Deardurff House—the oldest known structure (and first post office) in Franklin County—got a new sill plate about two weeks ago. I happened to drive by with a friend while the owner, Walt Reiner, was overseeing this stage of repairs. Remarkably, the building has remained on its original foundation for over 200 years and was occupied by families up until the 1960’s. Can’t wait to see the results of this restoration.
72 S. Gift St., Franklinton, Columbus, Ohio.
My buddies Mike Altman and Steve Galgas (who painted that cheeky version of American Gothic found at the corner of Lincoln and High St.) both shared this link today. A few Short North murals pop up in the latest ColorSnap Studio by Sherwin-Williams commercial—when a frustrated couple puts aside their wall paint swatches to scoot around town and get inspired. Fun!
*Note: video and app developed by Resource Interactive.
Gotta be honest, I never knew about this whole eating sauerkraut for good luck on New Year’s Day thing until moving to Ohio and being introduced to the world of friends and boyfriends with German immigrant roots. Slowly, one of the things I feared had most in life (yeah)—being the taste, smell and effects of sauerkraut—became a no-biggie. In fact, I almost crave the sour stuff these days. That said, today I was happy to read about Columbus blogger John Schumacher’s experience with making kraut at home. I’ve really enjoyed John’s simple, straight-forward style of documenting his culinary and travel experiences for a while now, so I invite you to visit his blog at jarsloth.wordpress.com. Especially noteworthy: this entry about the former Columbus Watch Company. Happy New Year!
Now, I know there are some of you out there looking for a wacky last-minute gift this holiday season…and that extends into the New Year too. Did you know that in the early 20th century, milk was used to make a variety of plastic ornaments, including jewelry? Yup. The lactose intolerant might recognize the name of a milk protein—casein—as something to avoid when picking out something as simple as a loaf of bread. However, it’s also a binding agent used in a variety of non-edibles that we use every day. The buttery-yellow gems above are made from 100% local, organic, grass-fed cow’s milk (whole milk from Snowville Creamery, to be exact). Columbus-based creatives Katie and Ben Harben are always tinkering with some new project and these milk earring molds are their latest. Each formaldehyde-free piece is perfectly imperfect, with speckles and textures that will remind you where they came from…nature. Find a variety of shapes, as well as Katie’s lovely crochet necklaces in her November 16 shop on Etsy. Who doesn’t love a conversation piece? Well, folks who also hate fun, that’s who.
I have a habit of losing and forgetting things—and while infuriating—I figure I’ll never be short of something to be surprised about. So…I found an old memory card over the weekend, and with it some photos from the 2012 U.S. debut of Canada’s Sexapalooza, “a fun, upscale adult consumer show and shopping experience” that aims for inclusion, “regardless of your sexual practice or preference.” Can’t stand using this word, but, COOL. I got my paws on two free tickets at the beginning of this year. I must admit that my favorite pictures don’t fully capture the spirit of Sexapalooza Columbus…as my husband and I arrived on the last day (Sunday) and at the last hour of the event. So while I was content to be entertained by the contrasting unsexyness of Franklin County Vets Memorial as it emptied of visitors, every exhibitor I talked to was super-excited (heyyy-o) about the huge turnout over the weekend. And they were highly professional too. And spirited. Despite what you might gather from the photos above, the environment was clearly aimed at playful entertainment, educational how-to’s, a healthy outlook on sex, and open-minded conversation. I mean, expect straight-up-infomercial-style demonstrations of things you can strap to your mattress for fun. If you decide to go in 2013, expect to giggle a lot and also learn a thing or two.
Last Summer, I was doing the usual…which is to say, getting lost in my own neighborhood and taking pictures on the weekend, when I stumbled upon the Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum. A man sitting in a classic car across the street from the windowless and relatively signless (aside from reproduction auto service flash hanging just out front) building I was documenting got out of the car and approached me; I couldn’t believe my luck. Not only did the man inform me that there was a vintage auto collection inside, but he was one of the owners and was also happy to open it up for a tour! It’s small and lovely and you’d barely even know these whips were sitting pretty on this quiet end of town. The bite-sized display is perfect for those who know their automobiles as well as the simple nostalgia hound who loves road trips, but couldn’t change the oil to save their life.
476 E. Kossuth Ave., Columbus, Ohio
Admission to the museum is free. Appointments may be made by calling Mark Hagans at 614-554-5879 or Steve Wagner at 271-0888.
This post is a branch-off of a Columbus, Ohio City Guide I recently put together for Designer, Blogger and all-around fantastic gal, Allison Lehman. I’m a fan of anything Allie shares…please check out her blog and all of the other city guides at Be Up and Doing!
You guys, I Itook the PERFECT Columbus, Ohio city portrait the other day! In light of the recent holiday, I am thankful to have stumbled upon this particular arrangement of things. <3