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

 This guest post is by David S. Guion, Executive Director of the Dublin Arts Council.

Have you ever dreamt of flying? This fascination with flying has helped inspire choreographer Keely Shaffer-Glenn to create Gravity’s Ripple III, a site-specific dance performance on the sloping riverfront grounds of Dublin Arts Council. Keely’s talented and agile dancers will incorporate balloons and paper airplanes as they encourage the audience to come along for the ride. Challenging the slope of the hill and the weight of gravity, the dancers will guide the audience through journeys of flight and fancy.

Gravity's Ripple III

All are welcome to experience a dress rehearsal on Friday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Dr., in Dublin. Dancers and non-dancers of all ages are encouraged to attend. We encourage young children and their families to picnic on the grounds after the performance and enjoy the scenery.

You’re also invited to two free performances of this original work, Friday Sept. 16 and Saturday Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Dublin Arts Council. The performance is approximately 40 minutes in length and will be followed by a Q&A session with the choreographer and the dancers. Sunset and nature will surely play a feature role in the performance.

Gravity’s Ripple was first presented in 2009, and continues to receive supportive audience feedback. Most people have never attended a contemporary dance performance before – and certainly not outside. Their enthusiasm has encouraged us to continue this unique project.

The project is offered free of charge through an array of collaborations and financial supporters. Gravity’s Ripple III is presented by Dublin Arts Council and OhioDance in collaboration with The Ohio State University Department of Dance and Ohio Department of Education Division of the Arts with additional support provided by Ohio Arts Council and the Target Foundation.

Come fly with us! To learn more about Dublin Arts Council, please visit us at www.dublinarts.org

~Post by David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council

The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau has just launched our Capturing the Irish Attitude Photo Contest and we need YOUR help! Now through August 12, we are looking for some awesome photos that reflect our destination’s Irish Attitude! Photographers may be amateur or professional, but photos must reflect a Dublin Ohio location and can include people, local attractions, parks, events, shops, restaurants, pubs or signature Dublin sites. (Our 2007 winner can be seen below.)

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Previous Winner of "Capturing the Irish Attitude" Photo Contest

Not feeling very creative right now, but still want to enter? Here is a list of a few places that would make for some great photo opportunities!

Images will be judged on (1) quality (2) of the brand (3) storytelling ability (4) impact (5) subject matter (6) composition and (7) creativity. All entries must be high resolution images and must be emailed to info (at) IrishisanAttitude.com no later than 5 p.m. Friday, August 12. A complete list of rules can be found on our website.

The Grand Prize is a weekend getaway for a family of 4 to Dublin, Ohio. Includes a 2-night weekend stay at the Holiday Inn Express Dublin, 4 passes to the Zoombezi Bay Water Park and the Columbus Zoo, 4 passes to COSI Columbus, 4 passes to SportsOhio and 4 Graeters Ice Cream Sundae Coupons.

Additionally, 1-4 honorable mentions will be rewarded (depending on entries), and winners will receive two passes to the Zoombezi Bay Water Park and the Columbus Zoo.

Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity! Be sure to get your entries in today.

~Post by Lexi

Dublin has a whole lot of fun planned for the Fourth of July.

Join your neighbors at Sunday’s at Scioto on Sunday, July 3rd for an evening of free music courtesy of the Dublin Arts Council. Starting at 7 p.m. in Scioto Park, the entertainment will be “Swing’s the Thing” a 16 piece big-band group that features classic sounds as well as current hits. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a great night outdoors.

The fun doesn’t stop on Monday, July 4th! The day begins with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby at 8 a.m. in front of the Dublin Recreation Center in the pond. Cast away and win prizes for the largest fish and enjoy spending time with your family! Parking is free and easy in the lot adjacent.

The Independence Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Metro Center Business Park (Corner of Frantz Road and 161) and continues down 161, turning right onto South High Street into the Historic District. Parking is plentiful – but arrive early for the easiest spots. Try parking in the Kroger Dublin Plaza, beside Sells Middle School, behind the Dublin Library/Indian Run Elementary or across the river at Scioto Plaza. High School Marching bands, neighborhood floats, children’s bike brigade, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and great American fun celebrating our Nation’s Independence. The parade usually takes an hour and a half, but most of the businesses in the Historic District stay open later so you can stroll around and shop!

After the parade our family goes home for a rest so we can stay up late that night to see the fireworks!

Come over to the Dublin Coffman High School for the rest of the festivities (corner of Coffman Road and Emerald Parkway). Gates open at 4:30 and it is free admission to the stadium.  The SkyHoundz Hyperflite Canine Frisbee Competition will take place at 5 p.m. Local bands will play from 5-8 and Smokey Robinson will headline the evening starting at 8:15. He’ll play until 9:45 then the fireworks will go off at 9:50. Handicapped parking is available in the High School lot, general parking can be found in Coffman Park, the Dublin Recreation Center, Verizon Wireless and Cardinal Health. Classic American fare can be purchased at the concession stands.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!

Just in time for great weather … guest writer David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Dublin Arts Council, shares some great ideas to celebrate art, nature and warmer temperatures!

The weather is improving. It’s time to get out and about and enjoy our area parks. And what better way to discover hidden treasures than by finding Dublin Arts Council’s Riverboxes? Small 3D original works of art, the Riverboxes are hidden in our Dublin, Ohio parks and will bring you in touch with your creative side — and the environment. Riverboxes are modeled after the hobbies of Letterboxing or Geocaching and provide “an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming treasure hunt-style outdoor quest.” (Thank you to Letterboxing.org for that definition!)

Riverboxes contain a space that houses a journal, artist and site information and an artist-created ink stamp. Hobbyists bring their own journal and ink stamp, placing their “mark” and a note in the Riverbox journal, while also logging and stamping the artists’ stamp in their own journal.

We’ve discovered that it’s a perfect way for grandparents to spend time outdoors with grandchildren. It’s also a truly creative first date. You can begin this new hobby in Dublin and can enjoy it all over the world!

Dublin Arts Council began the project in 2007. Currently there are seven Riverboxes, created by Ohio artists, on view in Dublin parks that have access to the Scioto River. Three more will be unveiled on May 21 in Washington Township’s Homestead and Kaltenbach Parks. This collaboration with Washington Township is the first “Riverbox Tributary” project, linking Washington Township parks’ watershed environments with the Scioto River.

The new Riverboxes will be as unique as the artists who were selected to create them:

  • Giancarlo Calicchia of Cleveland. Calicchia was raised in Italy and works with natural materials, primarily stone. His artwork can be found in Italy, Mexico, Haiti, the U.S. and Canada.
  • Andrea Myers who creates abstract layered organic artwork. Myers recently moved to Columbus from Chicago. She currently teaches at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
  • Katlin Rothacher, a graduate of Kent State University who lives in Hartville, Ohio and works primarily in fiber and textiles.

The artists visited the parks in February and are busy putting the finishing touches on their Riverboxes. We can’t wait to see what they have created!  All three artists will be on hand at the opening reception, May 21 from 10 a.m. -12 noon at The Homestead Park, Lakeside Pavilion, 4675 Cosgray Rd., in Hilliard, Ohio.  While there, visitors can make a potato ink stamp and paper bag journal and be among the first to receive clues to the whereabouts of the newest Riverboxes. As with almost all we do at Dublin Arts Council, the event, and the activity, are free of charge.

Please visit www.dublinarts.org for information about the unveiling and for clues and GPS coordinates for the whereabouts of all of the Riverboxes. To learn more about Letterboxing or Geocaching, please visit www.letterboxing.org, www.atlasquest.com and www.geocaching.com.  Please be sure to tell us about your experience in our online guestbook. 

~Guest blog post by David S. Guion, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council.

As enthusiasts of all things with Irish attitude, we were thrilled to discover Dublin Ohio’s newest nod to Ireland: the Celtic Corner at the Dublin Arts Council’s Gift Shop (7125 Riverside Dr.)

This hidden gem may be the early antidote to all your holiday shopping headaches. Here you will discover Irish-themed gifts and “uniquely Dublin” artwork by area artists. Discover jewelry creations by Dublin artists Cathy Smith Gresham (seed-beaded mini-purses), Susan Bringardner (pieces featuring Czech and Swarovski crystals combined with natural stones, minerals, freshwater pearls and vintage beads) and Carolyn Pigman (sterling silver bracelets and earrings).

Check out the hand-thrown stoneware pottery by Tim Frederich, Historic Dublin scenic notecards, suncatchers, journals, pocket charms and much more. Know an Irish rock fan? Pick up a temporary armband tattoo. Buying for someone who appreciates Celtic traditions? How about an embossed leather-crafted journal or pewter measuring spoons?

Stopping by the Celtic Corner brings with it the added bonus of visiting the fabulous home of the Dublin Arts Council. Built in 1941, this historic French-eclectic style home is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The castle-like structure (which puts one in mind of an Irish estate) is an architectural masterpiece. It was the longtime home of Eleanor Gelpi—a committed champion of the arts in Columbus who served as a founding member of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, among other organizations.

Visit the Dublin Arts Council Gift Shop (and the Celtic Corner) during these hours: Tues. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

-Post by Mary

Allow me to introduce myself. I am the Dublin (OH) Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new SMERF Sales and Marketing Manager.  I am a SMERF.  A what? Leatherlips Dublin OHA Smert? A Merf? A little blue creature that ran around in a forest during the 1980’s a.k.a Smurf?  Well since I spawned from the 80’s, I might be that too … but my title encompasses all that’s green instead of blue.

SMERF is a tourism industry term that stands for Social, Military, Educational, Religious and Fraternal. So if your organization falls under any of those categories, you may be working with me.

I just began my position at the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau about two weeks ago and I’ve been soaking up every bit o’ Irish knowledge. Since I need to be an expert about this city, I’ve been exploring all of its opportunities.

My travels have  included viewing the Dublin Arts Council’s Art in Public Places.  I never knew corn on the cob could look so cool!  Malcom Cochran, an Ohio artist, commemorated Dublin’s history as a farming community by creating a field of 109 human-sized ears of corn. The Field of Corn (with Osage Orange Trees) even has a parking area so you can get out of your car and strike a pose with your favorite cob.

One of my favorite sites is Scioto Park. A 12-foot high sculpture of Chief Leatherlips watches over the park’s sprawling hill that rolls towards the river. There’s an outdoor stage that’s ready for summer concerts and shelter houses that are perfect for get-togethers.

Seeing the Dublin sites has been very informative, but most of my time is spent in Historic Dublin’s BriHi District … in an office.  It has proven to be a wonderful place to work. The CVB office bustles above the Visitor Information Center that we keep freshly stocked with area maps, brochures and tourist information. The welcoming environment and friendly co-workers has made my huge transition much easier.

So has TehKu Tea Company, located right down the street.  I’m a sucker for the restaurant’s tea of the day and organic food selections. It has inspired me to get my own tea press. I’m also inspired to adopt-a-lion from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, after I had a meeting there. We’ll see what happens first.

Since mid-August I’ve been living in Dublin. Now that I’m working for Dublin I’m immersed in learning about the events, hotels, history and beauty. As a former Ohio State Buckeye, I feel like I’m having a love affair between these two areas. What can I say? Irish is an attitude and Dublin, Ohio is stealing my heart.

-Post by Allison