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  • Inside 43215: NHL All-Star Fun

    By Heather Brown 
    | 16 Dec, 2014

    We've always known that Columbus is an all-star town. The NHL has figured it out too. This January, the NHL All-Star Weekend will be held in Columbus, and there's lots more going on that just the All-Star Game itself. The Columbus Blue Jackets announced last week plans for the All-Star Winter Park to be held in McFerson Commons across from Nationwide Arena.

    The park will feature the Scott Miracle-Gro Community Rink, an NHL-sized outdoor rink where you can enjoy public skating for just $5 (includes skate rental). There will also be youth hockey games, private events and other programming. The rink will be open January 16 - 25.

    You won't want to miss the Snow Slide presented by Huntington, a 34-feet tall, 35-feet long giant three-lane slide. It will be erected in the westbound lanes of Nationwide Boulevard between Marconi and West St. January 22 - 25. The cost is a mere $2 per ride, and snow-gliders can access the slide at three different heights to ensure fun for all ages.

    The Dispatch Media Group Hockey House will offer live music, food and beverages, as well as a Kids Zone full of family-friendly activities (it won't be just the kids who'll be jazzed about the Blue Jackets Replica Locker Room). PS: Both tents will be heated. You can also stay warm in front of the fire pits near the entrance to the Winter Park.Toast a s'more and bask in the glow.

    Speaking of glow, the footprint for all the NHL All-Star venues and attractions will be illuminated with a spectacular lightscape comprised of approximately 350,000 lights wrapped around trees and canopies.

    The NHL Fan Fair will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center January 23 - 25, a festival of fun for hockey fans of all ages. Enjoy interactive games and attractions, special appearances, trophy and memorabilia displays, live TV and radio broadcasts, music, food and more. Grab your tickets today, because the chance to take a picture with the Stanley Cup doesn't come along every day. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children three to 12, $10 for seniors and college/military with ID, and children two and under are free.
  • Inside 43215: Power Play

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 02 Dec, 2014

    It’s aaaaaa Powerrrrr Plaaaay. You may know the NHL All-Star Game skates into Columbus in January, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are counting on you right now. Before the big game is played, all-star players need to be selected, which is where you come come in.

    NHL All-Star Fan Voting is now open. Cast your VOTE for your favorite Columbus Blue Jackets players through January 1. Vote up to 10 times a day – woo hoo. But it gets better. Each vote counts as a sweepstakes entry for the grand prize VIP weekend for two to the Honda NHL All-Star Game and other festivities. 

    So, start voting…and keep voting. Let’s show our Jackets some love. 

    Don’t forget to mark your calendars for January 22-25 for all the NHL All-Star festivities. There are going to be tons of family friendly activities throughout the celebration. Check out NHL All-Star Events to find out about all the festivities. Fan Fair will be a great place to take the kids with interactive hockey fun, live TV and radio broadcasts, music, food, trading card show, kids zone, appearances by NHL alumni, as well as current and former Blue Jackets. Official events also include an All-Star Fantasy Draft and a skills competition. Don’t take our word on it though. Fan Fare will give you more details of festivities taking place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 

    The NHL All-Star Celebration is one of the National Hockey League’s marquee events that brings together the League’s top players, team owners and fans across North America and around the world. Let’s show ‘em all a good time.

     
  • Inside 43215: Scary Plans

    By Melissa Fast 
    | 15 Oct, 2014

    Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. If you haven't started making plans yet, we thought you might like a top ten list to start the party rollin'. And, for those who want some adult "spirits" to get the plan started, take a chance for drinks on us at Tip Top Kitchen and Cocktails.

    10. Columbus Museum of Art. What can possibly be scary about art? Absolutely nothing, but the Center for Creativity will help you unleash your most creative Halloween yet.

    9. When you creative juices peak, how about designing your own costumer for Highball? This two-night event made national news last year, and all you gotta do is mosey up to the Short North Arts District for the gala.

    8. For those sports fans who want to skip trick or treat all together, hockey awaits. The Blue Jackets will host and maybe scare the bejeebers out of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena on October 31.

    7. Stroll the eerie halls of Franklin Park Conservatory after dark, or have a close encounter with dangerous, misunderstood and unusual members of the botanical world with Scary Plants.

    6. Like haunted houses? How about joining Columbus Landmarks for their ghost tours. Try if you dare...

    5. COSI invites ghosts, witches, super heroes, princesses and everyone in between for a day of tricks and treats at Spooktacular Celebration.

    4. OSU Urban Arts Space is hosting Art in the Shadows. Okay, full disclosure, it's not a scary Halloween thing, but it will still be cool.

    3. Wanna stay home to create your own haunted house? Columbus Metropolitan Library has some great books chocked full of ideas.

    2. Even though kids get the whole candy stash, we need to throw them another bone, so take the kiddos to Thurber House. During October, they host writing workshops for those ghosts and goblins in fourth to sixth grade.

    1. And, after you have had a scary-good time making your Halloween plans, don't forget to refuel at one of the many downtown restaurants. This list will get you started. Want a chance to win drinks on us from Tip Top? Click here
  • Inside 43215: Hi Ho, 39 Below

    By Heather Brown 
    | 14 Oct, 2014

    When the days are hot and long, things are really hopping at 39 Below FroYo. Cuz, who doesn't want some frozen yogurt to beat the heat? But as the days cool, Carolyn Maloney of 39 Below wants you to know that they can help you beat the cold, too.

    Step into their inviting space at 39 East Gay Street this fall and winter and you'll find a Hot Cocoa Bar and a Spiced Cider Bar. Think fancy toppings like those you pile on your frozen yogurt, only these goodies top your delicious, hot drinks. Your creation is only limited by your creativity, so see what fabulousness you can come up with.

    And whether the weather is hot or cold, 39 Below can get your day started right with their outstanding breakfast sandwiches and waffles. They recently added a Veggie Sausage Breakfast Sandwich, for you meatless munchers out there. And their pumpkin spice and apple butter syrups will make your Belgian waffles sing.

    If you want your fro yo no matter what the thermometer says, you are still in luck. The delicious flavors run the gamut from steadfast chocolate and vanilla to jazzy sea salt caramel corn to autumnal pumpkin.

    We have a $20 gift card up for grabs. Let us know your favorite frozen yogurt or hot chocolate toppings at 39 Below on our Facebook page for a chance to win.
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