You’ve got to see this lovely lantern fest this weekend

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:00 AM



Photo via The Light Fest Facebook event page
(Photo via The Light Fest Facebook event page)

We told you about the Lantern Festival that illuminated the night sky in Sparta, Kentucky this past weekend.

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But in case you missed it, this August you have an even more convenient chance to let your own light soar.

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Just a 40-minute drive from Dayton at the Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds in Waynesville, The Lights Fest is set to take place on August 12 from 3 to 9 p.m.

The Lights Fest is a company that tours worldwide, creating enchanting memories for people across the country and around the globe. 

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(Photo via 'The Lights Fest' official website. The Lights Fest Austin, TX 2016.)

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The mood at the festival is magical, as each person in attendance has their own meaningful reason for participating. According to Light Fest’s website, “It creates a surreal ambiance, where time slows down as your single flame rises with thousands of others.”

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Hundreds of warm, glowing lanterns floating in unison is certainly a spectacular treat for the eyes. But the lanterns’ hand-written messages detailing people’s hopes, dreams and words to loved ones is what makes the night so special.

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The big release happens at dark. However, there is plenty of fun to be had during twilight hours while you wait in anticipation for the main event. Food trucks, live music, plenty of dancing, painting and bouncy houses for the kids packs a lot into one night. 

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Environmental impact is a sensible concern, considering hundreds of lanterns are regularly released at a single event. That’s why The Lights Fest has a clean-up crew ready and waiting in the designated landing zone. All lanterns are also biodegradable, according to Light Fest’s website. 

(Photo via 'The Lights Fest' official website. The Lights Fest, Austin, TX 2016.)

Buy your ticket soon, though, because ticket prices WILL continue to increase as the event day approaches. VIP and early bird tickets are already sold out, and general admission tickets are now on-sale for $35.

Want to go?

WHAT: The Lights Fest

WHEN: 3-9 p.m. August 12, 2017

WHERE: Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds, 10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville, Ohio 

COST: $35/general admission; late, last-minute, and final call tickets range from $40-55

INFO: facebook.com/thelightsfestival Facebook event page

4 events guaranteed to BRIGHTEN your day (or night)

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

Chinese Lantern Festival

It’s time to brighten your weekend with a little GLOW! Don’t miss two bright and shiny events this weekend, and plan for two more coming soon!

THIS WEEKEND

🌟 GLOW: Nature at Night

When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Aullwood Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton

Info: Facebook event

Enjoy a glowing wonderland of luminescent art installations and fiery entertainment at GLOW: Nature at Night, a reinvention of Enchanted Forest. You can visit the GLOW store in the Farm Discovery Center and adorn yourself with unique glow items, such a hats, shoelaces, necklaces and fingernail polish. Children can create gleaming glow-in-the-dark make and take creations in a special children’s activity area.

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The Great Pumpkin Glow, part of Pumpkin Fest, is turning Adventures on the Great Miami into a giant, forested pumpkin patch this October.(CONTRIBUTED)

🎃 THE PUMPKIN GLOW

When: 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 

Where: Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City 

Info: Greatmiami.net | Event Facebook page

Adventures on the Great Miami’s second annual Pumpkin Glow will include pumpkin carving, a pumpkin glow, food, and a bonfire. The pumpkin glow starts at 8:20 p.m.

COMING UP

🎃 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’-lantern.

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to Columbus from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO(HANDOUT)

🐲 OHIO CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 

When: Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018, 5:30-10 p.m. nightly

Where: Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus

Info: Website | Facebook

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will return to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and more cultural experiences. Tickets range from $10-15 per person, and will be available for purchase at the festival entrance or online. There are also family 4-packs available for $40 and a special VIP package for $25 per person. The festival will be open nightly from 5:30-10:00 p.m. The ticket booth opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m.

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More than 70 beers from 30 breweries at this Halloween-inspired craft beer event

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 3:26 PM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 4:18 PM

Dp&l plant to be transformed

The old DP&L steam plant will rise from the grave this weekend for a Halloween-themed craft beer fest.  🍻👻

The Dayton Steam Plant, 617 E. Third St. in Webster Station, will host the Ohio Craft Brewers Association Ale-O-Ween from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. 

It will be the first public event at the renocated facility, the assocation says. The event is formerly known as Dia de las Cervezas.

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WHICH BREWERIES ARE PARTICIPATING AND WHAT ARE THEY SERVING?

Over 70 beers from 30 Ohio craft breweries will be on hand at this fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, a nonprofit guild that exists to promote and preserve Ohio’s unified craft brewing industry. 

“Creepshow,” “Witcher,” “Paranormal Hoptivity” and “Blood Orange PsycHOPathy” are just a few of the special brews. Here is the full list:

🍺Black Cloister Brewing Company: Casilda of Toledo, Mighty Samson 

🍺Carillon Brewing Company: Ginger Pale Ale, Squash Ale 

🍺Crooked Handle Brewing Company: Roadside Peanut Butter Porter, Witcher Pumpkin Ale 

🍺The Dayton Beer Company: Gem City Lager, Mad River Milk Stout 

🍺Elevator Brewing Company: 380 Left Coast IPA, Great White Pumpkin, Kiss My Kvass, Mocha Plum Stout 

🍺Eudora Brewing Company: 2016 Hullabaloo, Oktoberfest 

🍺Fat Head’s Brewery: Bumbleberry, Pumpkin Chucker 

🍺Fifth Street Brewpub: Biere de Garde, Hop Harvest 

🍺Grainworks Brewing Company: Haybale, Oatmeal Stout, Rye Saison, Scottish MISTS 

🍺Great Lakes Brewing Company: Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale, Ohio City Oatmeal Stout 

🍺Hairless Hare Brewing Company: Caerbannog Brown Ale, Fire Roasted Pumpkin Porter 

🍺Heavier Than Air Brewing: Golden Ale, Oktoberfest 

🍺Little Fish Brewing Company: No-Fi Farmhouse IPA, Reinheitsgewhat Verde!? 

🍺Lock 27 Brewing: Charlosta Brown Ale, Exploration DIPA #1 

🍺Lucky Star Brewery: Black Hole Schwarzbier, Octubre Fiesta 

🍺MadTree Brewing Company: Axis Mundi, Blood Orange Psychopathy, Happy Amber, Lyft, Pilgrim 

🍺Moeller Brew Barn: Blackberry Prairie Wheat, Wally Post Red 

🍺Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co.: Golden Ale, Porter, Witbier 

🍺Municipal Brew Works: Approachable Blonde, True West Coffee Porter 

🍺North High Brewing Company: Paw, Paw, Pass-Smoked Paw Paw Beer, Tree Tapper-Maple Brown Ale 

🍺Pinups & Pints: Pinup Pale Ale 

🍺Platform Beer Co.: Paranormal Hoptivity IPA, Thunder Precipitator Doppelbock 

🍺Rhinegeist Brewery: Peach Dodo gose, Rough Ridge pale ale 

🍺Seventh Son Brewing Company: Goo Goo Muck tart IPA, Wilderman Autumn Farmhouse Ale 

🍺Star City Brewing: 319 Wee Heavy, Weizen Star 

🍺Streetside Brewery: It's One Louder - Wet Hop Amarillo IPA, Key Lime Goes 

🍺Thirsty Dog Brewing Company: TBA 

🍺Toxic Brew Company: TBA 

🍺Warped Wing Brewing Company: 10 Ton Smores, Chardonnay Barn Gang, Creepshow, Ermals Creamsicle, Flyer Red, Pirogue BLACK, Pirogue Blanc 

🍺Yellow Springs Brewery: Captain Stardust-Saison, Foggy Commute-Northeast Pale Ale, Smokin Handsome-Smoked American Brown Ale, Noodle Burner-Northeast IPA 

Subject to change. Up-to-date beer list can be found at http://ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween

Renovation of the old Dayton Power & Light steam plant is expected to be completed later in 2017. The property at 617 E. Third St. is being turned into offices, event space and other amenities. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam. Taken May 18, 2017.(Tom Gilliam)

THE VENUE

Built in 1907, the former Dayton Power & Light electric-generating facility has been renovated for use as an event venue, carefully preserving the unique architectural features such as high ceilings, exposed beams, brick walls and iconic floor-to-ceiling windows.

The plant’s renovation is part of the transform of the Webster Station neighborhood from an industrial and warehouse district into a hot spot for tech firms, housing and shopping.

>> Get details here on the $3.7 million development of the old DP&L steam plant.

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THE EVENT

Ale-O-Ween will feature live music from The AmpFibians and Team Void, face painting and food from the The Drunken Waffle and El Meson, face painting by L. Hetherington Studio and tarot card readings. Craft beer enthusiasts are encouraged to dress up to win prizes in a costume contest. 

General admission tickets are $40 each in advance and include includes a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples. 

Admission at the door at 5 p.m. will be $50. 

Designated driver admission will be $15 and includes a food voucher. 

Purchase online at http://www.beerfesttickets.com/aleoween. 

Ale-O-Ween 2017 event flyer. CONTRIBUTED

‘No One Walks Alone’ at Making Strides breast cancer walk

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The 2016 Making Strides Dayton walk at Fifth Third Field to promote awareness of breast cancer. CONTRIBUTED
The 2016 Making Strides Dayton walk at Fifth Third Field to promote awareness of breast cancer. CONTRIBUTED

Jean Holloway didn’t fit the profile.

She was 37 years old, in good health with no family history of breast cancer. Holloway thought the lump in her breast was, most likely, a clogged milk duct, the result of nursing her young son.

“My doctor suggested I have a baseline mammogram to give me peace of mind,” she said.

What followed was a whirlwind of imaging tests and biopsies and the dreaded phone call confirming the cancer diagnosis. There would be no peace of mind.

“At first, I was thinking early stage, maybe just surgery and radiation, but it was all over my body,” she said. “I had Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and my liver was riddled with tumors.”

Four months of chemotherapy followed her diagnosis. She still takes daily chemotherapy pills that target the cancer in her liver, as well as hormone suppressants.

“As cliché as it sounds, I take it one day at a time,” she said. “I have a great life, but I have cancer and it sucks.”

An estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Approximately six to 10 percent of those patients will be diagnosed with metastatic or Stage 4, and approximately another 30 percent of breast cancer patients will develop metastatic breast cancer.

“But only 2 percent of research funds go to metastatic cancer, so that is something I have become very passionate about,” Holloway said.

In addition to her participation in the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, Holloway also supports METAvivor, the sole organization in the country dedicated to awarding annual Stage 4 breast cancer research.

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Scenes from the 2016 Making Strides walk in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

Breast cancer is expected to take the lives of more than 40,000 women in this country this year. Strides events raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund breast cancer research, provide information and support 24-7, and provide access to mammograms for women who need them.

More than 13,000 people participated in last year’s event, raising close to $250,000. The goal this year is $350,000. From walkers in pink boas and tutus to children’s games and music, the Dayton Strides event is designed to be fun and family friendly.

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“It’s a celebration of life,” said Nikki Williams, director of communications of the American Cancer Society North Central Region. “We want people to know we’re supporting them and no one is in this alone.”

Holloway walked last year in the Dayton Strides event as a member of the PSA Airlines team. Little did she know what the following year would hold for her.

“It kind of haunts me that I was walking and I had cancer but I didn’t know it,” she said. “I was an anonymous participant listening to other people’s stories. Fast-forward a year and I was giving the survivor keynote speech. This event has a completely different meaning for me now.”

MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER – DAYTON

When: Oct. 21, registration/check-in and rolling start from 8-10 a.m.

Where: Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

Distance: 5K

Goal: $350,000

More: Warm-up with Pure Barre, children’s tent with crafts and a DJ

Info: DaytonOHStrides@cancer.org

Making a Difference – One Stride at a Time

Money raised in 2016 helped the American Cancer Society with a variety of programs

  • Road To Recovery — Nearly 335,000 rides to treatment and cancer-related appointments were provided.
  • Hope Lodge Communities — 456,000 free nights of lodging were provided to patients.
  • Cancer Information — More than 1.2 million calls and live chats from those seeking support, information and resources were handled by the 24/7 helpline.
  • Reach To Recovery — More than 11,000 peer support services were provided to breast cancer patients.
  • Patient Navigators — Nearly 45,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients received guidance from our patient navigators to help overcome barriers to care.
  • Breast Cancer Research — The American Cancer Society is currently funding 160 grants related to breast cancer – totaling more than $62 million.

Here’s what’s going on at TEDxDayton 2017 NOW

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Have you ever heard of Ted Talks?

Today is TEDxDayton day at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton. 

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In what has become one of the city’s favorite traditions, several speakers will come and share talks on a wide range of ideas from art to science to innovation. 

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Here are some of the best photos and posts from attendees who have used the hashtag #TEDxDayton2017.

#TEDxDayton2017 is underway!

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#tedxdayton with this fabulous lady. #mylifeisawesome

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4min 33sec by John Gage performed by Neil Gittleman and #TEDxDayton2017

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LISTEN! Melody Percussion Bass 1 person 1 instrument #TEDxDayton2017

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Just got lei'd at #tedxdayton2017 😉😂 5 years!!! @tedxdayton #dayton

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