Doll Museum at the Old Rectory: Perfect place for a quick mommy-and-daughter adventure

Doll Museum at the Old Rectory

Perfect place for a quick mommy-and-daughter adventure

Exploring Worthington’s Doll Museum proved to be more of a treat than expected for my daughter, Rosie, and me one Saturday morning. The museum, located in the Old Rectory, provides a fascinating glimpse of hundreds of dolls and, curiously, is linked to a fantastic consignment shop that had us digging around for spare change.

Run by the Worthington Historical Society, the museum is contained in two rooms that are kept locked until you pay the $2 admission fee. Several other rooms contain the consignment shop, where you’ll find quality antiques and collectibles at reasonable prices. Unlike thrift-store merchandise, these items appear to have one day been someone’s favorite things. They included teacups and saucers with pretty rose designs, well cared for dolls with pressed outfits, and lots of doll clothes lovingly crafted.

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We started our adventure in the museum. Visitors are given a two-sided, laminated sheet with information describing the collection. They come from many sources, but most were donated by Mrs. George Brinton Chandler in 1968.

Some dolls on display once served as fashion models, shipped overseas from Paris donning the latest fads of the 1800s in doll-sized proportions. Their well-coiffed hairdos are made from human hair.

Other dolls depict famous royals such as Countess Dagmar of Denmark, who was married to Czar Alexander III, and Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Emperor Napoleon  III.

It was fun learning about the interesting materials used to construct some of the dolls, like paper mache for heads, pewter for hands and feet, and wood, rubber, wax and even a wishbone for the bodies.

I enjoyed the Shirley Temple dolls and a collection of ornamental dolls from Japan that represented an emperor, empress and their court.

Rosie’s favorites were two doll houses that were chockfull of furnishings and tiny, detailed decorations that looked fit to welcome a fairy.

We ended our tour by perusing the gift shop, full of enchanting merchandise that we felt propelled to consider. I bought a dainty glass poodle with pretty eyelashes. Rosie selected miniatures for her own doll house and a homemade lacy dress for her American Girl Doll. The shop accepts only cash or checks.

The Doll Museum is located at 50 W. New England Ave., Worthington. Hours are 1-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Cost is $2 for a self-guided tour.

For more information call 614-885-1247 or visit

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Central Ohio Farm Markets

Prime picking time for farmers markets

One of the best things about summer in Ohio is the bounty of fruits and vegetables. There’s nothing like a sun-ripened tomato, picked fresh from the vine. Even better is dicing it up and combining it with peeled cucumbers, strips of basil and a freshly made vinaigrette for a tasty summertime salad.

You can find these ingredients and more at the many farm markets sprouting up this time of year in central Ohio. I recently visited the farmers market in the Columbus neighborhood of Clintonville, held each Saturday from April through November.

Vendors from around Ohio set up temporary shops along N. High Street, offering fruits, vegetables, pastries, jams, honey and flowers. The farmers grow their produce within 75 miles of Columbus, so it’s made for flavor — not made to survive long trips on trucks or trains.

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Here is a brief look at some of the many farm markets around central Ohio:

Bexley Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m., Thursdays, May through October, Bexley City Hall, 2111 E. Main St., Bexley. Learn more:

Canal Winchester Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-noon., Saturdays, May through October, Main Street in downtown Canal Winchester. Learn more:

Clintonville Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, April through November; and 4-7 p.m., Wednesdays, June through August, west side of N. High Street between Orchard Lane and W. Dunedin Road, Columbus. Learn more:

Delaware Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays; 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays, May through October, Sandusky Street, downtown Delaware. Learn more:

Dublin Farmers Market: 3:30-6:30 p.m.., Wednesdays, May through September, Oakland Nursery, 4261 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Dublin. Learn more:

Franklinton’s Market at 400: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays (biweekly), year round, 400 W. Rich St., Columbus. Learn more:

Grandview Avenue Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, July through October, 1371 Grandview Ave., Grandview Heights.

Grove City Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, April through October, Grove City Town Center, at the corners of Park Street and Broadway.

Hilliard Farm Market: 4-7 p.m., Tuesdays, June through September, parking lots at the corner of Wayne and Center streets, Hilliard. Learn more:

Jefferson Township Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, June through September, Jefferson Community Park, 7494 Clark State Rd., Blacklick.

Lancaster Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, May through October, Government Services parking lot, 239 W. Main St., Lancaster. Learn more:

Pearl Market: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays, May through October, Pearl Alley, one block north of the Ohio Statehouse, downtown Columbus. Learn more:

Powell Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, May through October, City of Powell Municipal Building, 47 Hall St., Powell.

Reynoldsburg Farmers Market: 3-6 p.m., Thursdays, June through August, Huber Park, 7300 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg.

Worthington Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, May through October; 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, November through April (indoors), downtown Olde Worthington. Learn more:

Upper Arlington Farmers Market: 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays, May through September, Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Rd.

Uptown Westerville Farmers Market: 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays, May through October, N. State and E. Home roads, Westerville. Learn more:


Worthington Community Center

Families exercise for free on select Fridays

Get the whole family up and moving during “Family Night,” a free activity held three Fridays a month at the Worthington Community Center, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd.

On select Fridays from 6:30-9 p.m., the community center, operated by Worthington Parks and Recreation, opens its doors to the public, allowing nonresidents an opportunity to sample the 72,000-square-foot facility and play in two gyms. During these special nights, one gym is reserved for children’s games and the other for more-athletic sports.

Family Fridays will be held March 7, 14 and 21. (Visit for future dates.)

The first Friday of the month typically includes a special $3 admission to the popular pool. The pool has a shallow area with a slide, spraying nozzles and dumping buckets. It also has a whirlpool, lap lanes, lazy river and a big, twisting slide.

If you’d like a break in the action, there are arts-and-crafts projects on hand to exercise creative minds.

For more information about the Worthington Community Center, visit



Get kids up and moving at indoor play center

Children in central Ohio don’t have to wait until a summer festival or a backyard birthday party to enjoy playing in a giant, inflatable structure.

No matter the season, kids can climb, slide and jump on an assortment of bouncy apparatuses at SuperGames in Worthington. During designated “open-play” times, the 20,000-square-foot facility opens its doors to the public for several hours on select days, allowing youngsters free range of a half dozen inflatables and interactive games such as air hockey and laser tag.

“It’s the largest indoor play space in Columbus,” said Kyle Paugh, indoor program coordinator at SuperGames. “It helps kids to reorganize their brains to playing with groups of kids instead of interacting on social media or an electronic device. It’s amazing to see kids connect here.”

The family-owned business, founded in 1994, supplies bounce houses and like structures for parties and festivals, including the Dublin Irish Festival. SuperGames maintains 70 inflatables that are rotated in the Worthington play space.

I visited with my children during a recent open-play time. My children shed their layered clothes as they worked up a sweat speeding through obstacle courses and sliding down slippery slides.

Parents are expected to supervise their children during play, which will certainly keep you on your toes.

SuperGames is located at 535 Lakeview Plaza Blvd., Worthington, Ohio 43085.

Cost is $9 for the first child and $6 for each additional child. Guardians must sign waivers for children. You can speed up the process by completing the form in advance.

Check the website ( for open play times. Weekends are typically reserved for private events.

For more information, visit or call 614-846-8946.


Candle Lab

Concoct a customized scent

I perused the names of more than 120 candle fragrances at The Candle Lab in the Columbus suburb of Worthington: “Georgia Peach,” “Snickerdoodle,” “Tomato Leaf.” My goal: to choose two perfect fragrances that represented my husband and three-month-old son, and thus create the perfect candle.

The Candle Lab, with three central Ohio locations in Worthington, Grandview Heights and Gahanna, is a specialty store where customers can buy pre-made, scented candles, or concoct their own. Fragrance selections vary by season, and customers can choose up to three scents. They combine the scents with pure soy wax, which co-owner Steve Weaver says burns long and is environmentally friendly.

The process of picking a scent, mixing it with liquid wax and allowing it to harden takes a little over an hour. A 12-ounce candle costs $12.

“The customers who are happiest with their candles are the ones who have a meaning behind the scents they’ve chosen,” said Weaver, who co-owns The Candle Lab with his fiancée, Katesha Freeman.

Weaver said a newlywed couple recently visited his store after returning from their honeymoon. They recreated an aroma they remembered from a spa they visited using the fragrances of lemongrass, rosemary and mint. Other customers, Weaver said, just want to create a personalized gift.

The Candle Lab also is a popular spot for candle-pouring parties, especially among teenage girls who enjoy prepping the candle, then spending the hour it takes for the wax to set doing something else. Some opt for a quick manicure or pedicure at the Elli Nail Spa next door. Others seek out a cone at nearby Graeter’s Ice Cream.

Weaver says The Candle Lab has hosted dozens of parties for Girl Scout troops, who also enjoy a lesson on the shop’s eco-friendly products derived from renewable resources such as essential oils and soy. Typical parties include 8-12 people. (Those who are interested in having a candle party should reserve the space two weeks in advance.)

Popular fragrance recipes among the younger crowd include mixing “Bubble Gum” and “Watermelon” to produce a scent resembling watermelon-flavored Bubblicious chewing gum. Another mixes “Campfire,” “Toasted Marshmallow” and “Dark Chocolate” scents to yield a s’mores-scented candle.

I settled on a scent called “Dad’s Den,” which smelled like cigars and spices, and one called “Baby Powder” that smelled like, well, baby powder. The Candle Lab’s fragrances are stored in amber bottles with white labels. I poured each of my selections into a bartender’s jigger, like a chemist. Then I emptied the concoction into an 8-ounce tin filled with soy wax and a wick. Voila! In an hour’s time, I had my own personalized candle that reminded me of my loved ones.

For more information, visit