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Short North Neighborhood Events/News January/February 2017

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Alarming Cry: Giant Eagle Endangered

The recent announcement of Giant Eagle’s plan to close three Columbus-area stores on March 4, including one located in the Short North at 777 Neil Ave., has the neighborhood in an uproar. A popular community forum representing this area was flooded with comments, mostly expressing disappointment and determination to either stop the closing or bring another grocer into that building. Giant Eagle is compiling a report of local reaction. Calls may be made to 1-800-553-2324. Send letters to Laura Karet, CEO, Giant Eagle, Inc., 101 Kappa Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15238. Her number is 412-963-6200.

Hubbard Lantern Festival February 12, 2017

Members from the fraternity OSU Pi Delta Psi perform a traditional Chinese lion dance during the Hubbard Mastery School Lantern Festival and pose for photos under the welcoming arch built by Anne Evans, whose children attend the school. PHOTO by Walker Evans

H ubbard Mastery School will be hosting its second annual Lantern Festival on Sunday, February 12 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to join in the celebration of Chinese culture and enjoy an afternoon of activities and entertainment that includes martial arts demonstrations, a lion dance, singing, and craft stations for learning origami, calligraphy, making wontons, and delivering dreams with flying wish paper.

Anne Evans, a member of the PTO at Hubbard and co-founder of Columbus Underground, came up with the idea for the festival. “I wanted a signature event held at the school that would bring our students, families, and community together to showcase what students are learning at Hubbard Mastery School,” she said. Mandarin Chinese is part of the curriculum at Hubbard, and a majority of the students study the language, so reinforcing their knowledge of that culture with a festival made sense.

Susie McGeean, principal of the school, was wonderfully supportive and excited to see the festival take shape. “I remember a great Sunday with students, staff, neighbors, and a whole lot of fun,” she said.

The recent Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival at the Ohio State Fairgrounds gave Hubbard students another excellent opportunity to experience Chinese culture. The entire school was able to attend and see the handmade lanterns. As the Hubbard festival evolves, the school plans to incorporate more and more lanterns.

A grant from the Short North Foundation was a big boost, allowing the school to continue the lion dance this year. The grant will also finance the popular dragon balloon arch. Ballooniacs created a huge dragon out of balloons for the entrance to the festival.

“I was really impressed how everyone at the school came together with ideas, materials and volunteering to make the first Hubbard Lantern Festival a great success,” said Evans. “About 350 people came through the building that day to experience what makes Hubbard Mastery School special and the the students had a wonderful event they were talking about for months.”

WHAT: Hubbard Lantern Festival
WHEN: Sunday, February 12, 3 to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Hubbard Mastery School, 104 W. Hubbard Avenue
CONTACT: www.friendsofhubbard.org

Comfest News

ComFest organizers are already planning the 2017 festival. Performer applications are now live online at ComFest.com. Bands, poets, dancers, theater troupes, comics, magicians and puppeteers, and performance artists of all kinds are encouraged to apply. Community and progressive organizations with ideas for workshops or inspiring speakers should also submit applications. Deadline for applications is March 15.

This time of year it’s good to check ComFest’s website regularly for updates. In February, look for Volunteer Sign Up and Street Fair applications. ComFest general planning meetings are also posted on the website. Meetings are held in Goodale Park Shelter House and open to the public. Committee meetings are also ongoing and volunteers are welcome to get involved.

Calling all artists! It’s time to design the ComFest logo for 2017. This contest is free and open to the public. All instructions and details are available at ComFest.com.

Entries will enjoy a public viewing to select the three favorites on March 2, 2017 at Goodale Park Shelter House. The final selection will be made at the following general planning meeting. (Children may submit their drawings to the KidsArt logo contest for a chance to be on the Kids Tee Shirts! Same time and place as the regular logo contest.)

Grants applications deadline was January 15, 2017.
Once again ComFest will be awarding small project grants to community organizations. Presentations to grant recipients will take place at the May membership dinner meeting.

Look for further updates about ComFest 2017 in the Short North Gazette.

Friends of Goodale Park Premier Gala Awards

The Friends of Goodale Park presented three awards at their annual gala in December, for the first time in its history, kicking off the volunteer organization’s 30th anniversary this year.

“We felt it important to thank those who have stepped up to make Goodale Park what Lincoln Goodale intended when he deeded the land to the City of Columbus,” said Rick Harrison, events committee chair.

The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Brenda Hosey. The award is given to an individual for “above and beyond volunteerism on behalf of the FGP.” Hosey said that until her retirement a couple of years ago, she had not had time to do anything for the community.

“I’ve lived in the neighborhood since 1985,” she said, “and I’ve lived near the park for about 20 years.” She and her dog, Tessa, a Miniature Australian Shepherd, have spent plenty of time in the park over the years enjoying the fruits of FGP’s labors. Once she retired, it was Hosey’s turn to give back. She began by attending the Saturday morning work days, planting and weeding, later volunteering with the FGP events committee.

“She helps out any way she can. It’s really neat,” said Maddy Weisz, vice president of FGP. “She volunteers all the time. She just wants to be there to help out.”

“Brenda is one of those volunteers who is willing to do whatever needs done in the park,” added Harrison. “Brenda has helped to make our monthly work days, Walks and Talks series, festival and music series involvement, and the annual gala so successful.”

Bruce Dooley, who founded Dooley and Company Realtors in 1986, a year before the FGP established, became a staunch supporter of the Friends when they began. Now, 30 years later, Dooley and Chris Zuelke - the Dooley and Company Team at Keller Williams Classic Properties – continue that support. The Dooley Company received the FGP Outstanding Corporate Partner award, given to a business partner who “consistently answers the call when the FGP are in need of assistance.”

ComFest was recognized as the Outstanding Community Partner, given to community organizations who actively give back to Goodale Park (fiscal and/or volunteering). “The Friends of Goodale Park, a volunteer organization itself, could not succeed in helping to beautify and restore historical features in the park without the support we receive from our incredible individual volunteers, corporate partners, and other community organizations,” stated Harrison.

Since 1987, the Friends of Goodale Park (FGP), a volunteer group organized as a 501(C)3 non-profit entity, has worked diligently to preserve, maintain and enhance Goodale Park. Email volunteercoordinator@goodalepark.org to join in as a volunteer, or visit www.friendsofgoodalepark.org to make a contribution.

Jacob Sukosd, Neighbor of the Year

Jacob Sukosd has been named the 2016 Harrison West Neighbor of the Year. Sukosd has served the neighborhood as the Planning and Development Committee chair for 14 years. During that time, Harrison West has undergone major redevelopment; and, with no end in sight, he has been and continues to stay on top of it all. From large projects like the Humko, Battelle green space and Superior Beverage redevelopments to projects as small as adding a garage, Sukosd has been a tireless resource and advocate. His work with residents, developers and the city to ensure that development in Harrison West respects the wishes of the neighborhood often goes unsung and unthanked, so the society is particularly happy for the opportunity to publicly acknowledge his advocacy. Congratulations Jacob!
Submitted by the Harrison West Society www.harrisonwest.org

New Trustees for Italian Village Society

New trustee members for the Italian Village Society have been elected:

James Rozewski (Vice President): James has lived in Italian Village since July 2016 and lived in the Short North for four years. James loves Italian Village because of the inclusiveness and sense of neighborhood that comes from all the amazing people that live within Italian Village.

Laura Sullivan (Secretary): Laura has lived in Italian Village for 2.5 years and was new to Columbus when she moved to Italian Village. She absolutely fell in love with the neighborhood and enjoys the closeness and neighborhood feel. Laura likes that Italian Village is a diverse community and is inclusive of all the neighbors. Laura also loves that Italian Village residents support small businesses.

The IVS meets on the second Tuesday each month from 7:30 to 9 pm at The Jeffrey Park Foundry Community Room, 233 E. First Ave. IVS general meetings are open to the public! Visit www.italianvillage.org

St. Francis Mardi Gras Pasta Event: Saturday, February 25 in Victorian Village

Frank Schneider and Seymour Ludwig


Mark your calendars now! The ever-popular Annual Mardi Gras Pasta Dinner at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Victorian Village is scheduled on Saturday, February 25 from noon until 7 p.m. Stop by for a fabulous dinner and great lineup of live entertainment, raffle, and bake sale by the parishes best bakers. Freshly prepared food includes penne pasta with sauce and meatball, salad, roll, dessert and drink. (Buy an extra 2-liter soda and get a giftcard. ) The afternoon lineup of entertainment begins at noon. There is plenty of free parking, and the cost is only $8 for adults and $5 for children (10 and under). No reservations are required; carryout is available for those who want to help out the church but would prefer to enjoy their meal at home. All proceeds benefit St. Francis of Assisi Parish, located at 386 Buttles Ave. west of Neil at the corner of Harrison Avenue. Call 614-299-5781 for more information or visit www.sfacolumbus.org

WHAT: Mardi Gras Pasta Dinner
WHEN: Saturday, February 25, Noon to 7 p.m.
WHERE: 386 Buttles Ave.
TICKETS: $8 Adults, $5 Children
CONTACT: www.sfacolumbus.org




St. Joseph Montessori School Open House January 20 and February 26

St. Joseph Montessori School will host an Open House for parents of prospective students from ?9 to 10:30 a.m. on Fri., January 20 and and on Sun., February 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the school, 933 Hamlet Street in Italian Village. Parents and families of prospective students are welcome to learn more about the school and its educational philosophy.

The event will have presentations, opportunities to talk with school leaders, and a tour of the school co-lead by parent volunteers and student ambassadors. There will also be opportunities to see the magic of Montessori classes in session. RSVP to Director of Admission, Dara Jackson, at (614) 291-8601 ext 104.

Join Columbus’ Only Feminist ChorusNew singers welcome throughout January

The Columbus Women’s Chorus, which has been providing a choral experience for Columbus women for over a quarter of a century, is inviting new and existing singers to begin rehearsals in January. Women ages 16 and up are welcome to join Columbus’ only feminist chorus on January 9, 16, 23, or 30 at 6:45 p.m. for assignment to prepare for the May 21 spring concert – The Strength of Women. New members will be given voice placement in January after which rehearsals will continue every Monday evening in the chapel at King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Avenue from 7 to 9 p.m. Members are asked to make a $120 yearly donation. Scholarships are available. Handicap parking is accessible.

WHAT: Columbus Women’s Chorus

WHEN: January 9, 16, 23, or 30 at 6:45 p.m.

WHERE: King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Avenue

COST: $120/year

CONTACT: www.colswomenschorus.orgadmin@colswomenschorus.org614-636-3541

JOIN IN JANUARY - NO AUDITION NECESSARY! Rehearsals every Monday evening in Victorian Village

New Music at Short North Stage: David Lang’s ‘love fail’ on February 22

Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble:
Liz Pearse, Amanda DeBoer, Carrie Henneman Shaw, and Kayleigh Butcher

The Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble will perform the work of internationally acclaimed composer David Lang at the Garden Theater on Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. Lang’s “love fail” has been described as an evening-length work that weaves together snippets of medieval courtly love narratives, short stories by MacArthur Fellow Lydia Davis, scraps from the libretto of Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde, and text by Lang himself. The performance is part of the New Music at Short North Stage free concert series sponsored by the Johnstone Fund for New Music.

The Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble is an all-female vocal quartet specializing in experimental repertoire for voices. The ensemble formed in 2010 while the founding members attended Bowling Green State University and is comprised of vocalists Elizabeth Pearse (soprano), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo soprano), Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano), and Carrie Henneman Shaw (soprano). The group performed “love fail” at the Kody Festival in Lublin, Poland, last May. The Columbus concert will be their first performance of the work in the U.S.

The Johnstone Fund for New Music was founded by Columbus community leaders Jack and Zoe Johnstone in 2008. It supports the continuing growth and vitality of contemporary classical music by funding the creation and performance of new works for a growing audience in Central Ohio.

WHAT: Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble performing David Lang’s ‘love fail’
WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Garden Theater, 1187 N. High St.
CONTACT: www.shortnorthstage.org

Free street parking after 6 p.m. weekdays on the south side of Fifth Avenue west of High. Call 614-725-4042, visit www.shortnorthstage.org

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