3 Ohio Trails Under 1 Mile

Thinking of taking the whole family on a hike? Worried that the kids or other family members might not be able to handle the trail? These three trails will get you and your family active this summer despite age or ability. They all fall in at under 1 mile and will provide everyone with fresh air and beautiful scenery.

Cattail Trail, Garfield Park Reservation
This short but gorgeous .2 mile trail in the Cleveland Metroparks has not only wild flowers and wildlife, but also includes beautiful 1930’s stonework you’ll observe while hiking. The trailhead is near the park maintenance center on Garfield Parkway.

Jane Coates Wildflower Trail, Put-In-Bay
This one might take a little more planning, but the Jane Coates Wildflower Trail, South Bass Island, Put-In-Bay, is a hidden treasure. The .5 mile loop features a unique variety of wildflowers and migratory songbirds. This easy, breath-taking hike can add some spice to any Lake Erie adventure. The trail head is located at 1962 Put-In-Bay Road.

Indian Mound Reserve Trails, Cedarville
The Indian Mound Reserve in Cedarville features more than one under-one-mile trail. While all of the 166 acres are beautiful, Cedar Cliff Falls can be reached via the Upper Rim Trail which is just over half a mile long.

Small Town, Big Adventure

Loudonville is sleep town tucked away in the forests of Mohican Country. Don’t let its size fool you however—it might have more outdoor attractions than any other small town in Ohio. Between its natural scenery, history and activities you’ll find something for everyone.
If you are looking for an easy-going water adventure the canoes, kayaks and tubes at the Loudonville Canoe Livery and River Room might just be the ticket. If you are looking for something dryer, the Mohican State Park, noted as one of the most beautiful in Ohio, has plenty of trails available.

Besides its many foot trails there are 22 miles of bride trails and 25 miles of biking trails. If you are looking for an extended stay in Loudonville the cabins, cottages and primitive camping sites at the State Park are a great option. There is also a not to be missed waterfall the Big Lyons Falls, if you are up for the moderate to difficult 2 mile round trip hike. The park also includes the historic Wolf Creek Gist Mill which was built around 1831. Tours of the mill and the reconstructed 1800’s era log cabins are available.
If you are looking for something a bit more modern and indoors the quaint downtown includes plenty of local shops and restaurants (the most well-known being the Hanover House Diner). There is also the Cleo Red Fisher Museum all about the frontier, industrial and forest history of the town.

Whether you are looking for a day trip or an extended vacation with plenty to do, look no further than this tiny Ohio town.

Sauder Village Quilt Show May 1-6

This will be historic Sauder Village’s 42nd annual Quilt Show. This show pays homage to the adept abilities of craftspeople and quilters from all over the Midwest. During the almost week-long show there will be hundreds of the regions finest quilts will be on full-length display, which will truly demonstrate the intricate and labor intensive work it takes to make a quilt. There will also be music, demonstrations as well as workshops guest artists.

Erie Sauder, in 1976, built the living-history village of Sauder. He was of a mind to build a reminder of the pioneering spirit of Ohio’s settlers. He wanted to create something lasting that would demonstrate the values that were used in the founding our country.

The experience available at Sauder Village takes people out of their quickly paced modern lives and brings them into a world that was founded on slow mastering of vocations (like quilting). Sauder Village offers families to unplug and engage with each other. And Sauder Village is the perfect place to do it as Ohio’s largest living history museum.

A Festival of Dance

The all-state dance organization, OhioDance, is about to unleash the power and beauty of their artform on Columbus through their annual festival. The festival is sponsored in part by the OSU Dept. of Dance. The festival includes discussions, classes and of course performances over its three days. All events will take place at the OSU Dept. of Dance studios and Barnett Theatre.

The theme for this year’s meeting of dancers is “Pathways from Past to Present”. This theme will focus on the connections dancers, choreographers and other dance-related thinkers can make connections between tradition and cultural history and making them relevant again through modern dance forms.

While many famous names will appear at the conference, not many are as recognized as Karen Hubbard. Hubbard is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of N. Carolina. Hubbard teaches vintage jazz dance and has taught and performed all over the globe—she went spent time studying African and Kenyan dance through a Fullbright Scholarship to the University of Nairobi.

The conference takes place from April 27-29, 2018

Check out the website for more details. http://ohiodance.org/festival/

“Eyewitness Views” an Exhibit Mixing Art and History at the Cleveland Museum of Art

The new exhibition “Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth Century Europe” is unique. It only includes paintings that are faithful representations of the original location the painting is modeled after and the painting a contemporary historical event. Throughout this period many royalty and other upper-class patrons commissioned these paintings as remembrances of the hallmarks in their personal and professional lives. Thus, these paintings capture the drama, rituals and rare occurrences of a long-gone time.

The finely detailed paintings include well known landmarks and monuments in places like Warsaw, Paris, Rome and Venice along with many other famous, old-world locations. The artists include the likes of Bellotto, Canaletto, Guari and Panini. They are painstakingly have captured what life was like during those times and the details of the occasions of their subjects.

Tours of Eyewitness Views are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. through May 6, 2018. Exhibition ticket required.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.