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12 summer festivals in the (614)

Mitch Hooper

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Get out your CamelBaks and fanny packs. It’s Festival Season in the (614). Here’s a list of events you won’t want to miss.

Nelsonville Music Festival | June 6-9 | Robbins Crossing Historic Village (Hocking Hills) | Price: $80-$350
Death Cab For Cutie will be headlining the 15th anniversary of Nelsonville Music Festival and this weekend offers the chance to listen to national, regional, and local musicians.

The Midwest Summerfest | June 8 | Express! Live | Price: $49-$69
It’s a trip back to the old school days of rap and hip-hop as DMX and Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony will headline the Midwest Summerfest. Where our dogs at?! Woof! Woof!

The Columbus Arts Festival | June 7-9 | The Scioto Mile | Free
With live music from local performers, food trucks, and local craft beers all on the riverfront, The Columbus Arts Festival is the perfect way to kick off your festing season. It’s great for families as the Activity Village offers hands-on experiences, and music lovers will have the chance to hear performers on five different stages throughout the weekend. And if you’re looking to step into the digital world of festivals, be sure to stop by the Virtual Reality tent for adventures to channel your favorite character from Ready Player One.

Buckeye Country Superfest | June 8 | The Ohio Stadium | Price: $49.50-$399.50
Country superstars George Strait and Blake Shelton are set to put on a stellar show, and plenty of other heavy hitters are performing as well including Chris Janson and Midland.

Creekside Jazz & Blues Festival | June 14 | Creekside District (Gahanna) | Price: $10-$650
This annual family-friendly weekend will keep the live jazz tunes going for 90+ hours with more than 50 bands scheduled to perform on the five available stages.

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Grove City Wine & Arts Festival | June 14-15 | Grove City Town Center | Free
This wine festival is for the local vino lover as it will exclusively feature Ohio-made wines as well as local art, entertainment, and of course, some food trucks to go along with all that sipping.

Columbus Pride Parade & Festival 2019 | June 14-16 | Bicentennial and Genoa Park | Free
In its 50th year of celebrating LGBTQ+ social and self-acceptance, legal rights, and progress, On the 15th, Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade steps off from Goodale Park to march down High Street. This year, the Grand Marshall is none other than Nina West. Get ready to spread the love, it’s Pride Month!

Columbus Food & Wine Fest | June 21 | Battelle Riverfront Park | Free
Enjoy wine tastings of wines from across the country as you watch live cooking demonstrations and sample some of the best cuisine the Midwest has to offer.

Ohio Wings & Beer Festival | June 22 | Ohio Expo Center & State Fair | Price: $25-$55
With craft beers coming from local favorites like Columbus Brewing Co. and Zaftig Brewing, and wings from places like Pecan Penny’s and Red Door BBQ, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better duo in the city limits this weekend.

Outlaw Music Festival | June 23 | Nationwide Arena | Price: $45-$210
Country icon and rebel Willie Nelson will be headlining the Outlaw Music Festival along with The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Community Festival | June 28-30 | Goodale Park | Free
Everyone’s favorite community weekend is back and ready for another year of scantily-dressed visitors, live music, delicious food, and plenty of booze. ComFest is the perfect kick-back as you are free to check out the vendors, listen to some comedy shows, or just simply take a nap on the lawn on a warm summer day. Truly, the only wrong way to do ComFest is to skip out.

Tequila Fest Columbus 2019 | June 29 | Woodland’s Backyard | Price: $40-125
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor! Have fun soaking in all things tequila at Woodland’s Backyard to round out an eventful June.

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Hit Your Peak: 3 worth-the-drive ski slopes near Columbus

Asa Herron

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The cursed Ohio Winter Monster has made its presence known to all with its 5pm sunsets, snow storms, and seasonal depression for all. How are you going to fight back against the gloom this year? It may seem like it’s impossible to do fun things with your friends or to stay active in the winter, but I’m here to tell you that not all hope is lost. Finding a new hobby is a great way to kick your winter woes to the curb and start the new decade on a good foot.

Skiing can be a great way to casually exercise with friends and resuscitate your serotonin levels. Here are three high quality places to ski within driving distance of Columbus for you to check out.

MAD RIVER MOUNTAIN

Located in Zanesfield, Mad River Mountain is about an hour's drive northwest of Columbus. They have the most reasonable prices of all the nearby ski resorts. Plus, their on-property bar, The Loft, has 12 taps of craft beers on rotation to add a little more fun to the night. Mad River is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays, too, so you’re getting a full Friday night of flurries.

Mad River is home to over 20 trails (spanning 3.9 miles) and four terrain parks making it the largest ski resort in Ohio. They also bolster ten ski lifts (the most in Ohio) and are tied with Snowtrails for the largest vertical drop in the state with their 300 foot slope. An added perk of Mad River is that they just built a new $6.2 million facility in 2016 to replace the space they lost to a fire in 2015. Plus, most of their trails are designated “easy” difficulty. Mad River has everything you need to have a relaxing, affordable day of skiing.

Details on hours and pricing can be found at www.skimadriver.com.

SNOWTRAILS

Founded in 1961, Snowtrails is Ohio’s oldest ski resort. It is located in Mansfield, so also about an hour drive north. This resort is only slightly more expensive, with lift rates starting at $31 for midweek evenings and $52 for all-day on the weekends, with skis, boots, and pole rentals are $37. If there’s one day this month that you visit Snowtrails, let it be January 25 for their mid-season party. Get ready for an outdoor DJ, a custom built snowbar, and a fireworks show 30 minutes after the slopes close for the night. Not into skiing? No problem! The party is free and open to the public, so let your expert friends hit the slopes while you hit the spirits at the snow bar.

Snowtrails is the second largest resort in the state with six ski lifts and 3.3 miles of trails. The majority of their trails are designated “intermediate” difficulty, so more experienced skiers will enjoy their time here.

More information can be found at www. snowtrails.com.

BOSTON MILLS & BRANDYWINE

Boston Mills & Brandywine is the farthest ski resort from Columbus on this list, but great for a full weekend away. This quaint resort is in Peninsula, OH is a two hour drive from Central Ohio. Their pricing is $40 after 3:30 p.m. and $45 for an all-day pass. Staying another night? Come back on Saturday for $5 Late Nights admission from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

Boston Mill & Brandywine ski resort is known for being especially conducive to beginning skiers. They offer high quality lessons and will walk you through the process. This is the place to go if you have “stupid” questions about skiing, or just want to tube. However, they also appeal to veteran skiers as the majority of their 18 trails are designated “advanced”. Despite the high quantity of trails, this resort is much smaller than the other two, with only 1.2 miles of skiable trails, and their largest vertical drop being 264 feet. But for these prices? Could definitely be worth the trip.

Learn more about Boston Mills & Brandywine at www.bmbw.com.

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Watch: “World’s largest mural” in Short North is more than meets the eye

Regina Fox

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At a glance, "The Journey AR Mural" adorning the Graduate Columbus hotel in Short North is stunning. Look a little harder, and it actually comes to life.

Standing at over 107 feet tall and over 11,000 square feet of augmented reality, "The Journey AR Mural," is the world's largest AR mural, offering technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

The gaily-painted snapdragons, hibiscus, Easter lilies, and hummingbirds bloom and fly when viewed through the Journey AR Mural app (free for iPhone and Android). Watch the murals come to life in the video below.

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Los Angeles-based artists Ryan Sarfati and Eric Skotnes (going by “Yanoe” and “Zoueh," respectively) are the creatives behind the project.

In an interview with Short North Arts District, Skotnes revealed he was inspired to take on the project after learning that Columbus is home to the second largest population of Somali immigrants in the country—he hopes the murals symbolize strength and prosperity for its viewers.

To learn more about The Journey AR Mural, visit shortnorth.org.

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Worth the Drive: Lima’s Kewpee Hamburgers

Regina Fox

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Lima, OH may not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning a road trip, but you may have to reconsider after learning about a little (AKA one of the oldest burger chain in the world) not-so-hidden gem called Kewpee Hamburgers.

It all started in 1923 when Kewpee Hotel Hamburgs opened in Flint, Michigan. This was home to the "Mity nice Hamburger," which could be purchased for just a nickel. Kewpee was also known for its life-sized naked mascot baby, created to the likeness of the classic comic strip Kewpie dolls.

By 1940, the chain rebranded to simply "Kewpee Hamburgers," and was 400-locations strong. From Ohio to New York City, Kewpee's stole the hearts of Americans with its square patties, hot chili, thick shakes, homey diner atmosphere, and not-to-be-beaten prices.

During its rise to popularity, Kewpee also managed to revolutionize the fast food game by becoming one of the first restaurants to offer a drive-thru.

But much to the dismay of its fans far and wide, most restaurants in the franchise met their demise during WWII meat shortages.

Kewpee's time-honored legacy lives on in Lima, OH where the only three remaining restaurants are located. Despite its novelty across the country, Kewpee continues to offer guests their beloved greasy grub at rock-bottom prices ($2.45 for a cheeseburger? Take that, Five Guys).

It's hard to believe that such a famed piece of America's food history is just 90 minutes from Columbus, but it's true and definitely worth the drive. How could you say no to this innocent, yet slightly ominous face?

To learn more about Kewpee Hamburgers, click here.

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