For the remainder of my Columbus To Do List items I tried to do a little bit of everything: music, food, coffee, parks, and art.
For my music item I went to see Big Thief with Claire. Big Thief is a smaller band with a loyal fanbase and it was a really fun concert! The venue was Ace of Cups, which has a very grunge and intimate feel. The music was amazing, and we even got to talk to the lead singer for a while after the concert. I would definitely recommend Big Thief’s music to a friend, and they are awesome live!
For my coffee item, I went to Cafe Kerouac with Maddy. It’s a smaller cafe on N High St. that has a very artsy feel and has a good collection of used books and vintage records. On a cold Tuesday night it was full of students hanging out and preparing for finals week. I got an iced pomegranate tea, and it was delicious! It was great to catch up with Maddy and talk about how out first semesters in college have been. I would definitely recommend this cafe to a friend looking for a unique book/record or a good cup of coffee!
For my food item I went to Eden Burger with Kaliegh. I’ve been vegetarian for a few months now, and it was great that there were so many options for vegans and vegetarians!!I got a vegan burger with fries and it was amazing!! I recommend the American burger, the Eden sauce is so good!!
For my park item I went to Bicentennial Park in downtown Columbus with Brooke and Kaliegh. It was a great green space in the urban environment of Columbus. We walked along the paths by the river and stopped to take pictures. All in all, it was a great park and somewhere I will definitely be returning to in the summer for concerts and picnics!!
While Kaliegh, Brooke, and I were walking back from Bicentennial, we stumbled across the Cultural Arts Center, run by The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. It is a neat old building that has art galleries as well as artistic work spaces and serval affordable classes offered to the public. I am looking into taking some loom weaving classes there this winter, I’m so glad we found this place and I recommend stepping in if you’re in the neighborhood.
My favorite experience from the Columbus To Do List was probably finding the Cultural Arts Center. I’ve been looking into loom weaving for years, but I’ve never had the resources to buy a stand-up loom. I’m excited to learn and practice this fiber art without breaking the bank!
Overall I learned that Columbus has a lot more resources open to the public than I originally thought. There are many excellent parks and community centers for the public to enjoy, and I will definitely be taking advantage of these as I continue to live in the city! Finding the CAC has inspired me to get more involved with my own art, as I transition form smaller lap weaving and knitting to larger scale weaving and other fiber arts. To anyone looking to get into the fiber arts, I recommend visiting the different yarn shops around Columbus and finding people who can help mentor you. It is a very rewarding art and I recommend it to everyone!