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april 2009
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an elderly california woman sparks interest in a piece of reds history do you know of a person, business, group,
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rare red stocking’s baseball card
an elderly california woman sparks interest in a piece of reds history

Bernice Gallego is not a name most Reds next to a case filled with 19th century company was George B. Ellard’s Red
fans are familiar with. But the 72-year-old memorabilia. Eckes is Chief Curator for the Stocking Headquarters. It was a sporting
woman from Fresno, California is forever Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. “This card goods store that was just up the street
linked with a piece of Cincinnati history. has actually been on loan to us since we on Main. So our card has an authentic
While clearing out some of her antiques, opened. So we were a little taken aback by Cincinnati connection, which makes it that
she stumbled across an 1869 Red Stocking all the fan fair surrounding the Fresno card. much more special.”
B. B. Club of Cincinnati baseball card. She But it is a good story.” While baseball cards are not the
subsequently put the 140-year-old card up Both cards are of the 1869 Red predominant item on display, the museum
for auction on eBay… for $10. After a flood Stockings, but there is a difference between houses an ever-changing collection of
of inquiries, Bernice soon realized that the them. Bernice Gallego’s version was them. They are incorporated as part of other
card was worth far more than her asking produced by Peck & Snyder, a New York- exhibits. At one time, there was a dedicated
price. A few months ago she sold the card based sporting goods company. Capitalizing baseball card exhibit that showcased at least
at auction for just over $75,000. on the growing popularity of baseball and two cards of every beloved Reds player they
Having heard the national hype, I went the Red Stockings in particular, they used could locate. And they do have to locate the
to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum to get the classic image as promotion. When you items. There is not a warehouse of goods
the scoop on Bernice’s card and what the flip the card over, there is an advertisement waiting to be utilized.
museum has from the oldest professional for the company. “First off, as a museum, we don’t buy
team in baseball history. “Other companies saw what Peck & anything. So everything that comes our way
“This is our version of the infamous Snyder were doing and thought it was a is loaned or donated. A small percentage of
Fresno card,” says Chris Eckes, standing great idea,” Eckes continues. “One such items are owned by the Reds organization, | april 2009 | 5

or donated directly to the museum. But we Eckes explains that “it was just a matter incorporating museums into their plans.
are heavily dependent on loans and the of practicality. Take jerseys for example. “We collaborate with those that do
collecting community in Cincinnati has been If you go back far enough, jerseys were have museums and those that are looking
tremendous to us. There are some amazing recycled. When they started showing wear to create them. They get to learn from our
collections out there, and the collectors at the major league level, they’d rip the mistakes and our successes,” Eckes points
have been very generous. If you do have numbers off the back and send them down out. “And it’s not just baseball teams. The
something that you think would be neat to to the minors. There is actually a great Patriots sent down a contingent to go
have on display, you would first call me. We science now where people can track back through what we’ve done when they were
would then determine if it’s something we and trace old repurposed jerseys.” building their facility. The Cowboys did the
don’t already have and if it’s something that The hope of Eckes and his colleagues same thing. So it’s very encouraging to see
we should or could display.” After the item is is that the longer the museum is here, the that so many teams want to do something
approved, you would enter into a very basic more it will be in the minds of fans and the with their heritage.”
loan contract with the museum. Originally, teams to hold on to items and lend or donate On Deck. There is a vast collection that
there were annual contracts for each item, them. While they do work with the club, the will remain on display on a permanent basis.
but they soon found out that they didn’t need These are the more popular items like a
“all the paperwork and Pete Rose jersey from his record-breaking
’85 season and the Schotzie World Series

Hall of Fame and Museum is

its own entity, separate from the Reds
headaches.” Now there is an open-ended organization. So it is only in recent years
loan period by mutual agreement – unless that efforts have been made to collect items “ring” – an exact replica of the team’s
the lender requests a firm date – which and make them more available. The front 1990 championship ring (sans diamonds)
typically lasts until a particular exhibit ends, office and even the players and coaches that was made as a championship belt for
or the lender requests the item back. And as in the clubhouse are now active in pulling Marge Schott’s Saint Bernard. Other older
long as the item is on display, it is insured by things that are significant to Reds history or items, like the 1869 Red Stockings card, and
the museum. baseball history in general. memorabilia from players like Ted Kluzuski
A Fairly New Idea. Over the years, While the concept of a team hall of fame and Wally Post are also slotted to be around
most sports clubs did not squirrel away is not new, a museum to display a team’s for quite some time.
items or make a concerted effort to collect history is an idea that has only taken hold in Many large displays will also remain,
memorabilia. Space was always at a the last few years. Only a handful of clubs though some of the items within them will
premium, so holding on to any thing that have a dedicated structure for this purpose. be rotated in and out. And each season
may turn out to be a collector’s item was not Teams that are building new ballparks, there are entirely new exhibits that the staff
an option. like the Cardinals and Yankees, are also begins planning years in advance.

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Fans will be able to enjoy two new
exhibits this year. Crosley Field Remembered
Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
shares the history of the home of the Reds In-Season (March to September)
from 1912 to 1970. The Negro Leagues and - Non-Game Days: Sunday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cincinnati is part of the Reds’ season-long - Game Days: Sunday to Saturday, 10:00 am until two hours after the end of the
celebration of the Civil Rights Game on June game for all afternoon games. Sunday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm for all
20 against the Chicago White Sox. u evening games.
__________________________________ Offseason (October 5 to February 28)
By Jason Jones. Share your thoughts and - Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
comments with the author and other readers - Closed on Mondays and major holidays.
at You can Admission
also view a slideshow of images fom the - Adult Pass: $10, Includes unlimited visitation through December 31, 2009
Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. - Senior Pass (55+): $8, Includes unlimited visitation through December 31, 2009
- Student Pass: $8, Includes unlimited visitation through December 31, 2009
- Children 4 and younger, active military members, and veterans are admitted
free of charge. | april 2009 | 7

staff picks
home accents from local merchants

Exquisitely Crewel What do

you get when combining the
artwork of Jose A.S. Londono
and hand creweled wool
embroidery? A dreamy Natura
pillow that is simply sublime.
Three sizes available. $98 - $198
@ HighStreet, (513) 723-1901.

Wise Choice This charming ceramic owl

creamer can stand guard over your morning
coffee, and during its free time can moonlight
as a handsome vase. $16 @ Sassy Boutique,
(513) 871-2500.

Got Paper? A copious assortment of

color and pattern is sure to quench even
the most creative appetites. Use it to wrap
a gift, make sleeves for your chandelier
or sconce, or create something that is
uniquely your own. $4 - $18 @ Margot
Madison, (513) 871-2069.

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Trayed Up Trade in the plain, mundane
wood trays and graduate to this hand
painted beauty. The vintage look hints of
the Old World. $175 @ Quince & Quinn,
(513) 321-3343.

Branching Out Who knew a maple branch

could be so glam? A tealight nestled among
these metallic leaves will certainly cause a stir. It’s Show TIme!
Available in English Oak or Maple: Silver, Brass Display a single metal
or Bronze. $28 @ MiCA, (513) 533-1974. carnival letter, or corral
a few letters to form a
word. Either way, it will
add instant wattage to
your home’s interior.
24” H, available in any
letter. $198 @ Nest,
(513) 871-8852.

Alphabet Soup This tasteful take on the ABC’s offers

a place for keys and random odds and ends to mingle,
serving up a platter of organization and beauty that’s really
appetizing. $30 @ Quince & Quinn, (513) 321-3343. | april 2009 | 9

the real story on real estate
what’s actually going on in the hyde park, mt. lookout, and oakley housing markets

“In general, I’d say that the housing market picture. But the old adage holds true: all then you are seeing a noticeable decline in
in Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, and Oakley is real estate is local. The housing markets in your equity,
down 10 to 15 percent,” says David Dawson Dayton or Northern Kentucky or even across Bridging the Equity Gap. It is generally
of Sibcy Cline from a conference room town are facing completely different realities understood that it is a buyer’s market. First
looking out onto Hyde Park Square. “But if than our cluster of villages. time home buyers are in a great position
you compare that to the hit other housing Lee Robinson of Robinson Realtors because they do not have to sell a property
markets have taken, or the hit your 401K explains that “Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, and in order to get into another one. However,
has probably taken, then it doesn’t look like Oakley have actually been one of the bright the weak market does provide a unique
such a bad number.” spots within the Cincinnati region during the opportunity for those that are looking to both
With the gift of hindsight comes the downturn. These are vibrant, active, and buy and sell.
knowledge that the downturn began in sought after areas. So we haven’t seen “Let’s say you are taking a ten percent
March 2006; putting us right at the beginning those value drops that others have.” hit,” says Robinson. “Most people are buying
of the fourth year of an iffy housing market. Dawson sees house values in Hyde up at fifty to one hundred percent of their
Cities like Miami saw huge runs up the Park, Mt. Lookout, and Oakley at roughly current home’s value. So, if you lose ten
rollercoaster and are now seeing huge the same level they were three or four years percent on selling your $200,000 house, but
drop-offs. Cincinnati, while showing good ago. If you purchased your home in 2003 or gain ten percent on purchasing a $300,000
appreciation and growth over the last half before, it should be worth more today than house, then you come out ahead on the
decade, was much more steady in its climb. when you bought it. If you got into a property deal.”
And though we are not insulated, the fallout a few years later, then the value should be Dawson shares a similar story. “I just
has been minor compared to the horror relatively the same as the purchase price. had a closing last week with clients who
stories you may see in the national media. But if you purchased during the overlap bought their house five years ago in East
It is important to consider the national between rising prices and eroding value, Hyde Park and are moving to a larger home

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in Mt. Lookout. Their property is on the to borrowers. Again, in some areas around amenities usually associated with the
market right now, and they are basically not the country and the region, even people suburbs. Large stores and other chain
going to make any money on it. But they had with good credit scores may not be able to retailers and restaurants have sprung up
a great house to live in for five years. When get a car loan or a mortgage. But that does in the surrounding areas. This gives local
we met to go over pricing, he said ‘Look, not appear to be the case here. While it was residents convenience without clutter.
I know we aren’t making anything on the far easier to qualify for loans in years past, And while the abundance of nearby
current house, but we couldn’t have gotten qualified buyers in our area are not being private and parochial schools are a definite
this other property a year ago.’ I’ve probably turned away like they are elsewhere. This, draw, many point out the strength of the
had half a dozen clients do that in the past coupled with interest rates that are hovering Cincinnati Public Schools – like Kilgour,
year.” at historic lows, is motivating buyers and Walnut Hills, and Clark Montessori – that
Stimulating the Market. The overall sellers to stay active. children in the area attend.
housing market seems to be leveling off. Keeping a High Standard. Hyde Park, Sellers in the area have a lot in their
While the bottom may be on the horizon, Mt. Lookout, and Oakley are not feeling arsenal to attract buyers and keep values
many are still skeptical. Neither Dawson or the effects of multiple foreclosures and high.
Robinson are predicting a banner year in short sells, which can take a toll on streets, Tips for the Current Market. The number
2009. neighborhoods or entire communities. They one key on the seller’s list has to be looking
A huge boost though is coming in the are taking place in the villages, but not to a at what has sold. Not what is available
form of the government stimulus package. significant degree. for sale, but what has sold in the last
Since the elections in November, there has There is also a good balance of people several months. Make sure to look beyond
been massive speculation the surface numbers

“I know we aren’t making anything on the

about the size and (bedrooms, bathrooms, and
effectiveness of the plan. price) to find out the details,
Would the government current house, but we couldn’t have such as if and when major

gotten this other property a year ago.”

give a five, ten, or fifteen updates where done, like to
thousand dollar tax credit? a kitchen or bathroom. This
Would every American will allow you to price your
citizen be guaranteed a 4 percent mortgage? moving into and out of the area. This keeps house realistically and competitively.
Many were holding off to see how it would supply and demand at equilibrium. There For those looking to purchase, it is still a
affect them. Now that the details are set in are those that move to Mason or Anderson buyers market. But do not get overconfident
stone, lenders, realtors, buyers, and sellers for the big house with the big yard. But there about price or availability. Waiting for interest
can move forward. are others that are unwilling to move outside rates to drop a fraction of a percentage may
“Now we’ve got the inducement of the the villages they have come to love. only save you a few dollars a month on your
$8,000 tax credit. That is good for first time “It’s just a different lifestyle around mortgage and you may miss out on the right
homebuyers – which is defined as someone here. I’m a big fan of the city. And this area house in the process. Plus, the onset of the
who has not owned another piece of real is great,” Dawson boasts. “You can walk spring market means more buyers are vying
estate for at least 3 years – with an annual to the park, or the store, or to school. It’s a for the smaller available stock of houses.
income less than $75,000 for an individual lifestyle choice. People are impressed that Buyers and sellers should both be
or $150,000 for a couple. That will stimulate they can get here from downtown within 10 aware that even in this market, houses are
first time homebuyer and the bottom part of minutes. And they are in awe of the beauty being sold, and good houses that are priced
the market, which will move throughout the of the area, the architecture, the large trees. right will not be around forever. u
entire market in a domino effect,” Robinson This is a real asset in pulling people in and __________________________________
says. getting them interested in buying.” By Katherine Barger. Share your thoughts
Another problem plaguing the market is The historic and quaint feel of the and comments with the author and other
the assumption that money is not available villages is now being bolstered by the readers at | april 2009 | 11

What your Trip
to the Store
may Mean to
The Planet
There is a lot of talk bantered around about grocery store only to realize that you’ve
how to be more responsible when it comes left your stylish, eco-friendly totes in the
to the environment. Now the conversation kitchen. Despite your best efforts, you are
must also take into account how this will once again faced with the choice... paper or
all impact the economics of the new mil- plastic. Many may think paper is the clear
lennium. There are smart energy grids, choice when trying to minimize your carbon
wind turbines, solar power, footprint. But the issue gets clouded when
clean coal (whatever that you take a closer look.
means) – all promising
to lower pollution and our Production is the first factor to take into con-
energy bill. But these are sideration. Approximately 14 million trees
things that you and I have are harvested every year to manufacture
very little, if any, control paper bags. Some see this as attributing to
over. What we can control deforestation and erosion; others feel that
are much smaller everyday this is utilizing a renewable resource. In the
choices that make a huge production of plastic bags, 12 million barrels
impact. of oil used in the production of plastic bags.
But that is a slightly misleading statistic.
Paper or Plastic? If you The oil used is a derivative from a waste
are anything like me, product of the refining process. So it is
every week you pull into actually an efficient use of oil materials that
your parking spot at the are on hand.

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Overall, manufacturing plastic bags uses like San Francisco and countries like Ireland at the mill. Each time the pulp is recycled
less energy and causes fewer emissions to ban the use of plastic bags all together. it reduces the initial environmental impact
than producing paper bags. It also produces because it takes less energy and creates
less of a burden on the environment dur- If these plastic bags do actually make it back less pollution to make the new item from
ing transport because it is more compact to the recycling plant, they can typically be recycled content.”
- weighing less and taking up less space. repurposed only once. The quality and
This makes it much more efficient to ship integrity of the bag is so low by the second There is no simple way to answer the
from the manufacturer to the end user. time around that it is unusable. Compare question of “paper or plastic.” If we assume
this to paper bags, which offer a much that people aren’t going to utilize recycling,
At this point you may be thinking that plastic better recycling outlook. Not then plastic bags win out. They require less
seems like the way to go. But now we delve energy and create fewer emissions during
into the reuse and recycle factor. production and transport. But as recycling
continues to become more prevalent, paper
“Plastic bags are difficult to recycle,”
explains Brad Dunn, a recycling
“An bags are the way to go.

manager for Rumpke. He goes on EPA survey Your best bet is still to not forget
to say that “most companies that those canvas bags on your next
accept these bags for reprocess- indicated that trip to the grocery store.
ing require them to be in an
almost like-new condition. This 56% of all To Chop or Not to Chop? You
typically results in them not being are back from the store. Your
included in co-mingled recycling paper bags tote bag is put up, your paper
collections like Single Stream bags have been placed into the
curbside or drop box programs.” If produced Were recycling bin, or your plastic bags
you live in Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, have been set aside to take back to
or Oakley, then you know most of the recycled.” the grocery store for recycling. Dinner
grocers in our area make plastic bag is cooked and eaten... now it’s time for
recycling an option. But Dunn points out that cleanup. Before you put those food scraps
if you compare the number of plastic bags down the disposal, there are a few things
leaving the store, to the number that get only are paper you should consider.
put back into the receptacles, most plastic products easier to recycle because they are
grocery bags are not being recycled. allowed in curbside pickup, but they can be According to the Environmental Protection
repurposed many times over. Agency, Americans throw away over 25% of
In 2005, the Environmental Protection the food we prepare. This results in nearly
Agency estimated that just over five percent Dunn points out “In 2007, an EPA survey in- 100 billion pounds of food waste each year.
of all plastics bags were recycled. Since plas- dicated that 56% of all paper bags produced Most people think that food ending up in
tic bags are not biodegradable, even if they were recycled. These go into the manu- a landfill is no big deal. It is food after all
end up in a landfill, they still pose a negative facturing of cardboard or boxboard liner, – natural, organic – so it will biodegrade.
affect on the environment. And those that which are items that can also be recycled But food waste that ends up in landfills often
end up as pollution can wreak havoc on again, and again until the fiber shortens to decomposes under anaerobic conditions.
local ecosystems. This has prompted cities the point that it passes through the screens Without oxygen, this decomposition pro- | april 2009 | 13

duces methane. Far more destructive than increases the amount of sludge that must
carbon dioxide, methane is a highly potent be properly and safely dealt with. There
greenhouse gas. is research showing that sludge can have
a positive effect when used as fertilizer on
Many think that putting table scraps into the farms and crops. But the fear of chemicals,
sink and running them through the garbage metals, and toxic substances making their
disposal is the “green” thing to do. After way into the ground, not to mention the odor,
all, this reduces the amount of waste that make this an undesirable alternative.
goes to landfills. And, as waste and water
treatment plants have become more sophis- There is anotehr option, but it comes in the
ticated and adopted new technologies, their form of two words every would-be do-gooder automatic indoor composter
ability to handle food scraps has improved. hates to hear… compost pile. Composting pile of grass clippings and banana peels in
But most plants still have trouble disposing has a reputation for being a hassle. While the back yard, there isn’t much required to
of sewage sludge. Adding more food scraps it is more involved than simply creating a successfully compost. With compost bins,
barrel tumblers, and even automatic indoor
composters that look and act like trash
compactors, it’s never been easier to turn
natural waste into fertilizer and keep it out
of landfills.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. Wheter you are

doing your part in the store and at home or
not, there are always more opportunities to
help clean up and better our community.

“We are a nonprofit organization here in

Cincinnati, and our mission is to help the city
to not just look better, but also be cleaner
and greener,” says Josman Rodriguez of
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

KCB has developed education programs for

adults and children. Teaching people about
the environment at an early age means that
there isn’t as much to clean up later. But
there is still work to do, so they also organize
and lead clean up events all over the city.
These events are made possible by lots of
volunteers. Volunteers which are gathered
from from the area where the cleanup is
taking place. “When the locals are involved,

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What to Put in the Little Green Bin? Rumpke provides a list of items that can and cannot be put into your curbside recycling
bin. Make sure that items are clean or rinsed out and free of any food or debris. While you should remove lids, there is
no need to take off labels. If you have a large, electronic, or hazardous item, or an item that is not accepted by Rumpke
and are unsure if and where it can be recycled, contact the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services at
(513) 946-7734 or visit


- Plastic bottles #1 and #2, no lids - Plastics #3-7
- Glass jars and bottles of any color - Plastics #1 and #2 that are not bottles, such
- Aluminum, steel and bi-metal cans as Cool Whip containers, butter tubs, or food trays
- Empty aerosol cans with lids and tips removed - Plastic bags
- Brown grocery bags - Motor oil jugs or other chemical containers
- Computer paper, and other mixed office paper - Styrofoam
- Corrugated cardboard, broken down to 3’x3’ - Lids/caps
- Envelopes, with or without windows - Window or drinking glass
- Junk mail - Light bulbs
- Magazines and Newspapers with inserts - Pizza boxes
- Paperboard, such as cereal boxes - Coat hangers or steel scrap
- Telephone books - Paint cans

they get to see what is actually taking place a major feat. You can get involved with Keep You can learn more about Keep Cincinnati
in their community. The area is much more Cincinnati Beautiful through their volunteer- Beautiful and how to get involved in their
likely to stay clean this way because those ing and education opportunities, or their efforts by calling (513)352-4387 or visiting
that live there are involved and feel a sense Adopt-A-Spot program. Their biggest event www. u
of pride about keeping the area kept up.” of the year is the Great American Cleanup. __________________________________
But they do encourage people from any part Nearly 1,600 participants took part in last By Jason Jones. Share your thoughts and
of town to help out however and whenever year’s program. This year, the event will comments with the author and other readers
they can. take place on April 20. at

In addition to the education and cleanup

programs, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is Audience Participation. In 2008, residents of Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout,
very involved with the city government and Oakley participated in the following Hamilton County Department
and companies like Rumpke in recycling of Environmental Services collection programs:
initiatives. Their efforts have helped the city
increase the amount of waste that is being 64 residents - Compost Bin Sale
recycled from 9% in 2006 to 12% in 2008. 125 residents - Computer Recycling
When you consider that the city is putting 215 residents - Yardwaste Drop-Off Sites
nearly 300,000 tons of waste into landfills 510 residents - Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off
each year, every percentage point gained is | april 2009 | 15

camp’s secret weapon
the buzz about emotional intelligence and your child

guidance of thoughtful and aware adults

– parents, teachers, and youth leaders of
all sorts. The importance of this assertion is
hard to overemphasize. Parents have long
tried to teach courtesy and politeness to their
children, but were never sure their teaching
could overcome innate tendencies. Parents
may have assumed certain tendencies, like
the patience children display naturally, their
ability to share, whether they are gentle
friends or playground bullies are present
from birth. A group of researchers, led by
Howard Gardner, a psychologist at the
Harvard School of Education, have proved
otherwise. They have shown that thoughtful
teaching, conversation, modeling, and
practice can develop and nurture these skills,
especially when that teaching is consistent
throughout a child’s day and year.
Real Challenges Build Resiliency.
There are ways to help kids grow up to be
the happy and productive people parents
Why consider summer camp for your child? self-control, empathy, the ability to wait hope they will be. And summer camp is a
Perhaps you hope to raise another Michelle (delayed gratification), the ability to listen, vital part of the puzzle.
Kwan or Tiger Woods. Maybe you are cooperate, share, and work well with others The best-kept secret in American
desperate for an alternative to a summer of – are actually better predictors of adult education is that great camps have been
day care, chauffeuring, and video games. success and happiness than traditional IQ teaching Emotional Intelligence since they
There is another even more compelling scores. began. Besides their long years of practice
reason to consider a high-quality summer In Emotional Intelligence, clinical in this arena, camps have another edge.
camp. Children at summer camps are psychologist and author Daniel Goleman Because camps are free of the demands
learning vital life skills that will help them makes two important assertions, assertions of curriculum and academic testing, camp
grow – and will make their lives healthier that parents may not find surprising. His professionals can focus on those intangibles
and happier all along the way. It’s the new first assertion is based on new research that are part of the Emotional Intelligence
buzz word in educational theory that’s been that shows children whose Emotional cluster.
at work in quality summer camps for years: Intelligence skills are well-developed tend to When children are away from home with
Emotional Intelligence. be more successful at school, have deeper new friends and the new challenges of camp,
Emotional Intelligence: Nature or and healthier relationships, grow up to they can learn more about themselves, their
Nurture? Children who attend camp often have more fulfilling work lives, and become own strengths, and abilities. Perhaps the
demonstrate sophisticated skills in areas valuable and contributing members of their canoe doesn’t head where it should at first,
scientists are suddenly watching closely. communities. or a cabin-mate is unwilling to be friendly.
Observers are finding that a set of abilities, Goleman’s second assertion is these Away from the familiarity of home and school,
collectively called Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence skills can be taught. campers can test their own perseverance,
has much to do with how children grow and Children can learn and practice these and, with caring and thoughtful help, build
succeed. These skills – self-awareness, wonderfully valuable qualities under the new life skills for themselves. Meeting these

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challenges brings true self-esteem, the kind in modeling and teaching Emotional teamwork, and appreciation of differences,
that is earned, not empty words. Talking Intelligence skills. Camp directors hire staff they set new and high standards for their
about self-esteem or trying to bolster it in with strengths in these areas over candidates own behavior. When they feel appreciated
kids does not work without real challenge in who are merely athletes or coaches. Camp and valued by these friends, they are surer of
safe and supportive communities. counselors can be wonderful role models for their ability to live happily away from home.
Social skills, too, grow exponentially at children. They are often closer in age than Successful camp summers can help smooth
camp. A campfire marshmallow roast is an teachers, and the informal atmosphere of the transition to college in later years.
exercise in sharing of sticks and the front camp encourages relaxed conversations Camp is a key opportunity for growth,
row around the campfire. When campers at picnics or getting ready for bed. Then, both for children who thrive at school and
take turns carrying the lunch to the top of too, there are usually more counselors with for those who struggle. Talented students
the mountain, they learn firsthand how the children than in a regular classroom, develop their abilities to cooperate and
wonderful working together can be. A good allowing more interaction than one lone share in a community where they don’t worry
counselor will gently remind his/her young hard-working teacher can possibly supply. about grades and academic competition.
hikers of this lesson, not later, but during the Every one of these interactions is a potential Children whose school lives are difficult find
climb, when the message is fresh. teaching moment for essential life skills. real rewards in new opportunities to shine.
Teachable Moments at Camp. When children find adult friends at Having a chance to practice being a leader
Summer camps work hard to train staff camp who model perseverance, listening, may be a rare experience for them indeed! | april 2009 | 17

At summer camp, children learn from Empathy means recognizing others’ Parents who build a year-round program
trained and thoughtful counselors. They needs, literally “feeling with” another person. to teach Emotional Intelligence skills to their
talk about Emotional Intelligence every day Television reports are full of stories of children kids will find the lessons reinforce each other
and hone their skills in a safe and nurturing who have not been taught to empathize, in wonderful ways. And summer camps,
community. Children at camp know firsthand children who become bullies or delinquents where these lessons have been taught for
the value of cooperation and teamwork, and or worse. Parents can use these same TV years, are a key part of the reinforcement.
they practice listening, sharing, and waiting reports as teaching moments about caring With the spotlight finally where it belongs, on
their turn every day. and sympathy. Emotional Intelligence, the best-kept secret
After Camp and Beyond. When Parents can also make sure teachers in American education, the quality summer
campers return home from camp, parents and caregivers understand the importance camp, will not be a secret much longer!
have an excellent opportunity to help them of teaching Emotional Intelligence skills. Do To learn more about camp and child
keep building their summer skills throughout teachers, for example, set up such strong development, please visit the American
the year. For examle, chores are often a competition in their classrooms that kids Camp Association’s family Web site: www.
great teaching opportunity at home. Parents don’t feel encouraged to care about their u
who model working together as a family to friends? Do coaches reward only the most __________________________________
get jobs done are reinforcing vital lessons aggressive players and talk of winning at all Posie Taylor serves as a board member-at-
from camp. costs? large of the American Camp Association.

Ballet Theatre Midwest: Children’s Dance Music & Camp Coney is made up of six Friday Fun Camps and two
Art Workshop / Summer Intensive Program 5-day sessions: Stage Camp and Stage Camp Junior! See
The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum website for dates, age restrictions and camp themes.
3738 Eastern Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45226 CCM Preparatory Summer Camps
(513) 520-2334 CCM Village, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 45221
Ballet Theatre Midwest – Children’s Dance, Music and (513) 556-2595
Art Workshop (Ages 4 to 8) presents weekly themes with
Friday performances that feature arts and crafts, music Beginning June 15, CCM Prep offers ages 4 to high school
and dance. Jazz/Musical Theatre Workshop and Ballet a variety of arts based experiences. Students participate in
Summer Intensive Performance Workshop (Ages 8 to 25) music, ballet, and theatre arts camps and classes on the
offers outstanding technical and artistic training with public CCM campus with public performances. Price ranges from
performances. Please visit website for details. $75. Adult opportunities available.

Camp Coney Clifton Performance Theatre

6201 Kellogg Ave. Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Cincinnati, OH 45238 3711 Clifton Ave.
(513) 232-6701 Cincinnati, OH 45220 (513) 861-7569
Coney Island presents Camp Coney, a series of day camps
that offers a unique approach to summer ‘edu-tainment’! From Casting to Curtain Call – an exciting week of acting,

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singing, and dance as we prepare a fantastic performance, Springer School & Center’s Adventures in
including designing costumes and building sets. No experi- Summer Learning
ence necessary, no auditions. We provide non-competitive, 2121 Madison Rd.
fun environment. After a week of working together, campers Cincinnati, OH 45208
will perform a classic Broadway show for family and friends. (513) 871-6080
Imago Nature Summer Camp “Adventures in Summer Learning” is designed for students
700 Enright Ave. of at least average potential who are not making expected
Cincinnati, OH 45205 progress. The morning program helps children become
(513) 921-5124 confident in the basic skills through small group instruction. The afternoon program consists of specialized courses in
Imago camps run from June 8 to July 24 with 6 weeks of math, writing, social skills, and creative expression.
different nature-inspired themes. With a 3 to 5 year-old
group, a 6 to 10 year-old group, and one week of 10 to 14 Trivictory Summer Day Camp, Xavier University
year-olds, every camp is full of age appropriate games, O’Connor Sports Center
hikes, and crafts. 5800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207
Mad Science @ Crossroads Community Church (513) 745-3044
3500 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45209 This is Trivictory’s 23rd year at XU and is designed for
(513) 793-6784 children (boys and girls) ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 12. The camp offers theme weeks, trips off campus, and daily swim
Mad Science, Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best Children’s lessons at the indoor pool. Education/college age staff is
Educational Entertainer” for 2008, offers interactive, certified in CPR/First Aid and develop the daily activity. June
hands-on and inquiry based 4-day camps for ages 5 to 12. 8 – August 14. Contact Jim Ray with questions.
Multiple themes for half-day (morning/afternoon) and full
day sessions the weeks of June 15 & 22, July 13 & 20, and
August 3. Mad Science will help your child “exercise” their
brain during the lazy days of summer! | april 2009 | 19

calendar | visit for our full list of events

Mauritius Weekday Special Exhibition Family First Saturday

Through April 5 An Art Museum staff member Tour April 4, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati will discuss an aspect of Art April 2, 1:00 pm Cincinnati Art Museum
(513) 421-3555 Museum’s artistic operations. Cincinnati Art Museum (513) 721-ARTS. (513) 721-ARTS
When a young woman Cyclones Hockey These fun-filled events
unknowingly inherits the rarest April 1, 3–4, 7:30 pm Enjoy a tour of a current special celebrate a different creative
of stamps from her mother, a US Bank Arena exhibition, led by a trained theme each month through
suspenseful caper ensues. (513) 421-PUCK museum docent. performances, demonstrating
artists, scavenger hunts, tours,
Saint Ursula Academy: Once and hands-on art activities.
Upon a Mattress
April 2-5 German Story Time
Aronoff Center April 4, 10:30 am
(513) 621-2787 Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore (513) 731-2665
In this hilarious tweaking of the
fairy tale, ‘The Princess and Come hear stories read in
the Pea’, Queen Aggravain German by Cristina, a native
has ruled that none may marry speaker who will teach the
until her son, Prince Dauntless, basics of the language.
Illustrator Book Signing
Tony Woods April 4, 1:30 pm
Mauritius April 2-5 Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore
Go Bananas Comedy Club (513) 731-2665
(513) 984-9288
Peaceful Spring Show Illustrator Will Hillenbrand signs
Through April 12 The Cyclones take on the Tony Woods’ playful and cool One Fine Trade.
Krohn Conservatory Johnstown Chiefs. demeanor, creates a show that
(513) 421.5707 is unmistakably entertaining at Fountain Day Cirque Dreams Jungle every level. April 4, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
The gardens of Peaceful Spring Fantasy Fountain Square
at Krohn Conservatory will be April 1-12 Aries Spears
filled with a myriad of early Aronoff Center Funny Bone on the Levee The second annual Fountain
spring flowers and beautiful (513) 621-2787 April 2–5 Day will be celebrated with
water features. (859) 957-2000 music, speeches, and fireworks.
This adventure takes audiences
Preschool Story Time soaring into a magical forest As a principal cast member on Theory of Mind
April 1, 10:30 am through the air and on stage. FOX’s hit sketch comedy show April 4, 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore MAD TV, Spears brings a fresh, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
(513) 731-2665 The Comedy of Errors hip style to his show. (513) 421-3888 April 1-26
Get ready for finger puppet Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Jewelry Trunk Show For ages 12 and up. Falling in
fun, as well as other pleasant (513) 381-BARD April 3-4, 12:00 - 5:00 pm love is complicated for Bill, a
surprises with Miss Gail! Cincinnati Art Museum 16-year-old with extraordinary
Set against the backdrop of (513) 721-ARTS. abilities.
Art Du Jour campy sci-fi movies from the
April 1, 12:00 noon ‘50s, The Comedy of Errors is A special jewelry event,
Cincinnati Art Museum a comical series of uncanny featuring top Israeli designers
(513) 721-ARTS. catastrophes. Ayala Bar and Dori Csengeri.

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Family ARTventures Read a picture book and create Tom Foss Brunch, Art, Music
April 5, 3:00 pm an art project based on the April 9–12 April 11, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Cincinnati Art Museum book. Ages 2-4. Funny Bone on the Levee Cincinnati Art Museum
(513) 721-ARTS. (859) 957-2000 (513) 721-ARTS. Reds vs. Mets
These 45-minute tours include April 6, 8 – 9, 1:10 pm Foss was part of Comic’s On Come enjoy classically trained
hands-on elements for you and Great American Ballpark Duty in 2005. Eastern European Jewish folk
your children to touch and see musicians from the Cincinnati
up close. The Reds take on the New York Pink Floyd Tribute Band Klezmer Project and art from
Mets. April 10, 8:00 pm the Surrealism and Beyond
Doc Severinsen & Friends The 20th Century Theatre exhibition.
April 5, 3:00 pm Preschool Story Time (513) 731-8000
Music Hall April 8, 10:30 am Easter Celebration
(513) 381-3300 Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore Signs of Life, a Pink Floyd April 11 (513) 731-2665 Tribute Band, perform. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The latest adventure of famed (513) 281-4700
trumpeter and television legend, Get ready for finger puppet Culture Kids
Doc Severinsen, takes us on a fun, as well as other pleasant April 10, 2:00 – 3:30 pm An egg-citing event for children
dream tour of sunny Mexico. surprises with Miss Gail! Cincinnati Art Museum young and old that includes
(513) 721-ARTS. treat stations throughout the
Parties of Note Artist File: Camille Pissarro park, children’s activities,
April 5, 2:00 – 4:00 pm April 8, 7:00 pm Preschoolers and their parents animal egg hunts, and more.
(513) 381-3300 Cincinnati Art Museum enjoy story time, tours, snack, (513) 721-ARTS. and hands-on art activities.
We Are What We Wear: A
Century in Fashion. If you Informal and inspiring, just drop
are looking for something fun in to learn the story of different
to do while also benefiting a artist each month.
good cause—your Cincinnati
Symphony Orchestra—Parties Living Our Green Life:
of Note are for you. Sustainable Transportation
April 8, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Zoo Blooms Krohn Conservatory
April 5–22 (513) 352-4080
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
(513) 281-4700 Krohn Conservatory staff will drop some “Green” knowledge
The zoo will transform into a on you. Reservations sug-
magnificent explosion of color gested.
when Zoo Blooms kicks off.
Tunes & Blooms
Opening Day Festivities April 9, 6:00 – 8:30 pm Reds vs. Pirates Easter Egg Hunt
April 6, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden April 10-12 April 11, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fountain Square (513) 281-4700 Great American Ballpark Fountain Square
On Fountain Square, we The Newbees and Screaming The Reds take on the On the Saturday before Easter,
celebrate with a whole weekend Mimes perform. Pittsburgh Pirates. join us in the annual traditional
of activities, starting on Egg Hunt.
Saturday night with the official Baby & Toddler Music Nature Story Time
turning-on of the Tyler Davidson April 9, 11:15 am April 11, 10:30 am Wildflower Walk
Fountain for the season. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore April 11, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
(513) 731-2665 (513) 731-2665 California Woods
Make a Mess (513) 231-8678
April 6, 10:30 am Ages 18 months to 3 years. Join an Imago Earth Center
Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore We’ll move, sing songs, and naturalist for an exciting hour Hike along a nationally
(513) 731-2665 mostly enjoy time together. about Native Americans! designated Scenic Trail as we search for wildflowers. | april 2009 | 21

Vigil Tip-Toe Through the Tulips Matt Braunger Drawing Into Abstraction
April 11–25 Luncheon April 16 – 19 April 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Know Theatre Of Cincinnati April 16 Go Bananas Comedy Club Cincinnati Art Museum
(513) 300-KNOW Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (513) 984-9288 (513) 721-ARTS. (513) 281-4700
A widow prepares for her first Braunger’s television credits This Adult Studio Workshop
date since her husband’s death, Celebrate Zoo Blooms and dine include Mad TV and Pushing challenges your left and right
while his soul discusses his amongst the tulips. Daisies. brain.
wife’s favorite flowers with her
new wooer. Ray LaMontagne
April 18, 8:00 pm
Family ARTventures Taft Theatre
April 12, 3:00 pm (513) 721-8883
Cincinnati Art Museum
(513) 721-ARTS. The singer-songwriter, and recent Saturday Night Live
These 45-minute tours include musical guest, performs.
hands-on elements for you and
your children to touch and see International Butterfly Show
up close. April 18 - June 21
Krohn Conservatory
Make a Mess (513) 352-3380
April 13, 3:30 pm
Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore This year’s show features the
(513) 731-2665 butterflies and culture of India.
A semi-structured open studio Wildflower Walk and Talk
led by blue manatee’s artist-in- April 18, 10:30am – 12:00pm
residence. Burnet Woods
(513) 751-3679
Umphrey’s McGee
April 14, 7:30 pm Ray LaMontagne Let’s celebrate spring as we
Taft Theatre walk the wooded hillsides
(513) 721-8883 in search of our woodland Tunes & Blooms Greg Warren wildflowers. Early folklore
The progressive rock / jam April 16, 6:00 – 8:30 pm Funny Bone on the Levee and interesting stories will be
band from South Bend, Indiana Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden April 16 – 19 shared.
performs. (513) 281-4700 (859) 957-2000 Earth Day Party
Opera Rap: Ainadamar Faux Frenchmen and Greg Warren, most recently April 19, 1:00 pm
April 14, 7:00 pm Psychodots perform. seen on “The Late Late Show Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore
Taft Museum of Art with Craig Ferguson,” has been (513) 731-2665
(513) 241-0343 SCPA: Moon Over Buffalo building a strong fan base April 16-19 around the country with his Celebrate Earth Day.
Join Desirée Mays, of the Aronoff Center act inspired by stories from his
Santa Fe Opera,, for a lively (513) 621-2787 Midwestern upbringing. Frankie Valli & The Four
discussion of this contemporary Seasons
Spanish opera. George and Charlotte Hay are Digital Quilt Premiere April 19, 7:30 pm
has-been actors who are on the April 17, 4:00 – 4:30 pm Aronoff Center
Barrows Lecture Series brink of a disastrous split-up Fountain Square (513) 621-2787
April 15, 7:00 pm caused by George’s dalliance
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden with a young ingenue. Just as The Cincinnati Recreation Don’t miss this performance by
(513) 281-4700 they receive word that they Commission will gather kids the original Jersey boy. Frankie might just have one last shot who helped produce the “Digital Valli is a true American pop
Award-winning photographer at stardom, everything that Quilt Project” to watch the icon.
Gerry Ellis will discuss could go wrong does go wrong, finished video for the first time
“Wanderings on a Wild Planet.” resulting in non-stop hilarity. on the Fountain Square video

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Parties of Note Tunes & Blooms French Story Time Reds vs. Astros
April 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm April 23, 6:00 – 8:30 pm April 25, 10:30am April 27-29
(513) 381-3300 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore Great American Ballpark (513) 281-4700 (513) 731-2665
A Victorian High Tea. If you The Reds take on the Houston
are looking for something fun Jake Speed & the Freddies and Read stories, sing songs and Astros.
to do while also benefiting a The Turkeys perform. learn simple French vocabulary
good cause—your Cincinnati with Maria. For all ages. Don’t Make Me Pull This
Symphony Orchestra—Parties Jim Breuer Show Over
of Note are for you. April 23 - 25 Mike Epps April 29 - May 17
Funny Bone on the Levee April 25, 8:00 pm Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Cello, Plus, Plus (859) 957-2000 Taft Theatre (513)421-3555
April 19, 2:30 pm (513) 721-8883
Taft Museum of Art Breuer has already established From the writers of the smash
(513) 241-0343 himself as a powerful comedian The comedian and actor hit Ace comes this charming through his incredible stand-up performs. new musical that takes us on
Alan Rafferty, cello; Jonathan performances, 4 years on SNL, the winding road of parenting.
Gunn, clarinet; Chimini Ikeda, and his numerous movie roles. Green Up Day in Cincinnati
piano. Parks Tunes & Blooms
Michael Winslow April 25, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm April 30, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Rocco DeLuca April 23 – 26 California Woods Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
April 20, 8:00 pm Go Bananas Comedy Club (513) 231-8678 (513) 281-4700
The 20th Century Theatre (513) 984-9288
(513) 731-8000 Take part in “Living Our Green Rumpke Mountain Boys and Actor and comedian Michael Life” by volunteering in your The Comet Bluegrass Allstars
Rocco DeLuca and The Burden Winslow is known worldwide local Cincinnati Parks to assist perform.
perform. for his wacky role as officer with removal of invasive plants
Larvelle Jones in the “Police and litter, and other dirty but
Party for the Planet Academy” film series. healthy jobs.
April 22
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Fashion in Film Wrap Party
(513) 281-4700 April 24, 7:00 to 11:00 pm Taft Museum of Art Jim Breuer
Earth Day activities will be (513) 241-0343
going on throughout the day
including live music, special It’s almost a wrap on Fashion
give-a-ways, eco-friendly crafts in Film, but before it’s over, join
and activities, conservation your friends at this party for a
talks, and more. celebration of cinema!

Preschool Story Time Ballet Tech Cincinnati: Myth

April 22, 10:30 am April 24-25
Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore Aronoff Center
(513) 731-2665 (513) 621-2787
Get ready for finger puppet This Leaping For Literacy
fun, as well as other pleasant production explores the myths
surprises with Miss Gail! of many cultures including
Greek, Roman, Norse, Indian,
Baby/Toddler Music Chinese, African, Native
April 23, 11:15 am American and others.
Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore
(513) 731-2665 Reds vs. Braves April 24-26
Perfect for kids under the age of Great American Ballpark
three. We’ll move, sing songs,
and mostly enjoy time together. The Reds take on the Atlanta
Braves. | april 2009 | 23