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. 

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“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.

Everything you need to know about Hauntfest on Fifth 2017

Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:32 PM

We visited Dia De Las Cervezas and Hauntfest.

Dan Hapner and a crew of 400 volunteers are certainly gearing up for the 32nd annual spooktastic block party.

This year’s Hauntfest will feature street performers from Cincinnati, the Zombie Mobile’s completely brain hungry zombies, entertainment on two stages, the Eric Jerardi Band and one of the best costume contests around, said Hapner, Hauntfest’s manager for seven years.

“We have entertainment on both ends of the streets,” Hapner said. “We have a lot of really unique and good costumes.”

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>> PHOTOS: Hauntfest on Fifth 2016

Hauntfest on Fifth 2016 was held on Saturday, Oct. 29 in downtown Dayton's Oregon District. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com(Tom Gilliam)

COST

Presale tickets are being offered this week at the shops and restaurants in the Oregon District for $5. The cost is $10 at the gate all night. 

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Hauntfest on Fifth 2016 was held on Saturday, Oct. 29 in downtown Dayton's Oregon District. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

CONTEST AND PRIZES

You can win some serious cash if your costume game is strong and if you enter a costume contest individually or as a group for $5.

The contest has three categories: best individual, best group and best Halloween theme. Prizes will include $300 for first place; $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

Preliminary judging starts at 9:30 p.m. and the winner will be chosen at 10 p.m.

The contest will be emceed by Dayton.com’s Amelia Robinson and Jim Bucher, a local personality. Several bars will also have bands.

 

LIVE MUSIC

The bands will begin at 10:30 p.m. The lineup includes the Eric Jerardi Band.

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Daytonian of the Week Eric Jerardi is musician, deli owner and wine expert. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

ADMISSION AND DRINKING

This event is for adults only. You don’t have to be 21 to enter, but you do have to be 21 to purchase “spirits.” Make sure to bring a photo ID.

There will be beer trucks located on the street and you will have to purchase beer tickets in order to drink. Bartenders will be inside at various establishments providing your favorite mixed drinks, shots and bottled beer. 

WANT TO GO?

What: Hauntfest on Fifth

When: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28

Where: Oregon District, East Fifth St., Dayton

Cost: $5 in advance or $10 at the gate.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Oregon District businesses.

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Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 1:29 PM

We visited Dia De Las Cervezas and Hauntfest.

Halloween is on Oct. 31, but the party starts early.

Here are 5 of the best of the best Halloween events around Dayton:

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Hauntfest on Fifth 2016 was held on Saturday, Oct. 29 in downtown Dayton's Oregon District. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com(Tom Gilliam)

1. 🎃 HAUNTFEST ON FIFTH  

When: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 

Where: Oregon District, E. Fifth St., Dayton 

Cost: $5 in advance or $10 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased at Oregon District businesses. 

Info: Event Facebook page  

>> Everything you need to know about Hauntfest

Dan Hapner and a crew of 400 volunteers are certainly gearing up for the 32nd annual spooktastic block party.  This year’s Hauntfest will feature street performers from Cincinnati, the Zombie Mobile’s completely brain hungry zombies, entertainment on two stages, the Eric Jerardi Band and one of the best costume contests around, Hapner, Hauntfest’s manager for seven years, said.  

“We have entertainment on both ends of the streets,” Hapner said. “We have a lot of really unique and good costumes.”  The contest has three categories: best individual, best group and best Halloween theme.  Prizes will include $300 for first place; $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

The contest will be emceed by Dayton.com’s Amelia Robinson and Jim Bucher, a local personality.  Several bars will also have bands.  

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Zombies roamed the streets of Yellow Springs during the 3rd Annual Zombie Walk Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. The all ages walk raised money for affordable housing provider, Home, Inc., and the local food pantry.(E.L. Hubbard)

2. 🎃 YELLOW SPRINGS ZOMBIE WALK

When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28  

Where: Downtown Yellow Springs  

Cost: Free admission. Organizers have collected pantry donations from participants in the past.  

Info: Facebook  

The event includes music from Mc Lars, Duderus, Yikes A Band and DJ JFX. There will also be kids activities, food trucks, booths and makeup artists.  


3. 🎃 SLASH MORAINE: ZOMBIE FEST  

When: 6-10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 and 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28  

Where: Wax Park, 3800 Main St., Moraine  

Cost: Some activities are free while others cost as much as $5.  

Info: slashmoraine.com | Event Facebook page  

Slash Moraine weekend at Wax Park includes a zombie run, hayrides, children’s activities, a teen zombie dance, a pet costume party, spooktacular trails, a food truck rally and trunk or treat.  

The Dayton community came together on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in the Oregon District to commemorate the Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a special day celebrated throughout Latin America on which people remember loved ones who have died.(Tom Gilliam)

4.🎃 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS DAYTON   

When: 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29

Where: The "Old" Yellow Cab building, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

Cost: Free

Info: Event Facebook page  

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Hundreds parade through the Historic Oregon District for this event, which started locally in 2012. El Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” is a Latin American celebration that recognizes dead loved ones with parties and parades. Expect crazy face paint and elaborate dresses and “floats” at Dayton’s celebration, which begins at 2 p.m. with a pre-party festival at Yellow Cab that includes storytelling, games, and face painting. The parade will leave Yellow Cab at 4 p.m. for the Oregon Distict and end at The Missing Peace Art Space, 234 S. Dutoit St., for dancing, gallery tours and food.  

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Hundreds of carefully carved and beautifully designed Jack-o-Lanterns lit up the night during the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 30-31. (KAMRON TAYLOR/STAFF)

5. 🎃 STODDARD AVENUE PUMPKIN GLOW

When: 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and 31.

Where: Stoddard Avenue, Dayton

Info: Event Facebook page

Cost: Free 

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After taking last year off, the tradition continues on the hill behind the Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Grafton Hills neighborhood. The family-friendly event features more than 800 intricately carved jack-o’-lanterns.

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Christmas already?! It’s not too early to grab these holiday concert hot tickets

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED
98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED

It may be a little too soon for some people to get fully immersed in Christmas. There’s still Halloween and Thanksgiving to take care of first. 

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However, there are some upcoming holiday-themed concerts and plays that are such highly-anticipated events, including Martina McBride at Hobart Arena, Dayton Ballet’s “Nutcracker” and Mannheim Steamroller at the Schuster Center, so you’ll want to get tickets early.

Here’s a list of some of the area’s hot-ticket holiday shows.

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“TIMELESS MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS”

Nov. 1-Dec. 31: “Timeless Memories of Christmas”: This holiday revue features Christmas carols, costumed performers and elaborate sets. La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro. 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. $61-$75 adults, $30 children 11 and younger. 937-746-4554 or www.lacomedia.com.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra will perform on Nov. 14 in a holiday show at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ROBB D. COHEN(Contributing Writer)

BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA

Nov. 14: Brian Setzer Orchestra: SiriusXM presents the retro rock band’s Christmas Tour. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati. 8 p.m. $32-$52. 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Victoria Theatre Association presents "A Christmas Carol" at Victoria Theatre in Dayton on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 28 and 29. CONTRIBUTED

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

Nov. 28 & 29: “A Christmas Carol”: Victoria Theatre Association presents this Projects Unlimited Star Attraction Series production of the holiday classic. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Victoria Theatre Association presents Mannheim Steamroller in concert at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Wednesday, Nov. 29. CONTRIBUTED

A MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

Nov. 29: A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: Victoria Theatre Association presents the Projects Unlimited Star Attractions Series program featuring Ohio native Chip Davis and expansive band. Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. 7:30 p.m. $57-$77. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Country singer Martina McBride will perform in a holiday concert at Hobart Arena in Troy on Nov. 29. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

MARTINA MCBRIDE

Nov. 29: Martina McBride: The country singer brings The Joy of Christmas Tour to Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. 8 p.m. $32-$75. VIP packages are available. 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com.

“THE LITTLE ANGEL”

Dec. 1 & 2: “The Little Angel”: DCDC presents this holiday show. University of Dayton, Kennedy Union Boll Theatre, 300 College Park, Dayton. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $25 adults, $22.50 military and seniors 60 and older. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring its Winter Tour 2017 to the Ervin J. Nutter Center at Wright State University for two shows on Dec. 2 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.). CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

Dec. 2: Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The symphonic rock group presents “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn. 3 and 8 p.m. $40-$74. 937-775-4789 or www.nuttercenter.com.

CHRISTMAS COTILLION

Dec. 2: Christmas Cotillion: The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus presents this holiday concert. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton. 6 p.m. $20. www.daytongaymenschorus.org.

SWEET SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAYS

Dec. 3: “Sweet Sounds of the Holidays”: The Bach Society of Dayton presents its annual Christmas concert with the Kettering Children’s Choir Chorale, Kettering Advent Ringers and accompanist R. Alan Kimbrough. Kettering Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road, Kettering. 7:30 p.m. $20 adults, $15 active military, $10 students. 937 294-2224 or www.bachsocietyofdayton.org.

A SWINGIN’ HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Dec. 8 & 9: “A Swingin’ Holiday Celebration”: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents this SuperPops Series center concert. Schuster Center, Dayton. 8 p.m. $13-$79. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Dec. 12-17: “A Christmas Story”: Victoria Theatre Association presents the beloved holiday story in a Projects Unlimited Star Attraction Series production. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. $30-$60. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

98 Degrees, (from left) Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey and Justin Jeffre, will perform a holiday show at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati on Dec. 15. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

98 DEGREES AT CHRISTMAS

Dec. 15: 98 Degrees at Christmas: The reformed pop group with Ohio roots is currently out on a holiday tour. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. 7 p.m. $50.50-$70.50. www.cincinnatiarts.org.

HOME FREE

Dec. 15: Home Free: The a cappella group, the winner of the fourth season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” bring A Country Christmas to Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25-$45. VIP packages are $120 and $220. 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com.

Dayton Ballet’s holiday classic The Nutcracker is on stage from Dec. 15-23 at the Schuster Center in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

THE NUTCRACKER

Dec. 15-23: “The Nutcracker”: Dayton Ballet presents this holiday favorite. Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. Times vary. $17-$72. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Dec. 17: “Handel’s Messiah”: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents this holiday show with Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Westminster Presbyterian, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton. 6:30 p.m. $31 adults, $29 educators, military and seniors 60 and older, and $14 students. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Jennifer Nettles will perform in a holiday concert on Dec. 19 at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for IEBA)(Contributing Writer)

CHRISTMAS WITH JENNIFER NETTLES

Dec. 19: Christmas with Jennifer Nettles: The award-winning country singer, who released “To Celebrate Christmas” in 2016, performs at Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $33.50-$64.50. 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com.

This must-see ‘water circus’ is coming to Dayton -- don’t miss it

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:13 AM

Cirque Italia is coming to Dayton Oct. 26-29. PHOTO / Cirque Italia Facebook
Cirque Italia is coming to Dayton Oct. 26-29. PHOTO / Cirque Italia Facebook

Water circus? Yes, you read that right.

Cirque Italia, which calls itself “the first traveling water circus,” is coming to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton. The attraction will run Oct. 26-29, 2017. 

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The performance will showcase “an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water.” 

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There are several incredible acts, including: 

  • Alex the clown, who takes an acrobatic journey on the trampoline
  • The Argentinian twin jugglers (who just happen to have a Guinness World Record under their belts) who can handle many different objects, including fire
  • A contortionist who can ben in ways you never would have imagined

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Tickets range from $10-50 and can be purchased now at cirqueitalia.com. Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full-price adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. To receive this deal, use promo code “FREE.” 

The attraction is strictly animal-free. 

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Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thur. Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. Fri. Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sat. Oct. 28; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sun. Oct. 29. 

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Box office opens on-site on Tuesday the week of the show. The hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on non-show days and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on show days.

For more information, visit cirqueitalia.com.