Shortly after moving to Columbus in late 2009, Peter Yockel and Rick Gore helped organize a group of dedicated actors and theater fans to create a new professional theater company that emphasized musicals. They called the new company Short North Stage. By the fall of 2011, the young company had taken up residence in the historic Garden Theater, begun renovations and staged its first SNS musical: Stephen Sondheim's "Follies." Now about to enter its sixth season, Short North Stage has grown into a significant regional theater, presenting such sell-out musicals as "A Chorus Line," "The Full Monty" and, most recently, "The Fantasticks." It goes without saying they love theater and Columbus, but here are a few other things they love.

Shortly after moving to Columbus in late 2009, Peter Yockel and Rick Gore helped organize a group of dedicated actors and theater fans to create a new professional theater company that emphasized musicals. They called the new company Short North Stage. By the fall of 2011, the young company had taken up residence in the historic Garden Theater, begun renovations and staged its first SNS musical: Stephen Sondheim's "Follies." Now about to enter its sixth season, Short North Stage has grown into a significant regional theater, presenting such sell-out musicals as "A Chorus Line," "The Full Monty" and, most recently, "The Fantasticks." It goes without saying they love theater and Columbus, but here are a few other things they love.

Goodale Park (for nature)

Living just a block away from this glorious oasis relieves the stresses and strains of running a nonprofit theater. Especially in early summer evenings we catch our breaths as we stroll through the towering trees and gardens, pausing to watch tennis players, dog walkers and any assortment of interesting urban dwellers. Even more peaceful is sitting on a bench together by the pond and letting the reflections on the water calm us.

Balanced Yoga (for exercise)

Perhaps even more restorative than Goodale Park are yoga sessions at Balanced Yoga in Clintonville. The studio is newly remodeled and the staff very welcoming. The instructors are all excellent, but we have special affinity for Daniel and Corinne, whose knowledge of the physical dynamics of a good yoga practice, combined with affable teaching skills, make every session a growth experience.

Le Chatelaine (for Sunday brunch)

As much as we love living in the Short North, sometimes we need to break away. Nothing beats a Sunday brunch at this casual French restaurant on Lane Avenue. The croissants and other baked goods and egg dishes are impeccable. But most of all, we think their coffee is the best in Columbus.

Visiting Four Grandkids (for fun)

Two are five and two are three, and nothing can bring more joy than visiting them in Knoxville and Boston. The magical worlds and unconditional love they bring us restore our hopes and dreams for the next generation. Teaching the older ones solitaire is a special joy, and carrying the young ones when they reach up to be held on a hike is heart-melting.

Special Places (for escape)

When we can squeeze a few days away for R&R, we have several favorites: A theater trip to New York City, where we've been known to see five or more plays in three days; a long weekend in Rick's hometown, Fort Lauderdale, and especially relaxing stays at our favorite guest house, Pineapple Point; and, last but not least, is our 1820s farm - New Zoar - in Carroll County in eastern Ohio. Its peaceful remoteness, greenery and swimming lake have restored us for nearly 25 years. We dream of returning there much more often in the not-too-distant future.