Columbus Park of Roses Sunday, Sep 17 2006 

Yesterday I took a walk through the Columbus Park of Roses. I was surprised at how many roses were in bloom this late in the season, including the George Burns rose that was blooming in early June. While most of the roses were past their peak, there were some with buds. The variety of colors and shapes are a sensory delight. Take time to smell the roses.

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Six String Concert Saturday, Sep 16 2006 

Last night I attended a Six String Concert at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Dan Frechette, a young, 28, composer of some 1,300 songs, led off playing guitar and harmonica. The main attrraction was Christine Lavin. I really like her voice and, of course, she was hilarious. She invited Dan Green and Paul McDonald to perform, too. She also called an 87-year-old lyricist friend and performed one of his songs for him. He, in turn, shared some recent work including words written earlier in the afternoon. Lavin closed the show with some amazing baton-twirling. What fun.

62nd Ohio Chess Congress Thursday, Sep 7 2006 

Dayton Chess Club

Dayton Chess Club

Riley Driver

Riley Driver

Riley Driver and the Dayton Chess Club hosted this year’s Ohio Chess Congress. The 62nd edition of this event that determines the state champion attracted 106 chess players in four sections. I was impressed with the 13 year old Heimann brothers from Pittsburgh who were the only undefeated players in the Open section after three rounds. It was no surprise when they drew. With five points Mark Heimann tied for first place with John Bidwell. I devoted myself to my organizational duties although I did play one rated game. My first rated game in two years. A lucky win. Could this be an auspicious return to over-the-board play?

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, where I stayed, is only a block from the Dayton Chess Club. I especially enjoyed the view from the top floor lounge and restaurant. On Saturday I explored the nearby historic Oregon district. On Sunday, in the park next to the hotel, the annual reggae festival attracted a variety of food and clothing booths as well as some jammin’ music. I found some colorful flowers, too.