Entries by Wendy and Mike Pramik

Perkins Observatory

View moon, planets, stars at public viewings When I was a little girl, my dad often encouraged me to look up at the nighttime sky. Using his U.S. Navy-issued binoculars, he’d point out constellations, such as the Big Dipper and Orion. Dad also taught me about the phases of the moon and how a lunar […]

Slate Run

Historical farm presents past perfectly As a child, I’d often watch my mother slaughter chickens. She’d select a rooster from the flock, swing it around to get it dizzy and chop off its head with an ax. After she soaked the body in warm water to loosen the feathers, she’d pluck them out one by […]

Richland Carrousel Park

Ride an old-fashioned roundabout in downtown Mansfield To a child, the only thrill greater than seeing an old-fashioned carousel is climbing aboard one of its shiny, majestic creatures. One of the best places for children of all ages to do just that in Ohio is in Mansfield, 45 minutes north of Columbus. The city pays […]


Chadwick Arboretum

Identify plants, walk labyrinth at learning gardens on OSU’s main campus The Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens on the Ohio State University campus is a neat, little place to take the kids for quick lesson on plant identification or just to snap a cute picture in front of some colorful flowers. The arboretum offers an […]


From a popcorn museum to a mysterious revolving ball, Marion has it all With the annual Marion Popcorn Festival arriving in mid-September, it’s a great time to uncover a few kernels of truth about this central Ohio city. Let’s start with our bearings: Marion is about 45 miles north of Columbus. That makes it close […]


Discover historic opera house, charming museums an hour east of Columbus Sometimes the little towns you intend to drive through along the way to somewhere else surprise you the most with their hospitality and curiosities. We found this to be the case with McConnelsville, located an hour and a half east of Columbus. I’m not […]

Blue Rock Station

Property in southeastern Muskingum County pays tribute to owner’s eco-friendly lifestyle The first thing visitors see when they arrive at Blue Rock Station in southeastern Muskingum County is a 1955 Volkswagen bus flanked by a flag bearing a peace sign. Beyond the working barn stands a greenhouse made almost entirely of 2-liter soft-drink bottles. A […]

Candle Lab

Concoct a customized scent I perused the names of more than 120 candle fragrances at The Candle Lab in the Columbus suburb of Worthington: “Georgia Peach,” “Snickerdoodle,” “Tomato Leaf.” My goal: to choose two perfect fragrances that represented my husband and three-month-old son, and thus create the perfect candle. The Candle Lab, with three central […]