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Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Many would-be role-players in the Miami Valley have longed to grab their weapons (dice) for a rousing game of Dungeons & Dragons. Unfortunately, D&D requires a table full of besties who also share an interest in the game. Not to mention the 320-page rulebook, which scares some people off.
D20, Kettering’s tabletop gaming bar, wants to make D&D easy for everybody. This Friday, they’re throwing their first ever Rhinegeist & Dragons event, where people looking for a gaming group can meet, have drinks, and throw down on some orcs.
Andrew Sparks, who co-owns D20 with his wife, Chrissy, says Rhinegeist & Dragons is part of D20’s mission to give gamers a space to play tabletop role-playing games (RPGs).
“From the beginning, we have tried to put an emphasis on D&D and other RPGs,” says Sparks.
Dungeons & Dragons is an interactive storytelling game where players immerse themselves in a fantasy universe. One player, known as the Dungeon Master (DM) has the job of setting the scene and controlling the events of the game. The players then decide where the story takes them. Battles and challenges are resolved with dice rolls.
“We feel D&D is a major cornerstone in communication through gaming,” says Sparks. “It is hard to accomplish anything on your own in D&D; you need your team to help. Also, D&D holds a very special place in my heart. I have been playing for over 18 years on and off. To help others find the same experiences I have had over the years with RPGs seems only natural.”
Sparks tells Dayton.com that both seasoned and novice players come into D20 looking to play D&D.
“We have quite a few groups that come to play their weekly or biweekly game,” he says. “But it also seems like every single day we get people who want to get into RPGs and don’t know how to start.”
Though D20 is billing Rhinegeist and Dragons as a DM-Player mixer, Sparks says the event goes beyond that. It’s more like a chill D&D meeting of the minds.
“We are running it as a laid-back get-together of like-minded individuals. This isn't just players and DMs to find each other, but also for experienced players to find new play groups or DMs to find other DMs to share their experiences,” says Sparks.
For those curious individuals who’ve always wanted to try the game, Sparks says you should just put yourself out there.
“D&D is a very social game and the best way to find a play group is to find people who share that interest. That should be easy at this event and we want to see that happen. I think this event will have an impact on players of all levels for that reason.”
Everything’s better with beer, and a Rhinegeist or two might be just what you need to make your barbarian brave enough to swing her axe at that gelatinous cube. D20 will have several Rhinegeist beers on tap at Rhinegeist and Dragons, including Bubbles, Cheetah, Mastodon, Brittlebrain, and Stryker. For those who prefer mixed drinks, Sparks says they will be unveiling a couple new, D&D-themed cocktails. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Rhinegeist and Dragons
WHEN: Friday, June 15, 7 p.m.
WHERE: D20, 2144 E Whipp Road, Kettering
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Austin Landing is hosting a special weekend event filled with fun, fitness, food and more to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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Fitness Fest will include a public “Ninja Warrior” style obstacle course.
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All proceeds from the event will be donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research whose mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.
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WHAT: Fitness Fest
WHEN: Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Austin Landing, 3601 Rigby Rd.
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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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.