‘Imagination Garden’ To be Dedicated With Open House at Orange Library Branch.

Photo Courtesy of Delaware County District Library.

Photo Courtesy of Delaware County District Library.

Artists Dale Johnson, Lynda Elias and Virginia Corwin to attend

Delaware, OH:  — Community members are invited to explore a place where it’s not uncommon for a dragon and Dionysus to dwell in perfect harmony–the Imagination Garden at Delaware County District Library Orange Branch.

An open house will take place on Sunday, September 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the garden, which is situated on the north side of the building (7171 Gooding Blvd, Delaware). Two art pieces, a tiled dragon mosaic and a mythological sculpture, will be featured and the artists behind the creations will be present to display their works and answer questions. Attendees will also enjoy light refreshments and a children’s craft.


Photo Courtesy of Delaware County District Library.

Photo Courtesy of Delaware County District Library.

Dale Johnson’s sculpture, Mythology –or– On the Origin of Stories, was installed last summer. The piece mimics a classic book that has been taken over by mythological creatures such as the Cyclops, a sea monster, aliens, leprechauns and Dionysus. The piece started as a 4,830 lb piece of limestone and took seven months to carve.

Artists Lynda Elias and Virginia Corwin added their touch to the garden this summer with the addition of a giant, tiled dragon. The colorful arrangement of mosaic tiles and mirrored pieces glued to several large zig-zagging panels help simulate the movement of a colossal, whimsical, winged creature flying through the garden. Earlier this spring five large, concrete panels were installed, and soon thereafter Elias was drawing the outlines for the dragon. The work of tiling all of the pieces and grouting took about one week to finish in early July with the help of more than four-dozen DCDL patrons and community members.

The establishment of the Imagination Garden was made possible through a generous bequest by local community member Pauline Way. Bequests from Mary Reed and Barbara Murray also helped make the Imagination Garden possible. Their memory is honored on two of seven benches located within the garden. The remaining five benches and other markers are available for community members to recognize, honor, and memorialize their loved ones.

For more information contact Nicole Fowles, Communications Manager, at or (740) 362-3861.


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Open House for Friends of the Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad August 16, 2014

Celebration of 165th Anniversary of Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati or Big Four Railroad (formerly New York Central and now CSX Railroad) in Oxford and Brown Townships and points north and south.

Anniversary celebration will take place on August 16, 2014 from 10:30 until 4:00 at the Oxford Township Hall, 5125 Shoemaker Road, Ashley, Ohio  (just east of CSX track) (2 miles south of Ashley off of Route 42)

Did you know that the Gold Spike ceremony connecting the railroad from the north and the south occurred on February 18, 1851 on a farm two miles south of Ashley at the Shoemaker Road crossing? (Re-enactment of Gold Spike at 1:30) Open House Celebration will include displays, railroad memorabilia, a model train display, and Memories of that railroad happenings through the years by volunteer speakers.

Some displays are: Delaware County RR Safety Task Force display (with prizes for children); Brandon Townley with his professional railroad photography and published photo books; Friends of Big Four Depot in Galion display; Suzanne Allen’s Preserving Our Heritage of Trains and Railroads book and photos and more; Vicki Rife’s memorabilia display (Dad worked in NYC tower at Westview near Cleveland); Ken Beamer and the Delaware Model Railroad Club.

Dan’s Deli will be on site.

For more information contact Friends of the Cleveland, Columbus, and CincinnatiRailroad-


Delaware County 4-H Open House Events – Saturday March 15 & 22

 Discover what 4-H has to offer

Delaware County 4-H will host two open house events this month in Delaware and Galena. The Delaware event is 9:30 to 11:30 AM, Saturday, March 15 at the Willis Government Building, 2079 US HWY 23 North, Delaware. Please park east of the light poles for this event.  The Galena event is 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Saturday, March 22 at the Galena United Methodist Church, 2777 Sunbury Road, Galena.

Youth ages 5 to 19 can participate in hands-on experiences – learning about things like bottle rockets, photography, electricity, cooking, sewing, art, leadership, natural resources, gardening, animal sciences and much more.  Information about 4-H projects is also available at Ohio 4-H Project Central, a web site that offers previews of project books,

4-H clubs in communities across Delaware County are enrolling new members in March and early April.  Enrollment deadline is April 15.  For more information about joining a 4-H club, visit  or call the Delaware County Extension office at 740-833-2030.


Delaware County Historical Society Open House

Delaware County Historical Society will hold an Open House at the historic Cryder Center, 157 E. William St. Delaware, on Saturday, Dec. 21st from noon – 2pm. This annual event, open to the public, will showcase the many exhibits in the Nash House Museum as well as the Research Library.

Festively decorated for the holidays, the Nash House, an 1878 brick Italianate-style home was built for Thomas and Mina Slattery and was purchased by William Henry Nash and his wife Emeline in 1885. It remained in the Nash family until 1954 when Miss Pauline Nash presented the house to the Delaware County Historical Society.

The Nash House Museum is generally furnished in the Victorian period with donated furnishings which have a direct connections to Delaware County and include a tall case clock from the late 1700s to a 1928 General Electric Refrigerator. Rooms on display include the parlor, music room, dining room, gentleman’s study, children’s room, bedroom, as well as the kitchen, which was remodeled to match the late 1940’s style. The furnishings and reproduction wallpaper make this home a showplace of the Victorian era.