July 2012

Can’t hold your excitement for this weekend’s festivities? Well, you’re in luck! Though the Dublin Irish Festival doesn’t “officially” begin until Friday afternoon, there are several activities scheduled for Thursday and Friday morning to kick-off the celebration.

First up on the agenda is the Dub Crawl. Spanning from 5 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, August 2, this event grants visitors the opportunity to explore all that Historic Dublin has to offer. Several shops and restaurants will be open late and offering specials. Street-side musical acts and dancers add to the festive mix. The Dublin Cornet Band will play at Bri-Hi Square from 6:30-8:00 p.m., The Hooligans will play at the Frog Park from 7:45-8:45 p.m., and The Ladies of Longford will be at the Brazenhead from 8:00-11:00 p.m.

The newly added Kids Fun Run / Walk will warm-up the crowds on Thursday evening (6:45 p.m., specifically). This family-friend race will also feature kids crafts and an appearance by Stinger of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Registration is $5 per child.

IGS Energy/Dublin Irish Festival 5K

Celebrating its 10th year, the IGS Energy/Dublin Irish Festival 5K will take participants through Historic Dublin as by-standers cheer them on. Registration fees range from $25 (individuals 18 and under) to $35 (adults over 18). All 5K participants receive a DIF t-shirt and admission ticket. Runners can sign up on the Dublin Irish Festival website or any Columbus Running Company location. On-site registration and packet pickup will be set up in the parking lot behind The Dublin Village Tavern. Participants are encouraged to wear their DIF 5K t-shirts for a chance to win prizes! An awards ceremony, honoring the top three finishers overall and the top two male and female finishers, will be held after the race.

Irish Academy classes begin at 10 a.m. on Friday morning at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin and run until 3 p.m. Master guitarist Dennis Cahill will host an Intermediate Guitar class. The cost is $60. For beginning musicians, Michael Vignoles will hold an Intro to Bodhran workshop. The class fee is $50. Multi-winning musician, Brian McCoy, is instructing a Beginning Tin Whistle workshop, and amateur bagpiper (and Dublin resident) Dave Hopper will teach an Introduction to Highland Bagpipes. All students must be 12 years of age or older to participate in Academy classes, and each class includes a Festival ticket. To register, visit the Dublin Irish Festival website.

*Want to win 2 tickets to the Dublin Irish Festival? Tell us your favorite memory in the comments below (be sure to include your email address for personal notification) by 9 a.m. on Wednesday! A winner will be randomly chosen from the responses on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. and announced on that day’s blog.

~ Post by Dawn

Are you ready for one of the country’s top Irish celebrations? Grab your green! Don your finest kilt! The Dublin Irish Festival (DIF) takes place this week (August 3-5) at Coffman Park, and it’s a party that’s 25 years in the making! More than 100,000 visitors are expected to descend upon the city where “Irish is an attitude” – Dublin, Ohio. Local and national media have recognized the Festival, so it’s an event you don’t want to miss!

Thunder Stage

With 7 stages, DIF will host over 70 music and dance acts, including some of the biggest names in Irish entertainment. Visitors can also discover Irish culture and history, learn to play a bodhrán or penny whistle, savor beer and wine tastings, get up close to Celtic Canines and Bog Ponies, shop the Marketplace, experience an Irish Wake (1890s style), attend a Sunday morning church service and get a rare glimpse at Celtic athletic events during the Highland Heavyweight Games (complete with kilted competitors). For the little ones, there is Wendy’s Wee Folks area with free activities (dance lessons and contests), entertainment (magicians, storytellers, ect.), and crafts. Children can also experience the Pot O’ Gold Playland (located within the Wee Folks area) with inflatables, mini-Gaelic games and a climbing wall.

There are several new additions for this year’s Festival including The International Highland Games Federation Women’s World Team Championships at the Tansky Sawmill Toyota Greenfields Sports Area (Sunday, August 5), an Irish Authors’ Corner featuring six Irish-American authors and an American Celtic Art Exhibit. The first annual Best Legs in a Kilt contest will take place on Sunday, August 5, at 5 p.m.

A wee one enjoying DIF!

Tickets are a steal – just $10 for an all-day pass (purchased at the gate), and children under 12 are free! Senior, military, and student discounts are available, too. Or, if you plan on attending each day, you can purchase a weekend pass for just $22, but act fast! This deal is only available online until midnight, August 2! Guests can also save a little green and experience the Festival for free by donating a non-perishable food item benefiting the Dublin Food Pantry and arriving before 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Have you made your hotel reservations yet? Hurry; rooms are filling up fast! The Dublin CVB website offers a current hotel availability chart for your perusal. Most of the Dublin-area hotels are offering complimentary shuttle service to the Festival. The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau is also offering a Dublin Irish Festival Sunday Getaway package with half-price tickets (Sunday only) and discounted rates at a choice of six Dublin hotels, and the option to purchase discounted Columbus Zoo tickets.

The fun runs Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Gates open early on Sunday (9:30 a.m. for Sunday Services and breakfast).

To learn more, visit www.DublinIrishFestival.org.

*Check back tomorrow to learn about the DIF warm-up events such as the Dub Crawl, DIF 5K / Kids Fun Run and Irish Academy! Also, we’ll be giving away 2 tickets to this weekend’s festivities!

~ Post by Dawn and Mary

In just over a week, Dublin will welcome another world-class sporting event! On Saturday, August 4, the United States Australian Football League’s 49th Parallel Cup will take place at Darree Fields Park (rain or shine). The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau worked alongside the City of Dublin to secure the event. The organizations submitted a national bid to host the competition and beat out other cities such as Ft. Lauderdale.

The tournament will pit the United States National Team against the Canadian National Team. There will be four games total, including a Women’s B-side, Men’s development (for players under 25), and bouts between USA Freedom and Canadian Northern Lights and USA Revolution and Canadian Northwind. Games will begin at 10 a.m. and continue every two hours; the last is at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available, and spectators are advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Also known as “footy” or “Aussie Rules”, Australian Football is related to early forms of Rugby and Gaelic football. It is a fast-paced, intense game that is completely unique in its rules and form. Below are a few of the basics:

  • The game is played on a cricket oval, so there are no standard dimensions.
  • 18 players make up a team. Three substitutes are allowed on the bench.
  • There are 5 general areas of play. They are referred to as “lines” and include: Full Forward, Half Forward, Centre Line, Half Back, and Full Back.
  • A game is divided into 4 quarters with each consisting of 20 minutes of playing time.
  • The ball advances down the field either by kicking or hand passing (using a fist to hit it).
  • The ball must be bounced or passed every 15 meters.
  • There are four posts that make up the goal – the goal posts (tall and central) and the behind posts (short and outter).
  • Six points is awarded if the ball passes through the two larger goals posts without being touched.
  • One point is awarded if the ball passes the behind goal posts.
  • The team scoring the most points wins!

Dublin will also host the 2013 National Championships.

For this and other event information, visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.irishisanattitude.com.

~ Post by Dawn

A new way to fund tourism marketing within the State of Ohio became a reality this month when Governor John Kasich signed into law SB 314. The new five-year funding pilot, which has the potential of doubling the state’s investment in marketing Ohio tourism, provides a tremendous opportunity for the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau to further market the City as a great destination. The current budget is $5 million, half of the average investment spent by competing regional states. The new law also renames the Office of Ohio Tourism as TourismOhio and establishes an 11-person advisory board to provide guidance for TourismOhio.

By providing a dedicated funding stream to TourismOhio, the new law enables Ohio to become more competitive in its tourism marketing abilities, generating additional revenues and jobs. Tourism is a $40 billion industry within the state sustaining 443,000 jobs. Simply put, a new model for funding tourism advertising and promotion will mean more jobs, more visitors, and more revenue for Ohio and its businesses. And when tourism in Ohio increases, it’s good for our community as well.

There are numerous cooperative marketing opportunities the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau participates in with the Office of TourismOhio to stretch our marketing dollars. One such effort this summer is the state’s “Too Much Fun” Mobile Tour that visits various festivals across the Midwest. As part of this effort, the Bureau will take the Irish attitude on the road to increase awareness of the 2012 Kids Eat Free Summer Getaway package and Dublin as a great family destination. Staff attended the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh and will attend the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair in a few weeks – both being important feeder markets to Dublin for the leisure market. The partnership in the state’s program includes leads gathered from all 13 of the Tour’s summer festival stops.

Other efforts include participating in Media Missions to meet with editors of national and online publications to promote Dublin and the state of Ohio as a great visitor destination, sponsoring the DiscoverOhio.com monthly contest annually, posting Dublin photos, event listings and itineraries on the state’s consumer website and consulting with Division staff on best digital marketing practices and tourism trends.

To learn more about what tourism means to Ohio, visit www.ohiotourismworks.org

~Post by Scott

July is the SWEETEST month of the year, and there’s a proclamation (#5219 to be exact) to prove it! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as “National Ice Cream Month” and July 15th as “National Ice Cream Day”. He described ice cream as having “a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food” that is enjoyed by 90% of Americans, and though the years may have passed, our love for ice cream has not! So, in honor of this tasty time, we at the Dublin CVB thought it would be appropriate to   share our
favorite flavors, and where you can find them!

I already dug into mine!

  • Scott – Buckeye Blitz from Graeter’s / Salty Caramel from Jeni’s
  • Josh – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from anywhere (he’s not picky!)
  • Mary – Reisling Soaked Poached Pear from Jeni’s/ Strawberry Sorbet from Graeter’s/ Key lime from Menchies (technically fro-yo but still yummy!)
  • Katie – Strawberry Chocolate Chip from Graeter’s / Sweet Corn and Blackberry from Jeni’s (Katie describes this as “summer goodness on a cone”)
  • Sam – Mint Chocolate Chip from Graeter’s
  • Dawn (Me) – Chocolate Chocolate Chip from Graeter’s

Also, in honor of the holiday and their birthday, Graeter’s will be offering single-dip cones for $1.42 (a cent for every year they’ve been in business) on Sunday.

Craving more frozen fun? Be sure to check out these other delicious Dublin-area destinations and their sweets!

Chai Tea Ice Cream from TehKu Tea Company!

~ Post by Dawn

When was the last time you saw that crazy uncle of yours?  Or your favorite aunt who lives a few states away? If your answer is “too long” then it’s time to start planning your next family reunion! Summer is a great time to hold a reunion, and now is the perfect time to start planning.

Dates & Locations

Dublin is known for its 56 beautiful, green parks, which make ideal locations for a reunion.  Three of these parks offer shelter houses that are available to rent and are perfect for a family potluck, but they fill up quickly – typically a year in advance. That’s why it is important to start planning early.

Coffman Pavilion at Coffman Park

Memorial Day weekend, Independence Day and Labor Day weekend are all popular times to hold a reunion, but in Dublin we have another popular weekend – Irish Festival weekend (this year it’s Aug. 3-5)!  The 3-day festival offers great activities for family members of all ages.  There are even discounted tickets for groups with over 25 attendees and free shuttles from most of our local hotels to the event.

VIP Experiences (Very Irish Person in Dublin Terms)

Even if your family is not Irish – you can still take part in one of Dublin’s Irish Experiences that are a wee bit o’ fun for everyone! Here are some examples:

–        4-Leaf-Clover Scavenger Hunt around Historic Dublin – you will leave with a few Irish goodies and a little more knowledge about Ireland and Ohio.

Irish Dancers performing at the Dublin Irish Festival

–        Irish Dance 101 – Dublin is home to one of the most famous Irish Dance Studios in the country.  Meet a few professional Irish Dancers (one was just named World Champion), learn about their costumes, hair, and even some dance moves – or sit back and watch if you forget to put on your dancing shoes!

–        Columbus Zoo – Take a tour of the world through the #1 rated Zoo in America – the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.  Take a walk through Asia or stick to viewing the Grizzly Bears of North America.  When your world tour is finished, go across the Zoo to Zoombezi Bay Water Park.  Whether you prefer thrills of water slides or relaxation of a lazy river – there is something for everyone in your family!

–        Dinner – you can’t leave without sampling some of the Dublin restaurants! Take part in a Sunny Irish Dinner at Sunny Street Café, sample the Irish Egg Rolls at the Dublin Village Tavern, or end the night with Shamrock Sundaes at Graeters.

–        Art Lovers? – Go on a hunt of find the River Boxes located along the rivers in Dublin Parks.  Or take part in our “Art in Public Places” tour throughout the city.

Use the CVB

CVBs are a great resource for planning any event – especially one with a tight budget.  Our services are completely complimentary, and we are glad to help! From reserving your group a hotel room block, to setting up sample itineraries, to giving you discount coupons to local shops & restaurants, we can assist with it all!

Are you ready to start planning your next reunion?  If so, contact Sam at the Dublin CVB to help you start planning; skennedy@irishisanattitude.com.  You know it’s been way too long since you’ve seen that crazy uncle of yours!

~ Post by Sam

For 29 seasons, the Dublin Arts Council has entertained ears and promoted local music with their Sundays at Scioto Concert Series. The performances take place every Sunday (through July 29 – unless otherwise noted) at 7:00 p.m. at the Scioto Park Amphitheater (7377 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH), and each week there is a concert for different musical tastes.

The series kicked off on June 10th with Eric Gnezda and Friends, who played a mix of country, folk, blues, and adult contemporary numbers, and Soul Kitch’n brought the funk on June 24th. Unfortunate weather conditions caused the June 17th (The Floorwalkers) and July 1st (Swing’s the Thing) performances to be cancelled, but that has not damped the season’s schedule. This Sunday (July 8th), the Hadden Sayers Band will grace the stage with their bluesy tunes.

Remaining performances include:

Guests are invited to arrive at the park early, with blankets, lawn chairs, and / or picnic items in tow. Sweet treats from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be available for hungry attendees.

The Sundays at Scioto Concert Series is free to the public, but donations are accepted. Proceeds benefit the Dublin Arts Council.

~ Post by Dawn