Columbus

Homeport supports Bike the C-Bus 2014, KLD start

Homeport is proud to support Bike the C-Bus, organized by Yay Bikes!, for the SEVENTH straight year. The 2014 edition of the ride will start and finish in front of the historic Lincoln Theatre at the Homeport Gallery. The route will also highlight North of Broad where our Homeport Home Ownership department is continuing neighborhood revitalization, plus NOBO on Long Condominiums on the corner of East Long and North 21st Street as it meanders through Columbus neighborhoods. In 2013, 615 participants gathered on E. Long St. to ride through the city and return for lunch and entertainment.

Registration is open for Bike the C-Bus 2014 at bikethecbus.com.

OHFA Anticipates Completion of the State's Foreclosure Prevention Program

$101 Million Still Available to Assist Struggling Ohio Homeowners

COLUMBUS – With 80 percent of its allocated funds distributed on behalf of 16,560 Ohio homeowners facing foreclosure, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) today announced plans to bring its Save the Dream Ohio effort to a close during the next year and a half.

Save the Dream Ohio was funded with $570.4 million through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund. Since the program's inception in 2010, Ohio has served as a leader among the 18 states and the District of Columbia who received a portion of the funds.

"Throughout the last four years, OHFA and its partners have worked with Treasury to implement and modify the Save the Dream Ohio program to address the state's evolving needs and keep Ohio families in their homes," said OHFA Executive Director Doug Garver. "Thanks to the outstanding efforts of housing counseling agencies across the state as well as more than 400 mortgage servicers, this program has made a swift and progressive impact on Ohio's communities."

In addition to the $226 million OHFA distributed, the Agency also committed $75 million to assist Ohio families with ongoing mortgage assistance. With approximately $101 million remaining, the Agency estimates that the program can assist an additional 6,400 homeowners. Based on these projections, OHFA will no longer accept registrations after April 30. OHFA will continue to process completed registrations until July 31. The Agency expects to close all remaining applications in 2015, more than two years ahead of the U.S. Department of the Treasury's 2017 program deadline.

OHFA encourages Ohio homeowners facing default or foreclosure to visit www.savethedream.ohio.gov to learn more about the program, complete a few simple questions to determine eligibility and register. Individuals can also register by calling the toll-free Save the Dream Ohio hotline at 888-404-4674.

In August, the Agency announced approval from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to utilize up to $60 million of uncommitted program funds to assist with preventing foreclosures and stabilizing local property values through the removal of blighted and vacant properties. OHFA will announce the results of the first round of funding for the Neighborhood Initiative Program on February 28.

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About the Ohio Housing Finance Agency
OHFA is a self-supporting quasi-public agency governed by an eleven member board. The Agency uses federal and state resources to provide housing opportunities for families and individuals through programs designed to develop, preserve and sustain affordable housing throughout the state of Ohio. OHFA is also the administrator of the state's foreclosure prevention program, Save the Dream Ohio.

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Don’t wait another minute. Homeport can help YOU now – even if you have missed several payments or have received foreclosure documents. Foreclosure prevention counseling is available for individuals and families who have fallen behind with their mortgage payments. The goal is to provide the information and tools necessary to maintain home ownership by identifying the cause of default or delinquency, intervention strategies, and reviewing budgeting skills. Financial assistance is available through the Ohio Home Rescue Fund for those who qualify.

Call 614-221-8889 ext 134 to discuss this or other programs.

Local Artist, Tom Kelly at Homeport Gallery

The Homeport Gallery is featuring work from local artist, Tom Kelly in the exhibit the end of words. To help us celebrate, we'd like to invite you to join us for a reception with the artist.

Stop by for art, music, light refreshments, and the chance to chat with the artist!

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Date: Friday, July 19, 2013
Location: 779 E Long St (next to the Lincoln Theatre)

If you cannot make it out for the reception, the exhibit will be up July 12th through August 25th.

RSVP and invite your Facebook friends!

Generosity Columbus 5k Supports Homeport

The Columbus Running Company Charity Fund and Columbus Clippers are teaming up to bring a new and unique event to downtown Columbus.  They're working with a number of local charitable organizations like Homeport along with the Columbus Clippers to put on a fun community event that will showcase the generosity and caring of Columbus.  

All proceeds from the event will be going to the registered organizations.  When participants select a charity during the registration process, 100% of the proceeds from their registration fee will go toward the charity of their choice.  

IMPORTANT: Make sure that you choose Homeport during your registration process!

I'm interested in participating in the event as a runner or walker, what do I need to do?

  1. Go to https://www.signmeup.com/88496 to register
  2. Select "5K Run/Walk" at the bottom of the page, and continue to enter your information and choose Homeport as the nonprofit that you would like your run to benefit.
  3. Tell your friends!  In your confirmation message, you'll be given details on how you can earn Columbus Running Company gift certificate dollars by getting your friends to sign up with your referral code.  $5 per confirmed referral.

I can't participate, but I'm interested in donating to Homeport, what do I need to do?

  1. Go to https://www.signmeup.com/88496 to register
  2. Select "I can't participate, but would like to donate to a charity" at the bottom of the page, and continue to enter your information and donation.

I have a child interested in participating in the Kids Fun Run event, what do I need to do?

  1. Go to https://www.signmeup.com/88496 to register
  2. Select "Kids Fun Run - FREE!" at the bottom of the page, and continue to enter their information.  
  3. There is no cost for the Kids Fun Run, but we do ask that you register children who will be participating so we can plan accordingly.

I'm interested in volunteering for this event, what do I need to do?

  1. Go to https://www.signmeup.com/88496 to register
  2. Select "I would like to volunteer for this event" at the bottom of the page, and continue to enter your information and select your preferred volunteer duty.  We're looking for volunteers for registration, event setup and teardown, on-course water station, and being route assistants.
  3. We'll provide further instructions by email in the weeks leading up to the event.  This event couldn't happen without a strong volunteer force making everything run smoothly.  Thank you for your interest in being a very important part of the team!

Event details

  • Swag:  Event t-shirt, a ticket voucher from the Columbus Clippers, a finisher's medal, and more.
  • Early Packet Pickup: There will be packet pickup for all pre-registered participants at all Columbus Running Company locations on July 2 through July 5 during normal store hours (Friday until 6 p.m.).  Please note, the store is closed on July 4th.  Select the location nearest to you so you can save time on race morning:
  • Course map: Click here for a detailed course map.  The course starts outside Huntington Park, takes a tour of the Arena District and a loop around Goodale Park, before returning to the stadium for a finishing lap around the warning track.  Yes, you'll be finishing the Generosity Columbus 5K on the field!  Bring your cameras and your best finisher's smile for this once in a lifetime opportunity!
  • Event timeline:
    • 7:15 a.m. - On-site registration begins
    • 8:15 a.m. - Kids Fun Run begins
    • 8:30 a.m. - Generosity Columbus 5K begins
    • 8:45 a.m. - Post-race fun starts!  You'll get your finisher medal, and an opportunity to grab some refreshments while sharing tales of the road with your fellow participants.
  • Parking: There is ample public parking around Huntington Park, with many surface lots, parking garages, and on-street parking available.  As it is downtown Columbus, parking in some areas may cost a few bucks.  Please obey all posted regulations.

Thank you!

The Generosity Columbus 5K at Huntington Park is all about raising awareness and funds for the participating local charities and non-profit organizations like Homeport.  We greatly appreciate your participation, donation, and time volunteering.  You all help to make this event a success, and your spirit is a source of pride for the community!

Gallery Reception: African Rhythms in Paint, Act 2

Homeport Gallery is happy to have welcomed back Suzanne Accetta with her body of work, African Rhythms in Paint, Act 2. Come help us celebrate the closing of her exhibit!

Stop by for art, light refreshments, and the chance to chat with the artist!

Time: 5:00pm–7:00pm
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Location: 779 E Long St (next to the Lincoln Theatre)

If you cannot make it out for the reception, the exhibit will be up through July 7th.

About the artist
Suzanne Accetta has been drawing and painting for over thirty-five years. Accetta’s paintings are exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in public, private and corporate collections as well as juried exhibitions. In May 2011, her series African Rhythms in Paint was the inaugural exhibition for the new Homeport Gallery at the Lincoln Theatre. Accetta was featured in Columbus Monthly, American Artist Magazine, Watercolorpainting.com and in the book The Complete Colored Pencil Book. Her biography is included in Who’s Who In American Art. Recently, Accetta was selected to appear in two publications; The Best Of Worldwide Watermedia and The Best Of America Portraits And Figures. Presently she works primarily in watercolor and in all her art, she tries to emphasize character, expression and feeling. Calvin J. Goodman wrote in the July, 1989 issue of American Artist Magazine, “Accetta tries to employ some narrative elements in every painting. She is a keen student of faces and human anatomy. As a result, her work shows great empathy for her subjects.” Accetta is a much sought after lecturer, demonstrator, juror, and teacher. She has illustrated children’s books for Continental Press and teaches drawing and painting at Otterbein University in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Volunteers needed for upcoming June events

Homeport is currently looking for volunteers to assist at the Marsh Run resource fair and fresh produce distribution on June 5th from 2:00 pm – 6:30pm. The resource fair events are an opportunity to connect residents to helpful organizations in the community they may not be aware of, provide them with resources such as health connections and fresh produce, and motivate residents to make positive changes in their lives. Volunteers are needed to help set up, bag and distribute approximately 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to the residents in attendance, as well as help out with the community cookout and children’s activities that will be going on during the event.

Other opportunities:

  • June 7th from 9:00am – 12:00pm we are looking for volunteers to assist at Pheasant Run with a bench building project. We are working on a build out area around our resident led community garden. Volunteers will be assisting with the assembly and installation of four benches, planting too bushes, installing rod décor, painting plant boxes and the installation of a storage shed.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to assist with our summer camp programming. We will have 5 locations running June 17th from August 9th Monday through Friday from 9am – 3pm. Please contact Rachel today for more details about how to get involved!

 

Homeport supports Bike the C-Bus 2013, highlights NOBO

Homeport is proud to support Bike the C-Bus, a collaboration of Yay Bikes! and Long Street Businessmen's Association, for the sixth year. The 2013 edition of the ride will start and finish in front of the historic Lincoln Theatre at the Homeport Gallery. The route will also highlight North of Broad where our Homeport Home Ownership department is continuing neighborhood revitalization on North 20th and 22nd, plus NOBO on Long Condominiums on the corner of East Long and North 21st Street.

Registration is open for Bike the C-Bus 2013 at bikethecbus.com.

Homeport Home Ownership rolls out new designs [UPDATED]

UPDATE 05.31.2013 The first of our new models is scheduled for completion by the end of June! At 275 N 22nd Street–where less than a year ago stood a run-down, vacant house–soon a Louis Sway 3 bed, 2 bath home will be ready for a new to family to move into. The Louis models are Homeport Home Ownership's first venture into single-story homes in North of Broad, built in response to changing homebuyer preferences. Along with our Eartha models (scheduled for completion by the end of summer), our newest homes combine tradition, convenience, and environmental design. Scroll down to see a time lapse video of the beginning stages of construction!

With the hopes of appealing to a wider audience, Homeport Home Ownership has launched new home designs, beginning in the North of Broad neighborhood. Whether you are looking for a small and cozy space, solar panels to offset your electrical usage, or simply a new-build home in a historically-rich neighborhood, these latest models have something for everyone.

The homes below will be the first to hit the market, but stay tuned for even more to come in the future!

Smaller Footprint, Simple Living

Sustainably Solar

African Rhythms in Paint, Act 2

Homeport Gallery is welcoming Suzanne Accetta back with her body of work, African Rhythms in Paint, Act 2.  Come help us celebrate the opening of the exhibit!

Stop by for art, light refreshments, and the chance to chat with the artist!

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Date: Friday, May 17, 2013
Location: 779 E Long St (next to the Lincoln Theatre)

If you cannot make it out for the reception, the exhibit will be up through July 7th.

RSVP and invite your Facebook friends!

Suzanne Accetta has been drawing and painting for over thirty-five years. Accetta’s paintings are exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in public, private and corporate collections as well as juried exhibitions. In May 2011, her series African Rhythms in Paint was the inaugural exhibition for the new Homeport Gallery at the Lincoln Theatre. Accetta was featured in Columbus Monthly, American Artist Magazine, Watercolorpainting.com and in the book The Complete Colored Pencil Book. Her biography is included in Who’s Who In American Art. Recently, Accetta was selected to appear in two publications; The Best Of Worldwide Watermedia and The Best Of America Portraits And Figures. Presently she works primarily in watercolor and in all her art, she tries to emphasize character, expression and feeling. Calvin J. Goodman wrote in the July, 1989 issue of American Artist Magazine, “Accetta tries to employ some narrative elements in every painting. She is a keen student of faces and human anatomy. As a result, her work shows great empathy for her subjects.” Accetta is a much sought after lecturer, demonstrator, juror, and teacher. She has illustrated children’s books for Continental Press and teaches drawing and painting at Otterbein University in the Department of Theatre and Dance. 

 

 

Pop-up art takes NoBo by storm

Longtime home to the Lincoln Theatre, and most recently Homeport Gallery, the King-Lincoln District is no stranger to the Columbus arts scene. But the neighborhood has never experienced anything like what is to come this summer.

Rooms to Let Temporary Art Space has announced its summer series of pop-up projects and exhibitions, which culminate in a neighborhood crawl on May 18. The event will present over ten exhibitions and projects from local and regional artists; creations span a multitude of mediums including sound, interactive performance, a massive camera obscura, invasive sculpture, text, and art “in the dark”.

28 artists will be represented in the crawl, which will lead visitors from house to house along N 20th and 21st streets in Homeport’s North of Broad neighborhood in the King-Lincoln District. Food carts will also be present, celebrating both the artists and the neighborhood in which these pieces live.

Rooms to Let supports projects that are social, individual, site-specific, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary. Artists are asked to acknowledge both the status of the house and the property's role within its neighborhood; the primary goal is in bringing a neighborly familiarity to contemporary art practice. Through incredibly diverse and experimental projects, Rooms to Let supports a rare mix of artists and visitors who leave considering the function of art and place, and, of course, the opportunities of unoccupied homes.

You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking here. 

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About Rooms to Let

Rooms to Let was founded in 2010 by local artist and curator Melissa Vogley Woods as a means to provide artists the opportunity to work in diverse environments. By placing artists within an anomalous environment, Rooms to Let challenges the traditional constructs of an exhibition space and supports the local development of contemporary art and public art projects.  http://roomstolettemporaryartspace.com 

Rooms to Let supports projects that are social, individual, site-specific, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary. Artists are asked to acknowledge both the status of the house and the property's role within its neighborhood; the primary goal is in bringing a neighborly familiarity to contemporary art practice. Through incredibly diverse and experimental projects, Rooms to Let supports a rare mix of artists and visitors who leave considering the function of art and place, and, of course, the opportunities of unoccupied homes.

Independent Foreclosure Review Update April 2013

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Homeport is here to help if you are uncertain about what to do during a foreclosure. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013

$9.3 Billion in Payments and Foreclosure Assistance to Begin in April 2013

On March 18, 2013, more than 4.2 million people were sent postcard notices about payments they will receive as a result of an agreement between federal banking regulators and 13 mortgage servicers. As a result of this agreement, the Independent Foreclosure Review ceased at those servicers. A full list of companies and their affiliates or subsidiaries covered by the agreement are listed below.

The agreement provides $3.6 billion in cash payments to borrowers covered by the agreement. Borrowers covered by the agreement include those whose primary residences were in any stage of the foreclosure process in 2009 or 2010 and whose mortgages were serviced by one of the participating servicers.

Payments are expected to range from a few hundred dollars to $125,000. By accepting the payment, borrowers do not waive any legal claims against their servicer and may pursue additional actions related to their foreclosure.

In most cases, a letter with an enclosed check sent by the Paying Agent—Rust Consulting, Inc.—will arrive in 4 to 8 weeks. Some borrowers may receive a letter from Rust requesting additional tax-related information that will be needed to process their payment. Correspondence will be sent at the direction of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.The federal banking regulators will provide more details about the payments in early April.

To verify that you are covered by the agreement or to update contact information, call Rust Consulting at 1-888-952-9105. Information provided to Rust will only be used for purposes relating to the agreement.

If you need additional help with foreclosure prevention, please contact the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline at 888-995-HOPE (4673) (or at www.makinghomeaffordable.gov) and they can put you in touch with a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved nonprofit organization that can provide free assistance.

While the agreement ended the Independent Foreclosure Review for 13 companies, the review process for more than 450,000 eligible borrowers serviced by OneWest, Everbank, and GMAC Mortgage continues because these companies did not enter into the agreement with federal banking regulators. Regulators expect the review process for these companies to be completed over the course of the coming year. Eligible borrowers at these servicers who requested a review will receive information about the outcome of their review when that information is available.

Answers to frequently asked questions and other information about the agreement and the Independent Foreclosure Review are available at https://independentforeclosurereview.com/Settled.aspx and the Web sites of the OCC (www.occ.gov/independentforeclosurereview) and the Federal Reserve (http://www.federalreserve.gov/consumerinfo/independent-foreclosure-review.htm).

Companies and their affiliates or subsidiaries covered by the agreement include:

America's Servicing Company Countrywide PNC Mortgage
Aurora Loan Services EMC Mortgage Corporation Saxon Mortgage
BAC Home Loans Servicing Goldman Sachs Sovereign Bank
Bank of America HFC SunTrust Mortgage
Beneficial HSBC U.S. Bank
Chase Litton Loan Servicing Wachovia Mortgage
Citibank MetLife Bank Washington Mutual (WaMu)
CitiFinancial Morgan Stanley Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
CitiMortgage National City Mortgage Wilshire Credit Corporation

 

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Shop with local retailers and help Homeport!

Are you looking for an easy way to support Homeport? 
 
ENROLL or RENEW now for the 2013–2014 Kroger Community Rewards Program and designate "Columbus Housing Partnership" (legacy from our old name) as the organization you would like to help.

There is no cost to join and you help us provide services to low income families just by shopping. Please renew or enroll now at Kroger Community Rewards.

The steps are easy:

  • First choose "Enroll Now" under the 'Columbus, OH' section.
  • Search for Columbus Housing Partnership as your designated organization.
  • Select our name from the list below.
  • Save your selection, and that's it!

Once you enroll (or renew for 2013) Kroger will donate a percentage of your purchase each time you use your Plus Card. Thank you so much for your support!

 

Eastway Village construction almost complete

The finish line is in sight for construction on Homeport’s latest senior community – Eastway Village, located at 4237 East Broad Street in Whitehall. When completed sometime this spring, the development will feature 66 total units of senior housing (residents 55 or older).

  • 36 one-bedroom units in a 2-story elevator building (tentative move-in May 2013)
  • 30 two-bedroom cottage units with washer/dryer hook-ups, select cottages have garages (tentative move-in March 2013)
  • Units available to those at 30%, 50% and 60% AMI (some subsidized units available for residents 62 or older)

Community space will include:

  • Community room
  • Computer room
  • Library
  • Solarium
  • Exercise room
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Landscaped campus with pond and gardens
  • Supportive Services provided

For more information about renting a home at Eastway Village please contact Ron Desmond from Wallick Properties at 614-437-2532.

February 25th is Homeport Day at Tip Top!

Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails will donate 10% of the food sales on February 25th to Homeport! Bring your family, friends and coworkers into Tip Top any time between 11am and closing on Monday, February 25th and have lunch, dinner or a snack to help support Homeport. Check back for other specials that will be available.

Tip Top is located at

73 E. Gay Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-8300

RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!


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Victorian Heritage Community Input Meeting

Homeport proposes the complete rehabilitation of 59 Section-8 rental units located in three clusters of historically-significant apartment buildings in North-Central Columbus.  Homeport’s acquisition of the properties will preserve affordability for current and prospective tenants.

Homeport plans an extensive renovation that will significantly improve quality of life for residents, while maintaining high management standards and the provision of additional resident services. Renovations will maintain the historic character of the older buildings in this portfolio, while enhancing the interior spaces, updating mechanicals, and providing other significant upgrades as needed.
The properties are located at;
Clark and Dennison 
High and King
Fifth and Hamlet 

Join us Thursday, January 31 from 6:00PM - 7:00PM at the Schoenbaum Family Center located at 175 E. 7th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201. If you cannot attend, please visit www.victorianheritage.blogspot.com to get information and leave feedback. 


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2012 Rental Living Property Manager Awards

The final 2012 Quarterly Managers Meeting was held at the Homeport office in November. In attendance were Community Properties of Ohio Management Services, Townhomes Management Company and Wallick-Hendy Properties, along with Homeport Asset Management and Community Life staff. In addition to standard discussion of financial matters, awards were also distributed. This is the second year that Homeport’s Asset Management department handed out awards to some much-deserving recipients.

The six award winners were,

Congratulations to all of the winners pictured above.

Elim Manor Opening Celebration

Please join us in celebrating the opening of Elim Manor – Homeport's newest senior community!

You will have a chance to take a tour, as well as hear from our partners:
First Church of God, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, Huntington Bank, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Red Capital Group, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Franklin County Commisioners.

Help us welcome residents by bringing the following items:
Personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, new makeup, etc.), books, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent.

Opening Celebration
Time: 1:00pm
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Light refreshments will be served.
Location: Elim Manor,  3180 Elim Manor Court
Columbus, OH 43232
Get directions here

RSVP by Friday, December 7th by clicking here
or by calling Lauren Ashe, Events Coordinator, at 614-545-4838.

Reception at Homeport Gallery

Please join us for a reception as we celebrate the closing of Jazz: An Improvisation, featuring the work of Mike Fields, Stephen Pariser, and James E. Wright. The show includes a diverse history of jazz with photographic, portraiture, and abstract perspectives.

A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit The Jazz Academy of the Jazz Arts Group, located in the historic Lincoln Theatre.

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Location: 779 E Long St (next to the Lincoln Theatre)

If you cannot make it out for the reception, the exhibit will be up through December 2nd.

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!


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Options abound for schooling in our communities

Through Columbus City Schools’ School Choice/Lottery program, parents have multiple options when it comes to sending their kids to school. Both Community Choice and Interdistrict Open Enrollment apply to conventional school lottery applications. A Community Choice school is one within your own Elementary Community or the Center City Community. An Open Enrollment school is a school in a community other than those designated Community Choice for you.

Whether your child has an interest in science, math, technology, arts, literature, or project adventure, this process allows families to apply to schools that best suit their needs.

While any family may apply for open enrollment, the lottery program does give priority to residents of certain communities.

For more information and to find out if you could be eligible for priority in the lottery process, visit the Columbus City Schools website and click on “Enroll Today” to learn more!

An Evening of Jazz and Wine

Join us for an evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres at Homeport Gallery. Camelot Cellars will be joining us to provide a tasting of some of their premier wines while you enjoy music from jazz guitarist, Paul Cohn. There is currently a photography exhibit in the gallery by Kojo Kamau and Kevin D. Willis that highlights the beauties of Columbus. 

Stop by on your way to the Heritage Concert Series at Mayme Moore Park or the Downtown Live concert series at Columbus Commons!

Find out more about Paul Cohn and his music here.

Learn more about Camelot Cellars, too!