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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— There’s more to do beyond the Valentine’s Day early celebrations this weekend. Here’s some inspiration:
1) THE ADVENTURE SUMMIT
Dale “Grey Beard” Sanders, Susan Marie Conrad and Jordan Romero are among the featured speakers at The Adventure Summit presented by Wagner Subaru. The event targeting the region’s outdoor enthusiasts returns to Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10.
The Adventure Summit features everything from skills events and demonstrations to live music, beer tastings and, of course, speakers. Romero, 21, presents “No Summit Out of Sight: The Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits,” Conrad presents “Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage” and Sanders presents “Dale on the Trail: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at age 82.”
The Adventure Summit, which is a joint production of Five Rivers MetroParks and Wright State University, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Visit www.theadventuresummit.com.
2) GOSPEL SUPERFEST
Gospel Superfest is the brainchild of Dayton native Bobby Cartwright Jr., who launched the popular televised event nearly two decades ago. Previous sessions of the program — which airs in more than 100 markets, including WHIO TV in Dayton and WXIX TV in Cincinnati — have been taped in New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Chicago and Cincinnati. The 18th annual Gospel Superfest will be presented at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The television taping will feature more than two dozen gospel recording artists. Cost: $41-$91. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
3) “THE SOUND OF MUSIC”
Generations of cinema fans discovered “The Sound of Music” from the popular 1965 film. However, the tale of the von Trapp family was already a smash on Broadway in 1959 and went on to win five Tony Awards. The play featured book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse with music and lyrics by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series presents “The Sound of Music,” opening at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Tuesday, Feb. 13. This new production runs through Sunday, Feb. 18. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $25-$98. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
4) CIRQUE D’OR
More than 30 performers, from acrobats and contortionists to aerial artists, will be in town for Cirque D’Or. The high energy show at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, also features music and colorful costumes. The current Cirque D’Or tour features a new cast. Cost: $35-$55. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
5) NEIL YOUNG TRIBUTE
As fans of his solo work and his music with the Buffalo Killers recognize, Andy Gabbard is a big fan of Neil Young. Now, he’s putting that devotion on full display with “Road Eyes: Tribute to Neil Young and Crazy Horse.” The recreation of the artist’s “Live Rust” period is presented at The Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Gabbard (vocals, guitar) will be joined on stage by David Fowler (bass) and his Buffalo Killers band mates Sven Kahns (guitar) and Joey Sebaali (drums). Cost: $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.
6) PREACHER LAWSON
Primetime television programs don’t get the viewing numbers they did in the pre-Internet era, but repeat exposure on a hit program can still help jumpstart a career. Take the case of Preacher Lawson, who was a finalist on season 12 of “America’s Got Talent.” He didn’t win the top prize, but his quick wit and animated on-stage antics earned him new fans. Lawson parlayed that success into a steady stream of live bookings, including a show at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Cost: $25-$57.80. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.
7) LOVE, WINE & CHOCOLATE
If you want to treat that special someone to a Valentine’s Day date, the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, has just the event for you. “Love, Wine & Chocolate,” the latest installment of Vine and Canvas, is presented at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. The romantic evening pairs a variety of red wines with specialty chocolates presented by Francoise Labrique Walusis from Madam Delluc Artisan Chocolatier. Cost: $35 in advance for members, $45 nonmembers. All tickets are $50 on the night of the event. Call 937-223-5277 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.
8) STAINED GLASS CONCERT
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Stained Glass Concerts are part of the Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts. This outreach series takes maestro Neal Gittleman and the musicians outside of the familiar confines of the Schuster Center for performances in other venues. The next Stained Glass Concert is presented at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 2067 N. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. The program will feature all four movements of Mozart’s “Symphony No. 35” and pieces by John Adams and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Cost: Free. Visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.
9) LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
Neil Simon’s creative resume is loaded with stories exploring mature romantic relationships such as “The Goodbye Girl” and “California Suite.” The playwright continued down that path with “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” The comedy follows the exploits of Barney, a nebbish who wants to step out on his long-suffering wife and join the sexual revolution. X*ACT is mounting a new production of “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” directed by Connie Strait, which is presented at Xenia Area Community Theater, 45 E. Second St., Xenia, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 9 through 18. The opening-night gala begins at 6:30 p.m. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, 16 and 17, and 3 p.m. Feb. 18. Cost: $17 general admission, $14 seniors and students. $20 opening night. Call 937-372-0516 or visit www.xeniaACT.org.
10) “WAYLON, WILLIE, CASH”
Last season, Springfield Arts Council presented a sold out tribute to Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers. The performers from that show are returning to town for “Waylon, Willie, Cash: Outlaws and Highwaymen.” The musical tribute to country outlaws Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash is presented at Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Cost: $32-$52. Call 937-328-3874 or visit www.springfieldartscouncil.org.
Published: Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 4:08 PM
— Back for its 45th year, the three-day festival of food, dancing and more culture runs May 18-20, and the weekend is packed full of entertainment and educational offerings that showcase the diverse backgrounds present in the Dayton metro area. If you’re still on the fence about clearing your weekend to go, maybe we can persuade you.
1.🌍It’s arguably the biggest entertainment bang for your buck. At less than $10 at the door for adults and even cheaper for seniors and children under 5 for three days of dancing, a variety of food offerings, and the most creative way to refresh your geography knowledge, we really shouldn’t have to twist your arm on this one.
2.🌍The cultural dances are a must-see. There’s so much you can learn about a new culture through traditional dances, and many local cultural groups put on inspiring displays of grace and strength. Cincinnati-based Lebanese troupe Alhambra brings traditional solo dancing — like belly-dancing — to the festival for the first time, and the world class Kenya Safari Acrobats return to astound you with gravity-defying moves. Check out the entertainment schedule here.
3.🌍Learn about a new culture. Are you an eighth Serbian? Maybe your in-laws are South African? A World A’Fair is the perfect event to connect (or reconnect) with a part of your heritage that might have been neglected. Many of the organizations involved have local groups that have great resources for learning languages, dances or just connecting with people.
4.🌍Travel in style with the Beer Passport. Available only on Friday evening, it’s the best way to get your fill of new international brews. Sample 2-ounce brews from 12 countries — from Mexico to Scotland to the Philippines — then vote for your favorite.
5.🌍Pet Adoption Fair. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton will be stationed in the lobby, with many of their fun, friendly and furry pets who are available for adoption. Stop by and visit, receive information about how you might adopt, volunteer, donate or otherwise help these wonderful animals in need of good homes.
6.🌍Encourage local youth to embrace their heritage. What’s more adorable than children proudly displaying their families’ culture? The Junior Ambassador pageant for children ages 7-11 takes place Friday night, and is sure to involve lots of cute smiles and tiny dancing feet.
7.🌍Bring the whole family. Kids join in on the fun with the Passport program, where they receive a small booklet containing a page for each country/ethnic organization, with a photo from the organization and a question having to do with this year’s festival theme. Take your child to each country’s booth to learn the answer and have their passport stamped for a chance to win a prize. Look for the heart balloon at each booth to find the passport stamper. There’s also a children’s area with activities and games.
8.🌍So. Much. Amazing. Food. Czech pastries. Bratwurst. Baklava. Tiramisu. Tabouli. And of course, the fan favorite, Netherlands’ Appelflappen. Mouth watering yet? Here’s a list of the offerings.
9.🌍Take home souvenirs without leaving your town. Buy some authentic merchandise; tell your friends you actually bought it abroad. How could they ever doubt your claim to have visited Warsaw when they see your Boleslawiec Polish pottery?
10.🌍Preserve Dayton’s melting pot. Attend the festival, and support the preservation of cultures and heritages in the Dayton area. Dayton International Festival, Inc., a non-profit and the main organizer for A World A’Fair, supports a variety of local cultural organizations, which together boost Gem City’s cosmopolitan areas and events year-round.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: A World A’fair
WHEN: 5 p.m.- 11 p.m. Friday, May 18;11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday, May 19; 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20
WHERE: Dayton Convention Center., 22 E. 5th St., Dayton
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 9:08 AM
— Until a few years ago, the Buckeye BBQ Fest was a competition between Kansas City BBQ culinary artists. That was until the event chairman, Art Mathews, discovered, “The public didn’t care; they just wanted to eat.”
So now, barbecue vendors from around the Midwest converge on Union Square each May to give the public what they want.
While there are several reasons to attend the Buckeye BBQ Fest, we’ll start with …
According to Mathews, barbecue vendors typically stick with a festival for a few years and then move on. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be several returning favorites in 2018, such as After Hours BBQ (pork, chicken brisket, and award-winning baby back ribs from Akron), John Johns BBQ (slow-smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, turkey and chicken from Cincinnati), and Pit to Plate (beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken, ribs, and turkey from Mt. Healthy).
Brand new vendors this year include JDZ Fried Ribs, Bob Cha BBQ (beef and pork BBQ and chicken dumplings from Liberty Twp.), and Kuya Ed’s Lechon Atbpa (Filipino-style pork and chicken BBQ from Findlay Market).
To accommodate those who aren’t huge BBQ fans, the fest will also feature several vendors selling hamburgers, hot dogs, metts, Tex Mex, mac and cheese, and sweets like kettle corn, doughnuts, and Kona Ice. Indeed, Mathews conceded that one of the most popular food items — the cherry cobbler from Miss Parolee’s Pies — is not only a non-BBQ item, but a dealbreaker for many returning patrons.
The fest will be loaded with 120 kegs of beer in 14 different styles. Joining popular and local mainstays like Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, and Yuengling is Hawaii’s Kona Longboard Island Lager, Elysian Brewing’s (Seattle) Space Dust IPA, Shock Top, and craft beer selections from both local (DogBerry, FigLeaf, Municipal Brew Works, MadTree) and national (Breckinridge, Goose Island) breweries.
The fest’s beer garden is an ideal spot to sit and take a small break, with its patio furniture and beer keg tables. Patrons can also select from a wide variety of bottled beer, canned beer and wine.
The car show is a major part of the Fest. The 35 to 40 cars on display are hand-picked and hail from different classes, primarily the 1960s/70s hot rod/muscle car era.
The highlights are Corvettes, Mustangs, Porsches and Camaros. There will also be a “supercar” class, which includes a vintage British MG, a 1980s Aston Martin, and a 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible.
Awards will be presented at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
Since the live entertainment at the fest is handled by the Cincy Blues Society, the lineup will consist of award-winning local and regional blues bands.
Noah Wotherspoon (Best Guitarist at the 2015 International Blues Challenge) will headline Friday night, and Johnny Fink and the Intrusion (winner of the 2016 Cincy Blues Challenge and the 2016 Dayton Blues Challenge) will headline Saturday.
The lineup also features popular regional veterans such as Ricky Nye and The SoulFixers and, last but not least, Middletown’s The Beaumonts, who will be giving their final performance at the Buckeye BBQ Fest after 30 years together.
Festival enthusiasts with small children will be relieved to learn they won’t have to sit this one out. The fest features several entertainment options for the kids, including two bouncy houses, a giant Jenga set, a Pop-A-Shot electronic basketball game and, new this year, a giant rock climbing wall.
WANT TO GO?
When: May 18-19, 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Point Drive, West Chester
Cost: No admission cost
More Info: www.buckeyebbqfest.org
Published: Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— It’s that time of year again that Dayton celebrates all the different heritages and cultures that have made our community what it is with the “largest international festival in Ohio.”
The 45th year for ‘A World A’Fair’, organized by the Dayton International Festival, Inc., is set to take place at the Dayton Convention Center on May 18th, 19th and 20th. With over “30,000 people attending in 2016, and almost as many in 2017,” according to aworldafair.org, the festival is Dayton Convention Center’s largest event.
This year, a total of 34 countries and ethnicities are taking part, either by making authentic cultural cuisine, performing on stage or presenting their own heritage in a colorful and authentic way.
Along with the exciting sights and sounds that will be going on, it’s easy to imagine the mouthwatering aromas that will fill the Convention Center. The international foods at the festival is always one of the most anticipated aspects. Coming hungry is essential for this event. You’ll find foods from Czech pastries, to bratwurst, baklava, tiramisu and tabouli.
For a complete list of organizations and the foods they will be offering, visit aworldafair.org/food.
DON’T FORGET THE BEER
Friday night, there’s a special opportunity to travel the globe with just a beer glass in your hand. The Beer Passport is a Friday night only event, allowing you a 2 oz. sample at 12 different country’s booths— all for $12. Voting for the best beer takes place after participants completed their passports. Tickets are limited to 500 and can be purchased at the event.
A World A’Fair is easily the best way to stay in country while experiencing a brand new culture. You can fill your belly with amazing food, bring home “souvenirs” from places you’ve always longed to visit and have a day— or weekend— that you won’t forget.
Advanced sale tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6 to 18 and are available until Thursday, May 17th. Tickets are also available at the door for $8 and $5 for ages 6 to 18.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: A World A’fair
WHEN: 5 p.m.- 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20
WHERE: Dayton Convention Center., 22 E. 5th St., Dayton
Published: Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 11:46 AM
— Your head might start spinning when you see the lineup for this year’s Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally. You will definitely start drooling!
More than 50 trucks are participating in what is one of the tastiest days in the Miami Valley. Favorites like Susie's Big Dipper and Kenny’s Meat Wagon will be flocking to the Miami Country Fairgrounds to dish up their most delicious fare.
Here is a map shared on Facebook by organizers that might help you navigate the grounds:
You can have lunch or dinner or both at this event that helps support the Miami County Agricultural Society. There is free admission and free parking at this event, so there’s nothing keeping you from a belly full of the best Dayton’s food truck scene has to offer. There will be a beer and wine garden. There will also be arts and crafts, a car show and a kiddie tractor pull.
Here is the complete, updated list of participants in this year’s rally:
A Cut Above - Schnitzel & More
Amaizing Grace Kettle Corn
Beastro/TD Concession LLC
California Tri Tip
Chicago Gyro & Dogs
Christian Brothers Meat Company
Coldstone Creamery - Troy
Cumberland Kettle Corn
D Fish D Chicken
HillBilly Lemonade Concessions
Hot Diggity Doggers & More
Hunger Paynes Food Truck
Kenny's Meat Wagon
Kona Ice of Troy
Lilia's Outside Café
McNasty's Great Food Express
Mike's Family Concessions
Miller's Homemade Soft Pretzels
Niko's Street Eats
Patriot Grill, Ohio
P-Nuts, Chicken & More
Raging Bull Wood Fired Pizza
Rhino's Frozen Yogurt & Soft Serve
Shannon's Southern Style Sweet Tea
Smokin Bee Bee Q
Storypoints Friendly Fork
Susie's Big Dipper
Sweet Tooth Twisted Ice Cream
Sweets & Meats BBQ
Thai 1 On
This Little Swine of Mine
Tin Roof Mobile Food
TK's BBQ-N-Fixins, Inc.
Tortilla Street Food
Troy Post #43 Baseball
Wild Fire Pizza
Zerkle's Food & Concessions
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally & Competition.
WHEN: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19
WHERE: Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Rd., 25A, Troy