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“Columbus’ oldest ghost stories, deepest secrets” revealed on 5 haunted tours

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Some folks choose to celebrate October with pumpkins, leaves, and beanies. Others choose to observe Spooktober with haunted houses, horror movies, and Halloween festivities.

If you identify with the latter camp, Columbus Landmarks has just the ticket. All through October, the local advocacy group is presenting ghost tours through Columbus’ most storied neighborhoods led by experts in the fields of history, architecture, and culture.

From the ghostly namesake of Neil Ave. to Scioto River’s “dark and bloody past,” these five ghost tours are sure to sprinkle a little scare throughout your spooky szn.

Ghosts of Neil Avenue Haunted Lantern Tour
Sunday, October 6 at 6:30pm
$20 Members/$25 Non-Members

The neighborhoods along Neil Avenue date from the death of William Neil, the owner of this vast land holding, to the birth of Ohio Mechanical and Agricultural College (OSU) in the 1870s-1880s. One hundred years later, during the area’s extensive renovations, stories began to emerge about ghostly happenings …and uninvited former inhabitants who don’t want to leave!

Join us for an informative and entertaining Haunted Lantern Walking Tour led by Doreen Uhas Sauer. Victorian architecture and the shadow of mature trees combine to create the perfect atmosphere for an evening stroll with authentic stories they have been collecting for decades. BUY TICKETS

Ghosts of South High Haunted Lantern Walking Tour
Thursday, October 10 at 6:30pm
Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30pm
$20 Members/$25 Non-Members

South High Street is deliciously close to the Scioto River’s dark and bloody past, and to some of Columbus’s oldest ghost stories and deepest secrets. Join us for an atmospheric walking tour and hear how the river’s chilling influence has set the tone for ghost stories involving forgotten funeral homes, a bakery with an unnerving mystery, and an old school that watches over all the neighborhood mysteries. BUY TICKETS

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Haunted Spirits Tavern Tour
Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30pm
$25 Members/$30 Non-Members

The perfect combination of tavern tour and walking tour with stops at one-of-a-kind gathering places where you can enjoy a beverage (on you) and some nibbles (on us.) Doreen Uhas Sauer and Tom Betti, co-authors of Historic Columbus Taverns, will weave in stories of unsolved murders, forgotten burial grounds, smoldering passions, and scandalous gossip.

Tour begins in Thurber’s Bar in the Westin Great Southern Hotel, 310 S. High St., and continues to nearby, mysterious locations. BUY TICKETS

Ghosts of Town-Franklin Haunted Lantern Tour
Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30pm
Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30pm
$20 Members/$25 Non-Members

Our most popular haunted lantern tour on the most beautiful 19th century street downtown happens to be in the most haunted neighborhood – Town-Franklin. This nexus of restless spirits has provided Columbus Landmarks with a collection of ghost stories that are certain to send a shiver up your spine! 

Each building seems to have a story—the spirits that hated the painters, the dark presence of a man who has never fully been explained, a tragic death, a party-loving woman in a pink gown, a presence who waits for a ride that never comes, and a “ghost light” on a stage managed by a ghost. Meet at the Topiary Park Gatehouse on Town Street; parking available at meters on East Town Street. BUY TICKETS

Autumn Walk at Green Lawn Cemetery
Sunday, November 3 at 2pm
$10 Members/$15 Non-Members

Join us for perhaps the loveliest seasonal walk of the year through Columbus’s preeminent Victorian cemetery. Columbus Landmarks and Friends of Green Lawn partner to provide quarterly walks to help support the missions of these two preservation-minded nonprofits. In addition to learning about the botanical and wildlife features found within this 200 year old cemetery, this fall walk will also cover some of our favorite 19th century stories of notable and forgotten lives, architecture, and symbolism.  BUY TICKETS

When I'm not weaving a beautiful tapestry of words, I'm likely digging through jewels and vinyls at an antique shop near you.

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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap

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Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

See other flight options here.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

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It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at www.toasttab.com/cosecha-cocina/v3 and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

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With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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