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Butterflies return to Krohn Conservatory

The 20th anniversary of the Krohn Conservatory butterfly show is open, featuring butterflies of the Philippines.  Assistant manager Mark House says the island nation is tropical, and has several species of butterflies.

“And we have five of them here," House says. "Species such as the paper kite, the dead leaf as well. Strange name for a butterfly, but it’s beautiful.  They are included with the butterflies that we have in here that come from all over the country; every continent except Antarctica.”

House says members of the local Filipino community jumped at the chance to help with the show.

“There’s a lot of Philippine-Americans in this region.  They’re not well known.  But they’re a very tight-knit group, and they were very enthusiastic about participating in our butterfly show.  Especially when it came to sharing their cuisine.  Because there are no Philippine restaurants in this area.”

House says that cuisine is very eclectic.  “Because they were influenced by the Spanish, the Chinese, the Americans.  So they have spring rolls and they have some pork dishes, and a few other things that are similar to what you would find in Spain or the United States.”

Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon, the Filipino-American Association of Southern Ohio will present food, music, and dance exhibits. 

The Butterflies of the Philippines runs through June 21.

Bill Rinehart started his radio career as a disc jockey in 1990. In 1994, he made the jump into journalism and has been reporting and delivering news on the radio ever since.