Dorsell Bibbee helped dig his first grave as a teenager, and 60 years later, he’s still diggin’. By Christopher Miller Ordinarily, retirement is spent resting and relaxing, not regularly shoveling dirt many times your own weight. Suffice to assume, Dorsell Bibbee, an 82-year-old Tuppers Plains resident […]
Month: December 2016
Detwiler, Morgan Raid, and Sater Farms turn 100 and 200 years old this year.
maintained, which is especially crucial given its 200-plus years of use. Mary Ellen says the family’s land was vibrant in both crop diversity and animals during her grandparents’ era. It was not until her parents took over in the 50s that corn and soybeans became the main attraction.
nothing to do because they had no TV, and the radio didn’t come in very good clear out
here. So newspaper and magazines was about it,” Mary Ellen says.
roof. Mary Ellen maneuvers down the crooked wooden steps with ease, her feet slightly rotating to the right as she descends into a seemingly cooler environment. She says this is where her grandmother used to store crops, meat and milk. When times changed and technologyimproved, “My grandfather bought her a refrigerator and she wouldn’t use it. She carried her milk down here like she’d done all her life,” says Mary Ellen.
The Mine Tavern perseveres through adversity and remains the longest operating bar in Ohio By Marisa Salopek Ohio’s longest operating bar rebuilds and continues operation through changes in regional economy, national policies and even the tragic death of an owner. Open since 1842, The Mine Tavern welds a rich history, witnessing […]
Local art teacher teaches thousands in Downtown Lancaster to excel and relish in creating their own masterpiece canvases. By Mackenzie Tucky “In the art world there’s always something changing, there’s always something cool and new,” says owner of Two Broke Artists Art Studio Bobbi Roberts McKinnon. From a young […]
people into town and become involved in the local activities, such as watching the duo’s
Baldwin, who was interested in blacksmithing and took it up as a hobby, is working on setting up a blacksmith shop in his barn at home, and says that there is a growing interest in the revitalization of blacksmithing.
“There are more backyard blacksmiths out there than we probably realize,” Baldwin says.
Whether it’s for the historical presentation or an interest in picking up a new hobby, the blacksmith shop offers locals and visitors a taste of the past.
By Michael Slevin Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines “gem” in two ways. “A cut and polished gemstone or a pearl, used for ornamentation,” and “Anything prized for its beauty and value, esp. if small and perfect of its kind.” Within the parameters of these definitions, Salt Fork State […]
Saying goodbye to the Foothills Blues & Arts Festival isn’t keeping Meigs County from
singing and dancing their hearts out at the Sheets family farm.
by Kayla Blanton
Barefoot children scurry gleefully along rolling hills and hungry families gather at picnic tables, while roars of applause, singing and whistling celebrate a fiery bluegrass guitarist inside. A structure that was once home to 2,000 hay bales (and long before that, prohibition bootleggers)on Jared Sheets’ fifth-generation family farm in Meigs County is now Charlie’s Red Star Barn,the namesake of Sheets’ grandfather. “[He] was actually born in the house,” Sheets says, gesturing across the gravel lane to the family’s restored farmhouse. “And now [myself], my kids and my wife live here on the farm.”
In 2006, the Sheets family established the Foothills Music Foundation “with a goal of promoting music and the arts in Southeast Ohio,” Sheets says. During that same year, they utilized their 700-plus acres of land to host the Foothills Blues & Arts Festival. The first festival saw 300 to 400 people and was relatively manageable. By 2011, upwards of 5,000 people were in attendance, and the fields were littered with RVs, campers, vendors, and production equipment as far as the eye could see. The Sheets then realized that this project had grown too complex fort hem to handle independently.
“When it’s not fun, that’s when it’s tough to keep it going,” Sheets says. Following the 2011festival, the Sheets decided to take a year off to reevaluate the use of their land. After time to prioritize, they made the decision to renovate their circa 1830 Pennsylvania Dutch bank-barn and make it a place for smaller scale, sustainable events: “something we don’t get tired of, something we still enjoy, something the community enjoys,” Sheets says.
The family stays busy by hosting two music events per year at Charlie’s Place, where guests can bring dinner and a growler filled to the brim. And if all of his kids happen to be home, Sheets may be spotted on stage with them, strumming the guitar in their family band and singing “GoCharlie Go,” a song they wrote and dedicated to his grandfather. “The most memorable thing is playing with my kids,” he says. “That’s the most special thing to me.”
Jackson County residents came together in October for a fundraiser supporting efforts against homelessness by Olivia Bower Jackson County approaches homelessness in a different way by acknowledging the problem and working to solve it, as evidenced by an Oct. 1 fundraiser.The idea for the fundraiser, the first ever […]