June 2012

Americans have observed July 4th as a day of celebration, expressing their patriotic pride with fireworks, parades, and picnics since the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. Now, most cities hold their own Fourth festivities for visitors and residents alike, and Dublin is no different. There are several holiday events and specials being held during the week of July 4th in Dublin, Ohio, and the surrounding area.

One of the most revered is the City of Dublin’s Independence Day Celebration. This all-day observance on July 4th features a number of activities for all ages. This year’s event kicks off with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby at the Community Recreation Center Pond. Then, there is an Inflation Celebration and the beloved Independence Day Parade, with over 100 parade units. The evening’s entertainment includes the Skyhoundz Hyperflight Canine Frisbee Competition and concerts by the Dublin Wind Symphony, Matt Corey Band, and special guest Joe Walsh at the Dublin Coffman High School Football Stadium (which opens at 4:30). A children’s area with face painting, temporary tattoos, and inflatables at the Stadium will be open from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:50 p.m.

Other July 4thActivities & Specials

  • The Ohio Historical Society is hosting their Glorious Fourth Independence Day Celebration at Ohio Village from 12 – 5 p.m. on July 4th.
  • COSI’ annual MessFest will take place from 10 – 3 p.m. It will feature all of the favorite messy demos and experiments.
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will hold Military Family Days from July 2 – July 8. This includes free Zoo admission and discounted Zoombezi Bay admission to all active and retired military and their immediate families.  There will be a Shoebox for Soldiers Collection on Sunday, July 1, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Donations will be collected at the “Blue Star Mothers of America” tent at the front of the park. Each individual that donates will receive one admission ticket.
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is selling their Independence Day Collection (featuring White House Cherry, Lemon and Blueberries Frozen Yogurt, Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk, Plum Sake Sorbet, Wheatgrass, Pear, Vinho Verde Sorbet, Juniper and Lemoncurd) online.
  • Phoenix Bats supports the “Stand Up and Salute American Heroes” program and has three different types of honor bats available for purchase.

For other events and activities in Dublin, OH, visit the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau website: www.irishisanattitude.com .

Post by Dawn

Assistance with this post provided by Michelle Thomas of the Arthritis Foundation.

What started as a small, one-day fundraiser in 1982 has since become a two-day celebration of timeless transportation. The Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In will commemorate their 30th year  on July 6th and 7th at the Dublin Metro Center. The weekend will feature new and returning activities, and as mentioned in last week’s blog, will be held in conjunction with the Dublin Art Fair.

To mark this milestone, a couple of new happenings have been added to this year’s schedule. The Rolling Legends Tour will be held on Thursday, July 5th (registration begins at 12, the tour leaves at 1). This driving excursion will begin at the location in Dublin and continue to Fly Horse Farms, where the Juvenile Arthritis Kids Camp is being held. Participants will have an opportunity to tour the facility before heading back to Dublin. Another addition is the special General Motors exhibit. A tent holding 12 GM cars ranging from the early 1900s to today will be on display.

The annual Cruise-In will take place on Friday. It will feature over 1,500 cars from more than 20 states. Saturday’s Auto Show will have 50 judged classes of cars including Show-Within-A-Show groups (made up of vehicles from local and regional car clubs).

The Show will also have food, vendors, and musical entertainment. Returning favorite Phil Dirt and the Dozers will entertain guests on Friday night at 7:30. The Van-Dells will close out the weekend with a show at 6:30 on Saturday.

General admission to the Arthritis Foundation Auto Show and Cruise-In is $10. Children under 12 are free. For a complete schedule and registration information, visit the event website: http://www.arthritisautoshow.com/.

For other events and activities in Dublin, OH, visit the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau website: www.irishisanattitude.com .

Post by Dawn

Assistance with this post provided by Doug Warmolts and Patty Peters of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Stingray Bay, opened to the public on Monday, June 18. Located in Jungle Jack’s Landing (near the front entrance and adjacent to Zoombezi Bay), Stingray Bay is an 18,000 gallon, shallow, saltwater touch pool within an open-air shelter that gives guests a hands-on experience with this aquatic animal. Zoo staff (or interpreters) are stationed around the exhibit to answer questions and share facts about the stingrays.

The exhibit is made up of a few dozen Cownose Rays and Southern Stingrays. Typically, these creatures are bottom feeders. They have molar-like teeth that are used to crush the shells of their prey (crustaceans, mollusks, and other invertebrates).  The rays are fed a variety of seafood several times a day, and guests can watch or participate in the feedings.

Though stingrays may have a less than stellar reputation, it is stressed that visitors should not be afraid of them. In all actuality, these animals are quite harmless and only use their barbs for defense purposes. However, the rays in the exhibit have also had their barbed tips removed to ensure safety.

Fun Facts:

  • Cownose rays get their name from their unique forehead, which is similar to a cow’s nose.
  • Cownose rays’ bodies are shaped like kites and look like they are flying through the water.
  • Southern stingrays are often found buried in the sand, with only their eyes and spiracles showing.
  • Southern stingrays not social, so they are often seen alone or in pairs.

Stingray Bay is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is a timed-ticket exhibit. There is a small charge to enter the exhibit (not included in regular Zoo admission rates*):  $2 for Columbus Zoo members and season pass-holders and $3 for non-members. Guests can also purchase 1 cup of food for the rays for $2.


*Coming to the Zoo this summer? Save up to 30% off gate admission rates with the Dublin CVB’s “Kids Eat Free Columbus Zoo/COSI Summer Getaway” package. Go HERE to learn more.

~ Post by Dawn


In the city of Dublin, Ohio,  summer is a season of full of festivities. Whether it is Sláinte Thursdays, Kiwanis Frog Jump, Independence Day Celebration, or a “little” thing called the Dublin Irish Festival, there are plenty of things to do with the family when the weather is warm.

One of these family-friendly events, the Dublin Art Fair, is known as a “community celebration of art”. Hosted by the Dublin Area Art League, this annual appreciation of the creative community will take place on Friday, July 6 (from 5 – 9 p.m.), and Saturday, July 7 (from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) on the front lawns of Sells Middle (150 W. Bridge Street) and Indian Run Elementary School (80 W. Bridge Street).

Work by 100 professional and amateur artists around the state (and a select group from outside Ohio) will be on display. All mediums, including watercolor paintings, photography, ceramics, and glass, will be featured and available for purchase. Kids will surely get a kick out of the caricaturists, henna tattoo artists, and art project tent where they can create their own personal masterpieces.

Visitors can also snack on refreshments ranging from stir-fry and BBQ to the frozen deliciousness of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and freshly-popped kettle corn while enjoying live music by Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons, Bob Piascik Duo, Philip Fox Band, and Grace Adele Trio.

This year’s fair is extra special because it will be held in conjunction with the popular Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show (which will be featured in next week’s blog). A free trolley will shuttle attendees between the Art Fair, Car Show, and Historic Downtown Dublin.

Visit www.dublinartfair.org for complete Dublin Art Fair information and details.  Admission is free, and free parking is available close to the venue.

~ Post by Dawn

When we were kids (WAY back in the day), summer meant packing everyone up in a hot station wagon and making the long trek south to a crowded beach—where we would all get sunburned and cranky, do cartwheels on the beach and eat too many deep fried clams.  Ah, good times.

A lot has changed since then. Nobody drives station wagons anymore (thank goodness), we’ve cut back on our deep fried clam intake (again, thank goodness), we use sunscreen AND we don’t have to spend  two days in the car to have some summer family fun that includes sun, pool time and a great hotel stay. (Although some of us might still be able to pull off a cartwheel, if pressed.)

One thing that hasn’t changed? We still want our summer vacations!

According to a recent study conducted by Orbitz, most of us taking summer vacations in 2012 will be spending more than last year and likely will be traveling by car. Not so surprisingly, most of us will be weighing the increasing price of gas when making our decisions on which destination to visit. The BEST piece of advice found in the article? “Book a package deal.”  Amen.

Whether you are traveling across the country or just taking a “staycation”— here is the #1 GOLDEN TIP from your friends who work in tourism:  find the package deals.

Convention and Visitors Bureaus are DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATIONS. That means that year-round, we are showcasing the best of our destinations to lure you to visit us. We track where people are going, when they are visiting, what their travel preferences are and how they are spending their travel dollars. So, we can tell you where to go and where to save. For example, every summer—we watch our Kids Eat FREE Columbus Zoo/COSI Getaway package numbers increase exponentially.  Why? Because visitors (a) want to visit the #1 Zoo and #1 Science Center in the nation, (b) they like discounted attraction tickets and free kids meals (c) they don’t want to spend 2-4 days of their vacation driving in the car with the kids and (d) they want a great experience.

So, look before you book. Start with your targeted destination’s convention and visitors bureau.  CVBs KNOW their areas. Really well.  Visit their web site. Call them for insider tips, ticket deals, hotel specials. Yes—you can do your own research—but why wouldn’t you talk with a local first? They’ll tell you their favorite restaurants, who has a half-price admission on Wednesday, and where the free factory tours and best splash pads are located.  Then pack the car (and your sunscreen), unplug and GO HAVE FUN!  And, if you happen to end up in Dublin, Ohio — be sure to stop by the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau and say ‘hi!’

~Post by Mary

With Father’s Day quickly approaching (Sunday, June 17), time is running out to find the perfect gift or dad-friendly activity, but there is no need to panic. Several businesses throughout Dublin and Central Ohio have something special to offer dads and their families!

Fun things to do with dad:

  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering free admission to dads with the purchase of a child admission (June 17, only).
  • Dads receive a free ticket to COSI Columbus’ newest 3D film, Air Racers 3D, throughout Father’s Day weekend.
  • Spend the day casting a line. There are several fishing holes in the area  – ML “Red” Trabue Nature Reserve, The Dublin Recreation Center, and the original Dublin fishing hole (Kiwanis Riverway Park) – just to name a few!
  • Whole Foods Columbus has a great grilling section. Stop by and find all the ingredients needed for a delicious cookout!
  • Schedule a tee time and play a round at the Irish inspired, links style Golf Club of Dublin.

The following are some gift ideas sure to delight any dad!

  • The Woodhouse Day Spa is offering a “Dad’s Great Escape” special. For every $100 gift card purchased, you will also receive a $25 gift card to Mezzo Ristorante and a GolfTEC 30 Minute Swing Diagnosis Session!
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is offering a Father’s Day four-pack (online) of their sweet treats with flavors such as Yazoo Sue & Rosemary Bar Nuts, Juniper & Lemon Curd, Whiskey & Pecans, and Plum Sake Sorbet.
  • Find a personalized baseball bat at Phoenix Bats. Fantastic for sporty dads!
  • A number of area restaurants offer gift certificates and specials on Father’s Day (Salvi’s Bistro, Sunny Street Café, ect.).

For other ideas, visit the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau website: www.irishisanattitude.com

– Post by Dawn Nolan, social media intern at the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau