June, 2010
6/7/2010 - If a tree falls during a tornado, will anyone notice?

At the beginning of the month, tornados raged through lower Michigan and Northwestern Ohio. This fallen tree is located in Dundee, Michigan where we went shopping for beef jerky.

6/19/2010 - The Duct Tape Festival at Avon, Ohio

The seventh annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival kicked off on June 18, 2010, just in time to celebrate Father’s Day. The festival was an all-weekend event starting Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio.

This three-day event celebrated duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honored the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the “Duct Tape Capital” of the world, Avon, Ohio, the home of Duck brand duct tape.

From sculptures and fashion to games and a parade, everything at the festival revolved around duct tape and the wonderful City of Avon.


A really pretty and sweet woman
6/20/2010 - The Shawshank Trail. Part Four

Malabar Farm State Park
4050 Bromfield Rd.
Lucas, OH 44843

Experience America's most famous farm, the 900 acre country estate of Pulitzer Prize winning author, farmer and conservationist Louis Bromfield. Our new Visitor Center if full of interactive displays, and home of Malabar/Lehman's Gift/Book Shop featuring unique Ohio-made items, Bromfield's books, farm fresh products, and our own homemade fudge. Walk through the Ohio Songbird Aviary, petting barn, stroll through our butterfly, prairie & flower gardens, ride a farm wagon and tour the home where Hollywood stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married.
Shawshank Fact:
James Whitmore (Brooks) and Clancy Brown (Captain Hadley) were both taken on a personal tour of the Big House at Malabar Farm by local tour guides. You can tour the 32 room home of Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer Prize winning author. A five-minute promo video of Shawshank Redemption can also be shown at Malabar Farm State Park upon request. On Malabar Farm is the best location to view the Oak Tree. Pugh Cabin is located within the Park.

Oak Tree (Site of the stone wall)
Shawshank Fact:
The road that Red traveled when he was looking for Andy's treasure was supposed to be in New England in the movie. It was actually on Pleasant Valley Rd. in Lucas, Ohio near Malabar Farm State Park. As you drive east along Pleasant Valley Rd. just past the entrance to Malabar Farm State Park, look to your left (north side of Pleasant Valley Rd.) to see the famous oak tree where Red walked along a hay field and removed stones from a rock wall where Andy kept his money.

As the oak tree is on private property and is currently being used as farmland, please respect the owner's property and land by not trespassing. Please do not stop on the road to view the tree. The tree is best viewed on Malabar Farm's property. Check with Malabar Farm staff at the Visitors Center for more information.

My review of The Shawshank Redemption movie can be found by clicking here:

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