Lake Snowden, Albany OH, September 15-17: The Ohio PawPaw Festival

The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is a fun-filled and educational community event celebrating one of America’s largest native tree fruits, the Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). This three-day event highlights the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through delectable foods, quality entertainment, unique arts, crafts and local businesses throughout southeastern Ohio and beyond.

Asimina triloba, the papaw, pawpaw, paw paw, paw-paw, or common pawpaw, is a small deciduous tree native to the eastern United States and Canada, producing a large, yellowish-green to brown fruit.

Special events at the festival include competitions for the best pawpaw, best pawpaw-related work of art, pawpaw cook-off, and the ever-popular pawpaw-eating contest. An energetic family environment is created by Kids Central, which provides a wide range of hands-on activities. The Main Stage is host to some of the best musicians and performers in our region. A full line-up of presentations and activities cover pawpaw growing, cooking, genetics, medical use and other topics related to sustainability.

Historic Fort Steubenville Celebrates the Constitution September 11th-22nd

All through the summer of 1787, in closed sessions in Philadelphia, the delegates to the Federal Convention discussed, debated, and redrafted the articles of a new Constitution for the United States. How much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected were among the many questions to be resolved. The representatives of each state had to balance their individual state’s concerns with those of the nation as a whole.

These issues and many more are highlighted in the annual exhibit, Celebrate the Constitution: 230 Years. The display commemorates the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and provides information on the history of the document and the men who signed it and the importance of the Bill of Rights. It also offers visitors the opportunity to sign a replica of the Constitution and watch a movie depicting the lively proceedings of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Activity sheets and a scavenger hunt are available for youngsters and pocket constitutions are on sale.

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

Cincinnati Museum of Art

The Cincinnati Museum of art presents a unique exhibit consisting of Victorian era and early 20th century art—created by so-called armatures.

View extraordinary examples of art created by self-taught or minimally trained artists between 1800 and 1925. The exhibition features more than 60 works. Included are rare and very fine portraits by such artists as Ammi Phillips and John Brewster, Jr.; vivid still lifes, allegorical scenes and landscapes, whimsical trade signs and figure and animal sculptures. In total, these works illustrate the ingenuity and breadth of American creative expression during a period of significant political, social, and cultural change in the United States.

This exhibition is drawn from the Barbara L. Gordon Collection, and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. As a special feature, approximately 30 equally noteworthy examples of folk art, drawn from private collections in the region, supplement this exhibition.

The exhibition runs from June 10, 2017 – September 3, 2017.

Zucchinifest: Obetz, Ohio

Obetz, OH presents its annual Zucchinifest starting today, August 24th. The festival is free to attend and features free concerts. But most importantly everything zucchini!

Entertainment includes a nationally known act at Fortress Obetz on Saturday, while local artists will perform at the “Your Stage” throughout the weekend. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring the Columbus Zoo, COSI and bluegrass music performances.

The midway will include rides and games for all, as well as over 20 food vendors with theme appropriate food like zucchini ice cream, fried zucchini, zucchini fritters, zucchini funnel cakes—basically, more zucchini than you can shake a stick at! There are also dozens of arts and crafts vendors offering unique items for sale.

Prizes are awarded for biggest zucchini; smallest zucchini; most unusual; and, best dressed. Local culinary skills will be tested in the categories of dessert, relish, and zucchini bread in the culinary competition.

There is something for everyone at the Obetz Zucchinifest!

Breweriana: America’s Beer Brewing History in Coshocton, OH

The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum’s Breweriana exhibit is one of the largest displays dedicated to the history of beer in America. Consequently, the exhibit is a must-see, not only for its historical value but for its wonderful graphic art. The special exhibit Breweriana—Preserving the History of the American Brewing Industry portrays America’s brewing past through industry packaging and advertising over the past 130 years.

The diversity of items will quench your thirst for beauty, history, wit and comedy. Coshocton County is eminently suited to host such an extensive and unique display of brewing advertising.

The specialty advertising industry was launched in Coshocton in 1884, and in 1890 a Coshocton company developed the process of printing on metal. Their biggest customer was the beer and whiskey manufacturers. Artists and lithographers flocked to the town to paint the illustrations—handsome couples, smart dogs, beautiful women and funny people—all drinking beer. They also showed how prosperous the breweries were by the plume of smoke blowing from their stacks.

The term “Breweriana” refers to any article containing a brewery name or brand name, particularly collectibles. Hundreds of breweries will be represented by a wide array of objects from tin signs and trays to cans, bottles, coasters and taps. Most of the breweries are long gone, but visitors will recognize the names of the cities and small towns where they once thrived.