Motorcycles have long played a crucial role in the American mythos. The vroom of a twin-cylinder engine conjures images of Evel Knievel soaring through the sky on a daredevil jump or James Dean perched astride his 1955 Triumph Trophy, clad in a black leather jacket and brimming with smoldering angst. Even those who haven't felt their hands on the throttle can appreciate the motorcycle as an all-American icon of freedom, rebellion, and individuality.
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum celebrates this iconography with exhibits that pay tribute to every aspect of motorcycling history. The museum's permanent collection is chock-full of memorabilia and ephemera from the early days of motorcycling, such as a Roper Steamer from 1894 and a turbo-powered penny-farthing from the same era. Visitors can also tour the Hall of Fame itself, a main-floor exhibition that celebrates the heroes of the racetrack and blacktop.
The headquarters of the nonprofit Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Center abounds with exhibits and activities that showcase the state's diverse social, natural, and archeological history. Built in 1970, the museum's towering Brutalist edifice is a piece of history itself, lauded as "bold" and "imaginative” by the American Institute of Architects. Inside, a 15,000-square-foot gallery explores pivotal moments in the Buckeye State’s past, examining everything from Ohio’s role in the Civil War to Boomer Esiason’s stint as Secretary of State. A natural-history exhibit regales guests with interactive displays of animals, plants, and geography. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the center hosts an ever-changing selection of featured exhibits and special events.
Outside the museum sits Ohio Village, a re-creation of a Civil War–era town. Costumed villagers bustle about the square, performing chores and activities of the era, such as churning butter and checking wooden PalmPilots. The town's 15 buildings showcase the height of 19th-century architecture and include a Gothic-revival church, a large town hall, and an open market. The village is also the home of the renowned Ohio Village Muffins, who regularly compete in games of baseball played by 19th-century rules.
Cabfare for the Common Man dazzles theatergoers with seven stories of ordinary people enveloped by extraordinary situations. The intimate, 70-seat theater provides top-notch views of the performance, unlike viewing a baseball game from the inside of a clunky mascot suit. Redeem your Groupon at the box office of this award-winning theater before securing a seat to marvel at the talented cast as they crash waves of emotion into the wide-eyed crowd.
United by a common interest in art and a commitment to nurturing artistic collaborations in their community, Wild Goose Creative organized this year’s Geekfest with the goal of bringing a wide range of self-proclaimed and budding geeks together. From Thursday, June 17, to Saturday, June 19, Geekfest features four individual events ($5 each). Thursday showcases a demonstration of Forbidden Kingdoms: The Art and Science of Roleplaying Games (7 p.m.), and Friday is scheduled with an hour of geek sketch comedy (8 p.m.) and Nerdcore Rising (9:30 p.m.), a film about MC Frontalot and his computer-obsessed brand of hip-hop. Saturday night features a video-game costume party (9 p.m.) at which attendees can dress up as their favorite character and turn 8-bit game entertainment into reality. Hop over to a fun-filled weekend of geeky activities without busting your head on coin-producing bricks with today’s side deal.
A spacious, fully equipped studio, Clayspace celebrates ceramic arts with guided classes, workshops, and self-directed studio time. Experienced instructors lead a variety of classes and workshops for all skill levels that range from two-part introductory sessions to comprehensive eight-week courses. Most classes include materials, such as the all-ages Chia pot workshop, which guides attendees as they design and build terra cotta pots over two meetings ($30 per person). With large worktables and ample shelf space, Clayspace’s facility lets students spread out and take advantage of nine electric wheels, slab roller, glazes, spray booth, raku kiln, and more to create beautiful bowls, plates, and busts of the Abominable Snowman.
Called "a thrill of a lifetime" by GolfOhio.com, the 24,000-square-foot Jack Nicklaus Museum gives visitors an educated look at the history of golf while focusing on one of the sport's most well-known icons. Peruse the museum's Legends of Golf gallery, where links-lovers can discover the sport's Scottish roots and trace the evolution of essential equipment, from wooden clubs to titanium drivers. The mementos found within the Major Championships galleries tell the story of Nicklaus and his 18 major professional titles, including six Masters trophies, five PGA Championships, and four U.S. Open wins. Follow the legend's lifelong golf journey in the Decades of Nicklaus gallery, where each 10-year segment of Nicklaus' life—from his boyhood days in the '40s to his modern-day stardom—is embodied through a collection of memorable artifacts, including clubs, trophies, scorecards, and more.