgomery Inn are open.)


#6 Historic Dublin. Let’s pick up a copy of the walking tour at the Visitor Center, highlighting the many charming buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places. Next stop, TehKu Tea Company for a hot cup of one of their 60+ world teas (red, black, green) and some hot scones. When in Dublin (OH), you’re Irish—so we’ll visit Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland for some souvenirs (for you). Then we’ll visit Blankets and Booties for cute baby stuff, Z Bearlas for great gifts, Temptations for fine yarns (I’m a novice knitter). We’ll decorate our own cupcakes at the Our Cupcakery cupcake bar; pick up some Buckeye Crunch and Irish mint brownies at Sisters Sweetshop/Grandma’s Fruitcakes and enjoy a blast-from-the-past with treats from MJs Candies. Isn’t this fun?


#7 Irish Attitude. You can’t leave the city where “Irish is an Attitude” without a little Irish cheer. We’ll end our afternoon at Dublin Village Tavern (sample an Irish egg roll)… and/or The Brazenhead Irish Pub (authentic Irish setting).    


I feel better already. How about you?



-Post by Mary

Need some interesting educational fun for the family? I just received the Winter Ohio Wildlife CenterEducation Programming schedule for the Ohio Wildlife Center and it looks like there are some interesting classes coming up to chase away those winter blahs. (OWC is a wonderful “hidden” gem of an attraction located just north of Dublin, OH in Shawnee Hills.) 


From 10 a.m.-12 noon on Saturday, January 10, visitors will find “Hope for the New Year” which centers around Hope the Coyote.  January 23 (9-11 a.m.) brings a program about my favorite — foxes, called “Friday Fox Frolic.” (Those guys are sooooooo cute.) “How much wood can a Woodchuck chuck?” Find out on Monday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m.-12 noon.


Looking for a new way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Take your sweetheart to a program about “Love Birds” … all about birds of prey from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 14. Wanna play dead? Find out all about Opossums in “Let’s Play Dead” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, February 18. And last but certainly not least, you can be a part of “Turtle Tuesday” from 2-4 p.m. February 24.


OWC is a non-profit organization and a leader in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education. It is located on Cook Rd. in Shawnee Hills, just north of Baker’s Garden Center. Admission to these classes is $5 for adults and $3 for children 5-10 years old. Animal photo and Life History Notes are included. Better RSVP right now before classes are full. 614/734-9453. www.ohiowildlifecenter.org 

-Post by Kay