October 2009

Looking at the Dublin Calendar of Events, we have a full schedule of fun activities this weekend!

This weekend is your last chance to see the Emerald City Players‘ production of On Golden Pond at the Abbey Theatre (part of the Dublin Recreation Center). Shows run Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm.

It’s getting closer to Halloween, and this weekend is the perfect opportunity to pick some pumpkins during Fall Field Days at Jacquemin Farms, located just outside Dublin on Hyland Croy Rd. They offer hayrides and have a kiddie play area, complete with a straw maze, as well. Hours during the month of October are Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm; and Sunday 1pm-6pm.

Halloween spirit isn’t just in the pumpkin fields; you can find it in your local tea shop, too! Tehku Tea is having their monthly tea tasting (Halloween themed!) Saturday from 3-6 pm in their store in Historic Dublin. Come in your costumes and be prepared to drink tea and play ghoulish games to celebrate the holiday. Best costume wins a surprise!

Last, but certainly not least, Boo at the Zoo is still ongoing at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It’s a great opportunity for families to get out together and have a little spooky fun. Our very own Katie Rich went last weekend, and she shares her tips in the previous blog post.

If none of these events floats your boat, you can always check out the live music and food and drink specials offered at Dublin restaurants. See the Dublin Calendar of Events for more information!

Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy yourself… this month is all about having fun before the weather gets too cold!

post by Kelly

It was cold outside but we didn’t let that stop us from having a great time last weekend at Boo at the Zoo at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  Our family and friends knew we were in for some fun when we first walked into the ticketing and entrance area. 

Halloween music and a large inflatable pumpkin greeted us as we walked into the Zoo. Zoo employees had not only maps of the grounds, but a special guide listing all the treat stations and special appearances for the day.  We wandered up to Asia Quest to go see the baby Silver Langur monkey.  They are born bright orange but this baby is almost all grown-up as only his tail is still orange.  See if you can spot him holding on to his mother or dad as they jump around the exhibit!

Our friends from out of town had never seen a baby elephant, so we went over to the Pachyderm building to see Beco.  He was inside with Phoebe (his mom) and they kept tossing straw at each other.  It was a great place to warm everyone up and the windows were low enough so that the kids had no trouble seeing him as well.

The tigers were a little sleepy — who isn’t on a cold afternoon? — and just wanted to nap.  A treat station was right by the viewing window and the kids really had fun “Trick-or-Treating” at the Zoo.  One of our gang is dressing up as a vampire this year so we couldn’t miss the Giant Fruit Bats (latin name:Pteropus vampyrus!) and Fluffy, a huge python.  The lions were out prowling around their exhibit.  It was fun to be over by the penguins and still be able to hear his mighty roar every once in a while! 

We really warmed up in the Dark building in Australia.  Make sure you go all the way through the dark area (more bats!) to reach the tropical rainforest section at the end.  There was a woodcarver working with his chainsaw making a sculpture too!

We then walked our way back out to the Entrance and were enjoying a fresh hot funnel cake when Spiderman and friends came by on a golf cart parade!  What a fun afternoon at the Zoo!
– posted by Katie

Okay, everyone. I’ve been working all week to get a calendar of events done and linked to this blog, and I’m finally done! Click the link on the right sidebar that reads “Calendar of Events,” which will open our Google calendar in a new window. If you can’t find the link, don’t worry about it… just click here in the meantime.

Events are color-coded and include these categories: Food and Drink Specials, Special Events, Festivals and Fairs, Live Music, and Theatre and Arts. US Holidays are also displayed. You can even choose which categories are shown by clicking the little tab in the upper right-hand corner as shown below. Then check or uncheck categories as you please! (If the picture below is too small, click on it and it will come up in its own window.)

Calendar of events screenshot

We’ll be updating events in the next few weeks and will hopefully be finished through the end of 2009 in the near future.

If your family is looking for plans tonight, check out the Dublin Halloween Spooktacular at the Dublin Rec. Center from 4:30-7pm.

If you know of any fun events going on in Dublin, let us know the details and we’ll add them to the calendar. Additionally, if you want to share your pictures from the Spooktacular tonight, email them to kjenkins@irishisanattitude.com.

-post by Kelly

DSC_0465Each season, fashion magazines urge us to update our wardrobe with new color palettes. You may not follow fashion magazines, but you can update your diet with these new colors seen around Dublin! These photos are just a sampling of the options for this month. To see all the pictures, click here.

DSC_0483The first pictures were taken at Jeni’s Ice Cream, which I featured in Wednesday’s blog post. Jeni’s is offering seasonal flavors like the two shown here: Red Hot Apple Cider Sorbet and Pumpkin 5-Spice. The Ohio Heirloom Pumpkin Sundae sounds delicious as well.
These seasonal flavors available through November or as long as
supplies last.

DSC_0621These photos were taken at the Dublin Community Market Wednesday evening. The air may be getting colder, but the vendors still have a lot to sell this month. Everything looked amazing, and I couldn’t resist a few juicy Bartlett Pears from The Wayward Seed Farm (pictured left). Get out to the Dublin Community Church on West Bridge St. any of the next three Sundays before the market closes for the season.
Dates: October 14, 21, and 28; Hours: 4:30 -7 PM.DSC_0566

I’ll be keeping an eye out for more Dublin Fall colors the rest of the month! Check back for more updates.

If you have any suggestions for blog posts, email them to kjenkins@irishisanattitude.com or post them as comments here.

-Post by Kelly

First of all, I’m Kelly, the new Social Media Intern for the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau. I’m really excited about this position; I’ve lived in Dublin for 17 years and have a natural enthusiasm to share my hometown with others, so that combination works well in this setting.

There are a few obvious signs around Dublin that Fall has arrived in full force. The air is crisp and the leaves are turning shades of orange, yellow, and burgundy. Light scarves can be seen wrapped around summer-tanned necks, and carved pumpkins are beginning to appear on porches. Most importantly, Jeni’s Ice Cream in Historic Dublin is now serving their delicious seasonal autumn flavors… I can’t wait to get a few scoops after work! But more about that later.

As one of my duties here at the Dublin CVB, I’ll be periodically posting outlines for great family getaways in Dublin. Whether you live in the Central Ohio area or are looking for a little fall vacation time, Dublin offers a wide variety of family activities this month.

Family Fun Weekend Itinerary: October

[Friday night]
The weather might be getting chilly, but you don’t have to stop playing your favorite sports. Start your weekend off with some friendly competition at SportsOhio‘s Phat Fridays! From 7-10 PM, SportsOhio offers unlimited soccer, flag football, basketball, volleyball, games, dodgeball, and inflatables for only $10 a person. That’s what I call competitive pricing!

To all kids (including myself), the whole month of October is just a lead-up to Halloween. Celebrate this howling holiday right at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Boo at the Zoo, which runs the last three weekends of October through Saturday the 31st (Fridays and Saturdays 9 AM – 9 PM and Sundays 9 AM – 8 PM). Regular Zoo admission prices apply. Activities include treat stations, “Operation Green” show featuring favorite Superheroes, special activities for children at Habitat Halloween, and “Animals on Safari” shows. Go to the Columbus Zoo website for more information. Boo at the Zoo is a great way to share Halloween with your children. Don’t forget to wear your costumes; it’s part of the fun!

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather in a pumpkin patch at Jacquemin Farms, located on Hyland Croy Rd. You can pick your own pumpkins and then soak up the October sun on a hayride, offered for $1 per person. They also have a Kiddie Playland area, complete with a straw maze, giant air toys, and a haunted house.

After everyone has their pumpkins, head over to Jeni’s Ice Cream in Historic Dublin for some special fall treats. Their seasonal flavors include Red Hot Apple Cider Sorbet, Pumpkin 5-Spice, and Smoked Chocolate with Handmade Marshmallows. They also have a new Pumpkin 5-Spice Sundae. You can eat your ice cream looking out on High St. and relaxing during the last hour of your fall family getaway in Dublin.

Enjoy your visit and Happy Halloween!


If you have any pictures of your visit to Dublin, send them to us and we’ll put them up on our new “Photos from Visitors” page on this blog.