Must-see homes will be decked out for holidays in St. Anne’s Hill tour

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Celebrate the holidays in St Anne’s Hill Historic District with the biennial Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Home Tour

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The popular event takes place December 8-10, 2017. 

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“Our neighbors are so generous in opening their doors to these beautiful, century old homes,” Susan Gray, president of St Anne’s Hill Historic District said. 

“There’s so much history to our city and to each house, and the Holidays are just a great time to remember it while getting in the spirit of the season.” 

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A guide, dressed in period costumes and brimming with information about the remarkable history of the Historic District and life in the 19th century, leads each tour throughout the neighborhood’s beautiful Victorian Homes.

“So many volunteers’ hours of hard work make this event a great family tradition,” Gray said. “For as wonderful as the houses are, it’s really the people that make the Holiday Tour, and our neighborhood, so special.”  

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The Home Tour concludes with the beloved tradition of bread pudding served at the historic Bossler Mansion, which also features Victoria’s Parlor Gift Shop with an assortment of unique gift items handmade by residents and friends of St Anne’s Hill.  

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For those interested in attending the Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Home Tour, RSVPs are recommended to guarantee a spot. 

Tours take approximately two and a half hours to complete and start every half hour on Friday, December 8 from 3-8 p.m., Saturday, December 9 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, December 10 from 12-5 p.m. 

More information can be found on the Facebook event page. Tickets are available online or by phone at 937-368-TOUR.

Want to go?

WHAT: St. Anne’s Hill Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Home Tour

WHEN: Dec. 8-10

WHERE: St. Anne’s Hill Historic District

COST: $22/ticket in advance, $30/ticket at event

INFO: FacebookEventbrite tickets | 937-368-TOUR


St Anne’s Hill Historic District Hosts Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Home Tour

Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 10

$22 in advance / $30 at the event

Saint Anne’s Hill Historic District

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Luke Bryan to play concert at area farm 

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 05:   Luke Bryan performed onstage during the 2018 iHeartCountry Festival By AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 5, 2018 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)
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AUSTIN, TX - MAY 05: Luke Bryan performed onstage during the 2018 iHeartCountry Festival By AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 5, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)(Rick Kern/Getty Images)

A country music superstar is bringing his show to a farm near our neck of the woods. 

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Luke Bryan’s 10th annual farm tour will stop at Springfork Farms in Irwin, a community near Springfield and Urbana, on 6 p.m. Sept. 27.  Parking will begin at 2 p.m. and the doors will open at 5 p.m.

Ticket go on sale 10 a.m. June 6 at

They will be $51 in advance and $60 at the gate.

The tour includes five other farms as well:  

🤠 Sept 28 at Atkins Farm in Pesotum, Ill.

🤠 Sept. 29 at Ziel Farm in Boone, Iowa

🤠 Oct. 4 at  Whitehurst Cattle Company in Archer, Fla. 

🤠 Oct. 5 at Misty Morning Farms in North Augusta, S.C.

🤠 Oct. 6 at Doug Yates Farms in Ringgold, Ga.

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“Luke Bryan is the top country entertainer and is already coming to our area at Great American Ball Park June 16,” K99.1 FM New Country Mornings host Nancy Wilson said. “His farm tours are infamous for their rustic, down-home, in-your-face, close-to-fans feel. The fact that Luke is bringing this right in the Miami Valley’s own backyard is huge.” 

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More than 100,000 fans have attended the annual tour since 2009. 

Bryan — a judge on “American Idol” — awards college scholarships to students from farming families attending local colleges or universities near the tour stops.

More than 50 scholarships have been given out. 

Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards and a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year.

He was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years.

His hits include “Country Girl;” “Do I;” “Most people are good;” Drink Beer; “Drunk on you;” “Strip it down” and “Huntin, Fishin & Lovin’.” 

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FREE CONCERT TICKETS: If you live in Huber Heights, the Rose is offering a special deal

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:22 PM

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will perform Sunday on the Tire Kingdom stage at SunFest.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will perform Sunday on the Tire Kingdom stage at SunFest.

As part of their appreciation week, Rose Music Center will be giving away two tickets for two concerts this summer. 

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Beginning Tuesday, May 29, at 11 a.m. through Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. residents will have access to two free tickets to each of these shows: 

JUNE 7 — Postmodern Jukebox

JUNE 28  Kenny G and The Tenors.

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May 5, 2017 Atlanta - Kenny G performs during the 8th annual Jet Drag on Friday, May 5, 2017. Teams, of no more than 20 people are timed as they compete for prizes as they pull a 167,000-pound pound Boeing 757 aircraft for about 20 feet. When the Delta Jet Drag began eight years ago, Robert Cisneros signed up to pull that 167,000 pound plane. At first, participating in the fundraiser was just a way to support friends, coworkers and loved ones battling cancer. Then, when his mother was diagnosed, that passion turned into something more. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM(HYOSUB SHIN / AJC)

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Complimentary tickets can be obtained by bringing a driver’s license with a valid Huber Heights address to the venue box office (Box Office Hours: Mon – Fri, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.  – 2 p.m.) or by going to and entering offer code: HUBER (not case sensitive). 

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This offer limits two tickets per show, per person. Offer is valid in select seat locations only and while supplies last. Free tickets have no cash value. All events rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

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Patriot Freedom Festival this weekend to remember the ‘Great War’

Published: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 @ 9:13 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:58 PM

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This weekend may be filled with fun, BBQ’s and beer, but the reason for the holiday is one we won't forget.

To celebrate the individuals who have served in our military, The American Veterans Heritage Center once again presents the Patriot Freedom Festival. This year’s theme is Remembering the Great War — WWI. 

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Date: Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Festival location: Dayton VA Medical Center Campus, 4100 W. 3rd St., Dayton.

Cost: Free.

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What not to miss: The opening ceremonies kick of promptly at 11 a.m. Events at the festival Include honoring ceremonies, WWI and other historical military re-enactors including guided historical tours including the restored Garden/Grotto, military vehicles, children’s activities, ice cream social, equestrian team, Miami Valley Military History Museum, Frisbee Golf Tournament and much more. there will also be food, craft vendors, kid’s activities, free live music and entertainment. U.S. Federal Judge Walter Rice will be there portraying President Woodrow Wilson, Abraham Lincoln, WWI Doughboys and more.

Insider’s best tip: Dress comfortably. The weather will be very warm.

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Parking/traffic info: Parking is free. Parking lots are very close and smack dab in the middle of the event, so ample parking is available. There are two lots on Kentucky Street by the police station and on Ohio Street next to the Historic Protestant Chapel that are easily accessible.

Best time to go: Things happening every hour, any time you go you’ll find something cool to see.

More info: Website or Facebook

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7 waterpark adventures a short drive from home

Published: Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 3:19 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:37 PM

You're just a hop, skip, and a short drive away from some of the wettest and wildest water parks Ohio has to offer. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)


Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff to summer, and why not make a big splash?

Here’s a roundup of some of the best waterparks within a short drive from home for a day of fun with your love, your friends or the whole family.

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The Beach Waterpark 2018 season starts this weekend and is sure to offer plenty of splashy thrills and relaxing trips along the lazy river. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Description: The 35-acre park includes a heated wave pool, a 600-gallon dump bucket, 22 water slides, 2,600 tons of white sands, over 150 live palm trees and more than two million gallons of water to splash in.

Location: 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason (Warren County)

Open: Operating hours vary by day and throughout the season. Check here.


Admission: $28.99 for general admission, $22.99 for military, $19.99 for seniors and $23.99 for children under 48’’ tall, free for ages 3 and under. You can save up to $4 by purchasing your ticket online.

Parking: $10

Least-busy days: Mondays through Thursdays; check website for hours

Tickets/information: 513-398-7946 | Website

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Coney Island's The Twister is the park's newest feature. It stands at 45 feet tall and is more than a quarter-mile long. The park is just east of Cincinnati.

Description: Opening May 26, this park located along the banks of Lake Como, has both water and land rides that’ll thrill kiddos, teenagers and adults alike. 

Location: 6201 Kellogg Ave., 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Open, Sunlite Pool: Open May 28 through Labor Day. Hours vary, so check here.

Attractions: Pool cabanas, a 3-million gallon pool (with slides and diving boards), typhoon tower (equipped with 73 interactive play stations), water slides, as well as thrill rides.

Admission: $21.95 for general admission, discounts for children and seniors available. Tickets available for just the Sunlite Water Adventure and the Rides and Attractions only; check website for pricing.

Parking: $9

Least-busy day: Tuesdays

Tickets/information: at the park and online; 513-232-8230 | Website

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At both Ohio Great Wolf Lodge resorts, the focal point is the 1,000-gallon tipping bucket adorning the top of Fort Mackenzie. CONTRIBUTED

Description: The indoor water park features water slides and a four-story treehouse with water sprays.

Location: 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason (Warren County)

Open: daily, year-round

Admission: must be an overnight guest; rooms and suites available

Parking: free

Least-busy days: midweek

Information/reservations: 513-459-8885, 1-800-913-9653 | Website


The new Tropical Plunge at Soak City Waterpark at Kings Island made its debut May 28. The amusement park complex continues to be a major tourism attraction in Warren County.

Description: On May 26, the waterpark at Kings Island opens with its offerings more than 100 rides, including 15 roller coasters (and the Beast, the world’s longest wooden coaster), and Soak City, a 33-acre waterpark.

Location: 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason (Warren County)

Kings Island: daily, operating hours vary through Aug. 23; select weekends through Nov. 1

Soak City (free with park admission): operating hours vary; call for details

Attractions: 17 different slides, bays, plunges, rivers and twists to get your adrenaline pumping as you cool down in the water.

Single priced tickets: Single day admission tickets can be purchased on the Kings Island website for $44.99 each — a considerable savings off the front gate price. You can also purchase a two-day ticket (the second day an additional $17) and an after 4 p.m. admission ($32). These prices not include applicable taxes and fees.

Parking: $15 online or $18 at the gate

Least-busy day: Wednesdays

Tickets/information: online, at the park and participating AAA and Kroger locations; 513-754-5700 | Website

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Wake Nation Cincinnati owners and wake boarding professionals began a quest Friday, June 25, 2010, to set a Guiness World Record for the most distance traveled on a wakeboard in 24 hours at Wake Nation Cincinnati.(Staff photo by Nick Daggy)

Description: The water-sports complex offers wakeboarding, water-skiing, knee-boarding and wake-skating without the use of a boat. Riders are pulled on a 10-acre lake at 18 to 20 mph by an overhead cable-pulley system.

Location: Joyce Park, 201 Joe Nuxhall Way, Fairfield (Butler County)

Open: operating hours vary; call for details

Attraction: Under new ownership, the 2018 season will see new improvements (according to the website). There are super trampolines, giant waterslides, and ninja features coming soon.

Admission: $32 for two hours, $35 for four hours, or $42 for an all-day pass; free for spectators; equipment rental available. Additional cost for Aqua Glide Waterpark. Group discounts also available

Parking: free

Least-busy day: Tuesdays

Tickets/information: available on-site; 513-887-9253 | Website

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Description: A 22.7-acre water park — adjacent to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium — features 17 water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas and a kiddie play pool.

Location: 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell (Delaware County)

Open: daily, operating hours vary; call for details

Admission: General admission, $34.99, children 3-9 and seniors, $26.99, children under 3 free. Get up to a $5 discount by purchasing your tickets online.

Parking: $10

Least-busy days: weekdays

Tickets/information: available at the park, AAA, Columbus-area Kroger stores and online; 614-645-3550, 1-800-MONKEYS | Website

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