Oktoberfest, Kent, Ohio. September 26th

Most of Ohio’s many Oktoberfest celebrations have already taken place, but if you haven’t stuffed yourself with enough traditional German treats yet, head down to Franklin Street in Kent this Saturday.

The family friendly event features local restaurants setup on the street serving authentic German food such as brats, schnitzel, kraut, potatoes, fried bologna sandwiches, strudel, stuffed pretzels and more. Entertainment includes dancing, yodeling contests, games and more.

Performers include Polka Revolution, Dancers from the German Family Society, Vibrogroove, City of Invention and the Juke Hounds.

The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m.

Jody Victor

Zoar Village: History Tucked Away in East Central Ohio

Right under Ohioan’s noises is a very small village named Zoar. Like many who came to America, Zoar Village’s founders, known as The Society of Separatists of Zoar, came to escape religious persecution. These separatists, or Zoarites, traveled from Württemberg, Germany due to their differences in theology with the dominant Lutheran beliefs of the region.

The Zoarites founded their colony in 1817 on 5,000 acres of land they purchased without having first seen. The village struggled for many years to figure out how to best pay off the loans used to purchase the land. In the 1820’s the State of Ohio required that some of the community’s land be used as a right of way for the Ohio Erie Canal. The state gave the Zoarites two options: either the state would hire someone to dig the canal or pay the Zoarites for the digging labors themselves. The Zoarites were able to pay off their loans by helping to dig a portion of the Ohio Erie Canal.

After approximately eighty years of living as a communal society, in 1898, the village voted to disband the communal society and divided the land amongst the remaining residents.

Today much of the village has been restored by the local historical society and private owners. Some of the German-style village is operated as a museum and run costumed reenactors who will teach visitors about the agrarian, Zoarite way of life, while other buildings serve as shops, restaurants and private residences.The village also features the Historic Zoar Garden, a two and one half acre flower garden based on images of from the Book of Revelations and other religious allegory related to the Zoarites’ beliefs.

Zoar Village offers a variety of activities and tourist attractions as well as special events.

Did you know “zoar” is a word taken from the Bible meaning “place of refuge”?

~ Jody Victor

Those Were The Days

Jody Victor: Here’s what happened on this day, September 20, in history.

622 Mohammad’s Hegira
1519 Magellan starts 1st successful circumnavigation of the world
1565 Spaniards capture Fort Caroline Fla & massacre the French
1664 Maryland enacts 1st anti-amaglmation law to prevent widespread intermarriage of English women & black men
1777 Paoli massacre
1792 French defeat Prussians at Valmy
1797 US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
1830 First National Black convention meets (Phila)
1850 Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue
1854 British & French defeat Russians at Alma, in the Crimea
1859 Patent granted on the electric range
1860 First British royalty to visit US, Prince of Wales (King Edward VII)
1863 Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga, Tenn, ends
1873 Panic sweeps NY Stock Exchange (railroad bond default/bank failure)
1877 Chase National Bank opens in NYC (later merges into Chase Manhattan)
1879 President US Grant comes to SF for elaborate extended visit
1881 Chester A Arthur sworn in as president
1884 6.2 mile Arlberg railroad tunnel completed in Austria
1884 Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for Pres & VP
1902 Chic White Sox Jim Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
1907 Pitts Nick Maddox no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-1
1908 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Phila 1-0
1911 Yankees set team record 12 errors in a double header
1933 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2
1942 Gunther Hagg becomes world champ of all records from 1500m to 5000m
1945 German rocket engineers begin work in US
1948 Mexican Baseball league disbanded
1949 Tennis player Pancho Gonzales turns professional
1951 First North Pole jet crossing
1951 Ford Frick elected commissioner of baseball
1954 First FORTRAN computer program run
1954 First National People’s Congress adopts Chinese constitution
1954 Roger Bannister awarded Britain’s Silver Pears Trophy
1958 Baltimore Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0
1958 Martin Luther King Jr stabbed in chest by a deranged black woman in NYC
1960 UN General Assembly admit 13 African countries & Cyprus (96 nations)
1961 After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
1961 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26
1962 James Meredith is blocked from entering Miss U as its 1st black
1964 Paramount theater (NYC) presented the Beatles & Steve & Eydie
1966 US Surveyor B launched toward Moon; crashed Sept 23
1967 Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38
1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536
1969 Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Giants, 4-0
1970 Luna 16 lands on Moon’s Mare Fecunditatis, drills core sample
1972 Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney’s farm
1973 Billy Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
1973 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season
1975 David Bowie’s “Fame,” single goes #1 for 2 weeks
1975 Gary Sentman draws a record 176 lb longbow to a maximum 28¬” draw
1976 Playboy releases Jimmy Carter’s interview that he lusts for women
1976 Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion
1977 Voyager 2 launched for fly-by of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
1979 Bloodless coup in Central African Rep overthrows Emperor Bokassa I
1979 NASA launches HEAO
1980 Plaque dedicated in Thurman Munson’s memory at Yankee Stadium
1980 Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out
1981 Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal
1982 NFL players begin a 57 day strike
1983 3,112 turn out to see the Pirates play the NY Mets at Shea Stadium
1984 Suicide car bomb attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut
1985 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players
1985 Walt Disney World’s 200-millionth guest
1986 Wichita State Shockers blow a 35-3 lead; lose 36-35 to Morehead State
1987 Alain Prost wins record 28th Formula one auto race
1987 Walter Payton scores NFL record 107th rushing touchdown
1990 Both Germanys ratify reunification
1990 Saddam Hussein demands US networks broadcast his message

Jody Victor

Today In History

Jody Victor: Here’s what happened on this day, September 13, in history.

122 Building begins on Hadrian’s Wall
604 Sabinian begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1625 Rabbi Isiah Horowith & 15 other rabbis arrested in Jerusalem
1663 First serious slave conspiracy in colonial America (Virginia)
1759 Wolfe defeats Montcalm on Plains of Abraham; Canada becomes English
1788 New York City becomes capital of the United States
1789 First loan to US Govt (from NYC banks)
1849 First US prize fight fatality (Tom McCoy)
1867 Gen E R S Canby orders SC courts to impanel blacks jurors
1882 Britain invades Egypt
1883 Cleveland Hugh Daily no-hits Phila 1-0
1906 First airplane flight in Europe
1922 136.4øF (58ø C), El Aziziyah, Libya in shade (world record)
1925 Brookln Dodger Dazzy Vance no-hits Phillies, 10-1
1927 Waite Hoyt became the only 20 game winner of the 1927 Yankees
1928 KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
1932 NY Yankees clinch their 7th pennant
1936 Cleveland Bob Feller strikes out then record 17 in a game (vs Phila A’s)
1942 Cubs shortstop Leonard Merullo makes 4 errors in 1 inning
1942 German forces attack Stalingrad
1943 Chiang Kai-shek became president of China
1948 Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me) elected senator, 1st woman to serve in both houses of Congress
1949 Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in NYC
1959 USSR’s Luna 2 becomes 1st probe to contact another celestial body
1961 “Car 54 Where are You?” premiers on TV
1961 Unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 launched into Earth orbit
1963 “The Outer Limits” premiers
1963 Yankees clinch their 28th pennant
1965 Beatles release “Yesterday”
1965 Today Show’s 1st totally color broadcast
1965 Willie Mays hits his 500th HR
1970 IBM announces System 370 computer
1971 9 hostages & 28 prisoners die in take over at Attica State Prison
1971 Frank Robinson hits his 500th HR
1971 World Hockey Association formed
1973 ABC announces it obtained TV rights for the 1976 Olympics
1973 Congress passes & sends a bill to President Nixon to lift football’s blackout
1974 Phillies set NL record, using 27 players in a game, St Louis uses 24, tying record of 51. Phils win 7-3 in 17
1976 2nd Enterprise, approach & lands test (ALT) flight (5m28s)
1977 First TV viewer discretion warning-Soap
1977 2nd test of the Space Shuttle Enterprise
1978 NY Yankees win to gain sole possession of 1st place from 14 games back
1979 South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of S Afr)
1981 33rd Emmy Awards (Hill Street Blues big winner)
1981 April Moon sets women’s handbow distance record of 1,039 yds & 13″
1981 Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)
1981 John McEnroe beats Bj”rn B”rg for US Open title
1982 50 die in Spantax Airlines DC-10 on takeoff from Malaga, Spain
1982 Joe Lefevre gets 6 hits in one baseball game
1983 US mint strikes 1st gold coin in 50 years (Olympic Eagle)
1984 STS 41-G launch vehicle moves to launch pad
1985 John Williams introduces the new Today Show theme
1986 Bert Blyleven gives up a record 44 HRs in a season
1986 Kellye Cash (Miss Tennessee) crowned Miss America
1987 Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours
1988 10th time, 4 players hit baseball major-league record grand slams
1988 Hurricane Gilbert becomes strongest (26.13 barometer) hurricane in Western Hemisphere
1989 Fay Vincent named baseball commissioner
1990 Iraqi troops storm the residence of French ambassador in Kuwait
1990 Senate Judiciary Com opens hearing on confirmation of David Souter
1991 A 55 ton concrete beam falls in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium
1991 Joe Colemans 3rd 100 RBI season in a row 3 teams (Cleveland, SD & Toronto)

Jody Victor

It Happened Today

Jody Victor: Here’s what happened on this day, September 6, in history.

1620 Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth England to the New World
1628 Puritans land at Salem, from Mass Bay Colony, witches soon to settle
1839 Great fire in NY
1848 National Black Convention meets (Cleveland)
1853 Women’s Rights Convention met (NYC)
1862 Stonewall Jackson occupies Fredrick, Maryland
1863 After 59 day siege, confederates evacuate Ft Wagner, SC
1869 First westbound train arrives in SF
1869 Mine fire kills 179 at Avondale Pennsylvania
1873 Regular Cable Car service begins on Clay Street
1876 Race riot in Charleston SC
1876 Southern Pacific line from LA to SF completed
1883 Cub’s Burns (extra bases), Williamson & Pfeiffer get 3 hits in 1 inn
1899 Carnation processes its 1st can of evaporated milk
1903 Start of Sherlock Holmes “The Adventure of The Creeping Man” (BG)
1905 Atlanta Life Insurance Company established
1905 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith no-hits Detroit Tigers, 15-0
1909 Word received, Adm Peary discovers North Pole 5 months earlier
1910 Saskatchewan (then Regina) Roughriders football club formed
1912 NY Giant Jeff Tesreau no-hits Phila, 3-0
1913 First aircraft to loop the loop (Adolphe P‚goud-France)
1914 Battle of the Marne; Germans prevented from occupying Paris
1920 First radio broadcast of a prizefight
1924 Charles Paddock captures 100 & 200 yd AAU national senior outdoor track & field championships
1930 Brooklyn Dodgers beat Phillies 22-8
1941 All Jews over age 6 in German territories ordered to wear a star
1941 Jews of Vilna Poland are confined to a ghetto
1943 “Congressional Limited” train derails near Frankfort Pa, kills 79
1946 All-American Football Conference plays 1st game (Clev 44, Miami 0)
1948 Juliana becomes queen of the Netherlands
1949 Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes
1954 Yankees use a record 10 pinch hitters
1963 Major league baseballs 100,000th game
1966 “Star Trek” premiers on NBC TV
1966 Race riot in Atlanta Georgia
1968 Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1972 John & Yoko appear on Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
1973 NY Times reports almost all Superfectas run at Yonkers, Roosevelt & Monticello from Jan-Mar of 1973 were fixed
1975 6.8 quake along Anatolian Fault kills over 2,000 in Lice Turkey
1976 Russian pilot defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet
1978 Begin & Sadat meet at Camp David to discuss peace
1980 Chantal Langlace sets women’s record for fastest 100K run (7h27m22s)
1980 College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for Macalaster U of St Paul, Minn beating Mount Senario 17-14
1981 Bob Lemon named Yankee manager
1982 Paul McCartney releases “Tug of War”
1982 Polish dissidents seize the Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland
1983 USSR admits to shooting down KAL 007 on 9/2
1984 Today Show begins live remote telecasts from Moscow
1986 Barbra Streisand’s 1st live concert in 20 years
1986 USSR charges correspondent Nicholas Daniloff with spying
1987 Saskatchewan’s Dave Ridgway kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal
1988 Crippled soviet Soyuz TM-5 lands safely with 2 cosmonauts aboard
1989 Amateur Atheletic Fed strips Ben Johnson of all track records
1991 USSR recognizes independence of the 3 baltic republics

Jody Victor