Most of this written “Ohio Guideline” came in an E-mail. Thanks to whoever put it together. The photos are mine except the casserole. I tried to talk my wife Linda into making the green bean casserole just so I could take a photo of it. She said no. Usually, I have such great ideas she just says, “Wow…OK”…. A MY QUALITY TIME POST FROM LANCASTER,OHIO…. I’ll link up with SCENIC SUNDAY where you can find some great Blog Posts
Get used to food festivals. The Ohio General Assembly, in an effort to grow bigger offensive linemen, passed legislation years ago requiring every incorporated community to have at least one festival per year dedicated to food. Thus, Sugarcreek honors Maple syrup, Beavercreek loves popcorn, Waynesville adores sauerkraut, Troy delights in Strawberries, Bucyrus has a bratwurst
celebration, Circleville has a pumpkin festival check it out. Reynoldsburg has the Tomato Festival, Jackson has an apple festival, Deerfield has an apple butter festival, Rio Grande has the farm festival, and Gahanna, seeking an edge over other towns,
has recently introduced the Triglyceride and Low-density Lipoprotein Festival. In addition to festivals, each county has a fair.The above photo shows the Lancaster County Fairgrounds. It is your duty as an Ohioan to attend these festivals/fairs and at least buy an elephant ear. Don't forget
the Port Clinton Walleye Festival!
While winging your way to Florida
Get to know the geography.... Of Florida , I mean. I've run into Ohioans who couldn't tell you where Toledo is but they know the exact distance from Fort Myers to Bonita Springs . That's because all Ohioans go to Florida in the winter. Or plan to when they retire. Or are related to retired Ohioans who have a place in Sarasota . We consider Florida to be the Lower Peninsula of Ohio. Take a second and visit Fort Myers a quality time road trip
If you can't afford to spend the winter in Florida , use the state excuse, which is that you stay here because you like the change of seasons. You'll be lying, but that's OK. We've all done it.
Speaking of Ohio weather, wear layers or die. The thing to remember about Ohio seasons is that they can occur at anytime. We have spring-like days in January and wintry weekends in October. April is capable of providing a sampling
of all four seasons in a single 24-hour period. For these reasons, Ohio is the Layering Capital of the World. Even layering, however, can pose danger...Golfers have been known to dress for hypothermia (just as my wife) and end up dead of heat stroke because they couldn't strip off their layers of plaid fast enough on a changeable spring morning. How about a good golf joke (CLICK)
Another festival the Circleville Pumpkin show.
Now, a little more about geography: Don't take Ohio place names literally. Upper Sandusky is below regular Sandusky . Circleville is square. East Liverpool has no counterpart to the west. Also, if a town has the same name as a foreign capital... Lima or Berlin or Louisville , for example......you must not pronounce it that way lest you come under suspicion as a spy. Hence, it's not LEE-ma as in Peru , but LYE-ma as in bean, and it's BER-lin, not ber-LIN, like in Germany . Louisville in Ohio is pronounced Looisville, not looeyville as in Kentucky .
Become mulch literate. Ohioans love mulch and appreciate its subtle differences. Learn the difference between hardwood, cypress and pine bark at a minimum. Researchers think the state affinity with mulch derives from its relatively flat terrain. People have a subconscious need for topography, and when it can't be supplied naturally, they are more likely to make little mulch hillocks in their front yards. Make sure to visit the Dawes Arboretum.
In order to talk sports with obsessive fans in Ohio , you have to be knowledgeable on three levels -- professional, college and high school. The truly expert Ohio sports fan knows not only the name of the hotshot quarterback at Canton-McKinley High School, but also what college he's interested in, how much he bench-presses, who he took to the prom and what he got on his biology quiz last week. Oh.. there is only one The Ohio State University……………
The best way to sell something in Ohio is to attach the term "Amish" to it. The product need not be genuinely Amish. This would explain the existence of Amish moo shu pork. Make sure to visit Millersburg & Shreve. Check out the Quality time road trip to Amish Country
The Amish Cook's Baking Book It says Amish so buy it
Know the State casserole. The State casserole consists of canned green beans, Campbell 's cream of mushroom soup and dried onions. You can safely take this casserole to any social event and know that you will be accepted. In fact, Neil
Armstrong almost took this casserole to the moon in case he encountered alien life there. NASA nixed the plan out of concern that the casserole would overburden the Apollo rocket at lift-off.
In Ohio we have a parade for everything. We celebrate everything from the Honey Bee to the Fourth of July.
Check out:: Classic Hollywood Squares…
“This is old stuff and you've probably seen it (or something similar) before, but it's still hilarious. It's from the original Hollywood Squares TV show. The host, Peter Marshall, would ask the questions, and the stars would ad-lib some great answers”
A MY QUALITY TIME POST FROM LANCASTER,OHIO