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2013 Winter Events and Activities


The long gray Ohio winters can drive people crazy. I've gathered a few events and activities that will get residents out of the house for 10 bucks or less.

1. January: Grande Winter Ball

January 26, 2013 Saturday 7-9 p.m. Donation of $10 per person or $15 per couple. Ohio Statehouse Broad and High streets, Columbus, 43215 From the website: Individuals of all ages are invited to attend the Grande Winter Ball hosted by Civil War re-enactors, 1st Ohio Light Artillery Battery A. Come dance or watch. Learn how to reel or waltz. Dress in attire of the Civil War period or come as you are. Please send RSVPs, identifying the name(s) of those attending, to: statehouseball@live.com

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2. January: Jazz Arts Group: PBJ & Jazz with Sean Carney & the Sean Carney Band

January 12, 2013
Saturday 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
$5 with a family maximum of $20
Lincoln Theatre
769 E. Long St., Columbus, 43203

From the website:The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus is pleased to return to the Lincoln Theatre for the 2012-2013 season of the Jazz Academy's PBJ & Jazz concert series presented by Bob Evans Farms. PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus' finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are hosted by former Columbus Music Hall owner and retired music educator Rebecca Ogden - and are a great introduction to live music for the youngest audience member. Children receive a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, juice and a cookie (provided by Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland). Don't miss our list of 7 Outdoor Romantic Places in Columbus

3. January: Winter Jam

January 19, 2013
Saturday 6 p.m.
Admission is $10 at the door - No tickets required
Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center
555 Borror Dr., Columbus, 43210

From the website: The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular founded and hosted by GRAMMY®-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong and presented by World Vision, will be headlined by Grammy winning, multi-platinum recording artist TobyMac. The event will also feature RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor, with a message from national speaker Nick Hall. In addition, the Youth Music Vault Pre-Jam Party will include performances from Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings.

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4. January: Great Train Expo

January 19-20, 2013
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
General admission - $7; Children (under 12) - Free
Ohio Expo Center
17 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 43211

From the website: America's favorite traveling train show is coming to town with operating model railroads, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and much more!

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5. February: Chocolate Extravaganza

February 9, 2013
Saturday 3-5 p.m.
Coshocton County Career Center
23640 Coshocton Co. Rd. 202, Coshocton, 43812

From the website: This is the 18th year for this popular event which draws visitors from throughout the region. There will be artwork and music entertainment. It's a sweet way to support the arts, since the proceeds benefit the Pomerene Center for the Arts in Coshocton.

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6. February: Sexapalooza

February 1-3, 2013
Friday 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday noon-midnight Sunday noon-6 p.m.
Veterans Memorial
300 W. Broad St, Columbus, 43215

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7. February: Sweetheart Big Band Dance

February 9, 2013
Saturday 8-11 p.m.
Admission: $25
Lake Park Pavilion
23253 State Route 83, Coshocton, 43812

From the website: Join us for a romantic evening at the historic Lake Park Dance Pavilion, a beautifully restored 1930s big band dance hall. Music will be provided by the Lake Park Big Band. Dance to the sounds of Sammy Kaye, Glenn Miller and others from that era.

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8. March: Coshocton Footlight Players: Always Patsy Cline

March 1-16, 2013
Friday-Saturday 8-10 p.m.
Triple Locks Theater
411 Hydraulic Dr., Coshocton, 43812

From the website: This has become one of American's best-loved musicals about the greatest female country superstars and her most devoted fan. Based on Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger, the audience will be treated to a magical night of theater as Seger supplies a narrative while Cline floats in and out of the set singing tunes that made her famous including 'Anytime', 'Walkin After Midnight', and 'Crazy'.

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9. March: Field and Stream Deer and Turkey Expo

March 16-18, 2013
Friday 2-9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 43211

From the website: This well-known event, now in its 21st year, brings activities, free seminars, gear, more than 450 booths, demonstrations, contests, displays and more to the Ohio Expo Center.

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10. March:NPR's From the Top with host Christopher O'Riley

March 8, 2013
Friday 8-10 p.m.
McCoy Center for the Arts
100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany, 43054

From the website: From the Top with host Christopher O'Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on NPR, features the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio.

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