Free ice cream cones at Dairy Queen restaurants

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 7:10 AM

Today is “Free Cone Day” at participating Dairy Queen ice cream shops. SUBMITTED

Dairy Queen locations — well, most of them, anyway — will celebrate the first day of spring on Monday, March 20, by offering a free ice cream cone.

Customers can obtain a free small vanilla soft-serve cone, limit one per customer, at participating locations, while supplies last.

We made a few phone calls late Sunday afternoon and found out that most — but not all — local franchise-owned Dairy Queen stores are participating in the Free Cone Day promotion — and there may be some locations that are not yet open for the season.

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Stores that confirmed to us that they ARE participating included locations at 2056 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering, 4812 Airway Road in Riverside, and 513 W. Main St. in Tipp City, as well as Dairy Queens in Lebanon and Carlisle. In Springfield, we found one that was participating — at 721 Bechtle Ave. — and one that was NOT participating, at 215 E. Home Road.

In conjunction with its third annual Free Cone Day Promotion, Dairy Queen today will accept donations to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on March 20. In 2016, Dairy Queen raised more than $200,000 in one day for the hospital network, DQ officials said in a release.

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Barry Westrum, executive vice president of Marketing for American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ). “We can’t think of a better way to show our appreciation to fans, kick off the Spring season and support such an amazing cause than with a Free Cone Day.”

Opening day today for the Dayton area’s 1st Raising Cane’s restaurant

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:16 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:41 AM

Today is opening day for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers’ first Dayton-area location  at 1136 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp., the latest in a wave of new chicken restaurants across the region.

Raising Cane’s joins an increasingly competitive chicken-restaurant market, with most of the recent growth focused on Dayton’s south suburbs. Chick-fil-A has opened new locations in Kettering and the Cornerstone of Centerville center, and last year completed a $1 million makeover of its Washington Twp. restaurant. Locally based startup Mike’s Nashville Hot opened its first two restaurants in Austin Landing in Miami Twp. and on Ohio 48 in Washington Twp. And other chains such as Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen and Church’s Chicken have announced plans to add locations across the region. 

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At the new Raising Cane’s, the first person in line when the restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m. today, June 28, will receive “Free Cane’s for a year,” in the form of a gift card good for one free “Box Combo” each week for 52 weeks and a $35 gift basket, a spokeswoman for Raising Cane’s Dayton-area franchisee said. Customers started lining up early in the week.

Bob Daniels of Beavercreek was the first in line on Tuesday evening. Sitting in a tent, Daniels said he got in line at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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Customers who come in during today’s grand opening Day will receive a “Raising Cane's Limited-Edition BBQ Spatula,” while supplies last, according to Andria Morgan, marketing manager for RCO Limited, Raising Cane’s Dayton-area franchisee. 

Other prizes and festivities include tickets to see a Columbus Crew soccer match for the first 10 people in line, and a live, on-site broadcast from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from K99.1FM.  

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The site of the new restaurant in Washington Twp. most recently housed a Golden Dragon Buffet & Grill, and, before that, a Ryan’s Steakhouse. The former restaurant structure was demolished to pave the way for construction of the new Raising Cane’s.

The Ohio 725 restaurant will seat 92 inside and will employ 45 to 65, Morgan has said.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers operates multiple restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and opened a restaurant in Fairfield in October 2016. Plans call for adding more Dayton-area locations, Morgan has said. Plans for a potential Beavercreek location are pending, according to city and restaurant officials.

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The Raising Cane’s chain prides itself on a limited menu and a simple concept, focused on chicken fingers, made “fresh, never frozen,” marinated for 24 hours, then battered and cooked to order. Also featured on the menu are crinkle-cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and sauces that are made in-house each day.

The BEST fireworks displays you don’t want to miss

Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Nothing says summer like the Fourth of July. Whether you’re firing up the grill, heading out of town, or just want to see something new and sparkly in the night sky, we’ve got the celebrations that go far beyond pyrotechnics that you don’t want to miss.

City of Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival 2017

Lights in Flight, the region's most spectacular fireworks show, returns to the downtown Dayton riverfront on Monday, July 3, at 10 p.m. The fireworks will follow a family-friendly, multi-cultural festival featuring plenty of food, fun and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy at RiverScape MetroPark. 

WHEN: Monday, July 3; festival at 5 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. 

WHERE: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton


INFO: website

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Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival

A NEW food truck alley joins the parade, street fair, 5K run, fireworks and more presented in various spots throughout downtown Centerville at the 44th annual event. A 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., street fair from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hundreds of booths ranging from arts and crafts to food, treats and games. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Centerville near Main and Franklin streets
COST: Free
INFO:  website

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Red, White and Boonshoft

If you’re looking to beat the heat during the day on the 4th, then you have to know about this INDOOR event. The annual star-spangled science celebration features educational shows, entertainment, indoor fireworks in the planetarium, face painting, food vendors and more. 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy., Dayton
COST: $14.50 for adults, $12.50 seniors 60 and older, $11.50 children 3-17, free for museum members and children younger than 3

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Published: Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

            Country singer Jason Isbell will perform at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, July 2. CONTRIBUTED


Since opening in 1919, the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, has focused on both classic fine art and the latest in contemporary art. The latter is currently on display in the traveling exhibition, “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence.”

The show, which opened on Saturday, June 24, is an overview of a new form of bead art called ndwango (“cloth”). The style of art was created by Bev Gibson and Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela and developed by women living and working together in the rural community of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. “Ubuhle Women” is on display through Sept. 10.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $14 adults, $11 seniors (60 and older), students (18 and older with ID), and active military, $6 youth (7-17) and free for museum members. Call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit


The City of Dayton is celebrating Independence Day with its annual Lights in Flight Festival at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, on Monday, July 3. The event features music, food and beer sales, a children’s area and, naturally, fireworks. DJ SKNO kicks off the 5 p.m. party with a set of music followed by the Kellen Williams Trio. Eric Coburn, Son Del Caribe and the D-Funk Allstars will also perform. The fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. Cost: Free. Call 937-333-8400 or visit


Jason Isbell first made a name for himself as a member of the Drive-By Truckers but he quickly established himself as a talented frontman when he launched his solo career in 2007. The Alabama native is currently on the road with his band the 400 Unit supporting the new album, “The Nashville Sound.” Isbell performs with special guests the Mountain Goats at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Cost: $23.50-$56. Call 937-228-2323 or visit


Attention Dayton Art Institute members: It’s time once again to celebrate Independence Day with Red, Art & Blue. The annual members-only party — at DAI, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, from 8 to 11 p.m. Monday, July 3 — has food, drinks, activities and a great view of the City of Dayton’s fireworks show. Cost: $30 ages 12 and older, $15 kids ages 3-11, free kids 2 and younger. Reservations are required. If you’re interested in attending Red, Art & Blue but aren’t a museum member, contact DAI and get signed up now. Call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit


Corey Feldman had a high-profile career as a teenage actor in the 1980s, appearing in films like “The Goonies,” “Stand by Me,” “The Lost Boys” and “License to Drive.” The actor revealed a very different creative side in late 2016 with a pair of strange musical performances on the “Today” show. This exposure opened up an opportunity to take the show on the road. Feldman, who creates a unique brand of electronic dance pop with his all-female backing band, performs at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 3. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $30-$105. Call 937-813-4272 or visit


Food truck rallies are held in a number of spots in the area but none are quite as well-suited for these events as Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton. The inside of the old taxi dispatch space is used for concerts, art shows and more, while the large fenced in parking lot is large enough more multiple mobile units. Smokinbeebeeq presents the second annual Taco Truck Takeover at Yellow Cab at 5 p.m. Friday, June 30. Participants include The Beerded Pig, Hunger Paynes, El Meson and others. Cost: Free. Smokinbeebeeq joins forces with the Drunken Waffle for the Brunch Food Truck Rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2. The monthly event features brunch, bloody marys, mimosas, craft beer and coffee. Cost: Free. Visit


The 50th anniversary of the Beatles groundbreaking “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is getting a lot of attention right now. However, it is one of many landmark albums from 1967, a year that also saw the release of both “Are You Experienced” and “Axis: Bold as Love” by Jimi Hendrix, Cream’s “Disraeli Gears,” “Forever Changes” by Love and debuts from the Doors, Pink Floyd and the Velvet Underground. The Moody Blues were also part of that creative outpouring with its now classic album, “Days of Future Passed.” The British band, currently celebrating the album’s 50th anniversary, performs at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Cost: $46 in advance, $51 at the door. Call 937-296-3300 or visit


Lots of communities celebrate our countries independence with a simple combination of carnival food vendors, musical performances and fireworks in the sky. The Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival, presented in various spots in downtown Centerville on Tuesday, July 4, has all that and more. The 44th annual party, one of the largest of its kind in the region, also has a parade, street fair and a 5K run. The 5K begins at 7 a.m., followed by the street fair at 9:30 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the party continues through the closing fireworks show at 10 p.m. Cost: Free. Call 937-433-5898 or visit


A mix of top-selling stars and rising acts keeps local music fans converging in mass on Hickory Hill Lakes, 7103 Ohio 55, Ft. L0ramie, each summer. The occasion is the annual Country Concert, which returns Thursday through Saturday, July 6-8. The 37th annual festival features Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore and others. Music begins at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $109-$668. Call 937-295-3000 or visit


It has been a decade since Oral Funk Poetry Productions began presenting “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show,” and the series is still going strong. The 10th anniversary season of the theatrical revue opens with “Poetic Muse” at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Friday, June 30. This installment features spoken word artists Ebony Stewart from Texas and Louisville-based Lance Newman, the 2016 feature winner of “Last Poet Standing.” Cost: $25. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

You’ve got to see this lovely lantern fest near Dayton this summer

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Photo via The Light Fest Facebook event page

We told you about the Lantern Festival that illuminated the night sky in Sparta, Kentucky this past weekend.

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But in case you missed it, this August you have an even more convenient chance to let your own light soar.

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Just a 40-minute drive from Dayton at the Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds in Waynesville, The Lights Fest is set to take place on August 12 from 3 to 9 p.m.

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The mood at the festival is magical, as each person in attendance has their own meaningful reason for participating. According to Light Fest’s website, “It creates a surreal ambiance, where time slows down as your single flame rises with thousands of others.”

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Hundreds of warm, glowing lanterns floating in unison is certainly a spectacular treat for the eyes. But the lanterns’ hand-written messages detailing people’s hopes, dreams and words to loved ones is what makes the night so special.

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The big release happens at dark. However, there is plenty of fun to be had during twilight hours while you wait in anticipation for the main event. Food trucks, live music, plenty of dancing, painting and bouncy houses for the kids packs a lot into one night. 

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Environmental impact is a sensible concern, considering hundreds of lanterns are regularly released at a single event. That’s why The Lights Fest has a clean-up crew ready and waiting in the designated landing zone. All lanterns are also biodegradable, according to Light Fest’s website. 

Buy your ticket soon, though, because ticket prices WILL continue to increase as the event day approaches. VIP and early bird tickets are already sold out, and general admission tickets are now on-sale for $35.

Want to go?

WHAT: The Lights Fest

WHEN: 3-9 p.m. August 12, 2017

WHERE: Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds, 10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville, Ohio 

COST: $35/general admission; late, last-minute, and final call tickets range from $40-55

INFO: Facebook event page