Monday, June 12, 2017

Camp Oyo, Historic Hotels and lots and lots of Yarn...

Thursday June 8, 2017
Camp Oyo Fundraiser...

Tonight my husband, Andrew, and I attended a charity event to benefit Camp Oyo, which is a camp for kids who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  One of the founders of my husband’s company is involved with an organization that supports the charity, so she asked if any of the employees wanted to attend. Since I’d been taking ASL (American Sign Language) lessons since February from a retired teacher from the Columbus School for the Deaf, Andrew thought it would be a good chance for me to finally put my lessons to use.
Andrew trying out one of the many pinball machines
Although I saw several people signing to each other, I’m not sure how many were totally deaf as they seemed to speak to each other as well. Being a little shy and not too confident in my signing abilities, I was hesitant to just go up to someone and interrupt their conversation. However, I did have a conversation with a man named John who is a hard-of-hearing (with a hearing aid), and is actively involved in the deaf community and volunteers at the camp. He had to correct a couple of my signs (at least in terms of the position of my fingers), but overall said he was impressed. I was also complimented by a deaf lady at my church, and by Andrew, but I know I still have a long way to go before I am in any way competent enough to communicate smoothly and quickly. Still, I’m glad we attended, and I hope the fundraiser was a success.

Saturday June 10, 2017
Worldwide Knit in Public Day & Historic Hotels of Columbus...

Today was a busy day as I had several activities to attend (as well as taking our cat in for a nail trim, a stop at Lowe’s to purchase a weed whacker, and drop off a book at one of the Free Little Libraries).

Historic Hotels of Columbus
At 10am my husband and I attended a two hour lecture at the Upper Arlington Municipal Center which was all about the Historic Hotels of Columbus. The lecture was given by Tom Betti and Doreen Uhas Sauer who are both from Cleveland and connected by having families in the same neighborhood. Now both live here in the capital city and are involved with the Columbus Landmarks Foundation as well as coauthoring books about various historical aspects of the city.
the Great Southern Hotel as it looks today

Not surprisingly, of the approximately dozen and a half people in attendance, we were the youngest (with the exception of Mr. Betti) in attendance. One of the attendees, an older gentleman, bragged somewhat jokingly that he (or at least his company) was the reason for at least one of the hotels (Deshler I think?) closing as his newer, nicer one took its place. In spite of that, or perhaps because of, Ms. Uhas Sauer gave him a free book to show there were no hard feelings. Obviously this older gentleman was interested in the history of these now defunct buildings, or maybe he just came to brag or throw in his two cents worth. Either way, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Other attendees shared their stories of visiting these hotels; one remembering how down market one of the hotels had become when she stayed there in the 1960s. Another said she and her family always used to always have their Sunday meal at one of the hotels.

Andrew commented to me afterwards how interesting he thought the lecture was and even suggested we buy a copy of their book (so I did). We both look forward to adding it to our summer reading list.

Worldwide Knit in Public Day
Though I don’t personally knit, I have a great appreciation for this art, and hope to learn this skill (and crochet too) someday. Much thanks to my great friend, Leslie for getting me started by giving me a set of needles and an instruction guide. I promise you that someday I will actually get them out and have a go (or enroll in a class either).

Anyway, the Dublin Arts Council was having a party to celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day alongside their Yarn Over Dublin event which was installed earlier in the week. By “installed,” I mean that various pieces of public art in Dublin suddenly got a temporary (until about mid July) “yarn makeover.”

The first one I spotted was the infamous “Field of Corn (with Osage oranges),” which are draped with knitted squares (see above), a hat,
and even a bird or two.
The pair of children in downtown Dublin’s “Daily Chores” statue are clothed with sweaters (which is somewhat ironic given the extreme early summer temperatures lately). Jaunty Hornbeam, the giant sideways head on the front lawn of the DAC got a lovely hat as well.
I got to meet the artist who created it and asked her if it was like knitting a regular hat, only slightly larger in scale. She said it was pretty much the same process, and that she was given measurements to go by, though still needed to do some last minute alterations to it.

I felt a bit bad that I wasn’t there to knit (and openly admitted that when asked), but was there to express my appreciation for the cool yarn bombing over at the corn rows. I haven’t seen the other sculptures yet, but plan to visit as many as I can over the next several weeks. The lady who knitted the hat told me about a couple wool-related events (The Great Lakes Fiber Show & A Wool Gathering) after I told her about being interested in learning to weave. I made sure to jot down the details and have shared that info with my above mentioned friend (hoping perhaps we can attend one of these events together).

Many thanks to Karen Dendiu who hosted the event, Program Manager, Christine Langston, and Executive Director, David Guion. I very much enjoyed watching the slides of the knitters hard at work and seeing the various yarn creations installed at the different locations. The pastries and cookies were also very delicious. I’m not too embarrassed to admit I tried one of everything (though only ate one cookie) and felt stuffed for the rest of the afternoon. : )

Can’t wait to see the rest of the yarn bombing around the city. Besides visiting all the local Little Free Libraries, I will add to my summer bucket list a visit to the various public art around Dublin that has been so beautifully adorned.

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