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EDITOR: SARA PEARCE, 369-1011 "7 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11,1991 SECTION C L -J Television C8 Puzzles C12 Comics Cl 3 x. mm X, Jo , Jim : . u : rvuiuueiiueru The Santa Maria and Christopher Columbus live on as Ohio's capital launches a year-long celebration of the explorer's discovery Tipoff Cook-off spices up chili fest OBY JIM KNIPPENBERG Thp Pinrinnari Fnnnirpr The city of Columbus as seen through the anchor porthole of the Santa Maria replica. he best chili in town hits the streets when the Downtown Council and the Cincinnati Fire Museum cook up the Gold Star , Chili-Chili Festival Saturday and Sunday. Centered on Court Street at the Fire Museum, the fest will draw 35,000 to 40,000 visitors to watch the competition and pig out on an assortment of chili concoctions. The chili comes in two waves: Wave No. 1 is Saturday's Cincinnati Regional Chili Cook-off, with more than 50 hopelessly devoted chili cooks competing for a spot in the World Championships in Los Angeles later this month. These are cooks who take chili so seriously they compete at cook-offs in several cities. Saturday's winner of the International Chili Society-sanctioned cook-off gets air fare to LA and $500 spending money. Wave No. 2 is Sunday's "Too Many Chefs" cook-off, a competition where two-to five-member teams from clubs, sports teams, firehouses, fraternities, offices and organizations compete for the title of Chili Champion of Cincinnati. This wave is strictly local no world finals for this Sauerkraut hits the street Sauerkraut bread? sure. Sauerkraut pizza? Yep. Sauerkraut fudge? You bet. In fact, there's sauerkraut everything at Waynesville's 22nd annual Sauerkraut festival. Such a party, this: More than a mile of booths line Main Street with 500 arts and crafts booths; in addition, most of Waynesville's 32 antique shops are open for browsers and buyers. But the centerpiece is sauerkraut 9,000 pounds of it in ever so many guises. In addition to the above, there are dinners, doughnuts, cookies, pies, candies, ice cream and more, all made with sauerkraut. For people who don't do sauerkraut, there's a fish fry, pizza, sausage, burgers, dessert, street food and entertainment. The fest runs, so to speak, 10a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Take 1-71 or 1-75; exit at State Route 73 and follow the signs. TV 7 TaEte a shot Photographers who want to turn photos into money should head for Spring Grove Cemetery for its annual Autumn Photography Contest. Open to all amateurs, it invites you in to take your best shots all month. Entries should then be matted and delivered to Spring Grove (4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, 45231) by Nov. 1 for a shot at $300, $150 and $75 for adults, $125, $75 and $50 for students, plus gift certificates for honorable mentions. Rules are you must be an amateur and pictures must be shot this month. And a hint: The grounds are so breathtaking it's tempting to shoot only nature shots. Fine, but your chances are better if something in the shot says Spring Grove. That doesn't mean you have to shoot dead people, but it helps to have a marker or statue or something in the shot. On the road Now here's, an offer you don't get every day: A train ride through the country, Sunday dinner like granny used to make and a train ride home. And if that's not enough, consider: The ride is through some of the most spectacular fall color in the area. To wit: I&O Scenic Railway every Sunday pulls out of Mason, Ohio, at noon and travels 40 minutes through rolling and wooded hills to Lebanon. There, guests have a 1 p.m. Sunday dinner at the oh-so-homey Golden Lamb, then walk it off shopping in Lebanon. The train departs for Mason at 3 p.m. Round trip and lunch run $23.50 for adults, $14 for kids; reservations are a must; call 398-8584. if you 9 The Gold Star Chili-Chili Festival is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on Court Street between Central and Elm. crowd with prizes of $300, $200 and $100. At press time, about 20 cooks had signed up for the Sunday cook-off. Hopefuls can still register today by calling 579-3198. Because of health board regulations, competing cooks won't be selling t olum re, iWy:' ' pis pi I Hi ' " " A " : j ; . v"'J !;, L- . . . .- . . ... - ---y ,M-L-,..v-.,....a tastes of their chili. But 24 restaurants and catering outfits will make sure no one goes home hungry by serving up a variety of spicy concoctions. Such as . . . Mom's chili and Lumpy's Hot Damn! chili (both $1.50) from Lumpy's Sports Bar; firehouse "hot" chili ($2) and black bottom cheese cake ($1) from Zino's; sirloin bar-b-que and mushroomcheddar rib-eye (both $3) from Mountain's Bar-B-Que; jambalaya and red beans and rice (both $3) from Bayou Cookin', plus more red beans and rice ($2 and $3) with 1,000-proof bourbon chili sauce from Shiska Haus; steak or chicken dishes ($2) from Chi-Chi's; Creole gumbo ($1.50) from Washington Platform; caramel apples ($1.25) and fudge and turtle bars ($2.50) from Fawn Candy House; chili stuffed baked potato ($2.75) from Original Corn Roast. There are also brats, metts, sausages, and desserts at several locations. At some point you'll need to have a drink and wash down the food. For that, there's the usual array of beer and soft drink booths, plus entertainment on two stages: Trisha Yearwood headlines at 4 p.m. Sunday; other acts include Bobby Mackey, Neal McCoy, and Little Texas Saturday; and Danny Burton and the Third Edition Sunday. There's also a stage with continuous entertainment for children, plus a potful of contests, including pie-eating, jalapeno-eating, beer belly and banana split eating. The Cincinnati EnquirerMichael E. Kating Santa Maria replica on the Scioto River is billed as the world's most authentic, museum-quality replica. BY CHRISTINE WULrr The Cincinnati Enquirer OLUMBUS, Ohio Imagine a sunny day in early fall, 1492. It's breezy, the sea -rolls gently and the aroma of barbecuing goat hangs over the Santa Maria. Christopher Columbus drags a chair out on the deck in front of his cabin and plops FalD harvest Another trip, this one 150 years back in time: The Dinsmore Homestead, an 1841 living museum in Burlington, Ky., has a Harvest Festival full of old-time activities. Such as: 1841-vintage crafts; music from guitars and dulcimers; hearth-cooked bean soup, corn bread and ham and biscuits; tours of the house; and after-hours ghost stories for the hearty. The fest runs 10-5 Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; ghost stories are 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday; tours are $3; so are ghost stories; food is by the piece and everything else is free. Take the Kentucky Route 18 exit off 1-75 and follow the signs to Burlington. . Tipoff appears Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. means to travel to Columbus, Ohio the good ship lives on. She's there, docked in downtown Columbus on the Scioto River, a full-sized Santa Maria billed as the world's most authentic, museum-quality replica and the only United States-built version of the historic vessel. It's officially welcomed todayto its Midwestern home, kicking off the city's year-long celebration of the approaching 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage. Out-of-time aura Bobbing at her mooring at Battelle Riverfront Park, the Santa Maria looks odd juxtaposed against downtown Columbus' tall buildings and busy streets. A concrete flood wall supports her wooden gangplank. The harsh sound of construction on the nearby Broad Street bridge and the abundance of people milling about in business suits heightens her out-of-place, out-of-time aura. (Please see COLUMBUS, down to catch some rays. Above him in the rigging and below him on the main deck, members of his 40-man crew move about tending to the everyday jobs aboard an ocean-going sailing ship. Maybe the guys mutter to each other, and Columbus overhears: ". . . What's with this guy? He crazy or somethin? Sailing west to get east . . ." Snap back to reality. It's early fall 1991 499 years since Chris Columbus set sail from Spain in search of the Indies, but ran instead smack into the islands off the Americas. His flagship, the Santa Maria, today decays somewhere at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, where it wrecked on a barrier reef off the coast of Haiti. For those with a bit of imagination and the n -w m m back page, this section) Celebration information, Page C-14. inn The man is Kinky Kinky Friedman has had a long and illustrious career as a singer and a writer of mystery novels. But success comes with a price for the man who penned the 70s hit song, "The Ballad of Charles Whitman." C-7 Pickin' a pumpkin With Halloween coming up, it's time to pick out a pumpkin. The easy way out is to buy one at the store, but if you want to have a little fun with it, visit one of the local pumpkin patches where you can go into the field and choose one. Family Affair. C-3 Romance a la carte If you accept the fact that Al Pacino slings hash in a New York cafe and Michelle Pfeiffer serves it to the customers, Frankie & Johnny is for you. Based on the hit play Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, the movie serves up an order of romance. C-10 f ' , , . v i I -r i np mm miaft'niiinii '