This post comes from guest writer Gretchen Friend, Coordinator for the Historic Dublin Business Association.

Sláinte (pronounced SLON-CHA) is the Gaelic or Celtic equivalent of  the friendly toast, “Cheers” or “To your health!”  Just saying it out loud makes you wish you were Irish, huh?  In fact, many of the residents of Dublin,Ohio have embraced this vibrant culture from across the Atlantic by partaking in many of the traditions which makes Dublin,Ireland so interesting.

Next Thursday, May 19 marks the first Sláinte Thursday of 2011–a fun evening of cheer  in the the City’s Historic District. These exciting third Thursday celebrations are held throughout the summer months in Dublin, Ohio.  Beginning at 4 p.m., restaurants are buzzing with live music while shops and businesses ready for a steady stream of visitors to the area. Specials, open houses, children’s activities and food sampling create a swirl of activities for all ages.

Created for locals and visitors alike, a Sláinte Thursday celebration is just right for those warm summer nights. Live musical melodies at several locations throughout Historic Dublin lead people from place to place as they visit the district. My favorite is part of the evening is walking along the brick sidewalks under the canopy of shade trees. It’s so quaint, yet hip!  No one is pushing me to a deadline (unless it’s getting the last taste of a special in one of the many great restaurants).

The May 19th  Sláinte Thursday will feature a golf theme–a nod to the world-class PGA Memorial Tournament that Dublin, Ohio will host May 30-June 5.  During Sláinte Thursday folks can try their putting skills on nine greens placed around the Historic District. Knocking all the balls in the holes will give you a chance to win tickets to the Memorial Tournament or many other great gift certificates and prizes from Historic Dublin businesses. Live music by Rockbridge Crossing will play from the Frog Park, next to the Visitors Center (9 S. High St.)

Catch the Trolley as it passes by each hole, if the walk is too much for you. From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. the Trolley loop will follow South High Street up to the library and back. Or just meander up and down the sidewalks, enjoying an ice cream or iced tea, a little patio dining, some great shopping and plenty o’ fun!   See you Thursday, May 19!    Sláinte!     

For more information about Sláinte Thursday, visit www.HistoricDublin.org or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

~Gretchen Friend, Historic Dublin Business Assocation Coordinator

This Saturday marks an important day. The St. Patrick’s Parade in Dublin (OH)  is a big part of our family tradition.  Whether it’s with the cub scouts, neighborhood association, church or the Dublin CVB’s entry–you’ll always find the Rich family in the Dublin Parades!

Dublin OH St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Dublin CVB has been a part of the St. Patrick’s Day parade for more than 10 years.  In earlier years, one of our board members would drive “Skelly the Leprechaun” (the official Dublin CVB Mascot) in a convertible.  It wasn’t elaborate, but it sure was fun to see the kids smile at a the “real-life” leprechaun!

For the past few years, we (the Dublin CVB staff) have created a float.  The theme always reflects our Irish Attitude and it’s fun to tweak it from year to year.  The first year that we took on the challenge of building a float, we stuffed tissue paper squares (pomps) into chicken wire sprayed with adhesive.  After one garage wall became permanently sticky from all the glue spray, we decided a different approach was in order!

Last year’s float featured a rainbow made out of Christmas tinsel garland and a pot o’ gold. This year it will feature … well, I’m not telling.  You’ll have to come to Dublin to see it on Saturday.

One key component of our float is the fun time we share with our families and friends.  The comraderie that comes from rising early on a cold Saturday morning to hurry and get in line for the parade–(only to stand for 1–1/2 hours eating doughnuts)–is unparalleled.  But walking the parade route more than makes up for the wait time because you get to see all your friends and neighbors. (It’s amazing to see how happy people become when you hand them a string of green beads!)

Will we see you on Saturday?  Look for the (hopefully) award-winning DCVB float in position #9!

(Note: The Dublin Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010. It begins at Metro Center off Frantz Rd. and heads east along SR 161/Bridge St. into Historic Dublin, then south on High St.)

-Post by Katie

Last night, central Ohio celebrated the Spirit of Innovation with the Tech Columbus Innovation Awards–honoring individuals, companies and technology teams who made notable strides in technology during 2009.

Chery Herbert -Dublin Methodist Hospital

We are proud to congratulate our own Dublin CVB Board President–Cheryl Herbert for receiving the Outstanding Woman in Technology Innovation Award.

Cheryl was honored for her work with Dublin Methodist Hospital — the first fully digital, wireless hospital in Ohio, and the first hospital in the nation to integrate a fully digital environment with evidence-based design principles that promote and enhance healing. The “high tech, high touch” hospital opened in 2008. Congrats, Cheryl!!!