January 2013 Issue
Editor's Note: Blahs, Humbug!
This month, Ohio Magazine
encourages readers to do more than just endure winter.
Beginning on page 34, freelancer Randy Edwards offers suggestions for
invigorating outdoor recreation, from good, old-fashioned sledding (did
you know that the Toledo Metroparks actually created hills for that
purpose?) to hikes inspired by the social-media website Meetup.com.
These outdoor adventures are not only good fun, they’re also good for
our health, says Cheryl Howe, an exercise physiology professor at Ohio
University. Clean, clear air and exposure to sunlight are just two
benefits of venturing into the cold light of winter.
Avoiding the siren call of a cozy sofa and cup of cocoa is easier
said than done, however. For extra incentive, we suggest perusing our
quarterly calendar of events (see page 21).
Every month, Associate Editor Ilona Westfall compiles our event
listings, and four times a year gives a three-month overview of the
music, theater and arts presentations around the state, not to mention
many hard-to-categorize offerings such as the annual Groundhog Day
appearance of Buckeye Chuck in Marion, where Spam burgers are the order
of the day.
I asked Ilona what caught her eye as she prepared this issue’s
listings. She was intrigued, she said, by the 31st Annual Medieval Feast
& Celebration at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. Period
food, drink, music and entertainment are highlights of this
Camelot-themed festival on Jan. 25 and 26.
Along those lines (and speaking of Spam), on Jan. 23 Monty Python’s
“Spamalot” brings laughs to Lima. What better way to spend a winter
evening than giggling at the escapades of the Knights of the Round Table
as they encounter insult-shouting French soldiers and a killer rabbit?
Pulling no punches, the 4th Annual Cabin Fever Festival at Stuart’s
Opera House in Nelsonville on Jan. 19 addresses seasonal ennui with a
concert by alt-country band Freakwater and other musical acts, a record
swap and poster sale. Meanwhile, on that same evening, Ohio favorites
Phil Dirt and the Dozers bring their “Rock ’N R’oldies” review to the
Murphy Theatre in Wilmington. Don’t be surprised to see
poodle-skirt-wearing Dozer fans bopping to the band’s blend of ’50s,
’60s and ’70s hits.
These are all great ways to beat the winter blahs, but I admit that
as I glanced through this month’s events, I was drawn to one in
particular: the Great Vacations Travel EXPO in Columbus, Jan. 18–20.
Winter, after all, is also a great time to dream about summer.