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Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Last Wednesday evening, the light bulbs were sparking downtown as some of Dayton’s most brilliant minds came together to begin working towards one of the most anticipated competitions of the year.
Since 2008, UpDayton has been a powerhouse of ideas and people who understand Dayton’s greatest potential. The organization has been the brains and hard work behind several of Dayton’s most engaging community projects and accomplishments over the past decade, including Dayton Inspires, Longest Table Dayton and the mural pedestrian bridge that connects the Oregon District and South Park neighborhoods.
>> PHOTOS: 2017 UpDayton Summit
“We were established to address Dayton’s ‘brain drain.’ How do we make ourselves this thriving community that people want to stay in, activate and lead -- not one people want to run away from?” said AJ Ferguson, Executive Director of UpDayton.
>> PHOTOS: 2016 UpDayton Summit
The first phase of the Summit was underway last Wednesday night during Summit X, a meeting where approximately 20 innovative people gathered to pitch their ideas and start forming the teams they hope will make it to April’s event.
Every April at the Dayton Art Institute, the UpDayton Summit gives a platform to ten or 12 of the brightest ideas that have been chosen by the UpDayton board. In short, each team gets three minutes to pitch their idea to a crowd of around 300 influential, energetic people from Dayton, who will then vote on their favorite three ideas.
The months spent fine-tuning their ideas be do not go unrewarded for the Summit teams. $3,000 goes to each of the three teams whose ideas the audience believed could make the biggest impact in their community.
For Ferguson, he was inspired by the Summit when he was volunteering for an UpDayton project while still a student at the University of Dayton.
“I was just sort of blown away by how many people were at that summit … Especially learning the UpDayton story. We, especially young people, we can’t just abandon our hometowns for some other city that’s going to be just fine without us … Dayton has unlimited potential.”
With the successes that have evolved from past years’ Summits, there’s no limit to what this year could bring. The 2018 Summit will take place on April 26, 2018 at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton.
You can purchase tickets online at updayton.org. Early bird prices are $20 through Feb. 26, and will be $25 after that.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:51 PM
— Calling all Superheroes! The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is fighting animal homelessness and needs your help to find forever homes to all animals.
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Lace up your sneakers. Tie on your cape. Grab your super pooch and sign up today for the 27th annual Furry Skurry 5K walk/run to benefit the pets at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, the area’s largest no-kill animal welfare agency. This is one of the LARGEST animal events in the Miami Valley!!
This family-friendly and pet-friendly event will take place on Saturday, May 26 at the Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road. Come as an individual, family or a team and celebrate pets during this exciting and fun-filled event.
Not able to attend? Don’t worry! They also have Virtual Walker/Runner options so that you can experience all the goodies without being at the event!
What better way to ring in the unofficial start of summer than with a run around the park with your super sidekick dog?! Registration starts at 8 a.m. with the 5K run/walk starting at 9:30 a.m. A more casual 1-mile walk will follow at the 5K race.
All 5K participants will receive a free pancake breakfast, T-shirt, swag bag and finisher medal. Want a truly super experience? Upgrade your registration to our V.I.P.P. (Very Important People and Pets) ticket and receive access to the V.I.P.P. tent, open bar, premium parking, giveaways, pet massages, paw-dicures and more!
If you want to attend Furry Fest without participating in the race then you will just $5 at the door (for anyone 16 or older). If you are younger than 16 you can enter for free.
Fun at Furry Fest includes:
Children, dogs and superhero costumes are welcomed and highly encouraged.
There will be lots of shopping and activities during the event and some are cash-only, so please be prepared. There’s no guarantee that every vendor will be able to process credit cards.
This year’s Furry Skurry 5K & Furry Fest is sponsored by Petco Foundation, Subaru of Dayton, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dayton City Paper, LexisNexis, MedVet, McAfee Heating & Air, Meijer, MiracleCorp, Friends of the Humane Society, Secret Eden, Voss Auto Network, Dayton Magazine, MikeSell’s and Fore Acres Photography.
All proceeds raised from this event help care for the homeless pets at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton receives no government funding and relies solely on the donations of individuals, companies and grants to run the programs and services it offers to the community.
>>MORE TO KNOW: Animal advocates for more than a century
They are dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 116 years ago, it is the largest and most-established no-kill animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call (937) 268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Local musicians Ryan Palcic of Thundertaker and Taylor McGuff of McGuff & the Dumpster Fires are staunch supporters of Sideshow, presented at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26.
Sideshow is celebrating its 13th anniversary of creating a free show of art and music for all ages. Sideshow is run entirely by volunteers and uses fundraisers and donations to offset the cost of hosting a show featuring more than 100 local artists and musicians.
This event will be the biggest Sideshow yet with sculpture, painting, music, performers, wrestling, dancers, comedy, food trucks, local brews, photography and more. It will also feature a special Kid’s Sideshow portion.
Palcic and McGuff, who have both played the festival with their bands, are in charge of the music portion of Sideshow 13. They sat down recently at the Yellow Cab Tavern to discuss their duties for the annual festival, which features work from more than 40 local artists and music from more than 40 area performers.
Palcic: “Both of our bands were able to use Sideshow as a launching pad. We met other bands and got other gigs from it. If you’re a new band and it’s one of your first shows, if you come in here and you’re put in the right spot and you do a good job and you get a good crowd response, it’s easy to get involved out here. It certainly worked for us.”
McGuff: “Just for a show to go see, if you want a sampling of Dayton music, this is it. I can’t think of any other show where you can see this wide a swath of bands and acoustic artists and visual artists and poets as well. I get so excited for Sideshow. It really is my favorite event every year. I have a warm feeling every Sideshow weekend.”
Palcic: “I met so many people through Sideshow 10. That was the first year my band Thundertaker played. We played with Death By Fetish, Evil Eye Gypsy, Dead Tooth and McGuff & the Dumpster Fires. I met Taylor that night. I volunteered that first year and I had such a good time I’ve been doing it ever since.”
McGuff: “We had 110 applications or something like that this year. That’s the most I’ve seen so far, which is a great sign, but we had to cut that down to 42 acts and that made it even more difficult. This is also the first Sideshow we’ve worked where there are less spots than before.”
Palcic: “The hardest thing to do is cut band. “There is so much talent in the city, and we all have different tastes, so you inevitably end up having to make some tough decisions and cut bands you care about.”
Sideshow 13 performers include the New Old-Fashioned, Sharon Lane, Far From Eden, Mandy Jewell, the Repeating Arms and XL427. Exhibiting visual artists include Christine Gaffney, Matthew Reynolds, Tara Moore, Tom Gilliam, Jackie Wagner and Chris Corn.
Bradley the Dark
Heather Lea Reid
Jenny J. Ink
Summer Rose Fig
Friday Main Stage
7-7:40 p.m. John Dubuc and the Guilty Pleasures
7:40-8:20 p.m. NOVAGOLD
8:20-9 p.m. The Repeating Arms
9-9:40 p.m. The Zygotes
9:40-10:20 p.m. Nasty Bingo
10:20-11 p.m. The New Old Fashioned
11-11:40 p.m. Bribing Senators
11:40 p.m. -12:20 a.m. Todd the Fox
12:20-1 a.m. Dip Spit vs. Duderus
Friday Acoustic Stage
7-7:40 p.m. Max B Greene
7:40-8:20 p.m. Mandy Jewell
8:20-9 p.m.Doug Nichols
9-9:40 p.m. Steve Makofka
9:40-10:20 p.m. Sam Stone
10:20-11 p.m. Rich Reuter
11-11:40 p.m. McGuff and the Dumpster Fires
11:40-12:20 a.m. Ryan Jones
12:20-1 a.m. The Typical Johnsons
Saturday Main Stage
5-5:40 p.m. Evil Eye Gypsy
5:40-6:20 p.m. The Vibe
6:20-7 p.m. Lord Kimbo/Flam Feeva
7-7:40 p.m. Enzo
7:40-8:20 p.m. Thank The Maker
8:20-9 p.m. Neo American Pioneers
9-9:40 p.m. The 1984 Draft
9:40-10 p.m. Scarecrow Sideshow
10:20-11 p.m. Stella’s Demise
11-11:40 p.m. Dark Backward
11:40 p.m.-12:20 a.m. Burn the Dead
12:20-1 a.m. Far From Eden
Saturday Acoustic Stage
5-5:40 p.m. Achilles Tenderloin
5:40-6:20 p.m. Debbie DeCasio
6:20-7 p.m. Moringa Moon
7-7:40 p.m. Chris Ball
7:40-8:20 p.m. Boo Lee Crosser
8:20-9 p.m. Vincent Holiday
9-9:40 p.m. Dan Sebree
9:40-10 p.m. XL247
10:20-11 p.m. Sharon Lane
11-11:40 p.m. Dayton Poetry Slam
11:40 p.m.-12:20 a.m. Dayton Poetry Slam
WANT TO GO?
What: Sideshow 13 with Sharon Lane, Enzo, Dark Backward, Todd the Fox, Scarecrow Sideshow, the 1984 Draft and others
Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton
When: 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25 and 26
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:32 AM
— Comedian Dave Chappelle is ready to rip down the barn in Yellow Springs, again.
Tickets go on sale at 6 p.m. today, May 24, 2018, for Dave Chappelle’s Juke Joint in Yellow Springs.
Few details are on DavesJukeJoint.com for the party to feature D-Nice and Fred Yonnet and The Band With No Name.
But D-Nice posted about it on his fan page promising “the best musical experiences of your life.”
Chappelle had his first Juke Joint in Yellow Springs in 2015. He has since had similar bashes all around the country.
By all accounts, it was a party to remember the last time Chappelle, who lives near Yellow Springs, threw a two-day Juke Joint in October 2016 at the Barn On Whitehall Farms/ Tecumeh Land Trust, 4625 US 68 in Yellow Springs.
It is not clear how much tickets will cost for this weekend’s show.
In 2016, general admission was $75 each day. VIP was $100. There was a $10 parking fee that had to be paid in advance.
Both parties sold out, and a who's who of nationally known celebrities showed up to party down.
Local residents danced the house down with a list of celebs that included rappers, Talib Kweli and Q-Tip, CBS News' Gayle King, actor Bradley Cooper, model/actress Naomi Campbell, comedian Donnell Rawlings and magician David Blaine.
Act fast if you want to see who shows up for yourself this time.
Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:07 PM
— It is officially festival season, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Mark your calendars, grab some stretchy pants and get ready to eat, drink and ooh-and-aah your way through these festivals coming up this spring and summer.
1) TROY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Get ready for Strawberry Palooza (that’s this year’s festival theme).
Chocolate-covered berries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, strawberry burritos, strawberry cheesecake and Troy’s famous strawberry donuts are just a few of the treats you’ll find at this festival.
>> PHOTOS: Troy Strawberry Festival 2017
Need something more savory before dessert? Giant pork tenderloins, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and more festival favorites will be scattered around the Public Square, downtown Troy. Expect tons of craft vendors, games and entertainment that includes Kung Fu from the Kong Hoi Kung Fu Association, a pie eating contest and music from New Frontiers, a Journey Tribute band.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3
WHERE: Downtown Troy, along the Public Square and Miami County River levee
2) THE VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS FESTIVAL
This year’s poultry party is expected to reach a monumental milestone — 1 million chicken dinners sold. Organizers expect to sell 25,000 of its “world famous” barbecue chicken dinners at this year’s festival. There will also be the 37th Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, an antique car parade, Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days Contests, FREE kiddie tractor pull, rides and games for all ages, vendor area, Cake and Egg Contests, flower show, art and photo show, a 5K run, along with many other family friendly events.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 8, 9 and 10
WHERE: 459 S. Center St., Versailles
3)JUNGLE JIM’S INTERNATIONAL BEER FEST
There will be more than 400 beers from more than 100 different breweries at the Father’s Day weekend bash.
You’ll have the chance to try imported and local beers, along with craft brews and hard ciders.
Admission includes a picnic-style meal that includes BBQ beef sandwiches, potato chips, coleslaw or potato salad and a bottle of water.
Cigars will be sold from Jungle Jim’s humidor that can be smoked on the terrace.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16
WHERE: Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Oscar Event Center, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield
COST: Early admission is $58.58 per day. General Admission is $47.93.
4) SLIDERS, SIDES & SUDS FESTIVAL
Enjoy mini sandwiches from a variety of restaurants at this event held at Lincoln Park in Kettering in partnership with the Miami Valley Restaurant Association.
The Hathaways, Exploit Band and Brother Believe Me will perform. Lawn chairs are encouraged.
WHEN: 3-10 p.m. Saturday, June 16
WHERE: Lincoln Park Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
5) VECTREN DAYTON AIR SHOW
Celebrate Dayton’s aviation heritage and honor our local military history at the Air Show. There will be performances from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Sean D. Tucker, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco, P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen,” the Redline Airshow and Vicky Benzing.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24
WHERE: 3800 Wright Drive, Vandalia
COST: Tickets can be purchased online by June 17 for $21 plus a processing fee on the internet for adults and $16 for seniors and youth ages 6 to 11. Online tickets for adults increase to $25 plus fees June 18 to 24. Gate admission is $25 for adults and $16 for seniors and youth. Discounted tickets can be purchased at Kroger starting May 14.
Dayton’s rock legends Guided By Voices and Twin Peaks of Chicago will headline the third annual SpringsFest, which features brews by Yellow Springs Brewery, Warped Wing and MadTree.
Other acts include Caamp; Counterfeit Madison, Speaking Suns, The Cordial Sins, Adam Remnant, Teen Age; Scary Balance; Gaptooth Grin and Lori.
WHEN: Saturday, July 7
WHERE: John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs.
COST: Early bird passes are $45 each. The $55 full price passes go on sale June 15.
7) KICKIN’ CHICKEN WING FESTIVAL
Enjoy bold food, great music, and a family-friendly party at the Fraze. Several restaurants will bring their best of the best.
Entertainment includes 24Seven Party Band, The North 41
and Lt. Dan’s New Legs
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14
WHERE: Lincoln Park at Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
8) THE OHIO CHALLENGE BALLOON FESTIVAL
This sanctioned hot air balloon competition will feature a race of 30 participants for the glory, the coveted Ohio Challenge Trophy and a bid to attend the Nationals. There will be night balloon glows at dusk, a car show, balloon rides, fireworks, outdoor concerts, food vendors, arts and crafts, and carnival rides.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 20-21
WHERE:2301 Wedekind Drive, Middletown
COST: $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. Parking $15 (includes free shuttle and admission)
9) DAYTON CELTIC FESTIVAL
Celtic music is just one of the things to love about one of the most popular festivals of the summer. There’s also the beer, the kilts and the delicious grub. Three days of free live music from Gaelic Storm; Scythian; Sock In The Frying Pan, Rory Makem; The Fitzgeralds, We Banjo 3 and Heron Valley.
Did we mention the beer, food and culture?
WHEN: Friday to Sunday, July 27-29
WHERE: Riverscape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
10) BACON FEST
Bacon on bacon on bacon. And also bacon.
This festival sets out to prove that “everything goes better with bacon.”
Local restaurants create bacon-ey dishes for the event presented by the Restaurant Raiders, a foodie group that supports Dayton area restaurants.
Music includes Cherry Avenue, The Fries and Fu5ion.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18
WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering