Our good friend and one of our favorite photographers, Catherine Murray is fundamental to completing the beauty of every one of our issue and we wanted to find out just how much Catherine loves the little things about living local. Here are her top ten tiny things she loves about Columbus:
by Catherine Murray
1. Small Urban Farms
Farms don’t require acres anymore. Urban Farms like Over the Fence are popping up in some of the smallest spaces, proving all you need is a little bit of dirt to grow enough food to share.
Microbreweries—well, that’s like saying tiny breweries, isn’t it? Columbus has plenty to choose from and they’re all awesome. Ohio Craft Beer has an extensive index of Ohio breweries.
4. Baby Strawberries
Big farms grow large strawberries because they’re cheaper to pick and easier to ship. The strawberries you find at Doran’s Farm are tiny. That’s how you know they’re good.
5. Little Libraries
Driving down a neighborhood street you may spot a little structure in a yard. It might look like a dollhouse or a large mailbox. It’s actually a little library. The idea is simple. Borrow a book, return a book. It doesn’t get more neighborly than that. Residents can sign up to host at LittleFreeLibrary.org.
6. Mini Jeni’s Sample Spoons
I’ve collected more than a few of those little ice cream spoons. I go. I sample. I order the trio. Variety is the spice of life. I bet Jeni agrees.
7. Tiny Art Galleries
Not enough people have heard about S. Dot Gallery, a dollhouse gallery filled with tiny sized artwork. Normally this gallery lives in the home of the artist, Stephanie Rond, but she’s temporarily moved it to a large scale show at Fort Hayes High School, open to the public M-F 9-4pm through October 24th.
8. Short Presentations
Pecha Kucha is an open event where volunteers stand up in front of a crowd to present on a subject of their choice. The format is always the same: 20 slides for 20 seconds each. That’s 6 minutes and 40 seconds. I’d consider those tiny.