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Apple Of Our Eye: 6 u-pick orchards around Columbus

Regina Fox

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Did you really go apple picking if you didn’t document it on social media? I cannot be sure. But, I do know that you’ll walk away from the patch with a bounty of beautiful, locally-grown produce and fond memories of a well-spent fall afternoon.

Which of these local farms will be the apple of your eye this autumn?

Lynd Fruit Farm | 9090 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala

This central Ohio agriculture institution is your one-stop-shop for crops during every season. The apple orchard is open on the weekends from September- October from 9am- 6pm.

The Orchard and Company | 7255 US-42, Plain City

I hope you’re hungry, because most varieties at The Orchard and Company are at their peak ripeness! Plan to spend an entire day onsite for wagon rides, a corn excavating pit, opportunities to meet furry farm friends, and many more ways to get your country kicks!

CherryHawk Farm Apple Orchard | 16220 Springdale Rd, Marysville

Come for the apples, stay for the sunflowers! At CherryHawk Farm, you can experience acres and acres of juicy red fruits while also indulging your eyes in a beautiful field of nodding sunflower heads.

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Windy Hill Apple Farm | 1740 Sportsman Club Rd NW, Newark

The opening day at Windy Hill Apple Farm/Charlie’s Apples is planned for September 28! This small commercial orchard located in the gently rolling hills of Licking County grows ten varieties of organic apples for your picking pleasure.

Legend Hills Orchards | 11335 Reynolds Rd, Utica

Hunt around for the perfect Honey Crisps, Fujis, and Galas while supplies last. Stock up on fall treats like maple syrup and beef jerky, or spruce up your home with gardening and decor goods!

Branstool Orchards | 5895 Johnstown-Utica Rd NE, Utica

Located just 45 minutes northeast of Columbus, Branstool Orchards is set in the scenic countryside of Utica, Ohio. While they may have lost their peach crop to a deep freeze back in January, the apple varieties are ready for picking! Sunflower field and children’s activities also offered.

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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 time.com/kid-places.

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Sonic Temple announces full lineup for 2020

Mike Thomas

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Update: Sonic Temple has announced the full lineup of performers for the 2020 edition of the fest. Check it out below, via the Sonic Temple Facebook page:

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Exit light, enter night: Sonic Temple Fest has announced all-time metal legends Metallica will grace the stage for the first time ever in 2020.

One of the "big four" of thrash metal, Metallica have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have sold more than 125 million albums worldwide. The group is currently the only act announced for the second year of the hard rock festival formerly known as Rock on the Range.

Sonic Temple 2020 is scheduled for May 15, 16, and 17 at Mapfre Stadium. Passes go on sale on October 14 at noon, with layaway options available. For more information, visit sonictemplefestival.com/.

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