Brian’s picks

As the son of a World War II bomber pilot, I like the idea that Saturday’s Aviation Day at Columbus Municipal Airport will allow decades of nostalgia to spread its wings. Activities include everything from a $6 pancake breakfast and $8 hog roast to rides — at varying costs — in a range of vintage aircraft, including a late 1920s Ford Tri Motor, a B-25 bomber and a 1920s-era Stearman PT-17 biplane. The free-admission event runs rain or shine from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4770 Ray Boll Blvd. Information: Aviation Day 2015 on Facebook.

Singer Paul Odenwelder has opened for such notables as The Charlie Daniels Band and Loretta Lynn. But these days, he’s also a experienced children’s entertainer. Which explains his appearance June 18 for the free Noon Kids Concert at Columbus’ Donner Park shelter house near 19th and Lafayette streets. For early, flag-waving fun, he’ll present his Heroes and Legends of America show. Information: 812-376-2680 or

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.