June 2011


Dublin has a whole lot of fun planned for the Fourth of July.

Join your neighbors at Sunday’s at Scioto on Sunday, July 3rd for an evening of free music courtesy of the Dublin Arts Council. Starting at 7 p.m. in Scioto Park, the entertainment will be “Swing’s the Thing” a 16 piece big-band group that features classic sounds as well as current hits. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a great night outdoors.

The fun doesn’t stop on Monday, July 4th! The day begins with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby at 8 a.m. in front of the Dublin Recreation Center in the pond. Cast away and win prizes for the largest fish and enjoy spending time with your family! Parking is free and easy in the lot adjacent.

The Independence Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Metro Center Business Park (Corner of Frantz Road and 161) and continues down 161, turning right onto South High Street into the Historic District. Parking is plentiful – but arrive early for the easiest spots. Try parking in the Kroger Dublin Plaza, beside Sells Middle School, behind the Dublin Library/Indian Run Elementary or across the river at Scioto Plaza. High School Marching bands, neighborhood floats, children’s bike brigade, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and great American fun celebrating our Nation’s Independence. The parade usually takes an hour and a half, but most of the businesses in the Historic District stay open later so you can stroll around and shop!

After the parade our family goes home for a rest so we can stay up late that night to see the fireworks!

Come over to the Dublin Coffman High School for the rest of the festivities (corner of Coffman Road and Emerald Parkway). Gates open at 4:30 and it is free admission to the stadium.  The SkyHoundz Hyperflite Canine Frisbee Competition will take place at 5 p.m. Local bands will play from 5-8 and Smokey Robinson will headline the evening starting at 8:15. He’ll play until 9:45 then the fireworks will go off at 9:50. Handicapped parking is available in the High School lot, general parking can be found in Coffman Park, the Dublin Recreation Center, Verizon Wireless and Cardinal Health. Classic American fare can be purchased at the concession stands.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!

A Florida Reserve soldier says an emotional goodbye to his family before leaving for the Gulf War zone.

This guest post was provided by Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager of the Ohio Historical Society.

Anger and frustration, humor and beauty, camaraderie and death, victory and defeat. Just a few of the emotions a soldier experiences during times of war. As a life-long student of military history, I have come to appreciate the roller coaster existence of a soldier’s life. Whether 150 years ago during the Civil War, 70 years ago in World War II or today in Afghanistan and Iraq, our soldiers represent a group of Americans whose courage and dedication are to be admired and recognized. So, I am very excited that here at the Ohio History Center, we will do just that with the opening of The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute From the Civil War to Iraq on July 1st.

I first learned of this exhibit from the curator, Cyma Rubin in 2008 when we featured her exhibit Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs. Cyma explained to me then that she felt compelled to gather images of our soldiers to tell their stories through photographs. As I looked at the preliminary materials, following the photographs through every American conflict since war photography began, I was struck by the timelessness of the images. While the uniforms changed, you get a sense that these soldiers all came from the same experience. And perhaps that is true because soldiers come to their work for the same reasons: duty, honor, commitment. I am looking forward to going through the exhibit myself and seeing these images presented in near life-size to get the full impact of their stories.

Equally as moving for us as Ohioans are the three new exhibits we are opening on July 1st as well. Follow the Flag, an exhibit I have had the honor to work on myself, features the largest display of conserved Ohio Civil War battle flags, telling the stories of brave Buckeyes in Blue. Over Here, Over There and at Home: Ohioans in Time of War explores Ohio’s proud tradition of military service on the front and at home. Connecting to Your History is a hands-on experience where you can find ancestors and your place in Ohio’s past.

Admission: $5/ youth, $10/ adult, free for Ohio Historical Society members.

For more information call 614-297-2300 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/soldier.

The Ohio Historical Society is located at 800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43211, just off of I-71 at exit 111. The Dublin CVB is proud to partner with this center of learning.

This guest post was provided by Georgeanne Reuter, Executive Director of the Kelton House.

When: Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Always wanted to wear a hoop skirt and portray Scarlett O’Hara? Now is your chance. Lynda Kerr will present a lively look into a woman’s life in the era of the Civil Gallagher FacadeWar through costume and accessories. Lynda will unveil the secret of the layers of clothing worn by women during the era of the Civil War.

Closest to the skin were the drawers made of cotton, a chemise, and stockings held up with garters. The next layer featured the corset and a crinoline or hoop skirt. Next came the petticoat bodice or corset cover, followed by the bodice, skirt, belt and slippers. Then a shawl or jacket, accompanied by gloves, boots, parasol, and bonnet. Ladies would always carry a purse, handkerchief, fan and perhaps a watch pocket.

Lynda Kerr has been a re-enactor since 1995 when she saw her first Gettysburg re-enactment. She began to research period attire and to make costumes for family and friends, finally creating a business called the Colonel’s Lady Civil War Attire. She is a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust.

$5/person

For reservations call 614-464-2022 or email keltonhouse@cs.com.

Throughout 2011, the Kelton House Museum & Garden will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War through a series of lectures and activities.

This program is made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, a State Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Kelton House is located just 20 minutes south of Dublin in downtown Columbus at 586 East Town Street. The Dublin CVB is proud to partner with this local historic treasure.

The PGA Memorial Tournament in Dublin has passed, but we still can’t get enough golf! As “Ohio’s Most Prestigious Golf Address,” Dublin is within 20 minutes of 12 golf course partners and great club houses for hosting events. Golf tournaments are a popular activity for companies and organizations to raise money for charity and provide networking opportunities.

Golf tournaments always sound like a great idea, but the planning can be extremely time-consuming if you don’t know what you are doing. We took 8 great tips from the Golf Tournament Association of America to help you navigate the holes of your tournament.

Jack Nicklaus Statue in Dublin

Dublin's Statue of Jack Nicklaus

1. Defining Your Purpose and Goals

  • Know how much you want to raise or make. Have a good cause that you are knowledgeable about and have a clear, concise message to your attendees.

2. Staffing Your Event

  • Volunteers are the secret to success. Recruit the right people and maximize their efforts. Attaching a “title” to each volunteer gives them ownership of their duties (i.e. Sponsorship Chair)
    Make them accountable by reporting their efforts each meeting and rewarding those that make progress.
  • Work with other groups. Seek an organization that puts on their own tournament and combine efforts. Maybe Company A is lacking a great auction, but has golfers… and Company B has a fabulous auction, but needs golfers? Split the increased profit/donation down the middle.

3. Filling your field with Golfers

  • Formats increase participation. A “Scramble” is the most popular golf format, but it may not be right for your attendees especially if they are experienced or competitive. See a full list of golf formats.
  • Relationships are the key. Select well connected individuals to be on your committee. How many times have you done something just because your friend or colleague suggested you do it?

4. Finding the Golf Course 

The Golf Club of Dublin

The Golf Club of Dublin

  • Golfers want to play because of the Golf Course. A well kept, unique course will make people want to sign up. We recommend the Golf Club of Dublin— It’s designed with the spirit of golf from the British Isles and created by world-renowned designers Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. Golfers say they feel like they are playing in Dublin, Ireland. This course is the first of its kind in the Midwest with authentic links features. The Golf Club of Dublin’s Ballantrae Ballroom provides the right ambiance for socializing and enjoying a freshly prepared menu.
  • Get the best deal. Monday thru Wednesday are times of need for golf courses. You will be able to negotiate course fees and luncheon costs.

5. Selling Sponsors

  • Make your event big and get creative. Sponsors will love it and new sponsors will come. Secure a car company’s sponsorship by suggesting attendees test drive their car during the tournament. Give sponsors speaking time. Use large signs and banners. What are some ways you can drive attendees to their location after the outing?

6. Games/Contest/Gifts/Prizes

  • Rev up your auction with VIP packages. Lunch with a football star? Behind-the-scenes tour of a private golf course? Weekend getaways? These are items attendees WANT to auction for because they are experiential.
  • Turn your Awards Ceremony into a party. It’s your lasting impression to attendees. Sell tickets to those who aren’t participating in the tournament. Adding photos and video helps build memories and can be a marketing tool.
  • Give a good Tee Gift. Don’t give out knick-knacks that are useless. Work with your sponsors to cover gifts like leather duffle bags, iPods or an engraved bottle of whiskey.

7. Promoting your Event

  • Research your target market. Who are you “going after?” What is important to them? Who has attended in the past?
  • Show quality. Feature a celebrity guest, musical acts or live auctioneer. Make the information on your website easy to find, utilize e-newsletters. Drum up excitement about your event through attractive marketing.
  • Time line. Be working on your overall tournament package a year in advance and have quality programming put together and promoted a month before your event.

8. Wrap Up and Follow Up

  • Evaluate the good and the bad. Send out a survey to your golfers and make notes for areas of improvement.
  • Send personalized thank you cards. Include a “Save the Date” for next year.
  • Re-secure sponsorships. Get the companies contracted again BEFORE they spend next year’s budget elsewhere. Don’t forget to thank your sponsors with a creative item or award.

Reach out to the Dublin CVB to help you pick the best golf course for your group. We can also get you set up with accommodations and area-discounts. As always—our services are free.

-Post by Allison

This week we’re pleased to feature a guest post by Jaclyn Reynolds, Public Relations and Social Media Manager at COSI Columbus.

School may be out for the summer but there is still plenty to learn at COSI!  Here at COSI, Q and A is in our DNA so we’ve compiledCOSI Getaway Package plenty of things for you to do this summer!  We’ve got so much for you to do; chances are you won’t realize you were learning until you head back to school!  Here are five things you may not know about COSI:

1.  Movies are always better in 3D!  Check out a dinosaur roaring right in your face or a giant wave that looks like it’s about to come crashing down on you in our new digital giant screen theater.  See Waking the T.Rex: The Story of SUE in heart-pounding 3D or  wonder why you aren’t soaked after seeing The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti in 3D. 

2.  Next time you see fireworks, you’ll have a whole new outlook when you find out the “Science of Fireworks.”  Find out how fireworks blow up, how they launch into the air and how they get their pretty colors.  And with a grand finale of colorful explosions, you’re sure to have a great time!  Runs daily this summer at COSI.

3.  Sometimes science gets messy and who wants to clean that up?  We do!  Check out Messy Science Day on July 4.  It’s all things squishy, squirty and downright gooey!  Learn all about our favorite messy science experiments and demonstrations.  

4.  Who else parks giant farm equipment out on the riverfront so you can learn all about the science behind them?  COSI of course!  Come see big farm equipment August 17 – 21, 2011. 

5.   Dinosaurs!  All summer long you can see our colossal creatures “come to life” through animatronics, find your inner paleontologist with our 3,000 square foot maze testing your knowledge of the prehistoric and “be the dinosaur” in one of our exclusive interactive simulator pods!

And don’t forget to take advantage of the awesome Kids Eat FREE Summer Getaway Package that the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau has going on this summer!  Not only do you get discounted passes to the #1 Science Center in the country and the Columbus Zoo, but kids eat free AND you get to hang out in one of central Ohio’s real gems – Dublin! 

Visit cosi.org or call 614.228.COSI for more information.

~Jaclyn Reynolds, Public Relations and Social Media Manager COSI.

It’s PGA Memorial Tournament week here in Dublin, Ohio!  It is our city’s largest and most recognizable annual event.  We look forward to it all year.  This year’s event promises to be exciting—with the majority of the top 10 money winners on the PGA tour participating,Dublin Ohio PGA Memorial starting on Thursday morning when the first round begins.

My kids are already out of school and I want to go to the Tournament – should I hire a babysitter? No way! Bring them along! The Memorial is great fun for kids – especially since children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult.  We love to watch the golf together while sitting under a shady tree.  Then we can go for a walk along our favorite holes. We like hole #12 because the kids can see everything and there is always plenty of action to watch.  Be sure to visit hole #16 this year – it’s amazing how they’ve changed that hole.  While it’s still a Par 3 hole, they’ve added a lake in front of the link—so there is no way to get to the green without going over the water. Talk about a challenge!

Another fun activity for kids is the Junior Golf Clinic held at Safari Golf Club today, Wednesday June 1. This free event (please bring a canned food donation to help the Mid-Ohio Food Bank) gives great instruction on the game of golf and starts at 5:30 p.m. The first 500 kids will receive a gift bag and there is a chance to win two Patron Badges!

If your kids are autograph hunters – the players will sometimes sign autographs after they have finished playing their round. (Remember, kids under the age 12 with an accompanying adult can attend the Tournament all week long for free!)

 While you and your family are in Dublin, Ohio, there are lots of family friendly things to do.  Be sure to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium –named the #1 Zoo in nation by USA Travel Guide.  If time allows, include a visit to Zoombezi Bay—the Zoo’s 22.5 acre water park featuring 17 state-of-the-art water slides, a HUGE wave pool and a pirate ship!  Then, include a tour of Phoenix Bats—the only Pro-approved wood bat manufacturer in Ohio. As a special offer this week, you can save $2 off the tour fee and 10% off any purchase when you show your Memorial Tournament badge. Special tour times: Wed, Thurs and Friday (June 1-3) at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Call for details: 614/873-7776 )  

Have fun this week and be sure to wear your sunscreen! For more information, visit the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website.

~Post by Katie