JOURNALING: Since 2006, our local newspaper has conducted a digital Easter egg hunt. Columnist Joe Blundo creates 10 riddles describing locations in and around Franklin Co. OH where eggs have been digitally "hidden." Participants figure out the clues and send their answers to the newspaper. The winner receives a small prize. While not competing in the contest, my sister and I have had a lot of fun figuring out the clues and taking pictures at each site. We've learned so much about the amazing city in which we grew up. I do layouts after each of the hunts. This is riddle #2 from 2017. "Winnie Waymarker," my "travel troll" enjoys appearing, either in a photo or digitally added, on all of these layouts.
Monthly observations about the capital of Ohio (no, NOT Cleveland)
In the late 1800's, fires destroyed several downtown Columbus hotels, German businessmen, hoping to attract business to the southern (German) area of the city, collaborated on a hotel/theater at S. High/E. Main. Billed as the "Great Southern Fire Proof Building and Opera House," the theater was completed in 1896, the hotel in 1897. Built of tile, brick, steel, and cement, it became a standard for "fireproof" structures. Local architect Frank Packard was a consultant. Many famous people have stayed at the hotel, including Presidents McKinley, Taft, T. Roosevelt, and Wilson. Mary Agnes "Mame" Thurber, mother of noted  cartoonist, author, humorist, and celebrated wit, James Thurber, lived at the hotel from 1950 until her death in 1955. James visited at least twice a year. He described his mother as a "born comedian" and "one of the finest comic talents I think I have ever known." The hotel, now of the Westin chain, is the oldest in Columbus. In 1918, Thurber's Bar was replaced by the Great Southern Whiskey Bar. According to manager Jesse Hubbard, “People weren’t coming in to look at our Thurber paintings; they’re coming in to drink whiskey,”
Joe's Easter Egg Hunt
'97 is when they built it,
And said no flames would ever wilt it,
Teddy, Taft and Eleanor
Used it as a place to snore,
There Jamie went to visit Mame,
Egg’s in a bar that bears his name
ANSWER: Thurber's Bar at Westin (Formerly Great Southern) Hotel
CREDITS: PHOTOS: by me; "Magazine Page Template" - Elizabeth's Market Cross; KITS: "April Showers" and "Busy Bee" - Kimberly Stewart; "Autumn Charm" - Optic Illusions; FONT: OldNewspaperType