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5 reasons to visit Yellow Springs, OH this summer

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As the great alt rock band Twin Peaks once said, Yellow Springs is “one of the more beautiful towns,” and as the city likes to call itself, “Everyone’s favorite place.” Maybe you’re not drinking the Kool Aid Yellow Springs is mixing up just yet, but by the end of this article, we bet you will be.

Below are 5 reasons to make the one-hour drive to Yellow Springs this summer.

#1 Springfest 2019

Pardon us for quoting Twin Peaks again, but they called Springfest “chill and hospitable,” and we can’t think of two better adjectives to describe a festival. As always, the 2019 iteration of the community festival will offer a bevy of national and regional musical talents. This year, Deerhunter will be headlining with support from Amen Dunes, Post Animal, Grapetooth, Chris Cohen, Sarob, The Sidekicks, Nothin’, The Ophelias, The Crooked Spines and more.

There’s also plenty of beer to be had, food to be eaten local artisans to patronize, trees to hammock between, and fun to be had at this all-ages event. The event will be held on July 6 at the John Bryan Community Center in downtown.

#2 Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Glen Helen is a 1000-acre private preserve with 20+ miles of trails, 400 year-old oaks, natural water features, and tons of wildlife. Nature programs, guided hikes, and other interpretative experiences are offered for families and individuals throughout the year. But, the park is also open for independent exploration from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. Just remember: take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.

The Cascades Photo by:Kate Slonaker

Posted by Glen Helen on Friday, April 19, 2019


#3 Young’s Jersey Dairy

This working dairy farm offers a whole lot more than fresh milk and cow patties. When planning your trip to Yellow Springs, a stop at Young’s is an absolute requirement because of the delicious homemade ice cream, home-cooked food, petting zoo, mini-golf, driving range, batting cages, and other seasonal attractions throughout the year. Young’s is the humble family-friendly stop that is sure to put the cherry on top of your trip, literally.

#4 The Tecumseh Sunflower Field

While you may find nothing but an empty plot of ground now, come September, this field along U.S. 68 in Yellow Springs will be bursting with beautiful yellow blooms as far as the eye can see. Not only is this the pristine place to grab a Instagram photo, but Whitehall Farm, where the flowers are planted, is part of the Tecumseh Land Trust that fights to protect and conserve agricultural land.

3rd place. Photo by: Eric Anderson

Posted by Tecumseh Land Trust on Thursday, October 18, 2018

#5 Dave Chappelle

You may not be shooting your engagement photos on your trip, but that doesn’t mean Yellow Springs resident Dave Chappelle won’t photobomb your memories. A couple got more than they bargained for at Yellow Springs Brewery when the stand-up comedian wiggled his way into the background of their engagement photos. Will you be lucky enough to meet Chappelle on your trip? Who knows, you’ve got to go to find out!

So, I was shooting this engagement session at a brewery tonight and this dude photobombed us… idk, you may have heard…

Posted by Jaycee Marie Photography on Saturday, November 10, 2018
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2 tiny Columbus Zoo babies bring big hope for endangered species

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The newest babies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may be small, but they bring big hope for one of the most endangered species on the planet.

On November 1 and 3, reptile keepers at the Zoo’s Shores region successfully hatched two rare yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), the first ever hatched in an indoor zoological environment. The breakthrough is critical in efforts to boost the numbers of temple turtles, which are facing extinction, according to a release from the zoo.

Keepers note that the two hatchlings are "very active" and "very healthy." They are being cared for in behind-the-scenes habitats as they continue to grow stronger. Right now, the hatchlings are about the size of a racquetball and weigh approximately 80 grams–the same weight as a small tomato. They will grow to be up to about 2 feet long and weigh about 35 pounds.

These two turtles were the only ones to survive out of their mother's nest. Of five eggs, one turtle hatched on its own, and the care team helped another break out of its shell when it was experiencing some difficulties. Two other eggs did not contain viable hatchlings, and the fifth egg did not hatch.

“Our team is extremely proud of hatching these turtles, as well as being able to do so inside the Columbus Zoo’s Reptile House," said Becky Ellsworth, Curator of the Zoo’s Shores region. "This is a wonderful achievement as our Animal Care staff has been able to learn more information about this rare and important species, contributing significant knowledge to the zoological community working to help protect these turtles."

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Local attraction makes “World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019” list

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Today, TIME For Kids revealed the first-ever World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 list, and among other international attractions, a Columbus business found itself in the mix.

Otherworld, which shook up the local entertainment scene when it opened earlier this year, was named one of the "World's Coolest Places" because of its quality, originality, sustainability, and accessibility. 

For those who haven't made the trip out to 5819 Chantry Dr. in southeast Columbus yet, Otherworld is an immersive and interactive art installation, featuring dozens of adventures, mysteries, and puzzles throughout its 47 rooms. Read more about it in our (614) Magazine coverage.

See below for the Otherworld write-up by Ellen Nam of TIME For Kids:

"Otherworld is an art installation built by more than 40 artists. They filled a 32,000-square-foot facility with large-scale works, secret passages, and playgrounds that blur the line between virtual and digital. Each of Otherworld’s 47 rooms is designed to resemble a science-fiction fantasyland. Visitors are encouraged to explore freely. Kids can fill in magical coloring books and solve puzzles. Those who are feeling adventurous can crawl into the mouth of a giant fuzzy monster."

To see the full list of the World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 and to learn more about how each attraction was chosen, visit

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Treatments to Try: HydraFacial at Boss Gal Beauty Bar

Regina Fox



With the holiday season quickly approaching, stress and anxiety will be on the rise. While getting the stockings hung by the chimney with care is important, taking time for yourself this season to look and feel your best should also be a priority. We hope this series will bring you some self care inspo!

I've been plagued with clogged pores my entire life. I've tried the Biore pore strips, the blackhead comedone extractor tool, and even an as-seen-on-TV pore vacuum, but nothing has ever really done the trick.

And then, I see it: the HydraFacial.

Scroll down for a before/after + a chance to win a FREE HydraFacial from Boss Gal Beauty Bar!

The HydraFacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously infusing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing serums in just a few easy steps. Though results are immediately noticeable, your skin doesn't reach peek glow until a few days after the service, making it the perfect pregame to holiday festivities.

Click here to watch a step-by-step video

My clean pore journey took me to Boss Gal Beauty Bar's sleek, contemporary MedSpa in Clintonville. As an authorized HydraFacial provider, I knew I was in great hands. Kayla was my spirit guide, leading me through each soothing step with great expertise and care.

Step 1: Cleanse + Peel

Boss Gal likes to work off a clean palette, so the HydraFacial begins with a manual cleansing. This step feels a lot like a mini face massage, setting a calming tone right out of the gate. Next, the Vortex Cleansing method removes dead skin cells from the surface through water-based exfoliation, while glycolic salicylic acids soften the skin in preparation for extractions.

Step 2: Extract + Hydrate

This is where the real fun begins. During this step, pore plugs and dirt are removed from the face through the cleaning and suctioning action of the HydraFacial applicator.

I found this part particularly satisfying because you can actually see all the "gunk" that's been drawn out of your skin. You say, "Gross!" I say, "Gratifying!"

All the "gunk" extracted from my skin!

Boss Gal tops it off with a manual extraction session on the most congested areas of the face.

Step 3: Fuse + Protect

After removing all the unwanted oils, toxins, and dirts from the skin, it's time to seal it off. Using Boss Gal's super serums, the skin is infused with peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid for a glowing, hydrated look.

Step 4: Signature Jelly Mask

The HydraFacial concludes with a mini hand massage while Boss Gal's signature jelly mask cools and calms the skin.

Before + After

I left Boss Gal Beauty Bar completely makeup free and felt great—really great. I was happy to have treated my skin to the TLC it desperately needed and getting a solid dose of relaxation I desperately needed. And, just like Kayla said, my skin continued to appreciate in glow for days after.

With holiday parties and photo opportunities galore this time of year, the HydraFacial could be your secret weapon to achieving bright skin and rejuvenation all season long.

Give yourself or someone you love the gift of pampering and relaxation this holiday season with a FREE HydraFacial from Boss Gal Beauty Bar! Just comment below to be entered. Winner will be chosen on Sunday, December 8.

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