Sprawling dinner party to be held at UD this weekend

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

More than 500 Dayton residents gathered on the Third Street Bridge for conversation and a meal during The Longest Table event, which was held Saturday, Oct. 15. The concept was one of the winning projects at the UpDayton Summit.
More than 500 Dayton residents gathered on the Third Street Bridge for conversation and a meal during The Longest Table event, which was held Saturday, Oct. 15. The concept was one of the winning projects at the UpDayton Summit.

The Longest Table Dayton wants you to come to Sunday dinner at the University of Dayton. 

The project, a winner from last year's UpDayton Summit led by City of Dayton Legislative Aide Bryan Stewart, will hold its third consecutive monthly community dinner from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19 in the UD’s Central Mall, 300 College Park, Dayton. 

>> PHOTOS: Dayton’s first Longest Table across the Peace Bridge 

“I hope our March meal will help UD students gain a better understanding of Dayton as a whole,” Stewart said. “I hope they gain a better understanding of Dayton’s rich, complicated history and get a chance to actually meet folks who live, work, and play in the community off campus.” 

Like others in the series, the meal is sponsored by Dayton's Human Relations Council. 

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The community is invited to the free event. 

The project has participants sit and talk in the name of community betterment.

The University of Dayton's Student Government Association is hosting participants on campus. 

The Longest Table held its first event in October, where more than 500 relative “strangers” broke bread with one another on the Third Street Bridge (The Peace Bridge) during the giant dinner party.

Visit thelongesttabledayton.com/march to register. 

More than 500 Dayton residents gathered on the Third Street Bridge for conversation and a meal during The Longest Table event, which was held Saturday, Oct. 15. The concept was one of the winning projects at the UpDayton Summit.

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

1.) BELLBROOK LIONS CLUB FESTIVAL 

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. 

WANT TO GO? 

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.

2.) CARLISLE RAILROAD DAYS

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

WANT TO GO?

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)

3. DAYTON AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL

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

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WANT TO GO?

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

4. THE SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL

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

WANT TO GO?

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 

5. FESTIVAL OF NATIONS

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

WANT TO GO?

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)

6. FAIRBORN SWEET CORN FESTIVAL

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

WANT TO GO?

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)

7. BACON FEST

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

WANT TO GO?

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)

8. HANOVER WINERY WINE FESTIVAL 

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

WANT TO GO?

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.

9. HEARTFEST DAYTON WELLNESS FESTIVAL

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! 

WANT TO GO?

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

 

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

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Recognized in International competitions, Hanover Winery produces many Double Gold and Gold Medal award-winning wines. Pictured are wines from the 2017 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (Hanover Winery was also awarded a Silver Medal for their Tempranillo wine in the 2017 Indy International Competition. CONTRIBUTED
Recognized in International competitions, Hanover Winery produces many Double Gold and Gold Medal award-winning wines. Pictured are wines from the 2017 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (Hanover Winery was also awarded a Silver Medal for their Tempranillo wine in the 2017 Indy International Competition. CONTRIBUTED

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.

Hanover Winery owners Eddie and Elizabeth McDonald started the festival in 2010 as an anniversary celebration and a customer appreciation event. Every year since, they have continued the tradition during the summer, and the festival has grown in popularity each year. A large crowd usually turns out both days of the festival. Last year, around 1,000 guests attended the two-day event.

“This is something we started after our first year, as an anniversary celebration, and people have really enjoyed it. It’s a great thing for the community, to draw people to Hanover Township and Butler County because people come from all over to be here, and to enjoy the music,” said Eddie McDonald.

“This started out as a ‘thank you’ to all of our loyal customers, and we’ve continued to do it every year for basically the same reason. It’s a good opportunity for everyone to get together and have a good time,” said Elizabeth McDonald.

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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)

THE WINERY

Hanover Winery affords a park-like setting with a pond and mature trees.

Situated on a 15-acre property, the family-owned-and-operated winery opened in 2009.

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THE WINE

It offers more than 25 wines from dry to sweet dessert wines, including many wines that have earned International wine-competition Double Gold and Gold Medals, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Blackberry and Ohio Apple, among others.

Hanover Winery’s latest wine is called “Dammit Annie!” The wine is a blend of Blackberries and Haskap Berries, sweet enough for dessert. The wine was named after The McDonald’s youngest Labrador Retriever, Annie.

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The award-winning Hanover Winery wines are also featured in area retail locations, including Kroger’s, Jungle Jim’s International Market, Noonan’s and many more. A list of retailers is available at www.hanoverwinery.com/our-wines/retail-locator.

The annual festival will offer wine tastings with at least three wine-tasting stations. There will also be live entertainment and food vendors on site.

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Eddie McDonald, who is the vintner/winemaker and owner of Hanover Winery in Hanover Township, Ohio. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

THE MUSIC

On Friday, Thunderbay will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, Mr. Man and Mojo Band will take the stage from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and The White Brother’s will be in concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (The White Brothers features Jared White from American Idol.)

On Saturday, Mr. Man and Mojo Band will take the stage from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and The White Brother’s will be in concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (The White Brothers features Jared White from American Idol.)

THE FOOD

J. Damon’s Wood Fired Pizza will be available on Friday and J. Damon’s Wood Fired Pizza and Food Fellas Food Truck will be available on Saturday.

WANT TO GO?

What: Hanover Winery 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.

5 reasons not to miss this real-life Thomas train ride

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

“A Day Out with Thomas” will return to LM&M Railroad in Lebanon for two consecutive weekends, Aug. 19-20 and Aug. 25-27, at LM&M Railroad in Lebanon. CONTRIBUTED
“A Day Out with Thomas” will return to LM&M Railroad in Lebanon for two consecutive weekends, Aug. 19-20 and Aug. 25-27, at LM&M Railroad in Lebanon. CONTRIBUTED

Thomas the Tank Engine will return to the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (LM&M Railroad) for two consecutive weekends for a “Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017” on Aug. 19-20 and Aug. 25-27.

“We’ve hosted a ‘Day Out with Thomas’ for over 10 years now. It varies between either being our most popular event, or our second-most popular event in line with Christmas,” said Will Gawin, general manager of LM&M Railroad.

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“A Day Out with Thomas” has been a popular event at the LM&M Railroad in Lebanon. This year the event is on consecutive weekends, Aug. 19-20 and Aug. 25-27. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

WHAT TO EXPECT

Presented by Mattel, “Day Out with Thomas: Friendship Tour 2017” will include a 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, and an opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway. Thomas the Tank Engine is a full, working replica of a steam engine, which includes a working whistle and an animatronic face that moves and talks when entering and leaving the station.

To celebrate this year’s theme, a “Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017” will feature a variety of friendship-inspired activities. Attendees will be able to participate in events that encourage and celebrate friendship including photo opportunities, crafts, a hay maze and other fun activities.

The fun for families and children will continue with a bounce castle, a four-hole mini golf station, train displays, and live entertainment by Marty the Magician as well as musical performances by Zak Morgan. Morgan will perform for three concerts – at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Also, guests can visit the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on art and more.

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A maze is part of the activities at “A Day Out with Thomas” will return to LM&M Railroad in Lebanon for two consecutive weekends, Aug. 19-20 and Aug. 25-27, at LM&M Railroad in Lebanon. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Annually, about 12,000 to 14,000 people attend the “Day Out with Thomas” events, over the course of two weekends.

“Kids love Thomas. It’s been a very popular children’s television show for decades. The live event gives those kids a chance to see Thomas in real life, and the expressions on their faces when they turn the corner, and Thomas is sitting there, or when Thomas is pulling in or out of the station is priceless,” Gawin said.

In its 22nd year, the Day Out with Thomas tour, will make 42 stops across the United States and Canada. The tour is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2017. For a complete schedule of LM&M Railroad events, or to purchase tickets, go to www.lebanonrr.com.

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Top 5 reasons not to miss a “Day Out with Thomas”

1. It’s unique. There are very few places where you can ride a real, working, vintage train, let alone a real, working, vintage train that features Thomas the Tank Engine. Lebanon is only one of two locations in Ohio where that’s possible.

2. It’s a family-focused event, and there aren’t many festival-type events that are dedicated exclusively to families with young children.

3. LM&M Railroad is just a short drive away in Lebanon. The station is less than an hour away from Cincinnati, Dayton, Hamilton, Middletown or Washington Courthouse – and it’s an easy drive into town.

4. It’s an event the whole family will enjoy, even though it’s geared toward children. Parents, grandparents, older brothers and sisters can all appreciate the experience of being able to ride a vintage train. Everyone can participate in many of the other activities as well.

5. With an outstanding annual event like this – it’s good to go before your kids grow up.

WANT TO GO?

What: Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017

When: Aug. 19-20 and Aug. 25-27. Rides depart every 45 minutes. Departure times run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day of the event.

Where: LM&M Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon

Admission: All tickets are $19 for ages 2 and up. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $15. Discounted tickets for Military are $15 with the presentation of a ID. (Plus online ticketing fees.) Advance purchase is recommended.

More info.: www.lebanonrr.com and www.facebook.com/lmmrailroad. Call (513) 933-8022 or email info@lebanonrr.com. All ages. Arrive at least one-hour early. Rain or shine.