by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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The 36th annual Taste of Cincinnati takes over six
blocks downtown this weekend. The annual food festival includes more than 100
dishes from 40-plus restaurants and 70 live music performances Saturday through
Monday. Features this year include four music stages; tappings, tastings and a
meet-the-brewers with Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., official beer of the
Taste; and the Taste Experience. If large crowds and funnel cakes aren’t quite
your thing, the Taste Experience features more upscale fare in the intimate
setting of the Procter & Gamble gardens. The Reds take on the Cardinals
Saturday and Sunday, so it’s sure to be a bustling weekend downtown. For more
information about the Taste, check out our feature on the fest.
Memorial Day marks the symbolic start to summer as
well as the opening date for many pools and summer attractions. Both The Beach Waterpark and Coney Island open their gates this Saturday. The Beach, under new
management since its temporary closing in 2012, is back with all the crazy
water rides and slides, the wave pool, real sand and endless entertainment for
the whole family. New this year are cabanas for rent and a high-flying zip-line.
Find admission details and hours here.
Coney Island is another Cincy summertime institution. Enjoy classic rides,
water slides and the iconic Sunlite Pool all weekend long. Go here for tickets
and more info.
Cincinnati Saints, the city’s semi-professional soccer
team, kicks off its first season in the National Premier Soccer League Friday
with a game against Pennsylvania’s Erie Admirals. The Saints play home games at
Stargel Stadium on the West End. Follow the team as they look to make soccer
yet another successful pro sport in Cincinnati — the team will host World Cup
watch parties on Fountain Square next month. Read more about the team in this
Ever been curious about the nudist lifestyle? Many
locals don’t know a nudist resort is located right outside the city on Cincinnati’s
West Side. Paradise Gardens Nudist Resort lies on 35 acres of lush, wooded land
and has been around for more than 40 years. Those interested in nudism or just
wanting to check it off their bucket list are invited to explore the grounds
for an open house noon-6 p.m. Saturday. New nudists and veterans alike can
enjoy swimming, hiking, volleyball, sunning and even a
pirate-themed dance at night. Relax, be respectful and bring a towel to sit on
(that hot summer sun can really warm up seat surfaces!). Future open house
dates are June 7, July 5 and Aug. 19. Learn more here.
For more art openings, parties, festivals and other
stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
for weekend theater offerings.
by Jac Kern
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Washington Park’s renovations are
finally complete and the eight-acre space is now open to the public! The new
park features a performance stage, interactive musical fountains, dog park,
playground, underground garage and more great additions. Peruse the grounds,
grab a free treat from Streetpops or Taste of Belgium, and check out a free
World Choir Games Friendship Concert at 5 p.m. Saturday will kick off a weekly
program for children featuring interactive appearances by Cincinnati Museum
Center, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Art Museum and more, noon-2 p.m. each
Saturday. The park is open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily and will host several weekly
free concerts and other events.Make your way
through Downtown Middletown
restaurants, galleries and shops for the popular First Friday Art Walk.
Participating businesses include The Loft Gallery, Bella “a unique boutique”
and Hollywood Dance Attire. Get your arts and shopping fix from 5-9 p.m.
Motorcycle Rally continues tonight through Sunday on the Levee. Mingle with
bikers, soak up some sun and enjoy live music and games all weekend.
temperature shoots above 100 degrees, sometimes you just want to strip down and
take a relaxing swim. At Paradise Gardens, nudity isn’t just allowed, it’s
required! One of the city’s two nudist camps hosts an open house Saturday from
noon-6 p.m. Go for a swim, sunbathe, go fishing and maybe even conquer some
body shyness all in one day! Go here for more information, location details and FAQs.
It’s time for the
monthly dance party at Northside Tavern, Projectmill’s Dance_MF. Saturday’s
theme celebrates all things woman: Dance_FemmeF.
Get down to some music by female artists and DJs and donate what you can to the
Anna Louise Inn, a safe and affordable housing option for local women in need.
Parties for a cause are the best kind
Sundays are for
relaxing, day drinking and taking a break before the work week. What better
place to spend this special day than Rabbit Hash? The quirky, tiny town, known
to many as the “Center of the Universe,”
hosts Folksiders Market each second Sunday. Vendors will be selling fine art, pottery, paper goods,
unique found objects, vintage knick-knacks, food and more. Play with the town
dogs, grab a beer or sarsaparilla from the wonderful General Store and enjoy a
calming view of the river. The market runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m.There are dozens of World Choir Games competitions, free concerts, events and workshops across the city this weekend. Find a full lineup here.
Nudist resorts and club sprout up everywhere, including rural Ohio
6 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Southern Ohio has a little-known secret: It's crawling with confirmed and potential nudists. Nudism is all the rage in the pastoral, bucolic settings in and around Cincinnati and other major cities. Nudist resorts — bastions of naturalism and freed inhibitions — dot the lush Ohio wilderness around the state.