September 2011

Sigh. The busy summer travel season has come to a close again. Wait. Let me say that again … the busy summer travel season has come to a close again. Back in the day, that meant you had to wait another year until vacation rolled around again. But it’s a brand new day! Take it from a die-hard traveler, there couldn’t be a better time to take a getawaythan Fall. Why, you ask?Dublin Ohio Fall Getaways

1)      We’ve got your color. Ohio is showcasing its auburn leaves, orange pumpkins, golden sunsets and amber waves of grain (or corn or soybeans). There are hayrides, apple picking, pumpkin patches and ghost tours awaiting. The temperatures are cooler, the bonfires are warmer. Now is the time to stop and catch your breath.   Hint: (the website for the Ohio Division of Tourism) offers a Fall Color Report, an Autumn Adventures section and a myriad of fun events happening all over the Buckeye State.   

2)      Great rates. With the kids back in school and folks back to their fall routine, there are plenty of great hotel rates and packages to be found, making it possible for you to visit the same places you were considering a month ago … at a fraction of the price! Competition is fierce for your travel dollar at this time of year.   Hint:  Search online for great deals. Don’t forget to visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau websites of your destination—where you’re likely to find great, exclusive deals like the Dublin CVB’s Fall Getaway Package (which offers discounted passes to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and COSI Columbus).

3)      No Crowds.  Call me crazy, but I love to explore a Zoo, museum, shopping mall and other attractions when I don’t have to wait in long lines, get bumped by people around me or herded in mass crowds like sheep.  You, too? Then Fall could be your magic travel season, as well.  Hint: Mondays are usually one of the “lightest traffic days” at attractions, museums, etc. If you are going on the weekend, start early and arrive when the gates open to get a jump on the crowds. Check attraction calendars for special events.

4)      FOOTBALL!  At risk of contradicting what I just said about crowds, I have to admit that there are those rare occasions where you WANT to be part of a large crowd … like a college Football Game!  There’s something about being packed into a stadium like sardines, all dressed in your team colors and screaming GO BUCKS! (Or whatever your lesser team of choice might be : – )  Hint:  Check for online packages that cater to fans. For example, our OSU Football Getaway offers a choice of discounted hotels and team related goodies. (Tickets not included.)

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~Post by Mary

The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau encourages you to celebrate Half-Way to St. Patrick’s Day on September 17, 2011. This holiday is not nationally recognized, but we love St. Patrick’s Day so much that we just have to share the news.

In fact, according to US News & World Report, Dublin was chosen in the Top 10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade in America, right along with New York, Chicago and Boston.

That’s a lot of Irish Attitude. And we can’t wait till March 2012!

The Shamrock Club of Columbus hosts a Half-Way to St. Patrick's Day Celebration

 St. Patrick’s Day Fun Fact: 
St. Patrick himself used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and that is why the shamrock has been associated with him and the Irish since that time. The Dublin CVB proudly dots our “I” with a shamrock in our logo and Central Ohio is proud to have a great Shamrock Club.

 The Shamrock Club of Columbus knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – twice a year.  On Saturday, September 17, 2011, they will be celebrating Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day at their Columbus location.  Performances include Regan-Rankin Academy of Irish Dance, Cyril Scott Pipe Band, Capital City Pipe & Drums, Shamrock Club Pipe & Drums, and “The Hooligans” throughout the evening.


When: Saturday, September 17, 2011 — Doors Open at 5:00PM
Where: The Shamrock Club- 60 West Castle Rd. Columbus, OH 43207
5:30p.m. Regan-Rankin Academy of Irish Dance (on the outdoor stage)
6:30p.m. Cyril Scott Pipe Band, Capital City Pipe & Drums, Shamrock Club Pipe & Drums
7:30p.m.  “The Hooligans” An Irish-American Band

ADMISSION: General Public $8.00, $5.00 for Shamrock Club members.
(12 and under admitted free of charge)

CONTACT: 614-491-4449 email:

-Post by Allison




 This guest post is by David S. Guion, Executive Director of the Dublin Arts Council.

Have you ever dreamt of flying? This fascination with flying has helped inspire choreographer Keely Shaffer-Glenn to create Gravity’s Ripple III, a site-specific dance performance on the sloping riverfront grounds of Dublin Arts Council. Keely’s talented and agile dancers will incorporate balloons and paper airplanes as they encourage the audience to come along for the ride. Challenging the slope of the hill and the weight of gravity, the dancers will guide the audience through journeys of flight and fancy.

Gravity's Ripple III

All are welcome to experience a dress rehearsal on Friday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Dr., in Dublin. Dancers and non-dancers of all ages are encouraged to attend. We encourage young children and their families to picnic on the grounds after the performance and enjoy the scenery.

You’re also invited to two free performances of this original work, Friday Sept. 16 and Saturday Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Dublin Arts Council. The performance is approximately 40 minutes in length and will be followed by a Q&A session with the choreographer and the dancers. Sunset and nature will surely play a feature role in the performance.

Gravity’s Ripple was first presented in 2009, and continues to receive supportive audience feedback. Most people have never attended a contemporary dance performance before – and certainly not outside. Their enthusiasm has encouraged us to continue this unique project.

The project is offered free of charge through an array of collaborations and financial supporters. Gravity’s Ripple III is presented by Dublin Arts Council and OhioDance in collaboration with The Ohio State University Department of Dance and Ohio Department of Education Division of the Arts with additional support provided by Ohio Arts Council and the Target Foundation.

Come fly with us! To learn more about Dublin Arts Council, please visit us at

~Post by David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council

This guest post was provided by Katie Ronske at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. We figured she could give you the “inside scoop” on Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest far better than we could!  

It’s fall in Columbus which means it’s time for, you guessed it, Fall Fest at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!  This summer has been a scorcher, and if you visited us here at the Zoo you may have left with a slight sunburn and sweat…well, everywhere. Now that the temps have finally dropped, dig out your comfy sweatshirts and jeans and head to the Zoo for some fall fun beginning this weekend at Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest.

This year’s Fall Fest celebration kicks off on Sep. 10 -11 and continues Sept. 17-18. Festivities include pumpkin carving, delicious fall food, country music, kid-friendly entertainment, character caravans, animals bobbing for apples and more! Nick Jr.’s Kai-lan will join the fun on Sept. 10-11 and our very own Jungle Jack Hanna will be live on stage with our Animals on Safari stars on Sep. 17-18.

Looking for more fall fun? Meet your Best Friend at the Zoo on Oct. 8 when area rescue organizations and humane societies provide guests with an opportunity to rescue some of their favorite furry friends. This is your opportunity to visit the Zoo AND go home with an animal…no lions, tigers or bears, of course.

After you take your new friend home, come back on Oct. 9 for Colo’s Classic Car show featuring your favorite classic, muscle and low-rider cars from all over Ohio. The cars will be parked at Jungle Jack’s Landing and Colo’s Cove and there will be plenty of  raffle prizes and awards!

Local retailers aren’t the only ones dusting off the black and orange Halloween décor. Boo at the Zoo is right around the corner and we’ve got Casper, Spider-Man and Captain America to help us celebrate. Witch? Lion? Ghost? There’s still time to decide, but mark your calendars for the weekends of Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30 for this merry (not scary) event! We’ll see you at the Zoo!

For more information about these events, visit

This guest post was written by Sergeant Craig Hungler, a Chaplain with the Dublin, Ohio Police Department and 9.11 responder.  

As most who were adults on 9-11-01 I will remember precisely where I was upon hearing of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m.  It was a beautiful clear morning in Dublin, not a cloud in the sky.  I was getting ready for my shift at the

Cross at Ground Zero

Dublin Police Department. That afternoon I received the call that I had been anticipating all day. It was a call from The International Conference of Police Chaplains with whom I had been a member for 11 years, requesting I be on a team travelling to New York to assist by counseling police officers of the Port Authority Police Department.

Early that Sunday morning myself and two other chaplains from Central Ohio, Chaplain Leo Connolly of The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Chaplain Jeff Slider of the Delaware Police Department, headed towards New York. The entire drive up was full of questions which had no answers at the time. “How many officers would our team counsel?” “How many were dead?” “Would the three of us make any difference?” By far however the biggest question that loomed was, “WHAT will we say?”  Thankfully, through prayer, words came forth and the questions were answered. We were there to have a ministry of presence with these officers who had lost so many friends. Those officers were not really looking for answers as much as they were looking for assurance, comfort and affirmation.

The three of us were there for a week the first trip. During this week we spent time with officers at Ground Zero; spent time with them in the substations and spent time with them in their homes talking with the officers and their families. The events of 9-11 had taken 37 of the Port Authority Police Department family, an agency which is much smaller than the NYPD who lost 23 personnel that evil day.

Entrance to US Customs Building 9.11

Despite the magnitude of the day and the evil force which carried out these attacks, there were certainly signs of God’s Love in New York following the attacks. This was evident in very tangible ways, not only in New York but in the entire Country. For a brief period of time it seemed that everyone in the country set aside their personal, political and career agendas to care for one another. People turned to their faith which was either already a big part of their life, or became a big part of their life. I remember speaking about this phenomenon during the year following the attacks. What a great place our country would be if we are able to hold on to the closeness we experienced following 9-11 for the long term, as a living tribute to all those who had their life taken on 9-11. Unfortunately, I feel this was lost within a few years of that dark day.

It is my prayer that you will join us this weekend at the Dublin Field of Honor, located on the field east of the Dublin Coffman High School football field. Come together as citizens to show the rest of Ohio, the nation and the world that we are a people of compassion and love. As you walk through the rows of flags, each one representing a life snuffed out on 9-11, pledge to live each day that you have in a way to honor those lives. What a wonderful State and Country we would have, but it must start with each one of us.

Leo Connolly, Jeff Slider and Craig Hungler -Departing for NYC 9.11.2001

May God bless you not only this weekend but always. Look forward to seeing you this weekend!

 ~Guest post by Craig Hungler

NOTE: The City of Dublin Ohio will mark the 10th anniversary of 9.11 with an awe-inspiring display of flags that will pay solemn tribute to the 3,000 victims that died on this tragic and historic day. These 3 foot by 5 foot flags standing 8 feet tall in perfect rows will be on display from Saturday, September 10 through Monday, September 12 at the Dublin Coffman High School practice field across from Cardinal Health on Emerald Parkway. This collaborative community tribute will recognize the 9.11 victims and provide a field of remembrance for a day we can not and will not forget.
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Deep dish pizza, Navy Pier and over 1,200 meeting professionals.

No, that’s not quite my top 5, but that is how I spent part of last weekend when I attended Connect Marketplace in Chicago, Illinois.

Connect Marketplace is an interactive conference, trade show and gathering where meeting planners, suppliers and experts in many fields have the opportunity to share ideas and best practices, as well as develop valuable relationships.

It’s a reverse trade show format where each destination will schedule a series of appointments with qualified meeting planners.

So basically, it’s like speed dating.

  • I have six minutes to make a meeting planner fall in love with me errr… Dublin, Ohio. Within these six minutes I find out if they plan any conferences that would fit well in the facilities we have here in this City.
  • If there’s a connection (CONNECTion) we will continue to date each other and perhaps get married. In other words, the planner will sign a contract with one of our Dublin hotel properties and their group will get to enjoy everything Dublin offers.
  • More meetings in Dublin means more revenue to our City.

Connect Marketplace at Navy Pier -- Chicago, IL

Did you know?

For every $1 Ohio spends on tourism advertising 13 new tax dollars are generated. –Ohio Tourism Works

The Dublin CVB actively works to bring that new business to our City through an aggressive marketing plan. Connect Marketplace is just one of our strategies.

 The REAL 5 best things about attending conferences like Connect Marketplace:

  1. You get to inform others about your organization. Where is Dublin, you ask? What is there to do in Dublin? Oh girlfriend, let me tell you!
  2. You meet so many new people! From planners to other CVB’s representing destinations across the nation.
  3. You learn new tips, resources and information that you can start implementing right away.
  4. You get to keep building relationships because guess what? The conference happens every year!
  5. You explore a new city and its bounty of food options (then you explore a new pant size- thanks deep dish pizza)

Lou Malnati's Pizza - Chicago, IL

For more information about other ways the Dublin CVB is promoting Dublin, Ohio to meeting and event planners, please contact me at
-Post by Allison