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Tour de Columbus: A Two-Wheeled Tour of Columbus Taco Trucks

July 11th, 2011

A group of bicyclists toured Columbus, Ohio in a unique way on Saturday riding their bikes to various taco trucks around the area to sample the trucks’ culinary offerings. The event (co-sponsored by Columbus Yelp, Columbus Food Adventures, Elevator Brewing, Hal & Al’s, Columbus Rides Bikes Blog, Franklinton Cycleworks and Yay Bikes!) was called “Yelp On Two Wheels: A Taco Truck Tour!” (5 photos)

Bicyclists dismount near the Little Mexico taco truck.
Riders dismount near the Little Mexico taco truck during the Yelp on Two Wheels Taco Truck Tour. Proceeds from the event went to local bike advocacy organization Yay Bikes! (Photo by: Raymond George (flickr))

Scioto Mile at Night

July 11th, 2011

The Scioto Mile opened to the public last week and now offers dining, entertainment and recreation along the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Bicentennial Park, in the hub of the mile, will offer live music and movies throughout the summer. (9 Photos)

A view of the Columbus skyline from the Scioto Mile. The buildings reflect off the calm Scioto River.
A view of the Columbus skyline from the Scioto Mile. The buildings reflect off the calm Scioto River. (Photo by: Thomas Bradley/WOSU)

Olentangy Trail at Fifth Street

July 9th, 2011

Popular with runners and bikers, the Olentangy Trail runs along the Olentangy River from Worthington Hills (to the North) to Downtown.

a cyclist crosses under the fifth street underpass on the olentangy trail
A cyclist passes under Fifth Street on the Olentangy Bike Trail on the afternoon of July 9, 2011. As the trail approaches downtown south of the Ohio State University campus, it runs alongside Highway 315 and passes under an intricate series of bridges and underpasses. (Photo by: Adam Schweigert/WOSU)

The Thurmanator

July 9th, 2011

The Thurman Cafe has been serving up some of Columbus’ best burgers at their location in German Village since 1942. “The Thurmanator” is one of their most distinctive creations but they also serve an array of other burgers, sandwiches and coney dogs. Who do you think makes the best burger in Columbus? Leave a comment or submit your photos and let us know!

The Thurmanator burger from Thurman Cafe in German Village Columbus
According to the Thurman Cafe's menu, "The Thurmanator" consists of (from bottom): bottom bun, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle, banana peppers, 12 ounce burger, bacon, cheddar, another 12 oz burger, sautéed mushrooms & onions, ham, mozzarella & American cheese, top bun and is served with fries. (Photo by: Cellular Immunity (flickr))

Sunset Over The Scioto

July 8th, 2011

A view of the Scioto River in Upper Arlington at sunset. (submitted by: @L_usernamehere on Twitter)

sunset over the scioto river with ducks
Geese swim in the Scioto River at sunset in this photo taken on July 30, 2009. (Photo by: Chris Sanese (flickr))

Germain Amphitheater In Ruins

July 8th, 2011

Germain Amphitheater (previously known as Polaris Amphitheater) closed in 2007 and has yet to find a buyer. Photographer Cary Whitt recently shot an exceptional series of photos documenting the current state of the buildings on the property, many of which have fallen into extreme decay. All photos (except the first) are by Cary Whitt and are used with permission. (8 Photos)

Germain Ampitheater main stage now covered in graffiti
The main stage of Germain Amphitheater which once hosted some of the biggest names in music for 20 to 30 shows a year now sits silent and graffiti covered. (Photo by: Cary Whitt)

Gahanna Resident Turns Stained Glass Hobby Into New Career

July 8th, 2011

Gahanna resident Carletta Price created stained glass windows for her church, Mount Carmel Community Baptist. The project developed into a second career for Price who is retired from General Motors. Listen to Price’s story in this piece by WOSU’s Mandie Trimble.

a stained glass window by Carletta Price
A stained glass window created by Gahanna resident Carletta Price for Mount Carmel Community Baptist church. (Photo by: Ally Marotti/WOSU)

Scioto Mile Downtown Park Opens Tonight

July 7th, 2011

The much anticipated opening of the Scioto Mile along the Columbus waterfront takes place tonight (July 7, 2011). Expect the sidewalks along the river to be full, the fountains to be lit and the new pavilion stage in Bicentennial Park to be brimming with entertainment for the next few days. (4 Photos)

Scioto Mile Fountain
The Scioto Mile Fountain at the entrance of Bicentennial Park divides the pavilion view with waves of water. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)

Camelot Cellars Grand Re-Opening

July 7th, 2011

Boutique winery Camelot Cellars celebrated their grand re-opening on July 6, 2011 following a renovation of their location on North High Street in Columbus’ Short North neighborhood. (8 Photos)

two wine glasses with camelot cellars chardonnay flight
Patrons enjoy a sampling of Camelot Cellars' wines at the re-opening of their High Street location on July 6, 2011, Pictured here is Camelot's Chardonnay flight, a sampler of their different types of Chardonnay produced by the winery. (Photo by: Thomas Bradley/WOSU)

Columbus From The Air

July 6th, 2011

The City of Columbus as viewed from an airplane. The Ohio State University campus is in the foreground (with The Oval prominent in the lower left) with downtown in the distance.

Columbus Ohio as viewed from an airplane
Columbus as viewed from above. (Photo by: Père Ubu (flickr))

Fireworks Light Up the Sky

July 5th, 2011

Fireworks display in Clintonville, Ohio on July 4, 2011. For more than 50 years, Clintonville has been lighting up the sky with their spectacular fireworks show, attracting Columbus-area residents for this annual celebration of our nation’s independence.

Clintonville fireworks (Photo by: Gus Dahlberg (flickr))

Freedom, Independence; Happy 4th of July

July 4th, 2011

Happy Independence Day! Columbus celebrates the red, white and blue with parades in the Short North, Victorian and Italian villages. Fireworks will light up the Columbus skyline tonight in Franklin County townships: Bexley, Clintonville, Gahanna, Hilliard, New Albany, Upper Arlington, Westerville and Worthington.

An American flag backdrop (Photo by: Keenan Browe (flickr))

Columbus Clippers and the Louisville Bats; Battle for Ohio

July 3rd, 2011

Huntington Park is home to the Columbus Clippers, Columbus’ minor league baseball team. The Clippers are the Triple-A affiliate for the Cleveland Indians, and are in the middle of a three-game series against the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate for the Cincinnati Reds.

huntington park
A view from left-field at Huntington Park (Photo by: Phoebeisanalien (flickr))

Columbus Lights Up With Red, White And BOOM!

July 2nd, 2011

Crowds wait downtown for the annual Red, White & BOOM! fireworks show in downtown Columbus on Friday, July 1, 2011.

red white and boom
The Columbus skyline as people wait for the Red, White & BOOM! fireworks show. (Photo by: cleveralias (flickr))

State Budget Signed, 2-Year Plan Now Law

July 1st, 2011

Republican Gov. John Kasich signed the state budget yesterday, making the two-year budget law. Officially called House Bill 153, the $55.8 billion spending plan went into effect at midnight last night. Kasich signed the bill in the Ohio State House.

Statehouse Rotunda
The Ohio State House (Photo by: Mike King (flickr))