The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on September 20, 1991 · Page 18
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 18

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Friday, September 20, 1991
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Friday, September 20. 1991 THE C INCINNATI ENQUIRER Family affairC-3 gljf Weekend family fare it da mm imm lit w Cincinnati Enquirer file photo Baseball fans cross the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge after a Reds game. FREE FLICKS: Main Public Library, 800 Vine St., presents films with a museum theme: Museum, Dega in the Metropolitan and Closed Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Children's Department. 369-6922. NATURE JAUNTS: Hamilton County Park District programs include spiders, 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Woodland Mound; lake walk, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sharon Woods; hawks, vultures and falcons, 7 p.m. Sunday, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve. 521-7275, ext. 40. Also, work by wildlife artist Harold Rigsby will be on display and for sale 1 1 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 29 at Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound. Reception: 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 521-7275, Ext. 44. FAMILY TOUR: "Princes and Princesses" is the theme of a free tour at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park. 721-5204. LISTEN UP: Main Public Library, 800 Vine St., holds Its first fall story hour for ages 3-12 at 7 tonight, Children's Department. 369-6922. PIONEER DAYS: Live-in settlers and craftspeople demonstrate old-time skills and trades noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Governor Bebb Preserve, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, off Ohio 126, Okeana. Sponsored by preserve's Pioneer Group in cooperation with Butler County Park District. $2 ages 12 and up, free kids under 12. 867-5835. ROCKATHON: Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, offers lectures, hikes and special children's programs on rocks, minerals and fossils 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Members: $8 adults, $6 kids under 12. Non-members: $10 adults, $8 kids under 12. Pre-register by calling 831-171 1 . STARRY-EYED: Look through telescopes to see the moon and planets and hear a presentation on identifying stars and constellations at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cincinnati Nature Center's Long Branch Farm, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen. $2 members, $3 non-members. 831-1711. CHOIR AUDITIONS: College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory auditions for children's choir and mini singers are 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Room 138; 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Room 812. 556-2595. FITNESS FUN: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Curtain Raiser 5K Run and Fitness Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Eden Park. Includes fun run for kids, followed by open house at playhouse. Race registration $6 advance, $8 race day. 345-2242. MIME AND MORE: The Mask Messengers, a theater, mime and comedy act, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in Parrish Auditorium on Miami University Hamilton campus. Part of 1991-92 Artist Series. $8 adults, $6 seniors and kids under 12. 863-8833. PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS: Because of a computer problem, some parents may not have received a brochure listing the Alan R. Mack Parents Center's October schedule, It includes programs on self-esteem, kids and organized sports, how to talk to your child's teacher, and food and dieting. To receive a copy: 351-3680. SWEET TREAT: Crafts, art displays, food and prizes are on tap at the Apple Dumpling Festival, 1 0 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville. Benefits Clermont County Counseling Service programs. $1 a car. 248-1055. KIDDIE THEATER: Fall sessions for Cincinnati Westside Childrens Theater (formerly Pleasant Run Childrens Theater) begin Monday for children in grades 3-5; Wednesday grades 6-12; Friday grades K-2 at Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church, Colerain Township. Fee is $25 (aid is available). Auditions for The Little Match Girl are 7 p.m. Thursday for children grades 3 and up. Auditions for a new adult troupe that will perform participatory theater (beginning with The Wizard ofOz) in schools will be 1-3 p.m. Monday. 851 -0396 or 662-7851 . Suspended in time: Enjoy walk on bridge John Johnston Family affair 1 If heated when a dip in the Ohio River starts to look appealing.) But the heat didn't keep people off the bridge. We shared it with a power walker, a young couple, a runner and people in town for a Reds game. Maybe Robinson, who recently moved to Cincinnati from Toledo, was there, too, with his son, Michael, 3. They'd been to Covington Landing. Kind of hot to be bridge walking, eh, Maybe? He shrugged. "I just came back from Saudi Arabia." It was the Army veteran's first trek across Cincinnati's most famous bridge, but "not the last," he said. "We used to do it in Toledo, and he (Michael) likes the boats." Indeed, my son agreed that the best part of the bridge walk was "going over the water and seeing the boats." This bridge was made for walk-in'. You can go over and back in 15 minutes, if you hurry. But don't unless you're on your honeymoon, in which case, we'll understand. Somehow, my son managed to stifle his enthusiasm for this wealth of information. "Look at that!" he yelled as a speedboat raced beneath us. Just as exciting was a guy on jet skis we saw a bit later. Car, bus and truck tires traveling over the bridge's metal grating sound almost like a swarm of bees. I looked at the drivers. They were on car phones, they were gritting their teeth, they couldn't wait to get somewhere. They should take a walk on the bridge, I thought. Watch a barge slowly pass underneath; check out the ever-changing Cincinnati sky-, line, which now includes the steel skeleton of 312 Elm; marvel at John Roebling's genius. Hot times on the bridge The drivers looked at me and probably thought: Boy, that guy looks hot. Granted, Friday was not the best of days for a bridge walk. A little warm. Especially carrying 6-month-old Sally in a backpack. (You know you're getting over The first time my wife and I did iU.rwas on our honeymoon. We hadn't done it since. ;-It was time, we thought, to again . . . walk the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. ! So there we were Friday afternoon, on the Covington side, which is where you'll find the closest parking (in the Covington Landing garage). Is there a troll under the bridge, 3-year-old Joey, who has read enough of The Three Billy Goats Gruff to be wary of such things, wanted to know. No, we said. And then we began walking. I had boned up on the bridge by reading The Bicentennial Guide to Greater Cincinnati: A Portrait of Two Hundred Years, as well as Joseph S. Stern Jr.'s account of its construction in the October, 1965, bulletin of the Cincinnati Historical Society. A technological marvel When it formally opened Jan. 1, 1867, this was the longest suspension bridge in the world 1,057 feet between towers, and 1,619 feet between shore anchors. In those days, iron chains were the norm in bridge construction, but Roebling thought they might snap in cold weather. So he chose to use cables made of one-eighth-inch wires. From November, 1865, to June, 1866, some 80 wires a day were strung. Each of the two cables contained 5,180 wires, which were compressed into a circle by clamps and wrapped with wire. When completed, the cables were 12V4 inches in diameter and weighed more than 1 million pounds. The bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was the prototype for Roebling's more famous Brooklyn Bridge. It was painted patriotic blue in 1976 for the nation's P In Cincinnati, It's Complimentary Dinner Up To $10.00 Value Buy one of six Daily Special Dinners and receive one Complimentary Daily Special Dinner of equal or lesser value up to $10.00, 4 till close or receive $1.00 off each luncheon entree valid 11-4. Coupon valid Everyday! 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