Kettering will be the center of the a cappella world this weekend 

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 2:42 PM

Winton Woods High School's a cappella group Evolution performs at Kettering Fairmont High School Music Department's Kettering National High School A Cappella Festival. The festival kicked off with performances by school groups on Friday, November 8. Students will attend workshops Saturday and the day will be capped with an evening performance at Trent Arena by Pentatonix, a Los Angeles-based a cappella group. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
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Winton Woods High School's a cappella group Evolution performs at Kettering Fairmont High School Music Department's Kettering National High School A Cappella Festival. The festival kicked off with performances by school groups on Friday, November 8. Students will attend workshops Saturday and the day will be capped with an evening performance at Trent Arena by Pentatonix, a Los Angeles-based a cappella group. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF(Chris Stewart)

That sound you hear might just be Kettering.

The city will once again be the center of the a cappella world.

More than 60 high school and college a cappella groups will converge on Fairmont High School for the Kettering National A Cappella Festival, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11. 

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Dayton.com will give you a preview of the event when we broadcast live today on Facebook.

Join reporter Amelia Robinson as she get a beatboxing lesson from some of the best singers around at 3:15 p.m. 

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The event is the largest of its kind in the United States. 

The event features a concert with student groups and Freedoms Boombox at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Voice Play with Fusion and Eleventh Hour, Fairmont’s student groupat 7 p.m. Saturday. 

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Freedom's Boombox is a trio that sings pop music. VoicePlay was featured on NBC's hit show "The Sing Off.” 

Admission is $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Call 937-499-2647 or visit www.acafest.org  for more information.

Tickets are $5 for Kettering students and can be purchased at the door with a valid student ID. 

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Charcuterie fans, take note: this chef’s pop-up event is for you

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:19 PM

Crooked Handle will host a Chef Anne Kearney charcuterie pop-up event on Thursday, Feb. 22. FILE/SUBMITTED
Crooked Handle will host a Chef Anne Kearney charcuterie pop-up event on Thursday, Feb. 22. FILE/SUBMITTED

If you remember with fondness the charcuterie board at Rue Dumaine, well — we have some good news for you — especially if you’re free Thursday night, Feb. 22.

Chef Anne Kearney, co-founder of the now-defunct Rue Dumaine/Bar Dumaine, will host a pop-up charcuterie event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Crooked Handle Brewing Co. at 760 N. Main St. in the Settler’s Walk retail center in Springboro.

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Former Rue Dumaine chef and co-owner Anne Kearney will host a Mardi Gras-themed pop-up event in a downtown Dayton restaurant. The special dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Table 33 restaurant, 130 W. Second St. FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)

Kearney will be preparing a charcuterie plate that will include a rustic pork terrine, chicken rillette, both Dijon and whole grain mustard, cornichons, agro-dolce, sweet-n-sour prune compote, and croutons.

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The cost is $14.95. Beers and other drinks are not included in ticket price. Tickets to the event are available at this eventbrite link.

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Your guide to Dayton-area food truck events this spring

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 1:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Some of the most popular food trucks in the Dayton area.

Food truck festivals are kicking off in March - and we can’t wait. Here are the latest details for upcoming food truck rallies in Dayton.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16

The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally

TIME: 5-10 p.m.

WHERE:  700 E. 4th St., Dayton

TRUCKS: Smokin Beebeeq, El Meson, Drunken Waffle, Greek Street Food Truck, Son of a Buscuit, E.A.T. Food Truck, Cupzilla and Hunger Paynes

INFO: Food trucks, local beer, free live music, and The Night Market which offers attendees delicious spices, jams and produce, artisanal bathing products, handmade toys and decorations, and countless other locally made goods. 

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SUNDAY, APRIL 8

Brunch! A Food Truck Rally

TIME: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHERE: 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

TRUCKS: TBA

INFO: Featuring breakfast cocktails and more. Runs through September.

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Know of one that’s not on this list? Email alex.perry@coxinc.com.

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TRIBUTES FOR FE: Week of onesie parties, tiki drinks and tattooing to pay tribute to downtown Dayton fixture

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Oregon District and downtown business are planning events to remember  Felicia “Fe Meier”Listermann and support her family. Listermann died February 14 in Dayton.
Oregon District and downtown business are planning events to remember Felicia “Fe Meier”Listermann and support her family. Listermann died February 14 in Dayton.

A week of onesie parties, drink specials and yoga events has been planned to honor the life of a well-known downtown fixture and support her family. 

Money raised during “Celebration of Li-FE” will be given to Felicia “Fe Meier” Listermann’s family to help cover her funeral cost and help support her 8-year-old son, Koen Meier, Sabrina Cox, an event organizer, said.  

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More than a dozen events are planned at Oregon District and downtown businesses. Find the extensive list below. 

A little more than $10,000 has already been raised through an online  YouCaring campaign.  

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Oregon District and downtown business are planning events to remember Felicia “Fe Meier”Listermann and support her family. Listermann died February 14 in Dayton. Listermann (left) is pictured with Brittany Smith.(Submitted)

A native of Finneytown, Ohio, Listermann died Wednesday, Feb. 14 in Dayton. The painter and McPherson Historic District resident was 31. 

Her boyfriend, Alex Hannan, described her as “love” in a statement sent to this news organization. 

Here’s a part of the statement:

“Fe had a way about her that would captivate anyone she crossed paths with. She knew no strangers and went out of her way to make everyone feel involved and accepted. Her laugh was infectious and her smile would make even the coldest hearts melt away to feel her bright and shining personality. Fe was always an ear for those that needed to speak, a shoulder for those that needed to cry and would make you smile until your face hurt. She genuinely cared for everyone she met and wanted all to be successful and happy in their own lives. She judged no one for their faults and celebrated their victories. She is a person that has filled so many of our hearts and will always be a light in our lives.”

Listermann was an employee of Canal Street Arcade and Deli and a past employee of Hole In The Wall, Blind Bob's Bar and other downtown and Oregon District businesses,  

A public memorial service will be held for her at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at United Church of Christ in Oakley, 4100 Taylor Ave. in Cincinnati.

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Listermann, who was known for her love of onesie PJs, was working to be a certified yoga instructor and was a graduate of the Day Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Oregon District and downtown business are planning events to remember Felicia “Fe Meier”Listermann and support her family. Listermann died February 14 in Dayton.(Submitted)

She taught yoga at Mike’s Bike Park Tuesdays following the business’ Ladies Night.

“She loved doing yoga and had poured herself entirely into it, learning all she could to find peace within herself, (and) to also share with others who shared her same interest,” Hannan said. 

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Downtown and Oregon District businesses are hosting events March 1 to 8. 

They will sell raffle tickets to support Listermann’s family. 

Oregon District and downtown business are planning events to remember Felicia “Fe Meier”Listermann and support her family. Listermann died February 14 in Dayton. Listermann (right) is pictured with Brittany Smith.(Submitted)

The following events have been planned:
Music Fe-stival (an ‘80s-themed affair) 

WHEN: Starts at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 1  

WHERE: Blind Bob's Bar, 430 E 5th St., Dayton

WHAT: Performances by Kelly Hanus, Sidekick Complex, Nightbeast, and Grand Mammoth. ‘80s attire is suggested. 

Kareo-Fe 

WHEN: 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, March 2 

WHERE: The Trolley Stop, 530 E. 5th St., Dayton

WHAT: A night of karaoke. 

First Friday Art Show Featuring the Work of Fe Meier and Friends

WHEN: 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 2

WHERE: Wells and Co. Custom Tattoo, 110 E. Third St, Dayton

WHAT: Pieces by Listermann and inspired by her will be on display. Some items will be available for purchase. 

Oregon District and downtown business are planning events to remember Felicia “Fe Meier”Listermann and support her family. Listermann died February 14 in Dayton.(Submitted)

Extra-Fe-Ganza

WHEN: 8 p.m.-midnight, Friday, March 2

WHERE: DK Effect, 1600 E. 3rd St., Dayton

WHAT: The event will be hosted by Randi Ganza. DK Effect will be donating $1 from each pint of beer sold and matching Ganza’s tips with a cash donation.  

Fe-ki Night

WHEN: 7 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, March 3 

WHERE: Canal St. Deli and Arcade, 308 E. 1st St., Dayton

WHAT: Canal St. will pass out leis to guests, serving Tiki themed drink specials, and donating a percentage of sales from the night. Several baskets will be raffled. 

Fried Chicken Dinner

WHEN: 5-9 p.m. Sunday, March 4 

WHERE: Lily's Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

WHAT: Lily's will donate a portion of the night's sales, and will serve special features with Fe in mind. There will also be a customized cocktail for the evening created by Dayton mixologist Amber Brady.  

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After-Party at Hole

WHEN: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, March 4

WHERE: Hole in the Wall,  423 E. 5th St., Dayton

WHAT:   The bar will have a 90s themed party. 

Oregon District and downtown business are planning events to remember Felicia “Fe Meier”Listermann and support her family. Listermann died February 14 in Dayton. Listermann (left ) is pictured with Nick and Harvey Testa.(Submitted)

$40 Flash for Fe

WHEN: Noon-8 p.m. Monday, March 4

WHERE: Rebel Rebel Tattoo, 452 E. Fifth St., Dayton

WHAT: Resident artists as well as guest artists Alex CooperRachel Lare and Kaelin Moser-Viteri (Moses) will be guest-spotting for the event. Select a piece from a Fe-inspired flash sheet. Proceeds will be donated to Fe's family. 

Fe Meier Memorial Yoga Night

WHEN: Tuesday, March 6 as noted below

WHERE: Day Yoga's Brown St. Studio, 1100 Brown St., Dayton

WHAT: Proceeds from the evening classes will benefit Fe's family. Pre-Registration is not required but highly recommended. 

Classes are Gentle Yoga from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; Hot Power Hour 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Hot Slow Flow from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. To participate, visit dayyogastudio.com and select March 6 at the Brown St. location to reserve a spot.

Ladies Night Ride and Lantern Glow

WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6

WHERE: Mike's Bike Park, 1300 E. 1st St., Dayton

WHAT: Proceeds from Ladies Night will go to benefit Fe’s family. A lantern glow will be held on the roof for her family, friends and students. Reservations are not needed for either part of the evening, but are recommended for bike rental. There will be no charge for the lantern glow. Lanterns will be available first come first serve. 

Oregon District and downtown business are planning events to remember Felicia “Fe Meier”Listermann and support her family. Listermann died February 14 in Dayton. Listermann (right) is pictured with Ayla Bowling.(Submitted)

Onesie Funsie Party

WHEN: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.  March, 6 

WHERE: Therapy Café, 452 E. 3rd St. 

WHAT: Wear onesie for a night of EDM music spun by DJs John Chapel and KimL.  

Saints and Sinners Party 

WHEN: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, March 7

WHERE: Toxic Brew Company, 431 E. 5th St.

WHAT: The brewery will have a Saints and Sinners themed party with costume contest.  A dollar from every blonde ale sold will be donated to the Listermann family. Shirts depicting Fe’s original art will also be available for purchase, with 100% of proceeds going to the cause. 
Happy Hour 

WHEN: 3-7 p.m. Thursday, March 8

WHERE: Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St., Dayton

WHAT: Drink specials hosted by bartender Holly Yoh. 

Onesie PJ Party

WHEN: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, March 8 

WHERE: Ned Peppers, 419 E. Fifth St. Dayton

WHAT: DJ Fatty Lumpkin will spin at the party that pays tribute to Fe’s love of onesie PJs. Raffle winners will be drawn and raffle prizes will all be on display. 

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Oregon District and downtown business are planning events to remember Felicia “Fe Meier”Listermann and support her family. Listermann died February 14 in Dayton. Listerman is pictured with Kat King.(Submitted)

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What’s brand new at the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show in 2018?

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

There will be several local and national celebrities at the show. The highlights include Matt Blashaw, host of HGTV’s “Yard Crashers” and “Vacation House For Free,” and Joanie Sprague, who will be an all-star carpenter on the upcoming revival of TLC’s “Trading Spaces.” CONTRIBUTED
There will be several local and national celebrities at the show. The highlights include Matt Blashaw, host of HGTV’s “Yard Crashers” and “Vacation House For Free,” and Joanie Sprague, who will be an all-star carpenter on the upcoming revival of TLC’s “Trading Spaces.” CONTRIBUTED

The Cincinnati Home and Garden Show is back with some big new twists and a few famous faces.

Marketplace Events, which produces more than 50 home and garden shows in the U.S. and Canada, recently purchased the show from Hart Productions.

While the show will still feature hundreds of companies specializing in virtually every category of exterior and interior home improvement and design, Marketplace Events has added several features to give the show a bit more oomph.

Matt Blashaw, start of HGTV’s “Yard Crashers” and “Vacation House For Free,” will appear at the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show on Feb. 24-25. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Speakers and Celebrities

There will be several local and national celebrities at the show. The highlights include Matt Blashaw, host of HGTV’s “Yard Crashers” and “Vacation House For Free,” and Joanie Sprague, who will be an all-star carpenter on the upcoming revival of TLC’s “Trading Spaces.”

Blashaw will appear on the main stage at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Feb. 24, and noon and 3 p.m. on Feb. 25. Sprague will take the main stage at 6 p.m. on March 2, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 3, and 4 p.m. on March 4.

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Joanie Sprague, who will appear as an all-star carpenter on the upcoming reboot of TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” will appear at the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show on March 2-4. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Fiona’s Cove

Visitors can make a wish and toss a coin into this outdoor garden water feature inspired by Fiona the Hippo. Fiona is the baby hippo who was born six weeks prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo in January 2017, the first Nile hippo to be born at the zoo in 75 years.

Fiona is seen through the glass in Hippo Cove. At five months, she weighed 317 lbs., up from 29 when she was born in January.

Her story has since gone viral, and all proceeds will go to her nursing care. Fiona herself is too unwieldy to make an in-hippo appearance, but she will surely be there in spirit.

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MadTree Brewing Company has released its Dreamsicle beer in cans. Photo by Gus Stathes/Ollie’s Place(Staff Writer)

MadTree Beer Garden

Checking out the exhibitors and strolling through 10,000 square feet of sample landscaping can be thirsty work. That’s why the MadTree Beer Garden will be making its debut, giving you a chance to sit down and enjoy a craft beer (or two). There will be a wine garden on the premises, as well.

Warrior Homestead’s Operation Tiny Tribute

Warrior Homestead is a charity organization devoted to ending veteran homelessness by providing single-occupancy homesteads on farmable land. According to show producer Toni Garbo, these “tiny homes” are increasingly popular with RV enthusiasts and retirees. The Warrior Homestead booth will allow you to tour both premium and basic tiny homes. For every home purchased — the starting price for a basic home is $45,000 — a second tiny home will be provided for a veteran in need.

Want to go?

WHAT: Cincinnati Home and Garden Show

WHEN: Feb. 24-25, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; March 1-4, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati.

COST: $13 (door), $11 (online), free for children 12 and younger.

MORE INFO: 513-826-3427 or www.cincinnatihomeandgardenshow.com

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