The Group Travel Leader

JAN 2017

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T H E 2 2 GROUP G R R O U P TRAVEL LE ADER T H E Bureau. "Owner John Timm won the Senior Men's World Championship in Irish dancing in 1993." Established in 1853, the nearby town of Hilliard commemorates its begin- nings at the Historic Village at Weaver Park. The village buzzes with activity as costumed docents lead tours and give demonstrations that offer a glimpse into 1800s life. Except for the museum, each original building on the three acres was moved on-site; they include a 19th-century truss bridge, a log cabin, a one-room schoolhouse, an election wagon and a caboose. Tours start in the 1855 Collwell Chapel. The museum displays vignettes of 1800s life: a barber shop, a general store and more. C O O P E R ' S M I L L , B U C Y RU S An hour north of Columbus on the way to Sandusky, Cooper's Mill makes a tasty stop. Sharon Sparks, daughter of the original owner, told me that her parents started the business in 1969 selling produce from a roadside stand. Throughout the store, I sampled numerous food products made in Ohio. The adjacent factory produces jellies and jams. Among the all-natural, non- GMO and gluten-free products are 40 flavors of jams and jellies; five relishes; and apple butters, including no-sugar flavors. Sharon's brother, Dan, develops recipes, such as their new line of barbecue sauces. In the deli area, apple cider doughnuts fried daily are glazed several ways, Courtesy Dublin CVB AN IRISH SHOP IN DUBLIN A LAKE ERIE SUNSET CRUISE ABOARD THE GOODTIME Courtesy Cooper's Mill I may never set foot on Air Force One, but I have walked through a few presidents' airplanes. You can too in Ohio. There's a lot of aviation history in the area around Dayton. The Wright Brothers lived in the city and did most of the work of designing their fa- mous Wright Flyer at their bicycle shop, which is now par t of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Histori- cal Park. And just outside the city, the National Muse- um of the United States Air Force is a massive, immer- sive institution that educates visitors on the science of aviation and the history of the Air Force. I have visited the Air Force museum several times and always thoroughly enjoy the experience. My favorite part, though, is spending time in the Presidential Gallery, a remote hangar that houses 10 airplanes used by former presidents of the United States. These include some early airplanes used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower, as well as the Boeing VC-137C that served as Air Force One for eight presidents, starting with John F. Kennedy; it was retired in 1990. Visitors can walk through many of these planes and see them much as their presidential passengers of the mid- 20th century did. It's fascinating to see how the airplane technology and interiors have changed over the years. Perhaps the most moving par t, though, is standing aboard the plane that car ried Kennedy's body back from Dallas after he was assassinated in 1963 and seeing the spot where a somber Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office with Kennedy's widow at his side. Though it has been more than 50 years since those events took place, a deep sense of history remains. Ñ BRIAN JEWELL I Courtesy Lake Erie Shores and Islands APPLE BUTTER PRODUCTION AT COOPERÕS MILL

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