Shrum Mound, Columbus OH

Shrum Mound is one of the last ancient burial mounds of the cone-shaped variety in Columbus, Ohio. It is located in Campbell Park. It is a Native American burial mound created about 2,000 years ago by pre-Columbian Native Americans from the Adena culture. The mound is 20 feet high and about 100 feet around.

The mound is named of the Shrums who once owned a farm on the land where the mound is found. The Shrums donated the land. Campbell Park is named for James E. Campbell, late Ohio governor, who donated surrounding lands that were turned into Campbell Memorial Park. Campbell was Governor from 1890-1892.

One of the last remaining ancient conical burial mounds in the city of Columbus, Shrum Mound was constructed about 2,000 years ago by the Adena people. The mound is named for the donors, the Shrum family. The park is named for James E. Campbell, governor of Ohio from 1890 to 1892.

The Ohio History Connection, caretakers of the mound, removed about 18 trees located on the top of the mound in 2015 in order to preserve the mound. Their concern was that if storms caught the trees and uprooted them this would destroy the mound.


Topiary Garden, Old Deaf School Park, Columbus, Ohio

The Topiary Garden Park is located in downtown Columbus in the Discovery District and is built on the site where the Old Deaf School Park used to reside. Though it has become known by its new name the park dates back to the early 1800’s, when it was part of the campus of the adjacent Deaf School.

Today the Topiary Garden of Old Deaf School Park is one of kind—not only in the state or country, but in the world.  The garden is a living model of Georges Seurat’s post-Impressionist painting called “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte”.

It would be many years after the painting in 1989 when Columbus native and artist James T. Mason and artist Elaine Mason, James’ wife would conceive of and sculpt the 3D, living model of Seurat’s painting. The artificial pond (meant to be the river Seine) and the artificial hills were installed later in the year after the sculpting was complete.

In the years since its inception the garden has been the subject of numerous articles, books and documentaries. It has been covered by Life, The Wall Street Journal the BBC and National Geographic.

The recommended viewing season is April to November as this is when the garden is in full bloom.


Salt Cave Therapy in Columbus, OH

Unless you are on the cutting edge of spa technology you’ve probably not heard of salt caves and Halotherapy, but it is something you’ll probably just have to experience for yourself. And you won’t have to journey to the center of the earth to find it.

Salt caves are the unique new relaxation experience. The claimed benefits of Halotherapy range from anxiety to asthma. Columbus, OH is the home of a new salt cave, named Tranquility Salt Cave. Claims state that a 45-minute relaxation experience will calm your mind and rejuvenate your sinuses.

These caves are typically man-made. This cave is lined with Himalayan salt (yea, that pinkish orange kind that is so popular these days. The floors are made of packed, granulated salt of the same type.

Other conditions supposedly relieved by Halotherapy include coughs, congestion, Eczema and Dermatitis. It is claimed to improve lung functioning, sleep disorders, stress, anxiety, and depression.

This particular salt cave is also decorated with rock salt lamps and large boulders intended to enhance the salt experience.

The therapy includes cozying up with a blanket and deep breathing all while relaxing in a zero gravity chair.

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.

Experience the World of Bonsai Trees at the Columbus Conservatory

The Conservatory’s tropical bonsai collection is showcased within a serene, Japanese-inspired garden in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. This year, Wabi-Sabi—the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature—serves as the underlying theme for the show. Additional hardy bonsai trees are on display in an outdoor courtyard.

Bonsai is a Japanese art form using trees grown in containers. Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation for the viewer, and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity for the grower. By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food or for medicine.

A bonsai is created beginning with a specimen of source material. This may be a cutting, seedling, or small tree of a species suitable for bonsai development. Bonsai can be created from nearly any perennial woody-stemmed tree or shrub species that produces true branches and can be cultivated to remain small through pot confinement with crown and root pruning. Some species are popular as bonsai material because they have characteristics, such as small leaves or needles, that make them appropriate for the compact visual scope of bonsai.

You experience the deep, contemplative tradition of bonsai until Sunday, November 12th 2017 at the Columbus Conservatory.