159 E. Franklin St.,
Circleville, OH 43113
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
A cool crisp day. It was forecasted to be a high of 50. We drove past the main drag where most people were parking. Parking was offered on side streets and alleys; but we turned around and parked on the main drag less than a block away.
Stan Summers, Rotarian for the last 9 years.
Circleville is a town of about 13,400 people and in a county of about 55,000 people. Circleville Pumpkin show has been going on for years, and years, and years. This is Ohio’s greatest free show. We sell pumpkin chili here to save money to help the community the proceeds go to fund our women’s shelter, and YMCA scholarships for kids. We have the world’s greatest pumpkin chili. This money goes back into our community to help the people of Pickaway county and around the world. We recently finished a water project (building water wells) in Guatemala. Rotary is a global organization and we are just a small part of it. We are a small clog in a big chain.
Sidebar: The show is free; but the parking is not. We paid $10 to park.
It looks like you are advertising some type of burger. Tell me about it.
The pumpkin burger is like a sloppy joe; but it has different pumpkin spices in it and a pumpkin mix. It is not too overwhelming, it is good.
Are you saying its good because you work her, or are you saying it is good because it is good?
Last year when I heard about the pumpkin burger, I thought that was going to be gross. I tried it and it was good. It is world famous and it has been around since 1968.
Does anyone want to add anything?
This is the Circleville band booster’s fundraiser for the year. We use the funds to help with summer staff, uniforms, and competition fees and basically, anything that the kids need for the band that the school is not able to provide. It is important that people come down and support us and get the pumpkin burgers. Deca was a work study program who originated the pumpkin burger recipe. We were able to take it over as the band boosters. It is a great fund raiser for us every year.
Sidebar: I brought along Tammy Barry of (TK Barry close to home) to taste test. Tammy is willing to try many foods that I refuse to try. We brought along Tammy to taste test like Mikey on the Life commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiCIP6tQwz0 But unlike Mikey, Tammy likes a lot of stuff that I don’t like.
Tammy Barry: It is really good.
Tell me about what you are doing.
I’m making pumpkin waffles. We make them from scratch. We start off with a home-made batter, then deep fry them up fresh. We sell them all day long. We have non-stop lines. We just try to keep up with the production.
How long have you been doing this?
My family has been doing this for 3 generations.
It has been a long-time tradition for families to come to the Pumpkin show and try the pumpkin waffles.
What do you think about the pumpkin waffle Tammy?
It’s pretty good. It is not a strong taste of pumpkin. It tastes about the same as the regular waffle.
Sidebar: I tried the pumpkin waffle also. I agree with Tammy. I could not taste the difference between the pumpkin waffle and the regular waffle.
There is more to do than eat.
The size of the prize pumpkins is amazing. This year the winners were: Mark Litz (1,607 pounds), Bob Brown (1,548 pounds), and Mark Hoffhine (1,331.5 pounds).
What’s your name?
What’s your claim to fame?
Best pumpkin ice cream in the land at the greatest free show on earth.
Tell me a little bit about the boosters.
This helps fund various athletic expenses and band related costs for our program. All dollars help us to not only sustain the program; but, get uniforms and grow the program. It is great to get community involvement. It is also bringing people in to help volunteer. It is a great cause.
Tammy you just had some pumpkin ice cream, what do you think?
The pumpkin ice cream is delicious. It has a good flavor. It is just right.
Would you get it again?
Most definitely. For $4 it is worth it.
What are you eating?
Miniature pumpkin donuts. They were straight out of the grease.
Would you buy them again?
I tried a pumpkin burger for the first time several years ago. It still tastes the same. Great!
Does it have an after taste of any kind?
Yes, a little salty, but it is still good. It has its own unique taste.
If I come back next year, I would get the burger again. Make sure you bring Tammy Barry to the pumpkin show with you. She is adventurous. I think she tried almost everything here.
Tammy you tried a bunch of stuff. What are your parting thoughts on the festival? What would you get again?
I think it is a good festival. The pumpkin burger was out of sight. I would get that again. The pumpkin ice cream was wonderful. The waffle was ok, just tasted like a regular Belgian waffle with some sugar on it. I would pass on the pumpkin chili.
Nobody mentioned the donuts.
The donuts were good; but you must get them when they are hot. I don’t know if they would taste as good if they were cold.
I agree with Marilyn Dawkins and to add to what she said the pumpkin flavor for the donuts.
I would come back again for the miniature donuts.
Sidebar: I decided to try the pumpkin burger. I didn’t taste pumpkin. I just tasted a salty aftertaste. I did think it was good, and I would get it again.
I think this festival is good for families. Besides good food, they have rides and games you can play. If you don’t ride, you can have fun eating or playing games. The parking is close. You can just about stretch your leg out and you are at the festival.
The cost of parking was consistently $10. We were able to park at Hardees. It appears as if the local businesses and schools are closed. We arrived late morning and stayed a few hours. It seems like there were a lot of middle school and high school aged young people walking around.
I was surprised by the number of size and the number of rides. I thought there might be a few kiddie rides, a few food trucks, and a few pumpkin vendors. The festival occupies a much bigger space than I thought. I would have liked to try a regular pumpkin donut from the bakery. The line was WAY too long; therefore, we didn’t purchase a regular pumpkin donut. I’m glad I brought Tammy. If you bring a Mikey, you get to taste a bite of everything. The food cost is reasonable for a festival. I think part of the reason the food is reasonable is because we tried to support the boosters.
Harvest Moon Festival 2018
Infirmary Mound Park
4309 Lancaster Road
Granville, OH 43023
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
Heidi Stone, email@example.com
Where are we and why did you come to the event?
This is a Harvest Festival. It is to get everyone out in the fall weather to enjoy all this great stuff. Our family is doing the Village Taco Truck; so, that is what brought us to the festival. There is lots of fun stuff for kids.
Is the Village Taco Truck free?
Enjoy the day, it is beautiful.
Tell me about the instrument you are playing.
This is the most ancient folk instrument that we know of. It arose in what we used to be called Persia (the Iran and Iraq area). It is called a Santur in India, yamgqin in China and dulcimer in America. It is the precursor of the piano and the harpsichord. Someone said the dulcimer is a piano on standard transmission. You don’t have the keys. You are hitting directly on the piano wires with the hammers. If you look in a piano, you will see the hammers that are attached.
I listened to them perform an American Folk Waltz. Jenny claimed that the dulcimer sounds a lot like the piano. However, I didn’t hear that. I think my grandfather would have really enjoyed this! The dulcimer and the acoustic guitar brought back memories of my grandfather playing his guitar, yodeling, and occasionally playing his harmonica. Ok, I know the time periods and the choice of music had different sounds and chord progressions (country versus folk).
In Asia, the dulcimer is considered an orchestral instrument. People who are very prim and proper, and well educated, and classically trained, play it. In America, it is more of a folk instrument. We are sort of the rag, tag, bumbling players. It came over in 1763 on one of the boats with the colonists. It would be the way that ladies would show they were cultured in the parlor. When the railroads and the roads came around, the piano replaced it. Then, the dulcimer went under the bed or up in the barn. It was called a Lumber Jack piano for a while, because you would see them on the canal boats. At that time, it wasn’t considered appropriate for a church service. The Sears catalog had these until 1910. In 1910 they had one in stock for a year and couldn’t sell it, so they took it out of the catalog. People started building them themselves. We had salespeople in Ohio who would go around and sell these. They weren’t available from about about 1910 to 1970. They came back out with the New Folk Revival. Then they took the lead melody role. Before they used to be the background “ummmph chuck aaahhh ummmmph chuck aaaahhh.”
This is also a dulcimer. It is like two people having the same last name as Smith; but, not related. Dulcimer in Latin means sweet sound or sweet voice. This is much more ancient. It comes from Persia. This is truly the American folk instrument. It came over in the hands of the Germans. The Germans had a rectangular instrument with a similar string arrangement called the scheitholt. This was built by people who lived in the mountains with whatever material they had. This is also called the mountain or Appalachian dulcimer. It has more of a twangy type of sound.
Why this festival? What did you just do?
A friend who works at the Licking County parks department told me what was going on. I am a fan of parks and recreation. I just watched the episode on the Harvest Festival. I thought I would get out and enjoy it. There is a lot going on: there is pumpkin painting, and kids can interact with tractors. I just shot a bow and arrow for the first time since high school. I got in the red part; so, I think that is pretty good. They have a carriage ride going around. It’s a nice chance to get outside.
Free opportunities like this are a rare find and fun to do.
I didn’t realize that this festival was over at 4:00pm. The hours were noon to 4:00pm. (I didn’t arrive until about 3:15 pm). MapQuest said it would take 22 minutes from my house. That was a LONG 22 minutes. I felt like I was on 70 forever, and the exit street forever. It took longer for me to get there than I anticipated; but, it was a straight shot. People were friendly. There was a lot to do. I tried to see as much as I could in the short amount of time that I was there. It was neat to hear the history of the piano and dulcimer. I enjoyed hearing the dulcimers played. The sound reminded me of the harpsichord sound on the keyboard. It’s probably because piano is my second favorite instrument (to the Hammond B-3 organ). This was the highlight of the festival for me. The children seemed to really enjoy petting the animals and jumping in the bounce houses.
This festival has a relational vibe. It is very kid and family friendly.
I just happened to wear my hiking boots because they matched the sweat shirt that I wore. I would suggest that you wear boots or hiking boots because the parking and the festival is on grass. If it rains, there might be a little mud involved.
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
According to the website, www.ColumbusCaribbeanFestival.com, this was to be held at the Scioto mile (downtown Columbus). The festival was on the other side of the River near COSI. Everyone seemed to get the memo to park at a meter. There wasn’t an available meter within a mile of the event. I paid $5 to park in the COSI lot. I wanted to pay cash but COSI was closed and I couldn’t find where I was supposed to pay; so, I had to pay by credit card. It was hot. There was a little shade; but, hardly any breeze.
How old are they?
The youngest is 8 years old. He is a chanter and he dances around. The oldest is 21 years old. She plays the drums. Then, there is everybody in between.
Is everybody related?
Yes. Pretty much.
Are they doing original music?
Yes. They have some recordings in the studio that are coming up soon.
We are a roots band. We try to do new roots for the young people, but we primarily do foundation music. We do some originals, but we do covers for the people. I write the music (instrumentation) and my cousin that you just talked (I didn’t catch his name) writes the lyrics. The band members also write their own music.
You have on an interesting outfit. You were telling me you did what yesterday?
Yesterday we did soca dancing. About 30 of us came out and danced.
How long have you been soca dancing?
About three months. This is my first year.
I assume that with the outfit you basically shake everything. Is that correct?
Yes, basically and have a good time.
Anything else you want me to know?
I love soca dancing. Our instructor is Melinda Miranda (look her up on Facebook). Get some feathers and join us next year.
I am having a fantastic time. We have been listening to music. I thought it would be nice to have auntie and great niece time. It has been fun seeing people. They did a conga line. It is fun meeting people of all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Angel: We have a nice lady here painting faces. She does a lot of decorations on your face. It is very fun to be here, and I really enjoy it.
Tell me what you want us to know.
My beauty company is called I Envi Beauty. I am a professional makeup artist. I do special event makeup such as proms, weddings, home coming, special effects, face painting, and body painting. Here at the Caribbean Festival, I have the Glitter Express, which is a glitter body art company. I also sell glitter cosmetics. Come check out the Caribbean Festival. This was an amazing weekend, amazing vibes, delicious food, and beautiful people. I’m so happy this is here in Columbus.
Is this your first year attending the Caribbean Festival?
Yes. I have been in Columbus for four years. I am originally from Jamaica.
It is fantastic people, wonderful music, great food, and a great place to network. It’s just a good place to cool down and feel irie.
What are you saying? What is irie?
Irie is good. It’s awesome. It’s nice. It’s cool and laid back. It is wonderful. It is what you feel when you are in ecstasy or full bliss.
Is it an island term?
Yes, it is an island term.
I will say this about the African culture. It is good to come together and celebrate who we are, in every form, in every way, with all our talents and be able to express ourselves. Then, we will realize how many other people can relate to us. It is a beautiful thing to belong to such a rising culture.
I’m here to support Lungu Vybez. I sell merchandise for the Ark Band. I help set up, tear down and go out on the road with them. We are supporting local reggae music.
Do you play an instrument?
I play the guitar. I also do some vocals.
Is reggae your main genre?
Reggae is probably more the focus that I play now; but, I come from a punk rock background.
Check out www.arkband.com. Come out to support when you can.
What do you want me to know?
Last year was the first year of the festival. This year is much bigger. It is three days. It is going well. We played on Friday night and it was a blast.
Where are you from?
How long have you been here?
I have been in Ohio for 33 years.
How long have you been playing bass for the Ark Band?
Go to our website to see our schedule. In the month of February, we do a Bob Marley celebration tour. We also play a lot of gigs around town.
How does it feel to be the oldest and the leader of the band?
It is a lot of work. We are also young, so we are still in school. We have jobs. We still manage to pull it together to practice and rehearse so we can do what we must do.
Stay tuned. We are still young. We are still perfecting our craft. We are going to work hard to provide more content.
A few more pictures….
My advice is to bring a credit card just in case you need to park in the COSI lot. If the event is held at the same location, bring a chair. There is a little bit of shade available; but, to be safe, bring a visor or even an umbrella. This is a festival to relax, listen to music, network, and people watch.
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
Whetstone Community Center
3923 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43214
According to wwwcbusvegest.com, “The Columbus VegFest is a day of education promoting sustainable living, healthier bodies and a more compassionate society”. It was a dreary day. During my visit, it rained buckets. The good thing is many of the vendors are inside; so, there was a lot to experience, dry.
There was a tent set up outside where educational talks were given. I’m sure they were very informative; but, by the time I was ready to sit down for a presentation, there was a break in the rain; so, I left.
Are you local?
No, we are out of Lakewood, Ohio. We are originally from Cleveland, Ohio.
What does a Vegan donut consist of? Different flavors?
Basically, it is plant based. No animals are harmed. If you are Vegan, there are no eggs and no dairy. It is basically fruits. It is still a yeast raised donut. It is not gluten free. Everything you see here is all natural including the sprinkles (no artificial coloring).
Can you use sugar?
Yes. Organic cane sugar.
What are your different flavors?
We have bomb pop which is lemon icing with sprinkles, s’more, strawberry shortcake, raspberry with sprinkles, cookies and cream, and glazed twist.
What is a s’more?
It is graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow roasted. This is our version on a donut.
I assume these are good.
Yes, we came all the way from Cleveland and our line of people was all the way back.
Sidebar: I tried the donut, and it was good.
Smash Bowl is located in Nashville Tennessee area. We have been in business for about 3 years. We do special events all across the country. We got into this business for a couple of different reasons. (1) my wife and I have been vegan for about 25 years. (2) we are martial artists. This business started with our love for martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jisu. All our products come from the Amazons of Brazil. We are 100% dairy free. There are no animal products in anything that we sell. We don’t even use honey. It is considered animal products by many vegans. No milk and no dairy.
Smash Bowl. What is it?
Acai is a berry that grows on the palm trees in Brazil. They make the berry into a puree. We make it into a sorbet and add toppings such as granola, and agave. It is super rich in antioxidants. It’s a lot of super foods packed in one bowl.
Kombucha is a fermented tea. It has probiotics in it; live bacteria, organic acids. It is made from sweet tea. I use black and green tea and organic sugar. We add a live culture to it and let it ferment for about three weeks. The culture has yeast and bacteria that live in harmony. The live culture eats all the sugar and it turns into probiotics; amino acids, organic acids. It helps your digestive system. After the initial fermentation, I put it in a second fermentation with the fruits and the berries and whatever I choose to flavor it for another week. Then, we bottle it and it goes out to the stores.
What are the benefits?
It is like a detoxer. After drinking the tea, I have heard that people have been cleansed out thoroughly.
Do all the flavors have the same benefits?
They all have common benefits. The lemon ginger is awesome for your stomach. The same with the blueberry cardamom. The blackberry blossom has some flowers like red clover and elder flower in it that are awesome for the immune system. It is good to use in the winter time if you have a cold or feeling sick.
Are you local?
We have a shared kitchen space in Zanesville, Ohio.
Anything else you want me to know?
I’m happy that people are finally catching on to how awesome kombucha is.
Is this a vegan product?
Yes. It is vegan and gluten free, very low in sugar. It is awesome. It is good for your stomach and has all the digestive aids.
I tried the lemon ginger. It was pretty good.
Is this Vegan Chocolate?
Yes. We are a 100% bean to bar company based in Louisville, Kentucky.
What is your claim to fame?
We take pride in using no animal products. We use cruelty free products as much as possible and ethically sourced like a cow from sustainable cooperatives.
What are your flavors?
White chocolate, Raspberry White Chocolate, Peppermint white chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate (72% Columbian Cacao), Dark Chocolate (71% Belizean Cacao). Caffe Mocha Mile Chocolate, Bourbon Smoked Sea Salt White Chocolate, Mint Julep (Milk Chocolate), and Bourbon Dark Chocolate.
We use Bourbon from a local distillery called Rabbit Hole.
You can get fat eating this right? It has a bunch of sugar, right?
Yes. It’s animal free and its cruelty free but it has all the things that make it good.
What is your personal favorite?
It is probably a tie between the Bourbon Smoked Sea Salt White Chocolate and the Columbian Dark chocolate.
How much are these bars?
$6 each. The special during the Columbus VegFest is 5 for $25.
I did taste the two Dark Chocolate favors and the Bourbon Smoked Sea Salt White Chocolate. They tasted ok to me; but, it had a slight aftertaste. Again, my disclaimer, I’m not Vegan.
They had a faculty representative from the School of Alternative Medicine giving free Reflexology. It was past relaxing and FREE on top of that.
What are you doing here?
I have my three different bars for a $1 donation. Almond Strawberry Rose, Almond Apricot Peach Saffron, and Intense Raspberry Almond. My top seller German Chocolate cookie is gone. I got up at 5 am this morning and made 8 dozen. I should have made more.
Who are we collecting for today?
The Columbus Veg community, Vegan shift, and Marysville Sunrise Sanctuary.
Anything else you want me to add?
Come and try it. Consider going Vegan. It is good for the body, mind, and soul. Most importantly, it is good for the environment.
What product did I just eat?
I believe you had our Sunny Crunch. The leaf is called Crystal bell. It is a lighter cruncher alternative to iceberg or romaine lettuce. It has a lot more nutrients and is a lot healthier.
Did you say you will be in select Walmarts?
Yes, we will be in select Walmarts in the Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton areas in October. We are located in Wilmington. Our goal is to provide service to a 200-mile radius. We do have green houses in DC, Philly, and Chicago as well. We are new in this area. The biggest thing is we ask that you talk to your local grocery store produce manager or even post on social media and tell them you have tried Bright Farms and it is amazing. Going local is better than importing from California.
We are non-GMO verified, pesticide free. We are 24-hour harvest to store, and we are grown hydroponically. We are cleaner than organic. A lot of organic products still use organic pesticides. Growing hydroponically is just minerals, greens, water in a soil free medium. We are a premium product with a standard price.
This was really good. He told the truth! I would buy this again. They also have other products; but, I didn’t try those.
What is Vegan Shift?
It is a Vegan advocacy and empowerment organization. We focus on vegan education, vegan lobbying, vegan community outreach, and community events, such as the Doo Dah parade. Our goal is to spread Veganism.
We care about the people, and the planet as well as the animals. We feel that a change needs to be made to save the planet, environment, animals, and people. We are about an elevated consciousness and understanding the effects of our actions, and how we can live more sustainably for the entire planet. We don’t promote baby steps. We think it is time to make a big step. We are not about meatless Monday or reducing consumption. We are about Vegan. Vegan is not just a diet. Veganism is how you care about every earthling.
Go to www.veganshift.org you can find the Columbus Vegan meetups. You can find a lot of great educational information there as well. If you are looking to volunteer, you can reach us at www.veganshift.org or on Facebook’s Vegan Shift site. We always need extra help volunteering.
Jamie Inks, Jinxi Chocolate and Wooster Chocolate Company, www.jinxichocolate.com
Tell me what you want me to know.
We are a Vegan, gluten free organic bean to bar chocolate. We used three ingredients to make our dark chocolate: cocoa beans, a little extra cocoa butter, and sugar. Our Vegan milk chocolate has the addition of coconut milk. It’s all soy free, diary free and gluten free.
How much do your products cost?
They are on the high end of the chocolate scale because we use pure ingredients and we make very small batches. Typically, the bars run $2.50 to $4. You get what you pay for.
Anything else you want me to know?
We have a boutique store and café in Wooster, Ohio. We have Vegan soft serve and hot chocolate all day. It’s a fun place to come and hang out, play board games and be with your friends.
Is the soft serve free?
No, it is not. It’s organic and Vegan. It will be a little bit higher than the ice cream store down the street. Again, you get what you pay for.
I had something that was amazing. What was it?
That was our Sriracha Vegan Bean Back Snack Strip. It’s a new product. I just got the labels two days ago.
There was a cheese looking thing on the top. What was that?
That is follow your heart vegan smoked gouda cheese. You can buy it at Meijer and Whole Foods.
Tell me what you want me to know.
I’m a comedian allergic to everything delicious. I was hungry and I needed to make something to eat. I found all these fake meats that have ingredients that I’m allergic to, like soy and gluten. I decided to make an allergy friendly vegan bacon. We are going on our second year of making this bacon. We are from Athens, Ohio. We have five different products.
How much does one little strip cost?
You get two strips in a package. The original cost is $3. The Sriracha cost $4. But today, we are offering a mix and match- 3 for $10.
What’s up with the high prices?
It’s all organic ingredients. When you consider that only organic ingredients are used, it is not that much more than other things that are out there.
Do you find that it is hard being an African American female vegetarian?
Absolutely! In our culture, we eat meat. When you go to family functions, or any kind of social function, there is always meat available. You have to go prepared.
Is it more expensive to be a Vegetarian?
It is not expensive. It is actually more cost effective. The truth is, you can grow your own vegetables and that is a very easy process.
Is it easy being Vegetarian eating out?
It is not easy, because we are in a meat-eating society. There are not a lot of options on menus other than salads and things which makes it challenging when you go out to eat.
If a person is single no dependents and not trying to cook are you saying this is not for them?
No, I’m not saying that at all. I think it is a wonderful option. They just need to prepare themselves for being in a meat driven society. It is not impossible. There are a lot of Vegan restaurants opening.
Where are they?
Willowbeez has a pop up at Hills Market, Loving Hut which is located off of Livingston Avenue, and the Acre which is in Grandview. You have to go online and research Vegan/Vegetarian restaurants. There is at least half a dozen to a dozen restaurants.
Ok, what if a person doesn’t have deep pockets like you? Chocolate bars are $6 each.
First, that’s a festival. They have to recoup their money because that is a one-time thing. They are not a standing restaurant. Second, vegetables are more fibrous. They explode in your stomach., not like an explosion; but, they are more filling. Therefore, you eat less. When you have meat and other processed food, you are hungry more often. If you have more of a vegetarian diet, you can go longer without eating because what you eat is sustaining you. It is more cost effective. If you want to sit down and see your plate full, then that is a mental conditioning which most American’s have. You are not going to have that if you are vegetarian. Everything that you need will probably not fill up the plate. It will be fibrous and hearty; so, you won’t have to eat three big meals and feel full. You will have one hearty meal that will carry you through most of the day.
Anything that I didn’t ask you that might be beneficial for someone that wants to follow in your footsteps?
Be kind to yourself. It doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process. You are going to want to eat meat. Start by cutting down your portions. Studies have shown that many can not go directly from meat eating to vegetarian. You may have a negative reaction. It is your bodies conditioning to want sugar, fat, and salt. Be patient. Introduce it slowly. If you were raised a vegan or vegetarian, it is much easier.
What is the fitness/healthy aspect of being vegan/vegetarian?
Sugar is sugar. Sugar if not metabolized as energy will turn into fat.
First, research it. Consult with your doctor. Studies have shown that there are some ethnic groups that do not benefit from veganism or vegetarianism.
Wow it might not benefit folks?
Yes, it’s just like as African Americans, we should not be drinking milk. That’s why our bodies are lactose intolerant. Our bodies are telling us that we don’t need it. Some cultures do not eat meat by situation or religion. Their ancestors have established that in their DNA. Vegan and vegetarian might not be for every culture.
Vegan and vegetarians have to make sure they are getting all the necessary nutrients. If your fruit or vegetable is not in season or indigenous to where you are living, it is probably not going to help you. It is growing at a certain time to help you. If I am shipping in kiwi from Hawaii, my body is probably not going to metabolize it over the winter time. My body is going to say- what is this?
Let’s say a person usually eats 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. You can start by having 6 to 10 of those meals be vegan or vegetarian based. The remainder “regular.” It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, Vegan/vegetarian ensures we have the proper minerals and vitamins from plant based.
I’m thinking about breakfast, Is cereal ok?
Some grain. Now we are talking about breakfast, lunch and dinner. That is very traditional. You should eat when you are hungry. It all depends on what your body is telling you. It is good to have meals pre-prepared. But, that is with anything. Otherwise, you are going to put together trash.
If you are a true die-hard vegan, you do not put heat to anything, everything is raw. Most of the time when you see recipes, you are eating vegetarian. You can add heat and add oil in vegetarianism. For vegans, if you can’t pick it out of the earth and put it in your mouth, it’s not true vegan.
So those chocolate bars were vegetarian and not vegan?
Right. Those chocolate bars were processed, they are vegetarian. They spin it as vegan because it may not have eggs and stuff like that. A true 100% vegan, everything is raw. It works with the bacteria in your body. A lot of the gut problems we have is because we introduce heat and oils. That’s why we have colitis.
I loved attending Columbus VegFest! I learned a lot. There seemed to be one vendor that was selling some type of wrap. They were the first vendor as you enter the auditorium. The line was very long. It made it difficult to get into the auditorium. I would suggest they have a different location that isn’t close to the entry and speed up their service. I wanted to try a wrap; but, I didn’t want to wait in the long line. In practice, I am thinking about April Tisby’s practical advice. Who knows? One day, I might commit to the 6 to 10 vegetarian meals. I will look for the Bright Farm products because that was past good! As for me and my house, we are going to continue to have regular desserts.
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
1251 Bryden Rd.
Columbus, OH 43205
According to the website galleryinthehood.com, a mural painting, music, poetry, vendors, etc. was planned. I arrived at the address and was told the festival was cancelled due to rain. In their defense, rain was in the forecast and it did rain; but, it didn’t rain until after I left which was around 6:45 pm. I didn’t see any rain prior to that. I noticed a young lady sitting in a chair holding an acoustic guitar. When I got a little closer, she started playing and another young lady started singing. Their names are Keisha Soleil and B. Soleil.
Hakim Raquib, artist
I’m an artist originally from Boston Massachusetts. I’m a Master resident artist in the African American Masters Artist in Residence Program at Northeastern University (AAMARP).
What moves you to the type of art that you selected?
Aesthetics and process. Most of the work here is under the realm of digital art. That is the title of the exhibition. It has been digitally created and printed by me by hand, with what you call pigment inks on enhancement paper. My work is about the transformation of imagery. I am curious as to what more can there be in an image. I grew up in analog now I have moved to the digital realm. I think of these works as futuristic within the media. I want to see how far I can go in creating different filters and what comes out of these filters. Most of this work is algorithmically driven in a program called “Deep Dream.” This is the landscape that it creates.
Do you have a favorite piece?
My favorite piece right now is called “Gele”. It’s the second to the last piece I did before I came to Columbus. “Gele” is about texture. This is a deep dreaming image. It’s a crop from a larger portion. I didn’t want to make it huge. I wanted to show the texture of the process. My work tends to be relatively large.
My last piece is a picture that I took a while ago of Aretha Franklin. I wanted to honor her by making it the signature piece for the show. I took that analog image of her in 1980 at the Rose Bowl. She was one of many artists. Other artists included Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. I could capture her because I was working with Stevie Wonder at the time. Aretha Franklin wasn’t the head liner at the time, Stevie Wonder was.
The African American Masters Artist in Residence Program at Northeastern University (AAMARP) was founded by Dana Chandler. He is an art activist who now lives in Gallop, New Mexico. The program is currently under attack. The University wants to take over this 40-year-old program. We need to resist that.
The guy in the picture is an attendee who wanted his picture taken.
I loved the art! It was fascinating hearing about the process of turning digital images into a different work of art. I said different work of art because I believe some digital images can be a work of art without altering them (other than enhancing the image). Regarding the rain and the festival being cancelled…..No comment.