March 2010

After a long, cold winter—it’s nice to know Easter is almost here.  It brings jelly beans, egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, daffodils … and (for many of us) Easter Brunch! If you’re like me and your favorite thing to make is RESERVATIONS, then look no further than Dublin OH. Several restaurants are offering special menus just for Easter Sunday (April 4). Below are a few of our favorite picks. (Note: Most of these restaurants require reservations. Seating is limited. Call in advance. All restaurants are located in Dublin, Ohio 43017 unless otherwise noted; 614 area code.)

  • Columbus Marriott Northwest (5605 Blazer Pkwy. 791-1000) 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  This ambitious Easter buffet includes an assortment of soups and salads, seafood, fresh fruits/berries/vegetables, a breakfast station, carved meats, six different entrees and a dessert station.  Have a picky little eater? Plated children’s meal upon request with kid-friendly picks like hot dogs and chicken tenders. ($29.95/adults; $22.95 seniors; $11.95 children, 6-12)
  • Crowne Plaza Columbus/Dublin (600 Metro Pl. N. 760-7939)  10-2:30 p.m.  Buffet featuring Chef’s Carving Station/Omelet & Crepe Station, breakfast items, dinner entrées and children’s buffet. Live piano music, ice and food sculptures. ($24.95/adults; $18.95 seniors, 65+; Children 6-11 $14.95; Children under 6 – FREE) 
  • Digger & Finch. (6720 Riverside Dr. 889-8585) 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Appetizer buffet, pick your entrée (i.e. Rack of Lamb, Beef Wellington, Salmon Strudel, Grilled Ham Steak). Dessert buffet! ($24.95/adults. $12.50/children)  
  • Bravo Italian Kitchen (3000 Hayden Rd. Columbus 791-1245) 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Choices include Italian inspirations (Bistecca Benedict), traditional favorites (Stuffed French Toast or Omelets) and more (Crab Cakes & Eggs). (Price range: $8-$14)
  • Golf Club of Dublin. (5805 Eiterman Rd. Dublin, OH 43016  792-3825)  Seatings: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Buffet includes breakfast items, tossed salads, leg of lamb, chicken, tilapia, pasta, roasted veggies, desserts and pastries. Reservations required. ($19/adults; $8/children under 10)
  • J. Liu Restaurant (50 W. Bridge St. 718-1818) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Easter brunch buffet with Prime rib, Ham, omelets, shrimp cocktail, Asian and Italian options and house-made desserts. ($25/adults; $21/seniors; $13/children, ages 4-11) Reservations required.
  • Café Ephesus (6720 Perimeter Loop Rd. 614/798-8091) 12-9 p.m. Full menu—includes several lamb dishes.

-Post by Mary


Some might say that the weather for last Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Celebration in Dublin, Ohio was authentically Irish. It rained. Quite a bit. In fact, I don’t

2010 Dublin OH St. Patrick's Parade

think it stopped raining (but we’ll check with those people who marched or rode in the 90-minute parade, to be sure).  Still, the Irish attitude was never more evident … just check out the smiles on the faces in our photos from the event.

Sure, there were a lot more plastic ponchos, rainboots, slickers and umbrellas than we usually see during this fun celebration, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit. We’re of hardy stock, here in Dublin, Ohio. We like our celebrations … and there is nothing that is going to come between us. Certainly not a little precipitation. That’s the great thing about Irish Attitude.  It rises above.  

-Post by Mary

This Saturday marks an important day. The St. Patrick’s Parade in Dublin (OH)  is a big part of our family tradition.  Whether it’s with the cub scouts, neighborhood association, church or the Dublin CVB’s entry–you’ll always find the Rich family in the Dublin Parades!

Dublin OH St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Dublin CVB has been a part of the St. Patrick’s Day parade for more than 10 years.  In earlier years, one of our board members would drive “Skelly the Leprechaun” (the official Dublin CVB Mascot) in a convertible.  It wasn’t elaborate, but it sure was fun to see the kids smile at a the “real-life” leprechaun!

For the past few years, we (the Dublin CVB staff) have created a float.  The theme always reflects our Irish Attitude and it’s fun to tweak it from year to year.  The first year that we took on the challenge of building a float, we stuffed tissue paper squares (pomps) into chicken wire sprayed with adhesive.  After one garage wall became permanently sticky from all the glue spray, we decided a different approach was in order!

Last year’s float featured a rainbow made out of Christmas tinsel garland and a pot o’ gold. This year it will feature … well, I’m not telling.  You’ll have to come to Dublin to see it on Saturday.

One key component of our float is the fun time we share with our families and friends.  The comraderie that comes from rising early on a cold Saturday morning to hurry and get in line for the parade–(only to stand for 1–1/2 hours eating doughnuts)–is unparalleled.  But walking the parade route more than makes up for the wait time because you get to see all your friends and neighbors. (It’s amazing to see how happy people become when you hand them a string of green beads!)

Will we see you on Saturday?  Look for the (hopefully) award-winning DCVB float in position #9!

(Note: The Dublin Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010. It begins at Metro Center off Frantz Rd. and heads east along SR 161/Bridge St. into Historic Dublin, then south on High St.)

-Post by Katie

In case you haven’t seen these beautiful photos of Dublin, Ohio, firefighters and police officers sporting the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games apparel, check them out on our brand new Web site.

Our models are really rocking the looks, aren’t they?  Show your support by ordering your own Dublin Can-Am Police-Fire Games polo, t-shirt or hat and tell the world you’ll be bringing the heat this August 15-22!

Don’t forget, if you know anyone who might be interested in playing in the Olympic-style games, direct them here. It’s an incredible opportunity to meet, bond with, and compete against other law enforcement and fire service personnel (and their spouses) while competing in 58 different events.  

– Post (and photos) by Kelly

There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.”  Well, as you may know by now–in Dublin, Ohio we’re not really Irish. But we do have Irish Attitude, which is why we prefer this Irish quote: “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.”  And it is a little growin’ we intend to do on Saturday, March 13th.   That’s the day that the City of Dublin celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, it’s a a few days prior to the official St. Patrick’s Day, but we’re rather fond of getting the party started early here.

Waiting for the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio

The city will be rollin’ out the green … and all-things-Irish. From the Pancake Breakfast that starts at the crack of dawn to the toe tappin’ fiddle music of the Celtic band Mythica, the City will be reverberating with Irish Attitude.  Below is information on some of the many events happening throughout the City on Saturday (March 13). Plan your agenda, put on your green sweater, t-shirt, hoodie, hat, tattoo and/or nail polish and come join the fun. Bring your camera. Bring the wee ones.

Start your day at the Lion’s Club annual Pancake Breakfast   at Sells Middle School. 7-11 a.m. (150 W. Bridge St.) $6 adults; $4 children (under 12) You’ll need the bulky breakfast to keep you warm during the awesome  City of Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade   It starts at 11 a.m. and heads east on Bridge St. (SR 161) through Historic Dublin. Look for the sea of green!

After the parade, think food and fun … with an Irish flair.  Visit  Whole Foods Dublin (3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.) between 12-2 p.m. for an “Irish Tasting” event with live music. Enjoy Irish tea & scones with Cindy Thomson, author of Brigid of Ireland  at TehKu Tea Company (55 S. High St.) from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

 The American Cancer Society Blarney Hop will be held at The Shoppes at River Ridge from 12-4 p.m. (6436 Riverside Drive) with family friendly activities for all ages. Speaking of family fun, visit  Sugar, Inc.  (36 N. High St.) immediately after the parade. The kids can decorate a holiday cookie while the adults savor Chocolate Guinness cupcakes and St. Pat’s decorated treats.

From 4-7 p.m. at The Brazenhead Irish Pub (56 N. High St.), the east coast band Mythica takes the stage to heat up the celebration with some of their signature Celtic music.  (It’s sure to be standing room only–so arrive early!)  If you’re a lad with great legs (and a kilt), then don’t miss the St. Patty’s Kilt Contest at  Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland at 6:45 p.m. Contestants will then parade through the Dublin Village Tavern (75 S. High St.) where a winner will be chosen.

AND there’s more! Visit the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Web site, sign up for our Destination Dublin e-Travel Club and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the insider scoop on March events in Dublin, OH. And, remember one more thing. You don’t need Irish in your blood. Just in your soul.

-Post by Mary

Now that central Ohio has received roughly a billion inches of snow, I have decided to start pretending it’s May already. Sure, snow was fun when I was seven and building awesome forts in my front yard, but at this point in my life, I feel about snow the way I feel about bouncy castles: fun for three

PGA Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio

 minutes, but after that it’s just tiring and potentially dangerous.

That’s why I’m happy to announce that I’ve set my sights on an event not-so-far in the future, when the snow will have melted, shorts season will be in full swing, and thousands of visitors and residents alike will be enjoying some serious golf: The Memorial Tournament, of course!

I’m happy to announce the Buy a Badge, Bring a Friend for Free promotion:

Every badge you purchase to this year’s Memorial Tournament will afford you a week’s worth of the best that golf – and golf’s Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus – have to offer.  Plus, bring a friend to a practice round day of their choice, at no extra charge (a $30 value).

Order your Memorial Tournament badges by April 15, 2010 for your exclusive shot at this exceptional benefits package:

  • $25 Gift Card – $25 worth of purchasing power for food, beverages and merchandise throughout Tournament week
  • Complimentary Golden Bear Signature Club Membership – Receive members-only benefits including a custom lanyard, exclusive prize drawings, Memorial Tournament e-News and much more.
  • Flexible Payment Plan – Conveniently pay for your ticket order in two installments

Get in on this amazing offer by April 15, and you’ll be looking forward to summer even more than you are now! See you at the links. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of a green summer.

– post by Kelly