Dave Powers: Up Close and Personal at the 2017 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

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The Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau is prepping for the city’s BIGGEST signature event of the year this weekend (June 16-18, 2017).  Richie Cole and the Dave Powers Trio will take the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival Jazz Stage (presented by Heartland Bank) from 4:30-6 pm on Sunday to close out the 2017 event with an outstanding performance. We caught up with Dave Powers for a little Q & A about how he became one of Central Ohio’s most acclaimed Jazz musicians.  

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When did you discover your passion for music?
I discovered my passion for music as soon as I heard my first note. I’ve had the same passion for music all of my life.

What influenced you in the beginning?
The record player was by biggest influence, and I would listen to whatever I could get my hands on. By playing records and listening to all forms and styles of music, my own playing style is shaped by whatever I’m listening to. If I wasn’t playing music and entertaining and performing, I’d be just as happy playing and listening to records.

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Who inspires you now?
I’m inspired by anybody with a musically open mind. There are so many “genres” and labeled styles that pigeon-hole different classifications of music. My personal philosophy is that of Duke Ellington who said, “There are two types of music – good and the other kind.” My approach to playing and making music should transcend musical genres and styles. In other words, I’m just as happy playing polka as I am playing jazz, rock, soul or pop.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe my music as interactive, inclusive, creative, vintage, positive and emotional. Again, “transcending” styles, just like our country being a melting pot of different cultures with many different influences.

What’s your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement to date is winning two EMMY® Awards – the first one for work that I did on the PBS TV Series “The Piano Guy,” and the second one for music for a documentary film about television pioneer Ruth Lyons. There are many other great achievements too, like producing album projects and traveling around the country doing corporate events and conventions. I really enjoy those too!

Do you have a favorite number that you like to perform?
I have many favorite songs that I like – it’s hard to pick one favorite number. It depends on what’s playing in my head that day, or what mood I’m in.

 If you had to pick a personal theme song, what would it be?
I don’t know if I would have a personal theme song, but my phrase that describes me is “Listen To This,” because that’s what I always say when I want to play a piece of music for somebody. It’s my often used catch-phrase. I have a CD release titled “Listen To This,” and my record label is LTT Records – the LTT stands for “Listen To This.”

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What can Creekside Blues & Jazz Fans expect from your performance this weekend on the Jazz Stage?
It’s always a fun time playing at the Creekside Blues and Jazz Fest, and I’m sure that the people that come to see us will enjoy the energy and creativity that we will bring to our performance. This year’s performance will be especially exciting because the legendary alto saxophonist Richie Cole will be performing with us. I brought Richie to Columbus in February as a featured guest for one of my “House Jazz Concert Series” events at the Clintonville Woman’s Club, and I’m glad Richie was available to play Creekside with us.

Tell us about the artists who will be performing with you?
Our guest artist, alto saxophonist Richie Cole (originally from Trenton, New Jersey) currently lives in Pittsburgh after living on the west coast for many years. Richie has developed a trademark style of playing called “alto madness” and his background consists of having played with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen and has recorded albums with Eddie Jefferson, Mark Murphy, Nancy Wilson, Tom Waits, The Manhattan Transfer and Boots Randolph to name just a few.  Dayton, OH bassist Chris Berg and drummer Louis Tsamous will round out the group along with yours truly on the piano.

Where can fans find you online – to learn more about your background and music?
My recordings are available on iTunes, amazon and CDBaby.com (keyword: Dave Powers), and my performance schedule, bio, pics and videos (also recordings) can be found on my website – davepowers.com

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For a full schedule of 2017 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival bands and artists (and their bios), visit CreeksideBluesandJazz.com.  The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival celebrates it’s 19th anniversary in the Creekside District of Gahanna, Ohio (117 Mill St.), June 16-18, 2017.  It is presented annually by Visit Gahanna (the Gahanna Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau). 

Chalk Goblin Scares up Artistic Fun at Gahanna Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

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Chalk-dragonsNew this year at Visit Gahanna’s 19th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (June 16-18) is the Buskers’ Bayou area (presented by Gahanna Rotary) featuring magicians, painters and chalk artist Chris Fry, the “Chalk Goblin.” We wondered …  how does one build a career creating temporary chalk masterpieces on pavement? So we caught up with Chris for a little one-on-one:

When did you start doing chalk art? 
I’ve drawn with chalk and pastels for years, but I first started drawing on the ground around 13 years ago.

What inspires your work? 
Mostly my own imagination — my head has always been full of trolls, dragons, and other weird creatures.  My daughters give me a lot of inspiration as well — I try to create images that they’ll think are fun and cool.

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How long does it take (on average) to create one of your works? 
Depends on the size of the piece… On average, it takes 3 to 4 hours to get it to the point where I can call it finished.  If time (and weather!) allows, I’ll keep adding on until it becomes something more than I first pictured, which is when it gets to be fun.

Where have you created your works? (ie. Festivals/ events/ etc.) 
I’ve done chalk festivals like Via Colori in Columbus, Chalk About It in Dayton, the Columbus Arts Festival, and Chalk the Block at Easton every fall.  I’ve done chalking at other art or community events all across Ohio, from a food truck rally in Kenton to the Fourth of July celebration in Hudson to the Sternwheeler Festival in Pomeroy.  Last year, I did two nights of chalk art for Highball Halloween, which was a lot of fun.  I also do a lot of promotional and advertising chalk art for local concerts and events around Cleveland and Columbus. 

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Which of your designs has garnered the most attention? 
My first year of the Easton Chalk the Block event, I did a large, bright red phoenix being ridden by three colorful explorers (my three daughters); to this day, people still recognize me for that piece, which makes me smile.  However, I once drew a concert promo featuring the logo for the band Journey, which they then shared on their Facebook page, earning me 12,000 likes, which was also pretty cool.  🙂

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What are your favorite subjects? 
I like drawing dragons and other fantastical creatures.  Subjects like that allow you to have fun with color and composition without having to worry about it looking “realistic” enough.  I try to steer away from things that are too serious when drawing on the ground.

What can visitors expect to see from you on Saturday during the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival? 
 Something fanciful and maybe just a little bit off-beat.  Something that will hopefully fit the mood of the music.

Any tips for folks who might want to try their hand at chalk art? 
Just go out and do it.  Don’t be afraid to not have a plan, and don’t be intimidated by the size of the space.  Just start drawing and coloring, and go with what feels right.  If it doesn’t turn out, no big deal; it’ll wash away soon and you can try again.

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Do you have a favorite design that you created? 
Each time I finish a piece, that tends to be my favorite, until the next one.

Does the fact that your art is temporary ever prove discouraging? 
Only if the rain comes and it starts disappearing before I’m done (which has happened more than once).  Once I’ve finished, I just want it to stick around long enough for folks to enjoy it.  After that, I’m ready to move on to the next one.

Where can you be found on social media?
http://www.chalkgoblin.com   /  Facebook.com/chalkgoblin
Twitter @chalkgoblin.  I sometimes post to Instagram using @chalkgoblin, but I hate hashtags, so no one can ever find my stuff there.  🙂

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See Chris work his artistic Chalk Magic in Buskers Bayou (located at South Mill & Granville St.) from 5-8 pm Saturday, June 17 at the Gahanna, Ohio Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (117 Mill St.)  For tickets and a full 3-day event schedule, go to www.CreeksideBluesandJazz.com

 

Gahanna Girl Meets Thrive Massage and Wellness

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Visit Gahanna (Gahanna Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau) sent Emily, our  Communications Assistant, out to investigate Thrive Massage and Wellness, a new local business. She returned later that afternoon looking relaxed, feeling rested, smelling of floral notes and causing the rest of us to immediately go book appointments. (“I’ll have what she’s having.”) As one of the most recent additions to Gahanna’s Herbal Trail, Thrive offers Amita Herbal Body Wraps, Lavender Sugar Scrubs, Body Creams and Bath Salts. (Pssst… mention this post and pay only the disounted member rate for your first experience.)  Here’s Emily’s account of her first (“but definitely not the last”) visit to Thrive …

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Take care of yourself: the most challenging piece of advice I’ve ever been given. In today’s 24/7 world, it’s hard to find time to take even a 5 minute break, let alone time to take care of your body. In days filled with stressful meetings, rush hour traffic, and questionable food (I’m looking at you, Chicken Chalupa), personal wellness seems more like fantasy than reality—because let’s be honest, at the end of a long day, the last thing any of us want to do is go to the gym.

D2522E99-C4B1-4C1B-B01E-C43AA21B0F4EThis was the mindset I had when I first walked into Thrive Massage & Wellness to interview Susan Reiser, CEO. Of course, I had read about Thrive’s Sunlighten® saunas prior to our discussion, but I hadn’t fully understood how it worked. She explained their saunas offer full spectrum infrared heat to warm up your body’s core to a cellular level, which both detoxifies and stimulates metabolic activity.

If that confuses you like it did me, think about it this way: when you are sick, your body reacts by going into a fever condition. The fever causes a hotter body, which kills unwanted intruders and stimulates the release of toxins, helping you to feel better faster. Essentially, these saunas are recreating the same condition by raising your core body temperature, making you feel better from the inside-out.

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Intrigued, I listened more to what Susan had to share, until she stopped to ask, “Want to give it a try?” (Cue flashbacks to the gym that I joined a while back, and the awkward experiences with fellow gym-goers who were a little too free in the steam sauna, if you know what I mean.) Understandably, I was a little nervous. Yet, I had been struggling with a cough and cold for most of the week, so perhaps this was just what I needed!

This is Not Your Average Sauna

I slipped into my spa ensemble (white robe and flip flops) and headed back out to my personal, pre-heated sauna—no uncomfortable gym experiences here. As I stepped into the wood-lined room, Susan showed me the settings on the wall.

She had selected Detoxification as my program, though there were several more to choose from, including Cardio, Pain Relief, Relaxation, Weight-loss, Skin Health, as well as a Custom option. She showed me the stereo system in the sauna, which could be adjusted to suit my own musical tastes (there was even smooth jazz—my favorite!), as well as the unique lights that utilize chromotherapy.

Chromotherapy is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies, balancing the 7 color spectrum that our bodies need to live.

Susan set my color to “Strong Blue,” a color that lubricates joints and articulations, addresses infections, stress and nervous tension. Moments later, I was ready to melt away into blissfulness.

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The screen in my sauna displayed a countdown clock, informing me how much time I had left in my session. It read, “37 minutes,” and I began to worry. Am I going to be able to sit here that long? I usually only last 10 minutes in the steam sauna at the gym! A few minutes later, I realized I had nothing to worry about. After all, this was not your average sauna.

I was the epitome of coziness as I leaned up against the black, mesh-covered heaters. I hardly noticed that the temperature had risen to a balmy 132 degrees. 25 minutes into my session, I finally began to feel sweat beading up across my forehead and my body. I looked again at the clock. I had 12 minutes left to enjoy the relaxation in my own little paradise and that was exactly what I intended to do. I rested my head back against the nook of the corner, and restfully shut my eyes.

A Massage that Fixed Problems I Never Knew I Had

Following my sauna, I met with Tammy Brady, my massage therapist for the afternoon. Before getting started, she asked whether I had any areas that were causing me trouble. Moments later, after a few more questions and a brief description of her style, we got started.

Tammy skillfully worked from head to toe, deftly finding knots and pains and alleviating any remaining tightness. The sauna, which had warmed and relaxed all of my muscles and joints, had perfectly primed me for this massage. I was completely “zenned-out.” I may have even dosed off once or twice. Because my muscles were so well heated, Tammy was able to work more deeply into the tissue, reaching and relieving tension I didn’t even know I had.

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I didn’t want my time at Thrive Massage & Wellness to end, but reality awaited me. As I headed back into the locker room to freshen up, I felt more than just relaxed—I felt centered, balanced, and calm. My time both in the sauna and on the massage table had given a feeling that I hadn’t had in a long time: renewal.

As I headed out into the lobby, I reminded myself of the piece of advice I’d frequently been given: take care of yourself. At Thrive, I was able to do just that. My trip was certainly more than just a spa treatment; it was a step towards finally living a healthy life—without the crowded gym workout or scaring locker room experiences. I had done something that was beneficial for my personal wellness, and it felt sooo good. So the next time that I realize I’m not taking care of myself the way I should be? You can bet that I’ll be scheduling in Thrive time on my calendar, and I can’t wait to go back.

To learn more about Gahanna’s Herbal Trail, many attractions, restaurants, hotels, parks and events, check out VisitGahanna.com

 

Blank Slate Coffee’s “Art at the Airstream” Celebrates Local

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If you’ve driven through Gahanna Ohio’s Creekside District any time during the past several months, you’ve likely noticed the large shiny Airstream trailer that sits in front of 167 Mill St. It’s the home of locally owned and operated Blank Slate Coffee … a small haven filled with great coffee, good people and inspiration. The business is taking the next step in its mission to build community by hosting “Art at the Airstream” on September 17. We chatted with owner Matthew Robertson, to learn more.

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Artist: @yeeah_me/ photographer: @dir.nathanwilliam 


What’s your basic business philosophy? 

As residents of Gahanna, my wife and I believe in the importance of community.  We ascribe to the philosophy that, “A rising tide lifts all boats” and working to build up our community will be beneficial to all.  We use coffee to build community.

Tell us about your upcoming event, “Art at the Airstream.” 
Art at the Airstream (7-9 pm, Saturday, September 17th) will feature local visual artists as well as live musicians from the Greater Columbus area.  Several of the artists are current Gahanna residents.  Attendees are encouraged to view the work from each artist, enjoy the live music and consider supporting our growing art community by purchasing from a local artist.

 

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What inspired you to offer this event? 
We were inspired by the glimpses of incredible local talent we were seeing, and motivated by the fact that currently there is not a solid, grassroots platform to allow those artists to be more visible.  We see the value in highlighting that aspect of our community and are happy to make the investment.

Where should people park during the event? 
Blank Slate Coffee is just a short walk from the Creekside parking garage, and there are a couple of small parking lots available next to and across the street from the event.

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Is there an admission charge?
There is no charge. Attendees are encouraged to support the artists and musicians in whatever way they are able.

Where can people go to learn more?

Our Facebook page is a good source of information.

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To learn more about Gahanna, check out VisitGahanna.com – the official website of the Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

Gahanna Amplified: Join the Conversation (and be heard)

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Do you know someone who can’t seem to put his or her phone down?  You know the type … they’re always on Facebook, always posting about what they are eating or what they did, or what they are happy – or angry – about.  Are you that person?  Well, they – or you – are not alone.

Did you know that the internet has 3.17 billion users and an estimated 2.3 billion active social media users? According to a recent study by Brandwatch, 1 million new active mobile social users are added every day. That’s 12 new users each second!  Google averages 40,000 search queries a second.  And Facebook?  With 500,000 new users added per day …that’s 5 new profiles per second!

Think about the number of messages we see/receive on any given day.  As a business owner or community stakeholder, how can you be sure your message is being seen and heard … especially by those you are most interested in reaching?

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In Gahanna alone, on Facebook, there are MANY community pages competing for attention. These include, Visit Gahanna, City of Gahanna, Gahanna Park & Recreation, Creekside Gahanna, Gahanna Chamber of Commerce, Take Back Gahanna, Unite Gahanna, Gahanna Business Connection, We Are Gahanna, Gahanna-A Great Hometown, Gahanna Community Group, Creative Solutions for a Sustainable City – Gahanna, and many others.

The Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau recognized the need for community business owners, stakeholders, residents and anyone who loves/works/plays in Gahanna to learn more about how we can unify our messages regarding ALL that our city offers to those who are invested here—AND how we can attract visitors, potential new residents, and new business owners.

To that end, the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau will offer a free community workshop entitled, Gahanna Amplified: Creating Clarity + Promoting Community from 8:30-10 am on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at La Navona (154 N. Hamilton Rd. Gahanna). Breakfast is included. RSVPs are required, and seating is limited.

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The workshop will begin with a presentation by Bryan Haviland, President & CEO/ Frazier Heiby PR.  Recently named by Columbus Business First as “Someone You Should Know,” Bryan is a strategic leader, creative marketer and career communications professional, with more than 30 years of experience in all practices of public relations, integrated marketing, communications, operations and team management.  He has worked with both Fortune 100 corporations and in agency settings … and he has worked with community and civic leaders to help them create effective approaches to communications. He will present an overview of the power of unified messaging, presenting case studies from other communities.

The second part of the program will feature Betsy Decillis, President & Chief Content Officer at Betsy A. Decillis (BAD) Consulting. Betsy is a seasoned social media expert who works with cities, destinations and individual businesses to help increase their presence and build brand recognition on social media. She will discuss recent social media trends, share tactics and tools, and offer simple hands-on strategies that can be useful to social media users of all levels.

We invite you to join us on the morning of September 15.  We’re confident that you’ll walk away with some great information about the power of strong communications in building both business and community. #VisitGahanna

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RSVPs required; seating limited.  There is no cost to attend, and a continental breakfast will be served.  (To reserve your seat, contact Mary Szymkowiak at the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau at:  MSzymko@VisitGahanna.com or ask for Mary at 614/418-9114.

 

 

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.

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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