Canal Winchester resident Tony Gibbs is portraying African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar in one-person shows starting Aug. 27 at the Ohio Historical Society.

Resident to portray Dunbar

Canal Winchester resident Tony Gibbs is portraying African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar in one-person shows starting Aug. 27 at the Ohio Historical Society.

Gibbs will offer "An Evening with Paul Laurence Dunbar" as part of the OHS Echoes in Time Theatre series Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, 10 and 17.

Show times are 7 and 8 p.m. at the Ohio Historical Society at I-71 and 17th Avenue. Dunbar was born in 1872 in Dayton. Although he lived only to age 33, he was a prolific writer of poetry, short stories, novels, librettos, plays, songs and essays, writing in both standard English and the dialect of the turn-of-the-century black community. He was popular with both black and white readers of his day and his work is celebrated today by scholars and students alike.

Admission to the Ohio Historical Center is $8 for adults and youths, $7 for seniors and free for Ohio Historical Society members and children age 5 and younger. Parking costs $4.More information is available online at www.ohiohistory.org or by calling 1-800-886-6124.

Labor Day Weekend Powwow

The annual Labor Day Weekend Powwow will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, and run through the three-day weekend at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. in Hilliard.

Sponsored by the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO), the event features Native American music, dancing, arts, crafts and food. Dancers will make a grand entry at 1 p.m. each day and at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The weekend also includes demonstrations and sales by local and national native artisans.

Admission is $7 for adults; $3 for seniors and students; and free for children age 5 and younger. Weekend passes are available for $15. Visitors should bring their own seating.

For more information, call (614) 443-6120.


Food & wine fest slated

The Columbus Food & Wine Affair Grand Tasting will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St.

Guests will enjoy tasting world-class wines and food prepared by the chefs of central Ohio's finest restaurants.

Event proceeds will benefit the WBNS 10TV Family Fund, the Ian Adams Van Heyde Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, the Columbus College of Art & Design and the Central Ohio Restaurant Association.

Tickets are $100. Attire for the evening is cocktail casual.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit www.foodandwineaffair.com or call (877) 274-2672.