Ohio's Hill Country Heritage Area

Valuing Our Region's History, Nature and Culture

Finely Crafted In Ohio’s Hill Country 

Guided Tour Set for September 21-22

Registration is now open for the Finely Crafted Travel in Ohio’s Hill Country,  a guided thematic tourTour Poster - Master 2 copy-1 set for Sunday, September 21 and Monday, September 22 visiting sites in Fairfield, Perry, Muskingum, Morgan and Athens Counties over the two-days.

The historic and contemporary products of artisans, craftsmen, purveyors of specialty foods and libations from the region will be featured.  The tour will provide first hand contact with products and the people who create them, and explore how crafted products mark the culture of a place and how they are interrelated with the natural landscape of our region. The tour will connect visitors with artisans, clay products manufacturers, a microbrewery, historic buildings and much more!

Engaging activities, fine food and informed narration will make this event a not to be missed experience!  Click here for a complete itinerary.

The tour is a transportation-provided event (van/small bus), with two meals provided each day (lunch-dinner) and overnight lodging on Sunday evening.  The tour begins and ends at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio where free, safe parking is provided for your vehicle over the two days.  Lodging on Sunday evening is available to tour participants at a $110 rate, taxes included.

Registration

Register now by first choosing your Registration status (OHCHA member or OHCHA non-member).  Non-members will receive a complimentary membership as part of their $225 membership.

OHCHA Member(s) Finely Crafted Tour (September 21-22, 2014) @ $200 each-Buy Now On-Line

OHCHA’s Finely Crafted Tour (September 21-22, 2014) @ $225 each-Buy Now On-Line (includes complimentary membership(s)

Lodging

All rooms (king bed or suite with multiple beds) are $110 each with tax included and can be purchased here on-line.  We will contact you regarding options for rooms with multiple beds (2 beds or 2 beds with bunks) once you have registered, or call Michelle Robinson at the number below to discuss various configurations.

Overnight Lodging @ Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center (Sunday, September 21, 2014-1 night)-King Bed-$110 taxes included

Overnight Lodging @ Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center (Sunday, September 21, 2014-1 night)-Multiple Bed Options-$110 taxes included

 Click here for a complete itinerary.

Please call Michelle Robinson at 614-348-7909 or e-mail us at ohiohillcountryheritagearea@gmail.com to learn more, register by phone or if you have questions.  Registration by mail is also available by opening and printing a registration form and returning it with a check or money order to Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area; P. O. Box 114; Shawnee, Ohio  43782.

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Ohio Pawpaw Fest Coming in September
Education & Entertainment Event in 16th Year

This year's Ohio Pawpaw Festival logo is once again designed by regional artist Kevin Morgan.  It features the caterpillar of the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly (Eurytides marcellus).  It is the only species of the Eurytides (kite swallowtails) that live in the temperate zone of North America. The sole food source for this caterpillar is the young foliage of the pawpaw tree.

This year’s Ohio Pawpaw Festival logo is once again designed by regional artist Kevin Morgan. It features the caterpillar of the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly (Eurytides marcellus). It is the only species of the Eurytides (kite swallowtails) that live in the temperate zone of North America. The sole food source for this caterpillar is the young foliage of the pawpaw tree.

The 16th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival will take place September 12-14, 2014 at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio.  Organized by an enthusiastic group of citizens in Athens County, Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area serves as the non-profit sponsor of the event.  Raised funds help benefit our operations as well as other meaningful educational projects in the region.   Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and activities for the kids are again on tap for this very popular event!  Highlighting the educational fare this year is sustainable farm expert Joel Salatin who will speak from the main stage on Sunday, September 14 at 1pm. Salatin is a farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include Folks, This Ain’t Normal; You Can Farm; and Salad Bar Beef.

Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Meat from Polyface is sold by direct-marketing to consumers and restaurants.

Come celebrate Ohio’s official native fruit while supporting many local vendors, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.  While at the festival be sure to visit OHCHA’s tent!  For more information visit www.ohiopawpawfest.com.

Hours
Friday: 4 pm – midnight
Saturday: 10 am – midnight
Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

Admission
$10.00/one-day pass; $20.00 /weekend pass; children 12 & under free.
Service dogs permitted on festival grounds all weekend; other dogs restricted to designated areas.

 

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2014 Statehouse Luncheon Success Stories
Recognizing Accomplishments in the Appalachian Region

Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area and Heritage Ohio sponsored the 4th Annual Appalachian Heritage Luncheon at the Statehouse in Columbus this May.  Nine success stories were shared with legislators, state officials and interested citizens gathered after a morning guided tour of the Statehouse.  This year’s success stories were given by:

Geoff Schenkle, one of the founding artists of Resolve Studios was on hand to tell the inspiring story of their thriving artist studio in the Harmar Village neighborhood of Marietta.  Pictured:  Resolve's Appalachian Brain Sculpture installation.

Geoff Schenkle, one of the founding artists of Resolve Studios was on hand to tell the inspiring story of their thriving artist studio in the Harmar Village neighborhood of Marietta.

The Millersburg Brewing Company brings a new offering for visitors to Amish Country in downtown Millersburg in Holmes County.

The Millersburg Brewing Company brings a new offering for visitors to Amish Country in downtown Millersburg in Holmes County.

Birdwatchers Digest, Marietta
John & Annie Glenn Museum, New Concord

McClain High School Renovation, Greenfield
Millersburg Brewing Company, Millersburg
Multicultural Genealogical Society, Chesterhill
Ohio Valley Opry, McConnelsville
Portsmouth Floodwall Murals, Portsmouth
Resolve Studios, Marietta
Southeast Ohio Astronomical Society, Athens

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