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New Season, New Time Slot and National Syndication for Songs at the Center

2016 has arrived, and Songs at the Center, the locally produced TV series that showcases songwriters, has earned national distribution. American Public Television (APT), the second-largest distributor of public television programming, is offering Season One of the series to public television stations nationwide. That's big news for Central Ohioans and Worthington residents since all but two of the 26 artists featured in Season One are either based in Central Ohio or have close ties to the area.

“APT’s decision to pick up Songs at the Center has been personally thrilling for me,” said Eric Gnezda, Columbus-based songwriter, host and co-creator of Songs at the Center. “I’m excited to get to see Worthington on the national stage highlighting the amazing talent that has grown out of this community.”

New Season and Time Slot

Building on the success of Season One, Songs at the Center will premier its second season on February 13 in a new, earlier time slot. The show will air on Saturday nights at 11 p.m. preceding Austin City Limits. “The new time slot is huge for us. It’s truly a tribute to WOSU’s commitment to our show and to how the audience has embraced it," Gnezda said.

Gnezda, co-creator and co-producer Andy Herron, and Alan Beavers of Alba Productions are thrilled with the show's success at both the local and national level, and they're working tirelessly to improve upon that success. Season Two will feature some big names, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates, Grammy Award winner Don Henry, and Folk/Americana legend Tom Russell.

“With great opportunity comes great risk and great responsibility,” Gnezda said. “We’re trying to make each season bigger and better than the last, while still keeping it fun for everyone.”

The Next Taping

If you missed previous opportunities to watch a live taping of Songs at the Center, you now have another chance. The last television shoot of Season Two takes place Sunday, January 17 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the McConnell Arts Center. The free concert will feature a number of outstanding singer/songwriters including:

  • Columbus blues-rock legend Willie Phoenix
  • Savannah Buist and Katie Larson of The Accidentals
  • Nashville comedian Steve Goodie
  • Multi-instrumentalist, singer and author Korby Lenker
  • Two dynamic songwriting duos: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay of Austin, Texas, and Kathy Redwine and Hollie Brogunier of the Red Wine Effect

For more information about Songs at the Center, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

Café MAC – Worthington’s Favorite Artful Coffeehouse
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Cafe MacCafe Mac 2Cafe Mac 3Looking for a fun, relaxing midweek activity that won't cost a cent? The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center would like to buy you a cup of coffee and invite you to take in the sights and sounds of Café MAC. The event, which takes place in the main gallery every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., features free java, WIFI and artful coffeehouse music. The evening is intended to be low key and informal, so bring a book or your laptop and enjoy an evening of great tunes. In an effort to cater to a wide variety of musical interests, the MAC has arranged an outstanding lineup of local musicians each week.

  • Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club – A longtime favorite around the Columbus coffeehouse scene, the Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club hosts a “pickin’ party” at Café MAC on the first, third and fifth (if there is one) Tuesday of each month. Founded in 1998 by Palmer Moore, the club performs in the traditional thumb-picking style made famous by their music idols: Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel.
  • Matt Ellis and Standard Time – If you love jazz music, you won’t want to miss the second Tuesday of each month when Matt Ellis and his coffeehouse jazz group, Standard Time, entertain the crowd with an evening of lively swing music. A nationally known jazz trombonist, Matt Ellis has been featured in numerous local ensembles and has served as the director for the Thomas Worthington High School Jazz Ensemble and the Capital University Big Band.
  • Adam Schlenker and Friends – A regular at Café MAC for the past several years, Adam Schlenker hosts an informal jam session on the fourth Tuesday of each month. In addition to his gig as a full-time virtual guitar and mandolin instructor, with clients all over the world, Schlenker teaches an acoustic roots ensemble at the MAC and regularly performs both as a solo flat pick artist and with his band, The Family Tree.

Schlenker’s Tuesday night jam sessions have helped to foster an environment at Café MAC where advanced and intermediate performers come together to play, collaborate and learn from each other. “It’s been really neat to see the community that has formed as a result of these sessions,” Schlenker said. “We strive to maintain a balance between the different levels of talent, where the advanced players can hone their skills and the intermediate players can learn and improve without feeling overwhelmed.” Every instrument from A to Z is welcome, so if roots, bluegrass or old-time fiddle music is up your alley, stop by and join in.

The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, located at 777 Evening Street, is a contemporary facility that presents and promotes performing, visual and digital arts. Check out their website or Facebook page to learn more about their events, impressive exhibits and extensive lineup of classes and workshops.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

 

 

 

 

Songs at the Center Returns
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11879090_968821746497866_8599224714446004463_oSeason Two Promises Big Names, Exciting Announcements Since premiering their first season this past January, Worthington native Eric Gnezda and the team behind Songs at the Center (SATC) could not be more pleased with the local music show's rave reviews. Each show, which features three or four singer-songwriters performing in the round and sharing the stage with the audience, is taped and then broadcast on WOSU-TV.

“I’m so proud of the fact that we have been instrumental in cultivating an audience that appreciates this kind of music,” said Gnezda, who got his inspiration for the show from many years on the road as a speaker and singer-songwriter. Piggybacking on the success of the McConnell Arts Center's (MAC) First Tuesday Songwriter Circle and the growing number of outstanding singer-songwriter acts at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza & Live Music, Gnezda thought the time was right to create Songs at the Center.

The Next Taping

On October 23, fans will have the opportunity to attend the program’s next taping, featuring the internationally acclaimed trio American Gypsy, with master violinist Arkadiy Gips. The show will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the MAC and will include the taping of four episodes for the upcoming season.

An All-New Season

Folks who loved the first season of SATC are in for a treat this time around. Here are just a few of the reasons to watch a live taping.

  • High-Level Talent - Thanks to the success of season one and to the growing popularity of Worthington's music venues, Songs at the Center is particularly excited about the level of national talent that will be featured on the show this season, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist John Oates, Grammy award winning writer Don Henry and Americana/folk legend Tom Russell.
  • Same Great Show, Evolving Format - While the original concept behind the show remains, the format continues to evolve. This season, instead of featuring three to four artists per episode, at least three of the episodes will devote the entire half-hour program to one performer. A few instrumentalists will be featured in this year's lineup.
  • New Venues – In addition to the MAC, Songs at the Center is also filming at other locations throughout the city. The team recently taped a show at Gerber LLC, a business consulting firm in downtown Columbus. Nicknamed Songs at the Office, the show was a big success. “If you think about it, music is a part of everything we do and everywhere we go – even our offices,” said Gnezda. “Opportunities like this allow us to reach out and connect with new audiences who may not normally have this experience.”
  • Community Outreach – In addition to taping shows and recruiting talent, Songs at the Center is also focused on community outreach. “We want to bring the energy that we feel to people all over Columbus,” said Gnezda. In addition to organizing performances at events like Concerts on the Green and the Columbus Arts Festival, SATC has been involved with fundraising events for the Worthington Resource Pantry and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Gnezda is also thrilled to announce that the group will be speaking and performing at the TEDxColumbus conference in November.

For more information, check out Songs at the Center on FB, and sign up to receive the organization's newsletter at www.songsatthecenter.com.

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

A Meal and the MAC
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Where To Eat When Visiting the McConnell Arts Center

It’s true; we LOVE having the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. From its impressive exhibits and extensive lineup of classes and workshops to its many special events, concerts and theater presentations, the MAC has something for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks to the MAC’s convenient location, folks can easily grab a bite to eat before or after an event. Although the Arts Center does not serve food, the friendly staff loves to point people in the direction of a great meal. Here are a few places to try the next time you visit the MAC.

Best For Families

Dewey’s Pizza – Boasting 22 locations in the Midwest, it’s easy to see why so many people are talking about Dewey’s Pizza. The restaurant serves specialty pizzas, delicious salads and a rotating selection of local craft beers and wines. Bring the whole family or grab a pie to go!

Best Tip: Check out their seasonal menu; it’s loaded with delicious fall flavors like pumpkin, bacon and fig jam!

Dewey’s Pizza

The Old Bag of Nails – A quintessential neighborhood restaurant, The Old Bag of Nails is known for classic, pub-style dishes like burgers, beer-battered pickles and their famous fish and chips. Guests also love their full bar, kid’s menu and gluten-free options.

Best Tip: Recently voted the best happy hour in Columbus, stop in Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. for “Happy Hour $2 You” specials.

The Old Bag of Nails

Harold’s American Grille – Worthington’s newest restaurant, Harold’s American Grille, features a classic menu filled with local ingredients. The family-friendly atmosphere, delicious dishes and extensive list of wine and spirits are guaranteed to make this your go-to destination.

Best Tip: Try the fish sliders! They’re inspired by the famous fish sandwiches at Coleman’s Fish Market in Wheeling, West Virginia, and a favorite of the restaurant’s owner, Sam Baker.

Harold’s American Grille

Best For Adults

La Chatelaine – Worthington’s favorite French bakery and bistro, La Chatelaine serves traditional fare. Think Duck confit cassoulet and Boeuf Bourguignon served in a lovely, French-country setting. Folks also enjoy the classic charcuterie, homemade bread and decadent desserts.

Best Tip: La Chatelaine’s owners, Stan and Gigi Wielezynski, traveled throughout France, Spain and Italy, hand-selecting small wine producers to create their own in-house red and white wine. Stop in for a taste.

La Chatelaine

The Whitney House – Inspired by the good old-fashioned Sunday dinner, The Whitney House offers rustic-yet-refined cuisine that’s locally sourced and packed with flavor. The restaurant has been open for less than a year, and it's already become a local favorite.

Best Tip: The Whitney House features a different “Daily Plate” special each day of the week, and you’ll want to try them all. Fried chicken Sundays? Yes please!

The Whitney House

Rivage Atlantique – If you’re in the mood for seafood, Rivage Atlantique is the place to be. Featuring fresh, wild-caught seafood direct from the Atlantic Ocean, Rivage Atlantique is the closest you’ll get to seaside dining.

Best Tip: In addition to the main dining room, you’ll love The Back Room with its gastropub menu. Happy hour specials include $2 off beer, wine and house liquor, and $5 small plates.

Rivage Atlantique

The Worthington Inn – A landmark in the community since 1831, The Worthington Inn features a gourmet menu filled with locally sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining on the patio (while it’s still warm), a quiet evening in the historic dining room or a relaxed meal in the Pub.

Best Tip: Check out the restaurant’s exciting list of special events, including wine pairing dinners, live musical performances and holiday parties.

The Worthington Inn

House Wine – House Wine offers more than 500 carefully selected labels in stock, making it Worthington's go-to source for both the novice and the aficionado. With 24 different pours from the shop’s Enomatic wine dispensers, you’ll have a hard time deciding on a favorite.

Best tip: Feel like sharing a bottle? House Wine’s corkage fee is only $5 – the best deal in town!

House Wine

Happy Endings

Graeter’s Ice Cream – Graeter's is the only commercial ice cream manufacturer in the world that still uses small-batch, French pot freezers, creating handmade ice cream that is thick, rich and irresistible. Stop in for a scoop of your favorite flavor or sample one of the seasonal features.

Best Tip: Trying to cut down on your sugar intake? Try Graeter’s new, low-glycemic flavors. They're incredibly delicious, yet slightly less indulgent.

Graeter’s Ice Cream

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio

Celebrate the McConnell Arts Center with 3 MACtastic Events
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MACCalling all fans of art and architecture! The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center is thrilled to host an open house honoring the 100-year anniversary of its historic building. Scheduled to take place on August 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the appropriately titled MAC Bash brings together three highly anticipated events: the annual Open House, the MAC Faculty & Student Show and the yART sale. Together they provide a fun-filled day that everyone will enjoy. “Since all three of these fantastic events happen around the same time of the year, it made sense to combine them into one, day-long celebration,” said Robin Yocum of Yocum Communications. “We anticipate a great turnout and look forward to celebrating this very special place and the many people who have contributed to its success.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the day’s activities:

Annual Open House – If you’ve never been to the McConnell Arts Center, here’s your chance to tour this fantastic facility. Wander the historic halls, meet the extraordinary faculty and experience all that the MAC has to offer. Don't miss the celebratory toast honoring the building, faculty and students at 12 p.m. inside the main gallery.

MAC Faculty & Student Show – From August 17 to October 25, you can view more than 125 pieces of original art by MAC faculty and students. The exhibit will feature paintings, photography, ceramics, music and more.

yART Sale – Don’t let the clever name fool you; this is one yard sale you don’t want to miss. The event, which is co-presented by the McConnell Arts Center, the Worthington Area Art League and Central Ohio Plein Air, brings together a wide variety of art from local artists throughout the region. “People are always surprised by the level of talent represented at yART,” Yocum said. “We’re excited about the number of entries this year and can’t wait to see the displays.”

100 years and still going strong

Designed by Ohio architect Frank Packard, and built in 1915, the MAC’s Packard Annex served as the original Worthington High School until 1952. While the building has undergone a dramatic transformation on the inside, the original shell remains largely unchanged.

“Occasionally, folks who attended the old Worthington High School will stop by to see what the MAC has done with the building,” Yocum said. “We’re thrilled to have been a part of the preservation of this wonderful structure and look forward to many more years in it.”

The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center is a multidisciplinary facility that presents and promotes performing, digital and visual arts. In an effort to continue the fine work of the Worthington Arts Council, the MAC serves to advocate, create and nurture arts programming through performances, exhibits, classes and cultural opportunities. The MAC is located at 777 Evening Street. For more information or to view a full list of events, visit www.mcconnellarts.org or check them out on Facebook.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.