Every now and then you get people saying “Oh, there’s nothing to do in Springfield/at Wittenberg”. Those statements, I’m afraid, are greatly exaggerated.
Case in point—allow me to describe a few snippets of my own last weekend. After dinner, the Springfield Museum of Art (owned by Wittenberg University) opened a new photography exhibition featuring the works of Wittenberg’s own Dan McInnis, a photography professor, as well as some well-known photographers of the 1980s. Dr. McInnis’ exhibition was entitled “Presence” and was a collection of portraits of friends and strangers, that he had captured over the course of the past few years. Worth mentioning is that they had been “shot” on a large format view camera (the kind you might have seen a century ago, where you need to pull a dark sheet over your head when taking a photograph.) The photographs were lovely and evocative; if you knew what to look for, you could also see evidence of some very interesting technical capabilities that are only possible with the kind of camera McInnis had used. The artist had actually brought the camera he had used to the gallery too—the whole contraption was taller than I am!
Saturday, after plenty of reading, and Little Siblings Weekend raging all over campus, with events featuring comedy and magicians (!), I was convinced by a few friends to go see a movie at the local theater. We ended up seeing a film called “Battle LA,” which, while visually cool, ended up being laughably bad in terms of almost everything else (namely, dialogue and character development—ouch!)
On Sunday afternoon, another group of us got together and drove over to Columbus, Ohio, to see the Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks play a game of ice hockey. The trick is to go an hour earlier and, with a valid student ID, ask for a “student ticket,” with which you’ll be able to see an NHL game for the rather agreeable price of $15. The seats we got for it were fantastic as well. Since I love big cities, being able to walk around bigger streets, lined with Starbucks coffee shops was fun for a change too.
Moral of the story: there’s plenty to do in and around Wittenberg, usually without even having to look hard.