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Reynoldsburg – Ohio Interesting Facts
Reynoldsburg is known as "The Birthplace of the Tomato". The tomato was 'born' in Reynoldsburg in the 19th century with the help of local favorite son Alexander W. Livingston. Livingston developed the 'Paragon Tomato', billed as the first ever tomato bred for commercial use. His legacy lives on in the Livingston House and Museum on Graham Road, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Homes.
The "Tomato Festival" is held each year in August, the festival celebrates Reynoldsburg's place in history as the "Birthplace of the tomato" and features all culinary incarnations of the fleshy red fruit, as well as tomato judging contests and lots of games, food, entertainment and fun.
To please your palate, the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual Taste of Reynoldsburg business expo. The event features area restaurants serving a variety of local favorites, as well as special guests for the kids including McGruff and Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog.
Visitors should not miss Blacklick Woods, a spacious metro park in Reynoldsburg. The park includes a four-mile walking and biking rail, open play areas, meadows, wildlife and a nature center. The park also has a 72 hole golf course.
Nearby Pine Quarry Park features extensive pine woodlands, a rocky gorge once used as a limestone quarry and more walking paths. Families can get active at Kennedy Park, which features four lighted tennis courts, ten baseball diamonds, playgrounds, a skate park and bicycle path. Right next door enjoy Huber Park with its footballs fields, soccer fields and a recreation path, which runs alongside Blacklick Creek.
Christmas on the Towne in Old Reynoldsburg features children's crafts, horse drawn carriage rides and a visit from St. Nick.
The city currently has six elementary schools, two middle schools, two junior high schools and one high school (Livingston Campus and Summit Campus). The high school and junior high school's mascot is the Raider (a pirate) and its colors are purple and gold.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Fire Academy and State Fire Marshal's office are also located in Reynoldsburg.
The rapper, Bow Wow, attended Hannah J. Ashton Middle School.
Mike Matheny grew up in Reynoldsburg before playing Major League Baseball for the following teams: Brewers, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Giants.
The Reynoldsburg Raider Marching Pride marched in the 2007 London New Year's Day Parade.
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Just for Fun-- Theatre at Otterbein University
My husband are and have been season ticket holders forthe past two seasons for Otterbeintheatre productions. The talent at Otterbein is just so diverse, it’s off the charts and production and costumes are very high quality as well. Some of the productions this year are; Rent, Much Ado About Nothing, Fiddler on The Roof. We feel Otterbein’s productions rival both the east and west coast, New York and Las Vegas productions. For $25 per ticket is a steal to see such wonderful talent local.
Story Trail Celebrates Diversity at Friendship Park
Posted on 5/11/2017
Gahanna Parks & Recreation will host a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, May 26 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Avenue to mark the opening of the Story Trail. This year’s story, The Friendship Bridge, celebrates the beauty of diversity as two young girls from different cultures meet on a bridge and form a lasting friendship.
The celebration will kick-off with a ribbon cutting, followed by an acoustic musical performance by Casey Redmond. During the event, the Gahanna Mobile Activities Center (GMAC) will be on site providing activities and games.
This year’s story trail is in collaboration with the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Gahanna Lincoln High School and is part of the Gahanna Library’s Summer Reading Program encouraging families to engage in the outdoors through reading throughout the summer.
“We are excited to collaborate with our partners on this year’s story trail which celebrates the diversity in our community,” said Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland. “This year’s theme is an extension of the rich history of Friendship Park, which was once home to one of the first African-American country clubs in the nation.”
The Friendship Bridge was written by students Emerson Fry, Najma Gureye, Frankie Nuss, Mikayla Barbe-Cox, Amun Jama and Natalie Fry. The story is beautifully illustrated by Alyssa Lee, a junior at Gahanna Lincoln High School. Lee’s artwork is best described as vector illustration, an industry standard used by design professionals for creating sequential imagery similar to the concepts used in storyboards, cartoons and graphic novels.
“I’m glad that I could do something for the City of Gahanna that will be seen and appreciated in the community as a whole,” said Alyssa Lee. “This project gave me real-word experience working as an illustrator – which has really helped me validate my interest in pursuing art as a career.”
The story is appropriate for readers of all ages. Storyboards are set low to the ground for children to explore each piece of framed art and the Ready to Read prompts are provided by the Gahanna library. Attendees can visit the story trail all summer and during park hours.
For more information about the story trail, contact the Gahanna Parks & Recreation department at 614.342.4250.
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