Things We Love: Picks from Patrick Roehrenbeck
Patrick Roehrenbeck is the executive director of Wild Goose Creative, an organization dedicated to giving artists in Central Ohio the resources to hone their skills and present their art to the community. The next Wild Goose Creative gallery opening is Saturday, April 7.
With a Thai bowl that can cure the most intense of cravings, this Clintonville staple is my go-to. Conveniently down the street from Wild Goose Creative, Acre is my place to meet with colleagues and friends for work and fun.
Learning, learning and more learning
This city is filled with a host of arts-related workshops and panels. From learning how to communicate with press at a Columbus Arts Marketing Association panel to the newest trends in fundraising at the Association for Fundraising Professionals, to learning how to understand yourself, your art and your footprint on the community at Human School at Wild Goose, there are always people to meet, new things to learn and resources to plug into.
I like to say that Baba's is an extension of Wild Goose. Owners Dan and Caroline Kraus warm up our SoHud neighborhood with their warm smiles and mouth-watering breakfast sandwiches. Last December, Dan won Wild Goose's Hot Plate Iron Chef Competition. You might still be able to see his almost 6-foot-tall trophy. This being the second restaurant of my favorites should tell you how much I enjoy food with no regrets or apologies.
When I was a youngster, I was fascinated by dinosaurs, and I remember drawing jungles and dinosaurs with my crayons and pencils. It is so exciting to see my nephews following the same interests I had at their ages. Today, not only do I have the opportunity to read about and draw dinosaurs with them, we get to visit almost the real thing at exhibits locally at COSI, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and the Convention Center. Spending quality time with my nephews is so rewarding and taking them to fun (while still educational) activities makes me the best funcle (fun uncle) around.
My catnip is history-based programming. Whether it is a documentary or biography, Western or Eastern history, ancient or more recent, when I have free time you will find me glued to the television watching the newest episode, edition or version of any and all historical shows. This is a mental-health activity for me and everyone needs to take some mental-health time.