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Local camp actually lets kids fly planes -- seriously

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Students design F-14 models at Air Camp.

There are a multitude of summer camps to which you can send your kids this year where they could learn plenty. But there’s only one in the Dayton area that will let them actually fly a real plane.

Launched in 2010, the Dayton-based Air Camp offers seventh through ninth grade students a comprehensive STEM education using aviation and aerospace as the medium. The program also focuses on the values of scholarship, leadership and citizenship. The program draws students from all over the country every year.

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“(The founders) wanted to create an opportunity for students across the country to engage actively in STEM activities that are primarily connected to aviation and aeronautics,” said Director of Operations Shannon Coblentz. “They noticed from their line of work that there started to be a shortage in those areas. They believed that it was not necessarily a lack of interest or capability, but lack of knowledge that these opportunities exist.”

The week-long camp hopes to catch middle school-aged students at a time period where studies show they tend to steer away from STEM-related subjects. Coblentz, a former principal, says confusion is often behind those decisions.

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“It’s usually based on misinformation about what’s required in the STEM fields, as well as sometimes having a lack of understanding of what an actual STEM profession is. We can help them to gain confidence to serve in the STEM fields and that can pique their interest in those fields.”

Air Camp, made up entirely of teachers with STEM backgrounds, provides students with 15 hours of team-oriented educational activities daily, while taking them to various locations around the Dayton area. Throughout the week, the students are taught STEM concepts, and then tasked with using critical thinking skills they’ve obtained to solve problems or achieve goals. Team challenges include a simulated plane crash where campers are taught survival skills as well as using items commonly found on a plane to recover a black box from under water. 

“What they do is go through the actual rescue module to help save passengers if they ever ended up in the water. They are trained to save themselves first and the other passengers second,” Coblentz said.

And, yes, after taking flight ground school and charting their course, the campers will get the opportunity to fly as student pilots.

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However, Air Camp is now also offering a less-intensive program for younger students for the very first time. The day camp, designed for fourth through sixth grades, focuses partly on aviation, but also covers engineering, rocketry, botany, robotics, art and more. Like its counterpart, the day camp will take the students to various sites around the Miami Valley. 

The program is designed to take the intimidation out of learning about the STEM field. 

“We will help them to understand that a butterfly in particular has to overcome the same forces to fly that an airplane does. We know that will help them feel more comfortable about the physics of flight,” Coblentz explained.

Though the day camp students won’t get to fly an actual airplane, they will learn to code and fly their own unmanned aerial vehicle. 

The application process for middle school students includes an essay of 300 words or less and a teacher’s letter of recommendation. Day camp students are admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Coblentz believes both camps are vital to how students approach STEM subjects and in showing them the long-term possibilities therein.

“We want to make sure they know that whatever they’re passionate about at this age, they can find a way to make a living at that as an adult,” she said.  

“Most importantly, we’ll teach them how to use data, and emphasize for both camps that the wrong answer is not a problem. Knowing what to do with the wrong answer is the critical skill.” 

Learn more about Air Camp at Air Camp is accepting applications through April 30. Basic requirements for application, including the application portal itself, can be found here


Arrow’s ‘Super Saturday’ highlights Dayton’s best wine-tastings list

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

Arrow Wine & Spirits Far Hills store’s “Super Saturday” happens THIS Saturday, June 24, which means there will be more than 20 wines available for sampling at the drop-in event (taste 1 or 5 or 10, if you’ve got a driver, and remember, half-tastes are available for half-price). And a MIGHTY shout-out to the Dayton-based wine listserv that compiles this information and allows us to copy and paste it here. Read, attend, enjoy!

Jay’s Kitchen Door 225 E. Sixth St. in Dayton’s Oregon Historic

District, RSVP Events (937) 2222892

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 4-8 pm

2015 Vietti Arneis

2012 Louis Jadot Nuits St George

2012 Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo

2010 Chateau Barde-Haut Saint Emilion

2012 Chateau Montelena Napa

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 1-6 pm

NV Jean Vesselle Oeil de Perdrix

2012 Louis Jadot Gevery Chambertin

2009 Domaine Clerico Pajana Barolo

2013 Antinori Tignanello

Antinori Wine Dinner

Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 pm - $65


Saturday, August 19 at 12:30 PM - $70

Arrow Wine & Spirits Far Hills – Kettering 2950 Far Hills Ave. 9372981456

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 11-5 pm Wine tasting

Super Saturday Wine Tasting 20+ Wines

A Selection Of Craft Beer

2077 Heitz Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Farm Napa Valley Chardonnay

2014 Clos Coutale Cahors

2016 Clarendelle Bordeaux Rose

2013 Emiliana Coyam

2014 David Bruce Russian River Chardonnay

2013 David Bruce Sonoma County Pinot Noir

2010 Chateau Sichel Pauillac

Beer Tasting 1-4 pm

Alesmith Orange

Troegs Nimble Giant

Lagunitas Dark Swan

Yellow Springs Springer With Raspberries

Kindred Campfire

Dorothy Lane Markets (DLM)

Dorothy Lane Market Oakwood, The Mezzanine.

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 5-8 PM

2016 Dry Creek Chenin Blanc

2015 Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Matthew Fritz Pinot Noir

2015 Domaine de Verquiere Rasteau

2016 Mollydooker Maitre’D Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 The Wolftrap

Oyster Happy Hour, Fridays, 4-7pm

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 2-6pm

2015 Kesseler Riesling Kabinett

2015 Nickel and Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay

2015 Bulliat Moulin-a-Vent

2012 Ransom Grenache

2013 Taken Red Wine

2013 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon

Bonus Bottle

Beers on Tap

DLM Washington Square

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 5-8 pm

2015 Napa Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Napa, CA

2015 Chateau d’Anice Graves Blanc 50/50 Sauv Blanc/Semillon, FR

2016 Rosé TBD

2015 Teutonic Wine Company Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR

2012 Pezat Bordeaux Superieur 85/15 Merlot/Cab Franc, FR

2016 Molly Dooker “The Boxer” Shiraz, South Australia

2014 Terra d’Oro Petite Sirah, Amador, CA

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 12-5 pm

2016 Florensac Picpoul de Pinet, FR

2016 Salvestrin Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA

2016 Rosé TBD

2015 Domaine de Vequére Rasteau, Provence, FR

2016 Molly Dooker Two Left Feet Red Blend, South Australia

2015 Areyna Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina

2014 Salvestrin “Cavaso” Red Blend, Napa Valley, CA

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 4-7 pm Wine Down Wednesday

On Tap:

Dorothy Lane Springboro

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 3 - 7 pm

2016 Stolpman Rosé

2015 Clos des Grands Primo Muscadet

2014 Cinnabar Chardonnay

2014 Redhawk Red

2010 Nina Lee Syrah

2013 Taft Street Cabernet Sauvignon

Bonus Bottle


Urban Artifact Hippodrome DIPA

Urban Artifact Flash Lamp Ale

On Tap:

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 1-5 pm

2016 Joel Gott Rosé

2016 Salvestrin Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Groth Chardonnay

2014 Siltstone Pinot Noir

2014 Azagador Cosecha Red

2013 Il Borro Toscana

2012 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon

Arrow Centerville 615 Lyons Rd Centerville (937) 433-6778

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 5pm to 7pm Beer Tasting

Christian Moerlein tasting with a representative of the brewery

Mexican Style Lager

OTR Pale Ale

Third Wave IPA

Strawberry Pig Cream Ale

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 11-5 pm Wine Tasting

Tap List

Yellow Springs - Scavenger Hunt IPA

Nowhere in Particular - Passionfruit beat your wheat ale

Lucky Star - Project 69 DIPA

Epic - Los Locos Mexican Style Lager

Warped Wing - Lemon Drop Pale Ale

Warped Wing - Night Velvet Belgian Strong ale w/plums

Zemore’s Wine Cellar & Bistro

4457 State Route 725 Bellbrook 8482161

Tues-Thur 4 - 8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday 4 - 10pm

Featured Wines for Jun 22,23

2016 Robert Klingenfus Pinot Gris/France

2014 Martinelli Chardonnay/California

2016 Acantalys Tavel Rose/France

2014 Black Slate Red Blend/Spain

2014 Raymond Velvet Napa Cab/California

2013 Three Wine Company Zinfandel/California

Featured Wines for week beginning Jun 24

2016 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/California

2016 Feudi di Gregorio Rose/Italy

2015 Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay/California

2016 Molly Dooker Boxer Cabernet/Australia

2015 J Vineyards Pinot Noir/California

2015 Mazzei Badiola Sangiovese/Italy

The Wine Gallery 5 West Monument Ave Dayton Ohio 45402 9372249463

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 Wine Tasting from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Deaf Monty’s Wine at Inn Port D’Vino

22 Brown Street in the Oregon District, 937-225-9463

Open 4-8pm Monday through Saturday

Mercer Canyons Cabernet; Line 39 Pinot Noir;Gentleman’s Collection Red

Blend; Easley Winery Reggae Red; Le Charmel Rose; Underwood Rose;

Calling All Angels Chardonnay; Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina; Dry Canyon

Riesling; Kings Ridge Oregon Pinot Gris; ; Otima 10 Year Tawny Port

The Wine Cellar in Osaka, 2476 Commons Blvd, Beavercreek 937-320-1188

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017, 2-6pm

Clos La Soleya Brut Rose Cava, Spain

Sanz Clasico, Rueda Spain

Tamaral Roble 2013, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Cellar Aixala Alcait Destrankis DOQ 2015 Priorat, Spain

El Porvenir Amauta Corte IV 2013

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 5-8pm


Thursday, June 22, 2017 RSVP Hibachi Wine Dinner

Tuna Bites

Sparkling Rosé of Zweigelt & Pinot Noir Markus Huber ‘Hugo’

Scallop Hibachi

Riesling Trocken (Dry) Donnhoff Kreuznacher Kahlenberg 2014

New York Strip Hibachi

Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) Weingut Künstler 2014

Green Tea Ice Cream

Grüner Veltliner Eiswein Weingut Martin Nigl 2015

Kroger Centerville Marketplace RSVP 937-435-8210

Beer Tasting

Wednesday 4pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 1pm to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm

Hanger 18 Porter (Toxic Brew) ABV 6.2% IBU 35

Iso Trope IPA (Fig Leaf Brewing) 7.2% ABV 68

Swivelhead India Red Ale (Deschutes Brewing) ABV 56.1% IBU 70

Broken Trolley Blonde Orange (Dayton Beer Company) ABV 5.3% IBU 23

Chomolungma Honey Nut Brown Ale (Jackie O’s Brewing) ABV 6.5% IBU 33

Summerfest Crisp Lager ABV 5.0% IBU 28

Hefeweizen (North High Brewing) ABV 5.1% IBU 9

Slamon Shorts Hoppy Lager (Warped Wing) ABV 5.4% IBU 80

Bourbon Barrel Stout (Kentucky Brewing)

Wine Tasting

Wednesday, 4-9 pm Thursday-Saturday 1pm to 9pm, Sunday, 11am to 6 pm

Gris Blanc Rose

La Crema Pinot Gris

Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay

Cuvaison Chardonnay

Estancia Meritage

Ravens Wood Sonoma Old Vine Zinfandel

Penfolds Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon

JoLouis Martini Alexander Cabernet

Kenwood Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon

Kroger Austin Landing

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 4-8 pm Wine Happy Hour

GIRARD Chardonay


BÖEN Pinot Noir

UPPERCUT Cabernet Sauvignon

BOSC Moscato


Zinks Meats and Fine Wines 409 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, (937) 435-4980

Thursday Night Wine Tastings 5-8 pm Live music and appetizers

Thursday June 8, 2017 5-8 p.m.

Tooth & Nail

The Fiend

The Glutton

The Possessor

The Stand

Amor Fati Grenache 2012

Thursday June 29, 2017 5-8 p.m.

Peju Winery

Ray’s Wine Spirits Grill 8268 N Main St 937.890.0300

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 3-6 pm

Sensi Pinot Grigio

Domaine de la Royere Syrah/Grenache/Carignane/Mourvedre

McNab Ridge District One Red Blend

Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon

A.R. “El Loco” Lime

A.R. Forbidden Apple

A.R. Caught Red-Handed

Chateau La Paws Sweet Red

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 5-8pm

Other wines TBA

Maui Blanc

Umberto Fiore Moscato

Santero Moscato + Strawberry

Serena Sweet Red Blend

Thursday, June 29th 6-9pm Cigar Event

Roberto Duran Cigars

Devil’s Backbone Brewery

Saturday, Jul 1,2017 3-6pm Wine Tasting

Pavao Vinho Verde

Portrait of a Mutt Zinfandel

Ca’Momi Rosso

Uppercut Cabernet Sauvignon

Maui Blanc

Umberto Fiore Moscato

Santero Moscato + Strawberry

Serena Sweet Red Blend

Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi 7580 Poe Ave 937-898-3860

Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm Wine Tasting Dinner

Five New Zealand wines and a paired five course meal.

2 Oyster Bay white wines and 3 Baroosa Valley red wines.

Jungle Jim’s 1.513.674.6000

For wine event information, call 513 674-6000, wait for the voice

prompt, press 1, then press 6165 for assistance.

Top 10 things to do this week

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron, also known as American s Ambassadors in Blue, is among the participants in the Vectren Dayton Air Show at Dayton International Airport, 3800 Wright Dr., Vandalia, on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25. CONTRIBUTED
Contributing Writer


The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron, also known as American’s Ambassadors in Blue, is among the participants in the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The annual event, founded in 1975, returns to Dayton International Airport, 3800 Wright Drive near Vandalia, on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25.

The Air Show also features world-class aerobatic champions, military jets, live music and more. Other highlights include the GEICO Skytypers Team, Rob Holland Ultimate Air Shows, Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team and Redline Airshows Aerobatics Team.

Air show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with featured shows from 11:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Cost: Gate tickets: $25 adults, $16 youth 6-11 and seniors 60 and older. Free for kids 5 and younger. Call 937-898-5901 or visit

>> Insider’s Guide to Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know

>> Where to eat and drink before and after the air show


Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, has a busy week of concerts coming up along with the introduction of the new festival, Sliders, Sides & Suds, on Saturday, June 24. Piano-playing songstress Diana Krall returns with the Turn Up the Quiet Tour at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Cost: $38.75 to $68.75 in advance, $43.75 to $73.75 at the door. A cappella group Duwende performs with special guests Freedom’s Boombox and Eleventh Hour at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27. Cost: $2. Call 937-296-3300 or visit

>> You have to see the mouthwatering menu for this new slider festival


Ron Sexton was a veteran of sports radio in 2005 when his comedic call-in segments on the nationally syndicated “The Bob & Tom Show” totally altered his career path. Today, he tours as his comedic alter ego, the squirrelly redneck Donnie Baker. The comedian returns to Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24. Show times are 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Cost: $20. Call 937-224-5653 or visit


The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans presents the 29th annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park, 2301 W. River Road, Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25. Pow Wow hours are noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $8 adults, $6 seniors 60 and older and students 6 to 17. Weekend passes available. Dayton Society of Natural History Members admitted half price. Children 5 and younger admitted free. Call 937-268-8199 or visit

>> 5 things you must experience at Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow


Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers has been on a steady rise for years but the locally-based bluegrass group received a big boost in 2016. The group’s latest album, “Sacred Memories,” was the winner in the best gospel album category at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards. The Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival presents the award-winning band in concert at Turner Pavilion, Veteran’s Park, 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Cost: Free. Visit


Attention: railroad enthusiasts, it’s time once again time enter the immersive world of locomotives, storage cars, cabooses, engineers and more during the Rail Festival. Dayton History and Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society present the 12th annual event at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25. Attractions include model train displays, free miniature train rides, live steam engines and food and merchandise vendors. Rail Festival hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $8 adults (18-59), $7 seniors (60 and older), $5 children (3-17) and free children younger than 3 and Dayton History members. Call 937-293-2841 or visit


Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights has a full slate of concerts over the next week, starting with country singer Gary Allan with opener Walker McGuire at 8 p.m. Friday, June 23. Cost: $23.50-$57. Grammy Award-winning Australian duo For King & Country performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Cost: $23.50-$47. Multi-platinum-selling saxophonist Boney James shares the stage with special guests Morris Day & the Time at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Cost: $23.50-$62. Collective Soul performs with co-headliners Our Lady Peace and special guests Tonic at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27. Cost: $23.50-$63. The O’Jays will be joined by hometown heroes the Ohio Players at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. Cost: $23.50-$71. Call 937-228-2323 or visit

>> Gary Allan to perform at Rose Music Center

>> For King & Country headed to Rose Music Center


To celebrate two decades of teaching students the finer points of movement, Noreen’s School of Dance in Hillsboro has organized a special student recital. The school, which teaches dance to students age 3 through adults, presents its “20 Year Show” at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Cost: $24. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

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It’s only been two years since Granger Smith signed his record deal with Wheelhouse Records and his recent success is proof that it’s helpful to have some established professionals behind you to really make some noise in Nashville. After seven-self released albums, Smith scored his first gold record in June with his latest single, “Backroad Song.” The rising country singer from Dallas performs at JD Legends, 65 Millard Drive, Franklin, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Cost: $20. Call 937-746-4950 or visit


The Citilites Unwind Series presents another offering of Wine and Yoga in the Schuster Center’s Wintergarden, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. A gentle practice is followed by a glass of wine. Cost: $20. Participants in the wine tasting must be 21 and older. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

Insider’s guide to Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know

Published: Monday, June 13, 2016 @ 11:58 AM
Updated: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Flashes of light and thunderous booms can mean one of two things this time of year in southwest Ohio: either a summer thunderstorm or the Vectren Dayton Air Show. This year’s event takes place June 24-25 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Dr.

>> Dayton Air Show: Parking, deals, dos and don'ts 

“It’s going to be an exciting experience for the entire family,” said Sheila Wallace, media chairperson for the air show. “There is some type of act to appeal to people of all ages.”

The annual event consistently draws thousands upon thousands of spectators, and there’s a lot to see and do. Here’s what to know and how to make the most of your experience.


This year’s headline act the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have canceled their performance Saturday following a crash Friday on the air show grounds.

They are still planning to perform Sunday.

>> Thunderbirds will not fly on Saturday following crash

Here’s a look at other acts still scheduled to perform all weekend:

America’s newest fighter, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, will be flying in the feature show as a Heritage Flight with the P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck” for the first time ever. The Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter that combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility.

>> 5 things you didn’t know about Dayton’s aviation history

The F/A-18 Super Hornet is the Navy’s premier strike fighter. The Super Hornet is a more powerful version of the F-18 Hornet, which is the aircraft flown by the Blue Angels

Two B-25’s will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the famous Doolittle Tokyo Raid. The show commemoration will feature both a flight and ground display of the B-25’s “Champaign Gal” and “Axis Nightmare” complete with pyrotechnics; a fitting tribute to the brave men that flew this historic mission.

>> PHOTOS: B-25 Bombers on display for the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

Civilian acts include the Redline AirshowsSean D. Tucker, the Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving TeamRob Holland Ultimate Airshows, and the Suzuki Extra 330SC.

Of course, when the Wright B Flyer takes to the sky, the crowd will erupt in cheers as it honors Dayton’s most famous brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright, who brought flight to the world.

>> The Wright Brothers: everything they never taught you in school


It’s difficult to miss what’s taking place in the sky, but that’s only part of the air show experience. Some of the treasures never leave the ground. 

“We have great static displays,” Wallace said.  

Planes on display include the U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon, the U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet, the U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, and the U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk. 

Plus, spectators can climb onboard an FedEx 757 and see the oldest flying DC-3, Flagship Detroit on display.


“The kids hangar is a great outlet for kids, especially little ones,” Wallace said. 

In the Vectren Kid's Hangar, children can enjoy free face painting, giant sandboxes and hands-on crafts. The air show is a family-friendly event, and to help spark interest in aviation, the National Aviation Heritage Area is sponsoring Aerospace Adventures, with interactive, hands-on activities and experiments for ages 6-16.

>> 5 impressive airplanes at the Air Force Museum


“There is a huge assortment of vendors,” Wallace said. “We’ll have something there for every taste in food.” 

Coke is one of the event sponsors, so there will be plenty of Coke products. Budweiser will sell beer products. PRO TIP: Concession purchases are cash only. If you need more cash, ATMS will be on site.

>> Where to eat and drink before and after the Dayton Air Show


Being on the hot tarmac all day means spectators need to come prepared. Bring sunglasses, hats and sunscreen, and remember to protect children’s skin as well. Consider wearing light-weight, light-colored long-sleeve tops and comfortable shoes. It’s smart to bring unopened bottled water, which is allowed. 

General admission ticket holders can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Those with Blue Sky Chalet/Pavilion tickets don’t need to bring their own lawn chairs. To enjoy the aerial performances, pack a pair of binoculars. 

Other items allowed inside the gate: regular-size umbrellas (but not the large, backyard kind), strollers and wagons, cameras (your camera bags will be checked at the gate), mobility scooters for the disabled (rentals are available, call 567-674-6185 to reserve), wheelchairs and service eye dogs.

>> 3 things you didn’t know about the Dayton Air Show


Coolers are not permitted on the grounds. Neither are pets, bicycles, rollerblades or scooters.

>> A.J. Hawk to earn his stripes with the Thunderbirds at this year’s Air Show


On-site parking is available: cash only, $10 per car, and $20 for RVs, buses and large vehicles. Motor homes, RVs and motorcycles will be directed to special parking areas. 

How to get there: From I-75, take Exit 64, Northwoods Blvd. From I-70, take Exit 32, Airport Access Road. Shuttles will also run from the U.S. Air Force Museum and the Wright Stop Plaza in downtown Dayton to the gate for $3 round trip. Shuttle service is available between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 

“The RTA is a wonderful way to get there,” Wallace said. 

The best time to arrive? “I would say early," Wallace said. "The gates open at 9 a.m."


WHAT: Vectren Dayton Air Show

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, Vandalia

HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24-25

TICKETS: General admission tickets are available at area Kroger stores and at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Advance online sales are available through Sunday, June 25th at 12 PM ET. All ticket sales are final, no refunds, no rain checks. Click here to view the assortment of ticket options, or call 888-695-0888. Tickets available at the gate are cash only.

Dayton Music Insider Top Pick: The Taper’s Ball

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 6:11 PM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 6:11 PM

Dear readers, I apologize in advance. I’ve attempted to make picking what show to go to easier and with this particular weekend, I’m not sure I’ve accomplished that. I’m still torn! I’m going to try to bop around and catch what I can. It’s all too good to miss!

Keep reading to find out exactly what I’m talking about!

Friday June 23rd

Looking for a Friday night of straight up rock’n’roll? How about The Motel Beds, Quemado, and The Fur Coats at Jimmie’s Ladder 11. Very cool! On this rainy evening, Quemado might even do an extra long version of “November Rain,” if you ask nicely! Seriously, this will be fun. Enjoy! Show 9pm-1am. 21+

To make that “what should we do tonight” decision harder, Paige Beller & Friends is at Oregon Express on Friday night too! Don’t stress – you can make it between Oregon Express and Jimmie’s in one night, trust me, I’ve done it! So hit up both shows. Both very classic, awesome Dayton shows! 9:30pm. 21+ $5 cover.

There’s even more rock’n’roll in town with Curse of Cassandra (witchy electronica, Us, Today, (experimental post-punk) Relic (industrial cyberpunk), and Evil Eye Gypsy (psychedelic blues rock) at Blind Bob’s. 9pm. 21+ $5 cover.

Saturday June 24th

Been pining for the 90’s lately? Head over to Oddbody’s Music Room for a double header 90’s Grunge Tribute Night with Hollow, a tribute to the music of Alice in Chains and STP2, a tribute to Stone Temple Pilots. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. $10 advance, $15 day of show. 18+

Pining for the 80’s? Well you can catch one of the original acts, A Flock of Seagulls with local 80’s cover band, Stranger. Yes, for real. Right here in Dayton at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Best part? These shows are free and open to the public! Must be 21+

Ok, enough pining for old times! Let’s get to the here and now. Celebrate with local Dayton super group, Lioness, release their debut album “Time Killer” with performances by Lioness, Happy Chichester (Howlin’ Maggie & Twilight Singers), Pseudo, and Etch. Jimmie’s Ladder 11. 9pm showtime. $7 cover. 21+

South Park Tavern has a great show Saturday night with Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway, The New Old-Fashioned and Paige Beller. Another night of hard choices! So much good music! $5 cover. 9pm

The cool shows keep rolling with prog rockers Salvadore Ross and special guest Lord Kimbo at Trolley Stop. A very cool show! 9:30pm – 1:30am. $5 cover.

Even more rock with Rich Man’s Trick, Lot Lizard, Once-ler, and Whiskey for Kids are all at Oregon Express. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Metal fans, check out Choking, FALSE, Ethicist at Blind Bob’s. 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

Up north, there is an extremely worth benefit show in Vandalia at Oscar’s Bar with a terrific line up of local talent including:  Krunk Town Boogie, FOUNDING FATHERS, Zane and The Sway, and Winchester Gray. Proceeds benefit The Longest Day and the Alzheimer’s Association, to help end Alzheimer’s and support families. What a fun show for a feel-good cause!

Sunday June 25th

One of the most highly anticipated events of the weekend is happening all day Sunday at the Old Crow Bar in Middletown. The Taper Ball is a benefit for area super fan John “Chubby” Howard. Chubby is best known for his love of music, and his love of archiving and sharing that music, having flown his mics at countless shows spanning decades. He also hosts a weekly internet radio show, and was a co-founder of Buckeye Music Magazine. Musicians are showing their love by putting on this all-star show! Pre-sale tickets can be purchased here. $20 presale, $25 at the door. This show is 18+ with valid ID, and ALL AGES until 7pm!!

Bands/Musicians include:

The Werks (Dayton, OH)
– Glostik Willy (Marion, IN)
– Ray “Chubby” Howard & Friends (Dayton, OH)
– Magic Jackson (Dayton, OH)
– High Altitude (Middletown, OH)
– Electric Orange Peel (Columbus, OH)
– Eyeris Wide (Hamilton, OH)
– The Mainline Funk (Dayton, OH)
– Cosmik Spirit & The Vibe (Dayton, OH)
– Convertebrae
– Freekbass (Cincinnati, OH)
– Dino Dimitrouleas (Dayton, OH)
– Evan Ray Music (Cincinnati, OH)
– Chad Rothermel (Middletown, OH)
– Ben Clonch (Yellow Springs, OH)


Boney James & Morris Day & The Time on Sunday June 25th at the Rose Music Center

Sunday night also offers a fun blast to the past with Boney James & Morris Day & The Time on Sunday night at Rose Music Center! Oh yeah! If you were a Prince fan, this is an especially cool show. Cooler still, is the Pre-Show Wine Tasting starting 90 min before the show. Doors 5:30pm. Show 7pm. Tickets start at $23.50+. Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase. All events are rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

The wonderful Diana Krall is also in town, performing at at Fraze Pavilion. Tickets for this show include a copy of Diana Krall’s brand new album, Turn Up The Quiet. You will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offer following your ticket purchase. Please allow 7 business days for this email to arrive. Tickets start at $38.75, and are subject to $5 increase the day of show.

Tuesday June 27th

One of my favorite annual shows of summer time is the Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival with Dark Star Orchestra. It’s a “must see” for any Grateful Dead fans in the area! This wonderful tribute band tours the nation all year, just like the Dead, and recreate specific shows. Admission is free!

As always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for June 23rd-25th 2017. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what it is. Typically cover charges for local concerts are $5. Please click the hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket availability.  Keep up with my live music adventures on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Enjoy the show!