Athens’ favorite bakery

 

Village Bakery and Cafe

Nestled back on the corner of Alexander and West State Street,  with only a few parking spots, The Village Bakery and Cafe can be easy to miss if you’re not looking, but locals and students alike know this place very well.

While I think most places in Athens are unique, the Village Bakery and Cafe, is unlike any other place in our community, making it so loved and known to the community. Upon walking into the cafe, you’re greeted with an overwhelming smell of fresh bread, bright colors, and swarms of people that equal out to be much larger than the amount of parking. That’s how I know this is a favorite place-when you can barely find place to sit down. I’ve spent a lot of time here before, but when visiting to write this piece, I tried extra hard to soak up everything the bakery has to offer.

Bulletin boards fill the wall with local events, slogans, photos and local advertisements. One catches my eye that just says, “Socialism”, next to one from a student looking for work walking dogs. That’s what makes this place what it is: the mix of the unique community together in one place.

I come here for the food, like many others. With a limited amount of quick vegetarian and vegan options on Court Street, I come here for quick veggie frittatas, salads and pastries that I know will be fresh. To be as accurate and honest as possible for this article, I made sure I ordered a fair spread of food on this particular trip. I order the Karma, made with in-house bread, pesto and then topped with veggies. I also ordered their daily soup special, Tofu Curry and just to be safe, a raw, vegan Coconut and Blueberry ball, along with a cup of coffee, that’s also roasted locally in Athens.

Raw Coconut Blueberry balls
Tofu Curry soup
The Karma

The Village Bakery pride’s itself on creating their unique food by using local products and vendors, as well as growing their own food. Right now they are using products from over 15 vendors across the state of Ohio, and bring in new vendors each year to continue to grow. They also have their vendors locations’ painted on their walls.

Local, Christina Matzin says that not only is the food here good, but the “organization is run on some pretty respectable values”, making this one of her favorite spots in town.

Solar, wind, and geothermal are a few types sustainable energy sources that work behind the scenes to keep this bakery running. To accompany the bright, mismatching dishes, the walls are filled with hand painted slogans. “GeoThermal” is one that sits high above the pastry case, painted right on the air duct; representing the bakery’s efforts and pride in creating a place that’s not only welcoming, but also kind to the environment.

 

 

The Village Bakery’s tie to the community doesn’t stop at pastries and clean energy though. Their local grocery and fair trade gift section is another way they help to pull the community together, and help the local economy. Here, you can find a selection of wines from local vineyards, a small freezer of local grocery items and handmade gifts, jellies, syrups and more scattered around the bakery.

 

Owners, Christine and Bob took their passion for community and their success at the Village Bakery and opened up a second cafe on the other side of town. Just down the road from Larry’s Dawg House on Union St., the Catalyst Cafe, is a short bike ride from campus, and overlooks the Hocking River. The cafe opened less than 10 years ago to continue to bring delicious local products to the Athens community.

The two-story cafe offers a view of Athens like you can’t find anywhere else. Here you can find a few of the breakfast pastries offered at the Village Bakery, but at Catalyst. the main focus is on their locally roasted coffee, Italian Sodas, and smoothies. 

I opted for an Italian Creme Soda made with vanilla and almond, and a chocolate meringue cookie on my first trip to the Catalyst Cafe.

 

Student Phil Burdyn says he comes to the cafe to study, but his favorite part about the set of cafe’s “is their contribution to the local economy and the environment.”

10 Alternative Athens Activities

Every Bobcat knows that there are many activities one should accomplish during their time in Athens, Ohio. Among the more popular are participating in a Court Street Shuffle, attend a Fest, steal an Athens Brick, and hike the infamous Bong Hill. These are just a few on the massive bucket list of things to do in Athens before impending graduation starts to loom over little Bobcat’s heads. However, part of what makes Athens so unique is all of its hidden gems. Here are 10 alternative activities to accomplish in Athens before graduation:

10. Visit the Athens Farmers Market

One of the great things about Athens being in the middle of nowhere is that it is surrounded by farmland. With farmland comes awesome fresh produce! Every Saturday from 9 am – 12 pm in the parking lot of 1000 E State St, Athens Farmers Market takes place. At the Farmers Market you will find a variety of fresh produce, locally made food and crafts. There is everything from raw meat to sprouting flowers to some yummy salsa. Attending the Athens Farmers Market is a must before graduating.

9. Have a brew at Little Fish

Picture of Little Fish’s beer selection

Athens is well known for the local brewery, Jackie O’s but not many are aware of another delightful brewery Athens has to offer. Little Fish Brewery is a charming brewery overlooking the Hocking River. It has outdoor seating, play toys for children, a wide selection of delicious brews, and there is even giant Jenga. What more could you want in a local brewery? Little Fish is located at 8675 Armitage Road, Athens, OH and is open Mon-Thurs: 3 pm-1opm, Fri: 3 pm-11 pm, Sat: 12 pm-11 pm, and Sun: 12 pm- 8 pm.

8. Boogie on the Bricks

Picture of me at Boogie on the Bricks 2015

Another popular activity for Bobcats are the fests and HallOUween block party (all of which are fun) but those are not the only street parties Athens has. Every year in June, Athens City Council shuts down Court Street for one day for Boogie on the Bricks. Boogie on the Bricks is a free Music and Arts Festival featuring local artists and vendors. This year’s Boogie on the Bricks takes place on June 17, 2017 from 12 pm-11 pm. If you are a fan of live music, the arts, good food and free things, then put on your dancin’ shoes because Boogie on the Bricks is the place for you.

7. Hike up Witch’s Peak

 

Nestled in the hills of Appalachia, Athens as a variety of wonderful hiking trails. Bobcats tend to favor the famous Bong Hill due to its spectacular view of Ohio University. Although Bong Hill has a nice view, located right across the street is its lesser known sister, Witch’s Peak; which has the beauty. Witch’s Peak is an enchanting forest with boulders to climb, a cave for burrowing and breathe taking surroundings. All hiker enthusiasts should wonder their way up to Witch’s Peak before leaving Athens.

6. Sleep on a porch couch

SnapChat of Annie Powell after a nap on her porch couch

Why sleep in your warm, cozy bed when you can sleep on a booze covered porch couch?! There are many off-campus houses with lovely porches, many of which are inhabited by college students. When choosing what furniture to place on said lovely porch, many students select used couches from Goodwill. Throughout the year these couches get pretty grimy, but this doesn’t stop students from sleeping on them! After a long night out on the town, the booze (and other questionable substances) covered porch couch doesn’t sound so bad. Don’t knock it til you try it Bobcats.

5. Trek through Moonville Tunnel

Me sitting on top of Moonville Tunnel

All Athens residents know of the local haunted asylum, the Ridges; but for those who like a good scare or even a pleasant hike, Moonville Tunnel is definitely worth checking out. Located about 30 minutes outside of Athens, Moonville Tunnel is an old mining trail that was boosting in the 1800s. The tunnel and trail are rumored to be haunted by a ghost in a white robe, carrying a lantern. Many visitors claim to see a ghostly figure and flashing lights shining through the tunnel at night. This is a beautiful trail to hike with a little spook.

4. Hear jammin’ music at the DIY Local House Shows

Picture from DIY House Show at the Pink Mistress

Athens may be a small town, but the music scene continues to thrive. We have #NumbersFest as the biggest college music festival in the nation, an array of concerts and dance parties at The Union and Casa Nueva, as well as DIY Local House Shows. There is so much passion and support for music and local artists here in Athens. To support local artists, students will turn their houses into venues to host house shows. These shows feature a variety of music genres and are usually a small donation or free to get in. Shows happen a few times a week and are posted on the Athens DIY Community Facebook page. If you’re into great music and cool people, these house shows are the place to be.

3. Vegan Cooking Workshop

Busy schedules and small budgets can make cooking healthy meals a bit of a challenge for college students. But every Tuesday night students and Athens residents come together to chow down on some delicious vegan food. Starting at 7 pm, people begin cooking then food is served at 9 pm. Helping to cook the food is not required but it is a great way to learn how to make yummy health food. For those who do not cook there is just a $2 donation for the meal to help fund the cost of food and rent. Athens Vegan Cooking Workshop takes place in the basement of United Campus Ministries (UCM) at 18 N College Street. This is a fantastic place to eat a delicious healthy home cooked meal and hang with lots of friendly hippies.

2. Get on the roof of Pawpurrs

Chilling on rooftops is another popular activity that Bobcats frequently engage in. There are some Bobcats who like to take this to the next level. The roof of Pawpurr’s is the ultimate rooftop chill spot. The view of Court Street is breath taking and it’s an awesome spot for watching drunk Bobkitties stumble down the bricks. However, getting on top of Pawpurr’s roof is illegal so climb at your own risk!

  1. Rope Swing on Mound Street

The rope swing on Mound Street is Athens ultimate hidden gem. Behind one of the houses is a massive tree and a large cliff-like-pit, looking over the woods. Tied to one of the tree’s branches is a heavy-duty rope with a milk crate attached to it. You sit on top of the crate, jump off the top of the cliff and hold on for your dear life. You swing over the pit, flying around the brush below. It literally feels like flying. Rope swing is fun during the day but is best at night because the view of the stars and moon is unreal. This may seem unsafe but no one has died (yet) from falling off. Take a swing on Athen’s greatest gem; it’s worth the risk.

International eats: authentic cuisines from around the world

Whether you’re a townie or an international student on campus, it is undeniable that the usual order of burgers and fries can get boring after a while. When thinking of international cuisine, some may immediately think of Ginger Asian Kitchen as the only international cuisine option available. However, Athens offers more than that, with various restaurants offering authentic food from countries across the globe.

  1. Thai Paradise

Ever since the establishment opened on October 2014, Thai Paradise has been a favorite among locals and students as a popular dinner and date restaurant. The variety of cuisines from across East and South East Asia allows restaurantgoers a taste of authentic Asian cuisine.

2. Opa Greek Cuisine

Although the Greek restaurant has only been opened on Court Street for over a year, students and community members have all raved about its delicious lamb and beef gyros filled with mixed meat, vegetables and topped with a homemade tzatziki sauce made from scratch. The dessert options is nothing to scoff at either with baklavas made from nuts and filo dough that will leave your mouth watering for more.

3. Star of India

Star of India is one restaurant that is not widely known to students on campus. The Indian restaurant situated next to what used to be Mr. Taco Inc, is hidden from most students on campus. However, being the only Indian restaurant in Athens, it’s an opportunity for townies and local students to get a taste of India.

The presence of a pencil

Pencils are the medium of creation and life. Great cities have been built under the prose of hungry minds, all eager to have their ideas and emotions transferred from the realm of thought, to the land of existence. Of course, powerful scribes realize the limitless potential of pencils, however the conflicts responsible for catalyzing the workmanship of pencil professionals are often focused more on the content coming from the pencil, rather than the pencil itself. It requires an exceedingly quizzical mind to stop in the moment of writing, and truly appreciate the majesty of a pencil – and maybe this thought’s value holds the direction writers needed in order to press on to a greater quality of writing. Reaching out across our life to the people and objects we cross paths with in life are due to the wild randomness of chance, but maybe there is a greater purpose to these interactions – a purpose larger than all that we think we know.

A nice traditional black mechanical pencil
   Being attentive to the myriad of items placed around us gives a deeper realization of what makes us who we are. So much so that we become blind to the tools largely responsible for orchestrating the very identify from which we are looking out. Humanity has long questioned the limit of where our souls end and foreign entities begin, and it is from this that we could very well call into question the value of a pencil, and it’s ability to extend our existence. A long trusted idiom claims “The pencil is mightier than the sword,” but to what extent is this really true? Grasping a breath of life through the cleave of a sword is in some ways equal to the swipe of a pen authenticating a death sentence, as each holds the capability to extinguish a life. It is from this that we can conclude human interaction as being the driving force behind utilities, and it could also be said that all things responsive to this interaction are also a substantial part of who we are. Our actions illustrate our identity.
An incredible blue mechanical pencil
   The perception of a pencil’s capability is different in each individual’s eyes. Some view the ultimate danger that a pencil could bring, while others may believe in the greatness that awaits to be transmitted by its use. Whatever shades we may see, it is irrelevant until someone fatefully picks up the pencil and begins to use it. I have realized in my personal use of the pencil that its contents can span beyond the power of only words. I have used 3 pencils over the last 5 years, and the creations each pencil has been responsible for delve deep into my mind, perhaps deeper than I have ever known. Regardless of existence, a bond has been established with these pencils. In a world that is ever changing, holding on to a relic of a consistent past that has aged alongside you is a beautiful relationship. There are very few things I can say share this bond with me, and their sheer lack of quantity make me cherish them even more.

Radar Hill, the hidden land beyond campus

 

Pathway leading up to Radar Hill in Athens, Ohio

Athens, Ohio. A college town surrounded by Appalachian land with its very own miracle mile down East State Street.  At Ohio University, you will find all walks of life, pursuing all types of careers. There are journalists to engineers, marketers to health professions. All wrapped up in the hustle and bustle on a campus serving roughly 23,000 people. But, should one be looking to take a trip just off campus, a beautiful hidden gem, several in fact, are just around the corner.

As you drive into Athens, one thing becomes prevalent, there is a lot of green. From the trees to the landscaping to the school colors, there is a lot of green. Now, if you are like me, you love to go on mini-adventures and explore a little bit. I highly recommend spending a day or two going to a few of the places Athens has hidden away outside of campus. One such place is Radar Hill.

Radar Hill got its namesake by being built during World War II by the U.S Army. Later, it was used by the Air Force as a small defense research facility. Ohio University’s Radar Hill was the place for the world’s only privately operated satellite station, allowing OU and its partners to receive and transmit from the same place.

Enough about the history, what makes Radar Hill such a great spot to visit? Well, to me it’s a few things. First, the view is incredible. Once you make the short trek behind the Ridges, you will find yourself with a breathtaking 360-degree view of Athens. You are able to see for miles and miles, you can see almost the entire OU campus and the vast Appalachian land. Secondly, the hill is a great destresser. If I ever feel down or just stressed to the point of freaking out, I like to do two things, play some basketball and/or go adventuring. When you are up on the hill, everything that is worrying you just seems to melt away. Up there, you are free and life just seems as simple as the light breeze blowing around the land.

Looking down on the path up to the top of Radar Hill

Secondly, the hill is a great destresser. If I ever feel down or just stressed to the point of freaking out, I like to do two things, play some basketball and/or go adventuring. When you are up on the hill, everything that is worrying you just seems to melt away. Up there, you are free and life just seems as simple as the light breeze blowing around the land.

And lastly, Radar Hill is just a place for everyone. Nature lovers, hikers, townies, students, adventurers, almost everyone enjoys this trip up to the highest point in Athens. It truly is one of the gems of this small town.

If you would like more information on the trails or just general information on the hill and surrounding areas, I recommend visiting the  Athens County Visitors Bureau or trekohio, an online site that visits many great spots in Ohio.

My corner of the universe

It’s often said a person’s bedroom is an extension of themselves, and for me, that quote rings undeniably true.

Located next to Athens Cemetery on Shafer Street, University Commons is where my home away from home resides. As an international student, bringing all my possessions was never a logical option. Smaller items that could fit into my suitcases were all I allowed myself to bring as reminders of home.

Art prints of various Japanese cartoons and games I’ve collected over the years decorate the wall beside my bed. Some prints were drawn and gifted by talented friends, while others were bought in support of local artists. Hanging above my bed are photos with friends back home taken over summer break, and knickknacks varying from glitter jars to hand-made dolls. Although it is not used often, a prayer book stands above my bed as a charm to ward against nightmares and difficult times.

Movie ticket stubs, plane tickets and event tickets among many others are displayed on the closet

On the other side of the room, a board on my closet displays every activity and events I’ve attended with friends since attending Ohio University, with movie ticket stubs, plane tickets and event tickets taking up significant portions of the board. Photos of Watson, my cat, are displayed with a motivational quote, encouraging me through harder times.

On any regular day, the bed is crowded with numerous pillows, blankets and animal plush dolls scattered untidily. On rare occasions, being able to spend time cuddled up in bed with only the company of a dim glow from a candle represents the perfect weekend retreat for an introvert like me.

A bedroom can mean many things to an individual. It could be a place a person goes to with the sole purpose of seeking sleep or a sanctuary for a person to relax after long and exhausting daily activities.

But my bedroom means more than just that. To me, my bedroom is the ultimate judgment-free zone. It’s a place where it’s OK for me to chatter back and forth between a mix of languages and accents without having to worry if people will be able to understand what I’m saying. It’s also a place where I can be surrounded by images of things I love and items that make me feel happy without being judged for it. It may seem cliché, but my bedroom is the one place where I am able to feel truly “normal” on the days I feel like an alien in a foreign land.

Long Skype sessions with my sister and the occasional gaming sessions with friends back home help combat the loneliness I feel, even if they don’t occur as frequently as I wish it could.

It has been five months since I began living in the commons and approximately 18 months since I began my journey studying abroad. Life is sometimes difficult and missing the comfort of home is never a good feeling. But at least for now, as I’m covered by soft blankets after a long day of writing articles and finishing assignments, this little corner of the universe feels a lot more like home.

Cloud 9 – my home away from home

9 South Congress Street, Athens, Ohio

From the outside, 9 South Congress Street looks just as any other typical student-rented house in Athens. After years of new groups of students consistently moving in and out, the walls of 9 South Congress Street have many stories to be told.  With the numerous memories created and relationships that have blossomed within this house, I am one of the lucky bobcats to have been able to call this place my Athens home. It has quickly become my home away from home.

The girls of 9 S. Congress Street outside of our house for SantaFest

9 South Congress, or Cloud 9 as my roommates and I like to call it, currently has 8 girls, a Siberian Husky, a cat, and a fish residing. Visitors are immediately greeted in our entryway leading to the living room which serves as the main hangout area for all of our r
oommates. With 2 couches and 3 chairs as well as plenty of floor space it is a great place for everyone to gather to play board games, play Mario Kart, watch movies, or simply sit and talk with each other about anything and everything.  The living room is filled with labels in case anyone forgets what the ceiling, floor, lamp, mirror, or other items may be. Our connected dining room hosts are wall of “fine art” consisting of an outdated llama calendar, university posters warning of meningitis, a plastic face, and more unique décor.

Tito the house dog sitting on the porch of Cloud 9

Luckily, all 8 roommates have their own bedrooms that are personalized to everyone’s preferences and lifestyle.  The bedrooms serve as the more personable spaces for smaller and more intimate conversations. Some of our greatest bonding sessions have come from small gatherings of 2-4 roommates and friends in each other’s bedrooms. The bedrooms also host great sleepovers among roommates to make us feel like we are 12 again.

Numerous delivery eateries around Athens know 9 S Congress Street very well. It is a house of 8 girls that eat like 20 men. Food is delivered to our house multiple times a week, and sometimes, even multiple times a night. Embarrassingly, some delivery drivers from the same place come to our house multiple times in the same night, our record being 5 separate Jimmy John’s deliveries in one night (even though we live a brisk walk through an alley away).

Cloud 9 has allowed the relationship my best friends and I have held over the years to flourish into something even greater.  My roommates have become my second family- my home away from home.  After growing up living with just myself and my parents, sometimes the crowd makes things extremely challenging, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I am so thankful for the memories I have from living in 9 South Congress and am so excited for the next groups of lucky bobcats that will be able to call this magical place home in the future.

The building that teleports you

My first semester here at Ohio University wasn’t the easiest. I was indecisive about what I wanted to study, or if I even wanted to be in school at all. The classes I took weren’t very appealing so I needed an outlet. Every Thursday night I would hop on my bike and ride it to the Athena Grand to catch a seven o’clock movie. It was the best way for me to get away from everything. I loved riding on the bike path that parallels the Hocking river and seeing the beauty of Athens.

Adena Bikeway

The Athena Grand isn’t a unique movie theater by any means (except for the cheap $5 tickets),but that didn’t matter. I like to think that all theatres are like time machines. They are places from where we can teleport from our hectic lives for a few hours and see something else. Each screening room is an opening to a whole new world. It can take you back in time or to the future. It can allow you to see different viewpoints from different people. Seeing a different film every week truly opened my mind to think in a new way.

I saw Martin Luther King Jr. fight for human rights and lead a peaceful protest that changed the world forever (Selma). I watched as a Mathematician solved an important code that stopped the Germans from being able to communicate during World War II (The Imitation Game). I saw a war hero go through hell and back while fighting in a war he could never win, even when he went home (American Sniper). On a lighter note, I got to see Will Ferrell and Kevin Hear “kick ass” in the movie “Get Hard”.

My favorite place in Athens ended up becoming the major I wanted to pursue at OU. It inspired me to make content that will take people away from their lives and allow them to see life through someone else’s eyes. I still love going to Athena Grand and I will never forget how it changed my perspective on life.

From the comfort of my own bed

After a long, taxing day of classes and draining social interaction, my dorm room is always an inviting oasis.

Voigt Hall is home to my quaint sanctuary. Located Uptown on North Green, the all-girls dorm is rarely boisterous or plagued with distractions, and is a quiet and relaxing spot.

Named in honor of Irma Voigt, Dean of Women at Ohio University from 1913 to 1949, Voigt Hall is a safe space for femmes of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.

The moment I turn the key that opens the door to my tiny dorm, I am greeted with an enveloping warm hug and an overwhelming sense of serenity.

My roommate and I have done our best with what little room we have to create a space that is uplifting and imaginative. Together we’ve plastered our four walls with photographs of female forces of the past who inspire us to embrace our womanhood and artists who create music that is rule breaking and argumentative.

Above each of our beds hang twinkle lights that, when turned on, transform our room into a magically lit haven where anything conceivable within our imagination is possible and no conversation is off limits.

A view of my side of the room

Strewn about our room are a number of minuscule succulents and cacti we’ve accumulated that liven up our sometimes dull and dreary atmosphere. I appreciate the presence of our greenery most on days when I am buried in schoolwork and unable to escape my confined space to explore the outdoors.

My first move after a tiring day of academia is to drop my ever-heavy book bag to the floor and crawl into bed. Covered in an obscene amount of pillows and much too comfortable and cozy for my own good, my bed has been the hub to which I have retreated to in various emotional and mental states.

Being an occasional sloth, my bed is a dangerously enticing area of my room that often wins in the battle between it and the chair in front of my desk that never sees much use. Although some might see me as lazy, my bed is where I complete most of my work. Being snug while finishing said homework is just an added bonus that I’m not willing to give up anytime soon.

Directly above my bed are Polaroids of summers past that remind me of times when I wasn’t laden with looming responsibilities and obligations. Accompanying said photographs are small doodles and mini art pieces my boyfriend drew for me on Post-it notes while I wasn’t looking.

A closer look at the photographs and drawings pasted above my bed

Next to my bed resting in a pink cup are a bundle of newly sharpened No. 2 pencils my Papa sent with me to school last semester. Though my Papa doesn’t quite understand that I don’t often find use for such pencils in this digital age, they serve as a loving reminder that my family is supporting me from afar.

As I look around from my perch in bed at this teeny room I call home, I can’t help but be grateful for the silly late night conversations my friends and I have reverberated off these four walls. Saying goodbye to my tiny retreat at the end of this semester will surely be tough.

 

Emeriti Park is Athens’ finest gem

 

Rolling hills, valleys and scenic landscapes are staples all throughout the Appalachian plateau in beautiful Southeast Ohio.

Emeriti Park in Athens is no exception.

The four-acre plot situated along South Green Drive, merely minutes from uptown Athens, contains many of the features that make this region of America great.

At the center of the park is a pond with two beautiful water fountains which bring Emeriti to life. Sprinkled around and facing the pond are sturdy wooden benches, each dedicated to important people who made Athens and Ohio University what it is today. A gazebo overlooks the entire park across from a bridge which separates the road from the park. Of course, the pathways in Emeriti are paved with the iconic bricks which define Athens, Ohio.

Emeriti in January.

However, beyond just being a pretty sight, Emeriti Park is my favorite place in Athens because it is the one place on campus where I can go to truly relax.

Being able to get away from life’s stresses and achieving tranquility, no matter how brief, is something everyone should be able to do when necessary. Emeriti Park is the place for me to be able to unwind.

I vividly remember a time last semester where I was particularly stressed out over a few midterms. I took a walk and stumbled upon an empty Emeriti at twilight. It was easily one of the most beautiful and serene backdrops I had ever seen.

I sat there for almost two hours. I turned my phone off, put it in my pocket, lit a Marlboro and just sat and relaxed, isolating myself from the troubles and stress of life.

The next two hours, time seemed to stand still. It was almost a psychedelic experience.

I did not notice the many college students walking by the rows of oak and maple trees on the outskirts of the park. I did not care the wind was increasing in speed as the sun set, making it a bit chilly outside. I did not worry about the homework and studying that eventually awaited me when I got back home.

It was just me, my thoughts (or lack thereof, in this context) and the gorgeous scenery around me.  

It is almost hard to describe a situation in which one reaches pure tranquility and ease of mind. It just simply does not happen very often, if it all, in today’s hectic hustle-and-bustle lifestyle.

I fell in love with Emeriti Park that fall night.

After those two hours, I stood up and walked back home, conscious of the work that was still looming over me.
I didn’t care. I got to work.  

 

Check out Ohio University’s release about Emeriti’s 2014 renovation