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Go see actual Star Wars costumes at this breathtaking Cincy exhibit

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

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Whether you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan or not, there’s no denying that the costumes from the films are absolutely incredible works of art. Now, you can see them for yourself at the Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati. 

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Queen Amidala, Throne Room Gown, "Star Wars™: The Phantom Menace." Photo credit: 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume is on display from May 25-Oct. 1, 2017. The exhibit features over 70 of the finest handcrafted costumes from the Star Wars galaxy, uncovering the challenges, the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of George Lucas, the concept artists and costume designers.

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The costumes reflect an eclectic mix of cultural, historical and mythical sources that add rich texture to the story. Guests will explore the creative process from Lucas’s vision through concept drawings by artists such as Ralph McQuarrie and Iain McCaig to the final costume designs of John Mollo and Trisha Biggar, among others. 

Mas Amedda, Senate Robes, "Star Wars™: Revenge of the Sith." Photo credit: 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.(2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.)

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Featured costumes include: 

  • Monk-like robes of Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker
  • Intimidating suit and complex breathing apparatus of Darth Vader
  • Military-influenced uniforms of the Imperial Stormtrooper, Senate Guard and TIE Fighter Pilot
  • Yak hair and mohair costume of Chewbacca
  • Intergalactic outfits of Senators Bail Organa, Mon Mothma and Mas Amedda
  • Fierce armor of mercenary bounty hunters Jango Fett, Boba Fett and Zam Wesell
  • Elaborately detailed gowns of Queen Amidala, Queen Jamillia and their handmaidens

Concept Art, Chewbacca, "Star Wars™: A New Hope." Photo credit: 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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Short films in Star Wars and the Power of Costume provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and include interviews with artists, designers and actors. The visitor experience will be enhanced by digital interactives featuring sketches, photographs and notes that capture the creative team’s inspiration and vision. 

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Tickets are $24/adult, $16/child (ages 3-12), $21/senior (ages 60+), $17/adult member, $12/child member (ages 3-17). For more information, visit or call 512-.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume is a partnership of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Lucasfilm Ltd.

Live reindeer, new pedal wagon shuttle add to the fun at this beloved holiday kickoff event

Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 10:53 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

WATCH: The 2015 Grande Illumination kicks off the Christmas season downtown
WATCH: The 2015 Grande Illumination kicks off the Christmas season downtown

Downtown Dayton will celebrate 45 years of the holiday season during the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, which kicks off with the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. 

Courthouse Square will be the center of the evening full of family entertainment.

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For the second year, there will be a photo station featuring live reindeer. The exhibit includes a sleigh and reindeer that create the perfect backdrop for holiday cards or photos.


The popular bicycle pub crawl companies are rolling out from 6-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in December as the Sugarplum Shuttle, presented by PNC Bank. 

Guests — including kids — can hop on the bikes and ride to designated stops in the Oregon District, RiverScape MetroPark and the Schuster Center. 

Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate on this non-alcoholic shuttle service as riders pedal near downtown’s major holiday attractions.

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Activities planned for the day include the Grande Illumination tree-lighting ceremony, live musical entertainment, carnival rides and games, holiday crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides and a gingerbread house display. The suggested cost for wagon rides is $1 per person, but all other activities are free.

Courthouse Square was crowded for The 42nd Annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade on Friday night. TY GREENLEES / STAFF / FILE(Staff Writer)

TREE LIGHTING AND PARADE: The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Courthouse Square, followed immediately by the Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights. Thousands of lights will illuminate the 45-minute parade, featuring a variety of festive floats, entertainers, animals and several surprises.

“The Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights is a great night for the entire family to come downtown,” said Sandra Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “It is a magical night guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.”

The Dayton Holiday Festival continues throughout the month of December with such activities as the Family Movie Series at The Neon, the Tike’s Shoppe, Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display, animated window displays and entertainment in the Schuster Center Wintergarden, and more.

The Williams family played in the life-sized snow globe at The 42nd Annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade on Friday night. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)


Grande Illumination ― The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Courthouse Square. 

Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights ― More than 100,000 lights will illuminate the floats and other units in the parade, which starts immediately following the Grande Illumination. The route: West Second Street to Main Street, south on Main Street to Fourth Street, and then west on Fourth Street. 

Live reindeer photo station — Take a family photo with a sleigh and live reindeer. It’s unique and fun way to capture your memories of the Grande Illumination and Parade! 

Main Stage Entertainment ― Enjoy live entertainment on the Courthouse Square stage. Performances begin around 4 p.m. The schedule is: 

  • 4-4:20 p.m. — Miami Valley Music Men 
  • 4:40-5:00 p.m. — Deron Bell Band 
  • 5:10-5:30 p.m. — Berachah Valley 
  • 5:40-6:05 p.m. — Dayton Gay Men's Chorus 
  • 6:20-6:55 p.m. — Alexis Gomez Trio 
  • 7:10-7:45 p.m. — Dayton Celebration Chorus 

Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest ― Contest entries will be on display in the Old Courthouse. The top amateur and professional houses each will receive $500! Winners will be announced on the Main Stage before the Grande Illumination. 

The Holiday Village ― Located in the lobby of the Kettering Tower from 4-9 p.m., this is a favorite stop for children, featuring free crafts and games for kids and Mrs. Virginia Kettering’s train on display. Kids also can make holiday arts and crafts and play games. The Holiday Village Stage schedule includes live performances. 

Street Fair on Third ― At this holiday street fair, free rides will be set up on Third Street between Main and Ludlow streets. 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides ― From 4 to 7:30 p.m., wagons will pick up passengers at the corner of Second and Main streets for a ride through downtown. Rides are $1 per person. Lines can be long, so come early. 

The Tike’s Shoppe ― For decades, children in Dayton have been able to shop for their loved ones in a store that’s just their size. The shop will be located in the Schuster Center Wintergarden near the entrance at Ludlow and Second streets, and will officially open the day of the Grande Illumination. The Tike’s Shoppe will be open on selected dates through Dec. 23. For specific times, call (937) 301-8349. 

Junior League of Dayton’s Holiday Adventure ― Kids will go on an adventure around the festival footprint. Children who visit all the stops will receive a free book. 

Magic Glasses ― Look for volunteers passing out these special glasses on Courthouse Square prior to the tree lighting.

Restaurants that are open and serving holiday dinner on Thanksgiving Day

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 5:31 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a special Thanksgiving menu this year. CONTRIBUTED
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a special Thanksgiving menu this year. CONTRIBUTED

We have found a few more Miami Valley restaurants that will be open and serving a special holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 23. 

It’s highly recommended to make reservations as soon as possible at those restaurants that are accepting them, and to call ahead at others to see if there’s a wait. Demand for these special dinners is usually robust, but there still may be time to secure a spot at the table.

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Burkey Family Restaurant at 670 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood (across from Hara Arena), will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day serving Roast Turkey with Dressing and Honey Baked Ham among many entrees. Entrees range from $10.95 to $16.95. Reservations accepted. Call (937) 275-7127.

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The Wright Place at 2800 Presidential Drive in the Holiday Inn, Fairborn-I-675, will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. serving roasted turkey with stuffing, harvest salad, whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, baked ham, roasted root vegetables, sweet corn bake, breads and assorted desserts. 

The cost is $27 for adults, $21 for seniors 60 and over and for members of the military, $14 for kids 6 to 12, and children under 5 eat free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Laura Rozen at (937) 431-4611.

Hasty Tasty at 509 Linden Ave. in Dayton will be open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, serving a special dinner that includes dessert. The cost is $9.95/$10.95. No reservations necessary, but if you have a large party, let the restaurant know you’re coming. For more information, call 

(937) 254-8431.

The Wellington Grille at 2450 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek will be open from noon to 7 p.m., with the final  seating at 6 p.m. A full Thanksgiving dinner will be available, as will some regular menu items. Reservations are limited. Call (937) 426-4600 to check availability.

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Mimi’s Cafe at 4402 Walnut St. at The Greene in Beavercreek will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving a breakfast/brunch bar in the morning and offering a special Thanksgiving dinner, along with a handful of other menu options, starting at 11 a.m. The special dinner includes choice of soup or Mimi’s house or Caesar salad, roasted turkey, gravy, buttered cornbread stuffing, whipped mashed potatoes, candied pecan sweet potatoes, green bean casserole with French fried onions, apple cranberry orange relish, bread basket and choice of brown sugar pumpkin pie or bourbon pecan pie. The cost is $18.99 for adults, $8.99 for children. For more information or to make reservations, call (937) 426-9153.

Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market restaurant at 3677 Wayne Madison Road in Trenton will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving a Thanksgiving Day buffet. The cost is $12.99 adults, $6.99 children 10 and under. INFO/RESERVATIONS: Call (513) 988-9211.

Carvers Steaks and Chops at 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) in Washington Twp. will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving serving a traditional three-course Turkey Dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, choice of soup or salad, bread and pumpkin pie. The cost is $24 or $26 (larger portion of turkey). The restaurant’s regular menu will also be available. For information or to make reservations, Call (937) 433-7099.  

Rob’s Restaurant at 705 Arlington Road, Brookville will offer a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $10.99 for adults, $5.99 for kids. Reservations are accepted, and the restaurant also will have open dining for call-ahead customers. The recommendation is to call one hour ahead of the time you want to arrive to confirm whether the restaurant can fit you in.

Bob Evans Restaurants will be open until 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Opening times will vary, so check with your local restaurant. A special Thanksgiving lunch/dinner menu available after 11 a.m. featuring a choice of roasted turkey and dressing, ham or country-fried steak with a choice of three sides, endless bread and a slice of pie for $14.99. A kids’ special menu includes turkey with two sides, endless bread, a slice of pumpkin pie and a kids’ beverage for $6.99.

Harrison’s Restaurant at 106 E. Main St. in Tipp City (937-667-5200) will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, taking the last reservations at 5 p.m. Cost of the special holiday dinner will be $17.95 for adults and $9.50 for children 10 and under. The menu will include oven roasted turkey, celery & sage dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, house-made cranberry sauce, and Pumpkin Pie, Warm Apple Crisp or Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce.

El Meson in West Carrollton is hosting a “Thanksgiving Feast” from noon to 6 p.m., with last reservations being accepted at 5 p.m., on Nov. 23. Dishes are priced individually. Reservations may be made at (937) 859-8299. 

The special menu will include a Roasted Turkey Dinner, served with chorizo and bread stuffing, potato and butternut squash mash and Colombian fried rice!. Other Latin entree specialties such as Paella Valencia and Coconut Crusted Fishalso will be available, as will a variety of tapas.  

Roost Events — formerly Roost American and Park City Club at 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering — will host its first holiday dinner since announcing its name change and switch to an events-only concept. 

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The special holiday menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23. The cost is $29.95 per person, $14.95 for children 5 to 12, and children 4 and under eat free. Reservations are required and can be made at (937) 222-3100.

The menu includes Butternut Squash, Sage Honey & Besciamella Flatbread; Crab and Gorgonzola Gougeres

Grilled Artichokes with Parsley Salsa Verde; Pepperoni & Ricotta Arancini; Caesar Salad; Rosemary Potato Soup; Oven Roasted Turkey; Butternut Squash & Besciamella Penne; Top Round of Beef ‘Pot Roast’; Cranberry Glazed Faroe Island Salmon; Braised Pork and Sauerkraut; 

Sous Vide Carrots & Carrot Top Gremolata; Balsamic Cranberry Salad; Haricot Vert Almondine; Roost’s Chocolate Cake; Salty Caramel & Vanilla Cream Puffs; Pumpkin Bars with Maple; and Lemon Ricotta Cookies.

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At Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, located at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, a special Thanksgiving menu is available for $40 per person, starting at 11 a.m. For children under 12, a special Children’s Thanksgiving menu will be offered for $15. Reservations may be made by calling 937-320-9548.

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Here’s the Fleming’s menu:


Buttermilk biscuits with pumpkin butter and honey

First Course: choice of Fleming’s salad or lobster bisque

Main Course: Mixed herb-roasted turkey breast with gravy served with cranberry, orange and cinnamon sauce with house-made sage and brioche bread stuffing. Sides include roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallow; green beans with bacon, onion and almond; and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes.

Dessert course: choice of Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chantilly cream and caramel glaze or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and dark-rum caramel drizzle.

We intend to update this file with additional Thanksgiving Day restaurant menus.

JUST IN: Carvers dinner will go on, but without the take-home bottle of Scotch

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 6:20 AM

Carvers is hosting a Johnnie Walker Scotch dinner on Nov. 27. Photo from Johnnie Walker Facebook page
Carvers is hosting a Johnnie Walker Scotch dinner on Nov. 27. Photo from Johnnie Walker Facebook page

There has been a change in the details, but Carvers Steaks and Chops will indeed host a Johnnie Walker Scotch Dinner on 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at the restaurant at 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp.

The dinner was originally set up to include a complimentary bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label for diners to take home as part of the $125 cost of a reservation. The take-home bottle is now no longer part of the package, and the cost of the dinner  has been adjusted to $95. The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control puts severe restrictions on the sale of liquor, which is regulated and controlled by the state.

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Reservations for the Johnnie Walker dinner are required and may be made by contacting Michael Parks or Josh Dotson at (937) 433-7099.

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Here’s the menu for the special dinner:

First Course

Johnnie Walker Red Label

Sliced Veal Bruschetta

Second Course

Johnnie Walker Black Label

Smokehouse Turkey Soup

Smoked Turkey, Mushrooms & Vegetables

Third Course

Johnnie Walker Green Label

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella

House-made mozzarella, prosciutto

Assorted nuts & fruit

Fourth course/Entree

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Bone-In Ribeye Broiled with aged Balsamic

Sweet Potato Risotto

Fifth course/Dessert

Johnnie Walker Gold Label

Caramel Pecan & Praline

Gingerbread, graham & custard

JUST ANNOUNCED: Another star joins the lineup for Country Concert ‘18

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 11:13 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th
David Moodie
Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th(David Moodie)

It might be months away, but excitement is building for Country Concert ‘18. 

The top acts for our region’s annual country music festival in Fort Loramie, presented by K99.1FM, were announced in September.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

One more artist just joined the lineup for the concerts July 5-7, 2018:

Carly Pearce is the voice behind "Every Little Thing," which is currently a big hit in country radio.

The lineup also includes headliners Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith as well as Brothers Osborne, Cole Swindell, Billy Currington, Jo Dee Messina, Midland, Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina.

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Additional details will be announced soon, according to Country Concert’s website. 

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K99.1 FM. is a Cox Media Group Ohio company. 

Here is a recap of the lineup and schedule so far: 



Saturday headliner, 10 p.m.

Country singer Eric Church(HANDOUT)



Friday headliner, 10 p.m.



Thursday headliner, 10 p.m.



Saturday, 8 p.m.


Friday 8 p.m.

Archived photo of Cole Swindell. CONTRIBUTED


Thursday 8 p.m.


Thursday 6 p.m.

Jo Dee Messina(Contributing Writer)


Thursday 4 p.m.

Midland performs at the Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Tina Phan)


Saturday 4 p.m.


Saturday 2 p.m.


Thursday, 7 p.m., Saloon Stage