Ohio Renaissance Festival

Venture back in to time to this 30-acre, re-made sixteenth Century English town and appreciate more than 400 years of fun in a solitary day! The celebration offers something for everybody highlighting about 100 shows day by day, more than 150 novel expressions and artworks shops, generous food and drink, recreations of aptitude and human-fueled rides to please all ages.

More than 150 costumed characters welcome you to the town! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your most loved knight to triumph in the exciting Full-reinforced Tournament Joust. Inviting you to a happy day in the town are dueling swordsmen, raucous privateers, nobles, laborers, and brave performers.

The sprawling scene is spotted with many special shops in the Medieval Marketplace including world-class craftsmans. See showings of glassblowing, blacksmithing, calfskin tooling, boot making, flame making, and gems making, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

The air is loaded up with the fragrances and scents of the food of the Renaissance. Devour like Royalty on delicious, monster cooked turkey legs, new heated bread bowls flooding with soups and stews, angle ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent broiled fresh corn, Bourbon chicken, and a wide assortment of fine beers and wines. There’s something for everybody’s taste buds!

Guests of any age will be entertained by the diversions of ability and human-fueled rides. Attempt your hand at bows and arrows and check whether you’re a cutting edge Robin Hood, or climb the manor tower and save the exquisite maiden in trouble.

Open throughout October

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.

Ohiolina Music Festival, Mount Vernon, Sept. 29-30

Celebrating its fifth year in 2017, the Ohiolina Music Festival celebrates music and culture from the Appalachian region stretching from Ohio to North Carolina. Listen to exceptional folk, rock, Americana and bluegrass as musicians fill the natural amphitheater with gorgeous sound.

Taste local and regionally-inspired menus and sip drinks from some of Ohio and North Carolina’s best breweries and wineries. Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with activities for all ages. Relax in a peaceful hideaway—a little bit remote, a little bit historic, it’s a quick weekend escape with lush landscapes and beautiful views. It’s quiet up there—except when the music is playing.

The venue is beautiful open-air pavilion that provides complete shelter from sun and rain. The park has trails, lakes, a climbable smokestack, and many other spaces to explore – we recommend taking full advantage of all the offerings!

The festival encourages people to bring their own instruments and jam. While there are not formally designated locations for an impromptu session, we encourage you to bring your instrument, find a spot in the park and get inspired.

Cincinnati Museum Center Presents: “Vikings: Beyond the Legend” Exhibition

Vikings have long been a part of pop culture in our country and are often depicted as brutish and violent – and while this imagery certainly has a basis in reality it is not the whole truth about Viking culture.

For those who are fascinated by these famous sailors and warriors, you may be interested in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s exhibition, “Vikings: Beyond the Legend.”

Experience a myth-busting exhibition that has captivated millions of people around the world, as the largest collection of Viking artifacts to visit North America comes to Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Museum Center invites patrons to explore the rich, often-misunderstood Viking culture through a rare collection of artifacts and fresh insights revealed through new archaeological discoveries that gives you a real look into the lives of Vikings and shows why they continue to capture our imagination.

“Vikings: Beyond the Legend” is a joint venture between and produced by The Swedish History Museum in Sweden and Museums Partner in Austria. The Roskilde 6 display is a joint venture between and produced by The National Museum of Denmark and Museums Partner

The exhibition will be on display through April, 2017.

Birds in Ohio

Considering our bitter winters, many Ohioans might be surprised to learn that winter time is actually prime birdwatching season for many beautiful species.

Many visitors come from Canada during winter when food up north is in shortage. These visitors can include grosbeaks, pine siskins, red and white-winged crossbills and common redpolls. All these feathered friends will make appearances at your average home birdfeeder.

In Ohio’s wide open spaces, where grasslands meet woodlands, snowbirds such as eagles, hawks and owls swoop in from as far away as the Artic tundra to captivate our winter-weary eyes. Although not common, more and more golden eagles are finding their way to Ohio skies in winter, drawn to the large tracts of reclaimed mine-land found throughout much of eastern and southeastern Ohio. As North America’s largest predatory bird, it averages 30 inches in length, features a 6.5-foot wingspan and weighs in at a whopping 10 pounds. Its dark brown plumage and intense dark eyes are offset by a black bill and claws, giving it a fierce appearance. Golden brown feathers on the head and nape of the neck give this awesome bird of prey its signature name.

A more familiar winter visitor to Ohio is the northern harrier. When in search of a meal, this hawk – with its 42-inch wingspan – puts on quite a show gliding slowly over open fields. Using a series of heavy wing beats, the northern harrier can hover just a few feet above its prey, providing birders excellent opportunities for observation. A well-known resident of the West, the northern harrier favors marsh, field and prairie habitats, Keep your eyes peeled as well for red-tailed hawks, one of Ohio’s most common raptors.

Owls are another perennial favorite among avian enthusiasts. And every winter, Ohio’s owl population temporarily expands from four species to seven as short-eared, long-eared and northern saw-whet owls join their saucer-eyed Buckeye brethren for the winter. The short-eared owl is the easiest to catch sight of because it is both diurnal and nocturnal, active from late afternoon through the morning hours. These owls roost almost exclusively on the ground in overgrown fields and along hedge rows, though it’s not unusual to see them perched on roadside fence posts.

Winter is visiting Ohio and so are the raptors! So put on your boots and hat, grab your binoculars and go looking for the big birds that don’t let a little winter weather keep them down.