Sunday, March 30, 2014
Celebrate Akron General's 100th Anniversary while enjoing an active lifestyle for you and your family with the Akron General Birthday Bash Dash 5K taking place in Stow this August! The race is part of the Stow Summer Sunset Blast, and is a benefit for Akron General's Muffins For Mammograms program, which helps uninsured and underinsured women qualify for a free mammogram. Each participant in the 5K will receive a "birthday" muffin, a 100th Anniversary t-shirt, and a birthday hat! Kids and walkers are welcome to join in on the fun. Winners in each age group will be awarded "birthday" gifts, and refreshments will be provided!
When: Saturday, August 30
Time: 8:00 AM Registration, 9:00 AM Race Start, 10:00 AM Post-Race Event
Where: Stow City Hall (start/finish) 3760 Darrow Rd, Stow
Katie Stambaugh is a local Ohio blogger who writes on "Life Is Katetastic" about everything from crafting to cooking to running 31 races in a single year (believe it or not - she puts our 20 races in a year to shame!). Recently, Katie shared with us a post about her involvement in Akron's Blondes Vs. Brunettes Powder Puff Flag Football Competition to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Akron, Canton & Youngstown! She is a returning champion from 2013's event, and she will serve as a coach this upcoming May. Read about the cause below, and consider making a domation to her team!
What in the world am I talking about?????
Blondes Vs Brunettes Powder Puff Football, that’s what!!!!
This super fun event was created with one purpose in mind: help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, a disease that I, unfortunately, know way too much about first hand. As most of my readers know, my grandmother Bubu has been fighting a losing battle with this disease for over a decade, and while it has been crippling to her, it has also been very crippling to our family.
Each one of us has been forced to deal with this disease in our own way, yet we all have been able to come together to volunteer and participate in the events that the Association has to help raise funding toward research and to help find a cure to such a nasty, nasty disease. Each year we have one of the largest teams at the Boardman area Memory Walk, an event that raises thousands and thousands of dollars every single year. It is an honor to be a part of such a cool event and to walk with Bubu’s Bunch. We also are active participants in the Forget Me Not Gala each spring…an event where my mother was honored as the Inspiration Award Winner a few years back. Still so proud of you, Mom!
When I was approached last year about participating in the newly created Blondes Vs Brunettes football game, I didn’t think twice about signing up. You’re telling me I get to break out my competitive side AND raise money for a charity that means so much to me???? Yes, please! The game was an absolute blast….not only did the Brunettes win, but the Association raised over $10,000! Yeah, buddy!
A collage of our favorite readers donning the official OHventures shirt!
Below, you can see some of the fun places the shirts have been popping up, and a collection of selfies and "thumbs ups" that were inspired by those who wore them!
Consider joining the trend and getting your very own shirt! Male and female shirts are available with the above design for a cost of just $15 (plus shipping if applicable). You can order your shirt directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org along with your size, gender, and address!
Creator Mike Evans wearing the OHventures shirt!
A photo of the shirts when they first arrived - right out of the box!
Mike Evans modeling the shirt
An animation created for the OHventures homepage.
OHventures friend Mathew wearing his shirt at the Arnold Pump & Run
Fellow blogger Diane of Just Humor Me bringing OHventures to the West Coast, pictured at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco!
OHventures contributor for all things Toledo, Steve giving us a thumbs up with his shirt!
Our good friend Emily wearing the OHventures shirt at the Christmas Story 5K in Cleveland
Former OHventurer Of The Week Ryan taking a quick OHventures selfie!
My family (and Slider) supporting OHventures!!
Fellow blogger and runner, Katie, of Life Is Katetastic, smiling pretty for OHventures!
OHventures contributor (Mud Ninja) Corey giving TWO thumbs up for the shirt!
Our friend and Team OHventures Member Rachel showing off her OHventures pride!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Race organizers recently announced their plans for the race expo to be held within the walls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, America’s Premier Sports Showcase on Saturday April 26th, 2014. Participants will enter the museum and follow a path that takes them through the history of professional football. Expo vendors will be strategically placed throughout the hall amongst exhibits that range from the earliest uniforms to the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
"Our goal has been, and continues to be, to provide a truly unique experience for our race participants,” stated Executive Race Director Jim Chaney. “The expo will be vastly different from the traditional convention center approach. The amount of interactive exhibits and historical artifacts that participants will view are second to none."
Following the expo / tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, participants will enter Fawcett Stadium, where the full finish line experience will be set up. Event shirts and bibs will be picked up in the stadium. You can end the day with an NFL Combine Experience hosted by the YMCA of Central Stark County. As a part of their Healthy Kids Day Program, kids will have the opportunity to participate in the same events that college athletes participated in at the NFL Combine plus some added in just for fun. Activities will include the 40-yard dash, extra point attempt, passing accuracy, tackling drill and even the best touchdown dance of the day.
1. Brew Your Own Beer at North High Brewing
2. Make Your Own Wine at Camelot Cellars
3. Create Your Own Candle at The Candle Lab
4. Paint Your Own Artwork at Colors & Bottles
5. Craft Your Own Pottery at Clay Cafe
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Photos by OHventures
1288 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Homemade beer is becoming more and more popular these days, with a growing number of people setting up at-home basement kitchens and makeshift microbreweries to concoct their very own sudsy beer. But, to do it right, that requires a great deal of expensive equipment that some people might not be comfortable purchasing. Thankfully, if you want to become a brewmaster for a day, your wish can come true at North High Brewing, a brand spanking new brewery located smack dab in the middle of the bustling Short North neighborhood of Columbus!
We are living in a day of age where the "me" mentality reigns supreme - everyone wants everything personalized and hands on. Creativity and customization are sought after in every aspect of life. And we at OHventures are no strangers to this. We love giving things our own signature stamp of approval! So why shouldn't that apply to our favorite things - like BEER? At North High Brewing, this is all possible!
With North High Brewing's Owner, Gavin Meyers
OHventures had its first encounter with North High Brewing as part of the Columbus Brew Adventures Downtown Brewery Tour last fall. Here, we met owner Gavin Meyers, whose personality is larger than life and his passion for what he does certainly shines whenever he talks. Gavin told us over a large crowd gathered in the bar (a regular sight at North High Brewing) about the recent renovations that went into creating the brewery. He explained every intricacy found within the bar - from the stools, to the window sills, to the table tops. All of the parts and pieces of the bar have a cool background story that is half the fun of visiting.
The star of the show is of course the beer itself, so we took the opportunity to taste-test about 4 different beers on this trip. My favorite was the was the rich, dark chocolate milk stout that reminded me a lot of coffee. It was mighty tasty, and left quite an impression (in more ways than one - it is 6% alcohol after all).
Recently, OHventures made a special return visit to North High Brewing to have a more intimate and one-on-one experience with Gavin, and so we could taste test TEN of the beers that are brewed special at NHB! Some of the highlights from our tasting experience were as follows (descriptions taken from the official site):
- Filthy McNasty - Russian Imperial Stout - ABV 8.1% :: IBUs 50: A beer of pure decadence and excess. While this style was originally brewed by a London brewer for export to the queen of Russia, this beer isn't going anywhere. Sit down and let it warm up. Enjoy notes of coffee, chocolate, sweet malt and boozy warmth. A nice hop balance and presence makes this a beer to savor.
- Brown Ale - ABV 4.8% :: IBUs 24: This Northern English Ale is sweet, biscuity and full bodied. The color is a direct reflection of the style and the low ABV makes this a great game day beer.
- Wee Heavy Ale - ABV 8.0% :: IBUs 25: Sing it with me now: I love scotch! Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down. Down into my belly.. With a prominent amount of honey, this beer is boozy, smokey, caramelly and delicious.
- Double IPA - ABV 7.3% :: IBUs 115: A bit sweeter than your average double. This has a bit of residual sugars from the malt. Generous hop additions clear your palate and leave you with a citrus hop bitterness. A double IPA that can be enjoyed by all.
- Oldford - Porter - ABV 6.8% :: IBUs 37: Deep and roasty, silky and smooth. This porter brewed with molasses will leave dark beer drinkers wanting nothing more.
- Pale Ale - ABV 5.5% :: IBUs 46: Light in color but not in hop presence. The citrusy sweet hop presence makes this beer a gateway to the world of hops.
Drinking a slew of beers from North High Brewing
For those wondering, I did not finish all of these samples alone - I had help from my trusty sidekicks Matt and Jess (the same folks who went paddleboarding with me last summer). We were all rather satisfied by pretty much all of the beers here at North High Brewing and couldn't wait to learn more about how we could make our very own!
Making our own beer on site is high on our Buckeye Bucket List - and it seems like a ton of people had the same idea. In the back room, behind the bar, dozens of brewmasters in training were circled around copper vats, creating their beer by hand, with what looked like pretty in-depth step-by-step instructions. Because of how popular the brewing opportunity is here at North High Brewing, Matt, Jess, and I were not able to get our hands dirty that evening. Like all people interested in brewing beer, we had to schedule in advance so that we could reserve one of the kettles! That said, we will be reporting step-by-step later on this Spring when we have our turn!
If you are also interested in scheduling a brewing experience, visit the North High Brewing Calendar to find an open slot.
To address some of the basics on the process: your brewing experience will yield around 15 gallons of beer (nearly a keg), which equates to approximately 140 12-oz. bottles or 80 22-oz. bottles. It takes about 2-3 hours for the initial brewing, which will then take 2 weeks to ferment (this "wait" time.until it is ready will vary depending on the type of beer you make). You then return and bottle the beer and label it!
Stay tuned to learn more, and in the meantime, stop by North High Brewing to taste one of the 30 beers on tap, or to schedule your appointment!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The following is a post that can be found in its entirety on Discovering Ohio, the Ohio Division of Tourism's official blog. OHventures partners with Discovering Ohio and contributes monthly articles. This post was written by Discovering Ohio blogger Holly Hammersmith. We wanted to include it here due to our love of the Lodi Station Outlets!
Since moving to Cleveland a little more than two years ago, one of my favorite day trips has become the Lodi Station Outlets in Burbank, Ohio.
This charming outlet mall is home to more than 60 stores and two vintage locomotives - making an excursion here both family-friendly and perfect for anyone who enjoys finding a good deal!
This outlet mall includes more than 300,000 square feet of stores and retail brands such as the Gap Outlet, Aerpostale, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, The Children’s Place, The Jockey Store, Pendleton, the Bath & Body Outlet and more!
In addition to shopping, a full-service dining hall is on-site featuring well-known eateries such as Auntie Anne’s and Subway.
There is also a special “candy station” for children in the dining hall and the Caboose Corner - a gift shop featuring Lodi Station T-Shirts, coffee mugs, train engineer hats and more.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Photo by OHventures
The 147th Annual Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade began at 1:04 at the intersection of Superior Avenue and East 18th Street and had approximately 13,000 marchers on the two-mile, two-hour route around town!
But the adult fun was more up my speed - loads of green beer, Irish car bombs and shots of Jameson paired with feet-stomping Celtic punk and folk jigs complete with bagpipes, fiddles and bodhrans! The strip of bars and pubs tucked away in the East 4th Street Neighborhood (pictured above) was definitely THE place to be for all the March madness. And the best place in the 4th Street Neighborhood on St. Patty's Day is the Cleveland House of Blues. I was bouncing around in a crowd full of gawdy green garb while bands like Boys From The County Hell and the Prodigals played.
Next year, take it upon yourself to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Cleveland. You won't be disappointed.