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Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Fashion for a good cause? Sign us up.
On April 14, 2018, non-profit organization the Pink Ribbon Girls will host “This One’s For The Girls,” a fashion show benefit.
Guests will enjoy heavy appetizers and desserts, as well as a cash bar stocked with signature drinks. Attendees are requested to arrive in their best “country chic” look -- think denim and diamonds.
Popular local boutiques Merchant 31, Ark and Echo and Shop Bravura will feature looks in the fashion show.
In addition to the tasty treats and fashionable frocks on the runway, guests will also enjoy music from American Idol contestant Gracie Aufderbeck and local celebrity emcee Clancy Burke. There will also be a survivor spotlight.
Pink Ribbon Girls is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by breast cancer survivors who have a passion for supporting and empowering others who are currently in the fight against breast and women’s reproductive cancers.
Their mission isn’t just to talk about cancer, but to actively take on cancer. They are here to make the burden lighter, striving to balance the fear and uncertainty that breast and women’s reproductive cancers bring to individuals and families by providing free direct services of healthy meals, housecleaning, rides to treatment, and peer support to clients throughout Ohio.
Adult tickets are $55 and include a complimentary glass of pink champagne. For guests 18 and under, tickets are $30. Tickets can be purchased online.
Want to go?
WHAT: “This One’s For The Girls” Fashion Show
WHERE: Greene Acres, 5543 Worley Road, Tipp City
HOURS: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— This is the third year for Celtic Fest Ohio at the Renaissance Park in Waynesville. As the fest grows in popularity, organizers add new events and features while retaining those that made it grow in the first place. Here are five reasons to attend Celtic Fest Ohio:
1. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (JUNE 15-17)
Arguably the cornerstone of the fest, nearly 20 acts will take the stage over three days. Bands representing a mixture of Celtic rock, punk rock, bluegrass, and gospel will play a variety of traditional ballads, Celtic rock songs, and pub songs. Returning favorites include Dulahan, Jameson’s Folly and Fin Tan.
Two notable additions to the musical lineup this year are Albannach, a Scottish band that plays traditional tribal music using bass drums, bodhráns (Irish frame drums), and a single bagpipe, and The Elders, an internationally touring Irish-American folk rock band. The Elders recently announced that, after 20 years and eight studio albums, they will be retiring at the end of 2018.
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The lineup isn’t limited to music. Four troupes will give performances in Celtic dance, highland dance, and ceili (group folk) dance, and the 42nd Royal Highlanders, a pipe and drum corps of a Scottish infantry regiment that was active during the American Revolution, will give a demonstration as well.
2. SHAMROCK SHENANIGANS (JUNE 15)
This newest addition to the fest is an obstacle course consisting of beer pong, cornhole, limbo, and others, with three beer stations along the way. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, and the overall winner will be crowned as the “Official Shamrock Shenanigator.” There will also be a kid-friendly version, with root beer and water. There is a separate entry fee of $15.
3. VIKING ENCAMPMENT (JUNE 16-17)
This piece of living history includes a 40-foot replica of a Viking ship, so people can live a day in the life of Vikings during the “Beowulf” area, such as what it was like to sail to faraway lands.
4. BORDER COLLIE DEMONSTRATIONS
Alan Miller of Kentucky will bring his border collies, a breed of herding dog originally developed on the English-Scottish border, to demonstrate how to herd duck and sheep, a family tradition that is educational and entertaining, and shows how such practices are still in use today.
5. FOOD AND DRINK
There will be Irish-themed food as well as American comfort food at the fest. The vendors are: Pleasant Peasant (haggis, bangers & mash, shepherd’s pie), 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q (smoked Irish and Scottish meats, moonshine), Aleing Knight Pub (hot dogs, Scotch eggs, Celtic baked pots), Davinci’s (American or Celtic pizza), King’s Kustom Kreatons (donuts), Holly B’s Sweets (gourmet chocolates), Martin’s Fine Foods (ice cream), and KJs Cajun Cuisine (beignets, or French pastries).
The drink booths will be serving Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Magners Irish Cider, Valley Vineyards wines, American domestic beers, water and Coca-Cola products.
Want to go?
WHEN: June 15-17; 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Renaissance Park, 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville
COST: $12 (single day), $18 (two-day pass), $5 ($5 Friday), $15 (Shamrock Shenanigans), $18 (Guinness Tent tastings)
MORE INFO: www.celticfestohio.com
Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
— The organizer of a new charity event say a who’s who of sports figures and entertainers will descend on Dayton in a matter of a few weeks.
Ron Edwards, the organizer of the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event, told us that Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are among the celebrities slated to be in Dayton for the new event set for Aug. 19 and 20 at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.
Cleamons is a former NBA player and coach.
The event will benefit Hoopology Camp, Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development.
The Pink Ribbon Girls, a locally based nonprofit that helps women battling cancer, will also benefit.
WHY ARE CELEBRITIES INVOLVED?
A marketing professional by trade, Edwards says he and his wife, Arnika Edwards — University of Dayton’s director of basketball operations — are longtime friends of Cleamons. And so are the celebrities expected to play in the golf event.
Several were coached by Cleamons or coached with him.
“All these people want to come and make it happen for Jim,” Edwards said.
He said he would release a full list of celebrities Monday.
“We’ve got a great list of celebrities and athletes that will be here,” he said. “It is going to do a big deal. Our plan is to have this for a long time.”
WHO IS JIM CLEAMONS?
Raised in Columbus, Cleamons played basketball at Ohio State University before entering the NBA.
He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets.
He was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.
Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.
The Bulls won championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.
Edwards said Dayton was selected as the city of the golf event that will include an auction because he and his wife are based here, the Dayton area has quality golf courses and because Cleamons — now a resident of California — remains passionate about helping Ohio youth improve their lives and have bright futures.
“Everything we are doing is for Jim and his 501(c)(3) and helping the kids in Ohio,” he said.
Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
All eyes will be on the soaring action in the sky this weekend during the Vectren Dayton Air Show.
Military jet demonstrations, aerobatic champions and historic aircraft are a sampling of the entertainment to be found at the premier air show that marks its 44th consecutive year of operation.
Shiela Wallace, media relations coordinator for the air show, said the event has been so successful because the region is the birthplace of aviation and the show has strong ties to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
“These are all things that scream this place loves aviation,” said Wallace.
This year’s event takes place June 23-24 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Dr.
Here’s what you should know to have a great time:
The Blue Angels, who have thrilled audiences for more than 70 years, will headline the Vectren Dayton Air Show this year.
The Blue Angels, who last appeared in Dayton in 2014, fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in formations that bring them as close as 18 inches apart.
The fastest speed during the performance is close to 700 MPH.
Vicky Benzing, a pilot, aerobatic performer, skydiver and air racer will perform for the first time at the show.
She set the record as the “fastest woman racer” ever in the history of the Reno Air Races in Nevada and has made more than 1,200 parachute jumps.
Benzing will fly an action packed routine in a high-performance Extra 300S.
Sean D. Tucker and his 400 hp Oracle Challenger will return to the Vectren Dayton Air Show in 2018 for the last time. Tucker is retiring from solo flying but planning to form a formation aerobatic team for future performances.
A living history lesson returns to the show this year. TORA! TORA! TORA! Will re-enact the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Eight Japanese replica fighter/bomber aircraft and a display of fire, smoke and noise, simulate bombing runs.
The Redline Aerobatics Team will be a thrill to watch. Cincinnati pilots Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker built the planes, which fly inverted and formation maneuvers, in their garages.
Though planes will be soaring over head don’t forget much of the show is on the ground. Visitors will be able to view more than 50 aircraft on display ranging from WWII warbirds to modern military aircraft.
Among the ground displays will be the U.S. Air Force 5-52 Stratofortress, the C-17 Globemaster III, a U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, the B-17 movie Memphis Belle and a Tuskegee Airman P-51 Mustang.
The sprawling Boeing B-52 Stratofortress will span the tarmac among the ground displays. The B-52 heavy bomber is one of the longest serving aircraft in the Air Force.
Commonly referred to as BUFF, which stands for “Big, Ugly Fat Fellow,” the bomber was last at the air show in 2010.
The Orbis International MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital — a state-of-the-art teaching facility with an operating room, classroom and recovery room — will be on the ground.
Spectators will be able to board the Flying Eye Hospital which travels the globe training people to fight blindness.
The DC-8 Samaritan’s Purse will make its first air show appearance ever this weekend.
The Samaritan’s Purse organization — led by Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham — takes the Douglas DC-8-72CF jetliner around the world to provide spiritual and physical aid.
Need a respite for the kids? The Vectren Kid’s Hangar has a backyard gym for climbing, a sandbox, face painting and crafts. The getaway is free and occasionally Air Show performers drop by to sign autographs.
The hangar will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with food, beverage and restroom facilities nearby. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
A variety of food concessions will be available as well as plenty of Coke and Budweiser products.
ATM’s are located on the show grounds.
Being on the hot tarmac all day means spectators need to come prepared.
Bring sunglasses, hats and sunscreen, and remember to protect children’s skin as well. Consider wearing light-weight, light-colored long-sleeve tops and comfortable shoes. It’s smart to bring unopened bottled water, which is allowed.
General admission ticket holders can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Those with Blue Sky Chalet/Pavilion tickets don’t need to bring their own lawn chairs. To enjoy the aerial performances, pack a pair of binoculars.
Other items allowed inside the gate: regular-size umbrellas (but not the large, backyard kind), strollers and wagons, cameras (your camera bags will be checked at the gate), mobility scooters for the disabled (rentals are available, call 567-674-6185 to reserve), wheelchairs and service animals.
Coolers are not permitted on the grounds. Neither are pets, bicycles, roller blades or scooters.
There’s plenty of onsite parking. Keep in mind it’s $10 per car and $20 for RVs, buses and large-size vehicles. Overnight parking is prohibited.
From I-75, use Exit 64 toward Northwoods Blvd. and follow signs for ticket type.
From I-70 use Exit 32, the Airport Access Road and follow signs for ticket type.
Drivers should follow signs posted along the show route as well as the directions conveyed by the police officers.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to avoid heavy traffic.
An alternate parking plan will be implemented if rain prior to the show prevents use of grass parking lots. If implemented, check the show website, social media and local newspaper, television and radio outlets for alternate parking plans.
If you’d like someone else to do the driving, a continuous express shuttle service will be provided by the Greater Dayton RTA. The shuttle is available from the U.S. Air Force Museum to the main gate of the air show for $3 per round trip. Hourly shuttle service will also be available in downtown Dayton from the Wright Stop Plaza. Regular RTA fare will apply.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Vectren Dayton Air Show
WHERE: Dayton International Airport, Vandalia
HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 23-24, 2018
TICKETS: General admission tickets are available at area Kroger stores and at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Advance online sales are available through Sunday, June 24, at 12 p.m. ET. All ticket sales are final, no refunds, no rain checks. Click here to view the assortment of ticket options, or call 888-695-0888. Tickets available at the gate are cash only.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Vectren Dayton Air Show
Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 12:07 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
— Father’s Day is this weekend and if you’ve left planning until the last minute, luckily there is plenty to do!
Here are our top 10 events and best things to do in and around Dayton:
1) CELTIC FEST OHIO
This part of Ohio has some major, long-running Celtic festivals, from the Dayton Celtic Fest July 27 through 29 to the Dublin Irish Festival August 3 through 5. One of the region's newest, Celtic Fest Ohio, returns for a third year to Renaissance Park, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville, Friday through Sunday, June 15-17.
This year's musical lineup includes headliners the Elders, Off Kilter, Albannach, Poor Man's Gambit, the Fighting Jamesons and Father Son and Friends. The festival also features the McGovern Ceili Dancers, Cincinnati Highland Dancers, the 42nd Royal Highlanders and the Misplaced Vikings.
Festival hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.celticfestohio.
2) MIAMISBURG BICENTENNIAL
The City of Miamisburg is marking a major milestone with its Bicentennial Celebration beginning on June 16. The weeklong series of events, at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg, features live music, carnival rides, family entertainment, food trucks, craft vendors and kids' activities. Country singer Ricky Skaggs performs on June 20. The Celebration continues through Saturday, June 23. Cost: Free. Call 937-866-8999 or visit www.miamisburg200.org.
3) ALISON KRAUSS
Alison Krauss was only 16 when Rounder Records released her first solo album, "Too Late to Cry," in 1987. She went on to a diverse career that has included bluegrass, country and pop material on releases with her band Union Station and side projects like "Raising Sand" with former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant. In 2017, 30 years after her debut, Krauss released "Windy City," her first solo album since 1999.The singer returns to the area for a concert at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 15. Cost: $40 lawn & terrace in advance, $45 day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
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4) TRASH N' TREASURE
Dayton Society of Artists has partnered with Dayton Art Institute for Trash N' Treasure, a fundraising sale at The 48 High Street Gallery, 48 High St., Dayton, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Items include antique furniture, art books, framed prints and original artwork from the late David Smith. Proceeds benefit DAI and DSA. Call 937-228-4532 visit www.daytondsps.org.
5) GAITHER VOCAL BAND
Bill Gaither started his career more than 50 years ago and continues to be one of the most successful praise artists in the world. In October, the Indiana native and his award-winning Gaither Vocal Band released the live album, "We Have This Moment." On May 14, he released the DVD companion to the number one-charting gospel album. The Gaither Vocal Band's The Here + Now Tour makes a stop at Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $27.50-$67.50. Call 937-339-2911 or visit www.hobartarena.com.
6) THE MONKEES
March 25 marked the 50th anniversary of the broadcast of the final episode of the musical comedy television series, "The Monkees." That could've marked the end of the group, since it had formed as an American version of the Beatles. However, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork defied the odds to remain a viable band with successful albums, hit singles and sold out tours. This summer, Dolenz and Nesmith are on the road singing songs from the Monkees lengthy career, from '60s hits and deep cuts to the group's 2016 comeback album, "Good Times!" The Monkees present the Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz Show at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $23.50-$56. Call 937-228-2323 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
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7) FRAZE FESTS
Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, is hosting two signature events over the next several weeks. First up is the second annual Sliders, Sides & Suds at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The Hathaways perform at 3 p.m. followed by the Exploit Band at 5:30 p.m. and Brother Believe Me at 8 p.m. One of the venue's longest-running annual events is Spass Nach, which celebrates Kettering's association with Steyr, Austria. The Austrian Festival, presented by the Kettering Sister City Association, returns to Lincoln Park Civic Commons at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. The Chardon Polka Band will perform traditional polkas, original songs and covers of songs by Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and other pop acts. Beer will be available but glass steins are not permitted. Cost: Free. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
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8) TIM MCLAUGHLIN
When he was growing up, Tim McLaughlin was sure he was going to work in his family's business hanging window coverings. That career path was stifled when he started doing comedy in Indianapolis in 2010. While he started with an act heavy on one-liners, today the Chicago-based comedian does a mix of storytelling and crowd work. McLaughlin performs at Wiley's Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $10. Call 937-224-5653 or visit www.wileyscomedy.com.
9) LEE BRICE
Lee Brice was attending Clemson University on a football scholarship when an injury permanently sidelined his budding sports career. The native of Sumter, S.C., who had been writing songs since the age of 10, turned his full attention to country music. Brice started off in Nashville as a songwriter for other artists before establishing himself as country singer. In November, he released his fourth solo album. Brice returns to the area for a concert at JD Legends, 65 Millard Dr., Franklin, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21. Cost: $36, VIP $100-$175. Call 937-746-4950 or visit www.jdlegends.com.
10) FOOD TRUCK RALLY
Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, hosts its monthly Food Truck Rally on Friday, June 15. Participants in the celebration of street foods include El Meson, Crème de la Crème Cakery, Son of a Biscuit and the Drunken Waffle. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Yellow Cab hosts Food Truck Rallies the third Friday of each month through October. Visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.