At age 56, chef Jimmy Gibson of Jimmy G’s
is at an age where most chefs have hung up their tongs and high-tailed
it out of the kitchen for a cushier life as either restaurateur or the
occasional expeditor. But not Gibson.
Hot dogs are the American flag of summer
meats. The tube-shaped, sheath-packed meat-sticks plump away on charcoal
grills and in baseball stadiums everywhere from Memorial Day to Labor
Day, serving up freedom with a side of ketchup.
Just ask any roller coaster rider who’s
logged their fair share of hours at Kings Island, and they’ll have a
memorable tale or two of The Beast to share — and after 35 years and
48,882,975 rides, it’s easy to see why.
Larry Thomas, a longtime local film buff
and lover of great old movie theaters, speaks for many Cincinnatians
when he says, “I try at least once a week to consciously think to curse
the names of all those who had a hand in murdering the Albee. What a
The festival scene has long been a fabric
of summer in Greater Cincinnati, with church and neighborhood festivals
going down every weekend across the region. But during the past decade,
almost as many music festivals have popped into the area as well.
Get out the grill and put on your swimsuit — summer is here! Celebrate the heat with our annual Summer Guide. Learn how to grill steak with Jimmy Gibson, celebrate 35 years of The Beast roller coaster, check out all the cool area summer music festivals, learn how many ingredients are in a veggie dog — and how many church festivals there are — plus more.
Even though we as adults don’t
necessarily get an extended summer vacation, the memory of childhoods
spent basking in a solar hug from June to August — wiping dripping
Popsicles from our hands and jumping through sprinklers — stays with us.
And our Summer Guide celebrates and recognizes all those wistful
traditions with a grown-up twist.
The Disney touch is working its magic in
an unusual location far from the company’s California and Florida theme
parks. Two men with Walt Disney Co. training and a love of retro culture
are helping revive a 60-plus-year-old drive-in movie theater on the
fringes of the old industrial city of Hamilton, Ohio.
Aside from baseball and lounging in pools,
grilling just might be America’s favorite summer pastime. From burgers
and brats to pizza and pineapple, there’s nothing we won’t try to cook
on grates over hot coals or burning gas, relishing in those seared grill
marks like a badge of honor.
secret is, don’t ask them what they want or how they want it. Just cook
it and give it to them. But make them wait for it — plan to have it
ready about 45 minutes to an hour later than expected and they will
enjoy it much more.
Summer at the movies can play out like a
coin toss. Heads means a furnace-blast of heat from the blockbusters
that dominate the multiplexes. With tails, you get the sensual embrace
of the cool, hidden treasures stashed away in the art houses. Here’s a
sample of the potential blockbuster and indie winners.