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During the past year...

We had our usual membership to Franklin Park, so made a number of visits during the year.

March 2017

Orchids in the desert

Usual visit into Franklin Park for orchid gazing
Early Butterflies
March 2017

Posing for the camera

During our visit to see the orchids, there were some butterflies released into habitat in advance of the exhibit's official launch.
April 2017

Take my picture too!

Back for another round of butterflies.
October 2017


We made it in toward the end of the topiary exhibit.


April 2017

In April, Bob took a couple of personal days and Cheryl took vacation to coincide with Star Wars Celebration. It was a quick trip to Orlando, but we managed to make the most of it.


International Flower and Garden Show

The day before Celebration started, we spent the day at Epcot enjoying the topiaries and tasting menu in the World Showcase.
Star Wars Celebration

The morning queue

Having been to multiple Celebrations, the lines were no surprise. We were entertained at one point to find ourselves in line beside the same couple we were in line beside at Celebration in Anaheim.
Hollywood Studios

Warrick Davis

We bough tickets to the Galactic Nights special event at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The park was only open to a limited number of guests (no or very short lines for the rides) with lots of special Star Wars themed events.
Star Wars Celebration

Bob and Cheryl posing while waiting in line

We managed to get into the Celebration Store, so came home with a bunch of souvenirs in addition to pictures from the events we were able to attend.
Lots of Trips to the Theater

Music, Song and Dance

We had a number of season subscriptions which took us into Columbus for Broadway Across America and the Opera, New Albany for the orchestra and here in Newark for the orchestra and plays at Weathervane.


June 2017

Botanic Garden

Butterflies in the Botanic Garden

In June, we took a long weekend in Cincinnati and one stop was at the Botanic Garden, mainly since we kept driving past it while looking for the art museum.
Art Museum

We did eventually find the art museum and spent some time seeing the displays.
Sarah Jarosz

We attended the Sarah Jarosz concert in Memorial Hall.
Star Wars Power of Costume

Conveniently, the costume display had started, so we were able to include a stop on this trip to see lots of the Star Wars costumes on display.
June 2016

Although Bob didn't run any games this year, he still attended Origins. He talked Cheryl into attending a day too. A fun time!
July 2017

We took at long weekend in July and headed north in the state. We hiked in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, attended the U2 concert at First Energy Stadium and toured the steam ship Mather.
New Role
September 2017

In September, Cheryl changed roles at work (but not bosses this time). She is back in the Sustainability department full-time as a Program Lead supporting Product Stewardship and doing Life Cycle Assessments.
The Wilds
September 2017


This year, rather than the zoo, we opted to meet the Johnsons at The Wilds. It was a beautiful day for the open air tour.

Missed us last year?  Check out the news from 2016.