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* This post was written by International Team Captain Nick Price and is published as part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com. To view the original posts, click here.

The Presidents Cup with Field of Corn in Dublin, Ohio

The Presidents Cup with Field of Corn in Dublin, Ohio

Greetings again from sunny Florida. With the first major championship of the year in the books, we can now look forward to THE PLAYERS Championship.

Obviously, the Masters was such a great week for the prospective members of the International Team with all the good performances, particularly with Adam winning, but also Jason Day playing really well, and it was nice to also see Angel Cabrera play so well. Angel is an explosive player, to say the least, although he hasn’t recently featured on the Presidents Cup International standings. He’s always a player you pay attention to, but his Masters performance certainly helped his chances of making the team. Angel is one of those guys who can bring a lot to the team room. Any player who can fire like he can, and play like he did down the stretch at Augusta National on a Sunday – like Adam and Jason also – well, there were very few mistakes and amongst the three of them.  You could see they all really wanted to win. It wasn’t a question of who was going to lose it or not, it was who was going to win – and that’s the kind of attitude I look for as captain.

I’ve also been paying attention to Marc Leishman. He’s been around that mid-teen number on the International Team standings for the whole of this year, and I’ve watched him play a little bit on television, but I haven’t watched him in person. He’s got a wonderful attitude. I really like how calm and relaxed he is. There’s not very much at fault with his game. With a little more experience, he would have had a really good shot at the title on Sunday at the Masters.

Tim Clark has started to play so much better after his injury, and we saw him in the mix at Augusta National. He’s a little bulldog. He’s a tough competitor, and I’d love for him to be on the Team. Major championships are where the true form of players always comes out. The fact that we had several international players perform so well at the year’s first major shows me that there is a lot of determination in the potential members of the Team.

My last meeting with prospective team members was at Doral during the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, but since then I’ve been spending quite a bit of time down here in the West Palm Beach area with Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen. I’ve also spent some time with Branden Grace. We’ve been chatting a lot about Presidents Cup plans and sharing ideas.

My next trip is a visit to Muirfield Village Golf Club at the end of May for the Memorial Tournament. In the meantime, I’m starting to pay more attention to the Official World Golf Ranking and starting to look for players who make moves up the rankings week to week. This is the time when a guy who may not have been on my radar early in the year begins to play well. The next four or five months are going to be critical for who my picks are going to be.

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As you may have guessed, the March is our favorite month here in Dublin, Ohio! Our city is home to one of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country, and we strive to cultivate Irish attitude year-round. In fact, Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau recently partnered with the City of Dublin and local businesses to offer a calendar of unique Irish experiences, and many of them are being held this week! Here’s a quick run-down:

March 16

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Historic Dublin (11 a.m.)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brazenhead (12 p.m. – 12 a.m.)
  • Irish Manor House Dinner Demo & Irish Pub Experience at Whole Foods Market Columbus-Dublin (1 p.m. / 5 p.m.)
    • See how to prepare an Irish dinner that is inspired by products of the Irish countryside and the heritage of the Manor Houses.
    • Sample Irish food, drinks and music at The Local.
    • Ireland’s High Crosses & Irish Tea at Tehku Tea (2:30 p.m.)
      • Learn about some of Ireland’s most famous crosses like Clonmacnoise’s Cross of the Scriptures and Monasterboice’s Muirdach’s Cross. Hear some stories about how these crosses might have affected the lives of people in Ireland’s age of saints and scholars. Materials will be provided for those who would like to create stories of their own on paper crosses. *$5 registration covers take-home gift.

March 17

  • Mezzo with an Irish Attitude (5 – 7 p.m.)
    • Enjoy a special adult prix-fixe menu ($20) that includes several Irish-inspired items (Ham and potato soup, Shamrock Salmon with Dublin Sauce, Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake, ect.), a children’s buffet, drink specials, musical entertainment and more! *10% of all food/beverage revenue generated from this event will go the Dublin City Schools Dodgeball Tournament to Benefit Dublin Special Olympics
    • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brazenhead

For more activities, visit http://www.IrishApproved.com or call the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~ Post by Dawn

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St. Patrick’s Day might be 12 days away (yes, we’ve been counting), but there’s a party going on in Historic Dublin this Thursday! The inaugural Jig Thursday (a reboot of Sláinte Thursday) kicks off at 6 p.m. on March 7 and will take place the first Thursday of the month throughout the year. A number of Irish-inspired activities are scheduled during the evening, including:

Other features of the event include fare from local food trucks, trolley rides (from 6 to 8 p.m.), store sales and a special walk led by Olde Town Ghost Tours.

For more information, visit the Historic Dublin Business Association website at www.historicdublin.org or contact Brenda Kocak at Brenda@modernmalespas.com.

~ Post by Dawn

*This is a guest post written by Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager for the Ohio Historical Society.

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It’s that time of year when we all get a little stir crazy wishing for warmer temperatures and sunny days. According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the best ways to combat Cabin Fever is to socialize and connect with people you enjoy being with. On a recent Saturday in the museum at the Ohio History Center, I saw just that as families were exploring all the great stories of Ohio talking, laughing and forgetting about the winter weather.

I can’t think of a better way to get out of the house, have some fun with friends and family and break the winter doldrums than a weekend at the museum in the Ohio History Center. And, the new Cabin Fever Weekend activities in the museum are just what the doctor ordered. Legends, Lore and Life in Ohio kicks of March activities when you can build your own instruments and compose folk music, or listen to folktales during Ohio Wilderness Stories. Then you can explore some mysteries like the story of Bessie The Lake Erie Monster or the Shawnee legend of how the Crow became black.

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See a performance at the Echos in Time Theatre!

The second half of March, we focus on In The Home with a look at Housewives of History. Come listen to a 1950s housewife who is stuck in a pioneer log cabin as she discusses the differences between her kitchen and the pioneer hearth. And, while we are thinking kitchen, come learn how to make butter by making some of your own!

Museums have changed a lot in the past few years to become great places to get your hands on history and have some fun. Join us at the Ohio History Center all month and take home some new memories of your own.

For more information about the Ohio History Center’s Cabin Fever weekends, visit www.ohiohistory.org/cabinfever.

~ Post by Mark

Our Cupcakery*This is a guest post written by Valerie of Columbus on the Cheap

After a long, cold winter, spring should be coming soon, and I’m sure you’re ready to get out of the house with your kids. Unfortunately, spring in Ohio usually means lots of rain, so you’ll need some fun indoor activities to jump into after your winter hibernation. Here are a few suggestions:

The Dublin Community Recreation Center is home to the Abbey Theatre, fun events like the Leprechaun Hunt on March 14, and the DRCR indoor pool. You don’t have to be a member to participate in the activities, and discounted fees are available to Dublin city residents. The pool only costs $4 for non-resident kids and $3 for residents ($8 and $4 for adults, respectively) and is great for exercise and fun. There’s also a Teen lounge if your older ones need a break from family time.

Whole Foods Dublin has several events every month for kids and families, including Kid’s Klub, Half Pints Club, and Mom & Me classes. Fees are nominal, if any.

Michael’s on W. Dublin Granville Road offers a Kids Club every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. where kids can do weekly craft projects for just $2.

Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer Building Clinics for kids on various Saturdays to help teach your kids about safety and building (*schedule varies by location).

The Gateway Film Center hosts a Hoot Family Film Series on the last Saturday of the month featuring crafts, short films, music by the Shazzbots and more for donation of canned goods.

Don’t miss the Eggs, Paws, and Claws at the Columbus Zoo on March 29 and 30, 2013. Also, save money with an annual zoo membership which includes parking and fun events like this.

Just want to take the kids for a sweet treat? Our Cupcakery in downtown Dublin has a build your own cupcake bar where you can select a cupcake and decorate it with frosting and toppings. The price is just $1/oz, with the average price being $3.

Rainy or cold spring weather is no excuse to stay cooped up in the house when there are plenty of activities around the city.  Check out Columbus on the Cheap for more free and cheap events in Columbus or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Center website.

~ Post by Valerie

A frog float in the St. Patrick's Day parade!

A frog float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade!

In case you hadn’t noticed, St. Patrick’s Day is just 27 days away, and in Dublin, Ohio, the city where Irish is an attitude, this holiday is a BIG deal! You see, in 2012, Dublin, Ohio’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was actually recognized by Orbitz as one of the “Top 10 Spots to Get in the Irish Spirit on St. Patrick’s Day”, and about 20,000 people attend the festivities.

This year, the City of Dublin, Ohio, will hold its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 16. To start your day, have a hearty meal at the Lion’s Club Breakfast at Sells Middle School (food is served from 7 – 11 a.m.). The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Then, head over to Metro Center for an Inflation Celebration (9:30 a.m.) and watch the giant parade balloons come alive before your eyes! Next, get in the groove while listening to the Hooligans. The band will play at the Review Stand on Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary.  Finally, the self-proclaimed “greenest, grandest parade”, led by the 2013 Grand Leprechaun, Cap Clagg, will kick off at Metro Center and continue through Historic Dublin. The spectacle features more than 100 floats* showing off their Irish attitude!

*To participate in the parade, apply on the City of Dublin website by Friday, February 22.

For more information, including a map of the parade route, road closure information, volunteer form and more, visit the City of Dublin website or call 614-410-4545.

We hope to see you in March! Visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com for more things to do in Dublin!

~ Post by Dawn

Our Cupcakery's Valentine's Cupcake box!

Our Cupcakery’s Valentine’s Cupcake box!

We’re just one day away from what some consider the most romantic day of the year! If you have yet to find the perfect gift for your special someone, I’d like to offer a simple piece of advice – you can never go wrong with sweets – and here in Dublin, Ohio, we have a number of shops with Valentine’s Day deals. So, if you’re looking to do things a little different this year, visit one of these local businesses for a special, sweet treat:

1. Our Cupcakery is offering a Valentine’s box (regular or king-size) containing a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter filling and chocolate buttercream, a vanilla cupcake with raspberry filling and signature buttercream, a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese filling and dipped in ganache and a dark chocolate cupcake with ganache filling and raspberry buttercream!

2. Graeter’s has a Valentine’s Pack (available online) that includes pints of Black Cherry Chip, Mint Cookies & Cream, Cherry Chip, Vanilla, Strawberry and Black Raspberry Chip as well as a variety of chocolates in stores.

Valentine's sweets from Sisters!

Valentine’s sweets from Sisters!

3. The Sisters Sweet Shoppe has ripe, chocolate covered strawberries, frosted sugar cookies and decorated gift baskets and tins filled with gourmet chocolates, fruits and nuts.

4. Menchie’s is giving their Facebook friends a buy one get one free coupon to use tomorrow only.

5. Winans of Dublin features an assortment of chocolates (separate or in gift packs), coffees and their signature chocolate covered strawberries.

6. Jeni’s Valentine’s Day Collection has pints of Banana Cajeta, Double-Toasted Coconut, Guava Cloverton and Roxbury Road.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For more information on things to do in Dublin, Ohio visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com.

~ Post by Dawn

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