May 2012


The Memorial Tournament is always an exciting time for our kids, not only because it means summer break is almost here but because of all the great activities for the kids to do at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. It is truly a great value — kids under 12 go free to the tournament with a paid adult and there is so much to do!

We always enjoy the practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday because the PGA players are so accommodating with autographs and, in many cases, will give the kids gloves, balls, tees, etc. My six-year-old daughter recieved an autograph glove from Chris DiMarco and she still has it hanging in her room and will refuse to wear it. Make sure you bring a Memorial Flag, Hat, Program or anything else you want signed. Be respectful to the pros and they will respond graciously.

Wednesday during the tournament is Junior Golf Day and includes a golf clinic at Safari Golf Club at 5:30 — the kids will love seeing a few of these world-class players up close. After the tournament starts on Thursday, it’s time to get the best viewing spot and enjoy some great golf. Our kids love hanging around the 18th green so they can take a short walk over to the driving range and practice putting green. You are also close to the 9th green — which offers a great view of approach shots over water to this beautiful hole. And, you are close to more autographs outside the scorers tent after completion of each player’s round. Wherever you decide to watch the golf, remember how fortunate we are in Dublin and central Ohio to host to such an international event!

Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio hosts the annual Memorial Tournament. The 2012 event takes place this week (May 28-June 3). For more information about the event, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 877-MTBADGE for tickets. Dublin, Ohio offers the closest hotels to the PGA event. For additional visitor information, go to www.IrishisanAttitude.com

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~Post by Scott Dring, Executive Director of the Dublin OH Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

This guest post comes from Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager with the Ohio Historical Society. 

The wait is over! Summer in Central Ohio will be even more exciting this year as Ohio Village will be open, once again, to visitors on the same days as the museum in the Ohio History Center ( June 2 -September 2). It’s been nine years since the village matched hours with the museum and explorers of Ohio history could enjoy two attractions for the price of one admission– to the museum AND the Ohio Village. The village will be populated with costumed interpreters helping visitors to understand how people lived 150 years ago. Other activities like cell phone tours and Village Quest, a treasure hunt-style booklet promise to keep adventurers back in time while visiting the Civil War era town.

Characters in the village will include Ezechiel Abraham Barrymore, the town’s undertaker and carpenter. Ezechiel can build a coffin for you or, if that’s in the far future, how about some furniture for your home? Then there’s Hiram Brown, the pharmacist. He is sure to have a concoction for whatever ails you. And don’t forget to stop by the lodging house and sit a spell with Mrs. Baugh. She has the latest gossip on all the residents, some of it true! Need a few dry goods? Stop in at the General Store where Mr. Watson can supply everything from fabric to nails. And you can pick up your mail there, too.

In addition to the daily experiences of the Village, several Discount Days will take place on select Saturdays when half price admission specials will be offered. June 2 will be Senior Day for visitors 65 years and older. Scouting Day is June 16 for scouts, leaders and their chaperones. July 21 is Military Day for active duty and retired services members and their families. August 11 is Educator Day. While teachers receive free admission to the Ohio History Center, other education professionals and their families will receive half-off on Educator Day. Base Ball Day is September 1 for anyone, youth or adult wearing uniform, cap or shirts supporting their favorite team. Echoes in Time Theatre will take up residence in the Village every Saturday this summer at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. And, on July 21, Civil War soldiers return to the Village for an all day encampment where visitors can learn about camp life. Plus, the Ohio Village Muffins vintage base ball team will play on several weekends. Details can be found at www.ohiohistory.org/village.

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Ohio Village is located just off of I-71 on 17th Avenue (exit 111) about four miles north of downtown Columbus in Franklin County. Summer hours: Wed-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.  Visit www.ohiohistory.org to learn more.

This guest post was written by Jaclyn Reynolds, Public Relations and Social Media Manager at COSI Columbus. COSI (the Center of Science and Industry) is located just 15 minutes south of Dublin Ohio — and was recently named to Forbes list of the nation’s Top 12 Best Children’s Museums.

COSI Columbus recently announced its exhibit lineup for the next year.  We hardly ever do that but we had such a great lineup of exhibits that seemed to tie in to each other, we decided to give it a shot.  We named it the Brain Trip — a really fun name (and self-explanatory).  However, the other night at dinner with friends, I was explaining why I had been so busy lately.  I was talking animatedly about the Brain Trip when one of them interrupted me and said, “um, Jaclyn?  What exactly is a Brain Trip?”

Good question!  Helping you keep your brain sharp is definitely something we do at COSI every day.  From live shows to hands-on interactive science experiments, COSI is definitely a place to exercise your brain.  So with four exhibits headed our way this upcoming year, giving it a catchy name just seemed to be a “no-brainer.” (Haha!)

First up, we’ll use those critical thinking skills to build masterpieces with LEGO® Castle Adventure (September 29, 2012 to January 6, 2013).  Then we’ll do a literal study of the brain with Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds & The Brain (October 17, 2012 – January 6, 2013).  Then it’s time to boost your brain power solving brainteasers and interactive challenges with MindBender Mansion (January 26 to April 28, 2013).  And finally, we’ll wrap it up with sharpening those problem-solving skills with Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition (June 8 – September 13, 2013).

So back to the question of a Brain Trip: we think this is a great year to take a trip to COSI, maximize that brain power, learn more about what’s going on in your mind and have a really great time along the way!

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Note: Take advantage of discounted tickets to COSI Columbus through the Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau’sKids Eat FREE Columbus Zoo/COSI Summer Getaway.” Go HERE for more information or call 800/245-8387.  

Of course, we SHOULD be telling Mom how special and valued she is all year round. But since most of us are procrastinators, we just get around to it on Mother’s Day. Fear not, we have some great tips on local brunches and other specials in the Dublin and Central Ohio area that will remind her you haven’t forgotten. Note: Many of these restaurants require reservations, so be sure to call ahead.

Dublin, Ohio Mother’s Day Specials & Brunches:

Bogey Inn: Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with Roasted Turkey, Beef, baked fish, grilled chicken, side dishes, desserts, omelet station, bacon, sausage, pancakes and kids food favorites. $23.99 Adults, $9.99 children 12 and under. 6013 Glick Road. 614/766-1900. www.bogeyinn.com

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Free admission for Mom on Sunday with a paid child admission. 9990 Riverside Drive.614/ 645-3400. www.columbuszoo.org

J. Liu Restaurant: Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. with Prime Rib and Ham carving station, shrimp cocktail, eggs benedict, French toast, Jason’s spicy chicken, spring rolls, desserts and more. $27.99 Adults, $25.99 Seniors, Children 4-11 $14.99. 50 West Bridge Street. 614/718-1818. www.jliurestaurant.com

Matt the Miller’s Tavern: Special Mother’s Day Brunch menu from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., regular menu service in the evening. $24.95 Adults. 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100. www.mtmtavern.com

Mezzo Italian Dublin: Opening early on Sunday at 1 pm. Full menu available with chef’s specials. 12 West Bridge Street. 614/889-6100. www.mezzoitalian.com

Salvi’s: Grand Buffet from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Roasted Beef, Pork, baked ham, shrimp cocktail, salmon, tortellini, chicken marsala, pasta salvi, side dishes, desserts and breakfast favorites from 10 a.m.-3p.m.. $25.99 Adults, $12.99 children 5-11, under 4 are free. 5000 Upper Metro Place. 614/874-0466. www.salvisbistro.com

Tucci’s: Mother’s Day Brunch available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., regular menu service in the evening. $32.95 Adults. 35 North High Street. 614/792-3466. www.tuccisbistro.com

Whole Foods: Special Mother’s Day Brunch available from 10 a.m.-2p.m. $25 Adults, $12 Children. 3670 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/760-5556. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Woodhouse Spa: Purchase $100 in Gift Cards, receive a $20 Gift Card to Tucci’s and an extra $20 Gift Card at Woodhouse. 19 North High Street. 614/790-8822. www.woodhousecolumbus.com

For more ideas, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website: www.IrishisanAttitude.com

As communities across the nation celebrate the contributions of travel and tourism to our country this week during National Tourism Week, we would like to take the opportunity to recognize the economic, social, and cultural value of tourism in our own backyard. The fact is…tourism is vital to Dublin, Ohio. Every year, visitors generate tens of millions of dollars to Dublin’s economy. They come to Dublin for business, athletic tournaments, special events, conferences, reunions, weddings and vacations. These visitors spend money in our hotels, restaurants, shops, gas stations and at our attractions.

So how do visitors to Dublin directly impact local residents? Visitors pay a local bed tax on the cost of their lodging that goes directly to support a variety of organizations and activities in Dublin – the Dublin Irish Festival, Independence Day and St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Spooktacular, lights and other facilities at Avery Park and Darree Fields, Dublin Soccer League soccer goals, various events in Historic Dublin and the Dublin Arts Council and its programs.

But, local bed tax revenue is only a small portion of the overall visitor benefit. For example, Dublin will host the annual Memorial Golf Tournament in a few weeks, which will bring an economic impact of $36.5 million to our economy – and that is just one event over a one-week period. Nationally, travel and tourism is a $1.9 trillion industry and is one of the country’s largest employers with 14.4 million direct travel-generated jobs. Travel and tourism also generates $124 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal government. In fact, each U.S. household would pay $1,055 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the travel and tourism industry. Although tourism impacts the success of our overall economy, it also ensures our quality of life because it influences every business and affects almost every aspect of our daily lives. This industry is diverse and wide-ranging, from obvious segments, such as airlines, airports, rental cars, hotels, and travel agents, to the countless businesses found within our community, such as restaurants, museums, zoos and amusement parks. From entry-level employees to top-level executives, tourism-related jobs in the United States can be found in countless fields that benefit all communities.

National Tourism Week is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the value of tourism in Dublin. Please join us in celebrating tourism’s contributions to our community.

~Scott Dring is the Executive Director of the Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau.