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It's August and the Mansfield/ Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau has compiled some of the top events this month! Whether you enjoy bull riding, festivals, cars, or shopping, we have it all for you right here in one convenient location! Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events for more #RichlandHappenings.
What was left of the famous oak tree from "The Shawshank Redemption" has fallen. Staff at the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau said they received a call Friday afternoon informing them the entire tree was down. See the video and article here.
The famous Shawshank tree, a symbol of hope and a popular pilgrimage site for fans of "The Shawshank Redemption," was knocked down by high winds Friday afternoon. Jodie Snavely, group tour manager for the Mansfield and Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau, went out to see the downed tree for herself, after her office got a call from a man who said he saw the historic oak fall. "Sure enough it was down," she said. "People are going to be heartbroken. It's extremely sad." The tree, which Snavely said could be as many as 200 years old, is an iconic symbol in the 1994 film. It's where Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), wrongly accused of murder, buries the directions that help guide friend and former prison-mate Red (Morgan Freeman) to his new home.
Mid-Summer is here and itâ€™s time to take stock in the things you still want to do before summer slips by. For those who enjoy trying new wines or craft beer, make sure you check off the list of spots to explore in your own backyard. The Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau recently welcomed a new location to the local Wine & Ale Trail, Laxton Hollow Brewing Works. Take a look at all the breweries and wineries on the local trail.
Gorman Nature Center aims to â€śintroduce and interpret our regionâ€™s natural heritage to the citizens of Richland County.â€ť As a part of the Richland County Parks District, Gorman Nature Center is providing an educational platform to audiences of all ages. Events take place on a weekly basis and cover fields of science from astrology to geology, through these events the Naturalists at Gorman are garnering interests in preservation, conservation and enjoyment of natural heritage.
As summer rolls around, many of us crave a day with the sand between our toes and the warm sun on our skin. Maybe you get your sunshine fix by trekking over to the Atlantic Coast or even just by driving north to Lake Erie, but what if I say that everything you desire is right here around the Richland County area? Thatâ€™s right; there is no need to flee the state because having a beach day here happens! Today, letâ€™s explore some of the premier destinations in this area for every type of beach-goer.
Bring on the interns! Thanks to some amazing college internship programs, the Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau engages with students throughout the year. The start of summer semester brings a new group of student interns. â€śWe have mentored over 54 students in the past 8 years,â€ť said Amber Dobbins, CVB Operations/Membership Director. â€śWe donâ€™t just assign them projects, but they get real-world experience along with the mentorship to help them learn basics things like appropriate attire and interaction in a work setting, computer program shortcuts and tricks to make them more efficient, and even resume tips from the employerâ€™s viewpoint. All critical knowledge for todayâ€™s competitive workforce,â€ť Dobbins said. MEET our summer interns now.
As the Operations/Member Services Director for the Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), I have had the privilege to supervise and mentor over 50 students throughout the past eight of my nine years at the CVB. It is truly rewarding not only for myself, but I believe that an Internship/Mentorship program can be a win-win-win for all parties involved. Not only do students get the experience needed in todayâ€™s competitive work force, but our staff is able to maximize productivity and daily office functions. The CVB is proud to be a part of the community and be able to help the students of our great educational institutions.
Summer is here, which means it is officially farmers market season! Foodies, shopping addicts and local supporters are all in for an exciting and tasty time at one of Mansfield and Richland Countyâ€™s farmers markets. Farmers markets continue to become more and more popular due to the desire to buy food free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The fresh produce, herbs, treats and products are sold directly to consumersâ€“meaning fresh and seasonal food! View our local list of markets.
Everyone has their favorite summer activities, but isnâ€™t it time to try something NEW too? Let the Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau help expand your summer experiences with a list of ten new things to try this summer. Whether youâ€™re eight or eighty, a fan of sipping wine or a race fan, a music buff or an art buff, a family of 6 looking for a beach or a solo foodie, a new adventure awaits in Richland County. See the list!