3 must-see NYE ball drops in Dayton

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

The closest thing to Times Square on New Year's Eve happened at Austin Landing. Party-goers watched the ball drop and fireworks and enjoyed live music from Stranger during the celebration in support of Pink Ribbon Girls on Dec. 31, 2016. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
The closest thing to Times Square on New Year's Eve happened at Austin Landing. Party-goers watched the ball drop and fireworks and enjoyed live music from Stranger during the celebration in support of Pink Ribbon Girls on Dec. 31, 2016. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

New York City’s a little far, but lucky for you, we’ve got a few ball drop celebrations in and around our fair city.

Here are three New Year’s Eve ball drop celebrations.

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✨ BALL DROP NYE at Yellow Cab Tavern

Yellow Cab will start its first Ball Drop party at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. DJ “Fab Gear ( Jay Madewell) will play dance music starting at 10 p.m. There will be food trucks and a champagne toast. 

Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton 

When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31 to Jan. 1

Cost: Free admission

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✨ NYE at Austin Landing (MOVED INSIDE)

 Channel a little bit of the Times Square atmosphere this New Year’s Eve at Austin Landing. Live music from Stranger and Party with a Purpose benefiting The Pink Ribbon Girls. There will be fireworks and a live ball drop. Food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase from food trucks. Free champagne toast for ages 21+. While you're at Austin Landing, don't miss the first NYE Bash at Bar 145 featuring Neon White.

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Where: Austin Landing, 10050 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg

When: Starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 

Tickets: $15 in advance online; $20 at the door. VIP tickets are $60 each. 

Info: austinlanding.com 

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✨ Yellow Springs Ball Drop and Little Art Theatre Party

Can't get to New York City for the ball drop this year? Yellow Springs should be a bit more manageable with its annual ball-drop celebration in front of the Little Art.

The Little Art promises the best seats for the event, along with music from Devil's Backbone and a special showing of the 2008 film “Mamma Mia!” starring Meryl Streep. 

Admission to the Little Art party is $25 and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres. NYE Punch, craft beer, wine and other spirits will be sold. 

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Where: Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 31 

Cost: $25 per person

Info: (937) 767-7671 | littleart.com

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Festival season officially kicks off this weekend with SWEET treats

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.
Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

Get ready for it! Festival season is officially upon us.

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It all starts with Bellbrook’s Sugar Maple Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, April 27-29. 

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This year’s Sugar Maple Festival marks the 40th anniversary. Here are a few things to know before you go:

PARKING PRO TIP
Take the free shuttle to the festival from Bellcreek Intermediate School, 3777 Upper Bellbrook Road. Parking will be virtually non-existent downtown. 

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Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

FOOD & STUFF

Grub vendors and 75 craft peddlers will line Franklin Street. Everything from candles to fabric crafts to window art will be up for grabs.

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Warped Wing, Yellow Springs Brewery and Angry Orchard brews and booze will be for sale in the beer tent near the live music. Friday night’s kickoff event will include music from Full Frontal. On Saturday, Spungewurthy takes the stage.

As for the food, you can expect local food trucks and tent setups offering an array of flavors and foods.

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PANCAKES!!!

The annual pancake breakfast is set for 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Bellbrook United Methodist Church, 47 E. Franklin St. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children older than 2. Family admission is $15.

THE PARADES

The Sugar Maple Festival Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Mini Sweetheart Parade is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Bellbrook Park. 

OTHER COOL STUFF

Kids, teens and adults will be able to submit entries for a recycled sculpture contest. All entries will be displayed during the festival weekend. First, second and third place winners will receive a cash prize; all others receive a participation ribbon. For guidelines and entry details, visit the event Facebook page. Commemorative tees will also be available at the information booth and beer garden for $15. 

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There will also be “Real Housewives of Bellbrook” themed steins, which grants a free beer. But only 25 will be available for sale Friday. These steins are available for presale and can be ordered through SMFPreOrders@gmail.com.

Another stein option will be available in limited quantities at the festival — also offering free beer with its purchase. No pre-sale options are available for the second stein.  

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Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

Dogs will get their chance to strut their stuff at the festival’s annual dog show Friday at 6:30 p.m. This show is not about breed or agility. Awards will be given out for for important things, like cutest puppy, cutest dog, ugliest, smallest, largest, best costume and silly dog tricks 

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Want to go?

WHAT: Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival

WHEN: April 27 to 29

WHERE: Downtown Bellbrook, Ohio (1 W. Franklin St.)

COST: Entrance to festival is free; pancake breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children older than 2, $15 for family admission.

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The region’s premiere arts event showcases the best Dayton has to offer

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM



Andy Snow
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The Dayton Visual Arts Center is gearing up for its 24th Annual Art Auction at The David H. Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College, and Dayton’s art community is feeling the excitement. 

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“There are a lot of artists that live in this community, but there are not a lot of opportunities for artists to show and exhibit and sell their work to the public,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of DVAC. “So the auction becomes important to show off the rich talent we have in the community.”

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(Contributed DVAC)

>>PHOTOS: DVAC Art Auction 2017

DVAC’s mission is to open the door for Dayton to have a closer relationship with art. The center helps sustain the arts community by providing a place to show, market and sell work. All the money raised goes to educational programs and events through the center. 

(Contributed DVAC)

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As Dayton’s premiere arts event draws nearer, the public continues to catch glimpses of the stellar works up for auction. Buttacavoli said attendees will not only get to sip and snack on “heavy hors d’oeuvres while taking in some of Dayton’s most dazzling accomplishments, but they’ll get to rub shoulders with the artists themselves and hear what inspires them.”

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Approximately 120 works, including paintings, photographs, prints, glass, jewelry and more will be for sale, so anyone can purchase a piece of fine, Dayton-made art. Featuring a variety of different mediums, styles and processes, there is certain to be a piece that speaks to you. 

silent auction for most works will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., while the live auction is set to take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The live auction will feature 14 pieces from some of Dayton’s most notable artists, including Annie Bowers, Virginia Burroughs, Ron Rollins and Terry Welker. 

(Contributed/ DVAC)

Brand new this year is Silent Auction Mobile Bidding, where anyone can bid on pieces with their smartphone -- from anywhere

“No more paper bid sheets, crowded auction areas or complicated check out ... If you can’t attend the event, you can log in remotely from anywhere and bid on the perfect piece of art for your home or office,” Buttacavoli said. 

“Mobile bidding will be available at no charge to event ticket holders beginning April 22. People not attending the event may bid on items beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the Auction with a $10 donation,” according to a DVAC press release. 

For more information about the Mobile Bidding experience, as well as registration, visit daytonvisualarts.org.

(Contributed DVAC)

Signature to DVAC’s auction and differing from many arts events, it’s a casual attire event with an affordable ticket price. Tickets are $50 for DVAC members, $60 for nonmembers and $75 at the door. 

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Dayton Visual Arts Center 24th Annual Art Auction

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, April 27

WHERE: Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center, 

444 W Third St., downtown Dayton

INFO & TICKETS: www.daytonvisualarts.org | 937-224-3822

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Dayton food truck giants to face off in Battle of the Breakfasts

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:22 AM

The Drunken Waffle will start serving brunch every Sunday starting in April. CONTRIBUTED
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The Drunken Waffle will start serving brunch every Sunday starting in April. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

There will be no losers in this battle. Only full bellies.

Returning for Round 2 of the Battle of the Breakfasts, the Ghostlight Coffee Truck and Son of a Biscuit are hosting all 2018 battles at White Allen Chevrolet on North Main Street. Reigning champs of the first Breakfast Battle back in November, Son of a Biscuit, will be facing off against Greek Street Food Truck.

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(Contributed)

“We had a great time at our first battle last November,” said Brad Manning, owner and operator of Son of a Biscuit. “The ladies at Drunken Waffle gave us a real run for our money, and we’re expecting more delicious competition from Greek Street this month.”

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Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts. The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from Son of a Biscuit.(Submitted)

The battle will be officiated by Ghostlight Coffee Truck, which also will be serving up coffee to go with breakfast. 

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The truck with the most sales will get “Best Breakfast” bragging rights and will go on to face a new competitor in May. 

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Greek Street Food Truck's Baklava(Alex Perry)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Battle of the Breakfasts Round 2

WHEN: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29

WHERE: White Allen Chevrolet, 429 N. Main St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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Janet Jackson extends tour to include a stop very close to home 

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:34 PM

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Janet Jackson is coming to Cincinnati this summer during her State of the World Tour.

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The newly announced U.S. dates will kick off July 11 in Austin, Texas, and visit cities across the country including Cincinnati at Riverbend Music Center on Sunday, July 15.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Tickets range in price from $26.45 to $996.50.

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Citi credit card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, April 26 at 10 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass® program

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With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits yielding 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Janet Jackson
WHERE: Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati

WHEN: 8 p.m. July 15

TICKETS: 1.800.745.3000 | Ticketmaster

INFO: Website

*While supplies last. Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase. All events are rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

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