Lots of options for this weekend. Oktoberfest, 20CDM Design Market, Riverfront Arts Fest and Hitchcocktober start today.
Charles and Ray Eames created many iconic furniture pieces.
20th Century Design Market kicks off tonight at the Columbus Museum of Art. The entire weekend is devoted to a personal favorite, midcentury modern design. MOD night at the museum features retro cocktails and snacks and guests are invited to dress as their favorite Mad Men character. The Market features midcentury designs and it costs $10 for access all three days. Fritz Harding will speak tonight, Eames Demetrios will speak Saturday and food trucks will make their way to the area Sunday. I highly recommend going to the Saturday Eames lecture by Charles and Ray's grandson-I was lucky enough to hear him speak at Design Within Reach at Easton a few years ago. For more information about this event, visit http://www.columbusmuseum.org/20cdm.
Gateway Film Center's Hitchcocktober kicks off tonight with some of the master of suspense's top films. Living Social is currently offering a deal for 2 tickets to a Hitchcocktober film, 2 sodas and 2 popcorns for $15-Buy your tickets promptly as the deal ends today. Movies in the series are North by Northwest shown Sept. 28-Oct. 4; Vertigo Oct. 5-11; The Birds Oct. 12-18; Rear Window Oct. 19-25; and Psycho Oct. 26-Nov. 1. Tickets to the films are $6.50 and the theater will have special food and beverages. For more information about the Gateway Film Center or the series, visit http://www.gatewayfilmcenter.com/extras.php?extra=2.
**Also, don't forget the Film Festival of Columbus (FFCOL) begins at the Gateway Oct. 2.**
The lavender honey ice cream from Vienna Ice Cafe is so flavorful I only need to eat a spoonful at a time.
Vienna Ice Cafe
Mozart's took over the space in Clintonville at Olentangy Village formerly occupied by Denise's with its Vienna Ice Cafe and it definitely has a different look and feel. In addition to offering gelato, ice cream and sorbet, it offers European-inspired baked goods, coffees and teas. I stopped in after a visit to Whetstone and Park of Roses and tried some of their gelato. I had a small scoop of the hazelnut praline flavor. The gelato was good but not quite as good as the lavender honey pint of ice cream I got to go. I know, it sounds weird, but the lavender honey tastes amazing. The selection changes regularly and prices are $6 for a sundae, $2 for a small scoop or $3.50 for a duet (2 scoops); a large is $3 and a double (2 scoops) is $3.50. They were having a special on pints to go for $6 during my visit and also advertised on the display case that a check-in on Facebook would you get $2 off a pint or 2 small scoops for the price of 1. To find out more about the shop, visit http://viennaicecafe.com/.
Oktoberfest begins tonight at 5 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center. Admission is free, but it costs $8 to park at the center. When I went a couple of years ago, they featured a children's area, booths with crafts and other goods such as pumpkins and gourds, tons of German foods, German autos and more. For a list of events and entertainment and to plan your trip, visit http://www.columbusoktoberfest.com/.
Riverfront Arts Festival
You can win some new artwork to put on your walls during this weekend's Riverfront Arts Festival at Genoa Park. Admission is free and the event will feature live music, an art and wine stroll, sand sculptures and special happy hour food/drink prices. Riverdance's (Riverdance!) former lead dancer Joe Moriarty and Ladies of Longford will perform at 7:30 and 9 p.m. and WaterFire starts at 8:30 p.m. WaterFire will also take place at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow evening as well.
Hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!