July 2011

Is it the first time you and your family will be joining us at the Dublin Irish Festival? Here are some great tips to help you enjoy all the Festival has to offer!

  • Buy your tickets early. Visit www.DublinIrishFestival.org prior to August 4 to receive a great discount on your tickets. Pay online, print at home and just bring the paper to the Festival!
  • Kids 12 and under are free! The Wendy’s Wee Folk Area is filled with free crafts and entertainment while the Pot O’Gold Playland area requires a $10 wristband to enter. Inflatables, a climbing wall and mini-Gaelic games will be fun!  Be sure to bring some spending money for treats and souvenirs.
  • Park in Metro Place and enjoy the shuttle! Take 270 to exit 17A and turn right onto Frantz Road and right into Metro Place. You’ll see the signs for the shuttles and they run on a continuous loop so you’ll be having fun in no time! The Dublin Irish Festival also offers a Bike Valet service in two locations — so enjoy some of Dublin’s great bike paths and come on two wheels!
  • Beverage tokens are sold in different lines that the actual beverages. Soda, wine and beer all require tokens — with the exception of the Whiskey Tasting Sessions. You are allowed to bring two sealed non-alcoholic beverages (up to a total of 1 liter) per person in a soft-sided cooler into the Festival.

    Sand Sculpture being formed.

  • Seek out the quieter spaces at the Festival. Enjoy petting a Celtic Canine, listen to a traditional Irish story, strum a harp or watch the Sand Sculpture evolve before your eyes!
  • Be sure to watch some Irish Dancers! Consult the map at the Festival for times and stages and watch the feet fly to the rousing music. (Yes, those ARE wigs the girls are wearing!)
  • Save enough time to listen to some impressive music – at each stage! Usually in the shade, these music tents are fantastic places to sit awhile, enjoy some Festival food and hear a variety of music. With multiple performances throughout the Festival, there is music for everyone!

Come join us and have fun at the Dublin Irish Festival August 5-7!


~Post by Katie.

The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau has just launched our Capturing the Irish Attitude Photo Contest and we need YOUR help! Now through August 12, we are looking for some awesome photos that reflect our destination’s Irish Attitude! Photographers may be amateur or professional, but photos must reflect a Dublin Ohio location and can include people, local attractions, parks, events, shops, restaurants, pubs or signature Dublin sites. (Our 2007 winner can be seen below.)


Previous Winner of "Capturing the Irish Attitude" Photo Contest

Not feeling very creative right now, but still want to enter? Here is a list of a few places that would make for some great photo opportunities!

Images will be judged on (1) quality (2) of the brand (3) storytelling ability (4) impact (5) subject matter (6) composition and (7) creativity. All entries must be high resolution images and must be emailed to info (at) IrishisanAttitude.com no later than 5 p.m. Friday, August 12. A complete list of rules can be found on our website.

The Grand Prize is a weekend getaway for a family of 4 to Dublin, Ohio. Includes a 2-night weekend stay at the Holiday Inn Express Dublin, 4 passes to the Zoombezi Bay Water Park and the Columbus Zoo, 4 passes to COSI Columbus, 4 passes to SportsOhio and 4 Graeters Ice Cream Sundae Coupons.

Additionally, 1-4 honorable mentions will be rewarded (depending on entries), and winners will receive two passes to the Zoombezi Bay Water Park and the Columbus Zoo.

Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity! Be sure to get your entries in today.

~Post by Lexi

When I was telling friends about our family’s plans to visit the Wilds yesterday, most people I spoke with said, “I’ve always wanted to go there.” Please don’t delay this trip – Go!

We had the best family outing yesterday at The Wilds. We booked the “Wilds Animal Encounter” tour, which runs a little shorter because we had both grandparents and kids along. It was the perfect choice for our family. The Wilds also offers other tours that are longer — Open Air Safari — and closed vehicle tours — Safari Transport — to suit your family needs.

Coming from Dublin, it took us about one hour and fifteen minutes coming out Route 70. Our GPS led us a different way than the Wilds directions, so we tried both- they were about the same. There is a small detour in Zanesville but it was easily followed. Driving up to the Wilds we saw the beautiful Ohio countryside. We loved seeing the hills and farmland and it really made us feel like we were escaping the city for the day.

When you enter the Wilds property, you park in a lower parking lot. From there, a shuttle takes you up to the Visitor Center where you can purchase your tours, or just go ahead and board your tour if you reserved your tickets online. There are concessions and restrooms available here, and throughout the tour with regularity.

The open-air safari vehicle reminded me of the one at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – but with way more legroom and better seats. There is an area in the rear for wheelchairs and we were free to move around the vehicle once it came to a stop when we were viewing animals. Be prepared as the guide shared that they have two seasons – dusty and muddy! Also be sure to bring your binoculars and camera. The kids loved being able to take their own pictures when the animals were close to the vehicle.

Animals? Yep. We saw so many I can’t remember all the names. Entering the solar powered gates to different enclosures kind-of felt like Jurassic Park but without the fear that a Dino might be closer than he appears!

Bison were roaming a range – and the Wilds has close to 10,000 acres to range – so we had to look carefully to see them through the pastures. Some animals are so close they are next to the vehicle, and some are grazing in the distance. I loved seeing the animals in their natural behaviors – and seeing more than one species in an enclosure. Each enclosure had a natural water source, shelter and grazing areas.

We saw Bison, Giraffes, Rhinos, Camels, Zebras, Oryx, Osprey and the list goes on and on. On the longer tours, you will see even more animals! Our guide was great at giving facts about the different species and explaining their conservation efforts. Questions were encouraged and it was great to witness this experience with our kids!

When our safari tour was finished, we stopped at the Administration building where we were treated to some close-up animal encounters. A lot of these animals are the same “ambassador” animals the Columbus Zoo uses – but some were different. Touching the animals and lots of questions were encouraged and I think the kids really learned a lot about some unusual species.

We exited the vehicle at the Overlook building – which is aptly named. What a view! We wished we could stay overnight – and just might next time at one of the Yurts you can rent (Adults only though!). The zipline tours looked like fun and the horseback rider waved his hat at us as he went by. There is a café at the Overlook building as well as a Gift shop.

Catch a frequent shuttle back down to your car and you are on your way with a lot of great family memories – and kids sleeping all the way home!

~ Post by Katie

In honor of National Ice Cream month, we took our staff meeting to the local Jeni’s Ice Cream. To be honest, it was more about finding a cooler location to meet since our A/C was down–but it was a good excuse for us to savor some new flavors!

There is something about eating ice cream that makes you feel like a happy kid again. According to one study by scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, one taste of the frozen sweet treat sends a brain into its happy zone. Nothing like a good brain freeze, huh? 

If you’re among those who savor the sweet stuff, you have Ronald Reagan to thank for naming July National Ice Cream month (and the third Sunday in July “National Ice Cream Day”) in 1984. You can go HERE to read the actual proclamation that states that “ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food that is enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States.”

Is your mouth is watering for ice cream about now? Good. We rolled up our sleeves, dug into the trenches and did our due diligence to sniff (and taste) the best ice cream flavors in and around Dublin, Ohio. It was tough work, but someone had to do it. Here are a few notables:

• Graeters. Savor Graeter’s seasonal favs like peach, watermelon sorbet and coconut and you’ll understand why the French Pot process makes all the difference. Pay just $1.41/scoop on 7.17.11 when Graeter’s celebrates its 141st birthday. Plus, it’s the kick off of their SweetStakes where one lucky person will win a year’s worth of ice cream!

• Menchies. If frozen yogurt is more your thing, Menchie’s offers a do-it-yourself smorgasbord of flavors and combinations. Try the new Chocochella–a combo of two Italian favorites, creamy hazelnut and decadent chocolate. Yummissimo.

• MJs Candy Bar. Surprised to learn that the #1 candy store in Columbus serves ice cream? It all makes sense when you discover that it’s Hershey’s Premium Ice Cream that goes into MJs specialty milkshakes like Buckeye Blast, Shirley Temple and Shamrock Chip.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. We love our Jeni’s in Central Ohio … but she keeps surprising us with her out-of-the-box creations made using local ingredients. Recent favs: Backyard Mint, Peach Buttermilk, Coriander Raspberry and Askinosie Dark Milk Chocolate.

TehKu Tea Company. Dublinites love this local oasis for its ambiance and selection of nearly 200 teas, including a signature green called “Matcha.” Now you can get your green tea health benefits in the form of ice cream with TehKu’s own Matcha Ice Cream, as well as the new Chai flavor. (Available 7.22.11)

~Post by Mary

It’s pretty rare to host a national championship of any kind, let alone one that will attract participants from across the United States and USAFL Comes to Dublin Ohio abroad.

The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Dublin worked collaboratively for more than a year in an effort to land the United States Australian Rules Football National Championship right here in Dublin. We found out this week that Dublin was not only selected to host the 2013 National Championship but also the 2012 49th Parallel Cup, which is an annual event that features the United States National Team vs. the Canadian National Team. The event includes competition from both men and women. If you haven’t seen this sport, it is worth taking a look!  Both events will be open to the public.

These events translate into big business for Dublin – an estimated $2 million in economic impact will be spent by visitors and participants to these two events. The 2013 U.S. Australian Rules Football National Championship will be held in the fall at Darree Fields in Dublin and will attract teams from across North America and abroad. The annual championships include a variety of divisions for men and women and attract clubs representing more than 40 cities across the United States.

As you can imagine, securing these national championships was extremely competitive. Dublin competed against numerous cities across the United States and Canada. In the end, the tournament selected Dublin because of “tremendous facilities, passion and past history of hosting world-class events.” I’m not sure there are too many cities across the world with a population of only 42,000 that are hosts to so many international events – Memorial Tournament, Dublin Irish Festival, Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Can-Am Police Fire Games and now the U.S. Australian Rules Football National Championship – just to name a few!

To learn more about these events, visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com

~Post by Scott

Dublin, Ohio welcomes thousands of visitors every summer during the Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In.  As people flood the Dublin Metro Place July 8-9, 2011 so do incredible automobiles, entertainment and delicious food vendors.

So how exactly did Dublin start hosting the auto show?

In 1982 Bob Lincoln, the president of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and Leonard Immke, the owner of Immke Buick, shared a vision. They wanted to create an annual “classic” car show that would take place in Central Ohio to serve two purposes.

  1. Participants would have the opportunity to display and share their classic cars with others in the community
  2. The event would raise much-needed funds for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

That first year, Leonard made a few telephone calls and raised $50,000 while the show was held in the Immke lot.  The first show was a small one-day event, but it was very successful and planning for the next year began. The show was then moved to a new home at Metro Place in Dublin, where it has continued to grow. The Cruise-In now boasts over 1,500 cars that come from more than 20 states to compete for many prestigious awards.

The Metro Place in Dublinis a business park that has a loop shape. There are several Dublin hotels within this loop so those traveling for the show can stay right in the midst of the events. There are also plenty of free parking lots and grassy areas. Dublin’s free parking and spacious, suburban grounds make it a great place to host car shows. The Cadillac & LaSalle Club will be holding their National Meet at the Marriott Northwest on Blazer Parkway in Dublin August 10-13, 2011.

Arthritis Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In July 8-9, 2011

Please see below for the Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show schedule of events:

Friday, July 8, 2011

10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.    Registration
10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.   Judging
7:30 p.m.    Van-Dells Concert
8:30 p.m.   Awards Presentation



Saturday, July 9, 2011

7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Registration
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Judging                                            .
5:00 p.m.   Awards Ceremony & Parade
6:30 p.m.   Phil Dirt & The Dozers Concert

For each day, General Admission is $10 per person, children 12 and under are free. To purchase general admission tickets in advance, click here, print receipt and bring it with you to the event as your admission.

If you have any last minute questions, you may call the volunteer room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at (614) 760-7950

-Post by Allison

Can’t get enough Irish Attitude? If you wish the Dublin Irish Festival (August 5, 6 & 7) lasted all year long, take the opportunity to enhance your experience with the Irish Academy. In its 8th year, the Academy will play host to a wide variety of classes that highlight Irish music and culture. A brief description of the classes can be found below, with more details on the website.

  •  Beginning Bodhran: Learn this classical Irish instrument from a true Irishman and internationally known instrument maker. Bodhrans will be provided or available for purchase. Instructor: Michael Vignoles. Cost: $50.
  • Tin Whistle (Beginner Level): Who better to take lessons from than a multi-winner of the Irish Music Competitions in the United States? Instructor: Brian McCoy. Cost: $50.
  • Storytelling: Help preserve an old tradition from someone who experienced the seanachie (Storyteller) tradition firsthand when he lived with his grandfather in the Hills of County Kerry (Ireland). Instructor: Batt Burns. Cost: $50.
  • Bodhran, The Melody and Us (Intermediate/Advanced Level): Learn the master exponent of a subtle and sympathetic emphasis to bodhrán accompaniment from an original member of Téada. Instructor: Tristan Rosenstock. Cost: $60.
  • Flute (Intermediate/ Advanced Level): This founding member of the band Dervish and Irish music maven from a very young age is sure to teach all you need to know about one of the cores of Irish music. Instructor: Liam Kelly. Cost: $60.
  • Singing Workshop in English and Gaelic: A class with one of the most popular Irish traditional musicians and son of one of the most musically acclaimed Irish families is sure to be a surprising treat! Instructor: Séamus Begley. Cost: $60.
  •  Stylistic Features of Irish Fiddling (Intermediate/Advanced Level): An exploration of some of the techniques and traits associated with Irish fiddling, demonstrated with the aid of archival recordings taught by founder of noted group Téada. Instructor: Oisín Mac Diarmada. Cost: $60.
  • Fiddle (Intermediate/Advanced Level): A fantastic class from an Irish-American and National Heritage Fellowship Award-winning fiddler is sure to make you want to dance! Instructor: Liz Carroll. Cost: $60.

Classes will be held on Friday, August 5 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with a one hour break for lunch, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin. Classes range from $50-$60 per person and all students must be 12 years or older to participate.

To register for classes, you will need to print off the registration form and mail it in with a check or your credit card information.


~ Post by Lexi