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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017

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
COST: FREE
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.
TICKETS: Free
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

 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016

ComFest Grant Deadline Approaching
Projects must align with ComFest Principles

ComFest is not just a weekend in June. Involvement in community projects and other city events is how ComFesters promote the spirit of the organization throughout the year. In 2005, for example, the Community Festival established a formal grants program that funds individuals and organizations running community-based projects that align with the ComFest Statement of Principles. In 2016, the grants committee awarded $15,000 to fully or partially fund grants to 11 community groups.

The Grants Subcommittee of the General Planning Committee administers the grants and is particularly interested in innovative new projects, especially those promoting social change and social justice. They also fund activities of existing organizations. Projects have been far-ranging over the years. However, they do not support festivals, parades, seminars, conferences or general operations. Also, the recipients must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit or have a fiscal agent as a qualified organization.

Requests may be made in amounts ranging from $250 to a maximum of $3,000. Applications should be submitted electronically. The deadline for applications and supporting materials is January 15, 2017. You can check out the ComFest website at comfest.com for more information and details on how to apply.

Seeking Nominations: 2016 Neighbor of the Year in Harrison West

The Harrison West neighborhood is a place full of inspirational individuals. For the fifth time, the Harrison West Society wishes to recognize the contributions of vital community leaders. The Harrison West Neighbor of the Year Award will be awarded to a person who has demonstrated extraordinary involvement in the community and inspires others to make Harrison West a better place. This can be any member of the Central Ohio community: a neighbor, co-worker, friend, business, or community leader. There are no additional requirements or restrictions.

To nominate a deserving individual for the Harrison West Neighbor of the Year Award, submit a short narrative on why someone you know deserves this honor (500 words or less) no later than December 1, 2016, to president@harrisonwest.org. The award winner will be announced at the Harrison West Society’s annual Winter Celebration. Questions? Contact Tim Price at president@harrisonwest.org.

Stonewall Festivals

The 36th Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and Parade will not be held in Goodale Park in June but instead take place in Bicentennial and Genoa parks downtown. The celebration had been held in Goodale Park each June over the past six years while redevelopment to the riverfront was in progress. The parade route will now be reversed, starting in the Short North and traveling south down High Street, so the neighborhood, where Stonewall Columbus is based, remains a part of and connected to the festivities. Speaking of Stonewall and festivals, the Stonewall LGBT annual film festival is scheduled November 13 to 19. This is a major event focusing on emerging LGBT filmmakers, and includes a special evening tribute to pioneer filmmaker Dorothy Arzner on the 16th at the Drexel in Bexley. Go to lgbtfest.org or call 614-299-7764 for more information.

Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus: Joy! Set the Earth Aglow

Courtesy of Facebook

The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus is a volunteer choral ensemble founded over 25 years ago consisting of singers age eighteen and older who are comprised of gay and straight-allied persons of all ethnicities. CGMC’s Joy! concerts have become a Columbus holiday tradition. This year brings Joy! Set the Earth Aglow. All are welcome to ring in the holidays with CGMC as they present their ever-popular holiday celebration on December 9 and 10 at King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Ave. They will set the earth aglow with the sights, sounds, and songs that make the holidays such a special time of year.

WHAT: Joy! Set the Earth Aglow concert

WHEN: Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 10 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Additional performance at Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 11 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Avenue, corner of Neil and King

TICKETS: $20; $25 at the door; By phone: 614-469-0939; CAPA Box Office, 55 E. State St.; Ticketmaster Online ($3.90 fee)

INFORMATION: Columbusgaymenschorus.com


Ohio Designer Craftsmen: Annual Winterfair and Gifts of the Craftsmen

Artists from across the nation will be showcasing their traditional and contemporary crafts including ceramics, wood, glass, painting, metals, fiber, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more at the annual Columbus Winterfair, a juried fine craft fair, and one of the oldest in the United States. Browse the holiday artists’ market and find unique and beautiful handcrafted items for the home and gift giving.

WHAT: Winterfair

WHEN: December 2-4, 2016; Fri: 10a-8p, Sat: 10a-7p, Sun: 11a-4p

WHERE: Ohio State Fairground Bricker Building, 717 E. 17th Avenue

TICKETS: $7 Adults (valid 3 days); 12 and under free

CONTACT: www.winterfair.org


The Ohio Craft Museum’s 17th annual holiday sale, Gifts of the Craftsmen, will feature unique items handcrafted by nearly 100 artists from across the country. Holiday shoppers will find beautiful jewelry, functional pottery, wooden serving bowls and utensils, handcrafted soaps, leather accessories, ornaments, handmade greeting cards and more. This is the place to find one-of-a-kind gifts.

WHAT: Gifts of the Craftsmen

WHEN: November 6 - December 23, 2016; Mon-Sat: 10a-5p, Sun: 1-4p

WHERE: Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview

TICKETS: FREE

CONTACT: www.ohiocraft.org 614-486-4402


Dreams and Spiritual Growth: Retreat weekend with Janice Bachman

Dreams are unique gifts given to each of us. Dreams connect us to a source of wisdom beyond the ego and can heal and guide us on our journey to become more whole persons.

In this retreat weekend with Janice Bachman, participants will discuss classical elements of Jungian dream work and place it within the larger context of spiritual growth. Through lecture, conversation and discussion, the group will work with some dreams from scripture as well as with several dreams volunteered by participants. If you wish to work with a dream, bring a written copy to the weekend.

This program is limited to 14 people who will participate in both the Friday and Saturday sessions. Beginners as well as those more experienced in working with dreams are welcome.

Janice Bachman, O.P., is a Jungian Analyst and spiritual director in practice in the Columbus area. A key area of interest for her is the convergence of analytical psychology and spirituality, and how the two disciplines and their symbols inform the process of analysis, spiritual development and becoming more whole persons.

Bachman is on the summer faculty of Creighton University in Omaha where she teaches in the graduate program in Christian spirituality. She holds a master’s degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton University and a diploma in analytical psychology from the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts (Toronto), and an MBA from Xavier

WHAT: Dreams and Spiritual Growth retreat

WHEN: Friday, December 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: JungHaus, 59 W. Third Avenue

COST: $100 members; $125 non-members

CONTACT: www.JungCentralOhio.org 614-291-8050

 

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016

What’s More Italian Than Pizza? Some might say Opera!

Nationally acclaimed tenor
Elio Scaccio will be featured with the Rick Brunetto Big Band in the exciting show “Two Gents and The Lady” along with Vincent Ricciardi and Julie Anna Gulenko
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The 37th annual Columbus Italian Festival will take over the grounds of St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church at N. Fourth St. and E. Lincoln with dancing, food, celebrities and entertainment over the Columbus Day weekend beginning Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9. This year’s theme, Festa Della Musica, will celebrate the composers and music of Italy.

Opera Project Columbus will perform costumed scenes from various classic Italian operas on Saturday and Sunday. Experience a historical presentation of Italian composers by Columbus State Community College professor Rocco DiPietro in the cultural tent.

Two Gents and The Lady headline Saturday night, featuring Elio Scaccio, Vincent Ricciardi and Julie Anna Gulenko accompanied by Rick Brunetto’s 17-piece orchestra. Thrill to a classical-pop crossover performance showcasing songs from Pavarotti, Bocelli, Caruso, Lanza and more. Before the headline show, hear Sunny 95’s Dino and Stacy perform with the Brunetto orchestra. Rick Brunetto’s 17-piece Big Band has been entertaining audiences for over a quarter century, including every Thursday night at the 94th Aero Squadron.

Friday night features Pittsburgh’s Italian swing band Dr. Zoot performing Italian swing classics. Sunday features the talented Italian pop band Cavaliers. Delight in the spectacle of street musicians and singers roving festival grounds. All three days will see performances by the San Giovanni Italian Folk Dancers. Local band Vinyl Revival will pay tribute to female singers with hits from Connie Francis, Annette Funicello to Madonna and Lady Gaga.

Along with great Italian music goes the finest in Italian foods. Only three days a year to taste the unique flavorful thick-crusted homemade festival pizza. Learn to make pasta, pizza and other Italian delicacies and traditional foods or learn Italian at the cultural booth – last year’s sensation! Italia Ohio and Bishop Watterson High School senior language students will be instructing. Come for the pizza, stay for the festival fun!

Admission $5. Parking across from the festival on 4th Street or at Columbus State Community College with shuttle service

COLUMBUS ITALIAN FESTIVAL / Festa Della Musica October 7 - 9

Friday: 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday: Noon – 11 pm; Sunday: Noon – 7 pm

ColumbusItalianFestival.com

Short North Foundation Awards Five Grants - Funds help support area art and cultural projects


The Harrison West Jazz Stage comes alive every Sunday September 11 through October 2 with the help of a Short North Foundation grant.

The Short North Foundation has awarded grants totaling $4,750 to the Friends of Goodale Park, the Hubbard Mastery School PTO, the Harrison West Jazz Stage, the Goodale Park Music Series, and Screen on the Green.

The Foundation seeks to fund projects and programs that benefit Short North area residents, unite Short North neighborhoods, and incorporate or preserve public works of art and architecture.

Friends of Goodale Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to restore, improve and maintain the urban park. Grant money will be used to restore flower beds throughout the park and to add water plants to the park’s pond to help combat algae problems.

Hubbard Mastery School is a Columbus City Schools elementary school serving the Short North neighborhood. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization will use the funding to help grow its annual Lantern Festival, a signature arts and cultural festival open to the community.

Goodale Park Music Series, founded in 2009 by Alexandra Fox, is a free, outdoor concert series featuring live music from Columbus, performing acts as well as live art, craft vendors, kids activities and food carts. The series is sponsored by the Short North Civic Association.

Screen on the Green is a public movie series held in Goodale Park. The free, outdoor movie nights are made possible by funding through the Short North Civic Association, the Gateway Film Center, the Short North Foundation and ComFest.

Harrison West Jazz Stage is a free late summer/early fall jazz concert series held on Sunday afternoons at the Harrison Park Gazebo in Harrison West. The volunteer-run concert series was founded by two Harrison West residents in January 2013, in an effort to build awareness of Columbus’ local jazz talent and spread the spirit and enthusiasm for Columbus arts, while celebrating the Harrison West neighborhood.

“The Foundation is proud to support and promote some great organizations and projects that contribute to the vibrancy of our community,” says Steve Hurtt, president of the Short North Foundation board.

Past projects that have been funded by the Foundation include the Short North Temporary Mural Series, Doo Dah Parade, Harrison Park Art Awards, tree plaques in Goodale Park, flowerbeds and dog waste dispensing stations in Italian Village Park, Columbus Art Walks, and the Columbus International Film & Video Festival.

Ronald Wimberly Arrives for Graphic Novelist Residency
Public Interview with Jared Gardner on Sunday, October 16 at CMA

The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) and Thurber House awarded Ronald Wimberly the fifth annual Graphic Novelist Residency.

Each year, a committee of local comic critics, curators, and creators seek graphic artists from outside Columbus who demonstrate an experimental approach to creating comics and graphic novels. The three-week residency is designed to provide the winner with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress and exhibit their work at CMA. Wimberly will receive a stipend and housing in the two-bedroom apartment located in the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber. In addition, the residency will enable him to participate in public programming and interact with local artists and comic communities. CMA will also provide the artist with studio space at multi-functional arts complex 400 West Rich throughout the residency period, which runs October 8 - 29, 2016.

Ronald Wimberly is a graphic artist from Brooklyn whose work is known to combine traditional and experimental elements as well as bring attention to contemporary social issues. He is the creator of the graphic novel Prince of Cats, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in a mythological version of New York City at the dawn of hip-hop that is completely written in iambic pentameter. In addition to illustrating multiple graphic novels, Wimberly has worked with notable comic publishers, such as Marvel and DC comics. Wimberly has animated characters for the Cartoon Network and has worked as a graphic designer for companies such as Nike, Mishka, and the Criterion Collection. His online comic Lighten Up gained widespread acclaim in 2015 and inspired important conversations about representation and editorial bias in the mainstream comics industry. He has announced two upcoming projects for Image: Sunset Park, a story about vampires and gentrification in Brooklyn, and Slave Punk, about 19th century inventors who are slaves in the American south.

An exhibit showcasing the variety of Ronald Wimberly’s creative practice that includes art works in several media will remain on view September 2, 2016 through February 19, 2017 at the museum.

An artist’s talk and interview is scheduled on Sunday, October 16 at 2:30 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. Ronald Wimberly will speak about his creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. This program is part of the cXc festival. Admission is free, no reservations requested. Visit www.cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com


Columbus Day Italian Parade High School Marching Band Competition

The annual Columbus Italian Festival presented by Saint John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church is scheduled October 7-9 at the corner of North Fourth and E. Lincoln streets in Italian Village. The festivities include the Columbus Italian Parade that will march through the Short North Arts District and Italian Village on Sunday. The parade will have at least six competing High School marching bands, dancers, classic and new cars, Santa Maria replicas, and other entries featuring Italian history and culture. Mike Rosati is this year’s Grand Marshal.

The parade lineup begins at 11 a.m. at Dennison and Buttles avenues and starts at 1 p.m., spans 1.5 miles, and includes occasional stops for the bands to perform briefly. The competition is held at Carfagna Stage in the big tent at the festival once all the bands have gathered there at 2 p.m. One band will be awarded a Columbus Italian Parade Championship Trophy. Last year’s winner, Jonathan Alder High School Marching Band, will be guest performing in the parade and on stage as Reigning Champions, not as competitors.

WHAT: Columbus Italian Parade and Competing High School Marching Bands

WHEN: Sunday, October 9 at 1 p.m. Parade lineup starts at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Buttles and Dennison avenues east to High, north to Warren, and east to the Festival at Fourth Avenue for the band competition.

INFORMATION: All entries must submit a registration form. Updates on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CDIP2016. Contact mzdoodah@yahoo.com or visit www.columbusitalianfestival.com or call 614-228-1868


Taste of Italy Festival Preview Dinner October 3

Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of Italian Village from 18 Columbus-area fine Italian eateries. Sample as you like and enjoy a wide variety of Italian wine, beer, and spirits while listening to live music by Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms.

The Taste of Italy special preview event is scheduled Monday, October 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbus Italian Festival site under the large tent at the corner of East Lincoln and Hamlet streets. It is a fundraiser focusing on food and fellowship.

Free parking is available at the church lot at Fourth and Lincoln as well as across Fourth Street in the Jeffrey lot. Please note there is no parking in the Wonder Bread Building lot behind the church and this is permit parking only and a tow-away zone.

WHAT: Taste of Italy Festival Preview Dinner

WHEN: Monday, October 3 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Large tent at the corner of East Lincoln and Hamlet streets

TICKETS: $35 in advance, $40 at the door Includes 2 alcoholic drinks and entrance into the festival later in the week. Reserved tables of 8 available. For tickets call (614) 294-8259 or email: mrpanicoharn@gmail.com

Columbus Italian Festival runs October 7-9 www.columbusitalian festival.com


Winter Coat Extravaganza: New Life United Methodist Church

The annual Winter Coat Extravaganza, a benefit drive organized by New Life United Methodist Church in the Short North, needs coats, and the church has put out a call for help from the community to contribute to the project. Donations will be taken through Monday, October 24; the event is scheduled Wednesday, October 26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Please consider donating clean coats with buttons, lining and hoods intact, and zippers that work. Needy neighbors layer their clothes for protection from the freezing cold, so larger sizes are always in demand. Long woolen coats are not appropriate.

The call for help never ceases. Well over a thousand needy neighbors visit the church’s Clothing Room each month, so consider contributing throughout the year. Other items in high demand during the winter months include gloves, boots, socks and blankets. Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at 25 W. Fifth Ave. Visit www.newlifeunitedmethodist.org to learn more.

DROP OFF: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tues. and Wed. Or call 614-796- 5197 to schedule a drop at New Life United Methodist Church, 25 W. Fifth Ave. across from Enchanted Shoe Repair

Jazz Stage in Harrison West

The Harrison West Jazz Stage again welcomes the finest in local jazz talent for four weeks starting Sunday, September 11 at the Harrison Park Gazebo.

Jazz Stage Concert Line-up

Sunday, September 11: Vaughn Wiester Big Band Ensemble
Food truck: Ajumama + J-POPS

Sunday, September 18: Randy Mather with Jeanette Williams
Food truck: Dos Hermanos + J-POPS

Sunday, September 25: Magically Delicious
Food truck: Aromaku + J-POPS

Sunday, October 2: Canta Brasil
Food truck: Por’ketta + J-POPS

Sunday, October 9: Rain date

The Harrison West Jazz Stage takes place from 1–2:30 p.m. at the Harrison Park Gazebo located at the intersection of West First Avenue and Harrison Park Place. Concerts are child-friendly; Harrison Park includes playground adjacent to the concert lawn. All performances are free. Food may be purchased from participating food trucks. Should any concert be canceled due to inclement weather, October 9 has been scheduled as the rain date. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/HarrisonWestJazzStage

Art Walks and Landmark Talks

The fourth year of Art Walks and Landmark Talks, a collaboration of the Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health, offers free hour-long tours led by expert historians and guides exploring the art, history and architecture of Columbus neighborhoods. This year’s lineup includes 21 walks that started in May.

Art Walks are offered on scheduled Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. Rain dates are the following Sundays at 7 p.m. Visit Columbuslandmarks.org or call 614-221-0227.


Sept 19: Merion Village II - Barrett Middle School, Deshler and Bruck avenues
Sept 26: German Village II - Schiller Statue, Schiller Park
Oct 3: Clintonville II - Indianola Alternative School, 251 E. Weber Rd.
Oct 10: Franklinton II - Harrison House, 570 W. Broad St.

JULY/AUGUST 2016

Wordsmith and Artists Unite
Galleries invite author Larry Smith to collaborate on next temporary mural series in the Short North

Art galleries in the Short North are collaborating with local author Larry Smith on the fourth installment of temporary murals in the Short North Arts District. The Short North Alliance, a nonprofit organization, founded the mural project in 2012 and continues to manage it. Betsy Pandora, who came on board as executive director in August 2013, has worked to develop a new perspective and fresh focus with each installation. The partnership with Smith has the potential to become the most dynamic thus far.

Smith is best known as co-editor with Rachel Fershleiser of the online magazine SMITH, which founded the Six-Word Memoirs project that became a global phenomenon after presenting an online challenge in 2006 asking: “Can you tell your life story in six words?” The responses, of over one million Six-Word Memoirs, evolved into a bestselling book series, which has been featured in hundreds of media outlets.

Smith, 47, moved to Columbus in early 2015. In May of that year, Columbus became the pilot city for his Six in the City, a program that brings Six-Word Memoirs to cities across the U.S. as a tool for civic engagement.

Smith will collaborate with participating galleries to pair six-word stories about Columbus and the Short North Arts District with an individual artist who will then be commissioned to create an original artwork to be made into a mural. The murals are installed on the exterior brick facades of buildings along High Street in the Short North. They consist of high resolution images of art works printed on vinyl and heat-adhered to buildings. The process results in art that looks painted on the building.

“The mural project is a perfect manifestation for the power and possibilities for Six in the City: Columbus, offering anyone and everyone a chance to share a story on Columbus that could become the inspiration for public art,” Smith said in a news release. “That these murals will be found in my own neighborhood makes the work even more meaningful on a personal level.”

Artists will be selected in the summer of 2016. Work will begin in the fall and is expected to be completed in early 2017. The murals will be installed in the spring of 2017.

Tour Homes Needed

September 18 will be the 42nd annual Short North Tour of Homes and Gardens. The Short North Civic Association is in the process of putting together the tour and is still looking for homes to add, committee volunteers and tour guides. Please let the association know if you are interested in presenting your home on the tour or volunteering by contacting them at administration@shortnorthcivic.org

End-of-Summer Sale - Short North Aug 13-21

Short North businesses will be participating in an End-of-Summer Sale beginning with a sidewalk sale from Noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, followed by in-store sales throughout the following week until Sunday, August 21, 2016. The sale is an annual event when merchants sell the remainder of their summer products. It’s an opportunity that any thrifty shopper would not want to miss. Put on your walking shoes, have lunch, stop for a sweet treat and coffee and get some great bargains. Visit the Short North Alliance website www.shortnorth.org to learn more.

Sign Up for Text Street Sweeping Reminders

Columbus’s annual residential street sweeping that began in April and runs through November is designed to remove dirt, litter and debris in order to prevent the materials from being washed by rain into storm sewers and carried to our waterways. In neighborhoods where permanent signs are posted that identify street sweeping-related parking restrictions, vehicles that are not moved to allow sweepers to work in the area are ticketed and towed.

The following neighborhoods have permanently posted street-sweeping signs: Downtown, German Village, Italian Village, Harrison West, Neil Avenue, and the Ohio State University area. Red-and-white signs posted on each block list the street sweeping days and time for that area. Even if it appears a sweeper has cleaned the street, it’s important to not park during the restricted times, as sweepers may need to return to the area to make another pass.

In the Short North, drivers can avoid having their car towed by signing up for text message reminders on the Short North Block Watch website at www.shortnorthblockwatch.org. Provide your phone number and choose the group you’d like to join: Circles, TowIV for Italian Village, or TowNeil for Neil Avenue. The City of Columbus website also posts schedules on their public service news page at www.columbus.gov/streetsweeping where you can view the schedule in advance.

For additional information about street sweeping in Columbus, call the 311 Service Center at 614-645-3111 or email 311@columbus.gov

Michigan Avenue Parking

On June 14, 2016, the city re-installed No Parking signs on the east side of Michigan Avenue. The amount of parking on Michigan from Goodale Street to Buttles Avenue has increased significantly since the opening of the Trotter’s Gate community. The combination of a constricted roadway and continued large truck traffic servicing Superior Beverage and other industries in the vicinity made the stretch of road unsafe for drivers and pedestrians.

In early spring, the Harrison West Society asked the city to add the signs but were rebuffed by officials in the Division of Traffic Management who felt that traffic flow in the area was adequate. Upon further investigation, however, the city discovered that No Parking signs had hung in the target area but had been removed during construction. The Division of Traffic Management changed direction and agreed to replace the signs. Please be aware of the change. Enforcement has been lax during this transition phase.
– Harrison West Society

Art Walks and Landmark Talks

The fourth year of Art Walks and Landmark Talks, a collaboration of the Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health, offers free hour-long tours led by expert historians and guides exploring the art, history and architecture of Columbus neighborhoods. This year’s lineup includes 21 walks that started in May.

Art Walks are offered on scheduled Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. Rain dates are the following Sundays at 7 p.m. Visit Columbuslandmarks.org or call 614-221-0227.

A Landmark Talk will take place in Goodale Park on Monday, September 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. The topic will be the Elephant Fountain designed by Malcolm Cochran – a water feature in the pond installed five years ago. This photo shows one of the two elephants (cast in bronze) being installed in 2011. The pond refused to hold water for a year, but the problem was resolved and the fountain was turned on full-time in September 2012.

July 11: Short North - Wonder Bread Sign, 728 Hamlet St.
July 18: University District - Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr.
July 25: Capitol Square - Central Presbyterian Church, 132 S. Third St.
Aug 1: Brewery District - King Gambrinus Statue, Near 585 S. Front St.
Aug 8: River South - Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St.
Aug 15: Near South - Driving Park Library, 1442 Livingston Ave.
Aug 22: Arena District II - Arch Park, Nationwide Blvd.
Aug 29: Near East II - Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.
Sept 12: Short North II - Goodale Park Elephant Fountain, 120 Goodale Blvd.
Sept 19: Merion Village II - Barrett Middle School, Deshler and Bruck avenues
Sept 26: German Village II - Schiller Statue, Schiller Park
Oct 3: Clintonville II - Indianola Alternative School, 251 E. Weber Rd.
Oct 10: Franklinton II - Harrison House, 570 W. Broad St.

MAY/JUNE 2016

Start the Gallery Hop at the Elevator Brewery

The Elevator Brewery taproom located in an industrial space downtown at 171 N. Fourth St. is now exhibiting pop-up art shows during Gallery Hop the first Saturday of every month. The space, 13th Floor Taproom, launched its first pop-up show on May 7 with the paintings of Steven Fisher. If you’re interested in submitting artwork for consideration, email info@elevatorbrewery.com

Hubbard Mastery School Bazaar/June 4 Yardsale
The Hubbard Mastery School will be hosting a bazaar during the Short North Yard Sale on Saturday, June 4. The school, located at 104 W. Hubbard Avenue, will open its door and playground area to vendors and yard-salers who need a space to sell their wares during the neighborhood sale, which takes place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, throughout the Short North. Booth fees at the school are $40, paid in advance, with proceeds benefiting the school PTO. Vendors are expected to bring their own tables, chairs, set up and display items. A tent is permitted. Visit FriendsofHubbard.org for more information about the bazaar. See shortnorthcivic.org to register for the yard sale, or see the events section of this paper on pages 26-27. The school will also be holding a Shoe Drive. Donate shoes in any condition as long as they’re a pair. Funds2Orgs will then send wearable shoes to people in 26 developing countries to promote micro-enterprises. Shoes in poor condition will be broken down and used to make other products. And don’t forget, parking is available at the school during Pride Festival and Comfest for $20.

Gallerage’ on Goodale Supports Public Art

A 800-space parking garage on E. Goodale Street behind Black Point Restaurant on the Cap in the Short North has been open to the public since March 31 and is operating 24 hours a day. Publicized as a state-of-the-art facility, the garage was designed by NBBJ architects, the firm in charge of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch restructuring and other award-winning projects, making it a step above the rest. The eight-level garage replaces a 192-space surface lot and will eventually include a skybridge to the Greater Columbus Convention Center across the street, similar to the one connecting the center to the Hilton. NBBJ took a unique approach to this project by incorporating commissioned artwork. Each of the levels includes its own “Art Park” creation near the exit, featuring work in either handmade tile, glass, mosaic or graffiti art, as well as some artwork digitally reproduced onto tiles. In addition, LED lighting attractively illuminates the exterior.

The Franklin County Convention Facilties Authority owns the garage and managed to construct it at no cost to taxpayers. The FCCFA deserves praise for bringing the project to fruition and for providing drivers to the Short North with a distinctive parking destination. Prepayment is available online through Parking Panda and other reservation programs. - Margaret Marten

Wheeler Dog Park Opens
The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department opened half of Wheeler Dog Park on May 9. The park, located at 725 Thurber Dr. W. behind Giant Eagle, was closed in January to preserve the turf for future grass growth. The city will rotate the open area every 30 days in order to preserve the grass, otherwise the ground becomes barren and muddy and hazardous in wet weather. The 4-acre lot is small enough and popular enough to experience unusually high usage for such a small area. It is the first dog park in the city to be entirely closed for reseeding.

COTA Route Between Downtown and Airport
Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) now offers direct bus service between downtown and the Port Columbus International Airport seven days a week. COTA AirConnect, implemented May 2, 2016, provides designated stops downtown and at the airport every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. with a focus on servicing hotels and the convention center. These buses are specifically branded so passengers can easily recognize them and feature luggage racks and USB charging ports. A one-way COTA AirConnect trip costs $2.75. Tickets can be purchased at COTA ticket vending machines downtown and at the COTA shelter on the Arrivals level at the airport. Passengers may also pay with exact change when boarding the bus. For more information visit COTA.com/AirConnect.

Grant applications due June 6
As part of its continuing mission to support advancements in the Short North, the Short North Foundation is now accepting requests for grants between $500 and $2,500 from area organizations with projects taking place in or around the neighborhood. Specifically, the Foundation seeks projects and programs that benefit Short North area residents, unite Short North neighborhoods, and incorporate or preserve public works of art and architecture. The deadline to submit a grant proposal is Monday, June 6, 2016 at 5 p.m. Projects requiring multiple-year funding will be considered. Past projects that have been funded by the Foundation include the Harrison West Jazz Stage, Goodale Park Music Series, Screen on the Green movie series in Goodale Park, Harrison Park Art Awards, tree plaques in Goodale Park, flowerbeds in Italian Village Park, Columbus Art Walks, Gate restoration in Goodale Park, and the Columbus International Film & Video Festival. Grant guidelines and an application form are available at shortnorthfoundation.org

Lynda McClanahan

Lynda McClanahan, one of the artists participating in the Columbus Museum of Art exhibit Art 360: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio, holding her creation, Ladies Choice. Forty-eight artists have each transformed an ostrich egg into art for the show. Others egg artists are Cody Heichel (see his current Brandt-Roberts Galleries show Avenues and Alleyways) and Matt Kish who wrote the Moby-Dick picture book we reviewed last issue. The exhibit is curated by Charles Bluestone and runs through mid-August at the museum. See a review by Ann Starr (her final post to her blog) at starr-review.blogspot.com. Thank you, Ann, for five years of insightful and delightful commentary. - MM

What the Rock?! On Tour: Shop Will Host Pop-Ups
Attention! While What the Rock?! is on tour, our brick and mortar storefront will be taken over by some cool people for rockin’ Pop-Ups! Local freelance film critic Melissa Starker brings you “Watch the Rock!,” a music-fueled pop-up mystery cinema Fridays and Saturday nights in May at What the Rock?! “Rockin’ cult classic? Pop star vehicle? Awesome concert doc? The only way to know is to be there!” Then in June, we host Oldmanwithers Pop-Up shop. Lindsay will have a great selection of handmade jewelry, photography prints, original artwork and taxidermy for sale. We are super excited to bring you something different while we’re away. Please check back for specific hours of operation for both the cinema and pop-up. Thank you! - Mike and Heather

What the Rock?!, a Rock and Roll boutique is located at 1194 N. High St. Visit www.whattherock.com and Facebook

Art Walks and Landmark Talks

The fourth year of Art Walks and Landmark Talks, a collaboration of the Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health, begins in May. Free hour-long tours are led by expert historians and guides exploring the art, history and architecture of Columbus neighborhoods. This year’s line-up includes 21 walks, kicking off on Monday, May 2 with the Discovery District Art Walk at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Art Walks are offered on scheduled Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. Rain dates are the following Sundays at 7 p.m.

May 2: Discovery District - Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.
May 9: Franklinton - Genoa Park – COSI, 303 W. Broad St.
May 16: Arena District - North Market, 59 Spruce St.
May 23: Near East - Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave.
June 6: Highland West - St. Aloysius Church, 2165 W. Broad St.
June 13: German Village - Livingston Ave. UMC, 200 E. Livingston Ave.
June 20: Merion Village - St. Leo’s Church, 221 Hanford St.
June 27: Clintonville - North Broadway UMC, 32 E. North Broadway
July 11: Short North - Wonder Bread Sign, 728 Hamlet St.
July 18: University District - Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr.
July 25: Capitol Square - Central Presbyterian Church, 132 S. Third St.
Aug 1: Brewery District - King Gambrinus Statue, Near 585 S. Front St.
Aug 8: River South - Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St.
Aug 15: Near South - Driving Park Library, 1442 Livingston Ave.
Aug 22: Arena District II - Arch Park, Nationwide Blvd.
Aug 29: Near East II - Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.
Sept 12: Short North II - Goodale Park Elephant Fountain, 120 Goodale Blvd.
Sept 19: Merion Village II - Barrett Middle School, Deshler and Bruck avenues
Sept 26: German Village II - Schiller Statue, Schiller Park
Oct 3: Clintonville II - Indianola Alternative School, 251 E. Weber Rd.
Oct 10: Franklinton II - Harrison House, 570 W. Broad St.

 

MARCH/APRIL 2016

Gregory Carr (1948-2016) Posthumous award for Doo Dah founder

Greg Carr © Larry Hamill, 2008

An award acknowledging the neighborhood contributions of Gregory Carr who passed away on January 9, 2016, will be presented at the Tenth Annual Short North Gala along with a half dozen other awards honoring individuals and businesses, including the founder of this paper, Tom Thomson. The gala is scheduled Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 N. High St.

Carr, 67, was responsible for initiating the Doo Dah Parade, held on Independence Day in the Short North every year since 1984. The idea came from the popular Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, based where his friend Joe Theibert had lived. “He asked me about it,” said Theibert. “I thought, Columbus is too conservative, it would never work. But he said, ‘Let’s give it a try,’ and sure enough, it worked!” With the brilliant move of transplanting the parade to Columbus, he left an incomparable and colorful mark on the neighborhood.

Remembered as a visionary, Carr also founded the non-profit Neighborhood Design Assistance Center, was a founding member of the Short North Business Association, and ran the Short North Tavern with John Allen in the early years of the pub. Carr worked for the Columbus Public Service Department as a management analyst before he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014. On a Columbus Dispatch legacy page, friend Jim Connor remarks that Carr had a wonderful streak of independence and a passion for life – an apt description of a man who was determined to make a difference and succeeded in doing just that.

For more information about the gala and award ceremony, visit www. shortnorth.org

 

Northside Library Kicks Off New Build with ‘Wallbreaking’ Ceremony

The Northside branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library at 1423 N. High St. closed on February 19 to prepare for construction of a new building that will triple the branch size. The original structure, completed in 1990 at 7,728 square feet, will be demolished to make way for over 25,000 square feet. The project is expected to take a year to complete and will greatly enhance services. Among the offerings are three meeting rooms, dedicated areas for the Homework Help Center and Training Lab, a teen section with Macs and public computers, a coffee kiosk, a fireplace in the reading area, and a quiet room.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library held a “wallbreaking” ceremony on March 1 with library leaders and city and community officials, to celebrate the start of renovations. Roger Sugarman, president of the library’s board of trustees, gave the opening speech followed by remarks from Michael Stinziano, Kristin Boggs, Charleta Tavares, Jeff Lyttle, Bob Carroll, Patrick Losinski, and Hubbard Master School students.

The Northside Branch project is part of CML’s 10-project aspirational building program. The architect for the new design at Northside is NBBJ, a global architecture, planning and design firm that also worked the Driving Park branch project. An article in the Atlantic Monthly featured that project and lauds the the Columbus library system, describing it as “a wonderful example of how public libraries are both staying true to their mission of being open and free to all, while responding sensitively and rapidly to the world a century after Carnegie.”

A temporary site for the branch’s Homework Help Center is now open in a modular unit at the Hubbard Mastery School, 104 W. Hubbard Ave., where K-12 students can receive free after-school help Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. CML is working to identify a nearby temporary location for customers. See photos: page 9 and page 10

Art Walks and Landmark Talks

The fourth year of Art Walks and Landmark Talks, a collaboration of the Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health, begins in May. Free hour-long tours are led by expert historians and guides exploring the art, history and architecture of Columbus neighborhoods. This year’s line-up includes 21 walks, kicking off on Monday, May 2 with the Discovery District Art Walk at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Art Walks are offered on scheduled Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. Rain dates are the following Sundays at 7 p.m.

May 2: Discovery District - Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.
May 9: Franklinton - Genoa Park – COSI, 303 W. Broad St.
May 16: Arena District - North Market, 59 Spruce St.
May 23: Near East - Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave.
June 6: Highland West - St. Aloysius Church, 2165 W. Broad St.
June 13: German Village - Livingston Ave. UMC, 200 E. Livingston Ave.
June 20: Merion Village - St. Leo’s Church, 221 Hanford St.
June 27: Clintonville - North Broadway UMC, 32 E. North Broadway
July 11: Short North - Wonder Bread Sign, 728 Hamlet St.
July 18: University District - Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr.
July 25: Capitol Square - Central Presbyterian Church, 132 S. Third St.
Aug 1: Brewery District - King Gambrinus Statue, Near 585 S. Front St.
Aug 8: River South - Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St.
Aug 15: Near South - Driving Park Library, 1442 Livingston Ave.
Aug 22: Arena District II - Arch Park, Nationwide Blvd.
Aug 29: Near East II - Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.
Sept 12: Short North II - Goodale Park Elephant Fountain, 120 Goodale Blvd.
Sept 19: Merion Village II - Barrett Middle School, Deshler and Bruck avenues
Sept 26: German Village II - Schiller Statue, Schiller Park
Oct 3: Clintonville II - Indianola Alternative School, 251 E. Weber Rd.
Oct 10: Franklinton II - Harrison House, 570 W. Broad St.


WORLD TAI CHI AND QIGONG DAY CELEBRATION AT GOODALE PARK

Darryl Mendelson, 2009 © Rick Borgia

World Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) Day 2016 is on Sat. Apr. 30. There will be a public event held by the gazebo (west of the pond) in Goodale Park. Starting at 10 a.m., various forms and styles of Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) will be performed together and in groups and taught for free. All Tai Chi and Qigong teachers, students, and practitioners, plus other healing artists and those that are interested, are invited and encouraged to participate. For more information about the WTCQD celebration at Goodale Park contact Darryl or Ro-z Mendelson at 614-263-9022. For more information about World Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) Day visit the following sites: worldtaichiday.orgwiki/World_Tai_Chi_and_Qigong_Day

 

 

 

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

ComFest Logo Contest: Design the 2016 ComFest T-Shirt!

Each year, ComFest organizers conduct a logo contest to select a new design for the festival T-shirt. With hundreds of volunteers wearing the T-shirt bearing the chosen logo at the festival, the winner becomes a part of ComFest history. The designer is mentioned on the website, in the program and receives a T-shirt and mug with the logo on it. This contest is open to anyone, and guidelines are available on the ComFest website. Entries must be brought to the shelter house in Goodale Park on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. when the logos will be judged. Visit www.comfest.com to learn more.

Making History: Past Decade of Logo Winners

2006 Phil Urso
2007 Jason Kroninger
2008 Jayna Wallace
2009 Mimi Morris (copy/design)
and Paul Volker (illustration)
2010 Jason Kroninger
2011 Delanie Schulte
2012 Bob Rudolph
2013 Hilary Frambes
2014 Janean Weber
2015 Gail Bernard

Meter Time Doubled Around Park

The parking meters along the periphery of Goodale Park have been underutilized during the day with the 3-hour limit, so the City of Columbus increased the time available. Apparently the distance from High Street for shoppers and the 3-hour limitation for Short North workers as well as visitors who have to refeed the meters, has been too much of an inconvenience for most to utilize the parking spaces on Goodale and Park streets during the day.

The city’s income from those meters has not met potential by any stretch of the imagination – less than a quarter on Goodale Street, and under 50 percent for the west side of Park Street. The total possible revenue from all 155 meters is almost half a million dollars.

Parking shortage and the management of parking resources in the Short North are of continual concern to both the Columbus Department of Public Service and the Short North community, so the changes were implemented with those matters in mind as well. Amanda Ford, the parking services coordinator for the Department of Public Service, brought the issue to the Parking Advisory Group a few months ago to begin discussion of changing the meters’ times due to low occupancy rates.

Beginning on December 11, the meters were adjusted to a 6-hour time limit during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and back to 3 hours in the evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Keeping the maximum at 6 hours will deter downtown employees from using the meters as a parking option, freeing those spaces up for use by Short North visitors and workers. The meters used to be 12 hour meters and they were full all day with downtown employees, according to Ford. In another six months, the city will evaluate whether the occupancy rates have increased.

- Margaret Marten

 

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