Monarch Weekend at Deer Haven Park


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Monarch Magic Weekend
Saturday September 20 and September Sunday 21
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Deer Haven Preserve
ALL AGES

Stop in our third annual program, celebrating the world of the Monarch Butterfly! Play games, watch a movie, make crafts, and enjoy some refreshments, as we learn how to help these magnificent insects during their migration to Mexico. A silent auction will be set up both days to raise money for Monarch Butterfly conservation and education efforts. We also will be tagging and releasing live monarchs at 2:00pm each day.

Source Press Release

Boy Scout Troop 844 sponsors The “Olentangy Challenge.”

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Boy Scout Troop 844 participates in the annual Winter Bushwhack Hike.  They have enjoyed the opportunity so much they decided they could do the something similar in Central Ohio.

The Olentangy Challenge is meant to be available for Scouts and non-Scouts.

The Challenge is loosely based on a Tri-Athalon format.  Walk/Hike, Bike, and canoe/kayak are the intended elements of the opportunity. [Read more…]

Orange “Out The Door” 5 K, Saturday March 22, 2014

Tired of being stuck inside during this cold Ohio winter? Spring is coming, so it’s time to get out the door and join us for the 1st Annual Orange “Out the Door” 5K presented by Anne Therese M.D. Aesthetic Medicine. This 5k road run/walk will take place at Olentangy Orange High School on Saturday, March 22nd at 8:30am and all proceeds will go to the OOHS Track and Cross Country Teams. Bring the whole family as we’ll have a FREE kids race at 9:15 a.m. with Pioneer Pete running as well!

The cost for 5k run/walk entry is $25 until March 10th and is $30 from March 11th through race day. You can register the morning of the race starting at 7:15am, but to guarantee your dri-fit tshirt you should register by the 10th. Please register online and find more details at www.runolentangyorange.com. Other highlights are cash prizes to the overall winners, age group awards, food, music and raffling off Columbus Crew tickets. Register today!

Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival

It’s one of the early signs of spring in Delaware County – the annual Maple Syrup Festival at Camp Lazarus put on by the Boy Scouts of America – Simon Kenton Council. The temperature this past Saturday got up to nearly 50 degrees, and you could tell people were itching to get out of their homes and enjoy the sunshine after a long and brutal winter.

For a $5 admission and $5 all-you-can-eat pancakes, it’s an event filled with entertainment for the whole family. Ironically, the festival’s namesake (Maple Syrup) was in short supply. The Boy Scouts were proud to explain the syrup-making process, and it involves a winter that has frequent daytime temperatures above 40 degrees, and nights below freezing. Since our Central Ohio winter didn’t start seeing daytime temperatures above 40 until this past week, the sap just wasn’t running enough in time for the festival. By opening weekend only three gallons of syrup had been tapped.

Maple Syrup Festival

Winding your way through the campground you were likely to see visions of yesteryear and how the early settlers would have lived. Kids were happy to ride in a horse-drawn carriage, visit a Blacksmith, cut and brand their own piece of wood, churn butter, shoot BB guns, throw tomahawks and much more!

Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival

Two other presentations that were not to be missed included a firing of an historic cannon and Native American dancing.

Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival

The Simon Kenton Council has things down to a science at this point since this is their 27th year for the annual Maple Syrup Festival. Program Director Ken Ruppel gives much credit to the 175 individuals who volunteer their time to make it all possible. It was clear that the volunteers enjoyed themselves as much as the families enjoyed attending.

To view more photos from the event, visit my Flickr page and scroll away!

 

Galena and the Mudflats: More Than Meets the Eye

0 Gal MF 01Unlike Alum Creek, Hoover Reservoir was not constructed by the Army Corp of Engineers and was a less invasive process.  It was created in the 1950’s by the City of Columbus and holds as much as 20 billion gallons of water.  It dams up the Big Walnut Creek.  Galena, which was established at the point where the Little Walnut Creek meets the big one, now sits at the very northern end of the reservoir.  Here the Hoover nature preserve was established just less than 10 years ago. [Read more…]

Delaware, Ohio Fishing Files. Get The Family and GO FISH!

Lets Talk About Fishing!

Fish1Hello all I am Jason the newest addition to DelwareO, and I am very excited to be here! I would like to get started by sharing with you all the wonderful places we have to fish in Delaware County. The amount of water that we have to fish in Delaware County is really massive; I won’t be able to cover it all in one article. You could fish every day of the summer, and not fish in the same place twice! I will focus on some family friendly fishing spots for now. [Read more…]

A Delaware First Story, My First Time To Delaware Lake and Dam,

 

A Family Adventure At The Delaware Dam.

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The View From the Top of Delaware Dam.

When was the last time you went to Delaware Lake? I went for the first time last week.

As a working mom, I miss out on some of the adventures my husband and son have during the day. They discover some awesome sites and last week brought to my attention their latest find: Delaware Lake and Dam.

Last week, on a much needed day off, we explored as a family (and dog!).

The park itself has two main entrances of Rt. 23. We had been to the beach earlier this summer, so we decided to enter the park right by the Dam. On a gorgeous, cool, and sunny Friday, we were off to walk up the big hilled path first, then to skip stones in the lake, and then the most essential part- the playground!

IMG_20130823_105740The Park is about four miles north of the city of Delaware. The dam was built and the lake filled by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1951. There is ample opportunity for hiking, fishing, picnics and rock skipping! We had a great time, just walking through the wooded paths, watching the fishermen and looking & smelling every leaf, pebble and ant. Ok, maybe only my toddler and the dog enjoyed that last part.

I See Water!

The top of the Delaware Dam has a metal grate to walk across. Not for the squeamish.

The top of the Delaware Dam has a metal grate to walk across. Not for the squeamish.

I managed to even cross over the metal bridge across the top of the dam, with the lake rushing below, without losing my lunch. I have never been a fan of heights, and this was no exception. But, for my son’s sake, I had to put on my Rational Person Hat, and I tentatively made it across in flip flops! Of course the extra heart palpitations& sweaty palms made it extra exciting. But it was worth it when Sam, who is (hopefully) still unaware of my fears, looked back at me when I came slowly across the bridge and yelled “You Did It!” Even the Basset Hound was wary of crossing the metal bridge, but she did a great job too, huffing her way on the side pathway that was a little more solid for her paws.

Taking It All In From The Top.

Taking It All In From The Top.

Once we got to the top, the views were amazing. Check out some of the pictures and you will see what I mean. The Lake and Dam are a great and quiet place to visit. I highly recommend it for healthy family bonding and if necessary, conquering your fear of heights! Check out this link for even more details about the history and activities at the Park . http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/19510/Default.aspx

Do you have any good Delaware Lake memories or stories?