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Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:16 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:41 AM
WASHINGTON TWP. — Today is opening day for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers’ first Dayton-area location at 1136 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp., the latest in a wave of new chicken restaurants across the region.
Raising Cane’s joins an increasingly competitive chicken-restaurant market, with most of the recent growth focused on Dayton’s south suburbs. Chick-fil-A has opened new locations in Kettering and the Cornerstone of Centerville center, and last year completed a $1 million makeover of its Washington Twp. restaurant. Locally based startup Mike’s Nashville Hot opened its first two restaurants in Austin Landing in Miami Twp. and on Ohio 48 in Washington Twp. And other chains such as Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen and Church’s Chicken have announced plans to add locations across the region.
At the new Raising Cane’s, the first person in line when the restaurant opens at 10:30 a.m. today, June 28, will receive “Free Cane’s for a year,” in the form of a gift card good for one free “Box Combo” each week for 52 weeks and a $35 gift basket, a spokeswoman for Raising Cane’s Dayton-area franchisee said. Customers started lining up early in the week.
Bob Daniels of Beavercreek was the first in line on Tuesday evening. Sitting in a tent, Daniels said he got in line at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Customers who come in during today’s grand opening Day will receive a “Raising Cane's Limited-Edition BBQ Spatula,” while supplies last, according to Andria Morgan, marketing manager for RCO Limited, Raising Cane’s Dayton-area franchisee.
Other prizes and festivities include tickets to see a Columbus Crew soccer match for the first 10 people in line, and a live, on-site broadcast from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from K99.1FM.
The site of the new restaurant in Washington Twp. most recently housed a Golden Dragon Buffet & Grill, and, before that, a Ryan’s Steakhouse. The former restaurant structure was demolished to pave the way for construction of the new Raising Cane’s.
The Ohio 725 restaurant will seat 92 inside and will employ 45 to 65, Morgan has said.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers operates multiple restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and opened a restaurant in Fairfield in October 2016. Plans call for adding more Dayton-area locations, Morgan has said. Plans for a potential Beavercreek location are pending, according to city and restaurant officials.
The Raising Cane’s chain prides itself on a limited menu and a simple concept, focused on chicken fingers, made “fresh, never frozen,” marinated for 24 hours, then battered and cooked to order. Also featured on the menu are crinkle-cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and sauces that are made in-house each day.
Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 12:07 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:03 PM
— Can you believe we’re almost through June?! Summer fun is in full effect and there’s plenty of things to do this weekend through next week.
Here are our top 10 picks for best events and things to do happening around Dayton:
1) AMERICAN PORTRAITS
During his six decade career, Yousuf Karsh photographed icons as diverse as Albert Einstein, Warren Buffett, Martin Luther King Jr., Grace Kelly, Frank Lloyd Wright and Jim Henson. These are just some of the famous figures captured in striking black and white images featured in "Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits," opening at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, on Saturday, June 23.
"Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits," which features 48 photographs from the National Portrait Gallery's collection, is on display at DAI through September 16. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: $14 adults, $11 seniors, students 18 and older with ID, groups and active military, $6 youth 7-17 and free members and children 6 and younger. Call 937-223-5277 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.
2) DAYTON AIR SHOW
As the birthplace of flight, it's fitting one of the area's biggest summer events is the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The show — returning to Dayton International Airport, 3800 Wright Drive, Vandalia, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24 — features world-class aerobatic champions, military jets, live music and more. The Memphis Belle, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Redline Airshows, Sean D. Tucker and U.S. Army Golden Knights are featured. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with featured shows from noon to 4:15 p.m. Cost: Gate tickets: $25 adults, $16 youth 6-11 and seniors 60 and older. Discounted advance tickets available. Free for children 5 and younger. Call 937-898-5901 or visit www.daytonairshow.com.
3) BLACK VIOLIN
Whether presenting an intimate duo composition or fronting a 100-piece orchestra for a live mashup of Beethoven and Cardi B, you never know what to expect from Black Violin. Since forming in Florida in 2004, classically-trained string players Wil B. and Kev Marcus have been entertaining audiences with technical dexterity and an audacious streak that makes each performance an adventure in sound. Black Violin brings its Classical Boom Tour to Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, for a concert featuring members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Cost: $30 adults, $20 young adults 13-20, $10 12 and younger. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
4) KEEPING THE TRADITION POW WOW
Dancers, flute circles and performances by the Lakeside Singers and Red Circle Singers are among the entertainment options at the 30th anniversary of the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow. The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans presents the event at SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park, 2301 W. River Road, Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24.
Pow Wow hours are noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $8 adults, $6 seniors 60 and older and students 6 to 17. Weekend passes are $15 adults, $9 seniors and children. Dayton Society of Natural History Members admitted half price. Free for children 5 and younger. Call 937-268-8199 or visit www.sunwatch.org.
5) KENNY G & THE TENORS
This year marks a major milestone for Kenny G, who started his musical career 45 years ago as a 17-year-old member of Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. After honing his craft with several other groups, the saxophonist embarked on a solo career. His self-titled debut was released in 1982 and by the middle of the decade he was one of the most successful new acts in smooth jazz. Today, the Seattle native remains one of the most successful artists in his field. Kenny G, currently on tour with the Tenors, performs at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $23.50-$78. Call 937-228-2323 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
6) RAIL FESTIVAL
Attention train enthusiasts: It's time once again for the Rail Festival, returning to Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. The 13th annual event, co-presented by Dayton History and Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society, features live steam engines, model train displays, historical exhibits, free miniature train rides, food and merchandise vendors.Festival hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $8 adults (18-59), $7 seniors (60 and older), $5 children (3-17) and free children younger than 3 and Dayton History members. Call 937-293-2841 or visit www.railfestival.com.
7) THE CAPITOL STEPS
Ronald Reagan was wrapping up his first year as President of the United States when the Capitol Steps first put its humorous spin on modern politics at a Washington, D.C. Christmas party. Nearly 40 years and five Commanders-in-chief later, the comedy troupe continues to craft jokes culled from the news of the day. The Springfield Arts Council's Summer Arts Festival presents the comedy group in concert at Turner Pavilion, Veteran's Park, 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Cost: Free. Visit www.springfieldartscouncil.org.
8) RHYTHM & BREWS FEST
Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials headlines a full evening of music at the Rhythm & Brews Festival at Miami Valley Gaming, 6000 OH-63, Lebanon, from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Music begins at 4:30 p.m. with an opening set from the Summit followed by Tinsley Ellis at 6:30 p.m. and Lil' Ed at 8:30 p.m. A wide variety of beers will be available from craft brewers such as Breckenridge, Lagunitas, Dark Horse and Southern Tier. Cost: Free admission. $35 VIP package includes limited edition T-shirt, 10 four-ounce sampler tickets, sampler mug and early admittance. Visit www.miamivalleygaming.com.
Precocious orphans, menacing gangsters and a benevolent billionaire drive the action in the beloved musical, "Annie," which opens at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, on Thursday, June 28. This production runs through August 19. Show times are 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Doors open two hours before show time. The buffet opens an hour and 15 minutes before show time. Cost: $61-$75 adults, $30 children 11 and younger. Call 937-746-4554 or visit www.lacomedia.com.
Queensryche had developed a strong following in the Pacific Northwest when the group exploded into the mainstream with its third album, "Operation Mindcrime" in 1988. The heavy metal band is taking a break from recording its 16th studio album, the follow-up to 2015's "Condition Human," for a series of summer concerts. Queensryche performs with special guests the Iron Maidens and opener Latter at BMI Speedway, 791 E. Main St., Versailles, at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: General admission tickets are $25 in advance, $35 day of show. Call 937-526-9547 or visit www.bmikarts.com.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 3:24 PM
— What better way to celebrate summer than with good music, food and fun?
This weekend, the third annual Festival On The Hill! takes place June 22-23 at the Dayton Masonic Temple.
Festival On The Hill! will feature entertainment on a main stage with local favorites as well as national touring and recording artists. Wine, domestic and craft beer will be available for purchase and numerous food vendors will be available.
General admission tickets with lawn seating prices are $7 for adults, $5 for active military, law enforcement and first responders. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free with an adult admission. There are also 4-ticket packs available for $20 prior to the event sold at the Dayton Masonic Center Ticket Office. Please note, this is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be made.
Musical acts include Stranger, The Menus, 33 People, Shadow Life, Eric Jerardi and Vicious Cycle, a Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute.
On Saturday, there will also be a Special Olympics benefit run with four stops including Ride 1 Powersports, Buckminn’s D&D Harley Davidson, Sporty’s Trikes & Bikes and finally Festival On The Hill. There is a fee of $10 for one rider or $15 for two to participate. Each rider will receive Saturday admission to the Festival on the Hill as well as assorted “swag” provided by the event sponsors. Proceeds go to benefit Special Olympics Ohio.
Food vendors include: RKP Vending, Cajun Specialties, Mobile Family Cafe, Southern Sisters, Cork-N-Bottle, Riddle Ribs and Keller Catering.
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Want to go?
WHAT: Festival On The Hill!
WHEN: Friday, June 22 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 23 from 3 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:13 PM
— The oldest existing American built locomotive, the B&O #1, John Quincy Adams, is one of the transportation treasures that will be on display this weekend during the Carillon Park Rail Festival.
The origin of the John Quincy Adams, how it took on an unusual nickname, and its’ twisting path to Dayton is an intriguing adventure.
“The Baltimore & Ohio, the first commercial railroad in the United States, ran a contest in the early 1830s to design an engine, “said Bob Limoseth, a volunteer at Carillon Historical Park.
“Phineas Davis, a watch maker from York, Pennsylvania submitted a design which was different from all the others in that the rods and the pistons ran in an up and down position as opposed to a horizontal position. From that design it gained the nickname the “grasshopper.”
The John Quincy Adams was one of seven locomotives built with this unique design and put into service. Originally it was on a line from Baltimore to Washington D.C. carrying passengers who paid $2.50 for a ticket.
Over the years its name was removed and changed as the engines with this design were scrapped.
The provenance of the John Quincy Adams became even more muddled in 1893 when it was altered to appear as an 1833 locomotive named Traveler, to appear in what was billed as the “greatest historical railroad show in the world” at the Chicago World’s Fair.
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The “grasshopper” returned to Baltimore and sat in a scrap yard before it was placed in a museum unrestored, according to Dayton History research.
In 1947 Col. Edward Deeds, chairman of the board of The National Cash Register Company, approached the B&O for a train engine for his new museum.
The railroad company had Traveler available and Deeds sent it off for restoration. During rebuilding the true identity of the locomotive was revealed. Deeds had acquired the John Quincy Adams.
“The uniqueness of the train, the uniqueness of the design, and the fact that it is the only remaining American made steam engine from that time period makes it special,” said Limoseth.
Today the B&O #1, John Quincy Adams, is on display in the James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center at Carillon Historical Park. A Barney & Smith wooden parlor car, an Interurban and more transportation history are also on display in the center.
The two-day rail festival will feature live steam engines, model train displays, and free miniature train rides.
WANT TO GO?
What: Carillon Park Rail Festival
Where: Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton
When: Saturday June 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday June 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $8; seniors (60+): $7 and children (3-17): $5; Dayton History members: free.
Parking is free.
Published: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:55 AM
— Family fun, adventure, food trucks, a beer truck and music come together for two special events this weekend along the Great Miami River in Troy.
Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23.
TREASURE ISLAND RIVER FEST
Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event has tons to do for the family.
Schedule of events:
10 a.m. — The Great Miami 12.1 Mile River Race Launches
11 a.m. — Live DJs
11 a.m. — Food Trucks Open
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. — $10 All Day Boat Demos
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. — 3 Mile Photo Scavenger Hunt
3 p.m. — 2 Up, 2 Down River Race
4 p.m. — Kids Race
5 p.m. — 500 Meter Bridge Sprint
6 .pm. — Beer Truck Opens
6 p.m. — Record Breaking Great Tube Float
7 p.m. — Awards Ceremony & Community Concert
8 p.m. — Record Breaking Giant S.U.P Event
$10 All Day Boat Rentals: Paddle as much as you like in the scenic Treasure Island Park. $10 gets you a wrist band to use any available Kayaks, Canoes, S.U.P. boards or paddle boards as they are available. Come and go, you're not limited to one use.
3 mile Photo Scavenger Hunt: Try out the new 3 mile river trip being offered by Adventures on the Great Miami that travels from Twin Arch Reserve along the Great Miami back to Treasure Island Park. Take photos of the three listed landmarks with the hashtag #adventureintroy and you'll be entered to win a river pass for the rest of the 2017 season for two. $25 per person for canoe, kayak, S.U.P. or raft, $15 for tubes. Last trip leaves at 6 p.m. Preregister here.
Kids Race: Sign up the day of for a fun race around the small island at Treasure Island Park. No younger than 12 please and there must be an adult guardian accompanying to participate.
Record Breaking Great Tube Float: There will be tons, TONS, of tubes on site to try to set a record of the number of tubes on the Great Miami at one time. The tube course will run 300 meters, from the Treasure Island Park Marina to the end of the property. Bring your own or $1 gets you in one of our tubes.
Record Breaking Giant S.U.P. Event: How many people can fit on a giant Stand Up Paddle Board? There will be an 18-foot by 5-foot paddle board. Participation is free.
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GREAT MIAMI RIVER RACES
“We want Miami County to become a paddler’s destination,” said Chris Jackson, owner of Adventures on the Great Miami. “The Great Miami is such a beautiful river and really great for these kind of races. What makes it perfect for racing is also what makes it perfect for new paddlers, nice stretches of easy flowing river without major dangerous turns or fast water. It’s amazing that it’s gone this unnoticed for so long and people are just starting to realize all of its potential. We’re excited to be a part of that!”
The 12.1 mile race - 10 a.m.
A 12.1 Mile course starting at the Treasure Island Park in Troy and traveling along the beautiful Great Miami River and finishing at Adventures on the Great Miami. The course does include a short 100-foot portage around a Low Dam in Troy.
Race participants will launch at 15-minute increments starting at 10 a.m. All participants must finish by 9 p.m. or will be disqualified and transported back to Adventures on the Great Miami. Once you've completed the race, you and your boat will be transported back to Treasure Island Park.
The 2 x 2 - 3 p.m.
Launching from Treasure Island Park, this 2 mile up and 2 mile back race will take you up river and then finish back at Treasure Island Park.
The 500 Meter Bridge Sprint - 5 p.m.
Launching from Treasure Island Park, this all out sprint will travel 500 meters to the Adams Street bridge.
Racing Class: Racing class is for any individual participant using a kayak over 14 feet long.
Individual class: Individual class is for any individual participant using a kayak, canoe, or S.U.P. under 14' long.
Team Class: Team class is for any 2 people using a 2 person kayak or canoe.
Safety: Two trained volunteers will be launched with each heat as a lag team. Two trained volunteers will be posted at every 2 mile increment. Four volunteers will be posted at the low dam in Troy helping participants safely portage the dam.
For each of the 3 races and then for each class in each race, first place will receive $100 cash and free entry into all of next year's event, second place will receive free entry into all of next year's event and all participants will receive a medal. That's a total of 18 available prizes!
Fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and do not include canoe or kayak rental.
12.1 mile river race
$55 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $80 per team class, two person canoe or kayak
2 x 2 -2 miles up and 2 miles back
$40 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $65 per team class, two person canoe or kayak
500 meter bridge sprint
$20 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $35 per team class, two person canoe or kayak
Tri Race Bundle
Individual or Race Class - $105 | Team - $145
Canoes and Kayaks are available for rental from Adventures on the Great Miami for $25 per person.
There will also be food trucks on site, beer for sale, live music and more. This family-friendly event has free entry.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Treasure Island River Fest and the Great Miami River Races
WHERE: Treasure Island Park at 409 N. Elm St., Troy, OH
WHEN: Saturday, June 23, beginning at 10 a.m.