Reasons to go to…Millersburg, Ohio

September 29, 2015

Haiku walk

Haiku walk If Millersburg, in northeast Ohio, is not at the top of your destination list, its new haiku poetry walk should help it find a place on your poetry map and make it worth a detour from Columbus or Akron. Located on forested land in the heart of Ohio Amish Country between Millersburg and Berlin, The Inn at Honey Run this month welcomed visitors to the first installation in the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum.

The Haiku Path winds through the forest, its route marked by 30 boulders, the boulders each bearing a pair of metal gingko leaves. The leaves are inscribed with haiku written specifically for the site by members of the Haiku Society of America. The verse appears on one leaf in English and on the other in Latin-scripted Japanese.

The project was coordinated by the Inn’s owner, Jason Nies, and HSA Midwest Regional Coordinator, Julie Warther. Although the Open Air Art Museum is on Inn property, it is open both to guests and the public and will, in the coming years, grow to embrace Nies’s vision of a true outdoor museum, with installations of artwork in various media as well as performance events.
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photos by Christopher Patchel
haiku by Joe McKeon
thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the heads-up

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