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Originary Arts

Braiding Communities Series

Co-sponsors -

Originary Arts Initiative

Place Keepers

Urban Appalachian Community Coalition

Appalachian Flow Homecoming

Sunday, September 29, 2024

2-8 pm  festival-style event


Celebrate Cincinnati's unique Appalachian heritage! 

Music, storytelling, literary performances, dancing, folk art, Appalachian food tasting, best pie contest, & more for people of all generations and heritages.   

Primary sponsor: Urban Appalachian Community Coalition

Creative Streams: Poetry Writing Workshop 

Friday, April 5th, 2024

6:30-8:30 pm 

 $35, refreshments included

Celebrate National Poetry Month by exploring unique ways to enrich voice, flow, sensory details, and tension in your poetic craft.  We’ll ponder diverse writing themes inspired by creeks, streams, and rivers, and learn about submission calls and contests running through the Appalachian watershed.   All are welcome in this supportive, productive circle!  Sponsored by Originary Arts Initiative.

 The "I Remember" Story Exchange

Friday, May 24th, 2024 

6:30-8 pm

FREE, donations accepted

Embrace the power of remembrance.  What special recollections of people, places, work, and service do you carry with you? Celebrate Memorial Day weekend by sharing and listening to powerful, creative expressions of writing, music, art, and storytelling in this open mic style event.   

Spirit of Song- Lyric Writing Workshop & Community Song Circle

Friday June 28th, 2024 

5:45- 7:15 Songwriting Workshop

7:30-9 pm Concert 

Pricing: $35 for workshop and concert, $9 concert only (18 and under free)

refreshments included 

Explore unique ways to enrich voice, flow, sensory details, and tension in your creative writing pieces.  Borrowing from the thematic landscape of creeks, streams, and rivers, we will hone our craft to specific calls from publishers.   All are welcome in this supportive, productive circle! 

Program Sponsors: Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, Originary Arts Initiative (OAI)

Living Story: Creative Renewal Retreat 

A Dedicated Day for Creative Renewal & Project Development 

Sunday, August 11, 2024

12:30-5:30 pm 

Registration: $69.00;

Embrace your time, renew your energy and move forward in your creative project through Living Story, a guided retreat-style experience hosted at The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum.

Living Story offers dedicated time to focus on creative projects, book manuscripts, art-making, educational or public program development, and unique business concepts. Your vision will gain surprising, new texture if you set aside one day in the company of other creative women to create new material or modify existing ideas. The Carnegie’s beautiful space and surrounding historical neighborhood will lend inspiration to your creative process.  


Experience optional guided creative prompts, feedback circles, or energy-boosting one-on-one mentorship sessions. Or feel free to tuck away to do your thing.  We’ll provide each person with a table in the Carnegie’s beautiful ballroom, including Internet access, delicious snacks, and water/tea/coffee on all-day flow. Creative breaks may include a visit to Daylily Deli right across the street and a “story stroll” around charming Columbia Tusculum. At the day’s end, we’ll hold a special interchange where we share creative progress, project content, and helpful resources with each other.


Living Story is a dynamic, adaptive interpretation of life in action, where what we make and do is primarily shaped by our value for cultivating inspiring relationships with people, practicing cultural curiosity, and experiencing peace and insight in nature.  The art of Living Story rises from a willingness to risk creative empathy and movement beyond existing (and often limiting) designs. 


Collaboratively led by Dr. Sherry Cook Stanforth, author, professor emeritus, and founder of Originary Arts Initiative, and Stacy Smith Rogers, freelance journalist, entrepreneur, and founder of Stronger Girl.

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Community Open Chess 

Chess Earth hosts 

Community Open Play and Optional Tournament

July 7th

August 18th

September 8th

October 20th

November 17th

December 1st



Stop in to relax and play casual chess and experience/witness a real chess tournament (optional.) ALL ages and levels of experience are welcome! Hosted by chess instructor, Robert Chenault.

New Liberty Orchestra and Dance

Community Fall


New Liberty Orchestra Concert and Dance 


July 21, 2024; 2pm

December 15, 2024; 2pm

Live 12 piece band! Bring your dancing shoes or just enjoy an afternoon of fabulous music from the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s. Whether you choose to whirl around the dance floor or take in the sights and sounds you’ll enjoy this event! $15pp at the door

Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum , 3738 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati

Bring your dancing shoes or just enjoy an afternoon of fabulous music from the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s. The Carnegie Center is hosting the NLDO and you're invited! Ragtime, hot jazz, and the roots of swing are what's on tap - enjoy a nice coda to your weekend, whether you choose to whirl around the dance floor or take in the sights and sounds for a Sunday afternoon concert, all are invited.

Admission is $15 cash or card to enjoy this 12 piece band. If you plan to dance, please bring dance shoes or leather-soled shoes only, at least on the floor. Carnegie Center has just restored and renovated their floor, so let's help keep it nice!

Fall Community Party

The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum invites your family to connect with your neighbors on 

October 27, 2024, 3:30pm

Enjoy crafts, food, fun and games, beer, entertainment and more!


Pop-Up Produce FREE

 OUTDOOR Produce Pop-UP provided by the Freestore Foodbank on  2024: 1/9; 2/13, 3/19-CANCELED, 4/9, 5/19, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10 at 10:30pm: open until food is gone

Bring a bag or box to select and carry your free produce. Please spread the word to your local neighbors. In order to share with as many residents as possible, we ask that each family only take what they can use. In order for the volunteers to have plenty of time to set up without pressure, please do not show up prior to the advertised pick-up times. Occasionally there are delivery hiccups from factory scheduling that are out of our control. Should there be a delay or cancelation, we will post and announcement on our Facebook website. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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Book Launch

Columbia Tusculum: Cincinnati's Oldest Neighborhoodby Dinese Young

Release date: 10/7/24

Columbia Tusculum, Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood, has been an essential source of progress and development for the Cincinnati area. For 2000 years prior to Anglo-American settlement, it was significant for native hunting and trading. Lush and convenient land in Columbia Tusculum provided farming and hunting as well as transportation essential for trade and expansion throughout the years. The convenient location at the convergence of the Little Miami and Ohio Rivers made Columbia essential for transporting people and goods. Progress and growth in Cincinnati was initiated and expedited by the Columbia community. It was the first Anglo-American settlement prior to Losantiville, now known as downtown Cincinnati, and the second settlement in the state of Ohio. Later, streetcars and railroads helped transport people and goods to and from developing eastern communities and downtown Cincinnati. In the 1930s, Columbia Avenue, later renamed Columbia Parkway, became essential for automotive transportation and facilitated greater migration and growth in Cincinnati. In the early 20th century, Columbia Tusculum-based Lunken Airport became one of the largest and finest municipal airports in the world further expanding travel outside of Cincinnati. Columbia Tusculum continues to connect and grow community through time.


The long and extensive history of the Columbia Tusculum community is highlighted in this book and was made possible through residents, businesses and organizations who collected, preserved and shared historical artifacts and documents for decades. This book endeavors to collect, chronicle, and share images, oral and written histories and other valuable resources previously held privately and inaccessible to others. The author is a long term Columbia Tusculum resident, educator, community nonprofit director, founder of the Columbia Tusculum Historical Society and community volunteer who has a passion and drive to preserve and share history of the historic Columbia Tusculum community. 

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Chocolate Truffle Selection

The Romance of Wine
Valentine's Day Wine and Chocolates Pairing Class


"The Romance of Wine"

Valentine's Day Wine and Chocolates Pairing class at The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum! We will have wines that speak to romance in name, flavour profile, and how they delectably “partner” with chocolates…the ultimate romance pairing for Valentine’s Day!  Join as we offer wines that bring out the best in chocolates and how to pair the two most decadent partners! Perfect class for you and your romantic love or Galentine’s night! Hosted by sommelier, Kerrie Breeze! 2/14/24 at 7pm, $50pp

Red Wine

Southwestern Ohio Beekeepers Association

“Bee Friendly Gardening” 

March 10, 2024

Learn about honey bees, best practices for bee friendly planting and a listing of popular bee friendly plants to plan your spring and summer gardening/landscaping.

Ray Babcock, a local beekeeper, has been keeping honeybees for 18 years and is happy to share his experience and knowledge to help create a bee-friendly garden that will attract honeybees and other important pollinators to our yards.  He was president of the South Western Ohio Beekeepers Association (SWOBA) for 10 years and continues honeybee education at various beekeeping programs in the area.  Please join us and bring your bee questions.

Wine Toast

Connecting Community Through Wine:

Timeless Cincinnati Classics

MARCH 15, 2024; 7:30-10PM: $40pp


In our 30th Anniversary year, The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum’s annual wine tasting will feature historic classics grown and enjoyed by Cincinnatians throughout time!


In the 1800s, Cincinnati had a robust wine industry producing an American favorite, Catawba. Wine cultivation in Ohio was first started by Cincinnatian, Nicholas Longworth, a commercial wine industry pioneer, in the early 1800s.


Take a tasting tour with some of the original and local grape varietals, and local makers. In addition, learn about some traditional German varietals that heavily influenced the wine making industry in Cincinnati. Appetizers and 6 wine tastings are included in admission.

Wine Toast

South Indian Vegetarian Dosa Dinner and Storytelling


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hosted by artist Radha Lakshmi and Chef Muthu from Amma's Kitchen 

April 28, 2024, 5pm


 Enjoy Southern Indian vegetarian street food prepared live while sharing and connecting through storytelling. 


 An intimate dinner party for 50 people to share storytelling and enjoy a dosa dinner! It's going to be a wonderful evening filled with delicious food and captivating stories. Let the fun and laughter begin!  Gather your friends and family for a dining experience that promises the warmth and the soulful tastes of South Indian Vegetarian traditions.

Chef Muthu from Amma's Kitchen Cincinnati will make fresh dosa/crepe at the Storytelling event. Amma, symbolizing the nurturing mother dedicated to providing special care and nourishment to her child. 

Amma's Kitchen is a perfect balance of flavors of North Indian delicacies to the aromatic charm of South Indian specialties. Amma's restaurant is a harmonious blend of culinary traditions, offering a symphony of tastes that will transport you across the diverse landscapes of India.

A South Indian vegetarian dosa party typically features a variety of delicious dishes that cater to different tastes and preferences. Here are some common foods you might find at a South Indian dosa party:


1. **Dosa**: The star of the party! Dosas are crispy, thin pancakes made from fermented rice and lentil batter. They can be filled with a variety of savory fillings like potatoes, onions, and spices.


2. **Idli**: Soft and fluffy steamed rice cakes that are a staple in South Indian cuisine. Idlis are often served with chutney and sambar.


3. **Chutneys**: Accompaniments like coconut chutney, tomato chutney, and mint chutney are served alongside dosas and idlis to add flavor and variety.


7. **Pakoras**: Crispy fritters made from chickpea flour and vegetables like onions, potatoes, and spinach. They are a popular snack at dosa parties.


Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible.

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