Winding Road Experiences

The selected experiences you will find here are a complement to a bi-annual publication brought to you by the WINDING ROAD, a collaborative network of experience producers, creative persons, organizations, and civic leaders. These “stakeholders” are working to create a brand that represents authentic cultural and natural assets in nine Ohio counties in the Muskingum and…

December 18: 9th Annual Appalachian Heritage Luncheon

Celebrate Appalachia’s Culture, Nature, & Heritage at the 9th Annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon in the Statehouse Atrium. This event is presented by Heritage Ohio and Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area, and will celebrate the “inspiring practices” of people living and working in Appalachian Ohio.  Show up early (10:30 am) for Historic Statehouse Tours led by…

Explore the New “EXPERIENCES” Guidebook!

A new EXPERIENCES Guidebook is hot off the press, and includes some of our favorite exciting events taking place this fall. There is something for everyone: from history tours to marathons to holiday train rides, there is much to do and be proud of in the region. Look for physical copies (we think they might…

LOCKING UP THE ELK HISTORIC RIVER TOUR

EVENT: OCTOBER 4-5 (2 DAYS) EXPERIENCE HISTORIC MUSKINGUM RIVER LOCKS, CANALS & DAMS VIA TWO-DAY TOURFrom the first Native Americans to the early pioneers and on to the riverboat captains and recre- ational boaters, the Muskingum River has played an important role in the settling and building of Ohio and the nation. As the state’s…

2019 Ohio Paw Paw Festival September 13-15

FESTIVAL FEATURES OHIO’S NATIVE FRUIT The region’s most unique festival is full of learning experiences consistent with the Winding Road’s goal of sharing and stewarding the region’s story and assets. Ohio’s official native fruit, the paw paw, is the poor man’s bananna. Found wild this time of year in paw paw trees along the edge…

Winding Road Calendar: Fall 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019 SEPTEMBER 13-15OHIO PAW PAW FESTEverything paw paw including lessons on growing and cooking, art, music, local foods and beer, and sustainability workshops. Lake Snowden, Albany. https://ohiopawpawfest.com SEPTEMBER 14NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMThe Castle in Marietta opens its doors after dark where characters from Washington County’s historic past will share their stories.mariettacastle.org SEPT 14, 27th…

A Visit to Blue Rock Station

E V E N T : SEPTEMBER 21, OCTOBER 20, NOVEMBER 16 (1-3PM)40 ACRES OF SUSTAINABILITY In 1993, Jay and Annie Warmke founded Blue Rock Station, a 40-acre sustainability center and farm located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in southeastern Ohio near Philo and McConnelsville. The center features the first Earthship built east…

Winding Road Field Guide: Destination Days

Going to town isn’t what it used to be in our modern society. And we know that cherished routines and regular hangouts are a part of good living. In response, local “creative partners” around the region are organizing street fairs, farmers markets, and cultural programs on a regular day of the week or month so…

Winding Road Field Guide: Spirits

We’re serious about getting back to our roots as producers of alcoholic spirits in southeastern Ohio. Nowhere is that more prevalent than at the Black Dia- mond Distillery operated by Hocking College in the southern Perry County com- munity of New Straitsville, which is known as the Moonshine Capital of the World! Students who enroll…

MT. PERRY SCENIC RAILROAD

EVENT: ALL SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS IN SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER (ON THE HOUR FROM NOON-4PM, PLUS OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS*) RIDE A SCENIC & HISTORIC RAIL LINEThe Mt. Perry Scenic Train, which is also known as the Zanesville & Western Railroad, provides a destination in northern Perry County offering train excursions along Jonathan Creek on a historic…

BEFORE, DURING, & AFTER THE BOOM

EVENT: OCTOBER 19 (9:30 AM-3PM) OFF THE BEATEN PATH COMMUNITIES Local historian Rob Dishon leads this unique view of the coal mining region of southern Perry County featuring life before and after the Hocking Valley Coal Boom era which ran from 1870-1930. Participants will learn of the earliest European settlers in the section and the…

THE FOREST LISTENING ROOM

EVENT: OCTOBER 5 (9:30AM-12PM) CONTEMPLATING THE SOUNDS OF NATURETake a guided sound walk – Hear recorded stories of past and present residents – Listen to music and sound in nature – Share and record your own forest stories Do you like the sounds and stories of the forest? Flowing water, bird calls, wind, plantlife, and…

RENDVILLE RELIVE & REVIVE!

EVENT: NOVEMBER 2 (10:00 AM-2:00 PM) AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORYThis popular event premiered in June 2019 and returns for an encore this fall! Take a deep dive into Rendville history at several locations in this important mining town where African Americans and European immigrants lived side by side creating a fascinating outcome. Hosts will share the…