October 2012

Our Cupcakery’s Storefront!

*This is the third post in our Delicious Dublin blog series.

I discovered Our Cupcakery during my first visit to Dublin a couple of years ago. My mom, sister, and I were on the hunt for an after-lunch treat. Greeted by the scent of fresh-baked goodies and a friendly staff member, it was that first visit that solidified my love of Our Cupcakery’s Triple Chocolate cupcake. In this post, I have the pleasure of sharing my fondness for one of Historic Dublin’s sweet spots.

A family business, Our Cupcakery is owned by Linda and Tom Kick. Their daughter, Laura (who just got married – congratulations, by the way!) is the wedding consultant. Suzie, Anne, Andrew, Lean and Annette make up the rest of the culinary team. The shop is located at 16 N High Street in Historic Dublin.

A Holiday Favorite – Gingerbread Houses!

At the moment, the Our Cupcakery staff is hard at work taking orders and making gingerbread houses and cookies for the holidays. You can purchase a Farm House (about a 12” square) and Gingerbread Cookies for $89.95 or a Manor Home (13” x 8” x 14” H) and Gingerbread Cookies for $139.95. Custom designed houses are also available. *Orders placed by tomorrow, November 1, receive an additional dozen of gingerbread cookies. 

Tip: Our Cupcakery’s seasonal treat is a Pumpkin Caramel cupcake. It is available through Thanksgiving.

Hands down, one of the most unique aspects of Our Cupcakery is their Cupcake Bar, where customers can build their own cupcake (or sugar cookie). You get to choose the type of cake you want and then top it with your favorite icing and decorations (sprinkles, crushed Oreos, gummy worms, ect.). The decorated treats are then priced according to weight. The average price is about $3.00, but there have been attempts to beat the 11.4-ounce cupcake record.

If you’d rather keep things simple, Our Cupcakery has a selection of “grab and go” cupcakes available in mini, regular, and king-size. Daily flavors include vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, dark chocolate, almond, lemon, orange creamsicle, strawberry, and gluten-free chocolate and vanilla with your choice of chocolate or vanilla buttercream icing. Prices range from $1.75 to $3.95 each. *Call ahead for orders larger than 1 dozen.

Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes!

I’d suggest trying at least one of the favorites:

The Buckeye – Chocolate cake with ganache filling and iced with peanut butter cream.

Triple Chocolate – Dark Chocolate cake with ganache filling and chocolate butter cream icing. *My personal favorite!

Lovin’ Lemon – Lemon cake filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon butter cream.

Dulce de Leche – Vanilla cake filled with caramel butter cream topped with vanilla butter cream and a drizzle of caramel.

A Beautiful Birthday Cake!

In addition to their can’t-miss cupcakes, Our Cupcakery also specializes in beautiful and distinctive cakes that are perfect for weddings, reunions and anniversaries. The shop was chosen as a 2012 Best of Weddings pick by The Knot.

Our Cupcakery is available for children and adult gatherings. The shop serves as a venue for birthday and tea parties, Girl Scout classes, group experiences, and girlfriends’ getaways on a regular basis.

If you’ve ever been interested in improving your own baking and decorating skills, Our Cupcakery also offers seasonal classes.

Fall 2012 Classes:

Seasonal Cupcake Decorating— Monday, December 3rd, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Fabulous Fondant Cake —Monday, November 5th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Family Ginger Bread House Workshop —Friday, November 30th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Cinnamon Yeast Rolls—Monday, November 12th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Holiday Sugar Cookies —Monday, December 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

So the next time you’re in Historic Dublin and have a craving for something sweet, stop by Our Cupcakery for a fresh-baked treat. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed!

Our Cupcakery is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and after hours by appointment. For more information, visit their website, www.OurCupcakery.com, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@OurCupcakery) for daily updates.   

~ Post by Dawn

It’s here! The City of Dublin’s anticipated, annual Spooktacular will be held tomorrow (Thursday, October 25) from 3:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Dublin Community Recreation Center (5600 Post Road). This family-friendly event will feature Halloween-themed activities for all ages.

Attendees can watch a one-of-a-kind demonstration from COSI, see a professional pumpkin carver in action, touch creepy crawlies with The Bug Man, and visit with fortune-tellers.

Outside, children can decorate their own pumpkins, take a hayride, navigate a hay maze, and travel along the “trunk or treat” trail receiving candy and trinkets from 35 area businesses and organizations. For the older ones, a haunted trail will be set up.

Dublin middle school students are also invited to attend Monster Mash, a costume dance party held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. *Admission is free, but a student ID is required.

Michael and Lisa Blackwell, named King and Queen of Halloween, will preside over the event.

For more information about Spooktacular, call 614.410.4545 or visit the City of Dublin’s website.

This post was written by Katie Ronske, a communications assistant at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Ghosts and goblins and ghouls, oh my! It’s time to get creative with costumes and pick the perfect pumpkin because Halloween is creeping up. Candy decorates store aisles and face paint and fangs hang alongside colorful clown wigs everywhere from Walmart to Walgreens. These staples scream Halloween, and what better way to celebrate than at Boo at the Zoo?

Witches and warlocks, princes and princesses alike are invited to this merry-not-scary annual event at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28. Festivities include character caravans, treat stations, keeper talks, special Animals on Safari and Animal Encounters Village shows and much more!

Take a stroll through Creepy Hollow, hang out with the pirates of the eerie Shores and enjoy “spook”-tacular rides and attractions at Jungle Jack’s Landing. All of the bone rattling rides will be open for these two weekends before closing for season. Other rides, including the Seven Seas SCARE-ousel and the Creepy Hollow Express Haunted Train Ride, will also be open weather permitting.

We made things even more “boo”-ricifc this year by inviting the Avengers and the Moshi Monsters to this seasonal celebration! Visit our website for Avengers show times and to find out when you can catch the Moshi monsters lurking in the Asia Quest mall way.  One piece of advice: bring a camera!

Wait, there’s more! Mummies and daddies will see nothing but smiles after a visit to Little Boo Village featuring Little Boo Mansion, Little Boo Maze and a Little Boo Magic Show. Located in Colo’s Cove, this frightfully delightful Halloween hub is designed especially for little ones.

Most Boo at the Zoo attractions are included with paid admission and are free to Columbus Zoo members. Hours of operation during these weekends are as follows: Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

*Please note, children are welcome to dress in costume; however, only adults accompanied by a child or children under 13-years-old will be permitted to wear costumes that do not cover their faces while on Zoo grounds.

Boo at the Zoo is presented by Diet Pepsi. Please visit www.columbuszoo.org/events for more information and a complete schedule of events. 

Hands down, Halloween is my favorite time of year. I love watching scary movies, facing my fears at haunted houses, and seeing people’s costume choices. And with Halloween less than two weeks away, I thought it was only fitting to share some activities that will get you and your family into the “spirit” as well! 

Olde Town Ghost Tour’s Guide – Becky Schisler!

With over 15 acres of pumpkins to pick, Jacquemin Farm in Plain City, Ohio is a favorite fall destination! On the weekends, families can also take a hayride to and from the pumpkin patch. During the month of October, there is a Kiddie Playland (for kids 10 and under) complete with a straw maze, grain box, and inflatables set up. Jacquemin Farms is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the month of October. For more information, visit their website.

The Mall at Tuttle Crossing will hold Kidgit’s Mall-o-Ween Celebration on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A costume contest, entertainment and other activities are in the works.

Hear some history and haunting tales when you embark on an Olde Town Ghost Tour through Historic Dublin. Becky Schisler, owner of Blankets and Booties, leads the 90-minute walking tours. Several shops and restaurants in Historic Dublin are featured throughout the evening. Tours are scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. There is also a special daylight tour on Sunday at 2 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. For reservations, visit Olde Town Ghost Tour’s website.

For those looking for a more frightening experience, visit the Scare-a-Torium, now located in the Dublin Village Center. The 31,000 square foot venue features 53 scary scenes and is one of Ohio’s top haunted attractions! The Scare-a-torium is open Thursday – Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Learn more here!

* Note: stay tuned for next week’s posts on Boo at the Zoo and The City of Dublin’s Spooktacular!

~ Post by Dawn

The Mona Lisa made out of jelly beans!

For three weeks in September, COSI Columbus closed for renovations. Now, the #1 Science Center is back and better than ever with a whole bunch of new additions!  Jaclyn Reynolds, COSI’s PR & Social Media Manager, gives us the scoop in this guest post.

It’s been a whirlwind of activity here at COSI lately, and it won’t be letting up any time soon!  Luckily, that’s just the way we like it. We try to bring a great variety of programming here at COSI and make learning fun!  Recently, we’ve made some changes around the building. While you’re looking, you may see a tribute to COSI On Wheels (Celebrating 30 years!) or some Jelly Belly Masterpieces of Jelly Bean Art.  We’ve even borrowed and hung some beautiful moth installations made out of recycled materials by an Ohio artist Michelle Stitzlein and created a photographic display titled Whales: From the Depths of the National Geographic Collection – all are gorgeous and very different limited engagement wall exhibitions.

Part of the NEW little kidspace®!

Probably the biggest changes that have been made are to the entrance/exit to little kidspace® and the space where older siblings hang out while the little ones play.  One of our goals in changing the entrance/exit was to make it easier to get in and out of little kidspace®.  We switched the entrance with the exit gate, and while we were at it, we added some simulated greenery to make it more visually appealing. We also renamed the space for older siblings Big KidLab, expanded it and added a science activity area that will offer fun science experiments during our busy days when school is out. little kidspace is still for children not yet in first grade, but the expansion of Big KidLab will make caregivers more comfortable leaving older siblings in the area with the new learning opportunities.

LEGO Castle Adventure!

This fall we’re also hosting two amazing exhibitions that couldn’t be more different.  That means learning for the whole family!  Builders of all ages are invited to explore, build and play in LEGO® Castle Adventure! In this exhibit, kids and their families are transported to a LEGO® kingdom where they can become master castle builders.  Visitors can build brick castles, learn about real-world castles and their building secrets and plan their ideal castle’s defenses.  Younger visitors can dress up in costume, joust on “horseback” and explore the castle grounds.

Also making its Columbus debut this fall is Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain.  This world-renowned exhibition invites profound reflection on the power, beauty, resilience and fragility of the human body and brain. This unique presentation of BODY WORLDS highlights the brain and focuses on brain development and function, how to keep the brain healthy and how the brain deteriorates from diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Did we also mention we invited the entire world to COSI for this year’s Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference?  More than 600 science centers and museums around the globe, including COSI, belong to ASTC. Each year we meet to talk about what’s going on in the world of science education and how we can help each other further that learning to our visitors.  We were thrilled to have hosted the conference this year and shown other science centers and museums how proud we are of our world-class science center, our members, visitors and our community.

For more information on COSI, visit cosi.org.

 ~ Post by  Jaclyn Reynolds, PR and Social Media Manager for COSI.

A central Ohio Halloween tradition – All Hallows’ Eve – returns to Ohio Village on October 13 and 20. This guest post comes from Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager for the Ohio Historical Society.

Krazy Kate!

One of the great things about Ohio Village is it is such a versatile backdrop for creating fun, family oriented events using traditions from the past. And All Hallow’s Eve is no exception.

The spooky night-time event in Ohio Village has become a Central Ohio tradition for more than 30 years. And so have the characters that stroll the boardwalks. Like Krazy Kate, Gravedigger John and the Widow. And of course, no Halloween celebration past or present would be complete without an authentic Irish Wake!

Activities for the young and old can be found throughout the Village. Pumpkin carving, mask decorating and the Amazing Maze are just a few of the fun things to do. Or you can have your fortune told by one of our questionable characters. Whether it’s palm reading, astrology or dominoes, you’ll learn how people sought out the future 150 years ago. Them there’s the Museum of Oddities. How odd? You will have to come and find out. You will also want to be sure to see the Dancer of Mystery.

There’s just something special about being outdoors on a crisp fall night; sitting around a bonfire, enjoying friends and family. And that’s how we end All Hallow’s Eve at Ohio Village … with everyone enjoying a bonfire and a chilling story. Cuddle up next to someone and thrill to a live telling of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. This Halloween tradition comes to life with appearances by Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

All Hallow’s Eve takes place October 13 and 20 from 5:30–9:30 p.m. You can find out more at: http://www.ohiohistory.org/programs–events/ohio-village/all-hallows-eve

~ Guest post by Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager for the Ohio Historical Society 

With all of the fall fun going on around Central Ohio this month (Did someone say “Boo at the Zoo”?), we at the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau thought it would be the opportune time to launch our Fall Photo Contest! The winner will receive a “Fall in Love with Dublin, Ohio” getaway package that includes:

Participation is easy! Just click here to visit our photo contest page and submit your favorite photo (You can upload your photo from your computer, add from Facebook, or send it via email) depicting Fall Fun. Then, tell all your friends to VOTE for your photo! The photo that earns the most votes by 12 (noon) on Wednesday, October 31 wins!

Below are some simple contest rules.

Contest Rules

  1. Contest participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Only one photo entry per person.
  3. Submitted photos must be original. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright are not eligible.
  4. The photo that earns the most votes will be declared the contest winner.
  5. The contest will end at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 31.
  6. By entering the contest, participants grant the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau the right to use the submitted photos in any future promotional efforts (social media, website, etc.)
  7. The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau reserves the right to remove any submissions that are deemed inappropriate.

So, what do YOU picture when you think of Fall Fun? Bonfires and pumpkins? Trick-or-treaters? Football? Raking leaves?

Show us!

~ Post by Dawn

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