May 2011

Trying to figure out what to do for your family reunion this summer?

The O'Reilly Clan's Reunion

Entertaining the toddlers, pre-teens, adults and everyone in between is no easy task. Common issues arise such as; Who’s bringing the potato salad? Uncle Larry is not going to want to sit in the heat. How long will everyone have to travel?

Here at the Dublin CVB, we believe summer is a time to slow down and have some fun. Check out our Planner Toolkit and see why Dublin is so great to hold a gathering (apart from our immense Irish Attitude) the Bureau’s Free Services help you find the right places to hold your reunion — perhaps one of our 52 accredited parks or our Riverbox/Geocaching adventure will suit you?

The Dublin CVB has about 30 experiences* that groups can enjoy. Our Irish activities bring out the ‘Irish Attitude’ in visitors and our local partner attractions.

The City also has great multi-cultural attractions that we want families to do if a wee bit o’ Ireland isn’t right for them.

The Dublin CVB’s new ‘Around the World in Dublin, Ohio’ experiences offer a behind-the-scenes look, taste, touch and smell of various cultures and regions. Did you miss our ‘Big Group Fun’ blog post?  These custom activities, like the tour of Ohio’s only professional bat maker, also provide new ways for local reunion planners to experience Dublin and show off their hometown to family members. Learn how Dublin locals can Bring an Event Home and Win a Weekend Getaway.

Tour of Phoenix Bat Company

But don’t just take our word for it. Read the story of the O’Reilly Clan featured in the latest issue of Reunions Magazine. They had their first combined reunion in Dublin, Ohio last August. Although they did not take advantage of the tourism programs, they did center their reunion around the Dublin Irish Festival. 

Here’s a clip of what the Rockford, Illinois planner had to say:

Dublin Irish Festival- Gatherings at the Pond

“I wish every family could experience having a reunion in Dublin.” Tim Reilly said. “70 year old men were hugging and kissing me because it was the grandest affair they had ever attended. The atmosphere in Dublin, Ohio is special. We were a part of the whole celebration. Everywhere we went we felt special.”

*Most tourism programs are available exclusively to groups staying at one of Dublin’s 14 hotels.

To learn more contact Allison Potter:
Twitter: @alli_DublinCVB

This post comes from guest writer Gretchen Friend, Coordinator for the Historic Dublin Business Association.

Sláinte (pronounced SLON-CHA) is the Gaelic or Celtic equivalent of  the friendly toast, “Cheers” or “To your health!”  Just saying it out loud makes you wish you were Irish, huh?  In fact, many of the residents of Dublin,Ohio have embraced this vibrant culture from across the Atlantic by partaking in many of the traditions which makes Dublin,Ireland so interesting.

Next Thursday, May 19 marks the first Sláinte Thursday of 2011–a fun evening of cheer  in the the City’s Historic District. These exciting third Thursday celebrations are held throughout the summer months in Dublin, Ohio.  Beginning at 4 p.m., restaurants are buzzing with live music while shops and businesses ready for a steady stream of visitors to the area. Specials, open houses, children’s activities and food sampling create a swirl of activities for all ages.

Created for locals and visitors alike, a Sláinte Thursday celebration is just right for those warm summer nights. Live musical melodies at several locations throughout Historic Dublin lead people from place to place as they visit the district. My favorite is part of the evening is walking along the brick sidewalks under the canopy of shade trees. It’s so quaint, yet hip!  No one is pushing me to a deadline (unless it’s getting the last taste of a special in one of the many great restaurants).

The May 19th  Sláinte Thursday will feature a golf theme–a nod to the world-class PGA Memorial Tournament that Dublin, Ohio will host May 30-June 5.  During Sláinte Thursday folks can try their putting skills on nine greens placed around the Historic District. Knocking all the balls in the holes will give you a chance to win tickets to the Memorial Tournament or many other great gift certificates and prizes from Historic Dublin businesses. Live music by Rockbridge Crossing will play from the Frog Park, next to the Visitors Center (9 S. High St.)

Catch the Trolley as it passes by each hole, if the walk is too much for you. From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. the Trolley loop will follow South High Street up to the library and back. Or just meander up and down the sidewalks, enjoying an ice cream or iced tea, a little patio dining, some great shopping and plenty o’ fun!   See you Thursday, May 19!    Sláinte!     

For more information about Sláinte Thursday, visit or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

~Gretchen Friend, Historic Dublin Business Assocation Coordinator

Just in time for great weather … guest writer David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Dublin Arts Council, shares some great ideas to celebrate art, nature and warmer temperatures!

The weather is improving. It’s time to get out and about and enjoy our area parks. And what better way to discover hidden treasures than by finding Dublin Arts Council’s Riverboxes? Small 3D original works of art, the Riverboxes are hidden in our Dublin, Ohio parks and will bring you in touch with your creative side — and the environment. Riverboxes are modeled after the hobbies of Letterboxing or Geocaching and provide “an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming treasure hunt-style outdoor quest.” (Thank you to for that definition!)

Riverboxes contain a space that houses a journal, artist and site information and an artist-created ink stamp. Hobbyists bring their own journal and ink stamp, placing their “mark” and a note in the Riverbox journal, while also logging and stamping the artists’ stamp in their own journal.

We’ve discovered that it’s a perfect way for grandparents to spend time outdoors with grandchildren. It’s also a truly creative first date. You can begin this new hobby in Dublin and can enjoy it all over the world!

Dublin Arts Council began the project in 2007. Currently there are seven Riverboxes, created by Ohio artists, on view in Dublin parks that have access to the Scioto River. Three more will be unveiled on May 21 in Washington Township’s Homestead and Kaltenbach Parks. This collaboration with Washington Township is the first “Riverbox Tributary” project, linking Washington Township parks’ watershed environments with the Scioto River.

The new Riverboxes will be as unique as the artists who were selected to create them:

  • Giancarlo Calicchia of Cleveland. Calicchia was raised in Italy and works with natural materials, primarily stone. His artwork can be found in Italy, Mexico, Haiti, the U.S. and Canada.
  • Andrea Myers who creates abstract layered organic artwork. Myers recently moved to Columbus from Chicago. She currently teaches at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
  • Katlin Rothacher, a graduate of Kent State University who lives in Hartville, Ohio and works primarily in fiber and textiles.

The artists visited the parks in February and are busy putting the finishing touches on their Riverboxes. We can’t wait to see what they have created!  All three artists will be on hand at the opening reception, May 21 from 10 a.m. -12 noon at The Homestead Park, Lakeside Pavilion, 4675 Cosgray Rd., in Hilliard, Ohio.  While there, visitors can make a potato ink stamp and paper bag journal and be among the first to receive clues to the whereabouts of the newest Riverboxes. As with almost all we do at Dublin Arts Council, the event, and the activity, are free of charge.

Please visit for information about the unveiling and for clues and GPS coordinates for the whereabouts of all of the Riverboxes. To learn more about Letterboxing or Geocaching, please visit, and  Please be sure to tell us about your experience in our online guestbook. 

~Guest blog post by David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council.

Planning to treat Mom to a spectacular Brunch this Sunday?   Consider these Dublin, OH restaurants for unique menus, lovely settings and great memories. (Note: Call ahead for reservations and to confirm pricing.)

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel in Metro Place. Prime Rib of Beef, Omelet Station, Breakfast and Dinner Entrees, Salads, Kids Buffet and a scrumptious dessert bar. 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. 600 Metro Place North. 614/760-7939.  
  • Marriott Columbus Northwest at Tuttle Crossing  The beautiful full-service Marriott Northwest puts out an amazing buffet spread to rival any other. Be sure to make your reservation early–as this one books quickly. 5605 Blazer Pkwy. 614/791-1000 ext. 4762
  • Digger & Finch.  Enjoy live music by Steve Ward, along with your buffet. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations required. $24.95 adults; $10.95 kids.  6720 Riverside Dr. 614/889-8585
  • Salvi’s Bistro — Prime Rib of Beef, Baked Ham, Pork Roast, Fried Chicken, and a variety of pastas and side dishes, salads and desserts. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults $24.99, Children (5-11) $12.99, Children 4 and under are free. 5000 Upper Metro Place. 614/874-0466.
  • Golf Club of Dublin. Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Adults $21.95, Children (6-12) $9.95, Children 5 and under are free. 5805 Eitherman Rd.  614/792-3825.
  • Hoggy’s. Mom can enjoy all of Hoggy’s signature comfort foods from the buffet, or try one of the featured new menu items. Buffet 11 a.m.-9 p.m.  Adults $15.95, Children $8.95.  7509 Sawmill Rd. 614/791-8661
  • Hyde Park Steakhouse. Enjoy an elegant brunch including salad, choice of entree and dessert from 12-3 pm. $27.95 per person.  6360 Frantz Road 614/717-2828
  • J. Liu’s.  Treat mom to J. Liu’s unforgettable brunch comprised of their signature classics. 50 W. Bridge St. in Historic Dublin  614/718-1818
  • La Scala Italian Bistro One of Dublin’s longstanding local establishments offers their famous Italian specialties. 4199 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.  614/889-9431
  • Montgomery Inn (at the Shoppes at River Ridge) What mom doesn’t love amazing barbeque (especially when it’s prepared by someone else)? Add the lovely vistas overlooking the Scioto River and you can’t miss!  4565 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. 614/791-7427

If you are looking for great gift ideas for Mom, try our local garden centers. From potted plants for the front porch to patio tomato pots, these stores also carry a great gift section as well:

-Baker’s Village Garden Center in Shawnee Hills 614/889-9407
-Cedarbrook Nursery in Shawnee Hills 614/766-2100
-Oakland Nursery (Dublin-Granville Rd.) 614/874-2400
-Strader’s Garden Center in Shawnee Hills 614/792-1970