Posts Tagged ‘Columbus 2011’

Bats and a ballpark

Posted by Herb Sparrow in The Midwest on May 24, 2011

 
 

In the mid-1990s, Charley Trudeau was remodeling houses and playing vintage baseball on the side. One day, since he had all the woodworking tools, someone asked him to make them a vintage bat. The bat was so popular other orders followed. Soon Charlie was out of the remodeling business and into the bat-making business full…

 

Drawing with George

Posted by Herb Sparrow in The Midwest on May 23, 2011

 
 

Columbus native George Bellows always had a talent for drawing, even at a young age. And he also had a talent for baseball. When a choice between the two arose, Bellows chose art. He played baseball at Ohio State University in the early 20th century and was offered a pro contract by the Cincinnati Reds….

 

Scrapbooks and art

Posted by Herb Sparrow in The Midwest on May 23, 2011

 
 

It’s like Main Street comes to the mall. Easton, about 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, was one of the forerunners in lifestyle centers, mixed use developments that combine shopping, dining, entertainment, hotels, office space and residential units in an area designed more like a small town than a suburban shopping mall. The 90-acre Easton Town…

 

Letter press and candles

Posted by Herb Sparrow in The Midwest on May 20, 2011

 
 

When Allison Chapman was young, she would help her grandfather demonstrate old-fashioned printing on a letterpress at living-history festivals and events. When he died, he left 14-year-old Allison his 1892 press. Chapman moved to Worthington, a Columbus suburb, two years ago from Minnesota and set up Igloo Letterpress in the historic downtown, turning out post…

 

Hanna and the cheetah

Posted by Herb Sparrow in The Midwest on May 17, 2011

 
 

I almost expected to see David Letterman walk in next. There I was, petting a seven-month-old cheetah when in walked Jack Hanna. “There are only a couple of zoos where you can get this close to a cheetah,” said Hanna, who has gained a worldwide following with his advocacy for wild animals on his own…