TONIGHT: Tacos will descend on Dayton in this epic food truck rally 

Published: Monday, May 15, 2017 @ 11:09 AM
Updated: Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks. The second annual Taco Truck Takeover will be held at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks. The second annual Taco Truck Takeover will be held at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks as Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q hosts the second annual Taco Truck Takeover at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30.

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“We’ve got a number of really talented chefs inside of these trucks operating in the Miami Valley,” Jeff Stringer, owner of Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q said. “This event gives everyone a chance to put their own spin on tacos. From traditional, to modern, and than everything between and beyond, there’s going to be a big variety represented.” 

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For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks. The second annual Taco Truck Takeover will be held at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Joining host truck Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q at the Taco Truck Takeover will be: The Beerded PigHunger Paynes Food TruckThe Painted PepperCarvaso'sThe Drunken WaffleEl Meson, and The Wicked 'Wich of DaytonMAD Sweet Heat will also be on hand with their delicious candied sliced jalapenos and candied jalapeno relish.

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The Taco Truck Takeover also features a “best bite contest” where each truck will submit a taco to be evaluated by a panel of judges. Local craft beer will be on draft, dessert trucks will be on site and music is being planned for the event too. 

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“We want this to be more of a festival,” Stringer said. “This is going to land somewhere between a block party and a street festival… with a whole lot of delicious tacos.” 

For one night only, a fleet of the area’s best food trucks will transform into taco trucks. The second annual Taco Truck Takeover will be held at the Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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For those interested in attending Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q's Taco Truck Takeover, the event takes place at The Yellow Cab on Friday, June 30 from 5-10 p.m. Entry is free and more information can be found at

Want to go?WHAT: Taco Truck TakeoverWHEN: 5-10 p.m. Friday, June 30 WHERE: Yellow Cab, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

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Guide to the best Easter egg hunts around town

Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 7:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 4:08 PM

Fun Facts About Easter

Nothing says Easter like a good old-fashioned egg hunt. Check out our roundup of upcoming Easter egg hunt events happening in and around Dayton and surrounding communities.

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Children, including Max Voltron, 4, center, run across the grass in search of eggs during the egg hunt at the First United Methodist Church's annual Easter egg hunt on the grounds of the state Capitol on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Food was sold at the event with proceeds supporting First UMC's Eurasia Mission Team, and non-perishable food donations were taken for the Capital Area Food Bank. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Deborah Cannon)

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LUNCH & HUNT WITH MR. BUNNY: The Easter Bunny is hippity hopping to the recreation center, so bring your basket to collect eggs that can be redeemed for trinket prizes. Enjoy a holiday snack, pose for a photo with the Bunny himself, and finish up with play time on our preschool gym equipment. For ages 1-6. 

Where: Washington Township Rec Center, 8200 McEwen Rd., Dayton

When: Friday, March 23 at 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $8 per child. Limited availability. 

Info: Website

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ADULT EASTER EGG HUNT: You won’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity to walk (or jog) down memory lane, hunting for hidden eggs all over Delco Park. We will have hundreds of eggs that can be turned in for “eggzellent” prizes, ranging from coupons to gift cards to our BIG Golden Egg Prizes! To finish off the night, be sure to take a picture with the Easter Bunny himself. Preregistration required. Limited space available!

Where: Delco Park, 1700 Delco Park Drive, Kettering

When: Friday, March 23 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Cost: $6 Kettering resident. $8/non-Kettering resident

Info: Call 937-296-2454

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EASTER EGG HUNT GINGHAMSBURG CHURCH: Families with children walking up to age 12 are invited to the largest Easter egg hunt in Miami County with thousands of filled eggs, Saturday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m. on the front lawn of Ginghamsburg Church. Registration for this sixth annual event begins at 9:30 the morning of the event with the first egg hunt beginning at 10. Each hunt zone is broken down into four different age groups: walking-age 2, age 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Each hunt zone also includes prize eggs and golden tickets that are redeemable for large prize items. 

Where: Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City

When: Saturday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

InfoWebsite or call 937-667-1069


EASTER EGG HUNT, PUPPET SHOW & LUNCHEON: The egg hunt will take place in the green space at the back of the church. Toddlers/Preschoolers will begin their hunt at 10:30 a.m. Elementary Children (K-5) will begin their hunt at 10:40 a.m. Immediately after the egg hunt, there will be a puppet show in the fellowship hall followed by lunch. See you there, and be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny.

Where: Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering

When: Saturday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Info: Website

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE EASTER EGG HUNT: Join the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office for an Easter Egg Hunt, rain or shine. Bring your Easter egg basket and come join the fun. For more information, call 937-496-7134.

Where: 5661 Dayton-Liberty Road, Dayton

When: Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m.



FAIRBORN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH EASTER EGG HUNT:  The hunt is open to all groups with special hunts for young children up through 5th grade and children with special needs. There will also be games and snacks. 

Where: Fairborn United Methodist Church, 100 N. Broad St., Fairborn

When: March 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Info: Call 937-878-5042 or visit  

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EASTER EGG BUNNY EXPRESS:  Hop aboard the Easter Bunny Express. All children will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt. Seats are reserved; the train is now heated. 

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

When: Weekends March 24-April 7, 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.

Cost: $16-23 (adults) and $10-21 (children)

Info: Call 513-933-8022 | Website


MIDDLE EASTER EGG HUNT AT ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH EASTER EGG HUNT: Crafts, games, and snacks will begin at 10:00 a.m. The egg hunt is at 11:00 a.m. Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Stick around after for food and friendship.

Where: 10 N. Breiel Blvd., Middletown

When: Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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THE EASTER EGG-VENTURE: An amazing indoor Easter adventure with over 50,000 Easter eggs. This event (with age-specific egg hunts) is for children up through grade 5. There will also bounce houses, crafts, door prizes, and concessions for purchase.  Age-specific egg hunt times. For more information, call 937-898-8811.

Where: Christian Life Center, 3489 Little York Rd., Dayton

When: Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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HELICOPTER EGG DROP 2018: There will be an egg hunt, photo opportunities with the Cottontail Brothers, a cupcake walk, face painting, games, tattoos and coloring. Limited to 550 kids. Preregistration is required.

Where: The River Church, 5546 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Township

When: Saturday, March 24 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Info: Website

Michael Ren, 2, shares an Easter egg with his sister Angela after the Easter egg hunt on the Capitol lawn on Saturday. Easter egg hunt events are happening all over Austin this week and next. CHARLOTTE CARPENTER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(American-Statesman Staff)

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LUNCH & HUNT WITH MR. BUNNY: Bring your child and enjoy a pizza lunch with Mr. Bunny. There will be an egg hunt, pictures, games, crafts, food and fun for participating children. For ages 7 and under. Limited availability. 

Where: Community Park Learning Center, 500 S. First St., Miamisburg

When: Saturday, March 24 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $5 per child. Preregistration is required.

Info: Website


EASTER EGG HUNT: This annual, free event is open to the public. There will be 4,500 eggs filled and ready to be hunted in the green space behind the church. Toddler and Pre-K hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by the elementary (K-5) hunt at 10:40. Afterwards, there will be a hot dog lunch and puppet show by the Kirkmont Puppeteers. 

Where: Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering

When: Saturday, March 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Info: Facebook


EMERSON ACADEMY ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT:  Egg Hunt will start promptly at noon for kids ages 10 and under. Meet the Easter Bunny. 

Where: Emerson Academy, 501 Hickory St., Dayton.

When: March 24, 12 p.m. 

Info: For more information, call 937-251-6000.


MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELD EGG HUNT: The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities will host a community egg hunt for children with disabilities. The event is open to children ages 18 and under with developmental disabilities. Siblings are welcome to participate.There will be more than 1,500 eggs filled with toys and prize tickets, and minimal candy. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance to pose for photos and hand out prizes. Bring a basket and camera to this free event. The Miracle League Field can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

Where: 1605 S. Main St., Springboro

When: Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m.

Info: 513-502-5015


EASTER EGG HUNT EGGSTRAVAGANZA: This is the third annual egg hunt. The first 225 children to register will take part in this free event. There will also be an Easter-themed craft. Brought to you in partnership with Crazy 8.

Where: The Mall at Fairfield Commons, lower level, 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek

When: Sunday, March 25 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Info: Facebook

A group of kids age 5 and younger group to pick up eggs in their section of the park.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT GOLDFISH: There will be an egg hunt in the pool, prizes, crafts and a movie. This event is open to currently enrolled members of Goldfish Swim School – Dayton. Time slots available based on current levels in of programs.

Where: Goldfish Swim School, 671 Lyons Road, Dayton

When: Friday, March 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $5 per swimmer. Preregistration required.

Info: Website

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BREAKFAST WITH BUNNY AT SCENE 75: Enjoy a buffet style breakfast with your family and Scene75 Easter Bunny! The breakfast buffet will consist of pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy. There are a limited number of seats available.

Where: 6196 Poe Ave, Dayton

When: Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Cost: $7 per person for pre-registration, kids 2 years and under eat free! $9 at the door

Info: Website


EASTER EGG HUNT AT BERWIN PARK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Berwin Park, 1400 Berwin Park, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT DOMINICK LOFINO PARK IN BEAVERCREEK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs.

Where: Dominick Lofino Park, 640 Grange Hall Road, Beavercreek

When: March 31, 11 a.m.

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EASTER EGG HUNT AT KANTNER PARK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Kantner Park, 1512 Brownleigh Road, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT MCINTOSH PARK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: McIntosh Park, Edwin C Moses Blvd and West Riverview Ave, Dayton. 

When: March 31, 11 a.m. 


EASTER EGG HUNT AT OAK PARK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Oak Park, 2055 Malcom Drive, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.

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EASTER EGG HUNT AT PAGE MANOR IN RIVERSIDE: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 5,000 eggs, prizes, games and food for all. 

Where: Page Manor, Prairie at Wright Fields, Riverside.

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT AT SHAFOR PARK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Shafor Park, Collingwood Avenue and Shafor Boulevard, Oakwood

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT AT SHOUP PARK IN BEAVERCREEK: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Shoup Park, 1341 Meadow Bridge Drive, Beavercreek 

When: March 31, 11 a.m.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT TAIT PARK IN KETTERING/MORAINE: Community Easter Egg Hunt in Kettering/Moraine with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Tait Park, 3750 Tait Road, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.

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EASTER EGG HUNT AT VAN BUREN APARTMENTS: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 2,000 eggs, plus prizes, games, food and more. 

Where: Van Buren apartments, 1956 Smithville Road, Kettering

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT AT WENZLER PARK IN KETTERING: at Community Easter Egg Hunt in Kettering with over 1,000 eggs. 

Where: Wenzler Park, 3535 Sharewood Court, Kettering 

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs.

Where: McBreezy Acres Fruit Farm, 3470 Waynesville Jamestown Road, Xenia. 

When: March 31, 11 a.m.



EASTER EGG HUNT IN XENIA: Community Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs.

Where: Sterling Green Park, 2903 W. Barnhill Place, Xenia

When: March 31, 11 a.m.

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XENIA EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: There are designated areas for prewalkers, walkers through age 4, ages 5-8, ages 9-12, and those with special needs. With over 12,000 eggs to be found, there will be plenty for everyone. Please dress for the weather and bring your own bag or basket to collect your eggs. Arrive early to register for door prizes and a picture taking opportunity with the Easter Bunny.

Where: Shawnee Park, 591 South Park Dr., Xenia. 

When: March 31, 11 a.m.   


5TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG SCRAMBLE: Over 15,000 eggs will be scattered over Beachler Field. Free to everyone and open for children up to 12 years old.

Where: Beachler Field, N. 9th St., Miamisburg

When: Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Info: Facebook


ANNUAL VANDALIA COMMUNITY EGG HUNT: Bring your own basket to this free event for ages 10 and younger. 

Where: Vandalia Sports Complex Soccer Concession Stand, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia

When: Saturday, March 31, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.



THE EASTER EGG HUNT: This free event is for children up to 5th grade. There will be candy-filled eggs, inflatable games, donuts, music and cash prize eggs. 

Where: Beavercreek Nazarene, 1850 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek

When: Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Info: Facebook

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FISH FRY GUIDE: The best places to get deep-fried, crispy, delicious fish in Dayton

Published: Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 1:24 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 11:19 AM's Amelia Robinson finds out the secret to the fish that will be served at Carroll High School's first St. Pat's Fest. Video by Amelia Robinson.

It’s fish fry season!!!

It's a fact: the Midwest loves a fish fry.

In addition to being one of the best cold-weather meals out there, a solid fish fry is unquestionably one of the best dining deals to be found in the early part of each year. 

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Most typically cost $12-$20 per visit for an all-you-can-eat extravaganza of deep-fried walleye, haddock, sole, perch and cod depending on the menu. 

And don't get us started on the sides. Fries, coleslaw, mac and cheese, green beans, hush puppies, desserts ... the list of accompanying options can sometimes compete with the main course for attention. 

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As an added bonus, most fish fry events include games of chance and the satisfying feeling that comes with knowing your money goes to benefit a good cause in the community. 

There are many destinations in town that have fish fries, but here are some of the best opportunities to enjoy a fish fry in the next few months that have been announced. 

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One notable place for fish on Friday is the wonderful Fish Fry at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Carlisle.

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Please note: Details and pricing are subject to change, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions.

The Hecht family and friends batter Icelandic Cod fillets to be fried at Friday night’s fish fry at Fenwick High School last March in Middletown. The Hecht family has been throwing fish fry events for more than 50 years. NICK DAGGY / STAFF(Nick Daggy)


Feb. 2: St. Mary Fish Fry 

310 Allen St., Dayton 

6-11 p.m.

Cost: $15 

All-you-can-eat fish, beer, raffles and blackjack. Must be 21 or older


Website  | Facebook 

Feb. 2, March 2, May 4: Eintracht Singing Society Friday Fish Fry 

2707 Old Troy Pike, Dayton 

6-8 p.m.

Cost: $14 

All-you-can-eat baked/deep-fried cod, sausage, cabbage and noodles, baked beans, french fries, cole slaw, coffee, soda and draft beer. Dessert is an additional charge.




Feb. 9: Our Lady of the Rosary Fish Fry 

22 Notre Dame Ave., Dayton 

6-10 p.m.

Cost: $17

All-you-can-eat Icelandic cod, chicken strips, fresh sausage (hot and regular), French fries, salad, cole slaw, desserts, popcorn, ice cream, coffee, beer and soft drinks. Must be 21 or older. 



Feb. 16: Irish Club of Dayton Fish Fry 

6555 Dog Leg Road, Dayton 

6-11 p.m.

Cost: $15


All-you-can-eat fish, sausage, fries, cole slaw and draft beer. Monte Carlo from 7-11 p.m.

Feb. 16: Polish Club Fish Fry

The Polish Club of Dayton, 1470 Valley St., Dayton

6-10 p.m.

Cost: $15 at the door

More info: 937-222-8092 | Facebook

Food, drink and games of chance. Must be 21 to attend and no carryout orders.

>> Event info

Feb. 16, April 20, May 18: Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Peace Fish Fry 

4293 Powell Rd., Dayton 

6-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $12




Feb. 17: 8th Annual Brick City Blast Fish Fry & Monte Carlo 

Huber Heights Athletic Foundation, 5367 Fishburg Rd., Huber Heights 

6-11 p.m. 

Cost: $15

All-you-can-eat fish, chicken, polish sausage, French fries, baked beans and coleslaw.




Feb. 17: Holy Trinity Annual Fish Fry

Holy Trinity Parish, Trinity Center, 272 Bainbridge St., Dayton

Food from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and games from 7-11 p.m.

Tickets: $17 at the door.

More info: 937-228-1223

Ticket price includes a dinner of delicious fried fish, sausage and tasty side dishes as well as three drink tickets. Raffles, silent auction and games of chance. Must be 21 and older.

>> Event info

Feb. 23: Alter High School Knight Out Fish Fry 

940 E. David Rd., Kettering 

7 p.m.-midnight

Cost: 15 

This adult only event includes all-you-can-eat fish dinner, traditional beverages, local craft beer, a silent auction, blackjack, Texas Hold’em, instant bingo, wine cork pull and other adult games of chance. Carry-out or drive-thru available from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The UD game will be streamed live. Food also available from Cassano’s and Philly Pretzel Factory.




Feb. 23: Dayton FOP Fish Fry 

4275 Powell Road, Dayton 

6 p.m.-11 p.m., 

Cost: $15

All you can eat and drink. Hand-breaded fish, fries, cole slaw, smoked sausage and dessert. Beer, wine and soft drinks.



Feb. 23: St. Anthony Catholic Church Fish Fry 

830 Bowen St., Dayton 

6-11 p.m.

Cost: $15



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March 2: St. Brigid Fish Fry 

312 Fairground Road, Xenia 

6 p.m.

Cost: $15 



March 2: Partners for Community Living Fish Fry 

Huber Heights Athletic Center, 5367 Fishburg Road, Dayton 

6-11 p.m. 

Cost: $20 at the door 




March 3: Our Lady of Grace Parish Fish Fry 

DECA Prep Rec Center, 249 Squirrel Rd., Dayton 

6-11 p.m.

Cost: $15

Fish, fries, sausage, cole slaw, baked beans, beer. Ages 21 and older. Carry-out orders available for $12 (5-5:45 p.m. back door pickup only). Games of chance.




March 9: Carroll High School St. Pat's Fest Fish Fry 

4524 Linden Ave., Dayton 

6 p.m.-midnight

Cost: $20 

The Carroll St. Pat's Fest includes two days of gambling, live entertainment and delicious food. A traditional Friday Irish Fish Fry, plus All Irish Festival on Saturday.




March 9: The Fry at Incarnation Catholic Church 

55 Williamsburg Lane, Centerville 

7 p.m.-midnight

Cost: $20


Food including their famous fish tacos, Black Jack, Bingo, games of chance, silent auction, wine and craft beer from Warped Wing. Carryout from 5-6:30 p.m. for $12.

Website | Facebook 

March 16: St. Charles Fish n' Chips Fish Fry 

4600 Ackerman Blvd., Kettering 

5 p.m.-midnight, $15. 

All-you-can-eat fish with fries, coleslaw and unlimited soft drinks and water.



March 16: Rugby Club Fish Fry 

IUE Local 755 Union Hall, 1675 Woodman Drive, Dayton 

5 p.m.-11 p.m

Cost: $25

All-you-can-eat fish, brats, fries, and other sides as well as bottomless beverages including soda and beer from Warped Wing. There will also be games of chance, raffles, silent auctions and door prizes.



March 23: Trinity Lutheran Church Fish Fry

WHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church, 511 N. Commerce St., Lewisburg

WHEN: 4:30-8 p.m.

COST: $12/adult, $6/kids ages 7-12, kids ages 6 and under eat free

INFO: 937-962-2741

All-you-can-eat menu includes battered and fried fish, homemade coleslaw, french fries, onion rings and your choice of drinks and desserts. Dine-in or carry-out while supplies last. For more info, call the church office (number listed above).

March 24: Chaminade Julienne Fish Fry 

505 S. Ludlow St., Dayton 

6-11 p.m. 

Cost: $20

Ages 21 and older. Food items will include fish, polish sausage, desserts and refreshments. Games will include blackjack, poker, chuck-o-luck and more in addition to the silent auction.



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Did we miss you? If your school, church, school, VFW Hall or other nonprofit organization hosts a fish fry, we want to know about it. Email us the details at

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Stunning performances in theatre, dance, music and more: Wright State’s premier arts event returns

Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Scenes from Wright State ArtsGala 2017 at the Creative Arts Center at Wright State on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Contributed photos by E.L. Hubbard
Scenes from Wright State ArtsGala 2017 at the Creative Arts Center at Wright State on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Contributed photos by E.L. Hubbard

The stage is set for Wright State University’s College of Liberal Arts annual ArtsGala, an event to raise money for scholarships in visual arts, film, theater, music and dance. The event will be held Saturday, March 24.

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The annual Wright State University ArtsGala has raised more than $2.5 million for arts scholarships during its 18-year history, with nearly $200,000 at last year’s gala. 

“To see the investment in the Creative Arts Center, then to see the community support for ArtsGala -- it means a lot to the students, for their pride and validation in who they are,” Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean of WSU’s College of Liberal Arts said. 

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The gala will feature student performances in theatre, dance, motion pictures, music and visual arts. Regarded as one of Dayton’s premier arts events, the black-tie-optional ArtsGala draws over 800 patrons each year. 

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Scenes from Wright State ArtsGala 2017 at the Creative Arts Center at Wright State on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Contributed photos by E.L. Hubbard

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“ArtsGala is my favorite night of the year. The talent of our students is astonishing, the Creative Arts Center glows, the food and drink are spectacular, and our guests have a memorable time,” said Linda Caron, dean of the College of Liberal Arts in a press release sent to this news organization. “But the best part is that all proceeds go toward scholarships for our deserving fine and performing arts students.”

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Features this year include: 

• Wind Symphony, featuring Stars and Stripes Forever 

• Selections from The Mystery of Edwin Drood 

• Live artistic creation by student artists 

• Student film festival 

• Chamber Orchestra performance 

• Opera performances 

• Dance performances 

• Collegiate Chorale performance 

• Six themed dining rooms 

• Cigar and college basketball tent 

• Top-quality craft beer, bourbon and tequila tastings 

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A silent auction, featuring mobile bidding this year, will offer over 100 items, including: 

• Artwork by Wright State faculty, students, alumni and local artists 

• Wide variety of wines 

• Assortment of luxury gift baskets, gift cards and dining certificates

You can see the full schedule of events here.

Scenes from Wright State ArtsGala 2017 at the Creative Arts Center at Wright State on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Contributed photos by E.L. Hubbard

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The students are of course the primary focus, however, the food isn’t something to overlook. From boursin-stuffed endives to king crab and shrimp ceviche to vanilla bean cheesecakes, the dining rooms will be full of Italian, Mexican, American, British and Japanese taste sensations. You can see the full menu here. There will also be hand-selected craft beer, bourbon, tequila and sparkling wine presented by Heidelberg. 

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“The scholarship support is transformative for our students -- they’re training and practicing in addition to their academics. They’re often in the Creative Arts center the entire day,” said Buckwalter. “The scholarship support is critical to help them stay on track to graduate and succeed after graduation. We want them to benefit as much as they can while they’re a student and not be burdened by debt after graduation -- we want them to be successful.”

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ArtsGala’s presenting sponsors are Barnes & Noble at Wright State and Morris Furniture Company. Other major sponsors include Chartwells, Dayton Business Journal, Emerson, Gloria and Don Graber, HORAN, Zoe Dell Nutter, ThinkTV, Pamela and Malte von Matthiessen, Prime Time Party Rental, Synchrony Financial and WHIO-TV.

Want to go?

WHAT: 19th Annual WSU ArtsGala

WHERE: 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton

WHEN: 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 24

TICKETS: $250 (includes 2 drink tickets)

INFO: 937-775-5512 | Website

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Something good or ‘Something Rotten’? You be the judge

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

9 shows at the Schuster Center

The Broadway smash hit “Something Rotten” is rolling into Dayton this week.

The show comes to the Schuster Center March 20-25 as part of the Premier Health Broadway Series.

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“Something Rotten” spoofs the musical. Submitted photo.(Staff Writer)


In an era when all of the hype and attention were focused on their rival, William Shakespeare, two brothers — Nick and Nigel Bottom — were determined to write a hit play of their own.

When a soothsayer predicts that the future of theater is going to involve plays in which an actor suddenly breaks into song, the brothers plot to write the world’s very first musical.

Set in the 1590s, “Something Rotten” captured 10 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical when it opened in New York in 2015. What’s especially exciting is that three principal cast members who were in the show on Broadway will come to Dayton.

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“Something Rotten” comes to the Schuster Center March 20-25. SUBMITTED PHOTO(Staff Writer)


Portraying William Shakespeare is Adam Pascal, who wowed students and faculty when he came to Wright State University in 2015 as part of a year-long program called “Musicals Rock.” Joe Deer, chairman of the department of theater, dance and motion pictures at Wright State, says he chose Pascal “because he is such an iconic Broadway pop star.”

Pascal, who began his career as a singer/musician in a rock band, got his big Broadway break in 1996 when a friend — Idina Menzel — suggested he audition for “Rent.” He was cast as the HIV-positive rock guitarist Roger Davis in the Off-Broadway, Broadway and London Productions of the iconic show and he was nominated for a Tony award for his performance. He went on to play the original Radames in Broadway’s “Aida” and appeared in “Memphis” and “Chicago.” In Dayton, he’ll play Shakespeare in all but two performances of “Something Rotten.”

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Adam Pascal will portray William Shakespeare. He says he loves being silly, over-the-top and brash. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOAN MARCUS(Staff Writer)

“Adam was one of the nicest and most direct master teachers we’ve had at Wright State,” says Deer. “He did a Pop/Rock audition workshop and was so open with students. He also did a question-and-answer session with Muse Machine students that was just perfectly tuned to their needs. The concert he gave was wonderful — just him and a guitar doing songs he’s performed on Broadway and that he just loves. We ended that event with him singing ‘Seasons of Love’ with all our seniors. It was wonderful.”

Deer says what’s fun about “Something Rotten” is that it starts with the idea of revised history — how things “really” happened as opposed to how we’ve learned about them in fancy theater-history classes. “So William Shakespeare is a Pop Star instead of the stuffy intellectual,” he explains. “It’s a delightfully absurd plot, filled with characters who are much more ambitious than they are smart or talented — except for Shakespeare! This is true musical comedy, with no pretensions of changing the art form. They just want to have fun.”

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The Victoria Theatre Association s Premiere Health Broadway Series presents Something Rotten! the 10-time Tony Award-nominated musical comedy by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O Farrell and Wayne Kirkpatrick at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Tuesday through Sunday, March 20 through 25. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Pascal agrees, calling the show a fun frolic, a laugh-out-loud comedy.

“What makes it unique is that it’s an original idea not based on previous source material and that’s a rarity in the landscape of musical theater,” he explains.” It’s one of those rare comedies appropriate for the entire family…. as long as you don’t mind having your kids hear the word ‘s—t’ a couple of times. It’s incredibly funny with different layers of comedy that appeal to a broad spectrum of audience members.”

You don’t need to know anything about Shakespeare and his plays in order to enjoy this show, insists Pascal. “I’m not that familiar with Shakespeare and I avoided it all through high school,” he admits. “This character can be anybody. The fact that he’s Shakespeare is almost incidental. In this universe, he’s a pompous, arrogant, buffoon who is wildly successful at what he does.”

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“Something Rotten” is the story of two brothers who are determined to write a hit play. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOAN MARCUS(Staff Writer)

He says his favorite songs in the production are those he can watch from the wings, such as the chorus number, “Musical.” His own big numbers include “Will Power” and “Hard to be the Bard.”

Pascal, who grew up in New York and now makes his home in Los Angeles, prefers being on tour. “I love going back to Broadway but the least part of it is being in the city. I didn’t enjoy living there. I enjoy the road —exploring new towns, new restaurants.”

Although he got his start as a musician in a rock band and still loves playing live music, Pascal says musical theater is a much better fit for him. “It’s where I’ve had the most success and where I feel most comfortable.”

What’s fun as a performer, he says, is the opportunity to be silly, over-the-top and brash. “To me there’s no more fun than getting to be in musical theater, especially in an incredibly funny musical. I would pay to do this!

Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom, Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, and the cast of the national tour of the 2015 musical comedy Something Rotten! slated March 20-25 at the Schuster Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JEREMY DANIEL(Contributing Writer)


What: “Something Rotten”

When: March 20-25. Performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Saturday matinee performances are signed and/or audio interpreted.

Tickets: $30 and up plus service fees. Student and military discounts are also available at or by calling (937) 228-3630.

Related programming: “Background on Broadway” At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and at 1 p.m. Saturday you’ll learn about the development, history and artistry of the show. This free event is held in the Schuster Center’s 4th Floor Lobby. You must have a ticket to that day’s performance.

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