Competitors stay sharp

Competitors stay sharp

International piano competition set for June By Carol Chroust CWPC Gold Medalist Moye Chen performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro William Eddins. CINCINNATI — Southwest Ohio will soon be blessed with the most talented pianists on the planet competing in the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. The event […]

A Buckeye in Shanghai

A Buckeye in Shanghai

By Gary Brock   In the new financial and shopping district downtown, I asked this nice young couple to check out our Salt magazine while posing in front of the famous Oriental Pearl landmark. They seemed to enjoy the magazine. The breathtaking skyline of the Shanghai financial district at night. I took this from a […]

Food adventures in Ohio — underground

Food adventures in Ohio — underground

By Monica Schultz Guests rate the April dinner while enjoying espresso or tea. La Embajada serves criollo, a term that defines Argentinean cuisine as being descended from European influences, especially Spanish and Italian. Hostess Monica Fabregat greets guests inside her foyer before the meal. DAYTON — If you’re looking for an authentic international experience on […]

The artists above The Murphy

The artists above The Murphy

Locals use space in historic downtown Wilmington theater to work, teach By David Wright Mary Beth Thorngren paints in her studio above The Murphy Theatre. Jeff Becker works on a sculpture of a wolf in his Murphy Theatre studio. It was Pablo Picasso who once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of […]

‘The surprise factor’

‘The surprise factor’

Variety is the name of the game at the Hidden Carry-Out and Drive-Thru By Lora Abernathy   WILMINGTON — By offering beers named Corsendonk — a beverage made by Belgium monks — Old Rasputin and Dragon’s Milk, Dan Patel’s store has quite a following, despite the fact that it’s a tiny store on a city […]

Take your pick

Take your pick

Is your favorite tomato or pepper an heirloom? By Steve Boehme Heirloom vegetable plants and seeds are all the buzz right now. Vegetable plants can be either “heirloom” or “hybrid.” At least half the tomato and pepper plants and seeds we sell in our nursery are heirloom varieties. But what exactly is an heirloom vegetable, […]

Michigan’s Beaver Island has unique history

Michigan’s Beaver Island has unique history

By Jane Beathard   As Don Cole tells it, Beaver Island is its own country. The lifelong resident of Lake Michigan’s biggest island said locals once lived by their own laws and kept their distance from authorities in the rest of Michigan, as well as those in nearby Wisconsin and Ontario. Cole descends from a […]

Barnyard Cafe: Beyond the menu

Barnyard Cafe: Beyond the menu

By Sarah Allen   One of the Amish barns available for sale at The Barnyard Café. Some of the animals at The Barnyard Café’s petting zoo. A selection of The Barnyard Café’s ice cream flavors. Restaurant regulars enjoy a breakfast at The Barnyard Café. The Barnyard Café owner Steve McComas and Manager April Pitts are […]

From Two-Cow Blend to Farmhouse Rose

From Two-Cow Blend to Farmhouse Rose

Plain City winery boasts local flavors, unique names By Jane Beathard Dublin residents Beth Marth, left, and Roxana Miller enjoy tasting room activities during Ladies’ Night at Eldchrist Winery. A sign welcomes guests to Eldchrist Winery, near Plain City, during a recent February day. Sommelier Gina Eldridge pours a glass during Ladies’ Night at Eldchrist […]

New Vienna’s John and Marty Riley foster filmmaking

New Vienna’s John and Marty Riley foster filmmaking

By Beverly Drapalik   Setting shot with Marty’s son, actor Jon Briddell. A scene from “The Line Shack.” John and Marty Riley at the 2014 Bare Bones International Film Festival. Home in New Vienna. John in a scene From “Night Song.” NEW VIENNA — Clinton County is known for its farms, produce, relaxed atmosphere — […]