Ohio River Valley Chapter - Columbus, IN
8/16/2012 to 8/19/2012
August 16-19, 2012
Ohio River Valley Chapter
Come join us in Columbus, Indiana. This city, famous for its world-renowned architecture, lives up to its nickname: the Athens of the Prairie. There is much to do, so plan to arrive early Thursday if possible.
A major attraction is the Columbus Architectural tour, led by a trained tour guide on an air-conditioned bus. This group tour is limited to first 25 people, so make your reservations early. Self-guided tours in your car are also available from the visitor’s center in downtown Columbus.
Columbus boats a wide variety of restaurant and dining options within walking distance of downtown. Other attractions include:
- The visitor’s center, which features a nine-foot-tall sculpture by world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly, scale models of several buildings showcasing the prominent designers (Kevin Roche, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese and I.M. Pei) whose buildings stand throughout the city, and a gift shop.
- Simmon’s Winery, with a tasting room and a variety of tours available.
- The city’s famous and newly-renovated commons featuring an indoor playground and the famous sculpture Chaos I by kinetic artist Jean Tinguely.
- The Kid’s Commons Children’s Museum, across the street from the commons, where children can play in a kid-friendly RV, climb the two-story climbing wall, create art, blow bubbles and flush themselves (and you, too) down a giant-sized toilet.
- Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum with made-on-the-premises ice cream treats, 1900s soda fountain equipment, mechanical music and iconic items from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
- Optional tour of the Irwin Miller house and gardens. Reservations should be made early as this tour is often sold out. (Reservations are available online at www.columbus.in.us or www.imamuseum.org)
- Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum featuring displays and aircraft from World War II through the Vietnam War.
- Shopping at the 85-store Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall.
- Golf at the Otter Creek Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones and consistently rated in the top 25 public golf courses or at the city-owned Greenbelt Golf Course. There are at least five other public or private courses. The Par 3 Golf Course offers a smaller version but equally challenging play.
- Bike, jog or walk the People Trails, a universally usable system of 19 miles of paved trails running through neighborhoods, parks and along two creeks, three rivers, grassy areas and farmland. Any people-powered transportation is allowed. This trail also is pet friendly.
- Tours of the new Mill Race Senior Center.
- Bartholomew County Historical Society museum.
Friday night, we will enjoy a special dinner prepared at the Henry Breeding Historical Farm with storytelling by members of the Bartholomew County Historical Society. Saturday activities will include the Architectural Tour and free time for you to enjoy some of the other attractions.
Campsites are $30 to $33/night. Pets are welcome. Camping at Woods-N-Waters Campground provides water and electric in shaded RV sites, an air-conditioned meeting room, swimming pool, game room and fishing lake. Four star Woodall’s rating, Trailer Life rating 8.5/9*/7.
Make reservations by contacting Betty Haven at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 372-9549 or (812) 350-3488. If you need to leave a message, please include all of the following information: number and names of the campers in your RV, length and type of RV (Class A, B, C or pop-up), dates you will be camping, 30 or 50 amp service, any special requests or services, and your contact information (phone or email). Be sure to mention you are joining the RVW Ohio River Valley Chapter rally.
When reserving your spot with Betty, please also go on the RVW website at www.rvingwomen.org and register on the Ohio River Valley page as well.
Registration for this rally is $25 per person and includes the dinner at Breeding Farm and the Architectural Tour. The rally fee can be pre-paid by check or paid on-site.
For rally information, contact Tammy at email@example.com or (317) 250-4222.
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