June 2010

I’m the type of person that craves ice cream in the winter, but nothing beats satisfying your sweet tooth during the hot months of summer. Dublin Ohio has several options for your palate to beat the heat, but I highly recommend you make room for the new “cool” kid on the block– Menchie’s.

Menchie’s is a do-it-yourself frozen yogurt bar that’s just as tasty as it is fun. Just follow the 4-step rules:
1. Mix
2. Weigh
3. Pay
4. Yumm!

Pretty easy. You’re in charge of your own Menchie’s destiny and with over 100 flavor combinations there are plenty of paths you can take! Don’t worry though, you get to sample the available flavors.

I tried Strawberry Shortcake, Coffee, Pina Colada, and Georgia Peach before I settled on a dynamic duo–Pistachio and Peanut Butter Gold. They change the flavors almost every day so there is always something new to try. I can’t wait for their Irish Mint!

You can mix and match more than just your fro-yo. Add in some toppings like bananas and kiwi or cave into your chocolate craving with fudge brownie pieces and mini caramel cups.

One thing I like about the 4-step rule is that Menchie’s doesn’t charge you per topping. When you are finished creating your Menchie masterpiece just plop it on the weight scale. You are charged per ounce.

You will also feel good about plopping yourself on the scale when you eat Menchie’s. All of their frozen yogurt is non-fat or low-fat and they feature live and active cultures as required by the National Yogurt Association. Choose from low carb, no sugar added and dairy free options too.

Menchie’s sleek and vibrant environment is a friendly place to take children or grab dessert after a dinner date. Looking for a party venue? They have a special event room for 20-25 people that’s perfect for birthday parties or to celebrate a team’s winning season.

Menchie’s Sawmill
7545 Sawmill Rd. Dublin, OH 43016
Sun-Thurs: 11 a.m- 10 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.

-Post by Allison

Anyone visiting Coffman Park in Dublin, Ohio for the first time this Saturday (June 26) might think they’ve landed smack-dab in the middle of a low-budget thriller movie as hundreds of amphibian athletes taking over the park during the 44th annual “Dublin Kiwanis Frog Jump.”  Dublin’s oldest and longest running event is one of those things that you have to witness for yourself. Best of all, it’s cheap family fun. For just a $1 per person entry fee—you can rent a frog and test your mettle.

In addition to the slimy competitors, thousands of young “Frog jockeys” (ages 13 and under) are expected to bring their game faces and their best strategies. Elimination races begin at 10 a.m. Serious competitors select the perfect bullfrog from a large tank (or they can bring their own)—then head to the competitive rings where they face-off against other frog/coach teams. The human competitors stand back-to-back in the center of the circle, placing their frog friends on the grass. They wait for the signal. And they’re off. Fans scream and cheer. Young frog jockeys hit the ground behind their frogs (no touching is permitted) or blow on them to encourage movement. The frogs leap (if they feel like it). Or they sit.  Kiwanians referee.  The first frog that hops outside the large circle wins!

Little ones (frog-jockies-in-training) can test their skills–or just see if they can handle one of the slimy, warty guys–in the non-competitive “Kiddie Rings.”  Parents are invited to help out. Every little competitor here gets some kind of token prize just for taking part.

Competitors fall into one of two different age brackets; ages 8 and under or ages 9-13. (Sorry—but if you are over 13, you can’t compete for prizes.)  Older kids who win three races in a row earn a spot in the playoff rounds which begin at 3 p.m. And, yes, there is a championship round. Athletes that make it to this round—well, let’s just say they’ve busted the myth that there is no real strategy behind this type of athleticism. (But don’t ask them to divulge their secrets.) Past prizes for the champions have included new bicycles, Ipods, Columbus Clippers tickets, etc.  Visitors to the event can enjoy a variety of refreshments and other activities including sack races, inflatables and more.

As you might have guessed, preparation for the event begins well in advance. Local members of the Kiwanis Club of Dublin take the business of frog catching VERY seriously. “There are some die-hard frog catchers in our club that are dedicated to this task every year,” said Clay Rose, Treasurer & Co-chair of the Annual Frog Jump. “They go out at night to Dublin area ponds with flashlights and pillow cases.”  Rest assured that the frogs are treated humanely and are returned to the ponds after the event. But do the amphibious volunteers make it back to their original pond homes? “Let’s just say we encourage biological diversity,” Rose says.  

Dedicated to ‘serving the children of the world,’ the Kiwanis is a fellowship oriented organization. And the Frog jump is a big fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Dublin. Half of the event profits are split between NAMI Ohio (National Alliance for Mental Illness) and the Dublin Food Pantry. The other half of the profits help to fund the club’s year-round projects—including key clubs and boys/girls organizations.

So, don’t miss this slimy experience: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Pkwy. in Dublin, Ohio.  And don’t forget your camera!  To learn more about this event, visit www.dublinkiwanis.info or www.irishisanattitude.com

-Post by Mary

If your house is like mine, we have a calendar full of summer play dates and vacation plans.  Baseball season is in full swing and the pool is beckoning.  It’s summertime in Dublin, Ohio!

One of our favorite annual summertime events: the Sundays at Scioto concerts held Sunday evenings at Scioto Park from 7-8:30 p.m.  (Note: Scioto Park is located at 7377 Riverside Drive in Dublin, north of the I-270 overpass and south of Hard Rd. It is just five minutes south of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.) It is such a wonderful FREE event and a great way to wind down the weekend.  It’s easy because all you need is a blanket and a picnic.  No tickets or planning involved, it’s just a question of do we or don’t we, and off we go!  We grab takeout food and take turns choosing from some of our favorite places.  One child always picks Italian Subs from Tommy’s and the other likes Sunflower Chinese.  They do sell Jeni’s Ice Cream at Scioto Park for a cool treat during the concerts!

Parking is available on site with minimal walking. There is a children’s playground located in the park, near the river–if you arrive early. If you like treasure hunting/geocaching, be sure to search for the Riverbox!  We like to sit up on the hill above the stage, so the kids have room to roam. (Then, if we need to make a quick exit, we don’t disturb other concert goers.)

This summer’s Sundays at Scioto Concert lineup includes:

  • June 20: The Ark Band (Roots Reggae)
  • June 27: Westminster Faculty Jazz Quartet
  • July 4: Brass Band of Columbus (British Brass Band)
  • July 11: Spikedrivers (Rust Bucket Rock)
  • July 18: Eric Dove & Green Light Go (Country Rock)
  • July 25: British Invasion (British pop/rock)

Hope to see you there! 

For more information about these and other Dublin, Ohio arts events and exhibits, visit www.dublinarts.org or call 614/889-7444.  To plan a fun summer getaway itinerary in Dublin, Ohio–visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com)

-Post by Katie

When you work for a destination marketing organization, learning about a new attraction, restaurant or event feels like hitting aPhoenix Bats homerun. Such is the case with Phoenix Bats. (Sorry–couldn’t help the analogy.)  It’s exciting to have something new to share with your visitors–especially when its a factory tour AND something that will appeal to all ages.

The Phoenix Bat Company is a pro-approved wood bat manufacturer tucked away in an industrial park just minutes from the center of Dublin, Ohio. All bats are made on-site, on the most advanced machine used by any manufacturer. In just two minutes, visitors can see a tube of wood turned into a game bat suitable for a big leaguer or an amateur. The company started as a vintage baseball bat maker for players who play by 1860s rules (no glove worn!).  Phoenix now crafts bats for baseball and softball players of all ages, as well as award bats.  They run the most advanced bat making machine of any manufacturer in the world–cutting and sanding a bat in just two minutes! Phoenix Bats are used by pros including young hitting star Billy Butler of the Royals, Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, and numerous top prospects. They even have a batting cage where people can try out bats! (How cool is that?!)

 Best of all, groups (of four or more) can take a one-hour tour of the facility for just $10/per person–which includes a custom-engraved mini bat.  What a fun thing to do with a Little League team, scout group or tour group–huh?  Wouldn’t this make an awesome team building adventure?

So, if you are looking for a fun activity to add to the summer schedule for your family, club or group–check out Phoenix Bats.  Tell ’em your Irish friends sent you.

-Post by Mary

If you want to stump your friends with a great trivia question, ask them what is the only city in the World to host all three of golf’sThe Presidents Cup most prestigious international team competitions – the Ryder Cup, The Presidents Cup and the Solheim Cup? The answer – Dublin, Ohio!

During the annual Memorial Golf Tournament, Jack Nicklaus announced that Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin would host The Presidents Cup in October 2013. The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers — 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world (excluding Europe) — is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The impact of The Presidents Cup coming to Dublin is tremendous — generating an estimated $70 million to the local economy, attracting visitors from across the globe and a worldwide audience. This event will provide a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness of Dublin, Ohio as a great destination for not only golf events, but for other events as well. Having this type of event come to our town only enhances our visibility and credibility in hosting great events. It can open the door for us to attract other events, trade shows and conferences that are completely unrelated to golf.

Share the news with your friends, family, business associates from across the United States and abroad about The Presidents Cup coming to Dublin in 2013. Help us spread the word that Dublin, Ohio is a great place to visit and a great destination for world class events.

-Post by Scott

Dublin, Ohio hosts the Memorial Golf Tournament this week – our city’s largest and most recognizable annual event. Most golf fans will start following this year’s tournament, which will have the top 10 money winners on the PGA tour participating, on Thursday morning when the first round begins.

Having three young children, our fun starts on Monday with the first of three days of practice rounds. Watching practice rounds is great way to get up close to these great players in a very relaxed atmosphere. I don’t even mind bringing my 5-year-old daughter – who has the tendency to be a little loud at times. The players are great, they will sign autographs during their practice round, giveaway golf balls, gloves and even stop and talk to the kids.

If you are looking for some other things to do with the kids prior to the start of the Tournament, make sure you also visit Safari Golf Club on Wednesday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. for the junior clinic.  And, one last tip – remember that kids under the age 12 with an accompanying adult can attend the Tournament all week long for free.

-Post by Scott