Gahanna Artist’s “Rustic” Creations Garner International Attention

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Using cast-off license plates in unique ways, Gahanna Ohio resident and artist Floyd Appleman has created a thriving business called Rustic Apple Art that is capturing international attention. As fans of his work (after he participated in our Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau events including the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival and Holiday Lights Celebration) we chatted with Floyd to learn more about his journey … 

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What is Rustic Apple Art and when was it established?
We create and sell license plate signs, art, and other rustic pieces.  I created it in early 2015 and we have grown a lot in a short time.

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What inspired you to start creating this kind of art?
My mom was an avid crafter and decorator when I was growing up (and she still is).  She decorated our house, at first for every holiday, and has moved into a theme for every month. (June features cows for national dairy month.)  My dad LOVES cars and I have been to many car shows with him over the years (’56 Chevy Bel Aire is his favorite).  The combination of my hobbies through the years and my mom and dad’s influences helped inspire me to create Rustic Apple Art.

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What is your background?  
I have degree in Finance from The Ohio State University and a “masters” in enjoying colors, travel, and people, which go along nicely with collecting and creating with license plates.  I enjoy creating pieces for people when they bring me their plates.  To hear the stories of a family’s travels and life experiences when they had those plates along for the ride makes the art piece—made with those plates—mean so much more to my customers. I love being able to help customers create a nostalgic art piece out of something that was previously stored in a box in the garage or basement. For customers who don’t have their old plates tucked away somewhere, I have plenty of plates to create something that will be meaningful for them.

How do you find your materials?
I have been a license plate collector for years and after running out of room to store them, I started creating pieces to sell to support my habit. Flea markets, eBay, Craigslist, and donations have helped me build my collection of plates.  I love the nostalgia that goes with each of my creations.  I think it’s pretty cool knowing that an old Ohio plate, say from 1966, once traveled and was destined to be put in my hands to create a custom Ohio sign for someone.

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What inspires your designs?  
How I live my life inspires my designs.  I’m a very positive person and that leads to many license plate signs that have a positive message such as “Dream Big” and “Be Epic.” My love of World War II aviation history has led to plane designs and my love of animals led me to “FIN,” my 6 foot long license plate shark, plus the cardinal–which is my wife’s favorite piece.

What’s the most unusual piece you’ve ever created? 
I often do customized pieces in which I add a family name or phrase by request. Occasionally I take on more complex commissioned work.  A piece I just completed was the Pathfinder badge for a military family.  It was a little outside my comfort zone design-wise, but I like to take on projects like this every once in a while, to help me grow as an artist.

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How has your business grown over the past few years? 
My brother and I started out in a few flea markets and really received great feedback from customers.  Columbus has a strong Made Local community and we were fortunate enough to get accepted in several local retailers specializing in locally made products.  We are now in 9 locations around Ohio and continue to do festivals and Ohio arts and crafts shows. Country Living magazine even contacted us recently and featured one of our pieces in the July/ August issue. That really increased our online and social media presence.

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What makes Gahanna a good place for your business?  
Gahanna festivals have been getting bigger and bigger every year.  We moved to Gahanna 14 years ago and are so happy to be raising our family here.  The Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival in 2015 was our first big show and the Visit Gahanna team that put on the show could not have been any more supportive. We had the pleasure of participating in the festival again this summer, as well as the Holiday Lights Celebration last November. I love sharing my work with the community that I call home!  I buy a lot of my supplies locally from Gahanna Hardware.  Twyla and the staff there are amazing. They have assisted me with supplies for my business and many home improvement projects. They even started telling customers they can drop off license plate donations for us, which makes for a great example of Gahanna businesses supporting each other.

 What’s the furthest your art has ever “traveled” to find a new home? (As far as you know.) 
I sold a piece to couple from Norway who were visiting Ohio, and I have shipped a sign to a pub owner in England.  The pub owner ended up emailing me and wanted to know what state each letter was from so he could tell his patrons when they asked.

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Where can people find your art?   

Online:  RusticAppleArt.com  or my Etsy shop: RusticAppleArt.Etsy.com

Social Media: Rustic Apple Art on Facebook, @RusticAppleArt on Instagram and Twitter

Retail Stores:

  • Celebrate Local at Easton and Liberty Center (Cincinnati)
  • Simply Vague at Tuttle Crossing and Polaris malls
  • Wholly Craft on High Street
  • Ohio Made in Pickerington
  • Urban Emporium in Bexley
  • Heart & Soul in Lancaster

Anything advice for those who are looking for follow their creative passion? 
I love passionate people and I want to reassure people that they really can achieve anything they want in life with hard work.  One of my favorite quotes is from Denzel Washington: “Dreams without goals remain dreams.” (There’s a great YouTube video also). Write your goals down, then read them every day and go after them with discipline and consistent action.  My current success is due to others giving me this same message that nothing is impossible and you don’t fail unless you give up.  Never give up!

Haulin’ Out the Holly in August: Gahanna Style

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It’s hot, hot, hot!  But at the Visit Gahanna office (Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau), we’re thinking winter … when the air is cooler, visitors are bundled up and sipping hot chocolate, and Santa is on his way!

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The Visit Gahanna team, along with the Holiday Lights Planning Committee, is immersed in preparations for the upcoming holidays.  As we plan and program this year’s Holiday Lights Celebration, one thing is vital for the success of the event… YOUR participation!

Presented by Visit Gahanna, the Holiday Lights Celebration – Gahanna’s beloved annual holiday kickoff – will be held from 2-7 pm on Sunday, November 20. Like magic, the city’s Creekside District becomes illuminated with thousands of tiny lights and visitors taking part in activities that include a live reindeer petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, games, bands and a host of dazzling surprises. The appearance of Santa signals the countdown to the lighting of Gahanna’s community tree. The Holiday Lights Celebration attracts 10,000+ people to Gahanna each year, and the event has become an annual family tradition for thousands of Central Ohio residents and visitors.

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And this is just the beginning of the holiday season in Gahanna!  Other fun Holiday Lights events include …

Planning these awesome community events (and hosting a holiday party for thousands!) isn’t possible without sponsor and volunteer support.  By getting involved, you’ll become a part of a treasured community tradition (and you’ll deepen your own sense of happiness and philanthropy).  It isn’t a question of investing large donations of time and money.  We all tend to think, “Go big or go home.”  But that’s not true.  Even investing small increments of time and sponsorship funding can make a significant impact on our community.

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Here’s how you can help:

  1. Become a Sponsor! This is the perfect event to create a community partnership for your business that will generate visibility for your brand AND show your support to Gahanna residents and visitors.
  2. Volunteer.  Whether you are helping with set-up, greeting attendees, or providing visitor information, you’ll have fun meeting new people and supporting your community.
  3. Start a New Holiday Tradition by Volunteering as a Family. Planting the seeds of volunteerism in the youngest of individuals creates a lifelong mission of purpose and service that is vital to every community, and it provides great personal satisfaction, too!
  4. Become a Retail Vendor. Booth space is available at the Holiday Lights Celebration to show-off your creative side and market your retail products to visitors.  (Vendors must complete and submit a vendor Application—available at VisitGahanna.com by August 31. Spaces are limited.)
  5. Involve Your Church or Favorite Non-Profit Organization.  Sign up for a booth, involve your members, and offer a fun family-centered activity where you can interact with attendees and create awareness for your mission.  (Must complete and submit a Vendor Application.)
  6. Provide Holiday Music and Entertainment.  Are you part of a performance group that sings, dances or entertainment?  Share your talents and help us to create a warm holiday spirit for everyone!  (To inquire about participating, send an email to info@visitgahanna.com, with the subject line:  Holiday Lights Entertainment)

breakfastNow is the time for you to feel “cool” by making a positive impact on your neighborhood and community.  Visit Gahanna recognizes that every individual and every business has different approaches of investing in this memorable holiday event.  Contact Susan Peters at speters@visitgahanna.com or call the Visit Gahanna office (614/418-9114) to find out more information about the many options and opportunities for you to be a part of the Holiday Lights Celebration!

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~Post by Susan Peters, Business & Events Manager at the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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The Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (GCVB) mission is to promote Gahanna as a vibrant destination. The GCVB also plans and programs signature events including the annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (June) and the Holiday Lights Celebration (November-December).  These family-friendly Gahanna events earn significant media attention in print, radio, television, and on-line social media impressions, create awareness so that these events continue to grow in both popularity and national awareness creating additional valued benefits to our partners, sponsors, and community. To learn more, call 614/418-9114.

Vettes, Rods & Classics Take Over Gahanna August 6

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 The streets of Creekside Gahanna (OH) will be filled with nostalgia on Saturday, August 6 when Vettes, Rods & Classics Car Show @, Creekside Gahanna comes to town!  We met up with show director Mark Thomas to learn more about this “classic” event. 

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Capital City Corvette Club Vettes, Rods and Classics at Creekside Gahanna, Ohio

When and where will the Vettes, Rods & Classics Car Show be held? 
The show is Saturday, August 6 from 12-9 pm. at Creekside in Gahanna. The rain date is Sunday, August 7 with the same times.

How many years has the show existed? 
This is our 15th year for the show, however only the last three have been held at Creekside.

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Why Gahanna? 
I’m a lifelong resident of Gahanna.  I love our community and the City of Gahanna has gone out of their way to help support our car show.  Plus, Creekside is a great location for a car show.

What can visitors expect to find/see/ do there? 
Visitors can expect first class customer service and beautiful cars on display. The band Nightfall will perform at 5 pm.  There are about a dozen restaurants at Creekside, and there will be some vendors, as well.

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Capital City Corvette Club Vettes, Rods and Classics at Creekside Gahanna, Ohio

How many people do you expect? Where do most of your visitors/ entries come from? 
Weather permitting, we expect to have 275 cars on display. We will have cars from all over Ohio and even surrounding states.

What makes this show unique? 
This show is known for our awards, door prizes and the quality of vehicles on display.  Everyone comments on what a beautiful setting we have for our car show.

What is one thing that most people might be surprised to learn about the show?
100% of the money raised is for the children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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Capital City Corvette Club Vettes, Rods and Classics at Creekside Gahanna, OH

Is there a cost to attend? 
There is no charge for spectators.  The cost to enter a vehicle into the show is $15.  ALL MAKES AND MODELS ARE WELCOME.

Where can people go to learn more?
People can visit capcitycorvette.com or contact Mark Thomas at 614.329.1717

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Visitors will find Gahanna hotels located just 5 minutes from Creekside Gahanna. Call the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau at 614/418-9114 for package information or go HERE to book your hotel now. 

 

20 Best Free & Cheap Things to Do in Gahanna, Ohio

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Summer is the BEST time to discover all the FREE and Cheap things to do in Gahanna, Ohio! From free concerts and cheap eats, to dozens of reasons to take in the City’s 770 acres of parkland and trails, it’s challenging to make a short list!  But we’re giving it a shot. Here are 20 of our favorite ways to discover all the unique (free and cheap) treasures in Gahanna, Ohio. To learn more, check out VisitGahanna.com … the official website of the Gahanna Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau!  And tell us YOUR favorites!
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1)      Creekside District.  (117 Mill St.) Gahanna’s crowning jewel is the breathtaking Creekside District. This serene oasis sits just a mile or so away from several interstate highways, making it well worth a trip off the beaten path. Walk the trails and discover the nearby herb gardens. Fish near a waterfall. Ride a paddleboat ($5/half hour rental).  Enjoy one of the Creekside LIVE! Concerts – held the second and fourth Fridays during the summer months.

2)      $2 Taco Tuesday!  (101 Mill St) Local Cantina offers craft eats, craft beers and a selection of mouth watering Margaritas.  It’s hard to beat the Taco Tuesday deal, especially when you throw in free chips & salsa and those patio views!

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3)      Kayaking/Canoeing! Take in the scenery paddling along the Big Walnut Creek. Launch at Woodside Green Park (213 Camrose Court). (See Map.)

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4)      Swisher Creek Farm. (3515 Babbitt Rd, Blacklick) Visit this hidden gem, owned and operated by Pete and Judy Klein, and meet their beautiful herd of Alpaca during your FREE educational tour of the farm (by appointment). Shop the gift shop that features both handmade items and a full line of alpaca products made in Peru. A delightful and enchanting experience for visitors of ALL ages!  Call 614/939-1872 to schedule a tour.

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5)      Ohio Herb Center. (110 Mill St.) Treat your senses to a visit to the Ohio Herb Center! In addition to offering a variety of great classes and workshops, the Center is located in the historic Nafzger-Miller house and is home to a gift shop filled with herb-inspired products, books and a drying shed—with history of its own!
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6)      Arepazo.  (93 N. High St.) Weekday Happy Hour  (5-7pm) features select $5 Tapas and $5 cocktails, including sangria (Red and White) by the glass, Classic Margaritas, Caipirinhas (Classic and Guava), Mojitos (Classic, Pineapple, Blackberry, And Strawberry), Martini (Tropical, Pineapple, and Mango), and $1 off all draft beers.

7)      Visit Geroux Gardens. (206 S. Hamilton Rd.) Named for Jane “Bunnie” Geroux, the driving force behind Gahanna’s Herb Capital of Ohio (1972) status, Geroux Gardens offer a Culinary Garden, Scented Garden, Shade Garden, Rock/Biblical Garden, Pond Garden and Medicinal Garden. 

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8)      The Story Trail. (150 Oklahoma Ave) Incorporate a family walk with reading at Gahanna’s Story Trail (Friendship Park).   Gahanna Parks & Recreation presents the fifth Story Trail Story, “Going on a Nature Walk,” in collaboration with the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Art Garden Studios. Continue on down the trail to the confluence of the two creeks where water levels are shallow and do some old fashioned “wading.”

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9)      Explore Gahanna’s Sweet Tooth Trail! Cookies and milkshakes and cupcakes … OH MY! Check out the list of SWEET options!

10)   Enjoy a family picnic at Hannah Park, (6547 Clark State Rd ) where you’ll find a lovely stone covered picnic shelter, tennis courts, a playground, a catch-and-release fishing pond, and a 1-mile trail to bike or hike.

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11)   Shepherds Corner (987 N. Waggoner Rd.) A 160 -acre ecological refuge offering a haven for wildlife and spiritual refreshment for guests. Operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, visitors can meet the resident Llama and sheep, learn about permaculture from the Farmer, walk the meditation trails or labyrinth, and shop for maple syrup, soap and other goods made on site.

12)   Signatures Mill Stone Tavern (94 Mill St.)  is a Gahanna classic. Enjoy $1.25 mini-burgers on Tuesdays and a $3.99 Wing Wednesday deal (for 8 wings) with purchase of a drink. Specials good all day; dine in only.

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13)  Griffin Art Gallery.  (77 Mill St.) This gallery showcases a fantastic collection of work by locally and nationally recognized artists. Many works highlight Ohio’s rich artistic history and the artists it produces. Located in the Creekside District, adjacent to many great restaurants with patio dining.

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14)   Cycle the Big Walnut Bike TrailGahanna has some amazing bike and multi-use trails. Download the Bike Trail Map provided by Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department.

15)   Barrel & Boar. (121 Mill St.) Amazing BBQ awaits you at Barrel & Boar Creekside. Enjoy the beautiful patio views over lunch, dinner or come on Sunday for a great brunch or “Buck-a-Bone” deals ALL DAY LONG!
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16)   Kindred Artisan Ales.  (505 Morrison Rd.) This Gahanna-based brewery uses new and old world brewing techniques to create brews worth the trip.  Small (cheap) samples or full pints are available to enjoy in the tasting room (not to mention creative cocktails).  Ever-changing cheap eats are available from visiting food trucks (see schedule on website). You can even enjoy a game of cornhole!

17)   Old Bag of Nails Gahanna. (63 Mill St.)  Enjoy free kids meals (one with purchase of adult entrée) and “Happy Hour 2 You” $2 deals (2-7 pm Mon-Friday)!

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18)   Mi Tradicion. (111 N. Stygler Rd.) One of our fav local eateries features a menu with lots of variety, great chips and salsa and a weekday Happy Hour (3-7 pm) with discounted house Margaritas and beer. Check their website for live music nights.

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19)   Wyandotte Winery. (4640 Wyandotte Dr.) Wednesdays (5-8 pm) bring Hump Day Happy Hour, with $2 off wine-by-the-glass and ½ price menu items.  Visitors can enjoy FREE winery tours on Saturday (12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Reservations required.)

20)   Splash Pad fun at Easton. (160 Easton Town Center)  Called the “Rodeo Drive of the Midwest,” it’s hard to beat shopping and dining at Easton Town Center. But little ones (and moms needing some rest) will love the free splash pad!

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For more info about Gahanna, check out Visitgahanna.com or call the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau at 614/418-9114.

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Low and Slow Gastro-cue Arrives in Gahanna

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We (The Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau team) were pretty sure that we smelled the barbecue before Barrel & Boar officially opened  in the heart of Gahanna, Ohio’s Creekside District. They didn’t really need a sign to let locals know they had arrived. Word is out and, oh. my. We’re so glad that B&B has landed in the Herb Capital of Ohio (and that they are just a stone’s throw from our offices)! What’s B&B all about? We wondered, too. So we asked Ben Mooney, General Manager of Barrel & Boar Gahanna.

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1)      What’s the history of Barrel & Boar?
Stan Riley began at YOHO’s Café in Westerville, working his way from part-time dishwasher to owner of the space in the early 2000’s.  The company was then re-branded to Holy Smoke BBQ as a reflection of his dream to run a quick serve, slow-smoked BBQ restaurant.  After opening in the North Market and finding a home on North Hamilton Rd, it was decided that we should develop a brand around the inspiration and blend of styles that Riley wanted to feature on his menu, while promoting and supporting the craft BBQ that made the growth possible.  Barrel & Boar was created to reflect our passion and craftsmanship for the finest smoked meats, scratch side dishes, cocktails, and local beer.

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2)      When did Barrel & Boar open at 121 Mill St. in Creekside Gahanna?  
We opened on May 24, 2016.

3)      What can visitors expect to find at B&B Gahanna? 
Our “Gastro-cue” concept features traditional and unique southern inspired dishes, paired with carefully crafted smoked meats.

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4)      What makes B&B stand apart from the competition? 
Put simply, our product and our roots here in Ohio.  The “low and slow” style of smoking meat is a practice we have loved and developed for the past three decades, all taking place in Ohio.  Whether it’s Westerville, Newark, downtown Columbus, and now here in Gahanna, the support of our products and people have driven our business to neighborhoods we call home.

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5)      Gahanna is recognized as the “Herb Capital of Ohio.” As a member of the Visit Gahanna Herbal Trail, what kinds of herb inspired goodness can visitors find on your menu? 
Our herb inspiration seamlessly blends into our specialty cocktail list.  Our “Southern Hospitality” features fresh mint, Carolina-made Sweet Tea vodka, and lemonade.  We also incorporate smacked basil in our Gin-based “Agave Cooler.”

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6)      We understand that B&B offers a nice Sunday Brunch. What do you offer?  Sweet southern-style pancakes drive our brunch menu, along side smoked meat skillets and omelets, and “life changing” biscuits and gravy, paired with a variety of other breakfast items.

7)      Does Barrel & Boar ever feature live entertainment? 
We feature live music on both Thursdays and Saturdays of each week.  Will Freed headlines our Thursday night entertainment in the bar area from 6-9pm, while Brian Peters of “Deuce and a quarter” plays every Saturday night from 7-11pm.

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8)      What else is unique about Barrel & Boar Gahanna?  
We have space available for private events, parties, and get-togethers throughout the restaurant.  We will be hosting beer dinners, cigar and bourbon events, added live entertainment, and fantasy draft-day promotions ALL COMING SOON!  Also, curbside carryout will be available in the coming months.

9)      Where can visitors find B & B online? 
All new visitors to Barrel & Boar can find information, menus, calendars and hours of operation, and make online reservations through: barrelboar.com or visit us on Facebook.

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To learn more about Gahanna, Ohio, go to VisitGahanna.com or call 614/418-9114.

 

Biking, Beauty Contests and Free Family Fun – Gahanna Style!

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Imagine riding your bike along scenic paths, finding your way back to a time when beauty contests were held at a local Gahanna, Ohio park, an ancestor to two US Presidents made his home nearby and an ancient Indian mound was created.

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During the inaugural Gahanna History Bike Tour, presented at 1 pm Sunday, July 17 by the Gahanna Bicycle and Trail Advisory Committee and the Gahanna Historical Society, bikers (and hikers) of all ages and levels can explore Gahanna’s natural beauty and history while enjoying a free family outing.

The idea originated with Tricia Kovacs, with the Gahanna Bicycle and Trail Advisory Committee. “Our goal is to showcase how bikeable Gahanna is with our Big Walnut Trail, our Safe Routes to School projects and our on-street signed bike routes,” she said.

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The event will kick off at Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park (73 W. Johnstown Rd.) promptly at 1 pm with a safety talk. Free helmets will be available to children while supplies last. Participants will receive a “cue sheet,” describing some local historic sites. Bikers can ride with the group or at their own pace.  For non-bikers, copies of the Gahanna Historical Society’s walking tour will be available.

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Stops along the bike route will include several historical places in Gahanna, such as the John Clark House and Shull Log House, which will be open to visitors during the afternoon.

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Riders can choose route distances of 5 miles (trail ride), 10 miles (trail and street bike routes) or 25 miles (additional miles on scenic byways of Jefferson Township). Walkers are welcome to participate to enjoy the Historic Walking Tour of Gahanna.

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The ride is free of charge; voluntary donations to the Gahanna Historical Society will be accepted. To learn more, visit https://sites.google.com/site/gahannabac or contact Tricia Kovacs at pkovacs@att.net  (614/476-9093).

To learn more about visiting Gahanna, Ohio, go to: www.VisitGahanna.com

8 Things You Should Know Before Attending the Gahanna Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

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The streets of Gahanna’s beautiful Creekside District are about to be filled with the sounds and smells of the city’s largest signature event AND Ohio’s BEST Blues & Jazz!  June 17-19 marks the 18th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, presented by the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau. The event (located at 117 Mill St.) draws thousands of people from across the region with its 5 stages, 48 bands, 90 hours of non-stop jams, Family Fun Zone, food and retail vendors AND memorable experiences. The Festival runs Friday 5-11 pm; Saturday 11 am-11 pm; and Sunday 12-6 pm. There are some NEW additions this year, some changes and a few other general tips to keep in mind when visiting #2016CBJF:

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1) NEW Stage Locations. Growing attendance over the past several years has led to some exciting new changes to the event layout. New seating areas will ease congestion and offer improved  sound quality.

With the new layout, shuttle drop-offs will be conveniently located along Walnut and North Streets.  Guests will still have five different ways to enter the festival. (Download the Festival Map for specifics.)
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2) FREE Park & Ride Shuttles. While there is limited free parking within walking distance of the Festival, the smarter option is to take advantage of one of the 4 Park & Ride shuttles that run continuously during the Festival. Locations:

  • Giant Eagle (1250 North Hamilton Rd.) At Morse Rd and Hamilton Road intersection
  • Stygler Road and Route 62 Shuttle (101 S. Stygler Rd.), courtesy of Ohio AAA.
  • Gahanna Lincoln High School (140 S. Hamilton Road), courtesy of Meijer.
  • Clark Hall, (380 Granville Street) Provided courtesy of Hollywood Casino.

Accessible shuttles are available at the Clark Hall/380 Granville St. location. Additionally, handicap parking  is available in Creekside Parking Garage, 151 Mill St. (rate of $5.00 per car). The Creekside parking garage will be open throughout the festival weekend, with an entrance near the intersection of Mill and North Streets; accessible only by traveling south on Mill Street.  Event parking rate is $5 per car, collected at entrance to garage.  Festival Admission also will be collected for all cars parking in garage. Cash only accepted at garage entrance.

3) General admission is as follows:
$7          Friday, June 17  & Sunday, June 19
$7          Saturday, June 18 (until 5 pm)
$10        Saturday, June 18 (After 5 pm)
FREE      Children under 12 and Military w/ ID (and immediate family)
FREE      Sunday 11:30 am-12:30 pm with the donation of one non-perishable food item per person to benefit Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN).

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4) Cocktail Tastings
Some of the most popular events within the Festival are the Tastings. These often sell out, so reserve your tickets early by calling 614/418-9114.

Cocktail Tastings w/ Watershed Distillery (Fri. 6-10 pm) Meet the owners of Watershed Distillery and share 4 new cocktails inspired by the Festival. 45-minute seatings start at 6 pm under the pergolas at Creekside Plaza.  4 tastings /$15.  Limited seating.

Craft Beer Tastings. (Sat, 2-5 pm) Explore the world of craft beers enjoying samples with local experts, including Gahanna’s own Pigskin Brewing Company, Kindred Artisan Ales, Columbus Brewing Company, Four Strings, New Belgium and Southern Tier.  In addition, 101 Beer Kitchen will be offering appetizer pairings. Reps from each of the breweries will be on hand to chat about their brews. 6 tastings/$12.

Ohio Wine Tastings. (Sun, 1:30-4 pm)  Sample a variety of Ohio-made wines from Buckeye state wineries including Wyandotte Winery (Gahanna) and Good Vibes Winery (Westerville),  6 tastings/$12.
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5) VIP Experiences
With amazing headliners slated to appear at #2016CBJF like Marion Meadows with Urban Jazz Coalition on the Heartland Band Jazz Stage (Sat) and Sonny Landreth on the Benchmark Bank Blues Stage (Sat), plan on some packed houses.  For the best views of the stages, treat yourself to a VIP experience. Book a reserved seat or table in the Club Blues or All that Jazz VIP sections and come-and-go as you please. Enjoy VIP parking and shuttle, swag bags, refreshments are more. Just a few seats remain in both sections. Book online now or call 614/418-9114.

6) Family Fun Zone & NEW Little Kid Zone
Families can enjoy free hands-on activities, crafts, face painting, sports demos and more on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the Giant Eagle Family Fun Zone at Veteran’s Memorial Park (73 W Johnstown Rd.) Play with band instruments in the Musical Discovery Zone (presented by the Rotary Club of Gahanna). There is no charge to enter this area of the Festival.  You will need to buy wristbands (or individual tickets) to ride the Amusement Rides or bounce in the “Little Kids Zone.” Check out the hours, ride pricing and a full schedule of events.

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7) Come Hungry! Whatcha hungry for? We got that. With more than 30 food and beverage vendors and another 12 restaurants located in or near the Festival footprint, #2016CBJF offers plenty of chow options for ALL tastes. Check out the list of vendors here.

8) GO Green! BIKE PARKING – YAY VALET! Yay Valet! is a valet parking service that will be offering free, secure bicycle parking to everyone who rides to the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival on Saturday or Sunday. The valet will be located near the High Street Entrance Gate at the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary (82 N. High St.).

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For a full musical lineup, artist bios, a complete schedule of events and much more, check out www.CreeksideBluesandJazz.com.  Also, follow @CreeksideBlues on Facebook and Twitter, and @VisitGahanna on Instagram for frequent updates throughout the event.