4 sweet ways to celebrate the holidays with your kids at Moore Dessert Please

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Moore Dessert Please has lots of kid-friendly events at their store and elsewhere this month. PHOTO / Moore Dessert Please Facebook
Moore Dessert Please has lots of kid-friendly events at their store and elsewhere this month. PHOTO / Moore Dessert Please Facebook

There are many ways to celebrate the holidays in the Dayton area, but it’s pretty hard to beat sweet -- especially when the kiddos are involved.

Moore Dessert Please, located at 1003 Shroyer Rd. in Dayton, has the answer: holiday workshops for kids that include baking cookies, eating cupcakes, creating your own cocoa creation at their hot cocoa bar, visits with Santa and his elves and much more. 

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Here are a few events to celebrate the holidays with the kids. All events will be held at Moore Dessert Please unless otherwise noted. 

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Santa and Cupcakes

5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 8

Join us and The Drunken Waffle for pictures with Santa! We will have a hot cocoa bar, special holiday themed treats and so much Moore. This event is perfect for both kiddos and adults. 

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Cupcake Class (ages 7+) 

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Dec. 9

Learn the ropes of baking, making frosting and decorating cupcakes in Moore Dessert Please’s commercial kitchen. Each student will receive their own apron, 6 cupcakes to decorate and bring home. Must be registered before day of class. No refunds. 

Kids Cookie Decorating (ages 4+)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 16 

Learn how to decorate your very own buttercream Christmas sugar cookies. Each student will receive their own apron and 12 sugar cookies to decorate and bring home. Must be registered before day of class. No refunds. 

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Christmas Eve Eve Party

6-9 p.m. Dec. 16

Held at La Puf Sweets at The Greene, 55 Chestnut St., Beavercreek

Be one of the first 50 in the door and receive a special gift bag! Plus, Sparkles the elf will be there checking in on the kiddos to report back to Santa at the North Pole. DIY Ornament Sprinkle Bar: make it extra special with colorful sprinkles. Small bites and sips. Chance to win free cotton candy favors from La Puf and cupcakes from Moore Dessert Please. 


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5 local country artists to watch — and where you can watch them

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM


This Wednesday, four hot local country music acts will take to the stage to raise money for Moms 4 Miracles. M4M is a component fund of The Dayton Foundation that supports children with cancer around the Dayton-area.

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The musical acts include Clark Manson, Kate Hasting Band, Wyatt McCubbin and Ashley Martin. These are among the biggest names in local country music.

We spoke with Nancy Wilson and James Frye of K99.1FM for the scoop on these artists and musicians — plus other local country acts you should know about.

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Hometown: Covington, Ohio

Hit songs: “Track 9,” “3 Wishes” and “Friday Nighters”

Tour dates: Click here

What K99.1FM’s Nancy Wilson says: “Clark is definitely a ‘hometown boy!’ He has worked hard at his craft since his teenage years and has garnered a huge following, not just in the Miami Valley, but across the country. I like how he never forgets where he came from.”

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Kate Hasting Band


Hometown: New Carlisle, Ohio

Hit songs: “Behind the Bleachers”

Tour dates: Click here

What K99.1FM’s Frye Guy says: “She has amazing vocal ability and is amazing on stage. The guys that play with her are top-notch musicians. Truly a great show to see.” 

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Hometown: Centerville, Ohio

Hit songs: “Mama’s Porch,” “Lovin’ You” and “Gone”

Tour dates: Click here

What K99.1FM’s Nancy Wilson says: “Alexis is truly an amazing diverse talent. You can find the barefoot beauty singing at local clubs and events, and a normal fixture at her church on Sundays. She is not only gifted but brings a fresh sound to country!” 

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Wyatt McCubbin


Hometown: South Charleston, Ohio

Hit songs: “Back Where I Come From,” “Where the Lonesome Wind Blows” and “Where Corn Don’t Grow”

Tour dates: Click here

What K99.1FM’s Nancy Wilson says: “Wyatt’s down home, soulful voice is a throwback to the early days of country, with a modern take. Wyatt knows exactly who he is and is someone who country music needs.” 

More info: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Ashley Martin


Hometown: Springboro, Ohio

Hit songs: “Heartbreak Machine,” “Bless Her Heart,” “He’s Mine” and “Hello Lonely”

Tour dates: Click here

What K99.1FM’s Frye Guy says: “This girl can bring some attitude when on stage. She has a really strong presence on stage. She hits a broad spectrum with her lyrics, but is one of those acts you wont forget seeing.”

More info: Facebook |Twitter

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Want to go?

WHAT: K99.1FM’s Concert for a Cause featuring Clark Manson, Kate Hasting Band, Wyatt McCubbin and Ashley Martin

WHERE: Miami Valley Gaming, 6000 Ohio 63, Lebanon

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

COST: $10

INFO: Facebook

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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:

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.


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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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 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. 


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
(Andy Snow)

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)

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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. 


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
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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“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)


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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