Beer popsicles and beer pickles? This Dayton brewpub has them

Published: Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Orange Saison and Mint Cookie Stout beer popsicles, part of a beer-infused menu at Fifth Street Brewpub during Dayton Beer Week. Photo from Fifth Street Brewpub Facebook page.
Orange Saison and Mint Cookie Stout beer popsicles, part of a beer-infused menu at Fifth Street Brewpub during Dayton Beer Week. Photo from Fifth Street Brewpub Facebook page.

What better way to celebrate Dayton Beer Week than a cold, refreshing … beer popsicle?

Fifth Street Brewpub in Dayton is offering beer popsicles as part of a special beer-infused menu that is available through this Sunday, Aug. 27.

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The frozen treats come in two flavors: Mint Cookie Stout, with a touch of milk; and Orange Saison 484.

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Other beer-infused dishes include a JoJo’s Stout gravy on a special burger; salmon filet topped with Deluge Pale Ale cherry sauce; Fritters topped with Mint Cookie Stout caramel sauce; Saison 484 beer-battered portobello mushrooms with Icebreaker IPA Caesar dressing; and a “Pickle Board” with Icebreaker IPA cucumber pickles, Deluge Pale Ale pickled egg, and Henry the Fifth Ginger Beer strawberry jam, served with brie wedges and bistro crackers.

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10 must-see holiday light displays close to home

Published: Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 5:31 PM

The Deeds Carillon at Carillon Historical Park is transformed into a Tree of Light on Nov. 30, 2016.

Tis the season to admire wonderful whimsical displays through crisp air under the light of the moon with family, friends or your special significant other. Dayton is home to many parks and sceneries that offer light shows all season long. You will not want to miss out on an opportunity to walk or drive through some of the most beautiful holiday décor this fall and winter. 

Here is a list of the best places to go to see holiday light displays in Southwest Ohio:

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill will open for the season on Nov. 25. STAFF FILE PHOTO(STAFF PHOTO)


The Clifton Mill lights are celebrating 30 years. Gaze upon 3.5 million lights covering the bridge, the mill’s windows, roof, sides and bottom while every hour the lights shut off completely leaving guests in total and complete darkness. As quietness sweeps the atmosphere, orchestral music begins a medley of Christmas songs and lights over the bridge will twinkle on and off again. Don't miss the Santa Claus Museum on site. Refreshments for sale.

Cost: $10. Kids 6 and under are free. Parking is free.

When: Nov. 24 – Dec. 31 

Times: 5-9 p.m. Lights go on at 6 p.m. Closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Location: 75 Water St., Clifton, OH 45316 

More info: Website

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Scenes from the annual PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. CONTRIBUTED


The Cincinnati Zoo will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 35th annual PNC Festival of Lights. The display voted the best holiday zoo lights by USA TODAY features 3 million LED lights. Visitors can watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, see the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake. Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m., an hour before the rest of the festivities begin.

Cost: Packages start at: Adults: Online $17(Gate $19) Child/Sr: Online $21 (Gate $22).

Ticket deals: Discount tickets available at Kroger locations.  Skyline Chili Half Price Nights are Monday through Wednesday nights from opening until Dec 6. (November 20,21,22, 27, 28, 29 & December 4,5, & 6). Pick up a coupon at your local participating Skyline Chili location.

When: Nov. 18 – Jan. 1 

Times: Sundays to Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. & Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10 p.m.

Location: 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220 

More info: Website | (513) 281-4700 | Buy tickets online here

Get in the holiday spirit at the Woodland Lights annual display of twinkling lights in Washington Twp. CONTRIBUTED


Woodland Lights celebrates its 25th anniversary season with the lights and sights people have come to love and a month of holiday activities. To mark the occasion, every night of this year’s festival includes carriage rides, amusement rides, live animals, concessions and activities for kids. Woodland Lights offers a walk through eight acres of lights sparkling along a wooded path and a whimsical view of illuminated characters preparing for the holidays. Santa and his elf welcome children nightly through Dec. 23 to their historic log cabin that’s decorated for the holidays. Costumed characters visit many nights and local arts organizations take the stage on weekends.

Cost: Tickets are available at the gate, any Washington Twp. recreation facility or online. $8 for adults. Free for children 2 and younger. 

When: Opens for the season Nov. 25. The holiday lighting festival is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 3 and nightly Dec. 8-30, except Dec. 23 and 24.

Hours: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Countryside Park on the Washington Township Recreation Campus, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Twp.

More info:  Website

Ohio’s largest tree of lights — at 200 feet tall and 20,000 volts — is now lighting up the night sky at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton. The tree lighting on Wednesday kicks off A Carillon Christmas, a month-long celebration filled with holiday-themed activities at the park. TODD JACKSON/STAFF(Contributing Writer)


See Carillon Historical Park’s 65-acre campus transformed into a winter wonderland of sparkle, magic and holiday cheer including Santa.

The Carillon Tree of Light with thousands of lights stands at 200 feet, affixed to the top of 151 foot tall Deeds Carillon that was dedicated in 1942 by Col. Edward A. and Mrs. Edith Walton Deeds as a gift to the Dayton community. The first concert played on the Carillon took place on Christmas Eve, 1941, just weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Tree consists of over 20,000 light bulbs on nearly 100 separate strands that come to life each night at dusk and blaze through until dawn for the entire month of December. Special activities include photos with Santa, caroloers, model train displaym plus train ride, carousel ride and scavenger hunts for extra fee. 

Cost: $8 per adult (18-59), $7 seniors (60 and older), $5 children (3-17), free for children under 3 and Dayton History members. 

When: Nov. 29 through Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) 

Times: 5-10 p.m. 

Location: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

More Info: Website

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After setting attendance records last year, Light Up Middletown is preparing for its 19th season. Drive your way through this 100-acre illumination display in Smith Park this holiday season. Notice the thousands of twinkling lights including a floating sea serpent in the lake, a penguin village, deer leaping over the roadway, whales, Santa’s workshop and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit every Friday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. through Dec 23. The signature entry tunnel is longer this year. Hot air balloons will once again be on display during a special balloon glow event from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

Cost: You choose the price; make any donation at the gate that you deem appropriate. Donations support nonprofit groups in the community and upgrades to Smith Park.

When: Nov. 23 – Dec. 31 

Times: 6 P.M. – 10 P.M. every day regardless of weather 

Location: 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown

More info: Website

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Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill will offer guests a holiday light experience that brings art and nature together. The popular attraction will be open for the 2017 season from Nov. 17 through Dec. 31. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Holiday Lights on the Hill will feature gardens of light, trees that sparkle up to 60 feet in the air, colorful forests and illuminated sculpture. This is the 16th season for the annual light display. See the 300-acre Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park sparkling with over 2 million twinkling lights in this drive-through display. 


Cost: Monday through Thursday $20; Friday through Sunday $25 (Per carload). Admission for Pyramid Hill members presenting a current membership card is $15 every day.  

When: Nov. 17 through Dec. 31. Open holidays  

Hours: Hours are Monday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  

Location: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton  

More info: Website

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The Christmas Ranch Light Spectacular lights up 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow. CONTRIBUTED(


Find out why this display has received national attention. Walk through more than 1 million dancing holiday lights synchronized to holiday music. Stroll through six Christmas shops and stop in Santa’s Bakery. Get your picture taken with Santa and take a train or wagon ride. Be sure to pick up your 3D glasses. 


Cost: $15 per vehicle Monday through Thursday and $20 per vehicle Friday through Sunday. Wagon rides are $4 per person ages 3 and up (under 3 free) 

When: Open Nov. 17 through Dec. 23. Closed Thanksgiving Day. 

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. 

Location: 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow 

More info: Website 


Janet and Bob Niederman present the family farm s free Walk Thru the Bible Christmas Display, which draws more than 10,000 guests annually. GINNY MCCABE(GINNY MCCABE)


Enjoy this walk-through Christmas lights display. Walk Thru the Bible features tens of thousands of lights set to the sounds of holiday music, plus live animals. 


Cost: Free  

When: Nov. 24 through Dec. 30.  

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6-10 p.m.  

Location: Lesourdsville West Chester Road. Use 4972 in your GPS to access parking lot.  

More info:  Website 


Coney Island’s popular drive-through Christmas lights show will return for a second holiday season. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Report)


Take a 2.5-mile car ride through Christmas displays and light shows with over a million lights, tunnels and more all synchronized to music. See larger than life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and more. 


Cost: $6 per person. Children 3 and under free. 

When: Now through Jan. 1 including holidays 

Hours: Dusk until 10 p.m. 

Location: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati 

More info: Website



This drive-through lights display is built over a mile of wooded roadway. Holiday-themed displays depict everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. 


Cost: $13 per vehicle ($45 for buses/large passenger vans) 

When: Nov. 17 through Dec. 31 

Hours: 6-9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 

Location: 11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42, Sharonville 

More info: Website

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Country superstar Alan Jackson is headed to town and here’s how to grab tickets

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH on Friday, March 16! Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at 12:00 PM (ET). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KRISTY BELCHER
Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH on Friday, March 16! Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at 12:00 PM (ET). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KRISTY BELCHER

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour has added a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center on Friday, March 16.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at noon. Ticket prices and information are available at, 1-800-745-3000, Wright State University Nutter Center Box Office and by visiting VIP packages will be available.

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Some of Jackson’s hits include “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time.”

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Jackson’s concert announcement comes on the heels of his 2017 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He has been named CMA Entertainer of the Year three times, has more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years. 

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He has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. 

Dayton Music Insider: Swingin’ Holiday Celebrations!

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 11:21 AM

Once the weather turns truly cold, suddenly the holiday spirit seems to truly sets upon us. This weekend, you can embrace this celebratory time of year with a variety of holiday themed music events for audiences of all kinds.

So let’s all warm up with lively tunes, that get our spirits and bodies moving!

Friday December 8th

This weekend, the  Dayton Philharmonic  presents  A Swingin’ Holiday Celebration (SuperPops Series), which puts a Swing music spin on holiday classics such as “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and more! Schuster Center. Performance starts at 8pm on both Friday and Saturday nights. For ticket info, click here.

Downtown, you can’t go wrong with Trey Stone and the Ringers at Trolley Stop.  It’s a group of top notch musicians, who play straight up rock’n’roll. The interplay between piano and guitar emphasis always makes for an interesting and fun evening! Plus he produced an entire Christmas album! So I’m sure they’ll be playing some holiday tunes too. 9:30pm. 21+ $5 cover.

Alternative and indie rock fans are in for a treat with MoiraUs, Today,   Enzo,  and  In the Pines  at  Blind Bob’s Bar.  It’s an eclectic line-up of up-and-coming Dayton / Cincinnati experimental bands! Doors 9pm. 21+ $5 cover.

For those of you out there (you know who you are!), who just want to see horns, head over to the Ohio Brass & Electric  show at  Oregon Express.  They are ready to party! Music from 9pm to 1am. 21+ $5 cover.

Another group who is ready to party is ThunderTaker, who are set to releas their 2nd EP “Alternate Universe” at Yellow Cab  on Friday night. Plus their bass player Ryan Palcic will also be celebrating his birthday too! Plus they’ve got some really special special guests: Jasper The Colossal, RIND, Spanish Tony Sanchez. If you like hard, loud, fun rock’n’roll, this is gonna be a party you don’t want to miss! 8pm. $5 cover. 18+

Just want to get funky and dance? You’re covered too! DownTown Brown , a Detroit based funk punk metal experimental trio are making a stop at  Hannah’s  on Ludlow, as part of their national tour. Local acts will be performing Friday night too, including:  Cozmikspirit, Mantis, AhBeatz, Citizens of Earth, Dex and Hype.  Tickets: $10 Presale. $15 DOS. Doors 9pm. Show 10pm. 21+

Wandering Griffin  is hosting celebrations of their own! They are celebrating their first year with some special music this weekend, including the highly anticipated Brian Keith Wallen. And it’s a free show! Sweet! 8pm.

Saturday December 9th
Wandering Griffin continues their birthday party early on Saturday and all day long! Live music is certainly on the menu, including some really fantastic local acts:  Nothing But TrebleTodd the Fox, The   Kyleen Downes Band, Harold Hensley of  The Repeating Arms . Event runs from 11am – 11pm. Check with the venue (937-956-5216) about set times and to make reservations (recommended).

 Saturday night in the Oregon District is a very special night. It’s time for the The 12th Annual Santa Pub Crawl  to benefit the  Marine’s Toys for Tots campaign! The Gem City Podcast, of which I’m a host and volunteer, is again presenting this event to help the Marines in this worthy endeavor – making sure kids get a toy on Christmas. Last year we raised over 1000 toys for area kids, and we are looking forward to doing the same this year!

To participate, head to Dublin Pub or Oregon Express and make a $10 donation or $10 value toy directly to the Marine’s. You’ll receive a route card, and you can have fun at any of the participating bars! We encourage you to wear your most festive holiday gear, because there is a costume contest at Blind Bob’s at 10pm. We’ve got some prizes and door prizes to give away from our awesome sponsors and donors! It’s a great way to enjoy music and get in the holiday spirit!

To get around that much easier, don’t forget that the Downtown Dayton Partnership  has a  Sugar Plum Shuttle  running downtown! Pretty cool! Learn more about the Shuttle and its schedule here.

You’ll want to have a way around, because there is another night of fantastic music happening along the way! I’m excited to see Nasty Bingo at Trolley Stop.  Special guest  Sparkeeta kicks off this night of hip shakin’ rock’n’roll! This will be a lively night for sure! 9:30pm. 21+ $5 cover.

Over at Oregon Express, check out some new bands on my radar:  Sonny B GouldMara MoonKris Burns, and  Choke Hazard.  You’ll hear some folk, blues, rock, indie, and even some hip-hop influences! 9:30pm. 21+ $5 cover.

Just outside the District, you can Celebrate the Echo  at Yellow Cab!  What a great night of music, which features Mike Bankhead’s debut album “Echo in the Crevices,” along with  The New Old-Fashioned and  Shrug . In addition to enjoying the musical stylings of two of Dayton’s finest bands, you can also enjoy photography from Christopher Corn, Jennifer Taylor, Kristin Sellman, and Spencer Williams in the gallery at  Yellow Cab TavernDoors at 7:00 PM, Music starts at 8:00 PM. $7 cover.

Another fantastic music event Saturday night is the Guitar Madness show at  South Park Tavern.  featuring  Todd the Fox Trio, Evil Eye Gypsy , and Tim Gebard & The Hitmen. Free admission, great food and great music! Can’t go wrong at this one! Wow – so much cool stuff to do Saturday night! Don’t miss out! 9pm-1am.

Southern country rap your style ? Twang & Round  is performing at Oddbody’s Music Room,  along with   Organic Bandits.  Doors: 7:00 pm . Show: 7:30 pm $10.00 advance. $15.00 day of show.

Sunday December 10th

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra  presents their 80th Anniversary Winter Concert with variety of showpieces, including a World Premiere! DPYO was one of the nation’s first youth orchestras, so this really is a special milestone!

Classical music fans, please do check out this wonderful concert at the beautiful Schuster Center. 3pm Sunday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Reserved ahead by calling Ellen Bagley at (937) 224-3521, ext. 1136. The event is open seating.

Celtic Music fans don’t have to wait half a year for the Celtic Festival to enjoy live music! Head over to a special Evening of Celtic Music and Dance, with acclaimed Irish singer  Colleen Raney  (her Dayton debut!), local favorites The  Dulahan , and dancing from the  Celtic Academy of Irish Dance . Amazing night! Concert 7-10pm at Stivers School for the Arts. $25 per ticket. More information here.

Canadian singer-songwriter  Tia McGraff will be stopping in Dayton on her US tour to Yellow Cab Tavern. Special local guest, Paige Beller will also be performing. Show starts at 8pm. Admission $10.

Note to Readers: This is not a comprehensive list of all the live music in Dayton. That would be a long list. I encourage you to check out Music Connection Dayton for more info on additional shows I don’t have the word count to list.

And  as  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for December 2017. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows, and so much space and time to touch upon them all. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what it is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information.  You can keep up with my live music adventures on  Facebook,  Instagram, or  Twitter. Cheers!

What is ‘holy yoga,’ and where can you try it?

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Follow these key steps to master the inversion, which has become popular with the rise of yoga.

What exactly is “holy yoga”?

You can find out in Columbus on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at The Holy Yoga Experience

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A yoga class at WellSpace in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

According to, the event will be held in 36 cities and “is a half-day event that includes a Holy Yoga Practice, the Word, worship, and community.” 

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The website includes a more-detailed definition on the practice of holy yoga, which reads:

“Holy Yoga embraces the essential elements of yoga: breath work, meditation and physical postures. In all of these elements, Christ is the focus of our intention and worship. There are other concepts and traditions that may be part of some yoga practices that are not typically a part of Holy Yoga, such as chanting “OM” or using chakra theory to explain the interplay of the physical and energetic dynamic in the human body.”

Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography

The website has a “Find a Class” tool as well, which includes classes in Cincinnati. 

>> Shape your body and mind at WellSpace, a new downtown Dayton wellness studio