Posts Tagged ‘Ohio’


It’s easy to find fun for your group in Columbus. That’s because the city is loaded with a diverse range of experiential activities, attractions, districts, and dining spots that are sure to please even your most discerning. Here, we share a glimpse of what Ohio’s largest city shares with you. Treasures that’ll have you traveling…

Herb Sparrow

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…

Herb Sparrow

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….

Herb Sparrow

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…

Herb Sparrow

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…

Herb Sparrow

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…

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Maumee Bay before the crowds

Posted by Mac Lacy in The Midwest on June 05, 2009


I beat the crowds to Maumee Bay State Park, just outside Toledo, at the bottom of Lake Erie.  My waitress this morning told me that when schools up here let out later this month, to watch out.  ‘We’ll be full the rest of the summer through Labor Day,’ she said. As it is, right now…