I can hardly believe it's almost December (insert groan). It's almost Thanksgiving! It's time to post Thanksgiving recipes (in my brain I am running around in a frenzied panic)! My family is spending the night the day after Thanksgiving and my mother is the cleanest person I've ever known in my entire life! The cleaning!
Queue panic attack...
I can't be the only one, right?
Deep breaths, people, just remember, as we are entering the holiday season, we have a long, cold, gray and depressing winter until May, so enjoy the happiness while it lasts.
Okay, so let's talk about the things you can be doing to relax and enjoy Columbus life this week! Read through to the end because I am trying out a new feature for this weekly column.
- For a few more hours today, you can visit the Capitol Arts Fair at the Ohio Statehouse - it's in the Crypt room - creeeepy.
- This week is the Columbus International Film & Video Festival! Most of the films are shown at the Canzani Center at CCAD (east downtown).
- What an awesome idea::the Monthly Mixtape exchange takes place Thursday at the Ohio State Urban Art Space (downtown)! Bring 2 copies of a custom made CD, and learn the theme for the next month's mixtape exchange! I hadn't heard of this before, but it sounds super fun, especially if you are in music doldrums.
- Someone remind me to go to another event at the Ohio State Urban Art Space::Interviewing skills with Mark Shanda. I'm going to need that if I land an interview with the Columbus Dispatch.
- I think this Sunday might be the last Wood-Fired Sunday at Franklin Park. If you have never been, you should really go. It's fun, and pizzas are very inexpensive. The setting is lovely; the Community Garden are of the Park is one of my favorite places in our fair city. The Live Fire Theater is located in the Southeast corner of the Park; there is no admission for the outside parks.
- Tomorrow night (Thursday), you can see the Best of the Ottawa International Animation Festival at the Wexner Center.
- This Friday is Barktober Fest at Gordy's (Westerville). This beer tasting (they will be serving the much-coveted Christmas Ale) features beers from the Great Lakes Brewing Company and a silent auction, and benefits the CHA Animal Shelter.
- This Friday is one of BalletMet's open rehearsals from 5-6pm - what a unique option for happy hour!
- The Symphony will present Handel's Messiah this Saturday & Sunday and my friend Dan is singing it it!
- Tim & Eric's Awesome tour will be at the Newport Music Hall (campus) this Saturday.
I'm going to try another little feature here - suggestions for places to go/things to do which aren't necessarily having special events, but I still think are cool and a good place for people to spend their weekends. I am going to try to highlight 5 places a week, hopefully in similar parts of town. If you would like to have your space or business featured, please send me an email letting me know why.
This week, I am going to feature the Old Town East area of Columbus, and was inspired to do so by my love of the store European Papers.
- European Papers (shop)::539 E Town Street. If you are anything of a paper whore like I am, prepare to spend time grazing through the treasures at European Papers. I simply love this shop. The prices are reasonable, and the entire shop if filled with surprises for paper dorks like me - here is a packet of old telegrams, there are jars full of tiny watch parts, leaves and leaves of amazing paper from pennies and on up - from printed to painstakingly handmade sheets. There are stamps and soldering supplies, jewelry making supplies, envelopes of all sorts and trinkets galore. I love it.
European Papers is located in an old carriage house behind a Town Street mansion (which contains the Lyle Gallery), and the second you walk in, you want to move in (I did, anyway.) The first floor of the building is a gallery devoted to all sorts of paper arts. One the second floor is the shop, which is delightfully meandered and cluttered (well, it's full - it's very well organized) and there is a loft which (I assume) contains an office. I could seriously move right in. European Papers offers numerous workshops which are well worth the price of admission. I went to one for making holiday cards last year and despite being in the class with my fearsome high school art teacher, it was very enjoyable. Shop owner and teacher Lisa Ohmer (yay Lisas of Columbus!) is gracious and generous. For the class I attended, there were several workstations. At the beginning of the class, Lisa demonstrated each technique and then we went around from station to station, making our own cards based upon the templates she showed us. She explained things clearly but briefly, so we could get down to the crafting. I can't wait until I can attend another class.
- Just West of European Papers is the Deaf School Topiary Park (at press time, their website was down, so the link goes to an Ohio tourism site, and therefore information might be outdated). In the summer time, the Topiary park features live music many days during lunch time, so you can take a break for the workday and enjoy lunch in the lovely surroundings.
- Between Euro Papers and the Topiary Park is the Kappa Kappa Gamma Heritage Museum. The Heritage Museum is a restored Victorian Italianate mansion. Walk-in tours are help Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm, and other tours are offered by appointment. Learn about the history of the house, its residents, and how the house fits into the history of Columbus.
- Moving East a bit, we arrive at the Kelton House Museum & Garden, home of thousands of fantastic weddings over the years (I've been in two there). the Kelton House was a stop on the Underground Railroad and is purported to be haunted. The Kelton House has open tours Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm, but tours can be scheduled in advance as well, for groups. The Kelton House offers numerous programs including Victorian Teas (the next one is December 12th) and many educational and entertaining programs detailing the history of the Underground Railroad.
- Right around the corder is the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. One of my favorite places in Columbus - I don't get there as often as I should. We have one of the best library systems in the country - what more needs to be said? I think most people my age have fond memories of reading in the old treehouse in the children's section! It has changed a little since this Waitress was a young lass, but it's still exhilarating just to walk up the front steps and into the library.
What are your favorite spots in this neighborhood?