Places to go and things to see by Gypsy Bev

Archive for October, 2015

Dickens Victorian Village Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Father Christmas

Dickens characters again line Wheeling Avenue as the 10th Anniversary of Dickens Victorian Village gets underway. Opening ceremonies will be held at the Guernsey County Courthouse on November 2 at 6:00. Father Christmas hopes to see you there!

Opening ceremonies for the 10th Anniversary of Dickens Victorian Village will be held at the Guernsey County Courthouse in Cambridge on November 2 at 6:00 pm. Welcoming remarks will be given by Dickens founder, Bob Ley; Cambridge Mayor, Tom Orr; and Guernsey County Commissioner, Dave Wilson.
 
Queen Victoria will make her first appearance for the season on this evening, as she cuts the ribbon to open the festivities. Many exciting activities are being planned for the year, which runs from November 2, 2015 – January 2, 2016.
 
Alan Day will entertain with bagpipe music. This old England tradition began when Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert visited the Highlands. The Queen enjoyed the music so much that when she returned home, a personal Piper to the Sovereign was named so she could listen to the bagpipes daily.
 
Holiday music will also be provided by Brook Singers and Chordial Chorus, both well known groups in this area. Their vocal renditions add a lively tone to the festivities.
 
After the Opening Night Ceremony, Grant Hafley, owner of AVC Communications, will introduce the debut of the 2015 Guernsey County Holiday Light Show. This spectacular light show was Hafley’s brainchild from its inception, and Father Christmas looks remarkably like Hafley to honor his generosity.
This computer synchronized program uses over 55,000 lights moving in time to holiday music. Included are three large Christmas trees and 60 animated displays. There’s something here for the child in everyone.
 
Come out and join the celebration as another year of Dickens Victorian Village is about to begin.
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Lunch in Picturesque Amish Country: A Photographic Memory

Going to lunch in Amish County always turns out to be more than just lunch. How can you not enjoy all the shops and scenery along the way?  Let’s take a picture tour of Beautiful Amish Country!

Welcome to beautiful Amish county!

 A drive in the fall is extra special as the leaves are just starting to turn and the bright autumn colors of flowers and pumpkins cheered the spirits, even if there was one brown spot along the way.

Lunchtime at Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen

Everyone wants to enjoy a fine Amish home cooked meal. Homemade noodles and real mashed potatoes top the menu for me. Therefore, a stop at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen started the day in a tasty manner.

Roadside glimpse of a wedding in Amish Country

Roadside glimpse of what appeared to be a wedding in Amish Country added a smile to the day.

Colorful blossoms at Cheese Chalet

A large bed of bright, beautiful petunias bloomed along the street across from Heini’s Cheese Chalet and Country Mall.

New Bunker Hill School

Recess was over at New Bunker Hill School  on the return trip from lunch. Earlier the playground was filled with the activity of all 15 students and one teacher.

Mums offer sunny cheer from the side of the road.

Fresh fruit and vegetables beckoned from the side of the road. Yellow mums and orange pumpkins brightened the parking area of Miller’s Field Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Inside their roadside stand, everything looked delicious…even after lunch!

Millers' Fruit Stand displayed fresh fruits and vegetables.

In the midst of all this fresh produce, the fragrance of concord grapes took me back to my parents’ grape arbor. Yes, a purchase was made. They tasted as good as they smelled.

Candy makers at Coblenz Chocolate

Now appeared that drab brown spot in the journey – Coblentz Chocolate Company! Watching the girls meticulously examine each piece of chocolate, gave assurance of a quality product.

These delicate wires made the proper design on each piece of chocolate.

These delicate wire chains made the proper design on each piece of chocolate.

Dry field of cornstalks stand holding their prized ears of corn.

Dry field of cornstalks stand ready for picking as they hold their prized ears.

Josiah for President

Josiah for President  As presidential election time approaches and candidates are getting ready for debates, the Amish show their sense of humor by having a play about one of their own candidates – Josiah!

Any season of the year is a great time for taking a drive through Amish Country.

All along the way, beautiful farms rest among the rolling hills. Their bright white fences and neat homes show the importance of home and family in their lives.

Any season of the year is a great time for a drive in Amish County.

Kate Gorman Tells Stories Through Quilts

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Telling stories through quilts has become Kate Gorman’s passion. She enjoys sharing that love with school children whenever she gets a chance. At the present time, concentrating on line, instead of color, has become her main focus as she uses drawings and hand stitching in her creations.

At a recent display at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Kate displayed her work along with two of her close friends and co-workers, in a show titled “In Close Proximity”. Every piece told a meaningful story.

Here a section of her series shows stanzas from

Here a section of her series shows stanzas from “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”.

Family history and birds appear time and time again in her art work. One series depicts the verses from “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”, where each stanza has been developed into a picture. Kate explained that in her mind birds represent migration and travel, something she wishes she could do more often. As she remarked, “I’m always thinking about being somewhere else from where I am.”

Kate's early quilt showed her son as Icarus as she hoped he wouldn't fly too close to the sun.

Kate’s early quilt showed her son as Icarus, as she hoped he wouldn’t fly too close to the sun.

Her oldest quilted work showed her son, who she hoped would have a safe journey through life. Using the mythological legend of Icarus as her basis, she feared that perhaps her son would fly too close to the sun. Even here she used one of her birds, a rare albino blackbird.  Many artists stay with one form throughout most of their life, but Kate enjoys experimenting from one thing to another and goes back and forth in her mediums as she expands her knowledge of different techniques.

Kate taught herself how to make quilts, but has since taken some workshops to improve her skills and share her ideas. She originally decided to make quilts in her spare time, but that wasn’t enough. She liked to tell stories through pictures so discovered that fabric provided a great medium because of its color, pattern, and texture.

Here one of her birds presents a gift.

Here one of her birds with a hoop skirt receives a gift of friendship from a suitor with a crown of twigs.

Once the quilt is finished, she can easily tell a story using the quilt as her script. Recently she even developed a “Family History” quilt with pictures of family members and bits of information about their occupations. The first in that series, entitled “Bernadette in Artichokes”, served as her Quilt National Entry in  2013. When she asked Aunt Bern if she was sad because she never married, Bernadette answered that she always enjoyed her own company. What a great lesson for all of us.

Her 2015 entry, “A Keeper of Secrets and Parakeets” was also a hit. The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio displayed it this past summer. A recent Individual Artist Grant from the Ohio Arts Council will take her to Scotland for an artist residency there in October, 2015.

Kate's skeleton bird was done as a self-portrait of her feeling stuck in life. The bird appears to be giving her advice.

Kate’s skeleton bird was done as a self-portrait when she felt stuck in life. The bird appears to be giving her advice.

But Kate didn’t always make quilts, even though she has always been artistic. In the past, she worked mostly as an illustrator for text and trade books for early readers. After graduating with a BA in English from Waynesburg College, PA, she did graduate work at Ohio University before finishing her education as an illustration major at Columbus College of Art and Design . Now she uses needle and thread for her artwork, in addition to watercolors and ink.

When she is not at home in her studio in Westerville, she works at Goodwill Art Studio and Gallery in Columbus, Ohio creating art with adults, who have disabilities. Everyone has a story to tell and Kate draws that story from them as they create their own artwork.

While many have “advanced” to use of technology in their quilts, Kate seems to be going backwards in time as she enjoys working from sketches, and stitching by hand. Her outstanding work tells a story of her life and the things that have touched her along the way. May new adventures continue to inspire her as she journeys onward.

Visit Kate Gorman’s website for more information at http://www.kategorman.net. You will find many of her paintings for view on this site.

Thyme to Explore Geroux Herb Garden

Welcome to the Geroux Herb Garden in Gahanna.

Welcome to the Geroux Herb Garden in Gahanna.

Nestled away in the middle of the city, a peaceful herb garden brings healing and refreshment to those willing to open their minds and hearts. For centuries, herbs have been used to flavor our food, cure our ills, and perfume our bodies, while growing herbs makes a decorative addition to your garden

Relax under the arbor in the peaceful gardens.

Relax under the arbor in the peaceful gardens.

Located in Gahanna, Ohio – not too far from Port Columbus International Airport – Geroux Herb Garden provides an educational retreat for those interested in the use of herbs for many purposes. Gahanna carries the title, “Herb Capital of Ohio”. Since that title was given through efforts of the “Herb Ladies”, one of those strong promotors being Jane “Bunnie” Geroux, the gardens have been named in her honor.

Bunnie Geroux was instrumental in having Gahanna named

Bunnie Geroux was instrumental in having Gahanna named “Herb Capital of Ohio”.

For well over half of her life, Bunnie has had a strong interest in herbs. An early “goosefoot” herb garden for an historic site flamed her passion years ago. Since then she has been promoting the use of herbs throughout the city of Gahanna. Until she retired last year, she operated  a successful business, Culpepers, which specialized in dried bouquets.

Recently Bunnie retired from her Culpepers & Herb Shop.

Recently Bunnie retired from her Culpepers Herb House, where this sign hung for years.

“Bunnie”, at the age of 91, still actively participates in activities at the center. When the assistant director was asked about his favorite part of being involved, he instantly replied, “I have learned so much from Bunnie. I treasure the experience.” Walking with her in the gardens, he learned to use his senses of smell, sight, touch and taste.

The gardens contain many different kinds of herbs.

The gardens contain many different kinds of herbs.

One acre here holds an amazing variety of herbs in several categories: Biblical, Culinary, Medicinal, Meditative, and Scented. Each has their own special place in the garden as they attempt to educate the public on the use of different herbs.Renovation is currently taking place while a new irrigation system is installed.

.If you don’t have room outside for an herb garden, perhaps you would like to plant something in a pot on your window sill or in a porch container during the warmer months. Their fragrance alone gives a reward for your labors. Thyme, mint, oregano, and lavender have always been some of my favorites.

A bottle lid picture brightens the lobby.

A bottle lid picture brightens the lobby.

Stroll through these aromatic gardens where admission and parking are free. Slip away from the chaotic world and visit this hidden gem soon.

The information center hosts classes regarding herbs plus a great place to buy what herbs you want.

Natzger-Miller House hosts classes regarding herbs plus serves as a great place to buy herbs you might like to try.

The Nafzger-Miller house, headquarters for the Herb Center, was built in 1855. Now it provides a place for meetings, lectures, and even herbal tea parties. A few blocks away from Geroux Garden at this Educational Center, classes are held on Tea Gardening, Traditional Medicines, Culinary and Craft throughout the year. The instructors have a good grasp of their subject matter and present things in an interesting manner.

The drying shed stores dried herbs to use in various ways.

The drying shed stores dried herbs to use in various ways throughout the year.

September is time to harvest many of these herbs and dry them for use during the winter season. Their drying shed provides the perfect place for this activity.

Employees at the gardens and information center used herbs from their home herb gardens frequently. Basically, they used them for culinary purposes in breads, toppings, and teas. Medicinal use is an area that I would like to explore more thoroughly. I believe there is much to be learned about healing from what nature has provided.

Geroux Herb Garden is located at 206 South Hamilton Road in Columbus, just off Route 62.

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