NYT bestselling author to talk ‘adulting’ at Wright State event

Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Author, Kelly Williams Brown to speak at WSU's Life After Wright State event
Wright State University
Author, Kelly Williams Brown to speak at WSU's Life After Wright State event(Wright State University)

What does it mean to be an adult?

Kelly Williams Brown, an advertising copywriter who has become a best-selling author and a life coach for millennials, will talk about just that as she kicks off “Life After Wright State 2017,” a series of events to support graduating students as they transition to alumni.

>> MORE: 7 ways to ‘adult’ better, from Kelly Williams Brown

Brown will speak at Wright State on Wednesday, March 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Apollo Room. 

Brown’s New York Times best-seller, “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy (ish) Steps,” is designed to help 20-somethings navigate the slippery path to adulthood. 

“We’re really excited to be able to bring Kelly in and have her talk about what it really means to be a grown-up in what we believe to be a really fun and charismatic way,” said Nick Warrington, WSU Life After Wright State Facilitator.

Brown, who lives in Portland, Oregon, has spoken at universities across the country, at NASA and was invited to the White House to facilitate a conversation about student loans with President Obama. 

“I read her book ‘Adulting’ and it is hilarious,” said Assistant Director of Alumni Marketing & Communications Nicole Craw. “It’s funny things -- how to tackle a budget, how to do your taxes, why you should clean your kitchen, how to be a good roommate -- but in a funny way that is really engaging.” 

“No matter how old you get, you might never really be an adult. But this kind of helps you along the way,” Craw continued. 

Brown’s work has been featured on “The Today Show” and in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Esquire, The Boston Globe, Fast Company and many more. Her TEDx Talk, “I’m a Millennial, and I am a Monster,” was a TED.com editor’s pick of the week.  

The event at Wright State this Wednesday is free and open to the public. The office of Alumni Relations strongly encourages anyone to come and listen to Kelly discuss and shed some humorous light on what it means to “adult.”

“What it means to ‘become an adult’ is changing,” Warrington said. “Think: 20 or 30 years ago, being an adult meant you bought your own house, it meant you got married, bought your own car and had children. I would argue that that’s not the case anymore,” he said. “The younger generation is not doing things in the chronological order that our grandparents did. This book sheds light that it’s okay not to follow that norm and that nobody is really following that norm.” 

Doors to the Apollo Room in the Student Union open at 7 p.m. There will be a question and answer panel following Brown’s talk, as well as a book signing. Those interested in attending should note that parking will be free in Lot 4 and in the visitor’s lot in front of the Student Union.

Want to watch the eclipse from a kayak on the Great Miami?

Published: Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

On August 21st, paddle down the Great Miami River while you watch the moon eclipse the sun at 90% totality.
On August 21st, paddle down the Great Miami River while you watch the moon eclipse the sun at 90% totality.

We’ve been getting you ready for The Great American Eclipse happening in a week, and we might’ve just heard of the best way yet to watch it all go down. 

Paddle down the Great Miami while watching The Great American Solar Eclipse.

On the afternoon of the big event, Adventures on the Great Miami is inviting you to join them on a trip down Dayton’s great river that is guaranteed to be out of this world.

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Participants in the Eclipse Float will get to paddle at their own pace while watching the great eclipse reach about 90% totality at its peak. 

(Photo submitted by Adventures on the Great Miami)

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“We’re planning to get out on the river at 1 p.m. ... and the eclipse will reach its peak at around 2:30,” said Chris Jackson, owner of Adventures on the Great Miami. “Trips normally take around 3 hours depending on how leisurely you take it, so that will give you a few hours to paddle, float and enjoy the entire eclipse.”

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When is the next chance you’ll get to watch the moon eclipse the sun and turn daylight into a dim twilight, all awhile feeling gentle Great Miami River waves pull you forward? Probably never! 

So to guarantee yourself a spot for this once in a lifetime experience, we recommend arriving early to Adventures on the Great Miami. There is no pre-registration so participation will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Want to go?

WHAT: Eclipse Float

WHERE: Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E Ross Rd Tipp City

WHEN:Monday, August 21 at 12:30 p.m.

COST: $25 per person for canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and rafts; $15 for tubes, and $15 per person for personal watercraft transport.

INFO: Facebook event

Your complete guide to all the festivals happening in Dayton this weekend

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Nothing beats a summer festival - and Dayton has more than you could ever dream. Here's 10 of the best ones you won't want to miss. (Tabatha Wharton)

You know you’re in the prime of summer when you actually have to choose between all the different festivals happening on the weekend. 

>> Your guide to festivals in and around Dayton in 2017

Luckily, you have us to make it easy for you. Here’s a complete rundown of all the festivals going on in the Dayton area this weekend. 

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Carnival rides are a favorite attraction at the Bellbrook Lions Club Festival. For a $20 wristband a person can ride all night. CONTRIBUTED


Food, gaming for adults and children, Lions Brew Tent featuring craft beers from several Dayton-area craft breweries and a drawing for a $10,000 grand prize at the end of the festival. 


When: Aug. 17-19, 6-11 p.m. Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 4-11 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Old Sugarcreek Elementary School grounds, Bellbrook
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A group of local residents are working to re-start the annual Carlisle Railroad Days festival and parade. This photo is from the 2012 festival as Samantha Patla (6) of Carlisle plays on one of the inflatables.


Family fun, food, games, vendors and bluegrass music. Firecreek will close down the festivities this year.


When: Aug. 18-19, All day Friday and Saturday 

Where: Village of Carlisle

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Scenes from the annual Dayton African American Cultural Festival at Riverscape in downtown Dayton on Saturday, August 24, 2013. Barbara J. Perenic/Staff(Barbara J. Perenic)


Live music, African drumming, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, hip-hop, dancers, live performances and more.

>> Your guide to Dayton-area food trucks


When: Aug. 19-20, 12-8 p.m. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Dayton Island Metro Park on Saturday, 101 Helena St., Dayton. Courthouse Square on Sunday, corner of Third and Main, Dayton.

Cost: Free

>>PHOTOS: Spotted at the 2015 African American Cultural Festival


Food truck rally, live entertainment, fishing derby, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, pony parties, farmers market and more.


When: Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Stanley Jones Park, 198 S. Clayton Road, New Lebanon

>>PHOTOS: Where to find the most beautiful field of Sunflowers 


Celebrating nations and cultures from around the world through interactive booths/displays, food, dance, music, story-telling and arts and crafts.


When: Aug. 19, 2 to 8 p.m.

Where: Great Miami River Levee, Troy

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Fairborn annual Sweet Corn Festival is a summer tradition. CONTRIBUTED(Larry C. Price)


Family-oriented event featuring some 180 handmade arts and crafts booths and food vendors. Also, activities for children, including pony rides the Big Bounce, and free entertainment. Pets are allowed, but should be kept on a leash and owners must clean up after their pets.

>>MORE: Tradition gets bigger and better at this sweet Fairborn festival


When: Aug. 19-20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn

elé Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar will serve Spicy Shrimp and Grit with Fried Green Tomatoes, Bacon and Hollandaise Sauce at Bacon Fest.(Photo: Submitted)


An event commemorating pork’s best side with concoctions such as bacon funnel cakes, bacon tacos, candies bacon and bacon-wrapped chicken wings.

>> MENUS: The delicious dishes you HAVE to try at Bacon Fest 2017


When: Aug. 20, 3-9 p.m.

Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Festival goers will enjoy wine tastings, food and music at the Hanover Winery Wine Festival on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Festival goers and wine lover’s from across Butler County and beyond will enjoy wine tastings, food, live music and more during the Hanover Winery Wine Festival on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19.

>>Sip your wine in a gorgeous setting at this weekend’s wine festival


Where: Hanover Winery, 2121 Morman Road, Hamilton

When: 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, August 18; and 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19

Cost: $5 entry, or a $10 wine-tasting entry (which includes a souvenir wine glass and a tasting card for 7 wine tastings.)

More info.www.hanoverwinery.com or email info@hanoverwinery.com. 21 and over event. Guests may bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Rain or shine.


The 2nd annual national wellness festival, HeartFest comes back to Dayton on Saturday, August 19th! This free community festival is a fun-filled day of enlightening speakers in our indoor hall, energizing movement classes in our outdoor movement tent, delicious food vendors and a 20 pound chocolate fountain, engaging activities in our youth tent, informative vendor presentations and relaxing guided meditations. Enjoy a day you will remember and leave feeling renewed! 


Where: Heartfulness Center, 3153 Lantz Road, Beavercreek 

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10am - 5pm 

Cost: FREE 

More info: See complete schedule of events at http://www.daytonheartfulness.org/heartfest-8-19-17.html


11 solar eclipse watch parties in Dayton

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

An explainer video on what exactly is a solar eclipse.

Every few years, word of some “rare” eclipse spreads and most likely, it comes and goes without much attention at all. This eclipse, however, is different.

A group of students view a partial solar eclipse at a school in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, April 8, 2005. (AP Photo/Zoe Selsky) **EFE OUT**(ZOE SELSKY/AP)

On August 21, 2017, The Great American Eclipse will sweep across the United States, and only the United States. 

The last time that an eclipse “touched only American soil was June 13th, 1257,” according to eclipse2017.org, and the next time won’t be until January 25th, 2316. 

>> The absolute best places to see the Great American Eclipse

Basically, this is super rare. For a few minutes, the bright sunlight of about 2:28 p.m. will fall into a dim twilight as the moon covers 89% of the sun. 

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The total solar eclipse is seen from the island of Kastellorizo, Greece, on Wednesday, March 29, 2006. As the moon covered the sun, the temperature dropped quickly, as the sun blackened and a fiery rim surrounded it, and the sky turned an dark blue. (AP Photo/Marios Papadakis)(MARIOS PAPADAKIS/AP)

So don’t be ‘shady’ on August 21. Join one of these local watch parties to make sure you don’t miss an out-of-this-world spectacle. 

1. Washington-Centerville Public Library watch party

Where: 111 W. Spring Valley Rd, Centerville

When: August 21st, 1- 4 p.m. (2:30 p.m. peak)

More info

>> 7 things to know about the rare 2017 solar eclipse

2. Winters-Bellbrook Community Library watch party

Where: 57 West Franklin Street, Bellbrook

When: August 21st, 1-3 p.m.

More info

>> Explaining the total solar eclipse

3. Cedarville Library watch party

Where: 20 S. Miller Street, Cedarville

When: August 21st, 1-3 p.m.

More info

4. Fairborn Community Library watch party 

Where: 1 East Main Street, Fairborn

When: August 21st, 1-3 pm

More info

5. Boonshoft Museum of Discovery watch party

Where: 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton

When: August 21st, 1- ? p.m.

More info

6. Milton Union Public Library

Where: Milton Union Public Library, 560 S. Main Street West Milton

Info: 937-698-5515 | www.mupubliclibrary.org

Safety for Viewing the Eclipse
6:30 p.m. Aug. 17th
Amateur astronomers Ron and Joann Wagner will speak on safety for viewing the eclipse. 

Solar Eclipse Open House 
12:45-4 p.m. Aug. 21st
The library will host an open house for the clipse, offering a livestream of the eclipse indoors, as well as eclipse viewing glasses for outside viewing. The viewing glasses were obtained through grants. 

7. Tipp City Library’s Great American Eclipse Viewing Party

Where: The lawn of Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City

When: 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 21st

8. Eclipse Float on the Great Miami

Where: meeting: 1995 E Ross Rd, Tipp City

When: 12:30 p.m. August 21st

More info

9. Fraze Pavilion Viewing Party

Where: 695 Lincoln Park Boulevard, Kettering

When: noon- 4 p.m. Aug 21st

More info

10. Cedarville University's Dept. of Engineering and Science’s observatory watch party

Where: Cedarville University, 251 N. Main St, Cedarville

When: 2- 3 p.m. Aug. 21

More info: Call 937-766-8800

11. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park watch party & Junior Ranger Program

Join us at the Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center or the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center to obserfve this amazing cosmic event and take part in other solar related activities. Free eclipse glasses will be avilable while supplies last for viewing the eclipse. 

Where: Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, 16 S. Williams St., Dayton; and Huffman Prairie Flying Field, 2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

When: Noon- 4 p.m. Aug. 21

More info: Call 937-225-7705

Know of a watch party we missed? Email sarah.franks@coxinc.com with details and we’ll add it.

7 amazing Dayton Beer Week events you need to know about

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Dayton Craft Beer Rally/ Dayton Brew Week
Photo submitted by Brian Johnson
Dayton Craft Beer Rally/ Dayton Brew Week(Photo submitted by Brian Johnson)

It seems there’s about 365 special days commemorating beer in one way or another. But Dayton has devoted an entire week to brews of all kinds with Dayton Beer Week. It runs from Aug. 20-26, conveniently leading right up to this year’s AleFest.

Here is a list of Dayton-area craft beer purveyors and what their plans are for those seven days of sacred suds loving.


Who better to kick the week off right Aug. 20 than the people at the Yellow Cab Building? This brand new festival is free to enter, with drink tickets being sold inside. Food trucks, live music and more will also be a part of the celebration. 

You can get tickets to the rally, which runs from 2-6 p.m., by going to this website.

Brewing beer at Hairless Hare Brewery in Vandalia.


The Vandalia brewery, located at 738 W. National Rd., has something planned for every day of this holy week. Monday, Aug. 21 will be the release of New Holland Brewery’s Three Quarter Porter with your first pint costing 75 cents (three quarters, get it?). Tuesday will feature four varieties of Dragon’s Milk on tap. Cold War Imperial Stout will be Wednesday’s feature with Raspberry Lambic getting the spotlight on Thursday.

Hairless Hare Brewery in Vandalia has a special planned for every day of Dayton Beer Week. Staff photos by Mark Fisher(Mark Fisher)

However, Friday is a little extra special as Hairless Hare releases its collaboration with Springboro’s Crooked Handle Brewing CompanyWileymelon Gose and Hairless Hare’s own Cherry Gose.

Saturday will feature a special collaboration with Xenia newcomer brewmasters Devil Wind in the form of Devil Hare IPA.

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Eudora, the Kettering brewery specializing in allowing customers to brew their own beers, isn’t about to wait for Dayton Beer Week to start. 

On Friday, Aug. 18, they will have a special tapping of the 2016 Hullabaloo English Barleywine at 4 p.m.

Eudora Brewing Co. will test your beer knowledge with Beer Trivia during Dayton Beer Week. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM

They’ll be taking part in the Dayton Beer Pride Parade on Aug. 20 leading up to the aforementioned Yellow Cab Craft Beer Rally. The parade starts at 1 p.m.

Eudora will test your beer brains with Beer Trivia on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., before celebrating the bottle release of Chai Samsara at 4 p.m. the next day.

>> Must-try Ohio beers at Jungle Jim’s Buckye Beer Bash

>> Dayton Beer Company closes its original taproom in Kettering

In addition to their collaboration with Hairless Hare Brewery, the folks at Springboro’s Crooked Handle, at 760 N. Main. St., have some special things planned for the week.

On Aug. 20 they will host a bottle release of the Bombs Away Double IPA beginning at 5 p.m. There is a two-bottle limit.

Springboro’s Crooked Handle Brewing Co. is part of a three-way collaboration with local brewers Dayton Beer Company and Lucky Star Brewery. Submitted photo

Thursday, Aug. 24 is a tap takeover at Heather’s Coffee and Cafe at 505 S. Main St. in Springboro. Customers can choose from four different beers and keep the pint.


There will be a special collaboration beer tapping involving Crooked Handle, Dayton Beer Company and Lucky Star Brewery (Miamisburg) on Wednesday, Aug. 23. All three locations will begin serving Dayton’s Lucky Handle IPA at 4 p.m.

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The Barrel House in Dayton, at 417 E. Third St., is having a special event on Aug. 24Land-Grant Brewing Company, based in Columbus, has been making some headway with local craft beer lovers as of late. The Barrell House will tap six Land-Grant beers while hosting a representative from the brewery to answer questions about the brand. This event starts at 5 p.m.

The Barrel House in Dayton will feature six beers from Land-Grant Brewing Company.PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM


Tuesday, Aug. 22 is a tap takeover featuring Jackie O’s at Kings Table in Beavercreek. Eight of the Athens, Ohio-based brewery’s creations will be fatured all day long.