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Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 1:45 PM
— The fall edition of the Yellow Springs Street Fair is upon us.
Between 20,000 and 25,000 people are expected to attend.
Here are 7 things you need to know to make the most of it:
1. LOTS OF VENDORS; BRING CASH
You’ll find an enormous selection of arts and crafts, as well as food. “The main attraction is on the streets in downtown Yellow Springs,” said Karen Wintrow, executive director of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce. “We have a lot of returning vendors. Yellow Springs is one of their favorite places.”
Lawn art and sculptures are always popular items at the street fair. One of the returning vendors will be Heather B Leaves. “She makes beautiful concrete leaves and fountains and planters,” Wintrow said.
Some of the vendors are locals, including Twisted Tines. “They primarily make jewelry out of silverware – forks and spoons,” Wintrow said.
The Chamber is hosting 200 vendors; additional vendors will be set up on private property. Best to have cash on hand.
Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— You’ve never seen holiday lights like THIS before!
(Well, unless you went last year, of course!)
The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and more cultural experiences.
It’s definitely worth the drive to take part in this enchanting and immersive cultural experience.
The 200-foot-long Chinese dragon (which, for some context, is longer than four school buses) has returned this year. New this year is a group of color-changing dinosaurs that are 3 stories high. Together, with an additional 35 sets of whole new lights, the lanterns illuminate the fairgrounds.
Still need some convincing? Take a look for yourself.
Believe us when we say to witness these incredible lantern displays in person is far more breathtaking.
The festival will light up the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018.
It’s open nightly from 5:30-10:00 p.m with the ticket booth opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 9:30 p.m.
Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:54 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:54 AM
— There are a number of things associated with Thanksgiving− turkey, pilgrims, big dinners and family. One of them is the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Since 1924, Macy's has helped thousands of families celebrate the holidays with its annual parade.
If you plan to travel to New York to see the spectacle for yourself this year or will be tuning in, here are five things to know about the parade:
Where is the parade route and where can I view it?
The parade steps off at 9 a.m. sharp from 77th Street and Central Park West and travels south. Once the procession hits Columbus Circle, it turns east onto Central Park South and marches until turning south again onto 6th Avenue. The parade continues south until reaching 34th Street, where it turns west and ends at 7th Avenue. The last of the balloons and performers touch 7th Avenue around noon.
While there is no seating available for the public, anyone is welcome to bring blankets or chairs and find a spot along the parade route at no charge. Since these spots are first-come, first-serve, some families camp out several hours before the parade begins. Plan to arrive early to snag good seats.
Many regular parade-goers recommend avoiding Macy's official parade viewing area on 34th Street, since it's the most crowded. One balloon handler on Reddit suggested that Columbus Circle also might not be a good viewing area, since the winds are more unpredictable and the procession moves more quickly through that spot. He added that the first few blocks south of 77th Street tend to attract smaller crowds because that street is farther from the train stations.
What is included in the parade procession?
In addition to more than two dozen inflated balloons, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade features floats, clowns, performers and marching bands from across the country. The Peanuts gang appear on their float, Snoopy's Doghouse, alongside McDonald's Big Red Shoe, Mount Rushmore, Winter Wonderland by Delta Airlines and more, including Macy's many floats.
Macy's website also lists the participating clown troupes with themes like Breakfast Clowns, Arrsome Pirates and Viking Clowns. Marching bands in the procession include several high schools and colleges, the U.S. Air Force, New York Police Department, and, of course, Macy's Great American Marching Band.
In addition to the parade procession, the event features performances that are held in the official Macy's viewing area on 34th Street. Check the Macy's website for updates to the lineup and more information on these performances.
Is Macy's unveiling anything special this year?
Among Macy's novelty balloons is a special tribute that deserves recognition. As a nod to the 70th anniversary of "Miracle on 34th Street," Macy's is recreating "Harold the Baseball Player," a balloon that was featured in the classic black-and-white film set in New York.
Though the original balloon appeared in full color during the 1946 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the recreation is black, white and gray as a throwback to the movie, which was shot on location and featured the parade.
Can I see the balloons outside of the parade?
All of the balloons are inflated on Wednesday, November 22, and the event is open to the public. Head to Central Park West between 77th Street and 81st Street, near the American Museum of Natural History.
The balloons are inflated between 3 and 10 p.m., but the bulk of them are done in the evening, so it's best to be late to this event.
What if I can't get to New York?
If you can't get to the Empire State for Thanksgiving, there are still plenty of ways to experience the parade in your pajamas. Watch the procession at 9 a.m. EST on NBC to see the balloons, floats and performers without fighting any crowds.
Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 12:00 AM
— In 1969 Arthur Beerman hosted the largest dinner party the city had ever seen: a turkey feast.
It was the first Beerman Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
The founder of Elder-Beerman Stores Corp. had suffered a heart attack earlier that year and received mountains of cards from well-wishers. He returned thanks by starting what became one of Dayton’s most endearing traditions. He put Jeanne Betty Weiner in charge.
Beerman had just been discharged from the hospital when Weiner got tasked with the job.
He told her: “You are the only person crazy enough to do what I want,” said Weiner in a 2015 interview, then the store’s radio and television spokeswoman.
Weiner got little instruction beyond that the dinner had to be the same as the one Beerman enjoyed at his own house on Thanksgiving.
Weiner, who now lives in Sarasota, Florida, said she told Beerman she would be happy to orchestrate his dinner for the “hungry, the lonely and the needy.”
She found a caterer who would cook the food, arranged to have the event held at Wampler’s Ball-Arena and found musicians who donated their talent to perform big band music on the holiday. “I wanted it to be a fun party,” she said.
More than 3,000 people attended that first year. School buses picked up the guests in downtown Dayton and drove them to the event where they were welcomed by volunteers. “They were greeted just like they were coming into someone’s home,” said Weiner.
More than 1,300 pounds of turkey, 500 pies, 90 gallons of gravy and 90 steam pans of dressing were served that first year. Clowns entertained the children and folks danced to the Hal Harris band.
“It hit the national news,” said Weiner. “There was nothing like it in the country. Someone giving a private party for thousands of people was just an amazing thing,” she said.
“The dinner was delicious and the music was wonderful,” she said. “It was what he wanted it to be — a good party.
Beerman told Weiner he would continue the Thanksgiving dinner and wanted it to grow. He died the next year but his family and The Beerman Foundation kept the tradition going.
In 1988 organizers moved the event to the convention center downtown to reach more people in need. In 2008 the foundation ended the observance after serving more than 200,000 turkey dinners in 40 years.
The annual feast found new sponsorship the following year. In recent years volunteers served at each event more than 8,000 guests 2,800 pounds of turkey, one ton each of potatoes, green beans and stuffing and 1,000 sliced pies.
Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 2:11 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 4:09 PM
— It’s an annual festival tradition you have to experience at least once.
This festival will transport you back to the 16th Century in an English village with knights, jousts, swordsmen, pirates, nobles, peasants and jugglers walking past you in timely costumes.
The 28th annual Ohio Renaissance Festival runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday for nine weekends — Sept. 2 through Oct. 29.
Here are 5 things to know about the Renaissance Festival:
1. FUN THEMED WEEKENDS
This 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England and has special promotions each weekend.
9/2, 9/3 & 9/4 — Family & Friends Weekend
Adults are two for the price of one, plus all kids 12 and under get in free Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day.
9/9 & 9/10 — Time Travelers Weekend
Dress as your favorite character inspired by a movie, TV series, comic book, sci-fi or fantasy work. Costume contests for adults and kids.
9/16 & 9/17 — Pirates Weekend
Celebrate International Talk like a Pirate Day with a Pirate Stunt Show, Pirate Play Time and Talk like a Pirate contests (for adults and kids).
9/23 & 9/24 — Barbarian Invasion Weekend
Rowdy contests in true barbaric fashion await. Compete in the Test of Strength Contest or the Turkey Leg Eating Contest.
9/30 & 10/1 — Feast of Fools Weekend
Fools Olympics and King of Fools contests and more.
10/7 & 10/8 — Highland Weekend
Grab your kilts and join the village in celebrating Highland heritage as villagers host special events including a Haggis Eating Contest, Knobby Knees Contest, and a traditional Highland Games competition.
10/14 & 10/15 — Fantasy Weekend
The Witches of Willy Nilly and the fairies will enchant the village. Enter the Fantasy Costume Contest.
10/21 & 10/22 — Romance Weekend
Men in tights? Ladies in bloomers? Oh and you can renew your wedding vows in a free Mass Renewal of Vows Ceremony held at St. Peter’s Chapel.
10/28 & 10/29 — Tricks or Treats Weekend
Wear your costumes and bring the little ones for trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids.
There is plenty to see on 14 stages offering plenty of entertainment. Don’t miss the hard-hitting action as the Knights of Valour joust three times each day. Comedy and swordplay mesh as The Swordsmen showcase sharp skills and sharp wit. The 65-foot Galleon features a Pirate Comedy Stunt Show twice each day. Strolling musicians include Dylan Robertson, Glass Harmonica, The Flying Dulcimer, Kyle Meadows, Captain John Stout while many a good pub song will be heard in the village pubs.
The festival also offers thrilling human-powered rides, games of skill, warhorse rides, camel rides, the Amazing Maze, and the Tower of London Dungeon of Doom.
The marketplace offers handmade wares including unique items created by world-class artisans. Witness demonstrations of time-honored crafts including glassblowing, blacksmithing, forging, leather tooling, weaving, boot making and more. New to the marketplace this year are original artist Art of Ed Beard Jr, pewter creations by Heekin Pewter and the beautiful floral garlands from The Royal Garland.
Festival favorites such as giant roasted turkey legs, steak-on-a-stake and bread bowl soups and stews can be found as well as delicious new items. The Chocolate Raven features handmade chocolates and fudge. Archibald Drake’s features an ages old Fish and Chips recipe. KJ’s Cajun Cuisine will have a menu from across the pond and down south. Wash it all down with a wide variety of beers, ales, wines, soft drinks, coffees and teas.
5. GROWN-UP FUN
The festival offers daily special events for those 21 and over. The Naughty Bawdy Pub Show features songs and limericks you won’t hear on the streets in an hour-long show. New this year, test your memory and play Willy Nilly Trivia during the Pub Crawl.
WANT TO GO?
What: Ohio Renaissance Festival
When: Sept. 2-Oct. 29 for nine weekends – Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day
Where: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg. Located just minutes off I-71, exit 45 or I-75, exit 38 on State Route 73 in Warren County.
Cost: Tickets: Adults $22.50; Children $9.50 (ages 5-12); Children under 5 free.