Linwood Ramble

CSU graduate assistant Tzu-yi Chen performs in Auburn today

September 13, 2012 

Here's a "mark your calendar" event item.

This year's Historic Linwood Cemetery Ramble is Oct. 18. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m and the last one departs at 6:30 p.m. The first tour is for special needs guests.

The cemetery is at 721 Linwood Blvd.

The theme is "Culinary Columbus," which should be very interesting.

The food-related tour will visit the graves of Tom Huston, Francis X. Profumo, George Craig, Gordon Flournoy and Richard Goetchius. There will be a presenter at each grave telling stories about these men.

Huston was the first to package peanuts in cellophane bags. Profumo owned a shop and was known for his ice cream and Italian candies. Craig made Craig's Bread. Flournoy owned the Cricket Tea Room in downtown Columbus. And Goetchius' house was moved to Broadway and became a restaurant, Blaudau's Goetchius House.

Other gravesites will be noted along the tour including Jon Pemberton, who invented the formula for Coca-Cola, and Mrs. William Bullard, who made Country Captain, a popular dish that became a favorite of Gen. George Patton.

Expect to see gravesites for the Schnell sisters, who owned the Corridor Tea Room behind the Raymond Rowe building at the corner of Broadway and 12th Street; Helen Joerg, who owned the Villula Gardens Tea Room in Seale and Henry Grader, who ran the Cider Works.

A booklet with some recipes from the 1937 Junior League and the 1902 Columbus Free Kindergarten Association cookbooks will be given as a special souvenir to each patron.

That will be worth the price of admission.

After the tour, there will be hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages by local caterer Joni Ressmeyer.

Tickets are $30 and $25 for Historic Linwood Foundation members in advance; $35 and $30 at the gate. Students 20 and younger get in for $12.

Call 706-321-8285.

'A Little Lunch Music'

I try to keep up with students at Columbus State University's College of the Arts, but with more and more students coming to study music, art and theater, it's impossible.

I got an email from Patrick McCurry, the series coordinator for Auburn University's "A Little Lunch Music."

This series is at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts at AU. The setting is spectacular.

Today's performer is pianist Tzu-yi Chen. She is a graduate teaching assistant to Alexander Kobrin, who is the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano in the CSU Schwob School of Music. Kobrin won the very prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005.

I still can't believe we have a Van Cliburn winner teaching at CSU.

Tzu-yi studied in Germany and France and has competed and toured as a recitalist. She's performed with orchestras around the world, in Taiwan, Italy, Colombia, Russia, Romania and the U.S.

On full scholarship at CSU, she is studying for her Artist's Diploma, which she began in 2011.

Today, the concert is at 1-2 p.m. EST. She will be playing the Brahms "Piano Sonata No. 3" and nocturnes and etudes by Chopin.

If you can take some time off today to go to Auburn, I strongly suggest that you go. Besides hearing this young woman play, you can see one of the most spectacular exhibits of modern art, many that have not been seen before.

The museum is at 901 S. College St., and is pretty easy to find.

Call McCurry at 334-703-4212.

Sandra Okamoto, who writes about the arts, can be reached at or 706-571-8580.

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