SUMMER FUN GUIDE: Free concerts in Butler County

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Members of the crowd dance along as The Menus perform during the Broad Street Bash last year in Middletown. The Menus will take the stage again June 13. 
NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Members of the crowd dance along as The Menus perform during the Broad Street Bash last year in Middletown. The Menus will take the stage again June 13. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

Summer concert series are a great way to enjoy the warm weather and to spend a night out with friends and family.

Here are a few to check out in Butler County:

MIDDLETOWN

Broad Street Bash runs every other week on Wednesdays. Concerts will be held in Governor’s Square Park at the intersection of Broad Street and Central Avenue in Middletown from 5 to 10 p.m. Details: www.LongLiveTheBash.com and the Broad Street Bash Facebook page. Admission is free.

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Takin’ It To the Streets features music in the streets of downtown Middletown on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. at 6 South Broad Street at Reynolds Street in the city lot. Free. Check it out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/takinittothestreetsmiddletown

RiversEdge Amphitheater in Hamilton. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

HAMILTON

RiversEdge Concert Series has grown to be a popular destination on Thursday nights during the summer. On concert nights, doors open at 5:30 p.m.; first set 6:30 p.m. and second set 8:30 p.m. RiversEdge Amphitheater in Marcum Park is located at 116 Dayton St. in downtown Hamilton. Admission is free. Go to www.riversedgelive.com and www.facebook.com/HamiltonRiversEdge for the complete lineup.

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The Takeover entertains every Thursday night at The Square @ Union Centre in West Chester Twp. (GREG LYNCH / STAFF)

WEST CHESTER TWP.

The Takeover will be happening every Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Square @ Union Centre. The concert series will run each week through Aug. 30. Free. More details at www.WestChesterOH.org

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Concert Series at Keehner Park, Keehner Park Amphitheatre, 7211 Barret Road, West Chester, Saturdays, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. For a schedule, go to www.WestChesterOH.org.

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Hump Day Concert Series every Wednesday at the Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., free, through Aug. 22. More details at www.yourmetroparks.net

Groovin’ on the Green at Village Green in Fairfield features musical entertainment every Thursday through the summer. (FILE PHOTO)

FAIRFIELD

Groovin’ on the Green will be presented on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. through Sept. 6. (There will not be a concert on Thursday, July 5 due to the Red, White & Kaboom celebration on Tuesday, July 3.) More details on this free concert series at www.fairfield-city.org.

Fourth Friday on the Green, a new concert series, features free music at the end of June, July and August with Fairfield brewery Swine City.  Beer is $6 for a 16-ounce city-branded cup. 

Bands include Moment 44 on June 22, See You in the Funnies on July 27 and Adelee & Gentry on Aug. 24. Concerts will be from 7 to 9 p.m. and craft beer sales will start when food trucks open at 6:30 p.m.

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Blues & BBQ at Huffman Park in Fairfield is a four-concert series that features the blues on the second Saturday of each month at 6 p.m. Huffman Park is located at 2100 John Gray Road. Free. Visit www.fairfield-city.org.

LIBERTY TWP.

Liberty Center Summer Concert series is underway on Wednesday nights through Aug. 29 On The Square at 7100 Foundry Row from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. For a schedule, go to www.liberty-center.com/summer-concert-series.

OXFORD

Uptown Oxford Concert Series features music every Thursday night during the summer from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. through Aug. 31 at Uptown Park. 4 North Main Street, Oxford. Free. Visit www.enjoyoxford.org.

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Blue Angels thrill crowd with performance

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:38 PM


            The Navy Blue Angels set to headline at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Expect traffic delays around the Dayton International Airport. CONTRIBUTED.
The Navy Blue Angels set to headline at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Expect traffic delays around the Dayton International Airport. CONTRIBUTED.

For the first time since 2013, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels on Saturday roared aggressively through cloudy skies in front of tens of thousands of spectators at the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Crowds cheered as the Blue Angels maneuvered through complex motions and rolled their aircraft 360 degrees. Marvin Napier of Huber Heights brought his two young children to the air show for the first time so they could see the magic of the Blue Angels flying flawlessly in formation.

“The rain is better than 95 degree heat where you’re sweating,” he said. “With the clouds, the planes fly lower so it’s a win-win.”

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The 44th Vectren Dayton Air Show, one of the region’s largest events of the year, drew in heavy crowds. overcast skies and some sporadic rain before noon. The show kicked off at noon with a full schedule of performers, including the U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor, TORA! TORA! TORA!, aerobatic pilot Vicky Benzing and Sean D. Tucker.

“We’re thrilled the weather broke and it’s been a beautiful day for an air show,” said Shiela Wallace, air show spokeswoman. Air show officials would not comment on crowd attendance until after the weekend is over, she said.

Military jet teams like the Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are the biggest draw for air show crowds and organizers bank on their appearance to bring in tens of thousands of people at the Dayton International Airport. They can draw up to 65,000 or more spectators when the military teams show off.

Crowds jumped to their feet to gawk and take pictures as the F-22A Raptor pulled into vertical maneuvers and flew backwards.

The Blue Angels are expected to fly more than 30 air shows in the 2018 season. The team flies six blue-and-yellow F/A-18 Hornet jets as close as 18 inches apart in aerial formations. The team has flown the Hornet jets for three decades, the longest of any aircraft in its 72-year history.

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Children plugged their ears with their fingers to block out the deafening rumble of the Blue Angels, while other spectators held up their phones to capture video evidence of the Navy squadron’s skills. “Thunder, feel the thunder,” played through the speakers as the formation ripped by the crowd.

Scott Buchanan, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees, said the air show takes about a year to plan. The show is a huge boost for the local economy, with thousands of people spending money at hotels, restaurants and local businesses. Buchanan said he doesn’t expect the weather to have a huge impact the number of spectators who come out this weekend.

“It’s really an opportunity to showcase what Dayton has brought to aviation,” he said.

Chris and Sandy Porter of Bloomington, Ind., arrived early to secure front-row seats at the air show. Sitting in a blue and white U.S.A. lawn chair, Sandy Porter said she and her husband made the drive Friday night to meet with her family members from Columbus.

“It’s more just about being together with family,” she said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

In 2017, an estimated 44,000 people attended the air show – down 30 percent from expectations, organizers reported. In 2016, the show drew about 51,000 people. Organizers blamed the low attendance at the 2017 air show on the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act, due to a crash, and record rainfall Friday that caused parking issues.

Air show forecast: Warm with chance for showers, storms

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Warmer temperatures return next week

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:36 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:33 PM

Isolated downpours with a few rumbles of thunder.

Lingering clouds will make for a breezy day, but warmer temperatures will return next week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Stray shower this evening
  • Slight chance for rain Sunday
  • Warmer temperatures next week

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

Tonight: A couple of stray showers will still be possible this evening, but most areas look to stay dry. Clouds will break more overnight as temperatures drop into the middle 60s.

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Sunday: It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storms cannot be ruled out.

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s. The chance for rain returns in the evening.

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Wednesday: A few showers are likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

Thursday: A hot day is expected with partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

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Bicyclist killed by vehicle near Middletown park

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

Middletown ped strike

A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle near Sunset Park.

Middletown Police Maj. Dave Birk said a man in his 60s was struck by the vehicle near Fisher Avenue and Sunset Road near the park.

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The collision occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating.

We will report more when information becomes available.

A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle near Middletown’s Sunset Park. Middletown Police Major Dave Birk said the person was struck down by the vehicle near Fisher Avenue at Sunset Park.(Staff Writer)

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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

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Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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